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4 Ways to Substitute Greek Yogurt to Make Healthier Snacks and Meals

Greek YogurtGreek yogurt has skyrocketed in popularity during the past several years as consumers have started recognizing the health benefits of this once obscure dairy product.

The difference between the Greek yogurt and regular yogurt is in the straining process. The Greek variety is strained more extensively, which removes more of the liquid whey, lactose and sugars. This also produces Greek yogurt’s thicker consistency.

Both low- and non-fat versions of Greek and traditional plain yogurts can play a part in a healthy diet by improving bone health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adults. Yogurt, Greek or otherwise, is a good source of calcium, potassium, Vitamin D and protein. Both regular and Greek yogurts also contain active cultures (probiotics), which promote better digestive health.

One of Greek yogurt’s primary benefits is it delivers higher protein and less sugar than the regular variety. Six ounces of Greek yogurt can deliver as much protein as three ounces of lean meat. As a result, Greek yogurt promotes the sense of fullness with fewer calories than many other protein sources. On the downside, Greek yogurt can be higher in cholesterol and lower in calcium than regular yogurt. Full-fat versions of Greek yogurt can be higher in saturated fats.

Aside from all the great benefits of Greek yogurt, you may be getting bored with breakfast parfaits, don’t really like yogurt to begin with or have never been able to acquire a taste for Greek yogurt’s more intense flavor.

With just a few creative reconfigurations, you can introduce the healthy benefits of Greek yogurt into your favorite snack foods, recipes or toppings, while getting the benefits of active cultures (to promote digestive health), higher protein and lower fat. Remember to choose a low-fat or no-fat Greek yogurt.

  • Sour cream. For the simplest of swaps, top your tacos or baked potatoes with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Compare the numbers: one ounce of low-fat sour cream (which is half a tablespoon) contains 51 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein. On the other hand, the same amount of Greek yogurt contains 22 calories, 0.6 grams of fat, a little more than 1 gram of carbohydrates and 2.9 grams of protein.

   You can also thin out Greek yogurt with a bit of 2% milk and add your favorite Ranch dressing or French onion seasoning to make a healthier version of your favorite dip (make      it even healthier by substituting raw veggies for the potato chips).

  •  Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a creamy dressing made mostly from eggs and oil, which are both fats. Using Greek yogurt replaces fat with protein in recipes like tuna, macaroni, chicken, or potato salads. It works well in deviled egg recipes and in creamy salad dressings, like Caesar and Ranch.
  • Heavy cream or milk. Use Greek yogurt in your mashed potatoes, soups or sauces. Chef’s tip: To prevent curdling, remove the dish from the heat source before adding Greek yogurt to the recipe. Yogurt as a milk substitute is one of the reasons yogurt parfaits have become popular.
  •  Use in baked goods. Reduce the fat content in store-bought mixes for cakes, muffins, pancakes by replacing eggs and oil with Greek yogurt and water. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for cream cheese when making cake frosting.

Finally, make sure you check the nutrition label. The ingredient list should be fairly short, with milk and active cultures at the top of the list. Some brands contain more sugars and less protein than others. Fat content can also vary. As with any dairy product, opt for the low-fat or no-fat version for maximum health benefits.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Provides Free Screenings at Health & Wellness Fair

Johns Creek Health FairEmory Johns Creek Hospital’s Christina Vick, director of lab services, was one of several hospital volunteers who provided free health screenings and patient education at the Park Place Health & Wellness Fair, Friday, Oct. 10. The fair, which launched last year, is hosted by Park Place at Newtown School, an active adult center operated by Johns Creek’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

Vick and other volunteers provided free blood pressure, glucose, bone density screenings for the event, and Specialty Certification Coordinator, Patricia Victor, counseled attendees on stroke symptoms and risk factors.

Women of all ages interested in free screenings and stroke awareness education are invited to attend Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s 2014 Ladies’ Night Out event on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Suite 109 of Physicians Plaza. The event, presented in partnership with Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, is free and open to the public. In addition to health, beauty and other vendors, the Johns Creek Arts Center will exhibit paintings, pottery, jewelry and other works created by local artists. Desserts and coffee will be served during the event.

At this year’s Ladies’ Night Out, Gina Lundberg, MD, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center, will host an educational session on women’s stroke symptoms and risk factors. Dr. Lundberg’s presentation will begin at 6:50 p.m. Attendees of Dr. Lundberg’s presentation receive a complimentary gift bag.

RSVP by calling 678-474-8200!

