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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, a time to talk about the health issue affecting 1 out of 5 children in the United States. Obesity is an issue that typically follows children into adulthood, so correcting the problem at a young age is vital. Grand Parkway Emergency Center urges parents to educate themselves on…

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

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Cord blood might not be the most familiar of terms to most people but mention stem cells to them and most make the immediate connection. With July being Cord Blood Awareness Month, we want to share information about this fascinating topic and to give pregnant women and mothers-to-be a chance to make an informed decision…

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Summer Fun at the Beach

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Americans take nearly two billion trips to the beach each year according to the Environmental Protection Agency. As summer approaches and temperatures rise, more people will be planning their trips for a beach getaway. Jumping in the water to escape the heat is a great way to cool off and burn a few calories while…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

No matter what stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, mental health is important. Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being.  It affects how you think, feel and act. It also determines our ability to handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Factors such as biological, life experiences and family history contribute…

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All About Meningitis

As graduation day approaches for many high schoolers, families might be seeing notifications for required vaccinations. Before attending college, many teens have to get booster shots or new vaccinations against infections that spread easily in large, campus settings, and one of the most well known of these is Meningitis. With April 24th being National Meningitis…

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Common Household Poisons

The week of March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week, which means that there is no better time for families everywhere to be mindful of the toxic materials in their own home. From cleaning products to certain cosmetic supplies, there are certain substances in every home which can become poisonous when they’re ingested. Children are…

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Antioxidants & Heart Health

It isn’t uncommon to hear people say that eating or drinking something is “good for the heart.” One of the most common words that gets thrown around with this phrase is the term “antioxidants.” While most people know that antioxidants are good for them, it might be hard to know why they are. In honor…

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Holiday Decorating Safety

As the days grow shorter and the nights darker, this is a time of year when houses on every block begin to fill with lights, wreaths, and more. As the decorations go up, so too the household risks of injuries and accidents. Whether it is standing on ladders to hang holly boughs or hanging stockings…

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All About Antibiotics

This week is National Antibiotic Awareness Week, and Grand Parkway Emergency Center, a division of Oakbend Medical Center, wants to celebrate the importance of these modern medical marvels. Anyone who has had bronchitis or strep throat will be familiar with antibiotics—you were probably prescribed some at some point—but do you know what antibiotics can do?…

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Home Eye Safety

When it comes to arts and crafts or household chores, we don’t often think about eye injuries. When we are cleaning or fixing things around the house, we usually assume that we are safe, because everyone feels more secure in their own home. While it might be easy to prevent arm or leg injuries at…

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