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THE WEST COBB AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2011

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FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the marietta square's eclectic art scene. galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 5pm to 9pm on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. look for an official art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin at artists' alley at duPre's antique market. For more information visit www.artwalkmarietta.com . MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: every saturday (and now on sundays!) from 9am to noon. The market has an average of 60 vendors with fresh goodies from heirloom tomatoes, fruits, veggies, flowers, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, fudge pies, jelly, jam and preserves. Customers can also take home many live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. The marietta square Farmers market will again be located on the historic marietta square, taking up residence on north Park square, between shillings restaurant and The strand Theater.

KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: The 2011 Kennesaw Farmers market is back and bigger than ever. now in its seventh season, the farmers market takes place every Tuesday morning from noW through october 25, 2011. on Tuesdays from 7am to 1pm, local farmers and merchants offer fresh tomatoes, flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, plants, herbs, and a variety of local food and products. be sure to get there early for the best selection. adams Park soccer Field Parking lot, 2753 Watts drive, Kennesaw ga. For more information, call (770) 499-0874 or (770) 794-7075.

SUPPORT GROUPS OFFERED THROUGH VISIONS ANEW: Visions anew, a non-profit which assists women through the divorce process, sponsors a number of free support groups around the city each week. Please see www.visionsanew.org for places, dates, and times in your area. support groups offered by Visions anew for men only at the Vinings Fire station, 4336 Paces Ferry rd atlanta, 30339. meets 1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 7:00-8:00 Pm.

FIELD OF FLAGS: on the tenth anniversary of september 11, 2001, the Kiwanis Club of marietta will honor those who lost their lives in the attack of september 11th with their third Field of Flags installation. one of the largest events in the nation, a flag will be placed in Kennesaw mountain national battlefield Park for each life lost on 9/11. The flags will fly saturday, september 10th, through Friday, september 16th. a parade will start at 8am from grace Community Church located at 770 Kennesaw avenue in marietta, and proceed about one mile to the battlefield. For more information, please visit www.911fieldofflags.com or call 770.423.3577. 3RD ANNUAL GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE 5K: saturday, september 10th, starting at 7:30am for the 1 mile Fun run, and 8:45am for the Tot Trot. The 5K starts at 8am. The entry fee for the 5K race, 1 mile Fun run and Tot Trot is $25.00 per person and must be received by september 6th - late entry fee and raCe day regisTraTion is $30.00 with no guarantee of a race shirt. Participants are welcome to drop off the registration at the southern museum: 2829 Cherokee street, Kennesaw, ga. registration available on www.active.com. bib numbers (with dag chips) and race packets can be picked up the morning of the race starting at 6:30 a.m. at Kennesaw First baptist Church located at 2958 main street, Kennesaw, ga. T-shirts will be given out before the race. in store registration is available at big Peach running Co. - all locations. Food and drink will be provided after the races for the runners. Visit www.greatlocomotiverace.com for more details, map and parking suggestions. T-shirt will be guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. TASTE OF KENNESAW: saturday, september 10th, from 11am to 8pm in downtown Kennesaw. Come sample “tastes” from your favorite restaurants for $1 to $4. admission is Free! end the evening with a banks & shane concert from 6 – 8pm.

FRIENDS OF PRICE PARK: Come out and join the Friends of Price Park for an open house at the undeveloped leone hall Price Park on saturday, september 17th from 8:30 -11am. We will be giving "tours" of the park so people can see what a special place it is and will become with your support! bring the family, your friends, even the dog!! a beautiful meadow, creek and woods are just some of the natural features that can be explored in this 100+ acre park. it is located on the south side of stilesboro road in Kennesaw, between acworth due West road and mars hill road. a sign "Future home of leone hall Price Park" marks the entrance to the parking lot. For more information please contact friendsofpricepark@gmail.com or find us on Facebook. CAREER TRANSITIONS MINISTRIES: how to learn networking from the master rainmaker. join us for our next Career Transition meeting to hear ricky steele, the ultimate rainmaker. steele has a long history of developing new business, expanding the brand, marketing, public relations, and community engagement for clients across many industries. Today, ricky is the Chief development officer for hunter Technical resources, one of atlanta’s premier staffing and recruiting companies. monday, september 19th at 6:30 Pm (Presentation 7 Pm) at First Presbyterian Church WarehoUse 68 n. marietta Pkwy marietta, ga 30060. For more information, contact bill lins 404-558-1579 or bob sabin 770-795-9084 ART & SOUL: an evening to benefit the georgia Transplant Foundation. Friday, september 30th, from 7 to 11pm at the olde Towne athletic Club, 4950 olde Towne Pkwy., marietta, 30068. The mission of the georgia Transplant Foundation is to help meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families by providing information and education regarding organ transplantation, granting financial assistance and being an advocate for sustaining and enriching lives every day. dress is cocktail attire. Featuring music by Flyer and the select work of artists. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.gatransplant.org and click on “happenings”. GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: Friday, september 30th at 8 p.m. in and around the park in downtown marietta. Friday night’s concert will feature Pieces of eight (beach). The series will continue throughout the summer, with concerts scheduled for the last Friday night of each month through september. The concerts are free of charge but if you’re looking for a "front-row seat," a limited number of tables can be reserved. For additional information, please call marietta's Parks and recreation department at 770794-5601. blankets and lawn chairs only may be set up in the park after 4 p.m. Personal tables are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on north Park square after 6:00 p.m. bring a picnic dinner (beer and wine are permitted) or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square. join others and participate in the table or blanket-decorating contest. The contest is held prior to each concert with the winner taking home a picnic basket full of goodies. registration is not required. COBB COUNTY 5K TO BENEFIT MAKE-A-WISH: saturday, october 8th, starting with registration at 7am. The race begins at 8am. The race will begin and end at the marietta square. make a Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For more information, please visit www.cobbcountga.gov/makeawish5k.

BOXERSTOCK 2011 ALL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: sunday, october 23rd, from 12 noon – 6 Pm at jim miller Park, marietta, ga. We are still accepting sPonsor and Vendor applications! join Us for a Full day of Fun. atlanta boxer rescue and presenting sponsor Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic are hosting the fourth-annual boxerstock music festival. boxerstock 2011 is in the same great location and promises to be the biggest, best yet. jim miller Park is located in Cobb County, just a few short minutes from i-285. your ticket grants you access to an entire day of music and family fun from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. all proceeds will benefit atlanta boxer rescue. For mUCh more great information, please visit www.boxerstock.org. our Town magazine is a proud sponsor of this exciting event.

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are you ready For some FooTball? We are and we also know that West Cobb is waiting for the gridiron season to begin! our cover this month features two rival teams in oUr ToWn territory, the Kennesaw mountain high school mustangs, and the Carl harrison high school hoyas. This big showdown night is scheduled for

Coach Chad mcgehee begins his second season as head coach of the mustangs. Coach mcgehee will be working with the quarterbacks while coordinating the offense. Prior to Kmhs, Kennesaw Mountain Mustangs, L to R: Justin Becker, Coach mcgehee Linebacker, Ryan Clay, Wide Receiver, Coach Chad McGehee, served as the defen- Dallin Finley, Quarterback, and Alex Hubbard, Offensive sive Coordinator at Lineman. Parkview high school. Coach mcgehee holds a master’s degree from ball state University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of alabama, where he walked on and earned two Varsity letters and become an all-seC academic athlete. he also served in the U.s. army national guard bravo battery Unit which was mobilized and served in operation enduring Freedom. Coach david hines, head coach at harrison high school is a 1987 graduate of sprayberry high school and has been with harrison for 13 of his 20 years of football coaching . he coached at Walton from 1992– 1996 and was the head coach at sprayberry high school from 2002-2003. he has taught physical education for all 20 of those years. after attending the University of georgia, Coach hines went on to marry his wife, susie. They have two children, morgan age 11 and Kylie age 8.

