Bicycle Safety for Children Starts With Choosing the Right Size Bike

This article first published in the LVHN Fitness March 2014 newsletter. We periodically post wellness articles that LVHN Fitness providers write for this monthly newsletter, covering topics such as fitness and nutrition.

By Sallie Urffer, massage therapist at LVHN Fitness and USA Cycling National Commissare

bicycle wheelsSoon it will be time for your child to transition from sledding to bike riding. Here are some guidelines for purchasing the right bicycle that will be comfortable and safe.

Child bike sizes are based on wheel diameter, not frame size like adult bikes. Most parents tend to buy a bike that’s a little bigger so their child will grow into it, but this can be dangerous since the bike may be too much for the child to safely handle.

Choose a bike size based on the child’s inseam or height. Children should be able to comfortably sit on their bike seat with their toes touching the ground. When their feet are on the pedals, their knees should not touch the handlebars, and their hands should reach the handlebars easily without stretching. Read More »

Category: Wellness

Easing the Pressures of Coping With an Ill Child

Life is already pretty complicated. Caring for sick children can be overwhelming. How can we learn to meet such challenges while maintaining our equilibrium?

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Center for Mindfulness is introducing Discovering Resiliency: Mindfulness Strategies for Families with Ill Children. This new program, conducted in coordination with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, is designed specifically to address the pressures faced by parents and grandparents of ill children. Program participants will learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness meditation
  • Take pause from the usual demands of life and simply relax
  • Learn to “be” with whatever situation is present

The program will emphasize how to apply these practices to everyday circumstances. Learn more at an information session 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, conference rooms 1A and 1B. Read More »

Category: Services

Pediatric Urologic Surgery at LVHN: Meet Michele Clement, MD – VIDEO

A great day for Michele Clement, MD, is one she spends in the operating room at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“You start with a problem, you solve the problem, and you wind up with a child who you know is going to be better going forward because of what you’ve done,” she says.

Clement is one of only 325 fellowship-trained pediatric urologists in the country. Parents typically don’t know or talk much about her specialty until they need her. The surgeries she performs on children as young as one day old can ensure they grow up to enjoy normal urinary and reproductive function. Learn more about her expertise in this video.

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Marvine Elementary Students to Participate in Second Community Canvas 2015 Event Feb. 18 in Bethlehem

Janice Class won Allentown Art Museum Community Canvas Facebook vote

Janice Class, a fourth-grader at Allentown’s Washington Elementary School, won the Facebook vote for the Jan. 8 Community Canvas event.

Aspiring artists from Bethlehem’s Marvine Elementary School will get to display their talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the second Community Canvas 2015 event, which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1430 Fritz Drive, Bethlehem.

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 Feb. 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. Read More »

Costume Store Presents $57,000 Donation to Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Spirit of Children check for Child Life Services

Child Life Services colleagues, from left, Devon Gulick, Vanessa Gramm-Mackey and Dawn Didra, thank Spirit of Halloween district managers Laurel Solt and Brian Anderson, on right, for the company’s fourth annual donation to Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

The time of year for ghosts and goblins was months ago, but Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is still celebrating a Halloween fundraiser that has lots of heart – after all, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Representatives of the Spirit of Halloween costume store on Tuesday presented a $57,310 check to the hospital’s Child Life Services department, which helps make children and their families more comfortable while they’re hospitalized. During the past four years, the company’s Spirit of Children fundraiser has contributed $133,585 to Children’s Hospital at LVH.

Proceeds came from sales when customers presented a 10-percent coupon that passed the savings onto LVH, and store employees also asked customers to make donations to support the hospital’s Child Life Services program. Read More »

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