Your health

Cancer society rep to speak on programs

MANSFIELD – At 7 tonight, Kathy Mannello, of the American Cancer Society, will discuss programs and services the society offers. The free public talk will be held in the vestibule of Holy Child Church, 242 S. Main St.

Mannello, a Williamsport-area native, also will talk about the Cancer Resource Network and how the American Cancer Society helps individuals get well, stay well, find cures and fight back. She has been employed at the society since March 2005 and recently was named the community health initiative representative.

For more information, call Mary Fahsbender at 724-7977 or the church rectory office at 662-3568.

Support suicide prevention at Zumbathon

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University will hold a Zumbathon at Hubert Jack Stadium from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

A registration fee will be charged, and proceeds will benefit the Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk, which will be held June 1 in Washington, D.C.

Susquehanna Health announces events

Susquehanna Health will hold the following events to benefit the community:

5-6 p.m. Wednesday – SMART Nutrition care class for pregnant women, at the Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence Hospital. Participants will learn pregnancy nutrition guidelines for carbohydrates, protein, calcium, folic acid, iron and more while creating meal and snack ideas to guide them through pregnancy. Individuals with specific nutrition needs are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian. A referral from a physician is required prior to taking the class. The fee is determined by insurance co-pay amount. For information or registration, call 321-2069 or visit

9-11 a.m. Thursdays, May 2-23, plus 2-3 p.m. Sept. 11 – Diabetes education, Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence Hospital. For information, call 326-8410.

10:30-11:30 a.m. May 4 and 18 – Baby Cafe for expecting, new or experienced mothers, Maple Room, Susquehanna Tower, Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Free weight checks for baby are available. For more information or to register, call 321-2069 or visit

11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7 – Osteoporosis screening, The LifeCenter, Bon-Ton/JCPenney wing of Lycoming Mall. A fee applies. For an appointment, call 1-877-883-4791.

12:30-4:30 p.m. May 9 – AARP refresher course, The LifeCenter, Bon-Ton/JCPenney wing, Lycoming Mall. Pre-payment required by calling the Lincoln Senior Center at 323-3096.

Volunteers sought for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Individuals from Clinton and Lycoming counties who are interested in joining a Walk to End Alzheimer’s may attend a kickoff event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at The Elder and Special Needs Resource Center, 401 Washington Blvd.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Pennsylvania Chapter is looking for individuals, organizations and companies who want to form Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams, as well as serve as committee members and day-of-event volunteers.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Right now, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.

For more information, visit

Hospital offers community events

WELLSBORO – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will hold the following events in May:

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday – Sunshine Book Fair, in hospital board room. Funds benefit the hospital auxiliary. For more information, call Faith Preston at 723-0191

10 a.m.-noon Thursday – Look Good, Feel Better program, a free workshop for women in cancer treatment, will be held in Meeting Room E on the third floor. Learn how to understand and care for the changes in skin and hair that may occur during treatment. To register, or for more information, call 1-888-227-5445.

7-8:30 p.m. May 10 – Expectant Parents class, “Labor Preparation and Comfort Techniques.” Room location varies, so check front lobby or meeting room signage for location. Classes are not sequential, and participants may join at any time. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 723-0375.

Hospital plans golf tourney

MACKEYVILLE – The 19th annual Jersey Shore Hospital Golf Classic is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start on Friday at the Belles Springs Golf Course.

Last year, more than 130 golfers participated in in a “best ball” format-style tournament. Golfers also may choose to enter in side contests such as double-or-nothing to the green, longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest.

The entry fee includes a catered lunch, prizes, cart rental, snacks, beverages and giveaways, as well as a a polo shirt and team photo.

Proceeds benefit the constant process of staying up-to-speed with technology and medical advances.

For an entry form to register for the event, visit

Annual March for Babies is this weekend

DANVILLE – The Susquehanna Valley March for Babies will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Geisinger Medical Center’s parking lot adjacent to the parking garage, 100 N. Academy Ave. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

More than 1,000 families and business leaders will join together for the March of Dimes’ Susquehanna Valley March for Babies. The annual March for Babies is the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser and honors both babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. It is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013.

The event will include appearances by mascots, snacks, beverages, entertainment and a kickoff program with radio station 94KX. After crossing the finish line, participants will enjoy lunch, music, face-painting, goodie bags and more entertainment.

Lynn Miller, executive vice president of clinical operations for Geisinger Health System, is the 2013 Susquehanna Valley March for Babies honorary chairwoman.

Race in to save lives with area blood bank

WELLSBORO – Race in and save a life with the Community Blood Bank during a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Monday in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital board room.

As a thank you to donors, the CBB will give away two tickets to Woodhull Raceway, courtesy of Woodhull owner Ted White.

Blood drives are held the first Monday of each month at the hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment to give blood, contact the hospital’s Laboratory Services at 723-0131 or

Free skin cancer screenings offered

WELLSBORO – Free skin cancer screenings will be held by appointment only on Monday at Canyon Surgical Associates office, 1 Main St.

