Health Briefs

March 16, 2018

Chakra yin and yoga nidra workshop set March 17

Lisa Dougherty of Dimitra Yoga will lead a chakra yin and yoga nidra workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Lewes studio, 17437 Ocean One Plaza. Participants will be guided thru relaxing yoga poses that emphasize deep stretches, opening and realigning the connective tissues of the body. Yoga nidra has been shown to boost memory retention and learning, and to lead to enhanced creativity. Cost is $35. Space is limited. To register and pay in advance, go to, call 302-227-3450 or email

Restorative low-hammock aerial yoga workshop set March 18

Nate Metz of Dimitra Yoga will lead a restorative, low-hammock, aerial yoga workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday March 18, at the Rehoboth studio, 43A Rehoboth Ave. The workshop will focus on a lower, slower practice, perfect for deep relaxation and self-inquiry. Aerial hammocks are hung 12-18 inches from the floor, personalized for each participant’s comfort and safety. No previous aerial yoga experience necessary. Cost is $35. Space is limited. To register and pay in advance, go to, call 302-227-3450 or email

T'ai Chi classes to begin March 20

T'ai Chi classes will be held 11:15 a.m. to noon, from Tuesday, March 20 to June 26, at Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes. Cost is $10 per person per class. Attendees will learn eight simple movement of the T'ai Chi Short Yang Form as taught by Professor Cheng man Ching. These movements are simple, easy to remember and suitable for everyone. No previous experience is necessary. These movements may be used individually or in sequence. T'ai Chi has been acknowledged for relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving balance and overall well-being.

Instructor Deb Davies is a certified T'ai Chi instructor from the T'ai Chi Foundation. She has been a student since 1991 and teaching on the East Coast since 1993. All are welcome. For more information, contact Deb Davies at 302-727-8832 or

Family health expo set at Lewes library March 25

A health expo for the entire family will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Attendees will be able to check their body fat ratios. They can test their physical fitness levels with the Harvard step test. Relaxing anti-stress massages will be available. Computers will assess attendees’ health age based on their health habits. Attendees may have their blood pressure level checked, and find out what it should be. There will be free food tastings, health screenings, giveaways, study materials, drawings and more. For more information, call 301-693-3790.

Health lectures set March 23-25 

Dr. David Emerson will present free health lectures at the Lewes library Friday to Sunday, March 23 to 25. His appearance is sponsored by the Sussex Central Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The first lecture will be Diabetes: Real Cause, Simple Solution, at 6 p.m., Friday, March 23. The Endurance Advantage will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24. Hypertension: The Silent Killer will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25; and Weight Control will be at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25. 

Emerson has been active in internal and preventive medicine for over 25 years. He was formerly medical director of the Eden Valley Lifestyle Center in Loveland, Colo., and also served for eight years as a missionary doctor at a clinic in Guam. He and his family now live in Myersville, Md., where he will soon be opening a medical office. At his family's old dairy farm, established in the early 1800s near Myersville, he and his wife Oleta teach classes in health education, hydrotherapy, vegetarian/vegan cooking, non-GMO and better-than-organic produce, raw cooking and farming. 

Welcome to Medicare event set March 26

Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau is the Delaware State Health Insurance Assistance Program. As a free service, DMAB provides unbiased information and counseling to people covered by Medicare. DMAB and the Department of Insurance will host a free Welcome to Medicare event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, March 26, at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. Many people who join Medicare have questions and concerns about their new, different type of health insurance. Important deadlines exist for certain new benefits. New and soon-to-be beneficiaries can meet with DMAB professional staff and learn about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage. Seating is limited. To register, call 800-336-9500 or 302-674-7364.

