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.

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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

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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: www.princetonhealthinmotion.com.  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: dmillar@princetonhcs.org , 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 ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/RCDC