SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains is one of seven New Jersey communities to win recognition as a "2019 Healthy Town" by participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. This is the third year the Township has participated in the program.  

Each year, communities participating in the MWC complete a comprehensive application outlining the research they’ve done to identify their community health needs, explain how they have organized their local MWC committee, and highlight the actions they’ve taken to make their communities healthier places to live, work, and play.  

Scotch Plains received a "Healthy Town to Watch designation" in 2018 and has worked hard to become a 2019 Healthy Town. Last year, cardiovascular disease was the primary goal for Scotch Plains’ 2019 Mayors Wellness Campaign. The Township also focused on the Start With Hello effort in schools to help reduce social isolation and promote mental well-being among young people.

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“Achieving the Healthy Town designation is a tremendous achievement for Scotch Plains,” said Mayor Al Smith. “It reflects our commitment to being a sustainable community and our recognition that healthy lifestyles on the part of our residents are a key component of our community. Thank you to the MWC partners who, day-to-day, provide great wellness programs — healthy eating, exercise, mental wellness and clean environment — for our residents."

Upcoming events: 

Sleep Awareness Week 2020 (March 8-14)
The National Sleep Foundation hosts its annual Sleep Awareness Week® on March 8 -14, 2020. The annual event celebrates sleep health and encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve their overall health and well-being, which is a cornerstone of the Scotch Plains Mayor's Wellness Campaign. For more information about the campaign and the Sleep in America poll can be found both at and at

Mayor's Medal Races and Walks for 2020
As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in 2020, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to any individual who complete three of the following runs/walks in town this year:

  • St. Bartholomew 5K (March 28)
  • YMCA United for a Cause 5K (May 5)
  • Race to Summer 5K (June 25)
  • Union Catholic 5K Spectacular (September 19)
  • The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer (October 3)

For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700, ext. 314 or

"Our working together as a team to maximize the wellness opportunities for our residents is amazing," Mayor Smith added. "Let me finally thank Margaret Heisey, the Township's MWC Director, who tirelessly, enthusiastically and with great love, uses her expertise to make this program a success. You just never know where Margaret and I will show-up to help promote and participate in a wellness program.”

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