A reader asks if I ever have written a column about texting while eating in restaurants.
March is Women's History Month and April is National Women's Health and Safety Month, which makes this an ideal time to reflect on the improvements that have occurred in women's health care while sharing tips and suggestions that can help keep women healthy.
As nine graduates of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit Drug Court filed into the commissioners' boardroom in the Liberty County Courthouse Annex on Thursday afternoon, it was impossible to tell the difference between those who once struggled with substance-abuse problems and those who had never touched drugs in their lives.
The human desire for short-term gratification is satisfied by jet planes that travel coast-to-coast in four hours, fast-food outlets and all manner of new and ever-faster electronic technologies. Because people are no longer accustomed to waiting patiently, they tend to become quickly frustrated when natural processes can't be circumvented and they are forced to wait for a solution to "mature." When that happens, people are inclined to begin unwittingly engaging in self-defeating behavior.
Was this winter cold enough for you? I can't ever remember a winter when I had to dress so warmly for such long periods of time. And if we found it cold, hopefully some of our native insects did as well. Wouldn't it be nice if some of the mosquitoes didn't make it to spring? That certainly would lessen some of our health concerns and let us enjoy the benefits of living in coastal Georgia.
Representing Team Liberty in this year's American Diabetes Association's Kiss-A-Pig Campaign, Joel Osteen took a jab to the finger for his team Wednesday and had his blood glucose levels checked at Liberty Regional Medical Center.
It appears that a recent column of mine had an effect similar to a Rorschach inkblot: People read their own personal experiences and/or biases into it and reacted to it from that perspective.
According to 2011 estimates released in January by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages with another 79 million people having what doctors call prediabetes. CDC says that prediabetes, which affects 35 percent of adults, is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Many people first become aware that they have diabetes when they develop one of its life-threatening complications such as:
While most governmental agencies in the area are grappling with cuts and decreased funding, the Long County Health Department recently learned their funding is scheduled to increase during the next seven years.
Educators gathered at Lewis Frasier Middle School on Thursday to learn how to better their health during the first-ever Liberty County BoE Employees Health Fair.
Army member Mario Carpanzano of Savannah held his 11-month-old son, Canio, on Wednesday while praising the Army's new Richmond Hill Medical Home.
Q: Our 15-year-old son, a high-school sophomore, was an honor student until he got to high school and took up with a group of kids who think good grades are "uncool." As a result, his grades have been in the tank all year (and most of last year). We put him on slight restriction after his first report card, but nothing changed. For the past three months, he's been on full restriction: no social life, no outside activities (unless at our church), no cell phone, television, computer (unless absolutely necessary for schoolwork) or video games. All the things he ...
I grew up in the days when you didn't discuss body functions. No, I'm not so old that you couldn't say the word "legs," but as a young nurse I often was embarrassed when I had to discuss their digestive processes with patients. And I found that many people obviously were equally squeamish when it came to talking about their colon and rectum. That hesitation still is evident today and may well play a part in why colorectal cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
ATLANTA - More than a third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours a night, and many of them report troubles concentrating, remembering and even driving.
Q: Our 19-year-old daughter is dating a 19-year-old boy, who, in general, we like. He's not a partier, he doesn't smoke or drink, he's serious about his education and he has a rational career plan mapped out. Our daughter also is a responsible, level-headed girl. The problem is that the boyfriend's response to almost anything my daughter says is a cut or put-down, a dismissal of her accomplishment or mocking. She says his father does the same thing to him, his brother and their mother; so to him, it's "normal." Our daughter is an upbeat ...
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.