Community Health Needs Assessment – Community Comment

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Healthier Somerset Coalition on its Community Health Needs Assessment.  The information in this assessment will be used to identify priorities where we can work together to make our neighborhoods healthier.

The draft assessment provides information about Somerset County; the assessment process; results from secondary data, the community survey, focus groups and key informant interviews; and the overall findings of need. The assessment concludes that the priority areas of need in Somerset County are: 1) Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Chronic Disease, Obesity and Access to Care. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Somerset County Community Health Needs Assessment – DRAFT 

Please review these findings and provide us with any comments or concerns. Your feedback is important!  Please email your comments to with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by September 12.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

Contact Lens Health Week

When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the 45 million people in the U.S. who wear them.

While contact lenses are usually a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free—especially if they are not cared for properly. During Contact Lens Health Week, this week, learn how taking care of your contact lenses can help you see better and keep your eyes healthy.

Healthy Habits = Healthy Eyes

What You Can Do

If you wear contact lenses, take simple steps to protect your eyes.

1. Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping unless directed to do so by your eye doctor.

  • Studies have shown that wearing contact lenses while sleeping increases the chance of an eye infection by 6 to 8 times.

2. Don’t “top off” solution.

  • Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case – never mix fresh solution with old or used solution. Adding new solution to used solution can lower its germ-killing power.

3. Don’t swim or shower while wearing contact lenses.

  • Germs found in the water can stick to your contacts and cause a serious eye infection.

Visit CDC’s Healthy Contact Lens website to learn more tips and recommendations you can follow to protect your eyes.

Click here for more information. 

2018 Summer Heat Alert!

High temperatures exceeding 90°F  along with high humidity are expected in the next several days. The Montgomery Township Health Department is reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.

Hot temperatures and humidity are dangerous and can prove deadly. During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.

Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

• Stay in air conditioning.  When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days.  If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool.

• Check on loved ones.  Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.

• Avoid the hottest part of the day.  If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours.  Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.

• Beware of hot cars.  Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time.  On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days.  Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.

• Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

• Keep your pets cool. Be sure to give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun, or bring them indoors.

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play!

Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! Flyer 

This Hopewell Valley community-wide event was established to increase awareness of nature and an appreciation of time spent outdoors.  Families and community members are welcome to attend any of these activities. 

 June 7-9, 2018
Special Preview: National Trail Day activities June 2 &3

View all activities in the HVCO&P! Newsletter here 

Activities are at no cost and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted.
Registration is required for most activities. 

Wellness Program for Kids!

These programs are open to all kids. Kids Marathon participants can earn 1 mile towards their 25 miles for each class attended. Registration is required and parents must accompany their children at the kids classes listed below.

Click here for flyer w/ additional details

Healthy Sport Drinks & Snacks
WED. May 23 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Kids Can Cook: Breakfast
WED. May 23 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Kids Boot Camp
THU. May 24 (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

Grow Your Own Veggie Garden
SUN. June 3 (2 – 3 p.m.)

Kinetic Kids: Kids on the Move
THU. June 7 (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.)

Pilates for Children
SUN. June 10 (2 – 2:45 p.m.)

Build a Better Snack! Nutrition for Kids
WED. June 13 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Sports Nutrition for Kids
SAT. June 16 (10 – 11 a.m.)

Kids Marathon and Fun Run

Click here for flyer with additional details. 

Penn Medicine Princeton Health is Making Fitness Fun.  Get moving, get healthy, and most of all get the whole family together for fun and fitness.  Join us for the 10th Annual Kids Marathon to be held at ETS in Princeton, on Saturday, June 24, at 10 am.

Start planning now to take part in the Kids Marathon, hosted by Penn Medicine Princeton Health Community Wellness.  In the weeks leading up to the Kids Marathon, participants complete 25 miles in everything from sports activities to walking to school.  Everything counts toward the finish line!  All participants gather at ETS to finish the last 1.2 miles of the marathon.

More than 500 children are expected to participate in the event, which has one clear goal in mind: making fitness fun for area children from pre-school through eighth grade, while raising awareness about healthy living.

The marathon preparation promotes good health and helps young participants incorporate exercise into their daily routines.  At every milestone mile (5-10-13.1-20-25) participants are given incentives.  On race day, participants will receive a T-shirt, drawstring duffle bag and more.

Participants can join now, and start preparing for the race.  To register, or for additional information, including tracking forms, visit:  Registration is $25 per child.  Proceeds support Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease in children.  We encourage all children to participate.  If cost is a factor, scholarship opportunities are available.

Represent your school as a team.  Enjoy race day celebrations including kids’ crafts, vendors, refreshments, cheering crowds, music and more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at any time at: , or office 609-897-8982.

Thank you,

Debbie Millar, RN

Director, Community Wellness/Penn Medicine Princeton Health

731 Alexander Rd, Suite 103/Princeton, NJ 08540

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, along with its partners, are encouraging residents to play it safe and protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun, beginning this season and throughout the year.

“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Anyone can get skin cancer regardless of skin color or age,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “Recent studies indicate that sun damage in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life, so you are never too young to protect yourself from sun exposure.

“Skin cancer is a serious public health concern. Every year, more than five million Americans are treated for skin cancer. This year alone, more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. will be caused by melanoma skin cancer,” she said. “We are urging residents to avoid artificial tanning, to conduct self-exams and to get screened. Melanoma is highly treatable when caught early.”

The RCDC is encouraging skin cancer awareness through a number of initiatives, programs and screenings throughout both counties. Click here for an interactive May skin cancer awareness calendar with sun safety tips, screening locations and partner resources. Dates with an orange star open to tips on how to protect yourself and your family as well as screening information and available resources.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. For more information, to become a member or to learn more about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC public health consultant Lucille Y-Talbot at (908) 203-6077 or or visit

Penn Medicine Princeton Health – 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Survey


Health and wellness matters to everyone. That’s why Penn Medicine Princeton Health wants to know how health and wellness programs and services can best serve area residents, and we invite you to be part of that planning.

We are asking people who live or work in the communities in Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset Counties to give us your feedback and suggestions about health services and issues in the region by completing this 10-15 minute survey by Friday April 27, 2018. All responses are completely anonymous. There are no right or wrong answers; it’s your opinion that matters!

Your feedback is valuable since the information gathered from this survey will be used to inform future health programming and services in this region.

Thank you for your participation.

Here is the CHNA survey link:

Ovarian Cancer: Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment

Ovarian Cancer Education Program

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bernards Township Library, 32 South Maple Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

6:30pm – Refreshments; 7:00pm – Program

Join Allison Wagreich, MD, OB-GYN Oncologist  and Stephanie Pachter, MS, LGC, Licensed Genetic Counselor from the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Atlantic Health System. Discussion by the Kaleidescope of Hope Ovarian Cancer Foundation 

Click here for flyer.