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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at higher risk for health problems that can become serious. According to the WHO, the number of obese infants and children from ages 0 to 5 years increased from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million by the year 2016. These numbers are far too high, and that is why September has been deemed Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is purposed to call out the issue, combatting it through education and overall awareness. Consequences of Childhood Obesity When children and adolescents struggle

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COVID-19 Info for Pregnant Women | Chattanooga

COVID-19 Info for Pregnant Women Galen is here to help guide you through the process of our drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing which starts with a simple phone call to our COVID-19 Hotline: (423) 618-9006. For more information, visit our Testing for COVID-19 page. Even in the face of this pandemic, it’s paramount to us that we continue to take the best possible care of our pregnant and postpartum patients. It is our goal to continue to provide the most up-to-date information, keeping you informed so you and your families can stay safe and healthy during this time. There are many

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Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Covid-19 Exposure

CHATTANOOGA, TN, August 4, 2020 — Galen Medical Group, announced that Dr. Cindy Harris, a Specialist in Pediatrics at Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, July 31. Dr. Harris treats patients at the Galen facility located at 1651 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 302. Galen has reached out to all patients and family members possibly exposed with Dr. Harris during the potential transmission period, the week of July 27 – 30, and they are being offered free COVID-19 testing services. Additional contact tracing and testing protocols have also been followed and the practice has been in

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Yolanda Spraggins, Specialist in Pediatrics

Dr. Yolanda Spraggins is a Galen physician specializing in pediatrics. As a child, Dr. Spraggins was moved by a story about children in Africa who needed medical attention, and this spurred her passion for medicine. She is driven by a love for treating children, helping their parents learn best practices, and watching her patients grow and flourish. After obtaining a B.A. in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Spraggins went on to continue her education at the Duke University School of Medicine. She followed up medical school with a residency in pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, after which

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August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Week

In effort to improve the health of mothers and babies, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st through the 7th. This also commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August of 1990 by government policy makers, UNICEF, the WHO, and other organizations in effort to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. This global campaign is purposed to raise awareness with the objective to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize action in relation to themes that relate to breastfeeding and its benefits. According to the WHO, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure the health and survival of

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Dr. Chris Lowe, Board-Certified Dermatologist
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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Chris Lowe, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Chris Lowe is a board-certified dermatologist at Galen Dermatology. He’s always enjoyed science and helping others, so medicine was a natural fit for him career wise. Dr. Lowe received his MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and went on to complete an internship with Madigan Army Medical Center, followed by his dermatology residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Lowe joined the Galen team in 2019, but has been practicing dermatology full time since 2013. Both Dr. Lowe and his wife grew up in the Chattanooga area, and were thrilled to have an opportunity to

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Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, and the team at Galen is celebrating the health and wellness of our male patients and their families. Celebrated across the country, the root purpose of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness surrounding preventable health problems while encouraging the early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. This month-long celebration provides health care professionals and public policy makers, along with individuals, the opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical care and screenings, as well as early treatment for illnesses and injuries. The month will be marked by a slew

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Family Health & Fitness Day

This year on June 13th, we celebrate the good parks and recreation brings to our communities and families with National Family Health & Fitness Day. On the second Saturday in June each year, this special day exists to highlight the importance of the parks systems in helping to keep communities active and healthy. Parks and recreation agencies across the states are encouraged to join in, sharing ways families can safely get active while still practicing social distancing on June 13th. This may look different place to place– maybe even incorporating virtual programming people can participate in from home, or within

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness America has declared the month of June to be Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, and the leading cause for vision loss among Americans, affecting 24 million Americans over the age of 40. As such, June is dedicated to promoting awareness and education surrounding this issue. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye, which is normally clear. They result in clouded vision, difficulty reading, driving, and overall vision problems, especially at night. What are the symptoms of cataracts? Clouded, blurred or dim vision Increased

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National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is May 10th-16th, 2020, and the team at Galen is ready to celebrate women’s health and inspire our female patients to make their health a priority now and always. Especially in the current climate with COVID-19 an ever present concern, it’s even more imperative than ever to take steps to improve overall wellness now for a happier and healthier future. This is important for all girls and women, but even more so for those with underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory issues, and of course, women over the age of 65. It’s

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