Dec 12, 2019 Promoting Healthy Living

Community events raise awareness of the importance of an active lifestyle.

Meg Fisher, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Monmouth Medical Center, leads children in stretching exercises before the 5K race on Family Fun DayMonmouth Medical Center (MMC) has been meeting the health care needs of the community for many years. Not only does the hospital offer traditional medical services, but it’s also involved in promoting a healthy lifestyle through its involvement in various events. In April, MMC and RWJBarnabas Health were well represented during the 2019 Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon in Long Branch. More than 12,000 runners competed in a course that took them through the beach towns of Ocean Grove, Allenhurst, Deal, Monmouth Beach, Loch Arbour and Long Branch. Eric Carney, Monmouth Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Diann Johnston, Chief Nursing Officer, hold the finish line tape for the Half Marathon winnerThe marathon culminated on the Long Branch beachfront promenade, where MMC President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Carney and Chief Nursing Officer Diann Johnston held the finish line tape.

In addition, RWJBarnabas Health sponsored the Family Fun Day and Kids Races, which were held on the Great Lawn in Long Branch. Members of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital staff were joined by representatives of Children’s Specialized Hospital and MMC’s pet therapy team. Meg Fisher, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, and Carney held the finish line tape for the 5K race.

A special soccer clinic for kids

This fall, RWJBarnabas Health is sponsoring a free, one-hour soccer clinic for up to 60 members of Long Branch Middle School girls’ and boys’ teams. The women’s professional soccer team, SkyBlue, will provide the clinic, which will feature scrimmages and interactions with players. Afterward, there will be a minute question-and-answer and autograph session with SkyBlue players. Attendees will also receive goodie bags. Jason Krystofiak, MD, a sports medicine physician at MMC, is the team physician and medical director for SkyBlue. “Monmouth Medical Center has a long history of meeting the health care needs of its neighbors through high-quality health services and skilled and dedicated caregivers,” says Carney. “We see ourselves as a partner in the care of our community.”

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