The Borough of Stone Harbor is joining in a new effort to help the state’s communities get on the path to active living and healthier lifestyles through the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC). The town has developed a free 10-week wellness program for their community that runs February 18 through May 6, 2015.
One element of the campaign features the ‘Wellness Wednesday’ lecture series. Each week, MWC highlights a health and wellness topic; from nutrition to stress management and everything in between. The MWC is honored to announce that the final guest speaker will be Four-Time Olympian, NJ Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2013, and New Jersey resident, Joetta Clark Diggs, on Wednesday, April 29th 5:30pm-6:30pm in The Reeds at Shelter Haven Ballroom, Stone Harbor, NJ.
Joetta Clark Diggs is an Olympic athlete who has made an indelible impact in sports and within the community. In her legendary 24-year elite career as a half-mile runner, Clark Diggs represented the United States of America at the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic games. She has also made her contribution to society as an inspiring motivational speaker, respected businesswoman, critically acclaimed author, noted television personality and advocate for children’s health & fitness initiatives. “I am excited to participate in the event,” said Clark Diggs. “It is important to remember to promote the value of being healthy and fit. Health and wellness encourages self esteem and empowers a community.”
On April 29th, Clark Diggs will deliver a motivational speech to not only Stone Harbor’s MWC, but to residents and student-athletes of Cape May County. She will highlight notes from her acclaimed book, Joetta’s “P” Principles for Success: Life Lessons Learned From Track & Field. Joetta’s autographed book will be available for purchase at a reduced price exclusively for attendees of the event. There is no cost for admission. Organizers strongly recommend individuals, teams and coaches RSVP to this highly anticipated event. RSVP www.StoneHarborRecreation.com or (609) 368-1210.
“I am overwhelmed and encouraged by such a wonderful program. For a small beach community to attract such a large audience for the Mayors Wellness Campaign Seminar in the off-season, is a great accomplishment. Our town is fortunate to have so many residents and employees that take an active interest in their health,” stated Dr. Tara Vogdes, founder of Harbor Family Practice in Stone Harbor and MWC’s guest speaker on Wednesday, March 11th. Bonnie Kratzer, RN, CSN, Coordinator of the parish nurses from Our Savior Lutheran Church and Life Style Management for Cape Regional Health System, complimented Dr. Vodges lecture about “knowing your numbers” by offering free health screenings to all participants. The parish nurses tested over forty participants’ blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. “We were truly impressed with the program Stone Harbor has developed,” shared Bonnie Kratzer. “The members were extremely supportive of each other and eager to have their screenings. For the most part, our results concluded that Stone Harbor has been paying attention to their health. Offering a platform where residents and employees can exercise together as a group, proves to yield results!”
One challenge of the MWC is to track the number of steps taken on a daily basis (with pedometers supplied by the campaign) and submit their results weekly. With the campaign three-weeks underway, MWC theoretically walked from Stone Harbor to Charleston, South Carolina in week 1 to Tuscaloosa,Alabama in week 2 and now vacationing in sunny San Antonio, Texas in week 3.
For complete information about Stone Harbor’s Mayors Wellness 10-week Campaign, please visit www.stoneharborrecreation.com. To read more about Joetta Clark Diggs and her inspiring journey, please visit www.joettasportsandbeyond.com.