Berry season is my favorite time of year. Even though most berries can be found in groceries all year, they are riper, sweeter and much cheaper during spring, making it the perfect time to increase your consumption of fresh fruit, especially strawberries.
National Infant Immunization Week, which is April 20-27, is a time to recognize the importance of immunizations.
Dr. Christina Berenguer McCain was among 1,377 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the College's 2012 annual Clinical Congress in Chicago.
Local residents may notice their cars keep changing color, sometimes on a weekly basis. One week, cars may have a greenish film covering the body and windows. The next week, that green film may take on a yellowish tint.
For many mothers, the prospect of getting out of the house and getting in a good workout with the kids in tow is a dream at best. A new "Stroller Fit Moms" class, provided by the Liberty County Recreation Department, will give Liberty County parents a new outlet for exercise. It starts in May and meets from 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Liberty Independent Troop Park.
Spring is here! With the Hinesville Farmers Market in full swing and offering fresh items, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our access to locally grown fruits and vegetables by incorporating more healthy side dishes into your diet.
In the past few years, we've heard a lot of discourse on the national level about childhood obesity.
BRUNSWICK - The Southeast Georgia Health System's Wellness on Wheels mobile health vehicle will provide screenings during April. Wellness on Wheels provides low-cost and free health screenings, first aid and preventative education to the community at health departments, industries and businesses, health fairs, churches and community events. Services available on the WOW include bone density, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, lab draws, flu shots, health education and more. Additional screenings provided are digital mammograms. All mammograms require a physician's order. Insurance is accepted and financial assistance is available to patients who qualify.
Women in rural areas who may not have access to breast health care can look forward to taking advantage of programs within their communities thanks to several grants awarded Wednesday through the Coastal Georgia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Warm weather and sunshine accompanied the opening of the Spring Farmer's Market at Bradwell Park on March 7, which also was Healthy Hinesville Day.
When I was growing up, potato dishes were always an Easter-dinner staple in our home. Baked, mashed, fried, au gratin or in a casserole - they were always present in some form on the Easter buffet. However, mashed potatoes were always the most popular complement to our Easter ham.
To coincide with International Women's Day, Winn Army Community Hospital's Department of Preventative Medicine held a women's and teens Lunch and Learn health event March 8 at the Fort Stewart Youth Center. On a day set aside to celebrate women, the event offered women and girls the opportunity to educate themselves on important health topics and learn about self-defense and meditation.
When I was a young girl, sports trends seemed to be a guiding post for my athletic interests.
Curves International's 15th annual food drive, "Feed the Need," which challenges Curves' club members in the United States and Canada to meet a goal of 100,000 donations, ends Saturday. Each club, including Curves in Hinesville and Richmond Hill, is accepting donations of non-perishable food or cash to support local food banks. In addition, Curves will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to a local food bank during the drive.
Students in Dr. Jana Shields' health, safety and nutrition class at Liberty County High School recently were certified in first aid and CPR. Fourteen students participated in a daylong training session with firefighter Casey Hale.
JESUP - Jesup Health and Rehab, a member of the Mission Health family of health-care communities, earned tier II recognition as part of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's Quality Initiative Recognition Program by reducing staff turnover by at least 15 percent and reducing the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs by at least 15 percent.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents' anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
The American Diabetes Association and Sk8 City will have a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Sk8 City, 4 Towne Center Court in Pooler, to raise awareness for curing type 1 diabetes during American Diabetes Month.
The Disloyal Few Motorcycle Club in Hinesville organized a bike run Nov. 2 to benefit Mason Tiner, an 8-year-old who was burned in a backyard fire in 2011.
The cold and flu season is upon us. In our house, we have already battled a bout of pneumonia with our youngest child and a slew of miscellaneous fevers and coughing fits throughout the family. Any time anyone is sick in our house there is only one thing they turn to for comfort - chicken
Dr. Jody Pittman and the Professional Eye Care team recently purchased a Carl Zeiss Cirrus 5000 High Definition Optical Coherence Tomographer.
The American Legion Post 321 of Midway hosted the Operation Local Support 5K run on Nov. 2 to raise funds for holiday food baskets. These baskets are given out each year during Thanksgiving to needy military and community families of Liberty County. Baskets include a complete turkey dinner that can feed six to eight people. Last year, Post 321 provided baskets to about 40 needy families and plans to raise enough money to support 80 families this year.
WAYCROSS - The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia's Waycross practice has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.
SAVANNAH - Dr. Steven L. Carpenter, a physician and teacher at Memorial University Medical Center, is the 2013 recipient of the J. Willis Hurst Teaching Award. The award honors a Georgia member or fellow in the American College of Physicians for outstanding teaching activities related to medical students and house staff.
Col. Kirk Eggleston, commander of Stewart-Hunter Medical and Dental Activity and Winn Army Community Hospital, was the guest speaker for the Hinesville Rotary Club meeting-luncheon Tuesday at the La Quinta Inn.
Ronda Rich not only carried on a family tradition of finding humor in life's challenges, she made a career of it.
Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays - second only to Christmas. The idea of getting to dress up as anything you want and gallivant through the community with family, friends and neighbors to get candy is not only great fun, but always has been special to me. I really enjoy the sense of community that comes with Halloween, especially since it is often the one time of year we get out and see all of our neighbors.
Chronic-disease self-management program leaders' training will be in Richmond Hill.
Richmond Hill Pharmacy recently held its 10th annual health fair. Pharmacists and staff were available to answer attendees' questions and provide health information.
A golf tournament was held Saturday at Cherokee Rose Country Club to raise money for the Manna House food pantry, which provides food for needy families in Liberty County. Each year, Manna House volunteers distribute baskets stuffed with turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and holiday meals for Christmas.