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Stepparents merit equal authority

A journalist called me the other day wanting me to make some pithy, erudite comments on the subject of the so-called "stepfamily." I am eminently qualified, I propose, to remark on the subject because I was raised in one, although it was not called a stepfamily back then. We were a family: me, my mother, my stepfather and their two children.

June 08, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Healthy habits stave off hepatitis

Did you read that Dr. Jack Kevorkian recently died? The descendant of Armenian immigrants, Kevorkian gained fame in the early 1990s when he helped people with illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis commit suicide by injecting themselves with lethal drugs that he supplied.

June 08, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Hospital authority applies for grant to fund adult day care

Liberty County Hospital Authority members on Wednesday discussed the next steps for a proposed adult day care that will be built next to Coastal Manor, Liberty Regional Medical Center's long-term nursing facility in Ludowici.

June 04, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well

Parental anxiety may add to social issues

Q: My son will be 4 years old in a couple of months. He is having problems playing and relating to groups of kids in social situations.

June 01, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Enjoy the water; follow safety rules

One of my favorite things to do is sit by the pool with my puppy. I enjoy watching my normally very high-spirited little cockapoo as he lies by the water and becomes very calm and still. And his mood is catching; I enjoy the peacefulness as I wonder what little puppies think about.

June 01, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

School nurses raise asthma alarm

BRUNSWICK - Georgia school nurses are working to remove asthma triggers from schools, to develop written action plans to safeguard children with asthma and to educate teachers, staff and parents about the symptoms and treatment of the chronic condition.

May 26, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

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

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5 necessary habits for beating a food addiction

I was morbidly obese for most of 30 years and obese most of my life. I was embarrassed and hated this about myself. I had ...

October 11, 2015 | CR Petersen FamilyShare | Living well

Pumpkin spice with a side of anxiety? How autumn affects mental health

Therese Borchard welcomes autumn with a sense of dread.

October 11, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

17 things you need to stop worrying about right now

Work, kids, family, finances, relationships, debts, diets, the future … life brings a whole host of things to constantly worry and fuss about. But the thing ...

October 08, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well

Identity for many Alzheimer’s patients can be found in moral traits

When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's around 1995, Joan Wright tried to prepare for the heartbreak the disease leaves in its wake. She ...

October 07, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Employer health insurance will soon be taxed, many want to repeal it

The IRS has excluded employer-offered health insurance from taxation for the last 60 years. That's about to change.

October 07, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | Living well

How to identify stress in your children's lives and help them cope

We often think of children as carefree and innocent, but the anxieties they face can weigh them down every day. Sometimes we can see the ...

October 07, 2015 | Jenniffer Michaelson News Division | Living well

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

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