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Wednesday 06/03/2015
LGBTQA Health Matters
Posted: June 03, 2015

June is Pride Month, a great opportunity to celebrate all of the wonderful contributions and achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Asexual (LGBTQA) community. It is also an important time to focus in on the issues that impact the LGBTQA community, and one of those key issues is LGBTQA health. Research suggests that LGBTQA individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their basic rights. For example, LGBTQA identified individuals may not seek routine health care or treatment because of concerns around safety and discrimination. Additionally, lack of acceptance from family and society can cause also mental health issues such as depression or suicide.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
New treatment for PAD at Hanover Hospital
Posted: May 27, 2015

Hanover Hospital announced it is one of the first hospitals in Pennsylvania to offer a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

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Attitude and your health
Posted: May 27, 2015

Does your attitude affect your health? Can a positive, happy one keep you physically healthier? Or...can a negative, unhappy attitude combined with a little ongoing anger hurt you? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes. Make no mistake, the mind and body are very much interconnected and this connection affects you in more ways than you're probably aware of. For example, feeling stressed to the point of it affecting you physically can make you more susceptible to whatever virus might be going around. On the other hand, when you feel uplifted and positive, your immune system has a better chance of protecting you from it.

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Community programming offered by Wellspan Health
Posted: May 27, 2015

The following are upcoming community health education programs offered through WellSpan Health and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
More than help to quit!
Posted: May 20, 2015

This year, the Tobacco Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County continues to work closely with the American Lung Association and community groups to provide tobacco cessation programs in our county. Our current efforts on tobacco cessation and community intervention support the strategic plan for a comprehensive Tobacco Control program of the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania. Our activities are available for everyone in Adams County, for those who wish to quit or are thinking about getting ready to quit, and for all community members who want to participate and support prevention and advocacy.

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Keep fit, have fun in water
Posted: May 20, 2015

Q: I've never taken a swimming lesson, but I'd like to learn the basics. What is the best way for an adult to learn to swim?

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Health: The skin you are in
Posted: May 13, 2015

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States today. Each year, there are more skin cancers diagnosed then colon, breast, lung and prostate cancers combined. This adds up to over 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed each year and the incidence of skin cancer is on the rise. From 1992 to 2006 nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by 77 percent. This means that one out of two Americans will develop nonmelanoma skin cancer by the age of 65.

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Protecting children from child sexual predators
Posted: May 13, 2015

Recently I met an adult who disclosed to me that while in high school she was raped by a high school basketball coach. As a freshman, she joined the high school girls' basketball team and over the course of two years was carefully groomed and sexually molested by her coach. She went on to share that that the coach really took an interest in her during her freshman year. He made her feel special, bought her gifts, and took her places. She found someone that she could talk to and, more importantly, someone who would listen. Once she realized the coach's intentions she tried to put a halt to the situation but the coach was able to manipulate and threaten her into not talking.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Preventing mental illness B4Stage4
Posted: May 06, 2015

For over 65 years, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. This year's May is Mental Health Month Campaign uses the theme B4Stage4 and focuses on how people can address their mental health early, rather than at "Stage 4" - when symptoms are more severe, and recovery a longer process. When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4 - we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs or symptoms we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don't ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. So why don't we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
Posted: May 06, 2015

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. You may have heard of hepatitis, but many people are not sure what it is. Hepatitis is an infection of the liver. The group of viruses that infect the liver are called hepatitis viruses. Some types of hepatitis can cause very serious diseases and, in extreme cases, death. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected. Since there is so much information to learn about hepatitis, let's focus in on sexually transmitted hepatitis.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Living with arthritis
Posted: April 29, 2015

"I can do it." Do you tell yourself that as you attempt to carry all the grocery bags into the house after grocery shopping? While it may seem easier, it actually causes unnecessary stress on your joints. You or someone you know likely has arthritis. It is joint inflammation of which there are over 100 different types. Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, deformity, and make moving a joint difficult. It's important to listen to your body and respect pain when living with arthritis. Simplify tasks, pace yourself, and plan rest breaks during the day. There are some other things you can do to make life easier.

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Hands-on experience in trauma-scenario training event
Posted: April 29, 2015

Penn State Mont Alto will hold its sixth annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students from 8 a.m. to noon on May 1 at the campus.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
An emotional rollercoaster
Posted: April 22, 2015

Coping with a chronic illness or disability can be as emotionally draining as the physical limitations are taxing. The scope and intensity of the emotional burden can vary day to day. We experience many symptoms of adjustment. We place the blame on ourselves instead of the illness. The loss of function is sometimes immediate, other times there is the eerie anticipation of a progressive decline. In either case the prognosis for recovery is often unpredictable.

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AARP Driver Safety Course at EBACC
Posted: April 22, 2015

Come and join the AARP instructors for a Driver Safety Course geared for Adults 55 and over at the East Berlin Area Community Center.

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Learn self-defense basics
Posted: April 22, 2015

A new four-week program will teach participants the basics of self-defense with different real life situations being covered. Scenarios, including assailants wielding knives, will be scripted to bring to life events that could occur and the course of action needed to insure personal safety. At the end of the program each attendee will feel confident in their abilities to protect themselves against an aggressor.

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Wellspan community programs
Posted: April 22, 2015

Focus on Healing - Healthy Steps

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Celebrate by giving blood
Posted: April 22, 2015

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 - the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.

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Homebound health info
Posted: April 22, 2015

A free, public workshop for Adams County homebound residents and their families "Health Help and Disaster Preparation for the Homebound," will be held April 29 at the Littlestown Library, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a Health Fair.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
A course on 'Death and Dying'
Posted: April 15, 2015

I will be offering a lecture/discussion course on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., during the month of April at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, located at 136 S. Stratton St, in Gettysburg.

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Sexual Assault Awareness
Posted: April 15, 2015

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions, can change the world." - Howard Zinn

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