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Six Activities that Can Prevent 70% of Heart Attacks

February is American Heart Month, and a time to build awareness about the number one killer in America – heart disease. What if I told you there were six things you could do to make you 70 percent less likely to have a heart attack? A new study in the[...]

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Win at Losing

What Susan Dennis says is most extraordinary about her life now is that it is so ordinary. In the last few months, she’s taken many long walks, gone to a baseball game, flown to Florida on vacation, and walked down the beach in a swimsuit. Nothing that unusual for a[...]

  1. Teresa Cooper: Dear Susan, I am scheduled for gastric bypass surgery on March 9,2015, with Dr. Gandsas. I keep thinking if I…

    • Susan Dennis: Teresa, I was very nervous prior to surgery, but I now know it was the smartest decision I have every…

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Surgery Pushes Weight Loss, but New Health Habits are the Key to Success

In 2012, Tammy Smith weighed 340 pounds. She attended a weight loss surgery seminar and decided to have gastric sleeve bypass. Her journey to new health habits began several months prior to her surgery, leading to a nearly 200-pound weight loss. Here’s Tammy’s story in her own words: Two years[...]

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  2. Sheri Pick: What a wonderful article. I am so proud of you Tammy. You look am amazing. You are so furtunate to…

Tyraia Colbert (right) upped her chance for weight loss success by selecting her mom, Kay, as her workout buddy.

New Year, New You: Inspiration from Tyraia’s Journey to a Healthier Weight

Wake-up calls come in all forms. For Tyraia Colbert, a tele-health assistant who works nights in the Communications Department at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), her wake-up call to get healthy came in the form of shoes. “I couldn’t wear my high heels,” Tyraia laughed. “I was too big, and[...]

  1. SANDY JONES: CONGRATS TY!!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. SINCE WE WORK DIFFERENT SHIFTS, I DONT SEE YOU MUCH,. BUT I…

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Making Health a Priority

When Nakeya Johnson had her third child in 2010 she knew something had to change. With three small children at home, her health and wellness had taken a back seat to family and work responsibilities. But, on January 1, 2013 Nakeya decided to make a serious commitment to getting healthier.[...]

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Ashley Varner, MSW, MBA, OSW-C
Manager, Psychosocial Oncology

What If Your Friend is the One in Eight? How Can You Help?

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lifetime, and that means almost all of us will know someone who receives the diagnosis. It can be unsettling when a friend or co-worker is diagnosed. You want to do the right thing, but may wonder what[...]

  1. Cathy: You are a gift to so many. Thank you for all you do for our community.

Navigating through Cancer: Stacy’s Journey

Stacy Stewart was a healthy wife and mother of two—until she found out she had breast cancer. Unsure of what to do next, she went to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment. While there, she was assigned to Nurse Navigator Kim Stewart, RN, who helped guide her through the turbulent[...]

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  2. marie zeffiro: For those of you who guided Stacey and her family you are what Jesus promised us, Angels to guide us…

  3. Margie Baldwin: I know Stacy personally and she is a very strong willed person! You go Stacy!! Awesome family too! Love you…

  4. Wanda Lewis: The nurse navigators are truly awesome. I can't tell you how many times they intervened and helped keep things sane…

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Relieving pain in sensitive places

Most of us are comfortable sharing with family and friends our woes of back, neck or leg pain. But what about when you have pain in a place where—ahem—no one really talks about? Enter Karen Dobbs. A physical therapist specializing in the pelvic floor, Karen helps men and women suffering[...]

  1. PTpatient: Dedicated medical specialists such as this restore my faith in humanity. It must be so hard for these patients to…

  2. Lorraine: Thanks for all that you do, Karen Dobbs. Your work is so important and very much appreciated!

  3. Susan: Thank you for helping people reduce pain and improve their quality of life.