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July Classes At GMC

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Summer is here and the livin' is easy! (At least we hope that's the case for you). 

If you're ready for a change of pace, try one of our fitness classes. Or join us to learn more about nutrition and cancer prevention, or to hone your driving skills, or....

As always, to register for any of these, call 678-312-5000 or visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes


Reducing our Risk for Cancer: The Connection between Nutrition and Our Environment Presented by a registered dietitian. July 8 (Tue.), 6 p.m. Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center 3215 McClure Bridge Rd. Duluth, GA 30096 FREE

Foodie Friday: Peach-Berry Smoothie Recipe

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June is Georgia Blueberry Month. And while the berries in my yard aren’t quite ripe yet, regional berries are starting to make an appearance in the grocery stores. But before we get to the recipe, here’s why berries are so good for us:
Cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidants, powerful phytochemicals that have been shown to fight cancer and heart disease.
All red and blue fruits and vegetables get their color from anthocyanins. These phytochemicals reduce inflammation and protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They also help cut levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol. Another phytochemical, ellagic acid, inhibits tumor growth caused by certain cancers and improves wound healing. And pterostilbene, a relative of the health-promoting substance resveratrol, has also shown promise in fighting cancer and lowering cholesterol.

Pack Wisely For The Highway

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Summer is a great time to take a road trip, but don’t leave your common sense at home. Pack up your vehicle with the gear you need to be ready for anything.
Even if you’re just headed around the corner, it’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit in your car at all times. You can buy a ready-made kit or put together your own. According to the American Red Cross, a first-aid kit should include items such as:

Get Your Kids Off The Couch

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Some days, getting kids to exercise for the recommended 60 minutes is as easy as, well, a day at the beach. On a nice summer day your kids might be swimming and diving, playing catch at the park and coming home to a flashlight tag marathon that lasts well into evening.
But when the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s easy to turn to a movie marathon for the day’s activities.
Here’s the secret for getting your kids off the couch: kids don’t look at exercise as a chunk of time that’s separate from the rest of their day, as adults do.
Children want to move. If you go to a birthday party, they’re running everywhere. But they don’t run for 30 minutes. They run in short bursts with rest periods as needed.
Look for blocks of five, 10 or 15 minutes where you can squeeze in a bit of active play. Focus less on the aerobic stuff and more on fundamental movement skills. Research shows that children who develop these skills—kicking, throwing, balancing, jumping, running, hopping, skipping—tend to be more …

Foodie Friday: 3 Kid-Approved Summer Snacks

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Summer is a time for healthy and easy snacks. 

Here are a few snack ideas that everyone will love, and the kids can make themselves (or with an adult’s help)

A Baker’s Dozen Tips For Summer Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is great in winter – you carry around your own little heater. But in summer, especially here in the humid South, the heat can get a little overwhelming. Moms-to-be can get hot from the extra blood flow causing a higher-than-normal body temperature, plus they’re packing more pounds than usual. Here are a baker's dozen of our best tips to keep you comfortable in the summer (with that bun in the oven):

Heartburn Or Heart Attack?

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You’ve just eaten a big breakfast and are getting an early start on the yard work when you notice a burning feeling in the center of your chest, rising into your throat, with an acidic taste in the back of your mouth.

Is it heartburn or heart attack?

Foodie Friday: One Habit Change – And It’s Not Smoking – That Can Have A Big Impact On Your Health

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Nearly every American fervently backs one of two parties. No, we’re not talking about Republicans or Democrats. We’re talking about Coke or Pepsi. But even a divided country can agree on one thing: We Americans love our soda. In fact, carbonated soft drinks account for nearly 7 percent of the calories in our diet, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
But drinking too much soda can have harmful effects on our health, including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Although it is unnecessary to avoid soda completely, try cutting back to no more than one per day. Opt instead for water, low-fat milk or iced tea.

It’s National Iced Tea Month! What better way to celebrate than replacing sugary sodas with healthier iced tea. Think you don’t like tea? Try brewing, then icing an herbal tea blend, like blueberry. Or mix little juice into your black or green tea. Or why not ice down a spicy chai tea and include a splash of milk for richness. 
For more iced tea ideas, vis…

Three Simple Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer

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Long days at the beach; riding with the sunroof open; kids on the playground; morning coffee on the deck; mowing the yard again, and again and again– these are all signs June is here. And with June comes increased sun exposure. We all know we should take precautions to protect our skin against sun damage and skin cancer, but we don’t want to give up our outdoor activities.
Here are three simple tools to keep you safe outdoors --

Are You A Wise Guy?

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All right, gentlemen. How much do you know about your health? 
Take our quiz to find out:
True or False?
1. On average, men live longer than women.

Go Ahead, Get A Little Corn-y

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It’s National Corn on the Cob Day!
Enjoy corn to your heart's content this summer and get a bushel full of health benefits.

No summertime BBQ or picnic would be complete without corn on the cob, which is near its peak at this time of year. And although yellow sweet corn may taste the best (and be less expensive) during the summer, it’s a year-round staple of a healthy diet.
Corn is low in fat and is an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also packed with two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, that may help prevent heart disease and cancer. Lutein may be especially beneficial in lowering heart-disease risk, according to researchers from the University of Southern California, who found that it might help prevent hardening of the arteries that can cause heart attacks and stroke.

Headaches: DIY Or Doc?

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Dull, sharp or throbbing—we all know what headaches are. But we can’t always pinpoint what causes them – or what the best treatment is.
It’s Headache Awareness week, devoted to educating the public about the reality and severity of headache pain and encouraging sufferers to consult with a physician, as the causes can vary.
So when you have a headache, how do you know whether the cure is DIY (do-it-yourself) or call the doctor?

It’s National Cancer Survivors Day®!

At GMC we applaud and recognize cancer survivors, we support cancer patients, and we work to educate the community about cancer prevention, detection, treatment and life as a survivor.

From genetic testing, screening and early detection, to diagnosis, treatment and support, Gwinnett Medical Center’s Cancer Institute is with you every step of the journey.
In the past few years GMC has expanded cancer care in the region through our cancer navigators, formation of the Center for Cancer Care for treatment, and founding of the Cancer Support Center to provide a wide range of support services and patient resources.
Watch this short video as Karen, one of our cancer survivors, tells the story of her journey with GMC.



Or learn more about the top-notch cancer treatment and care available right here in our community at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/cancer.
And, oh yes, WAY TO GO SURVIVORS!