Showing posts from September, 2014

Upcoming PrimeTime Health Classes & Events

October marks the start of fall, and the start of a wide range of classes designed for people age 50 and older. We're offering the AARP Smart Driver course, a talk about how to choose the correct plan of assisted care for seniors, and more. See the full list below:

October Classes And Events at GMC

Want to… understand your mammogram results? Get stronger with circuit training? De-stress with a yoga class? Prepare for the birth of your child?
All these classes and more will be offered in October at Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see ongoing support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Cancer Survivor Program Cancer Transitions is a free 2 ½ hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Oct. 18 – Nov. 12 (Wed.), 3-5:30 p.m. Cancer Support Center 631 Gwinnett Physician Center, Suite 220 Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 FREE. Registration required 678-312-3100

Foodie Friday: 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Slow Cooker

Although the thermometer doesn’t always show it in September, there’s a lift to the air and a tint to the trees that says here in the South it’s turning to fall.
That means slow cooker season is here. (Hooray!)
Here are 10 tips to using your slow cooker (also called a crock pot) to dish up nutritious, frugal and delicious dinners on those busy, chilly evenings ahead:

Engage Your Brain: 6 Tips For Better Brain Health

Your brain plays a critical role in every area of your life—from learning, working and playing, to personality, aptitude and memory.
It is very much like a muscle with the ability to be strengthened. Just like physical activity and proper nutrition contribute to overall health, a few simple lifestyle choices can maximize your brain health.
Consider the following tips to keep your brain functioning at its best:

Rehab 101

(don’t miss the tips to get the most out of rehab – scroll to the end of the post)
Whether it’s needed post-surgery, after an injury or for a chronic condition, rehabilitation services play a significant role in returning people to their everyday activities.
Whether you’re 20 or 80, recovering from a hand injury, orthopedic surgery or cardiac event—or re-learning multiple skills after a stroke—Gwinnett Medical Center has the professionals and most current treatments to get you back into your life as quickly as possible. Here are the basics about the different types of rehabilitation we offer:
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Foodie Friday: Diabetes Eating Basics, Plus What To Eat Tonight - Southwestern Chicken

When you have diabetes, you know it’s important to pay attention to how much sugar you eat. You’re probably very careful about candy, cakes and ice cream. Did you know that your body changes many carbohydrates into sugar, too? That means grains, fruit, vegetables, pasta and even milk affect your blood sugar levels. To keep the balance between sugar and insulin, you can count the carbohydrates you eat. Start by asking your doctor or a dietitian how many servings of carbohydrates you should eat each day.

Working Out Safely With Cancer: 5 Precautions From An Expert

If you have cancer, chances are your health has risen to the top of your priority list. In some ways, it’s the perfect time to start a workout regimen.

But first, consider these five precautions, says Colleen Doyle, director of nutrition and physical activity at the American Cancer Society.
Don’t push it. If you weren’t active in the past, start slowly. And if you were very active, scale back. Even marathon runner Monika Carlson, who is battling a brain tumor, takes a walk break every mile.

Medical Information Online: 6 Ways To Know If It's True

The Internet has opened up a virtual world of health information, tools and advice. Patients and caregivers, however, also must navigate a minefield of medical misinformation.
For example, a group of neurologists reviewed the most frequently watched YouTube videos about movement disorders, only to find that the people in the videos did not even have movement disorders.

Foodie Friday: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Here in Georgia, the back-to-school enthusiasm may already have worn off when it comes to packing lunches and providing snacks for sports teams, scouts, youth groups, etc. Here’s a terrific kid-friendly recipe that doesn’t take too long to make – the kids can actually do much of it alongside an adult. And these bars provide a wealth of nutrition and energy for kids (and adults) on the go.

Step It Up: 27 Ways To Make Your Walk Rock

Consider yourself a professional athlete. After all, you mastered one of the best forms of exercise around your first birthday. It may not come with the fame and fanfare of the NFL or the NBA, but walking is safe, easy and a great way to stay in shape. It can be done almost anytime, anyplace and with no instruction and equipment except for a pair of shoes. It’s also an activity with little risk for injury that can be done at nearly any age.
Best of all are the myriad health benefits: protection against heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer.
If you don’t do more walking because you think it’s boring or unchallenging, here are 27 ways to put the bounce back in your step:

Due Date Grab Bag 101

It’s the last thing you’ll grab as you head out the door—your overnight hospital bag.
Cathie Brazell, BSN, MHA, CPHQ, director of women’s and children’s services at Gwinnett Medical Center, says smart packing is key to a happy delivery.

Packing In Good Nutrition

Back to school means back to packing lunches. Knowing the right balance of foods can help make sure kids are eating healthy away from home.
“A big assumption parents make is that kids are eating everything in their lunch bags,” says Amy Tella, R.D., dietitian at Gwinnett Medical Center. “They tend to overpack lunches.” Getting kids involved in packing their lunches is one way to make sure they’ll eat everything. “This starts with the trip to the grocery store and asking your kids what they’re in the mood for,” Tella says. Variety also is important, so get in one item from each food group. “Try turkey on whole wheat and cheese, fruit, and carrots with a ranch dressing dipping sauce,” she suggests.

What Your Hair Says About Your Health

Don’t you hate bad hair days? Whether caused by frizz, flatness or an unexplainable kink, we all have them now and again. But beyond putting you in a foul mood, what is your hair saying about your health?
If it’s…..falling out It might mean… you recently had a major illness or surgery. You have an over- or underactive thyroid. You’re taking a medication that causes hair loss. Or you have an underlying condition, such as lupus or diabetes.

Build a Better Knee: How To Do Half-Squats

One of the best ways to avoid an injury is to strengthen the muscles around the knee: the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.
“Having strong muscles around the knee takes the stress off of the knee itself and places it where it belongs — on those muscles,” says Brian Jennings, PT, OCS, physical therapist with Gwinnett Medical Center’s Gwinnett SportsRehab.
Want stronger legs? Try these half-squats: