Showing posts from November, 2014

Foodie Friday: Homemade Gifts In Jars

Browse Pinterest these days and you’ll see that Mason jars are “in,” especially as containers for gifts. Many of these craft ideas are suitable for the kids to do (depending on their ages) and would make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends or family.

Be sure to start with clean, dry jars with lids. You can re-purpose food jars for many of these.
Here are some general categories with a few specific examples. Use your imagination to come up with ones that suit the folks on your gift list.
Ingredients in a Jar

10 Things Mom Can Do While Breastfeeding

By Pam Noonan, RNC-OB, C-EFM, BSN, MS, Perinatal Nurse ClinicianChoosing to breastfeed means you are choosing the best food possible food for your baby.  Human milk provides virtually all the protein, and other nutrients your baby needs to be healthy. It also contains substances that protect your baby against a wide variety of diseases and infections (formula does not have these properties). If that’s not enough, your milk is always ready, custom made for your baby, at the right temperature, and comes in cute packages. 

Taking care of a baby is a 24 hour a day job. You have a lot to do, so when it comes time to feed your baby, take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy this time. While it’s important to make breastfeeding a time for you and your baby, there are things that you can do while breastfeeding and still be engaged with your baby. Here are some examples:

December Classes And Support Groups At Gwinnett Medical Center

Want to give your family the gift of a healthier you this holiday season? Then Freshstart Smoking Cessation might be a terrific first step.
Or maybe you’re wondering what steps to take to make sure your loved ones understand your advance directives.
Or possibly there’s a little one on the way, and you want to know more about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care…
All these classes and more will be offered in December at 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 ongoing support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.

How To Conquer Thanksgiving -- Or Any Meal -- Without Weight Gain

We’ve all heard the tips to eat more slowly, focus on the conversation at the table and put your fork down between bites. While these are terrific ways to control how much you eat, here are some tips you might not have thought of:
1.  Wear something that fits nicely and makes you feel good about yourself. Or simply choose pants with a waistband over the elastic-waist variety.
2.  Set the table with smaller plates and bowls. If you have a choice of china, use plates with a higher color contrast. Studies show people serve themselves less if the plate is a radically different color from the food.
3.  Set the scene. Dim the lights. Put on relaxing music. These sensory clues will set the environment for a leisurely meal.

Communicating Despite Alzheimer's: 9 Tips And A Storytelling Game

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. While it used to be thought that memory loss was a normal part of aging, we now understand that aging doesn’t automatically mean memory loss. Plus, Alzheimer’s disease, along with other causes of dementia, can happen to people in middle life.
With as many as 5.1 million Americans who may have Alzheimer’s disease, and its increasing incidence as our population ages, dealing with dementia will become more prevalent. Communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s can be frustrating, but here are some tips from the experts:
1.  Find a time and place to talk where there aren’t a lot of distractions or noise.
2.  Speak clearly and naturally. Keep your voice calm and warm – no “babytalk”

Are You Heart Smart? Take Our Quiz And Find Out

Do you have the right stuff when it comes to living a heart-healthy lifestyle? Here are seven questions to see how you rate:
1.  About those exercise habits…
A.  I exercise most days of the week—cardio, strength training, stretching, you name it—for at least 30 minutes. B.  I try to get in a run once or twice a week, and go to a yoga class every Saturday. C.  What do you mean? I exercise all the time—by pressing the buttons on the remote and walking to the fridge for a snack.
2.  Fruits and veggies…
A. Are something I try to eat with almost every meal. B. Are important, I know, so I try to have a salad or a veggie with dinner every night. C. Are not part of my lingo—if it comes from the ground, I’m not eating it.

Foodie Friday: Become Your Home's Celebrity Chef #ThisIsNow

In the old days, celebrity chefs were all about butter and rich sauces. Today, while big-name chefs don’t always pay attention to healthy habits in their TV kitchens, whenever a chef talks about what he or she eats at home….that’s a different story.
Unless a celebrity chef eats healthily on a regular basis, the energy needed for TV and writing cookbooks just won’t be there. 
Here are some tips from the best. With a little strategic planning, you can cook like the pros and still promote a more nutrition-friendly environment in your home.

Lung Cancer Facts That Might Surprise You

Since it’s November, you’re probably seeing lots of messages about quitting smoking. But did you know that even people who have never smoked can also get lung cancer? Or that early detection—before symptoms develop--is key for increased chances of survival?
Like so many things about health, educating yourself about lung cancer might make all the difference to you or someone you love. Many people aren’t diagnosed with lung cancer early enough. As a result, treatment isn’t as effective as it could be, and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in American men and women.

Nine Ways To Stay Healthy This Winter

By Kevin Johnson, MD
As a family practice physician and director of the Family Medicine Program at Gwinnett Medical Center, we’re already seeing an increase in the usual seasonal ills – colds, flu, sinus problems and more. To keep yourself out of the doctor’s office this winter, here are some tips to help you stay healthy:
1. Wash, wash, wash your hands. Count twenty seconds or sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to yourself as you scrub. Teach your children to wash properly, too. If you’re not near a sink, hand sanitizer is better than nothing, but it’s no substitute for proper hand washing.
2. Get a flu shot. It’s not too late, and flu season lasts well into spring. Even if you get the flu, it’s likely to be less severe than if you haven’t gotten the vaccine.

Healthy Bites For Your Bones

It’s never too late to take care of your bones. In addition to participating in weight-bearing exercises (like walking) to keep your bones strong, here are some foods to help keep strong bones:
For calcium, incorporate these into your weekly meal plan:
dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt dark leafy greens, like spinach, kale, watercress and collards okra beans, especially white beans and soybeans Saltwater fish, like salmon and sardines Almonds Calcium-fortified foods, such as orange juice, oatmeal and cereal
For vitamin D, include:
Fatty fish, like mackerel, salmon and tuna Beef liver Cheese Egg yolks Vitamin-D-fortified foods such as orange juice, soy products, some dairy products and cereals

For healthy recipes that use some of these ingredients, browse our Pinterest boards.

Diabetes? Five Signs You May Be Ignoring

It’s National Diabetes Education Week! Did you know that in the United States today 23.6 million people have diabetes, including 5.7 million people who don’t yet know they have this disease? With diabetes implicated in heart disease, stroke, hypertension, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy, it’s important to know the signs that may indicate you have diabetes.
Although it takes a blood glucose test to detect diabetes, here are five signs of possible diabetes that may surprise you:

A Better Way To Run

by Becky Thompson, PT, CSCS, FMSC, Cert MDT
Kids learning to swim attend swimming lessons for weeks. When wanting to take their tennis to the next level even casual tennis players hire a coach. So why are we so reluctant to seek professional help to learn how to run better, more efficiently and injury-free?
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article,* “people who lace up their running shoes and pound the pavement have a roughly 50 percent chance of sustaining an injury that interrupts their training. Among marathon runners, studies have placed the injury incidence rate significantly higher, in some cases as high as 90 percent.” Note the article referenced “people who lace up their running shoes” – this high rate of injury isn’t just among long-distance or professional runners, but among all of us who go for a jog now and then.
Perhaps we don’t think of evaluating our running gait or working with a coach because we think running is a basic skill---one that we begin doing as toddle…