It’s almost summer – and Seniors Taking Charge is getting ready!

May is here – the last month before summer heats up in Georgia (if it hasn’t already!). This month in Seniors Taking Charge, we’re talking about how snacks can fit into a healthy diet and help older adults eat enough calories and nutrients throughout the day. We’re also discussing why flexibility exercises are important for keeping active, as well as how to prevent falls and reduce the fear of falling. We also talk about making informed treatment decisions – it’s easy to want a quick fix that seemed to work for a friend, but is it safe for you? And as always, there is a quick and easy recipe to try – this month, it’s the banana roll-up recipe that’s great for sharing with the grandkids. Be sure to check out this month’s edition here, and visit our archives if you’ve missed an issue in the past.

Happy Spring – Here’s the March 2017 Seniors Taking Charge

It’s March, and this month’s Seniors Taking Charge newsletter is full of ideas to eat well, be active, and stay healthy. For many older adults, cooking for one or two can seem like a waste of time and money. We’re sharing tips to make it easier to cook for one or two, save time, and decrease waste. Also, we’re talking about the importance of warming up and cooling down for exercise, as well as how to prevent heart attacks and strokes. We also talk about the importance of keeping an updated list of medications (prescription and over-the-counter), supplements, and creams or ointments so that your doctors can help you avoid drug interactions. You can download your copy of the March newsletter here.

Check Out Our Web Site for Workshop Updates!

We have a brand new web site for our evidence-based programs! Visit Northeast Georgia Health Matters to learn about all of our programs and see when and where they’re being offered. At this time, we are offering Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Live Strong Live Long workshops), MaineHealth’s Matter of BalancePowerful Tools for Caregivers, and Dealing with Dementia. As we schedule classes, we’ll put them on the events page so that you can see what’s coming up!

If you would like to offer one of these workshops, please e-mail me ( to schedule a workshop in 2017!

Finally, you can find all issues of Seniors Taking Charge here.

February 2017 Seniors Taking Charge Newsletter

It’s February, and this month’s Seniors Taking Charge newsletter is full of ideas to keep you on the healthy track this year. Sometimes, we think that it’s too expensive to eat healthy. We’re sharing tips to eat well without breaking the bank. Also, we’re talking about how to start or increase endurance (or aerobic) activity safely, as well as how to tell if someone is having a stroke or heart attack. We also talk about the importance of recognizing symptoms of medication side effects, allergic reactions, and interactions with other medications and why you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these issues. You can download your copy of the February newsletter here.

January Seniors Taking Charge Newsletter Posted

Happy New Year 2017! The January edition of the Seniors Taking Charge newsletter is now posted here. In this edition, you’ll find tips for enjoying “Meatless Monday” with a recipe for a delicious and easy Bean Chili. You’ll also learn about the different types of exercises you should incorporate in your weekly routine. Winter is a great time to think about emergency preparedness – and we have tips to help you get started on an emergency plan and put together an emergency kit in case you’re caught in a snow or ice storm. Finally, it may be a good time to review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re having memory troubles or feeling tired after mild activity.

Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year 2017!

December Seniors Taking Charge Now Available

Looking Forward to 2017!

It’s hard to believe that a new year is right around the corner! This month’s Seniors Taking Chargenewsletter features tips to help you plan for a healthy 2017, achieve your physical activity goals by being S.M.A.R.T., and manage holiday stress through effective communication. Be sure to download your copy here.

Missed an issue? You can find our archive of newsletters here. Want our newsletter delivered to your inbox so that you don’t miss an issue? Be sure to subscribe below!

If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to see a topic covered in our newsletter, please send us an e-mail through our contact form here.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, new year in 2017!

November 2016 Newsletter Now Available

Let the holidays begin!

The holiday season is about to be in full swing! This month’s Seniors Taking Charge newsletter features tips to help you enjoy holiday meals without giving up your healthy eating habits, stay active during this busy time of year, and manage the stress that often accompanies this otherwise joyous time of year. Be sure to download your copy here.

Missed an issue? You can find our archive of newsletters here. Want our newsletter delivered to your inbox so that you don’t miss an issue? Be sure to subscribe below!

If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to see a topic covered in our newsletter, please send us an e-mail through our contact form here.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, holiday season!

Welcome to our new web site!

Congratulations – you’ve landed on the Northeast Georgia Health Matters web site! We’re really excited to be able to share our proven health programs with you, as well as provide helpful tips to keep you healthy, living strong, and living long. The information below will highlight some of the features of our new site so that you can get the most out of your visit here.

Home Page

Our home page will always house direct links to our currently available programs, as well as most recent news, featured people, and upcoming events.

About Us

You can learn more about our people – lay leaders and coaches, staff, and community partners.

Our Programs

Learn more about the proven programs that we offer. You can find out what the program is about, if it’s right for you, and you’ll have a quick link to the calendar to see if there are any upcoming workshops in your area.

Seniors Taking Charge

We publish a monthly newsletter with articles and tips for good nutrition, physical activity, self-management, and medication management. You can view all of our editions here, and don’t forget to subscribe to our e-mail list so that it’s delivered to your inbox each month.


This calendar is the hub for learning about when our events are offered. You can click the “category” tab to see only specific program offerings. Click the “tags” tab to see events in your county. You can even change how the calendar looks by clicking the calendar icon in the top right corner. Try “agenda” view for a list of upcoming workshops, or “poster board” for a visual display of the events.


We’ll post interesting stories about health-related topics, as well as updates from our workshops here.

Contact Us

Feel free to send us any comments or questions you have about our programs by filling out our contact form.
We hope that you enjoy the new web site – and find that our information helps you live strong, live long!