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Bike Ride to Support Patients Receiving Cancer Treatment


This April a group of cyclists will pass through Cobb County while embarking on a 1,300 mile ride to raise money for the Deep South Cancer Foundation. In conjunction with this Cycliad, the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is hosting a 10-mile community bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail through Cobb County, which will end with a community celebration at the Homer Leggett Pavillion in Hiram, GA. The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is seeking cycling enthusiasts, casual bike riders, and people who are passionate about fighting cancer to participate in either of these events.

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The Deep South Cancer Foundation funds programs for cancer research, clinical support services to patients undergoing cancer treatment, and promotes cancer prevention and awareness. The funds raised through these rides benefit Northside and the twelve other community hospital members of the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network. The primary benefit being to patient navigator programs, which help guide patients through the challenges and barriers cancer treatment can present.



Cobb County one of Top 5 healthiest Counties in Georgia

Annually, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation releases a snapshot of the health of nearly every county in the nation. In the 2015 report released this month, Cobb County ranked as the 4th healthiest County in Georgia.

Cobb is proud to make a positive contribution to health and wellness through our world class parks, recreation and senior services offerings including the operation of 44 parks and recreation facilities and multiple programs in athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, tennis, golf and more.

To read the full Robert Wood Johnson report click here. Click on the following links to learn more about Cobb’s world class parks and recreation and senior wellness programs.



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Don’t miss Healthy Kids Day at the Y


On Sunday, March 29th from 1:30 – 4 p.m., the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA  30062.  Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.


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Look and Feel Younger at Cobb Wellness & Aesthetics


Do you want to rejuvenate your health and your appearance without surgery? For more than 10 years, Cobb Wellness & Aesthetics has helped patients get healthier and regain their energy. A Board-certified physician, Linda Kelley, M.D., opened Cobb Wellness to help her patients balance their hormones and feel better.

She realized that with a natural approach to hormone balancing, her patients have more energy, better sleep and restored vitality. As her patients started to feel better, they became interested in looking better, so she added nonsurgical Aesthetics to her practice.

Dr. Kelley offers effective cosmetic procedures, including Botox, wrinkle fillers, body sculpting, skin tightening and laser skin treatments. She is excited to now offer Exilis Elite, which uses radiofrequency to heat the skin, stimulating collagen production and skin tightening. The procedure is noninvasive, nonsurgical and requires no injections. Through a short series of painless treatments, Exilis Elite can tighten the jawline, chin and neck and lift the brows. Exilis Elite also works for tightening the body and  burning unwanted fatty bulges.

Additionally, Cobb Wellness provides weight loss assistance through a 6-week program, which incorporates high quality nutritional supplements with regular exercise and fitness coaching to keep patients accountable. This program also uses a natural hormone that speeds fat loss.

The Cobb Wellness team provides a personalized approach to each patient. “We take the time to get to know each of our patients inside and out to determine which procedure or program is a right fit for them,” says Dr. Kelley.

An East Cobb resident, Dr. Kelley stays current on the latest treatments and techniques. For example, Cobb Aesthetics has partnered recently with the global company Jeunesse that provides cutting edge, high quality anti-aging, weight-loss and skin care products. Dr. Kelley says, “There are a limited number of patients I can help at my office. By partnering with a company like Jeunesse, I am able to help more people get healthier, physically and financially. Baby boomers like me are looking for ways to feel great and open up an additional stream of income for retirement.” Dr. Kelley is actively seeking entrepreneurs who are interested in their own anti-aging business.

Cobb Wellness & Aesthetics is conveniently located at 1905 Woodstock Rd. Roswell, Ga., 30075. Take the first step to looking and feeling better and visit or call 770-649-0094.



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Questions about vaccines? WellStar has answers.

So are vaccines safe? Which vaccine schedule should I use for my child? Will there be any side effects? These are all very common questions when it comes to starting the vaccine process for your child.


WellStar Pediatrics has full confidence that vaccinations are safe and recommends the schedule endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


“We realize that there are many fears and misconceptions about vaccines,” said Enid Colon, M.D., WellStar Medical Group, WellStar Pediatric Professionals. “But medical evidence indicates vaccinations are safe and protect our children from very dangerous and sometimes fatal diseases.”


According to the CDC, vaccines have reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases in the United States that once routinely killed or harmed many infants, children and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist and can be passed on to people who have not been adequately protected.


“It is extremely important that we vaccinate our children,” said Dr. Colon. “The side effects are typically minimal and can include soreness or redness in the injection area and fever.”


Once your children’s vaccinations are complete, there are still booster vaccinations they should receive on a regular basis, such as a tetanus shot every 10 years and an annual flu shot.


“Flu season affects our community every year and can result in serious medical complications,” added Dr. Colon. “Furthermore, it can have detrimental effects on school attendance and loss of work days for parents taking care of affected children. Receiving a flu vaccination is an easy way of protecting you and your children from these risks. All of our WellStar pediatric offices provide the influenza vaccine, some even to the parents. We encourage our patients to ask our pediatricians for information regarding any of the vaccines currently in use.”


For more information on the recommended vaccine schedule, go to For more information on vaccines, go to​. For a physician referral, call 770-956-STAR.​​​​​​​​​


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Suffer from Spring allergies? WellStar has answers.


The icky green stuff is back – it’s pollen season East Cobbers. To help you through this sniffly season, WellStar’s Grace Chiang, M.D, answers common questions about allergies.


1. What are the most common allergies and what causes them?
Many people have allergies triggered by substances inhaled from the air, such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and pollen (trees, grasses, weeds).

Food allergies have also become more common over the years, with >90% of food allergies caused by 7 foods: milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts.

The underlying cause of allergies is likely due to a complex interaction between genetics and environmental factors. Many studies are underway to further elucidate the causes of allergies and why the incidence is rising in the U.S. and many other industrialized countries. In general, allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to a substance that is usually not pathogenic or harmful. Risk factors for developing allergies include a positive family history or personal history of allergic conditions including asthma or eczema.

2. Many people think they have a cold when it is actually allergies and vice versa-How do you differentiate between these two conditions?
Symptoms that may occur in both conditions include runny nose, congestion, sneezing and cough. With a cold, these symptoms may be associated with fever and body aches, lasting for approximately 7-10 days. With allergies, itching of the eyes and/or nose is often present. Symptoms usually last for weeks to months at a time, as long as the allergic trigger is present.

3. People tend to think of allergies as causing itchy eyes, runny noses, but can they cause more serious health risks?
Allergies can result in more serious health consequences in individuals with asthma. At least 80% of people with asthma have allergies that trigger their asthma, which can lead to coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. This may lead to asthma attacks that can result in ER visits or hospitalizations. It is thus important for asthmatics to see an allergist and identify potential allergic triggers. Treating a patient’s allergies is an important part of optimizing asthma care.

4. If you do have allergies, how can you manage them?
A 3 pronged approach is most effective in managing allergies:

  • 1. Environmental control measures: strategies to minimize exposure to known allergic triggers, such as keeping a pet out of the bedroom, use of air filters, and dust mite proof encasings
  • 2. Medications: help to control symptoms but often need to be taken regularly in order to be effective
  • 3. Immunotherapy (“allergy shots”): the only treatment available that alters your body’s immune response to allergens and provides long lasting relief, reducing symptoms and the need for medications

5. How are allergies diagnosed?
Skin testing may be safely performed in children and adults to accurately diagnose allergies, under the supervision of a board certified allergist. Contrary to common belief, there is no age requirement for skin testing. For example, many infants are able to be skin tested for allergy to milk and/or soy, if there is a concern for allergy to their formula. We are able to test for environmental and food allergies as well as stinging insects (bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jacket, fire ant) and penicillin. If skin testing is positive, we expect to see a small, red, itchy bump develop within 15 minutes. I thus have the opportunity to interpret the skin test findings with the patient at the same visit and develop an individualized treatment plan.

6. How are allergies related to other medical conditions, such as asthma and eczema?
Asthma and eczema are other forms of allergic disease. It is thus common for allergies, asthma and eczema to all occur in the same patient or family. Having one of these conditions increases your risk for having the other two, something referred to as the “atopic march,” in which young children may initially have eczema and food allergies, later also developing allergies (hayfever) and asthma.

7. There is a lot of concern about giving children medicine-what is safe and what do you need to avoid?
It can be difficult navigating the many allergy treatments that are now available OTC. It is worthwhile to see an allergist to establish the diagnosis of allergies first. Your allergist can then recommend specific treatments at doses that are safe for children.

8. Is there any truth to the practice of exposing young children to more allergens and germs in order to build up their immune systems?
Some studies have shown that the risk of allergies is reduced for children who are around more bacteria or “germs,” as a result of growing up on a farm or with multiple pets or siblings in the home. The exposure needs to occur very early in life, however, so making these changes later in childhood will not have a protective effect. This is likely an overly simplistic viewpoint however, as the underlying cause of allergies is likely a complex interaction between many variables, both genetic and environmental.

9. What about pet allergies? A lot of people out there really want pets, but their allergies won’t allow them. Are there treatments people can take to help with this?
Allergy shots are the most effective treatment to allow people to live or interact with pets they are allergic to. The allergy shots gradually introduce cat or dog dander to the body’s immune system, helping that individual to develop greater tolerance, or “immunity.” It thus takes time for the allergy shots to result in improvement, but they are the most effective treatment available in providing long term relief.

10. What is an allergist and why should I see one?
An allergist is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of allergic conditions in children and adults, including allergic rhinitis (hayfever), sinus disease, asthma, food allergies, eczema, stinging insect allergy, drug allergy, hives, anaphylaxis, and immune deficiencies. An allergist receives an additional 2-3 years of specialized training after completing their residency. They must also complete a rigorous examination to become board certified in Allergy. All individuals with symptoms or concern for an allergic condition can certainly benefit from seeing an allergist.
Grace Chiang, M.D., has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergic conditions in both children and adults and is in practice with WellStar Medical Group, Allergy and Asthma. She is board certified in allergy/immunology and pediatrics.


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Hot yoga studio opens with free classes all day 3/29


Korsi Yoga, located in the Founders Square shopping center, in front of the Historic Roswell Mill and Vickery Creek Park, is set to open Sunday, March 29th with a wide range of classes and some of the most seasoned instructors in the Atlanta area.

Featuring a hot room, as well as a temperate room, Korsi will offer hot and traditional classes, hot Vinyasa flow, hot athletic yoga, warm hip openers, Yin classes, beginner’s classes, Pilates, private sessions and more. Korsi Yoga will also host weekend workshops, seminars, teacher training and community events.

Korsi Yoga’s hot studio is 900 square feet of working yoga space where 90- and 60-minute heated classes are held. This room is heated to a temperature range of 95 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with 40% humidity. Korsi Yoga’s temperate/traditional studio is 500 square feet and hosts power hour, yin yum, tranquil flow, back to basics and Piyo. The center is equipped with women’s and men’s shower and changing rooms, and a retail area.

All new clients can sign up for a special introductory rate of $49 and receive unlimited classes for one month. An active member of the community, Korsi Yoga will host a free Community Class every Sunday for all yoga levels. It is an opportunity to try new instructors and types of yoga, and participants can bring an item to donate to one of Korsi Yoga’s sponsored charities. There will also be a donation based beginner’s class every Saturday.

Korsi Yoga is located at 555 S. Atlanta Street, Suite B-300, Roswell, GA 30075. Studio hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes may be scheduled through the website at, by calling (404) 542-7458 or by walk-in.


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Advance Care Planning Workshops at WellStar

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Need information about Living Wills and other advance directives? At this workshop you will learn how to talk with your loved ones abut final health care decisions. Each participant will receive a free planning guide which outlines questions you and your family should discuss along with forms you can use to record your wishes.

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA
Wednesday, March 18
10-11:30 a.m.


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March of Dimes Recognizes WellStar for Delivering Healthier Babies


WellStar Kennestone Hospital has been awarded Georgia’s 39 Weeks recognition banner for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, according to the March of Dimes.

Out of 79 birthing hospitals in Georgia, WellStar Kennestone Hospital is one of only 10 hospitals to receive this recognition in the past year.

“WellStar values babies’ health over the popular trend of scheduling early deliveries for the sake of convenience,” said Perry “Chip” Busbee, M.D., WellStar chief obstetrics & gynecology officer. “Putting guidelines in place to give them a healthier start was simply the right thing to do.”

This quality improvement program, sponsored by the March of Dimes, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Hospital Association, and Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, asks all obstetric hospitals in Georgia to sign a pledge to implement firm policies to reduce early elective deliveries and support ongoing efforts to reduce Georgia’s infant mortality rate. The program encourages hospitals to adopt the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines to not induce labor or perform cesarean sections before 39 weeks gestation without a medical reason.

In order to receive banner recognition, hospitals have to have clear policies in place to prevent early elective deliveries, plus demonstrate data that shows their rate is 5 percent or less.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are important.  Babies aren’t just putting on weight.  They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs,” said Scott Berns, MD, MPH, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. “I commend WellStar for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”

Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year and more than one million of those infants die as a result of their early births. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.

Through Strong Start, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait.” The campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

“The pledge is a testament to the commitment of Georgia’s birthing hospitals and health care providers to promote healthier pregnancies and babies in our state,” said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer.  “Through the March of Dimes’ banner program, we will continue the important work of reducing prematurity by avoiding early elective deliveries– allowing babies the best shot at life and good health, by allowing their little bodies and organs to fully develop before coming into the world.”

The March of Dimes offers professional and consumer education materials about the importance of a full term pregnancy and the critical development of the brain, lungs and other organs that occur during the last weeks of pregnancy. More information is available at


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Learn about Super Foods at FREE Event


The ECCC PTA Health & Wellness Committee, together with WellStar, will present a Lunch & Learn on Super Foods at the WellStar East Cobb Health Park on Thursday, March 26 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Health and wellness experts will discuss which “Super Foods” are incorporated into school lunch menus, the new “Smart Snacks” regulations, and the contrasting impacts of super foods and “too much sugar” on the brain. All are invited!  Bring your lunch.  Click here to register for this FREE event.


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