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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


Measles cases on the rise

ATLANTA (AP) - The United States seems to be on track to have more measles cases than any year in more than a decade, with virtually all cases linked to other countries, including Europe where there's a big outbreak.

May 05, 2011 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Living well


Workshop works against Alzheimer's

To help American adults live brain-healthy lifestyles and potentially reduce their risk for Alzheimer's disease, the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is offering a one-hour community workshop called "Maintain Your Brain: How to Live a Brain Healthy Lifestyle" at 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the Effingham YMCA

May 02, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Relay draws many survivors, supporters

It was a cool evening for a hot event in Hinesville on Friday as several hundred cancer survivors and their supporters turned out for Relay for Life. The 12-hour fundraiser and celebration featured more than 250 survivors and 47 sponsored booths.

May 01, 2011 | By Jen Alexander McCall Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


Older child responsible for conflict

Q: Our 7-year-old son and 32-month-old daughter squabble with each other constantly, mostly over taking and playing with each other's toys. The problem is our daughter, really. She will hit, scream and throw things when she is angry. She wants to be in her brother's room doing whatever he is doing, and he will not close his door. He's not rough with her, but we know he deliberately aggravates her. We have tried time-outs and separating them. With this sort of age gap, is there some way of stopping the uproar?

April 28, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Adults can help prevent teen pregnancy

The 10th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 4. This promotional campaign is designed to improve the lives and futures of children and families. Organizers also want to help ensure that babies are born into stable, two-parent families ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation, which may improve the well-being of children, moms and dads while decreasing poverty. Lowering the teen pregnancy rate also means young men and women will have more opportunities to complete their education and achieve other life goals. It also may result in fewer abortions and a stronger nation.

April 28, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


That order should not come with 'please'

Q: When a parent is giving a child an instruction, like "pick up your toys," should the parent use "please?" My wife says we should model the behavior we want from our kids, but I say it's unnecessary.

April 20, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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Art show inspired by injustice, hope

A show described as "a colorful passport to the world" is on display until January at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.

November 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Exercise may reduce arthritis pain

BRUNSWICK - Physical movement is an effective way to relieve arthritis pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Yet arthritis often is one of the reasons people avoid physical activity.

November 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Bryan EMS raises $1,000 to fight cancer

For the second year in a row, with the help from the community and partners, Bryan County Emergency Services raised awareness for breast cancer as well as $1,000 for a donation to Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia foundation.

November 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Overly involved parents stunt kids development

Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation - independent living, paying one's own bills - was 21?

November 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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