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How to not get anywhere… Ever.

Susan Eller


Feeling stuck? Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s so easy to get caught up in the merry-go-round of life. While you’re striving to please everyone, you are left feeling underwhelmed and stressed out.

When did women begin feeling like their aspirations should come second to everyone else’s?

Close your eyes and pretend you could do whatever you want to do. Really. Dream big.

Now, imagine what would happen if you decided that you were ready to begin the necessary steps to make those dreams become a reality? It’s never the “right time” to do anything….worth doing. Do it anyway.

What keeps most people stuck? Fear. And I’m here to tell you that stuck sucks. Think about the worst-case scenario. You might not be successful the first time. You might have to try again. The process might be difficult and tedious. Think about the best-case scenario: Your life might be transformed.

Baby steps, people. You don’t’ have to close your eyes and jump. (Although, that’s not a bad approach, either.)

Think about the next year of your life. It’s a given that you’re going to go to work, take care of your kids, go to the gym, run errands, do laundry, clean the litter box, grocery shop, maybe hit an antique store or attend a concert. These are things we all do every day. In one year, you will be exactly where you are right now. For many people, that is fantastic! But, there are others who want desperately to change something.

Now imagine that you do all the things you do every day and you add just one tiny step towards your goal. Maybe it’s 10 minutes of research, maybe you will work on designing a logo, maybe you will start studying for an important exam. If you spent 10 minutes per day (set a timer!) working towards your goal, you will have 60 HOURS of work by the end of the first year.

EVERY single one of you can spare 10 minutes per day. Heck, do it on the toilet. I won’t tell.

(Susan Eller is a Life Coach who has lived in East Cobb for 15 years. For more from Susan visit

Good Health Looks Good on Everyone!


Just like the classic Little Black Dress, vibrant health is always in style. WellStar Health System, in partnership with Town Center at Cobb, is excited to present their third annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Town Center at Cobb , 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. Kennesaw, GA .

This year’s theme, “The Little Black Dress: Good Health Looks Good on Everyone”, will focus on two daily essentials in any woman’s life — fashion and good health. You are cordially invited to this remarkable affair filled with free health screenings, “Ask the Expert” health and beauty information booths, “The Evolution of The Little Black Dress” fashion show and so much more!

Gather your girlfriends, sisters, daughters, mom, aunts and grandmothers—put on your favorite black dress or attire—and join WellStar and Town Center at Cobb as we show you how health is your best accessory!

Spirit Girls’ Night Out will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm. No registration is required for this FREE event!


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FREE Vein Screenings on Oct. 10


Register fora FREE Vein Screening at Vascular Surgical Associates on October 10, 8am-5pm. Call 678-626-5420 for an appointment.

Vascular Surgical Associates Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia is located in the NEW Wellstar Health Park at 3747 Roswell Road NE.

KSU Run For Recovery 5K is this Saturday


Register for the Kennesaw State Run For Recovery 5K on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the KSU Sports & Recreation Park.

The Run for Recovery 5k is a run/walk which raises awareness about students in recovery from addiction. All proceeds support the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) at Kenensaw State University. The CYAAR supports students in recovery from addictions by providing academic and recovery support.

Race Day registration begins at 7:30 am and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 am. Registration is $15 for Students (with a student ID), $20 ages 65+ and $25 for an Individual Runner.

To register before Race Day visit

Final week to register for Make-A-Wish 5K at discounted rate


The Cobb County 5K to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia will be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The race will begin and end at the Marietta Square. Registration fees before Friday, Sept. 26 are $20 for untimed 5K walk/run and $25 for timed 5K run. After Sept. 28, the fees will be $25 for untimed 5K walk/run and $35 for timed 5K run. Children 6-12 years old are $10 and 5 and under are free.

All money raised will be used to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year’s race raised $30,000 and helped grants the wishes of four local children. For more information, or to register online, click here.


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7 ways to fight the flu

Flu season is fast approaching. Fight the flu with these tips from Kaiser Permanente.

The Y Encourages Healthy Practices During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and many families are not taking the steps needed to resolve the issue. That’s why the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA – a leading voice on improving health – is helping Marietta and East Cobb families ensure a healthy lifestyle of their children through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.

A recent report from the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health says about 37 percent of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the issue of childhood obesity is influenced by several factors including lack of community facilities to get adequate physical activity or lack of access to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

The McCleskey-East Cobb Y offers a wide variety of programs for children including, swimming, soccer, basketball, flag football, martial arts, lacrosse, dance, and more. The Y also offers nutritious meal plans through its partnership with Good Measure Meals, allowing families to choose healthy meals they enjoy and can conveniently pick up at the Y.


“The Y helps to promote children staying active with different youth sports like soccer, basketball and swimming,” says Daniel Merriman, associate sports director at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA. “We also feel it is important for children to eat nutritious food, so they don’t develop a risk of becoming obese.”

The following tips are ways to incorporate more activity and healthier eating habits into your family’s daily family routine:

  • Eat Healthy: Make water the drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and make it easy for everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables by offering two or three colorful options.
  • Play Every Day/Go Outside: Kids should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outdoors (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity.
  • Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible with kids involved in meal preparation and clean up. Adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-on-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
  • Reduce Screen Time:Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours per day.
  • Sleep Well:Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule – 10-12 hours per night for kids and seven to eight hours for adults.

To learn more about the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA’s healthy living programs, contact Lorna Loh, senior wellness director, 678-569-9622 or


Georgia named 8th Worst State to Have a Baby

Newborn Baby in Mother Hand

With September being the most popular month to have a baby and the United States having the most expensive birthing costs in the world, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby.

To enlighten expectant parents on the costs and conditions they can anticipate with respect to where they live, WalletHub examined 22 key metrics such as delivery costs, access to pediatric services and the number of child care centers per capita.

Having a Baby in Georgia (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
26th – Infant Death Rate
46th – Low Birth Weight
25th – Number of Midwives and OB-GYNs per Capita
23rd – Access to Pediatric Services
30th – Number of Child Centers per Capita
35th – Parental Leave Policy Score
50th – Maternal Mortality Ration
45th – Air Pollution

For the full report visit

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Feeling blue? Signs it could be something more serious.


Feelings of sadness, grief, anger and denial are all normal emotions most people will experience at some point in their lives. But when these feelings last a long time or get in the way of daily activities, it may be time to seek medical attention.

Stages of depression

There are typically four stages of depression:

1) Sadness

2) Mild depression

3) Clinical depression

4) Suicidal ideation

Sadness and mild depression are normal responses to challenging life circumstances – a death of a loved one, a divorce or the loss of a job, for example. However, clinical depression and suicidal ideation are signs that intervention is needed. The sooner depression is diagnosed, the sooner the coping process may begin.

“If you are feeling sad or upset, it’s important to reach out for help,” says Angela Buttimer, LPC, a facilitator at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. “There are so many resources available today that people don’t have to turn to medication as their only source of hope.”

Signs of clinical depression

Buttimer shares some of the warning signs that may indicate normal sadness and mild depression have turned into clinical depression:

  • More bad days than good days for several consecutive weeks
  • Can’t seem to shake the sadness
  • Loss of interest in loved ones, friends, hobbies, etc.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irrational thinking
  • Lack of concentration
  • She has also seen a tendency for people who do not have a strong support system to fall prey to depression more easily.

Overcoming clinical depression

People suffering from any stage of depression can be empowered by many different support programs, including:

  • Enrichment programs
  • Exercise
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques (yoga, Tai Chi, meditation)
  • Journal writing
  • Signs of suicidal ideation

There are some people who dive into a deeper state of depression where they are overcome with hopelessness. They lose all hope in the possibility of getting well. They may even have suicidal thoughts and at this point, therapy is the primary intervention.

“A person suffering from suicidal thoughts is placed in therapy – usually family, individual and group therapy,” Buttimer says. “All three of these platforms can help with the healing process.”

Medication may also be used to treat depression.

Seeking professional help

There is no shame in seeking professional help, even if you aren’t sure you have depression. Talk to your primary care physician about your symptoms – he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist.

(Source: Piedmont Healthcare) 

East Cobb Community Gaining Backyard Access to Healthcare


The much anticipated WellStar East Cobb Health Park is slated to open its doors in September bringing accessible healthcare to the East Cobb community. The three-story,162,000-square-foot development will offer an array of services including:

• Primary Care Providers and Specialists
• Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (Imaging, Lab & Pre-admission Testing)
• Outpatient Surgery Center (2015)
• Urgent Care Center
• Breast Center (planned)
• Spine Center (planned)
• Cardiac Diagnostics
• Sleep Center
• Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (OrthoSport WellStar)
• Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Retail Pharmacy
• Lactation Consulting
• Community Education & Wellness Center
• Parkside Bistro

These services will be integrated with a multispecialty mix of physicians to include a strong foundation of primary care  physicians: family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN services and specialists will include cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, gastroenterologists, surgeons, allergy/asthma, endocrinology, urology and orthopedics.

“A health park is all about bringing outpatient and physician services directly to the communities we serve,” said Joe  Brywczynski, senior vice president health parks development. “Residents no longer will have to endure long drive times, frustrating traffic congestion and multiple trips to access their health services at multiple locations. By combining and coordinating services under one roof, we will improve patient and family convenience and access to their outpatient care needs. The health park is truly a one stop- shop opportunity.”

This innovative service model ultimately will improve healthcare access and convenience for the East Cobb community and surrounding areas.

The new health park is located at 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. For more information on physician services in this area, please call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit