Category Archives: Family Health

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club to host guest speaker

The Palmetto Plant Eaters club, a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly, will be hosting Emily Johnson of Johnson’s Urban Farm as its guest speaker on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton, SC. Learn more about the Palmetto Plant Eaters here:
Johnson’s Urban Farm is a new greenhouse, farm, and specialty market on Wild Horse Road on Hilton Head Island, SC, that opened to the public in November 2015. As the region’s only organic greenhouse, Johnson’s Urban Farm provides the community with an important option in fresh, healthy produce. With a full range of delicious organically-grown fruits and vegetables, Johnson’s Urban Farm is committed to offering “farm-to-table” foods for a happy, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle.

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University of South Carolina Beaufort to hold 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is hosting its 3rd annual Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, March 31st from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the Hilton Head Gateway campus located at One University Boulevard, Bluffton, SC 29909.

USCB’s Health and Wellness Fair is intended to increase health awareness through education and prevention. The purpose is to provide basic health & wellness information with a variety of informational booths and giveaways designed to help students and the surrounding community become more aware of the many health-related programs, services, and providers located in our surrounding community.

Please come join us for free games, activities, giveaways and more! This event is free and open to the public.

37th Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Scoutreach Inner City Scouting Program

The 37th annual Coastal Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Dodd Family Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Club at Savannah Harbor.  All funds raised will benefit the Scoutreach program for low income, inner city youth.


Event Chair, Tom Cunningham explained, “This is Savannah’s longest running golf tournament, and it’s all for the benefit of Scoutreach programs of the Coastal Georgia Council, so that low income youth in our community to learn outdoor skills, have mentors and participate in the proven leadership development programs offered through the programs of Scouting.”


Registration includes lunch, dinner and team photo. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams.  Hurry!  Play is limited to 32 teams, so register now by calling Angela Phillips at the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America at 912-927-7272, ext. 204.

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Five Mindless, Harmful Eating Habits to Avoid in 2016

Once upon a time, the word “diet” was only associated with weight loss. Thank goodness, times are finally changing. In recent years, science and technology have taught us so much about all of the ways that nutrition and specific foods can alter the entire function and overall health of our human systems. We now know that the foods we choose to put in our bodies can positively or negatively affect so much more than just our weight, metabolism or cholesterol levels. We are quickly learning that we must view diet as an individualized, life-long health plan, rather than just a means to lose weight.

Of course most of us have experienced the feeling of wanting to shed a few extra pounds, especially after the holiday season. Unfortunately, many look to a quick, fix-it diet, creating a shock to their bodies. This often results in putting the lost weight right back on, confusing the healthy metabolic functionality of the body. To avoid this so-called yo-yo dieting and negative consequences to our health, let’s make 2016 the year to focus on a proper long-term nutritional diet that is right for our individual bodies by avoiding the following harmful eating habits that so many of us fall victim to:

Skipping breakfast – Talk about mindless! The mornings can be chaotic, whether we’re trying to get more zzz’s or we have children to feed, dress and get off to school before embarking on our adult responsibilities. Forgetting our own health needs can be very easy and skipping the most important meal of the day is a common one. Why is breakfast so important? This is the meal that ignites our energy, gets our metabolism going and kick starts our brainpower. Without it we can feel weak, tired and sluggish, all the while depriving our bodies of vital nutrients.

Eating out of the package – We live in a packaged food society. Rushed eating or eating on the go can mean skipping the actual purpose of a meal, eating real food. Eating fake processed, packaged food heightens the possibility of eating more than one serving or consuming foods we didn’t plan on eating. Even if we are snacking on something healthy, like mixed nuts, eating more than a recommended serving can translate to consuming too many calories or too much fat (even if it’s the good kind). The best options for snacks and meals are to choose foods that actually exist in nature with minimal processing. Here’s a grocery store secret: Shop mostly around the perimeter of the grocery stores where all the fresh food is, instead of in the middle where all the packaged stuff is. Continue reading