Health
Thursday, August 18, 2016
 
Register for Alzheimer's Walk Registration is now open at alz.org/delval/walk for the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's. The walk in Rehoboth Beach will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. Dollars raised help fund Alzheimer's research, care and support services. For more information, call 800-272-3900.

Blood donations needed Summer is traditionally a difficult time to collect blood, but this summer the blood supply is at its lowest ever. All blood types are needed, especially O-, the Universal Blood Type, and both B+ and B-. "Less than 10% of the population eligible to donate blood in the U.S. does so, which is why it is so vital that those who can give consider donating," said Waite. "Summer is a time when people are more active and the risk of injury or trauma is even greater." Blood Bank of Delmarva has incentives for those who donate, including a chance to win a pair of four day passes to next year's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, along with a $1,000 gift card from TD Bank as part of BBD's Summer Blood Challenge. Blood Bank of Delmarva has five donor locations and more than 30 regularly scheduled mobile locations. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. BBD needs more than 300 donors a day to meet the needs of the hospitals served in the Delmarva region. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org, call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or download their free mobile app.

Autism Delaware plans Blue Jean Ball Join Autism Delaware's mission to help people and families affected by autism spectrum disorder by becoming sponsors of the 2016 Blue Jean Ball. Hertrich Toyota is the exclusive presenting sponsor and BidPal sponsor. Continuing to support Autism Delaware as the exclusive band sponsor, Peninsula Oil and Propane made it possible to present new entertainment - Carnivale - at this year's Blue Jean Ball. In addition to exclusive sponsorships, Autism Delaware offers diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and media sponsorships. Put on your blue jeans and bling on Friday, Sept. 16, and join the party at Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Way in Lewes, from 7-11 p.m. Tickets, which are $85 per person, can be purchased online at autismdelaware.org.

Nanticoke offers childbirth classes 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. Remaining sessions for 2016 include: Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10; Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13. 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 Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. Cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Registration in advance is required for either class. To register, or for more information, contact Nanticoke's Maternal Child Health Clinical Educator at 302-629-6611, extension 2540.

Ronald McDonald House fundraiser The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware will hold its 5th annual 5k Run/Walk for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30. Runners and walkers are welcome. Pre-registration is $25 and day of is $30. Student pre-registration is $15 and day of is $20. Register online at www.rmhlewes5k.com. Irish Eyes will host a post race party with free refreshments.

Ronald McDonald will be present and will lead a free Kiddie K (1/10 of a mile) for children ages 8 and under at 8:15 a.m. Ribbons will be awarded to all Kiddie K finishers. Free t-shirts for all pre-registered runners and walkers. An award will be given to the team with the most participants and the team that raises the most money. Races2run will chip time the event and age group prizes will be awarded. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, visit www.rmhde.org

DBCC plans fundraising walk The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is preparing for the Seventh Annual "Monster Miles for a Cause" Walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 22. The untimed walk, which takes place during breast cancer awareness month, is a family friendly event. Attendees are encouraged to walk in honor or in memory of someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. The event includes food, vendors, and team prizes. Registration will begin at 8 am and the walk steps off at 10. To register, visit www.debreastcancer.org. Monster Miles will be held rain or shine and costs $20 per individual in advance and $25 for day-of registration. Individuals can also participate as part of a team. Children 12 and under can walk for free with an adult. New this year, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will have a beer garden after the race along with a souvenir for each participant. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Michelle Marshall, DBCC event coordinator, at 302-593-9924 or mmarshall@debreastcancer.org. For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Lymphedema Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a free lymphedema support group from 1:30-3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center. The topic is bariatrics. This 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 or to register, contact Robert Donati at 629-6224 or donatir@nanticoke.org.

Easter Seals Walk is Oct. 16 Register your team for the fourth annual Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore "Walk With Me & Run For Us Delmarva" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to support services for families living with disabilities in our local community. Easter Seals directly serves more than 1,930 individuals with disabilities and their families in lower Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. For the first time Easter Seals has added a 5k run to their annual Walk With Me event. For more information, visit www.races2run.com/events/delmarva. Registration is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or lforte@esdel.org.

Weight loss seminars 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 needed.