Showing posts from May, 2015

Foodie Friday: Tomatoes 101: What You Need to Know Before You Shop

While botanists say it’s a fruit, we eat it like a vegetable. However, few will disagree that tomatoes add a burst of flavor and nutrition to summer side dishes, sandwiches and salsas. 
With vitamins A and C, plus potassium and the antioxidant lycopene, they’re good for your health, too.
Whether you’re growing them yourself or purchasing tomatoes from a grocery store or farmer’s market, here’s a guide to help you choose the best:
Tomato Types
Globe Also called beefsteak or slicing tomatoes, these large, round red varieties can weigh as much as two pounds. Since they’re sturdy and have a meaty texture, they work well in sandwiches.
Plum Also known as Romas, these hearty types have the most flesh and the fewest seeds, so they’ll make fresh pasta sauces thicken up beautifully.
Grape These sturdy little poppers are smaller versions of plum tomatoes and are a popular choice for salads. Because they have a fairly long shelf life, supermarkets tend to import them during the cooler months.
Cherry Some s…

Exercise + Sleep To Boost Your Immune System: How It Works

We all feel so much better after a good night’s sleep. Plus we’ve all heard how important sleep hygiene is (that includes things like sticking to a regular sleep schedule, creating a bedtime routine, etc.). 
But did you know that studies are now showing how exercise affects your sleep, and through providing better sleep, can boost your immune system?
In recognition of May being Better Sleep Month, and in honor of your immune system, here is another reason to get in that exercise:
According to Dana Neacsu, MD, a hospitalist at Gwinnett Medical Center, exercise reduces levels of cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone, which leads to better quality sleep.
Normally cortisol levels are higher in the morning and lower in the evening, but if levels are constantly high, you can be too mentally wound up to sleep. Exercise acts as a release valve for cortisol, allowing better sleep and the downtime your body needs to make its nightly repairs.
Dr. Neacsu, who also studied integrative medicine, adds,…

June Community Classes And Events

All these classes and more will be offered in June 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.

FreshStart Smoking Cessation This four-week class, written by the American Cancer Society, will help participants learn about the benefits of quitting, strategies for quitting and participants will formulate a personal quit lan. Mondays, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 6:30 p.m. Gwinnett Medical Center 1000 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE: $3 parking
Portion Control – The Key to Diabetes Control GMC and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will partner  to present information and hold a cooking demonstration June 23 (Tue.), 6 p.m. Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center 3215 McClure Bridge Rd. Duluth, GA 30096 FREE
Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Be Children a…

Perspective, Priorities And Perspiration: Summer Fitness With Kids At Home

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Just Move It, Move It…(cue the Michael Jackson music)
Writing these fitness blog posts are bringing up some good song lyrics. Speaking of, what’s on your summer playlist? Make sure it’s good and loud if you are up at 5 a.m. getting those workouts in before the kids are out of bed.
It’s hard to do, working out with kids in tow for the summer. You have to be creative and have a positive perspective. Today I want to offer you some reminders and some good old fashioned encouragement. So here goes…
Keep perspective. Some exercise is better than none.
You don’t have to dedicate two hours a day to be healthy. Thirty minutes of cardio gives you some benefit. Three, ten-minute sessions of intense cardio exercise is just as good as 30 minutes of sustained activity. (Debusk, et al.)
Unless you are training for a specific goal, such as a triathlon, 10K or cross fit games, you just need to focus on getting some exercise daily (so, its okay to cut yourself …

Foodie Friday: How To Enjoy Summer's Long Party Without Weight Gain

Question: What begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day?
Answer: One long party. With picnics, cookouts, tailgates, barbeques, pool parties, get-togethers, vacations and holidays, summer is one event after another, all centered on food.
So what’s a weight-conscious person to do?
Here are some tips to enjoy those summer events without the weight gain:
Think water: Add sparkling water to lighten up wine into a wine spritzer.Add some ice cubes to cool it down.Alternate glasses of water with your alcoholic beverages to control liquid calories.Keep a pitcher of water chilled in the fridge, and remember to drink it.Add slices of fruit (or even cucumber) to the water, to give it a fresh new taste (Kids will love this).For fun, freeze grapes and add them to your water to keep it cool.Try sparkling water with a splash of juice.