Photography born and raised in marietta, georgia, johnny has been exploring photography for almost 40 years. johnny’s work has appeared in local, national and international publications. his main professional focuses are weddings, portraiture, sports photography and landscapes. johnny is also the official staff sport’s Photographer for marietta high school and the blue devils. he is a familiar face and friend to athletes, coaches and parents on the playing field. johnny offers a wide range of professional action sports photos. his expertise and professionalism in the sports arena is unmatched. he has covered everything from football to tennis and event participants are virtually able to view their photos almost immediately on his website. johnny's easy going personality, technical skill and natural vision consistently ensure for beautiful wedding and portrait photography. With his photojournalist style, an eye for detail and ability to capture decisive moments, he is able to tell through images, the unique and personal story of each couple’s wedding, as well as, capture an individual’s personal spirit in a portrait. Johnny Walker is also a long time real estate agent with Harry Norman Realtors in Marietta. www.johnnywalkerphotagraphy.com 404.993.9750 walkerphotos@bellsouth.net

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Children’s Routines Improve Health and Increase Success by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP routine is defined as a set of customary and often mechanically performed tasks, chores or duties that must be done regularly or at scheduled intervals. That just doesn’t sound very exciting. some would even say routine is boring. but as we race into another school year, having a solid routine can give your family health, security, relief from anxiety and breed success. infants will set routine feeding and sleeping schedules. Toddlers display more erratic and crabby behavior when sleep, feeding and activity schedules are off. Preschool programs begin teaching routine early on and they incorporate the concept of time to keep their little ones on task. school-agers, as well as their teachers, rely on routine to keep the classroom running smoothly from one subject to the next. good routines at home start with good nutrition. There is a division of responsibility with feeding children. as parents, we decide what the child has an opportunity to eat and the child decides how much to eat. early on, you and your child determine when to eat meals and snacks. make breakfast part of your family routine. breakfast is an opportunity to provide good sources of whole grains through breads and cereals, vitamins through fruit, and minerals and proteins through dairy products. This is great fuel for growing bodies and developing minds and has been proven to improve attention span and test scores. nutritionally, family dinner time is equally important but its value is likely more emotional. breakfast and dinner are opportunities to pleasantly connect with your children on a daily basis. This connection has been shown to improve communication, strengthen relationships and increase self-esteem and self-worth among children. also, children who eat meals with family learn how to conduct themselves, exhibit proper table manners and politely socialize. make an effort to make meal times routine in your home. according to the national sleep Foundation, children ages 3 to 5 should get 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night. Children ages 5 to 12 should sleep 10 to 11 hours per night. Teens should sleep 8-9 hours per night. Without adequate sleep, one’s judgment, mood and the ability to learn and retain information are weakened. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even early death. The bedtime rituals that began as small children should continue. reserve the bedroom for quiet times with low lighting. avoid television, video games and any stimulating activities an hour before bedtime. reading a bedtime story quietly before bed is a nice way to wind down from the hectic day. and twenty minutes of sun exposure a day makes a better sleeper at night. Use sunscreen as needed and get out for fresh air and little exercise. good sleep habits should be routine for all of us. at various times in our lives, we all deal with anxiety, or the state of uneasiness and apprehension surrounding the uncertainty of outcomes. a toddler may feel anxiety about being separated from his parents. a young child may experience fears of the dark, monsters or animals. schoolagers may develop anxiety about social acceptance, academics, sports, mortality and family. establishing routines reduces anxiety. routines provide a sense of control by emphasizing predictability. most children do not cope well with disorganization and spontaneity. a child may express anxiety through crying, aggression, poor memory and concentration, pessimism and perfectionism. normal life and family transitions that occur as children grow and mature can be stressful. routines help children to master tasks in and out of school with confidence. routines, as boring as they can seem, maintain the sanity. strong routines have so many benefits, including strengthening immunity and improving relationships. healthy steps Pediatrics is here to help groW healthy children one step at a time. if you have any questions or concerns about your children and/or their routines, please call 678-384-3480 so that we can get your family on the path to success.

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Why Haven’t People With Shoulder Pain Been Told These Facts? If you’re over the age of 30 and have rotator cuff problems, frozen shoulder, or arthritis, there is hope. A local doctor is helping patients increase shoulder strength, improve motion, and eliminate shoulder pain. Finally, you can be pain free again – even if you’ve got the most excruciating shoulder pain you have ever felt. does your shoulder pain build up when you move it wrong or is it a sudden sharp pain shooting from your neck into your arm?

