Showing posts from March, 2015

April Community Classes And Events

All these classes and more will be offered in April 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.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Be Children ages 3 to 10 will tour the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, discuss what to expect, practice holding and swaddling, and make a birthday card. Parents also receive materials on sibling preparation. April 28 (Tue.) 6:30 p.m. Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 550 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, GA  30046 Fee: $20 per child, $10 for each additional child

Foodie Friday: Fancy Salt: Is It Healthier?

Be it Hawaiian black lava salt or Himalayan pink salt, it’s still just salt, says Cris Hartley, a registered dietitian and manager of Gwinnett Medical Center’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center. She warns people not to get caught up in the hype of fancy salt.

6 Tips To Ace Your Surgical Preadmissions Interview

By Becky Walton, RN, BSN, BSEd
Sometimes I feel like a genius.  Like the time a pitcher of Sprite spilled down my toddler's back at a restaurant and I had a change of clothes in the car.  In that moment, I was brilliant.  Other times I can feel like a real dummy.  Like any time in a computer store when technical details are being discussed. 
So as you’re preparing for a planned surgery, how can you feel more like a genius and less like a dummy at your hospital preadmissions interview (also called preadmissions testing or even preop visit)?  Here are six tips from a nurse who works in that department.

Home Treatments 101: An Athletic Trainer's Guide

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
You know that saying — you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. 
Well, please understand this one point. You can treat symptoms of injuries over and over but until you address the cause of the injury, you still have the injury. Complete healing happens when you address the root cause. 
I have spent a lot of time treating traumatic injuries (you know the ones that make the strongest stomachs turn). 
I have spent even more time treating the nagging injuries. Those are an athletic trainer’s bread and butter. So, here are some tried and true treatments and advice I have seen make a difference.

Shopping For Two: The Pregnant Girl’s Guide To Groceries

Navigating the grocery aisles is tough enough when you’re eating for one. Add a baby bump and the decisions get more complicated. Use this handy guide to remember which foods belong in your shopping cart—and which should stay on the store shelves

Have a Lot

How Music Is Good Medicine


Music and medicine have been partners since ancient Greeks depicted Apollo, the god of healing, holding a lyre. And modern science tells us music can help us relax, minimize pain and bounce back from illness.

But not all music is equal in the eyes of medicine, says Mitchell Gaynor, MD, an oncologist and the author of The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice and Music. Here are some sounds of music known to boost your health:

The Most Common Sports Injuries And When to Seek Treatment

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer

So you have been battling, keeping resolutions and have felt great. Mighty warrior winning the fight. You have a great workout, go about your day and go to bed. When you wake your shins are on fire. The thought of putting on your running shoes and walking to the door has you cringing. What is going on? Things were going great. This aggravation makes you want to quit. Give up. Is it worth the pain? Where’s my brownie and ice cream? Arrrrg!

Don’t fret! Mrs. Jessie is here with advice. Today I am going to give you a basic run down of the aggravating overuse injuries we may encounter on this exercise journey. I will warn you, I have spent years and years talking about this stuff and there are textbooks written on just the subject of overuse injuries. There are many causes and treatments and I can’t simply discuss it all in one blog. I will give you an overview and enough info to make an informed decision on how to continue and when and what to te…

Foodie Friday: Welcome Spring With A New Salad

Hopefully strawberry season is in full swing where you live — at least at your local grocery store. Pair vitamin-C rich strawberries with iron-rich spinach for this fresh take on spinach salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

With Every Heartbeat: Test Your Heart Smarts

Do you know how hard your heart works every day? Test your knowledge: (Answers are below) 

How long would a kitchen faucet need to run full blast to equal the amount of blood your heart pumps in a lifetime? 

How much energy does your heart create on a daily basis? Enough energy to drive a truck ____ miles!

How fast does the heart pump blood through your aorta?

How much blood does your heart pump in a lifetime? Nearly ____ million barrels – enough to fill 200 train tank cars! 

Aches Vs. Pain - And When To See The Doctor

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer

Jess, when do I need to see a doctor? Jess, should I exercise through the pain or stop? Do I really need to take a few days off, I have a race in 3 weeks and I can’t lose time? 

These are some questions most athletic trainers hear on a regular basis. Now that you have been exercising or changed your intensity, you may have some aches sneaking — or more likely — barreling like a freight train into your day. So when should you worry? How do you know if you need to see a doctor? 

Foodie Friday: Should My Child Take Vitamins?


Let’s back up first. What’s your child eating? If snacks and mealtimes feature a variety of foods (which are actually eaten and not fed to the dog), then you can probably skip supplements. 
“As long as their diet is balanced throughout the day, they’re going to get most of the nutrients they need,” says Cris Hartley, a registered dietitian and director of GMC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center.

Colorectal Cancer 101: Risks, Prevention And A Free Screening Kit

It’s not a high profile disease with celebrity spokespeople, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. While the exact cause of most colorectal cancer is unknown, there are known risk factors. Age. Most people who have colorectal cancer are over age 50; however, it can occur at any age.

Chronic Knee Pain Relief: Tips And Treatments

Knee pain that just won’t quit can make you quit lots of things - playing with the kids, climbing stairs, even getting exercise. In fact, chronic knee pain can make you give up lots of things you love. 

While knee pain is a very common problem, the right exercise routine can help keep it at bay. If you have “creaky” or painful knees, here are some tips: