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Capt. Al Della Fave  x6514
Lt. Gerald Lewis  x6516
Sgt. Stephen Jones  x6513
Sgt. Jeanne Hengemuhle  x6515

March 07, 2006

Troopers Test Middle School Studentsí Physical Fitness

Somerset , New Jersey New Jersey State Troopers ran a middle school gym class through a battery of physical tests today as a part of a pilot program at the Sampson G. Smith School. Students grunted through push-ups, sit-ups, broad jumps and other exercises as a part of a new State Police program called Top Physical Challenge. Today’s event was taped to create a video that will promote the program to schools throughout the state for the 2006-2007 school year. Along with a healthy dose of encouragement, the students were rewarded for their participation with special patches and certificates.

The Top Physical Challenge program emphasizes the importance of a lifetime pursuit of physical fitness, while also introducing students to the New Jersey State Police and the other youth oriented programs they offer. The Recruiting Unit is spearheading the outreach in hopes that the positive interaction at this early age will guide physically fit applicants to seek careers as troopers.

“The benefits of lifetime physical fitness are self-evident,” said Lt. Mark Muse, the program’s creator. “For one, building a healthy body is strongly linked to having a healthy mind. Also, the goal setting and discipline needed to develop fitness will serve these children well in contrast to the web-surfing, remote control dominated lifestyle that many of them live,” added Muse.

Upon completion of the Top Physical Challenge for the program’s first full school year, all results will be calculated and scored. Participating schools will be compared with each other on a state level, and the one with the highest average score will be crowned as the “fittest school” in the state and receive a special State Police award.

This program will introduce schools and students to other State Police programs including the Future Troopers, Trooper Youth Week and the Youth Leadership Safety Patrol. More information about any of these programs can be learned by contacting the New Jersey State Police Recruiting Unit at or calling (609) 882-2000 ext. 6400.

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