Showing posts from December, 2015

Back To Basics For The New Year

Fifty years ago, families ate dinner at the table, people enjoyed a slower pace of live and we didn’t rely on technology for entertainment. Although we probably won’t be saying goodbye to our cell phones anytime soon, we can look back to simpler times to find ways to live more balanced lives now.
To live healthy, you don’t need technology or a lot of money – that’s the beauty of it. Try a few of these simple activities, which are budget-friendly and technology-free.
Walk your pet every day and discover new paths along the way. Fido will thank you for the TLC.
Plant a small garden to grow your favorite fresh vegetables and herbs, then use them in healthy home-cooked meals.
During your morning run, ditch the iPod and allow your mind to wander.
In summer, set up camp in your backyard for the night. As a family, put a tent together and stargaze.
In winter, gather around the fire place and tell stories, or read a book aloud, as families used to do.
How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help

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Upcoming Community Classes And Events

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Monthly Pre-Diabetes ClassesIf you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

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De-Stress Your Life: Learn How To Say No

This time of year many of us take stock of the previous year, and realize we spent too much time on things that weren't important to us and our goals. 

If you find you are being asked to do things you’d prefer not to, here are some ways to say no without guilt.
“Every ‘yes’ is a ‘no’ to something else,” says Gillian Butler, Ph.D., author of Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide. “Every time you agree to do something, another thing you might have done will not get done.”
Still, for most people, it’s not easy to say no. Here are a few ways to make it easier, Butler says:
Sleep on it. Make it a rule not to commit yourself to anything important until the next day at the earliest.
Thank the person for asking. Being polite about it will help you feel better about saying no.
Acknowledge the other person’s priorities. “I know that it is important” or “I understand the difficulty.”
Give a clear reason for your refusal. I am already committed to doing…” or “it would take more time than I’ve got…

Is Your Sweet Tooth Harming Your Heart?

You can't sugarcoat this fact: Americans are eating too much sugar. We eat about 18 teaspoons of the sweetener every day. Although it tastes good, sugar isn't very nutritious. What's more, your sweet tooth may be bad for your heart. A sugar surplusIn a recent study, researchers linked the amount of sugar eaten to a risk for death from heart disease. They looked at 3 national health surveys spanning more than 20 years. From the surveys, they were able to estimate how much sugar more than 31,000 people ate. They then cross-referenced those results with a database that tracked who died and their cause of death. For 7 out of 10 adults, more than 10% of their daily calories came from sugar. These people had a 30% greater risk of dying from heart disease. That chance tripled for those who ate the most sugar, which was more than 25% of daily calories. The main dietary culprit: sugar-sweetened drinks like soda. How might too much sugar bring about heart problems? Past studies have co…

Good Posture Vs. High Tech And High Heels: How To Win This Battle

Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world.

Plus, having good posture helps you appear more confident and knowledgeable to others. Simple exercises and stretching can help, and should be practiced often until good posture becomes habit. Developing strong muscles will aid in good posture, too. Not sure what healthy posture feels like? Try this exercise: Stand with your upper back, shoulders and bottom touching the wall. Your heels should be about two inches away from the wall. There should be a natural curve in your lower back, which results in a slight space between your back and the wall--just large enough to fit your hand.  Now take a step away from the wall and see how it feels to hold that posture without support. If you're sitting or talking on the telephone, pay attention to your posture then, too. These can place stress on your upper back and neck, which can make your shoulders round and your head …

It’s The Busiest Time Of The Year . . . For Cold And Flu Too. (Ugh)

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer

Have you had one yet? A cold or flu?
Thanksgiving week hits and there’s lots to do for the Poole family. And I usually end up with no voice and a horrible cough.
So I load up on the cold meds and bulldoze through our personal “tour de Georgia.”
Why does it happen that way?
I run hard from October to November, as it is party central at our house. Two littles’ birthdays a month apart and then the holidays are upon us and I get sick.
Can you relate?
So, how do we prevent colds and flu when we are super busy and life can’t stop?
Here are my tips I have shared with my athletes over the years. Hope they help you, too:
·WASH YOUR HANDS--the #1 way to prevent colds, flu, pink eye, cooties, etc., is to wash your hands frequently. Sing the Happy Birthday song to yourself to make sure you’re washing long enough. under your nails and wash up to your wrists. Use warm water and soap and dry your hands. When water isn’t handy (hahaha) use a hand sanit…

