Health Watch Cumberland is a collaborative effort organized by Rotary International District 7640, lead club Tri-County Rotary Club, based in Vineland, NJ, and The Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce. Our partnership with fellow Rotary Clubs in Cumberland County – Vineland, Bridgeton and Port Norris – and the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber by the Bay provides a solid foundation to support an extensive initiative designed to fundamentally change the culture of health awareness in Cumberland County. It is also our hope that this initiative will shed a positive light on our home here in southern New Jersey and the benefits of living and working in what is truly a beautiful, historic part of The Garden State.
As of January 2018, statistics and published reports reveal that Cumberland County is the “unhealthiest” county in New Jersey, 21st out of 21 counties. As efforts by a variety of agencies and organizations continue to address this issue, one question remains:
How do we energize an entire community of 152,000 residents across Cumberland County to take ownership of our own health concerns and through this process change a culture of apathy that impacts the wellness of men, women and children who call Cumberland County home?
With the goal of bringing health awareness to all residents, May 2018 has been designated as Cumberland County Health Awareness Month across the region, with activities for all age groups planned in all areas.The spotlight event will be May 23, 2018 when residents of Cumberland County – and supporters of this initiative – will participate in the attempt to set for Guinness World Records in one day … all records under the theme of health and wellness.With baseball superstar Mike Trout - a lifelong resident of Cumberland County - as honorary chairman of this initiative, we hope individuals and families in our county and across the world will “take the pledge” to secure their own good health while also seeing that family members, friends and the entire community enjoy the benefits of their own wellness.Beneficiaries of this initiative will be the Cumberland County members of the Cumberland-Salem-Gloucester Health and Wellness Alliance and deserving Cumberland County students pursuing care ers in a health-related field.And, of course, our own residents will benefit by their own improved health and optimism for the place we call home.