Health
Thursday, August 25, 2016
 
ALS walk to be held at Rehoboth Beach There will be a walk to defeat ALS on Sept. 10 at the Rehoboth Beach grandstand. Registration will take place at 8 a.m.and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The walk will be held in memory of St. Paul's pastor Donald Murray who passed away from ALS four years ago. Any questions or to make a donation, call 875-2713.

Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 5-7 p.m. The cost of the program may be reimbursable by insurance. As a person with diabetes, Nanticoke Health Services can be part of your healthcare team to help teach you the self-care skills needed to keep you on track. The four-session diabetic program includes weekly education sessions in a group setting. One family member or significant other is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required prior to attending classes. To register and to obtain more information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public. Meetings for September will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 26. Support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this support group or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

Women's empowerment conference The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in conjunction with the Women of Wellness, LLC, will present the Total Woman's Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Delaware Technical Community College Campus in Georgetown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, educational conference will offer women an overview on what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on breast health, nutrition, exercise, financial fitness and stress management. The program will include workshops, lunch, and free health screenings. "To continue to break down barriers to treatment, care and information, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is committed to running programs that meet the needs of the populations we serve," said Migdalia Garduno, bilingual outreach and screening coordinator for the coalition. "Women who might be at risk for breast cancer can learn ways to decrease their risk at the conference and also walk away with some tips to live a healthier lifestyle." Research suggests that having a condition like diabetes, in addition to breast cancer, increases the risk of dying from the disease. Black women have a higher incidence of diabetes and other comorbidities such as hypertension that reduce survivorship. Space is limited and registration is required to attend the free workshop. Visit bit.ly/wiseandwell or call 302-778-1102 to register. For more information, contact Migdalia Garduno at mgarduno@debreastcancer.org or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free stroke support group on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Meetings consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 629-6224.

Weight Loss Seminars Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. These free seminars are designed to provide education to individuals considering weight loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is an appropriate option. Upcoming seminars will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 17. The seminars will consist of educational presentations by Dr. Tarek Waked to inform individuals about the many benefits of weight loss surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

Hudson named director Nanticoke Physician Network (NPN) announces that Lara Hudson, BSN, RN, has been named director of clinical operations. Hudson will be accountable for overseeing the NPN Care Coordination program, data analyst, employee health care coordination, and the EHR outpatient system in order to provide a smooth transition of care for the patient. Hudson started her career at Nanticoke in 1999 as a CNA at Life Care while pursuing her RN degree. In 2001, she transferred to the Emergency Department as an ER Tech and graduated with her RN in 2003. Hudson worked in PCU and at the Georgetown Primary Care office and received her BSN from Wilmington College prior to moving into NPN administration in 2011. In administration, Hudson has served in several positions including EMR administration and manager of clinical programs. She will graduate with her master of science in management - healthcare administration from Wilmington University next June. "You learn a lot about the system and have a strong appreciation for healthcare when you start from the beginning and move your way up throughout various departments within the organization," noted Hudson. In addition to her duties at Nanticoke, Hudson is a member of the Nanticoke Rotary.

Nutrition classes at Nanticoke Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts nutrition classes on the first Wednesday and third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This class is designed to provide education to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery. The next classes are Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 15. Nanticoke's nutrition classes are interactive and full of user-friendly information geared toward preparing patients for success during their weight loss journey. Topics include information on starting a healthful diet, understanding appropriate portions, incorporating exercise into daily schedules, and most importantly, pre- and post-operative nutrition-related concerns.

Patients are required to attend at least one nutrition class prior to their scheduled surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to get weighed in. For more information or to reserve your spot in the next class, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395.

Register for Alzheimer's Walk Registration is now open at alz.org/delval/walk for the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk in Rehoboth Beach will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. Dollars raised help fund Alzheimer's research, care and support services. For more information, call 800-272-3900.

Autism Delaware plans Blue Jean Ball Join Autism Delaware's mission to help people and families affected by autism spectrum disorder by becoming sponsors of the 2016 Blue Jean Ball. Hertrich Toyota is the exclusive presenting sponsor and BidPal sponsor. Continuing to support Autism Delaware as the exclusive band sponsor, Peninsula Oil and Propane made it possible to present new entertainment - Carnivale - at this year's Blue Jean Ball. In addition to exclusive sponsorships, Autism Delaware offers diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and media sponsorships. Put on your blue jeans and bling on Friday, Sept. 16, and join the party at Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Way in Lewes, from 7-11 p.m. Tickets, which are $85 per person, can be purchased online at autismdelaware.org.

Nanticoke offers childbirth classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. Remaining sessions for 2016 include: Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10; Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13. Classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. Cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Registration in advance is required for either class. To register, or for more information, contact Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator at 302-629-6611, extension 2540.

Ronald McDonald House fundraiser The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware will hold its fifth annual 5k Run/Walk for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30. Runners and walkers are welcome. Pre-registration is $25 and day of is $30. Student pre-registration is $15 and day of is $20. Register online at www.rmhlewes5k.com. Irish Eyes will host a post race party with free refreshments. Ronald McDonald will be present and will lead a free Kiddie K (1/10 of a mile) for children ages 8 and under at 8:15 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded to all Kiddie K finishers. Free t-shirts for all pre-registered runners and walkers. An award will be given to the team with the most participants and the team that raises the most money. Races2run will chip time the event and age group prizes will be awarded. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, visit www.rmhde.org

DBCC plans fundraising walk The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is preparing for the Seventh Annual "Monster Miles for a Cause" Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 22. The untimed walk, which takes place during breast cancer awareness month, is a family friendly event. Attendees are encouraged to walk in honor or in memory of someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. The event includes food, vendors, and team prizes. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10. To register, visit www.debreastcancer.org. Monster Miles will be held rain or shine and costs $20 per individual in advance and $25 for day-of registration. Individuals can also participate as part of a team. Children 12 and under can walk for free with an adult. New this year, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will have a beer garden after the race along with a souvenir for each participant. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Marshall, DBCC event coordinator, at 302-593-9924 or mmarshall@debreastcancer.org. For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Easter Seals Walk is Oct. 16 Register your team for the fourth annual Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore "Walk With Me & Run For Us Delmarva" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to support services for families living with disabilities in our local community. Easter Seals directly serves more than 1,930 individuals with disabilities and their families in lower Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. For the first time Easter Seals has added a 5k run to their annual Walk With Me event. For more information, visit www.races2run.com/events/delmarva. Registration is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or lforte@esdel.org.

Weight loss seminars Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. These free seminars are designed to provide education to individuals considering weight loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is needed.

Blood donations needed Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever. All blood types are needed, especially O-, the Universal Blood Type, and both B+ and B-. "Less than 10 percent of the population eligible to donate blood in the U.S. does so, which is why it is so vital that those who can give consider donating," said Waite. "Summer is a time when people are more active and the risk of injury or trauma is even greater." Blood Bank of Delmarva has incentives for those who donate, including a chance to win a pair of four day passes to next year's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, along with a $1,000 gift card from TD Bank as part of BBD's Summer Blood Challenge. Blood Bank of Delmarva has five donor locations and more than 30 regularly scheduled mobile locations. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. BBD needs more than 300 donors a day to meet the needs of the hospitals served in the Delmarva region.