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Proper use of sunscreen
Do not put sunscreen on an infant 6 months or younger. Shield your infant from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Children get three times as much exposure to the sun as adults. On a hot day, it could take only three minutes for your child to burn. If your child is old enough for sunscreen, use products made for their age. Read labels! Dressing your child in a lightweight, long-sleeved top and lightweight pants gives great protection for infants too young for sunscreen.
Keep a sweater handy Turning on the air conditioning in the car? You might want to put a light sweater on your infant. Also consider a light sweater if you are moving from the heat of the outdoors to the cool of an airconditioned mall, restaurant or your home. Check your child to see that he or she is adjusting to the new temperature.
Swimming tips Don’t try to teach an infant younger than 6 months to swim and never let their heads go underwater. If you do decide to give your infant swim lessons, do not rely on their ability when it comes to protecting themselves from drowning. Make sure the water temperature is at least 82 degrees and keep exposure to the water to short intervals of about 10 minutes or less.
Hydration is important Always make sure your baby is hydrated. This is even more important as temperatures rise and your child sweats. Serve your child plenty of water or diluted juice; never serve your baby sports drinks or soda.
Keep ‘em cool in the pool
By DOREEN NAGLE
Buying a small wading pool for the yard or park will keep your baby happy and cool. Put the pool under a tree or yard umbrella to keep it in the shade. And, of course, never ever leave your child unattended near water. A baby can drown in as little as an inch of water left in a bucket or bathtub.
he thermometer outside says 80 degrees and you are ready to pack your precious little one into the car and explore the outside world. Have you also packed a few necessities to keep your child cool as the temps rise? Having an elevated body temperature is known as hyperthermia, the antithesis of hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature), its much more publicized cousin. What both of these conditions have in common is that they can result in death or have other tragic consequences. Follow these practical tips to keep your children cool:
Put a lid on it Buy a large-brimmed hat for your baby to keep the sun away. Hats, however, can make the head too hot, so frequently check your baby for signs of overheating: red cheeks, sweating or dehydration.
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Get into a routine We’ve Moved! to help your heart By JENNIFER TORNETTA AtlantiCare
Getting into a healthier routine this fall will turn smart activities into heart-saving habits. Dr. James Dralle, division director of cardiovascular surgery at AtlantiCare’s Heart Institute, hopes autumn’s cooler temperatures will inspire residents to kick up the physical activity. It’s important to get back into a regular routine, especially after this summer’s scorching weather. “Exercising and eating a healthy, balanced diet are important for overall heart health,” Dralle said. “Both impact heart disease risk factors we can change, including having diabetes or being overweight or obese; and those we can’t, including family history.” It’s not about being perfect, but you can minimize your risk of diseases and prevent conditions that can be changed or managed. These include high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels (a type of fat found in the blood), high blood pressure and diabetes. Other lifestyle choices also can contribute to health risks, such as being overweight, smoking, getting little or no exercise, eating an unhealthy diet and suffering from excessive stress. “Exercise for at least 30 minutes four to five days a week,” Dralle recommends. No money for a gym membership? No problem. “Fall is a great time for doing yard work or walking on the boardwalk or through your neighborhood,” Dralle said. During the summer months, many people take a break from healthy lifestyles, such as exercise and nutrition. Fall is your opportunity — before the holiday season starts — to get back on a healthier track. “Eat a heart-healthy diet of foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol and salt,” Dralle said. “Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products will help protect the
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heart. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.” It’s also important to have a relationship with a primary care provider and have regular well visits that include blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. Dralle likes to practice what he preaches. The physician has taken part in 12 triathlons, including the annual Brigantine Triathlon, Chicago, Philadelphia and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. When he’s not operating or advising his patients, Dralle runs on the Atlantic City and Ventnor boardwalks, swims regularly and bikes along the roads of Smithville.
If you need a diagnostic imaging test, you will ﬁnd our Hammonton location easy to access and our prompt results will help your physician make timely decisions about your care.
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COMPLETECARE HEALTH NETWORK
Start school year on a healthy note By KRYSTLE WRIGHT CompleteCare Health Network
For children, September is either an exciting time of year — or a sad one that signals the end of summer freedom. Either way, it’s best to start the school year off right by being prepared. And no, that doesn’t just mean stocking up on freshly sharpened pencils and new notebooks. More importantly, this is the month in which you should establish healthy habits that help your children function at their best, both mentally and physically. Make sure your children get eight to 10 hours of sleep. Before the school year begins, “start getting your children into a school-hour sleep schedule to help their bodies get used to getting up earlier,” said Patricia Leigh, CompleteCare Health Network family nurse practitioner. Good nutrition helps your children bring their best to the classroom. Eating breakfasts that contain fiber-rich and whole-grain cereals, fresh fruit and milk can help children stay focused and energized. Children benefit from lunches that include whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods, such as cheese and yogurt. Parents can pack lunches that really pack a nutritional punch — or encourage their children to stay on the healthy side of the cafeteria by making healthier choices. When they throw down the book bag and open the fridge, stocking up on healthy after-school snacks will help keep them on track, too. “If you have a concern about your child’s weight, make an appointment to discuss it with a health care provider,” Leigh said. Keeping them healthy also means taking proper precautions while in school. Close contact with classmates can
Make an appointment To schedule a regular exam or immunization with CompleteCare, call (856) 451-4700 . expose children to an abundance of germs, especially as cold and flu season begins, so teach them to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water. Older children should be encouraged to keep hand sanitizer in their backpacks or lockers. Remind children to cover coughs and sneezes, and wash their hands after touching shared surfaces. Get your children up-to-date on immunizations. The critical shot periods are kindergarten, grades five and six, and ages 11 to 14. Check with your provider to determine what vaccinations your children need to start school and what other immunizations are recommended. September is the perfect time to see the pediatrician for a well visit since children already need sports physicals. Leigh reminds parents to bring any sports physical, day care, immunization and asthma paperwork with them for the appointment. If it’s not easy to make doctor appointments, CompleteCare can help. The organization offers school-based services at Bridgeton High School, Cumberland Regional High School, Broad Street School in Bridgeton and Downe Elementary School in Newport. School-based services allow a nurse practitioner to see registered students on site. Only insurance companies — not the students and their families — are charged for the service. Dental health also should be on your back-to-school to-do list.
Parents should stress proper nutrition and make checkups for their children as the new school year arrives.
“Oral health is a major component of physical health,” said Richie Elwell, director of school services at CompleteCare. “Kids who don’t have cavities tend to do better academically and behaviorally.” CompleteCare’s Smile Smart program provides student transportation and delivers dental care free of a co-pay. The program is open to any district in Cumberland, Gloucester and Cape May counties. Leigh encourages parents to help their children succeed in school: “Plan homework time, plan time for exercise, and plan family time. Kids need to
interact with their parents.” Most importantly, keep an eye on your children’s behavior. “Not all kids are happy in school,” Leigh said. “If you’re seeing sudden changes in your child’s behavior or grades, talk to your child, his or her teachers and the doctor. It might be a sign of stress. People don’t always think of emotional stuff as being part of the child’s needs, but it is.” Before putting your kids on the bus, prepare them for a year of success. To register your children for school-based services in one of the participating schools, contact your school nurse.
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Taking You Well Into The Future
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Staff photo/Craig Matthews
Adam Slack of Mays Landing, now at 211 pounds, puts on an old shirt to demonstrate just how much weight he’s lost.“I was never hungry because I was always eating,” he said.
From 585 to 211 pounds By MELISSA PILEIRO Staff Writer
Adam Slack was lying to himself. He told his family and friends he was only 450 pounds. But one day, as he struggled onto an MRI table after injuring his back, he would have to face the truth. The machine had a weight limit of 525 pounds. It whirred to life, only to promptly shut down again. And that’s
when he knew he was in trouble. “In the most condescending, rude way, the technician said they would refer me to a veterinary clinic,” Slack said. “The machines they used there were for horses. I never went — I couldn’t stand the humiliation.” Yet even that wasn’t enough motivation. He was too big, he figured, and it was just too late. Instead, he kept eating the same way he had for years: two family-sized bags of potato chips; a whole pizza loaded
with toppings — then dipped in ketchup and mayo; salad bowls piled full of fries. Most of the time, he said, those were the snacks. “I was never hungry because I was always eating,” said Slack, 37, of Mays Landing. “Eating was just something I did because it was there.” The moment that changed his life arrived in June 2008. While working the night shift as a security guard at the Trump Plaza casino, the floor started to seem like it was
bubbling and tilting. “I just went to my knees,” he said. “I don’t even remember getting to the ambulance.” At the hospital, Adam’s blood pressure was more than twice the healthy range for a man. The doctor at his side asked if would prefer a long or short obituary. He weighed 585 pounds. That’s a size 68. Infuriated, Slack kicked the doctor See 585 POUNDS on Page 8
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Adam Slack and his wife, Michele, back when he weighed nearly 600 pounds. Michele says she was skeptical her husband could pull off this ambitious plan to lose weight — but she was wrong.
585 pounds From Page 7
out of his hospital room and spent the next two hours alone with his thoughts — and the doctor’s brutal truth. “Everyone wants to leave a legacy behind,” he said. “All I knew was that I didn’t want to leave my wife and kids without a father.” He woke up the next morning with a new agenda. If he wanted to see his next birthday, he needed to lose weight. Michele, his wife of 15 years and high school sweetheart, was skeptical. “I didn’t think he could do it,” she admits now. “I didn’t think he had the self-control.” In the end, it was their children —
son Collin, daughters Autumn and Madisen, and now baby Lorelai — who restored Adam’s willpower. A constant struggle Coming from a Polish background in which food plays a central role in family life, Slack has been heavy since childhood. By seventh grade, he was 200 pounds and struggling to remain in control. He played baseball to stay active, but drew cruel criticism from the other kids on the team. He learned to make fun of himself as a form of self-defense. “I spent a lot of time making fun of myself so that other people wouldn’t,” Slack said. Adam and Michele married in 1997, See 585 POUNDS on Page 9
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Adam Slack with wife Michele and children (from left) Madisen, Autumn and Collin. Slack said family motivated him to lose weight: “All I knew was that I didn’t want to leave my wife and kids without a
we would walk by.” “I was a sideshow to everyone,” Adam added. “Inside (my head), I was just From Page 8 screaming. There’s a point where you’re not defending yourself anymore. You’re and had their son Collin a year later. just angry. It’s raw.” Adam’s weight increased gradually, While Michele accepted her husaggravated further by his later back band as he was, Adam’s mother never injury. minced words. A hundred pounds turned into 200. “She’d say, ‘You’re not the person I Two hundred turned into 400. knew,’” he recalls. “Eventually, I just Now, his wife was forced to tie his told her to lay off. I’m not proud of that.” shoes every time they ventured outside. He could barely drive. Even shower- Starting over ing was difficult. Slack’s close call was humbling, but Going out in public was not only a it allowed him to see himself for the physical test, but also an emotional one first time. Still, at a weight of 585 for the entire family. pounds, where should he start? Collin Slack, now 13, remembers First, he needed a change of scenery. those moments well. “People would The casino cafeteria at work was a always mutter under their breath when huge temptation, especially during
breaks. He accepted a security guard position at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona. Employees can use the fitness equipment and resources at the hospital’s LifeCenter for a discount. “I never paid for a personal trainer, but got a lot of advice from them,” Slack said. Trainers and doctors all agreed walking was a good place to start. Step one: Start out slow. Once a day, every day, he walked to a stop sign at the end of his street. He never missed, no matter how he felt, no matter if it rained or snowed. He even walked in the aftermath of a devastating ice storm in 2008. One block eventually turned into two. Suddenly, there were fewer people
mocking him as he passed by with his old dog, Thunder. At home, he pared his diet to the bare essentials: vegetables, protein for muscle and a scant amount of carbs. He allowed no wiggle room for fear of failure. “The first two weeks were the hardest,” Michele Slack said. “There were moments where he would stand in front of the refrigerator, just looking.” The first 100 pounds melted off in six months, and the second 100 pounds were gone just as quickly. If he had to eat healthy, he thought, the Slack home would do without tempting frozen treats and greasy foods, and the family switched from 10- to 8inch plates, decreasing their portion sizes. See 585 POUNDS on Page 10
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585 pounds From Page 9 A new man
Today, almost exactly three years since his close call in the hospital, Slack weighs in at 211 pounds. His wife has dropped weight, too, and their children have come to realize vegetables actually taste good. While he still has about 30 pounds left to lose to meet his target, he no longer has to weigh himself on the casino’s loading dock. So far, he’s lost a staggering 374 pounds. Now, Adam is hooked on staying physically fit. He spends 2 1/2 hours at the gym a few times a week, coaches Collin’s baseball team and even outplays his daughters sometimes. Recently, he was inducted into the Mays Landing Athletic Association. He’s also a new father again — Lorelai is 21 months old. And while she will Staff photo/Craig Matthews Adam Slack demonstrates how much weight he lost by fitting two of his daughters — Autumn (left) never know her father at his heaviest, and Madisen — inside one of his old shirts. her siblings will always remember his
Need help losing weight? After losing nearly 400 pounds, Adam Slack has a new goal — inspiring others to believe they can make the change,too. And yes,this means you.If you need a few words of advice or inspiration,the Mays Landing father of four is ready to help. “If my story can help someone lose even 20 or 30 pounds,I want to be a part of that experience and do what I can to help,”Slack says. To reach Adam Slack, send email to [email protected]
accomplishment. They can’t wait for the family’s return trip to Disney World, where dad finally will be able to join them on the scary rides. As for Adam, he now has a new appreciation for life. “I really believe that anything is possible now, and it can only get better from here. Failure just isn’t an option anymore.”
