August 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM
ROSELLE, NJ – Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley today announced the borough has been awarded a Healthy Neighborhoods Grant of $10,000 by the Atlantic Health System at Overlook Hospital in Summit.
The grant will be used for the borough’s Healthy Partners Program, administered by Roselle First in cooperation with the Roselle Health Department. The program targets common community issues, such as obesity, hypertension, family history of heart disease and physical inactivity.
“While the diversity of the American population is one of our greatest assets, one of its greatest challenges is to reduce this disparity in health status,” Holley said. “Locally, this is a key goal of Roselle’s Healthy Partners Program.”
With support from the Roselle Health Department, the Healthy Partners Program provides a low-cost health risk assessment and education awareness effort through the public schools, the Roselle First program, community organizations and faith-based organizations. Medical referrals are made to Overlook Hospital and other medical facilities.
The Healthy Partners Program includes a Registered Nurse, who conducts personal interviews, records family medical history, weight, blood pressure and wellness assessments that include body morphology (height, weight, waist circumference and hip to waist ratio of body). The nurse also assesses tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and Body Mass Index (BMI) analysis. Upon request, all information is made available to an individual’s physician for future treatment as needed.
“Early detection and intervention helps significantly decrease medical costs, particularly when compared to the costly option of persistent, uncorrected health abnormalities,” the mayor noted. “Roselle’s Healthy Partners Program will also increase personal motivation to make Roselle a more healthy community.”