Lymphedema presentation March 27

The Cancer Support Community will present Understanding Lymphedema - Past and Present at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Camilla Carter, physical therapist and lymphedema specialist at Beebe Healthcare, will explore lymphedema management after cancer surgery. The Sussex facility is in Suite 312 of the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth. All programs at CSC are offered at no charge. To register, call 302-645-9150. For more information, go to

CAMP Rehoboth free stop-smoking classes to start March 27

For people ready to quit smoking, a free, seven-week class will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, March 27, at CAMP Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach. The class will be facilitated by a professional mental health counselor. Classes are open to the public and come with a free three-month membership to the YMCA. CAMP Rehoboth is at 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Registration is required. To register, call 302-227-5620 or email

CAMP Rehoboth's stop-smoking program is made possible through the Delaware Division of Public Health's Tobacco Prevention Community Contract. Funding is provided by the Delaware Health Fund and managed by the American Lung Association of Delaware.

Baseball night fundraiser for Cancer Support Community April 2

The Cancer Support Community - Delaware will celebrate the return of baseball with a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 2, at Buffalo Wild Wings. The menu features BWW’s famous wings, healthy foods, Phillies vs. Mets, cornhole, a 50/50, a silent auction, beer and good times with good friends. For more information and to register, go to or contact Hailee Gooch at or 302-645-9150.

Balancing care workshop set April 7

Dimitra Yoga will present a balancing care workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at the Lewes studio, 17437 Ocean One Plaza in Lewes. Terri Surabian of Dimitra Yoga and Sue Nyden, on behalf of Jewish Family Services of Delaware, will lead an interactive session to provide participants with tools to help balance caring for someone while maintaining their own physical and mental health. The emotional side of caregiving, community resources, meditation and relaxation techniques, and gentle yoga poses will be addressed. All are welcome. Cost is $35. Space is limited. To register and pay in advance, go to, call 302-227-3450 or email

Mental health open house set April 28

NAMI Delaware will host a mental health open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 28, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown. Attendees will learn about available mental health resources in Sussex County for individuals and families. A panel presentation of resources and a discussion regarding mental health concerns will be conducted. All community members are welcome to attend. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, go to, email or call 888-427-2643.

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware contracts with Delaware hospitals

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, a managed-care health plan serving Delawareans using Medicaid and long-term services and supports, announced that it now has contracts with all six of Delaware's acute-care hospital systems. AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware members may obtain in-network care from primary care, specialist, hospital, and other providers that are part of the following health systems: Bayhealth (both campuses); Beebe Healthcare; Christiana Care Health System (both campuses); Nanticoke Health Services; Nemours Children's Health System; and St. Francis Healthcare.

Agreements signed with those six hospital systems thus far cover 272 primary care providers, 1,424 specialists, and eight hospital campuses throughout Delaware. This is in addition to the independent providers that have already signed separate contracts with AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware. AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware continues to regularly add providers to its network, ensuring that its members have access to quality healthcare as close to their communities as possible.

"Contracting with all of Delaware's hospital systems demonstrates our commitment to offering our members high-quality, value-based care, and a robust provider network throughout the state," said AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware Market President Emmilyn Lawson. "These six acute-care hospital systems include large groups of affiliated physicians and other providers, and are also attuned to the unique needs of the populations and communities they serve. We look forward to working with these organizations to build healthy communities throughout Delaware."

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, is one of the Medicaid managed-care plans participating in the Diamond State Health Plan and Diamond State Health Plan-Plus programs. AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware helps Delawareans get proper care and stay well, working with communities in need to achieve positive health outcomes throughout the state. For more information, go to

Support group for those living with heart failure meets monthly

Beebe Healthcare offers Heart to Heart, a support group for people living with heart failure, at 10 a.m., the second Thursday of each month in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. The group is open to anyone who has heart failure, and their caregivers. Group founder Lynn Toth, DNP, MSN, RN, NP-C, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, said many people find support groups useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. "People are comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone in their anxiety," Toth said. "Our support group is a useful source of information for anyone who has heart failure or anyone who is caring for someone with heart failure." For more information, contact Toth at 302-542-6334 or go to

Free health screenings offered at Aquacare Physical Therapy

Aquacare Physical Therapy has four Delaware locations that are offering free health screenings with a licensed physical therapist. Those who may benefit from a screening include people increasing their fitness activity or people with pain that is preventing them from doing the activities they enjoy. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call Aquacare in Lewes, 302-945-0200; Millsboro, 302-945-4250; Millville, 302-539-3110; or Seaford, 302-536-1774; or go to

Free community CPR classes offered monthly

Free community cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes for non-medical members of the community will be offered at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Beebe medical center in Lewes. The classes include facilitation by a trained volunteer and a small reference book. This is not a full-certification CPR class, and cards are not issued. CPR is carried out when a person's heart stops or fails to supply enough oxygen and blood flow to the tissues of the body.

