Guys: Fitness Improves Your Odds Against Cancer

Caution, Couch PotatoesWe’re heading into fall – prime season for endless hours of football and baseball. But would an incentive like reducing cancer risk get you (or your man) off the couch? Lehigh Valley Health Network hematologist oncologist Ashish Shah, DO, with Hematology Oncology Associates-Bethlehem wants you to know about a compelling study that shows how men can benefit from staying active.

The study, presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology 2013 annual conference, tracked the health of more than 17,000 men for 20 years. Starting at around age 50, men in the study took a treadmill fitness test to determine their baseline stamina. “Over the course of the study, the men who started out as the most fit cardiovascular-wise had the greatest risk reduction for developing lung cancer (68 percent less risk) and colon-rectal cancer (38 percent less risk) as compared to men who were couch potatoes,” Shah says.

In addition, the study found higher levels of cardiovascular fitness also improved survival rates for men who were diagnosed with cancer. Read More »

LVHN Gives Local Police Advanced Individual First Aid Kits and Training

Kuklinski, Otto, Wargo, Hendricks

Participants in a news conference Wednesday announcing the new IFAK were emergency medicine physician Jeff Kuklinski, DO; Deb Otto, director of donor resources for Miller-Keystone Blood Center; Mike Wargo, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations; and Allentown Police Department officer Chris Hendricks.

Police chiefs and officers from Allentown, Bethlehem, South Whitehall Township and Salisbury Township gathered yesterday outside the Mattioli Trauma Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to demonstrate a new tool that will enhance the safety of our community.

In the coming weeks, every police officer and tactical medic in those four areas will receive this tool – called an IFAK (individual first-aid kid) – courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Each IFAK, worn on an officer’s or medic’s belt or chest, includes a chest seal (for penetrating chest wounds), Israeli pressure bandage, QuikClot (to prevent hemorrhage) and a tourniquet (to stop bleeding).

“If we truly want to keep people healthy and safe, we have to give our first responders the tools they need to save not only their own lives, but potentially the lives of the people they are sworn to protect and serve,” says Mike Wargo, RN, administrator for LVHN’s department of public safety and emergency operations.

IFAKs can be used to assist an officer who needs care, to assist a fellow officer, or to help a civilian (or civilians) in a critical incident. In the case of a life-threatening incident, the tools inside the IFAK help to provide lifesaving care while providing extra time for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to arrive on the scene.

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Introducing the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg

Health & Wellness Center at MuhlenbergTo help people in and around Northampton County find the right place to get a workout and access important health services, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has officially renamed its location at 1770 Bathgate Road in Bethlehem. New signs are now hanging that introduce the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg, located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg.

The Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg name showcases the variety of services available inside, including:

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Walk With Us Along the Lehigh Canal This Saturday

Hugh Moore Park canal walkInterested in exploring Lehigh Valley’s original “river walk?” Join us for a 2.5-mile walk along the historic Lehigh Canal in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits, including:

  • Weight control
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced risk for a variety of diseases
  • Increased self-esteem

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Alyssa’s Half-Marathon Recap: Race Experience, Results Are Rewarding

Alyssa Young postraceStanding among about 1,000 runners behind the starting line for the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Half-Marathon early Sunday morning, I knew I’d done everything I could to prepare for my first half-marathon. I trusted my training, I’d eaten and hydrated properly and I’d gotten more rest than I had in weeks. Plus, the weather was perfect — the previous day’s humidity had evaporated, the sun was coming up, and the temperature was warm, not hot. So as long as I could make it through the course without needing a pit stop, and as long as I didn’t push my pace too fast too early in the race and run out of energy before the finish line, I knew I could do well.

I started next to Matt and was just a few steps behind him for the first downhill mile. Then I lost sight of him. For the next 13 miles, I focused on maintaining my marathon pace, passed other runners to avoid falling into a slower speed, and enjoyed the scenery.

I felt buoyed by the support of the volunteers holding paper cups in outstretched arms (I’m glad I relied only on water, because I would’ve been sticky if I’d splashed sports drink all over myself). The spectators holding cleverly worded signs and cheering for everyone who went by were encouraging and uplifting. They made me smile while running a half-marathon: that’s a noteworthy feat!

All was well, until the app on my iPhone froze (something that never happened during training, of course!), no longer measuring my distance or my pace. I was grateful for the signs along the course that reported how far we’d run, but even so, without my app I briefly lost track around 9.5 miles and sped up too soon – without knowing exactly how fast I was going. Fortunately I hadn’t burned up too much energy and still was able to hold my threshold pace until the end, manuevering to pass people on the narrow path in the last mile. Read More »