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Health and Wellness News You Can Use For residents of eastern communities

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy Winter If winter isn’t your favorite season, look inside for some great ways to keep your health and spirits intact.

What’s Inside


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Volunteering Brings More Joy Than Imagined




Penn Hills Student Gets Foreign Opportunity




UPMC Today


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Older Adults in Penn Hills Good Tidings for the Greatest Generation By Jamie Ward | 22





Cardio Exercises


IN Kids


Penn Hills School District News


William E. Anderson Library


Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce


Allegheny Hearing







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Are Your Ears Ringing? By Dolores Y. Payne | 12



Penn Hills Music and Education highlights some of their talent!

Please recycle this magazine when you are through enjoying it.

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Colds and Flu: What to Do? Fast Facts About the Flu

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The Difference a Number Can Make Holiday Eating and Diabetes: Tips to Stay on Track

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Be Happy and Healthy this Winter Are You Sad? Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

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New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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When Kids Get Hurt, We’re Ready

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A Pile of Safe Snow Shoveling Tips

UPMC Liver Cancer Center Opens New Location in Monroeville

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Welcome to our winter issue! At this time of year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking that journey with us that was 2010. This year was one full of blessings for IN Community Magazines, as we’ve grown to serve 32 communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. While it’s been a challenge for us, it was one that we met head-on, and with great success. For that, I would like to thank my staff. I’d also like to thank two other groups who make this magazine what it is—you, our readers, and our advertisers. Firstly, it’s our readers who help shape this magazine into what you see in your hands right now. Those of you w ho took the time to call, e-mail or write-in with your ideas and events are the ones who set our table of contents. We pride ourselves on the fact that we listen to you and your ideas because, in the end, this is your community and you know it best. So I continue to encourage you to send in your ideas to our editor at Secondly, to our advertisers, I thank you for you r continued support with Community Magazines. I’ve heard from so many of you that advertising with us is working for you, and I’m proud that our magazines are a great vehicle for you. But what is also important is that by advertising with us, you’re also supporting your community. You’re giving those who read these magazines the content that they enjoy and look forward to each issue. Because of you, our readers can be entertained and informed. So, readers, in this last issue before 2011, I urge you to take a second or third glance at the advertisers who support your community magazine before you make your holiday gift lists. If you like this magazine, let them know and make a point to stop in their businesses. They’re not just trying to sell you something, they’re also your neighbors and community sponsors. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and the best that 2011 has to offer!

Wayne Dollard Publisher

IN Penn Hills is a non-partisan community publication dedicated to representing, encouraging and promoting the Penn Hills area and its comprising municipalities by focusing on the talents and gifts of the people who live and work here. Our goal is to provide readers with the most informative and professional regional publication in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PUBLISHER

Wayne Dollard AS S I STA N T TO T H E P U B L I S H E R

Mark Berton M A N AG I N G E D I TO R

Marybeth Jeffries O F F I C E M A N AG E R

Leo Vighetti E D I TO R I A L AS S I STA N T

Jamie Ward WRITERS

Jonathan Barnes Kelli McElhinny Pamela Palongue GRAPHIC DESIGN

Michael Andrulonis Cassie Brkich Anna Buzzelli Susie Doak Pati Ingold

Bill Ivins Jan McEvoy Joe Milne Tamara Tylenda Tracey Wasilco


As the holiday season approaches, I hope you’ll step away from the list making and cookie baking for just a few minutes to enjoy the information we have compiled for this edition of Penn Hills. As always, our goal is to offer a bit of insight into the community. Some of our most interesting features focus on residents and their passion in all things “community.” As you are going through your busy days (and holiday parties) please don’t forget to let us know about any person or organization who you feel would be interesting for us to feature. We get some of our best story ideas and are so inspired, by our readers! The amount of good will and charitable activity that seems to flow from the Penn Hills community is amazing and awesome. From all of us at Community Magazines, we hope your holiday will be filled with a good dose of peace and a little bit of joy, and that you're surrounded by the love and companionship of those who mean the most to you.

Marybeth Jeffries Managing Editor

Rebecca Bailey One Way Street Productions A DV E RT I S I N G S A L E S

Nicholas Buzzell David Mitchell Brian Daley Tamara Myers Gina D’Alicandro Gabriel Negri Tina Dollard Robert Ojeda Rose Estes Annette Petrone Beatriz Harrison Tara Reis Jason Huffman Vincent Sabatini Jessie Jones Michael Silvert Connie McDaniel RJ Vighetti Brian McKee This magazine is carrier route mailed to all district households and businesses. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Copyright 2010.

