Category Archives: Health

Make lists, eat well and exercise to reduce holiday stress

By Keishon Thomas UGA Extension Before the jack-o’-lanterns lost their smiles, stores were already advertising sales, stringing up holiday lights, setting up displays and playing seasonal music. There’s a huge buildup to the winter holidays. The season brings changes for many of us: families are visiting, different foods are consumed, homes take on festive looks and bedtime routines… Read More »




GBI warns parents of sleeping with infants in the bed

View image | gettyimages.com Decatur, Georgia – Public awareness of sleep-related infant deaths in the state of Georgia is critical in preventing these deaths.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) hope to raise awareness about the dangers of co-sleeping.  Prevention… Read More »




Do you smoke? Public Health and CDC offer tips to help you quit

ALBANY — Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year, says Ebonee Kirkwood, a Southwest Georgia Health District specialist in epidemiology and health promotions. “The only proven strategy to protect yourself and the others around you from harm caused by smoking is to never smoke,”… Read More »




To prevent dog bites, follow these tips

A dog escaping its yard to bite a five-year-old boy in Crawfordville, Fla., is a serious reminder of the need to be aware of the fact that dogs can sometimes attack unexpectedly. The five-year-old boy was on a swing in his neighbor’s yard on May 18 when a labrador retriever broke through an electrical dog fence and escaped… Read More »

New primary care center to open up in Bainbridge this summer

News Release Maybe it’s annual check-ups or treatment for minor illnesses. Maybe it’s ongoing management of a chronic disease such as diabetes or hypertension. Everyone benefits from a relationship with a primary care provider. But it has to be accessible and affordable. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced $101 million of Affordable Care Act funding… Read More »

UGA food safety expert: Proper food preparation can prevent botulism

By J. Calvin Powell University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences A recent deadly outbreak of botulism in Ohio underscores the necessity for proper home canning procedures and food preparation, a University of Georgia Extension food safety specialist said. Elizabeth Andress, director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation housed in the UGA College of… Read More »




Bainbridge Decatur County YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day on April 25 Aims to Help Kids Stay Active and Keep Learning

On Saturday, April 25, the Bainbridge Decatur County YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such a youth triathlon, swimming, Zumba and karate demonstrations, an obstacle course and… Read More »

Memorial Hospital earns 4-star rating

Memorial Hospital and Manor Achieves 4 Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services On April 20, 2015, Memorial Hospital and Manor received a report containing their overall patient satisfaction star rating. A rating was given to every Medicare/Medicaid participating hospital in the United States. Stars were given from 1-5, with a one being the lowest… Read More »




Physician recommendations result in greater weight loss, UGA research finds

Patients advised to lose weight by their physicians dropped more pounds on average than those who didn’t receive a recommendation, according to new research from the University of Georgia published in the journal Economics and Human Biology. Using a national data set from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, study author Joshua Berning found that physician advice… Read More »

Bainbridge YMCA Receives ‘Silver Sneakers’ rating

The Bainbridge Decatur-County YMCA, a Silver Sneakers approved facility, was recently evaluated by Healthways. Healthways, the Silver Sneakers program facilitator, sent their representative to evaluate YMCA Instructor Paula Grollman, in early February as part of their annual process. Silver Sneaker Instructor Coordinator for Alabama and Georgia, Faye Rogers observed Grollman lead 2 of her Silver Sneaker endorsed classes… Read More »




Shriners Hospitals for Children Kicks-Off Annual Love to the rescue Fundraising and Awareness Campaign

TAMPA, Fla. — Shriners Hospitals for Children® announces the kick-off of its annual Love to the rescue®campaign this month to raise awareness and support for its mission to provide the highest quality care to children with special health care needs, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. As part of this year’s efforts, Shriners Hospitals for Children introduces a… Read More »

Southland MD Partners with Memorial Hospital and Manor on hospitalist program

BAINBRIDGE, GA. — Southland MD, a regional leader in hospitalist services, today announced a new affiliation with Memorial Hospital and Manor facilities located in Bainbridge, Georgia. Under the agreement, Southland will provide leading edge hospital medicine to the patients of Memorial Hospital and Manor. “We’re thrilled to partner with Memorial Hospital and Manor as it works to proactively… Read More »