MAYOR BOLLWAGE INVITES FAMILIES TO A FREE “GET FIT DAY” EVENT

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE INVITES FAMILIES 
TO A FREE “GET FIT DAY” EVENT
 
ELIZABETH, NJ—May 13, 2014 - On Saturday, May 17th, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, United Way of Greater Union County, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman Carlos Torres and the Department of Health and Human Services will join efforts to present “Get Fit Day.” Families and friends are invited to come and enjoy a fun-filled day of “GET FIT” activities.
 
“The City of Elizabeth has always been at the forefront of promoting healthy living. From our free vaccinations and awareness months to our walk-a-thons, this is another event that will address health and wellness issues, while offering a fun and engaging experience,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I encourage all of our residents to come down and enjoy a day where they can participate in activities and connect with organizations that will provide the necessary assistance and resources to achieve their goals.”
 
In honor of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, “Get Fit Day” will be a free event dedicated to meeting the fitness needs of  kids and their families in an entertaining atmosphere, including:  mascots, different sports, games, dancing as well as exercise drills, informational materials and health screenings, which will be provided by Trinitas Regional Medical Center. In addition, soccer clinics hosted by the New York Red Bulls and conducted by the New York Red Bulls Clinic Team will be featured. These soccer clinics will promote good health, positive peer interaction and active lifestyles for kids ages 7-16.
 
According to the Let’s Move website, over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If this issue is not addressed, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from Diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
 
“Keeping our residents informed is one of the most important things we can do as a City,” said Councilman Carlos Torres. “These initiatives enable our valued partners to be brought together in order to share knowledge, experiences and services with residents.  With support, important information and guidance from our community's dedicated professionals, lives can be transformed.”  
 
Celebrity host, Giovanna Drpic, will serve as the event’s Emcee. Drpic is the host of “Money & Main$treet” on FiOS1 News (NJ/LI) and Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA will be attendance, along with Pageant Queens representing various cultural groups throughout the City of Elizabeth including Portugal, Dominican Republic and Columbia.
 
Get Fit Day is being held from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Field, located at 185 Front Street in Elizabeth. All participants must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian to take part in activities. Some of the event’s participants include: Club Metro, the YMCA, United Youth of New Jersey and Training Today’s Athlete.
 
“The United Way of Greater Union County extends a warm thank you to our many supporters and sponsors,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County.  Sponsors and supporters include PSEG, Wakefern Food Corporation, Elizabeth Development Company, Atalanta, New England Motor Freight, CIS, Elizabeth Housing Authority, Target and USA Architect.  Participating organizations include PROCEED, Drake College, Groundwork Elizabeth, Elizabeth Packers, Elizabeth Fire Department, Elizabeth Police Department, PNC Bank, Portuguese Instruction Club, Lions Club and Leo Club.
 
For more information please visit www.uwguc.org or contact Dennis Dias @ (908) 353-7171 Ext: 129 or E-mail dennis.dias@uwguc.org.