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Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That's especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Healthy living takes lifelong learning

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the first graduates of the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in Savannah. They are all patients of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care (CVCPHC), and had participated in the 12-week program to learn about how they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

July 15, 2014 | Charles H. Morris | Health


Canyon Ranch Institute calls for scholarship applications

Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI) invites everyone who volunteers or works in low-income or medically underserved areas to apply for CRI Healthy World Scholarships. The scholarships are for stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona in 2015. Canyon Ranch donated 25 stays to CRI to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further CRI's efforts to enhance community health and well-being. Applicants can apply in up to two scholarship categories that include Richard H. Carmona Scholarship for Returning Veterans, Arts and Health, Healthy Garden, Healthy Schools and Healthy Table. Full details are available on the CRI website at ...

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


My journey to a healthier me

I did not win the lottery, but I did find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

July 01, 2014 | Merry Perry | Health


Summer favorite with a healthy twist

Summer in Georgia means sometimes-annoying heat and humidity, but it also brings the fun of picnics, backyard parties and family BBQs. Like all Southern traditions, food is front and center – and plentiful. Food is love, friends and family are love, so more food for friends and family is often deemed better.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Exercise benefits the brain, too

Regular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


These snacks pack an energetic punch

Many adults find themselves feeling drowsy in the hours after they eat lunch. A heavy lunch, a staid office atmosphere or a combination of the two can make professionals feel sleepy as the workday winds down.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Take care of your muscles

By engaging in a workout routine, you've already proven that you care for your body. But do you have a care plan for the muscles that take you to your next level of fitness? Here are some ways to keep those hard working muscles in top shape so you can give it your all at every workout.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Make summer fitness fun

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June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Let's start talking about health and weight

There is a large and somewhat disturbing truth in Georgia that's hard to talk about, but we must start the conversation.

May 27, 2014 | Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D | Health


Fun ways to be a fit family

Obesity is a global epidemic affecting people of all ages. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are considered obese, while Statistics Canada notes about 25 percent of Canadians are obese.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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To avoid dementia - live with purpose

As our population ages, dementia becomes a more frequent diagnosis. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, and is characterized by a global loss of intellectual functioning. A person who has dementia has cognitive problems with memory, reasoning, perception and motor skills that gets worse as they get older. There is not a cure for it, and little is known about its causes.

The incentive to understand the causes of the disease, and its precursor - mild cognitive impairment, increases as the numbers of people with dementia rises. Aron S. Buchman is an associate professor in the department of ...

April 04, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to you health: Nothing fishy about fish oil claims

Fish oil is one of the healthiest nutritional supplements that one can take. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that are easily absorbed by us and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes and slow the formation of plaques in the arteries. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy people eat fatty fish at least twice a week. If you have heart disease, they recommend 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s per day.

Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial beyond just helping the heart. Omega 3s contain EPA and DHA, two important fatty acids that play ...

March 21, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to your health: ADHD in children, adults

Attention Deficit Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that has been known about in children for many years, but only in recent history has ADHD has been more widely recognized and diagnosed in adults. Although controversial at times due to the rapid rise in the number of people being treated for it, ADHD is a real neurobehavioral condition that makes it hard for people to sit still or concentrate on important tasks. It affects 3 percent to 5 percent of children, 30 percent to 70 percent of whom will continue to have symptoms as adults.

ADHD manifests ...

March 14, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Holiday safety tip of the week

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 06, 2009 | Mark Mitchell Executive Officer, NCSO | Health


East Metro Hosts Sat. H1N1 Clinic

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at two health department sites on Saturday, Nov. 21, for CDC priority groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newton County Health Center in Covington.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Diabetes and Your Heart

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and the American Heart Association is focusing particularly on the relationship between heart disease and type two diabetes. Stroke and heart disease are the number 1 causes of death and disability among those with type two diabetes.

November 08, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Simple steps to breathing easy

It's National Respiratory Care Week and Alex Belmont, Manager of the Cardiopulmonary Department at Newton Medical Center, says keeping lungs healthy as we get older requires some special attention.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Ask the Doc: FAQs about cybersex addictions

How do I know if I'm a cybersex addict? If you repeatedly spend more time on cybersex activities than you intended, continue despite significant negative consequences in your life (relationship strain, problems with work performance, your health, or behaviors that put you at risk for legal problems), and if you are obsessed or preoccupied with cybersex activities when you should be focused on other aspects of your life, you are likely a cybersex addict. Research informs that as a rule of thumb, cybersex addicts spend 11-12 hours a week on the internet, but often it is double or triple ...

October 16, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health


What you need to know about the H1N1 vaccine

What you need to know about the H1N1 vaccine

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Health


Ask the Doc: The power of music

Humans, it seems, are universally attracted to music. It soothes us when we are sad, energizes us in happier times and bonds us to others. According to Steven Pinker in his 1997 book "How the Mind Works," music is "auditory cheesecake," a sweet delicacy for the mind that evolved for more important functions. As a result of providence, however, music appears to offer a novel system of communication that is grounded in emotion rather than meaning. Studies have shown that music reliably conveys certain sentiments. What we feel when we hear a piece of music is pretty much the same ...

October 09, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


NMC opens new Wound Care Center

Newton Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new center dedicated to the healing of patient wounds that do not respond to conventional treatment.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Secrets of mental fitness

Most of us know that if we don't exercise our muscles, they get flaccid and weak. What most of us don't fully know is that physical exercise also keeps our brain in better shape. Doing mental exercise is important, such as working crossword puzzles or Sudoku, but physical exercise is critical to vigorous mental health also.

September 27, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The good thing about being bad

 Most of us are governed by our own set of rules and tend to behave in socially acceptable ways. But misbehaving, or acting in ways we'd normally think improper, can be good for our souls. Misbehavior can boost our mood, provide us with a sense of liberation, stimulate creativity or make for some great memories.

September 20, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Remember in September

 The American Cancer Society estimates that 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States during 2009. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American men, other than skin cancer. The only well-established risk factors for prostate cancer are age, race/ethnicity and family history of the disease.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Ask the Doc: Workplace survival in tough times

Fear is pretty common in our jobs these days, as downturns in the economy result in budget cuts, lay-offs and office closings. Many have lost jobs or had wages reduced. Anxieties abound as job security fades into the past.

For each of us, our personalities will influence how we respond to job insecurity. According to Judith Sills, Ph.D., in Psychology Today, "Worriers, for example, will likely be beside themselves: distracted, preoccupied and potentially provoked into more serious hopelessness or depression." They should resist the office rumor mill that will result in needless hours of anxious, dark speculation. Deniers may ...

August 26, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


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