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Health Wise

Health Wise is our blog to help you be more informed about important health and wellness matters for you and loved ones.

The Healthy Path to Getting Back to School

What? It’s the middle of summer and you have to worry about the back to school routine already? No need to panic—you still have weeks of fun in the sun left. But getting your child back on track starts well before the first day of classes. Read More

The Facts and Factors of Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is one of today’s most common inherited blood disorders. It affects several ethnic groups but predominantly Africans and African Americans, with approximately 90,000 to 100,000 Americans having the condition. Overall, it is estimated that sickle cell disease affects one in 500 U.S. African American births. Read More

Beyond Baby Blues: Dealing with Postpartum Depression

It’s perfectly normal to experience a rollercoaster of emotions before and after a healthy pregnancy. It’s even common to feel the “baby blues,” or unexpected sadness, for several days after giving birth. However, if this feeling continues for longer than 2 weeks and turns into minimal connectedness to your baby or sense of caring for her, you may have postpartum depression and need to seek help right away. Read More

Men's Preventive Care: Take Charge of Your Health

The era of men leaving their well-being in the hands of spouses, partners, and/or loved ones is officially over. No longer is it anyone else’s responsibility to look after your health. Guys, today your health is on you. Read More

Keeping Allergies & Asthma Under Control

Seasonal allergies and asthma are two chronic, often-linked conditions that affect millions of lives in Georgia and across the U.S. While there is no cure for either, there are steps you can take to avoid triggers as well as reduce the aggravation of symptoms. Read More

Managing Your Weight the Healthy Way

The best way to take control of your weight is to shift your lifestyle habits to center on sound nutrition and sensible practices. Focus on your overall health and not exclusively on weight loss. You may be able to prevent or reverse heart disease. Read More

Understanding the Basics of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is often seen as a catch-all term that centers on surgical solutions for altering one’s physical appearance. However, it’s important to know the different areas within plastic surgery, and how they apply to the purpose you may be pursuing when considering such a procedure. Read More

That Gut Feeling: Tips for Improving Digestive Health

A healthy gut plays a big role in supporting heart health, brain health, and the immune system, and may also help prevent some cancers. Read More

Understanding the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Taking steps to maintain all-around good health is important for preventing serious or chronic disease. One of the best ways to better understand your overall health is to have an annual wellness exam that enables you to identify any potential health risks. Read More

Learn More about Breast Cancer and Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better way to observe this than to get the facts about breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. Read More

Your Children and Vaccines

There is no better way to protect children from infectious diseases than with vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), family physicians, and pediatricians around the country. For decades, children’s lives have been saved from deadly diseases by simply following a vaccine schedule. Read More

Breastfeeding: A Win-Win for Baby and Mother

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 25–31 is Black Breastfeeding Week—and the importance of the benefits of breastfeeding can’t be overstated. Read More

Questions and Answers on Bariatric Surgery

The following are frequently asked questions surrounding bariatric surgery that can help guide you in your decision on whether or not to pursue bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Read More

Creating Healthy Habits for Kids

A major challenge for many families today is instilling values and practices in children that lead to a healthy and active lifestyle. How do you help your kids develop lifelong healthy habits? Here are 10 smart and easy ways. Read More

Facing Menopause and Managing Its Effects

While it’s a normal and natural event in every woman’s life, menopause is still sometimes misunderstood. The changes it brings to one’s health are even occasionally perceived as an illness or disorder without better knowledge of the signs and factors surrounding it. The following outlines the medical definition of menopause, common symptoms, and ways to gain some relief. Read More