Mayor Al Smith's Wellness Campaign

About The Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC)

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) is a statewide community health initiative in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  The MWC is a program that provides Mayors tools and strategies to champion healthy and active living and to improve the overall health of their communities.  When Mayors promote healthy living they can drive community wide change. As part of the MWC, Scotch Plains works to promote health in the following domains: youth; seniors; employees; and, communities. 

Recent News

Scotch Plains Named 2019 Healthy Town  Quality Institute Releases Mayors Wellness Campaign New Jersey “Healthy Town”

Scotch Plains is one of seven New Jersey communities to win recognition as a 2019 Healthy Town by participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. This is the third year the Township has participated in the program.   


Each year, communities participating in the MWC complete a comprehensive application outlining the research they’ve done to identify their community health needs, explain how they have organized their local MWC committee, and highlight the actions they’ve taken to make their communities healthier places to live, work, and play.   


Scotch Plains received a Healthy Town to Watch designation in 2018 and has worked hard to become a 2019 Healthy Town. Again in 2019, cardiovascular disease was the primary goal for Scotch Plains’ 2019 Mayors Wellness Campaign. 


Click here to read the entire press release.   

Scotch Plains Designated Healthy Town to Watch

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.   


“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Do You Know This Scotch Plains Business?

Health and Fitness Professionals, - 1740 East 2nd Street


Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Manager & Program Coordination for the Mayors Wellness Campaign, Margaret Heisey and Project Coordinator for Downtown Redevelopment, Tom Strowe spent some time learning about the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to wellness from Dr. Sean Basinger at the new home of Health and Fitness Professionals. 


Dr. Basinger and his team have been treating patients in Scotch Plains for 5 years and have expanded their practice to a larger space. 


"We are so fortunate to have so many fine providers and resources for health and wellness in downtown Scotch Plains", commented Mayor Al Smith.  "Check out our list of partners on the Mayor's Wellness page on our website."

Community Mental Health Survey

The Community Mental Health Initiative wants to hear from you! Please take this short survey as we determine the needs of the Scotch Plains/Fanwood area. We are in the process of designing workshops, support groups, and classes for all ages, and we need your advice. Click here to be directed to the survey.

Township Officials Participate in Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello Program at School One

The Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello program was introduced in our School District this week.  Mayor Al Smith, Municipal Manager Al Mirabella and Deputy Manager, Margaret Heisey joined Superintendent Dr. Hayes and School One Principal Mr. Justin Fiory for the Start With Hello activity in Ms. Christine Mills’ 4th Grade classroom on Thursday.       


The Township Council recently passed a Proclamation promoting Start With Hello Week and lauding the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Board of Education for its efforts to keep our students safe in a socially inclusive and connected student body.  The Start With Hello program, one of the Know The Signs programs of the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.   


Click here for more information about the program.

From The Mayor's Office

Dear Scotch Plains Residents,  The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil. I believe this quote says it all. For without health, your ability to participate and enjoy life is diminished.  As a person who has had his own health challenges, I would like to see everyone in town as healthy as possible and enjoying life to the maximum. When I became Mayor and discovered the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, I embraced it, and I am using it to hopefully help you to live a healthier life. 


The Mayors Wellness Campaign, in addition to the programs directly offered by the township, coordinates programs throughout the year that are designed to promote healthy activities and well-being in the Scotch Plains community. The goal of this campaign is to increase opportunities for residents of all age groups, from youth to seniors, to participate in healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management with a long-term goal of improving health. 


Today some of the biggest health challenges are heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. But the good news is that the way we conduct our personal lives, we can diminish our chances of having to deal with these deadly diseases.


Therefore, for the last two years, the Mayor’s Wellness program has focused on healthy eating, exercise, and stress management. This year’s program will do the same but with more integration of the great programs that our Wellness Partners regularly offer.  I am fully appreciative that we all have personal circumstance that impact our ability to live more healthy lives, but with the stakes so high, small changes now can lead to big benefits later. I look forward to seeing you at Mayor’s Wellness events throughout the year. 


Wishing you a happy and healthy 2020 -- Mayor Al Smith

The Township of Scotch Plains participated in its 3rd annual Play for P.I.N.K. two mile benefit walk for breast cancer research in October 2018. 

Mayor Al Smith & MWC Program Coordinator, Margaret Heisey, planning wellness programs as they run in the St. Bart’s 5K.  The 2019 St. Bart’s 5K is scheduled for Saturday, March 30.  Sign up here

The Mayor's Social Corner

Follow Mayor Al Smith on Facebook

Wellness Tip of the Month from MWC Committee Member and Pretty Beast Mode owner, Vernecia Adams

Heart Strong Through Exercise     


The heart is a muscle like many other muscles in your body.  The stronger your heart is, the better it can pump more blood with less effort.  One way of lowering your blood pressure, or gain control over your blood pressure - if it is already high is through regular physical activity.     


Exercise is an awesome, drug-free approach to lowering your high blood pressure so much so that it can even reduce or remove the need for blood pressure medication.  You don't need to spend hours in the gym to get the results you're looking for.  All you need is an environment where you can incorporate strength training exercises such as weight lifting tied in with some cardio or aerobic activity. 


By adding moderate physical activity to your daily routine, increasing your heart and breathing rates is the most efficient drug-free treatment approach to lowering your blood pressure.     


Visit  and fill out the "contact us"  for free fitness assessment & training to discuss ways to meet your goals. 

Event Photos

#ScotchPlainsStrong Campaign

Chronic Disease Prevention

Guided Meditations: Tuesday & Fridays from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

March 2020 Healthy Living Calendar

Resolve Community Counseling Center Suspends In-Person Counseling Sessions as of March 23

Here 2 Help Workshop (March 24): Academic and Mental Health - What Parents Need to Know

Prescribe the Y 2019-20 Offerings

SPPL Adult Fitness Classes

Sound of Healing -- Himalayan Singing Bowls Workshops from January through April

JCC Cancer Exercise Training

Free Blood Pressure Checks at Scotch Plains Public Library

Every second Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted), the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Ave.) will be offering free blood pressure checks to residents from 10 a.m. to noon. The Township nurse will be performing the screenings -- no registration is necessary.


During the months of July and August there will not be a free blood pressure check. 

Emotional Eating Support Group

Health & Wellness Resources

* Coming Soon!

Mayor's Wellness Committee

Lidia Abrams  (Resolve Community Counseling Center, Inc.)

Robert O'Connell (RWJ Fitness)

Dona Mancuso (RWJ Fitness)

Dr. James Checchio (Chiropractor)

Sheri Cognetti (YMCA)

Donna Peart (YMCA)

Annie McNair (Union County Health Officer)

Mike Goldstein (JCC)

Kim Koza (JCC)

Debi Price (JCC)

Erika Handler (Resident)

Samantha Kowalczyk (Business Owner/Resident)

Beth Ellen Hornstein (Play for P.I.N.K. liaison)

Vernecia Adams (Business Owner-Pretty Beast Mode Fitness)

Alison Yablonowitz (Resident)

Margaret Heisey - Program Coordinator

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