10/23 Save Your Breath! Free Vaping Education Program

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Montgomery High School

Come check out the multi-thousand dollar Must See Vape Museum for all parents!

Remarkably, both the CDC and U.S. Surgeon General have called TEEN VAPING an EPIDEMIC. Although fatal incidents are rising and health concerns are mounting, more and more teens are vaping every day. Schools, health officials, and even Vape Manufacturers are struggling to gain control over this very real -and very dire- threat to your children. Yet one key piece has been missing….YOU! A dedicated team of experts and concerned officials has been assembled to defend your children against this new threat, and we need your help. Please make arrangements to join us at this critical limited-opportunity event.

Life-crushing addiction, cancerous toxic exposure, pulmonary impairment, fatal lung damage and inadvertent use of dangerous illicit drugs are only a few of the consequences linked to teen Vaping. Powerful environmental forces are pulling your children towards this life-altering habit. They need our help, and you need to know more.

While EVERY PARENT needs to be concerned about this trend, no parent needs to be SCARED. The comforting solution to this problem is your informed involvement. The only thing to fear is a lack of knowledge, and in just 90 minutes, our team will fix that. Learn why health officials, pediatricians, police officers, teachers and even Vape Industry Leaders are trying to keep your kids away from Vaping. Join our efforts and help ensure our success!

Our nationally-recognized expert instructor has spent over twenty years protecting families from the threat of teen drug use. His energized presentations have been to delivered in over a dozen states, to more than 500,000 audience members. A frequent conference keynote and media consultant, Tim Shoemaker’s wit, charm and sincerity guarantee an enjoyable and enlightening experience. The multi-thousand dollar Vape Museum will be on display, where you can get up-close and personal with the latest in Vaping Paraphernalia and concealment devices.

A thin veil of harm-reduction and commercial propaganda has effectively suppressed your awareness of the very clear and debilitating consequences of Teen Vaping. It’s time we broke through that. Your child is worth it. We’re fighting for them. Join us. 

Click here to register online!

Don’t forget to post your attendance on social media!!

Did You Know?

  • Pregnant women who get vaccines for flu and whooping cough (Tdap) pass on disease-fighting antibodies to their babies, protecting them for several months after birth.
  • Even though flu and Tdap vaccines are safe to receive during pregnancy, about 2 in 3 moms-to-be do not receive both.
  • A healthcare provider’s strong recommendation and offer of flu and Tdap vaccines is one of the strongest motivators for pregnant women to get vaccinated—according to the latest Vital Signs.

South Asian Caregiver Health and Wellness Event

POSANA Presents Compassion Fatigue and Resilience

Saturday, October 5, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Aishwarya Venkatesh, BS, POSANA Founder
Guest Speakers:

Noor Pinna
Counselor and TEDx Speaker

Dr. Vasudev Makhija, MD
South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network (SAMHIN) Founder and President

Health Walks in October

RWJ HealthHike Walking Program: Oct 2
Join us for the first meeting of the season for the HealthHike Walking Program at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 2nd at the AMC Theatres in Bridgewater Commons Mall. Enjoy a light breakfast and presentation by Raymond Catania, MD, cardiologist on Sudden Cardiac Arrest causes, risk factors, emergency response procedures, and treatments. Participants are encouraged to walk independently in the Mall’s safe, climate controlled environment as early as 6:30 AM from Monday through Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday. Each lap around the 2nd & 3rd levels is a ½ mile and the 1st level is a ¼ mile. Walkers are invited to participate in an outcomes based initiative, which tracks health improvements such as weight, BMI, and blood pressure from October through June.
Please register for the HealthHike Meeting at 888-724-7123

RWJ Nature Walk: Duke Farms • Oct 5
Learn about the Duke Farms property and family history from an experienced docent as we explore the beauty of the grounds while enjoying the fresh air and camaraderie of group exercise. We will meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 5th for a 2.5 to 3 mile walk along paved and gravel paths. The Farm Barn Café is open 8:30-11:00 AM for anyone interested in a post-walk coffee with friends.

RWJ Ranger Walk: Somerset County Parks • Oct 19
Discover the rich beauty of this 343 acre site traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal and the picturesque Raritan River. An expert Park Ranger will lead our group walk along 2.5 to 3 miles of paved and gravel trails at Duke Island Park. We will meet in parking lot B at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 19th. Please refer to the Somerset County Parks web site for directions and a park map http://somersetcountyparks.org.

