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

Document Your Family’s Health History

Family health history can help your child’s doctor make a diagnosis if your child shows signs of a disorder. It can reveal whether your child has an increased risk for a disease; if so, the doctor might suggest screening tests. Many genetic disorders first become obvious in childhood, and knowing about a family health history of a genetic condition can help find and treat the condition early.

Most people do not think that chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes affect children, but children with a strong family health history of these diseases can show signs in childhood. However, having a family health history of a disease does not mean that your child will get that disease. Children with a family health history of chronic diseases can benefit from developing good lifestyle habits, such as exercising and eating healthy, right away. These habits can benefit the entire family and might help prevent or delay these conditions.

Ways to Collect Your Child’s Family Health History

  • Record the names of your child’s close relatives from both sides of the family: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Include conditions each relative has or had and at what age the conditions were first diagnosed. For relatives who are deceased, include the cause of death and the age at death.
  • Use the US Surgeon General’s online tool for collecting family health histories, called “My Family Health Portrait.”
  • Discuss family health history concerns with your child’s doctor. Gather the information before seeing the doctor, using “My Family Health Portrait.” Fill out family health history forms carefully. Families considering having another child should share family health history information with the mother’s doctor.
  • Update your child’s family health history information regularly and share new information with your child’s doctor. Remember that relatives can be newly diagnosed with conditions between doctor’s visits.
  • The best way to learn about your family health history is to ask questions. Talk at family gatherings and record your family’s health information—it could make a difference in your child’s life.

Get involved!

Send a personalized e-card to family and friends encouraging them to collect their family health history.

Family health history isn’t just important for your child’s health—it’s important for your health, too! Learn more.

(Source: CDC)

Be a Part of It! EAST COBBER Parade is September 13, 2014

This year’s 19TH Annual EAST COBBER Parade will be held on Saturday, September 13. We welcome your participation in making this year’s EAST COBBER Parade another fun and successful community event.

To facilitate your participation please click on the appropriate link below and complete and submit the application:

Click Here if you are a Non-Profit Group

Click Here if you are a Commercial Business

The Parade Application must be completed and submitted to the EAST COBBER by August 8, 2014. Letters assigning your place in the parade will be issued by September 1. There is no fee to participate in the parade if you represent a non-profit, school or church. Local businesses can participate as a “Parade Patron” for a $300 promotional fee.

We hope you will join us again in celebrating our exceptional community! Contact the EAST COBBER offices at 770-640-7070 with any questions or email We look forward to working with you and your group.


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Digital Insurance’s 6th Annual DI Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run

Digital Insurance’s 6th Annual DI Dash 5K and 1K Fun Run benefitting Children’s Healthcare is Saturday, August 23. This is a certified Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Registration & check-in starts at 6:30am. 5K starts at 7:30am. 1K starts at 8:30am. $25 by August 13. $30 after. $40 on race day. Starts at Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square NE, Marietta. For more information visit or


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Cold season’s coming. How to tell if your child has a cold or something more.


School’s been in session for a few weeks and the germs are already turning up. Thanks to WellStar for this information on pediatric colds: 

The pediatric cold is a viral infection of your child’s upper respiratory tract — his or her nose and throat. It can be caused by one of more than 200 viruses, and spread from child to child through sneezing, nose-blowing and nose- wiping.

The single most important way to keep a cold from spreading is to wash your hands and your child’s hands often.

Although a common cold is a simple condition, you should call your pediatrician if:

  • Your child’s symptoms get worse or you suspect something other than a cold.
  • Your child has asthma. Colds are the most common trigger of asthma symptoms.
  • Your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever above 100.4°F (38°C) when taken rectally.
  • Your child’s nostrils are widening with each breath, the skin above or below the ribs sucks in with each breath or your child is breathing rapidly or having any difficulty breathing.
  • Your child’s lips or nails turn blue.
  • Your child has an earache.
  • Your child is excessively sleepy or cranky.


The most frequent symptoms of a cold are:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Fever

Once your child catches a cold, symptoms usually begin in two or three days. Typically, an irritated nose or scratchy throat is the first sign, followed within hours by sneezing and a watery nasal discharge. Within one to three days, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green. This is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics.

