Pediatric Health Centers

End of Year!

Dear Parents/Guardian:

It has been our sincere pleasure to work with your family in providing Health Care Services this school year. We overwhelming appreciate your confidence and warmly recognize your support as we strive to make sure that each and every student of the Paterson Full Service Community Schools  have the brightest future and utmost success.

All service will resume again in the fall. Please note the Health Centers in School 15 and Frank Lautenberg School will be open throughout July. Please contact the Treatment Coordinators to schedule visits.

School 15 : 973-321-0155

Frank Lautenberg: 973-321-1000 ext. 20648

If you would like to continue Health Center Services in the fall ie: Behavioral Health, Pediatric Doctor/ Nurse Practitioner, Dental, Optical, and Nutrition Education and Workshops,  please contact/visit the treatment Coordinator at the Health Center in your school.

Should you require mental health services over the summer, please note the following services and accompanying phone numbers:

                  PerformCare New Jersey: 1-877-652-7624

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an office in Paterson, PerformCare develops and    manages behavioral health solutions for children, adolescents and families.

                  Circle of Care for Families and Children of Passaic County:  973-942-4588

Located in Woodland Park, Circle of Care provides services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges using a wraparound model so that the child and family may live and thrive in the           community.

Family Intervention Services: 973-523-0089

Located at 655 Broadway in Paterson, FIS provides crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case         management, education and support for families.

St. Joseph’s Health Screening Service: 973-754-2230

This 24-hour hotline number offers emergency psychiatric evaluation screenings and psychiatric                referrals.              

 

For Pediatric Services:

Woodland Park Pediatrics

Dr. Razzak

205 Browertown Rd, Suite 001,

Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Phone: (973) 582-0644

 

For Optical Services:

Main Street Optical

1010 Main Street,

Paterson, NJ 07503

Phone: (862) 239-9550

 

 

For Dental Services:

Transdental

511 River Drive,

Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Phone: (201) 796-0585

We wish you a Healthy and Happy Summer!

 

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School 6 Health Day! May 20th

 

Awesome turn out for our School 6 Health Day! Students and families enjoyed “Rock the Bike”! They created healthy smoothies…using yogurts, fruits..yummy berries…almond milk..etc..pedaling the bike spun the blender that was attached and to their surprise… created these delicious treats! Then off to the Health Center dentist and special treat by Dr. Mathew Cichowski!

February Heart Health Month

Since February is the month of the Heart….our Hearts… I thought it appropriate to share with you this beautifully written excerpt from “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” by E. M. Haas, M. D. Enjoy!                                               Denise Hajjar                        cool-cute-hand-hands-heart-Favim.com-220925 (1)

                         

                                                Vitamin L (the love vitamin) is commonly known as the “universal” or the “love” vitamin, as coined by humanologist, Bethany ArgIsle. One of the most important nutrients for optimum health is a daily dose (or more) of Love. The vital human emotion/expression/experience is necessary for the optimal functioning of people and all of their cells, tissues, and organs. It is found in most of nature – in foods, domestic animals, friends, and family – and is used to heal a wide variety of diseases. There are no toxic effects, but deficiency can cause a wide range of ailments.

Sources: As stated, vitamin L is found in a great variety of sources but must be developed and nurtured to be available. Fear, anger, worry, self-concern, and many other human emotions can destroy vitamin L. It is found readily in most mums and dads and is very highly concentrated in grandmothers and grandpas. Sisters and brothers may be a good source of vitamin L, though often this is covered up in early years, develops in the teens, and is more available in adulthood. Massage therapy is a particularly good source of vitamin L.

Vitamin L is also found in cats, dogs, and horses; in flowers and birds; and in trees and plants. In food, it is especially found in home-cooked or other meals where vitamin L is used consciously as an ingredient. It is digested and absorbed easily and used by the body in its pure state, being eliminated almost unchanged; in this, it is unique among the vitamins. It is also made by friendly bacteria and all positive reactions and attitudes in the body.

Functions: This vitamin acts as the “universal” vitalising energy. Vitamin L helps to catalyze all human functions and is particularly important to heart function and the circulation of warmth and joy. Digestion is very dependent on appropriate doses of Vitamin L, as is the function of the nervous system. Adrenalin, the brain endorphins (natural tranquillisers and energisers) and other hormones are enhanced by Vitamin L as well. A wide variety of other bodily and life functions are dependent on vitamin L, and it is extremely important to the healing process.

Deficiency and toxicity: There are rarely any serious problems from excess intake of vitamin L. Side effects, however, may include swooning, a strange feeling in the centre of the chest, goosebumps, and staring blankly into space.

February Heart Health Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Full Service Community School Health Centers presented a workshop on “Breast Cancer Awareness during October.  Thank You to all who joined us!! Please click on link the below photos for helpful information:

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A Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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Having raised four children, believe me when I say that Halloween festers up a whole bunch of emotions.  While we absolutely love to see our little nuggets prancing around in their favorite costumes, the days before are filled with stress ie. sowing and trying on customs, searching for creative odds and ends, or standing on long lines exchanging last minute costumes…hmmm not so much.  So as we wait for this deliciously ghoulish holiday to begin, here are some healthy alternatives to the day’s activities:

If you do have some time to whip up a healthy pizza before, during or after trick or treating try:

 Pizza dough

Mozzarella Cheese

5 large rip tomatoes peeled or 1 large can of peeled plum tomatoes

1 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, first cold press

1 tablespoon of basil

1teaspoon of oregano

sea salt

First, pre-heat oven to 425. Mix tomatoes, basil, oregano, and…

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As I begin to look forward to this school year and contemplate how to address Nutrition and Wellness for our students, I am please to announce that Graduate and Undergraduates in the field of Nutrition from various Colleges and Universities will be working hard to help bring information to our students and families through activities and workshops!

As a Nutrition Educator, I am please to host various group sessions in October to salute  “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and will be doing workshops at your school. (Please check calendar for date and time). We salute all Survivors this month and always!

I will leave you with this thought.  We are fortunate to live in the “Garden State” where seasonal growing has afforded us the opportunity to visit farms and Fall is certainly apple picking season!

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So, does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Well, according to Ayurveda medicine (Western medicine practiced in India), our favorite apple is a powerful antioxidant that serves up over 100 times the benefits of vitamin C! They also contain pectin, which is a great source of fiber.

Here is an awesome way to give your children an inexpensive, great morning start:

Take an apple and peel it.  Cut it into quarters and place a clove in each quarter piece. Boil it for a few minutes until soft.  This assists with digestion. Remove from heat and remove the cloves. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Not only does it help to lower cholesterol but also assists in stabilizing blood sugar. The mineral, Boron, in apples have been linked to bone health and osteoporosis prevention while the fiber helps us feel full through morning classes so we are not reaching for that candy bar!

So what about the clove? Well, the clove reigns from Indonesia.  Although it carries a pungent smell and taste, it has been used as an antiseptic and not only kills bacteria and soothes toothaches but aids in circulation.  One tiny clove provides the mineral, manganese, also an important mineral for bone health.

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And how can I forget the delicious taste of cinnamon!  The new rumor about cinnamon is that it helps in regulating blood sugar and its true!  Here are some other truths: It helps with stiffness in muscles and joints and is a great digestive aid.

So not only will this breakfast treat serve you and your child a host of health benefits, it will fill you up and keep you energy charged to meet the stresses of the day!

Namaste!                                                                                                                                                   Denise Hajjar, M.S