Showing posts from April, 2015

Take The Aspirin Quiz

Each year, more than a million Americans die from heart attacks and other forms of heart disease. Taking low doses of aspirin is one way to help with heart health. 
But do you know why aspirin is helpful? Or when taking aspirin is not recommended?
Test your knowledge and learn more about how aspirin can help fight heart disease by taking our aspirin quiz.
How GMC Can Help

For more about Gwinnett Medical Center’s full continuum of stroke care, cardiac care services or to find a physician, visit

May Community Classes And Events

All these classes and more will be offered in May by 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 some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Women’s Health Expo Join us for Q&A with our panel of experts, screenings, booth displays by community businesses, door prize drawings and more. Lunch provided. May 6 (Wed.), 11 a.m. GMC Resource Center 665 Duluth Hwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE

Foodie Friday: Spinach 101 #ThisIsNow

Long before kale stepped into the leafy greens spotlight, the cartoon character Popeye was crediting spinach for his superhuman strength. While no one today claims spinach will bulk up your arm muscles, spinach is still a nutritional powerhouse.
And unlike decades ago when the only spinach available for Popeye was in a can, today you can buy spinach frozen or fresh, and the prewashed baby spinach leaves have made this green the “go-to” veggie for many busy households.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your spinach:

Adult Vaccines 101: What Do You Need? #ThisIsNow

You're an adult, so your days of needing a vaccination are behind you, right?
Over the past few decades, adult vaccinations have prevented many debilitating and deadly illnesses. 
For instance, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, chronic hepatitis B causes 80% of all liver cancer, worldwide. Since the hepatitis B virus was discovered in 1965, there have been increasingly sophisticated versions of the vaccine. And each improved version has made this vaccination more readily available and safer, defeating liver cancer one shot at a time.
So don't think you're too old for a new vaccination!

Minimize Fears And Tears: Tips For The Shot Visit

While no one likes getting shots, sometimes for kids (and their parents) a simple immunization can turn into a full-blown emotional meltdown. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for having a less stressful shot visit:
Before you go
Find your child’s personal immunization record and bring it to your appointment. This tells your doctor exactly which shots your child has already received.
Read through any vaccine materials you may have received about your child’s needed shots, and write down any questions you may have.
Bring along a favorite toy or book or other comfort item to your child’s medical visit.

Foodie Friday: Whole Grains For Whole Health

In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them. Even the obese and sedentary appear to gain a benefit, the researchers added.

Drink Up: The 24-Hour Plan To Stay Hydrated

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
With the weather warming up, it’s nice to go outdoors and play. From workouts to working outdoors, our bodies need to adapt and prepare for the heat and humidity. Today I want to share with you a hydration protocol supported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Throughout the protocol I will provide you with some tips on how to make hydration happen. It may seem hard, but I promise, you will feel much better during and after your activity. So here goes…
Hydration should occur over a 24 hour period of time. I like to begin tracking post-workout for two reasons. 

Managing Spring Allergies #ThisIsNow

Pine and other tree pollen burst onto Atlanta in the past couple of weeks, signaling that Spring allergies are officially here. If seasonal allergies cause misery for you, like they do for millions of Americans, here are some tips for dealing with spring allergies:
Avoid clothing made of synthetic fabrics, which, when rubbed together, can create an electrical charge that attracts pollen. Opt for natural fibers such as cotton, which also breathe better and stay drier, making them less likely to harbor mold.

Foodie Friday: How To Talk To Your Kids About Alcohol

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and while a glass of wine can be good for your heart health, more than one drink a day for women, or two drinks a day for men, is not considered healthy.
And drinking is considered especially risky for teens. The time to begin talking about alcohol and its risks is well before high school. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends starting a conversation with your young teen by asking what he or she knows about alcohol and what he or she thinks about teen drinking. Be a good listener. Don’t interrupt and ask open-ended follow-up questions. Make sure your child feels heard and respected.

Sports Injuries: Prevention Is Key

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
The job of a certified athletic trainer (ATC) is to prevent injury. If we prevent, there are no injuries to treat. I have experienced three-a-day practices in 95 degree, 80 percent humidity weather and haven’t had a single heat illness in my athletes.
Why? Prevention. Prevention. Prevention.
Today I want to share with you the many ways we can go about preventing heat illness or lessening the severity of heat illnesses. I don’t know about you, but I want to enjoy the sun and warmth. I want to go out and play with my kids, turn out a hard and satisfying day’s work, go for a nice warm mountain run,  not puke due to dehydration. So, how do we prevent heat illnesses?
I’m glad you asked…

Depression And Pregnancy: Yoga May Help

New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women.
"This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy," lead author Cynthia Battle, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said in a university news release.
In the study, 34 pregnant women with depression attended yoga classes for 10 weeks. The women were also encouraged to do yoga at home.

Foodie Friday: Perk Up Your Morning Cereal #ThisIsNow

Approximately 92 percent of American households will purchase cereal at least once this year. If you’re one of that majority, instead of just buying what’s on sale, or what your kids have seen advertised, follow these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics to make sure you’re serving up a healthy bowl:

The Heat Is On: Heat Illness Symptoms, Prevention And Treatment

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
It’s almost time for life to get a bit warmer, like blazing and humid (I actually love it!). This week we are going to go to bed with thirty degree temps and waking up to nearly eighty degree days. It seems Georgia goes from winter to summer in a flash.
While I can’t wait for summer to arrive, I do not look forward to hard workouts in the heat.
Whether it’s a long run or a long day cutting grass, we need to be aware of how the heat takes a toll on our bodies. The best way to beat the heat and the illnesses that come with it is prevention.
My focus for the next couple of blog posts are just that: prevention of heat illnesses. Hopefully we can all prepare and ward off some thirsty, dizzy and overwhelming workouts. We want to enjoy the heat, not take a beating.
So, what are some common heat illnesses and how do we go about preventing them? Let’s start with how we lose and gain heat.