Wellness Briefs - May 1

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Depression awareness group

The Matt McIntosh Foundation holds peer support meetings where friendship, education, introspection and a home-cooked meal are provided 5 p.m. every Friday night at the McIntosh family residence, 156 Tryens Drive in Mays Landing. The organization will be planning several events in the coming months to promote its cause, including car washes, beach cleanups, surf contests and awareness walks. Call Kevin Coopersmith at 609-457-3284.



Healthy Kids fitness program

The Choose to Move, Train and Lose program is designed for people who prefer a one-on-one class with a personal trainer on their own schedule. K-Loc Healthy Kids is offering a free fitness evaluation, and participants can be referred to a staff nutritionist for a consultation and evaluation. The class fee is $5 per session. Classes are held at the K-Loc Education Center and Personal Training Studio, 904 S. Main Str. in Pleasantville (American Legion Building). Call Kyle Lockett at 609-674-7605 or Vivian Lockett at 843-467-0068 to schedule an appointment.


Flu shots

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is providing flu shots to those 18 years and older on a walk-in basis 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Fridays at the Stillwater Building, 201 S. Shore Road, Northfield; and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays at 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Flu shots are $15, but there is no out-of-pocket fee for Medicare Part B recipients who present their cards. For information see www.aclink.org/publichealth. For questions call 609-645-5933.



Pilates will be offered9:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 3 and 17 at the Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave. The programs are open to adults and teens, and registration is requested for each session. The free programs are presented by certified instructor Kristina Carr. Call 609-625-2776.  

Yogathon to fight cancer

There will be a yogathon benefitting the American Cancer Society 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company Fire Hall, 1708 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township. Donation $30 and includes daylong yoga classes and food at Clancy’s in the evening. Call 609-241-5059 or purchase tickets at the door.

Ricky McAvaddy Blood Drive

The fifth annual Ricky McAvaddy Blood Drive will be held 3:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the Shaner Elementary School, 5801 S. Third Street, Mays Landing. Sponsored by the Hamilton Township Education Association. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments can be made at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation, sponsor code Ricky


Do Smokefree AC Coalition
Join the Do Smokefree AC Coalition 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 at Atlantic Cape Community College, Room 204, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City for a discussion about the importance of making casinos 100 percent smoke free indoors to protect the health of workers and patrons. Admission is free.

M.S. support group

There will be a Jersey Shore multiple sclerosis support group meeting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at the Galloway branch of the Atlantic County Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Preview of future speakers and programs. Call Jackie at 609-266-8561.

Joint replacement seminar

There will be a joint replacement seminar 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Royal Suites Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 214 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway. Lecture by Dr. Joseph Harhay. Free. Refreshments and giveaways. Call 609-748-9900. 


T’ai chi

Intro to t’ai chiwill be offered7-8 p.m. Mondays, May 19 and June 2 at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor for teens and adults. Introductory sessions will impart energy exercises that are easy to follow and remember. Participants are advised to dress in loose-fitting clothing and casual footgear, and to bring water. Free; advance registration required. Call 609-625-7000, ext. 5431.


2 Nurses Talk Nutrition

The 2 Nurses Talk Nutrition program will be offered 6-7 p.m. Fridays in May through June in St. Mary's community room, 118 W. Bayview Ave., Pleasantville. The topic is Your Body, Your Temple -- Better Health through Natural Choices. Upcoming topics are Weight Management: What Works for You, followed by Stretching Your Food Dollars with Nutrient-dense Foods. Families are welcome. Free coffee. Call 609 646-1604.


Seeking logo design

The substance abuse prevention coalition Join Together Atlantic County is sponsoring a countywide logo contest for high school students. Contact JTAC at 609-272-0100, ext. 25 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sandy Recovery Resource
Atlantic County residents seeking assistance for recovery from Hurricane Sandy can contact the Recovery Peer Outreach Support Team.  Disaster Case managers will meet with individuals and determine what resources will best meet specific needs. Program is funded by grants from the American Red Cross and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Call the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County at 609-652-3800, ext. 318.


Mental illness support

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County, Intensive Family Support Services, hosts monthly meetings to provide education on mental illness.   The 7 p.m. meeting on the second Monday of each month is co-hosted with National Alliance on Mental Illness and members gather at the United Methodist Church of Absecon, 100 Pitney Road in Absecon.  Members also meet 10:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Mental Health Association, 4 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 8, in Galloway.   Call 609-652-3800, ext. 301 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.


‘Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind’ project

The Stockton Center on Successful Aging is seeking volunteers to participate in a research project exploring the relationship between brain activity and thinking and memory on the campus of Richard Stockton College, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway.  The project, “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind,” is directed by associate professor of psychology Jessica Fleck. The study will be comprised of two sessions, each 60-90 minutes long. Fleck is looking for healthy subjects who are between 45 and 64 years old, right-handed, and have no prior diagnosis of dementia, neurological disorder or traumatic brain injury. The project involves the use of EEG, which measures electrical activity in the brain. Tests of memory and thinking will be administered in a second session. Participants who score outside the normal range will be provided referrals for neurological assessment. For information or to participate contact Fleck at 609-626-3444 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Alanon meetings

Alanon meetings are held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the second floor conference room at Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor. For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Parkinson’s exercise group

Body in Balance holds a Parkinson’s exercise program called Brain Change 2 p.m. every Saturday at 314 Central Ave., Linwood. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s, many doctors advise patients to exercise. Open to people who have Parkinson’s and their loved ones. For information call 609-365-8499.


‘New to Medicare’ workshops

The Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services is sponsoring New to Medicare workshops at the Atlantic County Library Galloway Branch, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.  The workshops address enrollment, Medicare Part A and B, Part D prescription drug coverage, supplemental coverage and Medicare Advantage Plans. There will also be information provided about programs that can help low-income beneficiaries offset the cost of Medicare premiums and co-pays. For information, contact Carolyn Conover at 800-426-9243 or 609-645-5965.


Free fall risk screening program

Med Rehab Therapy Center in Northfield is providing free screening with the Biodex Balance System for elderly patients that are at risk of falling Monday through Friday. Call to schedule your free screening at 609-645-2224.

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