Depending on which virus your child has, other symptoms might include:

  • Cough
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sore throat

A cold is usually over in a week, with perhaps a few lingering symptoms, such as cough, for another week.

(Source: WellStar) 


Flu Season is Here: WellStar offers Flu Shots


Flu season is on its way. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Sign up to receive your flu shot today! Call 770-956-STAR (7827). 

Who should be vaccinated again the flu? 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone older than six months is recommended for flu vaccination with rare exception. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best for your family. 

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu? 
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and possibly death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. 

When should I get a flu vaccination? 
The CDC recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best to ensure protective antibodies are established before flu activity is at its highest in January or February. 

Will the flu shot give me the flu? 
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the vaccine are dead, which means they cannot cause infection. However, those allergic to eggs, latex or have had a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past should consult their primary care physician for vaccination. 

WellStar Corporate & Community Health will be hosting convenient flu vaccination clinics for adults age 18 and above at the following WellScreen event:

East Cobb YMCA 
1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30062 
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
7:30-10 a.m. 


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Boot Camp in the Park Celebrates 10 years!

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Boot Camp in the Park is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. For ten years Boot Camp in the Park has been promoting health and wellness to women at East Cobb Park.

Book Camp in the Park started ten years ago at East Cobb Park. Catered to woman only the boot camp has helped women lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle by using cardio and strength training. Because it is at the park the class utilizes the trails and open fields. The outdoor elements make for an exciting workout. “We workout outside 365 days a year,” says owner  and East Cobb resident, Heidi Morris. “Only if the temperatures go below freezing or if it’s storming do we go inside at the Fuller’s Park gym.

“I created boot camp in the park because I wanted to help empower women,” says Morris. “My trainers are women. We encourage and gently push and still get the results without the hardcore yelling like some of the other programs out there. There are women of all different sizes, shapes and ages that participate. Some have even made life long friendships.”

Participants are measured and weighed when a session begins. Sessions are six weeks. At the end of six weeks they are measured and weighed again to see their results.

Boot campers bring their own free weights, mats and water. Each trainer is different so it’s a new routine for every class. Some trainers use stability and medicine balls, bosus and other training apparatuses where others use just their body weight or their free weights.

East Cobb Park provides the perfect setting. Working out in the fresh air, along the creek bank, in the trails, is what draws a lot of women to this program. They prefer to be outside than in a gym.

In addition to East Cobb Park, Boot Camp in the Park also has classes at Sweat Mountain off Steinhauer near Lassiter High School and at Mountain View Aquatic Center. Classes are MondaySaturday with several time options (mostly morning hours) beginning at 5:30 am to 6:30 pm.


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WellStar Women’s Heart Program

Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in the United States. Despite advances in medical care, healthcare providers and patients routinely miss opportunities for primary prevention, risk stratification and appropriate treatment for heart disease in women. This lack of early intervention can have untold consequences! The growing body of research shows a serious under-diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases and conditions in women. This is, in part, due to the fact that women are more likely to experience atypical symptoms. Women also have variations in clinical indications and treatment regimens when compared to men, underscoring the need for a gender-sensitive approach to cardiovascular medicine. WellStar Health System has committed to practice gender-sensitive medicine as an active member of HeartCaring® to increase awareness, education and effective preventive measures in the fight against heart disease in women.

  • Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States?
  • Did you know that almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms?
  • Did you know that you can significantly reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by early detection and risk factor modification?

The WellStar Women’s Heart Program can help determine your risk for a future heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event.
For more information about the Women’s Heart Program, please call (470) 956-9964.


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Nader Parman II Interfaith Community Run/Walk and Tot Trot – CANCELLED



EDITOR’S NOTE: This event has been cancelled as of 8/22/14. All monies will be returned. For more information contact Sherri Parman at 404.483.7222 or email her at

Each year, about 16,000 children in the United States die of sudden cardiac arrest. Most of these deaths are preventable with simple, straightforward measures. In May 2002, sevenyear- old Nader Parman II was playing baseball in his own front yard in Marietta/East  Cobb when a baseball struck him in the chest at just the wrong moment, killing him. The ball hit Nader in the area right above his heart, at exactly the right millisecond to cause a fatal abnormal heart rhythm and trigger cardiac arrest. The injury is rare, but not unheard of, and a portable defibrillator used within three minutes offers the best probability of survival. The tragedy of Nader’s death has been transformed into a miracle spreading the “Heartsafe” word. You, too, can help save lives by joining this fun family event on Labor Day!

On Labor Day, September 1, six community congregations from three faith backgrounds unite to help increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in children. This year, the East Cobb Islamic Center, East Cobb United Methodist Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Islamic Center of Marietta, Sewell Mill Baptist Church, and Temple Kol Emeth are uniting to serve their community by raising awareness, and by making this year’s run bigger and better than ever. Starting at 7:30am, the 6K/1K race course runs through the heart of East Cobb, beginning and ending at Temple Kol Emeth. Stay and enjoy a post-run event at NoshFest!

Thanks to previous support, more schools and sports leagues have become “heart safe” daily. More people than ever know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest in children, are trained in CPR, and ensure there are Automatic External Defibrillators wherever children play, but there is much more work to do. Register early to ensure you receive a t-shirt! Cost to register is $25 until August 25, and then it increases to $30. You can even register to be a phantom runner and still receive a t-shirt if you register early!

Funds go to the Nader Parman II Memorial Foundation, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. For more information,
or to register, you can contact: Race registration website:

Nader Parman II Foundation Website:


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5 surprising signs you could have diabetes


Stroke, heart attack, blindness, kidney failure and amputation are only a few of the life-changing effects diabetes can have on your body. These complications should warrant the close monitoring of blood glucose (sugar) levels and lifestyle habits, but all too often diabetes is neglected and not taken seriously.
Signs you could have diabetes

Having a high blood glucose level is the number one sign of diabetes. However, according to Mary Ransbotham, RN, CDE, manager of the Piedmont Diabetes Resource Center, sometimes high blood glucose levels can go undetected because when patients get blood work done, they are asked to fast and this will alter a true reading.

“Often patients have diabetes for six to seven years before they even know it,” says Ransbotham. “In some ways it is a silent disease.”

Other signs you may have diabetes:
Increased thirst
Unexplained weight loss
Increased urination
Blurred vision
Talk to your physician about your risk factors. Click here to find a primary care physician near you.

How common is diabetes?

Diabetes strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. An estimated 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes. Those with prediabetes have blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

How diabetes affects the body

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, and it occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or cells ignore the insulin. This prevents the body from breaking down and using glucose properly for energy, which is needed for normal body functions.

“Diabetes education is key to detecting and managing diabetes,” says Ransbotham. “This disease is very complicated. It affects your entire nervous and vascular systems. It’s important to know all the factors that play a role in your diabetes from monitoring blood glucose, reading nutrition labels, insulin delivery, and much more.”

How to manage or prevent diabetes

Don’t fall prey to this very manageable disease. While everybody has different body types and genetics, basic healthy lifestyle habits can alter the devastating outcome of diabetes.

Ransbotham says it definitely can’t hurt anyone, with or without diabetes, to:
Eat a nutritious diet
Exercise at least 150 minutes per week
Maintain a healthy weight
She cautions that these can be big lifestyle changes.

“People will set themselves up for failure if they try to undo years and years of bad habits overnight. A gradual shift to a healthier lifestyle is more productive and will have lasting benefits.”

(Source: Piedmont Healthcare)


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Don’t Forget to Register for the 2014 Health Care Summit

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The Affordable Care Act continues to make headlines. Have you heard the latest rulings? Register for the 2014 Health Care Summit and let experts help you make the best decision regarding your employee health care benefits. Join the Cobb Chamber for its second Health Care Summit on Monday, August 18, 7am-12:30pm at Cobb Galleria Centre. The summit is an interactive event designed to help you understand Health Care Reform and develop a customized action plan for your business. During the summit, you’ll:

  • Gain valuable insight from keynote speakers, including experts in politics, health care and insurance fields
  • Engage with speakers and panelists using live audience response systems
  • Participate in roundtable discussions led by trained facilitators
  • Develop an implementation plan for your business

To view the event schedule, discussion topics and speakers, visit

Click Here to Register

For more information, contact Sue Leithead at or 770-859-2326. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Tiffany Dollar Harworth at or 770-859-2337.


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