What Helped Rachel Get Back on Horseback? Find Out In the July-August Healthy You Magazine

HYCoverThe blurry vision came first. Mysterious tooth pain followed. Finally, at age 24, a loss of balance, numbness and weakness led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for Rachel Zavecz of Macungie. How did she recover – and return to horseback riding? Find out in the July-August issue of Healthy You magazine.

Inside you’ll read her story and numerous others. Learn from the health journeys of:

  • Peter Dyson, a Tannersville man who manages a blood disorder (hemophilia)
  • MaryBeth DiGiulio, a Bethlehem woman who survived a hole in her heart
  • Paula Meyers, a Hellertown woman who’s enjoyed amazing results one year after weight-loss surgery
  • Justin Collura, a Tobyhanna boy who’s overcome numerous challenges
  • And Kim Geist, an Emmaus cyclist who is riding her way back to the Olympics after recovering from a traumatic accident

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Category: Wellness

How to Switch to a New Health Care Provider

Michael Baba, DO

Michael Baba, DO
Family medicine

Get involved in your own health care. In the “Empower Yourself” column, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) providers offer information to help you gain confidence and take control. This issue’s featured provider: family medicine physician Michael Baba, DO, with LVPG Family Medicine–Forks Township.

Inside my practice I interact with many people who have recently moved to the area and need a new physician. I also encounter people who come to our office because their former doctor no longer accepts their health plan, or because their former provider retired or moved out of the area. It can be a stressful time, so here are some ways to make it easier.

First, know where you want to find care. If you are looking for a provider around your longtime home, then talk with your family, friends and even your current provider and ask for recommendations. If you are moving to a new part of the Lehigh Valley – or if you are new to our region and want to find care closer to your new home – then talk with your neighbors and connect with members of religious or social groups. They often can point you in the right direction.

Also, take time to read your prospective provider’s credentials so you can know his or her background and education. If you want a provider affiliated with LVHN, you can call 610-402-CARE to find a provider near you, and you can watch videos of many of these same providers (and read up on their credentials) at LVHN.org/findadoc. Read More »

5 Tips to Make Your ER Visit Less Stressful

16082_Healthy-You-Tip-Stephen-FooskasNo one wants to think about a medical emergency, but it’s wise to be prepared should the unexpected happen. “There are things you can do to relieve your anxiety, and help your ER doctors and nurses care for you,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Stephen Fooskas, MD, with LVPG Emergency Medicine.

Here are five things you can do to get the most out of your ER visit: Read More »

New Gardens at LVHN Growing Fresh Ingredients

BoxesSodexo, the company that manages cafeteria and food services at LVHN, realizes colleagues, patients and visitors are not only interested in the nutritional value of their food. They also want to know more about the ingredients, if they’re grown locally, how they’re farmed and if they’re organic. That is why Sodexo decided to get fresh, local ingredients by growing them in the backyard. Read More »

Category: Wellness

Training For #LVHNVia: How Joshua Katrick Turns His Memories Into Motivation

JoshFollow 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 Joshua Katrick, a medical records clerk with LVPG Internal Medicine–Muhlenberg, who is gearing up for his second 5K portion of the LVHN Via Marathon this year.

Finally here we are, officially in summer, and after the winter we had, I’m hoping it brings plenty of great weather so we can continue to get out and prepare for the 2015 LVHN Via Marathon. Over these last few weeks of spring, I have finally been getting out and hitting the trails more, along with doing some bicycle riding. Read More »