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How one man lost
It takes a lot of food to turn the ave rage guy into a 585-pound adult. To lose it takes discipline and careful choices. It means controlling portion sizes and eliminating fatty foods. It also helped that his family switched to a smaller plate size. Mays Landing resident Adam Slack described a typical day in his life before and after his dramatic weight loss.
BEFORE 585 pounds
Slack, like many overweight people, skipped the ﬁrst meal of the day on many occasions. When pressed, here is a typical breakfast: A dozen eggs, scrambled with an entire half-pound bag of shredded cheese. An entire loaf of white bread, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy.
Lunch or dinner
Slack said he often liked to go out to eat several times a week after work — before coming home to eat dinner. He also went out to eat with his family at least once a week. Here’s a typical meal: A whole pizza with pepperoni and sausage dipped in ketchup and mayo. Whole package of hot dogs, ﬁve or more hamburgers and hot wings. Three whole chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Three pounds of white pasta in alfredo sauce with sausage and garlic bread.
Protein shake every morning, and an egg white omelet with tomatoes twice a week.
Salad for lunch, heavy on the celery, cucumber and carrots. He sometimes adds a skinless grilled chicken breast. Tuna salad with olive oil.
Slack now dines out with his family less than once a month and sticks to low-calorie menu options when he does. He’s a fan of salad bars and soup. Chicken breast with cucumbers and sun-dried tomatoes. Steak on occasion, with broccoli and black pepper and wild grain rice. Whole wheat pasta — he’s a big fan of spinach linguine — with a sugar-free red sauce and clams on occasion. On a rare occasion, 7-grain bread.
Staff graphic/Joe Moore; staff photo/Craig Matthews
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Use garlic instead of salt
1 Eat salmon instead of steak
People who signiﬁcantly cut back amount of salt in their diet could redu ances of developing cardiovascular disease ercent, according to a report published in t ritish Medical Journal. By using garlic instead f salt, you not only get the beneﬁt of lower lood pressure, you also get the health perks f garlic, such as ﬁghting cancer and posbly reducing the risk of heart attack and roke by lowering total and LDL (bad) olesterol without affecting HDL (good) olesterol.
Instead of that big, thick steak that has saturated fa and is high in calories, try wild salmon, which has high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids signiﬁcantly reduce the risk for sudden death caused by cardiac arrhythmias and decrease deaths from many caus n patents wth coronary heart dsease. hey also preven the formation of clots and act as anti-inﬂammatories.
Read a heart health guide
7 Use skim milk
he “Healthy Heart Handbook for Wom” includes current statistics, quizzes and arts. With new information on women d heart disease and practical suggestions r reducng the r sk of heart-related probms, it’s a must-read for women who want show their hearts some love. The hand-
ou dont have to sw tch all at once. Try easing yourself into it. Go from whole milk to 2 percent, then 1 percent milk, nd before you know it, you’ll be a skim milk ﬁcionado. One cup of whole milk has almost grams of saturated fat, whereas skim/nonfat il h nl 1 5 r m n t t m nti n
Deliver messages in person Instead of emailing, calling or IMing your ofﬁce or neighbor, try walking. Even a little exercise lower blood pressure. Bottom line: Even a few minutes is better than nothing.
whole3 Use grain bread A diet high in wh foods is associated w niﬁcantly lower risk oping cardiovascula including heart dis stroke, according to orest Un versty s amples of whole-gr include wild rice, oatmeal, brown ric wheat berries and ﬂ as whole wheat. Ma look for “100 perce grain” on food label for speciﬁc types o grain ﬂour, such a wheat,” listed as th
Use a margarine
instead 4 spray of butter
If you’re looking to save calories and saturated fat, using a margarne spray such as I ant Believe It’s Not Butter or Smart Balance is a good way to start (10 calories per 10 sprays). Butter has 00 calories per tablespoon and contains more than 7 grams of saturated fat. Photos/Gannett; staff graphic/Joe Moore
Swap chips for pistachios
10 easy swaps to make your heart healthy
Cook veggies in microwave bags o use microwave steaming bags, ut washed vegetables into the bag, al it and toss it in the microwave. inutes later, you have steamed vegables without adding water or oil. ne of the biggest excuses for not oking heart-healthy meals is the me it takes, but you can whip up a eart-healthy meal wh le reapng all e beneﬁts of eating vegetables and an meat or poultry with little or o oil. Vegetables are high in ﬁber, d a diet rich in ﬁber can help lower lood cholesterol and reduce your sk of heart disease.
the 10 Make switch to olive oil
Avoiding certain saturated fats can be one of the keys to heart health (being a healthy weight and eating right also matter), so switching from your current oil to olive oil — which has some good fat — can help. However, this doesn’t mean you can use it with impunity — it still has 120 calories per tablespoon. So use it sparingly, or try using a cookng m ster or spray.
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Garlic Garlic is one of the most flavorful and healthyingredients in the world.Although it isn’t often the headliner in a dish,it adds a potent or subtle depth of flavor.To test that concept, try making a rub of minced garlic, minced fresh rosemary and olive oil for the next fat steak you put on the grill.Garlic is often so key to a dish that leaving it out would be unthinkable, such as in classic pesto. Whether you want just a hint of garlic or a big hit, there’s certainly no shortage of recipes from appetizers to sides — and we offer some that will make use of those last few vegetables from the garden.
E ASY ROASTED POTATOES 1 teaspoon McCormick dill weed 1 teaspoon McCormick garlic powder ■ 1/2 teaspoon salt ■ 1/4 teaspoon McCormick black ■ ■
pepper, coarse ground ■ 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into wedges ■ 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dill, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss potatoes with oil in a large bowl, sprinkle seasoning mixture over potatoes and toss to coat. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined 15-by-10-by-1 baking pan. Bake 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden grown. Yield: 6 servings. Recipe and photo courtesy McCormick.com
CRUNCHY G ARLIC G ARBANZOS 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil ■ 3/4 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder ■ 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika Pinch of cayenne pepper ■ Kosher salt
In a food processor combine basil, cheese, nuts, garlic and two tablespoons of the canola/olive oil blend. Process to blend and, with the motor still running, slowly add the remaining oil so the mixture emulsifies. Add salt and pepper to taste. Can be refrigerated up to two days. Yield: 1 3/4 cups.
