Health
Thursday, May 19, 2016
 
Easter Seals expands in Georgetown Easter Seals has expanded its Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) to its Georgetown location to help serve more caregivers across a larger area. Easter Seals CRC is available to families who need assistance navigating through the many resources available for caregivers. The CRC, which serves those caring for children and adults, offers an on-site case manager available to guide caregivers along what can feel like a very daunting path. For information on any caregiver or respite services, contact Ginny Huerta-Kellam at 302-253-1129 or vhuertakellam@esdel.org. Located at 22317 DuPont Blvd., Easter Seals Georgetown CRC is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The CRC can help caregivers by providing resources to assist them in caring for their loved ones; basic case management; connecting caregivers to assistive technology, home modifications; help find funding for modification and respite services; and caregiver support groups. To learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

Annual Summer Blood Challenge Blood Bank of Delmarva will hold its 14th Annual Summer Blood Challenge (SBC) from May 16 to Sept. 24, with an emphasis this year on music and the artists that grace the stage at the annual Firefly Festival in Dover every summer. The Summer Blood Challenge is a friendly competition among employers and community organizations. Registered donors will earn points based on blood donations, number and type of donations and more. For every point earned during this year's SBC, a donor will get a chance at this year's grand prize, the choice of two four day passes to Firefly 2017 along with a 1,000 TD Bank Visa gift card, or a $2,000 gift card. The choice is up to the winner. Last year, a record 245 companies participated in the Summer Blood Challenge which resulted in over 12,000 blood donations. The deadline for companies and organizations to register to participate for this year's SBC is Monday, May 30. For more information or to register for the Summer of Rock & Roll Blood Challenge, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.

Three new flu-related deaths Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) has reported three more flu-related deaths for the 2015-2016 flu season, bringing the total to six. The three new fatalities, which occurred in April, involved two New Castle County residents, a 69-year-old female and a 54-year-old male; and a Sussex County resident, a 42-year-old female. All had underlying health conditions and there was no evidence of having received a flu vaccine. For the current flu season, there are a total of 2,064 lab-confirmed cases in Delaware. During flu week 17, there were 88 new laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza among Delaware residents - 60 (68.2 percent) in New Castle County, 14 (15.9 percent) in Kent County, and 14 (15.9 percent) in Sussex County. The flu season has been unusual in that the number of cases peaked late and a group of fatalities occurred late in the season. This flu season remains much less deadly than last year's season in which there were a total of 2,390 confirmed flu cases in Delaware, with 28 flu-related deaths. However, it is important to remember that flu season is ongoing, and more illnesses and fatalities are still possible. DPH continues to offer the vaccine at four State Service Centers. Information for these sites can be found at dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html. Additionally, the vaccine is available through medical providers, pharmacies, and some grocery stores. For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call DPH at 888-282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov. DPH previously announced three fatalities, all of whom were New Castle County adults with underlying medical condition

Diabetes Education Program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on May 25 and June 1 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. Our 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. To register and to obtain more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Tanger Outlet Center (Seaside) in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, May 22. This year's race is produced by Races2Run, and sponsored in part by Tanger Outlets. The Run/Walk is a family-friendly event open to participants of all ages. All money raised will benefit DBCC's programs and services to support those touched by breast cancer in Delaware and the surrounding communities. The Seventh Annual DE-feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk will be held (rain or shine) at the Tanger Outlet Center's Seaside location and will follow a 5K course that will loop through part of the Breakwater Trail. Online registration is available at www.defeetbreastcancerwalk.org. Packet pickup will be available on Saturday, May 21 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes. For more information about Run/Walk, visit www.defeetbreastcancerwalk.org. For more information about the DBCC, visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Girls on the Run Delaware 5Ks Girls on the Run Delaware will celebrate the conclusion of a successful spring season with two 5Ks sponsored by Discover Bank - one was held in Wilmington on May 14 and another will be held in Dover on May 21, with 102 teams and almost 1,400 girls from through out the state participating. Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls in grades 3-8. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which integrates running. The 10-week program concludes with a celebratory 5K race. The 5K for teams in Kent and Sussex counties will be held on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at Silver Lake Park in Dover with approximately 900 girls, running buddies and community runners expected. Races are open to the community. Registration fees include a t-shirt for pre-registered runners and a virtual race bag. To register for the race and to learn more about Girls on the Run Delaware, visit www.GirlsOnTheRunDE.org. For more information about Girls on the Run International, visit www.GirlsontheRun.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 a total of five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. The next session will be held on May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16. The maternity education 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 also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticoke's Mother Baby Care Unit. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for 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, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Bayhealth, Highmark reach agreement Highmark Delaware and Bayhealth have reached an agreement in principle that will ensure Highmark Delaware members will continue to have in-network access to the quality care provided by Bayhealth hospitals, outpatient facilities and physicians. The agreement in principle is binding and will be implemented through formal agreements to be completed by May 20. There will be no disruption for patients in central and southern Delaware who are seeking care at Bayhealth. "Highmark Delaware's new contract with Bayhealth achieves the important balance of fairly reimbursing a community-based health system to provide high quality care to our members, while also recognizing the need to maintain comprehensive and affordable health benefit programs for our members and customers," said Tim Constantine, president of Highmark Delaware.