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Photo: Monmouth County Health Officer Christopher Merkel congratulates the Union Beach Memorial School fourth grade students for winning the Health Department’s poster contest at an awards ceremony on Nov. 25. Pictured left to right: First place winner Joshua Jacob, third place winner Julia Anderson, Christopher Merkel and second place winner C.J. Murgolo.

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UNION BEACH, NJ – If you would like to know about the seven principles of a healthy home, you may want to ask a fourth grade student at Memorial School.

This fall, the entire fourth grade learned about what makes a home healthy and they were given the opportunity to create a poster featuring one or more of the healthy home principles in a contest sponsored by the Monmouth County Health Department’s Healthy Home Initiative.

“These fourth graders really absorbed a great deal of information from their teachers and our public health nurses,” said Christopher Merkel, Monmouth County Health Officer. “The students did a truly great job illustrating all that they learned; it was difficult to select just three winners.”

The first place poster was drawn by Joshua Jacob, second place went to C.J. Murgolo and third place was won by Julia Anderson.

The seven principles of a healthy home are: keep it dry, keep it clean, keep it ventilated, keep it pest-free, keep it safe, keep it contaminant-free and keep it maintained.

“It is great to get the children involved in learning about the importance of a healthy home,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the County Health Department. “It is important for children, parents and all residents to understand the effects that your home can have on your health.”

“UnionBeach is one of our communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy,” said Curley. “Flooding created the opportunity for some unhealthy home conditions and this program helps make the children aware of what they can do to make their home and their community better and healthier.”

In addition to the educational information provided to the students of MemorialSchool, the Health Department is offering free one-hour classes entitled “Creating a Healthy Home after a Hurricane or Flood.” The classes are available at no cost to MonmouthCounty residents and no insurance is required.

The next Healthy Home class will be held at the Monmouth County Health Department located at 3435 Route 9 in Freehold on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Monmouth County Healthy Home initiative is funded through a Super Storm Sandy Recovery Grant to provide public education and professional development classes. Promoting healthy homes and healthy communities has been a long standing project for the County Health Department.

For additional information, call the Monmouth County Health Department at 732-431-7456, or log onto for the complete schedule.

The Monmouth County Health Department provides public health services for residents of the following towns: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, AtlanticHighlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, LakeComo, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, NeptuneTownship, NeptuneCity, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt, ShrewsburyTownship and UnionBeach.