(January 2017) - The New Year is beginning and many of us will use this time to choose a resolution or two to work on. Why not make a resolution as a family this year? There are many things we can do to improve how we feel each day.
(December 2016) - It’s holiday time! For most of us, the holidays can be jam packed with shopping, parties, and celebrations.
(November 2016) - Want to create a healthier holiday meal for your family? Look to see if your recipe calls for any of the ingredients below and experiment.
(October 2016) - Kids (and parents) everywhere struggle with getting a hearty breakfast. But it’s an age-old story that proves true - breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
(September 2016) - School has started and fall activities are beginning. You are constantly shuffling children from school to practice and back again. What can you do to pass the fast-food restaurant or overcome convenience store temptation?
(August 8, 2016) - We live in a fast-paced, technologically driven, ever-changing world. But the stress from such a harried pace takes its toll on our minds, bodies and emotions. A very effective strategy for managing the stress is mindfulness. Jacqueline Huntly, M.D., MPH is leading a workshop to teach mindfulness on August 27, 2016.
(August 2016) - Juggling with the idea of school lunch or packing your child’s lunch? If your child’s school participates in the National School Lunch Program, school lunch may be the best bet.
(July 2016) - Summertime is all about relaxation, but did you know too much summertime freedom can lead to unhealthy habits? Lack of structure often leads to mindless eating, excess calorie intake and weight gain during the summer. Here are tips to keep your family’s refrigerator or pantry from becoming a revolving door this summer.
(June 2016) - In Georgia, we face high heat and humidity during summer months. Keep your body cool and hydrated with these tricks.
(May 2016) - One of the biggest questions I receive when parents come into my office is “What kind of cereal is OK for my child to eat?” There are so many different options. Here’s a breakdown of how to navigate the cereal aisle, steering away from those chock-full of sugar.
(April 2016) - You know the scenario all too well. It’s raining outside, and your children cannot go out to play, so they are stuck in front of a screen. The result? Too much screen time.
(March 2016) - Spring into good nutrition
this March with National Nutrition Month®. This year's theme is
"Savor the Flavor of Eating Right." There is no better way to do so
than make sure your pantry is filled with ingredients that make healthy eating
(February 2016) - Parents often come to my office defeated, tired, and overwhelmed. Feeding a busy household is a tough job. Set household rules to keep your family on track (and to keep your sanity!). Here are some strategies that are key to a happy, healthy home.
(January 2016) - January is here, and we all know what that means – it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. There is no better time than now to celebrate Family Fit Month by incorporating activity in your family’s everyday lives. Remember, the small stuff counts. Make a vow to be a role model for your family in 2016 by adopting these strategies into your routine.
(December 2015) - For those of us trying to maintain healthy habits, the holiday season is often overwhelming. There are school parties, work potlucks and family get-togethers. You more than likely will indulge in decadent foods on more than one occasion. While this registered dietitian does not expect you to be perfect this holiday season, I do hope to arm you with strategies for making better choices.
(November 2015) - If you haven’t figured it out by now, it is really easy to become addicted to sugar. You know the symptoms – you’re tired, cranky, and even craving sugary foods. In honor of National Diabetes Month, let’s look at strategies to break this vicious cycle.
(October 2015) - Among many other fall celebrations, strive to feed your family more local, whole foods in October. Food Day is celebrated on October 24 and is a day dedicated to inspiring Americans to change their diets and food policies.
(September 2015) - It’s September! Cooler temperatures are falling around us, and we have
gotten back in to the groove of a new school year. September is also
whole grains month. There is no better time than now to switch up your
family’s meal routine by adding more whole grains.
(August 6, 2015) - Breast milk’s benefits – from stronger immune systems for babies to shorter recovery times for moms – convince a significant number of new mothers to breastfeed. But returning to work, often only six weeks after giving birth, is a major factor in derailing those moms’ breastfeeding plans. The good news is that women and their employers can take some simple steps to support successful breastfeeding and, ultimately, healthier babies.
(August 2015) - If you are anything like some parents I know, you are anxious to have your children back in school – back to routine, schedules, and less “Mom, I’m bored.”
(July 2015) - Summertime is all about fun, family, and food. Make healthier decisions at your family’s next gathering or day by the pool by eating some of nature’s summer treats, like blueberries.
(June 2015) - If you are anything like me you are thinking, “Is that it? This school
year is over?” We have made it to June, days are longer, the
temperature is hotter … and your kiddos are bored.
(May 1, 2015) - When we think of salads, we often think of the typical side salad that we get at a restaurant. However, salads have many different variations and can provide us with the opportunity to be creative and experiment by adding foods that we enjoy and that are beneficial for our bodies.
(April 1, 2015) - Did you know our schools right here in Chatham County serve delicious and nutritious food, every day?
National School Breakfast Week is March 2-6, 2015. School breakfast helps students get a successful start to their day.
Valentine’s Day brings a season of love. Why not show your heart some love this February?
It’s that time of year again – the season for resolutions. Gyms are jam-packed with people and pantries are stocked with healthy foods.
An average American gains 1-2 pounds over the holidays, which may not be
as much as you might think, but can still be scary for those of us who
have stayed on track with our health goals this year.
One of the biggest struggles I have as a pediatric dietitian without
kiddos is providing you with strategies to make meal time healthful and
As the leaves begin to change and cool fall air settles in, we tend to make changes in our eating habits.
(September 2014) By September, most students are getting into the swing of things at
school, and for most elementary schools that means you’ve already
celebrated one or two birthdays with cupcakes galore.
(August 2014) - If you are anything like me, you are asking yourself where did summer go? Is it time for back-to-school already?
(July 2014) - Summertime is hot, hot, hot, and as we sweat, we lose a lot of fluids.
It is important to keep your family hydrated now and all year long. You
may be wondering, what is the best drink for me and my children?
(June 2014) - Good news for the 2014 – 2015 school year: smart snacks are here! The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 not only set nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs, but also included standards for competitive foods and beverages sold during the school day.
(May 2014) - Our Children's Wellness Program coordinator shares tips to help your family get active, improve your health, and have fun at the same time.
(April 29, 2014) - Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in our country, right on the heels of heart attack and cancer. Women have an even greater risk of stroke than men. Neurologist Jessica Friedland Carter, M.D., addresses new guidelines aimed at stroke prevention in women.
(April 29, 2014) - Neurosurgeon Jay Howington, M.D., FACS, discusses the Apollo surgical tool that can repair bleeding deep in the brain caused by hemorrhagic stroke. Memorial University Medical Center is the first hospital in the country to offer this cutting-edge treatment.
Stealth Health by Brittany Lightsey, M.S., R.D., L.D. Whether called stealth health, the sneaky chef, or being deceptively delicious, the concept is the same. Parents are sneaking healthy ingredients into their child’s meals.
(March 11, 2014) - Memorial Health physicians address the recent controversy over the effectiveness of screening mammography.
(February 24, 2014) - Cardiologist John Spellman explains what heart failure is and how it must be managed.
(February 13, 2014) - Surgeon Robert Jones shares five tips to keep your heart healthy.
(February 6, 2014) - Brett Burgess, M.D., talks about early warning signs that could signal a heart attack in your future.
(January 30, 2014) - Randy Bottner, M.D., explains new cholesterol management guidelines and what they mean for patients.
Be Heart Smart by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD. Everyone knows that February brings Valentine’s cards, candy and lots of love. Teach your children to love their bodies by being heart smart this month.
Fiber Focus Month by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD. Did you know there is a whole month dedicated to the celebration of fiber? You’re probably thinking, “why fiber?” Fiber plays many important roles in our bodies – including helping us manage our weight.
Start Healthier Habits for the Holidays by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD This holiday season is one of traditions, a time when families get together and enjoy the company of one another. Encourage your family to start new traditions this year – ones that will lead to long, healthy lives together!
(October 24, 2013) - Brett Burgess, M.D., shares information about sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that can strike at any time, without warning.
Healthy Eating through the Holidays by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD. Beginning with Halloween, the last few months of the year are a time of indulgence for many. From the abundance of candy from trick-or-treating to pumpkin pies and our grandmothers’ casseroles, families eat many sugar- and fat-laden, calorie-dense foods.
Lettuce Celebrate Leafy Greens by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD. October is Farm to School Month and schools across Georgia are celebrating locally grown lettuces. Be on the look out for your child’s school to serve nutritious lettuces and leafy greens as part of its menu this month.
4 Healthy Habits for Your Family, by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD. This year, The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center has created a childhood wellness program to ensure that families in Savannah and the surrounding areas are adopting habits leading to long, healthy lives.