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A Year of Good Health

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Want to start off on the right foot? We’ve made it easy for you. Just be sure to mark these events on your calendar—only a selection of the hundreds of great health-conscious activities this year!—and enjoy 365 days of healthy living.

JANUARY

04 - Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

06 -The first Browning Ross Winter Series 5K of the season, to be followed by runs on Jan. 13, 20 and 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. These 5Ks are organized by Ringo Adamson, Rowan University’s head girls track and cross country coach and a two-time Olympian. Registration and the start of the race takes place in the parking lot next to Rowan’s track on Bowe Blvd. in Glassboro. Call Adamson at (856) 904-3543 or email tuffgangrunning@yahoo.com for more information.

08- Get Fit Kids. An eight-week nutrition and exercise program for kids from 8 to 12 offered at Rohrer Center for HealthFitness in Voorhees from Jan. 8 to March 2 and at the Virtua Center for HealthFitness at Washington Township from Jan. 9 to March 2. To register, call (856) 325-5329, VirtuaFitness.org, $225

10- Fit, Fabulous and Over Fifty. Stay fit while learning about health topics and enjoying a healthy lunch. Noon-1:30 p.m. at Virtua’s William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, $6

13- Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. Anyone living with Parkinson’s, along with their family and friends, are invited to this unique program designed to improve the overall well-being of those affected by the disease. Other Wednesday dates are planned throughout the year. 2 p.m. at Virtua’s Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, (856) 325-5300, VirtuaFitness.org/wgr, $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers

26—Mother/Daughter Day. A half-day of interactive learning and fun sponsored by Cooper University Hospital, bringing mothers and their daughters, particularly ages 8-13, together while educating the young ones about the importance of health and wellness, friendships and relationships. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Westin Mount Laurel, 555 Fellowship Road, call 1 (800) 8-COOPER or visit CooperHealth.org/women to register, $20 for moms, $15 for daughters

FEBRUARY

01-Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

02—Go Red for Women, a women’s health expo sponsored by Deborah Heart & Lung Center in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the need to fight heart disease in women. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Enterprise Center, 3331 Route 38, Mount Laurel, 1 (800) 555-1990, Deborah.org, free

03-Annual Katz JCC Spin-A-Thon. This event for those 15 and up, held in conjunction with Healthy Heart Month at the JCC, is a three-hour program divided into three one-hour slots that will raise money for the American Heart Association. Sessions held at 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444 ext. 1141, $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

13- Winter Wiffleball Tournament. Held at the Katz JCC for those 15 and up, teams of three or four players can sign up for this annual competitive tournament. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. 5:30 p.m. at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444 ext. 1141, limited to eight teams, $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers

23- Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Your Health. Part of a free national event in the fight against heart disease offered by South Jersey Healthcare, the event will include styles from Zumba to line dancing, along with health screenings and education. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowan University’s Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, register by calling (888) SJH-WOMAN, free

MARCH

01- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

APRIL

05- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

06- South Jersey Law Enforcement Outdoor Challenge, includes 5K, 10-mile mountain bike trail, two-mile canoe race, and another 5K. Proceeds support 2013 Police Unity Tour, National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. 9 a.m. at YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford, $150 per two-person team, SJLawEnforcement-OutdoorChallenge.com

07- April Fool’s Half Marathon. Part of the Atlantic City Marathon series, this race kicks off the season with a 13.1-mile course along the boardwalk, open to elites and beginners alike. The event contributes to local charitable initiatives as well as the Milton & Betty Katz Early Childhood Scholarship Programs. 8 a.m. at Michigan Ave., Atlantic City, (609) 822-1167, ext. 141, ACMarathon.org

20- 8th Annual Katz JCC Eric & Andy Sussman Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Weekend. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the Katz JCC and the Jimmy V Foundation for the fight against cancer. High School Tournament, 8-11:30 p.m. on April 20; 3-on-3 Tournament, Open and Masters Divisions, 9 a.m., April 21; Family Basketball Party, 4-7 p.m., April 21; for rates and more information, contact Bill at (856) 424-4444 ext. 1138 or bchristy@jfedsnj.org

28- Run the Vineyards 5 Miler, entry fee includes wine tasting, live music, T-shirts, and awards. 9 a.m. at Heritage Winery, 480 Mullica Hill Road, Mullica Hill, SouthJerseyRunning.com, $40

MAY

03- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

12- 23rd Annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. Join survivors for this annual Mother’s Day 5K run/walk tradition in Philadelphia, and help them reach their goal of $2.3 million raised this year for breast cancer research and outreach. Early-bird registration fees are $27 for adults and survivors, $13.50 for children 12 and under, Race.KomenPhiladelphia.org

31- RV Red Devil Dash. One messy mile of 21 challenging obstacles of mud, water, sand and more. Foursomes of all ages and fitness levels compete while raising money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. 3 p.m. at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, 520 Jacksonville Road, Mount Holly, (609) 267-0830, RVRHS.com

JUNE

02- Katz JCC 9th Annual Kids’ Triathlon. This event, open to the community for children ages 7 through 12, features categories for different ages and builds up to a 50-yard swim, 1.5-mile bike ride and 1.5-mile run for the oldest kids. 1 p.m. at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-4444 ext. 1141, limited to 150 participants

07- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

16- Color Me Rad 5K. In this casual run open to all-ages and abilities, participants dress all in white and are bombarded with brightly colored cornstarch along a 3.1-mile course, culminating in a rainbow dance party. Three waves starting at 8 a.m. at Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, ColorMeRad.com

JULY

05- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

AUGUST

02- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

SEPTEMBER

Keep an eye out for Camden County’s 14th Annual Women’s Health Conference this month, date to be determined.

06- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

OCTOBER

Keep an eye out for Gloucester County’s 13th Annual Women’s Health Summit this month, date to be determined.

04 - Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

04- Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The 60-mile, three-day journey through Philadelphia, also held across the country, to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. Request a brochure for information or register at The3Day.org.

05- ABF 10K/5K Mud Run, presented by Above and Beyond Fitness, proceeds benefit the YMCA and Home for Our Troops. 8 a.m. at YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford, ABFMudRun.com, current entry fee is $65, but raises $10 each month up to $115 the day of the event

NOVEMBER

01- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

03- Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge. This largest 10K in the tri-state area, which takes runners across the Ben Franklin Bridge and through downtown Camden to Campbell’s Field, is an annual event that benefits The Larc School for disabled children. 8:30 a.m. at Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Ave., Camden, RunTheBridge.org

30- Dealing with Childhood Weight Issues: Small Steps=Big Impact. This class will delve into the serious health issues faced by overweight and obese children, a growing epidemic in the U.S., and what can be done to promote a more healthy lifestyle. 7 p.m. at Virtua’s Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, 1-888-Virtua-3, VirtuaFitness.org/wgr, free

DECEMBER

06- Free Health Screenings, offered by the Gloucester County Department of Health, 8-10 a.m. at Gloucester County Store, Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, (856) 686-6013, co.gloucester.nj.us

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
Join in the ACS’ largest fundraiser of the year, an overnight experience that supports survivors and honors those who lost their battle against cancer. Visit RelayForLife.org for more information.
May 3, Florence
May 10, Haddon Heights
May 10, Deptford
May 17, Mantua
May 18, Gloucester City
May 30, Delran
May 31, Mullica Hill
June 1, Marlton
June 7, Voorhees
June 7, Mount Laurel
June 8, Medford
June 8, Gloucester Township

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 10 (December, 2012).
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