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Micromanaging teens can increase problems

Q: Our 17-year-old daughter is an honor student who has been accepted to three colleges. She has not been a risk taker, except with boys. Her most recent boyfriend is a wonderful kid and very smart. Apparently, they both resent our rule that a parent must be home when either of them is visiting at the other one's home, but they've gone along with it, however reluctantly. We just found out that they've been texting about sneaking out in cars to be alone. What should we do?

January 05, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Fretting about girl’s weight not a good idea

Q: Our 4-year-old daughter's weight (25 pounds) is at the first percentile for her age, but she is otherwise healthy, energetic, creative, polite and well-behaved. Our only real problem occurs at meals during which she picks at and dawdles over her food. We end up coaxing her to finish, telling her how important it is for her to eat so she'll grow, and so on. Sometimes, she has been there so long we've taken her plate away, but we are reluctant to do that because we don't want her losing any weight. Are we worrying for ...

December 28, 2011 | By John Rosemond Parenting columnist | Living well

Allergies and colds seem similar but treatment varies

Uh oh! It's three days until New Year's Eve and you feel like you're getting a cold. No one wants to have to miss out on all the fun or have to stay away from friends so they don't get sick, too.

December 28, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe Health columnist | Living well

Dog makes woman’s medical condition more manageable

For Dallas LaPointe, having seizures is a part of her life. But with a new friend that she received from Long County, the seizures may be a little less dangerous.

December 24, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well

Clarity of hindsight can be painful

Q: My husband and I have micromanaged, spoiled and enabled our 21-year-old son all his life. We paid a heavy price during his teen years. At this point, he is arrogant, immature and irresponsible.

December 21, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Free Tdap vaccines being offered

The Liberty County Health Department currently is offering free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccines, which are recommended for children ages 11-19 and adults.

December 21, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

Holiday blues are not uncommon

When I was younger, I could never understand why people talked about being depressed at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is such a joyful season, right? Why waste time dwelling on the negative and being sad and depressed?

December 15, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Don't be afraid to lay down the law

At an online source of parenting advice, a mother recently asked a female marriage and family therapist how to handle her eighth-grade daughter's announcement that she and her ninth-grade boyfriend have decided to "prove their love" by having sex. The mother says, "I don't think she's ready to have sex with this boy."

December 14, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

New breast cancer drugs show promise

SAN ANTONIO - Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.

December 14, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well

Long County Board of Health bids farewell to Ludowici mayor

The Long County Board of Health said goodbye to an outgoing member, Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren, at its December meeting.

December 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well

Ga. remains 37th in national health rankings

ATLANTA - United Health Foundation's latest health rankings place Georgia 37th in the country this year, the same as a year ago.

December 07, 2011 | The Associated Press | Living well

Coastal agency offers class on managing disease

Coastal Georgia residents are invited to attend a free six-week workshop on managing chronic conditions at the Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging. The workshop runs Friday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Feb. 17. It will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Liberty Senior Center, 800 Tupelo Trail, in Hinesville.

December 07, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

Choose safe holiday gifts for little ones

This is the time of the year when children who've been good get to ask Santa to bring them the toys on their wish lists. Millions of parents and family members flock to malls and stores, sometimes lining up outside the night before or during the early morning hours of Black Friday. News stations show viewers the large crowds camped out, waiting for the stores to open their doors so shoppers can snag this year's "hot" toy.

December 07, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well

Leaders should command, not demand

Someone recently asked if I agree with the currently popular parenting adage that "rules without relationship lead to rebellion."

December 07, 2011 | John Rosemond | Living well

Long Co. begins Relay for Life

Long County officially kicked off its 2012 Relay for Life campaign Thursday at Celebration Castle. This year, the committee added Christmas luminaries to the lineup of ways participants and supporters can honor loved ones who've battled cancer.

December 05, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well

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Maintaining a healthy self-image—when you don’t love your body.

Like most people, I have struggled with loving my body over the years. When I was young, I was too thin. After kids, I was ...

October 06, 2015 | M. Elizabeth Wilson FamilyShare | Living well

How to prevent anxiety disorders in healthy kids

The key to helping kids at risk for anxiety disorders is to take action sooner rather than later, according to a new study, published this ...

October 06, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Increasing empathy: can journalism help people relate to distant problems?

Since joining the New York Times in 1984, Nicholas Kristof has had a simple, but important, mission: bring attention to some of the world's ...

October 05, 2015 | Jesse Hyde Deseret News | Living well

Postpartum depression: How to cope and help

The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyful time of love and caregiving, but for many women and men who experience postpartum ...

October 05, 2015 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Living well

'Our chairs are killing us', experts say

You might have heard this phrase before: "Sitting is the new smoking." But have you ever taken the time to realize just how much you ...

September 30, 2015 | Jenniffer Michaelson News Division | Living well

51 ways to reduce stress before it even happens

There’s no such thing as a stress-free life. Stress is your body's natural response in certain situations. So it’s important to learn ...

September 29, 2015 | Mindy Raye Friedman FamilyShare | Living well

To vent or not to vent: How to know when to complain about work

Leighann Lord loves to text her best friends on difficult work days. They may not be able to solve her crises, but it feels good ...

September 29, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Should we use standing desks in elementary schools? Experts weigh in

In recent years, more and more people are saying they can't stand sitting.

September 28, 2015 | Nathan Sorensen Deseret News | Living well

6 steps to battling your insecurities

Insecurity comes in many forms. It can be small, causing a feeling of discomfort or uneasiness, or so big and pervasive it keeps us from ...

September 26, 2015 | M. Elizabeth Wilson FamilyShare | Living well

7 indicators you might need therapy

Most people will not admit to seeing a mental health therapist for various reasons. Whether you tell people or not, it is important to know ...

September 26, 2015 | Jessie Shepherd, MA, AMCHC FamilyShare | Living well

Mommy Medicine: Exercising, eating right … and not losing weight

Weight loss isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

September 23, 2015 | Suzanne Carlile | Living well

How to take advantage of the health benefits of meditation

Anita Fredericks spent years resisting meditation. She'd hear friends and colleagues describe the practice's many physical and mental health benefits, and then name ...

September 23, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

3 health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet

Eating like the Mediterraneans might be a tasty way to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a study released this week.

September 20, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Add interval training to your workout

If you feel you have hit a fitness plateau, spice things up by introducing interval training into your exercise program.

September 20, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well

Researchers working on diabetes vaccine

Vaccines exist to protect against many maladies - flu, chicken pox and polio, among others. University of Florida Health researchers hope to soon add Type 1 ...

September 20, 2015 | By Morgan Sherburne University of Florida Health | Living well

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