Vernon is a 2020 New Jersey Healthy Town to Watch
Posted: March 11, 2021
The 2020 Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, has announced “New Jersey Healthy Town” winners who are being recognized for their innovative responses to local needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, communities participating in the MWC complete a comprehensive healthy town application outlining the research they’ve done to identify their community health needs and explaining how they have organized their local MWC committee. The application also highlights the actions they’ve taken to make their communities healthier places to live, work, and play.
This is Vernon Township’s second year being designated as a Healthy Town to Watch. Throughout the pandemic, the township has focused on providing important updates and information regarding the status of the pandemic. The town implemented curbside to-go meals for the senior center nutrition site and provided a safe, accessible, covered outdoor seating area. This provided access to healthy food for the most vulnerable populations, as well as a place for much needed socialization.
“On behalf of the residents of Vernon Township, the mayor and council offer our thanks to the Quality Institute for designating Vernon Township as a 2020 New Jersey Healthy Town to Watch. This honor would not have been possible without the host of volunteers who serve our town on municipal committees such as the board of recreation, the beautification committee, the greenway action advisory committee, the economic development advisory committee, the environmental commission, and the senior citizen committee. To make our town an even better and healthier place to live, we are in the early stages of planning a beautiful new town center walking and biking trail—all part of our efforts to move Vernon forward,” said Mayor Howard Burrell.