Thursday, March 01, 2012
Walk more to save on gas costs

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

There has been a recent rise in gas prices. Predictions say that the prices will increase even more before the summer arrives. Therefore it makes sense to talk about ways of getting money to pay for gas. There are several healthy ways to do this. One way is to think about planning our trips. We sometimes will shop at several stores in an area. We drive from parking lot to parking lot and that might not be necessary. We might be able to walk from one lot to another which will provide us with exercise to help us burn calories. It will also save us gas. Another way to help us with gas money is to eliminate unhealthy things that cost money. This might be the time to give up cigarette smoking that will clearly cost us money for medical bills in the future. In the short term, the money we save could be used for gas. One thing is very clear. Individuals who smoke cigarettes have the ability to pay for gas. They just choose not to. For that reason, smokers don't really have a reason to complain about rising gas prices. They can afford the increased prices. There are other things that we can change to save us money. Whenever I have to stop for lunch, there is a cost associated with it. The lunch that I buy is not usually as healthy as one that I could pack for myself. It usually does not contain fruit and has too many calories and too much salt. I can fix all of that if I wisely pack a lunch. In addition to eating healthy, I can also save money. The money I save can be used for gas. There are things that we can do to prevent health problems. These may be as simple as brushing our teeth. They may be more complicated like taking up an exercise program. In either case, there will be a long-term savings from these efforts. We might not be able to use those savings this year at the gas pump. However, in the long run, we will have more gas money in our pockets. There are not too many of us that can not find a way to change our health habits. Those changes translate into saved money which can be used to buy gas. It becomes a win-win situation. We get money to buy gas. We also become healthier. The result is that we can all be thankful that gas prices are going up. It is an opportunity to get healthier.

Alzheimer's Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's next Alzheimer's Support Group meeting is Tuesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m., at LifeCare at Lofland Park's first floor Resident Lounge, 715 East King St., Seaford. This group provides support and information about Alzheimer's and dementia to families, caregivers and anyone who is affected by this disease. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact LifeCare at Lofland Park at 628-3000, ext. 8302.

NMH offers stroke support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's next Stroke Support Group meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the Seaford Library. The support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families and caregivers. Modeled from the American Stroke Association, the hospital is engaging with speakers to provide education, community resources and emotional support to those who have been affected by this life-altering event. The two-hour support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and stroke survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support, and allow for networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 8626.

NMH offers CPR classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes to anyone interested in learning CPR at the Nanticoke Training Center located on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn how to perform the basic skills of CPR on adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking and use of the AED. This classroom-based, video, and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friends, and community members the opportunity to learn CPR and need a course completion card. Classes are open to participants ages 12 and up. This program is specifically designed for those who prefer to learn in a group environment with feedback from an instructor. The target audience is those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Cost is $40. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class. Late registrations may be accepted if seating is available. To register and to obtain a listing of class dates/times, contact the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919. Pre-registration is required.

Diabetes education program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will hold a four-session diabetes educational program on March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the hospital. Pre-registration is required. The cost of the four-session program may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-session program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. The goal is to give you the self-management skills to control your diabetes. Family members/significant others are welcome to attend the weekly sessions. To register and obtain additional information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Alzheimer's seminar offered The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter is offering a free seminar, "Living with Alzheimer's Disease for Caregivers - Understanding Middle Stage," on Wednesday, March 14, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance at 26002 John J. Williams Highway near Millsboro. Dr. Lawrence Kemp, neurologist, will also present a medical overview scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. This is an all-day program that includes information on communicating with a person with dementia and dealing with challenging behaviors. Renaissance is not only hosting this event, but will also provide lunch. All are welcome. Pre-registration is required by either calling 800-272-3900 or Jamie Magee at 854-9788 by March 8.

Phlebotomy technician training Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus is offering training to anyone interested in becoming a phlebotomy technician. The Phlebotomy Technician Training course will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning March 19 and ending May 23. The course features instruction in the collection, processing and distribution of laboratory specimens according to established procedures. Emphasis will be on safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors and quality control procedures. Learn the proper order of draw, tube selection, appropriate sites for venipuncture and specimen handling. Study the structure and systems of the human body to include the function, diseases and disorders of major organs. This course includes 50 hours of classroom training and a 40-hour externship. There are added costs for an admissions fee and a criminal background test and drug screening. Students must have an up-to-date Hepatitis B virus vaccine. For more information, or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. To learn more, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Tobacco relapse support group Bayhealth Medical Center is pleased to offer a new support group for individuals who recently quit using tobacco products. The "Tobacco Relapse Prevention Support Group" will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on March 20, May 22, July 24, Sept. 11 and Nov. 8, 2012. The group will meet in Bayhealth's BETT Conference Room at 208 W. Water St. in Dover. This support group is designed to help individuals focus on relapse prevention and provides networking opportunities for participants to share their unique experiences and success stories with others. There is no need to register in advance for this support group. For more information, contact Bayhealth Educator Terry Towne, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, at 302-744-6724.

NAR-ANON support group "Take Heart, Be Strong" is a support group available to those family members and friends who are concerned about the drug/alcohol addiction of a loved one. We find people in NAR-ANON who understand what we are going through and are ready to share their experience, strength and hope to help us. This group meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the Youth Room at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Rd., Georgetown. If you are interested or know someone who might be, call Beth at 302-745-0466. This is an anonymous program and there are no obligations. Attendance is welcome with no prior arrangements. For more information and other meeting locations, visit

New depression support groups If you have been diagnosed with depression, are currently receiving treatment and need extra support, join the Mental Health Association in Delaware's newest depression support groups. The support groups provide a safe and comfortable environment for adults who may be struggling with depression to find others who may be going through similar experiences, learn coping skills and take back control of their life by being proactive. A support group meets in Seaford every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The location of the meeting is provided only to registered members. To register, contact the Mental Health Association in Delaware at 302-654-6833 or 800-287-6423. These new groups are made possible due to a grant received from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware's BluePrints for the Community program.Southern

Delaware Heart Ball Come dance the night away for a good cause at the Southern Delaware Heart Ball. The ball will be held at the Dover Sheraton Hotel on Saturday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. A premier black-tie event, the Heart Ball raises funds for heart disease and stroke. Chairs are Steve and Rosie Rose of Nanticoke Health Services. For more information, visit or contact Karen Gritton at 302-286-5705 or