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The Truth About Carbs


o eat bread, or not to eat bread: that is the question faced by many troubled dieters. Limiting or cutting carbs is a common trend in today’s dieting world, but Kim Beavers, University Registered Dietitian and star of WRDW News 12’s Eating Well with Kim, noted that carbs aren’t as simple as just “good” or “bad.” Carbohydrates provide us with the fuel we need to get through the day. The liver breaks down carbohydrate-rich foods we eat into glucose, the primary fuel for most cells in the body. So, why are some carbs better than others? “The short answer is that some carbohydrates have nutrients and others merely provide us with calories,” Mrs. Beavers said. When questioning the benefits of the carbs you consume, Mrs. Beavers said it’s important to ask yourself, “What nutrients does this provide?” For example, she said, compare refined (white) pasta and whole wheat pasta. The refined pasta is enriched with some nutrients, but opting for the whole wheat pasta is healthier because it contains fiber and all the nutrients of the whole wheat (B-vitamins, vitamin E, copper, magneseium and various phytonutrients). Don’t think you’re avoiding carbohydrates by eating your fruits and veggies, either. “Even non-starchy vegetables like green beans contain a small amount of carbohydrates,” Mrs. Beavers said. “The only food groups that don’t 2

have carbohydrate are the meat and fat groups, and some foods in the protein group contain carbohydrates, such as peanut butter and beans.” There are plenty of healthy foods out there with carbs, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables beans, and low-fat milk and yogurt. But food and drinks, such as regular soda (sugar is a carbohydrate, too), candy and french fries should be limited, Mrs. Beavers said. The debate will continue to rage about what is the perfect balance between carbs, protein and fat in your

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EATING HEALTHY diet. So before you run out for the latest fad book on dieting, remember a few simple points. There isn’t a “one-fits-all” diet, according to Mrs. Beavers. When it comes to a healthy diet, moderation is key. We all occasionally have cravings for foods that we know are not necessarily good for us, so go ahead and eat the piece of chocolate. Just don’t eat 10! When consuming carbs, be conscious of serving sizes and watch your calories versus thinking you can offset with exercise. Customize your diet to work for you, and choose your carbohydrates wisely. To join Kim’s Recipe Club, call 706/828-2502 or toll free 866/591-2502 or log on to You’ll receive her healthy recipes monthly and have a chance to win in a weekly drawing for a $50 Kroger gift card and an EWWK apron. Eating Well with Kim airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW News 12’s Midday program.

What’s a Portion? Recommended serving sizes for foods high in carbohydrates (Source: A.D.A.M, Inc.): • Vegetables: 1 cup of raw vegetables, or ½ cup cooked vegetables, or ¾ cup of vegetable juice • Fruits: 1 medium size fruit (such as 1 medium apple or 1 medium orange), ½ cup of a canned or chopped fruit, or ¾ cup of fruit juice • Breads and cereals: 1 slice of bread; 1 ounce or ²⁄³ cup of ready-to-eat cereal; ½ cup of cooked rice, pasta, or cereal; ½ cup of cooked dry beans, lentils, or dried peas • Dairy: 1 cup of skim or low-fat milk

Whole Wheat Couscous with Pistachios Vegetable oil cooking spray 1 tsp. olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 box (7.6 ounces) whole wheat couscous 1½ cup lower-sodium chicken broth ½ cup shelled pistachios chopped ¼ cup parsley, minced Coat the bottom of a medium non-stick skillet with cooking spray, add oil and place over medium heat. Add onion and celery to the

skillet and cook until soft (about 2 minutes). Meanwhile bring both to a boil. Add couscous, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add onion mixture, pistachios and parsley to couscous. Fluff couscous with a fork and serve. Yield: 10 servings (serving size: ½ cup) Nutrient Breakdown: Calories 130, Fat 4g (0g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 95mg, Carbohydrate 22g, Fiber 4g, Protein 5g Carbohydrate choices: 1½ carbohydrate, 1 fat

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Walkers Help Raise Funds for Breast Health Center

pink sashes served as honorary starters of the three-mile walk through downtown Augusta.

More than 1,800 walkers filled the Augusta Common on Oct. 20 to raise awareness and funds for early detection of breast cancer.

For more information about breast cancer, contact University’s Breast Health Center at 706/774-4141 or toll free at 866/774-4141.

