Health & Wellness

February 13, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ — Earning an accolade that places it in top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance, Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center has been selected as the only hospital in New Jersey to achieve the Healthgrades 2019 America’s America’s 100 Best Hospitals ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 300 people — new drivers and their parents — attended a program by “Share the Keys,” a research-based orientation program offered by NJM Insurance Company, at Westfield High School Tuesday night.  Speaker Pat McCormick, Share the Keys coordinator for NJM, explained the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Lighting up at street fairs, festivals and other town-sponsored public events is now a no-no. The Town Council on Tuesday extended its smoking ban existing for municipal parks and sidewalk-dining areas to include a prohibition from smoking at the town-approved events and also on ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Members of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad went out on 2,136 calls in 2018, according to their records. They made 1,175 trips to local hospitals, had more than 25 CPR saves and delivered one baby. And they did it all without pay. “Everything that you get in return is smiles, ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Atlantic Behavioral Health at Overlook Medical Center has expanded behavioral health access by relocatinig to a new, larger space at 2 Walnut Street in Summit. Overlook’s outpatient behavioral health services were previously located in a modified residential building with 3,335 square ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Federal employees dealing with the government shutdown, which has lasted for 33 days, can work off their frustrations at the Westfield Area YMCA for free. The YMCA announced this week that federal employees are eligible for a free one-month membership during the shutdown. To ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ — Atlantic Health System's President & Chief Executive Office, Brian Gragnolati, and the organization's Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Nikki Sumpter, have issued statements and detailed information regarding initiatives Atlantic Health System is putting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – With their beeping, buzzing, chiming and bright colors, smartphones phones can be much to handle. Recognizing this, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here2Help Mental Health Coalition held its first forum, one among a series on mental health topics, at the Westfield Memorial ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The brain chemical contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction is produced as people scroll through social media feeds and answer messages on their smartphones. Sean Foley, a social worker at Prevention Links, a Union County nonprofit fighting substance abuse, discussed ...

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Updated at 8:24 p.m. Jan. 28 WESTFIELD, NJ – Smokers lighting up at a street fair or town festival here could face fines, even those who do so with an e-cigarette. The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a regulation to ban smoking at public events such as jazz nights, the AddamsFest beer ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Inspection fees for establishments serving food in town will be based on the public health risk of the food served and no longer determined by the size of the establishments if a recently proposed regulation is adopted. The Westfield Board of Health is set to hold a public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Health reorganized earlier this week, picking a new president, meeting new members and discussing an effort to raise awareness of maternal health. The board picked as its president Dr. Lawrence Budnick, a professor of health at Rutgers University Medical ...

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Updated: 11:52 a.m. Jan. 7 The forum is called “This is Your Brain on Phones: Smartphone Overuse.” WESTFIELD, NJ – Cell phones have become increasingly more powerful devices, with more features than some brains can handle. This is among the topics set for discussion at an upcoming talk at ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31 a.m. on Jan. 1, Atlantic Health announced. Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —The town may join a chorus of municipalities banning the sale of recreational marijuana, something that comes in advance of the state Legislature’s expected passage of legislation that would legalize recreational pot. The state Legislature is anticipated to vote on the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the importance of bringing public health into the forefront as the state moves toward legalizing marijuana. “The state health commissioner has been extremely loud and clear: The Department of Health is not involved ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In its first year participating, 40 officers from the Westfield Police Department raised $1,791 for “No Shave November,” police announced. The nonprofit No Shave November grows awareness of cancer and raises funds to support cancer prevention, research and education, the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – If you see a bearded Westfield police officer this month, it is not because he was too lazy to shave. In a first for Westfield Police, officers are participating in “No Shave November,” a nationwide fundraiser for cancer research intended to heighten awareness about the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Several inches of snow and nightmare traffic around the Garden State didn’t stop local 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 Westfield, ...

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The Westfield Rescue Squad plans to equip its ambulances with the opioid antidote naloxone. WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking to focus efforts on better fighting the opioid epidemic, local health officials are seeking statistics to help evaluate the extent to which opioid abuses are impacting ...

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Glaring examples of the field's age show. WESTFIELD, NJ – Installed 13 years ago, the turf field at Gary Kehler Stadium is set to be resurfaced as part of a $3.03 million renovation of the stadium set to start in April. But with five months of play remaining before the stadium’s anticipated ...

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Updated at 6:58 p.m. Oct. 19 Print Options For Answering Questions Also Offered WESTFIELD, NJ – Do senior citizens use ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, or do they take the senior bus? How many senior citizens surf the Internet? Do senior citizens access the web from their cell ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A newly formed task force of local officials and volunteers has been charged with identifying best practices for handling mental illness, reducing the stigma surrounding it and heightening awareness of resources available for treatment. The 10-member Westfield Youth and Family ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Grand Opening celebration of Arbor Terrace Mountainside not only met expectations, it exceeded most people's. It drew hundreds of people – including Mayor Paul Mirabelli, members of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Arbor Terrace “home office” executives, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The 54-year-old single mom and longtime Union County resident didn’t think her life would get worse after her home in Westfield was foreclosed on. Then Annie Vann-Ashkenazi, a mother of four, got the call from Overlook Medical Center. “Two days after I got here, I received a ...

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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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MORRISTOWN, NJ — Cancer is a disease that touches virtually everyone in some sort of way throughout their lifetime, with more than 1.5 million new cases diagnosed in the United States every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Those who have endured the fight against the disease that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The town’s Green Team has tossed a proposal to allow once-a-week garbage pickups. The Green Team had requested a change to the health department's regulations that could allow for garbage pickup once a week, instead of the existing twice a week pickup mandated, but after further ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – It’s getting harder to find a place to light up in town, and that’s what some officials want. After banning smoking in public parks in 2014 and extending that ban to include sidewalk cafes three years later, some Westfield officials are considering banning smoking at public ...

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