The Citizen: Five lessons in parenting

Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D. June 2006

My oldest child is preparing to leave home and now that she is an adult, I've thought a lot about the most important things I've tried to teach her.

Faster treatment and relief for sports injuries

Dr. Vince Vellucci, a local chiropractic doctor in Fayetteville attended a Sports Injury Seminar April 1 and 2 this year with nationally recognized professional sports doctors, Dr. Brad Hayes, DC and Dr. Malcom Conway, DC. Dr. Hayes and Dr. Conway have successfully treated more professional athletes, i.e. gymnasts, football players, cheerleaders, golfers and others from every type of sport in the U.S., than any other doctor in the profession. "For a significant number of today's injured athletes, there is a treatment option better than casts, bandages, ice, massage, tape or rest. There is now a proven treatment that will stun coaches and put athletes back into their sport."

Locals raise money for a CF cure

Two local Fayetteville residents, Jessica Dutton and Toniese Craft, attending Clayton State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program participated in the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis walk at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 20.

Open house celebrates success

Dr. Marilyn Durden, owner of Durden Chiropractic Clinic in Tyrone, celebrated 11 years in practice on June 22. Food, fun and networking were the order of the day as friends, patients and colleagues dropped by throughout the day to wish her continued success and meet and greet their neighbors and friends.

Local businesses help you get in tip top shape

While May is National Physical Fitness Month, one should try to lead an active lifestyle all year long in order to live a healthier life. In addition to the numerous gyms in the area and the myriad of classes that are offered by local recreation departments, there are several businesses who focus on making people stronger, healthier and more physically fit.

Piedmont Fayette awards nurse of the year

Piedmont Fayette Hospital wouldn’t be a 100 Top Hospital® without its dedicated team of healthcare employees. In recognition of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, Piedmont Fayette spotlighted its nurses and healthcare workers for the outstanding care they provide to patients. Nurse of the Year Awards were announced and throughout the week, employees were treated to an ice cream social and special activities.

How to raise an obnoxious, disrespectful and untrustworthy child

Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D. May 2006

Over these many years of clinical practice I've seen quite a few parents who seemed intent on doing everything they could to raise the most irritating,irresponsible, and obnoxious children possible. So, I decided to make life easier for these parents by organizing some simple instructions to perfect the process. Here is what you need to do if you want to raise an

Sunscreen 101: What everyone needs to know

It may be the most common form of sun protection, but do Americans understand sunscreen well enough to use it correctly? That is the burning question, according to dermatologists, who speculate that most people fail to adequately protect themselves from daily sun exposure and are therefore at higher risk of developing skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.

Mumps cases in Georgia not related to outbreak in Midwest

The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Division of Public Health identified two laboratory-confirmed mumps cases among Georgia residents during the second week of May 2006. The two confirmed Mumps cases in Georgia, however, have no known link to the outbreak in the Midwest or any link to each other.

Relief for moms - chiropractic care for children

During May, Mother’s Day Month, I thought it would be appropriate to share information about how Moms get some relief when their children are given a safe, effective treatment to improve their children’s health. We treat subluxation, a misalignment of the spine, which irritates nerves and reduces transmission to vital systems in the body.

Meet the author social at Heritage of Peachtree

Colonel David W. Irvin, Jr. will speak at Heritage of Peachtree on Tuesday May 30th at 3 p.m. Colonel Irvin is the author of six books that follow his distinguished military career spanning a lifetime.

Study says Georgia's tobacco quit line works

A recent study conducted by Georgia State University and released by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) shows that the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line –1-877-270-STOP – is effective in helping people who use tobacco kick the habit. The Quit Line provides one-on-one counseling and assists tobacco users in creating customized quit plans.

DHR's nutrition program for women and children asks for public comment, response

DHR is seeking public comment on ways to improve the services provided by Georgia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) during May 2006. During this period, Georgians are invited to comment on the program by emailing or by sending comments in writing to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, WIC Branch, Suite 10-463, Two Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Physical fitness tips for families in Georgia

You may or may not know, but May is National Physical Fitness Month! With the hectic schedules of today’s families, it seems as though there is rarely extra time for physical activity. However, David Marshall, M.D., Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recommends that families should map out and plan time for activities to ensure they are added to the daily routine. In honor of National Physical Fitness Month, here are some family-friendly outdoor activities recommended for summertime:

A quiz on staying safe in the sun

Think you know all you need to know about sun safety? Test your sun IQ by answering the following true/false questions about sun exposure.

