Wellness Workshop: Cancer Thriving and Surviving

Senior Center to Offer Free Wellness Workshop

‘Cancer: Thriving and Surviving’

 Have you been affected by cancer? Somerset County Shanel Y. Robinson invites anyone age 60 and above who has cancer, is in remission or is a caregiver to attend a free, informative six-week program titled “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving.”  Sign up for this practical and interactive workshop to be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 20, 27, and continuing Dec. 4, 11, and 18. The registration deadline is Nov. 8.  All participants will receive a book titled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

Share experiences and solve problems with other participants who are managing cancer or are in remission. Find out how to live healthier and feel more positive and confident about your life.  Learn techniques to cope with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty.  You will also be taught to cope with your symptoms using practical techniques, which include learning exercises that are appropriate for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance, how to make decisions about treatment and therapies, tips for nutrition, how to create weekly action plans, and how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals.

To register, or for more information contact the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater at 908-203-6101.

Workshop materials were reviewed by Stanford University physicians and their peers. This program has shown proven results with participants who have reported an overall improvement in their health, an increased ability to perform daily tasks, and a greater ability to manage their symptoms.

This program is made possible through a partnership between the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services (OoADS) and EmPoWER Somerset. The OoADS helps link seniors, their caregivers and adults with disabilities to long-term care support services so they can live independently. EmPoWer Somerset is a nonprofit organization that dedicates its time to helping families make positive lifestyle choices through education and advocating a drug-free environment.

The Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services. The multi-purpose facility offers a variety of activities including educational programs, health and wellness information and a stimulating social setting.

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!!

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.

Fall Flu Vax Clinics

Montgomery Township Fall Flu Clinic
Vaccinating ages 4 to 104

Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu. People in the high-risk groups include: children 6 months of age to 4 years; people aged 50 years and older; adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular, kidney, liver, neurological or metabolic disorders (including diabetes); people with compromised immune systems; and women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season. The best way to protect yourself and loved ones, is to get a flu shot this fall or winter.

More clinics for your convenience!

October 2nd, 9:00am -12:00pm and 6-8pm
October 9th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
October 16th, 9:00am -12:00pm

Otto Kaufman Community Center
356 Skillman Rd.
Skillman, NJ 08558

Additional Clinics:
Pennington Borough Hall: Wednesday, October 16th, 6PM-8PM
Hopewell Borough Hall: Tuesday, November 5th “Vote & Vax” 9:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Rocky Hill Borough Hall—Tuesday, October 22nd 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Walk-ins welcome; for faster service, make an appointment.

To reserve your shot:

• E-mail health@twp.montgomery.nj.us with your name, address, birth date, age, Medicare number and phone number OR
• Call the Health Department at 908-359-8211

The flu shot will be offered Free to Seniors with Medicare.
The flu shot will cost $25 for non- Medicare.
Hardship fee waivers are available.

Laughter Yoga

Laugh for the Health of It!

Free Laughter Yoga Group Sessions

8/15; 9/19; 10/17; 11/21; 12/19

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Live life laughing!  Want to discover how to let go of your worries and whatever is holding you back? Come and try Laughter Yoga. This is for the open-minded and the curious who want to learn to live more joyfully and be more present. In this series of summer and fall sessions, we laugh for no reason for the amazing health benefits and fun. Those who laugh regularly with sustained laughter report numerous changes including reduced pain, increased connection with others, better sleep, energy, mood and overall outlook.  Come join us and laugh for the health of It!!!

Please register at https://mercercouncil.org/news/calendar

Prevention Coalition of Mercer County
1931 Brunswick Ave.
Lawrence, NJ  08648

Sweltering Summer Temps Can Make You Sick: Drug-Induced Hyperthermia Can Be Fatal During the Summer Heat

The New Jersey Poison Information & Education System — Serving New Jersey Since 1983

For Immediate Release

Media to contact:
800-962-1253 if outside NJ

Sweltering Summer Temps Can Make You Sick
Drug-Induced Hyperthermia Can Be Fatal During the Summer Heat

(Newark, NJ) – The potential for developing heat-related illness greatly increases as our state experiences prolonged bouts of excessive heat and humidity. Although residents go about their daily routines regardless of the unbearable heat, the poison control center warns that high heat and humidity can kill when the body is unable to regulate an extremely high internal temperature.

Hyperthermia (heat stroke) not only occurs when temperatures reach dangerous levels, but also from the use of certain therapeutic, recreational and illicit drugs. These drugs can prevent the body from cooling down through sweating. Too often this results in serious health complications – drug-induced fever and dehydration.

