Training for #LVHNVia: Matthew Burns Finally Attempts to Start His Training Program

download_20150611_142259Follow 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 Matthew Burns, media relations coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network

It’s great to be able to talk with all of you once again about my journey towards the finish line of the LVHN Via Marathon. Last year I took a break from running full-length marathons and focused instead on training for the half. Well, this year I’m training for the full marathon again, and I’m really excited to be doing that.

But before I get into why I wanted to compete again, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout out and some thanks to my fellow marathon bloggers, Joshua, Jessica and Christina. If you haven’t read any of their columns yet, I highly recommend you do so. They all have great stories to tell, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they progress during this training season. Read More »

And the Community Canvas Winner Is…

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Congratulations to Luisa Sinisterra, a third-grade student from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem, Pa., for winning the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale. Community Canvas is an art competition for area elementary school students sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, with collaborators Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools.

Sinisterra and nine other students participated in the grand finale on Sunday at PBS Studios in Bethlehem. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 60 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The winner was chosen by the audience in attendance.

While their votes were being tallied, another competition was taking place in the studio. Five local chefs, who were given the secret ingredient of turkey, had to create the tastiest dish in the style of “Iron Chef.” The 10 Community Canvas students cast the deciding votes and chose Tom Rutherford, chef and owner of Thomas at the Bookstore, for his turkey-based dish.

After the chef competition, it was time for the artists to meet actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel TV series “Girl Meets World.” Carpenter signed autographs, answered audience questions and sang a few songs from her new album.

Supporting Cancer Patients with Ribbons of Hope, Love and Courage

cancer ribbonWas it your mother? Maybe it was it your father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend? The sad truth is that every one of us is likely to be affected by cancer in one way or another. You may not ever get the disease yourself, but chances are you’ll know someone who will.

So let’s all celebrate the cancer survivors, the caregivers, the family and friends who have ever been touched by cancer. Do your part for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s special Cancer Ribbon Wall.

Join us in celebrating those that have faced cancer and won. Join us as we fondly remember the ones who lost. Join us as we celebrate our family members who helped us on our own cancer journeys, and the friends who stayed by our side throughout. Read More »

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Get Your Stride Back at Our Free Runners’ Clinic March 10 Inside LVHN Fitness–One City Center

runner tying shoesIt’s been one long, long (did we mention long?) winter, but now spring is just days away, and the forecast for warmer temperatures is encouraging. So if you’re ready to lace up your sneakers again and start running, we have a free program especially for you.

On Tuesday, March 10, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will host a free Runners’ Clinic at LVHN Fitness–One City Center in downtown Allentown from 5:30 to 7 p.m. At the clinic, sports medicine and orthopedic specialists from LVHN will teach you:

  • Signs and symptoms of common runners’ injuries
  • Tips and techniques to prevent those injuries
  • How to improve your running stride using the Dartfish visualization system, which offers you a 3-D image of your gait.

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Students Raise Funds for LVHN Cancer Patients in Need

Youth present Prager Fund donationPatients receiving cancer care at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) who are in need of covering non-medical expenses received a big boost recently from area youth.

In late January, students from Salisbury Middle School’s Interact Club held their annual Dance-A-Thon and raised more than $5,000. Around the same time, the Senior High Youth Group from New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Tripoli held a “Big Hair Event.” The group collected 87 ponytails for hair donation to Locks of Love, along with $2,300 in cash donations.

Continuing an annual tradition, both groups donated funds raised to LVHN’s David Prager Patient Assistance Fund.   Read More »