Tips on how to stay safe on a trampoline

Not long ago, the only place you’d see a trampoline was at the circus. Today, they’re out from under the big top, popping up in health clubs, backyards and even in water. However, this leap into everyday life has also increased the number of people landing in emergency rooms and medical clinics with injuries from trampoline use. Because many trampoline injuries occur in the backyards of private homes, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) does not recommend the recreational use of trampolines. Sprains, fractures, scrapes, bruises and cuts are common injuries associated with trampoline jumping. Severe injuries – such as to the neck or spinal cord – resulting in paralysis or death can also occur.

Top five ways to fight allergies

By Dr. William Dolen, Allergist-Immunologist
MCG Health System

Every year, millions of Americans continue to live with seasonal allergy symptoms, despite the fact that relief is available for the drippy nose, sneezing, congestion and itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies to pollens and other sources. The following are the top five steps allergy sufferers should take in order to help relieve the onset of symptoms:

No wonder they are confused

By Greg Moffatt
Special to The Citizen

I try to make sure I always focus on children and families in these columns I've written over the past twelve years. Today it might appear I've strayed into the arena of politics, but rest assured, if you stick with me you will see its application to families and children.

National Infant Immunization Week is this week

April 22-29, 2006 is National Infant Immunization Week. District 4 Public Health would like to remind parents of infants that vaccines are the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals from developing potentially serious diseases, they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious agents.

Fighting childhood obesity

The National Institutes of Health has declared childhood obesity an epidemic. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last two to three decades and statistics show that one child in five is overweight.

Keep a personal health record

Now more than ever before individuals are taking a greater interest in their health and healthcare. Eating healthy, taking vitamins and herbal supplements, and exercising have become more commonplace, and often what was once left up to the doctor to decide is now being balanced by the desire to be more proactive.

Seminar on women’s health issues, May 4

Women’s Therapeutic Specialists and Peachtree Women’s Physical Therapy will present an evening dedicated to the health and wellness of women on May 4, 7-9pm at the Heritage Bank Community Room, 440 N. Jeff Davis Drive in Fayetteville.

Oticon Delta helps baby boomers look as sharp as they hear

Leading hearing aid manufacturer Oticon, Inc. today introduced a groundbreaking hearing device designed to change forever the perception of hearing aids among the 50-plus generation. Called Oticon Delta, the miniature hearing device with its trendy triangular shape and stylish colours appears to have more in common with tiny high-tech communication devices or cool fashion accessories than traditional hearing aids.

UFE seminar, Apr. 26 at 6 p.m.

Are you or a loved one living with the pain and discomfort of uterine fibroids? Piedmont Fayette Hospital is hosting a seminar about Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive procedure to treat fibroids.

Senior adults stay fit through volunteerism

Today more seniors than ever are giving up their free time to help others and the benefits of volunteering are amazing. Volunteers are healthier, often having fewer medical problems than the senior population in general.

All About You offers nutrition and fitness course at World Gym

All About You Balanced Nutrition and Training Lifestyle announces its opening at a new location within World Gym–Fayetteville. Weight-Management, nutrition, lifestyle and fitness consultations are now offered to the general public and World Gym-Fayetteville members.

Conference for faith and health care leaders

Georgia faith and healthcare leaders are invited to attend the Fifth Annual “Aligning Faith & Health: Building Partnerships for a Healthy Community” Conference May 23 at the LaGrange College Student Center in LaGrange.

State near the top in immunization coverage

Georgia ranks fourth in the nation for immunization coverage for children according to the 2004 National Immunization Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Moms of Multiples group donates to Children's Healthcare

Southside Moms of Multiples
The "Southside Mothers of Multiples" group recently made a $500 donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Fayetteville teen gets a second chance

Joe Eddings
Kidney transplant recipient, Joe Eddings of Fayetteville, enjoys an arcade game at a recent Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Second Chance teen event at ESPN Zone in Atlanta.

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