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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


Risks add up without immunizations

The theme for this year's National Immunization Week, which is April 24-30, is "Immunize to stay on track." This annual observance encourages a lifetime of good health with timely vaccinations.

April 20, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Lunchtime health session focuses on depression

County employees turned their Friday lunch breaks into an opportunity to learn more about a topic that is not often discussed at work: depression.

April 19, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Best things: Mom was right — sit up straight

Dr. David Peer of Liberty County Clinic of Chiropractic is on a mission to improve residents' spinal health. Peer opened his practice at 951 C E.G. Miles Parkway on Nov. 1, 2010. He is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the Georgia Chiropractic Association and the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.

April 16, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


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Homeopathic medicine in spotlight as FDA revisits regulation

Shopping for natural treatments for everyday ailments could soon become more complicated. The Food and Drug Administration held two days of hearings last week to reconsider whether nontraditional medical remedies should be subject to stricter regulations.

May 15, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


The pros and cons of a selfie-obsessed culture

Kim Kardashian West became a published author this week. But instead of being filled with her thoughts on fashion or life in Hollywood, her book, "Selfish," is composed of more than 400 photos of her face.

May 14, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Health risks associated with snoring can include effects on the brain

Chronic snorers might need to put aside their Breathe Right strips and schedule a doctor's appointment. Several recent articles and a new research study have highlighted health risks associated with snoring that often go unacknowledged.

May 12, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Red Cross seeks donors as summer looms

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

May 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Reducing carbon emissions could save lives, prevent heart attacks, new research shows

Cutting power plant carbon emissions saves lives, according to new research on the way pollution affects public health. The study (paywall), published this week, will become a key talking point for supporters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal for carbon pollution standards.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


What Dove's latest body image campaign gets right — and wrong — about boosting self-esteem

Dove's latest attempt to raise the self-esteem of women worldwide comes in the form of a pair of doors.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


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