Training for #LVHNVia: How Christina Survived Her Pre-Marathon ‘Breakdown’

11889525_971064686289202_8659245229243076378_nFollow 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 Christina Roberts, director of I/S on the Epic conversion project. She’s participated in the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon and 2014 New York City Marathon.

Blogging about my marathon training experience as an LVHN colleague has been both an exciting and humbling experience. This platform gives me the opportunity to share snippets that I might otherwise reserve for my own blog or personal conversations. Jessica Dalton speaks of her injuries and the need to listen to her body, Joshua Katrick notes the benefits of cross training, and Matt Burns respects the call to change course from the marathon to the half. We all continue to evolve during this journey, all the while sharing our learnings with you. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Now Available To 3,700 Area Humana Members

Humana_logoLehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, have reached an agreement that provides Humana members in-network access to LVHN hospitals, physicians and clinics throughout the Lehigh Valley and in the Hazleton region.

The new network agreement, effective today, includes all Humana’s Medicare Advantage plans.  Humana membership has grown in the Lehigh Valley and Hazleton areas in recent years, now including more than 3,700 members. Read More »

Special Free Screening of “N.E.D. The Movie” Sept. 23 at LVH–Cedar Crest

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will celebrate Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September with a special screening of the award-winning film “N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie” at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 in Kasych Family Pavilion ECC rooms 6, 7 and 8, located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. The event is free and open to the public.

“N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie” is a documentary featuring six gynecologic oncologists who have been able to integrate music to fight the war on cancer. They formed a rock band in order to bring awareness to gynecological cancers such as ovarian, uterine and cervical.

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Snacking Tips to Keep You Energized Between Meals

SnackAdmit it. You’re probably thinking about a snack right now. Whether it’s your mid-morning refresher, afternoon break or just a little something before bedtime, everyone occasionally snacks between meals. But do you know how to munch properly and healthy? Kim Procaccino, Sodexo nutrition director at LVHN, shares tips on how to snack smart so you feel energized – not guilty – between meals.

Select “combination snacks.” By choosing a treat that pairs two of the five food groups together, with one being protein, your snack will be more significant. Good examples include fresh fruit with Greek yogurt, veggies and hummus, whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese, or a handful of nuts. When you opt for a light substance option, such as a handful of chips, it takes a while before you feel satisfied. By then, it’s too late. By choosing a snack with substance (which includes protein), you’ll feel full faster and won’t overeat. Read More »

Category: Wellness

Is Your Child Heading Back to School? Don’t Forget This Important ‘Eye-tem’

EyesPencils? Check. Folders? Check. Erasers? Check.

You’ve already prepared your child for his back-to-school adventure. But here’s one thing you may have left off your checklist – a fresh supply of contact lenses (or a new pair of glasses).

Thankfully, the opticians at Optical Effects inside LVPG Ophthalmology–17th Street are here to help. Read More »

Category: Services