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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new tool in the fight against crime across the state. His name is Zeus, a 2-year-old, yellow Labrador Retriever with a special talent. He can sniff out electronic storage devices – like hard drives, flash drives, even micro SD cards less than a mil…

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GRUNDY COUNTY HEALTH COUNCIL Karen Wickham, RN Complications for heart disease increase as your Hemoglobin A1c, or simply A1c, increases. An A1c of 5.7 means you have a 70 percent higher risk for having a heart attack according to Dr. Wes Youngberg, a practicing clinical nutritionist and lif…

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GRUNDY COUNTY HEALTH COUNCIL karen wickham, rn Welcome to 2015! We’ve made it through the holidays and all the fun, memory-making gatherings. Most folks are probably still in full swing with keeping their New Year’s Resolutions! The weatherman says that very cold air is moving in so let’s ta…

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Spring is coming! And then summer will be here before we know it! Summer means bathing suits to most folks. That may mean a diet to you. How can we know if the latest “diet” is really good for us and not another fad? Lots of diets have come and gone over time. Some of

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Lone star tick bites are likely the cause of thousands of cases of severe red meat allergies that are plaguing patients in Southeastern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia and spreading up the Eastern Seaboard along with the deer population. Vanderbilt’s Asthma, Sinus and…

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Do you wonder what the Grundy County Health Council has been up to? Here’s a brief peak from last few months of things just related to activity, nutrition and diabetes. 42 residents chose to participate in Shopping Matters tours with 5 people being trained as facilitators. These folks have e…

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend a seminar presented by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. For over 50 years he has been at the forefront of nutrition research. He holds the position of Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He’s written lots …

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The Grundy County Health Council has been hard at work during the past year helping citizens improve their health.  According to Tonya Garner, Health Council Facilitator, “We have many activities going on that we would like to make citizens aware of so they can become involved.” The Council …

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Tennessee Department of Health officials say too many people get sick or die from influenza every year due to avoiding vaccination because of myths and misbeliefs. The two most common rumors are that getting immunized will give you the flu and that influenza vaccines aren’t effective. “We ca…

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New Year’s resolutions are not new nor are they usually lasting. Many folks don’t even write them down though they might make a list in their head. And I was not surprised to read that the resolutions to lose weight and exercise more are the most popular resolutions. I’ve been thinking about…