Health & Wellness

Press Releases

Partners in Awareness, Access and Action – Susan G. Komen North Jersey and City of Newark to Present Free Women’s Wellness Expo in Newark on October 28

d3376db68c0aaf6ac8c2_3-SetonHallGirlsBasketballTeam.jpg
1dbf54127e623be9d4e8_1-BranchBrookPark-Ribbons.jpg
116bb06b6c812c26a221_2-Komen-Newark-Council-Witkowski.jpg
d3376db68c0aaf6ac8c2_3-SetonHallGirlsBasketballTeam.jpg

Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it has forged an exciting new partnership with the City of Newark to present a free Women’s Wellness Expo. The inaugural Expo, to be held on Saturday, October 28, 10:00am-4:00pm at the JFK Recreation Center, will draw on resources from public, corporate and medical communities to raise awareness for breast health and healthy lifestyles, provide free access to breast and general health screenings for women in Newark and the surrounding communities, and advocate for women to take action with their health. 

“Where you live should not determine whether you live,” says Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, who has put his full support behind this initiative. Susan G. Komen has been working on a global scale to level the playing field for medically-underserved communities. Their goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by the year 2026 is ambitious, but crucial. The people of Newark are working closely with the local Komen North Jersey Affiliate on this inaugural event to ensure that all people in our communities­—especially the most vulnerable—have access to the highest quality breast cancer care. A healthier Newark community translates to a stronger, better city for all of us.”  

Highlights of the Women’s Wellness Expo include free health screenings for clinical breast exams, A1C, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, oral, foot screenings, cardiovascular testing, bone density, HIV testing and BMI. Presentations and Q&A sessions by medical professionals will include Living a Healthy Lifestyle, Breast Health/Breast Cancer 101 (in English and Spanish), Advances in Technology/New Screening Methods, New Treatment Options/Metastatic Breast Cancer, Understanding Insurance with a focus on Medicare and Medicaid, and Genetic Testing/Knowing Your Risk.  In addition, there will be exercise and fitness advice and demonstrations, nutrition guidance and food tastings, and entertainment for both children and adults. The Seton Hall Pirates Girls’ Basketball Team will be this year’s special Wellness Ambassadors and will be on-site signing autographs at 1:00pm.

Sign Up for E-News

Newark Director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs & Senior Services Patrick O. Council has been deeply involved in the planning and implementation of this project. “Our joining forces has enabled us to offer a more comprehensive, free-of-charge health and wellness event for the people of Newark, people who otherwise might not have this kind of access,” say Council. “It’s a big step towards saving more lives right here in our communities.”

Newark has been the site of several other “major firsts” for the Komen North Jersey Affiliate including their first grant (to the St. Michael’s “In the Pink” program), and their first Race for the Cure (in 2008 at Branch Brook Park). The Affiliate currently funds a grant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center that offers educational programs on breast health and breast cancer, and assists Newark women undergoing treatment for breast cancer by providing psychosocial and practical support.

Says Kelly Nagle Witkowski, Komen North Jersey’s Executive Director, “It is very serendipitous that, at this 20-year milestone, we are bringing to Newark another important initiative designed to help break down barriers, encourage screenings, and promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Early detection is essential to a positive outcome not only for breast cancer, but for so many other critical health issues. By offering this event free of charge in partnership with the City of Newark, we hope to reach those who might benefit most from gaining access to information, health education, and especially the free screenings we are providing. We want everyone in our communities to know that we’re here for them­—and that we are turning awareness into action.’”

Through their annual Race for the Cure®, Pink Tie Party and other events and activities, Komen North Jersey raises funds to support local community non-profit organizations that provide screening and diagnostic services, breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support, and survivorship programs for underserved women and men in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $18 million in local community grants, and has directed more than $7 million to national research programs in pursuit of new breast cancer screening techniques, better and more effective treatment options, and ultimately, the causes and cures to eradicate breast cancer forever. 

The 2017 Women’s Wellness Expo is sponsored by TAPinto.net (Presenting Sponsor), and CarePoint Health, Horizon BCBS, NJ.com/Star-Ledger, New Jersey Family, New Jersey Monthly, Outfront Media, Summit Medical Group Foundation, The Foundation for University Hospital and WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

For more information on the 2017 Women’s Wellness Expo, visit www.KomenNorthJersey.org/expo, email cure@komennorthjersey.org, or call 908-277-2904.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Columbia High School Principal's Removal Raises More Questions Than It Answers

The last Twitter post from Columbia High School principal Elizabeth Aaron is very telling. 