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Ladies Night Out 2014: Celebrate the Art of Wellness

Ladies Night OutEmory Johns Creek Hospital, in conjunction the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, is hosting its annual Ladies Night Out this year on October 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Physicians Plaza. This event is free for women of all ages. RSVP by calling: 678-474-8200.

This year, the Johns Creek Art Center will exhibit paintings, jewelry, pottery and other works by local artists in conjunction with free health screenings and opportunities to chat with Emory Johns Creek healthcare providers in a casual setting.

Free screenings will include glucose, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure and Body Mass Index. In addition, this year’s featured discussion will be on Women’s Stroke Symptoms, presented by Gina Lundberg, MD, Clinical Director of Emory Women’s Heart Center and Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lundberg spoke on women’s heart attack symptoms and risk factors at the hospital’s Go Red Event in February and at the St Ives We ♥ Wine event in October 2013. She has been interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in various media channels, including CNN and USA Today.

Bev Miller, Director of Community Relations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital says she’s excited about this year’s event. “We’re very fortunate to have the Junior League and the Johns Creek Art Center working with us, and we’re looking forward to having Dr. Lundberg return. We got rave reviews from guest who attended our Go Red Event this year, so we’re looking forward to a great Ladies Night Out.”

Light refreshments and desserts will be served during the event. For more updates and more information, visit or call 678-474-8017.

Top 5 Reasons to Join Emory Johns Creek Hospital for Its 2014 5K Scrub Run and Community Health Fair

scrub-run-ad1The Emory Johns Creek Hospital 5K Scrub Run and Community Health Fair continues its tradition of providing free health screenings, a casual environment in which community members can chat with physicians and an opportunity to visit with more than two dozen vendors.

The event is on Saturday, May 17, from 8 to 11 a.m. Registration for the 5K begins at 6:30 a.m. A 100-yard dash for kids 10 & under starts at 9 a.m. All dash participants receive a free doctor’s kit.

Why should you be there?

  1. It’s free! Get free health screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, body mass index (BMI) and more.
  2. Learn about health & wellness issues, such as what you need to know about symptoms of a stroke and the beginnings of a heart attack, know when to go to the ER, and the importance of following your doctor’s recommendations for breast and colorectal exams.
  3. Chat with physicians from the hospital and around the community, including orthopedic and plastic surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, podiatrists, ENT specialists, pediatricians and women’s health specialists.
  4. Kids both big and small can meet members of the Johns Creek fire and police departments, including the K-9 unit, and do hands-on craft projects with Home Depot representatives. Don’t forget the 100-yard dash for kids 10 & under.
  5. Cheer on the 5K Scrub Run participants as they cross the finish line. Want to run or walk in the 5K? Register before May 1 and pay only $25. Register May 2 through May 16 and pay only $30. And for the procrastinators in the bunch, you can register the day of the race. The race-day registration fee is $35. Strollers and dogs welcome. Register at All proceeds from the Scrub Run benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Team and the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.

Community Relations Director Bev Miller says the community health festival and 5K event is an important part of the hospital’s outreach effort to give the community greater access to general health and wellness information. “We see events like our health festival and our Ladies Night Out in October to be a really important part of the service we strive to provide to the community, but we also work really hard to make it fun, casual and most importantly, accessible,” she says.

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For race information, call 678-474-7744.
For festival information, call 678-474-8017.
For sponsorship opportunities, call 678-474-8330.

Don Wells Awarded 2014 Emory Johns Creek Hospital Legacy Award

Don WellsEmory Johns Creek Hospital congratulates Donald Wells, one of its inaugural board members, on receiving the 2014 Emory Johns Creek Hospital Legacy Award. It is one of four awards presented at the annual Second Century Awards Dinner, given by Emory Healthcare every year since 2006.

The Second Century Awards select honorees from each Emory hospital—Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital—for their significant impact on the care of countless Atlantans, hospital patients, staff and physicians, and nominated by Emory Healthcare leadership and previous award recipients.

Wells, who spent his career with Emory Healthcare, joined the board of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2006 and is considered one of the cornerstones in the hospital’s success. “Don is a big reason this hospital is what it is today,” says Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Craig McCoy. “I think it was his leadership at that board level that really helped this hospital get the firm foundation that it’s building on.”

Christopher Hart, MD, Emory Johns Creek’s Chief of Staff, says, “Don has been the constant, steady hand through the infancy of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, always keeping our focus on taking great care of the patients’ needs.”

In addition to patient care, Wells has provided guidance on all aspects of hospital operations. “From buying the materials, to cooking the food, to running the business office, it’s like a little city. And some days it’s not so little,” Wells says.

After serving the Emory Johns Creek board for seven years, Wells recently stepped down; however, he will continue to be involved with the hospital. “There’s a sense of identity there that never escapes you, nor do you want to escape it,” Wells says. “I like that.”

“I hope he continues to have a hand in things,” Dr. Hart says. “We owe a great debt of gratitude for all that he’s done.”

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Join Us for the 5th Annual Johns Creek Community Health Festival & 5K Scrub Run!

Emory Johns Creek Community Health Festival and Scrub RunJoin us Saturday, May 17, for Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s 5th Annual Community Health Festival and 5K Scrub Run. The festival is free and open to the public, with free health screenings and a number of health and wellness education opportunities. Home Depot and members of the A5 Girl’s Club Volleyball team will be offering kids activities, including crafts and face painting. Children 10 and under can participate in a 100-yard dash and receive a free doctor’s kit. The festival and race run from 8 to 11 a.m. Race registration begins at 6:30 a.m.


Admission to the Health Festival is FREE! Activities include:

  • Free Health Screenings – cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, bone density, body mass index (BMI) calculations, and more!
  • Health & Wellness Education including recognizing the signs of a stroke, knowing the beginnings of a heart attack and the importance of screenings for breast and colorectal cancer.
  • Meet Our Physicians
  • Kidz Zone – Home Depot and A5 Girl’s Club High School Girls Volleyball Team
  • Johns Creek Fire & Police Departments


The Scrub Run starts and finishes on the Emory Johns Creek campus and is open to participants of all abilities. Strollers and dogs are welcome. All proceeds benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Teams as well as the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.


Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Parkway
Johns Creek, GA
Parking is FREE. Designated lots surrounding the hospital will be open for parking.


6:30 a.m. – on-site race registration begins
8:30 a.m. – race and festival begin
9 a.m. – 100-yard dash for children 10 and under (all participants receive a free doctor’s kit)

Race registration fees are:

$25 until 5/01/14
$30 5/2/14 to 5/16/14
$35 day of race

Register early at or download the registration form at
For more information, visit or:
For race information, call 678-474-7744.
For festival information, call 678-474-8017.
For sponsorship opportunities, call 678-474-8330.

Buzzing Bees Take the Sting Out of Shots at Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Emergency Services Department

Less Painful Shots for KidsAs parents, we usually try to keep our kids and stinging insects more than an arm’s length apart, but the Emergency Services Department at Emory Johns Creek Hospital recently enlisted the help of a small bevy of bees to take the sting out of shots for its pediatric patients.

The “bees” are palm-sized vibrating devices, called Buzzies, designed to look like smiling bumble bees. When the Buzzy is placed against the patient’s body near the site of the nasty needle poke, the theory is it reduces the pain by confusing the nerves and distracting the patient’s focus away from the point of injection. For small children—and their parents—this can be a huge plus, especially during a visit to the local emergency room.

Natascha Barney, Directory of Emory Johns Creek’s Emergency Services Department, learned about the bee-like angels of mercy from one of the department’s staff nurses who discovered them on a visit to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. “When she saw it, she got really excited about suggesting it for us,” Barney says. “Our staff is really thrilled to be able to offer a cute option like this to our patients.”

Using Buzzies also helps include family members in the care process, which is at the core of Emory Healthcare and Emory Johns Creek’s mission. “Parents can help us hold it in place while we give the shot,” Barney explains. “It gets them involved and helps decrease their anxiety levels.”

The device is the brain child of an Atlanta-area emergency health specialist and mom, who invented product after she sat through her own 4-year-old’s shot trauma. Several versions of product are manufactured locally in Alpharetta and Suwanee. In addition to pediatric uses, The Buzzy is marketed to diabetics and for use in a number of adult healthcare situations that involve needle sticks. Barney joked, “We’re probably going to need them for some of our big ‘kids.’”

The funds for the Buzzies were provided through donations from EJCH employees and the community through a program call MyEmory Healthcare. “We are thrilled to now have the ability to grant funds to hospital departments to help enhance the patient and family experience,” says Kathryn Albright, Emory Johns Creek’s Director of Development.” It’s heartwarming to see the wonderful things that can happen when people pull together for a great cause.”

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Accreditation Emory Johns Creek HospitalCongratulations to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, which has received Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This achievement signifies that Emory Johns Creek meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures in patients who arrive at the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.

“We are so proud of the phenomenal work by this multidisciplinary team,” says Marilyn Margolis, MN, RN, Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s chief nursing officer and vice president of operations.” This accreditation shows our ability to provide the community with the best heart care available.”

To achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation, the hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing symptoms that indicate heart disease or a heart attack. It also has demonstrated that it has processes in place that meet strict criteria to help:

  • Detect and treat symptoms that may lead to a heart attack, thus avoiding a heart attack and therefore avoiding heart damage.
  • Provide the community with education and information about early heart attack care to improve wellness and the quality of life.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is one of three hospitals in the Emory Healthcare system to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation. Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown are accredited Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals must reapply for their designation every three years.

“It took a team of dedicated people across many hospital departments and services to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation at Emory Johns Creek Hospital,” says Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “We are excited about this designation and know it will benefit many patients during the critical and early stages of a heart attack and throughout their recovery.”

As great as this news is for Emory Johns Creek Hospital, what it means for Emory Johns Creek’s patients is what’s most important, says Jeffery Hershey, MD, who serves as chair of the Division of Cardiology and chief of medicine at Emory Johns Creek. “Heart patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital can expect a continuum of care from the very start of the patient’s symptoms until discharge from the hospital,” Hershey says. “This includes care starting with emergency dispatch to EMS in the field to the emergency department to the cath lab to the observation unit to cardiac rehab and through discharge from the facility. We have enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and are committed to these higher standards of care.”

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GHA Honors Emory’s Marilyn Margolis with Lifetime Achievement Award

Marilyn Margolis

This year, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) awarded its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Marilyn Margolis, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services and operations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

“It was an honor and a surprise when I found out about the award,” Margolis says. “It deeply touched me because I consider it a privilege to do the work for which I’m getting recognized.” Emory Johns Creek’s CEO Craig McCoy nominated Margolis for the award.

Her “work” is an understated reference to a 30-plus year career with Emory Healthcare that has included positions as staff leader of Emory University Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit, unit director of Emory University Hospital’s Emergency Department, director of nursing for Emory Healthcare’s Emergency Services and Emory University Hospital’s neurosciences department, director of nursing operations for Emory University Hospital, and her current roles at Emory Johns Creek, where she collaborates with all providers and oversees the hospital’s operational and clinical functions.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with incredibly talented and dedicated people in the Emory system,” says Margolis. “The support from Emory’s administration and the opportunity to work collaboratively with a number of great teams is what has really helped move some major projects forward that made positive impacts on patient care.”

A few of those major projects include:

  • Development of continuous-improvement programs to enhance patient safety, increase nursing staff retention and reduce nurse-to-patient ratios, including a reorganization of Emory University Hospital’s ER admissions process at and the development of an “express care” line, which improved patient safety (1999).
  • Creation of the Family Coordinator role and mechanisms that allow patients’ family members to provide input and voice concerns about the patients care. These initiatives were recognized as best practices at many conferences, including the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care. The program received multiple awards and was featured in the New York Times (2002).
  • Implementation of University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) best practices at Emory, resulting in system-wide improvements and UHC recognition (2002).
  • Successful certification and accreditation initiatives, including The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification for Emory University Hospital (2008, 2010) and Emory Johns Creek Hospital (2011); and accreditation with commendation for Emory Johns Creek’s cancer program (2013).  She is currently leading efforts to ready Emory Johns Creek Hospital for Magnet Hospital certification.

Margolis credits numerous mentors who provided her with guidance and learning opportunities throughout her Emory career. “If you’re open to constant education and open communication, the opportunities are limitless at Emory. It’s truly a gift to work here,” she says.

Ladies Night Out: Join Us for an Evening of Healthy Indulgence!

Ladies Night Out EventIt’s become a fall tradition. Emory Johns Creek Hospital is once again hosting its Annual Ladies’ Night Out, Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Physicians Plaza. RSVP by calling: 678-474-8200.

This free event provides women of all ages free health screenings (including glucose, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure, BMI, and skin screenings), casual conversations with physicians over dessert and coffee and a chance to win door prizes.

A number of local vendors will be on hand, offering products and services directly tailored for women, including skin care products and sun damage screenings. Chair massages will be provided, as well, says Community Relations Director, Beverly Miller who coordinates the event each year with the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties.

Also on tap will be a panel discussion focused on “A Younger, Healthier You” and tours of the new Center for Breast Care. Free gifts will be provided to guests who attend the panel and tour.

Call 678-474-8200 to let us know you are coming or if you need more information. Registration is not required, but is very much appreciated. You can also RSVP on Facebook!

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