Drs. Darius Abadi and Michael Haraschak will examine participants for suspicious moles and skin lesions that should be biopsied to ensure they are non-cancerous. The most common warning sign for any skin cancer is a change in the appearance of a skin lesion.

Follow-up appointments can be made for any concerns. Appointment slots will be filled quickly; call 723-0716 to schedule an appointment.

Lung association marks World Asthma Day

HARRISBURG – The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will mark World Asthma Day at the lower rotunda of Pennsylvania State Capitol on from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7.

More than 1 million Pennsylvanians – adults and children – have been diagnosed with asthma. The chronic lung disease, which makes it difficult to breathe, is controllable but often results in frequent emergency room visits and hospitalization. World Asthma Day is a national event that is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve awareness and care around the world.

“Asthma causes more school absences than any other chronic disease, averaging over 14 million lost school days annually in the United States,” said Linda Ehrhardt of American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. “We will be giving our state legislators packets of information, letting them know how many people in their districts have asthma and also, the disparities of asthma between racial groups.”

There is no fee to attend the event. Individuals with asthma, family members and friends of asthma sufferers, medical field experts and health educators may attend.

For more information, contact Linda Ehrhardt at 717-541-5864, ext. 44, or at

Evangelical plans events

LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Health Education, 7095 West Branch Highway, has devoted several programs in May to osteoporosis in honor of National Osteoporosis Prevention month.

A free pre-diabetes program will be held 1-3 p.m. May 8 at the center. Participants will learn about the risk factors of pre-diabetes, how it can turn into Type 2 diabetes and how they can take care of diabetes with daily lifestyle choices.

Osteoporosis screenings will be held twice and are free to those who meet qualifications. The first screen will be held 1-3 p.m. May 10 at the center. The second will be held 9 a.m.-noon May 21 at Middleburg Family Practice Center, 1 Dock Hill Road, Middleburg.

Eliminating smoking helps the fight against osteoporosis. The center offers a QuitSmart smoking cessation program to help un- or under-insured individuals stop the smoking habit.

To register for any of these programs, call 768-3200.

Your health

Health care reform topic at tonight’s 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 tonight 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.

Certify in Advanced Cardiac Life Support

WELLSBORO – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will offer a two-day certification class in Advanced Cardiac Life Support from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in its first-floor conference room. Class size is limited and registration is required.

The ACLS Provider Course is designed to provide registered nurses, physicians and paramedics with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation-ventricular tachycardia arrest. The course instructor is Dr. Donald Shaw.

For more information or to register, call Brenda Shumway in the Staff Development office at 723-0192, or visit and click on the Health Classes-Screenings link.

Susquehanna Health announces healthy events

Susquehanna Health will hold the following events to provide health information and benefit the community:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday – Vaccinations at the LifeCenter. In honor of National Public Health Week from April 1-7, nurses from the state Department of Health will provide information on Lyme disease prevention and vaccinations for tetanus and shingles at The LifeCenter in the Bon-Ton/JCPenney wing of the Lycoming Mall, Pennsdale. Appointments may be made by individuals who are eligible and in need (i.e, vaccination not covered by insurance plan). Patients should check with their primary care doctor and insurance plan prior to scheduling an appointment. A fee applies. For more information, call 327-3400.

12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday – AARP Driver Safety Course. People age 50 and older may register for this course, which will be held at The LifeCenter in the Lycoming Mall. A fee applies and must be paid in advance by calling the Lincoln Senior Center at 323-3096 on Monday or Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 and 20 – Baby Cafe. Expecting, new or experienced mothers will meet in the Maple Room, Susquehanna Tower, Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The group discussion gives moms an opportunity to meet and talk to other moms about their pregnancy and afterbirth experiences while spending time out of the house. It’s a safe and relaxed, child-friendly environment, and a board-certified lactation consultant will facilitate the group. Exchange tips about breastfeeding, receive breastfeeding support and discuss parenting concerns with other moms. Mothers are encouraged to bring babies. Free weight checks for baby are available. Light refreshments are provided. For more information or to register, call 321-2069 or visit

6 to 7 p.m. Monday – SMART Nutrition Care class for pregnant women at the Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence Hospital. Discover tools to help you choose the most nutrient-dense foods for you and your baby. Participants will learn pregnancy nutrition guidelines for carbohydrates, protein, calcium, folic acid, iron and more while creating meal and snack ideas to guide you through pregnancy. Individuals with specific nutrition needs are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our registered dietitian in addition to taking this class. A referral from your physician is required prior to taking this class. The fee is determined by insurance co-pay amount. For information or registration, call 321-2069 or visit

Learn about the benefits of diabetes camp

Jeremy Bouse, a seasoned Diabetes Camp counselor and a diabetic for 16 years, will lead a discussion about the benefits of diabetes camp during a free, public presentation at 6 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Williamsport.The camp is open to children ages 8 to 18.

“Diabetes is hard; camp just makes it a lot easier,” Brouse said. “It replaces tough diabetic moments with great memories of friends and fun activities. I truly believe that diabetes camp improves the quality of life for everyone who is lucky enough to be a part of it.”

To register, call Bouse at 337-3211.