From corporate car washes to flocking pink flamingos, supporters of this year’s abbreviated Relay For Life are working to support and promote the June 13 event, and to attract more teams to Blue & Gold Stadium for this annual community cancer awareness and fundraising event. According to Alyssa Amaturo, American Cancer Society’s community manager for Newtown’s Relay, the goal of a monthlong May sign-up challenge is to get even more community members on board to make the 2015 event as exciting as ever, given the fact that the local event is packing virtually all of the traditional Relay activities into a shorter time frame than in years past.
The Newtown Lions Club will sponsor the May 11 American Red Cross Blood Drive taking place at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. The May 11 drive will be conducted from 8:30 am to 6:15 pm. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are encouraged.
In the summer of 2014, Newtown Health Director Donna Culbert received a notice from the state Department of Health flagging the presence of an emerging but rare infectious disease that had been isolated in several ticks in Connecticut, that also turned up in a number of other states, including neighboring New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine. The tickborne Powassan virus neuroinvasive disease (POWV) was first identified in Connecticut in 2008, Ms Culbert said, and has since been found in local deer populations. “It’s important to know there have been no human cases of the disease reported in Connecticut since it was discovered in 2008,” Ms Culbert said. “And the symptoms are only developing in a segment of those exposed.”
Winter formally ended a few weeks ago, but the weather has not yet fully warmed up. Regardless, Donna Culbert, the director of heath at the Newtown Health District, knows what that means: it’s tick season. This weekend’s weather is predicted to be beautiful and many, many people will be outside enjoying the weather, working in their yards, hiking on trails, and just soaking it in. And the ticks will be out too.
Lee Ives of Dental Associates will host a free CPR training program open to the community on Sunday, April 12, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Dental Associates office on Church Hill Road. In order to help educate the community on easy, lifesaving tools, Ms Ives has offered her time and the use of Dental Associate’s equipment to bring the community-based program Heartsaver CPR to Newtown.
The Newtown Health District is highlighting all of its partners as they spring into the season by encouraging residents and town workers to get outdoors and get moving. The Newtown VNA heard from Director of Health Donna Culbert at its recent monthly meeting about the importance of building on the Heart Health sentiment started in February. Members learned on April 7 about the importance of knowing their numbers (weight, waist measurement, body mass index, cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides) as well as the importance of knowing the signs of heart attack and stroke, and the life-saving value of CPR and automatic external defibrillators. Now in April we are building on American Heart Association’s National Start Walking Day, and here in Newtown, we are making April Newtown’s Start Walking Month,” the health official said Tuesday afternoon.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh have announced a special enrollment for residents who did not have health care coverage in 2014 and are subject to a tax penalty on their 2014 federal taxes. Special enrollment began April 1 and continues through midnight April 30.
Sandy Hook resident Bob Schmidt was recently honored with The Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Hero Award. He received the award on March 14, during the American Counseling Association World Conference in Orlando, Fla. The American Counseling Association is a 55,000 member organization with branches all over the world. Mr Schmidt is a licensed professional counselor with a practice in Sandy Hook.
Long-term health is a three-legged stool, said Dr Richard Frankonis, a clinical nutritionist and registered pharmacist with 45 years of experience. “Lifestyle, diet, and supplements,” he said, are the foundation for a long, healthy life. To achieve a good quality of health into old age, people need to realize that “What you do today, is what you are 15 years down the road,” Dr Frankonis said. Many diseases have an origin in nutritional deficiency, said the nutritional expert. The majority of Americans ingest way too much sugar — of all kinds, but particularly of refined sugars — eat too much processed food, and eat way too many grains. Sift through the fads and get down to the basics, Dr Frankonis said.
Newtown’s 2015 Relay For Life may be three months away, but a growing number of volunteers and organizers have been busy preparing for the annual American Cancer Society (ACS) benefit and awareness-raising event the since late last year. This year’s Relay — which for the unfamiliar, is not a sporting event — is taking place Saturday, June 13, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. After a decade of success hosting overnight Relays which have raised more than $2.5 million, local volunteers switched gears for 2015, taking advantage of the opportunity to host a more eclipsed event that will begin at 3 pm and end at midnight.