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Six-Month Assessment Coming Up!

Last updated Jan 13, 2011

Mark Your Calendar!  Tuesday, March 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm

·       If you are one of the TWC Participants who attended our Final Assessment in September and completed the Toxic Waistline Competition…YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A $50.00 GIFT CARD!
·       Are you are one of the 10 top participants who were able to maintain their lost per cent body weight and reduction in inches of abdominal girth after 6 months?


Come to the Bernards Township Community Center on 
Tuesday, March 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm for our

Bernards Township Toxic Waistline Competition Six-Month Follow-up Assessment


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Last updated Aug 09, 2010

Mayor Scott Spitzer, Township Committeewoman Carolyn Gaziano, Recreation, Parks and Pathways Advisory Committee Chairperson Anna Scanniello and some of the Toxic Waistline Competition participants at the Mayor's Health Hike at Harry Dunham Park 6/19/10

Last updated May 25, 2010

Take the challenge to improve your waistline and overall health!

*WIN $500!!! GRAND PRIZE to the participant with the highest percent weight loss
*WIN $250!!! PRIZES to the next two participants with the highest percent weight loss
*WIN $100 retail gift card!!! The next seven participants with the highest percent weight loss
All youth participants (ages 11 – 17) will receive a $25 gift certificate upon completion of the 100 days.

Any Questions?
Bernards Township Parks and Recreation (908) 204-3003
Bernards Township Health Department (908) 204-2520
The Mayors Wellness Campaign (609) 393-4931

This program is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign,
( www.njhcqi.org), (www.mayorswellnesscampaign.org), funded by the National Business Coalition on Health in cooperation with,
Bernards Township Health Department (www.bernardshealth.org), Bernards Township Parks & Recreation Department, ( www.bernards.org) ,
and the Somerset Hills YMCA, (www.somersethillsymca.org).

100-Day Toxic Waistlines Challenge

The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a private-public partnership of health care advocates, municipal and state government and academics. It kicked off in 2004 with the mission to equip mayors and other key leaders with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of improving and reducing the skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey. 
Right now, over 280 of the state's 566 municipalities are members of the Mayors Wellness Campaign. However, this number increases all the time.

The Toxic Waistlines Contest was created as an innovative way for mayors to encourage their citizens to not only lose weight, but to reduce the toxic inches around the stomach and abdomen that experts now say is equally if not more important than total body fat. 

We believe that by creating this local support system, mayors and local officials can help motivate their citizens, track their progress, and be instrumental in helping to create a healthier community. 

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How's Your Health?

Toxic Waistlines Contest News Coverage

Health hike’ kicks off wellness program in Basking Ridge

Published: Jun 21st, 1:25 PM
BERNARDS TWP. – An innovative weight loss program that’s part of Mayor Scott Spitzer’s Wellness Campaign got under way with a “health hike’’ on Saturday, June 19, at Dunham Park off Liberty Corner Road.

The program, billed as the “100 Days, 100 Ways Toxic Waistline Competition,” will offer weekly exercise activities for a 100-day period through mid-September.

Saturday’s health hike went very well, Spitzer said Monday.

“Participants commented that they appreciated the organized activity and it was the first time that many of them became familiar with Dunham Park,” he said. “These health hikes are not only good exercise, but they introduce our residents to our first-class recreational resources.”

Additional health hikes will be scheduled in the future.

The competition, similar to the television program, “The Biggest Loser,” will provide educational exercise incentives to help adults and kids lose weight in the most healthy manner possible.

The participant with the highest weight loss percentage will receive $500.

At a Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 15, Spitzer said about 140 registrants have joined the program to date. The participants include residents as well as 18 township employees, five school district workers and three Somerset Hills YMCA employees.

Children are also getting involved. Ten of the registrants are between the ages of 11 and 17, Spitzer noted.

“A group of registrants with that diversity is significant,” the mayor said. “It’s truly a community competition, and we’re very pleased by that significant response.”

The township is offering the program through a partnership with the township Health Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Somerset Hills YMCA, and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

Funding for the venture is being provided through a grant from the National Business Coalition for Health of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in Trenton.

The township is the only municipality in New Jersey to receive the grant.


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