Tobacco smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death and is responsible for nearly a half million deaths every year in the United States. Over 40,000 of those deaths are as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke. Smoking and tobacco use attacks nearly every organ of the body and dramatically increases the risks of many diseases such as coronary heart disease, lung diseases, stroke, and cancers. For more comprehensive information on the health effects of smoking visit the CDC’s webpage.

While we have made great strides in reducing access to tobacco products by youth, eliminating smoking in indoor places, and helping smokers stop there is still a lot of work to do. Approximately 18% of all adults are still smoking and 1000’s of youth start smoking every day. In addition, the use of other tobacco products other than cigarettes such as cigars, flavored products, chewing tobacco, snuff, dissolvable products and hookahs is increasing. One of New Jersey’s great successes in tobacco control was the passage of the indoor smoke free air act. In 2010 this act was changed to include electronic cigarettes, the first state in the country to do so. This act reduces the exposure of non-smokers to second hand smoke resulting in less negative health outcomes.

We have all heard about the obesity epidemic facing our country. One contributor to this epidemic is our sedentary lifestyle. As a community we need to be more active, participating in regular physical activity. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve overall health. We strongly recommend you check with your healthcare provider about what is best and safe for you. He or she knows you best and knows what your limitations may be based on your personal health conditions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide general guidance and recommendations for all ages. 

Another significant contributor to the Country’s obesity problems as well as to individuals’ health is poor nutrition.  Good nutrition improves overall health, helps prevent disease, and has many other health benefits.  Individual dietary guidelines should be discussed with your healthcare provider and guidelines as recommended by federal experts can be found at  In general, the guidelines recommend we consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products and seafood while decreasing our intake of foods containing salt, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars and refined grains.

In the near future we plan to have healthy nutritious recipes here for your enjoyment so check back frequently.