RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Middle School’s Wellness Initiative joined forces with Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center and the Randolph Rotary Club to organize the first ever Community Wellness Day on Sat. May 3.
Months of planning and coordination went into organizing the day, which was spearheaded by Dr. David Simon of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center and Dr. Dennis Copeland, Principal of RMS. The general theme of the day was to introduce and educate attendees on four key pillars of health and wellness; personal health, financial health, safety, and environmental health.
Township Mayor Jim Loveys, who was instrumental in supporting and promoting the day, was in attendance to take part in the event When asked what he thought of the event, he commented, “People are more in tune today with the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Today’s event is both impressive and informative for everyone here, as we are all able to witness everything that Randolph has to offer with respect to the various health related fields.“
More than 45 local businesses and organizations set up tables, booths, and demonstrations for township residents to peruse. Burrini's was serving refreshing samples from their smoothy bar, members of Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness were giving free masages, and many of the towns dentists were handing out free samples. Five free 20 minute educational seminars were presented on various topics, and over seventy raffle prizes were awarded.
Simon was thrilled with the outcome of the day, explaining, “After months of hard work and planning, it was extremely satisfying to see everyone having a great time and receiving a lot of value from the vendors. Seeing all the kids here having fun was one of the highlights of the day.”
Visitors left thoroughly impressed with the days’ offerings. Randolph residents Richard and Gail Eliason commented “We had a ball today. We found all the information we were looking for thanks to everyone here. And we feel better too after the free massage.”
Dr. Copeland felt the day was a great success as well. When asked, he stated, “I hope that from this day, more people will understand the importance of health and wellness in daily living, and that they will be aware of the numerous resources that exist within the Randolph community.” Copeland also explained the RMS wellness initiative, “At RMS, we are focusing our efforts on educating the ‘Whole child.’ This includes academics, the environment, social and emotional character development, and the health and wellness of every child.”
Some of the community beneficiaries of the day are the students and administration of RMS. Copeland further explained, “A portion of the proceeds from the Wellness Day are intended to support an outdoor classroom as well as health and wellness supplies.”
Longtime Randolph resident and teacher in town Maryanne Bush, commented on her way out the door, “This is one of the best things the town has ever done.” Her Son Jesse, a junior at Randolph High School, volunteered to provide background music during the day, playing guitar while another talented RHS student Lea Sevola sang along.
Simon believes this event has the ability to be the areas premier event of its kind. He was pleased that many people asked him if it will be an annual event. However, it was something that happened shortly after the event that re-enforced the success of the day.
“I received an email from a CCM student who walked through the event. He has goals of a future in healthcare, and he was looking to me for advice on a career path. I like that he reached out to me and felt comfortable asking for advice. That really touched me."