Health & Wellness

December 1, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ --  New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers. An evaluation of the medications people take found that nearly one-in-five older drivers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several inches of snow and nightmare traffic around the Garden State didn’t stop Scotch Plains mom Tami Eagle Bowling's 3rd annual Survive & Thrive fundraiser from raising big bucks to help end breast cancer. Held for the first time at The James Ward Mansion in Downtown ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Coming back to school can be a hard change but it is the perfect time to focus on healthy habits. This year at Evergreen School, physical educational teacher Erica Faraone wanted students to understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The students ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Scotch Plains native Jessica Yorkovich, who was born with Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), a rare congenital bone marrow failure disease.   Jessica has been on medication for all of her life to help control her ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The American Hiking Society established Take A Hike Day, each year falling on Nov. 17, as a way to encourage families and individuals to get outside, and to connect with nature.  Freewalkers, a non-profit walking group, is challenging people to collectively hike 1,000 miles or ...

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Westfield, NJ – Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will offer Mental Health First Aid Training in Westfield on November 7th and 14th. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Helmut Zarbl, an expert in circadian rhythm and its influence on sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, eating habits and more, says we pay the price for that extra hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time disrupts our biological clocks and affects our health. Daylight Saving Time ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- If you woke up and thought you saw Batman, Wonder Woman and Aaron Judge running by your front window on Sunday morning, you weren't hallucinating.  The annual Fanwood 5K and Family Super Hero Fun Run wound through the streets of Fanwood despite blustery winds and chilly ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic High School will host its 8th Annual 5K Spooktacular Run on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m. Registration fee is $25 if received by Oct. 20 ($30 after October 20 and on race day). T-shirts will be handed out to the first 250 entrants. Post-race food and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains participated in its 3rd annual Play for P.I.N.K. two mile (actually well over three mile) benefit walk for breast cancer research on Saturday morning. This year marked a record-best for participation as 150 local residents rallied together for ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 2018 Play for Pink Two Mile Walk to help fight breast cancer will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a morning check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Alan Augustine Village Green. After the walk there will be a Health & Wellness Fair open to the public on the Village ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — With a grant from the Westfield-based Stad’s Crabfest Foundation, the JCC of Central NJ in Scotch Plains is offering an eight-week cancer exercise training/recovery program for six qualified individuals who are undergoing or recently underwent treatment for cancer. The ...

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TRENTON — The New Jersey State Legislature reaffirmed its commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic and its support for the efforts of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey by proclaiming October 6 as "Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day" in the state. The opioid epidemic has continued to inflict ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles. Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- "Think about the courage it takes to say, 'I’m the most hated kid in school'." Anti-bullying advocate and founder of Mallory's Army Dianne Grossman addressed a sold-out crowd of 300 that included parents, school administrators, two police chiefs, and Scotch Plains ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood 5K Super Hero Run & Family Fun Run returns on Sunday, Oct. 21, at La Grande Park.   The festivities begin with the one-mile Family Fun Run at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K Super Hero Run at 9:30 a.m.. All participating ‘Fun Run’ children will receive a super hero ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University has opened research center to study the treatment and service needs for people with autism spectrum disorders that will allow an advisory board of parents and advocates of the disability community to identify unmet needs. Based in New Brunswick, the New ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Wendy and Steve Sefcik recently shared the story of their 16-year-old son's struggle with depression and ultimate suicide at a community gathering in Scotch Plains sponsored by crisis listening line Caring Contact and hosted by Scotch Plains residents Marybeth and Steve ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood 5K Super Hero and Family Fun Run tales place on Sunday, Oct. 21 at La Grande Park in Fanwood.  Online registration closes on Friday, Oct. 19, at midnight. Fees are $25, USATF-NJ members: $20, Late registrations: Oct. 20 and 21: $30. Fun Run: $10 with race t-shirt, $5 ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition for this annual initiative, a day of action to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in our ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves northern and central New Jersey, presents an evening with Wendy and Steve Sefcik, whose son, T.J., died by suicide in 2010 at the age of 16 while suffering from depression. The Sefciks will share his and their story at a ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer committee -- Adina Williamson, Amanda Sellinger and Shannon Bonifas -- donated $12,850 to Township of Scotch Plains at the goverinng body's conference meeting on Wednesday. The money, raised through raise fees and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ —The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect for our area through tonight (Tuesday) at 9:00 p.m. The combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees at times. Need a place to cool down?  The Chelsea ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — Some Union County chapters of Girls on the Run (GOTR) -- an afterschool program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences -- are currently seeking volunteer coaches to help their young participants ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Regional Health Department, which serves Westfield, Chatham Borough, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park and Summit, is asking adult residents to take an online survey to help identify which topics it should focus on to improve public health ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Audrey Davis, a senior at Union Catholic High School, created the Active Walking And Respite Exercise (A.W.A.R.E.) club for teens and young adults with special needs, as part of her Girl Scout Gold award project.  The A.W.A.R.E. club serves special needs teens and young ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Just as summer is about to end, dangerous heat and humidity have returned. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect for the area from Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. until Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. The combination of heat and humidity is expected to make ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Registration is now open for the Scotch Plains 2-Mile Walk for Breast Cancer to benefit Play for P.I.N.K. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, starting at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.). Sign up before Oct. 13 for a reduced registration fee of $15 for adults and ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Play for P.I.N.K. Breast Cancer Walk will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, starting from the Alan Augustine Green (430 Park Ave.) in downtown Scotch Plains.  Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with warm up at 8:45 a.m. with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through Tuesday, August 7. A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 ...

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