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DI Dash to benefit Children’s Healthcare


Don’t miss the DI Dash 7th Annual 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Digital Insurance (DI) and benefitting Children’s Healthcare on Saturday, August 29.

Race 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 19. $30 after. $40 on race day. Starts at Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square NE, Marietta.

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Autism Speaks First Responder Training is Friday


Autism Speaks will host First Responder Training 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The training is designed to increase first responders’ knowledge of autism and provide practical tips and strategies for use in the field. Open to law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, EMT/paramedics, search and rescue teams, school and community safety organizations, etc.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, Autism Speaks hosts a safety fair.  Share this fun event with your local first responders, caregivers, parents, loved ones, and any community members who want to learn more about autism. All attendees will receive an Autism Safety Kit.

For more info visit Autism Speaks in Georgia at:


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Are You Ready For Flu Season?

Did you know the flu vaccine is the #1 way to protect yourself from getting the flu? Two out of three strains for the vaccine have changed from past years, making immunization more important than ever. WellStar can provide convenient flu vaccinations and preventive education at your place of business, congregation or community event.Call: 770-793-7373, email or visit to schedule a flu clinic.


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Library System Promoting Falls Prevention Awareness

Throughout September, the Cobb County Public Library System will be hosting Falls Prevention Awareness programs and promoting health and safety resources for all ages.
Injuries from falls are a leading reason Cobb County residents visit hospital emergency rooms – about one Cobb resident per hour, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. For seniors, falls can be devastating and life-altering. The good news: “Serious falls are not an inevitable part of aging.”
The national Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2015 is September 23, the first day of the fall season. The 2015 theme is “Take a stand to prevent falls.”
The health and safety events include a Falls Prevention Awareness Open House at East Cobb Library on Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The free event will include health checks based on falls prevention best practices or evidence-based criteria, vendors and demonstrations such as music therapy, Tai Chi, tango, and adaptive gardening. Community partners for the event include WellStar Health System, Cobb Senior Services and other organizations.
For more information on the library’s Falls Prevention Awareness initiative and events schedule, click here.
For more information on Falls Prevention and related health and safety resources, click here.

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Red Cross calls for Blood Donors


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 August and September.

>August 18 | 2-7pm
Piedmont Church
570 Piedmont Road Marietta 30066
>August 19 | 10am-3pm
114 TownPark
114 Town Park Drive Suite 240 Kennesaw 30144

>August 25 | 3-7pm
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road Marietta 30068

>August 30 | 8:30am-2:30pm
Saint Andrew Catholic Church
675 Riverside Road Roswell 30075

>August 31 | 3-8pm
LA Fitness
1453 Terrell Mill Road Suite 145 Marietta 30067

>September 1 | 7am- 4pm
WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center
677 Church Street Marietta 30060

Additionally, the Red Cross has a Cobb Donor Center open every day. It is located in the 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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Curing Kids Cancer celebrates 10th Anniversary


Dr John Bergsagel stands with Curing Kids Cancer founders Grainne and Clay Owen in front of the Curing Kids Cancer Clinical Research Office at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Since its creation in 2005, Curing Kids Cancer has raised more than $7 million to fund groundbreaking programs and childhood cancer research to make childhood cancer curable in our lifetime.

Killian Owen, the inspiration for Curing Kids Cancer, was five years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He battled cancer for four and half years. Doctors told Killian’s parents, East Cobb residents, Grainne and Clay, that there was a potential cure for Killian’s cancer but there was a lack of funding to get it into treatment. Killian passed away when he was nine.

“After Killian died, we dedicated ourselves to finding new cutting edge therapies for  childhood cancer,” said Grainne Owen, founder and executive director of Curing Kids Cancer. “It’s hard for me to believe that this is our 10th anniversary and I’m incredibly happy that we’ve been able to raise over $7 million to support childhood cancer research that I believe one day will make traditional pediatric chemotherapy obsolete.”

A revolutionary new treatment that Curing Kids Cancer funds is using genetically modified cells from the child’s own immune system to treat the most common type of leukemia (ALL). Dr. Stephan Grupp at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia takes T-cells, a type of immune cell, from the patient and then re-engineers the T-cells using a virus so that the T-Cells recognize and kill the leukemia cells.

“The children who receive this treatment are dying because all other standard  treatments have failed,” said Owen. “Despite how sick the children are when they receive it, this particular therapy still has a 90 percent success rate! That is one reason why I truly believe that this is the future for pediatric cancer treatment. The  technology, biology, medicine and genetics have all come together at the right time.”

Some of the other research Curing Kids Cancer supports includes:

• Funding the training of pediatric oncologist Dr. Eric Schafer at Texas Children’s Cancer Center in the pharmacology of childhood cancer. The training makes Schafer one of only six doctors in the country trained to understand the ways new drugs can work for children who suffer from cancer. The work of Schafer in this facet of cancer treatment could help to make traditional chemotherapy, and its harsh side effects, a thing of the past.

• Building upon groundbreaking work that identified the genetics of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a childhood bone cancer, Curing Kids Cancer is supporting research with zebra fish at University of Texas Southwestern Children’s Hospital conducted by Dr. James Amatruda.

Supporting Dr. Andrew Lane of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to continue research into why children with Down Syndrome have a 20 times higher risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Lane has tracked the genetic chain of events that links a chromosomal abnormality in Down Syndrome to the development of ALL and he  discovered it is the same abnormality that causes children who do not have Down Syndrome to develop ALL!

To fund the research, Curing Kids Cancer raises money through partnerships with  sports teams at local and national levels. “Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer!” is one such program where Curing Kids Cancer partners with SEC football teams to make fans  aware that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“Coaches will wear Coaches Curing Kids Cancer lanyards with gold whistles during at least one home game during September and players will wear Curing Kids Cancer wristbands and helmet stickers,” said Owen.

“We greatly appreciate the SEC’s support. They are helping children battling cancer and helping us support local cutting-edge treatments and research.”

The following games are confirmed for the 2015 “Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer! campaign:

• September 12 at the University of South Carolina vs. Kentucky
• September 12 at Mississippi State vs. LSU
• September 19 at the University of Georgia vs. the University of South Carolina
• September 19 at Vanderbilt University vs. Austin Peay
• September 19 at Alabama vs. Ole Miss
• September 26 at Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

Curing Kids Cancer is awaiting confirmation on game dates for three more SEC teams.
Fans can purchase their own Curing Kids Cancer gear to support their teams and cause by visiting Also, fans make donations in honor of the participating teams to their local hospitals for pediatric cancer research.

Curing Kids Cancer also raises funds through corporate sponsorships such as AT&T and CFO4Life, community involvement, and support from national sports figures including ESPN’s Lee Corso and MLB closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel, and the powerhouse Mecum Auction Company, the world leader of collector car, motorcycle and road art sales. Visit to learn more.


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CrossFit Dwala Launches SWEAT Bootcamp as an Introduction to its Full CrossFit Program: Try a Free Bootcamp Class on Saturday

CrossFit Dwala is proud to introduce SWEAT, our new high-intensity interval training (HIIT), core-focused program. Their highly trained coaches have taken experience with functional, results-oriented fitness and created the perfect program for new athletes before they take on the full CrossFit program.

SWEAT is designed for men and women who are interested in interval training without the intimidation of heavy barbells and complex movements. SWEAT will help both men and women get lean throught the use of medicine balls, sandbags and kettlebells. The cost for 6 weeks of Bootcamp is $249 and includes a Hydrostatic body composition test before and after the series to help track results (Hydrostatic Testing and Retest Normal Value $84).

A free Bootcamp class will be offered this Saturday, August 8 at 10am. Email Jake at to reserve your spot.

CrossFit Dwala is located in East Cobb at 3000 Johnson Ferry Road #110.


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Back to school, back to sleep



For many children and teens, summer vacation is synonymous with staying up late and sleeping in. Returning to an early morning sleep schedule can be challenging, but it is vital to the health and successful school performance of America’s youth. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is calling on parents and students to start adjusting their sleep schedules now, in order to be well-rested and alert for the start of the school year.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2004 and 2006 Sleep in America polls, children and teens overall do not get enough sleep. School-aged children get an average of 1.5 hours less than the recommended 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night on school nights, and only 20 percent of adolescents get the recommended 9 hours of sleep per night on school nights. In fact, nearly half of all adolescents sleep less than eight hours on school nights.

Tips for Getting Your Child’s Sleep Schedule Back on Track:

  • Several weeks to a month before the start of school, set a limit for the latest bedtime and wake up time. Then gradually move these times earlier (about 15 minutes every other day, time permitting) as the school year starts to approach.
  • Soak in summer’s last days with early mornings rather than late nights. Emphasize activity and bright light in the morning: go outside and take a walk or play with friends, don’t sit indoors or in front of the television.
  • Maintain a regular bedtime — keeping the same sleep schedule makes it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning.
  • Establish a sleep routine — avoid exercising or doing anything too intellectually stimulating in the last couple of hours before going to bed.
  • Create a good sleep environment — cool, dark, quiet and comfortable.
  • Limit caffeine, especially after lunchtime.
  • Turn off the TV. Flickering light and distributing content can prevent good sleep. And, adolescents with four or more such items in their bedrooms were more likely than their peers to get an insufficient amount of sleep at night and almost twice as likely to fall asleep in school and while doing homework.


(Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) 

It’s Back to School time. How will you prepare?


The bell is about to ring and school supplies are flying off the shelves.

We’re looking for the best back to school tips out there – from the tried and true to the latest and greatest, tell us how you plan to send your kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

Share your comments below or email them to The best tips and tricks just might make it onto our blog.


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Register for Sparkle Wellness Coaching Classes at Johnson Ferry Baptist


Sparkle Wellness Coaching Classes are coming to Johnson Ferry Baptist in East Cobb August 3 – December 18 .
Wellness coaching helps you strive for physical fitness and overall well-being. Coaches introduce tools and reinforce motivation techniques to help you achieve your weight loss and emotional health goals. Discover why losing weight is difficult for you and develop strategies to help you achieve your goals. Participants have lost over 1,000 pounds and have transformed their lives. Weekly weigh in available and lots of support and nutrient info given each week.
Classes are offered Monday nights, 7-8 pm or Thursday mornings, 9:45-10:45 am. Free childcare is available on Thursday mornings. The cost is $175 per session. A discount is offered for participants 60 years or older. Enter the code IAMOVERSIXTY. This code is case sensitive and needs to be capitalized.
If you need FREE childcare for the Thursday class, please register using the link HERE or by using the link provided in your confirmation email. Seven days advanced childcare registration is required before your child may attend.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church is located at 955 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.

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