Health

Tips help with variety of outdoors and summer recreation

Warmer weather is finally here, and the kids are ready to have some fun outdoors. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or just going to the playground, your children want to be on the move as the weather warms up. As they get more active outdoors, they are likely to fall, slip, and stumble. ...

Campaign supports home visiting programs

Of just over 7,800 children under the age of 6 in Lycoming County, nearly half are members of low-income families. Of those, only 201 are served by publicly funded, evidence-based home visiting programs, according to Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. “Unfortunately, the numbers in ...

Five UPMC Susquehanna nurses earn recognition

Five UPMC Susquehanna nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release. Debra Risley, of Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation at UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven, was recognized after being nominated by a friend of a ...

Evangelical Community Hospital named one of healthiest companies in US

Interactive Health recently named 151 employers as the “Healthiest Companies in America,” and Evangelical Community Hospital was one of 11 in Pennsylvania to earn the honor. According to the news release, the annual award recognizes corporations that have invested in and improved the health ...

Students introduced to careers in health care

Intubating. Chest compression. Wrapping injuries with ace bandages. These are not things one would typically expect high school students to know how to do. But a few dozen from schools across Lycoming County had the chance to learn during a recent health care career fair at UPMC Susquehanna ...

Plant-based meat sales on the rise

From soy-based sliders to ground lentil sausages, plant-based meat substitutes are surging in popularity. And carnivores — not vegans or vegetarians — are among the biggest consumers. Growing demand for healthier, more sustainable food is one reason people are seeking plant-based meats. ...

Americans getting more inactive

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found. Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for U.S. teens and almost 6 ...

Beyond Alzheimer’s: Geisinger launches support group for dementia caregivers

DANVILLE – As it debuts its weekly support group designed to help caregivers and family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, Geisinger Medical Center points out it is now is one of two health systems in the country licensed to offer such a program. Beyond Alzheimer’s ...

Top 8 tips for caregivers to manage themselves, responsibilities

The role of caregiver for a loved one can be overwhelming. Not only are caregivers watching a loved one suffer from illness, dementia, disability, or advanced age, they also are keeping their life — and their own life — running smoothly. Caregivers are responsible for everything from the ...

Your Health: Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus Stop, health screenings

Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. Upcoming stops and locations for April are as follows: Union County Monday, ...

When is best time to get a flu shot? Researchers discuss!

PITTSBURGH — When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analysis reveals in the April issue of the ...

Health Briefs: Mobile Health of Evangelical Bus Stop, health screenings

Mobile Health of Evangelical brings preventive and primary care services directly into the communities surrounding the hospital and beyond. A variety of services are offered on the 38-foot-bus throughout the area. Upcoming stops and locations for April are as follows: Clinton ...

Governor Wolf stresses poison prevention tips

HARRISBURG – With the safety of all residents in mind, the Wolf Administration is stressing the importance of keeping poisonous materials in a safe place to prevent someone from getting sick or even dying. If a poisoning happens, remain calm and call 911 if the person is not responding or ...

Heart problems can persist unnoticed

As Cecelia Counsil was climbing into bed one evening, her chest felt tired and sore. The 70-year-old resident of Jersey Shore continues to work three days per week at the Jiffy Market and tries to eat a healthy diet. So this discomfort was notable. "I had this pain, and I kind of ...

Show Your ‘Irish’: but beware the green

As many prepare to let loose their inner Irishmen and women in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, community health care professionals remind those in search of a good time that it’s possible to be safe and still enjoy a few adult beverages. “People will always want to drink and have fun, ...

River Valley Center, Food Bank partner to offer nutrition workshops

The River Valley Health and Dental Center, in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is celebrating National Nutrition Month with two free nutrition workshops. The workshops are titled: “Nutrition 101: Your Prescription for Better Health” and are scheduled for Tuesday, and ...

‘Modern-Day Miracle’

By JERRI BROUSE Sun-Gazette Correspondent magine being told you have just days to live. Five days, specifically. You’ve got five days to get your affairs in order. Five days to say goodbye to family and friends. Five days … What would you do? For Andrea Hughey, 46, that day came ...

Cribs for Kids helps infants sleep safely

“Infants should sleep alone, on their backs and in an empty crib.” This frequently-recited line encompasses the A-B-Cs of safe sleep, as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and used by the Lycoming County coroner’s office in its Kids for Cribs program. The program helps educate ...

Donation-based bracelets save lives in Lycoming County

On a sultry, 90-degree summer afternoon an elderly woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s tells her husband she’s going to sit on the porch but becomes disoriented and wanders her street. Wearing a long-sleeve shirt she walks down the sidewalk in the city glancing at the impending storm clouds. ...