Showing posts from June, 2015

July & August Community Classes And Events

All these classes and more will be offered 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.
The Low Down on Fat &Sugar Learn how sugar and solid fat can lead to many health problems in adults, and learn how to make wise choices for better health. July 9 (Thur.), noon Gwinnett Medical Center 1000 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE: Registration required
Save the Date: Modifying Recipes – You Can Still Enjoy Your Favorites Join GMC and the University of Georgia cooperative Extension for this free community lecture and cooking demonstration on modifying recipes. Aug. 25 (Tue.), 6 p.m. Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center 3215 McClure Bridge Rd. Duluth, GA 30096 FREE: Registration required

Bug Bites And Stings 101

Ahh, the sounds of summertime. Kids giggling, burgers sizzling on the grill, the chorus of tree frogs. . . the high-pitched whine of mosquitoes, the buzz of bees and “ouch!” when your little one gets bitten or stung.
Not every summer sound means fun and relaxation.
Here are tips and treatment for summer bites and stings.

Foodie Friday: Weird Watermelon Recipes To Try

Nothing beats an icy cold slice of watermelon this time of year. But to change it up, try one of these unusual watermelon recipes:
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Ingredients: 4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces 4 slices lime ½ - 1 cup cold water Sugar or honey, to taste Ice cubes for serving Mint leaves (optional)

Active Vacation Ideas Your Family Will Love: Part II

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic TrainerFor Part I, Planning, see last week's post.Play!
Get out and play. A vacation with kids lends itself to activity. Head outdoors. Play golf and walk the course, jump in a volley ball game, play Frisbee or football on the beach, give tennis a try with the kids. You get to be a kid again, right? After all what is vacation for?  
Be brave: When researching your trip and activities, pick a new sport or activity to try. We finally got brave and tried stand-up paddle boards this year. After a few minutes of gaining our balance on the Gulf waves, we were pros. What a great workout and it was super relaxing. Me, the board and whatever I saw in the crystal blue water. It turned out to be quiet and exercise rolled into one -- just what I needed.
Get moving: Wherever you go, challenge yourself to move. Even if it’s a business trip or convention get out and walk the city. Some of my favorite trips were to conventions with colleagues. After meetings we t…

6 Ways Bicycling Makes You Healthier (Plus Local Trails To Try)

For kids of all ages, even the ones who are actually grown-ups, riding a bicycle is a lot of fun. But did you know it offers more benefits than just stronger legs? 
Here are six ways bicycling can make you healthier:
One: Cycling is heart healthy. As you boost your cardiovascular fitness, your risk of stroke and heart disease will decline.

Foodie Friday: The Blue In Blueberries = A Healthier You

June is National Blueberry Month, and here in Georgia local blueberries are at their peak. 
Whether they’re fresh or frozen, blueberries contain many nutrients that are good for your health. 
Even the color is healthy for you. Blueberries get their dark purple-blue color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which is a flavonoid. Like blackberries and purple grapes, the anthocyanins in blueberries have a variety of health benefits.

Active Vacation Ideas Your Family Will Love: Part I

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer

Hello summer!
Gallons of lemonade, sweet tea, watermelon and ice cream.
And vacation.
Most of us try to get out of town and enjoy the warmer weather or seek cooler temps. While we are seeking rest and relaxation, a lot of us are also trying to maintain our healthy lifestyle.
Getting in some exercise is not hard if you plan ahead and you may even find some new activities to enjoy that are exclusive to your vacation destination. Several years ago, way before kids, my husband and I fell in love with snorkeling and sea kayaking. We actually lost weight on vacation!! What a dream, we returned home rested, relaxed, tanned and healthier!
Hopefully you will find today’s tips helpful in maintaining your activity even on vacation.
Plan ahead
With a little research and planning you can find fun ways to maintain your exercise routines. Many vacation destinations have lots of access to exercise venues, if you take the time to look for them.
Research your de…

Prostate Cancer And Melanoma: Is There A Connection?

Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, may seem to have little in common with prostate cancer. But a recent study suggests otherwise. Prostate cancer may actually raise a man’s risk for melanoma.
A Possible Link?
In the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers set out to see if there was a link between prostate cancer and melanoma. They wanted to confirm the findings of past studies. To do so, they looked at the health of more than 60,000 men. Study participants ranged in age from 40 to 84.
After taking into account other factors such as body weight and sun exposure, they still noted a strong link between prostate cancer and melanoma. Namely, men who had prostate cancer in the past had a higher risk of developing melanoma later on. They didn’t find the same connection with that type of skin cancer and other cancers.

Experts can’t say for sure that prostate cancer causes melanoma. But they do suspect the two cancers share a common origin in male hormones and/or aging. Read more …

Foodie Friday: Herbal Is The New Black (Tea, That Is)

In winter, nothing soothes a sore throat or warms up the chills like a cup of fragrant herbal tea. Even friends who don't like black tea say they enjoy the more fruity, herbal teas.
But did you know herbal teas over ice are equally refreshing in summer? The natural sweetness of a fruity herbal tea can even win over a dedicated soda drinker (maybe even your kids).
Whether it's black, green, white, or herbal tea, here are six steps to making the perfect cup of iced tea:
Step 1 -- For one cup of iced tea, place one teabag, or a rounded teaspoon of herbal tea leaves into a mug. To make a pitcher of tea, use a heat-proof measuring cup and one teabag or teaspoon per cup.
Step 2 -- Fill a tea kettle with cold water and heat to just under a rolling boil. Pour the water over the tea (about 6 ounces of water for every teabag/teaspoon of leaves.
Step 3 -- Let it steep two to three minutes if you’re using loose leaves, one to seven minutes if you’re using tea bags.  To decide whether it’s ste…

