Showing posts from February, 2016

How To Make The Stages Of Change Work For You

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer

It’s the last day in February, and on a leap year to boot: how are those resolutions going? 
Ok, you can stop throwing tomatoes at me now. 
Have you fallen off the wagon already? Are you regretting you made that resolution? Have you already made another one that was easier? 
IT”S OK!! 
Yes, I said it, it’s ok. 
I’m still trying to start my resolutions from 2014! 
How about just get going on the resolution again? 
What, you need some motivation and encouragement? Sure, here goes. . . . 
Let’s talk about motivation. You have decided to begin a new healthy habit and it is now either the time you need to dig deep and keep up the change, or you need to pick back up where you left off two (or three, or four) weeks ago. 
To understand how to keep going, we need first to understand some psychology behind making changes and this will give us a great place to stop, ponder and reflect on how we can keep going with our new habits. 
We can classify our decision of…

Foodie Friday: Test Your Diet Smarts

Six out of every 10 Americans are overweight or obese. 
At any given time, millions of people are trying to lose weight.
Each year, billions of dollars are spent on weight-loss products and services, from diet books to shoe inserts.
Obviously, weight management is a growing concern in this country. 
But how much weight loss is a safe and reasonable goal?
Which claims should be raise red flags about the safety and effectiveness of a weight-loss product?
What concerns nutritionists about some of the most popular diet programs?
Test your knowledge and learn the facts by taking our seven-question diet quiz online.
How GMC Can Help
If you’re ready for a diet that’s tailor made for you, Diet by Design is a flexible approach to weight management. In Diet by Design, a registered dietitian with GMC’s Diabetes & NutritionEducationCenter will be your personal coach and will work with you to design a plan to suit your lifestyle and preferences.
At, you can also learn more abo…

An Emergency Can Happen At Anytime. What Medical Information Should You Carry?

Picture this: It’s a chilly Friday night and you’re driving back from the grocery store. 
Suddenly your car hits an icy patch, and you’re unconscious, or have an injury that makes it difficult for you to think clearly, or to speak.
How do you let the emergency personnel know about your medical condition, or that you’re on a certain drug that may interact badly with other treatments?
Or, maybe the situation isn’t that scary. Maybe you’re in the midst of a busy, busy day, squeezing in an appointment with a new physician. When you’re stressed, you may not remember important medical emergency information.
The solution? Carry your basic medical information at all times. It can be as simple as a note card in your wallet.
There may be apps for this type of information, too, but if you are incapacitated, the first responders may not be able to access information that is stored on your phone. An old-fashioned note card is still best in most cases.
And, no, this advice doesn’t just apply to people …

Upcoming Community Classes, Events And Support Groups

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.

Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits
March is national colorectal cancer awareness month. If you're 50 or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Colorectal cancer - cancer of the colon and rectum - is one of the most detectable, and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer. For a free colorectal screening kit, call Gwinnett Medical Center at 678-312-5000 and select option one.

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 chan…

Psychology, Lifestyle And Making Changes: A Step-By-Step Guide

By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Oh, if you just complete “activity x” for 21 days it will be a habit. 
Come on, Just do it. 
You have to make time. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day.
I know you have heard all of these clichés and I could quote you many more. So, I thought with all the clichés and guilt that society — or you yourself — pile up on your shoulders, I recommend spending some time on the why behind beginning and maintaining a healthy life change. 
With the New Year just over a month old, some of you have begun some changes, others are still contemplating exactly what changes to make. 
Hopefully my words will shed some light on where you are in your decision making and will motivate you to begin and maintain your new resolutions.  
Years ago, as part of my college coursework, I worked with other college students on personal wellness and encouraging each participant to look at their current lifestyle and make at least one healthy change over the course of the seme…

Foodie Friday: Fresh Sauces For Winter

By this time of the winter, we are longing for a breath of summer. One way to bring a touch of summer into your winter recipes, is by substituting fresh sauces for your usual cooked ones.
Whether it’s a topping for pasta, chicken, fish, pork, beef or tofu, these fresh takes will bring summer to the table.
Fresh Salsa
Select smaller tomatoes for the best wintertime flavor (cherry, grape, or other small types).
Ingredients: 1 cup diced tomatoes 1-2 tablespoons diced onion 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro ½ - 1 jalapeño, finely diced (optional) ½ tablespoon olive oil ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
Directions: Mix all ingredients. Taste and adjust vinegar, add a little salt, or add a tablespoon of your favorite jarred salsa.
Serve over eggs, chicken, fish or any Mexican dishes. This also makes a delicious, light salad dressing.
VisitGwinnettMedicalCenter’s Health (e) Library online to fine more great recipes, like Fresh Mushroom Sauce Fresh Tomato Sauce Garlic Walnut Sauce

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