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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Through Jan. 4, 2015 Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, benefiting Howard County General Hospital, is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 4, 2015 (closed on Tuesdays and Dec. 31). The display, presented by Macy’s, is in Columbia’s Symphony Woods. Admission is $20 per car or van up to eight. $5 off coupon. Wednesday, Dec.31, 5-8 p.m. Midnight at 7 at Columbia’s Symphony of Lights is a New Year’s Eve celebration for families with fireworks at 7 p.m....

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SAD Winter Blues

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Winter is a time when the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and temperatures dip to their lowest. However, winter is also a time when some dealing with the “winter blues,” and are overcome with tell-tale signs of depression– a medical condition that affects a person’s thoughts and feelings as well as the body, and can be associated with various physical problems in areas such as sleep, appetite, energy, libido, and thinking (Albrecht/Herrick16). The feelings and sensations, or lack thereof, associated with depression may be...

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Bread and pasta with type 2 diabetes?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Eating Right, Health | 0 comments

You are somewhat in the driver’s seat with type 2 diabetes if you lose weight and make dietary changes. Following are tips to help you manage the disease.

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The Guilty Pleasure of Eating

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Eating Right, Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Have you ever told yourself, “Just one more potato chip,” and then proceeded to finish off the entire bag? Or have you bought a box of cookies with the intention of eating them in reasonable portions – and later, finding yourself stressed, eating the entire box in one sitting? I have and you are not alone. It has been proven that women, more so then men, particularly stress about what and how much they eat. Why do we feel so guilty when we overeat? Personally, some of the reasons I find myself eating more to soothe feelings of...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Monday, Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. No registration required. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 10:15 a.m. I’m Going to Be a Big Brother or Sister at Savage Branch. Prepare for the arrival of a baby in this class for new siblings. Enjoy stories, activities, and bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding your baby. Resources for parents, too. Families;...

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Assessing a Year in Health

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

In my farewell reflections, I want to share my thanks for allowing me to tell some of my health stories and lessons learned. I view health as a journey, trying to find a good balance in our daily life. With this approach, taking a look back at the path can be very helpful for planning next steps. In my case, I made some great steps in physical therapy and gaining strength following knee replacement surgery. While I still have additional goals, I have found regular exercise to be very beneficial in my recovery and overall health. On the more...

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6 Vitamin Must-Knows for Seniors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Classes, Eating Right, Health, Screenings, Uncategorized | 0 comments

As people age, their vitamin needs change. Following are six vitamin checks for seniors to stay their nutritionally best from a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine expert.

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Stress During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Eating Right, Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

As we approach the holiday season, many of us experience extra stress in our lives. Some of our stress is due to the hectic schedules that we endure, family situations, staying healthy and eating well, or traveling. So, what can you do to lessen your stress and enjoy the holidays this year? For stressful family situations, I recommend Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin and A is for Attitude by Patricia Russell-McCloud. If staying fit and eating well are bothering you, check out: Breaking the Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Barnard, 50 Ways to...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Monday, Dec. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Savage Branch. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2nd Mondays. No registration required. Monday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m. Military Appreciation Night at Howard County General Hospital’s Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays in Columbia’s Symphony Woods, benefiting the hospital. Show military ID for $10 off regular...

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Tidings of Comfort and Books

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

It’s upon us again – the resplendence and clamor of the holiday season. Panic (admit it), set in back in October when Target brought out their windfall of mini lights. And then, there are those lavender Uggs – size 6 – you simply cannot find. The ones (if you don’t get them for her) your fourteen-year-old will remember her whole adult life. Football and menfolk will soon have squatter’s rights to the big screen in the living room. You’ll endure ear-deafening touchdowns, Velveeta on the new down pillows, and some nimrod always...

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