To Your Health

Community urged to ‘take back’ unwanted medications

This weekend, a number of area police departments will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration.

Don’t ignore gardening pains. It could signal something worse

Most people do not head for the garden planning to finish the day with aches and pains or a serious injury. Tending flowers, trimming bushes, planting a new tree, and even mowing the lawn can be considered a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For the gardener, nothing is more satisfying than stepping back and seeing how beautiful it all is.

Coastal Kayak offering three fundraiser paddles this summer

Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island has planned three fundraisers for local charities for the summer of 2016.

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

IRHS BPA, FFA to host color-run fundraiser

The students of the Indian River High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will walk, jog and run to raise funds for the school, which is introducing a program called My School Color Run (MSCR).

Pet Corner: Families flock to backyard chickens and ducks

Families flock to chickensFamilies flock to chickensIt’s that time of year again… Baby chicks and ducks! If you go into many of the farm feed stores around this time of year, you will likely see a warm red light and hear a lot of cheeping. It is the time of year that the farm feed stores get in their baby chicks and ducks that they offer for sale. Many people in this area have what are commonly called “backyard flocks.”

Now, don’t go running to your local Southern States or Tractor Supply to get yourself a few chicks. One — many of them are sold out of them almost as soon as they come in, and two, they don’t make great house pets.

(Yes, another thing I know from experience — we actually hatched eggs in my suburban Maryland home when my sisters and I were kids. Fortunately, we had a friend who had a small farm and wanted our University of Maryland fancy chickens. All two dozen of them!)

They do make great outdoor pets. They love to eat bugs. They can become quite friendly. They will follow you around the yard. They will dig up your mulch and throw it out of your once-lovely flower beds. (OK — so that’s a downside.)

National take-back initiative to collect unused medication April 30

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from the nation’s medicine cabinets.

Will the athlete in your house need Tommy John surgery?

Baseball fever is setting in for all of us who love the game. The pros are at spring training and school teams and clubs are ready to take to the field. There’s something about hearing the words, “play ball” that gives me a thrill.

The most common women’s sports injuries you should know

Over the last 20 years, I’ve been really pleased to see so many women of every age getting increasingly active in sports. You all know I’m a fan of staying active because it adds so much to your quality of life and improves your health at any age.

‘Accepting the challenge’

Schreiber breaks the mold with Custom Fit 360 in Millville

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Erik Schreiber works the bag at the new Custom Fit 360 facility in Millville.Accept the challenge.

That’s what Erik Schreiber told himself he had to do when, after making a career out of fitness, he finally decided to open his own gym last month. And at Custom Fit 360 in Millville, that’s what he asks his clients to do, too.

What he doesn’t ask those clients to do, however, is work out the way that he works out, or the way that anyone else works out, for that matter, because, as the name suggests, Custom Fit 360 is all about one thing: customizing the fitness experience for each individual client.

“Everybody has different things that they need to work on,” Schreiber explained. “You’re not gonna get P90X in here. You’re not gonna get Jillian Michaels — because that’s not customized; everybody does the same thing. You’re gonna get your own workout based on what your goals are, and we’re gonna accomplish those goals by working together.”

Individualizing everything from the exercises to the way he puts his clients through them, and even down the music selection, Schreiber is able to put the focus on specific, and typically very different, needs.

One of those clients has been local restauranteur Steve Hagen of the Off the Hook Restaurant Group, who has lost more than 30 pounds since signing up with Schreiber around three months ago.

Sea Colony’s March Madness to benefit Boys & Girls Club

Sea Colony’s indoor courts will be rockin’ Saturday evening, March 19, for the center’s annual March Madness free tennis event and fundraiser.

Open to the public for all ages and skill levels, March Madness features music, food and games, including fast-serve, slow-serve and accuracy contests, complete with prizes from 7 to 9 p.m., with free play and social from 9 to 10 p.m.

Boost your metabolism for better health

Metabolism is a term used to explain the way the body burns energy or calories. Basal metabolism, or the basal metabolic rate (BMR), represents all the involuntary activities completed by the human body to sustain life at rest in a fasting state.

Do you know the warning signs that you’re at risk of falling?

Last summer, we took a look at the increasing problem of falls. You may remember that I told you that falls have become a national health priority because of the risk of serious injury and death, and the dramatic impact on quality of life.

Donations still helping baby born with heart defect

Baby Coleton recovering ‘beautifully’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: After a series of heart surgeries and treatments, baby Coleton Lowe is recuperating happily in the arms of his father, Fenwick Island policeman Stephen Lowe.Grinning up at his parents and at complete strangers, baby Coleton Lowe is clearly the star of the show. At 3 months old, he doesn’t look like someone who was born with a congenital heart defect that required surgery within hours of his birth.

But community support has helped him get treatment, and helped keep his parents, Stephen and Amanda Lowe, nearby throughout the process.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Amanda Lowe said she wanted to tell the community. “We can’t thank you enough. You helped us save his life, let us be there with him.”

Despite an otherwise perfect pregnancy, baby Coleton was diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries, in which his largest arteries were incorrectly attached to the heart. In Coleton’s case, the pulmonary artery and aorta grew in each other’s places.

Exercise and set SMART goals to get fit this year

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past year, while making resolutions and planning for the upcoming year. The top two New Year’s resolutions are getting fit and losing weight. For both, and simply for overall health and wellbeing, exercise is a key component!

Education key to fight against heroin woes

Last week, community members gathered at a town hall meeting to have an open discussion of how to best address the growing heroin epidemic.

The back problem that’s not a back problem

A few months ago, we took a look at lower back pain and the toll it takes on so many of you. There’s one problem I want you to pay particular attention to, because it can cause great confusion.

Health Care Commission upholds psychiatric hospital approval

A 90-bed psychiatric hospital is still coming to Georgetown, after the failed appeal of the project’s initial approval was heard before the Delaware Health Care Commission. The 70,000-square-foot hospital is to be located in Georgetown, adjacent to La Red and Beebe Healthcare facilities. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017, with construction to begin next year.

Guest Column: Red and processed meats — delicious or dangerous?

If you follow the latest diet and nutrition trends, it was hard to miss the most recent report on red and processed meats from the World Health Organization (WHO). Scary headlines claiming processed meats are as bad as smoking had people dropping their bacon cheeseburger and ordering a salad. While shocking, these statements are not completely true.