Showing posts from February, 2014

Foodie Friday: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Have you heard? Today, February 27 is National Chili Day! So we’re posting Foodie Friday a day early, in case you want to celebrate with this healthy, yummy take on traditional chili with beans.

An Apple A Day...Fiber For Heart Health

We’ve all heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but do you know why apples are so good for you?

ACA Seminar And Help Sessions

Want to know more about the Affordable Care Act and what steps to take for health insurance coverage? On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Gwinnett Medical Center will host free educational seminars.

March 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, or register for a class, here are a few of our most popular offerings for March 2014:

Foodie Friday: 4 Superfoods From Your Grocery Store

While grains, seeds and berries from faraway places get all the superfood press, here are four nutritional superstars that are available at your local grocery store. These antioxidant-rich foods help protect a body’s healthy cells from those renegade cells known as free radicals—can give your immune system a boost and may even reduce your risk of certain cancers.

Concussion: 11 Facts That Matter

Ahhhhh. At last spring is in the air. Along with pollen come new sports seasons – baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field and more. 
If you think that just because your child is not a football player, he or she is not at risk of concussion, think again.
Concussion can happen on or off the playing field (or court). Even riding a bicycle has a risk of concussion in the event of an accident.  So it’s important for parents, coaches AND kids to know the facts about concussion. Here are some of those facts:

4 Small Changes For Big Effects

It’s not too late to step up with some changes in honor of American Heart Month. Many of the things you can do to encourage long-term heart health are easy. Here are four to get you started:

Spring Spruce-up: A Minimalist Guide To DIY Safety

Along with spring come thoughts of sprucing up the house. To save money or test your creativity, you may consider tackling these home improvement projects yourself. More than 330,000 emergency room visits a year are due to injuries involving home workshop equipment, according to the Home Safety Council.  So whether you’re painting a room or building a porch, it’s important to follow certain safety guidelines:

Foodie Friday: Dipping Chocolate For Your Valentine

by Amy Tella, MS, RD, CNSC, 
Clinical Nutrition and Patient Services Manager 
Gwinnett Medical Center

While the recipe below is not entirely guilt-free, when paired with yummy strawberries, bananas, pineapple or other fruit, it is sure to impress your Valentine. And, of course it's delicious - it's chocolate!

Jennifer Hudson's Secrets Of Success

Jennifer Hudson shed more than 80 pounds after the August 2009 birth of her son. Since then this former American Idol "loser" and Weight Watchers spokeswoman has been one busy woman. She makes maintaining her new svelte shape look easy. 

Here's how she does it, and how you can, too. 

1 Week To A Healthier Heart

This post from February 2013 is back by popular request:

One in three American adults is estimated to have at least one form of cardiovascular disease. That’s a staggering statistic, but by adding these five tasks to your workweek to-do list, you can help your heart on its way to a lifetime of good health.

3 Super-Easy Secrets to Staying Healthy

Looking for some quick fixer-uppers for your health? Try these three super-easy tips from David S. Ostreicher, DDS, author ofBrush Your Teeth! And Other Simple Ways to Stay Young and Healthy:

How Far We've Come: Women's Health

You may remember a time before mammograms and bone density screenings were common medical tests. These advances are just the beginning of the modern landscape of women’s healthcare.
Today, doctors and researchers understand more about women’s health than ever before.
What’s equally important, though, is that women understand these issues and what they can do to be as healthy as possible. Even the most advanced treatment can’t fix everything. A lifestyle that helps prevent disease is one that includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and staying on top of checkups and routine screenings.
Women also need to stay informed. So please read on.

Foodie Friday: The Flax Facts

Adding a little flax to your diet may just help your heart. The seeds of this plant provide omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber, which help keep arteries flexible and free of sticky plaque.

Black History Month: Medical Innovators, Pioneers and Leaders

Did you know that in 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first female doctor in the United States of African-American heritage when she graduated from what is now Boston University School of Medicine?

Or that Dr. Charles Drew helped save thousands of lives in World War II through his innovative techniques for separating and preserving blood components, including plasma?

Or that as early as 1762, James Derham held a certificate of medicine and after he won his freedom, set up his own practice in New Orleans?

African-American Medical Superheroes

In honor of Black History Month, here are some African-Americansuperheroes who were pioneers in medicine. 
Charles Richard Drew (1904–1950) Dr. Drew developed a method for preserving blood plasma for transfusion.  He is considered the inventor of the blood bank and served as the director of the very first American Red Cross Blood Bank. 

How Stress Gambles With Your Health

As we kick of American Heart Month, we have a not-so-secret to share - stress is a killer. Not just the fight-or-flight stress of a traumatic event, but the everyday stresses, like that driver who cut you off in traffic this morning.

But in our hectic world, what are we to do?

If At First You Don’t Succeed – Start Over!

5 Surprising Tricks to Stay on Track
The average person keeps New Year’s resolutions three and a half weeks. So around January 24, you probably let yours slide too. But you don’t have to wait till next January if you’ve fallen off the wagon. In fact, some experts recommend starting those resolutions fresh every month, incorporating what you’re learning along the way.
Here are five simple tricks to keep you on the path to success: