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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 This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications.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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Enjoy Jazzercise FREE this week


Join Jazzercise for a FREE class now through October 12. Choose your day and class time on any day between October 6-12, 2014. Jazzercise also has a limited time special offer for those who wish to join. Check out the Jazzercise class times or register by clicking here Facility Information.

Jazzercise in Marietta/East Cobb is located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta GA  30068.  For further information and a class schedule, go to or call (800) FIT-IS-IT or  770-971-4970.


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Local Breast Cancer Resources around East Cobb

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the EAST COBBER presents some local resources that help women prevent breast cancer.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s BreastTest and More program offers health screenings to eligible women ages 40 to 64. Mammography screening is the single most effective method of early detection of breast cancer, and an annual mammogram is recommended for women over 40. It is important to detect breast cancer as early as possible when it can be most successfully treated. To learn more about services in your area, call Cobb Public Health at 770-514-2314.

The journey to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step at one of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. Just a few hours of your time will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer  and their families. Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. The next local event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Marietta 5K Walk & Run will take place Saturday, November 1, at 9am at Glover Park. For more information:

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month. All breast cancer survivors (newly diagnosed, in treatment, after treatment, any stage) are invited to attend this monthly support group. The group will provide an opportunity to  share experiences with other cancer survivors, tips and resources to help you manage your health, relationships, emotional and social well-being. Parking is free and light refreshments will be provided. 5:30- 6:30pm. Charles D. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell St. Marietta, GA 30060. More info: 770-956-7827.


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Health Alert: Heart Attack Survival Rates Affected by Arrival Time at Hospital

The American Heart Association has found that heart attack patients who present to a hospital at night, during the weekend, or on a holiday have a 13% increased risk of dying compared with heart attack patients who are admitted during regular hours. The authors found that, on average, it takes 56 minutes for patients arriving at the ER during regular work hours to receive the angioplasty procedure necessary to open their blocked blood vessel compared with an average of 72 minutes during evenings, weekends, or holidays.

(Source: HealthQuest Chiropractic via Circulation, July 2014)


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