Drain and rinse beans well. Dry beans on a kitchen towel or paper towels. Cover and roll them a bit, then remove any skins that have loosened. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Place dry garbanzos in a medium bowl, pour in seasoned oil and mix well so beans are all coated. Spread beans out well in a single layer on a baking sheet (line it with parchment paper if desired for easier cleanup). Roast in a 400-degree preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Shake pan about halfway through. At about 30 minutes, test “crunch” factor of the beans and continue cooking until they reach the desired crunch. Sprinkle with salt immediately after removing beans from the oven. Serve hot or room temperature. If not serving immediately, store in airtight container once they’ve cooled. Note: This will make a small batch, enough for a few snacks. If you are having a crowd, make more — they are addictive! Use any variation of spices to taste — more cayenne if you like more heat, for example.
Recipe and photo courtesy Canolainfo.org
Recipe from Health Connection archives
CLASSIC PESTO ■ 1 cup sweet basil leaves, washed and dried completely ■ 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese ■ 1/3 cup pine nuts
5 cloves garlic, peeled 3/4 cup canola/olive oil blend ■ 1/2 teaspoon salt ■ 1/4 teaspoon pepper ■ ■
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S AUTEED SNAP PEAS & A SPARAGUS ■ 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed to about half ■ 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas (trim ends and remove strings) ■ Salt
4 tablespoons olive oil 3 large cloves garlic ■ Pinch red pepper flakes ■ Sherry or balsamic vinegar (optional) ■ ■
Bring a large pot of water to a simmering boil. Add about three tablespoons of salt and the asparagus tips (reserve the woody stems for soup stock or discard). Have a large bowl of ice water ready, and add about a tablespoon of salt to the water bath. Blanch the asparagus for about three minutes and plunge them into the ice water. Let cool for about five minutes. Pat dry. Repeat with snap peas. (This can be done well ahead.) Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the olive oil. Smash the garlic with the side of a knife, remove the paper and put the garlic and the red pepper flakes in the skillet. Cook over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant and starts to turn golden, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove garlic cloves and discard. Add snap peas and asparagus to the pan, sauté, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes until they are heated through and start to turn a little golden at the edges. Remove pan from heat, add a splash of vinegar if desired, and serve hot or room temperature. Recipe from the Health Connection archives
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1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon
3 cups fresh cilantro, packed 3 garlic cloves ■ 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste ■ 1 teaspoon dried oregano ■ ■
1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste 1/2 cup canola oil ■ 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak or beef tenderloin ■ 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes ■ ■
Combine lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, salt and canola oil in a blender. Process to form a thick puree. Taste and season with red pepper flakes and salt as desired. Place 2/3 cup of the puree in an airtight container and refrigerate, reserving for sauce. Cut beef into 1 1/2-inch cubes, place cubes in a resealable plastic bag with the remaining puree, squeeze out excess air. Marinate in refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight, turn as needed to coat evenly. Heat grill to medium high. Clean with a stiff brush, then rub with canola oil. Remove beef cubes from marinade and thread onto skewers, leaving a bit of space between each cube. Discard marinade, sprinkle salt on kebabs to taste. Grill until nicely charred with defined grilling marks, about two minutes per side for medium-rare, three minutes per side for medium, and four minutes per side for medium-well. Drizzle some of the chimichurri sauce over the kebabs, serve hot or at room temperature, and serve remaining sauce on the side. Yield: 4 servings. Note: Chimichurri sauce is also delicious as both a marinade and sauce for grilled flank steak, skirt steak, strip steak, pork chops, pork loin, chicken or even tuna. Marinate meat at least four hours or overnight, and fish up to one hour. Recipe and photo courtesy Canolaoil.org
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STIR-FRIED B ABY SPINACH ■ 1 tablespoon canola oil ■ 1 clove garlic, minced ■ 1 teaspoon minced ginger ■
12 ounces baby spinach leaves,
washed and dried ■ 1 teaspoon salt ■ 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar ■ 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
■ 4 medium-ripe tomatoes, cut in half ■ 2 tablespoons canola oil ■ 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
In a wok or skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger, stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add salt and then the spinach. Stir-fry spinach to coat with oil, garlic and ginger. When the spinach has wilted to about one-third of its original size, add the sugar. Stir-fry for about two more minutes. Drizzle with sesame oil. Cook for another 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate, pour off any excess liquid and serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings. Recipe and photo courtesy Canolainfo.org
■ 1 clove garlic, minced ■ 1/2 teaspoon salt ■ 1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese ■
■ 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flatleaf parsley ■ 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil ■ 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Place tomato halves on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle each half with the oil. In a small bowl combine onion, garlic, salt, pepper and bread crumbs. Stir to combine, then sprinkle the mixture on the tomatoes. Roast tomatoes at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until the tomatoes are very tender. Sprinkle fresh herbs on top and serve immediately. Yield: 6-8 servings. Recipe and photo courtesy Canolainfo.org
CHEESY G ARLIC DIPPING OIL ■ 1/4 cup light or regular olive oil*
■ 1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
■ 1 teaspoon minced garlic ■ 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes ■ Crusty bread, warmed
Combine oil, garlic and pepper flakes, stir in cheese. Serve on a small plate with a basket of crusty bread slices. * Don’t use extra-virgin olive oil for this; the taste is too strong. Recipe from Health Connection archives Back to School Memory, Attention, & Stress Products • Formulas for ADD or ADHD • Omega 3 Fish Oils/DHA for Concentration • Energy Products for Late Night Studying • Large Gluten-Free Department including Children Snacks • Stress and Pain Relief Formulas • A Total Homeopathic Medicine Supplier • 100% Whole Food & Food Based Vitamins • Natural Allergy Relief • Vegetarian Food Department • Refrigerated & Frozen Food Items
G ARLICKY GREEK YOGURT DIP ■ 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese ■ 1/2 cup Cabot Greek-style yogurt ■ 1/2 cup Cabot sour cream
■ 1 tablespoon minced garlic ■
Salt and fresh ground pepper to
■ 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients except salt and pepper, and process until smooth. Season to taste. Transfer mixture to a bowl and serve with warm pita or other flatbread, cut into pieces. Recipe and photo courtesy Cabotcheese.coop
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Garlic comes in many forms R AW GARLIC The smaller the garlic is cut, the stronger the flavor: One whole clove of garlic will be milder than a sliced or minced clove. Generally, one clove will provide one teaspoon of chopped garlic, and that one clove is equivalent to about 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder. Garlic can be sliced, chopped, crushed, diced, minced or ground to a paste with the back of a knife blade and some salt. It all depends on the texture and flavor desired in the recipe at hand.
ROASTED GARLIC When garlic is roasted, the cloves turn into a tasty, nutty puree, and the pungent taste of raw garlic is gone. Remove excess white paper around the head but do not separate the cloves. Wrap each head tightly in foil, roast in a 400-degree oven for about 50 minutes. Let sit at least 15 minutes or more until cool enough to
handle. Some recipes call for squeezing each clove, but it’s much faster to squeeze the entire head into a small bowl. Mash with a fork to get a consistent puree.
ELEPHANT GARLIC This is much milder than garlic, but is simpler when a recipe calls for multiple heads of roasted garlic or when a milder garlic flavor is desired.
SAUTEED IN OIL
Coat the bottom of a skillet with about four tablespoons of olive oil. With the side of a knife, smash three large garlic cloves, remove paper and put the cloves in the skillet. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little zip. Cook over medium heat until garlic is very fragrant and starts to turn golden, about seven to 10 minutes. Remove garlic and your oil is ready. This is an excellent way to cook fresh, leafy greens, such as
spinach, kale and chard, which take just a few minutes of sautéing to be ready. Garlic oil prepared this way adds great flavor to sugar snap peas, asparagus and string beans (which should be blanched in simmering salted water first; this can be done well ahead).
This will provide the flavor of garlic but not the texture. It’s good when you want the garlic to melt into liquids or protein. About 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to one clove of garlic.
G ARLIC SALT This is a mixture of garlic powder and salt. If you use it, and your recipe also calls for salt, reduce the salt by three teaspoons for every teaspoon of garlic salt you use. Source: Cook’s Thesaurus
18 – September 2011
SOUTH JERSEY HEALTHCARE
South Jersey Healthcare’s STEPS for Kids program helps dozens of overweight children and their families.
Community service is our mission By CHET KALETKOWSKI South Jersey Healthcare President and CEO
Last month, South Jersey Healthcare hosted the first of two community meetings in which we shared information with our neighbors about our programs and services. It’s a rewarding opportunity for me, as well as the members of our boards of trustees, to let the community know how we’re living up to our mission of providing high-quality health services that improve the lives of all we serve. A recent community benefit benchmarking study of 54 New Jersey hospitals conducted by the New Jersey Hospi-
tal Association compared South Jersey Healthcare to a peer group of hospitals. South Jersey Healthcare scored the highest of its peer group in communitybuilding activities. SJH dedicates close to 12 percent of its net revenue to community benefit activities, and we scored higher than 94 percent of hospitals in our peer group in total community benefit. Providing community benefit is central to our mission, and I’d like to share with you some of the programs and services we offer to improve the health of everyone in our community. South Jersey Healthcare is a real and essential health care safety net for our community, and we take this
responsibility seriously. As a not-for-profit health care provider, we demonstrate daily our commitment to serve everyone who comes to us for care — regardless of their ability to pay. And because we live in a vibrant and diverse community, our neighbors have a wide variety of health needs and challenges. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping our neighbors maintain their health through every stage of their lives. Obesity is a serious health concern that affects children in our community. It puts our kids at risk for developing diseases later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease.
To address this issue, South Jersey Healthcare developed Success through Exercise, Physical Fitness and Sharing Information — or STEPS for Kids. The program has successfully helped dozens of overweight children and their families lead healthier lifestyles by engaging them in simple exercises and nutrition education. We offer another nutrition program, iHealthy Family, at local ShopRite supermarkets to teach families about healthy eating and shopping. As our children grow, many of them face a new set of health challenges. In fact, teen pregnancy is one of our community’s top health concerns. That’s See SJH on Page 19
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HEALTH NEWS BRIEFS Surgeon joins Rothman at Egg Harbor location
South Jersey Healthcare gets high-tech CT scanner
EGG HARBOR TWP. — Dr. Zachary D. Post is the newest joint surgeon at the Rothman Institute, the region’s largest orthopedic practice. Post began seeing patients in the Philadelphia-based institute’s Egg Harbor Township office on July 18. The institute Dr.Zachary D. Post is based in Philadelphia. “We’re delighted to have Dr. Post join the Rothman organization,” CEO Mike West said. “His wealth of knowledge in joint surgery will be a wonderful addition to our Egg Harbor team.” Post previously was an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Montana and Utah. His areas of expertise include hip and knee arthroplasty and reconstruction. His Egg Harbor office is at 2500 English Creek Ave., Building 800. For information, call (800) 321-9999 or visit
VINELAND — South Jersey Healthcare has introduced the latest computed tomography (CT) technology to the region, the 64-slice CT scanner. The new Philips Brilliance CT Scanner features advanced technology that produces split-second, high-quality images. With this new scanner, South Jersey Healthcare doctors say they will be able to more effectively detect and treat a range of life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and lung disease. Patients who need a CT scan will find the hospital system’s new scanner offers a more pleasant experience, SJH officials say. With shorter scan times, patients will be asked to carry out one brief breath hold during each scan. “Older patients and those with breathing difficulties or some other distress will really appreciate the shorter exams,” says Mario Sergi, director of radiology. “We’ll have them in and out much faster, and their doctors will be able to access detailed, definitive results within minutes.” All CT scanners use X-rays. However, SJH’s Radiology Department says it uses the lowest amount of X-ray energy required to produce quality images while ensuring patient safety.
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why South Jersey Healthcare leads the charge in receiving a five-year, $5 million national grant to develop the Partnership for Healthy Teens. This innovative program replicates the Carrera teen pregnancy education model in the Vineland and Bridgeton schools. The evidence-based program has successfully reduced teen pregnancy in other urban areas in the country. We all face a variety of health challenges as we age, and one of the most common and most serious diseases is cancer. It touches the lives of nearly everyone. To help increase early detection and increase the odds of beating the disease, South Jersey Healthcare has provided thousands of free cancer screenings here in our community. For those battling breast and prostate cancer, South Jersey Healthcare also offers free support and education through the Breast Cancer Bridge Program and our Men’s Cancer Coordinator. These patient navigators serve as health care advocates, helping people to navigate their cancer journeys. Cancer
For information about South Jersey Healthcare programs, view its 2010 Annual Report, “Hand in Hand for a Healthy Future,” at www.SJHealthcare.net. patients also can find support among their peers at South Jersey Healthcare’s prostate, breast and thyroid cancer support groups. Through support groups like these and a variety of other courses and programs, South Jersey Healthcare offers a wealth of community education not only about preventing serious disease, but also about healthy living. We also reach out to those in our community who don’t regularly come through the doors of our hospitals by hosting a variety of health fairs and community events that offer valuable health information to our neighbors. We’re proud of the efforts of our staff, physicians and board members to improve the health and well-being of our community.
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Important advice you can hold in your hand By DIANA MENESES Special to Health Connection
New mothers who experience signs of depression may not even know it. But what if they saw small tear-off cards with helpful information in locations they frequent most: supermarkets, community centers, day cares and churches? Women may realize they are experiencing symptoms and know where to go for help without reading more than a couple of lines. The state Department of Health and Senior Services is distributing informational palm cards on the signs of postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders throughout Cumberland County. The small cards are part of a statewide program to help women who are experiencing perinatal depression, and their families, find information and services. There are several locations in Vineland where you can get the cards: ■ Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave. ■ Sacred Heart Parish, 1010 E. Landis Ave. ■ Chestnut Assembly of God, 1059 W. Landis Ave. ■ South Vineland United Methodist Church, 2724 S. Main Road. ■ Pentecostal Church of God, 1115 S. Main Road. ■ First United Methodist Church, 700 E. Landis Ave. ■ Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 4680 Dante Ave. ■ New Life Tabernacle, 69 W. Landis Ave. ■ Mount Pisgah Methodist Church, 315 W. Plum St. ■ Voice Of Deliverance New Covenant Church, 1413 E. Chestnut Ave. ■ Catholic Charities, 810 E. Montrose St.
About the cards The “Speak Up When You’re Down” palm card — available in both English and Spanish — lists signs of perinatal depression, which may include: ■ Crying. ■ Feelings of hopelessness, guilt or
worthlessness. ■ Lack of interest in family and friends. The cards also direct people who want help to the statewide Family Helpline at (800) 328-3838, which is staffed 24/7 to answer questions about perinatal mood disorders and available resources. The cards also list the comprehensive informational website at (www.njspeakup.gov). The state launched campaign in 2005 to encourage mothers experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression to seek medical help and to reduce the social stigma associated with depression. When the postpartum depression screening bill was signed into law in 2006, the campaign expanded to assist health care providers in implementing the new law, and to educate women and family members about the benefits of screening. New Jersey became the first state in the nation to require that health care professionals educate and screen all new mothers for postpartum depression. It can affect any woman who has
recently had a baby, ended a pregnancy, miscarried or who has stopped breastfeeding. One woman in eight will experience postpartum depression. In New Jersey between 11,000 and 16,000 women suffer from the disorder every year.
Talking about the disorder and other perinatal mood disorders is the first step. If you or someone you know may be suffering from postpartum depression or other perinatal mood disorders, visit www.njspeakup.gov or call (800) 328-3838 for additional information and services.
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Health workers join CompleteCare team D.C. He also has worked as a house doctor in the intensive BRIDGETON — Complete- care unit at Virtua Hospital Care Health Network recent- in Marlton; a medical house ly welcomed a new physician officer in the intensive care and nurse practitioner to the unit in West Jersey Health staff at its Bridgeton office. System of Virtua in Voorhees; Dr. Mark A. Oswald of Had- and a hospitalist at Virtua in donfield will see patients at both the Voorhees, and MarlCompleteCare Pediatric & ton locations. Family Medical Professionals Cecelia M. Kane is a family on Irving Avenue. He complet- nurse practitioner who reloed his medical residency at cated from Texas to New Jerthe West Jersey-Memorial sey to join CompleteCare. Family Practice Residency Since her licensure as an Program at Virtua in advanced practice nurse in Voorhees in 2005. 2002, Kane has practiced in Oswald worked as a staff urgent care centers, hospitals physician at Unity Health and schools in five states in Care Inc. at Congress Heights the South and throughout the Health Center in Washington, Delaware Valley. From staff reports
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Kane also works as the health and wellness program director at Kingdom Covenant Christian Center in Vineland. Also new to the CompleteCare staff is Charmane DixonMurriell, APN, of Wil-
liamstown. As an adult nurse practitioner, she sees patients at the CompleteCare Adult & Specialty Medical Professionals and CompleteCare Medical and Dental Professionals locations in Vineland. Dixon-Murriell is an Army
veteran who served from 1988 to 1996. She has worked throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in home health care, surgical assistance, adult care and care of individuals with developmental disabilities.
HEALTH NEWS BRIEFS United Way to distribute $1.65M to community
New STD testing sites announced in county
GALLOWAY — The United Way of Atlantic County is broadening its reach this year by investing $850,000 in local programs. An additional $800,000 in donations will be distributed to area charities. “Our focus remains on community impact,” said Brian K. Jackson, president of the board of directors for United Way of Atlantic County and chief of staff at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “We research the needs that are present in our community and develop agendas that provide both short-term assistance but more importantly, long-term solutions.” The United Way has been at work in the county for the past 70 years, helping to meet the financial and material needs of local communities. Its four areas of service are basic needs and independence, community health, mental wellness and substance abuse prevention, and safer neighborhoods. The greatest concerns in the past year have been in the area of basic needs and independence, Jackson said. A quarter of the invested funds will be used in programs focusing on food, shelter and utility costs. Job skills training, literacy programs, and child care services also will receive aid. A complete listing of programs and agencies funded can be found online at www.unitedwayac.org. For information, call (609) 404-4483.
The Cumberland County Health Department has added two locations for its STD testing clinic. The program helps to prevent and reduce the instances of sexually transmitted diseases in the county through education, screening, treatment and surveillance. The clinic is free and provides confidential testing and treatment for STDs including gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. Testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS are also available. During the clinics, patients are offered several vaccines, including hepatitis A and B, Tdap and Gardasil (which is used to prevent cervical cancer in women, genital warts, herpes, and HPV. Appointments are not necessary to attend the clinic. The new locations are: ■ Fam Care Building, 30 MagnoliaAve., Bridgeton, NJ 08302; Registration: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call (856) 3277602. ■ Vineland Public Health Nursing Office, 610 Montrose St., Suite 1, Vineland, NJ 08360. Registration: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call (856) 7944000, ext. 4806. For questions or concerns about sexually transmitted diseases, visit the Cumberland County Health Department at www.cshealth.org. Questions about the clinic can be directed to (856) 327-7602.
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■ Addiction Support: Narcotics Anonymous will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays at SJH Elmer Hospital and from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sundays at SJH Bridgeton Health Center. For more information, call (800) 992-0401. ■ Addiction Support: Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at SJH Bridgeton Health Center and 11 a.m. Sundays at SJH Elmer Hospital. For more information, call (800) 322-5525. ■ Advanced Cardiac Life Support, initial course: The next ACLS class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 1-2 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information call (856) 6417535. ■ Advanced Cardiac Life Support, recertification: A class will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 as well as 5 p.m. to finish Sept. 21 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Alcoholics Anonymous: Sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at SJH Bridgeton Health Center and at 11 a.m. Sundays at SJH Elmer Hospital. For more information, call (800) 3225525. ■ Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group: The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Cumberland County meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Millville Center of Genesis Eldercare, 54 Sharp St., Millville. For more information, call (856) 6913079. ■ Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Group: The Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the Friends’ Home, Woodstown. For more information, call (800) 272-3900. ■ Bariatric Support Group: An information and support group for those who are thinking of having bariatric (weight loss) surgery, including gastric bypass and LAP-BAND procedures will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 at SJH Fitness Connection in Vineland. Another meeting will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at SJH Elmer Hospital’s 2nd floor community room. For more information, call (856) 641-8398. ■ Bariatric Support Group: A “new beginnings” group for those in the first year after weight-loss surgery will be meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 and a “graduate” support group for those who are one to five years post-op will be meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at SJH Fitness Connection in Vineland. For more information, call (856) 641-8398. ■ Blood Drives: The American Red Cross regularly schedules blood drives in South Jersey. For specific dates, times
and locations, call (800) GIVE-LIFE. ■ Brain Injury Support: A support group for people who have suffered brain injuries meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Vineland, 1237 W. Sherman Ave., Vineland. For more information, call (856) 697-7342. ■ Breastfeeding Classes: A breastfeeding class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at SJH Elmer Hospital. The next class at SJH Regional Medical Center will be held in October. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Back to Work and Breastfeeding: A class will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at SJH Vineland Health Center. For more information or to register, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Cancer Program: The American Cancer Society’s “Look Good … Feel Better” program teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The next free session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21 at SJH Regional Medical Center, garden level conference room. For more information or to register, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345. ■ Cancer Resource Center: The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Breast Cancer Bridge Program Office at the SJH Elmer Hospital. There also is a 24-hour center in the waiting area of the Transitional Care Unit at SJH Regional Medical Center. Free. No appointment necessary. ■ Cancer Screenings: Free screenings for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancers are offered at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center. The services are available to uninsured people, ages 40 to 64. For more information or to make an appointment, call (856) 641-8686. ■ Cancer Support: South Jersey Healthcare’s Breast Cancer Bridge Program offers support for women diagnosed with breast cancer. A community education nurse who also is a breast cancer survivor will meet with the patient in person or on the phone to offer advice, information and support. The program is partially funded through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, call SJH Regional Medical Center at (856) 6417974 or SJH Elmer Hospital at (856) 363-1514. ■ Cancer Support: A breast cancer support group will meet 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and Sept. 27 at the SJH Scarpa Cancer Pavilion conference room. For more information, call (856) 641-8686. ■ Cancer Support: The “Man to
Man” Prostate Cancer Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 at SJH Fitness Connection, 1430 W. Sherman Ave., Vineland. For more information, call (856) 6418674. ■ Cancer Support: A thyroid cancer support group will meet 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at SJH Fitness Connection. For more information, call (856) 641-8670. ■ Child-safety Seat Inspections: The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department offers free child-safety seat inspections from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Millville Rescue Squad, 600 Cedar St. For more information, call (856) 451-4449, ext. 107. ■ Childbirth Education Class: A one-day class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at SJH Regional Medical Center. A four-week class will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 1 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Childbirth Refresher Class: For more information, call (856) 6417538. ■ Children’s Health: The STEPS program teaches f itness and nutrition to kids. It is open to Vineland students ages 8 to 12, as well as their parents. The program is held at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA in Vineland. For more information or to register, call Lisa Scheetz at (856) 691-0030, ext. 119. ■ Children’s Health: Shots for Tots of Cumberland County offers free immunizations for uninsured children up to age 18. The shots are offered from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of the month at Vineland Community Nursing Service, Suite 1, 610 Montrose St. Vineland, and from 10 a.m. to noon on the fourth Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church, 2nd and Pine streets, Millville. For more information, call (856) 453-2160 or (856) 794-4261. ■ Children’s Program: South Jersey Healthcare’s sibling class prepares older children for the arrival of a newborn. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Community Healthcare: Families are now being enrolled in NJ FamilyCare, which covers doctors visits, prescriptions and hospital stays for low-income uninsured adults, children or caregivers. For more information, call 451-4700, ext. 2047. ■ CPR, adult, child and infant: For information, dates and times, call (856) 641-7535. ■ CPR, community class: Classes are held at SJH Fitness Connection. For more information, call (856) 696-3924. ■ CPR, Heartsaver course: Class-
es will be held 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ CPR Healthcare Provider CPR initial course : The course will be held 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13 as well as 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information and registration, call (856) 641-7535. Classes also will be held at SJH Elmer Hospital in November. For more information, call (856) 3631806. ■ CPR, healthcare provider renewal: Classes will be held 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 30, Sept. 13 and 27, as well as 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 8 and 22 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. Classes will be held at SJH Elmer Hospital 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 14 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 29. For more information, call (856) 363-1806. ■ Depression Support Group: For information, call (856) 825-3521. ■ Diabetes Exercise Program: Classes are held at SJH Fitness Connection. For more information, call (856) 696-3924. ■ Diabetes Self-Management Education: This four-week program offered by South Jersey Healthcare — Elmer gives basic information about diabetes to those diagnosed with the disease. To register or for more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Diabetes Support Group: The group will meet 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7542. ■ Diabetes Workshop: “Understanding Diabetes,” a free class will be held between noon and 1 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 14 and 28 at SJH Regional Medical Center, and at noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays Aug. 24, Sept. 1 and Sept. 15 at SJH Elmer Hospital. Registration required. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Diabetes and Pregnancy: Class is held at SJH Regional Medical Center. Must pre-register. Call (856) 6417535 for class dates, times and to register. ■ Grandparents Class: For more information, including meeting dates and times, call (856) 641-7538. ■ Grief Support: “Helping Hands” is a support group for parents who have lost an infant or experienced a miscarriage. For more information, call (856) 507-2768. ■ Grief Support: A support group for adults living with a loss meets for daytime and evening sessions. For a Continued on Page 23
