Health
Thursday, April 20, 2017
 
Dining with Diabetes series Dining with Diabetes, a cooking series for people with diabetes and their families, will be offered as a series beginning May 10 and continuing on May 17, May 24 and May 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sussex County Cooperative Extension office, located at the Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown. The program is designed for people with diabetes and their family members. The four-class interactive series, plus a reunion class three months later, includes diabetes education, cooking demonstrations, and tasting of healthy foods. After each lesson, participants will take home recipes and knowledge about how to manage diabetes in their daily lives. Call 730-4000 or email Kathleen Splane ksplane@udel.edu for a registration brochure. The fee for the series is $50. For more information, visit extension.udel.edu/fcs/nutrition/dining-with-diabetes/.

Nutrition classes Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts nutrition classes on the first Wednesday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nanticoke Training Center located at 121 S. Front St., Seaford. This class is designed to provide education to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery. The next class is Wednesday, May 3. Nanticokes nutrition classes are interactive and full of user-friendly information geared toward preparing patients for success during their weight loss journey. Topics include information on starting a healthful diet, understanding appropriate portions, incorporating exercise into daily schedules, and nutrition-related concerns. Bariatric patients are required to attend at least one nutrition class prior to their scheduled surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to get weighed in. For more information or to reserve your spot in the next class, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395.

Breastfeeding Support Group On Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m., Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Moms Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Moms Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from both experienced nursing moms and new moms. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is not required. Activities will include:
  • Interaction with other nursing moms & babies to promote confidence
  • Mom-to-mom conversations
  • Opportunities to share parenting advice and information
  • Assistance with breastfeeding issues or concerns provided by our internationally board-certified lactation consultant
  • New topics each meeting geared toward the group
For more information, contact Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticokes lactation consultant, at 629-6611, ext. 2234. To learn more about womens health services provided by Nanticoke, visit www.nanticoke.org/womens-health.

Diabetes Management Workshop The Nanticoke Physician Network will host a two-part Diabetes Survival Skills workshop on Wednesday, May 3 and 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in the Hospital Board Room. This free workshop offers basic diabetes management and healthy eating information and support for those with diabetes. One family member or caregiver is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. This program is open to the public and provides attendees with opportunities for discussion, support and interaction. The first session will discuss diabetes basics including blood sugar monitoring and the importance of maintaining diabetic health; the second session will focus on healthy eating. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 752-8467. To learn more about diabetes services at Nanticoke, visit www.nanticoke.org/diabetes.

Balance classes offered Are you afraid of falling? Sussex County Volunteer Delaware 50+ will conduct A Matter of Balance classes once a week for eight weeks on Fridays from April 21 to June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cancer Support Community, 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312 (Medical Arts Building), Rehoboth Beach. A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to help older adults manage their fear of falling and increase their activity levels. Home safety tips and exercises will be offered. This free program is open to the community. Registration is required and classes fill quickly. For more information or to register, call 302-515-3020.

Bariatric support group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public.

There will be a meeting on Monday, April 24. Support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this support group or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

E-Racing the Blues fun walk The Fourth Annual E-Racing the Blues© for Mental Health South fun walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in Rehoboth Beach. The event, which benefits the Mental Health Association in Delaware, will begin at the Boardwalk Bandstand, continue down Rehoboth Avenue and to Grove Park where exhibitors will share their story about mental health and suicide prevention. Participants will be given a prize ticket after visiting each exhibitor which can later be turned in for an opportunity to win prizes donated by area merchants. Refreshments and prize drawings will be held at the Bandstand. Participant registration is $20 and can be done online at www.eracingtheblues.org. All funds raised through the walk stay in Kent and Sussex counties. For more information, call 800-287-6423.

Diabetes Coalition scholarships The Delaware Diabetes Coalition in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year, from high school seniors who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The scholarship program provides much-needed financial assistance to youth living with this chronic disease. Eligible applicants must be residents of Delaware, enrolled as high school seniors, have diabetes, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and plan to pursue education in an accredited higher education program. The student is required to write a 500-word essay entitled: How Diabetes Has Impacted My Life Choices. Two letters of support from non-family members are also required. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship is payable to the institution the student will be attending. The deadline for applications is May 1. Notification of awards will be made no later than June 15. Submit all documents by email to info@dediabetescoalition.org; call 302-388-9728 with any questions. For application criteria, procedures and the application form, visit www.dediabetescoalition.org.

Kidney Walk is April 30 The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) serving Delawares Kent and Sussex counties will hold its annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, April 30, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Over 600 people are expected to attend this family- and dog-friendly event. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney disease is on the rise, said Returning Event Chair Kristy Ferracci, an FKC dialysis technician who donated a kidney to her husband 10 years ago. We encourage individuals, families and the medical and corporate communities to join us for an inspiring morning that will make a real difference in the lives of people living with kidney disease, including nearly 3,400 Delawareans on dialysis, she added. Check in begins at 10 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. Participants can choose from a 3-mile route or a shorter, patient-friendly route for strollers and wheelchairs. The event will feature entertainment, refreshments from Starbucks, Giant and Panera, a petting zoo, photo booth, interactive vendor booths and the Kidney Kids Corner with face painting and games. To register or learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit www.kidneywalk.org or call 410-726-8732.

Childbirth classes at Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and a breastfeeding class the fifth week. Dates include: April 20 and 27; May 18, 25, June 1, 8, and 15; July 6, 13, 20, 27, and Aug. 3; Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2; and Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, and 12 (Tuesdays). The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticokes Mother & Baby Care Center. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticokes Mother & Baby Care Center. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Pre-registration is required for either class. To register or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.