Studies have shown that if CPR is started within a few minutes, the person has a better chance of survival without serious damage to the brain or other organs. The course teaches adult hands-only CPR, child CPR, infant CPR, automated external defibrillator use and what to do when someone is choking. The course is a combination of video lecture and hands-on practice with manikins - dummies made specifically for medical education.

"This class will teach the basics of CPR, which will allow more residents to know what to do in a situation where a person may be in cardiac arrest," said Phyllis Saunders RN, BSN, clinical educator at Beebe Healthcare. "Knowing the basics and taking action can help save a person's life while emergency responders are on their way."

The two-hour class is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 302-645-3248 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, is offering a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. Zumba Gold/Toning is on Fridays 9:05 to 10 a.m.; Yoga - Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m.; Tai Chi - Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and also Fridays, 11:05 a.m. to noon; Sit and Get Fit - Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. and also Fridays - 10:05 to 11 a.m.; Balance and Posture - Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Arthritis Exercises - Wednesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Overeaters Anonymous meets four times each week

Overeaters Anonymous holds local meetings in the Cape Region four times per week. Groups meet from 1 to 2 p.m., every Monday, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes; from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach; from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays (Big Book), at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays, at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. For details, call Bonnie at 302-945-2815 or go to

Bayhealth hosts Al-Anon, Alateen

Bayhealth is hosting weekly Al-Anon and Alateen support group meetings at Bayhealth Kent General. The meetings will be at 9:30 a.m., Sundays in the General Foods Conference Rooms at Bayhealth Kent General, 640 S. State St., Dover.

Al-Anon and Alateen are free and open to anybody who has a friend or family member suffering from alcoholism. The group provides fellowship and support, and helps members learn from other members who share similar experiences. Al-Anon and Alateen also provide insight on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to ending alcohol and substance abuse. Alateen focuses on young people ages 13 to 19 who are impacted by a family member's abuse of alcohol. For more information call 866-460-4070 or go to

Chronic pain support group meets second Tuesdays in Lewes

Pain Linx focuses on awareness, education, sharing and support for people with chronic pain. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes. Rita Williams, MA, CHES, health coach with Beebe Healthcare, will lead the sessions. Call 302-645-3528 for more information.

Grieving the loss of spouse or life partner support group meets second Wednesdays

Delaware Hospice will host a support group for those grieving the loss of a spouse or life partner from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month in Georgetown. This support group offers an opportunity to share and learn helpful ways to cope with grief. Attendees can speak to others who share their sense of loss for an opportunity to find a new source of kinship and support. Education is provided on various topics including coping methods. No registration is required. For more information, ontact Midge DiNatale at 302-856-7717 or

Free rapid HIV tests set in Rehoboth every second and fourth Thursday

CAMP Rehoboth is teaming with the Burton Village Community Center in Rehoboth Beach to offer free rapid HIV testing. The test only takes 15 minutes to get results. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every second Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is needed. The Burton Village Community Center is at 37511 Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620.

Next Step bereavement support group meets every first Monday

The Cancer Support Community and Delaware Hospice are collaborating to offer a monthly bereavement group to focus on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. The Next Step meets in the Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month. The Sussex facility is at 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Suite 312, Rehoboth. The facilitator is Midge DiNatale, GC-C of Delaware Hospice. To reserve a space and for more information call 302-645-9150 or go to All programs at the Cancer Support Community are offered at no charge to the participants.