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Union County Offers Class to Help Ease Stress, Improve Health

Union County, NJ – Union County is offering a five-part “Balanced Living” course that provides reliable, common sense guidance for achieving a healthier approach to life. Balanced Living is conducted by health and nutrition expert Dr. Karen Ensle of Rutgers University. Dr. Ensle is a Family and Community Health Sciences educator and head of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. To register or to get more details call the Extension offices in Westfield, 908-654-9854.

“If stress and fatigue are dragging you down, I encourage you to contact the Extension and register for the Balanced Living series,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “The Balanced Living series can help you focus on simple steps that really make a difference, and the Freeholder Board is proud to support this program.”

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is sponsored in part by the Freeholder Board. Its mission is to provide the community with fact-based information on health, wellness, agriculture and youth development.

Balanced Living explores simple but effective strategies for managing time, overcoming stress, exercising regularly, adopting more healthful eating habits, and getting enough rest. The series of weekly two-hour sessions begins on August 3 and continues every Wednesday evening until August 31. A single registration fee of $10.00 covers the entire series.

“There is a growing body of research showing that simple, daily choices can have a powerful impact on a person’s wellbeing,” said Dr. Ensle. “The goal of the Balanced Living series is to help put this rich store of knowledge to work for Union County residents.”

The Balanced Living series will be located at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offices, 300 North Ave East, in Westfield.  To register or to get more information call 908-654-9854.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director’s Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 732-932-5000, ext. 584.

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