Health
Thursday, February 8th, 2001
Alzheimers Support Group
An Alzheimers Support Group meeting will be held at Harrison House of Georgetown, 110 West North Street, Georgetown, on Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information or if you have questions please call 856-4574 and ask for Tonya Zitvogel, Sherry Hearn or Bonnie Dempsey.

Cholesterol screening
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2-6 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Community Room of the hospital. A non-fasting blood test is required and the screening will read the total cholesterol level. Cost of the cholesterol screening is $5. In addition to the cholesterol screening Free blood pressure checks will be offered. Employees representing laboratory services, Corporate Education and CArdiac Rehabilitation will assist with the screenings. Results form the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 ext. 2404.

Organ Donor bill signed
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed her first bill into law on Wednesday, Jan. 31, clarifying the intent of an organ donor and ensuring that the donor's wishes are carried out. Under Senate Bill 4, authored by State Sen. Thurman Adams, the wishes of people who sign organ donor cards cannot be overruled by their family members. The law also applies to organ-donation wishes conveyed on state driver's licenses. About 60 percent of Delawareans with drivers licenses have signed up for the organ donor program, more than any other state. "When someone passes away, it is a trying and emotional time for everyone involved," Gov. Minner said. "But we should ensure that the wishes of a deceased loved one are carried out." "We hope this bill will make life a little easier or even save the life of someone in need," Sen. Adams said. "Deciding to become an organ donor is a very personal choice. Those who we leave behind should honor our wishes. This bill makes it clear our desire to become an organ donor will be honored." In 2000, Gift of Life Donor Program and its partnering healthcare professionals helped to facilitate more than 1,000 organ transplants. There are currently more than 3,800 people in our region who are awaiting life-saving organ transplants. Gov. Minner on Jan. 31 also signed the following bills into law: HB 12, a charter change for Ocean View; HB 42, a charter change for Laurel; and SB 9, reincorporating Selbyville.

ACS 'Daffodil Days'
The American Cancer Society, which has helped dramatically reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer during the last decade, will continue its efforts to reduce the cancer burden this winter. From now through March 18, the organization will sponsor its 23rd annual "Daffodil Days" campaign to raise funds for its important programs of patient services, research, and public education. Daffodils will be offered to the public for a donation. The order deadline is march 1. Daffodils will be delivered during the week of March 12-18. The flowers will also be available to the public at several area locations during that week. Individuals and businesses who wish to participate in "Daffodil Days" can choose fresh cut daffodils ($6 per bunch of ten) or potted bulbs ($8.50 per pot). The minimum order for delivery is either 10 daffodil bunches or 10 pots of daffodils. Call the American Cancer Society at 410-749-1624 or 1-800-937-9696.

Nanticoke to offer 'Think Lite' program
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will be offering a weight management program, entitled "Think Lite," beginning March 1. The 8-week, 1-hour course will be held at Nanticoke's Positive Steps Fitness Center. The cost of the course is $100. The program is designed to promote weight control through living a healthier lifestyle. Educational topics during the course include:
* Introduction and nutrition facts and fallacies
* Truths about weight loss and exercise for weight management
* Introduction to resistance training
* Psychology of eating, body image and positive thinking
* Facts about fats
* Never do it hungry... Grocery shopping that is
* Pathway to a healthier Lifestyle
* You did it! Support for the future In addition, the program includes access to Nanticoke Health Service's Positive Steps Fitness Center (during supervised hours). Participants will also receive:
* Body composition, taken before exercise program begins and at the conclusion of the program
* A Personalized exercise program
To learn more about the program or to pre-register contact Nanticoke's Health Education line at 629-6611, extension 2604.