Showing posts from August, 2015

The Back-To-School Time Crunch . . . And 6 Ways To Fit In Your Own Exercise

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
I don’t know about you, but the dog days of summer have me longing for fall. With that longing, comes -- for some who will remain nameless -- the desire for school to begin again.
What, you haven’t had your fill of sibling fights and “Mom/Dad, I’m bored”?
It’s a bittersweet ending to summer. Less family time and more traffic, ugh!
So with school, sports, traffic, more organization and more creative family time, how do you plan on maintaining your fitness routine?
Or starting one?
Today I am going to share six times you can squeeze your own exercise into the busy back-to-school day:
Early bird gets the worm For some, early to rise is how it gets done. Get up, get to work and it’s done for the day. This may mean very early in the morning. So set yourself up for success the night before. Get the lunches fixed and breakfast for the family prepped the night before. Iron your clothes or assemble your gear for the next day before bed. Recruit your fa…

Foodie Friday: Guilt-free Tailgate Eats

It’s National College Colors Day, so put on your favorite team jersey and start planning those tailgate parties.
Here are some ideas to keep your tailgate eats healthy yet festive:
Chili: Fire up the crockpot beforehand and cook up a batch of chili. Make it healthier by substituting lean ground turkey for some or all of the meat, or skip meat altogether and make it vegetarian. Keep the toppings simple: fat-free sour cream, low-fat cheese, salsa and baked tortilla chips or strips of corn tortillas.
Eggs: Deviled eggs are a Southern staple at picnics and potlucks, so why not bring some along for a tailgate party? Just use low-fat mayo or fat-free Greek yogurt instead of full-fat mayo to bring the calories down. Or for a different look, use avocado instead of mayo.
Kabobs: Everyone loves food on a stick. Grilled chicken on skewers with a low-fat dipping sauce like barbeque sauce or low-fat ranch dressing is a hit with kids and adults alike. For a Caprese salad on a stick, alternate cherry to…

Fall Sports Injuries: What to Expect And When to Seek Treatment

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
They’re here… the dog days of summer.
August ushers in a longing for fall.
For my family and many, many more Southern families, August through October are some of the happiest days of the year. The Braves are still playing, our beloved Dawgs are donning pads, Flowery Branch is bustling with Falcons and fall sports have arrived.
This is when I break out my tape, dust off my shoulders and get ready to haul some coolers. It’s time for our kids to hit the grid iron, the trails, the softball diamond and the soccer fields. Along with the festivals, ball games and homework, though, come injuries. With that in mind, I thought I’d give you all my advice on what to anticipate and prepare for injury-wise with our fall sports.

Upcoming 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.
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
Healthy Childbirth-3rd Trimester Please join us for this four week childbirth preparation series, one class per week. You will learn signs of labor, breathing & relaxation techniques, medical interventions and more. A tour of Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion is included. Sept. 14 (Mon.), 7 p.m. Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 550 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, G…

Shopping for Sunglasses? 6 Things to Know

While fashion often is the first thing we think of with sunglasses, these little accessories do a lot more than make you look stylish. They can protect the health of your eyes, but only if you buy sunglasses that protect from ultraviolet (UV) rays. 
Here are 6 things to check the next time you’re shopping for new “shades:”
One: Look for a label that says the lenses block 99 to 100 percent of UV radiation (not the more general “blocks UV radiation” label).
Two: Choose a clear UV coating to boost the level of protection. Avoid mirror coatings and gradient tinting, as these do not add to UV protection.
Three: Darker may not always mean more UV protection. See the first tip about labeling.
Four: Polarized lenses help block glare, but do not add to UV protection. See the first tip about labeling.
Five: Wraparound sunglasses keep the light from shining on your eyes from the sides, offering more protection, so this style is a wise choice to boost UV protection – but see the first tip about labelin…

4 Reasons Your Child Isn't Eating The School Lunch You Packed

This time of year, the Internet and magazines are filled with recipes for school lunches. But before you buy the latest superhero lunchbox or start cutting the sandwiches into dinosaur shapes, here are some basics to consider and possible solutions:
Time constraints Your child may only have 15 minutes to actually eat during the lunch period. Since this is also one of the few times your child gets to talk to his or her friends, eating lunch may take second place to socializing.
Solution: Limit containers, which may take a child more time to open.

10 Tips For A Healthy Flight

Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), sometimes referred to as travelers' thrombosis, can occur anytime one sits in a cramped space for a long period, such as in a plane, train or car.
While DVT can strike on flights of any length, the risk is higher on extended flights. "There seems to be a threshold of about seven to 12 hours where people are at higher risk of this," says Martin Austin, MD, SFHM Medical Director, Inpatient Medical Group.

