Health
Thursday, February 22th, 2001
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. 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, ext. 2604.

NHS Committee presenting Basket Bingo
The Employee Activity Committee of Nanticoke Health Services will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Thursday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m. at the VFW located on Middleford Road, Seaford. The evening will consist of 20 games and will feature several basket combinations, ilcuding the 2001 Large Easter Combos (whitewashed and stained), 2001 Small Easter Combos (whitewashed and stained), and several regular line baskets as prizes. Advance ticket are $20 per person, $25 at the door, which incluces a chance to win the Hostess Large Hamper and Hostess File basket. Participants have nearly 30 chances to win. Refreshments will be provided. For ticket information contact the EAC at 629-6611 ext. 2420.

'Daffodil Days' deadline March 1
The American Cancer Society, which has helped dramatically reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer during the last decade, 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.

Coping with Loss Group meets Feb. 27
The Beginning Experience, a non-denominational group to help widowed, separated and divorced individuals work through the various levels of grief, will meet on six consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m. in the library at Delaware Tech, Georgetown. The group is guided by trained team leaders who have themselves experienced and worked through the pain of loss and are eager to share with others who are in earlier stages of their struggle through the grieving process. The aim of the group is to help individuals work through their loss and find new meaning, happiness and spiritual growth in their lives. Anyone who has lost a partner through death, separation or divorce is encouraged to attend. Those interested may register with the Delaware Tech Continuing Education Dept. by calling (302) 856-5384. Registration fee is $20. For more information, call Mary Kay at 875-3751, Bill at 644-2840, or Margaret at 629-4735.

Nursing Assistant course graduates
The requirements for the Nursing Assistant program were successfully completed by 8 students during the Fall Semester II at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The 150-hour course is designed to teach students to safely perform basic nursing skills under the supervision of the licensed nurse in a long-term care facility. Graduates are qualified to take the Nurse Aid Competency Exam for certification. Members of the class under the instruction of Melissa Banks-Sockriter, BSN, RN; and Katherine Rotach, RN, included: Barbara A. Burdette, Greenwood; Donald T. Butler, Denton, Md.; Alisha P. Handy, Selbyville; Crystal L. MacDonald, Bridgeville; Erika C. Mears, Georgetown; Elina Petion, Seaford; Kerri L. Watson, Milford; and Janice L. Webb, Laurel.

Continuing education for nurse
Nurses can practice advanced stethoscope skills with an approved continuing education program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The workshop meets on Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; participants should bring their own stethoscopes. Audiovisual aids will help students identify normal and abnormal heart, breath, and abdominal sounds. Pertinent anatomy and physiology will be reviewed, and participants will have time to practice their skills. Instructor Linda A. Woods, RN, MSN, CCRN, has 25 years of clinical experience and has taught this course for over six years. Course fee of $59 includes handouts and light refreshments. Contact Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

Pediatric first aid at Del Tech
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including convulsions, burns, poisoning, drowning, fractures, sprains, bleeding, and insect bites. Special emphasis on rescue breathing/choking. The course is approved by the Office of Child Care Licensing for a three-year course completion certificate. Two-session courses meet March 12 & 14 or April 9 & 11, 6-9 p.m. The cost is $30. For information and/or to register, call Corporate and Community Programs at 854-6966.

Home study courses for nurses
Nurses who have family or work commitments which make attending seminars difficult can meet continuing education requirements with home study courses offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Nurses in ambulatory care, home health care, long term care and hospital settings can benefit from these courses. Topics covered include: Assessment of the Geriatric Patient, Avoiding Medication Errors, and Assertiveness in Nursing. Each course consists of a written program and a post-test; students will receive individual feedback from the instructor after the post-test. Dates and times can be conveniently arranged throughout the semester. Call 855-5988; to register, call 855-1617.