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 School Health Updates

Kristen Schiro, School Health Director, Making Smoothies 


As part of a Shaping NJ Community Health Grant, EmPoWER partnered with SNAP-Ed, Ridewise and Zufall Health Center to provide nutrition workshops for residents of Somerville and Bound Brook. Participants learned how to make healthy summer smoothies and salads. Each family received a gift card to the local farmer's market to encourage making healthier choices for their families.  The next workshop will be offered at Manville library on 7/20.  


For more information please call 908-722-4900  


Healthy Raw Salad Ingredients

15th Annual JCD Track & Field Camp

Joetta Clark Diggs, 4-Time Olympian brought the Joetta Clark Diggs Track & Field Camp to Somerville High School this summer. Sponsors like Johnson & Johnson and the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation made it possible for nearly 100 kids to enjoy this exciting opportunity to be coached by a 4-Time Olympian! Kristen Schiro from EmPoWER's school health team visited the camp to hand out prizes to students who did an exemplary job in completing their homework assignments. Great job to all of the students who attended and worked hard on the track every day!  


Safe Communities Coalition
Essay Contest Winners
Sheryl Jacob and Michael Moon


The Safe Communities Coalition launched a High School Underage Drinking Prevention Essay Contest this spring, inviting students to share their reasons for staying alcohol free and their understanding of the 911 Lifeline Legislation. Hillsborough High School and Somerville High School participated in the contest. Congratulations to the contest winners Sheryl Jacob and Michael Moon (pictured) from Hillsborough High School and Jenny Gessner and Christina Schuler from Somerville High School! We thank the student participants, schools and other partners including the Hillsborough / Millstone Municipal Alliance for their support in co-sponsoring the Hillsborough High School contest.  



The Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset County invites students in grades 9-12 to complete an online survey to help obtain information about substance abuse.This information is extremely helpful to develop effective prevention strategies, evaluate if strategies are working and secure future funding to reduce substance abuse in Somerset County.  


Click here to take the on-line survey



Family Success Center
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County...


EmPoWER Somerset will be bringing musical family fun to the 4-H Fair this year with a Sing-A-Long!  Nicole, the Community Partnership Coordinator of the EmPoWER Family Success Center, will be leading family friendly songs that children of all ages will enjoy!  From popular radio hits to children's classics like Old MacDonald and The Wheels on the Bus, there will be something for everyone.  For those who prefer to play along rather than sing, arts and crafts will be provided to create your own musical instrument.  Visit the Prep Tent at the 4-H Fair on Wednesday, August 12th at 1:00 PM and join in on the fun!


 Click for more information about the 4-H Fair 


Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or fsc@empowersomerset.com


    Check out the links below for more 

Family Success Center happenings:

View our    July calendar &  Event descriptions 


       2014 Annual Report  

We invite you to view EmPoWER Somerset's 2014 annual report detailing our diverse programs and services including Coordinated School Health, EmPoWER Family Success Center, Safe Communities Coalition and a spectrum of evidence-based prevention education programs.


Our Mission:   EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.