Healthy Living

ITN Southern Delaware offers affordable, safe rides for seniors

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: ITN Southern Delaware is a community-based, community-supported, consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairment.For seniors in coastal Sussex County, hitching a ride from Point A to Point B can be a breeze with the transportation cooperative ITN Southern Delaware.

“This was borne out of an idea [Nancy Feichtl] had. She was approaching her senior years and wondered how she would get around. So she started exploring options for some kind of transportation options for seniors, because the alternatives are limited,” said Janis Hanwell, executive director of ITN Southern Delaware. “Through her research, she came across ITN America, a national nonprofit organization that provides transportation to seniors and adults with visual impairments.”

The Southern Delaware branch of ITN was begun in August 2015, with the first rides being provided on Dec. 1, 2015.

“At that time, we had 12, 15 active drivers and about 50 members. Today, we have close to 60 volunteer drivers and closer to 200 rider-members, said Hanwell, noting that the co-op surpassed 1,000 rides in December 2016.

Bethany Beach Nature Center to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday

While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy Lucy said will bring together entertainment and education in a way that is sure to please all its visitors.

‘You’re not the only one’

Youth grief-support services coming to Sussex County

Sussex County children who have suffered major a loss can now attend weekly grief counseling in Georgetown.

With so much public interest statewide, the nonprofit Supporting Kidds recently vowed to expand its Healing Pathways Program, and the Hockessin-based group this month is beginning bereavement counseling for children ages 5 to 18 across Delaware, now including Georgetown.

Know the basics to prevent heart disease

Heart disease remains one of the top killers of Americans. Diets high in fat and salt contribute greatly to heart disease, as does a lack of exercise and smoking.

Take the necessary steps today to prevent or improve your heart health.

Get back to basics

Physical therapy helps people afflicted with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of the most pervasive health problems in the U.S. today. You may not realize it, but about 10 million people in this country have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Another 44 million have low bone density and are at risk.

Guest Column — The marvel of mindful eating

Starting when we are children, we learn that food tastes good. We start to explore different tastes and textures, soon learning there are foods we prefer. However, as we get older, we become more and more busy. This busyness in our lives can mean a rushed 10-minute lunch at our desk or on the road in our car. It certainly does not give us time to explore our food.

Physical therapy makes life easier for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers

If you’re one of the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), getting through the day can be an uphill battle. It can be painful and make the simple things seem out of reach.

Local pet groomer offering pet first-aid classes

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.Coastal Point • Submitted: Kerrie Lynn Jones, certified groomer, certified Pet Tech instructor and owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, demonstrates pet first-aid during a presentation.When pet groomer Kerrie Lynn Jones’ Brussels griffon choked on some cheese, she knew what to do. She began protocol she learned as part of becoming a pet first-aid instructor and helped to dislodge the grated cheese that had “coagulated” in her dog’s throat.

“I still remember the high I got off of bringing my dog back to life,” Jones said.

The owner of Wags to Riches Pet Grooming, Jones had taken a class in pet first-aid for her own information, as well as for professional reasons.

“I groom 50 animals a week,” so she thought it made sense to be prepared in case any dog ever suffered a health emergency while she was grooming it. Having had one dog “pass out on the table while I was grooming it,” Jones said she knows first-hand that emergencies can and do happen.

Now, Jones and her partner, Merry Tabetha Compton, are offering classes in pet first-aid and CPR for the public. The four-hour class covers a wide range of pet emergencies, from choking and seizures to poisoning and insect stings.

Delaware delegation, healthcare officials: Fix healthcare

For 48-year-old Nick Serratore, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides stability. He gets the reassurance that, someday, his emergency costs will be manageable. He has a high risk of colon cancer but visits the doctor for preventative maintenance, trying to avoid hospital stays.

Selbyville fair is ‘Just for the Health of It!’

Let’s get this new year started right!

