Whether our team is educating a room full of people to learn how to cook healthier meals, providing preventive health screenings to detect a potential problem early or teaching children how to stay safe, our team is out there, meeting people right where they live and work – at church, in school, the public library, senior center or place of employment. Making sure the community is armed with the information they need to get and stay healthy is one of our biggest priorities.
Providing broad cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the community has been part of Hackensack Meridian Health’s educational offerings for years, including health care workers, fire fighters, police, teachers, recreational coaches, EMTs, and community members. Our goal is to train as many community members as possible to become American Heart Association CPR/AED certified. In 2017 alone, we have trained nearly 16,000 adults throughout New Jersey.
Hackensack Meridian Health’s children’s health education programs include classroom-based presentations from The Pawsitive Action Team, including Doctor Bernard, Hopscotch and Picatso, who are mascots from Hackensack Meridian Health. The Pawsitive Action team educated nearly 10,000 children on how to eat right, stay fit, be safe and act responsibly.
Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed provides civilians basic training in bleeding control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person.
Designed for girls, ages 10 to 14 years old and their moms/caregivers, the Tween Self-Esteem event touches on the physical, social and emotional changes that accompany the teenage years and help the girls understand the importance of making healthy life choices.
Project Healthy Bones
A 24-week exercise and education program for older women and men at risk for, or who have osteoporosis. The program is offered in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health. In 2017, HARP collaborated with the communities of Garfield, Montvale, Ramsey, Ridgefield and Ridgefield Park to provide this program to their communities. In 2017 there were more than 375 classes with 4,100 attending. Participants increased their balance and level of physical activity.