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Flu advice from Cobb & Douglas Public Health

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe  illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) offers annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at the Acworth, Douglasville, East Cobb and Marietta Public Health Center locations. Appointments are not required to receive the flu vaccine and the cost is $25. Local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people who are interested in having flu vaccines administered should call Lisa Shadrix at 770-514-2307.

This season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

In addition to the flu vaccine, CDPH also recommends pneumonia shots for persons over 65 years old, or  anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. Medicare pays for the flu and pneumonia vaccines. The shingles vaccine is also recommended for anyone over 60 years of age. While you are getting your flu shot, be sure to ask your provider if you are up to date on your Tetanus vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce the risk of getting the flu by following a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put used tissues in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

For more information: visit cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/influenza or call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2300.

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Gym Around the Corner

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Just Fitness 4U staff (l-r): Jonathan Maid, Brook Stargill, Chad Pittman, Wilson Tucker, Kyle Waxman, Tim Cromer, Phillip Edwards, Kim Day, and Lance Owens

 

 

It’s all about you. Just Fitness 4U is East Cobb’s neighborhood gym where the staff listens to members’ wants and needs and then delivers like no other gym around. Where else can you pay $20 per month for unlimited access, get a customized program when you join, have access to a surround-sound movie theater to watch movies while exercising, and receive an actual phone call if you haven’t been to the gym in a while? Just Fitness 4U – East Cobb is also accessible to club members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phillip Edwards, managing partner, came to Just Fitness 4U – East Cobb in 2008 when it was a small gym with minimal equipment and a $10 a month rate. As members expressed their desires for expansion, Phillip and his staff listened and acted.

“Unlike large corporate gyms that have to comply with corporate directives, we see ourselves as a neighborhood gym that cares,” explains Edwards. “We want our members to feel at home in an  environment that combines cutting-edge fitness technology with personal attention; everyone is an individual to us. As we have grown, most of our membership has come from our customers’ family and friends.”

Increasing its low monthly fee by just $10 from its early days, Just Fitness 4U – East Cobb is now a brand-new 25,000 square foot facility that houses 70 pieces of top-of-the-line cardio equipment with
individual LCD TVs, as well as weight and strength training equipment. Approximately 45 group fitness classes a week are offered including: yoga, Zumba, cycling, SilverSneakers (for seniors 65 and up), and more. The gym’s Cardio Cinema makes exercise a cinematic experience, and takes the monotony out of cardio. Fifteen trainers are on staff for those for want training one-on-one or in a group setting. Based on his or her fitness level, each new member receives a customized program of cardio, strength training, and nutrition to get started toward a healthier lifestyle.

Due to the success of Just Fitness 4U – East Cobb, Just Fitness has opened six additional locations in the metro area, with an additional gym slated to open in Lilburn in early 2015. Your East Cobb membership
allows access to all of these locations.

If improved fitness is on your list for 2015, Just Fitness 4U is offering a Try Before You Buy incentive this January, which is a 30-day free membership that includes six training sessions; to take advantage of
this great offer, call, email or visit the club. Just Fitness 4U – East Cobb gym is located at 3101 Roswell Rd. in the Old Mill Shopping Center at the intersection of Roswell and Old Canton Rds. For more information, go to www.justfitness4U.com or call 770/565-6330. What do you have to lose?

(PAID ADVERTISEMENT. Reprinted from our January 2015 issue) 

 

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Davis Direction Foundation to host Attny Gen Sam Olens Thursday

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The Davis Direction Foundation will host Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens and Commissioner of the Georgia Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Department, Frank W. Berry, III for “Laws, Limits & Loopholes” as they relate to the opiate/heroin crisis in OUR community at the Marietta First United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 29 at 7pm.

Additionally, there will be a Narcan kit demonstration and 100 Narcan kits will be distributed to those in need. Narcan (medical name Naloxone) is an opioid antagonist which is used via nasal spray to immediately reverse an opiate overdose by restoring breathing.

Narcan kits are now approved to be carried by first responders in Georgia and have recently saved several lives in the Cobb/Cherokee community.

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Relax and Rejuvenate at the New Massage Heights in East Cobb

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Susan Birkinshaw, Owner, Massage Heights

 

When you enter the calming atmosphere of Massage Heights, you feel like you are entering an expensive downtown spa.  Luckily for area residents, Susan Birkinshaw recently opened a Massage Heights
in East Cobb.

Susan and her husband first found out about the Massage Heights concept at its Buckhead location.
They both enjoyed getting  massages regularly because of their active lifestyles, but they didn’t like the high price tag usually associated with massages. “We decided there had to be a better way to get affordable, professional and convenient massages in an upscale environment,” says Susan.

An avid runner and equestrian, Susan recognized the physical and emotional benefits of having regular  massages for her overall wellness. She decided to open a Massage Heights franchise in East Cobb because there is a strong sense of community and family here.

The licensed therapists at Massage Heights provide a full-suite of massage therapy services, in addition to calming and anti-aging facials. There are many long-term benefits to massage therapy. Receiving regular massages can lower blood pressure, improve flexibility and increase endorphins. Massage even helps with the side effects of more serious issues, such as arthritis, cancer and fibromyalgia. Therapeutic facials can combat aging, control irritation, prevent acne, increase circulation, remove environmental impurities, reduce the effects of sun damage and improve your overall complexion.

Massage Heights offers four levels of membership. Monthly membership includes free aromatherapy  and discounts on the all-natural products they use and offer for purchase.

Massage Heights is located at 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd., in the Woodlawn Shopping Center (next to Publix). For more information visit www.massageheights.com/eastcobb, call 404-341-7614 or stop by today. You’ll leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the day—every time.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT. Reprinted from our January 2015 issue. 

 

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WellStar offers CPR Classes

 

WellStar offers a variety of American Heart Association CPR and first aid courses in both community and corporate settings. Heartsaver CPR with automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid classes can be scheduled at your company, church, school or other organization.

BLS for Healthcare Providers- $60
For medical personnel. Offers two-year CPR certification, training in automated external defibrillator (AED) and choking relief.

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA
Saturday, Jan. 31
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR – $60
This course offers skills for community members in First Aid, CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of choking. This combination CPR with basic first aid training meets Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) requirements. A two-year certification is given upon completion.
(Heartsaver portion only- $35 OR First Aid portion only $25)

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA
Saturday, Feb. 7
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

50% off at Get in Shape for Women

Lose weight and get in shape in 2015! Get in Shape for Women is offering 50% off their six week body transformation package with the offer on page 49 of our January issue. Hurry, offer expires January 31, 2015.

Get in Shape for Women is located at 3822 Roswell Road, Ste 114, next to East Side Elementary.

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Davis Direction Foundation symposium with Atty Gen Sam Olens

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Attorney General Sam Olens

The Davis Direction Foundation will host Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens and Commissioner of the Georgia Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Department, Frank W. Berry, III for “Laws, Limits & Loopholes” as they relate to the opiate/heroin crisis in OUR community at the Marietta First United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 29 at 7pm.

Additionally, there will be a Narcan kit demonstration and 100 Narcan kits will be distributed to those in need. Narcan (medical name Naloxone) is an opioid antagonist which is used via nasal spray to immediately reverse an opiate overdose by restoring breathing.

Narcan kits are now approved to be carried by first responders in Georgia and have recently saved several lives in the Cobb/Cherokee community.

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Flu Season is Here

Flu season is on its way. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Sign up to receive your flu shot today! Call 770-956-STAR (7827).

Who should be vaccinated against the flu?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone older than six months for flu vaccination with rare exception. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best for your family.

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and possibly death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

When should I get a flu vaccination?
The CDC recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best to ensure protective antibodies are established before flu activity is at its highest in January or February.

Will the flu shot give me the flu?
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the vaccine are dead, which means they cannot cause infection. However, those allergic to eggs, latex or who have had a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past should consult their primary care physician for vaccination.

WellStar Community Education & Outreach will be hosting convenient flu vaccination clinics for adults age 18 and above at Wellstar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA, on Thursday, January 29, 7:30-10am.

 

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3 Ways a Woman Can Give Herself & Her Children One of the Greatest Gifts

 

When it comes to buying power, women are steadily overcoming men. Throughout the next decade, women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth in the United States and will be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history, according to Fleishman-Hillard Inc.

“The stats on a woman’s earning and buying power are pretty extensive; females are doing better in school than men, we’re earning more money than ever before and the business world has known about this trend for years,” says Erica L. McCain, a veteran financial expert, LUTCF and founder of McCain & Associates, (www.mccainins.com).

“As women, we’re inundated by advertisements. The first thing many of us do in the morning is check our e-mail and social media. Before a wake-up shower we may be hit with appeals from Macy’s, Bath and Body Works, Groupon and assorted retailers to ‘click for 50 percent off.’ ”

Of course, these aren’t “deals” so much as advertising campaigns, she says. In fact, there are plenty of women who spend good money on things – whether on themselves or their children – that are relatively frivolous, “I know because I was one of them,” says McCain, author of “Ladies With Loot.”

“With more money comes the inclination to spend it but, to be sure, you’ll need that resource for something more important down the road.”

McCain shares the ways in which women can better help themselves, and their children, by better utilizing money.

•  “Retail therapy” doesn’t work; think of money as a precious resource. Money can buy you happiness. We all know that feeling of wanting an item that will make you feel good for a few hours, but sooner rather than later, most of these retail goods quickly amount to stuff. Lasting happiness goes far beyond “retail therapy.” Money facilitates happiness better by being an available resource for more important things, such as emergencies, tuition for children, peace of mind for retirement or a family vacation that everyone will remember.

•  You can’t cash in your children’s toys to pay for college. Buying nice and fun things for our kids is enjoyable; we can feel their joy and we like when they’re happy. However, just like buying something that you enjoy – a new purse or shoes – that joy is fleeting, and in the long term, it’s worth questioning the value of an item. The cost of a professional baseball bat exceeds $100, and for a professional glove you can pay up to $500, but these aren’t the things that will make your child truly enjoy baseball. Imagine how that money will be needed to pay for textbooks in college!

•  Counting calories? – Try counting dollars. We know what it’s like to want a tasty muffin for breakfast, but many of us refuse such treats with the realization of what it’ll take to burn off the excess calories. We know that a moment of pleasure equals extra time on the treadmill. Apply that shrewd approach to money. How many hours do you work in order to pay for extravagant purchases, and could that money be better used elsewhere? Understanding the value of a dollar will help you live a more fulfilled life.  

 

(Written by Erica L. McCain, a financial professional with a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation and more than 15 years of experience. She founded her own firm, McCain & Associates, (www.mccainins.com), in 2007, intent upon providing the detailed, personalized services retirees and pre-retirees need to pursue their retirement goals. She specializes in the financials for women in all stages of their lives and careers. McCain is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the premier association of financial professionals.)

 

Register for the Sprayberry Superhero 5K

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Sprayberry High School is pleased to announce that the Leadership class is putting on a Superhero 5K run to raise money for Relay for Life. The race will take place at Sprayberry on Saturday March 7th  and there will be a costume contest for the best dressed Superheroes. Timing and scoring will be officially run by the Tortoise and Hare Racing Group. Registration is online at this site: http://www.active.com/marietta-ga/running/races/cobb-superhero-5k-2015?int=

 

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