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Happy Halloween

Boo Happy Halloween! Throughout New Jersey there are many places to bring your children in their costumes. The HipNJ has discovered some of the best towns to trick-or-treat in the Garden State! If you head to the website Mommy Poppins you are able to see the best streets in the state to bring your children. Here are a few streets that we have highlighted for you to check out.

Dudley Avenue in Westfield

Clinton Place in Hackensack

Alcott Way in Succasunna

Thompson Street in Bordentown

Prospect Street in East Orange

Bender Avenue in Roselle  Park

Herning Avenue in Cranford

Coles Avenue in Scotch Plains

HipNJ hopes everyone has a safe and candy filled Halloween! Be sure to check out Mommy Poppins for more of the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in your area.

Happy National Cat Day #NationalCatDay

For all you animal lovers out there today is your chance to make a difference on National Cat Day. There are many deserving cats out there so stop by an animal shelter and adopt a kitten or cat. Here are some local New Jersey shelters to check out!

Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc in Oakland

Bloomfield Animal Shelter in Bloomfield 

Happy Tails for Fali! ? #kittensofinstagram #kittenseason #kittens #rescue #adoptdontshop #animalshelter

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Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City

Eleventh Hour Rescue in Morris

?? She's perfect #eleventhhourrescue

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Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad in Byram 

Paperwork at the shelter can take furever sometimes ❤??

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Happy National Cat Day!

Healthy Giving Day

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is hosting Healthy Giving Day on Saturday, November 5 at Paramus Park Mall in Paramus.

Through this event, the Hospital hopes to raise awareness about preventive health and staying on track during the holiday season, as well as generate funds for charity partner, Table to Table. Table to Table is a community based food rescue program that serves millions of hungry residents in Northern New Jersey.

#HipNJ spoke with social media and yoga powerhouses Masumi Goldman and Kate Alexander of Two Fit Moms about their role. They each will be leading their own demonstration, aimed at bringing the body, mind, and spirit together.

Goldman will be demonstrating the act of a “five minute self-imposed timeout.” She will provide tips to help people relieve stress during the holidays, to stop their mind from racing, and to bring relaxation. Through breathing techniques and meditation, Goldman states that she hopes to encourage everyone to “find a few minutes out of the day to do something good for ourselves.”

Alexander will be leading a food demonstration which will provide information on creating their own healthy granola bar. “Not only can people make their own granola bars, but they can be made easily,” she says. She will encourage guests to look at alternative ingredients to make a traditional recipe healthier. “Substitutions can be made that won’t change recipe all that much.”

“The hospital is going to have a lot of different demonstrations, but one thing that we really believe is that when you share your gift, it is gratifying for you and for other people who receive the messages,” Goldman says. “Whenever you do something for yourself, you always feel good. It is Important to take a moment to take care of ourselves. We are all busy, and it’s hard to carve out the time. But when you do, you are happy that you did it,” Alexander states.

To learn more about Two Fit Moms, check out their website and follow them on Instagram.

We also spoke with Dawnn Depalma, Patient Experience Manager and Advocate of Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley about their Bedside Consierge Program, as well as their involvement with Healthy Giving Day.

Through this program, which enables a patient to use their iPhone or other technological device to request nonclinical services to their room, an efficient way to reeducate the patient is created, and another opportunity to explain the patient’s medication and care instructions following discharge arises. The services offered through this program include access to the patient’s health records, the option to request to have an Uber to pick them up, pet therapy, and music therapy.

Attendees will have the chance to have their blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels screened, and also consult with HUMCPV physicians, like podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera, who will talk about foot health and choosing the right shoes.

To learn more about Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, check out their website.

“Healthy Giving Day is all about community, health and wellness,” commented Emily Holliman, CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. “We are thrilled to be able to offer preventive care and wellness services to the Bergen County community, and are also excited to be supporting Table to Table — for every person that signs up for a screening at the event, the Hospital will donate $1 to the organization.”

For more information about this event, click here.