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Community Health:
Upcoming Virtual Events and Resources
 
To view the Community Health Events Calendar, click here.
 
To register,
1-800-247-9580 unless otherwise noted.
 
Important Update
Emails from free email providers (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. ) sent to AHS email addresses will no longer be blocked.
 
If you have questions, email communityhealth@atlantichealth.org.
 
For more information, call
1-844-472-8499.
 
 
June is Men’s Health Month
This month is all about raising awareness of health issues affecting men. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the top two leading causes of death in men is heart disease and cancer. Some of the cancers that most often affect men are prostate, colorectal, lung and skin cancers. Routine screenings and preventative care help detect and prevent these cancers. Screenings save lives, but only if people get screened. Reach out to your health care provider to go over your screening options. If you need a provider, call 1-800-247-9580 or visit click here.For more information about cancer screening programs for people without health insurance, call 973-971-5952.
 
Virtual Quit Smoking Program
It’s Not Quitting, It’s Living!
This free program offers an individual assessment of your tobacco dependence by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, nicotine replacement products at no cost to you and/or a recommendation for medication to help you quit and six weekly group meetings to learn techniques that can help you quit and stay smoke free. Space is limited, you must pre-register and have a smoking assessment done in order to participate in this program. For more information, click here.
 
Register for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
Atlantic Health System invites community members to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine by clicking here. You'll be asked a series of questions about the patient's eligibility. Then, you'll pick a date and time and provide the patient's information. Be sure to enter an email or mobile phone number to receive an appointment confirmation. 
 
Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer screening is used to detect the presence of lung cancer in people who may be at risk, but aren’t showing signs or symptoms. The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer earlier, when it’s likely more curable. If you are at a higher risk for lung cancer, The American Cancer Society recommends yearly lung cancer screening with low dose CT scan (LDCT) exams for people who are 55 to 77 years old. An LDCT exam is recommended as part of a lung cancer screening. When compared to chest X-rays used in early detection, the LDCT screening reduces lung cancer deaths in high-risk individuals by 20%. Atlantic Health System provides a lung cancer screening program that is covered by Medicare and other commercial insurance companies. Funding is available for those who are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, click here.
 
 Community Conversations
In a weekly series of live videos, experts from Atlantic Health System are answering your questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how we're caring for our communities. To view these video, click here.
 
 
VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS
 
Top Pantry Staples 
June 2, 7:00pm 
There are several staple foods that most of us constantly use in the kitchen. These items are standards for our go-to favorites and great to have on hand when experimenting with new recipes or last-minute meals. What’s more, they have a long shelf life and will last for weeks or longer when stored appropriately. Join dietitian Barbara to discuss which grocery items are must-haves in your pantry for creating healthy, delicious meals. Presented by Evelyn Minolfo, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite Parsippany & West Caldwell 
To register, click here.
 
Re-energize Your Fitness Routine
Join Chambers Center for Well-Being for Free Virtual Fitness Classes
Full Body Fit with Jonathan Davalos
Thursday, June 3, 5:00pm
Utilizing a wide variety of exercises, work the whole body through a mat-based strengthening class.
Full Body Fit with Jonathan Davalos
Tuesday, June 8, 9:30am
Utilizing a wide variety of exercises, work the whole body through a mat-based strengthening class.
Active Release with Jonathan Davalos
Wednesday, June 16, Noon
With an aim of increasing balance, mobility and posture, this class utilizes a variety of tools to release tension and rebalance the bodies alignment.
Pilates Mat with Marthe Boesgaard
Tuesday, June 22, 5:00pm
Increase alignment and balance of the body with a focus on challenging the core, this low impact class is a safe way to sculpt the body in a controlled & efficient manner.
Pre-registration required. Space is limited. To register, please contact Chambers Center for Well-Being at 973-971-6301 or chamberscenterforwellbeing@atlantichealth.org.
 
Six Pillars of Brain Health 
Thursday, June 3, 7:00pm 
The Six Pillars of Brain Health workshop is designed to empower participants to take charge of their brain health and learn more about the six pillars of a healthy brain lifestyle. Participants will learn about practical, brain-boosting behaviors. 
Presented by Danielle Hill, AARP 
To register, click here.
 
Plant-Based Proteins 
Monday, June 7, 3:00pm
Each month oncology dietitians present on a different nutrition topic. This month we will be discussing plant-based protein options and creative ways to incorporate these foods into meals. This presentation is geared towards oncology patients. Presented by Johannah Sakimura, MS, RD, CSO, Oncology Dietitian, Carol G Simon Cancer Center, Overlook Medical Center. Pre-registration is not required.
To join:
Meeting ID: 837 6370 8223
Passcode: 577086
 
Exercise with Chronic Conditions 
Tuesday, June 8, 1:00pm 
Learn how to exercise when coping with chronic illnesses like diabetes, arthritis, COPD, and more. Presented by Barbara Vanderhoof, MHA, Exercise Physiologist, Hackettstown Medical Center 
To register, click here.
 
Summer Injuries and Keeping Your Children Safe 
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm 
Join us to learn more about summer injuries such as head injuries, heat related exhaustion, insect bites and stings and more. Learn when to take your child to the emergency room as well as safety precautions. Presented by Phillip Devadan, MD, Pediatric Emergency Department Director, Chilton Medical Center 
To register, click here.
  
Safe Driving, Safe Walking for Seniors 
Wednesday, June 9, 11:00am 
Statistics show that senior citizens are at greater risk of being involved in a pedestrian crash as a driver and as a pedestrian. This presentation will discuss pedestrian safety from both the driver’s perspective and the pedestrian’s perspective and will include a review of current laws and safety measures created to keep everyone safe. Presented Denis G. Kelleher Sr., Project Specialist, TransOptions, Inc. 
To register, click here.
 
Supporting Immunity 
Thursday, June 10, 10:00am 
Learn about nutrition and wellness tips to support your immunity. Presented by Evelyn Minolfo, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian, ShopRite Parsippany & West Caldwell 
To register, click here.
 
Common Issues Associated with the Pelvic Floor and How Rehab Can Help
Thursday, June 10, 7:00pm 
What is pelvic floor therapy and how can it help you? Learn the basic anatomy of the pelvic floor, its function, and how dysfunction can lead to pain, incontinence, constipation, and muscle imbalance among other issues. Find out how specialized pelvic floor therapy can get you back to a life without leaking, pain, or pregnancy related dysfunction. Presented by Jenna Silverman MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist II, Hackettstown Medical Center 
To register, click here.
 
Shifting Out of Pandemic Survival Mode and Making Space for Healing into a Full Life 
Join us for this three-part series to address the process of understanding what we have all been through during the pandemic, learning new language for what to call what we are experiencing, and creating space for healing forward into new life.
Part One - Understanding Our Stress Response to COVID-19                                       
Thursday, June 10, 7:00pm
COVID-19 has significantly affected everyone in our communities. As we emerge from this pandemic and begin to shift from surviving toward healing, many of us are thinking “What do I call what I am going through?” Presented by Dr. Peter Bolo, MD Interim Medical Director, Atlantic Behavioral Health and Beth Schulaka, LCSW will address the brain’s response to stress and trauma, the impact of “surviving” chronic stress, and identifying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
Part Two - What does Healing Look like?                                                                         
Monday, June 14, 7:00pm
As we begin to heal from the past year of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we ask ourselves what does healing look like? Some are healing from long term COVID-19 symptoms, some are healing from loss and fear. We are all looking to heal and move forward. Presented by Sharon Kelly, LCSW will address the healing process at home, at work, in our communities and with loved ones and coworkers.
Part Three - Creating a Spiritual Care Plan                                                                    
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00pm
Healing from the past year of COVID-19 includes our physical and mental health. It also includes our spiritual wellbeing. Whatever faith tradition you may follow you will find comfort in this workshop. Presented by Rev. Amy Seat will address the spiritual healing process and guide you through steps you can take to create your own spiritual self-care plan. 
To register, call 1-844-472-8499.
 
No Bones About It 
Tuesday, June 15, 2:00pm 
Osteoporosis affects around one in four women and one in 20 men over the age of 65. Come learn the basics around causes, diagnosis and prevention and find out what’s new in treatment. Presented by Janet Bartov, MD, FACR 
To register, click here.
 
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia 
Wednesday, June 16, 7:00pm 
Attendees will learn the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s, risk factors for and three general states of disease, FDA-Approved treatments available to treat some symptoms as well as what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research and helpful Alzheimer’s Association recourses. Presented by Robyn Kohn, MA, CDP, Alzheimer's Association 
To register, click here.
 
Safe Sitter® Babysitting Class
Monday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 23, 10:00am to 1:00pm 
$40 (includes manual and completion card) 
This program is for those 11 to 14 years of age. This class includes care of choking infant/child rescue, infant/child CPR, injury prevention/injury management, behavior management, safety for the sitter and childcare essentials and babysitting as a business (skill). Limited spots are available. Registration closes on 06/04/21. 
To register, call 973-579-8653.
 
Stroke & Hyperlipidemia
Tuesday, June 22, 6:30pm
It is important to know all of the risk factors associated with a stroke. This webinar will focus on how hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) can affect your risk of a stroke. Also, learn what to do if you or a loved one has a stroke and how to BE FAST!  Presented by Trixy Thibodeau, MA, DRCC, Health Educator, Community Health, Atlantic Health System. Erin Crum, BSN, RN, EMT, SCRN, ASC-BC, Stroke Program Manager,
Chilton Medical Center will answer questions during the Q&A at the end of the webinar.
To register, click here.
 
Professional Self-Care at Work 
Wednesday, June 23, 9:00am 
This program teaches skills for taking care of yourself in the work setting. Includes learning about Fix Mindset vs Growth Mindset, Locus of Control, how to use a Happiness Document to boost your morale and other important skills for self-Care at work. Presented by Sharon Kelly, LCSW, Atlantic Behavioral Health 
To register, click here.
 
Rethink Your Drink and the Importance of Hydration
Thursday, June 24, 7:00pm 
Join us to learn the healthy way to stay hydrated and how to decrease the amount of added sugars consumed from soft drinks. Presented by Kristen Burdzy, MS, RD, Retail Dietitian, ShopRite of Franklin 
To register, click here.
 
Lung Cancer and Tobacco Cessation 
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00pm 
Join us to learn more about health risks associated with tobacco use, the benefits of quitting and New Jersey’s updated free tobacco cessation services. Presented by Heather Jordan, MPH, CPH, MCHES 
To register, click here.
 
PROGRAMS/RESOURCES
 
Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities Car Seat Inspection Stations
For a list of upcoming inspections, click here.
 
Grief and Loss Support Group
Have you lost a loved one recently and are having difficulties coping? Atlantic Health System offers a forum for you to meet with others experiencing the same grief. For more information, click here.
 
Virtual Nutrition and Wellness in Oncology
Registered Dietitians will discuss various topics monthly. Programs are free and open to patients, caregivers and community members. 
For more information, click here.
 
“Gerry’s Apartment” Caregiver Training Lab
“Gerry’s Apartment” is designed to help family caregivers enhance their skills in caring for an aging loved one. Located in our Geriatric Assessment Center in Morristown, this Caregiver Training Lab includes a model bath, kitchen, bedroom, assistive equipment and common home environment adaptations that can help improve independence and home safety for an older adult. During their training session, Caregivers meet with a Certified Home Health Aide and Licensed Social Worker for personalized guidance, including learning hands-on care techniques, caregiving strategies and resources for support.
  • Cost: $50 for 1 hour training session
  • To make an appointment, call Rebecca Abenante, LSW at 973-971-5839
  • Located in the Geriatric Assessment Center, 435 South St, Suite 390, Morristown, NJ 07960
  • There’s a brief video about Gerry’s Apartment and our Geriatric Assessment Center posted on our AHS Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticHealth/videos/457115788761121/
 
The Healthy Aging Program at Atlantic Health System provides assistance to older people and their caregivers by assisting them with finding the health care services and community resources that they need to live longer, healthier and more active lives. This phone and email-based hotline is available Monday-Friday, and all inquiries are answered by a geriatric social worker. We are here to offer tips on navigating the eldercare maze and help you learn more about home health services, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult day services, transportation, insurance and financial options, and other services available to older adults and their caregivers.
  • Now offering FREE Caregiver consults by phone or Zoom – flyer is attached
  • Don’t forget to ask about our Free Healthy Aging Program Resource Directory!
  • 973-971-5839
  • HealthyAging@atlantichealth.org (currently not able to accept incoming email from personal accounts due to AHS cybersecurity measures)
 
Your Decisions Matter
Your Decisions Matter is a community-based initiative from SAGE Eldercare in Summit, NJ funded by Atlantic Health Systems’ Chilton and Overlook Community Advisory Boards. The goal of Your Decisions Matter is to encourage individuals to have conversations about end-of-life care and decision making with family members, loved ones and medical professionals ideally before a medical crisis occurs. For more information, please contact Nina Tiger at ntiger@sageeldercare.org or call (908) 598-5511. You can also visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
 
Lifestyle Change Program
This program is designed to help you be your best self, through a 12-week journey to build real, sustainable healthy habits. You will transform your mind and body through four weekly virtual group meetings for nutrition, exercise and well-being coaching. 
For more information, click here.
 
TeenHealthFX.com
Atlantic Health System Children's Health Goryeb Children's Hospital / Adolescent and Young Adult Center for Health are proud to present the relaunched, award winning TeenHealthFX.com. The vision of TeenHealthFX.com is to empower adolescents to improve their health through individual responsibility. It serves as an online resource for teenagers to ask anonymous questions about their health, body, sexuality & more and covers “Need to know” and “Hot Topics” specifically for teens. TeenHealthFX.com provides adolescents with unbiased, medically backed information from health experts as well as access to medical, mental health, and other support services for those who live in New Jersey.
 
Memory Screening
Alzheimer's Foundation of America's memory screening department is now offering free, confidential memory screening