Foodie Friday: Homemade Pizza, Single-Serve Sized

Try this easy homemade pizza recipe on a Friday night. Let each child decorate his or her own pizza with the healthy vegetable toppings. Then while you're watching the pizzas bake, have them put on pajamas and put in a holiday movie for a family "date" night. Pizza for One Serves 1
Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat flat bread (pita without the pocket, about 8 inches in diameter) 2 tablespoons roasted red pepper (packed in water) 2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion 2 tablespoons flavored tomato paste (pesto, roasted garlic, or Italian seasoning) 1/4 cup finely shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomato Sprinkle of crushed dried red pepper, basil, garlic, or other seasoning, to taste (fresh basil is shown in photo)
Directions Spread the flat bread with the toppings and place the bread on a toaster oven tray. Use the "top brown" setting. The pizza is ready when the cheese bubbles, in three to five minutes.
Serves 1 The serving contains about 367 calor…

Tips To Avoid Holiday Asthma, Allergy And COPD Triggers

“During the holidays, people are unpacking decorations, setting up trees and lighting scented candles – all things that stir up respiratory irritants,” says Pam Garrett, medical services practice specialist and COPD population coordinator. “Pollen, dust, mold, mildew and dust mites can be particularly dangerous for individuals with asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions like bronchitis. Exposure triggers inflammation, which narrows the airway and makes it hard to breathe.”
Here are some easy tips to minimize these irritants:
Wear a mask or leave the area to let the dust settle. Dust or wipe them with a warm, wet rag. Wipe them down before storing and put in sealed, plastic bags or bins.
Tree skirts, pillows, blankets and stuffed animals:
Wash in hot water before you set them out. Wash again before storing and put in plastic bags or bins.
Artificial Trees:
Store in a plastic tree bin or a dry area. Avoid trees with artificial snow. Replace if tree becomes mildewed or moldy.
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Minimize Holiday Stress: Tips From A Working Mom

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
It is said that this is  the happiest time of the year. But for me, it’s also  the most stressful.
Stressbegins with the grocery trip for Thanksgiving preparations and ends with the cleanup from New Years Eve.
Whether it’s the stress from family, budget strain, weight gain, over indulgences and all the preparation for the upcoming parties, visitors and expectations, there is a lot of stress sitting on our shoulders.
Stress, when it motivates and causes us to reach new heights, is good. When we are beaten down, irritable, gain weight and lose sight of meaningful priorities, stress is not our friend.
So, today, I hope to offer some encouragement for handling the load. Some of these tips are from articles read and wellness classes taught over the years, but most, are from my own experiences as a wife, mother and daughter, who thinks everyone who crosses my path deserves a “Southern Living Christmas delivered by Mrs. Claus herself.”

The #1 Tool for Weight Control: Keeping a Food Diary

By Renee Covey, RD, LD, CDE Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center

Of all the behaviors a person might adopt to manage body weight, perhaps none is more powerful than the food diary.
In fact, research has shown that people who record their food intake regularly lose twice as much weight as people who do not.
Keeping a food diary is commonly the first step recommended by professionals to getting back on track when plateaus occur. However, accuracy and timeliness make or break this tool.
Whether you keep a food diary on paper or online, here are some things to keep in mind when recording food intake: Food diaries are about guidance, not judgment. Think of it as a way to be informed to make the best dietary decisions to stay healthy.Food diaries can offer protection against hidden calories. Higher calorie foods can be identified and either portion controlled or consumed less frequently.The National Weight Control Registry has cited food diaries as strong support for not only…