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Newark Pastors, Worshippers and Community Will Walk Together Through South Ward Hundreds Expected at Wellness Walk

06/19/2015

Newark, NJ- June 18, 2015 – NEWARK, NJ —Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC) will host its fourth NEWARK CHURCHES WALK FOR WELLNESS on Saturday, June 20, at 201 Lyons Avenue and Osborne Terrace at the NBIMC Main Entrance. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Nearly 400 people from 12 Newark churches will walk together on a 2.5 mile walk through the South Ward of Newark. The public is invited to attend this free fitness event.

Newark Churches Walk for Wellness

L to R: Rev. Anthony Mitchell, Sr. Pastor, Union Chapel AME Church, Rev. Philip Gilmore, Pastor, St. John’s Community Baptist Church, Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Vice President of Wellness at NBIMC and Healthy Living and Community Engagement for Barnabas Health, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health, Bonita Hickman, Administration, NBIMC.

“This is the fourth year of the Walk for Wellness and The Beth Church Challenge changing lives and promoting healthy lifestyles,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. “Wellness is the foundation of good health and this event keeps growing and making an impact on the lives of many in Newark and surrounding communities.”

The Walk was established four years ago by Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Vice President of Wellness at NBIMC and Healthy Living and Community Engagement for Barnabas Health at the request of church members who were involved in The Beth Challenge, NBIMC’s sustainable nutrition and exercise program. The Challenge has helped community participants loose over 18,000 pounds. Today, not only is The Beth Challenge offered in houses of worship, it has been integrated into area schools, government offices, and the Newark Fire Department. “We walk to celebrate the accomplishments to raise awareness about the importance nutrition and exercise to good health,” Mintz said.

The 12 Newark churches that will have participants walking on Saturday are:

  • Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Clear View Baptist Church
  • St. John’s Community Baptist Church
  • Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
  • Franklin St. John’s United Methodist Church
  • Union Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • New Psalmist Worship Center
  • Israel Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Jehovah-Jireh Praise and Worship Center
  • Brown’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church
  • Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
Newark Churches Walk for Wellness
Participants at 2014 Newark Churches Walk for Wellness on Lyons Avenue at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center start line.

The walk will be held rain or shine. For more information about Newark Churches Walk for Wellness and other programs at NBIMC, please call 973-926-2663

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.NewarkBeth.org

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-7280.

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Contact: Patricia Mitrano
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