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Dogs and humans have been companions for centuries, but we’ve only just recently begun to understand the therapeutic properties of this timeless bond. A nurse research team at Atlantic Health System found that hospitalized children who interacted with dogs in our Soothing Paws Pet Therapy Program had a significant decrease in their anxiety levels. The study looked at 93 children from ages six to 17 in two different groups – one that received a visit from a therapy dog and a control group that did not. Read more about our findings >


 

Parenting Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available.

High School Life Skills Training
Parents can learn how to promote positive health and personal development in their high school age children.
Thursdays through June 6; 3:30 to 4:45pm
Milford Health & Wellness, 111 East Catherine Street, Milford, PA
For more information and to register, please call 570-409-8484 x 501.
 
Middle School Life Skills Training
Parents can learn how to promote positive health and personal development in their children (grades seven through nine).
Tuesdays through June 25; 4:15 to 5:30pm
Milford Health & Wellness, 111 East Catherine Street, Milford, PA
For more information and to register, please call 570-409-8484 x 501.
 
Prepared Childbirth Education
This Lamaze-type class focuses on breathing, relaxation and labor techniques. 
Fee $130
Saturdays, May 4 or June 1; 8:30am to 3:30pm
Newton Medical Center
For more information and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Breastfeeding
Learn skills and knowledge about successfully breastfeeding your newborn.
Fee: $40.00
Tuesday, May 14; 6:30 to 9:00pm
Hackettstown Medical Center, 651 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ
For more information, and to register, please call 1-800-247-9580.
 
Safe Sitter® Baby Sitting Classes
Boys and girls ages 11 to 14 will receive medically accurate, hands-on instruction in pediatric emergency care.
Fee: $60 (includes manual and completion card)
Saturday, May 25 or June 15; 8:30am to 3:30pm
For locations, or to register, please call 973-579-8653.

Car Seat Inspection    
Safe Kids-certified child passenger safety technicians will perform free car seat checks and installations.
Fourth Monday of every month, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Sparta Ambulance Squad
14 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ
For more information, please call 973-971-4327.
 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Teen Group
This 12-week series will help teens ages 14 to 17 how to deal with challenges in their lives and regular their emotions.
Newton Medical Center, 175 High St, Newton, NJ
For more information, meeting dates and times, please call 973-579-8581. To register, please call 1-888-247-1400.


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