LVHN Cancer Surgeon to Join Special World Cancer Day Screening of ‘N.E.D. The Movie’ Feb. 4 in Quakertown

A Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cancer surgeon will be on hand to answer audience questions when Regal Cinemas in Quakertown celebrates World Cancer Day on Feb. 4 with a special showing of “N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie,” a documentary featuring six gynecologic oncologists who have been able to integrate music to fight the war on cancer. They formed a rock band in order to bring awareness to gynecological cancers such as ovarian, uterine and cervical.

LVHN gynecologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Martin Martino, MD, with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, will appear at the 7:30 p.m. showing at the Regal Richland Crossing Stadium 12, 185 North West End Blvd. (Route 309), Quakertown. It’s one of 44 theaters nationwide taking part in a special screening of the award-winning film.

“These surgeon colleagues and friends have been involved in a national effort to raise awareness for our patients about the signs and symptoms of cancer,” Martino says. “I’ll be there, and I look forward to having a discussion with those attending about what we’re doing every day to try to win this war against cancer.” Read More »

Kick Off a Healthier New Year: Walk Through Rodale Park This Saturday

Bob Rodale Fitness ParkIf more exercise is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, a 1.5-mile walk through Trexlertown’s Bob Rodale Fitness Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, is a great way to kick off the new you. 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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Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon Registration Fee Increases Thursday

2014 LVHN Via Half-Marathon Finish Line

Runners in the 2014 LVHN Via Half-Marathon cross the finish line in Easton.

If you’re considering running the 2015 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon, half-marathon or team relay, act fast. If you sign up now, you can save a few bucks.

Registration fees increase Thursday. The marathon fee will increase from $95 to $110, the relay will increase from $250 to $260, and the half-marathon will go from $65 to $75. The next price increase happens March 19. Read More »

Vote for Your Favorite Artwork From Our 2015 Children’s Hospital Community Canvas Event

Adonnis Arvelo at Community Canvas

The art of Washington Elementary School fourth-grader Adonnis Arvelo was chosen as the best by the audience at Thursday’s Community Canvas event.

There’s a fourth-grader at Spring Garden Elementary School named Miya Williams who proudly wears the title of the first grand champion of Community Canvas, the arts competition where local elementary school children display their talents interpreting health and wellness themes. On Thursday night, the journey to find her successor began at the Allentown Art Museum.

Students from Allentown’s Washington Elementary School each received a lunchbox full of art supplies and 45 minutes to create their artwork. After time had expired, the art of fourth-grader Adonnis Arvelo was chosen as the best by the audience.

But that’s not the end of the initial preliminary round in this year’s Community Canvas.  There’s more voting to do.

We’d like you to go to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which artist advances to the final round with Arvelo. Voting will end on Friday, Jan. 23. Read More »

Free Session at LVHN-One City Center in Allentown Offers Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Mitchell Cooper Faisal Al-Alim

Mitchell Cooper, MD, left, and Faisal Al-Alim, MD, will speak at the orthopedic information session Jan. 13.

So you love the winter sports season but you hate the aches and pains you get along with it. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) can help.

“Winter Sports Injuries and Prevention” is the first in a series of free orthopedic-related information sessions to be presented at LVHN-One City Center 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.  LVHN orthopedic surgeon Mitchell Cooper, MD, with VSAS Orthopaedics, and LVHN sports medicine specialist Faisal Al-Alim, MD, with LVPG-Sports Medicine, will speak on muscular, skeletal and concussion injuries that may occur while taking part in your favorite winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice hockey and ice skating.

The session will focus on rehabilitating from injuries as well as preventing injuries by utilizing stretching, proper nutrition and hydration, effective sports equipment and general awareness.

The information session will be held on the fourth floor of LVHN-One City Center, 707 Hamilton St. in downtown Allentown. Free parking is available in the Eighth Street garage attached to the PPL Center between Hamilton and Linden streets. To register, call 610-402-CARE.