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City council hears health dept. update

Liberty County Health Department Administrator Deidre Howell updated the Hinesville City Council on the department's accomplishments for the past year and upcoming challenges.

February 22, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Whooping cough on the rise

Whooping cough - a disease thought by many to have been eradicated - is on the rise.

February 18, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Toddlers don't always need nap time

Q: Over the holidays, our 28-month-old daughter stopped napping. A couple of days we were so busy with Christmas that a nap simply was not possible. Now, we put her in her crib for her to nap, and she spends about one and a half to two hours in there, wide awake, playing and talking to herself, and then we take her out. I know we cannot force her to sleep, but is there some way we can get her to want to sleep and take a nap again?

February 16, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Strokes rising fast for young, middle-aged

LOS ANGELES - Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age burden of the disease.

February 16, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Never too young for good dental hygiene

The slogan for this year's National Children's Dental Health Month, which is every February, is "A healthy smile? It's easy to find! Remember to brush and floss each day."

February 16, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Health dept. breaks ground on WIC clinic

A muddy expanse of dirt and the remains of a dilapidated mobile building marked the spot Thursday where a new WIC clinic will be built on Fort Stewart. A row of gold shovels, each tied with a blue and white bow, stood waiting for Coastal Health District, military and business leaders to grasp for a ceremonial groundbreaking.

February 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Health department helps seniors see red

The Liberty County Health Department staffers visited the senior center in Hinesville on Feb. 4 and organized activities and exercises to celebrate National Wear Red Day, which is part of the American Heart Association's campaign to increase awareness about heart disease in women.

February 14, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Best things: Follow up on resolutions

More than a month has passed since New Year's Day. How are you doing on those resolutions? Deidre Howell, administrator for the Liberty County Health Department, said personal resolutions revolve most often around health and fitness. Coincidentally, those pledges can be the toughest to keep. Because Howell's mission is to help local residents stay healthy through the We Can! initiative, she recently shared a few tips designed to keep resolution-makers on the right track all year round:

February 10, 2011 | Jen Alexander McCall | Living well


Spying on 'family circuses' is entertaining

I must, in the interest of full disclosure, begin this column with a confession: I am a voyeur; more specifically, a parenting voyeur. In the words of Chauncey Gardner, I like to watch; more specifically, I like to watch people interact with their kids. I do my voyeur thing in restaurants, stores, shopping centers, parking lots and so on. I try to do it without staring, of course. The trick is to be casual about it, to go unnoticed.

February 09, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Good habits set stage for health heart

The advancements being made today in cardiovascular research are unbelievable. Scientists, focusing on the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and related conditions, have discovered a range of factors that contribute to the diseases or that may soon offer cures for conditions once believed to be fatal or irreversible.

February 09, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Mardi party to boost family health

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will host a Mardi Gras Madness event to raise money for scholarships for local families who want to lead healthy and active lifestyles by joining the YMCA.

February 08, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Free HIV testing this weekend at Shuman Center

The Coastal Health District will offer a confidential, free HIV testing Saturday at the Shuman Recreation Center in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

February 04, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Blood donations in high demand

A patient needs a blood transfusion every two seconds in the United States, according to a recent news release from the American Red Cross.

February 03, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


'Backtracking' is not good parenting

Stop the presses! I interrupt this column with an important update: Infamous Chinese tiger mother Amy Chua, whose account of her parenting methods ("Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Penguin) has provoked a tsunami of outrage, now says that much, if not most, of her description was a "joke," "deadpan humor," and "tongue in cheek."

February 02, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Wear red to keep women's hearts healthy

Friday is National Wear Red Day and the beginning of "Go red for women month." Heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer. Nearly one in every three women will die from cardiovascular disease. By wearing red on National Wear Red Day, you can show solidarity against the loss of so many women's lives to heart disease.

February 02, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe 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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