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schedule or for more information, call South Jersey Healthcare at (856) 5754277. ■ Grief Support: The Parents Living with a Loss Support Group meets at the Vineland Health Center, Suite 240, 1038 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. For location and information, call (856) 507-2768. ■ Heart Failure: A free class will be held 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at SJH Regional Medical Center. For information or to register, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Heart and Lung Support Group:
The group meets at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7748. ■ Hip/Knee Replacement: Are you having a total hip or knee replacement? Millville Center Genesis HealthCare offers free pre-surgery rehabilitation seminars at 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. To register, call (856) 327-2700 ■ HIV Testing: Free, rapid diagnostic HIV testing is available by appointment at Vineland Health Department, Suite 1, 610 Montrose St., Vineland. For more information, call (856) 794-4000, ext. 4806. ■ Mental Illness: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cumberland County Chapter meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. For more information, call (856) 691-9234 or (856)
Treatment for menopause offered at V’land practice VINELAND — In the coming years, more than 50 million women will be in menopause. To help them ease into the change, Vineland Gynecological Associates is personalizing their treatment of menopausal women with Novo-Pelli BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT pellets) or bio-identical creams. The pellet and cream programs have been developed to have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced by the female body. A series of lab tests run on a menopausal women will determine the type and amount of hormones they need. Once prescribed, the bio-identical pellets or creams can be picked up at a local pharmacy. “We’ve always found that women feel their best when their treatment is customized to their individual needs. BHRT
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cotics Anonymous will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays at SJH Elmer Hospital and from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sundays at SJH Bridgeton Health Center. For more information, call (800) 992-0401. ■ Nutrition: “i-Healthy Family” is a free, five-week nutritional series for parents. ■ Parenting Support: Baby Talk Tea, a discussion group for moms of babies up to 7 months of age, is held 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at SJH Vineland Health Center, 1038 E. Chestnut Ave. Babies are welcome. For more information, call (856) 641-7538. ■ Parenting Support: Baby Talk Tuesdays, a free program dealing with parenting issues, for moms with babies and tots to 3 years of age, is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at SJH Fitness Connection, Aerobic Room II. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Parenting Support: The next newborn series of classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Pediatric Advanced Life Support, initial course: The next PALS
class will be held in October at SJH Regional Medical Center. For more information, call (856) 641-7535. ■ Pediatric Advanced Life Support, recertification: A course will
be held from 5 p.m. to finish Sept. 12 at SJH Regional Medical Center. For
more information call (856) 641-7535. ■ Radiology Support: A patient education seminar is held at 5:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, 1450 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. The event is free, but RSVP is requested. Space is limited. Call (856) 794-1700 or visit www.CenterForDiagnosticImaging.com. ■ Senior Class: This class is for seniors who want to make new friends, learn about healthy living and enjoy an educational luncheon with fellow senior citizens. The next class will be held in October at the SJH Fitness Connection in Vineland for lunch and educational presentations from health experts. Joining Senior Class is easy, and there is a $6 fee for each lunch. If you are interested in joining, call Suzanne Bauer at (856) 575-4214. ■ Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic: The Vineland Health Depart-
ment holds a STD testing and treatment clinic from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Newcomb Outpatient Building, 1038 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. Clinic is located on second floor. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (856) 794-4000, ext. 4806. ■ Stroke Support: A stroke support group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation, 1237 W. Sherman Ave., Vineland. For more information, call (856) 697-7342. ■ Tai Chi: Classes run through the Arthritis Foundation and are held at
HEALTH NEWS BRIEFS can work in many different ways, and each woman will respond in accordance with her physiology,” said Jonathan Gewirtz, MD, FACOG. “It is our priority to ensure that each program is administered specifically for the patient, therefore allowing her to experience the full, positive experience of the therapy.” VGA provides comprehensive gynecology services and reproductive medicine for the female patient, including gynecologic screening exams, adolescent medicine and contraceptive care, major and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including laser surgery, in-office endometrial ablation and sterilization, and laparoscopy. VGA also provides incontinence therapies, well women’s care, basic infertility evaluations, preconception care, and pre- and postmenopausal care. For information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.VGAVineland.com or
call (856) 462-6350.
Regional Medical Center ICU staff receives award VINELAND — The medical intensive care unit staff at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center was recognized this spring with the Gold designation of the Beacon Award for Excellence. The Beacon Award is presented to members of medical units it deems outstanding for efforts to continuously improve the quality of their care, optimize patient outcomes, and promote a positive and supportive work environment. Their Gold designation is the highest honor any unit can receive. Only two Gold designations were awarded this year. The award marks the hospital’s medical ICU as both a trend-setting unit
SJH Fitness Connection. For more information, call (856) 696-3924. ■ Tourette Syndrome Family Support Group: For more informa-
tion, including dates and times, call (908) 575-7350. ■ Volunteer Training: South Jersey Healthcare HospiceCare offers training for volunteers who want to help with bereavement support. For more information, call (856) 575-4278. ■ Weight Management: One-onone weight management counseling is available through South Jersey Healthcare’s Outpatient Nutrition Department. A physician prescription is required, as well as insurance and referral if necessary. Patients should check with their individual health plan to see if services of a registered dietitian are covered. To schedule an appointment, call (856) 641-7532. ■ Weight Management: The BetterFit Weight Loss is a 12-week program that includes consultations with certified personal trainer and a registered dietitian at SJH Fitness Connection. The fee is $300 per person. For more information or to enroll, call (856) 696-3924. ■ Yoga: Classes are held at SJH Fitness Connection. For more information, call (856) 696-3924. ■ Yoga Mommies: A six-week class is held 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sundays at SJH Fitness Connection. For more information and registration, call (856) 696-3924. and a place where incoming staff members can be mentored and encouraged in a positive atmosphere.
Mental illness group meets monthly in V’land VINELAND — NAMI Cumberland County, the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, gathers once a month to discuss the needs and struggles of people dealing with mental illness, their friends and caregivers. Together, they form a community of support, education and advocacy for the mentally ill. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave. For information, contact Samuel Levy at (856) 691-9234. NAMI Atlantic County meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Absecon United Methodist Church, W. Church St. and Pitney Road, Absecon. For information, contact Gail Dembin at (609) 927-0215.
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Friendly, team oriented work environment Please mail resumes to Human Resources at 2038 Carmel Rd. P.O. Box 808 Millville, NJ 08332 or email to [email protected]
or fax to (856) 765-0241 women and minorities are encouraged to apply we are an EOE/AA employer
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