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

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 and chat
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:

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)

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– 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

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=””></a>
609-396-5874 or

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


June is Men’s Health Month

Call All Men:

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You are invited to attend a discussion facilitated by a physician on men’s health issues including prostate health.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Calvary Baptist Church

10 Martin Luther King Blvd., Morristown, NJ

Event is FREE and breakfast will be provided.

Event Sponsored by The Regional Morris & Somerset County Chronic Disease & Cancer Coalition, African American Wellness Coalition, and Atlantic Health System: Morristown Medical Center.


Free Narcan Training – Hopewell Borough on July 15

Training is open to anyone who is at risk of an opioid overdose or their family and friends. All participants will receive treatment voucher for 30 days of free substance abuse treatment, at JSAS Healthcare, Inc., to use or distribute to any person that needs medication-assisted treatment. In addition, education will be provided on how to administer Narcan (naloxone) to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose.

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Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Hopewell Borough Courtroom: 88 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Program brought to you by Hopewell Borough, Montgomery Township Health Department, and JSAS Healthcare, Inc.