The month of March has many observances related to health, health care and more. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate:
Women’s History Month
LVHN was founded by women and continues to be led and propelled forward by women today. LVHN’s workforce is 80% women, with more than 500 female physicians, more than 3,600 female registered nurses and more than 1,000 female leaders throughout the health network. LVHN is a proud recipient of Lehigh Valley Business Empowering Women Award, recognition of how women lead the way at LVHN.
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
Bleeding disorders are rare conditions that affect the body’s ability to form a clot, which leads to prolonged bleeding from injuries and surgery, and sometimes spontaneous bleeding. While these conditions are relatively rare, it’s a good idea to know their signs and symptoms, and how they develop. Check them out here.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The good news is colorectal cancer is preventable through regular screening. While a colonoscopy is the gold standard, there are now at-home colorectal cancer screening tests available as well. Here is everything you need to know about at-home colorectal cancer screenings.
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
One of the most common types of developmental disabilities is Down syndrome. If you have a person with Down syndrome in your life, you can attest that their extra chromosome gives you more to love about them. But when it comes to their health, this extra chromosome demands special care and support services – all of which can be found at LVHN’s LVPG Down Syndrome Medical Clinic.
March 2: World Teen Mental Wellness Day
We are facing an adolescent mental health crisis. Tune into “Give Me Shelter: Teens in Crisis” to hear Maria Aramburu, MD, pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, and other dedicated mental health professionals from LVHN discuss what we can do to help.
March 4: World Obesity Day
Being overweight increases your risk for many serious diseases and health conditions. For Byron Bachman, it was his liver (and his life) that took a toll. At just 36 years old, Bachman was faced with a choice: lose the weight or find himself on a liver transplant list in 10 years. Discover how bariatric surgery saved his life here.
March 26: Epilepsy Awareness Day
How do you help someone having a seizure? The Epilepsy Foundation’s seizure first-aid instructions come down to three S’s – Stay, Safe and Side. Here’s what they mean.
March 30: Doctors’ Day
On Doctors’ Day, we can all feel thankful for those who have chosen medicine as their profession. From the exceptional care they provide to guiding us through medical difficulties, our doctors help us live our healthiest lives. If you need to find a new doctor, want to learn more about our doctors or want to schedule an appointment, visit Find a Doctor today.