Health Watch

Ledge Light Health District is the host of a cable television program on Comcast – Groton Cable Channel 2, a service of the Groton Public Library and Information Center. This monthly program focuses on current health issues of concern to the community.

The program is hosted by Cindy Barry. Guests are experts in their field representing a variety of local and state departments and organizations.

Ledge Light Health Watch can be seen on Cable Access Channel 2 or via streaming video through the Groton Municipal Television website! Now you can watch episodes from the comfort of your home or office – at a time that is convenient for you! Additional copies for loan are available at Ledge Light Health District or the Groton Public Library.

Past topics include Breast Health, Stroke Awareness, Mosquito Control and Tick Borne Disease, The Tools for Schools Program, Communicable Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, and Asthma. We invite your suggestions for future topics that may be of community interest or concern. Contact Cindy Barry, for more information.

Our thanks and appreciation to Video Producer Shawn Greeley of the Groton Public Library.

July 2017:  Field of Greens Farmers’ Markets

Articles and Press Releases

July 27, 2017
Ledge Light Tells Selectmen Its Canvassing Efforts Are Paying Off In Fight Against Rats

It’s definitely not over yet, but the rat situation in Stonington is getting better.  >>>READ MORE

July 20, 2017
Ledge Light Team Continuing Door-to-Door Rat Survey in Pawcatuck

Ledge Light Health District’s team of four sanitarians will be back on the job today, taking a door-to-door survey to determine the whereabouts of rats in the Pawcatuck area.  >>READ MORE

July 17, 2017
Some Beaches Remain Closed Due to High Bacteria Levels

State beaches along the shore remain closed due to high bacteria levels following heavy rain late last week.  >>READ MORE

May 30, 2017

New London Team Reveals Opioid Action Plan

The city and surrounding communities, plagued with a persistent opioid crisis, have launched a coordinated attack on the problem. >>READ MORE

November 1, 2016
Old Lyme Joins Ledge Light Health District 

Old Lyme formally joins Ledge Light Health District.  >>READ MORE

October 19, 2016
Health improvement plan for region targets five areas
A multi-agency group has identified five areas to focus resources and new initiatives to help the 10-town region of southern New London County become healthier.   >>READ MORE

September 27, 2016
Old Lyme Residents Narrowly Approve Joining Ledge Light Health District
In an extremely close vote, 82-79, townspeople decided Tuesday that the town will become a member of the Ledge Light Health District, a regional health district currently serving East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, and Waterford.  >>READ MORE

September 7, 2016
Mosquitoes in Waterford Teste Positive for West Nile Virus
Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus have been found in Waterford, promoting Ledge Light Health District to urge residents to take precautions against mosquito bites.   >>READ MORE

August 30, 2016
Ledge Light Offers Diabetes Programs
The Ledge Light Health District announced Tuesday that it has received $32,000 grant from the state Department of Public Health to prevent chronic disease.   >>READ MORE

June 11, 2016
Farmers’ Market Openings Set in New London, Groton
The Field of Greens Farmers’ Market will open its 2016 season at two location in New London and a new location in Groton on July 1, 5 and 6.  >>READ MORE

June 1, 2016
Ledge Light Health District Offers Free In-Home Safety Evaluations
LLHD’s Falls Prevention Coalition mission is to help decrease falls in the area’s senior population. >>READ MORE

May 17, 2016

Mosquito Control Program
Ledge Light Health District will be providing mosquito control services, including on-site consultation and mosquito dunks (larvacide) to residents in the District. This service is provided free of charge. >>READ MORE 

May 13, 2016
Community Tells Murphy about Biggest Gaps in Dealing with Heroin Crisis
From 2014 to 2016, the percentage of high school-aged youth in southeastern Connecticut who reported misusing prescription drugs in the last month has jumped from 4 percent to 11 percent. >>READ MORE

May 12, 2016
Parents Reminded about Liability for Hosting Teen Parties with Alcohol
The Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, also known as GASP, is reminding parents and other in the community about the state’s Social Host Law, which prohibits any owner of private property, including homeowners, from permitting anyone under the age of 21 to possess alcohol on their property. >>READ MORE

April 25, 2016
Ledge Light, Uncas receive grants for Medical Reserve Corps
The state Department of Public Health announced Monday that seven local health departments, including Ledge Light Health District and Uncas Health District, have been awarded the 2015-16 Challenge Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for their Medical Reserve Corps. >>READ MORE

March 3, 2014
LLHD Provides Free Programs to Help People Quit Smoking
Trying to quit smoking but don’t know where to start? Ledge Light Health District can help you with our free “Smoke-Free LLHD” Program. >>READ MORE

February 3, 2014
Volunteer Chefs Needed to Teach Healthy Cooking in the Community
Are you a chef who loves to share your passion for cooking healthy meals? As a facilitator of the Cooking Matters® program, you can make a difference by teaching people in your community how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods >>READ MORE

December 16, 2013
Ledge Light Health District Receives Farm-to-School Grant
Ledge Light Health District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the USDA to implement the Farm Fresh New London County Schools Project. Over the next two years, LLHD will work with school food service directors, farmers and local organizations, including FRESH New London to increase the amount of locally grown produce in all New London County school districts by 10 percent  >>READ MORE

October 24, 2013
Ledyard PD to Hold Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
On Saturday, October 26, the Ledyard Police Department will join thousands of police departments across the country in offering a prescription drug take‐back event for National Prescription Drug Take‐Back Day. The take‐back event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  >>READ MORE

October 18, 2013
Drive-Thru to Beat the Flu Exercise Offers Limited Free Flu Shots
Are you interested in getting a free flu shot without leaving your car? Register to participate in a “drive‐thru” flu clinic at East Lyme High School on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to noon!  >>READ MORE

