Healthier Somerset Improves Residents’ Well-Being

Melissa Feltmann | Healthier Somerset Project Manager
December 21, 2018

Since 2010, Healthier Somerset has been working to improve the health and well-being of all who live and work in Somerset County. Today, more than 50 members strong, it is the only health collation in New Jersey to link public policy and economic development to health.

As our eighth-year closes, we are proud to share that in 2018 Healthier Somerset:

  • Engaged members and the community about our programming through communications, marketing and social media
  • Celebrated “Healthier Somerset Month” in October
  • Increased membership by 13 percent
  • Advocated for including Health in All Policies by engaging with elected and appointed officials on municipal, county and state issues
  • Focused on healthy schools by holding a Somerset County School Security Forum attended by 50 Schools and Healthier Somerset Representatives, surveying Somerset County schools on security and mental health services, and conducting Mental Health First Aid and Trauma Informed trainings in Bound Brook High School
  • Aligned health policy with economic development in Somerset County through the adoption of Complete Streets in South Bound Brook, increase in Smoke-Free Parks and Farmers Markets

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Tips for Keeping the Holidays Healthy

Melissa Feltmann | Healthier Somerset Project Manager
November 27, 2018

The holiday season is upon us. With all the hustle and bustle that comes with the joy of the season, it is easy to forget about maintain healthy activities. Members of Healthier Somerset offer the following tips to help keep you and your family healthy this holiday season.

  • The Somerset County Department of Health recommends everyone should wash their hands often for 20 seconds. Recent, U.S. Department of Agriculture research found that participants failed to wash their hands properly 97 percent of the time when cooking. Without proper handwashing, well-intentioned cooks, servers and guests can quickly spread bacteria around your meal. Be sure to wash your hands before and after handling raw turkey, especially when seasoning the bird.
  • Bundle up for warmth if you’re going outside and be aware of signs that your body isn’t handling the cold well, such as stiffness in the neck, arms, and legs. Your immune system, skin, balance, and heart may be at risk.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one already. The best way to protect against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Share the love, not the germs!
  • Fasten seat belts. Always use them, no matter how short the trip.
  • Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let others drink and drive.
  • To keep in mind the needs of your guests, when cooking for a large group,
  • Some of your guests may have food allergies or dietary restrictions; some may be at higher risk for food-borne illness because they may be transplant recipients, cancer patients or diabetics. Pregnant women and seniors are also at higher risk.
  • Although the holiday season is filled with lots of love and fun; it can also be a pretty expensive and stressful time of the year. It’s important to practice self-care and find fun, free activities that you can do with your family.

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Healthier Somerset making vibrant connections to inform, educate

Patricia Walsh | Contributor
October 30, 2918

Healthier Somerset – an organization representing thousands of Somerset County residents as well as businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, healthcare providers, government agencies and faith-based organizations – is celebrating October as Healthier Somerset Month.

Founded in 2010, Healthier Somerset is a coalition convened by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset created to improve the health and well-being of all who live and work in Somerset County.

The coalition’s goal is to make Somerset County the healthiest county in New Jersey by engaging those who live and work in Somerset County through active participation in good health habits, increasing access to choices that promote healthy lifestyles, and promoting policy changes that improve health.

Its mission is to work collaboratively by sharing information and creating alliances among individuals and organizations who are working toward mutual goals to create a healthier Somerset County. In the eight years since its creation, Healthier Somerset has grown to include over 50 members, creating phenomenal connections that have enabled the sharing of resources, information and expertise.



South Bound Brook adopts Complete Streets program to foster public health

Mike Deak | Bridgewater Courier News
October 6, 2918

SOUTH BOUND BROOK – The borough is literally taking steps to improve the health of its residents.

It’s become the 13th of Somerset County’s 21 municipalities to participate in the state’s Complete Streets program that promotes roads designed for safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

The adoption of the program continues the borough’s participation in the “Building Bridges to Better Health” initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to foster a “culture of health” in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook. The program is administered by Healthier Somerset.

READ: Healthier Somerset: Culture of health in Bound Brook, South Bound Brook

READ: Somerset County – the healthiest county in New Jersey?

“Complete Streets ensures that South Bound Brook’s transportation policies support active, healthy lifestyles among our residents,” said Mayor Caryl Shoffner. “South Bound Brook is a walkable, livable community, and we are completely supportive of this initiative.” Continue reading South Bound Brook adopts Complete Streets program to foster public health