SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Efforts to combat health issues locally has garnered the Borough of South Plainfield recognition as a '2019 Healthy Town to Watch' by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute's annual Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC). 

“South Plainfield is honored to be designated one of 12 New Jersey 'Healthy Towns to Watch' for 2019,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. 

MWC is a program of the Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. 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.

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According to Quality Institute, top health concerns in South Plainfield include obesity, diabetes, and behavioral health with programs such as 'Caught on a Walk' and the Mayor’s Wellness Walk and Bike to School Days among those currently offered to help combat these issues. ‘Caught on a Walk; is an initiative aimed at promoting community wellness and active lifestyles in which MWC committee members ‘caught’ residents out for a walk, photographed and interviewed them for the local paper. Additionally, the Mayors Wellness Walk and Bike to School Day, encourages students to walk or bike to school to promote physical activity and community engagement. 

“Achieving the ‘Healthy Town’ designation means a great deal to South Plainfield. It reflects our team’s commitment over the last several years to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles through fun, entertaining and educational community-wide events," said Anesh, extending congratulations to the ‘entire Mayors Wellness team for their efforts to plan and execute events that promote healthy living throughout the borough’ along with ‘special thanks to Debbie Boyle and Scott Carey who worked tirelessly to complete our application.’

“This is a wonderful tribute to our South Plainfield Borough Mayor’s Wellness Committee and Mayor Anesh,” said Boyle, noting that since 2012, the mayor and committee have been working to improve and present healthy town programs ‘for all age groups from senior citizens to our youngest children.’ “I am so proud of all our accomplishments,” she said. “Thank you Mayor Anesh for always being on board with all of our concepts to make South Plainfield a healthy town.”

For 2019, seven communities were named ‘Healthy Towns,’ including Bergenfield, Bridgewater, Elizabeth, Freehold Township, Montclair, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains; and 12 towns were designated as’ Healthy Towns to Watch ‘ with South Plainfield, the City of Asbury Park, Denville, Garwood, Morristown, Paterson, Princeton, Ridgewood, Vernon Township, Westwood, Wildwood Crest, and Woodbridge on the list. Additionally, five were designated as ‘2019 Healthy Town Up and Coming,’ including Evesham Township, Hillsborough Township, Jefferson Township, Oradell Borough, and Rutherford. 

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s (Quality Institute) mission is to improve the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for everyone. Our membership comes from all stakeholders in health care. The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The program empowers mayors across New Jersey with evidence-based tools, strategies, and support to champion health and wellness in their communities. To learn more about the MWC, visit http://www.njhcqi.org/MWC.

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