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

Trick and Treat: Fun Scary Facts About the Halloween Industry

Have you ever wondered how much candy is sold and consumed during the Halloween season each year? Find out how much sugar your favorite Halloween treats contain – and how many Krispy Kreme doughnuts you’d have to eat to get the same sugar and calorie fill!
Did you know:
•  It’s a Big Holiday in the United States: 86% of Americans buy candy during the Halloween season.
•  A Day Of Sweets: 4% of all candy is consumed on Halloween day.
•  Sweets Sell: $4Billion is spent on candy.
• Small Size. Big Impact: Eating one 47.9g pack of M&M’s is the sugar equivalent of 3 Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
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FREE Dental Day is November 8 at Marietta Family Dental Care

Community members lining up for the 2013 Free Dental Day at Marietta Family Dental Care. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Marietta Family Dental Care is offering a free dental care day to those in need for the 4th consecutive year. On November 8, 2014 from 4:00am until 4:00pm adults age 18 plus who need dental care. They can receive a filling, an extraction or a professional dental cleaning.

There will be 18 dentists and over 120 dental professionals volunteering for the event. This is a first come, first served event. Based on previous years turnout, the staff at Marietta Family Dental Care recommends coming in early. Last year people started lining up as early as 7:00am the day before the event. The event will be located at 4720 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.


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Family Fun at East Cobb Health Park this Sunday


Tour the new WellStar East Cobb Health Park on Sunday, October 26, 1-4pm, for a day of family fun! The event is FREE to the public and will include kids’ games, inflatables, toddler area, rock wall and more! The building will be open for tours and refreshments will be provided.

East Cobb Health Park is located at 3747 Roswell Road NE in East Cobb.

Calling all East Cobb Moms ready to get in shape!


If you’re an East Cobb mom age 35-55 ready to tackle a six week Back to School Challenge, contact Fitness Together at 770-321-1347.

Only eight spots available, serious inquiries only. Cost is $399. Find out more at

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Opportunity to safely dispose of medications at free event

taking prescription pill with milk

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff will offer another Medication Disposal Day for the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will be held at two locations: Precinct 1/Superstation 8, 2380 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw and Cobb and Douglas Public Health, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta.

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in our drinking water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down the drain. This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be on hand to collect medications and properly dispose of them in compliance with federal law. Items accepted will include: liquid and pill form medications, sharps and needles, diabetes materials, catheters and tubing. No durable medical equipment will be accepted.

Medicines do not have to be removed from their containers or labels removed. Everything collected will immediately be sealed in boxes and destroyed. Nothing will be accepted at these locations or by a Cobb County staff person before of after the scheduled drop off day. For more information, call KCB at 770-528-1135. This event is in partnership with Cobb Department of Public Safety, Cobb Water System and Cobb and Douglas Public Health.


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RSVP for An Autumn Beauty Affair at Dermatology Consultants

Dermatology Consultants, P.C., will host ‘An Autumn Beauty Affair’  Wednesday, November 5, 2014,  5:30-7:30pm, featuring live demos and consultations on all of their skincare products and VISIA.

Enjoy an evening of door prizes, gift bags, discounts on skincare products and procedures.

Dermatology Consultants, P.C. is located at 1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30062.

To attend rsvp to 770.971.3376 or email

Wake Up in Makeup


Rita, owner, Salon Frenchie

French flair made its way to East Cobb this September. A new business called “Salon Frenchie” opened its doors within Sola Salons, offering permanent makeup services to women in our community.

Owner Rita, who has been given the name Frenchie since moving to the U.S. three years ago, brings with her more than 15 years of expertise in the field. A native of Paris, France, Frenchie worked at a plastic surgery clinic in the surgery rooms, as well as in the beauty and micropigmentation (permanent makeup) aspect of the business. Her clientele included people from all walks of  life – stars and singers in the entertainment industry who wanted to fine-tune their appearances, cancer patients who needed help with hair and makeup issues, and discerning women who wanted to maintain a look of sophistication. Frenchie is a master in micropigmentation and taught classes for many years on various procedures. She also consulted with celebrities on complete makeovers. But after falling in love with an American, she married and moved to the East Cobb area, leaving behind a successful career.

Once here, she held several different jobs in healthcare, but wanted to return to her passion of creating beauty in women. After  necessary licensing, she now provides the same top-notch procedures at Salon Frenchie that she offered in Paris. Frenchie brings her French background and sense of style to all of her procedures.

“Because of my medical environment background, I feel it is of the utmost importance to use the highest quality equipment  available,” explains Frenchie. “I order all of my permanent makeup equipment and pigments from Europe and all other clinical supplies from a medical-grade company that physicians use and trust.”

At Salon Frenchie, women can choose from an array of services, including permanent top/bottom eyeliner, lip liner or fuller lips,
eyelashes, hair simulation, cheek color, eyebrows, freckle or mole additions, areola enhancements, or camouflage procedures to cover scars or discolored skin areas. In addition, Salon Frenchie plans to add semipermanent eyelash extensions and Botox services.

According to Frenchie, her pricing is in the mid-range compared to other metro Atlanta businesses that offer these services, but a
great value for the caliber of experience and training that she has in this field. Salon Frenchie is currently the only permanent makeup business in the East Cobb area.

For a free consultation, contact Frenchie at 770/973-4060. For more information, visit The salon is located at 1062 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite, 124, Marietta, GA 30068 in Sola Salons directly behind Goldberg’s Deli.

(Paid Advertisement. Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of EAST COBBER)

WellStar: Know Your Heart


Early prevention can help determine your risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.

Wellstar’s Know Your Heart program is a preventive self-pay screening program. Testing is performed at one of four Wellstar Cardiovascular Medicine offices including: Kennestone Outpatient Pavillion, Woodstock, WellStar Acworth Health Park, and our new WellStar East Cobb Health Park.

Patients may choose between our basic and advanced risk assessment screening options. If you are currently asymptomatic, over 18 years old and do not have risk factors for heart disease you are eligible for the Basic Risk Assessment. The Advanced Risk Assessment includes a Heart Screen. To participate in the Advanced Heart screen you must be at least 40 years old and have two of the following risk factors.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Current or Past Tobacco Use
  • Abnormally High Stress
  • Overweight or Obese
  • Female age 65 or older
  • Male age 55 or older

All patients will receive a personalized report of their Know Your Heart results reviewed by a WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine provider. Patients may call 770-956-STAR (7827) to enroll in one our Know Your Heart screenings. All patients enrolled in the screening may also participate in our WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine Heart Fit Wellness program.

Heart Fit offers all patients the opportunity to meet with a wellness coach for a complimentary wellness consult. During the initial wellness consultation you will review your personalized wellness goals, learn more about your cardiovascular risk factors and explore personalized wellness program options.

Wellness Coaching has shown to be an exciting approach that provides accountability, motivation and the tools necessary to develop a healthy lifestyle. Consider the affordable self-pay wellness coaching option if your goals include a new exercise program, weight loss, healthier eating, managing your blood pressure, cholesterol or stress management. The ability to work one-on-one with a certified wellness coach will help you to develop a personalized wellness plan to meet your goals.

At your complimentary wellness consultation you will learn about other services and programs offered at WellStar that are available to assist you on living a healthy lifestyle. Programs offered at WellStar that you may learn more about include Cardiac Rehab at East Cobb, Diabetes Education, Sleep Medicine Center and Bariatric services. Please call 470-956-9524 to learn more about the Heart Fit wellness program or to schedule an appointment.



Red Cross calls for Blood Donors

give blood

The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast. Donors of all blood types are welcome, but there is an urgent need for type O negative, B negative and A negative blood donors.

During the holiday season, blood shortages often occur because individual donations decrease, along with the number of  organizations that are able to sponsor blood drives. Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors with type O (positive and negative), B negative and A negative blood should  consider an automated red cell donation, a process in which only red cells are donated.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

The following are some of the blood drives being held around East Cobb County during the month of October:

  • October 20 • 1:30-6:30pm WellStar East Cobb Health Park 3747 Roswell Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30062
  • October 27 • 2-7pm The Walker School 700 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta, GA 30062
  • October 28 • 3-7pm St. Catherine Episcopal Church 571 Holt Rd, Marietta, GA 30068
  • October 31 • 10:30am-2:30pm Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital 2540 Windy Hill Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
  • November 3 • 10am-2pm Chattahoochee Tech Mountain View Campus 2680 Gordy Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30066

Additionally, the Red Cross has a Cobb Donor Center open every day. It is located in East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 250, Marietta 30062. Call 770-578-1977 to set up an appointment to donate.


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Register for the Kincaid Alumni 3K

Calling all Kincaid alumni and family! Back by popular demand is the Kincaid Alumni 3K! Run and have fun with old friends and visit with past teachers! The 3K is Saturday, October 25 at 9:15 am.

Entry forms can be found online at Drop off forms and money in the Kincaid front office or mail them to: Kincaid ES, 1410 Kincaid Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. Deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, October 10.

Since the Fun Run is just before Halloween, organizers are encouraging everyone to wear a school appropriate costume!  Also, please make sure the costume is safe and “jogger friendly”.   If you have any questions, please email


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