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Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation to Host Annual Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk


Lifeline Challenge walk and fun run

Belleville, NJ – Put your best foot forward at a run and walk to promote healthy living and active lifestyles as part of the LIFELINE CHALLENGE TO HEALTHY LIVING program sponsored by Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

This year's fundraising event includes a 5K Run at 9:30 a.m. and Fun Walk at 9:45 a.m. The program will be hosted by WABC-TV Eyewitness News Anchor Ken Rosato.

The LIFELINE CHALLENGE TO HEALTHY LIVING sponsors several programs to help people lead healthy, active lives. They include after school activities for third and fourth-graders throughout Essex, Bergen and Hudson Counties; summer camp programs, Community Health lectures and health screenings, and support for the New Jersey Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (NJBMI) at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC).

"At Clara Maass Medical Center, we are all about encouraging our surrounding communities to lead healthier lives through good nutrition and exercise," said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and CEO of CMMC. "This family-friendly walk and run at the Turtle Back Zoo is a fun way to not only get active and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones, but to raise money for a great cause."

CMMC is empowering local families to lead active lifestyles. Through the LIFELINE CHALLENGE FOR HEALTHY LIVING, students in 13 local elementary schools danced Zumba, learned martial arts, ran relay races and even grew their own vegetables, as part of learning to make healthy nutrition choices and how to incorporate exercise into their lives. This year's program took place at schools in Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Nutley, Montclair, Kearny, Harrison and North Arlington.

Besides funding the after-school program, LIFELINE CHALLENGE FOR HEALTHY LIVING also supports providing Automated External Defibrillators on-site at schools and other health-related initiatives and equipment.

Visit to register for the Walk or Run on October 12, or to become a corporate sponsor of LIFELINE CHALLENGE FOR HEALTHY LIVING. Registration fees are $25 per adult and $5 per child, which includes zoo admission and a free t-shirt. Participants who raise $250 and above will be eligible to win prizes that include an iPod shuffle, Target gift cards, Kindle Fire, and a mini iPad. Sign up today!

About Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation
Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation plays an integral role in raising funds for the facilities, programs and services offered by Clara Maass Medical Center. Through a variety of giving opportunities, Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation works with donors to support the many projects that help enhance the health and quality of life in its communities.

Clara Maass continues to set the standard for delivering quality care. In 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. It also received its fifth consecutive Grade "A" score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, making it one of 251 hospitals in the entire nation to achieve an "A" in all five scores releases from the nation's leading experts on patient safety. U.S. News & World Report ranked Clara Maass #18 in New Jersey and #39 in the New York Metro Area as a high-performing hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neurology & Neurosurgery for 2014-15. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs."

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass' centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, the New Jersey Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Clara Maass Medical Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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