Sunshine And Skin: Playing It Safe This Summer

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Ahhh, summertime! With longer days and warmer weather we are able to head to the great outdoors and stay active. For most of us, the warmer weather and sunshine brighten our days and moods. Outdoor activities from exercise to vacation events, to family reunions draw us out of our homes. Alls good when summer rolls around, but we do need to remember one important thing about sweet summertime.
Sun damage.
Now, let me say this before I begin my reminders. I love summer. I love the sun and I love a great tan. I look healthier, I feel healthier, my white shorts and jeans and tank tops look much better when I have a tan. I love me some Vitamin D and nothing makes me happier than soaking up some sun with my babies. I believe in being outdoors and having my kids outdoors all day long. It’s instant exercise and we clear our minds, souls and lungs. I’m also an athletic trainer, so my days are spent outdoors covering sports -- lacrosse, baseball, footb…

Eastside Medical Center Announces New Partner In Cardiac Care

A recent press announcement about cardiac care has gotten lots of buzz on social media. For all the details, see the press release, below:

Snellville, Ga. (May 29, 2015) – Eastside Medical Center is partnering with Gwinnett Medical Group (GMG) to provide comprehensive cardiac care to residents of Snellville and the surrounding communities. The partnership is effective immediately.
Over the past several years, Eastside has established a successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) program. GMG will continue to build upon that success. Through the partnership, GMG also will help Eastside expand electrophysiology services.
GMG is composed of multi-specialty physician practices employed by Gwinnett Health System.
“Since the start, Eastside’s cardiology program has exceeded national quality benchmarks and is the reason we’re able to drive optimal clinical outcomes,” Scott Schmidly, CEO at Eastside, said. “As the need for cardiac care grows so, too, must our program and this partnershi…

Test Your Headache Smarts: A Quiz

What do you know about headaches?
When you get a headache, it’s usually not the bones of the skull or the brain itself that’s hurting. The pain comes from pain-sensitive nerves located near the muscles and blood vessels of the face, neck and scalp, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
But if it comes on suddenly and feels like the worst headache of your life, call 911. It might be a stroke, and every minute matters.
But for those everyday headaches, test your own head smarts with this headache quiz.
How GMC Can Help
Explore health and wellness topics or learn more about headaches and their causes at our Health (e) Library.
If allergies spark your headaches, learn more at Or if chronic headaches or migraines are the problem, find a physician to get a thorough diagnosis.

Foodie Friday: Safe Grilling Tips And A Recipe For Zesty Grilled Chicken

One of the benefits of summer is firing up the grill. Somehow, food just tastes better when it’s cooked outdoors. 
From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, here are the three steps to food-safe grilling:
Step 1: Whether it’s a public grill of the one in your backyard, scrub the grill with hot, soapy water before use.
Step 2: Wash your hands before, during and after grilling.
Step 3: If you’re grilling on the go, pack some hand sanitizer or moist towelettes to keep your hands clean.
Now that you’re ready, here’s a terrific and fast chicken recipe for the grill:
Zesty Grilled Chicken with ThymeIngredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half 2 teaspoons Dijon-type mustard 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 sprigs fresh thyme (about ¼ teaspoon) 1 teaspoon horseradish (optional)
Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl or container large enough to accommodate the chicken breasts. Coat the chicken breasts with the mixture and let stand at least 15 minutes. Grill approximately…

When Someone Has Aphasia: 7 Tips For Communicating

It’s Aphasia Awareness Month. Approximately one million people in the United States have aphasia, with more than 200,000 Americans being diagnosed each year.
While there are many types of aphasia, it is always due to injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke. But brain injuries that result in aphasia can also come from head trauma, brain tumors or even brain infections.
It is an acquired language disorder caused by damage in a specific area of the brain that controls language expression and comprehension. It can be so severe that communication is almost impossible, or it can be very mild, or anywhere in between. Varying levels include difficulty reading, writing, understanding speech and speaking.
The National Aphasia Association has a comprehensive list of types of aphasia and their definitions online.
Often the person with aphasia has no impairment to their intelligence, which can be very frustrating.
But a person with aphasia can still lead a full, active life.
One of Gwinnett M…

When Sunburn Happens: A 3 Step Treatment Plan

Sometimes despite sunscreen, despite hats, despite avoiding the hottest part of the day, sunburn happens. From a mild pink sunburn to blisters, fever and chills, it’s not pleasant.
If sunburn is severe, especially if blisters occur, consult your doctor right away.
But for mild sunburns, in recognition of Sun Safety Week, here are the basics for treating it. 
As always, if you’re treating sunburn (or any condition) at home, and it doesn’t seem to get better or if symptoms worsen, please contact your physician.
Timeline of a Sunburn
Signs of sunburn may not appear for a few hours.
Mild sunburn is usually at its worst six to 48 hours after the burn, resolving in three to five days, and they usually heal themselves in a couple of weeks, depending on the location and severity of the burn.
But while the symptoms heal, the skin damage is permanent, although you may not see it for decades. Excessive and/or multiple sunburn cause premature aging of the skin and can lead to skin cancer.
To …