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How daily habits impact your sleep Provided by Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to health prob-

lems such as obesity, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. Here are some simple solutions to help you catch

more Zzzz’s and improve your health. • Limit technology. Studies show that chronic light from TVs, cell phones

and other electronic devices decreases your brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes sleep onset. Avoid any source of bright light in the evenings and make your bedroom a technology-free zone. • Limit caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine can prevent a restful night of sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends limiting caffeine intake to about 300-400 milligrams per day (about three to four 8-ounce cups of coffee), and avoiding it all together in the late afternoon and evening. • Watch your weight. Being overweight can impact your sleep by affecting your breathing and your ability to get comfortable. Exercising increases your metabolism and tires yourself out for bed. If you work out at night, fin-

ish at least three hours before bedtime • Relax. Stress impacts your ability to sleep if it goes unmanaged. To help overcome stress, try various bedtime rituals – listen to relaxing music, focus on deep breathing to slow your heart rate and reduce muscle tension and keep a journal to write down thoughts that keep you up at night. If sleep problems persist for a few weeks, it is important to talk to a health care provider, as you may have a sleep disorder. Call the Northside Hospital Sleep Disorders Centers at Atlanta, Cherokee and Forsyth at (404) 8518135. To learn more about Northside’s Sleep Disorders and for more tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, visit

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Fresenius Medical Care Extends Dialysis Georgetown Pediatrics, P.C. is Treatment Hours at Facility in Duluth one of the oldest private practices Nation’s Leading Dialysis Provider Adds Treatment Shifts Due to Growing Patient Community Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, today announced that it will offer extended treatment hours at Fresenius Medical Care Berkeley Lake, a dialysis clinic serving the area’s growing population of patients with chronic kidney disease. The facility has added an additional shift on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays evenings to accommodate dialysis patients that work during the day. The new evening treatment option, in addition to the clinic’s daytime shifts, allows patients more flexibility in scheduling dialysis treatments. Hesun Han, M.D., a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with Atlanta Nephrology Referral Center in Decatur and Lawrenceville, provides medical director oversight at the facility. “At Fresenius Medical Care Berkeley Lake, we are excited to offer extended and flexible treatment hours for dialysis patients in the Duluth area, including those who work during the day,” said Dr. Han, Medical Director of Fresenius Medical

Care. “The additional treatment times enable our dedicated healthcare team to provide the latest treatment methods and excellent care to more dialysis patients.” “Patients at this facility can enjoy the flexibility of a late evening shift by coming to the clinic for treatment after work,” said Eric Anderson, Director of Operations for Fresenius Medical Care. “These patients can start their dialysis treatments anytime between 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and remain at the clinic until their treatment is completed. They can then go home to sleep for the night.” The Medicare-certified facility is located at which is located at 3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. NW, Suite 110, in Duluth. For more information on the clinic, which is now accepting new patients, call (770) 495-7942 or 1-866-4-DIALYSIS (1-866-434-2597). In addition to in-center dialysis services, Fresenius Medical Care Berkeley Lake also offers access to its regional home dialysis program that can give patients greater independence, convenience and health benefits. Fresenius Medical Care FMCNA’s free Treatment Options Programs

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Founded in 1968 in the Dunwoody area, the practice serves patients primarily in its four locations, Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, and DunGONZALEZ woody markets. Our doctors are all board certified as Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics and our nurse practitioners all hold the Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners PETTAWAY certification. We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care with unparalleled execution to patients from birth to the age of twenty-one. As board-certified practitioners, we practice medicine according to the guidelines mandated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Our providers also have areas of interest ranging from early childhood development, asthma, obesity and weight management, infectious diseases, and all other areas of general pediatrics.

