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Mayor’s Wellness Campaign: February 2021

Mayor’s Wellness Campaign: February 2021

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A note from the Mayor:

Last year, I announced that I was committed to improving the health and wellness of Highlanders by signing the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) Annual Pledge of Participation and announcing wellness activities that residents can attend throughout the year. The partnership between Highlands and MWC is an effort to encourage the local community to get on the path to active living and healthier lifestyles. Even negotiating through COVID-19, the programmed worked so well, I have signed the commitment pledge for 2021.

The MWC is an initiative of New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. One of the main goals of the MWC is to improve the overall health and wellness of New Jersey communities. Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and evidence-based resources for community health initiatives. By encouraging Mayors to play a leadership role in supporting opportunities for active and healthy lifestyles and incorporating the social determinants of health into all policies, New Jersey is becoming a national leader in community-based health interventions.

Highlands will be utilizing the partnership with the MWC to host wellness programming throughout 2021. These events will encourage both healthy lifestyles and increase community awareness of the factors contributing to health outcomes. My goal is to encourage a holistic approach to promote sound mental, nutritional, and physical health through activity and education.

Mayor Carolyn Broullon

Survey Results

Activity Registration

FREE – Walking Wednesdays

Looking for someone to walk with? Feel free to join the Recreation Department for a walk on Wednesdays at 9am leaving from the community center.

Pre-registration required via

FREE – Lunchtime Yoga with Lorna – February 9, 16 & 23 at 12:15 PM

Give yourself a break! Dissolve those tight muscles and melt your stress away with some gentle and relaxing yoga.

February 9 – Gentle chair yoga

February 16 – Gentle mat class designed to de-stress and invigorate 


FREE – Phoenix Meditation – February 24 at 12:00 PM

Mindful Movement w/ The Phoenix is a unique combination of yoga and meditation to bring one into a more mindful state.

This 30-minute virtual practice is designed to recharge you for the rest of the day and is accessible regardless of your surroundings, whether you are sitting in your office chair, have a yoga mat on the floor, or anywhere in between, this class is for you!

League Apps registration and Phoenix waiver required.


About The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to build sober-active community that fuels resilience and harnesses the transformational power of connection to that together we Rise, Recover, and Live.

We offer FREE programming to all individuals with 48 hours of continuous sobriety, whether you are an individual in recovery from substance use disorder or mental health challenges, or simply want to live a sober lifestyle, our community is open and accessible to all.

COVID Testing

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Walking Routes – join us or walk on your own!

  • Bay Ave loop: 2 miles *Start anywhere on Bay Ave be sure to include the circle by Bahrs to the end of Bay Ave at Gravelly Point Road and back.
  • Marina Loop: 3.6 miles *Start at Bahrs then Gateway, Twin Lights, A&M, Baker’s, Captain’s Coves, Sandy Hook Bay.
  • Miller Beach to Mountain Loop: 1.4 miles but oh the hills! *Start at Miller Beach and go up Miller then Woodland, Mountain, Osborne, Valley Ave, Highland Ave, then back down Miller to Miller Beach.


From the American Heart Association

Reminders for Avoiding Injuries

Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead to exercise, the tips below can help you avoid injuries:

  1. Take five to 10 minutes to warm up and cool down properly.
  2. Plan to start slowly and boost your activity level gradually unless you are already exercising frequently and vigorously.
  3. Be aware that training too hard or too often can cause overuse injuries like stress fractures, stiff or sore joints and muscles, and inflamed tendons and ligaments. Sports prompting repetitive wear and tear on certain parts of your body — such as swimming (shoulders), jogging (knees, ankles, and feet), tennis (elbows) — are often overuse culprits, too. A mix of different kinds of activities and sufficient rest is safer.
  4. Listen to your body. Hold off on exercise when you’re sick or feeling very fatigued. Cut back if you cannot finish an exercise session, feel faint after exercise or fatigued during the day, or suffer persistent aches and pains in joints after exercising.
  5. If you stop exercising for a while, drop back to a lower level of exercise initially. If you’re doing strength training, for example, lift lighter weights or do fewer reps or sets.
  6. For most people, simply drinking plenty of water is sufficient. But if you’re working out especially hard or doing a marathon or triathlon, choose drinks that replace fluids plus essential electrolytes.
  7. Choose clothes and shoes designed for your type of exercise. Replace shoes every six months as cushioning wears out.
  8. For strength training, good form is essential. Initially use no weight, or very light weights, when learning the exercises. Never sacrifice good form by hurrying to finish reps or sets, or struggling to lift heavier weights.
  9. Exercising vigorously in hot, humid conditions can lead to serious overheating and dehydration. Slow your pace when the temperature rises above 70°F. On days when the thermometer is expected to reach 80°F, exercise during cooler morning or evening hours or at an air-conditioned gym. Watch for signs of overheating, such as headache, dizziness, nausea, faintness, cramps, or palpitations.
  10. Dress properly for cold-weather workouts to avoid hypothermia. Depending on the temperature, wear layers you can peel off as you warm up. Don’t forget gloves.
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