Showing posts from October, 2015

Foodie Friday: 7 Strategies For The Halloween Candy Overload

Halloween often means way too much candy in the house. Here are 7 ideas to help you deal with the stash, while keeping the sugar rush to a minimum:
Lunch boxes:  Have your child dump the stash of Halloween candy on the table and count out one piece per day to go in his or her lunch box. You decide whether it will be 7 pieces for a week’s worth or treats, 2 weeks, or more. Store this new lunch box stash out of the kids’ reach, and immediately put the rest in the trunk of your car if you’re planning to give it away.
Giveaway: Bring it into the office, donate it to the local Ronald McDonald House or other charity, or send it to our troops via a group like Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude.
Exchange: Some dentists and orthodontists offer to exchange candy for stickers and other healthy treats.
Recycle: Use Halloween candy to fill up goodie bags if your kids have a birthday or class party coming up.
Calculate: Use small candies like Skittles or candy corn to practice math skills.

Shine a Light: Honoring All Those With Lung Cancer

Please join us at Shine a Light, an event to honor all those impacted by lung cancer

November 5, 2015, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
Superior Court Ballroom
185 Crogan Street

Learn more and register at, or call 678-312-3100 for registration assistance.

10 Ways To Beat Food Cravings

Cravings for certain foods can derail even the most observant healthy eater. And there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer for every situation. 

Sometimes giving in to the craving is the best option. But there are other options, too, to keep you in control of those cravings. Try one or more of the ideas below, and you’ll have better control over your diet and over those cravings:
Allow it. People who go on strict diets often lose control when their diet is no longer so limited. Better to have a little treat every day so you don’t feel deprived.
Avoid it. Keep items you crave out of sight, or better yet, out of your house. You can’t eat it if you don’t have it.
Be mindful. Sometimes cravings are not about food, or even about how that food tastes. Experts recommend keeping a cravings journal and write a few notes about your situation and emotions whenever a craving strikes. Over time, a pattern may emerge and you can deal with the situation in a more positive manner.
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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.
Gwinnett Takes on Diabetes Four experts will speak on various diabetes-related topics. Exhibitors will feature the latest diabetes products. Nov. 7 (Sat.), 8:30 a.m. GMC Resource Center 665 Duluth Hwy (GA 120) Lawrenceville, GA 30046 FREE: registration required
Breastfeeding Basics This single-session class will help parents get started with breastfeeding, including discussion about how your body makes milk, how to position and latch the baby, how to tell if the baby is getting enough breast milk and how to avoid problems. Nov. 2 (Mon.) 7 p.m. Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 550 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 Fee: $25
Healthy Childbirth Weekend Please join us for our condense…

Sweet Drinks And Your Liver: What We Know Now

It probably isn’t news to you that drinking lots of alcohol can harm your liver. But what about sugar-sweetened beverages? Think soda, fruit juice, and sports and energy drinks. A recent study suggests they also may be bad for your liver.
A link to liver disease Your liver is a busy organ. It helps power you up by breaking down what you eat and drink. It also takes out the trash: It cleanses your body of toxins, such as alcohol. Sometimes your liver can’t keep up, though. It may then build up fat. This extra fat can lead to liver disease. Some types of liver disease are caused by drinking too much alcohol. But not all. One such kind is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). People often don’t know they have NAFLD. It usually has no symptoms. But some people may have fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, or swelling. People with diabetes or high cholesterol tend to develop NAFLD. So do those who are overweight or obese. People who drink too many sugar-sweetened beverages may also be at risk f…

Endurance Training Nutrition 201

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer How to use your diet to further your training for an endurance event -- that is the question today.
And here is my answer in as few words as possible.
A disclaimer: nutrition is a whole college degree in itself. I am an athletic trainer, so if you want nutrition advice tailored to your situation, it would be best to work one-on-one with a sports nutritionist or registered dietitian who specializes in sports. Treat the information below as general guidelines.
Fact #1: Just because we are exercising at a high level, we cannot necessarily eat when ever and what ever we want all the time.
We have to make sure we balance the great tasting with the healthy. We must make sure we are eating at the proper times and intervals to optimize our performance demands.
How is this accomplished? Well, that is a tricky question. Nutrient demands are dependent upon the individual and their training load. Gender, body mass index, metabolic rate, training duration …

What To Take To The Dentist

Seniors need to see a dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. And it's a good idea to bring some information to share with your dentist.
The American Dental Association advises that you bring:
A written list of your over-the-counter and prescription medications, supplements, herbs and vitamins.A complete list of allergies and other medical conditions.The names and contact information of all of your health care providers.Information for an emergency contact, in case of a serious medical problem.Insurance cards for any dental plan or Medicare.Any partials or dentures, even if you don't normally wear them.

