From Our Experts


  • April Showers Bring...Bored Children and Too Much Screen Time -

    (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.

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    5 Dietitian-Approved Staples to Keep in Your Pantry -

    (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 a cinch.

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    Maintaining a Healthy Household -

    (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.

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    Stay Fit and Focused -

    (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.

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    Surviving the Holidays -

    (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.

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    Breaking Your Sugar Addiction -

    (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.

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    Benefits of Buying Local -

    (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.

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    Whole Grains for Healthy Bodies -

    (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.

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    Support Ensures Breastfeeding Success for Working Moms -

    (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.

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    Coming soon to a School Near You: Salad Bars! -

    (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.”

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    5 Reasons to Celebrate Blueberries All Summer Long -

    (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.

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    4 Steps for a Healthier Summer -

    (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.

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    May is National Salad Month... Let’s Celebrate! -

    (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.

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    Power Picks - Fueling Your Body for the School Day -

    (April 1, 2015) - Did you know our schools right here in Chatham County serve delicious and nutritious food, every day?

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    A Frank Word About Colonoscopy -

    (March 18, 2015) – If 90 percent of colon cancer cases are preventable, how is it possible that it remains the second most lethal cancer in the United States? William Bulsiewicz, M.D., explores this question with a frank discussion of colon cancer screening.

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    Make the Grade with School Breakfast -

    National School Breakfast Week is March 2-6, 2015. School breakfast helps students get a successful start to their day.

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    Giving Your Heart Some Love with Legumes -

    Valentine’s Day brings a season of love. Why not show your heart some love this February?

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    There’s “Snow” Better Weather for Making Healthy Changes -

    It’s that time of year again – the season for resolutions. Gyms are jam-packed with people and pantries are stocked with healthy foods.

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    5 Tips to Stay on Track this Holiday Season -

    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.

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    Responsive Feeding -

    One of the biggest struggles I have as a pediatric dietitian without kiddos is providing you with strategies to make meal time healthful and stress-free.

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    Spooky Facts about Your Favorite Fall Foods -

    As the leaves begin to change and cool fall air settles in, we tend to make changes in our eating habits.

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    Revamping School Celebrations – Keeping Health in Mind -

    (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.

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    August is Kids Eat Right Month -

    (August 2014) - If you are anything like me, you are asking yourself where did summer go? Is it time for back-to-school already?

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    Keeping Your Family At Hydration Station -

    (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?

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    Smart Snacks in School [and Home, Too!] -

    (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.

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    Get Active at Least 60 Minutes per 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.

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    New Guidelines Address Stroke Risk in Women -

    (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.

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    New Technology for Stroke Patients -

    (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.

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    Stealth Health – A Deceptive Trick to Get Your Child Eating More Veggies -

    Stealth Health by Brittany Lightsey, MS, RD, LD 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.powder.

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    Don't Stop Getting Those Mammograms -

    (March 11, 2014) - Memorial Health physicians address the recent controversy over the effectiveness of screening mammography.

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    Heart Failure -

    (February 24, 2014) - Cardiologist John Spellman explains what heart failure is and how it must be managed.

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    Five Things Your Heart Wants from You -

    (February 13, 2014) - Surgeon Robert Jones shares five tips to keep your heart healthy.

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    Heart Attack Warning Signs that May Surprise You -

    (February 6, 2014) - Brett Burgess, M.D., talks about early warning signs that could signal a heart attack in your future.

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    New Cholesterol Management Guidelines: Why Your Medication May Change -

    (January 30, 2014) - Randy Bottner, M.D., explains new cholesterol management guidelines and what they mean for patients.

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    Be Heart Smart -

    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.

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    Fiber Focus 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.

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    Start Healthier Habits for the Holidays -

    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!

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    Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest -

    (October 24, 2013) - Brett Burgess, M.D., shares information about sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that can strike at any time, without warning.

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    Healthy Eating through the Holidays -

    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.

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    Lettuce Celebrate Leafy Greens -

    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.

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    4 Healthy Habits for Your Family -

    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.

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    Flu Facts -

    (October 8, 2012) - Dwayne Gard, M.D., D.C., and Chryselle Nazare, M.D., Memorial Health Hospitalists, share information about influenza.

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    What You Can Do to Boost Your Fertility -

    Joanne Price, M.D., answers your questions about fertility and menopause.

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    The Family Doctor: Your Partner in Keeping Your Family Well -

    (November 2011) - Regina Buckley, D.O., discusses the important role of the family physician

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    Centers of Excellence: Seeking to Perfect the Patient’s Experience -

    (August 2010) - What defines a "Center of Excellence" in healthcare? Timothy Czarnecki, care coordinator for Memorial's Center of Excellence for Spine Surgery, answers that question

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    Understanding Myalgias -

    (January 2010) - Atul Devani, M.D., a family medicine physician, explores the often misunderstood world of medical myalgias.

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    Turning the Tide Against Breast Cancer -

    (October 2009) - Ray Rudolph, M.D., breast surgeon, examines how we're turning the tide against breast cancer and improving survival rates

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    Understanding Soft Tissue Sarcoma -

    (July 2009) - James Garber, M.D., surgical oncologist, shares information about the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.

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    Facts About Osteoporosis -

    (April 2009) - Shauna Zaren, M.D., discusses osteoporosis and things you can do to protect yourself from the disease.

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    Good Exercise, Great Cause, and a Cool Shirt -

    (January 2009) - Khristine Hammond, a fitness expert at FitnessOne, offers tips to help new runners train for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Savannah on April 18

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