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Reading to kids is good; it's OK to wait

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.

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

Hey, guys, start taking care of yourselves

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.

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

Doctor signs book here Tuesday

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.

June 13, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

Stepparents merit equal authority

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.

June 08, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Healthy habits stave off hepatitis

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.

June 08, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Hospital authority applies for grant to fund adult day care

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.

June 04, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well

Parental anxiety may add to social issues

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.

June 01, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Enjoy the water; follow safety rules

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.

June 01, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

School nurses raise asthma alarm

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.

May 26, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

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

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New test determines a person’s ‘biological age’

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Blood pressure study just may change your life

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September 16, 2015 | Daphne Chen News Division | Living well

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