To Your Health

Free health fair at Bayside Chapel is for mind, body and spirit

Hoping to provide a healthier new year, Bayside Chapel will host its first Winter Health & Wellness Event on Saturday, Feb. 7.

“One of our members thought that, since it’s a new year and a lot of people are thinking about being more fit and trying to make resolutions to be a better you, [we’d] try to meet the need in the community,” said the Rev. Jim Penuel.

Influenza: Nothing to cough at

With the influenza A (H3N2) viruses sickening many people around the country, medical professionals have been urging community members to get their flu shots this year.

“I recommend everyone get a flu shot,” said Dr. Nicole Alu, a family physician with Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Del. “I think it’s the best protection.”

Piriformis syndrome is a serious pain for runners

It causes intense pain and it can keep you sidelined for weeks or even months. Piriformis syndrome is often light-heartedly referred to as a real pain in the butt for runners, but it’s no laughing matter. No matter how experienced you are and whether you are a marathon runner or a casual running fan, you don’t want to mess around with this one.

Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach sets dates for summer run/walk series

That 2015 resolution can be a healthy one when people start their exercise routines to get ready to run or walk the annual Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Run/Walk Series 2015, which will begin on May 25 and end with the 39th Bottle and Cork 10-mile run.

Fun Fit Vibe makes some good vibrations in Millville

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Greg Mervine stands atop a Power Plate at his store, Fun Fit Vibe in MIllville, while using a paddle.Greg Mervine believes that being proactive with his health is the least expensive form of health care. That’s why he brought his business, Fun Fit Vibe, to the corner of Central Avenue in Millville.

Fun Fit Vibe is not a gym, but pairs clients with coaches to work one-on-one, using the Power Plate.

The Power Plate is a small, round platform that vibrates at 25 to 50 times per second. Like most exercise machines, it has a handle and computer monitor attached.

People can stretch or exercise while the platform vibrates, stimulates muscles and encourages blood flow.

That stimulates muscles “down to a cellular level,” Mervine said. As the muscles expand and contract around the bone, the bone strengthens, and density increases. “It’s not overbearing. It’s low impact, high results.”

The vibration “naturally increases gravity by accelerating the platform you stand … on,” reads the Fun Fit Vibe website.

Although it can be used while people are stationary, Power Plate is even more effective during exercise.

A New Year’s resolution worth keeping: A healthier you in 2015

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, so why is it so hard? Every holiday season, I hear from so many people about their New Year’s resolution to get healthy with a commitment to become physically active. Chances are you or someone you know has made that resolution before. What’s a shame is that for too many of us it doesn’t last long.

What you should know about core strength

It’s always interesting to see how trends come and go. Leisure suits, hip-huggers, mini-skirts and Members Only jackets in the ’70s and ’80s were fashion must-haves. The same is true in fitness. Remember the sauna suits and the ThighMaster?

Guest Column: Meatless Mondays: Here’s the real inside dish from Beebe

Across the country, the Meatless Monday campaign has gained momentum as a new way of thinking, shopping, and eating.

Beebe’s Halstead travels to India for medical mission

As soon as Claudia Halstead’s plane touched down in India, she said, she could feel the swell of humanity. Driving the six hours from the airport to the orphanage she would call home for the next 10 days, humanity was everywhere. Swells of people rose and fell along the roads, even on the rural roads.

Beebe among hospitals with lowest mortality rates after heart attack

Becker’s Healthcare publication “Infection Control & Clinical Quality” recently compared the nation’s hospitals in terms of deaths within 30 days of a heart attack, and the report, published Nov. 12, found Beebe Healthcare to be among the 48 hospitals with the lowest 30-day heart attack mortality rates in the nation, as determined by data from Hospital Compare.

Do you know the top 10 most common running mistakes?

I am a huge fan of running because it is one of the best ways to increase your health.

It boosts your immune system, preventing a variety of diseases and health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, while raising your good cholesterol levels. Medical research has shown that people who run have a more agile brain that functions, like that of someone much younger, too.

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.

The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim Hill was diagnosed with the disease. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the clinic.

Clean your fish, and eat it, too, at Gilled to Grilled events

Life-Saving Station offers new workshop

Eight whole rockfish laid on cutting boards as a roomful of people nervously picked up their knives. They had never fileted a fish before, but were ready to try at the “Gilled to Grilled” workshop at Indian River Life-Saving Station.

PRMC’s Delmarva Health Pavilion opens in Millsboro

‘We know we need to provide services for you to walk into close to home’

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) officially cut the ribbon on its new Delmarva Health Pavilion in Millsboro on Oct. 22.

“What a privilege it is to stand here during this grand opening of our magnificent grand opening,” said Dr. Peggy Naleppa, president and CEO.

Is that pain in your foot plantar fascitis?

It is painful and it can make your life absolutely miserable. Plantar fasciitis does not discriminate.

Lions offer vision screening and more to the community

The Fenwick Lions Club provided vision screenings to over 300 children at Georgetown Elementary School last month.

Don’t let hip bursitis beat you

You’ve probably heard friends or family talking about bursitis. It typically occurs in the elbow, shoulder, knee and hip. Some people have experienced it in the base of the big toe or a heel. The hips seem to be the areas often impacted and it is very common, but there’s much confusion about this really painful problem.

In fact, most people think that hip bursitis is a function of age, but that’s not the real picture. The effects of aging certainly are a leading cause, but young people are at risk, too. This is one nasty problem to wrestle with, but you can save yourself or someone you know needless suffering by getting up to speed on the causes, symptoms and treatments.

We all know that muscles, tendons and bones work together to allow movement of our joints. As those movements occur, the friction that occurs between those structures is reduced and the way is smoothed by a thin sac of tissue called a bursa. The bursae (that’s the plural form of bursa) are filled with fluid that serve as a lubricant to reduce friction.

What you should know about the debate over stretching and injury prevention

How many times have you been told to stretch before exercising or engaging in any sport or workout? Is it a good idea? Does it work? It’s a very controversial topic, and the science is contradictory, too.

Zumbathon set for Oct. 18 at Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.Coastal Point • Submitted : Zumbathon participants get their bodies moving at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony.The third annual Zumbathon at the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The event has raised more than $1,000 for breast cancer research during each of its first two years, but participants don’t have to be Zumba experts to join the effort for the cause.

“You don’t even ever have to have done Zumba before,” said Sea Colony Activities & Fitness Manager Jen Neal. “It’s just to help support the cause and come have fun for two hours.”

During the two-hour dance party, participants are being encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness, and there will even be an award for best-dressed.

Free Frankford Health Fair this weekend aims for wellness

Whether people are looking for a free flu shot or free lunch, the Frankford Health Fair will offer both, and more, when it returns to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 4.

“We’ve been doing this one for several years, and each year it gets bigger and better,” said Megan Williams of Beebe Healthcare’s Population Health Department.