January is Radon Action Month!

Montgomery Township Health Department has designated  January as Radon Action Month,  in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Program.

In announcing Radon Action Month, Stephanie Carey, Health Officer said, “Radon is a serious health risk. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer — and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But because radon is invisible and odorless it is easy to ignore this potential hazard in our own homes.”

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains.

“A significant number of homes in Central New Jersey are predicted to be above the acceptable limits for radon,” Carey said. “We would like to see as many homes tested as possible, to reduce the radon risk in our communities.

During Radon Action Month,  Montgomery Township Health Department will provide Free Radon test kits and education, while supplies last. Kits are available at :

  • Montgomery Township Health Department: 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead.
  • Hopewell Borough Hall: 88 East Broad Street, Hopewell Borough
  • Pennington Borough Hall: 30 North Main Street, Pennington Borough

Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The average U.S. indoor level is 1.3 pCi/L. At 4 pCi/L, the risk of lung cancer from radon is greater than the risk from fire or other home accidents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the DEP recommend that action be taken to reduce radon levels if the level in the home is greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L.

Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. The free test kit program is made possible by a grant from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP Radon Program can also provide a list of certified companies that provide testing services or do-it-yourself test kits – residents can contact the Program at (800) 648-0394 or www.njradon.org. Test kits can also be obtained from many hardware stores.

If the test indicates a radon problem, radon mitigation systems can be installed at a cost similar to that of other home repairs. A list of certified mitigation companies is also available from the Radon Program.

For more information on radon, contact us at (908) 359-8211 x227 or the DEP Radon Program at (800) 648-0394 or visit www.njradon.org.

Join AARP in Caring for Desi Caregivers

Take a Break! November is National Family Caregivers Month and AARP New Jersey is celebrating by hosting a day of fun and education for Desi caregivers on Saturday, November 17.

Click here for flyer.

This lunch and learn event will feature speakers on a variety of topics including financial and community resources and healthcare. We’ll also have Tai Chi and Zumba! If you’re currently a caregiver or you might be one in the future, you won’t want to miss this!

Did you know?

The Asian-Indian population is almost twice as likely to care for elders as the general population. It’s a labor of live – but caregiving can be overwhelming. AARP is here to support family caregivers with resources and information. We look forward to seeing you on November 17!

Saturday, November 17, 2018
10 am – 2 pm

FairBride Hotel & Conference Center
195 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873

RSVP online at aarp.cvent.com/DesiCaregivers or call 1-877-926-8300.

Lunch will be served and free parking is available.

 

Rabies Clinic

Protect your pet (and your community)!

Protect your pet and community! 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hopewell Borough Train Station
2 Railroad Place
Hopewell Borough

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

For Safety’s sake

Please, no children under age 7.

Dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash—No retractable leashes!

Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged.

Dogs must be under control of an adult at all times.

Cats must be in a carrier

For more information, call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-8211 x247

Rental Assistance Available to Somerset County Residents

Eligible county residents can receive up to 15 months of rental assistance plus monthly case management services.

Post Date:10/22/2018 10:00 AM

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh has announced that the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program is available to provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and monthly case management to eligible Somerset County residents. “The goal of this program is to help working families achieve financial stability,” she said.

The case management is provided by a trained volunteer and is intended to help clients set and achieve goals that promote long-term financial stability. The program provides a monthly subsidy to pay the difference between household rent and 30 percent of one’s monthly income, up to a maximum of $300 per month.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they will be able to afford their housing without rental assistance within 15 months. In order to qualify, at least one adult in the household must be employed, working at least 30 hours per week. Any non-working adult must have a verifiable disability or be a caregiver for a member of the household.

In addition, applicants must have a formal lease at a rental rate that is less than the fair-market rent for the unit size, and must be within the following maximum income limits:

  • 1 Person – $52,900
  • 2 People – $60,400
  • 3 People – $68,000
  • 4 People – $75,500
  • 5 People – $81,500
  • 6 People – $87,600

In addition, program participants must complete a monthly household budget; attend a monthly meeting with the program case manager; and be willing to accept case management services that include financial management, employment and/or any other services that are deemed necessary to maintain permanent housing in Somerset County.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after being screened by the Somerset County Community Development Office. For more information call the office at (908) 541-5756.

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Fast, Fall Family Meals

As the Fall season is upon us, many want to embrace the cooler weather with cozy and healthy meals, but who has the time!

During the workshop, attendees will review the nutritional benefits of fall veggies and other foods, talk about easy sides for the meals and make a quick dessert. There will also be demonstrations and tastings!

$10/person

Date:

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm OR  Thursday, November 8, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location:

310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ

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Mercer County Community Health Needs Assessment – Public Feedback

Montgomery Township Health Department has been partnering with the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership 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. We welcome community feedback on these findings.

Mercer 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 health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by October 15.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us if you have any questions.

Montgomery Township Health Department

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 health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with “CHNA – Feedback” in the Subject field by September 12.

Call us at (908) 359-8211 or email us at health@twp.montgomery.nj.us 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.