Health
Thursday, July 07, 2016
 
Blue Jean Ball for Autism Delaware The 2016 Blue Jean Ball to benefit Autism Delaware will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, from 7-11 p.m. Attendees will spend the evening amid the lush surroundings of Delaware's first and only award-winning winery, Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Way, Lewes. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer and the vineyard's own award-winning wines while listening and dancing to the sounds of Carnivale. Tickets are $85 per person. For more information about the 2016 Blue Jean Ball, tickets, and sponsorships, visit autismdelaware.org.

Diabetes prevention class Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a two-session Diabetes Prevention Class on Monday, July 25 and Monday, Aug. 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This two-session course is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes which puts patients at a high risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and shedding excess body fat can all help decrease blood glucose levels, improve blood pressure and either delay diabetes or reverse pre-diabetes altogether. Utilizing resources developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), this course provides individuals with basic tools to help them make appropriate lifestyle changes and reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Cost is $20 per person and a physician referral is required for registration. For more information or to register, call 629-6611, ext. 2288.

Lymphedema support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a lymphedema support group on Thursday, July 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. The topic is skin and wound care. This free support group is open to anyone affected by lymphedema including patients, caregivers, and relatives. Meetings will consist of a lecture by health care professionals and medical equipment providers followed by refreshments and an open question and answer session or discussion among participants. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or donatir@nanticoke.org.

Parkinson's education & support group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and The Methodist Manor House, will hold a Parkinson's education and support group on Thursday, July 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford. This support group is free and open to the public. Studies show that the information, training, and counseling that participants receive while attending support group sessions enhances the quality of life, helps to alleviate stress, and may even boost the immune system. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through small group discussions. Tara Trout, LPN at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, caregiver resource coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County. For more information, contact Tara Trout at 629-6611, ext. 3838.

Safe Sitter Class at Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a Safe Sitter class on Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for children ages 11 to 13 who are interested in learning child care essentials and safety. The Safe Sitter course is designed to train teenagers how to be safe baby/child sitters. Components include infant/child development and care, safety, injury prevention, first aid, accident management, rescue breathing and choking management. Cost is $35 per student, which includes the class and all materials needed. Registration in advance is required. To register or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Nanticoke recognized by Safe Sleep Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a "Silver Safe Sleep Leader," for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of the first hospitals in Delaware to receive the title. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids¨, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids¨ partners, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community. Community outreach includes parent education and safe sitter programs. For more information on the Cribs for Kids¨ National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit www.cribsforkids.org/hospitalinitiative.

Alzheimer's 5K Run/Walk is Aug. 7 The Second Annual Athletes to End Alzheimer's 5k Run/Walk to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7. The walk is presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, Millville, and event organizer is Michael Loftus. "Last summer, our first year, we raised $18,000, $3,000 over our goal, for treatment, research and support for those affected by Alzheimer's and their caregivers," said Loftus. "This year, I want to raise $25,000. Registration for runners, volunteers and sponsors is now open." Produced by Focus Multisports, the fast, flat and scenic 5k run/walk features on-course entertainment by DJ Padraig, awards, and a post-race party.

Register in July at www.alzrun.com to guarantee a special tech shirt. Visit the Facebook page, ALZRunWalk, for details and updates.

Visit Health Tent at Riverfest Join Nanticoke Health Services at their Health Tent at Riverfest on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a chance to win a jersey signed by Baltimore Orioles player, Joey Rickard. To be entered to win, visitors must pick up a screening form from the Health Tent Registration table, receive three or more free health screenings/assessments, and then return the completed form. The following health screenings will be provided:
  • Skin Damage Analysis - Nanticoke's Cancer Care Center
  • Blood Pressure Screening - Nanticoke Health Pavilion Seaford & Cardiac Rehabilitation/Nanticoke's Million Hearts Program
  • DEXA Bone Density Screening - Nanticoke's Radiology Department
  • Weight & BMI Calculation - Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
  • Body Mechanics, Balance Test & Grip Strength - Nanticoke Rehabilitation Services
  • CHF/COPD Assessment - Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke
The signed Orioles jersey was donated by a friend of Nanticoke. The drawing will be held at 2:15 p.m.; entrants do not need to be present to win. Other activities at the Health Tent will include a first aid station, a teddy bear "clinic," health information and interactive displays for all ages. In addition, the first 100 participants to fill out a survey will receive a free gift (limit one per family). For more information about Nanticoke's health tent, call 629-6611, ext. 8948.

Stroke Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke support group from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. The two-hour support group meetings consists of guest speakers and breakaway sessions in which caregivers and stroke survivors meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. This support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call 629-6224.

Manor House to present discussion on neurological disorders Manor House Rehabilitation Services will present a discussion on neurological disorders on July 20 at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship. Bring your questions to present to the rehab team. Call 628- 5650 for more information.

Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6-7 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. This month's meetings will be held on Monday, July 25. Support group meetings 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, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395.

Childbirth classes offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. The next session is July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4. Maternity education classes will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. 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. Advance registration is required for either class. To register, or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.

Weight loss seminars offered Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. These free seminars are designed to provide education to individuals considering weight loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is an appropriate option. This month's seminars will be held on Wednesday, July 13, and Saturday, July 16. The weight loss seminars will consist of educational presentations by Dr. Tarek Waked to inform individuals about the many benefits of weight loss surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this seminar or weight loss surgery, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395.