The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) helps people meet these goals. Studies have shown that many of today’s chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer can be prevented through lifestyles which include good nutrition and regular physical activity. Through research-based programming, FCHS can provide practical tips and advice to help people of all ages live healthier and happier lives!
NEW! FCHS Announces a Monthly Healthy Lifestyles Support Group
AN APPLE A DAY
Do you ‘resolve’ to be healthier in the New Year? Do you struggle to maintain healthy eating and regular physical activity despite the best of intentions? Do you need a bit of motivation to help you overcome day to day barriers such as stress, work, and family?
You are invited to An Apple a Day, a free, monthly support group, where you can share successes and overcome challenges with adults with similar interests. Get resources and support to make healthier choices and achieve your wellness goals!
The sessions will meet at lunch time at 2 Flemington locations and will be facilitated by Sandra Grenci, FCHS Educator and experienced Registered Dietitian. County employees and the public are welcome!
Do you have diabetes or pre-diabetes and need help in doing all of the things you need to do to improve your health? FCHS is offering free, ongoing discussion groups where you can talk to other people with similar health concerns, as well as learn more about managing your health. Groups meet one day each month at Flemington and Clinton locations.
FCHS Announces the 2018 Schedule of Diabetes Support Group Meetings:
MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH: How does your diet measure up?
What is a Healthy Eating Pattern?
Have you ever wondered whether your daily diet is really a healthy diet-one that keeps you healthy and disease-free? Health experts have begun focusing on “eating patterns” or broad ways of eating, rather than on individual foods, as a way of guiding consumers to healthier eating. Listed below are three healthy eating patterns recommended by reputable health organizations. ChooseMyPlate (www.ChooseMyPlate.gov ) by the United States Department of Agriculture, focuses on the 5 major food groups you should be eating at breakfast, lunch and dinner, using a plate diagram to guide portion sizes. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan ) established by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health focuses on healthy eating patterns to lower blood pressure. The New American Plate (www.aicr.org/new-american-plate ) consists of dietary recommendations made by the American Institute of Cancer Research, which may help in cancer prevention. How does your diet compare to these healthy eating patterns?
FCHS provides customized, educational programs for schools, work site groups, and community organization. Most programs are offered free or at a nominal charge, and can be conducted at your site or at our Route 12 location. Minimum enrollment may apply.
For more information or to schedule a program, please call 908-788-1342.
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