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'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


Baby's head-banging no cause for alarm

Q: Our first child, a 10-month-old boy, bangs his head on the headboard of his crib when we put him to bed. He doesn't cry or exhibit any distress, but he pushes himself to his hands and knees and then begins rocking forward and backward, banging his head in the process. I'm very worried, although in all other respects, he acts normally. Is this something I should tell his doctor about? Can it be stopped, and if so, how?

January 26, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Obesity puts children and adults at risk

According to a new study at the Pediatrics Department of the University of Chicago, children who sleep for at least nine hours do not have problems of obesity and the accompanying metabolic disorders like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

January 26, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Annual community health fair draws a steady crowd

One issue people of all ages and backgrounds seem to agree on is the importance of good health. A steady number of Liberty County residents concerned with getting or staying healthy attended the fourth annual community health fair held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Hinesville.

January 24, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

To ensure military families don't get left out as the new national health-care reform law extends parent's health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new young adult program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

January 24, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Big health fair here Saturday

On Saturday, a community health fair will offer residents free health screenings at the National Guard Armory in Liberty County.

January 21, 2011 | By Seraine Page Staff writer | Living well


Roundworms a threat to pets, kids

I'm overweight and while I'm not particularly fond of dieting and exercising, there is no way I am going to get in shape by trying the trend popularized recently by young female college graduates in China. These crazy women are actually ingesting roundworm eggs in order to lose weight even though this is known to be harmful to a person's health.

January 19, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


No sense in taking things to the extreme

Over the years, I have been called every name in the book, all related to my admittedly traditional parenting philosophy. Draconian is a favorite slur. I am confident that these epithets are tossed by folks who have turned their children into golden calves, so I have no problem with harsh or evil or "parenting Hitler" or any of the rest.

January 19, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Officials encourage rabies vaccines for pets

Bryan County Health Department officials are reminding residents across the county to have their pets vaccinated for rabies following two cases of family pets testing positive for the virus.

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


TRICARE hoping to improve care

The TRICARE health insurance program is rolling out its new patient-centered "medical home" concept to an increasing number of its beneficiaries, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Christine S. Hunter, the top TRICARE officer, said Wednesday.

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


Fight against childhood obesity starts at home

In last week's column, I offered 15 parenting resolutions for the new year. This week, I'm making a prediction: 2011 will see the beginning of a revolution in what and where America's children eat. Over the next decade, it will become cooler for a parent to have a slim child than a child who makes straight A's.

January 12, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Women must get tested to detect cancer

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. This promotion is important because more than 4,000 women die in the United States each year from cervical cancer and women who don't have screening on a regular basis significantly increase their chances of developing the disease.

January 12, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Blood test to spot cancer gets boost

BOSTON - A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor's office.

January 12, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Implant may block sleep apnea

WASHINGTON - Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.

January 05, 2011 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Living well


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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


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


5K benefits mental-health services

Seventy-two participants raced around Hinesville on Oct. 11 in the second annual Healthy Hinesville 5K to benefit local patients with mental-health problems and build awareness for the services that support them.

November 02, 2014 | By Samantha B. Koss | Living well


Diabetes Awareness Day in Long County

Diabetes is a disease that sometimes can be forgotten. But in the United States alone, there are over 26 million people living with it and another 79 million who are at risk of being diagnosed with it.

November 02, 2014 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Living well


Amerigroup farmers market at Regency Park

Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia brought an old-fashioned farmers market to the Hinesville Housing Authority's Regency Park Apartments last week.

November 02, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


'Aerobathon' showcases YMCA

The Liberty County Armed Services YMCA showed that it is more than just a gym and swim when it held an aerobathon earlier this month.

November 02, 2014 | By Michelle D. Golden Correspondent | Living well


New treatment for breast cancer

AUGUSTA - One of the first-known oncogenes has a protein partner that helps breast cancer proliferate, and when it's blocked, so is the cancer, scientists recently reported.

November 02, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Make healthy changes one small step at a time

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu offered this thought thousands of years ago.

November 02, 2014 | By Dr. Maria Malcolm Special to the Courier | Living well


Spanking not essential; can be effective

It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly true.

November 02, 2014 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Pharmacy marking 30th anniversary

RICHMOND HILL - Richmond Hill Pharmacy will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week with giveaways of a Kindle Fire and $30 gift cards, free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn, as well as the annual sidewalk sale, Christmas open house and 11th annual health fair. During the celebration event, which is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at 2409 Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, pharmacists and staff will be present to answer questions and administer seasonal flu shots as well as pneumonia and shingles vaccines with a doctor's prescription.

November 02, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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