Features in June 2019

Fit For Life

Good health is not merely the absence of disease, but an overall abundance of wellness in areas such as fitness, nutrition, and mental health. To paint the portrait of a healthy lifestyle that can carry you into old age, you have to dip your paintbrush in many colors. Proper nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness will help you create a masterpiece.

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Strengthening the Heart of Allentown

Sacred Heart Hospital’s roots date back to 1912, when the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart began caring for the neighborhood’s sick and injured during a diphtheria outbreak. The hospital was formally organized in 1915.

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Shorts in June 2019

Running Makes a Body Strong

Why do dedicated runners run?

Well, the physical benefits are obvious. Aerobic activity can lead to stronger muscles, increased lung capacity, a more efficient cardiovascular system, weight loss, better flexibility, and improved stamina.

But there can be an almost spiritual component to running, as well.

“Everyone’s aware of the physical benefits of running,” says Michael F. Martinez, MD, general surgeon with St. Luke’s Carbon Surgical Associates and founder of the Blue Mountain 5K race. “But the psychological effects are underappreciated. Personally, 90% of the benefits I get are above the neck. Running gives me a real sense of calmness and confidence.” Dr. Martinez and his son hit the road practically every day, in all seasons and all weather. “It helps me appreciate what each of the seasons has to offer,” he says.

Bill Moyer, president of St. Luke’s West Region and Allentown Campus, agrees. “When I go on longer runs, I like to be in a group, so I can talk with the other runners while we work out. But on shorter distances, I often go by myself. It helps me clear my mind and improve my concentration,” he says.

“I think it’s a great sport, but not everyone’s cut out for it,” he adds. “St. Luke’s encourages everyone to participate in some kind of physical activity. That’s one of the reasons we’re in the community with health initiatives for students, a ‘walk with your doctor’ program and others.”

St. Luke’s is also the new title sponsor for the Via Marathon scheduled for September 8. There’s also a half-marathon, a team relay event and a race for kids. Moyer will be part of the relay race and hopes to complete the half-marathon.

“The Via Marathon is our largest annual fundraiser,” says Jillian Lovejoy, communications director for Via of the Lehigh Valley. “The proceeds support our services to people with disabilities, but there’s a strong economic impact on the Lehigh Valley itself. Because our race is a major qualifier for the Boston marathon, thousands of people, from the U.S., and overseas, will be visiting our local restaurants, shops, and hotels.”

Lovejoy added that St. Luke’s will provide substantial medical resources at the race’s finish line, as well as training plans for anyone interested in preparing for the race.

Get complete information about the Marathon – everything from registration and fees to training guides and transportation – by visiting viamarathon.org

St. Lukes All Stars 2019

The Lehigh Valley is home to a rich crop of student-athletes, coaches, and sports medicine providers. St. Luke’s University Health Network celebrates excellence in athletics with St. Luke’s All-Star Awards Night. This year’s All-Star honorees walked the red carpet on May 8th at Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem. The event was televised live on WFMZ.

“Sports play such a vital role in the lives of students, building character, promoting teamwork, and encouraging commitment and personal responsibility,” says John Hauth, EdD, LAT, ATC, Senior Network Administrator of Sports Medicine Relations for St. Luke’s University Health Network. “St. Luke’s was thrilled to host this All-Star event and pay tribute to all of the hard work and dedication of our region’s brightest student-athletes.”

 

All-Star Female Team Winner:

Parkland Girls’ Soccer Team

With an overall season record of 23-3, this team won its fifth straight Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship and fourth straight District 11 Championship.

All-Star Male Team Winner:

Freedom High School Boys’ Soccer Team

With a 20-2-4 overall record, the Freedom High School Boys’ Soccer Team was named the District 11 Champions and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Champions. The team was a real powerhouse on offense and on defense, with 73 goals and 19 shut-outs.

All-Star Coach Winner:

Bobbi Jo Powell, Easton Area HS Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country

Bobbi Jo brought out the best in her runners this season, leading both the Boys’ and Girls’ cross country teams to PIAA District XI titles.

All-Star Sports Medicine Provider Winner:

Dr. Nicholas Avallone, St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care

Medical Director of Sports Medicine for St. Luke’s Warren Campus, Dr. Nicholas Avallone serves as the team physician for multiple high schools and colleges in New Jersey.

All-Star Club Sports Winner:

Katie Leary, Parkettes National Gymnastics Club

Accomplished gymnast, Katie recently won the 2019 Level 10 PA State Championship, winning both the all-around competition and bars routine.

All-Star Against All Odds Winner:

Gage Dannecker, William Allen HS – Football, Wrestling, Swimming, Track & Field

Never backing away from a challenge or using his disability as a crutch, Gage participates in several sports, including football, wrestling, swimming, and track and field despite being legally blind.

All-Star Difference Maker Winner:

Joseph Ozgar, Easton Area HS Cross Country, Track & Field

Joseph is a two-time district medalist and a four-time league medalist in track. He also captained the cross country team that won the District XI championship two years in a row.

All-Star Female Athlete Winner:

Olivia Snyder, Southern Lehigh HS Girls’ Basketball Team

Olivia Snyder finished her high school basketball career with a record-setting 2,077 points, leading Southern Lehigh to its first trip to the state finals.

All-Star Male Athlete Winner:

William Mirams, Notre Dame HS, (East Stroudsburg) Golf Team

William is a four-time PIAA District 11 Champion, a two-time regional champion and was named the PIAA state champion his senior year.

When the Going Gets Tough

We’ve all heard the cliché, “Guys don’t like to talk about their feelings.”

But there’s other stuff guys don’t want to talk about­­—or even think about—even though they should. Things like urinary difficulties and other prostate problems.

“Situations like these are common aspects of normal aging,” says urologist Zachariah Goldsmith, MD, PhD, “and they usually start to emerge after the age of 50.”

About half of all men have some degree of prostate swelling, medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It’s one of the causes of nocturia—that aggravating need to wake up at night, trudge to the bathroom, and empty your bladder again and again. Other possible causes include too much fluid before bedtime, sleep disorders, and an actual obstruction of the urethra, the duct that allows urine to flow out of the body.

“The prostate is a funny thing,” says Dr. Goldsmith, “because it has a kind of design flaw. The urethra passes right through it, and as the prostate expands, it squeezes the urethra.” Over time, the bladder may become unable to empty completely. “Also, an enlarged prostate can lead to blood in the urine, urinary tract infections, or the need to insert a catheter,” he adds.

There are safe and effective medications (such as Flomax) to treat an enlarged prostate and related symptoms. “For the most part, they’ve been around for decades,” Dr. Goldsmith says. “They tend to work quickly and have relatively minimal side effects.”

But if medications don’t work­—or the side effects bother you—surgical intervention is another option. One such procedure is the UroLift—a once-and-done treatment that physically holds back the swollen prostate tissue. It uses no heat, no lasers, and removes no tissues. “It’s my specialty,” Dr. Goldsmith says, “and it offers the shortest downtime and fewest side effects.”
Although nocturia is mostly a nuisance, there’s a darker side of prostate problems: cancer. “It’s the most common internal cancer in men,” Dr. Goldsmith says, “afflicting about one in seven.” Some of its later-stage symptoms are difficult urination, blood in the urine, pelvic discomfort, and bone pain. But in its early stage, there may be no symptoms at all.

“Fortunately, it’s almost always curable­—if it’s found early enough,” he says. Two common detection methods are the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and a rectal exam.

For any sort of prostate difficulty, it’s important to be proactive. “The best thing you can do is watch for symptoms—especially if you have a family history of prostate trouble—and report them to your primary care physician,” Dr. Goldsmith concludes. “I’ve seen guys who ignored early-warning symptoms for decades; if you wait too long, problems can be harder to fix.”

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