Get Smart: Know when Antibotics work

Get Smart: Know when Antibiotics work

Cold or Flu: Antibiotics don’t work for you.

When you feel sick, you want to feel better fast. But antibiotics aren’t the answer for every illness. This brochure can help you know when antibiotics work and when they won’t. For more information, talk to your doctor or visit

The Risk: Bacteria Becomes Resistant

What’s the harm in taking antibiotics anytime? Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic.

These resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill. They can stay in your body and can cause severe illness that cannot be cured with antibiotic medicines. A cure for resistant bacteria may require stronger treatment and possibly a stay in the hospital.

To avoid the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics.

Antibiotics aren’t always the answer:

Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs, bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections not viral infections.

Bacteria cause strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections. Antibiotics can work. Viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu. Antibiotics don’t work.

Using antibiotics for a virus:

*Will NOT cure the infection

*Will NOT help you feel better

*Will NOT keep others from catching your illness

Protect yourself with the best care:

You should not use antibiotics to treat the common cold or the flu. If antibiotics are prescribed for you to treat a bacterial infection-such as strep throat-be sure to take all of the medicine. Only using part of the prescription means that only part of the infection has been treated. Not finishing the medicine can cause resistant bacteria to develop.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to learn more.

Commonly asked questions:

*How do I know if I have a viral illness or a bacterial infection?

Ask your doctor or health care provider and follow his or her advice on what to do about your illness. Remember, colds are caused by viruses should not be treated with antibiotics.

*Won’t an antibiotic help me fell better quicker so that I can get back to work when I get a cold or flu?

No, antibiotics do nothing to help a viral illness. They will not help you feel better sooner. Ask your doctor or health care provider what other treatments are available to treat your symptoms.

*If mucus from the nose changes from clear to yellow or green, does that mean I need an antibiotic?

Yellow or green mucus  does not mean that you have a sinus infection. It is normal for the mucus to get thick and change color during a viral cold.

Get smart:

*Antibiotics are strong medicines but they don’t cure everything.

*When not used correctly, antibiotics can actually be harmful to your health.

*Antibiotics can cure most bacterial infections. Antibiotics cannot cure viral illnesses.

*When you are sick, antibiotics are not always the answer.

Use Antibiotics Wisely: Talk with your doctor or health care provider about the right medicines for your health.

For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website at

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Center for Disease Control pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please email or call the number above or check out their website above.



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Never leave a child unattended around water-New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Never leave a child unattended around water-New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Not even for a second! Never leave a child unattended around water.

A child can drown in just a few inches of water within seconds-often without any splashing or screaming. Prevent a tragedy before it happens.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of child deaths each year.

Keep your kids safe around water by following these simple guidelines:

*Never leave a child unattended around water.

*Teach your child to swim at an early age-always have an adult supervising.

*Flotation devices or inflatable toys are not substitutes for supervision.

*Don’t mix alcohol and supervision of children near water.

*Enclose pools completely with a self-locking, self-locking, self-closing fence and don’t leave furniture around that children can use to climb over the fence.

*Never leave toys in the pool-children may be tempted to reach for them later.

*Be sure that the adult watching your child knows how to swim, get emergency help and perform CPR.

*Keep rescue equipment (such as life preserver or shepherd’s hook) and a telephone near the pool.

*Be sure to remove pool covers completely to reduce the risk of children getting caught underneath.

*Always drain and store in an upright position all plastic or blow-up wading pools after use.

*Secure the pool so that children cannot get back in after they are finished swimming.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and I give them full credit for this information. Please call them for more information.

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My Walk in Manhattan: my walking experience around the whole island. I started this project on Father’s Day, June 2015

My Inspiration for my “MywalkinManhattan” was the determination of my father to get better with every day of his illness. Don’t think you can’t get better but there will be a new normal. Always strive and say “I am going to do more today” and “I want to get better and here are my goals”. My best to all caregivers out there. My best to you!!


Happy Father’s Day!

(This project is dedicated with much love to my father, Warren George Watrel, who still inspires me!)

Hello and Welcome to ‘’, an extensive  project to walk the entire island of Manhattan. My name is Justin Watrel and I will be your guide in exploring the island of Manhattan, searching every nook and cranny of the island for the unusual, the usual and the in between.

‘Walking the Island of Manhattan’ may not be terribly original as there are about four other people doing the project at the same time, but this project is different in the way I see the island. Not rushing through to prove I have walked it but to see what these neighborhoods are all about and what is there to discover and enjoy.

For all you ‘Manhattanites’ who think you know your island, I will show you things that you have never…

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Skin Surveillance Program: What are the chances you have skin cancer?

Skin Surveillance Program: What are the chances you have skin cancer?

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Early Detection

1 in 5 people will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer such as melanoma can appear at any time in your life and the risk increases as you age. The good news is that if it’s detected early, it’s almost always treatable. So don’t leave it to chance.