This year’s Miracle Mile Walk, sponsored by University Health Care Foundation, raised more than $140,000, according to Pam Anderson, R.N., Cancer Services program coordinator at University Hospital. The funds help underinsured and uninsured women receive screening mammograms and other services through University’s Breast Health Center. The Miracle Mile Walk is the only area walk that 100 percent of the net proceeds stay in the community to support patient needs. More than 100 breast cancer survivors wearing 4

Other milestones from October: • Record breaking month for the Mobile Mammography Unit, with 465 mammograms given • More than 400 attendees at University’s annual Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner • More than 500 cholesterol and glucose screenings done at the first WJBF Wellness Expo

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More than 1,600 men screened at events


en throughout the CSRA came out en force to participate in University’s annual ProstateSpecific Antigen blood screenings held at area Lowe’s home improvement stores in September. University Health Care System has tabulated the results from this annual screening event and has completed follow-up with the more than 1,600 men The PSA blood test is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer in men, according to Benjamin Kay, M.D., a urologist who practices at University Hospital. While an elevated PSA alone does not necessarily indicate cancer, every man older than 50 should have the test, Dr. Kay said. “This gives him and his physician a baseline to compare it to over the years and decide what course needs to be taken in case it continues to rise.” It’s important to note that the PSA blood test is just one part of a two-part process that includes a digital rectal examination given by a physician. Both tests should be used to help determine a patient’s prostate cancer risks. Of the 1,673 men screened, 105 had an abnormally high PSA, a rate of 6.3 percent, the results show. All participants received a letter explaining their results, and men with elevated PSA levels were contacted by telephone by a clinical professional with University’s Cancer Services program, who advised them on the recommended follow-up care.

Vascular Re-Accreditation: University a tri-state leader in five areas of testing


niversity Hospital’s Vascular Lab has received re-accreditation in five areas of vascular testing by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. University has the only vascular lab in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to receive accreditation in all five areas of testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the lab’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. The accreditation is for three years. “Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease,” said Shelly Burns, technical manager for the commission. Vascular labs, such as University’s, that are fully accredited are successful in early detection of cardiovascular disease - the leading cause of death and disability in the world.

“These screenings are a tremendous value to the community,” Dr. Kay said. “Half the battle in prostate cancer is early diagnosis.”

Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society nearly $84 billion each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

For more information about University’s Cancer Services, call the Cancer Answer Line at 706/828-2522 or toll free at 866/869-2522.

For more information about cardiovascular disease, call University’s Heart Line at 706/828-2828 or toll free at 866/601-2828.

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Cancer Services Focus on Healing An exercise class for women with breast cancer Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29 • 6 p.m. Walton Rehabilitation Hospital 1355 Independence Drive Registration required. Call 706/823-5294. FREE Fresh Start Smoking Cessation Program Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, with University Hospital instructors Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 • 7:30-8:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 • 6-7 p.m. University Hospital cafeteria FREE Breast Self-Exam Classes Second Monday each month Jan. 14 • 4 p.m. Breast Health Center Professional Center 2, Suite 205 Registration required. Call 706/774-4141 or toll free 866/774-4141.


Mobile Mammography • Jan. 2, 28 University Hospital • Jan. 3, 25 VA Hospital • Jan. 4, 22 Edgefield Medical Center • Jan. 7 Dillard’s, Augusta Mall • Jan. 8 Delta Call Center • Jan. 9 SRS B area • Jan. 10 Jenkins County Hospital • Jan. 11 Publix • Furys Ferry Road • Jan. 14 Savannah Lakes • Jan. 15, 29 Wills Memorial Hospital • Jan. 16 Richmond County Health Dept. • Jan. 17 Warrenton Rehabilitation Center • Jan. 21 University Hospital Medical Center South Richmond County • Jan. 23 Curves • South Augusta • Jan. 24 Lincoln County Health Dept. • Jan. 30 30901 Clinic • Jan. 31 First Baptist Church, Wrens Yearly mammograms are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Open to the public for women over 40. Appointments

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required. Call 706/774-4149 or toll free 866/774-4141. FREE Look Good ... Feel Better Jan. 28 • 5-7 p.m. American Cancer Society office 2607 Commons Blvd. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this program helps women cancer patients maintain their appearance and self-image during treatment. Free makeup kit given to each participant. Registration required. Call 706/731-9900.

Women’s Services The following free classes are held in the Women’s Center classroom on the third floor unless otherwise stated. All classes are free but do require registration. Call 706/774-2825 for information or to register. Childbirth Preparation Class (4-week series) Mondays: Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Wednesdays: Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30 7 – 9:30 p.m. Weekender Childbirth Preparation Class Friday & Saturday, Jan. 11 &12 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Women’s Center Tour Thursday, Jan. 10 • 7-9:30 p.m. Mom-To-Be Tea Sunday, Jan. 13 • 2-4 p.m.

CALENDAR Mommy & Me Support Group Second Tuesday each month Jan. 8 • 10-11:30 a.m. Babies R Us, Mullins Crossing 4225 Washington Road, Evans For new moms and infants Breast-feeding Class Thursday, Jan. 17 • 7-9 p.m. Babies R Us, Mullins Crossing 4225 Washington Road, Evans

FREE Speech and Hearing Screenings For children and adults University Hospital Speech and Hearing Center 1430 Harper St., Suite C3 or Professional Center 2, Suite 102 4321 University Parkway, Evans Appointments required. Call 706/774-5777. FREE Home Care Assessment University Home Health Services provides skilled in-home clinical care or personal aides. For more information or a free home care assessment, call 706/774-4160 or toll free 866/774-4160.

Support Groups Insulin Pump Support Group Thursday, Jan. 24 • 6 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Rooms 4-6 Sibling Birthday Party Tuesday, Jan. 22 • 3-4 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Introduction to Infant CPR Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Check in at the Admit Center in front lobby.

Health Screenings FREE Pulmonary Function Screenings Third Wednesday each month Jan. 16 • 10-11:30 a.m. Professional Center 2, Suite 200 Appointments required. Call 706/774-5777.

Parents Healing Together Jan. 7 • 7 p.m. Pre-Admit/Testing Waiting Room, first floor Stop at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby for directions. For parents, families and friends who have lost infants through miscarriage, death, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Call 706/774-2751 or 706/ 774-5802 for more information. Pink Magnolias Breast Cancer Second Monday each month Jan. 14 • 6:30 p.m. Breast Health Center

Professional Center 2, Suite 205 A support group for partners of women with breast cancer meets at the same time. For more information, call 706/774-4141 or toll free 866/774-4141. Arthritis Support Group Last Monday of each month Jan. 28 • 5 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Room 1 For more information, call 706/774-2760 Alzheimer’s Disease - Richmond Cty. First Thursday each month Jan. 3 • 10 a.m. Alzheimer’s Association Augusta Office 1899 Central Ave. For more information, call 706/731-9060. Alzheimer’s Disease - Westwood Third Thursday each month Jan. 17 • 3 p.m. Westwood Nursing Facility Conference Room 561 University Drive, Evans For more information, call 706/863-7514. Bariatric Surgery Support and Information Support Group meets first Mondays each month for people who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Jan. 7 • 5:30 p.m. For locations or more information, call 706/868-3241.

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EDUCATION Meet Your New Year’s Fitness Goals at Health Central Regardless of your age or fitness level, Health Central has a program for you. The facility offers: • a variety of fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels • a heated indoor pool for lap swimming and water fitness classes • a rubberized indoor track • an extensive array of weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment • personal training, child care and much more Special rates are available for students, seniors and employees of companies with Health Central corporate affiliations. For more information or to schedule a free tour, call 706/724-4408. You’ll receive a free one-day pass with a tour. For Women Only: A Look at Female Health Issues Tania Serrano, M.D., OB/GYN Thursday, Jan. 24 • 5:30-7 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Rooms 1-3 Free. Dinner will be served, and reservations are required. Call 706/828-2502 or toll free 866/591-2502.

Baby U Common Illnesses During the First Year Nathan Wilson, M.D., Pediatrician Thursday, Jan. 31 • 6:30-8 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Rooms 1-3 Free. Dinner will be served, and reservations are required. Call 706/774-2825. Note: Community education programs have limited seating, and registration will close the Friday before the scheduled event. Save the Date Mark Your Calendar for a FREE University Heart Month Health Fair in February Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, lifestyle changes and early detection can reduce your risk, and a University

Heart Month Health Fair is the perfect place to begin. We’ll provide the education, encouragement and support to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle – and all of it is absolutely free. Free activities include: • Health risk assessments • Blood sugar testing, blood pressure screening and total cholesterol testing • Information and coaching • Special gifts and door prizes When and where: Three Saturdays Three convenient locations 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 9 Dillard’s, Aiken Mall • Saturday, Feb. 16 Columbia County Library • Saturday, Feb. 23 Dillard’s, Augusta Mall

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