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MAYOR’S WELLNESS EFFORT MAKES STRIDES

Walkers closing the loop on their one-mile stroll through two borough parks. Below, Mayor Menna with Trish Whitaker and borough Attorney Dan O’Hern. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

An enthusiastic throng of participants hit the pavement in Red Bank for the Community Kick Start Walk on Saturday. More than 50 adults and children piled into Marine Park, grabbed t-shirts that read “Today, Tomorrow, Together,” and marched a one-mile loop from Marine Park to Riverside Gardens and back.

The event, which officials said is likely to become an annual affair, marks the first public endeavor of the Mayor’s Wellness Committee, a new committee to promote healthy living among Red Bank. The committee’s previous activity, a health fair for borough employees, with a weight loss competition similar to the setup of TV’s The Biggest Loser, has already yielded big gains – or losses, that is. Councilman Art Murphy leads the competition, having dropped 34 pounds so far.

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MENNA CHALLENGES RED BANK TO GET FIT

Mayor Menna’s Wellness Challenge kicked off Tuesday with free screenings in the municipal courtroom. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

As part of a statewide campaign to promote healthier lifestyles, Mayor Pasquale Menna is getting Red Bank involved in an ongoing project to keep his administration and borough residents fit and feelin’ good.

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, is partnered with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. It works to “equip mayors with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing the skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey,” according to the website.

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