We invite your community to become New Jersey’s next Healthy Town!
The Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) supports mayors as champions of community health. The MWC created the “Healthy Town” designation to recognize communities in which mayors who have done an extraordinary job of promoting active living and healthy lifestyles.
MWC “Healthy Town” designations are awarded for meeting the following:
The Mayors Wellness Campaign’s “Healthy Town” designation is funded by grants.
How to get started?
Visit your county map on the home page to see if your mayor has signed the Pledge, submitted a Proclamation or Council Resolution. If you don’t see your town, return to the home page and have your Mayor’s office submit one of these participation forms.
Contact MWC Director, Melissa Kostinas, at (609) 303-0373 with any questions.
New Jersey’s Healthy Towns:
Major funding for the Mayors Wellness Campaign is provided by The Walmart Foundation.
Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and resources for healthy community initiatives. The goal is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing health care costs secondary to obesity.
By encouraging mayors to play a leadership role in supporting local opportunities for active, healthy lifestyles, the intent of the MWC is to improve health and make New Jersey a national leader in community-based health interventions.
In 2006, each of the 566 mayors in New Jersey’s municipalities were mailed the MWC “Toolbox,” a manual designed to guide them through the implementation of wellness programs in their communities. Broken down into four major sections – Youth in Motion; Employees in Motion; Seniors in Motion; and Communities in Motion – the Toolbox outlines programs that can be directly used in every community in New Jersey. The Toolbox can also be found on the MWC website.