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Partnership targets farm safety among region’s Amish population

Amish Buggy on farm road

A stock image of an Amish farm.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Beyond the picturesque barns and horse-drawn buggies that define Pennsylvania Dutch Country lurk farm dangers that can land children in the hospital.

Falling down hay holes in the barn, injuries from farm equipment and being struck by large farm animals are top causes of trauma to children brought to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Preventing injuries and death on farms across the state is a priority, thanks to a unique partnership between medical personnel from the Children’s Hospital and Lancaster General Hospital, Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Amish Safety Committee.


September 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm 1 comment

Carrots for Candy: The Great Boy Scout Experiment

How Penn State PRO Wellness is helping scouts make better food choices


By Heidi Lynn Russell

Summer camp can be rife with memories of telling ghost stories by crackling campfires, hiking through shaded trails, gliding in a canoe across a sparkling lake – and candy – lots of candy – at the camp “trading post.”

It’s that candy that is a concern to the Boy Scouts of America. As rates of childhood obesity increase in the United States, the Boy Scouts organization wants its members to enjoy their camping experiences with wholesome, delicious meals and snacks.

How can they convince children to want to make healthy eating choices? (more…)

September 5, 2017 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Penn State Hershey promotes healthy living at 2014 Farm Show

Across from stands selling sausages and strudel, nurses and other staff from Penn State Hershey check blood pressure, calculate Body Mass Indexes (BMI), and discuss smoking, physical activity nutritional knowledge.

Along with staff from CBS 21, they encourage visitors at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show to take a pledge against texting while driving, and chat with them about the benefits of regular exercise as they walk on a treadmill.

On the other side of the Main Exposition Hall, more Penn State Hershey nurses administer free flu shots at the Pennsylvania Department of Health booth. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is important to reduce the chances that one will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.

This is the third year that Penn State Hershey has been part of the annual Farm Show, and the second year it has helped give flu shots at the Department of Health booth.

Where to find us: 

Visit the Penn State Hershey booth (#5010) in the corner of the Main Exposition Hall next to the Pennsylvania Marketplace between 1 and 7 p.m. through Friday, January 10, and from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, January 11.

Get a free flu shot between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day of the Farm Show at the PA Department of Health booth located behind the carousel in the Main Exposition Hall. (more…)

January 9, 2014 at 9:17 am 1 comment

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