Cancer Walk Planned

Step On Cancer, a charity walk to honor and support those fighting Cancer is planned on September 17th. Walk 3 miles around the historic and picturesque town of Merchantville, NJ to raise funds for Cancer Hope Network, an amazing organization that provides 1-1 support for people battling Cancer. We will be starting and ending our walk on the Bike Path near Eclipse Brewing Co.  and after the walk there will be food and drinks available. When you sign up you will receive a "Step on Cancer" shirt, rally towel and a free drink. Please visit www.smithandsmithrealtygroup.com/step-on-cancer to register, walk or donate! Stellar Athletics and Colette Stock Photography are just two of a few companies who are making this event happen on the 17th so please don't miss out! Early Registration: $20. Day of Registration: $25.
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Healthy Reds

Some tips on wine from Dr. Farhin Rahman, ND, practitioner at Merchantville Medical Wellness Center. You’ve probably also heard that the best kind of alcohol is red wine because of its heart-healthy and antioxidant benefits. While drinking 5 oz of red wine daily has anti-aging benefits, you might still want to be careful about the quality of wine you’re consuming. Believe it or not, a huge portion of vineyards use a chemical called glyphosate (Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup), which is a poisonous and carcinogenic substance linked to diseases like Lymphoma, Alzheimer’s, Autism and Brain Cancer. There have also been high levels of sulfites and heavy metals - like arsenic - found in wine. So here are some helpful guidelines: Avoid wine from California. That’s right! Even organic wines from California- Napa, Sonoma, etc. are contaminated and tested positive for glyphosate. The highest level came back from Cabernet Sauvignon. If possible, avoid all US and French conventional wines, as their wine tested the highest in pesticides. Look for USDA Certified Organic Wine whenever possible. The best wines to drink: Pinot Noir is considered the healthiest red wine you can drink. Pinot grapes have a thin skin, so Pinot Noir has low tannins but high levels of resveratrol. Sagrantino is an antioxidant-rich wine and might contain the most antioxidants of any red wine out there. Merlot has high levels of resveratrol and procyanidin which help to lower cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. Cabernet Sauvignon helps to stimulate the immune system and cell health and Malbec high levels of antioxidants and has been linked to both heart health and immune health. To find out if you have heavy metals or chemical sensitivities, schedule an appointment with Dr. Far to discuss more! 
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Flexibility, Balance, Strength

The Oceanic Yogi Studio is offering private yoga classes are each one hour on Sunday, June 5th, at 44 West Chestnut Ave, Merchantville, NJ. During this class, the instructor will help you set your fitness, balance, and flexibility goals. The instructor will also give you a take-home plan so that you can continue your practice outside of the studio at your own pace. We bend so we don't break! Sign up for sessions through Eventbrite. The Oceanic Yogi Studio was created by Dianna Cortorreal, a bilingual yoga teacher and photographer based in South Jersey. Dianna credits her Yoga practice as her saving grace after struggling with depression and anxiety for many years. Today, she continues to share the benefits of yoga with her students online, in-studio, and outdoors. Dianna's fascination with capturing imagery began after her return to the U. S. from the Dominican Republic as a way of preserving memories. She offers group and private classes in-person as well as online. The instructor has mats and blocks available to borrow. We also enjoy outdoor yoga sessions during the warmer months at a nearby park in Camden Waterfront. If you have any questions or concerns, we’d love to hear from you! Namaste.

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MES Hosts Clinic

Merchantville School will hold its second Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 130 S. Centre Street. The clinic is open to all and does not require an appointment. MES is partnering with NJDOH and Bell Rexall Pharmacy to host children and adults needing COVID-19 vaccination. First, second and booster doses are available from Pfizer, Moderna and J&J. The CDC has now approved children aged 5-12 years to receive a booster dose if their last shot was given at least five months ago

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Pfizer Approved Ages 5-11

The Board of Commissioners, in partnership with Cooper University Health Care and the Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing, began to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old on November 4th. The Camden County Health Hub, located on the Camden County College campus in Blackwood, will hold the first appointments to give the Pfizer vaccine. Residents who would like schedule their child for a Pfizer vaccine can go to https://www.cooperhealth.org/ or can call (856) 549-0530. Next week, the administration of the vaccine for children and regular Health Hub operational hours will be expanded to Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The expansion will provide the ability to add hundreds of new appointments throughout the day. Scheduling information here.

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County Update 10/9-15

The Camden County Department of Health announced 694 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths between Saturday, October 11th and Friday, October 15th. One hundred ninety-eight (198) new cases were among patients under 18 years old and the average age of the newly infected is 34 years of age. New cases this week include nine (9) in the Borough of Merchantville. Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder to make an appointment for a COVID-19…
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FDA Shrimp Recall

More than two dozen shrimp products sold nationwide by retailers including Target and Whole Foods were recalled by the FDA on Friday in a salmonella outbreak that has stricken nine people in four states, hospitalizing three, federal authorities say. The recalled shrimp was sold coast-to-coast under multiple labels, such as…
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NJ Vaccination App

Need easy digital access to your vaccine record on your phone? The NJ Department of Health Apps provide consumers access to their personal or family COVID-19 Vaccination Record. The free New Jersey consumer access Docket app is now available in the App store or on Google Play in English or Spanish depending on Smartphone settings. The Docket App is now available in the App store or on Google Play in English or Spanish depending on…
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County Eyes Covid Uptick

The Camden County Department of Health announced 421 new positive cases of COVID-19, between Saturday, July 31st, and Friday, August 6th, including 4 in Merchantville, 41 in Cherry Hill, 17 in Pennsauken and 23 in Camden. “One week ago, we saw 50 new cases in a single day, the highest number we’d seen in months. Just seven days later and that figure has doubled to nearly 100 new cases today,” said County Commissioner Director Louis…
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7/30/21 COVID Update

On July 30, 2021, the Camden County Department of Health is announced 44 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases in Camden County to 50,293 and 1,237 total fatalities. During the past week the county has averaged between 40-60 new cases a day. “New data from the CDC has shed light on just easily the Delta variant can be spread. Unfortunately, the fact is that this pandemic is not…
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Seniors, Disabled Survey

The Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services is conducting an assessment to identify the needs of seniors, persons living with disabilities, and caregivers. This survey is intended to enable Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services to understand met needs and unmet needs of the residents of Camden County. Camden County funds or provides the following programs such as: adult day care, mental health counseling, shut-in shopping, emergency food, installation of disabled assistive equipment and mortgage counseling and would like to know the services you are using and need. Please complete the online survey: https://sparkcreative.wufoo.com/forms/q1bdwjev0ejkfs1/. If you don't have access to a computer or tablet, access to one, as well as assistance in completing this survey, will be provided. A directory of services can be found at this link.

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