Showing posts from December, 2014

How To Get Fit In 2015: A Month-by-Month Plan

Here's a word of advice: If you're getting ready to make New Year's fitness resolutions--don't. Instead, design a yearlong fitness plan to ensure that you make effective lifestyle changes.

January Classes And Support Groups at Gwinnett Medical Center

Get your New Year’s resolutions started on the right foot! 
All these classes and more will be offered in January 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.

Foodie Friday: Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

As we hurry from one holiday to another this time of year, you may have Thanksgiving leftovers cluttering up your freezer. If so, now’s the time to use ‘em up!
Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

A perfect fall and winter chili made with pumpkin puree, ground turkey, white beans, green chili and spices. Top with fresh cilantro, scallions, light sour cream and/or reduced fat shredded ched­dar cheese.

Integrative Medicine -- What Is It And What Can It Do For Me?

By Dana Neacsu, MD Inpatient Medical Group
If you’ve heard the term “integrative medicine,” you may have wondered what exactly it means. It’s an approach to medical care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect that person’s health.
On a practical level, it’s how we blend conventional medical treatment, like prescription medications, modern imaging, lab testing, etc., with evidence-based, natural, less invasive therapies. It’s our way of using all appropriate healing sciences to facilitate the body’s innate healing response.

Cosmetic Surgery 101: FAQ

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery? Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery. What is the right age for plastic surgery?

Eggnog Mousse

Love eggnog but not the calories and high-fat dairy? Here's a dessert recipe that captures the taste without the less-healthy ingredients:

Don't Let The Holidays Make You Blue

The holidays can be a stressful time. The festivities can lead to anxiety related to excessive shopping for friends and family, finding time for social obligations, worrying about holiday debt, and trying to do too much. You can detour from your everyday routine, neglecting proper nutrition and regular exercise. These pressures can lead to the phenomenon known as holiday depression or the holiday blues.
For many suffering from depression, the depression peaks over the holidays. The unrealistic expectations of the season, time and financial pressures, missing loved ones, and reflecting on past events as the year comes to an end can all contribute.

FAQ: Genetic Testing For Cancer

With the publicity about celebrity Angelina Jolie dealing with her hereditary cancer risk by undergoing surgery, discussion of genetic testing for cancer has been in the news. While there’s lots of information and misinformation around this issue, here are some facts and frequently asked questions:
Who might consider genetic testing for cancer?

Foodie Friday: Broccoli Salad Recipe

Whether it’s the neighbor’s annual open house, the office lunch or a family holiday meal, December seems to be prime time for potluck.
If you’re tired of your old standby recipe, or just want something healthier, try this festive layered broccoli salad, developed by nutritionists at the Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center. It’s not only delicious and nutritious, it looks wonderful, too!

Toy Safety -- Tips For Choosing Wisely

In December it seems like everyone is buying toys – not only parents, but grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends. Advertising and special prices attract buyers, but how do you know if a particular toy or gift is safe and age-appropriate for the child? This month is designated as Safe Toys and Gifts Month, so read the packaging for the manufacturers’ age recommendations, apply common sense, and follow these tips to choose wisely:

Flu-Proof Your Family

By Kevin E. Johnson, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine Physician and Director Family Medicine Residency Program at Gwinnett Medical Center
Safeguarding your family against influenza can seem a daunting task, especially during the winter, when cold weather begs people to stay inside—and get into each other’s space. Wicked flu germs love close quarters, but you can become a flu-fighting superhero by following a few simple, proactive suggestions.

Foodie Friday: Gingerbread House Toast - A Recipe For Kids

Especially this time of year, children certainly get enough cookies and sweets. But all the festivities surrounding cookie baking and decorating – and especially creating gingerbread houses – are too much fun to give up altogether, so what’s a health-conscious parent to do?
Here is an idea that incorporates the fun of decorating your food, but using healthier alternatives:

Have You Got Rhythm? Here's What It Really Means When Your Heart Skips A Beat

“While heart arrhythmias are common,” said Niraj Sharma, MD, a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist with Gwinnett Medical Center, “their causes can be hard to pinpoint. They are initiated by electrical signals that fire too fast, too slow or irregularly.”
So if your heart flutters, you feel light on your feet – as if you’re floating on air – and your pulse is sky-high. Are you in love…or are you in trouble? Here are some guidelines:

Steadying the Beat
Here are four types of rhythm disorders and what you can do about them:

Ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation

Can You Exercise When You're Sick? One Athletic Trainer's Advice

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
You just committed to a new workout or a workout buddy, or it’s a beautiful day and you need to feel the wind in your face, or pound that imaginary face on the punching bag, but should you? Is it a cold or, gasp, dun dun dun… the flu?
Should you work through it or call it a day and give mom a ring?  Well, lucky for you, I am here with a little advice…