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 5K Race to Wellness


Twenty eight degrees at 8:30 on a Saturday morning could not keep over three hundred runners from participating in the second annual 5K Race to Wellness at Duke Farms!  


This collaborative event between the Somerset County Wellness Committee and EmPoWER Somerset encouraged fitness among those who live and work in Somerset County and raised funds for several Somerset County charities. Four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs led the runners to the starting line after an energizing warm up.  Somerset Patriots mascot Sparkee helped cheer on the runners. Freeholder Pat Walsh once again distributed the awards to the top finishers in each category. Nearly thirty EmPoWER Family Success Center volunteers and county employees volunteered their time to make this yet another successful year for the 5K Race to Wellness!  


A big thank you to our event sponsors:

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Binsky Home, Carrier Clinic, Anew Wellness, W.E. Repro Inc. and Hillsborough Massage Therapy.





5K Race to Wellness
Healthy Schools Contest

Congratulations to Somerville High school runners on winning the 2nd annual 5K Race to Wellness Healthy Schools Contest! Somerville team runners including Mayor Brian Gallagher 
cheered one another on as they made their way down to the start  donning school colors, orange and black. Two members of the team, Luke Prothero and Nick Butler came in respectively 1st and 2nd with the rest of the team not far behind.   The team received tech tanks,  tickets to a Patriots game and  a plaque for the school presented by four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs. 

Family Success Center
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County... 


Out of This World


On March 26th the EmPoWER Family Success Center and the Astronomy Club of Raritan Valley Community College hosted their second collaborative event in 2015, 'Out of this World,' Family Fun Night.  With the additional help of the Bio/Chem Club and the Planetarium staff at Raritan Valley Community College, nearly 200 residents of Somerset County enjoyed a complimentary showing of Perfect Little Planet.  Refreshments and snacks were enjoyed in a nearby classroom where RVCC science cub members led hands-on activities. "A truly lovely evening," said one happy event attendee, "... you all do great work to bring such wonderful programs to the community".  

Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or



Our February Little Scientist Family Fun Night was a HUGE success and filled up quickly!  

Click HERE for a photo album from the evening 



    Check out the links below for more 

Family Success Center happenings:

View our  April calendar Event descriptions 



Sticker Shock

Alcohol Awareness Month   


  Safe Communities YOUth Coalition at Gary's Wine Marketplace 



For Alcohol Awareness Month, the Safe Communties YOUth Coalition partnered with the Safe Communities Coalition, the Hillsborough Township Police Department, and the Hillsborough Municipal Alliance to bring the Sticker Shock campaign to two local liquor stores in Hillsborough - Bottle King and Gary's Wine and Marketplace.  


The Sticker Shock campaign brings attention to the consequences of underage drinking in a manner that involves youth, customers and business owners. YOUth Coalition members placed stickers on alcohol packaging displaying the legal consequences of purchasing and providing alcohol to underage persons. This initiative not only educates the community regarding underage drinking but also promotes advocacy and leadership among youth participants.  



Safe Communities YOUth Coalition at Bottle King



Welcome Lea Kimmelman 

We would like to introduce our intern, Lea Kimmelman working under the Coordinated School Health grant. She is currently in the process of getting her masters degree in Public Health at Rutgers University and has achieved a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Hofstra University. Lea is enthusiastic in exploring the many areas within the field of public health!During her time here at EmPoWER Somerset Lea has been contributing to the works of revising tobacco policies in schools, creating greater access to farmers markets, helping with needs assessments, and more.


       2014 Annual Report    

We invite you to view EmPoWER Somerset's 2014 annual report detailing our diverse programs and services including Coordinated School Health, EmPoWER Family Success Center, Safe Communities Coalition and a spectrum of evidence-based prevention education programs.


Our Mission:   EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.