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Hunterdon HealthQuest and Hunterdon Healthcare Team to Develop Community Wellness Plan

Fitness Club HealthQuest of Hunterdon (New Jersey) is joining forces with Hunterdon Healthcare System to offer reciprocal visits and facilities use. The organizations will develop a community wellness plan that will encourage community members to recognize the value of daily exercise.

Fitness Club HealthQuest of Hunterdon (New Jersey) is joining forces with across-the-street medical fitness facility Hunterdon Healthcare System to offer reciprocal visits and facilities use beginning Feb. 1.

Members of each facility may visit their neighboring facilities up to three times per month. Hunterdon Healthcare System also will debut an information center within Hunterdon Healthquest that will give those working out at Healthquest access to health and fitness information provided by the medical center.

Robert P. Wise, president and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare (left), and Jack Cust, principle of HealthQuest of Hunterdon, helped announce that the two organizations have entered into a long-term partnership to join forces in providing new health, wellness and fitness programs to Hunterdon County residents. (Photo courtesy of HealthQuest of Hunterdon.)

"They will have space in our facility and initially will probably have kiosks with information about the medical needs of the community, be it from eating a healthy diet or getting enough exercise to something more specific like how to deal with celiac disease or access pre-natal care,' says Lisa Carlson, director of marketing for HealthQuest.

An advisory board that represents the ownership of both organizations has been created to develop a community wellness plan. Its goal is to build new programs and encourage more members of the community to recognize the value of exercise in their daily lives.

HealthQuest has a membership of about 10,000 that uses its 104,000-square-foot facility. It has two swimming pools, two full indoor basketball courts, dance, gymnastics, martial arts studios as well as two fitness centers.

Hunterdon Healthcare System offers two health and wellness centers, one in Whitehouse Station, NJ, and one in Clinton NJ. The two centers serve nearly 5,000 members and offer physical therapy, aquatic therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, massage, weight management/nutrition, senior fitness, community education classes and pre- and post-natal programs. Both centers also house medical offices and outpatient support services, including a laboratory, the Center for Advanced Weight Loss, Heart and Vascular Center, and Sleep Disorders Center in Clinton.

Carlson says leaders of both organizations say the announcement represents the start of a long-term partnership that seeks to eliminate duplication of services and provide comprehensive, community-wide health and wellness education and facilities.

"Plus, the medical center is right across the street," Carlson says. "This just made perfect sense." 

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