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Consistency is key to disciplining kids

Q: Of late, our 8-year-old daughter has not been completing chores and following directions. On the morning of a recent soccer game, she again failed to follow some simple directions. On the way to the game, I calmly told her that when we arrived, she would tell her coach she was unable to play because she had not followed her parent's directions at home. She balked, so I told her that either she obeyed or she would miss the remainder of the soccer season. She complied, and we went home where she sulked a good bit before ultimately realizing ...

May 26, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Administration defends health care reform

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Wednesday that health care reforms should be upheld in the courts because the costs of the uninsured are a burden on interstate commerce.

May 19, 2011 | By Pete Yost Associated Press writer | Living well


Health workers named GPHA officers

CHATHAM COUNTY - The Georgia Public Health Association recently named officers for 2011-12, and several representatives from the Coastal Health District are among them.

May 18, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Tales of disrespect is a way to fit in

Q: My 16-year-old son refuses to wear his glasses. For the past two years, I have offered to get him contact lenses for his birthday, but he has refused. He will be driving soon, so I told him that if he didn't wear his new glasses, which are less than a month old, he would have to reimburse me for them. He says he hates them and wants contacts. Furthermore, he is willing to pay for them himself out of his savings. Should I let him get the contacts or should I make him pay me for the glasses ...

May 18, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Raise kids to have manners, even if friends don't

Q: Our 4-year-old is fairly well behaved, but her best friend definitely is not. We just got back from a weekend trip with that family, and I constantly was embarrassed at my daughter's behavior. She did whatever her friend did, like running down the hall of the hotel, yelling and laughing all the while.

May 11, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Protect your eyes

May is Healthy Vision Month, and this year's theme is "Eye Safety is Everyone's Business." Prompted by what officials believe is a large number of preventable on-the-job eye injuries, the National Eye Institute is launching a drive to increase the use of proper safety eyewear in the workplace. The institute is asking optometrists and other eye-care providers to play a role by routinely dispensing safety eyewear.

May 11, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Parents obliged to raise good citizens

I'm reasonably certain that my parents never used the term "John's needs." Since having this thought, I've asked a handful of folks my age, "Do you think your parents ever talked about your needs and how to best meet them?"

May 05, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Spine & Sport starts orthopedic residence program

Spine & Sport recently began to offer an orthopedic physical therapy residency program. The program is designed to provide physical therapists with a year-long intensive study of orthopedic physical therapy through classroom and clinical experience as well as one-on-one mentoring with a board-certified clinician.

May 05, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Amid 'war on obesity,' skeptics warn of stigma

The images are striking: Overweight boys and girls staring somberly from billboards and online videos, real-life embodiments of the blunt messages alongside.

May 05, 2011 | By David Crary Associated Press writer | Living well


Measles cases on the rise

ATLANTA (AP) - The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there's a big outbreak.

May 05, 2011 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Living well


Workshop works against Alzheimer's

To help American adults live brain-healthy lifestyles and potentially reduce their risk for Alzheimer's disease, the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is offering a one-hour community workshop called "Maintain Your Brain: How to Live a Brain Healthy Lifestyle" at 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the Effingham YMCA

May 02, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Relay draws many survivors, supporters

It was a cool evening for a hot event in Hinesville on Friday as several hundred cancer survivors and their supporters turned out for Relay for Life. The 12-hour fundraiser and celebration featured more than 250 survivors and 47 sponsored booths.

May 01, 2011 | By Jen Alexander McCall Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


Older child responsible for conflict

Q: Our 7-year-old son and 32-month-old daughter squabble with each other constantly, mostly over taking and playing with each other's toys. The problem is our daughter, really. She will hit, scream and throw things when she is angry. She wants to be in her brother's room doing whatever he is doing, and he will not close his door. He's not rough with her, but we know he deliberately aggravates her. We have tried time-outs and separating them. With this sort of age gap, is there some way of stopping the uproar?

April 28, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Adults can help prevent teen pregnancy

The 10th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 4. This promotional campaign is designed to improve the lives and futures of children and families. Organizers also want to help ensure that babies are born into stable, two-parent families ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation, which may improve the well-being of children, moms and dads while decreasing poverty. Lowering the teen pregnancy rate also means young men and women will have more opportunities to complete their education and achieve other life goals. It also may result in fewer abortions and a stronger nation.

April 28, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


That order should not come with 'please'

Q: When a parent is giving a child an instruction, like "pick up your toys," should the parent use "please?" My wife says we should model the behavior we want from our kids, but I say it's unnecessary.

April 20, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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ASU College of Health Profession wins award

SAVANNAH - Armstrong State University's College of Health Professions was awarded the Georgia Medical Society's Institution/Organization Award at the 14th annual Health Care Heroes Awards Banquet held Nov. 18 in Savannah. Armstrong President Dr. Linda M. Bleicken, Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Health Professions Sandy Streater, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Department Head Doug Masini and Health Sciences Department Head Robert LeFavi accepted the award on behalf of Armstrong.

December 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Give the gift of holiday this Christmas

This holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to give a gift that means something - a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends.

December 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Memorial wins Mattel grant

SAVANNAH - The Mattel Children's Foundation, together with the Children's Hospital Association, has awarded The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center a $15,000 grant. The funds will be used to bring the healing power of play to hospitalized children through the creation of The Parent Infant Play Program. The Children's Hospital is one of 11 children's hospitals across the country to receive a Mattel Play Grant.

December 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Regional YMCA president retiring

SAVANNAH - The YMCA of Coastal Georgia Corporate board announced recently that long time President and CEO Randy Bugos will retire April 1, 2015 after 25 years of leading the local Y through a period of unprecedented growth.

December 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Mom can enable kids, perpetuate cycle

Q: My buddy's wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We're talking about a very capable kid who has no "issues" at all. My buddy says other mothers at his son's school are also doing the same thing. My wife has heard about this and wants to start walking our very capable son into his 4th grade room. What are your thoughts?

December 14, 2014 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Small gardens yield big results

Victory Gardens is a proud collaborator with the Canyon Ranch Institute Savannah Partnership. As a co-founding partner of Victory Gardens, I had the pleasure of showing a group of CRI Healthy Garden volunteers how to build a sub-irrigation planter, or what a lot of people call a "SIP." If you have limited space, you can follow my step-by-step guide for crafting your very own SIP.

December 14, 2014 | By Reid Archer Special to the Courier | Living well


VA hoping to help homeless vets at summit

The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center will host a homelessness summit Jan. 12 in Brunswick for veterans, their families and other stakeholders interested in the needs of homeless veterans.

December 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Diabetics can also enjoy holiday fare

The holidays are a great time for enjoying family, friends and food, but a tough time for staying healthy. That's particularly true for the more than 29 million Americans who have diabetes.

December 14, 2014 | By Dr. William Alexander Special to the Courier | Living well


Area Agency on Aging gets new lab

The Coastal Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with Georgia Tech's Tools for Life Program, recently announced the grand opening of Coastal Ability Solutions, an assistive-technology lab serving Coastal Georgia. The project was funded by the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services and is Georgia's first assistive-technology lab housed at a regional commission.

December 10, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Remission brightens girl's prospects

Dec. 21 will mark two years since 9-year-old Saniyah Joseph was stricken with aplastic anemia, a disease that affects her bone marrow functions. The condition kept Saniyah from living her life like a normal child. She often felt tired and had to undergo blood treatments. Today, her doctors consider her to be in remission, and she is back to enjoying life like a healthy 9-year-old.

November 30, 2014 | By Samantha B. Koss Correspondent | Living well


Day raises diabetes awareness in Long

The first Long County Diabetes Awareness Day was held Nov. 8 at the recreation park in Ludowici. With a large crowd in attendance, $10,296 was raised, according to event coordinator Walt Pelton.

November 30, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Living well


To be healthy tie diet, exercise, wellness together

For me, life really has been a journey, not a place where you go and stay still. My journey has taken me away from my hometown of Savannah and brought me back again. It has also been a path of discovery about health, wellness and choices.

November 30, 2014 | By Palmer Steverson Special to the Courier | Living well


Liberty Regional Foundation hosts annual gala

The Liberty Regional Foundation recently had its annual fundraising gala at the Forest Pond Lodge in Long County. The event featured live music, food, a raffle, a silent auction and more. Tiffany B. Koss attended with her camera and captured some of the event.

November 29, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Blood donors needed, prizes offered

The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make appointments to give blood, which will help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients during the holiday season.

November 26, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Paying it foward with food and love

These days, many businesses say they're community-focused, and plenty are true to that claim. Being engaged with our neighbors is actually good business, because if a community isn't thriving and healthy, its businesses will struggle.

November 16, 2014 | By Jennifer Cabe Special to the Courier | Living well


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