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About the Wellness Challenge
Based on the Bergen County Community Health Needs Assessment & Improvement Plan 2013, Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention, Fitness, and Nutrition were identified as the number one community health priorities for residents of Bergen County.  The goals for this 8-12-week challenge are to achieve the following strategic objectives: increase physical activity, increase healthy eating, increase knowledge concerning chronic diseases and their risk factors, and promote healthy behavior changes. 

2015 Wellness Challenge 
Community-Based Wellness/Weight-Loss/Walking Challenge attracts 1,350 Bergen County Residents

     A grand total of 2,900 pounds were lost by 452 participants as a result of the Bergen County Wellness Challenge. Also participating in the Challenge were 104 walkers with a goal to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.  
     Twelve towns/cities in the County participated in a Wellness Challenge, which was offered to all municipalities and sponsored by the Community Health Improvement Partnership’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force and local Health Officers. Each municipality put its own spin on the program, making it unique to the needs and resources in the community. The 12 participating towns were Bergenfield, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Hackensack, Midland Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, and Ridgewood. Two towns (Midland Park and Englewood) elected to sponsor a walking program instead of a weight loss program, while other towns decided to offer walking and weight loss programs. 
     The Challenge lasted up to 12 weeks and depending on the town, included weekly weigh-ins, organized walks and hikes, wellness seminars, free fitness classes, and prize incentives. This campaign was supported through partnerships with The Bergen County Department of Health Services, local health departments, community volunteers, town councils, fitness centers, YMCAs, hospitals, dietitians, and other businesses. Overall, an estimated 41% of the 1350 people who registered completed the challenge with a final weigh-in and or walk.  The task force members and the 12 towns pledge to continue this fitness and healthy eating campaign throughout the year. For further information, please contact Marla Klein at .