CORRESPONDENCE All inquiries, comments and press releases should be directed to: IN Community Magazines Attn: Editorial 603 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Ph: 724.942.0940 Fax: 724.942.0968

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Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. –TA Baron

Spring Issue Deadline: January 26, 2011

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ccording to Carol Diethorn, Kenneth Ochs was a bit of a daredevil in his day. And he’s got the stories to prove it. “When you’re 91, you’ve got all kinds of stories to tell,” Carol says of Mr. Ochs, whom she spends time with every week as a volunteer with Open Your Heart to a Senior, an initiative of United Way of Allegheny County in cooperation with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and North Hills Community Outreach. “I used to be really active and I was a tennis pro for a long time,” Mr. Ochs explains, “but my eyes became gradually worse and now I don’t see.” Carol accompanies Mr. Ochs on walks through South Park once or twice a week and both enjoy not only the exercise, but also the company. “Carol is really good; she leads me so I don’t traipse anywhere I shouldn’t be,” he says with a laugh. Laughter seems to be a regular part of their routine. During their mile-long walks, they exchange stories of their lives and share advice. “It’s funny,” Carol confides, “he thinks he’s the care recipient, but he’s really doing more for me than I do for him. I get so much out of it, and I come home feeling great.” Currently unemployed and looking for a new job, Carol saw an opportunity to volunteer as a way to do something that gives her meaning. “It really puts perspective on things,” she says of her experience with Mr. Ochs and other seniors she drives to doctors’ appointments. “Who needs anti-depressants?” she jokes but quickly takes a serious turn, “It brings a lot of joy in my life.” Right now, Open Your Heart to a Senior is looking for volunteers in every corner of Allegheny County, from as little as an hour a month to routine weekly visits. Whether it’s help with grocery shopping, home safety checks or snow shoveling and yard work, thousands of seniors in our neighborhoods could use some assistance. In addition to individual volunteers like Carol, families and groups are also welcome. To learn more or become a volunteer, visit or call 412.307.0071. “It’s a fine organization,” Mr. Ochs volunteers, “I can’t say enough about it.” Given enough time and his penchant for storytelling, though, he probably could. 6 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE

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in Penn Hills The Penn Hills Arts & Music Education ("PHAME") Foundation hosted their 2nd Annual Fall Gala on November 12 at Churchill Valley Country Club. It was a fabulous evening full of entertaining performances in dance, music, and theater. Guests were invited to move throughout the club to participate in the various art forms, such as mask-making, shoe-stamping, jewelry sculpting, and projected light photos from the Warhol Museum. Dinner was sumptuous, the company was delightful, and the always-charming Mike McGann was the emcee for the evening. Congratulations to the 2010 Hall of PHAME Inductees: Tom and Nora O'Steen, Dr. Eugene Reichenfeld, Bryan Bassett, and Frank Czuri! Margie Krogh Not only are Tom and Nora O'Steen hugely talented performers, they are also a very lovely couple. The pair performed on Broadway and worked early television on the chart-topping "Perry Como Show." They established the O'Steen School of Dance in Penn Hills almost 50 years ago, working with and encouraging thousands of dancers. David and Mary Beth Sallinger

Dr. Eugene Reichenfeld shared his talent with string players for more than 70 years, many of which were spent in the Penn Hills School District. At the age of 99, he is still an active performer. As a conductor and founder of the Reichenfeld String Sinfonietta, this gentleman has helped launch many successful careers in music. Guitarist Bryan Bassett has worked with many extraordinary bands. He is best known for the Grammy-nominated hit "Play That Funky Music," which he performed with Wild Cherry. We've all moved to that grove! The hit has been used on movie soundtracks and is even on the popular videogame Guitar Hero 5. Bryan currently tours with Foghat. Pop and rock vocalist Frank Czuri worked with The Igniters, Jimmy Mack, and The Music Factory and Friends. He was the front man for Diamond Reo and the Silencers and was one of the Jaggerz. Frank has been with Pure Gold for the past 25 years. He's planning to reunite with The Igniters for some blues-rock at the Palisades in McKeesport on December 4. PHAME supports comprehensive education in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts for Penn Hills School District students. The foundation's mission is to encourage and broaden support for the arts within the school district and the community, inspiring and preparing young people for a lifetime of creativity and artistic expression, as well as an appreciation and support of all arts. Eugene and Katie Reichenfeld

Tom and Nora O'Steen

2010 PHAME Scholarship Winner Candy Otte with her parents, Jeff & Sandy Otte Bryan Bassett

Frank Czuri

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ith most students, the “What did you do last summer?” question usually will get you some basic responses like, “Hung out,” “Went on vacation with the parents,” and “Finished Gears of War on the Xbox.” Morgan Burton’s answer, however, will leave you surprisingly refreshed—she went to China with Urban Youth Action (UYA) and learned how to make soap, pick apricots and garlic, and observe business interactions in a foreign culture. It’s a legacy that runs in the family. “My mom used to be in the program, so I got into it too. They told us that they were going to make a trip to China and you had to write an essay to qualify,” Burton said. “I wrote about the things I would like to do in China, and how the trip would help my life.” UYA has focused on “empowering young people to be work ready, life prepared and community minded” since 1966. Youth leadership, career and academic development, as well as post-secondary prep, life skills, financial literacy, community engagement and entrepreneurship services are among the mainstays provided by UYA. Burton was the only student from the Penn Hills School District to make the trip, and found herself needing a visa and typhoid vaccination. After a 13-hour plane flight, Burton and the rest of her group settled down in the countryside outside of Beijing, China’s capital city.

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UYA Program Director Benjamin Walker said the trip was made in part with the help of corporate partners Westinghouse Nuclear, PPG Industries, Alcoa/Alcoa Foundation and K&L Gates, all of which have international presences. Burton said some of the work/study that she performed included making soap from recycled oils found in the community. “We made the soap and gave it back to the residents for free,” she said. “I also helped pick garlic and apricots for the farmers. The sun beat down on us most of the day, but the schedule wasn’t too intense. I would work two hours and we’d take a break and pick garlic for two hours and take a break. A couple of days later, we’d make soap. We had learning sessions in between as to why we did each project.” While the group had a designated translator, Burton said a lot of the Chinese people she encountered spoke English well, and she even picked up some words on her own. “I learned greetings and numbers so I could buy and sell things,” Burton said. “I got to look at the local architecture and saw how business was conducted over there and how fast it was. It was fast because of the amount of people there. They were set up to bring in the most customers and sell to them one right after the other.” Burton said witnessing transactions in Beijing could influence how business leaders conduct business in the United States. “They knew how to make service quicker. They worked faster to try to make more money,” she said. While there were local markets in China, Burton said she saw a lot of American staples that made it more like home. “There was a McDonald’s and KFC there. They have

plenty of American stores and brands like Nike and Puma,” she said. “And their prices were cheaper there.” Burton said she was inspired by her trip and would like to return someday. But for now, she’s ready to turn her sights back on her studies and help take the classes needed for her to follow her dream of becoming a successful businesswoman. “Right now, I’m thinking of going into either business or teaching,” she said. “I have to do something where I have to talk to people. I’m very social, so I can’t just sit in my office all day. I just joined the Future Business Leaders of America at my school, so I’m headed in the right direction.”


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Winter Weather Safety Tips @ Have a snack before going outside. It will give you energy and keep your body warmer. @ Make sure to wear sunscreen on your face. The snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. @ Dress in layers of clothes. Waterproof pants and jackets will keep you dry and warm! @ Never go sled riding alone. Always have a parent supervise. @ When you’re playing outside, go inside every once in a while to warm up. @ If you start to shiver or feel numb, go inside right away and tell an adult. Penn Hills | Winter 2010 | 11

Are Your Ears Ringing??? An estimated 50 million Americans are affected with tinnitus, a “ringing” in the ears when there is nothing actually “ringing” in the surrounding environment. Some common causes of tinnitus are exposure to loud sounds, ear infections, aging, excessive ear wax, high blood pressure and sensory nerve disorders. Even some activities can cause tinnitus such as smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and taking excessive amounts of aspirin or antibiotics. If you think you have tinnitus, you should be evaluated to determine the best options available for managing it. Success in dealing with tinnitus can be greatly enhanced by the patient working together with a professional experienced in tinnitus management, and if there are no specific medical issues involved, there are several options. In many cases, the individual experiencing tinnitus also has a hearing loss. The use of a hearing aid to amplify sounds and speech can help cover up the tinnitus and make it less distracting. Some hearing aids

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have the ability to generate a soft masking sound while amplifying speech. However, the real breakthrough today comes from advanced hearing instruments that make use of fractal technology and offer a harmonic sound program called ZEN (by Widex) which generates soothing sounds and shows great promise as a sound therapy tool by relaxing the wearer and distracting attention away from the tinnitus.

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Hearing aid tinnitus management programs are available in all sizes and models of hearing aids and can be accessed by the wearer with a push of a button.

This sound program is in a hearing aid which also has many features to help the wearer hear better in noise, hear soft and distance speech, hear music, hear on the phone and in restaurants, etc. So today millions of people of all ages who experience tinnitus have a very new innovative option for dealing with that annoying “ringing” in their ears. This Industry Insight was submitted by Dolores Y. Payne, M.A., CCC-A, Audiologist. Dolores is the owner of Allegheny Hearing Instruments, 800 Jonnet Building, Monroeville, PA 15146 Telephone her at 412.373.1151. Her other location is conveniently located in the South Hills at Manor Oak Village, 1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412.343.1320.

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Health and Wellness News You Can Use For residents of eastern communities

Here’s to a Happy, Healthy Winter If winter isn’t your favorite season, look inside for some great ways to keep your health and spirits intact.

What’s Inside page 2

Colds and Flu: What to Do? Fast Facts About the Flu

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The Difference a Number Can Make Holiday Eating and Diabetes: Tips to Stay on Track

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Be Happy and Healthy this Winter Are You Sad? Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder

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New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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When Kids Get Hurt, We’re Ready

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A Pile of Safe Snow Shoveling Tips UPMC Liver Cancer Center Opens New Location in Monroeville

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Colds and Flu — What to Do?

Stay home, rest, and know when to seek medical help The flu and the common cold are respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by different viruses. Because they share similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell them apart.

Down with the flu? Now what?

The main difference between a cold and the flu is the severity of the symptoms. Cold symptoms are less severe and include stuffy nose, productive cough, slight tiredness, and mild body aches.

Although most people recover from the flu in a few days to under two weeks, some develop complications. Seek medical attention for dehydration, difficulty breathing, suddenly getting worse after getting better, or any other major change in condition.

“The onset of the flu is usually very abrupt. One moment you’re feeling fine, but a short time later you feel awful with a high fever and achiness,” says Grant J. Shevchik, MD, medical director of UPMC After Hours Primary Care Clinic in Murrysville. It’s important to know the difference because the flu is highly contagious and can cause complications for young children, seniors, and those with chronic health conditions, including bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and dehydration. The flu also can worsen chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, and diabetes.

If you do get the flu, the best thing to do is rest and drink plenty of fluids. You also can take medication to treat your fever and achiness.

Prevention is key Dr. Shevchik says the best thing you can do to avoid catching the flu is to get vaccinated in the fall because infection-fighting antibodies that protect against the flu take about two weeks to develop in the body. Even if you wait, a flu shot may still help prevent illness since flu season can last until May. Good hygiene and common sense also help prevent the spread of the flu virus. Precautions include frequent hand washing, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and practicing good nutrition. Anyone with a lowered immune system should avoid crowded areas.

“My best advice? If you’re sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others,” says Dr. Shevchik. “If you do need medical attention and it’s the evening or weekend — come to the After Hours Clinic. We can take care of everybody.”

UPMC After Hours Primary Care Clinic 4614 William Penn Highway Murrysville, PA Weeknights: 5 to 9 p.m. Weekends: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Convenient medical attention and flu shots available. Walk-ins welcome.

Fast Facts About the Flu How do you know if you have the flu? You might have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms: • • • • • • • • •


fever (usually high) cough sore throat runny or stuffy nose body aches headache chills fatigue (can be extreme) diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children)

How should you treat the flu?

When should you call the doctor:

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For adults:

For children:

• difficulty breathing or shortness of breath • pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen • sudden dizziness • confusion • severe or persistent vomiting • flu-like symptoms that improve then return with a fever and worse cough

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rest drink plenty of liquids avoid alcohol and tobacco take medications to relieve symptoms (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers with flu symptoms, particularly a fever) • stay home from work, school, or running errands

fast or troubled breathing bluish skin color not drinking enough fluids not waking up or interacting • being so irritable that the child does not want to be held • fever with a rash • flu-like symptoms that improve then return with fever and worse cough

The Difference See a Number Can Make how your numbers stack up for See how your numbers stack up for peace of mind — or a wake-up call peace of mind — or a wake-up call! Many numbers are part of your daily life, from your cell phone to your ATM code. But do you know the numbers that are critical to your physical health? Here are the three top numbers you should remember and monitor regularly:

120/80: Optimum blood pressure There’s a reason high blood pressure (hypertension) is known as the “silent killer.” You can have it for years and never know it. As it damages the walls of your arteries, it also can wreak havoc on your heart, kidneys, and brain. High blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, kidney failure, or stroke. When you have high blood pressure, the pressure of blood within the arteries — which carry blood from the heart throughout the body — is persistently elevated. Optimal blood pressure in an adult is under 120/80. The range for prehypertension is 120 to 139/80 to 89. High blood pressure is any reading of 140/90 or higher.

99: Blood sugar level It’s a good idea to have your blood sugar checked. High blood sugar — diabetes — can lead to a host of other medical problems if left unchecked, including vision and circulatory problems. Your optimal blood sugar level should be 99 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood or less. A count of 100 to 125 mg/dL is a pre-diabetes wake-up call; a level of 126 mg/dL or higher indicates diabetes.

200: Optimum cholesterol Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by the liver — and not all forms of it are bad. Sometimes, our bodies create too much cholesterol, which then circulates through the blood stream. To check your cholesterol levels, your doctor will ask you to fast before having blood work drawn. Your test results will show the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

It’s the bad, arteryclogging cholesterol (LDL) that puts you at risk, so shoot for an LDL of under 130 mg/dL. Conversely, the higher your good cholesterol (HDL) the better, because it helps remove harmful LDL from your arteries. An HDL of 50 mg/dL or higher is ideal. You should aim for a total cholesterol number (HDL + LDL) under 200 mg/dL. A count of 200 to 239 is considered borderline, while levels of 240 and above double your risk of coronary heart disease. For more information about important lifesaving numbers like body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, grip strength, and thyroid level, visit Sources: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association

Holiday Eating and Diabetes Tips to Stay on Track For most Americans, the holiday season is a feasting season, a time to savor the tradition of sharing wonderful meals and sweet treats with family and friends. “Since food is the centerpiece for most holiday celebrations, this time of year can pose special challenges for those with diabetes,” says Mary P. Smith, a certified diabetes educator at UPMC in Monroeville at Oxford Drive. She offers the following tips to help control blood glucose levels, maintain your weight, and still enjoy the feasting season. • Plan ahead and set rules. Every holiday table features a wide variety, so be sure to choose healthy foods first. Offer to bring a special healthy dish for all to enjoy.

• Monitor portion sizes by using these handy tools. One cup of rice or pasta is the size of a woman’s closed fist; three ounces of boneless cooked meat is about the size of your open palm. • Eat before you feast. Avoid arriving at a party famished so you aren’t tempted to overeat. Eat a little something beforehand and drink one or two glasses of water to feel fuller. • Avoid temptation. Position yourself far away from the buffet table, and focus on time with family and friends instead of the food. If you do overindulge, get back on track the next day with your usual healthy eating habits. Sources: American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control



Health Tips from UPMC Health Plan

Be Happy and Healthy This Winter Is your favorite winter activity staying indoors under a warm blanket in front of the television with a bag of snacks in hand? You’re not alone. Getting through the cold weather with your health and spirits intact is difficult but not impossible. Follow these suggestions for a happier, healthier winter.

Fight the flu Cold and flu season is fast approaching. Here are some ways to avoid the sniffles. • Washing your hands for 15 seconds using soap and warm water is your best defense against germs. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based antibacterial product. • Getting a flu shot can reduce your risk of infection by 90 percent. If you don’t like needles, a nasal spray vaccine is available. • Eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress will help boost your immune system.

