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Take Care of Those Pearly Whites: 4 Dental Health Tips For Everyone
Jun 14, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Woman flossing for dental healthYour mouth doesn’t just communicate through words. It can give you important signs about your health including clues of infection, illness or chronic disease. And, in some cases, issues with your mouth, teeth and gums can actually cause serious health conditions. Making your oral hygiene a priority can go a long way in preventing a number of health conditions and managing the side effects of some chronic health conditions, like diabetes and cancer. Make sure you’re doing all you can to maintain your dental health, before it becomes a problem. These four simple tips can help.

1. Floss

Flossing may not be fun, but done properly it removes the plaque and food stuck between your teeth and under your gum line. That’s an important step in your oral hygiene routine since stuck food particles lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Be sure to floss at least once a day, preferably [...]

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Emory University Hospital's Asbury Café is Fighting Food Waste with Second Helpings
May 31, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Second Helpings Atlanta logoThe Food and Nutrition Services team at Emory University Hospital’s Asbury Café diligently works behind the scenes after the daily breakfast rush to package and freeze leftover food items. All this extra work is for a good cause. Unused pans of high-protein items, such as eggs, bacon and sausage, are donated to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta. Every Thursday, volunteers from Second Helpings Atlanta pick up pounds of frozen breakfast leftovers from Asbury Café and deliver the food to the Good Samaritan Health Center, which serves hot meals to the homeless. “We have been partnering with Second Helpings Atlanta for almost two years now,” says Emory University Hospital Executive Chef Mike Bacha. “On average, we donate 300 pounds of breakfast leftovers per month to Second [...]

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Things Every Senior Should Discuss With Their Doctor
May 29, 2019 By Eleni Footman, MD

senior healthOne important way to maintain good health while aging is to create an open and honest relationship with your doctor. Sharing with your doctor what is important to you while also addressing your physical and personal challenges is critical to your health and safety. Getting older doesn’t mean giving up your favorite activities. Having discussions with your loved ones and doctor about what is meaningful creates an understanding of what quality of life means to you. It is important to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle – traveling, participating in physical activities such as water aerobics, and meeting up with friends to play games like Bridge. While it is important to maintain a good quality of life, it is also critical to make sure you are safe while doing so! Part of your discussion with your doctor should include identifying what your physical limitations are and any [...]

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Helmet Safety for Your Child and Teen
May 16, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

Bike Helmet SafetyYour child’s helmet should fit properly and be:
  • Well maintained
  • Age appropriate
  • Worn consistently and correctly
  • Appropriately certified for use
While there is no concussion-proof helmet, a helmet can help protect your child or teen from a serious brain or head injury. Even with a helmet, it is important for your child or teen to avoid hits to the head.

HEADS UP Video: Get a Heads Up on Helmets


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How Not to Get Sick: 5 Tips to Stay Healthy All Year Long
May 2, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

washing handsA cold or virus can knock you off your feet and keep you in bed for days at a time. Not only do you feel miserable when you’re sick, but you miss out on work, school and with your family. While you can’t avoid sickness altogether, there are a few ways you can stay healthy all year long. Read on to learn five simple tips for combatting illness and keeping you up and at ‘em.

1. Wash Your Hands Properly

Hand hygiene is one of your best defenses against getting sick. But proper handwashing may not be as straightforward as you think. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer five foolproof steps to make sure you’re washing away germs and bacteria that can make you sick:
  1. Wet hands with clean, running water.
  2. Apply soap and lather the backs of hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands

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Nurses Choose Emory Healthcare for Personal and Professional Growth
Apr 1, 2019 By Emory Healthcare

dr sharon pappas with nursing groupLeaders at Emory Healthcare (EHC) share a common goal of providing a world class environment where nurses can thrive and patients can heal. It is this level of commitment that creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, where leaders listen to and value the contributions of nurses. Chief Nursing Executive Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, leads with gratitude and deep appreciation for the nurses who serve at EHC. “For us, it’s important to let nurses know how valuable they are, and we are serious about hiring nurses who appreciate this culture,” said Dr. Pappas. “Here at Emory Healthcare, we practice patient- and family-centered care where nurses are an active member of the care team.” This collaborative environment is critical to patient care. Nurses and other members of the care team can make the best, most well-informed decisions with this approach. [...]

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Nutrition Tips to Get You Back On Track
Mar 11, 2019 By Carrie Claiborne, RD, LD

March is National Nutrition Month®. This is a perfect month to promote the importance of wellness and nutrition. For most people, the motivation of continuing their New Year’s resolution is wearing off by now and we all could use a little push heading into the second quarter. With the endless marketing ads we encounter from billboards, to television, to digital media, the concept of eating healthy can seem confusing and downright overwhelming. Every week, there seems to be a new diet or superfood with claims of increased vitality and health. Maybe you’ve tried a few, maybe you haven’t. The truth is, eating healthy is easier than you think, once you know the basics. Here are a few nutrition tips to help you stay on track to reaching your New Year’s resolution.

  1. Eat whole foods – No, that does not mean eat the whole pizza! Whole foods are foods that are free from

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Social Wellness: Your Relationships Impact Your Health
Mar 8, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

social wellnessThere’s a lot of talk these days about your emotional, physical and mental wellness, but what about your social health? After all, your relationships with family and friends certainly impact your overall well-being. Think about the last time you had an argument with a loved one or were on the outs with a friend: It can make your blood pressure rise and release stress hormones in your body. All relationships have their ups and downs. But with strong communication, open-mindedness and empathy, healthy relationships will stand the test of time — and add great value to your life. In fact, research supports the idea that people with strong social wellness (those who have healthy relationships and can successfully interact with others) enjoy many health benefits, including:

  • Boosted immune systems
  • Healthier hearts
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Longer lives
  • Stronger

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Emergency Preparedness: Keep Yourself and Your Family Safe
Mar 1, 2019 By Velair Walton, M.D.

Emergency Preparedness KitWe don’t like to think about it, but emergencies can strike at any time. From major disasters to health scares, it’s important to be prepared so you and your family can cope with whatever comes your way. For some, emergency preparedness is a daunting task. To make it less overwhelming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest breaking it down into an easy-to-remember, three-step process:

  1. Get a kit
  2. Make a plan
  3. Be informed

1. Get a Kit

Make a kit of supplies you would need in a disaster. The Department of Homeland Security recommends your emergency kit include:
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
  • Dust masks
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Food (three-day supply of non-perishable food such as energy bars, peanut butter, nuts, canned vegetables and dried fruit)
  • Local

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5 Ways to Reduce or Even Reverse Diabetes
Feb 28, 2019 By Candace C. White, DO

American Diabetes Alert DayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and more than 7 million of them do not know they have it. Hence, it is possible that you or a family member or close friend could be undiagnosed. When diabetes goes untreated it can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness and foot problems. Also, diabetes is expensive and people with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on medical expenses than those without diabetes. American Diabetes Association Alert Day, held the last Tuesday of March each year is a one-day event that encourages everyone to take the Type II Diabetes Risk Test. Each year, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to participate in workplace activities and increase its awareness of the disease.

Here are some tips to reduce or reverse


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