2008-02-01 / Health

SHARE Program expands to educate students about epilepsy in New Jersey

The SHARE Program,Students HearingAbout and Recognizing Epilepsy, is expanding to include more school districts throughout the state of New Jersey.SHARE delivers in-school presentations on epilepsy to fifth-grade students and is a collaborative project ofThe Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey and TheAnita Kaufmann Foundation.

The objective of the presentations is to increase knowledge about epilepsy and seizure first aid as well as promote tolerance and inclusion for children affected by epilepsy. In 2007,SHARE gave 141 presentations to a total of 3,243 children in Morris,Monmouth and Camden counties.The SHARE Program plans to train an additional 1,838 children by the end of this school year as it expands to include Gloucester,Somerset and Ocean counties.

Students are taught the acronym TRUST as a way to remember the first aid steps when assisting a person having a seizure:T- turn the person on their side; R- remove objects;U- use something soft under their head;S- stay with the person;andT- time the seizure.For more information about the program,call Patti Reale of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey at (973) 244-0850.

The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, an affiliate of the National Epilepsy Foundation, is a statewide voluntary agency dedicated to helping to improve the quality of life for people affected by epilepsy and their loved ones.The Foundation recently celebrated 37 years of service and continues to provide innovative and needed services to more than 125,000 New Jersey residents living with epilepsy.For more information about the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey,call (800) 336-5843 or visit www.efnj.com.

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