Winterize your skin As the weather turns colder, the dry air causes itchy, dry skin. To keep skin more comfortable during the winter months: • Switch to oil-based moisturizers with a minimum SPF of 30 for your face and body, and use them frequently. • Protect your hands from the elements with a heavy-duty hand cream, and always wear gloves outdoors. • Lips need extra protection, too. A moisturizing lip balm with vitamin E will help prevent chapping. • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.

Banish the winter blahs with exercise Don’t pack your exercise gear away with your summer clothes. Staying active during the winter months can lift your mood, help your immune system, and keep you from gaining weight. Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. • Walk indoors at a local mall. Need extra motivation? Join a walking group. • Check out an exercise video at your local library or borrow one from a friend. • With proper planning, walking outdoors in winter can be fun and exhilarating. Walk during daylight hours, dress appropriately, and wear skid-resistant shoes.


Are You Sad? Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

If the darker, shorter days of winter really get you down, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that begins in the fall and gets better in the spring. “Seasonal affective disorder is directly related to a decrease in sunlight during the winter months,” says Edward S. Friedman, MD, a psychiatrist at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. The lack of sunlight disrupts the body’s internal clock, which can lead to feelings of depression. In addition to seasonal onset, SAD sufferers experience what Dr. Friedman describes as a kind of hibernation. “They stay indoors, conserve energy, eat more, and sleep more,” he explains. Those behaviors can distinguish SAD from other types of depression. And individuals who already suffer from clinical depression may feel worse in the fall. If you are diagnosed with SAD and your symptoms are severe enough to affect your daily life, your doctor may recommend antidepressant medications, light therapy, or psychotherapy. While it’s normal for anyone to have a down day occasionally, don’t brush off those feelings. “Anyone with symptoms of depression that last more than two weeks should see their doctor,” advises Dr. Friedman.

Did You Know? • People with SAD are more likely to have a blood relative with the condition. • More women than men are diagnosed with SAD. • Exercise can help boost your mood, and relieve stress and anxiety.

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New Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Patients Robotic technology revolutionizing Whipple surgery When Coy Smith* found out he had pancreatic cancer and needed a Whipple procedure, he started getting his affairs in order. He even considered going without surgery. “It occurred to me that I might not come back home,” says Mr. Smith. Although he left most of the worrying up to his wife, a licensed practical nurse, he knew enough to realize the surgery would not be a simple task. Whipple surgery — one of the most complex surgeries performed — involves the removal of the head of the pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct, part of the stomach, and small intestine. But the 58-year-old Altoona-area resident was lucky. He was one of the first patients at UPMC Cancer Centers to undergo a non-invasive version of the Whipple procedure using state-of-the-art robotic technology. He was operated on in October 2009 by the surgical team of A. James Moser, MD, and Herbert J. Zeh, MD — co-directors of the Pancreatic Specialty Care Center and two of just a handful of surgeons worldwide who perform the Whipple procedure using robotic surgical technology. Mr. Smith woke up in recovery and immediately began joking with the nurses. After a week’s stay in the hospital, Mr. Smith began six months of chemotherapy. One year later, he is cancer-free. “I’m healthy and very fortunate,” Mr. Smith says. * Mr. Smith’s treatment and results may not be representative of similar cases.

“This is pioneering technology — the first major innovation in pancreas surgery in more than 100 years — and UPMC is considered among the world’s leaders,” says Dr. Moser.

Potential Benefits of the Robotic Whipple Procedure • smaller incisions • minimal scarring • reduced blood loss and need for transfusion • less pain • shorter hospital stays • faster recovery time and start of treatment

Precise robotic technology Surgeons use the da Vinci® Si Surgical System, a robotic surgical device that allows them to operate through a series of small incisions (including one to accommodate a miniature camera) with greater dexterity and range of motion, plus a magnified threedimensional view of organs on a large, high-definition screen. Instead of the “chopsticks” used in laparoscopy, robotic surgery equipment allows for more natural movements, including wrist function, explains Dr. Zeh. “It has a 360-degree range of motion, which has much more freedom of movement than your own hand,” says Dr. Zeh. “You can get into places where your hand can’t go.” The robotic technology enhances the surgeon’s ability to see detail and manipulate anatomical parts with great precision. Like conventional laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is minimally invasive.

Patients benefit The two surgeons have published papers on the robotic Whipple procedure and have spoken at conferences around the world. They are now compiling data on patient outcomes.

While it is not yet clear whether this approach produces better surgical outcomes, both surgeons say it is clear that patients may benefit in many ways, including less pain, reduced recovery time, minimal scarring, and reduced need for blood transfusions. That means patients can begin chemotherapy sooner. “We are pleased to be able to offer this new technology,” Dr. Zeh says. “The data shows that as a whole, patients who undergo the robotic-assisted Whipple procedure do as well as patients who have the traditional open surgery.” Perhaps the biggest benefit is reducing fear in patients. According to Dr. Moser, as many as one half of all pancreatic cancer patients choose not to have surgery to remove their tumor because they are afraid of a large incision and the long recovery time associated with traditional surgery. “We hope that by minimizing the trauma of surgery we can get more people to select this treatment and continue on with chemotherapy,” Dr. Moser says. “Not everyone with pancreatic cancer is doomed. This procedure is giving patients hope.” For more information about the robotic Whipple procedure or any of UPMC's pancreatic cancer treatments, call 1-888-623-PANC (7262).



