West Milford Free Senior Health Fair; Fresh Herb Storage Tips

Sources: West Milford Messenger; RWJBarnabas Health

West Milford’s 2nd Annual Road to Senior Resources, a free health and informational resource fair for seniors, family members and caregivers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, in the West Milford Township High School cafeteria.

The fair will bring together more than 25 speakers, groups and organizations from West Milford and throughout the county to address health, legal, social, safety and financial issues specifically as they relate to seniors. A free lunch will be provided including hot and cold entrees.

Health screenings, will be available throughout the day including, but not limited to: blood pressure, glucose, vision, hearing, spinal assessment, balance and genetic cancer screening. A medicine drop box will be available on site to dispose of unused or outdated medications.

Speakers will also offer guidance on maintaining a healthy heart, training for grandparents, advice on Medicare matters, diets and eating behaviors, diabetes, resources for veterans, legal guidance and a multitude of other topics of interest to seniors. The fair will also have training in CPR skills for grandparents as well as chair yoga.

Those wishing to attend can call the Highlands Family Success Center at (973) 506-6575 or Township Councilwoman Marilyn Lichtenberg at (973) 248-5427 to register.

Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to add fresh flavor to your meals, but they are too often tossed in the trash due to a lack of knowledge on how best to preserve them. Dried herbs are an alternative, but they tend to lose their flavor and potency after a few months. Use these tips to maximize the fresh herbs you’ve bought in the grocery store or grown in your own herb garden.

Tender herbs such as basil, cilantro, mint and parsley:

Wash and pat the herbs dry. Placing them in plastic bad, blow into the bag to create carbon dioxide and then seal. Watch the herbs again before using. Store the herbs on the top shelf, in the front.

Robust herbs, such as lavender, oregano, thyme and rosemary:

Dry the herbs properly. Using kitchen string, tie bunches of herbs and hang them upside down until completely dried. Then store in jars and keep them in dark locations.

If growing your own herbs at home, place them in a kitchen window or garden and snip when necessary.

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