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Food And Sleep: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Whether we hit the hay early or stay up late, once we’re in bed we’d like to go to sleep, right? But if you’re not someone who falls asleep easily and stays asleep all night, what you’re eating could be part of the problem.Here are some ideas to try:

Goodbye Awkward Silence. Hello Conversation! Girl-ology

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The Five Steps It Really Takes To Get Fit

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By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Ahhhh, it’s a new year. What are your resolutions? Mine, well I am human, so they are the same as last year and probably the same as yours:
Spend less, eat healthier and exercise more. Get back into shape for the upcoming-please-get-here-fast summer wardrobe.
Why wait another year? It’s time to make that resolution a habit and strive for a new, healthy lifestyle.

February Community Classes And Events

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All these classes and more will be offered in late January or February by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see ongoing support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.

5 Foods To Stop Avoiding

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You pass them in the grocery store every week, but it’s time to give these healthful, delicious foods a try
Not everyone is adventurous when it comes to food, but some foods are worth a try—not only for their flavors but also for their health benefits. “People are afraid of some foods because they don’t know what to do with them,” says Joan Salge Blake, R.D., LDN, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. Removing the fear of the unknown can open a whole new world of menu choices. Here are five foods you should give a chance.

Dodge Another Cancer Diagnosis

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People who have survived cancer should never have to deal with health problems again. But unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In fact, a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer doubles the odds of subsequent cancers, according to research published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Scientists report that having the disease increases your risk for developing melanoma and lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers.

Be A Hero On ML King Day

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, even if you have to work, there’s something you can do that will make a difference:  donate blood.
While donating blood isn’t as high-profile as building a house or feeding the hungry, donating blood is a safe and simple procedure that takes only about half an hour. And generally, any healthy adult can donate.

Foodie Friday: Hot And Spicy Bean Soup Recipe

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Now that you’ve got your pantry stocked for winter emergencies (Winter Pantry 101), here’s one tasty way to use some of those staple items. This recipe is the ideal antidote to a chilly winter’s day.
Hot and Spicy Bean Soup
Ingredients

Weighing Your Options For Losing Weight: A Checklist

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If you’re considering weight-loss surgery or medical weight loss, use this checklist as a guide.
Read enough magazines or watch enough infomercials and it’s easy to lose sight of the real goal of weight loss. Achieving a healthy weight is about much more than just looking good in a swimsuit.
So much more.

Would You Know if You Had Metabolic Syndrome?

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If you knew that one of the most deadly diseases also is one of the most preventable, wouldn’t you do everything within your power to avoid it? It may seem like a silly question, but the fact is, many American adults simply are not making this connection. Thankfully, you have the ability to control many of the factors that lead to this dangerous disease.
Facing the Facts Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of five different health concerns that, when combined, can lead to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. The health concerns are:
Waist circumference of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women.Blood pressure of 130/85 or greater.Fasting blood sugar levels greater than 110, also called hyperglycemia.Fat levels in the blood, or triglycerides, greater than 150.Blood levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL (the “good” cholesterol), of less than 40 for men and less than 50 for women.

Winter Pantry 101

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Crazy winter weather is upon us, with temperatures in the teens one day, and in the balmy 60s a few days later. One of the recommendations to be prepared for an emergency situation at home – like being snowed or iced in, possibly without power for several days, is to keep a well-stocked pantry.
But what should be in your well-stocked pantry? Ready Georgia recommends at least a three-day supply of food, with a focus on items that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Here are some specifics:

Emergency Car Kit: The Basics

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In the Southeast, early 2014 will be remembered for “Snowmageddon,” when the Atlanta region experienced traffic gridlock as snow turned to ice on the roads. 
So for 2015, whether we have snowy gridlock again or not, now is the time to get prepared with an emergency kit in your car, van or truck.
Store these items in a box or bag inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle. (That way, if your trunk freezes shut, or you’re in a less-than-safe place you can access the items from inside the vehicle):

Tips For Want-To-Be-Moms

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It’s true: You can never fully prepare for parenthood. What you can do, though, is give your baby the best possible start by preparing your body.
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Before becoming pregnant, strive for and maintain your ideal weight. This will reduce your risk of complications during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure it’s under control.
If you don’t already engage in physical activity a few days a week, start before you get pregnant. A brisk walk or a spin on a bike—indoors or out—are two easy options. Also consider yoga or Pilates, which deliver the combined benefits of stretching and strength training.

Breads, Casseroles And Desserts... Oh My!

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By Rebecca Gomez, Psy. D
Yep, the holidays once again presented parties and tables full of foods and drinks that are oh-so-enticing. If head hunger tended to win more battles than our weight-management-oriented mind, now’s a great time to review your battles and plan for the new year.
Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Nutrition Reviews show on average for Americans, weight gain during the six-week winter period from Thanksgiving through the new wear is only one pound. However, weight gain is greater among individuals who are overweight or obese, averaging five pounds. In addition, among the entire population, weight gain during the six-week holiday season explained 51 percent of annual weight gain that does not go away over time.