When Katie Neitz needed help recently to overcome chronic hamstring problems, she turned to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physical therapist Craig Souders. Neitz is the mind-and-body editor for Runner’s World magazine, a trusted go-to guide for runners of all ages. Souders is a sub-three-hour marathon runner.
As Neitz explains in the March 2014 issue of Runner’s World, she attended a running clinic in New York and learned her chronic hamstring issues were caused by gluteal weakness, a common problem for runners. Souders helped Neitz get back on track with a series of exercises that targeted her weak spots.
In addition to the article, Runner’s World also produced a video showing the exercises Souders used to help Neitz regain her form. Watch it below.
Both Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network are warning area residents that a deadly strain of the flu is still here. Contrary to recent years, this current version of the flu is affecting younger, healthier people who may not have gotten their flu shot this year.
In a joint statement from Luther Rhodes, MD, LVHN’s chief of hospital epidemiology and infection control, and Jeffrey Jahre, MD, Sr. Luke’s senior vice president for medical and academic affairs and chief of infectious diseases, both say this flu season has picked up momentum, and people are feeling the symptoms more severely and all at once. More concerning is the fact that reasonably healthy people under age 50 who have not been vaccinated are becoming seriously ill very rapidly.
The types of patients both health networks are seeing are those whose conditions have deteriorated quickly from having normal flu symptoms that transition into a life-threatening situation in fewer than 24 hours. Read More»
While temperatures are dangerously cold, local agencies are increasing efforts to protect the area’s homeless.
Starting today, the Allentown YMCA-YWCA will keep its doors open after 10:30 p.m. as a temporary shelter for people in the Lehigh Valley who are looking to stay out of the cold during “Cold Blue” nights. Lehigh County Emergency Management will declare a “Code Blue” anytime the temperature is projected to dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit overnight and plans to post the notification on its website.
The YMCA-YWCA is at 425 S. 15th St.
Besides the YMCA-YWCA, other area shelters include: Read More»
Runners set off at the start of the 2013 Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon.
The weather might be frightful. . . but it soon will turn delightful for runners and walkers throughout the Lehigh Valley. Registration is now open for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon. This year, race day weekend activities start on Saturday, Sept. 6, with the Kids Run, 5K Run and Via Walk. Sunday, Sept. 7 will then include the marathon, half-marathon and team relay.
Last year, for the first time in the race history, the marathon, half-marathon and team relay sold out. So don’t miss out on your chance to run one of the fastest and most scenic races in our region. The race starts at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and winds through Allentown and Bethlehem before ending in Easton. The flat and fast course also is a Boston Marathon Qualifier and had the fourth-highest Boston qualifying percentage of all marathons in the U.S.
The first price increase of the marathon, half-marathon and team relay is Wednesday, March 19. The last day to register is Sunday, Aug. 10, or until sold out.
The new guidelines suggest that people over age 60 can have a higher blood pressure than previously recommended before starting treatment to lower it. This is the first time in more than 30 years that the recommendation for people with high blood pressure has changed.
“The guidelines we’ve worked with in the past suggest interventions for most people with a 140/90 and 130/90 for people with co-morbidities like diabetes,” Ahnert says. “But scientific evidence really suggests that the new target blood pressure to start interventions should be roughly 150/90 for most people and for certain age groups.”