Your health

Biochemist to discuss compulsive behaviors

Noted biochemist Bill Downs will discuss addictive behaviors and the physiology of compulsive behaviors during a public event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Genetti Hotel’s Terrace Room, 200 W. Fourth St.

Compulsive behaviors may include overeating, drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling and shopping.

The seminar is sponsored by Freshlife and tickets are required by calling the store.

Colorectal cancer awareness event tonight

PENNSDALE – Dr. Vivek Kumar, Susquehanna Health gastroenterology specialist, and Tina Carter, registered nurse and manager of the Digestive Disease Center, will hold a free, informative session from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths, but with early detection and diagnosis, the cure rate is 95 percent. Attendees will learn what they can do to help detect colorectal cancer and how early detection and treatment can lead to excellent results.

Registration for the event is required due to limited seating. Free colorectal home screening kits will be provided to all registered attendees. Call 1-877-883-4791 to register.

The event is co-sponsored by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn about going gluten free

Dr. Gregory Pais, a licensed naturopath, will present a lecture titled “Going Gluten Free” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the James V. Brown Library’s Lowry Theater room, 19 E. Fourth St.

Pais will discuss what gluten is, what conditions respond to removing gluten from your diet and simple steps to support health and prevent illness.

Seating is limited and attendees must register by calling 320-0747 or emailing

Better Breathers meet this week

WELLSBORO – The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers, a free support group for people with lung disease, meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s board room.

The guest speaker will be Patricia Douglas, medical supply depot supervisor, who will discuss advances in home-based oxygen equipment and which oxygen concentrators are approved for travel.

The free support group meets the third Thursday of each month and is facilitated by hospital cardiopulmonary therapists, featuring rotating guest speakers to cover a variety of topics. No registration is necessary; walk-ins welcome.

It is presented in cooperation with Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of North Eastern PA. For more information, call staff development at 723-0192 or visit

Free diabetic vision screening offered

PENNSDALE – A free vision and glaucoma screening will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 26 at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.

It is held on American Diabetes Association Alert Day and is sponsored by Susquehanna Health.

Individuals who are not diabetic may participate. To register, call 1-877-883-4791.

All-inclusive blood screenings offered

LOCK HAVEN – Susquehanna Health will offer low-cost blood screenings from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 27 at the Medical Plaza, 610 High St.

The screenings provide important information that helps people be proactive about their health. Participants must consult with their physicians about what test(s) may be most beneficial for them.

Cash, check or credit card payment is required at the time of service, and registration is required in advance by calling 321-3210.

Kick Butts Day display planned

PENNSDALE – A smoking cessation display in recognition of Kick Butts Day will be available on March 27 at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall for individuals interested in information to help kick the smoking habit.

Free classes on mental illness scheduled

NAMI Lycoming is sponsoring a free Family-To-Family Education program beginning April 1. It is designed for family members, partners and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness.

The series of 12 educational classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through June 24 at the Sharwell Building, 200 East St.

Registration is required in advance by calling Rae Weber at 326-7895.

Health care reform topic at annual lecture

LEWISBURG – Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, renowned voice of health care reform, will deliver this year’s Fasano Memorial lecture, titled “The Affordable Care Act and the Future of the American Healthcare System,” at 7 p.m. April 2 at Bucknell University.

The fourth annual Charles P. Fasano Memorial Lecture will be held in Trout Auditorium at the Vaughan Literature Building. It is free and open to the public.

Emanuel will discuss the pressing need for health care reform, key innovations in the Affordable Care Act and how they are likely to impact the actual delivery of care. From improving efficiency with electronic health records to restructuring care delivery, Emanuel will provide an insider’s view of the vision driving healthcare reform, the challenges looming, and the future of American medicine.

From February 2009 to January 2011, Emanuel was a special adviser for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget. As one of the most prominent voices advising the White House about healthcare, he had a significant impact on federal healthcare budgets and the Affordable Care Act.

Fasano practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley since 1973. He worked as a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Dr. Domenick Ronco. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which now has 26 practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Evangelical offers medication reviews

Individuals, especially those with multiple conditions requiring numerous medications, should get a “medication check-up” at least once a year.

Alan Griswold, registered pharmacist at Evangelical Community Hospital, will hold three brown bag medication reviews at local senior centers to meet one-on-one with individuals to look closely at their current medications. The session will evaluate prescribed medications along with over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies to determine whether all are needed, if there is the potential for drug interactions or if dosage adjustments are required.

Individuals taking part in the review should bring all prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications taken on a regular basis, vitamins and supplements and be prepared to talk about medication taking habits or concerns. No appointment is needed.

