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Susquehanna Life's 2016 Guide to Health & Well-Being Sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital

Jul 07, 2016 02:47PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
In a constantly moving modern world, taking a moment to focus on your personal health and wellbeing can be tricky. However, it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. 

We've compiled activities you can do or seek out, in a variety of areas, to ensure optimal health and happiness. 

Stress Management:

Stress is one of the biggest causes of a variety of health issues, and unfortunately is prevalent in our fast-paced world. Learning how to de-stress in a healthy, productive way is one key to a happy life. 


Evangelical Community Hospital, "Healthy Habits for Less Stress" 

Community Health and Wellness Center 
210 JPM Road
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania17837
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Community Health Education 
(570) 768-3200 

Starting in August, Evangelical Community Hospital will offer classes on how to live and deal with stress. Topics that will be covered during this course:

What is stress, how stress affects your body, how to change your stress reaction, how to cope with stress, techniques for stress reduction, time management, developing healthy habits, and making a change for a healthier future.

Each week will include a 40-45 minute lecture/discussion and a 15-20 minute practice of different stress-reduction techniques. 

To register, please call Community Health and Wellness 570-768-3200 or register online.

Registration Fee:



Yoga has shown to improve wellness and happiness, as well as promote relaxation. Below is a list of yoga studios that offer classes that focus specifically on relaxation. Classes vary from beginner to expert.

Lewisburg Yoga and Wellness Studio

230A Market Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837


Or Beatriz--text or call 570-768-8801

Gentle Hatha YogaJoin Beatriz Tuesday nights for Gentle Hatha Yoga - a relaxing gentle flow, GREAT For BEGINNERS. Hatha yoga class is a traditional gentle yet moderately challenging yoga of joint opening, stretching, breathing, and relaxing. The goal of this class is to "yoke" or unite the body, mind, and spirit in peacefulness. Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30pm.

Flow Yoga: Sun salutations and creative flow sequences are emphasized here. Linking your breath and movement energizes your mind, body and spirit while creating a moving meditation in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Class finishes with longer held poses and deep relaxation. Modifications are offered based on the needs of the class. For all levels. Mondays and Fridays, 9am.

For more detailed information on classes, visit their website

The Whole Life Society

428 Market St. 
New Berlin , PA 17855


LifeForce Yoga: LifeForce Yoga is a series of classes specifically designed for mood management of anxiety, depression, and seasonal affective disorder.

Qi Gong: Qi Gong (pronounced "chee gung") is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused attention.

Meditation Seminars: A six-week program providing an opportunity to experience the deep peace and calm of a personal meditation practice.

For more information on classes and times, visit their website. 

Lila Yoga Studios

103 E Beaver Ave # 6 
State College, PA 16801

(814) 531-5452

Lîla Yoga Studios is a mindfulness center for yogic learning in the Lila Yoga tradition. Daily classes for all levels: asana (yoga postures), meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing), quiet-present-time, mindfulness practices, hiking, kirtans, contact improvisation, and more.

For more information on classes, times, and mission, visit their website

Prana Yoga

200 Arthur Ave
Scranton, PA

Vinyasa Flow: A class linking breath with movement in a sequential fashion to build strength and flexibility and relieve stress and tension from the mind and body.
Suitable for all levels.

Candlelight Yoga:  Vinyasa class in a soothing, meditative, candle-lit room.
Move your body, calm your mind and unwind after a long day.
Suitable for all levels.

50 Minute Flow: A faster paced class that covers it all: think of it as your “Happy Hour.”
Perfect after a long week, recharge for the weekend!
Suitable for all levels.

For more information on the class schedule, visit their website

Healthy Eating:

Eating healthy--with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains--is better for optimal health and function. However, following a healthy diet in a fast-paced, fast-food world isn't easy. Not sure how to get started?  

Here's a list of classes and locations to get you started toward a healthier lifestyle.

Natural Food & Garden Store

2724 Old Turnpike Rd
Lewisburg, PA 17837

(570) 523-0808

Featuring regional products.  Freshness, conserving energy on distribution, and recycling dollars in their own community are just a few of the many good reasons to buy local.  The Natural Food & Garden Store offers items as varied and unique as the folks who create them.

For more information about the services and products offered. visit their website

Evangelical Hospital - Community Health Education

One Hospital Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

(570) 522-2000

Evangelical Community Hospital offers a wide range of different classes involving health education. These classes include screenings, nutrition counseling, support groups, and more. Also included are weight loss programs and a fitness center. 

To learn more about the programs offered, visit their website here

The Importance of Sleep:

A good night's sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few places that can help improve your sleeping habits.

Evangelical Sleep Disorder Center

3 Hospital Dr #202
Lewisburg, PA 17837

(570) 522-4275

The Sleep Disorders Center at Evangelical Community Hospital can help you wake rested and ready to live life to the fullest. Sleep issues treated include day-sleepiness, fatigue, snoring, Insomnia, and more. 

Visit their website to get more detailed information about their services. 