Think vegetables: Summer’s bounty includes ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, crisp new lettuce, crunchy cucumbers and more.Layer slices of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, …

11 Simple Ways To Make Your Home Safer

When it comes to staying safe at home, many of us think of deadbolts for the doors and locking up cleaning supplies so toddlers can’t get into them. While those are both great ways to boost safety, one of the top home injuries is simply falling.
Each year 55% of all falls take place inside the home.
Your risk of falling increases as you age, with one-third of the U.S. population older than 65 falling each year.
And at 80, more than half of seniors fall annually.
Thomas Cadier, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Gwinnett Medical Center, offers these tips to keep your home safe:
Put a light source within arm’s reach of your bed. If there isn’t an electrical outlet, get a flashlight.Install a night light between your bed and the bathroom.Clear paths of tripping hazards such as throw rugs, electrical cords, footstools, magazine racks, plants and pet beds.Use nonskid floor wax.Mount a liquid soap dispenser on the shower wall.If doorsills are taller than half an inch, get a carpenter to remove them or…

The Minimalist Guide To Preventing The Most Common Cancer

Question: What is the most common form of cancer in the United States?
Did you guess lung cancer? Breast cancer? 
If so, you’d be wrong. 
Skin cancer is the number one cancer in the country, accounting for more than half of all cancers. More than one million cases are diagnosed each year, and an estimated 10,000 people die.
So what can you do to prevent this widespread cancer? 
Here are some tips from the experts:
Avoid spending too much time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you go outside, stay in the shade.
Cover up. Dress in light-colored, lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs. Use a brimmed hat to shade your face and neck. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Choose sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. And again every 2 to 3 hours. Don’t forget your ears, face, neck, hands and the tops of your feet.
Early detection can be a lifesaver. Even mela…

Foodie Friday: Super Foods Dinner Salad Recipe

By Renee Covey, RD, LD, CDE
Running out of ideas for supper? Why not try this hearty dinner salad with an Asian twist. It’s packed with nutrition, fiber, protein and good fats.
Or just set out the ingredients and let each family member mix and match them to taste.
Plan on 1-3 tablespoons of dressing per salad.
Super Foods Dinner Salad
Salad: White beans, 1/4 cup per serving Salmon, tuna, or shrimp, 1/2 cup per serving Cubed tomatoes as desired Orange slices, as desired, membranes removed Mixed greens, as desired
Sesame dressing: 2 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons reduced‐sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 3 tablespoons canola oil
Whisk ingredients in a bowl. Yield is 12 tablespoons.

Find more great meal ideas by browsing our boards on Pinterest.

Women's #1 Health Threat: Hint -- It's Not Breast Cancer

Surveys indicate that few women think heart disease is their greatest health threat. Unfortunately, it’s our nation’s number one killer and women are its prime target. More than one out of every three women who die in the U.S. each year die of heart disease. In fact, more women die of heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined.
And yet, heart disease is still thought of as a man’s disease. In recent years, risk factors for heart disease in women have increased, and a 2007 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology called the trend “the leading edge of a brewing storm.”
Add that to the fact that when women do have a heart attack, the symptoms often are mistaken for indigestion or something minor, and treatment is delayed. 
Plus providers are often less attuned to the risks of heart disease, especially if the woman is middle-aged or younger.
Risks of heart disease increase with smoking, birth control pills, high levels of stress, obesity and diabetes. For many wo…

How to Get Your Workout In: Tips From Real Moms

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
It’s almost time for summer break.
Cue the kids’ boredom, whines and Popsicles-- loads of Popsicles.
So with the days getting long and the babies at home, what happens to your workout? Does it disappear? Go into overdrive? Succumb to road trips, play dates or plain old boredom?
Well, today I have some tips brought to you by my girlfriends who are moms.  These are honest mom responses, so glean from their wisdom and rest assured, we are all in the same boat, with little time and fast growing kids….

Having Surgery? IMPACT Evaluation FAQs

While not all patients are sent for IMPACT evaluation before surgery, your physician may send you to the IMPACT program if...
You are scheduled for a higher-risk surgery, such as joint replacement, vascular surgery or a surgery with long operating times, and/or
You are at moderate to high risk for surgery complications because of an underlying condition.
IMPACT stands for Internal Medicine Preoperative Assessment, Consultant and Treatment, and this program is designed to help evaluate your readiness for surgery. In addition, it helps the GMC staff keep you safe and reduces your risk of problems during and after surgery.
At your IMPACT appointment, a health care provider will Discuss your medical historyPerform a physical examinationDiscuss which medications you should or should not take before and immediately after surgeryOrder any additional tests that may be necessary to ensure it is safe to proceed with surgeryDiscuss your surgery with the surgeon or anesthesiologist, as necessary

FAQ: …

Eating For Two? 10 Tips For Your Best Nutrition

By Pam Noonan, RNC-OB, C-EFM, BSN, MS Perinatal Nurse Clinician Gwinnett Medical Center Women’s Pavilion
Pregnancy is a time to take the best possible care of your health.  Not only are you eating for your own health; you are eating for the growth and development of your unborn baby.  Even though there are two of you now, that does not mean carte blanche for eating whatever and however much you want. 
It is important to carefully consider the quality of the food you eat during pregnancy.  Here are my top 10 tips (5 do’s and 5 don’ts) to insure you are getting quality nutrition for your good health, and the health of your unborn baby. Do…
Do eat abalanced diet This means eating a combination of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats from the five food groups:  Grains—Bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereal, and tortillas are all grains.Fruits—Fruits can be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried. Choose canned fruits that are packed in water or fruit juice, and not syrup or are sweetened with artificial sweetener.