Relay team member, Kathryn Armstrong, shows off a pair of arm-warmers at the Finish Line in Emmaus.
The Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via is less than one week away! With that in mind, a couple of relay team members who work for the health network’s marketing and public affairs department stopped by the Finish Line in Emmaus to make sure that they are properly outfitted for the big day. The best advice they received: Everyone is different! In other words, do what works for you, but if you’re still trying to figure that out, here are some tips to get you started:
- Run the race in what you wear to train. Don’t buy a bunch of fancy new clothes for race day. Wear what’s been working for you during your training.
- Make sure you have really good socks. This is especially important if you are running a longer distance than usual. Socks should fit well and wick moisture from your feet. Damp socks = blisters.
- No matter what the weather is like, make sure your clothing also wicks moisture away. Whether it’s hot, cool or cold, when you run a long distance, you will sweat, so make sure you are wearing clothing that is designed to wick the moisture away from your skin.
- If race day is chilly, dress in layers. Many runners wear “throw-away” layers over their running clothes. These are old t-shirts that they can pull off and leave behind as they warm up on the course. Maura, from the Finish Line, also showed our team members some arm warmers that are specially designed for runners. These cover the arm from the top of the hand to the biceps and can be rolled down or removed and tucked into your waist band when the morning chill has passed.
Stores like the Finish Line can help you get ready if Via is your first big race. Their associates are a great resource for new runners. Look for the LVHN marketing relay team on Sunday. They will be the runners who win the “best dressed” category!
Endowed chairs are common in higher education but rare at community teaching hospitals. Lehigh Valley Health Network currently has 13 endowed chairs and recently announced new holders for three of them: Michael Pasquale, MD, in surgery; Ann Panik, RN, senior vice president for patient care services, in nursing; and Alex Rosenau, DO, in emergency medicine. “Our endowed chairs allow us to enhance patient care through education and clinical research, thereby creating a healthier community,” said Ronald Swinfard, MD, the health network’s president and chief executive officer. Some of the services the new chair holders hope to fund through their appointments include the development of mobile health care apps to give doctors key health information about patients on their cell phones; boosting the number of registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees; and adding a pediatric emergency medicine simulator to further the education of caregivers in the area’s only Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital—Cedar Crest. The chairs are made possible through the generosity of donors including the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, the Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital and community members.
Endowed chairs are common in higher education but rare at community teaching hospitals. Lehigh Valley Health Network currently has 13 endowed chairs and recently announced new holders for three of them: Michael Pasquale, MD, in surgery; Ann Panik, RN, senior vice president for patient care services, in nursing; and Alex Rosenau, DO, in emergency medicine. Read More
60-year-old Larry Rafes is on a mission. Right now, he’s halfway through a 10-day, 200-mile kayak trip down the Lehigh and Delaware rivers to spread the message about organ donation. The Laurys Station man is himself the recipient of a kidney which saved his life and changed him for the better. Read More
Matthew Martinez, MD, a cardiologist with Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists, recently spoke to coaches and parents of the East Penn School District about sudden cardiac arrest. A new law in Pennsylvania requires schools to provide education to coaches about the signs and symptoms and who may be at risk. Dr. Martinez oversees Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Sports Cardiology Program with expertise in caring for athletes with cardiac symptoms and determining if they are at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest. He will be visiting other schools to talk about the condition and the program, which emphasizes education of parents and the community with the intent of making sure athletes are healthy and keeping them in action. In addition, it offers an integrated treatment approach that includes sports medicine, physical medicine, rehabilitation and nutrition specialists. By evaluating symptoms, the program’s sports cardiologists can diagnose heart and vascular disease early with the hope of keeping young athletes safe and able to continue playing sports.