Clean Water: It’s up to you New Jersey

Clean Water: It’s up to you New Jersey

If you litter in the street, you might as well litter in the river. Rain washes pollutants into storm drains and directly into our lakes, rivers and the ocean. So what can you do?

What;s the problem with litter?

When was the last time you saw someone littering? Litter just doesn’t appear-it’s the result of careless actions. No matter where litter is discarded, it usually ends up in the street, where it washes down storm drains and ultimately flows to local waterways.

Littering is not only unsightly, it’s a threat to wildlife and their habitat. Before you flick a cigarette butt out of your window or throw out a plastic bottle, consider this: Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of marine life, birds and other animals, because they thought it was food. Birds and marine life have also been found trapped or tangled in plastic items such as six pack drink holders, plastic bags and fishing lines. Please be considerate and protect our wildlife and our water.

You can help!

*Set up an example for others, especially children by not littering.

*Carry a litterbug in your car.

*Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened.

*If you have curbside trash collection, don’t put loose trash in boxes.

*Prevent trash cans from being knocked over by the wind and animals.

*Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin.

*If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to see that top and side doors are closed.

*If you or a family member is involved in a civic group, scouting or recreational sports program, encourage the group to “adopt” a spot in your town and maintain it on a regular basis.

*Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage and debris and ask that the material be removed.

*Volunteer to help organize a cleanup.

Why should you care about clean water?

Storm water pollution is one of the greatest threats to New Jersey’s clean water supply. Clean water provides access to safe drinking water, places for recreation, commercial opportunities, healthy wildlife habitats and adds beauty to our landscape. Rain washes pollution from streets, parking lots and lawns into storm drains, then directly to our streams, rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Did you know more than 60% of water pollution comes from things such as motor oil, fertilizers, pet waste and detergents? By sharing the responsibility and making small, easy changes in our daily lives, we can keep common pollutants out of storm water.

Clean Water

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Clean Water NJ pamphlet and I give them full credit on the information provided. Please call or email them directly for more information on the subject.

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Let’s Talk about Mammograms: American Cancer Society

Let’s talk about Mammograms: American Cancer Society

Why should I have one?

*As you get older, your chances of having breast cancer go up. Women can get breast cancer even after menopause.

*Even if you have no changes or lumps in your breast , you should get regular mammograms.

*Even if you have no breast cancer in your family, you still need mammograms.

*If you do have breast cancer, finding it early could help you live to do the things that are important to you.

I have heard it hurts:

When the plates press your breast, this “squeeze” might hurt for a minute. Some women say that it’s painful; others say that it doesn’t hurt at all.

What happens if they find something?

If something is seen on the mammogram, it doesn’t mean that you have breast cancer. You might need more tests. Then your doctor can make the best plan for you.

How much does a mammogram cost?

Most health plans and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. If you have Medicaid or have no insurance, you may be able to get a free mammogram in your state. Check with your health department.

To get my mammogram I should call:

*My doctor or nurse

*My local health center or women’s clinic

*The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and ask for help getting a mammogram where I live.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It can find breast changes that are too small for you or your doctor or nurse to feel.

How is a mammogram done?

You stand in front of the x-ray machines and place your  breast between two plastic plates. Those plates press each breast to make it flat to get a good pitch.


* Anyone can get breast cancer. But your chances go up as you get older.

*Even small breast cancers can be found with a mammogram.

*If breast cancer is found when it’s small and before it has spread, it’s easier to treat.

Steps I’m willing to take for my health:

*I will call 1-800-227-2345 to find out more about mammograms and breast cancer.

*I will ask my doctor or nurse how to get a mammogram.

*I will schedule my mammogram.

*I will call if I don’t get the results of my mammogram.

For cancer information, day to day help and emotional support, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. We’re here when you need us-24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

American Cancer Society


Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the American Cancer Society pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call them directly for more information on testing.

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Looking for Child Care? We can Help! The Bergen County Office for Children

Looking for Child Care? We can Help!

The Bergen County Office for Children

The Bergen County Office for Children is your one-stop for child care information.

Contact us for:

*Information on the importance of quality child care programs and how to choose a provider.

*FREE referrals for child care in Bergen County.

*Financial assistance programs for child care to qualified applicants.

*Training to become registered to care for children in your home.

*Professional Development training for child care professionals.

Bergen County Office for Children

One Bergen County Plaza, 2nd Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

(201) 336-7150

Find us on Facebook

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen County Office for Children pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call them directly for more information on the program.


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Gas: Understanding your Health

Gas: Understanding your Health

When people complain of gas, they usually mean one or more of the following:

*Belching of air from the stomach.

*Bloating of the abdomen after eating.

*Passing gas from the rectum.

Foods that contribute to gas production:

*Legumes: dried beans and peas, baked beans, kidney, black and pinto beans, refried beans, soy beans and Lima beans.

*Dairy Products: Milk, ice cream and cheese.

*Vegetables: Cabbage, radishes, onions, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, sauerkraut, kohlrabi, asparagus, potatoes, rutabaga and turnips.

*Fruits: Prunes, apricots, apples, raisins, bananas

*Grains: Cereals, breads, pastries and all foods containing wheat and wheat products.

*Fatty Foods: Pan-fried or deep fried foods, fatty meats, rich cream sauces and gravies, pastries and any high-fat food.

*Liquids: carbonated beverages such as soda and beer, fizzy medicine.

Bloating: Bloating, that feeling of swelling in the stomach, is usually just a sensation of being “full” or “stuffed”. However, for some it can feel downright painful. For unknown reasons, bloating occurs more often in females.

It is not necessarily caused by too much gas. Usually bloating is related to the function of the digestive tract. Motility refers to the contraction that automatically move food through the digestive tract. Poor motility slows the movement of food through the stomach and intestinal tract. Disorganized motility is contractions that aren’t working together to push food forward in the digestive tract. Fatty foods can also take longer to move through the digestive system, leading to bloating.

Bloating is often a part of irritable bowel syndrome, a condition in which there is disorganized motility and contractions of the bowel. Sometimes bloating is caused by a disorder in the stomach or upper part of the digestive system. In order to determine the cause of excessive bloating, the physician may perform tests such as x-rays and endoscopy. Endoscopy is a visual examination of the esophoscopy is a visual examination of the esophagus and stomach by passing a thin, flexible, lighted tube down a patient’s throat.

When bloating happens frequently, the physician may prescribe medications to stimulate contractions in the digestive tract. Usually however bloating is not serious. It may be caused by certain foods or simply by eating too fast. A change in eating habits is often all that is needed to control this condition.

Rectal Gas:

Excessive flatus (rectal gas) is usually produced by bacteria in the colon (large intestine). There are thousands of different bacteria normally present in the colon. Most are harmless or even beneficial to digestion. However, bacteria rely on carbohydrates and sugars for their food. In the process of breaking down these nutrients, bacteria generate gases such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. These gases such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane. These gases are usually reabsorbed and do not cause excessive flatus. But everyone digests foods differently and some people have disorders that interfere with the normal digestive process.

For example, lactose is a sugar found in milk. It requires the enzyme lactase for digestion. A person with lactase deficiency may not be able to digest lactose properly, therefore the lactose passes undigested into the colon, where gas-forming bacteria thrive on them, generating a large amount of gas. Some foods, such as legumes, cabbage and certain types of bran contain carbohydrates that the stomach and small intestine cannot digest. But they can be digested by the bacteria in the colon, which break down these carbohydrates for food and release gas in the process.

For people frequently bothered with excessive gas, a special diet may be recommended to identify and eliminate the offending foods. A list of foods that help you figure out if a food is causing excessive gas.

Gas Elimination Trial Diet:

First, check with a physician to rule out any other medical causes for excess gas. The physician can also give advice on maintaining adequate nutrition.

This trial diet may be conducted in one of two ways:

  1. Eliminate one category of gas-producing foods for at least a week. If there is no reduction in gas, add back that food and try eliminating a different category. Follow this procedure until reaching a level of gas that is tolerable.
  2. Eliminate all categories from the diet for three or four days. Then add one food at a time back to the diet. Continue to include this food in the diet for three or four days. If it causes no problems, it may be kept in the diet. If it does cause gas, eliminate it and go on to the next food.


Sometimes the food may not have to be completely eliminated; smaller amounts may be tolerated. For example, many people complain that adding fiber to their diet causes gas. Ye, this problem seems to be reduced if the fiber is added gradually over a period of several weeks. These procedures require time and patience but can be very effective in controlling an uncomfortable problem. Regardless of whether the trail works or not, remember that rectal gas is not harmful to the body.


Everyone belches occasionally, especially after eating. However, some people belch frequently and it becomes annoying and embarrassing. Belching is the result of too much air in the stomach. It gets there by swallowed with food or liquid. Then the stomach releases it back up the esophagus in a belch. The more a person swallows, the more air goes into the stomach and the more belching. Some people are known as air swallowers. They gulp large amounts of air when eating or drinking. It may be that they produce larger quantities of saliva that requires frequent swallowing or they just have a nervous habit of swallowing more often.

Occasionally it is necessary to treat excessive belching with medicine. But most patients can reduce belching by following simple lifestyle changes to correct the causes.

Hints for Reducing Belching:

Air swallowers should concentrate on trying to reduce the number of times they swallow.

*Avoid pipes, cigarettes, cigars, chewing gum and hard candy, avoid sipping through straws and bottles with narrow mouths and avoid dentures that do not fit properly. All of these can increase saliva and/or air swallowing.

*Avoid foods that contain air such as carbonated beverages and whipped cream. Fizzy medicines, such as Alka-Seltzer, also add air to the stomach.

*Eat slowly. Gulping and beverages adds large amounts of air to the stomach.

Smelly Flatus and Prebiotics:

When you talk about intestinal gas, it almost always refers to either bloating of the abdomen as my occur after eating or rectal gas and flatus. It is now well known that the large intestine or colon has trillions upon trillions of bacteria. These bacteria rely on fiber and other left-over nutrients from food we eat for their own nutrition and growth. Various gases are produced in the colon including hydrogen and methane. These are harmless, odorless gases which are simply expelled as flatus. Another gas is called hydrogen sulfide. This sulfide gas is what gives flatus its smelly odor. The bacteria that make this unwelcomed gas need a neutral environment-neither acidic or alkaline.

Let’s talk about prebiotics. A prebotic is a plant fiber that beneficial colon bacteria use to grow. In so doing, they create an acidic condition in the colon whereby the sulfide causing bacteria do not grow. Flatus no longer stinks. The key is to increase the amount of prebotic fibers from foods or a dietary supplement until this point is reached. Prebiotics do not decrease the amount of flatus. They will decrease or eliminate the smell. Prebiotic foods can be found at and a dietary supplement, Prebiotin, can be obtained at the same place.


Gas may refer to belching, abdominal bloating or rectal gas. For some people it may be simply an embarrassment, while for others it can be quite uncomfortable. However, it is rarely a serious medical problem. A physician can help a person suffering from gas find simple solutions to significantly reduce the problem.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Meducate by GI Supply and I give them full credit for the information. If you need anymore information on the subject, please check out their website at

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Free Cancer Screenings-Bergen County Department of Health Services

Free Cancer Screenings-Bergen County Department of Health Services

Cancer Screening Tests:

For Women-Breast, Cervical and Colorectal

*Free mammogram and breast exam for ages 40 and up

*Free breast exam, pelvic exams and Pap tests for ages 21 and up

*Free colorectal cancer screening tests (FIT kit) for ages 45 and up

For Men-Prostate and Colorectal

*Free prostate cancer screening for men ages 55 and up

*Free colorectal cancer screening tests (FIT kit) for men ages 45 and up

Services may be provided at:

*New Bridge Medical Center (Bergen Regional Medical Center)

*Planned Parenthood: Hackensack and Englewood

*Englewood Hospital Medical Center

*The Valley Hospital

*Bergen Imaging Center

To find out if you qualify, please call:

(201) 634-2660

Bergen County Health Serviced

1 Bergen County Plaza, 4th Floor

Hackensack, NJ  07601

Fax: (201) 336-6086

Disclaimer: This information was provided by the Bergen County Department of Health Services and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or fax them directly for more information.


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The new Medicare Plan Finder

The new Medicare Plan Finder

Open Enrollment from October 15-December 7th

For the first time in 10 years, Medicare’s most used tool, the Medicare Plan Finder has a new look and features.


*61 million people enrolled in Medicare

*20 million people used Plan Finder during Open Enrollment 2018

*10,000 people enroll in Medicare EACH DAY

*25% of people used Plan Finder on a mobile device last year

*40% increase of mobile users over 2017

Coming Soon:

Real-time plan data API for 3rd Party users

What’s New?

*Personalized search to find and compare plans

*More information about extra plan benefits

*Improved comparison of coverage options

*Simpler drug list built from prescriptions you filled

*More accurate drug pricing

How to Enroll in a Plan:


*1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

*Find a local SHIP counselor

*Ask a trusted agent or broker

Disclaimer: This information from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email the numbers for more information.


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What is Diarrhea? Understanding your Health

What is Diarrhea? Understanding your Health.


Everyone has diarrhea occasionally. Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements, stools that are not well formed or both. Symptoms can be very different from patient to patient.

