Heartbeats: Lowering health risk for African Americans


The class of 2017 for Leadership Hunterdon, a program of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, presented a whitepaper on how the county could take advantage of tech sector growth in upcoming years. Leadership Hunterdon works to develop involved community citizens to work for the betterment of the county. Paul Grzella / Wochit

Among African Americans, small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

African Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, researchers found the risk of high blood pressure at follow-up was reduced by 20 percent.

Researchers also found that there was a 90 percent lower risk for high blood pressure among African Americans who had at least six of seven modifiable healthy behaviors that are defined as part of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 compared with participants who followed none or one.

Visit http://heartinsight.heart.org/Lifes-Simple-7/.

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Assisted living facility earns award

Spring Hills Somerset Assisted Living has been recognized as a 2017 recipient of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

The distinction is one of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long-term and post-acute care. 

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Oct. 15 to 18. The Spring Hills Somerset Assisted Living Community is at 473 DeMott Lane in the Somerset section of Franklin.

Visit www.springhillssomerset.com; call 732-733-6976. For more on the AHCA/NCAL, visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.

Summer class series for ages 12 to 18

The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers will be offering a special Summer series in July for ages 12 to 18.

The classes will be offered at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in July at The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Whitehouse Station, 537 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station section of Readington; and 5 p.m. Thursdays in July at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton, 1738 Route 31 North, Clinton. These classes will be free to members of the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers.  

Each class is open to nonmembers for a guest fee of $15. The student rate for the summer to have access to the gym is $40 per month (memberships start at age 12).

Call Whitehouse at 908-534-7600 or Clinton at 908-735-6884. Visit http://wellness.hunterdonhealthcare.org/.

Donate blood in Montgomery

A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6, Johnson & Johnson-North, 199 Grandview Ave., Skillman section of Montgomery. 

To schedule a blood donation, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. Follow them on Twitter at @RedCross.

‘Jin Shin Jyutsu’ program slated

“Jin Shin Jyutsu, The Ancient Art of Healing” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. July 8, at North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead St., Clinton.

Pat Kane of Bellewood Wellness Center discusses how to address existing stress or health disharmonies, and actively maintain health, harmony and well-being.

To reserve, call 908-730-6135, or visit the Events Calendar at www.hclibrary.us.

Doctors discuss low vaccination rates 

The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) recently provided case-based discussions about improving vaccination rates among teenagers at its Annual Scientific Assembly in Atlantic City.

Family physicians and infectious disease specialists led discussions on meningitis, HPV, Tdap, influenza.

For more information on Highlight on VACCINATIONS 4 TEENS, visit www.aafpfoundation.org/vaccinations4teens or contact Sondra Goodman at sgoodman@aafp.org. For more information about the NJAFP, visit www.njafp.org.

University seeks research volunteers

Stockton University is seeking volunteers for a research project that will explore which lifestyle factors have the most significant impact on the degree of connectivity among different regions of the brain.

Prior research has shown that greater connectivity among brain areas was associated with the strongest thinking and memory performance in older adults. The research project, “The Relationship between Brain Activity and Cognitive Reserve,” will be conducted on Stockton’s main campus at 101 Vera King Farris Drive in Galloway.

The study is composed of two sessions which will begin in early July, with each session lasting about an hour. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Call 609-626-3444 or email eeglab@stockton.edu. Visit stockton.edu.

9th Annual Steeplechase Distance Run

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, a member of RWJBarnabas Health, will host its 9th Annual Steeplechase Distance Run on Sept. 24.

The event features a 10K run, 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids’ sprints. New this year is a 100-mile summer challenge, “Giving in Action,” which encourages participants to log 97 miles between June 20 and Sept. 24 and finish with a 5K at the Steeplechase Distance Run to earn a commemorative 100-mile finisher’s badge and support the Cancer Center.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset. Registration is now open and required to participate in the event.

To register visit, www.steeplechasedistancerun.com.

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