Monday, September 15, 2014

Medical Information Online: 6 Ways To Know If It's True


The Internet has opened up a virtual world of health information, tools and advice. Patients and caregivers, however, also must navigate a minefield of medical misinformation.

For example, a group of neurologists reviewed the most frequently watched YouTube videos about movement disorders, only to find that the people in the videos did not even have movement disorders.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Here in Georgia, the back-to-school enthusiasm may already have worn off when it comes to packing lunches and providing snacks for sports teams, scouts, youth groups, etc. Here’s a terrific kid-friendly recipe that doesn’t take too long to make – the kids can actually do much of it alongside an adult. And these bars provide a wealth of nutrition and energy for kids (and adults) on the go.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Step It Up: 27 Ways To Make Your Walk Rock


Consider yourself a professional athlete. After all, you mastered one of the best forms of exercise around your first birthday. It may not come with the fame and fanfare of the NFL or the NBA, but walking is safe, easy and a great way to stay in shape. It can be done almost anytime, anyplace and with no instruction and equipment except for a pair of shoes. It’s also an activity with little risk for injury that can be done at nearly any age.

Best of all are the myriad health benefits: protection against heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer.

If you don’t do more walking because you think it’s boring or unchallenging, here are 27 ways to put the bounce back in your step:
Monday, September 8, 2014

Due Date Grab Bag 101

It’s the last thing you’ll grab as you head out the door—your overnight hospital bag.

Cathie Brazell, BSN, MHA, CPHQ, director of women’s and children’s services at Gwinnett Medical Center, says smart packing is key to a happy delivery.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Packing In Good Nutrition

Back to school means back to packing lunches. Knowing the right balance of foods can help make sure kids are eating healthy away from home.

“A big assumption parents make is that kids are eating everything in their lunch bags,” says Amy Tella, R.D., dietitian at Gwinnett Medical Center. “They tend to overpack lunches.”
Getting kids involved in packing their lunches is one way to make sure they’ll eat everything. “This starts with the trip to the grocery store and asking your kids what they’re in the mood for,” Tella says. Variety also is important, so get in one item from each food group. “Try turkey on whole wheat and cheese, fruit, and carrots with a ranch dressing dipping sauce,” she suggests.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Your Hair Says About Your Health

Don’t you hate bad hair days? Whether caused by frizz, flatness or an unexplainable kink, we all have them now and again. But beyond putting you in a foul mood, what is your hair saying about your health?

If it’s…..falling out
It might mean… you recently had a major illness or surgery. You have an over- or underactive thyroid. You’re taking a medication that causes hair loss. Or you have an underlying condition, such as lupus or diabetes.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Build a Better Knee

One of the best ways to avoid an injury is to strengthen the muscles around the knee: the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

“Having strong muscles around the knee takes the stress off of the knee itself and places it where it belongs — on those muscles,” says Brian Jennings, PT, OCS, physical therapist with Gwinnett Medical Center’s Gwinnett SportsRehab.

Want stronger legs? Try these half-squats:
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