Bergenfield residents report health improvements after wellness campaign

Mayor Arvin Amatorio (3rd from left) leads residents on a walking exercise around the city. At far left is Council Member Salvador Deauna.

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign 2022, a New Jersey state-wide, initiative that encourages active lifestyles and healthy living through education, fun activities, and community engagement, recently concluded with participating residents reporting healthy lifestyle improvements in their sleeping, eating, and physical activity habits.

In a survey conducted of residents participating in the activities, 100 percent saw improvements in their physical activity, 90 percent in their eating habits, 95 percent in their blood pressure and weight, 96 percent in their sleeping habits, and 100 percent said they were satisfied with the program. 

“I am so pleased to hear that our residents are really utilizing this program and able to see notable improvements to their everyday lives,” said Mayor Arvin Amatorio. “The whole idea was to create better access to more healthy activities and it is great that people are using this opportunity and it is working for them.”

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign is a statewide community health initiative that provides evidence-based tools and strategies for mayors and community leaders to help their residents achieve healthier lifestyles. The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI) has been leading the   campaign in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities since 2006.

Through this partnership, Bergenfield will receive regularly updated tools and strategies to promote health and active living, connections to local partners and volunteer networks to share best practices, information about grants and funding for programs, as well as an opportunity to be designated as a “Healthy Town” by the NJHCQI. 

Residents who participate in fun games, Zumba and dancing, and health education report positive results in their weight, sleeping and eating habits.

Some of the highlights of the campaign included Zumba at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Tae Kwon Do classes for kids and all ages, walks with the Mayor and Council at Cooper’s Pond that started with prayers and praises, singing, fun games, and mental health awareness activities. There was also yoga and line dancing at Conlon Hall, and health education and COVID vaccinations by the health department.

Sponsors of the campaign included the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, United Martial Arts UMA Taekwondo, Bergenfield H&R Accounting / Tax Corner E.G. Enriquez Accounting Firm, Sariling Atin Asian Grill, World Financial Group, New York Life Insurance, Alvear Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping, Bergenfield American Pinoy Food Mart, Dynamic Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, the Philippine Nurses Association – New Jersey Bergen Passaic Subchapter, the Jesus Lamb of God Church, the God’s Flock Church, the Jesus the Savior Church, the Filipino Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark, the St. Mary’s Line Dancers Group/ Bergenfield Mayor’s Wellness Campaign Line Dancers, Headliners Salon, Glacy’s Salon, Nova Salon, Bergen County, Dello Russo Laser Vision and Eyecare Center, Tupperware by Lyra Roque, West Main Luncheonette,  the Jersey College School of Nursing, the Bergenfield Stigma-Free Committee, as well as the Bergenfield Recreation Department, Health Department, and Department of Public Works. Ilya Evangelista Amatorio is the overall organizer of the Bergenfield Mayor’s Wellness Campaign 2022. 

If you have any questions or need more information about the campaign, please do not hesitate to contact the Boro at (201) 387-4055 ext. 6, the Health Department at (201) 387-4055 ext. 5, or Councilman Marc Pascual at (201) 328-7516.

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