Half-Marathon Training Week 14: Matt’s Dartfish Results, Finding the Time


Dartfish is a video motion analysis software used by LVHN rehabilitation, fitness and sports performance professionals. Learn more about it in the September-October issue of Healthy You magazine.

Hopefully if you’re reading this, that means you’ve been spending some time on the trails this summer, and what a summer it’s been, so far. The weather has been nearly perfect, and the trails are in excellent condition. The Lehigh Canal towpath is much improved this year, especially near Freemansburg, Pa. Though, I still take issue with the aggressive geese that call that length of the canal home (they will hiss at you if you get too close). I’ve gotten in a lot of quality runs, but maybe not as many as I need in my training for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Half-Marathon on Sept. 7.

I’ll admit it: I’ve struggled to find extra time for my workouts the last few weeks. There were quite a few family obligations and commitments since the last time I wrote my blog. As a result, I missed a lot of the maintenance runs, the easy runs that keep up a general level of fitness during the week. I’ve kept to the plan as close as possible and have hit most of the hard runs that I could. I just feel like maybe it hasn’t been enough. Read More »

Don’t Ignore That Aching Shoulder

Shoulder pain Healthy You TipDo you toss and turn at night because of your aching shoulder? Do you have to sleep all night on only one side because of shoulder pain? If so, that painful night’s sleep may be a sign of a rotator cuff tear.

The pain associated with a rotator cuff injury may:

  • Be described as a dull ache deep in the shoulder
  • Disturb sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder
  • Cause limited ability to move your arm, making it difficult to comb your hair or reach behind your back
  • Be accompanied by arm weakness

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Community Health and Wellness Center at LVH-17th Street Named in Memory of Mark Young, MD

Mark Young's Family

Family members of Mark Young, MD, attended Monday’s ceremony naming the Community Health and Wellness Center after Young.

Before his passing in 2004, Mark Young, MD, was Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) chair of community health and health studies. He worked tirelessly to make health care services available to people who need them most. The establishment of an endowment fund is helping LVHN continue the work in which Young so strongly believed.

Members of Young’s family joined LVHN employees at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street last night to celebrate the creation of the Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Endowment Fund. It will support services provided at the renamed Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Center, located on the hospital’s first floor. A generous gift from Young’s parents, Luciana and Arthur Young, and wife, Dr. Ellen Bishop, established the endowment fund.

“The center supports LVHN’s primary care practices by offering services that are difficult to provide in a primary care setting,” says Tim Friel, MD, medical director of the Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Center. Many of the services, which are provided regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, involve education. Read More »

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Get Some Low-Cost Ideas for Summer Fun in the Hazleton edition of July-August Healthy You

July Aug Healthy You HazletonThe weather is warm, and it’s time to get outside. For ideas to keep your entire family entertained safely on a budget, turn to the Hazleton edition of July-August Healthy You magazine.

The latest issue of our bimonthly wellness magazine for people in the Greater Hazleton area also includes 12 pages of helpful tips and information. Read More »

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Tips to Reduce Concussion Risk in Children

Protect Your Noggin with helmetsNot long ago most people thought concussion was a minor injury. Today we know a concussion is serious – it’s a type of traumatic brain injury. Children are at greater risk for suffering a concussion due to their activity level, involvement in sports and sometimes rambunctious personalities.

“A concussion is caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pediatrician Moshe Markowitz, MD, with ABC Family Pediatricians – Allentown Medical Center, an affiliate of Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. “Concussions also can occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.”

By using your head and a little common sense, you can help reduce your child’s chances of suffering a concussion. Here are Markowitz’s tips. Read More »