Heartbeats: Golf incentive being offered for blood donors


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The Somerset County Parks Commission is offering a round of free golf to blood donors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset in Somerville during July and August to combat what is expected to be an urgent need for blood to assist local patients. New and returning blood donors at RWJ Somerset will receive a pass for a round of golf at one of the following county courses: Green Knoll, Quail Brook, Spooky Brook and Warren Brook. Blood donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds (16 year olds must weigh 120 pounds), be in good health and bring a photo or signature ID. All donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating and feel well on the day of donation. All questions regarding travel and health eligibility are welcome daily through Blood Services at 908-685-2926. New and returning blood donors may schedule appointments at www.rwjuhdonorclub.org or by calling 908-685-2926. The donor room is located on the first floor of RWJUH Somerset, 110 Rehill Ave., Somerville, and is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Walk-ins are welcome. Call for extended evening hours and Saturday donations.

Sculpture tour to stop at Hunterdon Medical Center

Hunterdon Medical Center will host Abbott Diabetes Care “Know Your Sugar Sculpture Tour” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the main lobby of the hospital. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of the growing diabetes epidemic in the United States. The second annual “Know Your Sugar” U.S. Tour features an intricate sugar sculpture depicting “a future city” by Irish sugar sculptors Brendon Jamison and Mark Revels. The event will include fun activities, the opportunity to meet the artists and access to Hunterdon Healthcare’s Diabetes experts to discuss the importance of monitoring and maintaining target glucose levels in order to live fuller and healthier lives. Hunterdon Medical Center is at 2100 Wescott Drive in Flemington. Visit www.hunterdonhealthcare.org.

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Walk teams challenged to raise $1,000 by end of July

 The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Challenge, which closes out on July 31, encourages groups to raise $1,000 by the end of the month. To assist individuals, local businesses, corporations and organizations with their fundraising efforts, the Greater New Jersey Chapter provides a free recruitment/fundraising marketing kit. As the Alzheimer’s Association’s largest annual fundraising event, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s consists of four different venues in Northern and Central New Jersey each fall. There is no fee to start or join a team or participate as an individual in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To register for the Essex-Hudson-Union and Bergen-Passaic Walk to End Alzheimer’s or for more information, visit www.alz.org/njwalk.

Hunterdon Center for Dermatology moves

The Hunterdon Center for Dermatology, a specialty practice of Hunterdon Healthcare, has moved. Their new office is at 63 Church St., Flemington. The Hunterdon Center for Dermatology has office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 908-237-4124. Visit www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/service/primarycare/specialty-care-centers/hunterdon-center-for-dermatology/.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training offered

Crisis listening line Caring Contact will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in Westfield. The training is ideal for parents, teachers, coaches, counselors, pastors and adolescent group leaders. The eight-hour course is being offered in two four-hour sessions, from 6 to 10 p.m. July 25 and July 26, at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St., Westfield. Registration is limited. To register, visit http://caringcontact.org/training-registration/ or call 908-301-1899.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to meet

On July 26, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will feature at its monthly meeting Li Faustino, Ph.D., clinical psychologist. The subject of her talk is ”Surviving Bipolar Disorder when you don’t have it: The Caretaker’s Dilemma: A look at how you care for yourself while you care for someone with a mood disorder and how to handle the ups and downs of your loved one.” These educational meetings take place on a Wednesday every month at 7:45 p.m. using the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. A nominal donation is requested from non-members, when possible. Visit
http://dbsanewjersey.org/morristownarea; call 973-994-1143.  

New Jersey Hospital Association honored 

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) was selected as honorable mentions for the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently announced. Visit www.aha.org.

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