October 16, 2013
Local Chefs Teach Healthy Cooking in the Community
With the help of volunteer chefs and dietitians, the ACHIEVE New London County Coalition has launched the county’s first culinary program for middle school students and human service providers. The Cooking Matters® program teaches participants how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods >>READ MORE

September 3, 2013
Epi Strike Team to Survey Residents Saturday
Are you planning to be home Saturday afternoon? If so, you might get a knock on your door from the Disaster Epidemiology Strike Team! The newly‐formed Epi‐Strike Team, founded by Ledge Light Health District and the Medical Reserve Corps, will have their first training and exercise on September 7, which will include going door‐to‐door in neighborhoods throughout Southeastern Connecticut to survey residents about their emergency preparedness plans. >>READ MORE

August 29, 2013
New London Parks Post Signs Prohibiting Tobacco
Following the adoption of a tobacco‐free parks ordinance last year, the City of New London has installed new “Tobacco‐Free Zone” signs in all city parks. The signs serve as a reminder to park visitors that violators of the ordinance could be subject to a $49 fine.  >>READ MORE

August 1, 2013
Take the GASP Coalition’s Groton Community Survey!
Do you live in the Town or City of Groton? Are you a parent or someone who works with youth? The Groton Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (GASP) Coalition would like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete the Groton Community Survey.  >>READ MORE

July 24, 2013
Local College Student Joins LLHD as Summer Public Health Intern
Each year, Ledge Light Health District selects a student with an interest in public health to participate in the Harry A. Watson public health summer internship program. This year, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) student Alyssa Brochu, Montville, was selected to work with LLHD staff in the fields of health education, environmental health, communicable disease prevention and epidemiology.  >>READ MORE

July 15, 2013
Groton Pharmacist to Receive Recognition from Town Council and GASP Coalition
The Groton Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (GASP) Coalition will present Fort Hill Pharmacy owner Jeff Messina with their first ever “Good Neighbor Award” at the Groton Town Council meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, the Groton Town Council will honor Messina with a proclamation.  >>READ MORE

March 4, 2013
Local Health Departments Seek Volunteers for Medical Mass Dispensing Exercise
What if there were a catastrophic emergency that required our entire local population to receive medication within 48 hours in order to survive? Would you be willing to help?  >>READ MORE

December 27, 2012
LLHD and Drop-In Community Learning & Resource Center Partner to Offer Child Nutrition Program

The Drop-in Community Learning & Resource Center is partnering with Ledge Light Health District to offer the We Can! program for parents and caregivers of children.  >>READ MORE

December 27, 2012
LLHD Offers Free Smoking Cessation Programs in Gales Ferry and Waterford

Is your New Years’ Resolution to quit smoking? Ledge Light Health District has free 6-week programs starting in January to help you get on the right track!  >>READ MORE

December 10, 2012
GASP Coalition Launches Meme Contest at Fitch High School

With the virtual explosion of internet memes all over social networks and blogging sites, it’s unusual to log on without seeing at least one meme pop up on your newsfeed.  >>READ MORE

October 16, 2012
Drive-Thru to Beat the Flu Exercise Offers Limited Free Flu Shots

Are you interested in getting a free flu shot without leaving your car? Register to participate in a drive-through flu clinic at Fitch High School on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to noon!  >>READ MORE

September 14, 2012
Ledge Light Schedules Public Flu Vaccination Clinics Throughout the Region

Flu season has begun! Ledge Light Health District has scheduled public flu vaccination clinics for September through November.  >>READ MORE

August 9, 2012
Local High School Student Chosen as Ledge Light Health District 2012 Public Health Intern

Ledge Light Health District is providing an extraordinary experience for one local high school student interested in the field of public health. Nicolás Francone of East Lyme was selected out of six applicants throughout New London County to work alongside Ledge Light Health District staff as the 2012 Harry A. Watson intern in the fields of health education, environmental health, communicable disease and epidemiology.  >>READ MORE

June 15, 2012
City of Groton Police Department to Hold Ribbon Cutting for Prescription Drug Drop Box

The Groton Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the City of Groton Police Department are pleased to announce that there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the City of Groton Police Department to celebrate the new prescription drug drop box.  >>READ MORE

June 11, 2012
Sound Community Services Partners with Ledge Light Health District to Launch Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Campaign

Sound Community Services Inc. (SCSI) has received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Abt Associates to promote the Million Hearts™ initiative at their peer-run social rehabilitation clubhouse, the Oasis Center.  >>READ MORE

May 22, 2012

GASP Coalition and Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition want parents to “Set the Rules” this prom and graduation season
The Groton Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (GASP) Coalition and the Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition are teaming up with other agencies across the state to remind parents that it’s up to them to “Set the Rules” about alcohol.  >>READ MORE

May 11, 2012
Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition, Police to Conduct Prom Party Patrols
The Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition, in collaboration with the Ledyard Police Department, will be conducting party patrols during prom weekends (this weekend and the weekend of the 26th). Police will be looking for house parties where underage drinking is taking place. If you know of a party where you suspect underage drinking is taking place, call Ledyard’s anonymous party patrol hotline, 464-SAFE (7233), to report it.  >>READ MORE

April 26, 2012
Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking to be Held Monday
Want to be a part of the discussion to prevent underage drinking in Groton? Come to the Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking on Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Groton Public Library.  >>READ MORE

April 3, 2012
Ledge Light Health District Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs
On April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ledge Light Health District, in partnership with TRIAD, Groton Senior Center, Groton Town Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will offer a prescription drug take-back event. The public will have an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.  >>READ MORE



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