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1 Important Way To Keep Your Child Healthy

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Keep up with childhood immunizations on the recommended schedule.
It’s National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children. Worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’ve reached several important milestones in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is one example:
In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease.

May Classes At GMC

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Cancer Transitions A six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.  Sessions include expert panelists, relaxation and stress management training, nutrition, and emotional health. To learn more or to register call 678-312-3100. May 14 – June 18 (Wed.), 3 – 5:30 p.m. Cancer support Center 631 Gwinnett Physicians Center 631 Professional Drive, Suite 220 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE. Registration required.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Be Children ages 3 to 10 will tour the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, discuss what to expect, practice holding and swaddling, and make a birthday card. Parents also receive materials on sibling preparation.

Foodie Friday:Springtime Smoothie Recipe

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Here in the metro Atlanta area it's finally fully spring. Here's a healthy smoothie recipe to toast the season, and to share with your family.
Springtime Smoothie
2 1⁄4 cups chopped or grated carrots
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tsp. honey
3 to 4 ice cubes
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt

How To Sit Better: Tips To Save Your Spine

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In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, we salute all those who spend their workdays at a desk, frequently hunched over a computer trying to accomplish more work than the time will allow. And who still answer the phone with a cheerful voice. And maintain a professional dignity even when the printer starts spewing everything in triple-size fonts. If it weren’t for administrative professionals, business would come to a halt. That’s true at hospitals, too, where administrative professionals keep the patient floors and support departments humming along so that the clinical departments can focus on patient care. So as a small thank you to all the administrative professionals out there, here are some tips for setting up your workplace properly.

The Important Therapy You've Never Heard About

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We’ve all heard of physical therapy and speech therapy, but one of the most useful — and overlooked — therapies is being celebrated this month: occupational therapy. Occupational therapy helps people develop, recover or maintain the skills they need to navigate daily life. At Gwinnett Medical Center we know that each patient’s situation and goals are different, so occupational therapy is tailored to those goals. So here’s a quick primer on occupational therapy. And thanks to all the occupational therapists whose work is so important to helping people lead full lives.

Foodie Friday: 7 New Ways To Eat Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Before treat-filled plastic eggs became the Easter bunny’s standard delivery, kids dyed hard-boiled eggs, and the bunny had to “hop to” to make sure they were hidden within an hour of when the kids would find them so that the eggs would stay cool enough for safe eating later. The week after Easter became a ritual of egg salad sandwiches and devilled eggs, too often heavy with greasy mayo.
Today hard-boiled eggs are a handy lunch box staple in many homes. With 6 grams of protein, one large hard-boiled egg also provides choline, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate and more, for fewer than 100 calories.
But, again, plain eggs lose their appeal after appearing in the lunchbox day after day. So whether you have an abundance left over from Easter, or if you simply are ready for a new way to enjoy hard-boiled eggs, here is a week’s worth of ways to pep up this convenient, nutritious food:

Making A Difference: GMC Chaplains

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Providing great customer service isn’t just about taking care of the patient’s physical needs.  It includes meeting their emotional and spiritual needs as well. This is why GMC has a variety of care providers on staff, including chaplains.
“There are four staff chaplains – Chuck Christie, Sandy Booth and myself here at GMC-Lawrenceville, and Cristina Garcia-Alfonso at GMC-Duluth,” says Bob Duvall, director of chaplaincy. “We also have clinical pastoral education residents and interns, 10 theology students and three volunteer chaplains – Thomas Valukaran, Gordon Okunsanya and Doug Coyle. We, and all caregivers, take note of people’s needs and work to bring aid to them.”

Live Generously

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Pay it forward. We’ve all heard the phrase, but it’s much harder to live it. And, especially in these tough economic times, there’s no shortage of causes that need your help. When financial strain affects so many of us, we’re more careful than ever about where our dollars go. But donating to your local hospital is one spending decision you won’t regret. Here’s why:
The health benefits. Giving back is good for you. “Many studies show that people who donate their time, talents and resources have lower levels of stress and depression,” says Bill

Foodie Friday: 5 Pantry Must-Haves

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Having a cupboard full of healthful staples is one of the best ways to ensure your family gets the nutrition it needs. Plus, it will help you get dinner on the table in a hurry. Here are five top picks for your pantry, plus why you should eat them more often and how to incorporate them into a healthy meal. Remember to choose low-sodium or sodium-free options when available.

4 Easy Ways To Shake The Salt Habit At Home

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It seems we all need to watch our sodium intake. Too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, among other things, and while we need some sodium, in our society we tend to have too much.  
We all know that dining out, especially at fast food restaurants, can pack on the sodium. But what can you do at home to minimize sodium intake? 
Here are four easy ways to shake the salt habit at home:

National Health Care Volunteer Week: Spotlight On Dorothy Rainey

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It’s National Health Care Volunteer Week! At Gwinnett Medical Center volunteers can be found driving the courtesy cart to take visitors to their cars on rainy days, staffing the gift shops, answering questions as greeters in the guest lounges, and much more.
So to celebrate how important all our volunteers are, here is a spotlight on one of them: Dorothy Rainey. If you’ve visited GMC-Lawrenceville, GMC-Duluth, or Glancy Rehabilitation Center, you might have seen some of the ways Dorothy and her husband, Fredrick, have contributed financially, as well.
This is a shortened version of an article that originally ran in the Winter 2012 issue of Vim & Vigor magazine. Read the full article here.
Meet the Raineys

Foodie Friday: Simple Spuds: A Vitamin C Powerhouse

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Potatoes have a reputation for being a high-starch, high-carbohydrate food bereft of nutrients. But that’s an outdated assessment. 

1 Simple Way To Improve Your Health

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It’s National Walking Day! Celebrate the miracle that is your body by doing what it was designed to do: walk!
And while you’re having fun, here are seven ways a simple walk can improve your health: