Archive for January, 2015

Official Press Release

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Left to Right: H. Roger Burns, Kristin Collette,RN, Mayor Robert Giangeruso, Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis, Jennifer Wolgast

“I am pleased to work with Weight Wellness Center on the Mayors Wellness Campaign to get our community exercising more, eating properly and living healthier more active lifestyles,” said Mayor Giangeruso. “I am excited by the prospect of employing new programs in Lyndhurst to make a difference.” Kristen Collette, RN , Health Dept. Administrator/Coordinator will work to include the MWC principles into the events and activities the health department offers, and is excited to be part of this new initiative.

The goal of the MWC is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing personal and health care costs secondary to obesity. Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and resources for healthy community initiatives. By encouraging Mayors to play a leadership role in supporting local assessments and opportunities for active, healthy lifestyles, the intent of the MWC is to improve health and make New Jersey a national leader in community-based health interventions.
“Obesity rates, particularly among our children, and the resulting incidences of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are rising at alarming rates for all New Jerseyans, but this trend could be reversed with changes to diet and exercise regimens,” said Burns-Katafigiotis of Weight Wellness Center. She has agreed to take on the role of co-coordinator for this campaign on a volunteer basis. “This is an opportunity to pay it forward to a community that helped to foster my success”. Burns-Katafigiotis’ father was a dedicated high school teacher in the township.

The Mayors Wellness Campaign (www.mayorswellnesscampaign.org) is an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (www.NJHCQI.org) in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (www.njslom.org). The mission of the Mayors Wellness Campaign is to equip mayors and other key leaders with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing the skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey. Currently, more than half of the New Jersey’s 566 municipalities are participating in the campaign and are working aggressively to decrease obesity rates and increase the overall health of their communities. Major funding for the Mayors Wellness Campaign is provided by The Walmart Foundation.

“We are delighted to have Mayor Giangeruso and the Township of Lyndhurst join the MWC,” said David Knowlton, President and CEO of the NJHCQI. “It was alarming to me, when I heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently concluded that the next generation of Americans (those born after 2000) may very well be the first in our lifetime to be LESS healthy than the generation which preceded it. We worked for many months to put together the kind of coalition that just might have an impact here in New Jersey.”

“The 2004 Institute of Medicine report which awakened the nation to the steps which needed to be taken in this area concluded that ‘mobilizing communities to address childhood obesity … will require concerted efforts by many partners.’” said William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “The MWC is a good-faith effort to put such a partnership together and has the wholehearted support of the League.”

“I’m excited about working with the MWC to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance activities to combat obesity and inactivity issues for all our residents,” said Mayor Giangeruso. “By identifying existing programs and assessing our community needs, together with Weight Wellness Center we can shape our own plan for community health.”

 

 

For additional information, please go to www.mayorswellnesscampaign.org.
Contact for Weight Wellness Center: Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis at Jennifer@weightwellnesscenter.com
Contact for Mayor Giangeruso: Amelia Jarvis at AmeliaJ@lyndhurstnj.org

 

Courtesy of the Township of Lyndhurst’s Website

Our Grand Opening!

Here’s some snaps from our grand opening weekend!

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Our classroom and kitchen space, ready for demos, lessons, and tastings!

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Delicious and easy salads- recipes to come!

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Help yourself!

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Our lesson on healthy smoothies turned into a junior cooking competition! Here are our awesome participants who made healthy smoothies with fruits& veggies.

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A quick discussion on MyPlate inspired these girls to make plates of their own! They picked all of their favorite foods from magazines and practiced designing the ideal plate for portion control. So much fun!

Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the many lessons we have planned for the future. Let us know if you can think of something you’d like to learn more about. Let’s get healthy together!

Wreath-making at WWC

To celebrate the holidays this year, WWC hosted a wreath decorating event.

Did you know Jennifer is a talented florist?
One quick demonstration later, all of the lovely ladies that attended had created their own festive and beautiful wreaths.

Check out the event here:

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Front desk/ healthy buffet!

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Yummy snacks, homemade dips, and sparkling beverages

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The wonderful Olivia!

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Materials for the wreaths

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Time to get creative!

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Wreaths in progress

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Thank you to all that attended, we hope you had as much fun as we did!
If you have any ideas for other events we should host, let us know on Facebook or via email:
info@weightwellnesscenter.com

Health Fair Fun!

Back in November, WWC had the opportunity to attend a health fair hosted at the Learning Center Day Care facility in Lyndhurst. We had so much fun at our first event, and were able to talk to kids and parents about healthy habits. Here’s some pictures of our table from the event:

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Know an event that WWC should attend? Feel free to contact us with information!
info@weightwellnesscenter.com
(201)- 636- 2143

Spice Up Your Life!

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Hey friends! Everyone knows that we’re foodies here at Weight Wellness Center, so we were starstruck when Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Food Network replied to our tweet and offered to send us a sample of his new spice blends!

You truly don’t need to rely on heavy fats, oils, or sauces as the only way to bring excitement to your meals. Spice blends are the perfect way to increase the flavor profile of your food, without adding extra calories or fat. There are even bonus benefits like antioxidants!

Get ready for a demo on these spices ASAP, because our mouthes are watering just thinking about it! And thank you again to Andrew Zimmern!!

Our kit included Oh La La Poisson, Grill Buddy, Flex Your Tex, and Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

Long distance Weight Loss Program is Here!

Did you know that WWC has long distance weight loss programs?

We can ship products to you anywhere in the world and use face time or skype for your weekly sessions. Too busy to come in … there goes that excuse! Call today to find out more or send a message/email.

Weight Wellness Center … helping to eliminate your barriers to success!

Grand Opening Schedule of Events Jan. 1 & 2

All events are FREE!!!

Friday January 2, 2015

Noon: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Lyndhurst Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso. It’s official … WWC is OPEN!!!

1pm: Know Your Numbers: An introduction to Weight Wellness
(FREE Body Composition Analysis offered after the talk)

2pm: Awesome Antioxidants – Easy and delicious ways to make them part of your day! Presented by Jennifer Wolgast, Nutrition Consultant WWWC. FREE TASTING EVENT – it’ll be delicious and nutritious!

3 pm: Energy Drinks vs Smoothies – Which one has the real energy boosting power? Presented by LaKeisha John, MSU Nutrition Student FREE TASTING EVENT with recipes to make at home

4 pm: Author Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis ( Owner of Weight Wellness Center ) will read her children’s book Belinda Bumble Bee followed by a fun and educational session introducing bees, pollination and a honey tasting. Children will receive a pack of seeds to plant in the spring as well as the author’s signature! Best for ages 4-9, but all are welcome!

5pm: MyPlate for children and parents. This is a hands on learning experience for children as they will learn what a healthy plate looks like and how to get their plate to meet the MyPlate standards. Each child will have the opportunity to make their own plate to put on the fridge at home.

6 pm: In case you missed it earlier, Know Your Numbers, An Introduction to Weight Wellness and FREE Body Composition Analysis

And the fun continues on Saturday, January 3, 2015

All events are FREE!!!

Noon: Know Your Numbers: An introduction to Weight Wellness
(FREE Body Composition Analysis offered after the talk – Learn just what your weight really is and what it means)

1pm: MyPlate for children and parents. This is a hands on learning experience for children as they will learn what a healthy plate looks like and how to get their plate to meet the MyPlate standards. Each child will have the opportunity to make their own plate to put on the fridge at home.

2pm: Pop Corn! Not just for movies anymore … Following the recipes found in Good and Cheap: A Healthy Cookbook for Food Stamp Budgets, you will get to try popcorn 8 different ways and no serving costs more than $.25. You will taste how good ( and cheap … and healthy) popcorn really is. Its a whole grain in disguise.

3 pm: Baby it’s cold outside … but spring is on our mind. Indoor gardening event! Take that empty water bottle and turn it into a stylish wall decoration and fresh herb planter. This event is limited to 15 participants. First come, first served.

4 pm: Awesome Antioxidants – Easy and delicious ways to make them part of your day! FREE TASTING EVENT – it’ll be delicious and nutritious!

5pm: In case you missed it earlier, Know Your Numbers, An Introduction to Weight Wellness and FREE Body Composition Analysis

All events are FREE but WWC is collecting non-perishable food items for the Lydhurst food pantry. Please be generous!!!