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Winter Newsletter 2018


December 2018                                                                   Vol. 13 / No. 4


Deirdre_approved_new_photo_11-6_FinalDear Friends,

Winter is on its way, and with it comes the challenges of a festive and hectic holiday season. While it’s easy to get bogged down in the details of party planning and settle for the same old same old, there's no better time to branch out and try something new that will no doubt impress your guests – and even yourself! As always, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® (DIEHC)  is at your service with practical, healthy tips for getting through the holidays, and starting off 2019 on an inspired note.

In this issue, integrative physician Ben Kligler, MD provides solutions to protect your family from colds and flu by boosting your immune system. It’s easier than you think! Check out his five simple steps that can make all the difference for preventing nasty bugs from infecting you or your loved ones this time of year.

And yet as we settle in to celebrate, there remains an ongoing national health crisis. Lead has been found in water supplies around the country, from Flint, Michigan to Newark, NJ, right in our backyard.  No matter how far away you are, this public health emergency affects us all.  Read my blog below on the topic to find out what YOU can do to raise awareness and mitigate the effects of lead on children’s health.

We’re continuing to fulfill our mission of environmental health research here at the DIEHC, at Hackensack University Medical Center. Our institution recently collaborated with Georgetown University on a breast cancer study that was featured in Washington, DC at the annual meeting of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program, presented by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Through this and other efforts, we’re collaborating with the best and the brightest in the field to find new ways of identifying and eliminating environmental exposures across our lifespan.

We thank you for supporting our work, and wish you a wonderful holiday and a healthy New Year!

Deirdre Imus


First Flint, Now Newark - Are You Next?

girl_water_spoutshutterstock_276445445More than four years since the start of Flint, Michigan’s own water crisis, we’re currently facing one in our own backyard. Read more


Boosting Your Immune System This Winter

shutterstock_106241129People often ask at this time of year what they can do to protect themselves and their kids from colds and flu during the winter. Read more





Having the Right Equipment for the Job

ride_on_scrubber_crop_shutterstock_620350172In today’s janitorial cleaning market we are always asked to do more with less. Whether you are part of an in-house operation or a contract cleaner, we are being told to clean more square footage with less staff and less money. Read more


Environmental Health Legislation
Capitol_HillLegislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Click here to take action and get involved.

Healthy Recipes

kids_cookingTaste something new this year, click here to view our delicious recipes.



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