That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public can come and go, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Exercise and weight loss are keys to a new you in 2017

With every new year come resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. Will this be the year that you stick to your guns and make it happen? Let’s look at why this year a new you could make a world of difference in your health and quality of life.

Delicious and nutritious eating a goal for 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Sue Steel and Erik Schreiber are fitness professionals at Custom Fit 360 in Millville. Schreiber shared his healthy recipes with Marie.Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Sue Steel and Erik Schreiber are fitness professionals at Custom Fit 360 in Millville. Schreiber shared his healthy recipes with Marie.Here we are again — another New Year! As we say hello to 2017, I’m reminded of one of the songs my husband, Jim, occasionally sings on karaoke nights — “Choices,” as sung by the late, great country singer George Jones. The opening lyrics are: “I’ve had choices since the day that I was born. There were voices that told me right from wrong. If I had listened, no, I wouldn’t be here today, living and dying with the choices I’ve made.”

It has been my tradition at the beginning of each year to write a healthy-cooking and fitness column. We all know the New Year drill. It’s about “choices.” Do I make New Year’s resolutions? Do I set goals for myself? Will this be the year that I finally _____________ (you fill in the blank)? And if I make resolutions, will this be the year that I actually succeed in keeping them?

In December 2015, I again began chemo treatments to deal with the return of my rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in both lungs. Treatments ended in April, and I’m thrilled that I am again in remission — eight months and counting.

Bearhole Farms gives a whole new look to farming

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Cindy Stevens and C.J. Mears display some of the produce they have grown through aquaponic farming.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Cindy Stevens and C.J. Mears display some of the produce they have grown through aquaponic farming.At the entrance to a greenhouse at Bearhole Farms near Roxana sits a blue tank about the size of a small hot tub. Orange-finned flashes flit around the bottom and a pump emits a constant thrum.

“That’s the engine,” says Bear Hole proprietor Cindy Stevens. The heart of the engine, which produces a perpetual harvest of 3,000 lettuce plants inside the 1,700-square-foot greenhouse, is fish. About 350 koi, common goldfish and channel catfish, to be precise.

In addition to swimming around the tank, the fish eat... and then when that food turns to fish waste, it is released into a system of channels that run under the lettuce plants, watering and feeding the plants. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship.

Guest Column – Quite the testimonial: ‘I trust Beebe with my heart’

When Bob and Ellen Chaisson decided to retire to Lewes 17 years ago, they had never visited the region before. They wanted a nice place to live, but one that was still close enough to travel to Maryland, where they had lived for 20 years.

Blue Christmas aims to weave hope for those in need

While many look at the holiday season as a time of cheer to be shared with family and friends, there are some who do not have as joyous a time.

For those — the lost, lonely, grieving and overwhelmed — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church holds its Blue Christmas, a service of hope for those in need in the community.

Column: Turning over a new leaf

Brisk nights, red and orange leaves scattered over the lawn, and pumpkin-flavored everything; cooler weather is definitely here. With all the seasonal changes, it only makes sense to make some changes about your health. It’s time to whip out the sweatshirts and scarves and handle the holidays like a pro.

What you need to know to prevent Boomeritis

It’s been dubbed Boomeritis, and there have been a slew of attempts at humor, such as calling it “the battle of wounded knees.” But, Boomeritis is real, and it’s no laughing matter.

Groundbreaking held for future 90-bed hospital in Georgetown

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: State officials, including Gov. Jack Markell, left, and members of SUN Behavioral Health recently broke ground on the new 90-bed specialty hospital in Georgetown.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: State officials, including Gov. Jack Markell, left, and members of SUN Behavioral Health recently broke ground on the new 90-bed specialty hospital in Georgetown.A groundbreaking was recently held for the future 90-bed specialty hospital with inpatient and outpatient services to be located in the College Park Retail & Office Campus in Georgetown.

The two-story, 93,000 square-foot hospital will be run by SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health, will have 10 primary-care exam rooms, two women’s health rooms, eight medical consult offices, two specialty procedure rooms, three tele-health exam rooms, a private interview room, a radiology suite, reception area, lobby and more.

At the Nov. 2 groundbreaking, Stephen Silver, of ONIX Group, the developer, said he was excited to see the site, which was once slotted to be a casino, being used for something that is much-needed in the area.

There’s proof that exercise is key to a healthier, longer life

A recent magazine cover story caught my attention. It wasn’t that it was about something we all haven’t heard before. It was one of the latest in a series of articles about health and physical and emotional fitness. What really struck me was that the scientific evidence about the benefits of exercise keep growing, but too many people still aren’t getting the message.

Frankford to host Community Health Fair on Saturday

Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!

The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.

Is your posture making you sick?

How many times did your parents tell you to stand up straight when you were a youngster? I sure heard it from my mother. She’d tell me I was going to get stuck that way and one day I wouldn’t be able to stand up straight.

Inspiration on The Point

Amputee and canine companion kayak local waterways daily

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.“On my kayak, I’m mobile — it’s the best feeling,” said Sylvia Peters. “I can go where I want, look at the birds, see deer, watch the sky and move freely.”

Peters had an above-the-knee amputation of her right leg six years ago. She lives alone with her “friend” Noel, her dog. Together, almost every day, spring through fall, for about two hours, they go kayaking.

When Peters moved into her home in Selbyville 23 years ago, she was surrounded by woods and cornfields.

“People wondered why I moved into the boondocks,” said Peters. “I had Ocean City friends who refused to visit me in the evening; they thought it was too dark and scary.”

Now, Peters’ still-shady, secluded street is surrounded on all sides by the homes and golf course of Bayside, off Route 54.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Your prostate: What you need to know, and when

Your prostate plays a vital role in your reproductive system. In our practice, Dr. Richard Paul and I educate patients on prostate health and work to ensure that men lower their risk of developing prostate cancer as they age. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it is the perfect time for you to have that conversation with your doctor.

Physical therapy can help you battle chronic pain

Chronic pain is devastating. Many people feel like they’re fighting for their lives, because chronic pain can be torturous. If you have chronic pain, you know what it means to feel caught in a cycle of such terrible pain that even the thought of getting out of bed can seem more than you can stand.

Beebe Healthcare offers tips for Family Fun Month

August is National Family Fun Month, so here are some ideas of free or low-cost activities brought to you from Beacon Pediatrics and Beebe Healthcare, to keep your family healthy, safe and active for the rest of summer!

Local women heading to Greece to help Syrian refugees

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : Two local women will be working with Nurture Project International to help mothers and children living in a Greek camp for Syrian refugees.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : Two local women will be working with Nurture Project International to help mothers and children living in a Greek camp for Syrian refugees.Two Sussex County women plan to travel to Greece this November to provide support to mothers and children living in a camp for Syrian refugees.

Geri Fitzgerald, a lactation consultant and pediatric nurse practitioner from Bethany Beach, and Carrie Keane, a midwife from Milton, will work with Nurture Project International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that, according to their website, “works to protect safe infant feeding among families impacted by crisis and disaster.”

Fitzgerald, who has worked extensively with the United Nations, said that the current refugee crisis has become a high-priority issue for the U.N. and that, in December, there will be a meeting of the member states to discuss a plan of action.

“[The refugees] have no place to go, and these are people that have been starving and they have a lot of needs, and it’s something that makes you feel that you should do something. It’s everyone’s problem.”

Column: Lean into love — coping as a caregiver

You probably didn’t see it coming and had no way to prepare, but here you are — someone you love has received a diagnosis that rocks your world. Your role has shifted; life has changed. You are the caregiver, the one responsible for maintaining daily physical needs and navigating the heavy emotional peaks and valleys of a cancer diagnosis that is not your own.

Physical therapy can make a difference for people with MS

For those who are dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS), there are many challenges that progress over time that can make even the seemingly simplest task frustrating and difficult.

Online registration now open for 2016 Delaware Coastal Cleanup volunteers

Online volunteer registration opened this week for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.

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