Ray Brock of the Cherokee nation prays to the Creator and sings when he walks.
Q: In your book on 2-year-olds, you recommend reading to a child from early on. My problem is that every time I attempt to read to my 16-month-old son, he grabs the book away, closes it or wants to flip the pages himself.
Men's Health Week, which is June 13-19, is celebrated each year just before Father's Day. The purpose of this promotion is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Dr. Keith Cobb, internal-medicine physician at Richmond Hill's Memorial Health practice will sign copies of his book, "The Grief Survival Handbook: A Guide from Heartache to Healing," from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the education room at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
CHATHAM COUNTY - The Georgia Public Health Association recently named officers for 2011-12, and several representatives from the Coastal Health District are among them.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.