July 2016 Hot Flashes

Introducing Dr. Andrew C. Carlson

“Being firmly rooted in South Georgia, this practice is the perfect fit for me. The Veranda offers the advantages of high quality medicine and technology coupled with the patient/doctor relationship that is highly important to my patients, their families and myself.”

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Eat Your Veggies a Whole New Way

Be honest: How often do you eat your veggies? If you’re like most adults, you could probably stand to consume more of them. In a 2013 CDC report, 22.6% of adults confessed to eating vegetables less than once a day. However, the USDA recommends that adults up to age 50 have 2 ½ cups (women) or 3 cups (men) per day—and even more for those who exercise more than 30 minutes a day. 

Boost your own veggie intake by starting with a sandwich makeover. You might think you need meat to complete those bread slices, but vegetables pack more vitamins and minerals to help your body stay strong. Summer is a great time to ditch the meat and embrace the fresh veggies. Try avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, lettuces and fresh herbs. Even transform an ordinary grilled cheese with some of the above ingredients to get your protein satisfaction and your required nutrients. The possibilities are endless, so get to cooking!

(Health.com, May 2015)

What Really Affects My Risk of Breast Cancer?

Not all factors in breast cancer are considered equal. Some factors might not be the ticking time bombs you thought, although they still need to be considered. Being overweight, a lack of exercise, age and genetics are some of the main things to consider when you start worrying about breast health. While things like alcohol and fat intake, birth control pills, parabens and insomnia are only sometimes linked to breast cancer. Regular mammograms and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to keeping your girls healthy.

(Health Magazine, May 2015)

Save Money On Health Foods

We all want to eat healthier, but it can be expensive! You don’t have to have a skinny wallet to get a thin waistline. So let’s get our greens on the table, instead of in the cash register at the grocery store with these frugal tips. 

  • Shop online. Sometimes buying in bulk online can save you money in the long run.
  • Check the retailers price online. Some companies will sell directly to consumers for a discounted price. 
  • Clip coupons. These aren’t just limited to processed foods and condensed soups. With the popularity of organic foods, more manufactures and retailers are offering more coupons on good-for-you foods. 
  • Choose organic store brands. Contrary to popular belief, buying organic doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Most supermarket chains now offer store brand organic items, which can be a lot less expensive than brand name goods.

(Health.com, February 2016)

Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet 


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil 
  • 1-1/2 cups quartered lengthwise, sliced zucchini 
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 
  • 1 can (15 oz each) whole black beans, drained, rinsed 
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic, undrained 
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • 1 cup instant white rice, uncooked 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese blend 


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, undrained tomatoes and water. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add rice; stir well. Cover; remove from heat and let stand 7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese.

(ReadySetEat.com, 2016)


The Veranda
2701 Meredyth Dr
Albany, GA  31707

(f) 229.435.4022

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Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:00 am - 11:45 am

Family Practice Extended Hours
7:45am appt. available upon request

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