The four-year CHS schools chief, who was recently, surprisingly, reassigned to a vague “Principal on Special Assignment” post by the school district, was a Twitter regular on her @CougarPrincipal account. There she would often promote the school’s successes and notable staff and ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Robberies Reported on July 5

July 15, 2018

July 2 - Motor Vehicle Theft; Sometime over the previous two days, a U-Haul truck was stolen from a business on Newark Way.

July 4 - Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Elberta Rd was entered and keys were stolen from it.

July 5 - Robberies; At approximately 1:30 a.m., a male was assaulted by two males ridding bicycles while he was walking on ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Four Auto Thefts Reported Between June 21 and June 29

South Orange Police Blotter as of July 1

Auto Theft - A Seton Pl. resident reported that sometime between 11:00 pm, Wednesday 6-27-18 and 7:00 am, Thursday 6-28-18 actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2005 Toyota ), which was parked in the driveway at the time. The actor(s) entered another one of the victim's vehicles that was parked in the driveway, rummaged through the interior & ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17

July 16, 2018

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16, until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Photos: 2018 Maplewoodstock Music & Art Festival

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewoodstock was back July 14 and July 15 for its 15th weekend of live music, food, kids activities and more in Maplewood's Memorial Park.

Maplewoodstock opened at noon on Saturday with local SOMA band Amish Internet, and ended the day with the Reggae band Third World.

On Sunday, the first performance of the day was from Maplewood native Autumn ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_b20a8250917845925251_mini_magick20180715-93558-18g5bx1

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

Caldwell University Alumni Theater, Caldwell

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_7611ce284a8c86d65b64_37d34f9a-c5cd-4fb1-8bf8-b5b7319cb94e

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair in Paterson

Education

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Fri, July 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_af1b89eae735bf536426_par440_promo

Fri, July 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Statement From Emergency Committee to Reinstate Principal Aaron

July 10, 2018

** TUESDAY RALLY IS CANCELLED **

We created a movement. We leveraged our collective 1,600 voices and forced the District leadership to sit with us today [Monday] and discuss the poorly communicated, weekend announcement that CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron was being reassigned.

Our meeting was a first step in both accountability and transparency as Dr. Ficarra revealed Principal ...

Coalition on Race Responds to Changes in School District Administrators

The Board of Trustees of the Community Coalition on Race seeks racial equity, integration, and excellence in education for all students in our schools. While the pace of change has been frustratingly slow, we have seen some progress. Yet, candidly, there are too many students of color who are not well served in SOMA, who still experience segregated classrooms and who still suffer from racial ...

3rd Annual Newark International Film Festival Accepting Submissions

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Three days filled with celebrity guests and showcases from both local and international filmmakers are coming to the city in September.

The third annual Newark International Film Festival will return Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 9, 2018. The festival has grown each year since it was first created, with the city last year hosting 10,000 attendees seeing films across ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Downtown Scotch Plains May Eventually Look Like Princeton, According to Redevelopment Committee Feedback

July 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Residents who attended the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) meeting on Wednesday night got a peak into what the future of the township will look like… and it looks a lot like Princeton.

Tom Strowe, the Township’s Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented findings of the recent survey on architectural styles. More than 2,100 ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Repairs to Boyden Avenue Between Elmwood Avenue and Springfield Avenue

July 15, 2018

On Monday, July 16, road repairs to the south side of Boyden Avenue between Elmwood Avenue and Springfield Avenue will take place for approximately one week pending weather conditions. There will be access to the pool parking lot for pool members and NJ Transit employees. Signage and police officers will be present to direct traffic.

Valley Street Milling and Paving Commencing July 16

On Monday, July 16, road repairs to Valley Street between Hixon Pl. and Millburn Ave. will begin as part of the Essex County 2018 Roadway Program. The work will last approximately until July 30, and will take place during the night. Please adhere to traffic signage and police officers during this time as work is being completed. 

Bike for the Bean! CycleBar Livingston Event to Raise Funds for Food Pantry

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND) is hosting a “Bike for the Bean” fundraiser at CycleBar Livingston on Saturday, July 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event will raise funds for MEND’s new mobile food pantry, a converted school bus known as “The Green Bean.” Donations for this event will allow MEND to purchase and distribute more fresh and healthy ...