At MoleSafe, our advanced Skin Surveillance Program is designed to look deep inside a mole’s structure to detect any potential skin cancers that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program is a comprehensive skin documentation system designed to expose layers of skin lesions not typically viewed during a regular exam by a doctor or dermatologist. The MoleSafe system produces high-resolution diagnostic images and created a profile for your skin that is monitored for any changes in your lesions over time. Following the exam, an extensive diagnostic report of your results is sent to you and your doctor with recommendations and instructions for follow-up visits and/or treatment.

The number one Choice for over 30,000 patients worldwide.

The MoleSafe Skin Surveillance Program:

*Meeting with Melanographer: First you meet with our certified melanographer to discuss medical history and address skin concerns.

*Skin Evaluation & Imagining: A head-to-toe skin evaluation is performed. Clinical and dermoscopic imagines are taken of any moles/lesions of concern.

*Expert Dermatologist Report: A full diagnostic report is created by our expert dermatologist/demoscopist with results and recommendations sent to you and your doctor.

*You’re part of the MoleSafe family! We regularly check in with you and provide the tools and education to keep your skin safe.

*Total Body Photography: A series of high definition pictures are taken of 97% of the body’s surface to create a clinical profile of your benchmark images.

*Digital Melanogram: Exam images are complied into a digital record, along with other information. Including lesion coding and history to fully document.

*Secure Online Archive: Your files are securely kept on record that you and your doctor can access via our online portal to keep monitoring your skin.

Get your skin checked and live with confidence.

Melanoma can be fast-growing and is the most life-threatening of all skin cancers but if caught early there is a nearly 100% survival rate. If you have ever been badly sunburned: used a sunbed; have a family history of skin cancer, have many moles or you have an outdoor lifestyle; your chances of getting melanoma increase dramatically.

Your skin is always changing. That’s why our proven system combines advanced technology with skin cancer expertise to track those changes over time. It’s the most effective way to detect melanoma early-when it’s most treatable.

MoleSafe: Skin Surveillance Program-Full Body Screening

Our most comprehensive service essential for first-time patients and anyone considered to be medium to high risk.

*Session with a Certified Melanographer

*Total Body Photography

*Head-to-Toe Skin Check

*Clinical and Dermoscopic Imaging of Individual Moles and Lesions

*Expert Dermatologist Diagnosis

*Diagnostic Report and Follow-Up Recommendations

*Secure Online Access to all of your images

*Skin Cancer Education and support

*HSA/FSA Accepted

-No referral needed

-No long waiting periods

-Safe Professional Caring

Don’t put this off. Book now.

Schedule an appointment. It’s easy. Book online or call us. 1-877-665-3723

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the MoleSafe pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call or email them for more information on the program.

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Vbeam Prima: Redness, Brown Spots, Wrinkles and Acne

Vbeam Prima: Redness, Brown Spots, Wrinkles and Acne

Get healthier, more youthful-looking skin with Vbeam Prima treatments

Great skin should be an option at any age. Because when we look our best, we often feel out best. An advanced form of laser therapy, Vbeam Prima treatments are customized to meet your individual skin care needs. Vbeam Prima laser treatments offer a way to reduce the appearance of unwanted skin conditions such as:





*Poikioderma of Civatte

*Sun Damage

Treats redness and brown spots at the same time.

Fast lasing results: The Vbeam Prima system treats a wide range of skin conditions, including redness, acne, wrinkles and sun spots on the face and chest by delivering targeting laser therapy.

Patients treated with Vbeam technology reported experiencing minimal discomfort during treatment and were highly satisfied with the result.

*After 3 treatments patients had  less 90% reduction in small red veins (telangiectases) and dark brown spots (lentigines).

*100% of patients treated for facial wrinkles reported being satisfied with their results.

What to expect:

*You can typically expect 2 to 4 treatments

*Your healthcare provider may administer instant cooling to the skin before, during or after treatment for added comfort.

*Each treatment typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

*The number and duration of treatments will vary depending on the condition and your skin type.

Versatile treatments, proven results:

*Targets a wide variety of skin conditions

*FDA cleared for most to all skin types

*Improves skin appearance and texture

*Highly rated by patients

Ask your healthcare provider if Vbeam Prima laser therapy is right for you.

Disclaimer: this information was take from the Vbeam Prima laser website and I give them full credit for the information. I have never used the service so I have no opinion on it either yes or no to how good it works. Please call them or check out the website for more information.

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Check WIC Out: Give your child a healthy start!

Check WIC Out: Give your child a healthy start!

New Jersey WIC Woman, Infants & Children: Every Child Deserves a healthy Start

Shop at over 900 convenient WIC Approved Grocery Stores

What is WIC?

WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education and community support to income-eligible pregnant women, moms of infants and children up to 5 years old.

You may Quality for WIC Benefits if you:

*Live in New Jersey and are:

*Pregnant (or recently pregnant)

*A breastfeeding mother (up to 1 year)

*An infant or child under 5 years old.

*Meet the income guidelines even if you work or receive Disability, Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

*Have a nutritional need

WIC Income Guidelines (Effective July 1, 2019)

If your household income is less than or equal to, the guidelines below, you may qualify for WIC.

Household Size/Yearly Income:









WIC Shopper-WIC shopping simplified

Use WIC benefits to save an average of $60 per month for each family member on WIC.

Food options for Moms and Children

*Vegetables and Fruit (fresh, canned, frozen) 100% juice

*Breakfast Cereal, Cheese, Eggs and Peanut Butter

*Beans, Peas, Lentils-dry or canned varieties

*Whole Grain Foods like bread, pasta, rice and tortillas

*Milk, Soy Milk, Tofu and Yogurt

*Canned Fish (for exclusively breasfeeding women only)

Food Options for Infants:

*Formula, cereal, baby food including vegetable and fruit varieties

*Meat baby food for exclusively breastfed infants

For more information:

Other WIC Services:

WIC connects families to other local services like dental care and immunizations.

WIC Provides you with three options for learning:

*Meet individually with a nutrition and/or a breastfeeding expert to get your questions answered.

*Online WIC lessons are available at

*WIC Discussion Groups are a great way to meet and learn from other parents.

Plus-breastfeeding support if and when you need it.

The WIC Websites and regulations:

Contact your local program to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-328-3838 (24 hours)

North Jersey:

East Orange WIC-(973) 395-8960

Jersey City WIC-(201) 547-6842

Newark WIC-(973) 733-7628

North Hudson WIC-(201) 866-4700

Passaic WIC-(973) 365-5620

NORWESCAP WIC-Newton, Phillipsburg, Hackettstown and Washington (908) 454-1210

St. Joseph’s WIC-(973) 754-4575

Rutgers WIC-(973) 972-3416

Please see the website to see the locations in Central and South Jersey and New York City.

Disclaimer:  This information was taken directly from the WIC pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the above number or check out the websites for more information.


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Census 2020: Count all kids

Census 2020: Count all kids

In our communities, every person counts. When we miss a young child in the Census, our communities lose out on funding for that child for the next 10 years.

Making sure our children get their fair share

A major way our communities get money for child and family programs is by participating in the U.S. Census, which occurs once every 10 years. The  state and federal government use Census data to fund important services including early childhood education, free and low-cost school meals, child care and NJ Family Care.

New Jersey receives a total of $22.7 billion annually in federal funding based on data from the 2010 Census. In New Jersey, 27,000 children (5.2%) under age 5 were missed by the 2010 Census. If children are underrepresented in the Census count in 2020, it will result in less funding for important public services.

New Jersey received a total of $22.7 billion annually in federal funding based on data from the 2010 Census for important programs like:

NJ Family Care: $9.6 Billion

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): $ 1.2 Billion

Section 8 Housing Vouchers: $741 Million

Special Education Grants: $370 Million

National School Lunch Program: $261 Million

Head Start: $164 Million

WIC: $151 Million

Child Care: $120 Million

Participation in the Census is safe, confidential and only takes about 10 minutes. Everyone should include their children on the census to ensure their communities receive their fair share for local schools, medical care and child care. Please share this information with your family and friends; it is important that everyone is informed.

Here is how the Census works:

  1. In March 2020, you will get a Census invitation in the mail.
  2. Follow the instructions on the invitation to compete the Census survey online or over the phone.
  3. You may wait to receive a paper form in the mail if you prefer to respond on paper. If you do not complete the Census by the end of April, a Census official will come to your home to help you fill out the survey.

For more information, please see:

Are my answers confidential?

Yes. By federal law, your responses cannot be shared with anyone outside the Census Bureau. That includes all police, governments and individuals. No one can use your Census information to reduce your benefits, evict you, deport you or fine you.

What does the Census ask?

Just the basics. The questionnaire will ask for your name, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, relationship to other people in the home and whether you rent or own your home.

What if my child is a baby or was just born-do I list him or her on the Census?

Yes. Please list your baby no matter how old, even if you are still in the hospital!

I have kids living with me who aren’t mine-do I list them?

Yes. You should count every child who is living at your address, even if only temporarily.

My child doesn’t live with me all the time-do I list him or her?

It depends. Whomever your child lives with most of the time should count your child. If time is split evenly, the child should be counted wherever they stay on April 1, 2020.

How does it take?

About 10 minutes.

Make sure you are counted so that your community receives the funding and services it deserves. For information and assistance, call NALEO Educational Fund’s bilingual toll free hotline: 1-877-EL-CENSO (352-3676).

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the US Census pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please be on the lookout for this information in 2020.


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