Backpack Safety: 6 Tips Every Parent Should Know

Back to school means back to backpacks loaded with textbooks, notebooks, lunches and, well, whatever else your child deems necessary.
Backpacks are helpful when carrying items to and from school and from one class to another, but when worn improperly, they can also do harm.
We know children like to choose the coolest backpack, but it is important to help them choose one that is also safe and the correct size.
After you’ve chosen the perfect backpack, share the tips below with your child to ensure your he or she wears it properly.
Six Ways to Wear a Backpack Safely Pack light. The backpack should be a comfortable weight. Weigh it on a scale. When full, it shouldn’t be more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.Only carry what’s needed. Make sure your child knows not to carry a whole day’s books and supplies at once. Tell him or her to make trips to his or her locker during the day.Use care when putting on and taking off the backpack. Your child should avoid twisting too much. W…

When Kids Hand You Lemons...

Are your children always looking for a way to make a little cash?

Lemonade stands are a long-standing ritual of childhood, and a fun way for your children to learn about money, advertising and running a business. 

Plus, it gets them off the couch for the afternoon. 

While lemonade stands are fun and social, there are a few risks involved when dealing with a business, roadside service and strangers.

Share the tips below for a safe lemonade stand with your children.
Tips for a Safe Lemonade Stand Always wash your hands before preparing or serving food. Be sure to keep your hands clean while your lemonade stand is open.If you’re slicing lemons, have an adult help you use the sharp knife.Use paper or plastic cups and pitchers instead of glass. Shattered glass would cause a safety hazard.Cover the lemonade between servings to keep bugs and dirt out.Be sure to have a covered trash container nearby to dispose of used cups and napkins.Never operate a lemonade stand alone. Invite your friends and o…

14 Serious Diseases: How To Keep Your Child Safe

Whether you have a new baby at home or a child starting school, vaccinations are key in ensuring your child remains healthy where ever he or she may be. Not only are vaccinations important for you, they are important for the people around you, too.
Your child’s health care provider can give you more information about routine vaccinations and other schedules.

Vaccinations within Your Baby’s First Year and the Diseases They Prevent
Vaccination What it Prevents Chickenpox Chickenpox, a disease that causes itchy rash, with fever and fatigue; can lead to scarring, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain inflammation) and other serious infections. Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap) Diphtheria, a disease that causes inflammation of the throat and airways, which can block breathing. Tetanus (lockjaw), a disease that causes severe, painful spasms of neck, jaw and other muscles; can cause death Pertussis (whooping cough), a disease that causes. prolonged loud coughing and gasping; can interfe…

The One Exercise Every Woman Must Do

By: Sheila Warren, RN Gwinnett Medical Center Women’s Health Navigator

Let’s face it: being female comes with some physiological challenges. 
One of these concerns the internal organs, including the uterus and bladder, which are supported by muscles and other tissues known as the pelvic floor. Many factors can cause a weakening of the pelvic floor, including pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, aging, continuous high impact aerobic activity and being overweight.

4 Tips For The Farmers' Market

Do you grow your own food?
If not, then try getting to know the people who do. Local farmers’ markets are filled with friendly people who work hard to bring their community the freshest locally grown fruits and vegetables. Plus you can often find other terrific treats like local cheeses, handmade tamales, aromatic soaps and more. Some local markets even have a booth where you can have your knives and scissors sharpened for a small fee.
4 Tips for Shopping at Farmers’ Markets Get to know the farmers. They are an important part of the process. Don’t be shy: ask questions.Markets are seasonal, so don’t expect local tomatoes in May or tender leaf lettuce in July. But do expect crisp lettuce while the weather is cool and flavorful tomatoes in the heat of summer.Go early or go late. Farmers markets tend to be less crowded at opening and at closing. For the largest selection, go as soon as the market opens. For possible discounts on produce that doesn’t sell, go at the end of the day.Farmers’ m…

Concussion: What To Do & How To Speed The Healing Process

By David M. Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPdN Clinical Neuropsychologist
Fall sports are swinging into high gear and increased activities mean an increase in the number of concussions. Today, with increased awareness of the dangers of concussion, coaches and parents are working together to discuss ways to prevent concussions. But even with the best efforts, concussions will happen. When they do, it is important to take action quickly and treat them appropriately.
Luckily, research suggests that concussions improve and most people return to their level of functioning before the concussion.
Multiple studies suggest that within seven to ten days, about 40 percent of individuals who have sustained a concussion, return to baseline (pre-concussion) levels of functioning.
Between 14 and 17 days, about 65-70 percent return to baseline levels.
At about three weeks, approximately 85 percent return to baseline.
Finally, by 31 to 34 days post-injury, about 92 percent of individuals with concussion return to ba…

5 Tips For Selecting Shoes That Encourage Exercise

Did you know August 2-8 is National Exercise with Your Child Week? This week is meant to encourage parents and guardians to exercise with their children as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

If your kids aren't already back in school, use this week before school starts to do some fun outdoor activities with your child like walking the family dog, going for a bike ride or throwing a baseball.
And as we get back into school and all the flurry of activities, remember that kids, just like adults, need good, supportive shoes. As a part of back to school shopping, here are some tips to help you make smart decisions when buying new shoes for yourself and your child. After all, if the shoes are uncomfortable, your child (or you) will not want to run around in them.
When Shoe Shopping Do... Select the shoes that feel right. When you get them home, wear them around the house. If they don’t fit well, return them.Shop late in the day, when your feet will be slightly bigger.Each time you bu…