5 Reasons to Have Family Dinners

Set Time for Supper Healthy You TipToday’s family is busier than ever. School work, sports practices, dance recitals and guitar lessons leave little time for regular family meals. However, Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician Becky Thomas-Creskoff, MD, with ABC Family Pediatricians – Trexlertown, an affiliate of Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, encourages you to make time.

A mother of two children, Thomas-Creskoff knows how busy family life can be. “My kids take over my life, but I love it,” she says. “Parenthood gives you a different outlook.” Despite the demands of her professional and personal life, she makes sure to carve out time for family meals because they are so important for a child’s development. “It doesn’t have to be fancy or what’s considered a traditional family meal,” Thomas-Creskoff says. “It can be a picnic in the car before your daughter goes into dance class.”

Here are five reasons Thomas-Creskoff says you should have regular family dinners. Read More »

Is It Time for Hip Replacement Surgery?

Know when your hip joint's had itIf you suffer from severe hip or groin pain that is limiting your daily activities, you may consider having hip replacement surgery to replace the worn parts of your hip joint. Hip replacement surgery (sometimes called total hip replacement) may be used for people suffering from arthritis, which can cause the hip joints to wear down over time, and as a method of treating certain hip fractures.

During the surgery, an orthopedic surgeon uses metal, ceramic or plastic parts to replace the ball of the upper thigh bone and resurface the hip socket in the pelvic bone. About 300,000 people have total hip replacement surgery annually nationwide. The great majority of these patients will return to their daily activities with reduced or no pain after surgery. Read More »

Some Simple Rules for Better Living

Healthy You Tip Nainesh PatelWhen it comes to living a happy, healthy life, Nainesh Patel, MD, has a few rules of thumb.

“It’s really pretty simple, especially as you begin to get older,” says Patel, a Lehigh Valley Health Network cardiologist with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown. “First is to watch what you eat and be careful with your portion sizes. Second is to exercise daily.”

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it appears to be advice most Americans are heeding. Read More »

9 Ways to Prevent Low Back Pain

Practice Perfect PostureMost people have experienced back pain at some point in life. In fact, back pain is the most common chronic pain condition. About 85 percent of Americans experience back pain by age 50, and two-thirds of us will have back pain in our lifetime.

“Although pain can occur anywhere in the back, it is the low back, or lumbar region, where most people experience pain,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network chiropractor Joseph Smith, DC, with Chiropractic Associates of LVPG. “The lumbar region supports most of the weight of the upper body. It also does most of the work of bending, stooping, sitting and lifting.”

Follow Smith’s tips to prevent low back pain. Read More »

Don’t Get ‘Too Hot’

I'm feeling hot hot hotAt a certain age, you might feel flattered if someone thinks you’re hot, but Lehigh Valley Health Network internal medicine physician Vipul Makwana, MD,  with LVPG Family and Internal Medicine – Bath, says during summer’s peak heat, it’s important to know the potential dangers of becoming too hot.

“During periods of extreme heat, you can become overheated, dehydrated or both, putting you at risk for serious heat-related illnesses,” he says. Read More »