Teaneck businesses launch program to shed pounds and feed the hungry

SHOUT OUT: Members of Teaneck’s business community have teamed up for a three-month, weight-loss support program offering discounted gym memberships, healthy eating choices — and prize money to the biggest losers — to help feed the hungry.

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The cost to register in Pounds for a Purpose is $25.

You also need to be a member of Club Fit NJ on Cedar Lane — although the gym is charging a half price $49 for the three months — and you need to either live or work in Teaneck.

The way the program works:

After registering online (, you weigh in at Club Fit NJ before Jan. 8 and get a pass on which to record your progress. The pass also entitles you to discount at participating businesses.

You can get a free healthy menu item from the eatery Chopstix, for instance. The business is owned by Teaneck Councilman Elie Katz, the primary organizer and one of the program’s chief sponsors along with Club Fit and Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.

Weekly specials will be announced on the official Get Fit Teaneck website ( and Facebook page (

The final weigh-in is set for April 5 at Club Fit NJ.

The top three male and female winners each get a one-year free memership to the gym. Prizes will also include cash, gift cards and electronics.

The best part: All proceeds will go to the Helping Hands pantry in Teaneck.

Katz said he hopes he’ll be able to say that Teaneck lost 5,000 pounds and raised thousands of dollars for the food pantry.

He said organizers are encouraging other businesses — particularly local restaurants — to participate. It will provide them free advertising on the program site:

(There are three levels of sponsorship: Gold $250, Silver $100 or listing for $50.00. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Danielle Craft at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. at 201-907-5000 or:

The Helping Hands Food Pantry provides food from its nonperishable pantry to more than 100 families each week in Teaneck. During the holiday season and cold winter months, the demand for food supplies is even greater.


– Club Fit NJ
– Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.
– The Teaneck Chamber of Commerce
–, LLC
– Bauer Printing
-The Jewish Link
– Packer Shoes
– Ruthie Levi
– Teaneck VFW
– Veggie Heaven
– Ermann Chiropractic and Wellness, LLC
– Dr. Harry Lefkowitz, DC


– Teaneck Comes Together
– The Township of Teaneck
– Jeff Foxx

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