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Aug 07, 2019

Middletown Residents Continue to Unite Through Fitness, Fun

By Shanna O’Mara

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Middletown is among the latest communities to take part in the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, a statewide community health initiative aimed to increase knowledge and practices that lead to healthy lifestyles for all residents.

“Parents remember a time when their lives were not just about running the kids from soccer practice to dance recitals to this activity and that activity,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Now they get to take time for themselves, concentrating on living a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their family. Every parent’s goal is to provide a better life for their child than they had. By living this healthy lifestyle and making positive changes, there is a better chance they’ll be around a long time to spoil the grandkids.”

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Parents, children, neighbors and friends recently joined together for a community hike, bike ride and even yoga in the park. Various wellness seminars have also been held, all at no cost to residents.

Perry said he and the other department heads who have facilitated this program are “always looking through the lens of the taxpayer and trying to view things from a different perspective.”

And the campaign has been met with enthusiasm and success, Perry said.

During a hike through Poricy Park, Perry said people of all ages came out to participate.

“At no time did someone pull out their phone to send a text, check email, post on Twitter,” he said. “It was engaging, people were enjoying this Monmouth County hidden treasure, and they were doing it together”

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In addition to the wide age gap among the hikers, he said he also noticed people from different socioeconomic and political backgrounds taking part in the fitness initiative.

“It brings people together whether they’re a democrat or republican, live in Lincroft or Belford or East Keansburg,” he said. “People are coming together to enjoy this great town as it always has been.

“We are providing our residents with new reasons to engage with the town and bring the township to the people. I have very high hopes for the future of this program. It brings people who wouldn’t normally interact with each other into the fold.”

The campaign will culminate with the Mayor’s Challenge 5K on Saturday, Oct. 19 through Poricy Park in Red Bank. Proceeds from the run will benefit the area’s first responders, including Middletown’s “world’s largest all-volunteer fire department,” Perry proudly stated.

To learn more, visit MiddletownNJ.org/539/Mayors-Wellness-Campaign.