RWJ HealthPro Hike: Bridgewater Commons: Oct 26
Join us in the food court of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 AM for the next RWJ HealthPro Hike. Dr. Dharti Panara, from Bridgewater Primary Care, part of the RWJ Somerset Physician Enterprise, will give a brief presentation followed by 45-minute group walk around the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Mall.

All walking events are FREE. E-mail maria.cermenaro@rwjbh.org or call 908-685-2814 for more information.

Health Alert: Prevent Getting Sick After Visiting Animal Exhibits

From the NJ Poison Control Center (Newark, NJ) – Fall weekends are perfect for visiting festivals, agricultural/state fairs and farms with the family. From picking pumpkins and apples, to face painting and corn mazes, there is always something fun to do in New Jersey. Two very popular attractions, especially with young children, are petting zoos and animal exhibits. Unfortunately, what many visitors do not know is that even healthy animals can sometimes carry germs, which can lead to people getting sick after their visit. Interacting with animals at these types of events have been associated with outbreaks of E. coli infection.  It is important for visitors to be aware of the possible risk of infection when in contact with exhibit animals.

The simplest way to prevent illness is to wash hands frequently during your visit. Since germs spread easily, be sure to wash hands immediately after petting animals, touching the animal enclosures and/or exiting the animal areas. Wash hands even if you did not come into direct contact with any of the animals. Avoid eating, drinking and touching your eyes and mouth until you have washed your hands thoroughly. If running water and soap are not available, use hand sanitizers until you can get to a sink to wash properly.

Keep food and drinks out of animal enclosures; germs can spread to food and cause sickness. Remember not to eat or drink products sold as raw (unpasteurized); this includes apple cider, milk, cheese and juice. When buying food from a vendor, be sure it is cooked thoroughly before eating. Food poisoning is a common health risk at public events.

“Although interacting with live farm animals is a learning experience for people of all ages, we must remember animals carry germs that can make us very sick; especially, young children, adults over 65 years of age, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women” says Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Wash hands often and keep all belongings outside of animal areas, including strollers, bottles/cups, toys, and pacifiers to prevent contamination.”

If you suspect illness, do not wait until symptoms occur or waste time looking up information on the Internet. Contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 to get the immediate help you or a loved one needs. Center experts are health professionals available 24/7 for emergencies, questions/ concerns, or information. Services are free, confidential, and a language line is available (over 150 languages). New Jersey residents can reach their center in the following ways: call (1-800-222-1222), text, or chat.

If someone is unconscious, not breathing, hard to wake up, or seizing, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away!                                                    

Stay Connected: Facebook (@NJPIES) and Twitter (@NJPoisonCenter) for breaking news, safety tips, trivia questions, etc.

Real People. Real Answers.

Available for Media Interviews

Diane P. Calello, MD, Executive and Medical Director, New Jersey Poison Control Center, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine

Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., Managing Director, New Jersey Poison Control Center, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine

Lewis S. Nelson, MD, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers NJ Medical School


About New Jersey Poison Control Center / NJPIES
Chartered in 1983, the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System (NJPIES) is New Jersey’s only poison control center. Medical professionals such as physicians, registered nurses and pharmacists offer free consultation through hotline services (telephone, text and chat) regarding poison emergencies and provide information on poison prevention, drugs, food poisoning, animal bites and more. In addition, it tracks incidences of adverse reactions to food, drugs and vaccines to monitor for potential public health issues and provide data to the New Jersey Department of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NJPIES’ confidential services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. When needed, NJPIES responds to other emergent health issues by expanding hotline services.

NJPIES is designated as the state’s regional poison control center by the New Jersey Department of Health and the American Association of Poison Control Centers. It is a division of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. NJPIES has a state-of-the-art center located at Rutgers Health Sciences in Newark. NJPIES is funded, in part, by the NJ Department of Health, NJ Hospitals and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

New Jersey residents should save the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, in their mobile phones and post the number somewhere visible in their home. NJPIES is also available via text 8002221222@njpies.org and chat www.njpies.org.

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About Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Founded in 1954, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School is the oldest school of medicine in the state.  Today it is part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and graduates approximately 170 physicians a year. In addition to providing the MD degree, the school offers MD/PhD, MD/MPH and MD/MBA degrees through collaborations with other institutions of higher education. Dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care and community outreach, the medical school comprises 20 academic departments and works with several healthcare partners, including its principal teaching hospital, University Hospital. Its faculty consists of numerous world-renowned scientists and many of the region’s “top doctors.” Home to the nation’s oldest student-run clinic, New Jersey Medical School hosts more than 50 centers and institutes, including the Public Health Research Institute Center, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. For more information please visit: njms.rutgers.edu.