To Your Health

Frankford to host Community Health Fair on Saturday

Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!

The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.

Is your posture making you sick?

How many times did your parents tell you to stand up straight when you were a youngster? I sure heard it from my mother. She’d tell me I was going to get stuck that way and one day I wouldn’t be able to stand up straight.

Inspiration on The Point

Amputee and canine companion kayak local waterways daily

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Sylvia Peters and her canine friend Noel kayak from The Point on a daily basis. Peters was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease, and had to have her leg amputated.“On my kayak, I’m mobile — it’s the best feeling,” said Sylvia Peters. “I can go where I want, look at the birds, see deer, watch the sky and move freely.”

Peters had an above-the-knee amputation of her right leg six years ago. She lives alone with her “friend” Noel, her dog. Together, almost every day, spring through fall, for about two hours, they go kayaking.

When Peters moved into her home in Selbyville 23 years ago, she was surrounded by woods and cornfields.

“People wondered why I moved into the boondocks,” said Peters. “I had Ocean City friends who refused to visit me in the evening; they thought it was too dark and scary.”

Now, Peters’ still-shady, secluded street is surrounded on all sides by the homes and golf course of Bayside, off Route 54.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Your prostate: What you need to know, and when

Your prostate plays a vital role in your reproductive system. In our practice, Dr. Richard Paul and I educate patients on prostate health and work to ensure that men lower their risk of developing prostate cancer as they age. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it is the perfect time for you to have that conversation with your doctor.

Physical therapy can help you battle chronic pain

Chronic pain is devastating. Many people feel like they’re fighting for their lives, because chronic pain can be torturous. If you have chronic pain, you know what it means to feel caught in a cycle of such terrible pain that even the thought of getting out of bed can seem more than you can stand.

Beebe Healthcare offers tips for Family Fun Month

August is National Family Fun Month, so here are some ideas of free or low-cost activities brought to you from Beacon Pediatrics and Beebe Healthcare, to keep your family healthy, safe and active for the rest of summer!

Local women heading to Greece to help Syrian refugees

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : Two local women will be working with Nurture Project International to help mothers and children living in a Greek camp for Syrian refugees.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted : Two local women will be working with Nurture Project International to help mothers and children living in a Greek camp for Syrian refugees.Two Sussex County women plan to travel to Greece this November to provide support to mothers and children living in a camp for Syrian refugees.

Geri Fitzgerald, a lactation consultant and pediatric nurse practitioner from Bethany Beach, and Carrie Keane, a midwife from Milton, will work with Nurture Project International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that, according to their website, “works to protect safe infant feeding among families impacted by crisis and disaster.”

Fitzgerald, who has worked extensively with the United Nations, said that the current refugee crisis has become a high-priority issue for the U.N. and that, in December, there will be a meeting of the member states to discuss a plan of action.

“[The refugees] have no place to go, and these are people that have been starving and they have a lot of needs, and it’s something that makes you feel that you should do something. It’s everyone’s problem.”

Column: Lean into love — coping as a caregiver

You probably didn’t see it coming and had no way to prepare, but here you are — someone you love has received a diagnosis that rocks your world. Your role has shifted; life has changed. You are the caregiver, the one responsible for maintaining daily physical needs and navigating the heavy emotional peaks and valleys of a cancer diagnosis that is not your own.

Physical therapy can make a difference for people with MS

For those who are dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS), there are many challenges that progress over time that can make even the seemingly simplest task frustrating and difficult.

Online registration now open for 2016 Delaware Coastal Cleanup volunteers

Online volunteer registration opened this week for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.

Guest Column: Getting the most out of your vacation (and life)

Have you ever needed a “vacation” after your vacation? Did you ever go home after your well-earned vacation feeling tired, exhausted, run down? Sometimes we spend our entire vacation making sure everyone else is having a good time, and we forget to take any time out for ourselves. But perhaps the answer is as simple as just taking the time to enjoy the present moment.

Column: Can oil pulling improve your dental health?

Recently, I went for my regular check-up with my dentist of many years. He said he had never seen my gums look so pink and healthy. Since gum disease is a concern in aging, I was delighted with his comment. I told him the only difference was that I had been practicing oil pulling — a practice I had learned in yoga some 30 years ago but had forgotten.

Tips to avoid summer sports injuries

I love warm weather. It brings out the kid in me and probably in you, too. Maybe that’s because, from the time we’re kids, we think of summer as all about fun and freedom. I have so many memories of wishing I didn’t have to go home to wash up and eat dinner. I couldn’t finish fast enough and get back outside to play with my friends. It was the best.

The connection between breast cancer and bone health

So many great strides have been made in breast cancer research in the past few decades that there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Although the tragedy of experiencing breast cancer cannot be diminished, the fact is that more than ever before, breast cancer survivors are living long and fulfilling lives.

HLFM Bike to Market Day this Saturday, July 2

Bike to Market Day at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is this Saturday, July 2. Market organizers are urging everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market at George H. P. Smith Park in Lewes to do so.

Farmers’ market season brings freshness to customers

In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.

Stay hydrated while exercising in the summer heat

With summer and increased air temperature days approaching, it is important to learn how to safely exercise and be active outdoors. Common strategies include: Better choices for what to wear, exercise intensity consciousness and timing, and having water or hydration fluids readily available.

How sleep, or lack of it, affects our health

Having a good night’s sleep is very important. If you are not sleeping well, or are not rested in the morning, seek help. You may have a sleep disorder that can be treated. Treatment of sleep disorders may help you manage your chronic diseases better, and may improve your health and longevity.

About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems.

Don’t add a trip to the emergency department this vacation

Summer means tens of thousands of people are visiting Delaware beaches. They are strolling on the boardwalk and spreading out in the sand with towels, chairs and umbrellas. The Delaware beaches offer a summer playground with the ocean waters bringing relief from the sun’s sweltering rays. Yet, the power of the waves and tides also poses serious health and safety risks.