We are also excited to introduce our two newest providers joining the staff, Dr. Glenda Pettaway and Dr. Richelle Gonzalez at our Alpharetta location, 3400-A Old Milton Parkway, Suite 510. For more information about our practice, please visit us at www., like us on Facebook or meet us at our Expectantly Expecting Class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

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Natural Relief from Seasonal Allergies

After a chilly North Georgia winter, we welcome with open arms the warmer days of spring. For 40 million Americans, though, the sight of budding trees and pollen-laden cars means the return of seasonal allergies and the accompanying itchy eyes, runny nose, cough and congestion. At the basis of allergies is an immune system that is not functioning properly. The immune system protects the body from harmful germs and pathogens by producing antibodies to kill them. The problem occurs when the immune system recognizes friendly, or “self,” particles as invaders and a histamine reaction is produced,

causing an allergic reaction. Fortify the immune system with probiotics, fish oil, liposomal vitamin C, vitamin D3, greens powder and nanoparticle silver. Symptomatic relief can be found with natural anti-histamines and antiinflammatories, including stinging nettle tea; local, raw honey; isoquercitrin (EMIQ), a form of the bioflavanoid quercetin; curcumin; polyphenols in green tea and apples; and essential oils of peppermint, lavender and lemon, swished in the mouth for 20 seconds and swallowed. The underlying cause of seasonal allergies can be further addressed with allergy elimination techniques, such as NAET or targeted homeopathic detoxification protocols. To discuss these options, as well as drug-free symptomatic support for seasonal allergies, call or visit Abundant Life Wellness, 770.663.7898,

The body is self-healing, given proper nutrition and care. At Abundant Life Wellness, we work with you to address the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. • Holistic Wellness for Adults and Children • Zyto Bioenergetic Assessment • Homeopathics and Botanicals • Lymphatic Drainage Therapy • Ionic Footbath • Broad-Spectrum Infrared Sauna • Facial Microcurrent • Advanced Relaxation Therapy Room • Detox Packages

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The Importance of Your Digestive Lining March is Save Your Vision Month even bigger holes to develop in your net, so things that normally can’t pass through, are now be able to. Some of the things that can now pass through include proteins like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested foods particles. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your blood stream causing an immune reaction.1 One of the biggest warning signs that you may have leaky gut can be that you’re experiencing multiple food sensitivities. Partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining making their way into your bloodstream which will cause an allergic response. This allergic response doesn’t mean you’ll break out in a rash all over your body, but it can lead to one of the symptoms I’ve mentioned above.  And, if left un-repaired can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, arthritis, eczema,2psoriasis,3 depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue. The good news is there’s a solution to healing leaky gut. Join Dr. Sean Savedoff for A FREE Dinner Seminar Tuesday, March 25th at The Diner at Northpoint. See our ad for details. Reservations required.

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Vision plays an important role in daily life – every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) annual American Eye-Q® survey, 40 percent of Americans worry about losing their eyesight more than their ability to walk or hear. AOA conducts Save Your Vision Month annually in March to help people preserve vision throughout their lifetime. “It’s easy to incorporate steps into your daily routine to ensure healthy eyes and vision,” said Dr. Glenda Brown, Optometrist for Thomas Eye Group and President of the Georgia Optometric Association. “Eating right, protecting against UV rays and visiting your local eye doctor on a yearly basis are just a few things that

can help keep your eyes and vision strong.” Thomas Eye Group urges patients to schedule yearly comprehensive exams. Comprehensive exams performed by an optometrist not only evaluate a patient’s vision, but can also detect certain serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. “Early detection and treatment is the best way to maintain good vision at any age,” said Dr. Glenda Brown. “Seeing a doctor of optometry yearly will help keep patients on the path to healthy eyes and vision throughout their lives.” To learn more about eye and vision health, or to find a nearby doctor of optometry, please call 770-809-3366 or visit

A difference you can see. Johns Creek and Suwanee’s source for exceptional eyecare: • Comprehensive Ophthalmology • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus • Cataract Surgery • LASIK and Refractive Surgery • Oculoplastic Surgery and Cosmetic Services • Optometry • Eyewear and Contact Lenses for all ages Alan Brown, O.D. I Glenda Brown, O. D. Jeffrey Carlisle, M.D. I Kenneth Neufeld, M.D Jeri Salit, M.D.

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Milan Eye Center chosen to be the first to use the Ziemer Laser What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery? Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and today cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans age 40 and older. At some point in our life, we will all develop a cataract. The natural lens of the eye yellows and becomes cloudy with age as a result of biological changes of the proteins inside the lens. The function of the human lens is to focus incoming light onto the back

of the eye. As your lens ages, light from the outside worlds becomes more and more distorted as it enters your eye. Difficulty reading, needing more light to read, experiencing glare and haloes at night and, even poor sleep patterns can be explained by cataract formation. The treatment for cataracts involves a painless, 10 minute surgery to remove the “clouded lens” or “cataract” and replace it with a man made intraocular lens implant. It is the most common

surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure with a success rate approaching 99.5%. What is laser cataract surgery? With traditional cataract surgery, all the steps of the surgery are customarily performed “manually” by the surgeon using handheld tools. Laser cataract surgerythe next evolution of cataract surgery with the Ziemer Z6 laser offers a greater amount

of precision, predictability and safety to these steps leading improved visual outcomes and more precise targets. With the Ziemer Z6 Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unmatched accuracy and a more predictable and customized cataract procedure. Based on your medical history and pre-operative evaluation, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available for your desired visual result. Together you can discuss a treatment plan which may include using the LDV Z6 to create the precise laser incisions in the cornea along with an advanced lens implant that may allow for improved near, intermediate or distance vision. This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld instruments including blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical device to manually create a circular opening in the lens capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The Ziemer Z6 laser can be used to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens. Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? • A highly customized treatment • A treatment with little or no discomfort • A more precise and predictable treatment   • A gentler and easier cataract removal • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may

reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? Your surgeon and you will decide whether you are a suitable candidate based on your eye anatomy, type of cataract and type of lens implant that you desire. Most patients are candidates for having some of the steps of cataract surgery performed with the Ziemer Z6 laser. How long has the procedure been performed? Thousands of cataract procedures have been successfully performed using femtosecond laser systems, and femtosecond lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The most familiar use of femtosecond laser technology is LASIK. Femtosecond lasers represent an advanced standard in precision laser cataract surgery and the Ziemer Z6 platform was FDA cleared in 2013. What should I expect on the day of surgery? Your day in surgery should be no different than a routine cataract case. The Ziemer Z6 laser is positioned next to the surgeon and is utilized seamlessly during the cataract surgery process. You will be given mild IV sedation that will likely keep you pleasantly unaware of the goings on in surgery. There is no pain, needles or stitches as part of the procedure. What should I expect after surgery? After surgery, you can generally expect your vision to be improved within 24 hours.

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What was that?? By Dr. Deborah Woodward Say What?? How many mailers are in your box each day for hearing devices? If you think hearing devices are being marketed more and more these days you are correct. But with “hearing stores” popping up in every other strip mall, the warehouse clubs, magazine ads, and the internet, the confusion for those in need of assistance is increasing at the same rate. Facts, Myths, and Where do I start? Fact: Over 36 million Americans – more than 1 in every 10 - have some level of reduction in hearing sensitivity AND most people are amazed when they learn that 65% of these are BELOW retirement age! Myth: “If I had a real problem my family doctor would have told me.” Fact: Family physicians rarely incorporate hearing screenings as part of your annual physical (especially if you are under age 55). With limited training in the areas of hearing loss and assistive devices, contacting a Doctor of Audiology should be your first step if a problem is suspected. Myth: “I hear what I need to hear and get along fine.” Fact: You only hear what your hearing capacity PERMITS. Reality, for you, is now altered. ‘If you can’t hear it - how do you know you missed it?’ “Only my spouse complains.” “I ignore it. It doesn’t bother me.” “I just ask people not to mumble and speak up.” “No one I know likes their hearings aids.” “After I fix my teeth.” IT IS TIME TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. People with untreated hearing loss experience a decreased quality of life. It has been proven to cause varied levels of sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and poor social relationships. They also have more difficulty in their careers and often earn thousands of dollars less than their ‘hearing’ peers. HELP IS AVAILABLE and an achievable solution is not as challenging as you may think. Myth: “My insurance doesn’t cover hearing care.” Fact: Go to a credentialed Doctor of Audiology. They are able to contract with the major insurance companies. Complete diagnostic hearing testing is typically covered once a year and more plans are now including hearing aid benefits of some type. In comparison, most other location types cannot access or file for your insurance benefits. Myth: I will save money if I buy online or at my warehouse club. I can

