Showing posts from November, 2018

5 Ways To Get More Whole Grains (Without Eating Bread)

Making the switch to whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta are great ways to get more of the all-important unrefined grains (and some much-needed fiber) into your diet. And despite the fact that pasta and bread can be a good way to reap all the benefits whole grains have to offer, you can’t exactly eat that for every meal (bummer, right?).
Not to worry, though, there is a hefty list of whole grain heavy hitters that offer all the health perks you’re after—fiber, several B vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium. Not to mention that whole grains help to reduce your risk of heart disease, constipation, as well as supporting a healthy weight. Here are some of the many great grains you can enjoy:
Amaranth (can be gluten free)BarleyBrown rice (can be gluten free)Buckwheat (kasha) (can be gluten free)BulgurCornmeal (grits, polenta) (can be gluten free)CouscousFarroMillet (can be gluten free)Oats (can be gluten free)Quinoa (can be gluten …

How Obesity Weighs On Teens’ Wellbeing

Whether you’re overweight, underweight or somewhere in between, weight is an aspect of health that’s on everyone’s mind—which isn’t always a good thing. Stress, anxiety, pressure, frustration, insecurity—you name it; we’ve probably all experienced a myriad of emotions related it. The reality is weight isn’t just a physical metric, but rather a mental, emotional and social experience.
Plus, the growing number of individuals considered to have excess weight or obesity—1 out of every 4 men and 2 out of every 3 women—is hard to ignore. Even for individuals who don’t necessarily fall into one of those categories, there’s pressure—both internally and socially—to avoid gaining weight or becoming a part of the statistic. As Megan Ratcliff, PhD, a clinical pediatric psychologist at GMC’s Center for Weight Management describes, “Overweightness isn’t just an individual issue; it affects the health of the nation as a whole. Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United S…

Could I Actually Have Endometriosis?

Painful cramps (back, abdomen or groin). Painful bowel movements. Heavy and/or long menstrual bleeding. Fatigue. Bloating. Pain during intercourse. If this sounds like your run-of-the-mill period, then we’ve got a problem. That’s because many of those symptoms are key signs of the common condition, endometriosis.
This disorder occurs when the endometrial tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, grows other places in the body. Once outside of the uterus, the tissue is able to reproduce itself and continue spreading. On top of that, many of the most common symptoms of endometriosis mimic those of PMS, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Therefore, endometriosis growths often go unchecked and the condition remains undiagnosed, sometimes for upwards of a decade.
To ensure that women of all ages—from the time of your first menstrual cycle to your last—know the common signs of endometriosis, Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s Wellness Navigator, explai…

Rainy Days = More Time Indoors (Here’s How To Make The Most Of It)

Waking up early in the morning to trek to work in the rain—no thank you! Lucky for us, though, Georgia’s weather didn’t cooperate. Hello, (rainy) November. So what are we supposed to do for the next few days while it’s raining cats and dogs, and topping out at 50 degrees? Well, the choice is clear for many of us, stay warm, dry and comfortable indoors—did someone say movie night? Yes please.
While there are some people adventurous enough to head out into the chilly, wet weather to go to the gym or their routine exercise class—that’s why there are umbrellas, right?—the rest of us choose to stay comfortable at home, only going outdoors if absolutely necessary. But just because you’re stuck indoors for the next few days, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of being home.
So in addition to some lounging, relaxing nights, here are a few other ways to make these rainy days (and nights) more fun—and healthy:
1.Play cards. Instead of camping out on the couch to watch your go-to shows or a…

Let's Make This November One To Remember

All of 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.
Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If 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.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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