Frederick Jerant, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Saving for College: Why You Need a 529 Plan

Is college on the horizon for your kids? If so, you’ll probably face some extreme sticker shock when confronted with the bills. The average cost of a four-year private college was $35,260 for the 2017-2018 school year, according to the College Board. But on the priciest end of the spectrum, you could pay up to $60,000 per year. You should obviously be saving, but simply so... »

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Bucket List: 5 Fun Things to Do With Everyone in Your Family This Summer

Most of us have packed schedules, so a week-long getaway to a vacation spot hours away is unrealistic. But you don’t have to sit at home either. Instead, consider grabbing your family and day-tripping to one of the Lehigh Valley’s many adventure- and culture-filled destinations. There’s something for absolutely everyone. Who said a staycation had to be boring? For the Wate... »

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

Raise Sharp Kids With Music

We hear so much music in a day—on TV, at restaurants, blasting from car stereos—that we often take it for granted. But from time to time, it’s good to remind yourself just how amazing it is. After all, no other species on the planet makes music!  “Music-making is one of the activities that make us distinctly human,” says Paul Murphy, PhD, chair of the music department at M... »

Protect Those Peepers!

Protect Those Peepers!

It’s often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But in reality, eyes are the windows to knowledge. As kids, they’re how we learn about shapes, colors, letters, numbers—and the limitless ways in which they can be combined in the world around us. But not every child is graced with perfect vision, and that can lead to difficulties around the home, in the classroom,... »

Orthopedic Care – Patient Success!

Orthopedic Care – Patient Success!

For years, Leslie Warren of Bethlehem had been an avid gardener and motorcyclist. That is, until sharp pain in his hip started interfering with his activities. “Getting on and off the bike started to bother me,” he recalls. “Then it became painful just going up and down stairs. I consider myself to be a tough old bird, so I just sucked it up and kept going.” »

Senior Services

Senior Services

“Aging gracefully, in place” is everyone’s goal. Fortunately, St. Luke’s University Health Network offers many convenient programs to help us accomplish that. Here’s a quick look at three of them. »

Get Your Tail on the Trail

Get Your Tail on the Trail

One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and also get exercise is by visiting any of the dozens of exceptional hiking trails available to us locally. Don’t be fooled, just because they’re largely referred to as hiking trails, most of them are also perfect for walking, decompressing from the work week, and taking in the scenery. One of our favorites is Lehigh Parkway. Wit... »

Get Real About a Gut Check

Get Real About a Gut Check

Even though colon cancer is still a leading cause of death in the U.S., there’s some good news to report. Noel Martins, MD, section chief of the gastroenterology division at St. Luke’s University Health Network, brought us up to date. »

Skip the RX

Skip the RX

Whether their symptoms are a runny nose, fever, or stuffy sinuses, many patients insist on being prescribed an antibiotic because “it’ll cure me faster.” But that’s not always the case, cautions Michael A. Abgott, MD, Network Chair of Family Medicine and Vice President/Senior Medical Director of St. Luke’s Physician Group. For starters, antibiotics are not cure-alls. “Anti... »

Quick, Check the Freezer!

Quick, Check the Freezer!

In the hubbub of a medical emergency, could you quickly lay your hands on essential information?  Where do you keep your lists of medications and allergies? How about your advanced directive? A living will? Your power-of-attorney? Well, thanks to a new initiative sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network, seniors and others can stash that critical information in an... »

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