Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut acute care hospitals have conducted an Ebola preparedness drill per his directive last week. The governor gave hospitals one week to complete the exercise to make sure their procedures were up to standard. “The announcement last night of a New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola underscores that we’re doing the right things to prepare for a potential case in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy, who was briefed today on the Ebola situation by State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr Jewel Mullen. “Making sure our hospitals and first responders are prepared is critical to our efforts.”
EFT/Tapping is stress and trauma relief technique that is an easy to learn, child-friendly tool that provides healing, comfort and resiliency through stressful events of life. Parenting is filled with emotionally intense moments, and EFT can help adults approach these moments with balance and confidence. The Resiliency Center of Newtown will host a free series of four workshops called “EFT/Tapping For Effective, Peace-Filled Parenting.”
NYA Sports & Fitness Center, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank and additional support from Sandy Hook Promise, is launching a free, four-week wellness initiative for 40 adult Newtown residents currently struggling to maintain their fitness levels.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.
Newtown’s third annual Walk 4 Water will be take place Sunday, October 19, at Fairfield Hills, from 10 am to noon. Meet at Keating Farms Avenue. All ages are invited to participate in a three-mile walk simulating the daily trip African families must make to retrieve clean water. Later on Sunday, the annual CROP WALK -- which this year is also focusing on issues of clean water for drinking, bathing, and more -- will also take place.
AARP Connecticut will host a Caregiver Listening Session in Newtown on Friday, October 24, from 7 to 9 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine. Community members who are family caregivers, members of the sandwich generation, or grappling with the challenges faced by aging, ill or disabled loved ones are encouraged to attend and share their stories and insights.
Newtown has contracted with MORE Advertising, and has launched a short survey that will capture the public’s current knowledge and perception of risk about tickborne diseases. The survey includes 22 questions, and should not take more than five minutes to complete. Launched in September, the survey is still available online. It is also available in print for those who may not have Internet access or prefer to do it manually. The plan is to promote the survey widely through a variety of groups to solicit maximum participation and input. The survey and data collection is the first step in compiling a marketing plan to help target audiences that are either unaware or unmotivated by the localized threat of tickborne illnesses.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
LeReine’s Cuisine, a restaurant at 31 Pecks Lane, is hosting a free community event, “Meet AARP CT,” on Sunday, October 12, from 1 to 3 pm. This will be is an opportunity for area residents to learn more about AARP and what the organization does at the state and local levels. AARP Advocacy works with legislators to share concerns on issues for seniors and their families, in order to implement better legislation and policies statewide.
On Thursday, October 16, at 5:30 pm, at Masonicare at Newtown, Nancy Petrosky, BSN, clinical hospice supervisor, will present a free program titled “Health Care Decisions Shouldn’t Be Confusing.” Ms Petrosky he will discuss topics about health care and hospice such as advance directives, guidelines for Medicare and Medicaid, and the difference between home care and hospice.