The reviews will be held at the following locations from 9:30 a.m. until noon:

April 11 at the West End Senior Center on Route 235 in Laurelton;

April 18 at the Beaver Springs Senior Center, 5 Elm St., Beaver Springs; and

April 19 at the Penns Creek Adult Resource Center, 3559 Richard Road, Penns Creek.


Susquehanna Health sponsors spring run/walk

HUGHESVILLE – Susquehanna Health has partnered with the Eastern Lycoming YMCA to sponsor the third annual Spring 5K Run/Walk from 8 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at Hughesville High School.

Registration is available online at and Brochures with detailed information are available at the YMCA and at all five SH outpatient rehabilitation locations and Sports Medicine Center.

A fee applies, with a discount offered for registrations made before April 1. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. The race starts at 10 and is followed by an awards ceremony.

For more information, call Buffy Basile at 546-8822.

Proceeds from the race benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign and scholarship programs that enable children throughout the community to attend programs they otherwise might not be able to afford.

Your health

Learn medicines’ ‘label-ese’

PENNSDALE – Susquehanna Health’s Spirit of Women program will hold “Learn Label-ese,” an educational discussion targeted toward helping patients understand drug labels, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall.

Craig Konzen, pharmacist with Susquehanna Health Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, will discuss allergic reactions, food and drug interactions, drug-to-drug interactions and how to read and understand product labels. Konzen has been a pharmacist with the hospital for eight years, serving the community through his comprehensive knowledge of both pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies.

Light refreshments will be served at the event, which is co-sponsored by BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. To register, call 877-883-4791.

Learn how to understand a newborn

WELLSBORO – A free Expectant Parents class titled “Understanding and Caring for Your Newborn” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. The room number will be available at the front lobby, or check for signs.

Expectant parents will learn about basics of baby care, including swaddling, bathing and bottle feeding.

The class is part of a free cycle of six classes addressing common questions and concerns of expecting parents. Participants may join at any time. For more information, call 723-0375.

Geisinger dietitians to offer healthy eating tour

DANVILLE – March is National Nutrition Month and Geisinger’s clinical nutrition department has teamed up with Weis Markets to hold an “Eat Right Your Way Every Day” tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The tour will incorporate the theme “Eat Right Your Way Every Day,” by using MyPlate to walk attendees through each food group that should be represented in their meals. The tour includes teaching shopping strategies, pointing out healthy food items, introducing new/unfamiliar food items and answering questions about puzzling foods. Before walking through the aisles, an instructor will classify what a “healthy” meal/snack consists of as well as identifying useful tools to use when meal planning. A review of healthy diet components, the major food groups and MyPlate will also be discussed.

All attendees will receive a Healthy Bites magazine, shopping pads, Weis coupons, a shopping essentials guide from Weis Markets along with a National Nutrition Month pen and nutritional information. At the conclusion of the program, attendees have the chance to win a laminated MyPlate grocery tote and one of two $10 Weis gift cards.

To join the “Eat Right Your Way Every Day,” tour, contact Cory Williams at 271-6468 or

ACLS recertification course offered

WELLSBORO – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will hold a recertification Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) class for registered nurses, physicians and paramedics from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital board room.

It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest.

The instructor will be Dr. Donald Shaw. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 723-0192 or visit and click on the Health Classes/Screenings link.

Evangelical holds screenings

LEWISBURG – Community Health Education will hold a series of screenings through the month of March. They include:

Comprehensive blood screen – 7 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Elmcroft of Loyalsock Township. A $30 fee includes lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), complete blood count and CMP (blood sugar, electrolytes, calcium, protein, liver enzymes etc.). Other tests available upon request. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.

Free body composition and BMI screen – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Mifflinburg Weis Markets. A Tanita scale measures weight, BMI and percent of body fat. Results will be reviewed by a Community Health educator, who will discuss with each individual the significance of the numbers and ways to improve them. No registration is required.

Healthy Legs for Living (formerly Legs for Life) – 9 a.m. to noon March 19 at the Mifflinburg Family Practice Center. This free screening program is for people who are concerned they may be at risk for peripheral vascular disease. Common symptoms are aching, tiredness or cramping in the legs, numbness, tingling or coldness, or sores on the feet that don’t heal. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.

Skin cancer screen – noon to 3 p.m. March 22 at Lewisburg Plastic Surgery, office of Dr. Normington, 135 Walter Drive, Lewisburg. This screening will help you recognize your own pattern of moles, freckles and “beauty marks.” Learn when become more alert to changes in the number, size, shape and color of pigmented areas. Appointments required. Call 768-3200.

Blood pressure screenings – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, Lewisburg branch; Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Community Health Education Center, Route 15, Lewisburg.