Trouble Sleeping? Here are a Few Tips from thEvangelical Sleep Disorder Center:

  • Avoid caffeine within four to six hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid the use of nicotine close to bedtime or during the night.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages within four to six hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid large meals too late in the evening.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise within six hours of bedtime.
  • Minimize light, noise and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.

If you would like more information on Evangelical's Cardiopulmonary Services, including the Sleep Lab, please call (570) 522-4135 .

Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature:

Studies confirm the psychological benefits to spending time outdoors, particularly away from technology. It can reduce stress, increase happiness, and promote relaxation. So, why not get outdoors and find a park near you to enjoy? Did you know that in Pennsylvania, there is a park within 25 miles of every resident?

Below is a list of just a few parks in nearby counties to consider exploring today. 

Adams County

Gettysburg Campground
2030 Fairfield Rd
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-3304

Bradford County

Sunfish Pond County Park
Leroy Mountain Road
Leroy, PA 17724

(570) 364-5900

Lackawanna County

Nay Aug Park
500 Arthur Ave
Scranton, PA 18510

(570) 348-4186 

Tioga County

Leonard Harrison State Park
4797 PA-660
Wellsboro, PA 16901

(570) 724-3061

Union County

Lewisburg Area Recreation Park
218 N 15th St
Lewisburg, PA 17837-1202

(570) 524-4774

R. B. Winter State Park
17215 Buffalo Rd
Mifflinburg, PA 17844-7879

(570) 966-1455

Looking to explore more of Pennsylvania? Visit this website for a full list of Pennsylvania National State Parks.  

Urgent vs Emergency Care – How do I decide?

Illness and injury can occur without warning and at the most inopportune times. Your son wrecked his bike on Saturday morning and may need stitches. You flame-broiled your fingers instead of the burgers at the holiday picnic. Your husband just got home from work and announced he has the flu.

Your regular physician’s office is closed, so now what do you do? Understanding the difference between emergency care and urgent care can help you decide where to seek treatment when an injury or illness requires medical attention.

The key difference between a hospital emergency department and an urgent care facility is the complexity of care provided at each.

Urgent care is for symptoms you would typically address with your regular doctor, but during a time when your doctor is not available and you can’t wait to schedule an appointment. Urgent care centers offer evening and weekend hours with no appointments necessary to accommodate patients.

Emergency care, on the other hand, is for symptoms that are more serious and require complex care. Serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as a heart attack, stroke, or a traumatic injury sustained in an accident, require immediate, emergency attention. The emergency department is staffed and ready to provide critical care 24/7, including advanced imaging and surgery, if needed.

While we all know the difference between a minor cut and a serious wound that won’t stop bleeding, what about all the other potential symptoms of injuries and illness? It may not always be so clear which type of care is needed.


Call 911

Some situations require a call to 911: seizures, severe chest pain, stroke symptoms, difficulty breathing, or life-threatening injuries. If you or a loved one experience those symptoms or injuries, it is safer to call for help rather than attempt to drive to the nearest emergency department. Trust your instinct – if your gut tells you it is serious, call 911.


Visit the Emergency Department

Seek emergency care for situations that could result in significant loss of blood, potential disability, or loss of life. Symptoms best evaluated in the emergency department include:

·       Possible signs of a heart attack, including chest pain, discomfort in one of both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach; cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

·       Difficulty breathing

·       Any severe pain, particularly in the abdomen

·       Signs of a stroke, including sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis, especially on one side of the face or body, face drooping, headache, confusion, impaired vision, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

·       Altered mental status or confusion

·       Sudden, severe headache

·       Sudden change in vision

·       Newborn baby with a fever (a baby less than three months old with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher needs to be seen right away)

·       Broken bones or dislocated joints

·       Deep cuts or wounds that won’t stop bleeding

·       Head or eye injuries

·       Severe flu or cold symptoms

·       High fevers or fevers with rash

·       Severe and persistent vomiting or diarrhea

·       Serious burns


Head to Urgent Care

Urgent care centers treat a variety of medical conditions that need to be addressed promptly, but that are not considered life-threatening emergencies.

Symptoms that can be evaluated and treated in an urgent care center include:

·       Sprains and strains

·       Minor breaks (wrist, hand, ankle, or foot – not obviously severe and not breaking skin)

·       Colds, coughs, sore throat, allergies, and minor flu symptoms

·       Fever (not accompanied by rash)

·       Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration

·       Cuts, not severe, but may need stitches

·       Skin rashes and infections (without fever)

·       Urinary tract infections

·       Eye irritation and redness

·       Earache

Urgent care centers also offer vaccinations, sports, and camp physicals, diagnostic tests, and imaging and laboratory services.

In addition to convenience, you’ll receive high-quality care quickly and at a lower cost than the emergency department.


Coming Soon – Urgent Care of Evangelical

Evangelical Community Hospital’s new West Branch Medical Center will include Urgent Care of Evangelical when it opens this fall. Conveniently located along Rt 15 in the Weis Plaza, Urgent Care of Evangelical will be the only urgent care facility between Williamsport and Selinsgrove, expanding the availability of accessible care in the Susquehanna River Valley.

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