To Your Health

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.

Guest Column: Getting the most out of your vacation (and life)

Have you ever needed a “vacation” after your vacation? Did you ever go home after your well-earned vacation feeling tired, exhausted, run down? Sometimes we spend our entire vacation making sure everyone else is having a good time, and we forget to take any time out for ourselves. But perhaps the answer is as simple as just taking the time to enjoy the present moment.

Column: Can oil pulling improve your dental health?

Recently, I went for my regular check-up with my dentist of many years. He said he had never seen my gums look so pink and healthy. Since gum disease is a concern in aging, I was delighted with his comment. I told him the only difference was that I had been practicing oil pulling — a practice I had learned in yoga some 30 years ago but had forgotten.

Tips to avoid summer sports injuries

I love warm weather. It brings out the kid in me and probably in you, too. Maybe that’s because, from the time we’re kids, we think of summer as all about fun and freedom. I have so many memories of wishing I didn’t have to go home to wash up and eat dinner. I couldn’t finish fast enough and get back outside to play with my friends. It was the best.

The connection between breast cancer and bone health

So many great strides have been made in breast cancer research in the past few decades that there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Although the tragedy of experiencing breast cancer cannot be diminished, the fact is that more than ever before, breast cancer survivors are living long and fulfilling lives.

HLFM Bike to Market Day this Saturday, July 2

Bike to Market Day at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is this Saturday, July 2. Market organizers are urging everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market at George H. P. Smith Park in Lewes to do so.

Farmers’ market season brings freshness to customers

In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.

Stay hydrated while exercising in the summer heat

With summer and increased air temperature days approaching, it is important to learn how to safely exercise and be active outdoors. Common strategies include: Better choices for what to wear, exercise intensity consciousness and timing, and having water or hydration fluids readily available.

How sleep, or lack of it, affects our health

Having a good night’s sleep is very important. If you are not sleeping well, or are not rested in the morning, seek help. You may have a sleep disorder that can be treated. Treatment of sleep disorders may help you manage your chronic diseases better, and may improve your health and longevity.

About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems.

Don’t add a trip to the emergency department this vacation

Summer means tens of thousands of people are visiting Delaware beaches. They are strolling on the boardwalk and spreading out in the sand with towels, chairs and umbrellas. The Delaware beaches offer a summer playground with the ocean waters bringing relief from the sun’s sweltering rays. Yet, the power of the waves and tides also poses serious health and safety risks.

Things we love – June 17, 2016

Coastal Point Staff

Summer has arrived — unofficially, at least— with the Memorial Day weekend, as it does every year. And that change of seasons and the seasonal nature of the resort area brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.

Pet preparations to take during tropical storm season

Tropical storm season is upon us again. It runs from June 1 through Nov. 31, but after that, it is time for the winter storms. So, basically, if you live around here, it is best to just always be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and evacuations. And, if you own a pet, you should make preparations for them, too.

RELYance, Get Well Gabby team up for June 18 Skim A Thon

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at last year’s Skim A Thon.Coastal Point • Submitted: Ryan McLaughlin won a new skimboard from Exile after raising the most funds at last year’s Skim A Thon.On Saturday, June 18, not only can local residents learn how to skimboard, they can help fight childhood cancer while they do.

Back again at the Delaware Sea Shore State Park is the Skim A Thon for Childhood Cancer, organized by Carolynn Vogel and the Get Well Gabby Foundation, in honor of her daughter Gabby Vogel, who passed away at the age of 5 after a battle with cancer.

“Basically, we’re looking for community support to be able to support the community,” said Vogel, noting that since Get Well Gabby’s inception, the fund has donated $98,000 to the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children’s Oncology Unit.

After promising a grant of $125,000 to go toward building a dedicated playroom in the Oncology Unit, a new electronic medical record system and supporting local families afflicted by cancer, Vogel said they’re hoping to fulfill that promise by the end of the summer.

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

American Wetlands Month features research, special programs

This month, DNREC is observing American Wetlands Month with ongoing efforts to restore wetlands, raise awareness of their values and benefits, and encourage actions to protect them.

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament set for June 4

As part of their activities for National Fishing & Boating Week (June 4-12), Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold their 30th Annual Delaware Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Beebe offers CPR classes for consumers and medical professionals

The American Heart Association (AHA) has reported that, each year, more than 735,000 people in the United States suffer a heart attack. Of those, about 120,000 die.

Coastal Delaware Running Festival raises funds for local groups

Dewey Beach and the surrounding beach communities recently hosted the weekend-long festivities of the 2nd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival.

Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer scheduled for June 18

The second Skim a Thon for Childhood Cancer will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road Beach, south of Dewey Beach. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

Ornish program helps Dagsboro woman undo her heart disease

“I have always been active and exercised regularly — that’s why it was such a surprise when I passed out for no apparent reason in 2014,” said Wilma Petenbrink, 68, of Dagsboro. “I fell and fractured my spine when I passed out, but throughout my spine treatment, neither I nor my doctor could determine why I’d passed out in the first place.”