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Strategies for Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

7 Surefire Strategies for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2016

As the year winds down, you’re likely making a list of things you'd like to change in the coming year. This is a common goal for many people. Unfortunately, it's also common for people to make New Year's Resolutions and fail to follow through. This year can be different though. This year can be the year that you finally take the bull by the horns and make lasting changes. Here are seven surefire strategies for sticking to your New Year's resolutions: 1. Choose Realistic New Year's Resolutions Setting unrealistic goals for your resolutions is setting yourself up for failure. For example, if... Continue Reading

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Be Safe and Sober While Driving During the Holiday Season

December 13, 2016

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in 2010, 37% of highway deaths during the Christmas holiday season were caused by drunk driving. During the holiday season some people celebrate with the consumption of alcohol and then also choose to get behind the wheel. The United States Department of Transportation reported a death every 57 minutes due to intoxicated driving during December 2014. The holiday season should be a time of merriment spent with loved ones, not a time of grief for a loved one's life that was lost. Many myths and misconceptions surrounding alcohol could lead a... Continue Reading

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Erica Thomas, RN is presented the DAISY Award

December 2, 2016

On November 30 th , Augusta Health presented the DAISY Award to Erica Thomas, RN. Erica is nurse on the Labor and Delivery Unit and below is why she was chosen for this award. On 9/30/16 the ED had an OB trauma coming in by squad. Erica took the fetal monitor down to the ED and stayed with the patient from ED to CT scan to the family birth place where she had to undergo an emergency C-section. Erica did everything from finding nitrazine paper, to checking for ruptured membranes, to getting the patient's prenatal records, to holding the patient's hand and reassuring her that everything would... Continue Reading

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Five Common Holiday Stresses and Hope to Cope with Them

December 2, 2016

The holidays can be demanding for many reasons, but if you're prone to anxiety and depression they can be downright overwhelming. Look for these common holiday complaints in your life and consider using these tips to help.Continue Reading

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4 Common Causes of Knee Pain

December 1, 2016

Knee pain is increasingly an issue for Americans, especially as we live longer lives and carry around more weight than in earlier generations. Many different factors can lead to chronic knee pain, but common wear-and-tear experienced as a result of our daily lives contributes to many of the problems we see. Understanding the different types of knee pain and what treatment options exist will help you get the help you need and on the road to recovery. 1. Active Lifestyles Despite all of the great benefits an active lifestyle provides, it's not without some drawbacks, particularly the wear-and-... Continue Reading

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What you Need to Know about Surgery and Diabetes

November 30, 2016

Surgery is sometimes unavoidable, and if you're one of the nearly 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, getting your body ready for surgery is critical to ensuring a healthy recovery. Taking care of your body in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery can have a huge impact on how well your body is able to recover. How does Diabetes Affect My Body's Recovery from Surgery? Poor Circulation People who suffer from diabetes have difficultly processing sugar which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. As a result of elevated blood glucose levels, arteries tighten up, becoming more... Continue Reading

Chronic joint pain may lead to depression which can make day-to-day life even more difficult.

10 Things People with Joint Pain Will Understand

November 29, 2016

1. Household Chores Can Be Exhausting When you suffer from knee or hip pain, doing even the most basic household chores can be completely exhausting. A to-do list that would take you only a few hours earlier in life may now take you several days or even longer. You start your day with the best of intentions and immediately start working on your list of things to get done. However, by the time lunch rolls around you are completely exhausted and can barely stand to take another step. No matter how badly you may want to get everything done, it's simply not always an option. 2. Even Sleep Can Be... Continue Reading

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The 5 B’s of Children’s First Aid

November 28, 2016

As parents, you're expected to be experts in more areas than ever before. Not only do you need to be able to help with math homework, teach them how to throw a curve ball, feed them a healthy (and tasty!) diet, and even play the role of doctor when they hurt themselves. While we may not be able to teach you advanced calculus or how to throw the perfect curve ball, we wanted to share with you not only what you should do when you're tasked with tending to the inevitable bumps and bruises your little ones will encounter, but also the things you should avoid to prevent making things worse. Lucky... Continue Reading

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5 Tricks to Help Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits

November 25, 2016

Obesity has become an epidemic of the developed world, with more than 35% of adults categorized and 17% of children and young people between the ages of 2 and 19 being categorized as obese according to the State of Obesity . These are worrying statistics, especially since obesity can cause a wide range of health problems, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and more. These risk factors make it imperative for children to learn healthy eating habits as young as possible. Healthy kids become healthy adults, and to achieve this, education about... Continue Reading

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6 Exercises You Can Do While Pregnant

November 23, 2016

Experts agree that exercise isn't just allowed but highly recommended if you're expecting. Exercise can reduce your back pain, give you more energy, improve your body image, and help you get back to your pre-pregnancy shape after you deliver. The fitter you stay during your pregnancy, the better you will feel. Here are 6 exercises you can do during your pregnancy that will help you stay fit and positive. Before you start any exercise program, be sure to consult with your doctor. 1. Side Leg Lifts To strengthen your inner and outer thighs, lie on your left side and support your head with your... Continue Reading

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