The mission of this office is to dedicate and commit itself to improving the health and wellness of this community - keeping in mind that health is not just absence of disease but a state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Our goal is not only to motivate people but empower them with knowledge and encourage them to be more proactive in taking responsibility for their own health and that of their children.
Our mandate is to make our health our top priority! The solution is not easy and will take a commitment at all levels. We will work in partnership with small businesses, educational institutions, health care providers, as well as parents, caregivers, and individuals within the community. The plan must include educating people on healthy lifestyle choices, providing access to quality nutrition, emphasizing the importance of daily exercise, and teaching stress reduction techniques. We hope to accomplish this by implementing a number of wellness initiatives throughout the borough.
We are confident that together we can make a difference and set an example to other communities throughout the country, keeping in mind that small steps can lead to large-scale success and ultimately to big rewards!
Ginny Mantello, M.D. Director of Health & Wellness Office of the Staten Island Borough President