When Kids Get Hurt, We’re Ready Children’s Express Care Centers open in Pittsburgh’s North and South Hills It never fails. Just as you settle in for a relaxed evening or weekend, your child suddenly develops a painful earache or takes a nasty tumble and breaks an arm. Thankfully, parents in the North Hills and South Hills now have convenient “after hours” access to the pediatric specialty care found at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The new Children’s Express Care Centers in Wexford and Bethel Park offer expert care for minor injuries and illnesses. “All we do is take care of kids — that’s our specialty. That’s important because kids are different from adults. Their illnesses and injuries are different and their medicines and treatments are different,” says Raymond D. Pitetti, MD, medical director of Children’s Express Care.

Urgent care just for children Some pediatric health concerns are urgent but not life threatening. Those are exactly the types of cases that the Children’s Express Care Centers are designed to handle, says Dr. Pitetti. The Express Care Centers provide exclusively pediatric-focused treatment in offices that are specially designed for children. Staffed by pediatricians, emergency medicine physicians, physician’s assistants, and nurses who are specifically trained to care for kids, the Centers operate evenings and weekends when pediatricians’ offices are closed. “The entire experience is geared toward kids — from the size of the equipment, to the medications and staff, and even the décor. We also know how to interact with kids and their parents to make them feel at ease,” Dr. Pitetti says.

After-hours service, convenient locations The new centers in the North Hills and South Hills — Children’s North in Wexford and Children’s South in Bethel Park — are open 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary, and walk-ins are welcome. Parking is free. A third location will open in the Monroeville/Murrysville area next spring.


Children’s Express Care Centers Can Help The pediatric specialists at the centers can treat a wide range of illnesses or injuries in children and teens, including: • animal bites • bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma attacks • colds, fevers, flu, and other viral illnesses • cuts, bumps, lacerations, abrasions, and splinters • ear, throat, and sinus infections • incisions and abscess drainage • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration • rashes, poison ivy, and allergic reactions • simple fractures, twists, sprains, strains, and dislocations • splinting • cyst removal The Express Care Centers also offer on-site x-ray services, EKGs, blood tests, urine and throat cultures, and urinalysis.

If necessary, children with more serious conditions will be fast-tracked to the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital, or referred to pediatric specialists. If follow-up care is needed, children will be referred back to their own pediatricians along with a report on their visit to the Express Care Center.

Children’s Express Care Wexford Children’s North 2599 Wexford Bayne Road Sewickley, PA 15143 Phone: 724-933-3644 Monday through Friday: 5 to 9 p.m. Weekends: Noon to 8 p.m. No appointments needed. Walk-ins welcome. Children’s Express Care Bethel Park Children’s South 1300 Oxford Drive Bethel Park, PA 15102 Phone: 412-692-3145 Monday through Friday: 5 to 9 p.m. Weekends: Noon to 8 p.m. No appointments needed. Walk-ins welcome.

Benefits of the Express Care Centers include: • access to treatment when your primary care physician is not available • quality pediatric care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries for children and teens • convenient locations • free parking • no appointments needed • referrals for further evaluation and treatment • access to lab tests and diagnostic imaging

A Pile of Safe Snow Shoveling Tips The Farmers’ Almanac may be predicting a kinder, gentler winter, but you’ll likely have to contend with shoveling out from at least one snowfall before spring. Snow shoveling can cause muscle strain to the lower back and shoulders, especially if you are out of shape and don’t use proper lifting techniques. However, back injuries when shoveling snow can happen to anyone. Before you tackle the white stuff this winter, the American Physical Therapy Association offers these tips to help you avoid back and shoulder injuries. Wait until afternoon (if possible). Many disc injuries occur in the morning when there is increased fluid pressure to the discs. Warm up. Shoveling is an aerobic activity so warm up before you start. Warm muscles work better and are less likely to be injured. Use proper technique. Bend your knees and keep your back as straight as possible so that you are lifting with your legs. Step in the direction in which you’re throwing the snow. Lift smaller loads of snow. And don’t the throw the snow over your shoulder or to the side. Twisting and bending put stress on the back and shoulders. Use the right equipment. The shaft of your shovel should be long enough to keep your back straight while lifting. Pace yourself. Start slowly, and stand up and walk around periodically to extend your lower back. It’s also important to listen to your body. Stop shoveling if you feel pain. If you experience chest pains, shortness of breath, or other signs of a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately. Another important safety tip: Take your cell phone with you when go out to shovel. If there’s a problem, you can call for help. Source: American Physical Therapy Association

UPMC Liver Cancer Center Opens New Location in Monroeville With the opening of a new UPMC Liver Cancer Center in Monroeville, residents in the eastern suburbs now have convenient access to the latest technology to diagnose and treat a full range of liver diseases, including: • liver cancer (primary and metastatic) • benign liver masses

• hepatitis A, B, and C • cirrhosis

By combining the clinical expertise of Allan Tsung, MD, surgical oncologist, with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals, the center makes it easier for patients and their families to access quality care and treatment. The UPMC Liver Cancer Center is at the forefront of innovative treatments and fundamental research for liver cancer. Surgeons at the UPMC Liver Cancer Center are among the most experienced in the United States at performing minimally invasive liver surgery, a technique they pioneered. For individuals whose conditions are inoperable, the UPMC Liver Cancer Center offers innovative therapies and groundbreaking clinical trials that can provide patients with a higher quality of life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 412-692-2001.



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Time to Take Care of You Holidays are for celebrating all of the things that make life special. Don’t let a major illness, injury, or even a sore throat keep you from enjoying them. Our conveniently located physicians’ offices are accepting new patients, and in most cases even offer same-day appointments. Just call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) or visit, and we’ll get you an appointment with one of our doctors. It doesn’t matter why you need us; it matters that we’re here if you do.

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mericans filing federal returns can expect year-end tax planning to be a bit more complicated this time around because we don't know what the tax rates will be for 2011 just yet. The current rates, known as the “Bush tax cuts” from 2001, are due to expire on December 31 of this year. So when the new rates get passed, taxpayers won't have a whole lot of time to plan. Jeff Marzina, executive vice president at Bill Few Associates says that the best plan of action here is to be prepared. "For this year," said Marzina, "it's very important.. that people be paying attention to what happens in the political spectrum in terms of tax rates for the new year and to make sure you have your advisers lined up so when rates are set, you don’t wait.” Each year, an individual is allowed to give a financial gift of up to $13,000 to any or as many individuals as they want to without being subject to a gift tax. If you give beyond this, you must fill out a gift tax return, which goes against the unified credit amount that they are allowed to give at their death. Right now, this is not determined. So you could give gifts of up to $13,000 to 15 grandchildren and not pay a tax on it. According to the IRS, You can't deduct the value of gifts on your income tax return unless they are left to a charitable organization. Federal estate taxes may have been 22 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE

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ith the winter months approaching, it's time to put away the golf clubs and short sleeve shirts and break out the

jackets. It's also time to start thinking about safety. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 65 slips and falls each year. It's the number one cause of injury related deaths. So with snow and ice just around the corner (and if moving to Florida is out of the question), it's a good idea to review some

tips on keeping yourself safe this winter. • Buy shoes with a non-skid sole or with good traction to get a better grip with the ground. Leather- and plastic-soled shoes have the worst traction in winter weather. • Check for icy railings and avoid icy and uncleared sidewalks and walkways. • Take your time to map out the best route to get wherever you are going, and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when you feel you may need it. • If you have to walk over an icy surface, bending your knees and taking slower steps can reduce the risk of falling.

And as always, safety begins at home. Make sure the areas around your home are salted and cleared. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests using rock salt or another chemical de-icing compound. If needed, as a family member or neighbor to help you.

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On October 20 and 21, students from Linton Middle School had the opportunity to see, touch, and talk to living history. The students interviewed veterans at Seneca Place for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Once completed, two of the interviews will be sent to the Library of Congress, where they will be digitized and catalogued. Within a few months, people around the country will be abl e to learn about the wartime experiences of Seneca Linton Seneca VisitPlace vet er ans by watching the interviews and viewing associated Web pages. In addition, a video presentation including all of the interviews was produced for a Veterans Day event held at the Seneca Place facility. The students' project was recently profiled by Dave Crawley. 21st Century Teaching and Learning Integration Coach Bria n Brown, who videotaped and helped coach the students during the interviews, said this project is typically recommended for high school and above. "This is a tremendous accomplishment and experience for our middle school students," he explained. Those taking part in the project, along with Mr. Brown, included Alan Bilsky, Francis Ferragonio, Amanda Power, Linda Knaus, and Bob Patterson. Linton got involv ed in the project after Curriculum Secretary Linda Knaus received a phone call from Deanne Thomas, activity director at Seneca Village. Ms. Knaus said that Ms. Thomas has always done a beautiful program for the veterans on Veterans Day, and "this year, she wanted to do something special." She

asked Ms. Knaus if students would be willing to come and interview the veterans. "I thought it was a wonderful project," said Ms. Knaus, so she brought it to the attention of Mr. Patterson and some social studies teachers. They all agreed that it was a great idea, she explained. Mr. Brown was asked to videotape the interviews, and he told them about the government project. If a 30-minute interview was done with specific questions, these tapes would be housed in the Library of Congress. Nineteen interviews were com pleted, although not all were at the 30-minute level. The teachers selected the students to participate. Those involved met as a group about a week before the interviews. Students were assigned a veteran to interview and then they formulated questions based on what they had read about their veteran. The students responded positively to the opportunity to do the interviews and were excited to interact w ith the veterans. Some of the students had an interest in history while others just appeared to be caught up in the opportunity to talk to someone who had experienced so much, rather than just reading about it in a book. Based upon the feedback received from the students, Mr. Brown said, "I think they got a lot out of the experience." According to the teachers, the students truly enjoyed their time with both the ladies and gentlemen. In fact, Ms. Knaus said that a couple of the students asked Ms. Thomas if they could volunteer their time to come and talk to the residents again. The students ate lunch with the veterans after the interviews were completed. After lunch, one sixth grader, showing just how special Linton students are, stood up to shake the veteran's hand and then thanked him for his ser vice.

Annual Basketball Tip-Off Tournament The Penn Hills High School boys’ basketball team will be hosting its annual high school tip-off tournament on December 10 and 11. This will be an extremely competitive tournament, with teams from Altoona, Kiski Area, and Mt. Lebanon. Mt. Lebanon is the reigning 2010 boys’ high school WPIAL champs, and Altoona is a District 6 powerhouse with a great tradition. Kiski Area will round out the tournament with a team of tough competitors. 24 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE

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 INTRO TO QUICK BOOKS Monster Mini Golf-Monroeville Date and details are still in process. Watch for future updates.

 SUPER BOWL PARTY Three Lakes Golf Course 2 p.m. until game conclusion $100/person - Includes one entry into football pool. Football Pool Payouts: $1,000-$1,000-$1,000-$,2000 Food, fun and games for all Co-sponsored with Kiwanis and Rotary

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All Saints Episcopal Church 412.793.0270

In Him Ministries 412.795.4272

Apostles Lutheran Church 412.793.4899

Jehovah’s Witnesses Pittsburgh 412.241.8188

Beulah Presbyterian Church 412.242.4570



Rolling Hills Baptist Church 412.795.1133 Rosedale United Methodist 412.793.2019

Kerr Presbyterian Church 412.793.5508

Sri Venkateswara Temple 412.373.3380

Laketon Heights Methodist 412.241.9170

Second Baptist Church 412.371.6445

Christian Science Church 412.731.1204

Mt. Hope Community Church 412.793.0227

St. Bartholomew’s Church 412.242.3374

Church of Latter Day Saints 412.798.3011

Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ 412.361.0503

Saint Gerard Majella 412.793.3333

Christadelphian Ecclesia of Pittsburgh 412.828.6157

Covenant Church of Pittsburgh 412.731.6221 Emmanuel Lutheran Church 412.824.4525

New Vision Community Church 412.241.6160

St. James Episcopal Church 412.242.2300

Parkway Jewish Center 412.823.4338

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 412.793.4511

Universal United Presbyterian Church 412.793.1355

Penn Hills Alliance Church 412.795.1818

Saint Joseph 412.795.5114

Penn Hills Baptist Church 412.793.6640

St. Susanna 412.798.3591

Verona United Methodist Church 412.828.8844

Penn Hills Free Methodist Church 412.793.7263

Three Rivers Assembly of God 412.372.3453

Grace Evangelical Lutheran 412.793.1394

Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church 412.795.2956

Trinity Lutheran Church 412.828.7799

Victory Temple Orig. Church of God 412.243.5308

Hebron United Presbyterian Church 412.371.2307

Queen of the Rosary Church 412.672.6390

Trinity Tower United Methodist 412.793.9000

Zion Lutheran Church 412.242.2626

Epiphany Lutheran Church 412.241.1313 Faith Community Church 412.242.0210 First Baptist Church 412.371.5335 First Reformed Presbyterian Church 412.793.7117

Verona United Presbyterian Church 412.828.4494

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Keeping the Most Important Muscle Fit

hen it comes to exercise, it’s hard to break through the hype and advertising ploys for the newest and best cardio machine or workout. However, the best cardio workout depends on engaging the heart through a multitude of levels and workloads, said Dan Griffin, general manager of Oxford Athletic Club. Griffin, who is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, said people are becoming more educated when it comes to their cardio workout. “People understand you do not have to do long, slow distance exercises, to be in the fat-burning zone. The studies are showing now that low-intensity heart maintenance levels are just as efficient for calorie burn. Middle heart rates – the kind of exercises where you can talk to your neighbor, but can’t recite the Gettysburg Address – those work well also,” Griffin said. “The higher heart levels have a whole different physiological response and work on different parts of your body. Some who do a little bit of exercise in all three ranges lose weight quicker, and it doesn’t take more time. You take those 3040 minutes you usually dedicate to your workout and break it up.” Griffin said there are new workout machines that take advantage of that data to help athletes meet those various heart ranges. “There always are machines that are the ‘hot machines.’ In the ‘80s and ‘90s, it was the stepper, and now it’s treadmills, ellipticals, and multi-angular training. With a treadmill, you’re in one plane, moving forward. With multi-angular and multi-plane machines you’re moving forward, and you’re also going left, right, forward and back,” Griffin said. “Another hot machine right now is the 30 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE

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ArcTrainer, which is a cross between a stepper and an elliptical. With step training, few people can last long enough to make that work right, so the ArcTrainer is a favorite among tennis players and other athletes who come in.” In addition to specialized cardio machines, Griffin said circuit training still gives people a great workout. “Circuit training is still alive and well. We have trainers who take people through workouts that are as demanding as can be,” he said. “Unless you need bulk and heavy lifting, there’s a lot to be said for this functional training where you’re pushing sandbags and working out without stopping between sets. I’ve done it, and have gotten my heart rate from 130 up to 170, and it stays within that range within the whole half hour. The key though, is to do it in a circuit fashion. That way, you don’t have to stop between exercising.” Griffin said that because circuit training focuses on different muscle groups, the workouts typically are faster to get through. “Muscularly, you don’t need the rest because you’re working a different muscle group each time,” he said. “ Cardio-wise, you may have to wait 30 seconds or so between sets, but you can definitely be fit by doing that.”

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 80 Years of Dedication  The Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department #6 celebrated the company's 80th Anniversary with a family picnic and awards ceremony at Universal Park. There was lots of delicious food, great music, and fun games for the kids. Thank you, volunteers, for your dedication and service to the community! With a goal of providing residents with the highest level of safety, the department recently added a Quick Response Service Unit. This service increases the speed in which equipped, trained personnel arrive at a scene. It also opens up volunteer opportunities to those wishing to assist the department in Chuck important means other than firefighting. and Shaina

Danielle and

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For information on how you can become a member of the department, call 412.795.0550.

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