It’s January, and some people may be in the doldrums, with overcast days, unseasonable weather, and not even a snowstorm to break the monotony — perfect conditions for a mental melt-down.

In our “Winter Wellness” section, starting on page 14, U.S. 1 advertisers offer practical tips on how we can all improve our individual and collective spirits, both at home and in the workplace.

In one of these advertorial features, a therapist advises parents how to get along with their teenagers (hint: don’t try to be the best buddy). In other mini-features, healthy eating specialists refute the usual “going on a diet” dictums, and holistic teachers explain the stress-relieving qualities of yoga versus reiki or reflexology. Mental health can depend on physical health, so an MD, a dermatologist, and a dentist also offer advice.

The term “advertorial” means that it is a paid-for article that delivers the sponsor’s message. Many lawyers can write useful advice columns, for instance, but how do we pick and choose? Our solution, for a special advertorial section like this one, is to let potential column writers select themselves by buying advertorial space. If a retailer or health practitioner is disappointed because U.S. 1 does not do retail or health stories — the advertorial option is open to them.

On the Cover

Photo IDs, clockwise from left: Tom Moore, CEO of Advaxis (photo by Juliet Moore); the Listeria bacteria on which the Advaxis technology is based, Mariela Reyes, Advaxis scientist at Technology Center of NJ; Tusculum, the home on Cherry Hill Road owned by Tom and Avril Moore.

To the Editor

On January 7, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mercer held its annual fundraising event. More than 300 people listened to Dr. Richard Kogan, New York City psychiatrist and Juilliard-trained concert pianist, perform the music, and discuss the mind and genius of Mozart. On behalf of the event committee and the board of directors, we thank our volunteers and guests who helped make this year’s event a success.

More than $100,000 was raised, benefiting the free educational programs and services, including In Our Own Voice, presented by volunteers recovering from mental illness; Family-to-Family, a 12-week course taught by trained volunteers for families with a loved one with mental illness; the Helpline, staffed by trained volunteers and mental health professionals; and Visions for Tomorrow, an 8-week course taught by trained family members for primary caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral or mental health classification.

NAMI Mercer is a nonprofit organization of families and individuals working to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. For information, call 609-799-8994, or visit www.namimercer.org.

Tina Clement

Caroline Tompkins

Co-Chairs

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