Stool is made up mostly of water. Even so, the amount of water in stool each day is generally no more than 200 ml or 7 ounce (a little less than a cup). When  stool consistency contains more water than this, it is called diarrhea.

What causes Diarrhea?

There are many causes of diarrhea. Fortunately, this change in bowel habits usually does not last long and clears up on its own. In these cases, it is assumed that is was caused by a virus or even “something I ate.” Whenever diarrhea lasts more than two or three weeks, a patient should seek medical advice. Among the many known causes are:

*Food: Many people have certain foods that may cause diarrhea for them. For hot peppers lovers, diarrhea often occurs the morning after. Some people are intolerant of milk and milk products, so even small amounts of the milk sugar lactose can cause diarrhea. Large amounts of fatty foods cause diarrhea in other people. The easy solution in all these instances is to avoid the food that causes the diarrhea.

*Unintentional laxative use: Many people used laxatives but sometimes may not know it. The names for the usual chemical stimulants are Milk of Magnesia, magnesium (Epsom salt), cascara (Nature’s Remedy) and senna or sennosides (ex-lax, Senokot). Magnesium can be inadvertently taken in various over the counter preparations such as Maalox or Mylanta. Be sure to check the labels! Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener used in sugar-free gum and prepared foods such as jams and jellies is also a laxative.

*Prescription Drugs: If a change in bowel habit occurs after taking a new drug, contact your physician. In particular, antibiotics are known to cause diarrhea that can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea can develop up to one month after taking antibiotics.

*Infection: There are over 1000 different bacteria that normally live in the large intestine and many of them provide health benefits to the body. There are also many viruses and other bacteria that do not usually live in the intestine that find their way into our bodies and cause diarrhea. Fortunately, these infections usually come and go on their own. Some bacterial infections usually come and go on their own. Some bacterial infections, such as salmonella, are serious and require medical evaluation. Salmonella commonly comes from contaminated poultry but thoroughly cooking poultry can reduce the risk. Parasites, such as amoeba and giardia can also attack the intestines. Giardia is found in wild animals and in contaminated streams and well water. For people infected with the HIV virus, there are a number of infections that can occur in the intestinal tract. Close medical follow-up is always required in these instances. Viral infection is probably the most common cause of short-term diarrhea and fortunately, it usually clears up on its own.

Traveler’s Diarrhea: This cause of traveler’s diarrhea is a bacteria called Escherichia coli (abbreviated E. Coli). It most often occurs in developing countries where sanitation is not good. This infection can often be prevented by avoiding fresh, uncooked produce and fruits. Fruits that have protective skins, such as oranges, are safe. Tap water in any form, especially ice, should be avoided. Bottled beverages are recommended. Contact your physician before traveling to these countries for more information on prevention and treatment.

Diseases: There are certain intestinal disorders that can cause chronic diarrhea. These include ulcerative and microscopic colitis. Crohn’s disease and even colon cancer. These are all serious diseases that require careful medical attention and treatment. This is why you should see a physician if you have diarrhea that last an extended time.

Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): IBS is a problem that occurs when the intestines especially the colon, do not contract in a smooth, rhythmic manner. The contractions can be too fast and strong, in which case diarrhea occurs or they may be weak and slow and result in constipation and diarrhea. Emotional stress often aggravates these symptoms.

How is Diarrhea Diagnosed?

The diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea may be very simple, such as discontinuing a problematic food or an antacid that contains magnesium. In some cases, finding the cause may be more difficult. Blood and stool tests may be needed and in some cases, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is required to visually inspect the colon with a lighted, flexible tube. The physician will choose tests based on the details of the individual patient case, including how severe the diarrhea is and how long it has lasted.

Whenever diarrhea last more than two or three weeks, seek medical advice.

How is Diarrhea Treated?

There are simple things that can be done at the beginning of an episode which may reduce symptoms. Drinking only liquids and avoiding solid food, caffeine and dairy products may be helpful. Over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate or Imodium can also be tried. For explosive or persistent diarrhea, treatment will depend on the cause. Fortunately, the cause of diarrhea can almost always be found and effective treatment is then usually available.


Diarrhea is a common problem which is usually not serious. If it is severe or persistent, the patient should consult a physician for further evaluation. By working closely with the physician, effective treatment is almost always available.

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Diarrhea what causes it? pamphlet and I give MEducate by GI Supply full credit for all of this information. Please call your physician for more information if you are having problems with diarrhea.





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