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Foodie Friday: Pasta, Potato And Tuna Salad

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This dish’s Mediterranean zest is only one of its virtues. Its main ingredient, tuna, is loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Upcoming Community Classes And Events

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While the weather doesn't feel like fall yet, somehow there's a back-to-school, busy feeling in the air -- even if you don't have kids. 
Be sure not to let this busy-ness fill up your days. It's important to make time for yourself, and to take advantage of Gwinnett Medical Center's many free or low-cost opportunities to learn more or improve your health. 
As always, to register for any of these, unless otherwise noted, call 678-312-5000 or visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.  
If you're expecting, wanting to quit smoking, or just to learn more about healthy aging, there's a class or event for you. Read on to learn more:

Four Weeks To Lower Cholesterol Part 4

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You’re almost there. Keep incorporating the changes you made in weeks 1, 2 and 3, and jump into week 4.
Week 4: Start Moving
Now that your diet is more under control, it’s time to add exercise, which has been shown to help increase HDL levels. Plus, it lowers your chances for other risk factors for heart disease, like excess weight, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Foodie Friday: Teriyaki Chicken And Pasta with Spicy Vegetables

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Give broccoli and carrots a starring role at dinner. You’ll benefit from the healthful vitamins and antioxidants found in dark green and orange vegetables while you fill up on fewer calories.

Six Ways Mom Can Take Care Of Herself Now That The Kids Are Back In School

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By: Sheila Warren, RN, BSN, LCCE, Women’s Health Navigator
The kids are back in school and you have more time to yourself, but somehow you are still feeling as if you’re doing a sprint throughout the whole day.  
Check, I got the kids to school. Check, I got to the grocery store. Check, I got my mother-in-law to the doctor’s office.  Check, I got dinner on the table – there is a sense of accomplishment. But, this sprint may leave you feeling more stressed than ever, which is not a healthy lifestyle to have even though you feel a sense of accomplishment.
So instead of reaching for the cookies, here are six ways moms can reduce stress:

Four Weeks To Lower Cholesterol Part 3

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More than 106 million adults in the U.S. have high-risk or borderline high-risk cholesterol levels, according to the American Heart Association. Take another step this week to lower your risk for heart disease.

Foodie Friday: Pepper-Grilled Steak With Rice And Southwest Vegetables

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Steak doesn’t have to be a diet-busting food, especially when you choose lean cuts, like sirloin. Red meat comes packed with iron and zinc, which can boost your energy and your immune system.

Back To School: Does Your Child Have All The Immunizations Required?

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Backpack? Check. Pencils? Check. Immunizations? Uh oh.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your child up to date on immunizations. Here’s the recommended vaccination schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Talk to your pediatrician about what’s right for your child.

Four Weeks To Lower Cholesterol Part 2

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High blood cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease. You can’t change your age, gender, or family history, three determining factors in your risk for high cholesterol. But you can change lifestyle factors to lower your cholesterol.

Foodie Friday: Chicken Wraps With Toasted Corn

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This tasty meal features romaine lettuce, which is rich in lutein, a nutrient that may help protect your eyesight. The wrap also has lots of fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates to give you long-lasting energy.

Nature’s Perfect Health Food For Babies

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By Pam Noonan, GMC perinatal nurse clinician
Deciding to breastfeed gives your baby the best possible start in life.Your milk containsthe right balance of nutrients to help your baby grow strong and healthy. It also has substances that help protect your baby from dangerous illnesses and infections. Breastfeeding is good for your health too. It releases hormones in your body that help you reduce stress, burn calories and build a strong bond with your baby. It can help lower your risk for some health problems too, such as breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Four Weeks To Lower Cholesterol Part 1

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A lot can happen in four weeks. The moon will complete a rotation around Earth. A newborn will start to lift his head. And you can transform your unhealthy habits into a cholesterol-lowering, heart-saving routine.
In fact, almost anyone can lower his or her cholesterol level through lifestyle changes, even if you struggle because of genetic factors and require medication, says Kevin Johnson, MD, FAAFP, director of the Strickland Family Medicine Center.

Foodie Friday: Strawberry Fruit Salad With Orange-Mint Dressing

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Ingredients:
8 c. lightly packed spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries, stemmed and halved
4 c. assorted melon chunks    
1 ½ c. orange and grapefruit segments
1 8-oz. container plain nonfat yogurt
3 Tbsp. thawed orange juice concentrate
1 tsp. sugar