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MORNING STAR • NOVEMBER 18 - 24, 2010

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Health Flu shots offered to public

Sussex County residents paying their property taxes, obtaining marriage licenses or applying for building permits will find one more convenience available at County offices this November: on-the-spot, easyto-get flu shots. Sussex County government and Bayhealth Occupational Health are teaming up to make flu shots available to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. The shots are $26 each, and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis in the atrium of the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. Only cash will be accepted. No appointment is necessary. Ordinarily, flu shots are offered through doctor’s offices, local clinics and the State’s Division of Public Health. However, an overstock order of flu shots that had been set aside for another employer made it possible to pass on an estimated 300 doses to the public, said Kimberly Beauchamp of the County’s Personnel office. For more information, contact the Sussex County Personnel office at 8557711, or Bayhealth Medical Center at 6747947.

Breast cancer support group

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial

Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist – with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC’s Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a longterm survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Cancer Support Group

The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place on Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. The Wellness Community, an affiliate of the Cancer Support community, is dedicated to helping people

Drivers fall asleep at the wheel Two out of every five drivers (41 percent) admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel at some point, with one in 10 saying they’ve done so in the past year, according to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. More than a quarter of those surveyed admitted they drove despite being so sleepy that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open in the previous month. Yet eighty-five percent of drivers surveyed felt it was “completely unacceptable” for someone to drive in the same incapacitated state. Unfortunately, drivers may not always be aware of the effects of fatigue resulting from a lack of sleep. AAA Mid-Atlantic wants all drivers to recognize the seriousness of this dangerous, yet underestimated, driving practice. A new analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash data estimates that approximately one in six deadly crashes (16.5 percent) involve a driver who is drowsy, while one in eight crashes result in occupant hospitalization and one in 14 crashes resulted in a vehicle being towed. These percentages are substantially higher than most previous estimates, suggesting that the contribution of drowsy driving to motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths has not been fully appreciated. To remain alert and avoid drowsiness, AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests:

• Getting plenty of sleep (at least six hours) the night before a long trip; • Scheduling a break every two hours or every 100 miles; • Traveling at times when you are normally awake, and staying overnight rather than “driving straight through”; and • Stop driving if you become sleepy. Someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time. Symptoms of sleepiness include, but are not limited to: • Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused; • The inability to keep your head up; • Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts; and • Drifting from your lane or off the road, or tailgating. Now that Standard Time went into effect yesterday, with clocks being turned back an hour, motorists will be contending with a drowsiness contributor – darkness – which will be settling in earlier in the day. According the 2008 Delaware Annual Traffic Statistical Report, the 4 to 8 p.m. timeframe represented the highest time period for crashes during the course of the day in Delaware with 5,289 (27%) crashes reported. For more information about the drowsy driving study, including the full report and fact sheet, visit www. AAAFoundation.org.  

affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. Facilitators are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree or more. Call 645-9150 for information or to register. All support groups offered at the Wellness Community are free of charge. This program is made possible by the support of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Competition to improve school meals

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge to improve school meals and the health of children across the nation through the creation of exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus. The competition will draw on the talents of chefs, students, food service professionals, and parents or other community members working together to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. There will be a grand prize chosen by the judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting. The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed meals alongside White House chefs. The top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to

share with students and families. To learn more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, visit www.LetsMove.gov. The deadline for recipe submissions is Dec. 30. For more information, visit recipesforkidschallenge.com.

Bereavement luncheons

Delaware Hospice’s “New Beginnings” bereavement luncheons are an informal way to meet and talk with others, who have had similar loss experiences. Lunch begins at noon and is followed by a brief program. The location rotates each week of the month according to the following schedule:  • 1st Thursday: Grottos Pizza, Rte. 26, Bethany Beach; • 2nd Thursday: Georgia House, 300 Delaware Ave., Laurel; • 3rd Thursday: Millsboro Pizza Palace, Rt. 113-southbound lane, Millsboro;  • 4th Thursday: Blue Ocean Grill (formerly Milton House), 200 Broadkill Rd., Milton; • 5th Thursday (when applicable): Texas Grill (formerly Ocean Point Grill), 26089 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro. “New Beginnings” luncheons are open to the public. Registration is not required. There is no fee except the cost of your lunch. For more information, call Carol Dobson or Paul Ganster at 8567717.

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