Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force Encourages Safe Driving This Holiday Season

DUI task force at Northampton Community College

A Northampton Community College student tries to walk a straight line while wearing goggles simulating intoxication during a DUI task force event Friday.

Statistics show the Thanksgiving holiday period is the most dangerous of all the major holidays on the roads. There were more crashes and alcohol-related crashes during this time in 2013 in Pennsylvania than there were during any other holiday.

That’s why the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force, which includes representatives from Lehigh Valley Health Network, places an even greater emphasis on safety measures during this observance. These include avoiding drinking and driving and underage drinking, wearing seat belts, traveling at a safe and legal speed, and eliminating distractions like texting while driving.

The task force took these messages to students at Northampton Community College on Friday, Nov. 21, as part of the state’s Operation Safe Holiday effort. Students heard from task force members about the consequences of making poor choices, tested their knowledge about the dangers of alcohol through an alcohol IQ quiz, and participated in a simulated DUI checkpoint by walking a straight line while wearing goggles that simulate different levels of intoxication.

As part of Operation Safe Holiday from Nov. 21 through New Year’s Day, police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to focus on impaired, aggressive and unbuckled motorists.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms Ticketholders Saturday Get Free Prostate Exam

Angelo Baccala, MD

Angelo Baccala, MD
Watch a video to learn more about him.

This takes Movember to a whole new level.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) are going above and beyond growing facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues. They’re encouraging men to take charge of their prostate health — by getting a screening.

free screening.

Any man who has a ticket to Saturday’s Phantoms home game against the St. John’s IceCaps at PPL Center can get a free prostate exam on Nov. 25 or Dec. 1 at Lehigh Valley Urology Specialty Care.

“Movember is a great way to increase awareness of men’s health issues, but it also requires action,” says LVHN urologist Angelo Baccala, MD. “In the week following the game, we will make our practices in Allentown and Bethlehem available to provide these free screenings. Men just need to bring their ticket stub from the game.” Read More »

Neck Pain Causes, Treatment Options to Be Discussed at Free Info Session With Orthopedic Surgeon

Jeffrey McConnell, MD

Jeffrey McConnell, MD
Orthopedic surgery

It can literally be a pain in the neck.

Join us at a free info night Thursday to learn about the underlying causes of neck pain, as well as surgical and medical treatment options that can help eliminate pain. We’ll even teach you a few ways to improve your home and work space ergonomics to alleviate nasty neck pain.

You’ll hear all this and more from board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey McConnell, MD, with OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, who also will answer your questions. McConnell completed two fellowships in spinal surgery. Learn more about him, including why his father inspired him to pursue a career in medicine, and how a rugby injury during medical school steered him to specialize in orthopedics. Read More »

Walk the Lehigh Parkway This Saturday

Lehigh Parkway pathA leisurely 2-mile walk through Allentown’s Lehigh Parkway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, is a healthy way to get one last peek at some beautiful fall foliage.

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.

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Free Flu Shots Given to More Than 14,000 at Drive-Thru Clinics

flu clinic 2014Getting protected from influenza doesn’t get much easier than this. At this past weekend’s drive-through flu clinic at Dorney and Coca-Cola parks, children older than 6 months and adults were vaccinated without leaving the comfort of their cars — or even getting out their wallets. The wait was 30 minutes or less.

With the help of about 1,000 volunteers, Lehigh Valley Health Network gave free flu shots to 14,101 people during the event Saturday and Sunday: 7,291 at Dorney Park and 6,810 at Coca-Cola Park.

There was no charge for the vaccinations, but recipients were asked to donate nonperishable food for local shelters. Volunteers collected more than 18,000 pounds of food.

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