American Cancer Society Volunteer Drivers Needed

Together, we are stronger than cancer!

One of the biggest roadblocks to cancer treatment is transportation. That’s why the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program provides patients in need with free rides to treatment. And we need your help.

Our volunteers have provided hundreds of thousands of rides for patients, but the need for drivers continues to accelerate.

As leaders in your community, you’re positioned to inspire others to become volunteers drivers.

So please, help us spread the word about the importance of giving patients a much-needed ride to their cancer-related medical appointments.

Encourage your connections in the community to become involved; they may be surprised by what they get in return.

Drivers need:

  • A good driving record
  • A current driver’s license
  • Proof of adequate automobile insurance
  • Access to a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Schedule availability
  • Regular desktop, laptop, or tablet computer access

To volunteer, or learn how your organization can get involved, visit cancer.org/drive or call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Please join the Montgomery Township Health Department, Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance & EmPower Somerset in our YMHFA Training!

Dates:

April 29, 2019

May 1, 2019

*Must attend both sessions in order to receive a certificate.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 3-step action for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Participants must be 18 years or older.  *(National Counselor for Behavioral Health)

Please click the link below to reserve your seat today!

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eg8k1iyt95e3975a&llr=ow5dyciab 

Health Walks in April 2019

Click here for flyer: RWJ Somerset Walks April 2019

Wednesday, April 3: 10:00 AM at the AMC Theatres in Bridgewater Commons Mall.

Enjoy a light breakfast and presentation by
Tia Hagins, RD, community nutritionist and Sandra Calado, MSN, RN, bariatric program
coordinator on “Getting the Skinny on Weight Management”. 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. Please register for the HealthHike Meeting at 888-724-7123.

Saturday, April 6: 9:00 AM at Duke Farms 

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, April 6th for a 2-3 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.

Saturday, April 13: 9:00 AM at Food Court of the Bridgewater Mall

Eileen Inciong, PT at RWJ Somerset will give a brief presentation on the benefits
of physical therapy before leading the group on a 2 mile walk around the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Mall.

Saturday, April 27: 9:00 AM at Natirar Park, Peapack

The Somerset County Park Rangers will lead this interpretative group walk. Enjoy the splendor of this property as we walk along the picturesque 1.3 mile Great Meadow Trail and th 1.0 mile Upper Field Nature Trail, crossing fields and meadows, and passing through beautiful wooded areas. We will meet in the upper parking lot next to the barn at 9:00 AM. Please refer to the Somerset County Parks web site for directions and a park map

 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Learn About Getting Screened and Eating Clean

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to get screened for colorectal cancer and begin eating a healthy diet of fiber-rich foods.

Somerset County Freeholder Sara Sooy and the Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC), along with the Montgomery Township Health Department and other partners are urging residents to get screened for colorectal cancer and begin eating a healthy diet of fiber-rich foods during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Find out more about the dangers of colorectal cancer until March 30 and visit the information table at the Somerset County administration building located at 20 Grove Street, Somerville. Pick up a free “Fiber-Fridays” calendar that has tips about how to add delicious fiber-rich foods to your diet, and find other free resources and information about colorectal cancer.  An online version of the calendar with interactive links can be found at Colorectal Cancer Month 2019.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer-related killer in the United States, and the third most common cancer that affects men and women according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults age 50 and above and others who have risk factors or a family history of colon cancer are encouraged by the CDC to learn about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and healthy lifestyle choices.

Several screening methods are available including take-home tests, and many public and private insurance plans pay for colorectal cancer screening. There are local resources available to help people who are uninsured too.

Many programs are supporting colorectal awareness such as Fiber Matters: Fiber Fridays, an initiative that encourages people to add fiber-rich foods to their diet. This initiative, led by the RCDC, has designated Fridays during March as the time for people to begin their healthier lifestyle.

Another initiative, “80% in Every Community” is supported by organizations that are taking a pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates. The goal for this initiative is to have 80% of adults age 50 and above get screened regularly for colorectal cancer. Over 1,700 organizations have signed the pledge to make this goal a priority, which would prevent 277,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 203,000 deaths by 2030. To be a part of this initiative visit http://bit.ly/PledgeColonC .

This important initiative is led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC and the RCDC.

For more information about free educational programs during the month of March, contact RCDC Coordinator Lea Kimmelman at (908) 203-6077 or kimmelman@co.somerset.nj.us.

For additional tips during the month of March, follow the Somerset County Department of Health on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SCHealthDept.

For more information about Somerset County residents’ eligibility for low-cost or reduced-cost medical care, including exams and screenings call Zufall Health Center (Hablamos Espanol) at (908) 526-2335.

Morris County residents can contact the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center at (973) 971-5952 (Hablamos Espanol).

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.

For more information about becoming a member, or to learn about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC Coordinator Lea Kimmelman at (908) 203-6077 or Kimmelman@co.somerset.nj.us .