Showing posts from January, 2014

Foodie Friday: Soup-er January Cheat Sheet

One of the best soup cheat sheets we saw this month came from Shape magazine: 10 Easy Homemade Soups. It has terrific shortcut recipes for making 10 fast, yet never dull soups. Although Soup Month is ending, as long as it's chilly outside, the soup season continues.

Winter Fitness Reboot: Couch To 5K

Although winter is more wintry than usual here in the South, spring will be upon us soon. Get ready with our plan, below, to go from your couch to running five kilometers (3.1 miles) in only six weeks. Start now and by mid-March you'll be ready! Don't start now and by mid-March you'll still be on the couch...

Support Groups In Our Community

Note: We're in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of support groups either hosted at Gwinnett Medical Center or in the community. Instead of waiting for the final list, we thought we'd post the information we have to date. The support groups are listed in alphabetical order, with additional cancer care support organizations at the end of the list.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meets: Several locations At: Several times Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. For more information visit the AA website at

Amputee Support Group
Meets: the second Wednesday of each month, 6 –7 p.m.
At: Gwinnett SportsRehab, 500 Medical Center Blvd., Suite 130, Lawrencevill…

February Classes At GMC

Gwinnett Medical Center offers classes for all stages of life, from sibling preparation to AARP safe driving courses for seniors. While you can browse all the classes offered by Gwinnett Medical Center at, here are a few of our most popular offerings for February 2014:

Foodie Friday: Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Since January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day - yum -- we're taking a break from Soup Month. Get ready for Double Chocolate Cupcakes!

The One Thing You Need to Improve Your Health

If you can only do one thing to improve your health, this is it.
And it happens in bed….

Serving Others: 3 Tips For Caregivers

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today through service to the community has become a wonderful tradition. Many families set aside this day to work together on a specific project or with a group of individuals in their community. At Gwinnett Medical Center, we have noticed that many people set aside more than one day in service to others – they work day after day caring for family and friends who are recovering from stroke, accident or a serious illness. For these caregivers every day is a day of service in the spirit of Dr. King.

Foodie Friday: Another Soup-er January Recipe - Quick Vegetable Minestrone

In less than 20 minutes, you can make this light yet filling soup, which is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. If you can wait for a day to serve it, the herbs will infuse the vegetables, and it will taste even more flavorful.

Don’t Let SAD Get You Down - Put on a Hat And Go Outdoors!

It’s National Hat Day, so put on your hat and get outdoors. Not only will you look stylish, but you’ll be helping your mental health as well.
It’s a well-known fact that the shorter days of winter can cause seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mild form of depression. An estimated 10 million Americans are coping with this issue. If you are one of them, consider taking these steps to minimize SAD’s effects:

Pick A Date For Good Health

Did you remember to get your health screenings this year? To make sure you don’t miss yours, set your appointments for a day that is special to you, like your birthday or that of a loved one.
Here are several routine screenings or exams that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends for adults (check your coverage to see which screenings may be covered):

Blood pressure, weight, depression, tobacco use and alcohol/substance abuse FREQUENCY At each office visit.

Foodie Friday: Another Soup-er January Recipe - Beef Barley And Lima Bean Soup

Continuing our soup recipes for Soup Month, here’s a hearty, yet healthy one:
Beef Barley and Lima Bean 1 c. chopped onion 1 c. chopped carrots 1 can (14.5 oz.) low-sodium beef broth 1 lb. lean beef stew meat, cut in ½-inch cubes

Cold Or Flu?

Know how to tell the difference.
During cold and flu season, chances are you or someone in your family is going to catch something.

But it isn’t always easy to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both are respiratory illnesses and can cause similar symptoms. Generally, colds are milder than the flu and do not cause serious health problems.
So how can you tell whether it’s a cold or the flu?

8 (Mostly) Free Resources To Boost Your Health

Just as our parents taught us that it is better to give than to receive, hospitals also subscribe to this theory. At Gwinnett Medical Center we have as our mission to provide quality health services to our community. In addition to the care we give within our walls every day, we also reach out to the community with programs and services.
As 2013 becomes 2014, let us help you with your New Year’s resolutions. Use these (mostly) free resources from Gwinnett Medical Center to take charge of your health.

Foodie Friday: Soup-er January Meals Plus A Recipe – Navy Bean Soup

January is Soup Month, and it’s no wonder healthy eaters love soup. 

Filling, yet often lower in calories than other dishes, soup is an easy, one-pot meal for the entire family.Making soup is practically a no-brainer; virtually any leftovers can go into a pot, with the addition of some water and seasonings, and become a delicious soup. 
Soups can also help you brush up such basic cooking skills as caramelizing vegetables, deglazing meat and thickening stock.

New Year’s Resolutions: The Minimalist Game Plan

By Tim Gustavson, Health Education Specialist at Gwinnett Medical Center
Every year we set huge goals as our New Year’s resolutions, only to crash and quit a few days or weeks into the year. So, instead of these massive resolutions that only lead to frustration, why not try these five small steps each day? They’re easy to remember, take no special equipment, and will keep you on a steady path to good health: