Community Events Were Bigger Than Ever!

Celebrating 10 Years of Paint the Town Pink

In its 10-year anniversary, Paint the Town Pink was bigger and pinker than ever, engaging more than 1,500 Pink Partners across Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties in more than 40 towns. In the 2016 Tickled Pink campaign, women were featured who credit their survivorship to two key elements – their Cancer Care team and laughter. The four women who participated in the campaign mark their survivorship by the number of laughs made possible by early detection.

Rocking an Iconic Asbury Park Music Venue

In October, the iconic Convention Hall on the Asbury Park Boardwalk was rocking out to a different type of lineup than the music venue is used to hosting. Hackensack Meridian Health‘s first-ever Women Rock event, part of the Lyrics for Life event series, debuted with a score of health and wellness rock stars. The event featured services available right in the community and was a great venue for attendees to shop with over 30 health and wellness vendors. Included in the afternoon’s lineup were food and mixology demos, beauty and fitness demos, presentations by distinguished “womenologists,” and free health screenings, all which harmonized beautifully within the five pillars of wellness (sleep, activity, purpose, nutrition, and resilience) – the foundations of Hackensack Meridian Health‘s Integrative Health & Medicine Program. Also starring at the event were the Women Who Rock Hall of Fame winners, who were local superstar women who have triumphed a health challenge, inspired others in the community through service or generosity, or just simply made a major impact on someone else’s life. Over 700 community members attended this free event.

Running and Walking Toward Better Health

Ocean Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center in June, as well as Jersey Shore University Medical Center in September, successfully hosted their Community Days and 5K runs/walks as part of the annual Meridian Health Heart & Sole Cup Series. All three legs of the series were attended by a host of community members and runners, who came from far and wide. The first race, at Ocean, drew more than 300 people, while Bayshore’s Community Day and run/walk attracted over 375 participants. Additionally, Jersey Shore’s Community Day and run/walk engaged more than 1,100 attendees. Following the races at each campus, there were kids’ races, a children’s health fair, catered food, and much more.

Life, Liberty and Survivorship

In October 2016, nearly 4,000 cancer survivors, friends, caregivers and team members gathered to honor the lives of those who have been affected by cancer at the eighth annual Celebrating Life and Liberty event. For the first time ever, the event was held at MetLife Stadium, and even the heavy rain couldn’t deter the crowds from showing up. Hosted by Hackensack University Medical Center and the John Theurer Cancer Center, the complimentary celebration was highlighted by a performance by the Midtown Men, four stars of the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. The event also featured several family-oriented activities, raffle prizes, and various cancer advocacy organizations who were available with information about their services for all aspects of cancer care, support and survivorship.

Expo Brings Health & Fitness to the Community

Hackensack University Medical Center and HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants played a substantial role at the NBC4/Telemundo Health & Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium last May. The free event was attended by tens of thousands, offering screenings, education and community engagement.