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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Third Season of Health Beat Radio Show to Air Monday

Bloomfield Fire Chief Louis Venezia and Capt. Anthony Minervino discuss fire safety

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Health Beat, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services’ radio show, will enter its third season on Monday, January 28, featuring an interview with yoga and mindfulness instructor Brendan Gibbons.

The show airs at 3:00pm on Bloomfield College’s internet-based station, WBCR Radio. It is hosted by assistant health officer Maya Lordo and health educator Lindsay DeStefano.

“Our goal with Health Beat is to increase our visibility and educate residents about our numerous programs and services,” Lordo said. “We also hope the show encourages and motivates listeners to adopt healthier behaviors. An exciting lineup of experts this season will weigh in on everything from better sleep to dental health to the importance of mindfulness.” 

Gibbons, who has been practicing yoga since 2001, will discuss the health benefits of mindfulness and how to incorporate the practice into everyday life. He studied yoga intensely while traveling through India, Nepal and Thailand for six months in 2007 and completed his certification in 2008 with YogaWorks in New York City. 

Health Beat debuted in 2017 and airs at 3:00pm on the last Monday of the month from January to June and from September to November. Each episode is recorded and shown on WBMA-TV, the township's municipal access television station, and uploaded to the township’s website. The show was a 2017-2018 finalist for Best Public Affairs Show by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. 

Previous guests have included Bloomfield Fire Chief Louis Venezia and Capt. Anthony Minervino who discussed fire safety; Sean Foley, a licensed social worker and substance use navigator, who spoke about technology addiction; and Clara Maass Medical Center’s Dr. Hannah R. Kotch, a diagnostic radiologist who talked about the importance of breast screening and exams.

"Health Beat focuses on real issues facing the community, and the hosts and guests discuss critical health-related information and tips through a relaxed and enjoyable conversation,” said Doug Doyle, WBCR faculty advisor and Health Beat production director. “WBCR, Bloomfield College Radio is proud to partner with the Bloomfield Township Department of Health & Human Services on this important venture that can help both residents and students in our community."

To tune in to Health Beat, log on to 

Bloomfield College is a comprehensive, liberal arts institution serving 2,000 students with inspiring stories. The College is committed to enabling students, particularly those who have been historically excluded from higher education, to realize their intellectual and personal goals. Our mission is to prepare students to attain academic, personal, and professional excellence in a multicultural and global society.


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