Disney Channel’s Peyton List to Appear at Special Free Local Event

Peyton ListYou may know her as Emma Ross on the Disney Channel Original Series “Jessie.” If you don’t, it’s a good bet your adolescent son or daughter does. Rest assured, when Peyton List visits the Lehigh Valley on May 31 in connection with Community Canvas, a lot of area children are going to be excited.

Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark. It has involved aspiring artists from five area elementary schools taking part in four events. At each event, 10 artists are given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The mission behind Community Canvas is to promote healthy eating habits and all-around wellness for all Lehigh Valley children. Artwork from all Community Canvas events will be displayed in a new Children’s Hospital art gallery and through Lehigh Valley Health Network facilities.

The top eight artists qualify for the Grand Finale, scheduled for the Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2-4 p.m. on Memorial Day (May 26). The overall winner will receive a prize pack from Radio Disney Philadelphia as well as a private meet and greet opportunity with Peyton List at the event at the Allentown YMCA/YWCA, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Registration for this public appearance is available at LVHN.org/canvas. The first 150 people who register will receive premium access to the event, which will include a public meet and greet and autograph opportunity with the Disney Channel star. Read More »

Explore the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary This Saturday

Our epic winter is finally over, and warmer temperatures mean it’s time to head outdoors. A 1.5-mile walk through the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Read More »

Stamp Your Ticket to Wellness

get out lehigh valley passport Fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery add up to a healthier lifestyle thanks to Get Out! Lehigh Valley, an outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits.

The next event – Saturday, April 12, at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus – also marks the debut of a new feature that offers even more benefits.

Pick up a Get Out! Lehigh Valley Passport and have it stamped at our upcoming events. If you attend 10 or more of the year’s 19 events, you’ll receive a wellness trail packet filled with maps of Get Out! Lehigh Valley venues and other regional trails. You’ll also be eligible to win a hiking pole at the end of the year. Sturdy, lightweight hiking poles take strain off the knees and thighs and offer added security on wet, slippery trails.

You can register for the April 12 Pool Sanctuary walk or any Get Out! Lehigh Valley event online or by calling 610-402-CARE.

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 »

Save a Life; Become an Organ Donor

Be an Organ Donor GraphicEvery day in the U.S., 79 people receive organ transplants. Sadly, 18 other people in the U.S. die each day waiting for organs that aren’t available because there aren’t enough organ donors. What’s more, the loved ones of those 18 other people could be suffering unnecessarily.  If enough people would register as organ, eye and tissue donors, there wouldn’t be a need for a national organ transplant waiting list.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is committed to raising awareness and encouraging more organ donation in our community. It’s why LVHN is taking part in the 2014 Donate Life Hospital Campaign, which is sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Throughout the commonwealth and across the nation, hospitals are joining organ, eye and tissue donation organizations to promote these efforts. LVHN’s partners in this endeavor include Gift of Life, the organ procurement agency in the Lehigh Valley region.

Throughout the month of April, LVHN will conduct a series of organ donation awareness activities, including media and social outreach, and a variety of patient and community events coordinated by the Transplant Center of the Lehigh Valley. Read More »