Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon Is Second for Speed after Boston

LVHN Via Marathon runnerAt last year’s Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon, there was no smoke coming from runners’ feet as they burnt rubber across the Lehigh River canal tow-path – though we wouldn’t have been surprised. According to a recently published Running USA article, the LVHN Via Marathon was the second fastest marathon in the country last year with a median finishing time of 3:49:56.

The LVHN Via Marathon was second only to the Boston Marathon in 2013, which had the fastest median time despite suffering an act of terror at the finish line. The local race has the fourth highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers.

The LVHN Via Marathon is a net descent course. It’s mostly flat and has relatively few hills. This makes the race extremely fast. Read More »

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton Offering Free Colon-Rectal Cancer Screening Kits

Colon-Rectal Cancer Screening KitEach year, 150,000 people nationwide are diagnosed with colon-rectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease in a year. But thanks to screening, treatments and increased awareness of the disease, there now are more colon-rectal cancer survivors than ever before. Still, colon-rectal cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer death.

To help spread the word about colon cancer, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton is offering free Hemoccult cancer screening kits throughout Colon-rectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. The test screens for the presence of blood in the stool.

Colon-rectal cancer, if identified early, is highly curable. There often are no warning signs. However, symptoms that may signal colon-rectal cancer include: Read More »

Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon Registration Price Set to Increase

lvhn via marathon 2013 runnersRegister today for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon and save up to $25 before the first price increase of the season on Thursday, March 20. The price is set to increase from $85 to $95 for the full marathon, and the half-marathon is set to increase from $55 to $60. The team relay fee increases from $225 to $250. The 5K run and walk prices remain unchanged.

As an added bonus, if you register before tomorrow’s price increase, you’ll also be entered to win a free entry for the 2014 marathon. If you’ve already registered, you’ll automatically be entered to win the free entry. Read More »

LVHN Physical Therapist Helps a Runner’s World Editor Overcome Challenge – VIDEO

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.

Deadly Flu Strain Still Affecting the Lehigh Valley; It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

Luther Rhodes, MD

Luther Rhodes, MD
Infectious diseases

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 »