5 Free Ways to Spring Into Health

16259_HYSpringHealthNo longer can you blame the bitter cold on skipping that dreaded workout. Take advantage of the following free classes, programs and events courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network and begin your fresh start this spring.

Save Your Skin

With the hot summer sun approaching, it’s important to safeguard your skin. Join us Friday, May 20, for a discussion on melanoma prevention, treatment options and cure rates.

Take a Walk in the Park

Get Out Lehigh Valley events connect you with a Wildlands Conservancy guide to explore parks, trails, gardens, rivers and more in your community. Follow Get Out Lehigh Valley on Facebook.

Enjoy Your Much-Needed Rest

Learn the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Attend free classes at multiple locations that will help you understand the link between sleep disorders and chronic diseases, treatment options for sleep apnea and more.

Sweet Success

Attend our monthly support group for adults with type 2 diabetes. Topics include the skinny on sweeteners, diabetes and foot care, and stress management.

Drop that Cigarette

LVHN’s “Cessation, What Works?” educational session will teach you how to succeed in beating your tobacco addiction. Learn about tobacco treatment programs.

For more information or to register for any of the events listed above, call 610-402-CARE (2273).


Students, Employees Turn Discarded OR Wrap Into Supplies for the Homeless

Clever sewing students at Dieruff High School and colleagues at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) are teaming up to repurpose common blue sheets that protect operating room instruments before they’re used. They’re stitching the sheets together into ponchos, duffel bags, tarps and bedrolls and giving them to area homeless people.

The idea took shape late last year when Katie Velekei and Laura Walker, of LVHN’s sustainability and occupational safety departments, discussed it with Melissa Fitzgerald of marketing and public affairs, who’s on LVHN’s Green Team, led by Velekei.

The question: How to turn some of the scads of durable, waterproof sheets that wrap surgical instrument trays during sterilization into useful, low-cost products? The cloths are removed from the trays in the OR before surgery and bagged, then most of them trucked off-site to be recycled. LVHN generates about 10 tons of this “blue wrap” each year.

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Schuylkill Health and Lehigh Valley Health Network Sign Agreement to Merge

Schuylkill Medical Center East Norwegian Street

Access to expanded healthcare services, more advanced technology and more medical specialists available to the residents of Schuylkill County have taken a major step forward today. Schuylkill Health System (SHS) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced they have signed a definitive agreement to merge. The boards of directors of both organizations recently approved the agreement. The transaction is subject to the typical regulatory review associated with this type of transaction, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

“We are very excited about the future,” said Anthony Baran, chair, board of directors of SHS. “This agreement will shape health care delivery right here in our community for generations to come. It is something our community not only expects but deserves. Merging our two organizations will mean that Schuylkill County residents will have better local access to specialized services and physicians, sophisticated technology and the highest-quality clinical care in the region.” Read More »

Plan for a Future Health Emergency; Learn How April 15

ICE cell phoneIt’s impossible to know what the future might bring in terms of your health, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for it. A nationwide initiative called National Health Decisions Day, which formally takes place this year on Saturday, April 16, focuses on the wisdom of advance health care planning. The idea is to avoid difficult situations when a person may become seriously injured or too ill to make his or her own choices. Planning now for what might happen eliminates the need for loved ones trying to guess what you might want if it does happen.

The planning would include designating a personal health care representative, someone who could be contacted by emergency workers or providers in the event you can’t speak for yourself. It’s also wise to have your wishes spelled out in writing in terms of what type of medical care you would want in case of an end-of-life situation. Read More »

One Free Personal Training Session for New Members at LVHN Fitness–One City Center in April

LVHN Fitness One City CenterThe warmth of the spring sun is now upon us and beach season is right around the corner.

LVHN wants to help you accomplish your goals of becoming fit and feeling confident as you get ready to pack up your swim suits and beach towels this summer.

If you become a member at our state-of-the-art LVHN Fitness–One City Center location in downtown Allentown this month, you’ll get a free personal training session with one of our certified fitness professionals. Discounts apply to your membership if you are a student, military member or if you take a family membership.

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