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Health and wellness tips, information and reviews of products and local professionals to help you get in great shape!

Health Extras: Staying Limber for Life at KSU

Flexibility is an important part of daily life that is often overlooked. In this class, you will learn the basics of stretching and how to incorporate flexibility training into your routine through specialized exercises. Join a WellStar Exercise Specialist as they review examples of light impact exercises that will build muscle and strengthen the body at any age or fitness level.

Kennesaw State University Center for Continuing Education
3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144
WednesdayJuly 23
10-11 a.m.

For more information, or to register for this free event, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).


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WellStar Pediatric Center open on Barrett Parkway

Credit: WellStar

On July 7, WellStar opened a new Pediatric Center on Barrett Parkway. The child-centered facility has state-of-the art diagnostic tools, prompt appointments and test results, age-specific waiting areas, pediatric subspecialists, physical therapy for children, a full-time child life specialist to help when your child feels anxious and more.

Convenient services include an onsite pharmacy, office visits from 7 am to 4 pm, and after-hour care from 5-9pm. For more information, call (770) 594-PEDS (7337).


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Exercise Crucial for Women’s Heart Health


Lack of physical activity appears to be the strongest indicator of a woman’s risk for heart disease, even more so than smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure. Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist and medical director of the Women’s Heart Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, concludes, “If you want to do one thing to prevent heart disease, you should exercise. We need people to become more active again, and the way you can do that is to make it part of your life, like brushing your teeth.” 

(Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, May 2014, Courtesy of HealthQuest Chiropractic) 


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Patrick Carmen creates Hairstyles for Lifestyles


Make a splash this summer with a new “hairstyle for your lifestyle” from East Cobb hairdresser, stylist and colorist Patrick Carmen at NR.9 Salon.

Patrick offers flexible hours and personal service in a comfortable environment – no shuttling through wash stations, assistants or trainees. Just, you, your stylist and a great new ‘do! Even better, new clients receive a cut and style for just $35 when they mention EAST COBBER!

Call Patrick at 678-427-8000. Located in Sprayberry Collection Shopping Center, 2520 E. Piedmont Road in Marietta/East Cobb, across from LA Fitness next to Tiny Stitches.

Thank you for advertising with EAST COBBER. 

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Keep an eye on maintaining your vision

Your eyes are an important part of your health. Taking good care of your eyes is vital to your well being. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. To learn more about how to sharpen your vision and keep your eyes healthy, join Dr. Dhanu Meleth 11 a.m.-noon Friday, July 25, at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.  It is free to attend but registration is required; this is class #67107. To register, visit:



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Iron Tribe Fitness Opens in East Cobb

Andy Berman (Manager), Samantha Smith (Coach), Brian Smith (Coach)

Andy Berman (Manager), Samantha Smith (Coach), Brian Smith (Coach)

On June 2, local resident Andy Berman opened an Iron Tribe Fitness facility in East Cobb. The fitness facility is unique in that they  only offer small classes (maximum 20 participants per class), and they really focus on individual and group success. The tribe  concept was created by a founder who couldn’t find the small group camaraderie he was looking for in a large gym. He wanted to  work out with a tribe of athletes versus a gym. He started the first Iron Tribe Fitness in his own garage, and the franchise has  exploded since then. The organization’s goal is to build a tribe of people, athletes, coaches and owners who are brought together to change lives for the better while having fun, learning and getting results.

The classes focus on strength training, cardio and gymnastics (body weight movements). Coaches will be on site all day to teach the classes and to work with participants. They want to help members get a powerful workout in a short amount of time, so all classes are  45 minutes long.

There will be open gym hours, but it will be programmed so the coaches can provide guidance and support. All participants begin with an Intro 101 class to learn the movements and proper nutrition. There are different types of monthly memberships, and members use an app (filled with great recipes), to sign up for classes and view and track workouts. The owners don’t want this to be a
gym that you sign up for and never work out. They keep the membership small and check in with members on their progress so no one gets lost in the shuffle. In fact, they limit membership to 300 participants. This ensures a close-knit community and quality control unsurpassed in the fitness industry.

