Thursday, September 20, 2001
Health Journal

Test to detect prostate cancer offered at NMH
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will provide PSA screenings on Thursday, Sept. 27. The blood tests will be offered adjacent to the main lobby of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. The fee for the test will be $5. Results will be mailed. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital encourages men over the age of 50 to take advantage of this service. If you are 40-years old and at high risk of developing this cancer you are also encouraged to participate. African-American men are at high risk for developing prostate cancer, as are men who have a family history of the disease. For additional information on the PSA screening contact Jill at 629-6611, extension 2560.

Safe Sitter classes offered at Nanticoke Memorial
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 13. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $25. To register your son or daughter or your child's babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.
Food Safety Classes offered by U.D. Cooperative Ext.
Whether preparing food at home, for a church dinner, for children in a child-care setting, no one wants to be responsible for a food borne outbreak. Outbreaks of food borne illness due to contamination with microorganisms is preventable. An estimated 6.5 to 33-million Americans have food poisoning each year. Food borne outbreaks often happen because food preparers are not aware of potential problems caused by improper food-handling procedures. Improper food-handling may occur in a restaurant, a fire hall, a church, an occasional food establishment or the home. As part of the National Food Safety Education Month, a food safety class is being offered. Participants will learn how to handle food correctly to minimize the risk of food borne illness. ServSafe The course is designed for food service professionals wanting to obtain food safety certification. The cost is $100 for the 18 hours of training, book and certification examination from the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Instructors are on the National Restaurant Association's approved ServSafe trainer list. Classes held at the Research & Education center, Sussex County Cooperative Extension Office Oct. 15, 29 and Nov. 5, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration must be received by Oct. 5.