Think you're up to speed on what it takes for healthy teeth? Take our online quiz, "Brushing Up on Health Teeth" and find out.

The ABCs Of Breast Cancer Prevention

From apples to X-rays, here's what you need to know to prevent this deadly disease.
A: APPLES And broccoli, and whole grains, and fish, and all the other things that make up a healthy, low-fat diet. A report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research claims that following a proper diet, along with staying physically active and maintaining a normal body mass index (BMI), could reduce all cancer rates by 30 percent to 40 percent.

B: BUTT, CIGARETTE Evidence of a direct link between smoking and breast cancer is mixed. Active smoking and passive smoke inhalation, however, are known to cause at least 10 other types of cancer, not to mention heart disease, stroke, and bad teeth. So if you smoke, quit. Ask your doctor for help choosing a prescription or over-the-counter medicine to make quitting easier.

B: BUTT, YOURS We don’t mean to be rude, but obesity is linked to increased breast cancer risk, especially in postmenopausal women. Work with your d…

Endurance Training Nutrition 101

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
With cooler weather coming our way, now is the perfect time to take on our favorite endurance activities (5Ks, 10Ks, triathlons, marathons, half marathons, etc). 
We feel better when it’s cool and can train longer.
For those events, we must have proper nutrition in order to take full advantage of these short-lived perfect weather conditions.
How does your nutrition affect your training?
Do you feel drained, exhausted and depleted after a few miles?
How do you take in all that is needed to perform at your best?

Over the next few blog posts, I hope to outline the nutrition basics for endurance training, offer tips for consuming enough calories and finally to discuss recovery from all the hours put into training.
So let the running shoes rest a minute, the swimsuit dry out and grab your recovery drink and take a load off…
Nutrition base
So do you know how much and what types of food you should be consuming? Do you understand the basic principles of …

Can Men Get Breast Cancer?

While one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, one out of every one thousand men will also get breast cancer.

And in men, the breast cancer is too often not caught until it's at a later stage, and more difficult to treat.

So it's important to know -- and minimize -- your personal risk factors.
Risk factors for men may include: AgeRadiation exposureEstrogen treatmentDiseases associated with hyperestrogenism, such as cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndromeHeavy alcohol intakeObesity

Plus there are definite familial tendencies for developing breast cancer:
An increased incidence is seen in men who have a number of female relatives with breast cancerAn increased risk of male breast cancer has been reported in families in which a BRCA2 (Breast Cancer 2) gene mutation has been identified

While male breast cancer symptoms are similar to female breast cancer symptoms, in men these symptoms can often be mistaken for other medical conditions or problems. 
Learn more about m…

Arthritis And Exercise: FAQ

If you have arthritis, you may think you shouldn’t exercise because it could make your condition worse.
But health care providers and physical therapists claim that people with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise, without damaging their joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Q. Why is exercise beneficial if you have arthritis?
A. Exercise can help you keep your joints moving and keep the muscles around your joints strong. It can also keep your bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy, and improve your ability to do daily activities. Along with medicine and rest, regular exercise of your joints — when they aren't swollen — can help keep them in working order so you can continue participating in your daily activities. It also may help prevent more joint damage.
Q. What could happen if I don’t exercise?
A. If you don’t exercise, your joints can become even more stiff and painful. If you have arthritis, it’s important to keep your muscles as strong a…

Foodie Friday: Choosing The Right Bedtime Snack

It's not easy to fall asleep with a growling belly, so satisfying bedtime hunger becomes important.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests these healthy snacks:
A handful of almonds with either half a banana or a handful of cherries, which contain the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.

Whole-grain crakcers and peanut butter, which contain complex carbohydrates and tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid.
Warm milk, which contains calcium, magnesium and tryptophan.
A mug of decaffeinated herbal tea, but without ginseng, which can act as a stimulant.
A small bowl of whole-grain cereal or warm oatmeal with milk. These contain magnesium, carbohydrates, calcium and melatonin.
Half of a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, a great source of tryptophan.
How GMC Can Help

Want more healthy ideas? Find terrific and quick snack and meal ideas by browsing Gwinnett Medical Center's boards on Pinterest.

Sleep Apnea And Depression -- Is There A Link?

A new study suggests that, yes, people with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression. But the good news is that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression.
The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective treatment of obstructive sleep apnea resulted in substantial improvement in depressive sympto…