EDISON — Each year since 1995, the first week of April as designated at National Public Health Week. This week is an important time to highlight local efforts and events working to educate and increase awareness about a number of topics and issues related to the public’s health.
The Edison Department of Health and Human Services have planned a number of programs and activities for National Public Health Week to highlight the divisions within the department. The following activities will be available:
The Dr. William Toth Memorial Health Center, located at 80 Idlewild Road, will hold their weekly STD Clinic on Monday, April 4, from 4 – 7 p.m., and Blood Pressure Screenings on Friday, April 8, from 9–11 a.m. For more information on these clinics or other services offered by the Edison Public Health Nurses, call 1-732-248-7286.
The Health Education Division will be starting an Employee Wellness Walking program on Wednesday, April 6. This program will encourage employees to participate in a 25 minute lunch-time walking session, which will be offered at noon and 12:30pm. For more information on this program or other services offered by the Edison Public Health Educator, call 1-732-404-8608.
The Vital Statistics Office will begin an awareness campaign encouraging all individuals who apply for a marriage license to receive a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccination. This vaccination is very important for individuals who have contact with young children now or plan to have children in the future. This vaccination is currently being offered for $20, instead of $50, while supplies last. For more information on this and other vaccinations, contact the Edison Public Health Nurses at 1-732-248-7286.
The Edison Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission will be facilitating the Strengthening Families Program at various Edison Public Elementary Schools. This program is a family based program that works to foster better communication and relationships between parents and their children. Additionally, the BABES (Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies) Program, which is taught to all second grade students in Edison Public Schools, will be held throughout the week. BABES is a prevention program that teaches students about positive self image, decision making skills and drugs and alcohol. For more information about these and other programs, contact the Edison Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission at 1-732-248-7361.
The Environmental Housing Division will be hosting a Lead Analyzer event on Thursday, April 8, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Council Chambers (100 Municipal Boulevard). Lead in the home can be extremely dangerous to any person, but more specifically to children. During this event, participants are encouraged to bring items they would like to be tested for the presence of lead. This may include children’s toys, jewelry, make-up, etc. For more information on this program, contact the Registered Environmental Health Specialists at 1-732-248-7273.
The Edison Municipal Animal Shelter will be hosting a Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information on the adoption process, fees, and donations, please contact the Edison Municipal Animal Shelter at 1-732-248-7278.
The Edison Senior Center will be hosting a Zumba Gold Demonstration on Wednesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. This dance style class, which is appropriate for older individuals of all exercise levels, combines Latin and international dance rhythms for a fun and interactive exercise experience. Additionally, sign-ups will begin for the A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns about Falls Program. This program, which will begin in May, is designed to increase participants strength and balance, while teaching strategies to avoid falls. For more information about these programs, please contact the Edison Senior Center at 1-732-248-7345.
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