It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season!
If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, call (908) 359-8211, ext. 235 to schedule an appointment to receive your flu shot.
Regular Screenings and HPV Vaccine May Save Your Life
Following the medical guidelines for routine screening of cervical cancer is important.
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC) are urging women to take advantage of potentially life-saving screenings and immunizations that can significantly decrease one’s risk of developing cervical cancer.
Although cervical cancer is most prevalent in women age 30 years and over, all women are at risk. Early detection of cervical cancer through regular screening via a Pap test and/or HPV test is critical since it can increase your chance of survival if diagnosed and treated promptly.
What are Pap and HPV tests?
It is recommended that women get a Pap test every three years beginning at age 21. From ages 30 to 65 years, women should continue with regular Pap tests but can go as long as five years between tests if combined with a test for HPV.
Routine screening is important
Receiving an HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent infections caused by the HPV virus, which leads to the majority (90%) of all cervical cancer cases in the United States. While HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact, it is recommended that boys and girls at age 11 and 12 receive the vaccination long before they are exposed, and while their immune response is high. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of receiving the HPV vaccine.
Practice healthy habits
For more information on Cervical Cancer Prevention, including information on low cost or reduced-cost medical care, visit the Morris Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention and is administered by the Somerset County Department of Health.
The New Jersey Poison Control Center is happy to announce the second annual National Poison Prevention Week Video Contest. This contest is open to all New Jersey residents from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Please forward this email/attachment to anyone who might be interested in participating in the contest.
All videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and should educate the public about the dangers of poisons and communicates ways we can all take responsibility for preventing poisonings while promoting the national poison helpline. All submissions should be submitted through the national contest website by January 15, 2020. Contest rules and submission requirements can be found through the official contest website; https://nationalpoisonpreventionweek.submittable.com/submit/147044/national-poison-prevention-week-video-contest.
All questions regarding this contest should be directed to the national organizers (call: 419-534-4700|email:email@example.com).
If you have an event coming up, would like to plan a program, or have any questions about National Poison Prevention Week/poison education in New Jersey please contact health education specialist, Danielle Bartsche (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you and GOOD LUCK!
The Public Education Department at the New Jersey Poison Center
As the weather starts to cool and we transition from fall to winter, it’s important to remember that we are well into the fall influenza season. The following are some of the key ways to protect yourself and your community against the flu this flu season.
Get Your Annual Flu Vaccine
The single most effective protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all individuals 6 months of age and older receive the flu vaccine each year, as long as they do not have a contraindication. This is key to ensuring optimal protection for the upcoming flu season because circulating flu viruses can change season to season and the body’s response to prior flu vaccinations also decreases over time. It can take a couple of weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective, so the best time to get vaccinated is before the start of the flu season. Some of the common side effects of the flu shot include soreness and redness at the injection site. It’s also possible to have muscle aches or a low-grade fever after receiving the flu shot. It is not possible to get the flu from the flu shot.
Some people that are thinking about getting the flu shot may have concerns about its effectiveness and that they may still get the flu even though they received the shot. An important thing to remember is that although the effectiveness of the flu shot varies from year to year, studies have shown that getting the flu vaccine reduces the severity of illness and complications from the flu in people that still get the flu even though they were vaccinated. Getting the annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against severe illness and complications from the flu.
Practice Common Everyday Prevention Measures
Flu is mainly spread from person to person through droplets generated when a sick individual sneezes, coughs, or talks. To help reduce to spread of the flu, remember to take common everyday prevention measures: wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow if a tissue isn’t available, and clean high touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus.
Stay Home While You’re Sick
People sick with the flu are generally the most contagious during the first few days of illness. To help prevent the spread of the flu, the CDC recommends staying home, unless seeking medical care or other necessities, for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the aid of fever-reducing medications.
If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, we still have vaccines available! Please call the Montgomery Township Health Department (908) 359-8211 to schedule your appointment today!
American Institute for Cancer Research
Healthy Holiday Baking Tips by Sheena Swanner
The holiday season is here! Transform your holiday baking with tips from AICR’s registered dietitian to make your recipes lighter and healthier. Increase the nutritional benefits and trim calories by cutting back on added fats and sugars, while still enjoying your favorite holiday dishes and desserts. Try these AICR healthy recipe modifications:
- Swap refined flours for whole-grain flours.
In many recipes, you can substitute 100% whole-grain flour for refined flour or simply use a mix of half 100% whole-grain flour and half refined flour, like all-purpose flour. This trick can add fiber and nutrients to a variety of recipes, and added fiber is beneficial for your digestive tract.
- Cut back on added sugars.
Cutting back on 25% of sugars in a recipe will not make a noticeable difference to the taste, so try to reduce the amount of sugar you use. When you do reduce the sugar in a recipe, it is recommended to increase liquid. You can also add mashed bananas or applesauce as a natural way to sweeten desserts or toss in dried fruits that don’t contain added sugars; dates, apricots, and raisins are naturally sweet. There is an indirect link between sugar and cancer, as consuming foods with added sugars can lead to consuming more calories and cause weight gain. Having overweight or obesity increases the risk of 12 types of cancer.
- Increase fiber.
You can add high fiber ingredients such as rolled oats, dried fruit, pureed beans, nuts and seeds into your waffles, pancakes, muffins, or other holiday dishes. Top with fresh fruit such as mashed or whole berries for more added flavor and fiber! Using this easy trick is a great way to increase fiber intake. As part of a healthy eating pattern to lower cancer risk, AICR recommends getting at least 30g of fiber each day. Try making this Nectarine and Raspberry Cobbler for your next holiday gathering. One cup of raspberries contains 8 grams of fiber!
- Spice things up.
Warm, aromatic spices are always a hit for the holidays. Adding a few dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove to any holiday recipe is not only a great way to add holiday cheer, but spices also provide cancer-fighting phytochemicals. These spices are another great way to add additional flavor to your foods to help you cut back on salt and sugar in your baking.
- Boost nutrients and flavor.
Make dessert recipes that feature fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds as the star of the show, like AICR’s Easy Baked Apples with Walnuts and Raisins or No-Knead Bread with Fruit and Nuts. You can add shredded or pureed apples, pears, carrots, coconut, mashed banana, pumpkin or sweet potatoes to boost nutrients, flavor and moisture. You can use these ingredients to add extra flavor and act as a replacement for some of the butter or oil in the recipe.
RWJ HealthHike Walking Program: Dec. 4
RWJ HealthPro Hike: Bridgewater Commons: Dec 7
RWJ Nature Walk: Duke Farms: Dec. 14
RWJ Ranger Walk: Somerset County Parks: Dec. 21