Thursday, May 16, 2013
How to keep violence out of sports

By Dr. Anthony Policastro Recently, a 17-year-old soccer player got mad at a referee who had penalized him. He punched the referee in the face causing the referee to go into a coma and die a week later. A week earlier, Auburn University had to remove two 75-year-old trees. The trees were poisoned by an Alabama fan after Auburn beat Alabama in football two years ago. A few years back a San Francisco Giants fan was badly beaten by Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Soccer violence in Europe is common. Why do fans react this way to sporting events? Many factors are involved. There is one thing we do know. Children do not know that they are supposed to be angry if their team loses. That is something that they learn and they learn it from their parents. Like most other habits, children learn by watching their parents. The father who gets angry at the umpire sets a bad example for his child. The mother that gets upset when her daughter's soccer team loses a game sets a bad example for her child. We need to realize that our children watch us. They imitate our emotions. Hopefully, those emotions are the correct ones. When we deal with sports, we need to realize that it is only a game. It is natural to be upset when your team loses. It is a part of the grief reaction. We go from denial to anger to bargaining to mourning to acceptance. That is the same series of emotions that we go through with any kind of loss. Most people deal with these stages very quickly when it involves a sporting event. They can't believe it when their team loses on a last second score. They frequently project their anger at the team. They bargain with the fact that it was a bad call by the referee that cost them the game. Then they go into mourning and move onto the next game. That is a natural process. Some people are not good at moving through that process. They tend to act on their anger. The examples I used above are instances where that has happened. As parents we need to be very aware that our children will mimic our reactions. We need to go out of our way at sporting events to make sure that they are mimicking the correct actions. We need to make sure that our 17-year-old son does not kill a referee for giving him a penalty.

Asthma Awareness Workshops The Sussex Coalition, Telemon, Department of Public Health, Nemours and the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club are sponsoring Family Fun Nights to facilitate a series of asthma workshops and promote asthma awareness. Family fun nights and asthma training workshops will be held on Friday, May 17, Friday, June 7 and Friday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club in Seaford. Admission, activities (bring a swimsuit) and dinner are free. Presenters include Sheelagh Stewart, Nemours asthma educator; Denese Bell, public health educator and trainer; and Bill Leitzinger, Office of Healthy Environments. For more information, call Troy Hazzard at 302-444-9175 or Cathy Van Sciver at 302-262-9459.

Beebe welcomes Dr. Bartels Lisa M. Bartels, MD, a family practitioner, has joined the Beebe Medical Staff and is seeing patients of all ages at 10 N. Front St., Georgetown. Dr. Bartels is a member of the Beebe Physician Network. She earned her medical degree at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa.. She joins Beebe Medical Staff after a year working in a clinic in rural New Zealand where she provided medical care to all ages. Dr. Bartels is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians. She can be reached at 856-9596.

Nemours doctor honored nationally Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children announces that Julia Spencer Barthold, MD, associate chief, Division of Urology; director, Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program; and head, Urology Research Laboratory, duPont Hospital for Children/Nemours Biomedical Research, is a 2013 recipient of the Urology Care Foundation John W. Duckett Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award. The award is given annually to an individual for outstanding work in the field of pediatric research and for enhancing the treatment of children with urologic conditions. The main focus of Dr. Barthold's research is cryptorchidism, or undescended testis, one of the most common birth defects, affecting 1-4% of male children. Dr. Barthold has published extensively on a variety of pediatric urologic topics and has served on a number of boards and panels. She earned her medical degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., where she also completed her residencies in Urology and Surgery. She also completed fellowships in pediatric urology from Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., and in research from Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y. She joined Nemours in 2000.

Health Fair at La Red La Red Health Center (LRHC), will hold a free health fair on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its Seaford facility located at 1340 Middleford Rd., Ste. 401, Seaford.

As part of the Health Fair, a Health Walk aimed at raising awareness of infant mortality will begin at 10 a.m., at Soroptimist Park which is adjacent to health center. LRHC staff will provide health screenings and representatives from various health organizations will be onsite to participate in this free community health fair which is open to the entire family. Children will enjoy a variety of activities, including a moon bounce, exercise activities and face painting.

Milford Memorial hosts open house Bayhealth Milford Memorial will host an open house of Women's and Children's Services on Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Located on the fourth floor of Milford Memorial Hospital, Women's and Children's Services is a Birth Inn & Beyond family center, providing an enriching birthing experience with technologically advanced services. Come for a tour of the unique facility, where Bayhealth offers the convenience of giving birth and recovering in the same private room - known as a Labor, Deliver, Recover and Post-Partum (LDRP) Suite. For more information, call 302-430-5739. Learn more about Women's and Children's Services by visiting

Alzheimer's Caregiver Workshop Lofland Park Center at Genesis in Seaford will host an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Workshop on Wednesday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free workshop will include: "The Basics" presented by Dr. Lawrence Kemp, "Legal and Financial Issues" presented by Michele Procino-Wells, Esq., "Behaviors and Communication" presented by Ruth Pryor, geriatric social worker, and Hospice Information presented by Cindy Drew, nurse practitioner for Compassionate Care Hospice. Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is required by May 16. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, Sussex County program coordinator, at 854-9788.

ALS Walk at Laurel Middle The Laurel Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is hosting its 5th Annual ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease Walk on Saturday, May 18. This is a one hour walk that can be done any time between 9 and 11 a.m. The walk will be held in front of Laurel Middle School. There is a $25 registration fee and walkers are encouraged to form teams. The goal is for each team to raise at least $50. The top three teams raising the most money will receive awards. Come walk in honor or memory of someone affected by ALS. All proceeds go to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. For more information and to register your team, contact Amy Handy or Kim Ralph at Laurel Middle School, 875-6110.

CPR classes offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes to anyone interested in learning CPR at the Nanticoke Training Center 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 $45. 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.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Cadia Rehab Renaissance near Millsboro is hosting and facilitating an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group that meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and interested parties are invited to attend. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One person out of eight who reaches the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer's, as will one person out of every two who reaches the age of 85.

2013 Walk MS dates The Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced the 2013 Walk MS dates and is inviting all Delawareans to join the movement. Each year thousands of loved ones, friends, and neighbors throughout Delaware – from Wilmington's Riverfront to Sussex County's Baywood Greens – lace up and step out in solidarity, with hopes of creating a world free of MS. Last year, over a quarter million dollars was raised to help out the 1,550 Delawareans living with multiple sclerosis. The Twilight at Heritage Shores walk in Bridgeville will be held on May 31 and the walk at Baywood Greens will be held on June 7. To register, visit or call 302-655-5610.