Learn 10 Ways to Stay Calm and Patient With Your Kids

mom scolding child

Are you tired of losing your cool with your kids? If you feel like you’re always yelling, snapping or screaming at your children, you’ll find the help you need at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) new “Keeping Calm” workshop.

You’ll learn the benefits for yourself and your children if you stay calm during moments of tension. You’ll also receive dozens of tools to help you manage those situations without going bananas.

You’ll learn to recognize when you’re going to snap, how to stop yourself before you explode, and how to stay patient, loving and calm under pressure. Read More »

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Vote on Facebook for Your Favorite Artwork from Our Fifth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Liliana Fell at Community Canvas

Hopewell Elementary School third-grader Liliana Fell won top honors at Wednesday’s Community Canvas event.

It’s time for you to visit our Facebook page and choose your favorite artwork from our fifth Community Canvas 2015 event.

On Wednesday night, students from Hopewell Elementary School in Center Valley brought their artistic talents to the Capital BLUE store at the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme.

During the contest, attendees enjoyed free healthy meal samples – including turkey meatballs, turkey casserole, ground turkey sloppy joes and ground turkey tacos with yogurt – from Tom Rutherford, chef at Thomas at the Book Shop, located at Bethlehem’s Moravian Book Shop.

Attendees also voted for their favorite artwork. Third-grader Liliana Fell won top honors. But there’s still some voting to do.

Now you can visit Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which other artist will move on to the Grand Finale on May 17, featuring Disney television star Sabrina Carpenter. Voting will be open for one week. If you’re using a mobile device to vote, search for “Lehigh Valley Health Network” in your Facebook app.

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Join Us May 6 at the Capital Blue Store at the Promenade Shops for Fifth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Vanessa Garcia with Community Canvas art

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School third-grader Vanessa Garcia won the Facebook vote after her Bethlehem school’s Community Canvas event in April.

Student artists from Hopewell Elementary School in Center Valley will be showing off their skills in the fifth and final Community Canvas 2015 preliminary round 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Capital Blue store at the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Suite 404/409, in Center Valley.

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

At the May 6 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. Event attendees 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, featuring an appearance by actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel television series “Girl Meets World.” This free event will be 1-4 p.m. May 17 at PBS Studios, 839 Sesame St., Bethlehem.  We’ve received an overwhelming response and due to capacity restrictions at the venue, registration for this event is now closed.

Chef Tom Rutherford, from “Thomas at the Book Shop” at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, will prepare free healthy meal samples for attendees of the May 6 preliminary event. The chefs who participated in all of the preliminary events also will take part in a special competition at the grand finale. Read More »

K2 Use Creates Patient Surge at Lehigh Valley Area Hospitals

Kenneth Katz, MD

Kenneth Katz, MD
Emergency medicine

Lehigh Valley hospitals have experienced a surge during the past week of young patients with severe reactions after using the synthetic cannabinoid known as K2.

“More than two dozen patients have been treated since Saturday at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown (where Lehigh Valley Health Network physicians staff the emergency room), and about 10 people have been admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest,” says LVHN medical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician Kenneth Katz, MD.

Most of the patients are high school-aged adolescents or young adults under 30 years old. “Normally, we may see one of these in a month,” Katz says. “This is clearly an exponential boom.”

LVHN encourages families to talk with their children and loved ones about the dangers of the drug, because the effects are serious.

K2 is a green, leafy matter that’s laced with a hazardous chemical compound that causes harmful reactions in the body. Using it can cause fever, seizures, delirium, agitation and rhabdomyolysis – the destruction of muscle tissue that results from muscles working overtime, which can lead to kidney failure. Read More »

Vote on Facebook for Your Favorite Artwork from Our Fourth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Luisa Sinisterra

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School third-grader Luisa Sinisterra won the audience vote at Tuesday’s Community Canvas event.

It’s time for you to visit our Facebook page and choose your favorite artwork from our fourth Community Canvas 2015 event.

On Tuesday night, students from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem brought their artistic talents to the Bethlehem Area Public Library. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. During the contest, attendees enjoyed free healthy meal samples such as a breakfast burrito and mini quiche bites from Randy Zerfass, chef at Lehigh Country Club in Allentown.

Attendees also voted for their favorite artwork. Third-grader Luisa Sinisterra won top honors. But there’s still some voting to do.

Now you can visit Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which other artist will move on to the Grand Finale on May 17, featuring Disney television star Sabrina Carpenter. Voting will be open for one week. If you’re using a mobile device to vote, search for “Lehigh Valley Health Network” in your Facebook app. Read More »