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Stay safe this holiday — don’t drink and drive

Many people believe that underage drinking and driving is only a problem on prom night or after graduation, but the latest newsletter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving contradicts that stereotypical belief. While underage drinking and driving definitely are problematic on those two occasions, the night before Thanksgiving actually seems to be the biggest night for underage drinking. According to MADD's November newsletter, "The fridge and the liquor cabinets are stocked, parents are distracted by relatives and dinner preparations and older siblings or college-age friends are around."

November 30, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Avoid putting on the pounds during holidays

Eggnog, turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries - the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season?

November 23, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Micromanaging moms often disrespect husbands

Devon Corneal is an attorney and a writer. Her essay, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Parents Can't Get Kids to Listen," recently was published online by The Huffington Post. In it, Corneal carps about her children not listening to her. She identifies the three children in question as "a son, a stepson and the manchild I married." She refers to them as "boys."

November 23, 2011 | John Rosemond | Living well


Two STDs increase; syphilis down

ATLANTA - Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade.

November 19, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Schools nip smoking in the bud

School nurses in Liberty County and statewide have spearheaded anti-smoking campaigns that culminated with Thursday's Great American Smokeout.

November 18, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


Reaching 90 more likely than ever

WASHINGTON - The rolls of America's oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.

November 17, 2011 | Hope Yen The Associated Press | Living well


School nurses help fight diabetes

Georgia school nurses are on the front line in providing essential care during school hours that allows children with diabetes to stay in class and learn. With obesity, a contributing cause of type 2 diabetes, rising at epidemic rates among adolescents, the school nurses also provide wellness education to children, teachers and staff about how to avoid developing this debilitating - but, in most cases, preventable - chronic disease year-round. This especially is important in November, which is American Diabetes Month.

November 17, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Don't wait, quit smoking now

On Thursday, we will celebrate the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout. Even after years of education and warnings, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's website, www.cancer.org.

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


Immediate care clinic opens here

Georgia Emergency Associates, a Savannah-based medical group, opened its fourth urgent care clinic, South Georgia Immediate Care Center, in Hinesville on Tuesday.

November 16, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Take precautions to avoid germs

I just discovered another reason for getting a flu shot. Not only can you spread the flu to your friends and family but, according to www.webmd.com/pets-tales, your family dog and cat also are capable of contracting human flu.

November 10, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Leadership key when disciplining kids

Q: Several years ago, I married a widower who never disciplined his children. They now are 9, 14 and 16, and he still has a very difficult time denying them anything. I love them very much and think of them as my own, but I often feel like the "bad guy." In this situation, should he be the main disciplinarian? He's given me the responsibility (he has a very demanding job, thus his at-home hours are not reliable) and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning!

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


HIV testing on World AIDS Day

The Coastal Health District, in conjunction with the Georgia AIDS Coalition, will offer free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. All testing will be done from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Forsyth Park in Savannah. Needles will not be used, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m.

November 06, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Winn hosts drive-through clinic

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital conducted its fourth annual drive-through flu shot clinic Wednesday and Thursday.

November 04, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Living well


Light drinking linked to slight breast-cancer risk

CHICAGO - Whether sipping beer, wine or whiskey, women who drink just three alcoholic beverages a week face slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer compared with teetotalers, a study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found.

November 03, 2011 | Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press | Living well


You can break a 1-year-old's habits

Q: My 1-year-old has started slapping us. He also screams a lot, often for no reason, or at least we can't figure out the reason. He is a very busy little boy and won't sit still for longer than a few seconds. Is it too early to begin disciplining him?

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


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How the Super Bowl can empty an office

It’s not just the players who suffer the punishing effects of football. The people watching at home have a rough time of it, too.

February 10, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


The heart of the matter: What your pulse says about your health

If you have an abnormally low heart rate, you could a serious heart condition and need a pacemaker. Or you could be a world-class athlete ...

February 09, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


This one simple thing could reduce your risk for Alzheimer's and dementia

Everyone knows exercise is good for you. It improves your cardiovascular health, decreases stress levels and helps maintain a healthy weight. However, exercise also helps ...

February 08, 2016 | Dr Ralph Rogers FamilyShare | Living well


How to make weight loss work for you

It’s February now, 30+ days into 2016. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions or your health and fitness goals?

February 08, 2016 | Rebecca Clyde KSL.com | Living well


How hating your own body can actually physically hurt you

Body shaming is a huge problem in our culture, and it is something that needs to be stopped. Everyone is unique. All of our bodies ...

February 03, 2016 | Tamsyn Valentine FamilyShare | Living well


What no one tells you about miscarriage

When the doctor says, “It looks like this pregnancy has failed,” your first thought probably isn’t about what happens next.

February 03, 2016 | Kelsey Down FamilyShare | Living well


Strike up the band for better health

Music has charms to soothe a savage beast, soften rocks or bend a knotted oak, English playwright William Congreve famously wrote. But it also has ...

February 03, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


When trying to eat healthy, count on trouble

Imagine for a moment you’re taking a lovely drive down a beautiful coast. Without warning, a tire pops and you swerve to the side ...

February 02, 2016 | Erica Hansen MS, RD, CD KSL.com | Living well


How your entire body and soul benefit from a good night sleep

Sleep is just as important to your health and well-being as good nutrition, exercise, and stress management.

February 02, 2016 | Dr Ralph Rogers FamilyShare | Living well


Nature versus nurture: Is healthy eating truly a choice?

Imagine that you are walking through the grocery store. Grocery shopping seems like a simple task; you pick out which foods look desirable based on ...

February 01, 2016 | Stephanie Roque, MS, RD, CD KSL.com | Living well


Tropical virus headed for the U.S.

A disease rarely seen in North America has reared its head recently and prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue several ...

January 31, 2016 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | Living well


19 yoga poses gone horribly wrong

Yoga enriches the body and the soul -- or so they say. One thing's for sure, though: Looking at these poses gone wrong will enrich ...

January 31, 2016 | Kelsey Down FamilyShare | Living well


8 quirky tricks to avoid the winter blues

Feeling tired and sad this winter? It could be the fact that there are no more pumpkin spice lattes, realizing summer is still a far ...

January 26, 2016 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well


For smarter babies, pregnant women should eat more of this

Years before their children enter kindergarten, mothers can do something that will help their kids perform better in school: Eat fish.

January 26, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


10 tips for working out when you have zero motivation

It is almost the end of January, and we all know that one of our top new year’s resolutions was to go to exercise ...

January 26, 2016 | Tamsyn Valentine FamilyShare | Living well


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