Join Us Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club in Easton for Third Community Canvas 2015 Event

Grace Perez

Marvine Elementary School third-grader Grace Perez won the Facebook vote after the February Community Canvas event at the Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem.

On Wednesday, March 18, students from Easton’s Cheston Elementary School will participate in the third 2015 Community Canvas preliminary round 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 210 Jones Houston Way, Easton.

Sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools, Community Canvas encourages area children to eat healthy and live well.

At the March 18 event, each student artist will receive a lunchbox full of supplies and will have 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a healthy theme. The audience in attendance will vote for their favorites, and the artwork also will be posted to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page for voting. The artists with the most votes will advance to the grand finale this spring. All children who participate will receive a prize.

In addition, chef Ben Forsee of Greenmouth Juice Bar and Café in Easton will attend the event, offering free healthy meal samples. Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public. Read More »

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Waning? First Strides Can Help Women Go from Sitting to Walking to Running

women runners stretchingNew Year’s resolutions are easy. Making them stick is the tough part. If exercise and better health are on your list for 2015, First Strides can help you improve circulation, lower blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. You may even shed some pounds along the way.

Even if you’ve never exercised before, this 12-week program will help you comfortably progress from the couch to walking, jogging or running at a pace that’s right for you. Sessions are held at various locations (see below) beginning March 17.

Designed specifically for women, First Strides offers mentors who will guide you through a gradual training program and cheer you on to meet your goals. You’ll also make new friends, hear inspiring stories and get weekly health tips from local experts on topics such as buying proper walking and running shoes, injury prevention, heart health, nutrition and more. Read More »

Runners, Join Our LVHN Via Marathon Blog Series

2014 LVHN Via Marathon finish lineWhether you’re a newbie or a veteran, and whether you’re already training or waiting for the spring thaw, if you’re running in any of the 2015 Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Via Marathon events this September, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for runners to contribute to a weekly series of blog posts leading up to the Sept. 12 and 13 events, including the 5K, team relay, half-marathon and marathon. Share your story with the running community here on the Lehigh Valley Health News blog. We’ll promote the posts on the LVHN Facebook page, and Via will share them too — all using the new hash tag, #LVHNVia.

It’s our goal to gather a variety of voices on numerous topics to help LVHN Via Marathon participants make the most of their race while helping a worthy cause in our community. Read More »

Concert by LVHN Physician Rick Boulay, MD, Will Support Cancer Charities

Richard Boulay, MD

Richard Boulay, MD
Gynecologic oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

As both an oncologist and a caregiver to family members with cancer, Rick Boulay MD, finds solace in music. “The combination of a beautiful melody and powerful lyrics taps deeply inside me to a healing place,” says Boulay, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s chief of gynecologic oncology and a classically trained singer.

You will have an opportunity to experience the power of music when Boulay performs “This is the Moment: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship.” This interactive program, geared toward cancer survivors and their caregivers, explores lessons of cancer survivorship including courage, hopefulness, vulnerability, fear and spirituality through stories and songs in the style of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read More »

Top 5 Ways To Spring Forward

ButterfliesWarmer weather is coming…we promise. Here are five ways LVHN can help you ring in the spring season in a most healthy fashion. To learn more about any of the items listed below, call 610-402-CARE.

Take a walk. Soak up the spring sunshine and join friends at free Get Out! Lehigh Valley walks in Lower Nazareth Township, Emmaus and Quakertown.

Get your heart in shape. Learn about your heart and meet others at two free events: Understanding AFib (April 27) and Women and Heart Disease (May 12).

Understanding AFib – Meet cardiologists who specialize in keeping AFib under control. Learn about innovative treatments.
April 27: 6-7:30 p.m. at LVH–Cedar Crest or LVH–Muhlenberg

Women and Heart Disease – What have we learned and what are the advances? Meet female cardiologists who specialize in women and heart disease and are there for you in all stages of life.
May 12: 6-7:30 p.m. at LVH–Cedar Crest or LVH–Muhlenberg Read More »