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

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. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, May 10th

The Bernards Township Municipal Alliance is hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Thursday, May 10 from 8:30am – 5:00pm. Get trained in this evidence-based Program. A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn about ways to respond to someone experiencing a mental health or substance use problem.

Become a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Anyone 18 or older can take this course. Recommended for parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens who regularly interact with young people ages 12-18.

You can be the one to make a difference!

Registration fee of $50 will be covered by Montgomery/Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance if you are a resident, employee, business, place of worship or represent Montgomery Township/Rocky Hill in any capacity. Registration Fee includes program materials, certification, and snacks.

Click here for the flyer with additional information.  

Free Oral Head & Neck Screenings

Flyer for Oral Head and Neck screenings 2018

The screening is for individuals aged 30-65 years old who may be experiencing symptoms such as mouth pain and soreness, lumps in the mouth or neck, bad breath, have a history of smoking, drinking or HPV and have never been diagnosed with oral, head or neck cancer.  Individuals who neither have been seen by a physician nor have attended a previous screening will be given first priority.

The screening will be conducted by a board-certified otolaryngologists  at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.  Program offered in collaboration with The Regional Morris & Somerset Chronic Disease Coalition, of which, Montgomery Township Health Department is an active member.

To schedule an appointment, call (908) 685-2814.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings

2018 Skin Cancer Screening Flyer (Eng & Spanish)

Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center will kick off its FREE skin cancer awareness campaign with two free screenings in May

 The skin cancer screenings will be held on Monday, May 7th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 9th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The screenings will be completed by local dermatologists, Carter G. Abel, M.D., Christopher Cassetty, M.D., and Robert Ilowite, D.O. on May 7th; and Carla Errickson M.D., Alissa B. Fox, M.D. and Michael J. Sisack, M.D. on May 9th, 2018.

People who attend the program will be given a full body screening by a board-certified dermatologist.  The event will also include educational information on skin cancer prevention and detection provided by a cancer center nurse.

This community screening is open to Hunterdon and Somerset County residents, ages 18 and older that have not been screened within the past 24 months, are not under the care of a dermatologist, and have no prior history of a skin cancer diagnosis.

Registration for the free screening is limited.  To register, call 908-237-5445.  The screening will be held at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

Please share attached flyers with colleagues and community.

Montgomery Twp. Health Department is an active member of the Hunterdon-Mercer County Regional Chronic Disease Coalition

Parent Education Series: Mindfulness

Please join us for the next session in the Parent Education Series on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the UMS Media Center from 7-8:30pm.


This interactive  workshop, “An Introduction to Mindfulness”, will be presented by Stefanie Lachenauer, 7th and 8th grade teacher at UMS, Certified MBSR-T Instructor, Certified Little Flower Yoga Teacher, and is currently completing the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification.

Ms. Lachenauer’s focus for the evening will be on mindfulness strategies for parents. Many thanks to the Montgomery/Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance for sponsoring this event. Space is limited.

Register Here.