buy them at low cost, stick them in, and “Shazaam- I can hear!” Do not be fooled by thinking you can pay one low price up front for your device(s) and you are good for years to come. The reality is that it takes the proper consultation, fitting, programming, and as needed FOLLOW-UP to become a happy and successful long term hearing instrument wearer. Fact: Like Dad used to say, you do get what you pay for. But better hearing can be achieved at even entry-level price points from today’s plethora of high quality solutions. Those making the decision for the first time to better their quality of life are, in most cases, unaware of what the commitment entails or what questions to ask. Each person is unique and there is no “one solution fits all”, however, EVERY person will need some level of continued service and expert consultation. Warehouse clubs, and internet sites typically run on the business model of the seemingly attractive low upfront pricing with short warranty periods and, either zero, or very limited follow up services included. The right medical provider will offer you the CHOICE between a competitive yet still more inclusive ‘pay-asyou-go’ plan, or the more accepted plan that includes unlimited service and office visits plus longer warranties to ensure and continually enhance user satisfaction. There are three types of current wearers of Hearing technology. Group 1 consists of those who were not consulted or fit properly and just chased the lowest price, have the devices in the drawer, and therefore perpetuate the “Hearing aids are a rip-off and don’t work” mentality. Their investments were wasted. Group 2 consists of those who sought out a qualified provider and received the individual attention needed to change their quality of life for the better. Many of these are the ones you did not even know wore aids! Their investments are paying dividends every day. As for Group 3? It consists of those who wish they had their money back from starting in Group 1 and are transitioning into Group 2! Where do I begin? Consult with a Doctor of Audiology or a licensed Audiologist to properly determine the unique course of direction for YOUR individual success. These providers are medically trained and continually certified as hearing technology and options evolve. The knowledge and patience of your service provider to fit you with the very best option that meets your hearing needs AND budget will ensure that you can

The Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center provides the most innovative treatment options and technology available today to improve hearing. On-site audiology services are provided by a staff who is medically trained to assess your current hearing profile. Call Today and schedule your visit to update your hearing sensitivity and we can explore the options together. We can accommodate every budget – ASK US HOW!


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Welcome to The Mansions at Sandy Springs newest community in Sandy Springs is currently under construction with an expected Grand Opening in the Summer of 2014. Guest Services Our apartment homes provide an array of guest services including but not limited to: • Transportation to Dr. visits & shopping • Full service on site Salon and Barber shop • Three meals provided daily in our elegant

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Ziemer: Continued from Page 6 Generally, patients experience no pain after surgery. Slight scratchiness of the eye is ommon and they prescribed eye drops will help with any of these symptoms. Many patients return to work or normal activities the next day

patient-centered care through innovative programs, the latest technology, continuous quality improvement and a focus on superior customer service. Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood, removes extra fluids and controls the body’s chemistry when a person’s kidneys fail. Dialysis patients typically require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney transplant.

and even drive themselves to their post-op day one appointment! How long does the procedure take? You can expect to be at our center for 2 hours. And you will be in the procedure room for 20-25 minutes. Call Milan Eye Center at 678-688-4575 for more information.

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Gum Disease can Lead to Heart Disease This past February was not only “Children’s Dental Health Month” but was also “American Heart Month”. So I thought it would be fitting to talk about the connection between gum disease and heart disease. Periodontal or Gum disease is an infection of the teeth and gums, as well as the bone that surrounds the teeth. If left untreated, it causes supporting bone to be lost from around the teeth. Periodontal disease is the number-one cause of tooth loss in the United States today. There are three stages to periodontal disease—gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Plaque, a sticky film of food and bacteria, forms constantly on teeth. If it isn’t removed daily, it begins to harden within 24 hours and forms tartar (calculus). In this early stage, before bone loss has occurred, the gums become red and swollen; this is gingivitis.

As the plaque and tartar work their way down below the gum line, the gums begin to separate away from the teeth, forming pockets. Once a pocket has formed, the process accelerates, as new, even more destructive types of bacteria begin to populate the pocket. If the tartar isn’t removed by dental professionals, your body’s defensive reaction to the infection produces enzymes that cause the loss of supporting bone; this is periodontitis. Over time, if periodontitis continues unchecked, this bone loss continues. Eventually, so much bone is lost that some of the teeth begin to become loose. This is advanced periodontitis. Periodontal disease increases your risk of heart disease. Recent studies have shown that individuals with severe gum disease are four times more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. Researchers at the Uni-

versity of Minnesota in Minneapolis recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing each night are the first step toward protecting yourself from gum disease. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are also crucial. If you’ve missed an appointment or would like us to create a care schedule for you, call our office at 678894-7926.

ADHD – not just in children anymore Adult ADHD is associated with multiple comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other personality disorders. Adult ADHD is a valid psychiatric disorder of adulthood distinct from these other conditions. Adult attention deficit disorder differs from the childhood variant because the hyperactivity in adults may be replaced by other symptoms such as anxiety, impulsivity and inattentiveness. In fact, prior to 2002 there were no diagnostic guidelines, but there have been great advances since. Some of the symptoms that characterize Adult ADHD are:

ADHD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder among adults. The prevalence is thought to be 3.5%-5.3%, which accounts for more than 11 million cases in the United States alone. With increased public awareness, adult ADHD became a topic of great interest so clinicians should be able to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with this disorder. Etiology is still uncertain. Genetics however is believed to play a prominent role, followed in importance by acquired injuries to the brain. ADHD was widely thought to be strictly a disorder of childhood. Now there are numerous scientific papers and clinical trials that acknowledge the existence of an adult version of this disorder, which can be traced back to the younger years. Before this time ADHD in adults was known as Minimal Brain Damage or Dysfunction (MBD).

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Some children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. And many adults who have the disorder don’t know it. They may feel that it is impossible to get organized, keep a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD. These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, failed relationships and traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to complete several tasks as once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer “quick fixes,” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards. Treatment is very rewarding. The first medications to be approved by the FDA belonged to a non-stimulant group of medications: Atomoxetine. The FDA later approved stimulants such as methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. Group delivered cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended in some cases as a supportive treatment. If you or someone you know may have Adult ADHD, call Johns Creek Family Medicine at 770-771-6591 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zack Charkawi.

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Clearing the air: Reduce the risk of lung cancer


Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Smoking and lung cancer. Like it or not, some things just go together. In fact, 80 to 90 per cent of lung cancer cases in the U.S. and Canada are directly attributed to smoking. But if you think lung cancer

only happens to smokers think again. You don’t have to be a smoker in the true sense of the word to be at higher risk for this disease. Here, Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth’s Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator Nan McCormick, RN, BSN, helps you determine your risk and offers tips for changing it for the better. The Non-smoker Profile: You’ve never smoked, nor do you live with anyone who does. Non-smokers are not out of the woods. Other factors, including heredity, lifestyle choices and exposure to radon and asbestos can also increase your risk. Reduce your risk: “Make healthy lifestyle choices,” says McCormick, “and, in areas where radon may be found, make sure your basement is well-ventilated. (Radon is a

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radioactive gas.) The Sometimes Smoker Profile: You light up at social gatherings or when you’re stressed. Reduce your risk: As few as one to three cigarettes a day may substantially increase your risk for lung cancer. McCormick advises, “Squeeze stress balls, take a walk or meditate instead of smoking, and don’t bring cigarettes to social events. You’re likely to smoke less if you have to get cigarettes from someone else.” The Second-hand Smoker Profile: You don’t smoke, but you live with someone who does. Reduce your risk: People who live with smokers are subjecting themselves to the same carcinogens that smokers do.” This is particularly disturbing when there are children in the home,” adds McCormick. If you live with a smoker, getting him or her to quit is your best bet for improving your health—and

the smoker’s health. And if that doesn’t work? Ask them to smoke outside. The Former Smoker Profile: You were a smoker but kicked the habit. Reduce your risk: The best thing you can do as a former smoker? Don’t pick it up again. And discuss your smoking and family history with your physician to get guidance on screenings. The Smoker Profile: You smoke daily. Reduce your risk: Quit. Of the 250 known-to-be-harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, at least 60 can cause cancer. And whether you’re smoking one pack or several packs throughout the day, you’re exposing your body to those carcinogens. “About half of all smokers try to quit in a given year—and fail,” says McCormick. “Take care of yourself emotionally and physically to support your efforts. Staying smoke-free is a daily battle for

a long time.” Here’s one way Gwinnet Medical Center can help: Freshstart Smoking Cessation In this free, four-week session smoking cessation class written by the American Cancer Society, participants learn strategies for quitting and identify a personal quit plan. The next session begins March 5. Learn more at freshstart or call HealthLine at 678-312-5000. Lung Cancer Screening Gwinnett Medical CenterDuluth now offers lung cancer screenings with a low dose CT scan. This quick, painless exam can help determine if nodules or masses are present in the lungs of people who do not have symptoms of lung cancer, but may be at risk of the disease because of a history of smoking. Learn whether this screening may be right for you by calling McCormick at 678-312-3189.

Tips to help you build healthy habits (NAPSI)—While more than two in three American adults are overweight or obese, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of struggling with your weight. To start, try to consume healthier foods and beverages and get more physical activity. Doing so may lower your chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure or other serious health problems. New health habits may also help you look better, feel more energetic and even be a role model. The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) offers more tips to consider. According to WIN, a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health: When You’re Short on Time • One day each week, make healthy meals that you can freeze and eat later when you don’t have time to cook. • Fit in physical activity whenever you can. Take the stairs if there are a reasonable number to climb. Get off the train or bus a stop early, as long as it’s safe and your

schedule allows. When Money Is Tight • Buy healthful foods in bulk, and choose frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. • Start a walking group. Walk in places that don’t cost money, such as a school track or park. When It’s Hard to Stay on Track • Recruit others to be active with you. That may help you stay interested and be safe. • Think about your most important reasons for being healthy. Do you want to be there for your family? Would you like to be able to do the things you love without feeling tired or out of breath? Learn More You can get more good advice from

WIN’s “Changing Your Habits: Steps to Better Health” fact sheet. It reviews the stages of change people often go through on their journey to better health and offers tips for each stage. Contact WIN to get up to 10 copies for free. You can access the fact sheet at gov/publications/changinghabits.htm.

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Are you at risk for lung cancer?

Lung Cancer Screening provided by the Cancer Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center The lung cancer screening uses a quick, painless low dose CT scan to help determine if nodules or masses are present in the lungs of people who do not have symptoms of lung cancer, but may be at risk of the disease. The recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force for being screened include: • Males and females between the ages of 55-80 years, and • Current or former smokers (who have quit in the past 15 years), and • Heavy smokers - a history of 30 pack years or more To schedule an appointment, call 678-312-3444. For more information or questions, call 678-312-3189.

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