Health
Thursday, April 13th, 2000
American Legion presents Spinoza bear to hospital
The American Legion Post 6 in Seaford presented a Spinoza bear to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital last week. For over a decade, the Spinoza bear has been proven effective as a therapeutic relaxation tool. The bear contains a high-quality cassette tape player and speaker hidden in its fur.
The bear can play a complete library of nine audio cassettes or any standard audio cassette with recorded messages from missed family members or friends.
The American Legion district commander and a representative from Post 6 presented the bear to Dr. Anthony Policastro, senior vice president of Medical Affairs at NMH, and Nancy Oyerly, system director of Family Services at NMH.
The award was made in the Pediatric Unit at NMH.

Arthritis Support Group meets April 18 at NMH
The Nanticoke Arthritis Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 18, from 9-10 a.m. at the Nanticoke Senior Center.
Mel Anderson, program director of the Delaware Arthritis Foundation, will present an informative program on "Stress Busters," helpful suggestions for relieving back and neck pain as well as relaxation techniques to help relive pain. All meetings are sponsored by the Delaware Arthritis Foundation and are open and free to the public. Call the Nanticoke Senior Center, at 629-4939 for further details.

Safe Sitter classes offered at Nanticoke April 27, 29
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on April 27 and 29.
The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $25. To register your son or daughter or your child's babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2604.
The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.
All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.
Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting.
For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2604.

CPR certification courses
This spring, Delaware Tech offers certification courses in CPR techniques as well as its regular schedule of CPR classes.
Heartsaver Plus and Pediatric BLS Plus are designed for lay people (daycare providers, lifeguards, charter boat captains, etc.) whose job requires a written evaluation and course completion card for certification of CPR skills.
For details about these and other Health Institute courses, contact Corporate & Community Programs, 854-6966.

Mammography screening
Mammography screening for the early detection of breast cancer will be offered at the Nanticoke Senior Center on monday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Screening will be offered through the Mammography of Delaware program, the state's only mobile mammography unit. Mammography of Delaware is accredited by the FDA through the American College of Radiology.
To register call 629-4939. To see if you qualify for a mammogram at no charge, or to register for another date, please call Mammography of Delaware, toll free, at 1-800-654-0606.

Relay For Life May 19-20
The American Cancer Society invites all residents of Sussex, Delaware/West to get involved in the fight against cancer. The Society needs volunteers for its signature event, Relay For Life, which will be held on May 19-20, at West Seaford Elementary School.
Volunteers are asked to form teams for the Relay For Life. A unique community-based, overnight event, Relay For Life honors cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their battle against the disease. Each Relay team consists of 10-15 participants. Relay team members will take turns walking around the track at local high school and college stadiums. Each team sets up a campsite.
To form a team, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-937-9696.