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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 1 year ago

Get ready to show off your Healthy Selfie

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Healthy West Orange is hosting a social-media campaign on Friday, Sept. 15, called Healthy Selfie Day
by: Brittany Gaines Reporter

WEST ORANGE Get your selfie smiles ready, because Healthy Selfie Day is coming to West Orange.

Hosted by Healthy West Orange, the social media event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, and participating is easy. Just take a selfie and post it on social media with the tag #HealthyWestOrange.

“The idea is to have a call to action - to have everybody engaging in the community,” said Tracy Swanson, executive director of West Orange Healthcare District, one of the founding organizations of Healthy West Orange.

The idea for Healthy Selfie Day came after the organization went through a website revitalization.

“We redid our website and made it more interactive,” Swanson said. “So we wanted to create an opportunity for everybody to engage. (Healthy Selfie Day) is a fun way for the community to become aware of the Healthy West Orange movement and to join.”

Healthy West Orange was launched nearly two years ago with the goal of promoting a healthier lifestyle for West Orange residents.

“We want everyone in the community to have the same goal - to be the healthiest community in the nation,” Swanson said.

Healthy West Orange provides participants with a variety of tools - from recipes to tips to stay active - to help them live a healthier lifestyle. 

Already there is talk of making Healthy Selfie Day an annual event, and anyone who participates on Friday will be entered to win a YMCA annual membership for the entire family.

Hundreds of Healthy Selfie Day buttons have been handed out to spread the word about the event. Even the Healthy West Orange mascot, Westly, has been spotted at several locations around West Orange and featured in several #HealthySelfie photos on social media.

For those who want to get in an extra entry for the YMCA membership, post a selfie anytime before Friday, Sept. 15, and don’t forget to add the tag #HealthyWestOrange.

“If people post from now until the 14th, they get one entry,” Swanson said about the YMCA contest. “If they post on Healthy Selfie Day, they get two entries.”

Due to Hurricane Irma, Healthy West Orange has extended its Healthy Selfie contest until Saturday, Sept. 23. Winners will be announced after the contest closes on Sept. 23.

Contact Brittany Gaines at [email protected].

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