Iron Tribe Fitness has a national mission to help members embrace a healthy lifestyle, as well as focus on results. However, the organization also makes a point to give back. They host events like Workout for Water that provides clean water to countries where it’s needed and Workout for Warriors that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for troops who are being reintegrated into society when  they return from service. Andy plans to continue this mission with the East Cobb franchise and can’t wait until he is able to lead these efforts.

Andy lives in East Cobb with his wife, Elizabeth and two children. He has a passion for physical fitness and extensive experience in gym management, as well as personal training.

“My team and I are so excited to start changing lives in the East Cobb area and begin to share all the testimonials of our athletes who have been impacted and positively changed,” says Andy.

Eventually, Iron Tribe Fitness will offer kid-focused and female only classes, but for now classes are open to any interested member.

“We have something for everyone here—young, older, busy professionals, working parents, fitness gurus and those just starting their wellness journey,” says Andy. “We don’t want anyone to be intimidated when they walk through our doors.”

The location is impressive because the facility is brand new and includes cool and unique equipment like pull up bars, rowing  machines, free weights, kettle bells and medicine balls. Located at 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Ga., 30068 (near Ritter’s), they offer classes from 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact them today at 770-971-7797 or visit to learn more.

(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the June/July 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)


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911 medical amnesty law saves a life

Lt. Tanya Smith poses with an example of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injections at her office on Thursday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter


Tanya Smith, a retired Holly Springs police lieutenant, never thought her child would break the law.

But after watching her 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, become thin and gaunt in the space of a few months, Smith knew something was wrong.

Taylor later told her mother she had become addicted to heroin, and after a few bouts of rehabilitation, had taken methamphetamine as a way to combat her cravings.

Her plan backfired when she had a bad reaction to the drug.

“She lay there in that room for hours, dying, while her friends tried to figure out what to do with her,” Tanya Smith said.

If someone had called the police for help, Smith said, her daughter may have received medical treatment to keep her alive. But because the three people with her were scared to get caught with drugs, Smith said, they put Taylor’s inhaler beside her and left. Taylor died of a drug-induced asthma attack in September of 2013.

Smith said she has since made it her mission to help police save more lives through a new law that relieves bystanders of the fear of being arrested on drug charges.

“Regardless of what you’ve gotten yourself into, you should know that law enforcement will be able to get you out of it,” Smith said.

Smith supported the efforts of state Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) to pass the Georgia 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law (HB 965), which was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on April 24.

The law went into effect the day it was signed and allows anyone who calls police to help someone who is near death to be excused from drug charges. The bill also encourages police to carry a drug called naloxone, which counters the effects of opiate drugs and can revive someone who has overdosed.

Smith brought the drug to Holly Springs police officers in June, and within a week, officers used it to save a 24-year-old woman who had overdosed and was having seizures, she said.

“It makes me feel like Taylor did not die in vain — that something good came out of her death,” Smith said.

Details of the law

Cooper said she saw a need for the amnesty law when one of her interns, Justin Leef, gave her the idea. Leef, a law student at Georgia State University, has had friends in college die from overdoses.

“We passed a bill that said if one person will stay with the person that’s in severe physical distress and near death, and you’ll call 911 and stay with them until they get there, you won’t be prosecuted,” Cooper said.

The part of the law allowing police to carry naloxone was added when Cooper said she heard from supporters the only thing police can do when they get to a scene is administer CPR.

“Police officers are the first people to get to the scene, and all they can do is sit there and wait until the paramedics get there,” Cooper said.

Neither the Marietta, nor the Cobb police departments carry naloxone.

“I would really like for more police forces to be able to carry it,” Cooper said.

Officers from both police departments said they rely on local fire departments, who carry the drug and arrive to an overdose case at about the same time police get there.

“(Naloxone) has to be kept between certain temperatures, and there are maintenance issues,” Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn said.

Passing the law

Leef and Cooper weren’t alone at the Georgia Capitol. A group of dedicated mothers who had lost children to drug overdoses campaigned to pass the bill.

Robin Cardiges, whose 20-year-old son, Stephen, died Aug. 12, 2012, after an accidental heroin overdose, said she took off work as a systems engineer at DentFirst in Lawrenceville to help pass the law.

“It occurred to me that the way to get this done was to be down there at the Capitol every day and hand out photos and tell (Stephen’s) story, and that’s what I did,” Cardiges said.

Other mothers joined her at the Capitol, and they all found the best way to campaign was also the hardest.

Robin Elliot, a real estate agent in the Morning Side area of Atlanta, said she supported the cause after her 21-year-old son, Zack, died of a heroin overdose May 1, 2011.

“It was like every day being down there (at the Capitol) we’d rip the scab off and just start talking about our kids, and we’d go home that night and cry. The scab would grow back, and then we’d go back the next day and rip it off again,” Elliot said.

Success of the law

The law will help others not have to suffer in the future, Smith said.

“For me, to be a part of giving someone else the chance I didn’t get makes me feel like maybe (Taylor’s) life wasn’t so tragic — that maybe someone learned from her death,” Smith said.

The moms all agree the next step is to spread awareness about the law.

“We’re not giving up now,” Elliot said. “It’s not enough that it’s passed. Now, people need to know about it because saving a life is so much more important than arresting one more longtime drug user.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek July 07, 2014. Click HERE to view the original article.) 

Vitamin A and the Fight Against Breast Cancer


Laboratory tests indicate that retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A, may someday act as a weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

Researchers exposed pre-cancerous breast cells to retinoic acid and observed the cells transform back into normal, healthy cells. However, cells that had already become cancerous were unchanged suggesting there may be a narrow window of opportunity for retinoic acid to be helpful in stopping the progression of breast cancer.

Further research is needed to see if this approach is viable in animal — and eventually human — models.
International Journal of Oncology, March 2014

(Source: HealthQuest Chiropractic) 


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Don’t become a statistic! Attend Sugar Busters.


Are you constantly craving sweets and what to understand why? Do you want to gain control?

Join Langley Family Chiropractic for a FREE informational workshop on Tuesday, July 8, 7-8pm. It could be the best thing you’ve done for yourself all summer. Reservations are required.

Langley Family Chiropractic is located at 4994 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 16 in Parkaire Commons. Call 770-973-0150 to reserve your spot.


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GA 400 Southbound Will Be Shut Down Sun Jun 29 7AM

For the 6th year in a row GA 400 will be shut down to allow more than 1500 cyclists to ride their bikes on GA 400 for 3.1 miles as they begin their ride. The event supports local cycling charities and a youth cycling team that fights childhood obesity, Junior Flyers

Bicycles are not allowed on controlled freeways so the chance to ride your bike on the freeway brings an added thrill. “The ride has been growing steadily over the years” states Ride Director Eric Broadwell, who has help the ride from its inception. “It brings thousands of people to the Sandy Springs-Roswell-Alpharetta area to introduce them to the great riding conditions we have.”

Roswell was designated Bicycle Friendly in 2006 and has attracted more and more cyclists to their roads. The Mayor Jere Wood and Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak are avid cyclists and help promote the sport in their town. “It brings economic impact to our town” says Todd Kaib owner of Roswell Bicycles one of the top 100 dealers in the country “It is amazing to think we have gone from 1 bike shop to 8 in Roswell. The sport is really growing.”

The GA 400 Hospitality Highway Century is a bicycle ride with options for everyone with a bike. The shortest Ride is the 9 mile “I did it ride”. After that, you can choose from 27, 45 , 62 and 101 mile options. The longer rides traverse country roads in Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth counties and pass beautiful horse farms and landscape. People with mountain bikes, tandems, cruisers and expensive road bikes take to the freeway known as GA 400 motor speedway at 7am, Sunday June 29th. Some riders will take more than seven hours to complete the 101 mile option. A light breakfast is provided at the start of the race and at the finish participants will enjoy an after ride meal and live music.


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