“Excessive heat combined with certain drugs like ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be deadly,” says Diane Calello, MD, Executive and Medical Director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also mask the symptoms of overheating. But it’s not just illicit drugs. Certain medications, like antidepressants, antihistamines, diuretics, antipsychotics, and ADHD medications can also cause hyperthermia when taken during extremely hot and humid weather. When body temperatures rise to dangerous levels, the brain and body overheat resulting in an increased risk for health-related stroke or death.”

Although it might seem that heat stroke comes on suddenly, warning signs often appear early on. Know the symptoms, prevent a tragedy — abdominal cramps, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, weakness, heavy sweat or a lack of sweat, confusion, odd behavior, irritability, delusions, hallucinations, seizures, and coma. Heat stroke is a medical emergency – it is critical that you act fast. “Think before taking drugs of any kind in the heat,” says Calello. “It might save your life.”

Every minute counts in poisoning situations – Do Not Guess! If you have questions, concerns or an emergency about something you ate, touched or smelled, immediately contact the medical professionals at the New Jersey Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222. You may call, text, or chat with our professionals for free, 24/7. Save the Poison Help line in your phone today to be prepared for what may happen tomorrow. It just may save you back!

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 in order to monitor 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.
Stay Connected: FB / Twitter / Website

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.

Overdose and Suicide Awareness Vigil 8/28/19

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Door open at 6:00, speakers start at 6:30)

Click Here for Flyer

– Come out to raise awareness of the significant impact overdose and suicide has on our community, reduce stigma, and connect with one another.
– Join your community to remember and honor those lost to overdose and suicide
– Send a strong message to individuals battling mental health and substance use disorders that they are valued, supported, and that they don’t have to go through it alone.

For more information contact Jennifer Sorensen, Municipal Alliance Coordinator at (908) 704-6305 or sorensen@co.somerset.nj.us

Sponsored by Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Pioneer Family Success Center, and Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset & Hunterdon Counties.

Tackling Opioids through Prevention for Athletes

FREE EVENT for Coaches & Athletic Directors/Trainers

Wednesday, August 14th
6 – 7:30pm (light dinner and refreshments will be served)

Mercer Council
1931 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrence Twp., NJ

All attendees will receive a copy of the Tackling Opioids Through Prevention for Athletes Toolkit.

Barbara Sprechman<a href=”https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Changing-the-Script-1.pdf”></a>
609-396-5874 or bsprechman@mercercouncil.org

Cancer:  Thriving & Surviving Program

A Free Program for People Impacted by Cancer for Emotional and Physical Well-Being

 Program Description

The Cancer Surviving & Thriving Program is a six-week workshop that helps people who are impacted by cancer to better manage their health and daily lives.  This evidence-based program covers both physical and emotional wellness. Resources, skills and action planning contribute to having a greater sense of control over living with or caring for someone with cancer.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective.  Developed by Stanford University, it is a licensed program that follows a standardized format proven to help people learn to better manage symptoms.  It is considered a best practice program in self-management. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participant’s confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Subjects covered include:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty;
  • Exercises for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance;
  • Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies;
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals;
  • Nutrition; and
  • Setting priorities.

 Who Delivers the Program?

The Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition is a licensed agency to offer this program until 2022 under a partnership agreement with the NJ Department of Human Services (Div. of Aging Services).   Two workshops are typically delivered per grant cycle:  one in Hunterdon County (Fall 2019) and one in Mercer County (Spring 2020).

What are the Benefits of Attending?

It has produced positive results for people who complete the program.  According to the NJ Dept. of Health, participants report the following benefits:

  • Improvements in physical activity, stamina and pain control;
  • Better communication with their health care providers; and
  • Reduced doctor and hospital visits.
  • Previous Coalition workshop participants stated: “I used the breathing when they put the dialysis needles in, thank you, it was very helpful.”  “Action plans give you a sense of purpose.”

Who Should Attend?

Adults living with and/or have been affected by cancer can attend.  Participants must be able to function in a group setting.  Caregivers/support people are welcome at the workshops and are encouraged to participate.  Workshops are led by 2 trained facilitators and are held in community settings (libraries, community centers, churches, housing units etc.) for 10-16 individuals. Participants share their successes, build a common source of support and develop personalized action plans.  The workshop builds confidence around managing health, staying active and enjoying quality of life.

 What is the Cost?

The Coalition provides it free to participants. Registration is required and each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition.

Contact:              Bonnie Petrauskas – Regional Coalition Coordinator

Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition