Youth Mental Health First Aid

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


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! 

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 .

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

For additional tips during the month of March, follow the Somerset County Department of Health on Twitter at

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 .

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training 3/22/19

Help Save a Life!

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FREE Training and FREE Narcan Nasal Spray Kits for the first 30 participants on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Training is open to anyone who is at risk for a heroin or opioid overdose or their family or friends.

Education will be provided on how to administer Narcan (Naloxone) to reverse a heroin or opioid and rescue breathing.

Registration is not required but kits are only available to the first 30 participants.

Date: Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 pm

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell

One Capital Way, Pennington (NJ PURE Conference Center)

The Opioid Overdose Prevention Project is made possible by funding received from the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and JSAS HealthCare, Inc.

Empowering Girls Together

All are welcome to participate in this workshop to discuss various women’s issues health, education, and social concerns, and how they impact the lives of everyone regardless of gender. Guest Speakers will include Health Department Staff. Registration Required: Call the library at (908) 458-8430 x 4

Free Skin Cancer Screening

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As part of a national public service program, a Penn Medicine Princeton Health board certified dermatologist will perform full-body skin examinations by appointment. Nationwide, this annual program has conducted more than 2.5 million screenings and detected over 250,000 suspected skin cancer lesions and more than 28,000 suspected melanomas.

This program is provided in support with the Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care. Princeton Medical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Thursday, May 16, 6 – 8 pm

Princeton Medical Center

Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center

One Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ

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Prepare for Extreme Cold

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the single digits tonight, with high winds and wind chills below zero.

Montgomery Township Health Department wants you to stay safe in cold weather.

Otto Kaufman Community Center will be available as a warming center from 8AM to 9PM if you have no heat. It is recommended that residents think ahead of a plan, perhaps to stay with a relative, neighbor, or friend, in the event that your home loses heat.

If you are a renter, and have no heat, call your landlord and the Health Department at 908-359-8211 x 227 to file a complaint, if needed. We will investigate and work with your landlord to get the heat restored. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Remember these safety tips:

Personal Safety

  • Stay indoors when weather is extremely cold, especially if winds are high.
  • If you must go outdoors, make trips outside as brief as possible.
  • Dress in layers of warm clothing. Protect your head, neck, hands and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and socks.
  • Drink lots of water and non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Be alert for the warning signs of hypothermia: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and/or drowsiness.

Family & Neighbors

  • Offer to help people in your neighborhood who may have limited access to heat.
  • Check frequently on seniors and people who are ill.
  • Do not leave pets outside.
  • Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable to the cold. Extra precautions should be taken.

Be Safe at Home

  • If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home.
  • Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas or fireplaces.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.
  • Take steps now to prevent water pipes from freezing:
  • While power outages are not anticipated, it is good to be prepared. Report outages at: 1-800-880-PSEG (7734).
    Sign up for MyAlerts at:
    so you may receive updates by text and report outages by texting “Out” to 4PSEG. Visit the PSE&G Outage Center to view a map of area outages.

Link to more info at CDC Winter Safety Website: