8 Things to Know Before You Have Surgery

16085_Healthy-You-Tip-Greg-BruskoYou need surgery. Even if a doctor has told you it’s a “minor” procedure, it doesn’t feel very minor because it’s going to happen to you. So how do you prepare for your procedure?

“People frequently come into our office with preconceived ideas,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) general surgeon Gregory Brusko, DO, with LVPG General Surgery-Muhlenberg. “I try to erase all that and start from scratch. At the end of the day, the patient and I will walk through what’s going to occur one step at a time.” Read More »

Booze, Belts, Burns Safety Emphasized for July 4 Weekend Travel, Celebrations

DUI-BlogThe Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force, of which LVHN is a community member, urged everyone to travel and celebrate safely over the long Independence Day holiday weekend. The task force held a news conference in Allentown yesterday (July 1) with the theme of booze, belts and burns to emphasize the importance of drinking responsibly, wearing seat belts, avoiding drinking and driving, and leaving the Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals. Read More »

5 Summertime To-Do’s

ThusBlogIndependence Day weekend is the perfect time to take charge of your health. Try these five tips in July and August:

  1. Visit your local farmer’s market – Many area communities offer roadside markets on a routine basis. Check with your local municipality and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. They’re great on the grill; try this recipe.
  1. Take your first step – Join First Strides®, a free 12-week workshop for women who want to begin a walking or running program. New sessions start on July 28, 29 and 30.

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Category: Wellness

What’s Chrissy Sheaman’s Weight-Loss Secret? Find out Inside the July-August Healthy You Hazleton

HY-HChrissy Sheaman swam on the Hazleton High School swim team. Then came some busy college years, followed by a job working third-shift, and lots of convenience foods. Her weight crept up to 300 pounds. But now, at age 33, she’s lost 140 pounds and weighs less than she did in high school. How? Find out in the July-August issue of Healthy You Hazleton.

The latest edition of our bimonthly wellness magazine for people in northeast Pennsylvania includes 12 pages of helpful tips and information. Inside you’ll also read the story of Bob Yurcho of Oneida, who feels years younger these days thanks to bilateral knee replacement surgery. Read More »

Category: Wellness

Training for #LVHNVia: Jessica Dalton, RN, Returns to Running After Injury

JessicaFollow along with four LVHN colleagues participating in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via 5K, half-marathon and full marathon who are writing about their experience for a weekly series on Lehigh Valley Health News.

By Jessica Dalton, RN, a Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest intensive care unit nurse who is tackling this year’s LVHN Via Half-Marathon.

I am happy to announce that I am finally back to running. I never thought I would be so excited to write those words. Read More »