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Trump appoints Vineland doctor to fitness council

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A longtime Vineland doctor has been appointed by President Donald Trump to the president’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, Inspira Health Network officials announced Wednesday.

Dr. Stephen Soloway, an Inspira rheumatologist, traveled to the White House last week to be sworn to the 23-member council during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“It is a great honor, and I will approach this with the same enthusiasm and determination that I bring to my medical practice and my personal fitness,” Soloway said in a statement.

The president’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition focuses on ways to encourage Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles that include regular physical activity and good nutrition.

The council has created several programs and initiatives since it was formed in 1956.

Other members of the council include New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, physician and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, actor and retired bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medal winner Misty May-Treanor, retired NFL running back Herschel Walker and retied New York Yankees pitcher Mariana Rivera.

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“I’m passionate about fitness and helping people achieve the best possible quality of life,” Soloway said. “I want to see a focus on lifetime physical activities that are introduced and encouraged starting at a young age.”

Soloway has been a member of Inspira Medical Centers Vineland and Elmer since 1993, the same year he opened a private practice in Vineland.

He specializes in treating rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, hypermobility disorders, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff issues and other conditions.

He also treats lupus and other autoimmune disorders.

Soloway said he places importance on the need for children to get instruction on team and individual sports.

He also wants to see physical education teachers function more like personal trainers and have yoga and chess incorporated into school curriculums across the country.

In addition to his schedule as a physician, Inspira officials said, Soloway takes time to swim or bike almost seven days a week.

He is a member of the U.S. Master Swimming group and won two silver medals for swimming in last year’s New Jersey Senior Olympics.

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