The mission of the Health Department is to prevent, promote and protect. Prevent disease, promote healthy living and protect the public from health hazards.
Services OfferedThe Lincoln Park Health Department offers the services of a licensed health officer, public health nurse, registered environmental health specialist, certified health education specialist and registrar of vital statistics. In addition, animal control services are offered through a shared services agreement.
Refer to the gold box to the left of the page for specific services and information.
Summer Wellness Challenge
You can still sign-up at the health department!
For our Dine and Floral Design Event next Monday, 7/22, from 6-8 pm, we need a head count to ensure we have an appropriate amount of drinks, food, and other necessary materials.
As a quick summary, there will be a floral manager present to teach each of you who attends how to put together floral arrangements as well as tips and tricks for floral design. Along with the floral festivities, Danielle will be providing waters, seltzers, and healthy snacks to enjoy throughout.
If you are interested email email@example.com or call at (973)270-2040 or 2036. We hope to see you there!
Today marks the beginning of our fourth week of the 2019 Summer Wellness Challenge, which means we are approaching a month of emphasis on the wellbeing of your mind, body, and spirit. It has been great to have already seen so many of you at a variety of different events, and we cannot wait until the rest of you have the opportunity to join us in the coming weeks. Here are the events for this fourth week:
Tuesday, 7/16 (5:00-6:00pm), Walk with Nurse Kathy at Lanes Field. For those of you who don’t know, Kathleen Skrobala is our wonderful Health Officer and Public Health Nurse here in Lincoln Park, who quite literally does it all. Most of her time is spent trying to improve the health and happiness of all who call our community home, as is evident by this very initiative, the 2019 Summer Wellness Challenge. Without her, these opportunities to improve your health and focus on your wellbeing through the various events, would not be possible. This Tuesday evening, from 5-6pm, fill your lungs with fresh air and get your blood flowing by joining us at Lanes Field for a walk along the trails accompanied by some insight from Kathy.
Wednesday, 7/17 (7:00-8:00pm), Sunset Yoga at the Lincoln Park Community Lake. With another highly successful week full of faces both old and new, it has become clear that this event is a favorite. Luckily for all of us, we have another installment this Wednesday from 7-8pm. A number of attendees have shared their improved mental and physical state following the session, so come give it a shot and find out if yoga can help to remedy your lower back pain, increased stress levels, or whatever ailments you may be enduring. We hope to see you all there!
Have a happy and healthy week, and as always, for any further questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.
When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.
If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.
“Sunscreen isn’t an all-protective force field. It is intended to be combined with other sun-safety approaches.” Get The Truth About Sunscreen in this blog post.
Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.
How sunscreen works. Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.
SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
Cosmetics. Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same sun-protective ingredients used in sunscreens. If they do not have at least SPF 15, be sure to use other forms of protection as well, such as sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
Morris County Prevention is Key
Prevention Key is a non-profit organization that provides education, training and other resources with issues of substance abuse, violence, ATOD dependence and emerging issues of concern to our community.
Morris County Prevention is Key
Come check out the chairs on the Morris Canal Trail. Take a walk, take a break!
If you’re worried about yours, a family member’s or a friend’s drug use, know that help is available. Learning about the nature of drug abuse and addiction—how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold—will give you a better understanding of the problem and how to recover. Nobody is alone. ReachNJ is an addiction treatment service to provid
e information on addiction resources available in the state of New Jersey.
For more information: http://nj.gov/governor/reachnj
1-844-ReachNJ 24 hours/7 days a week
Military Veteran Peers for Families
MVP is a free and confidential helpline designed to help veterans and their families. The helpline is dedicated to being an extra resource to assist our veteran families. MVP operates as a free and confidential support network for the family of veterans and active duty personnel. The helpline helps answer any question or concern a family member may have about veteran benefits and services.
Whether they are calling about a family member that is a veteran or currently serving over- seas, MVP is here to help. The MVP helpline works in conjunction with Vets4Warriors and NJVet2Vet programs. We would like to partner with your borough in an effort to provide community outreach for your veteran constituents and their families. The service is FREE & would be at NO COST to the town. Let us help spread the word about all the programs that are available to veterans in your community. All helplines lines are located in the call center of Rutgers University. The call is free and confidential. Thank you .MVP Flyer MVP4Families-Power Point
Many veterans can suffer from mental health issues. Starting a conversation about this can be difficult, but is necessary. Click to learn more Talking With a Veteran in Crisis
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