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Shopping with Shelia REAL STYLE FOR REAL WOMEN

A Feminine Fall Has this been a hot summer or what? When fall finally gets here, what will 'real' women be wearing? I heard a rumor that glamour is back! And I for one, hope it hangs around awhile. Here are a few ways to add some glam to your fall wardrobe:

Faux Fur ~ add instant glamour with a touch of fur. Keep the scale and proportions right for your body or risk looking like a gorilla! Color ~ Vivid hues are fun and exciting this fall. mix bold hues together or go for a head- to-toe shot of color, if you dare. mix green and purple, orange and blue, burgundy and pink. don't be shy! Lady Like Blouses ~ a soft blouse tucked into trousers, skirts or jeans is an easy way to add style and femininity. Pair with a fur vest for extra wow. dresses ~ The sheath dress is figure flattering and the perfect backdrop for beautiful accessories. For something a little different, try a printed, silk dress. Fun Hosiery ~ Finish your look with patterned tights and stockings. if you have thin legs, anything goes, if not, stick with a small, simple pattern. Pants ~ The narrow ankle pant will compliment this fall's booties. The high-waisted pant accessorized with a skinny belt is au courant. Tall or petite, high-waisted pants look best with a long hem extended even further over an ample heel.

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Vintage Inspired Jewelry ~ one of a kind pieces of sparkle will add interest and light to any outfit. look for vintage jewelry in antique stores, your great aunt's jewelry box, or retail stores like j Crew or fine department stores. be unique! Purses and Shoes ~ankle boots with patterned tights, ballerina flats adorned with bows, and high-heeled loafers paired with autumn's dresses will finish your look in style. as for purses, the structured mini bag or a top-handle satchel will be on my shopping list. i am so happy to be seeing lady-like trends in this season's fall fashion forecast. enjoy being a woman, take advantage of dressing with feminine flair and have fun with your wardrobe. life's short. dress up!

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Off to College: How to Avoid and Deal with Common Orthopaedic Injuries Away from Mom and Dad by D. Hodari Brooks, MD many of this month’s readers are either parents of college students or hopefully the students themselves. i would like to first congratulate all of the local graduating high school seniors and wish you success as you embark on the next phase of your life. For those of you who will be attending college i wanted to provide some advice on how to avoid and deal with some of the common orthopaedic injuries that i have to treat on a daily basis. First a few words of general advice: make sure to discuss your family’s current health plan with your parents before you depart for school. many students do not even carry their insurance card with them. in addition, look up in network providers in the city in which you are going to school so that you can at least have a short list of primary care physicians that you can schedule a visit with if necessary. This will avoid costing mom and dad, what are often significant, out of network fees. When you get to school, take special note of the logistics of medical care, i.e. the location of the medical infirmary, operating hours, status of on call doctors, etc… The goal is thus to be an informed student regarding health care options while at school, before you need the services. i treat literally several students per week during the school year who suffer a variety of injuries that are often avoidable. some of the more common injuries include: Low Back Strains - these injuries typically result from lifting heavy objects inappropriately. remember the proper technique is to bend your knees and keep the load close to your body. also, avoid twisting motions while lifting as these can also cause injury. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of acute low back pain will resolve with 48-72 hours of bed rest, and routine anti-inflammatory medication. one word of caution – if pain or numbness develops in your legs then seek medical attention immediately. Ankle Sprains – the majority of these injuries are from twisting type motions and usually

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result from playing sports, such as basketball. if you are an individual who has repetitive ankle injuries then make sure you wear high top sneakers when playing at risk sports. in addition, ankle braces can often be helpful. if you develop an ankle sprain then remember the acronym: riCe which stands for rest, ice, compression (i.e. an ace bandage) and elevation. Shoulder Injuries – the majority of these injuries are secondary to throwing something harder than you should. This can result in injuries to the rotator cuff of the shoulder. Typically this will resolve with rest and limiting overhead activity for at least 2 weeks. Thus, as you embark on your journey away from mom and dad remember to be an informed health care consumer and to be careful to try and avoid some of the typical injuries that happen at school. again i wish all of our local students the best of luck in the next phase of their lives and remember, stay healthy. Dr. D. Hodari Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon at Pinnacle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialists. Pinnacle has offices located in Austell, Douglasville, Lost Mountain, Paulding and Villa Rica. For an appointment call 770.445.5666.

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Women Who Barter has been often been called the “new girls club”. one thing for sure, this organization is stirring things up in the business world throughout metro atlanta. While names often can be deceiving, certainly a name with “barter” in it can be assumed that it’s a barter exchange company, right? Wrong! although members of this organization “barter” among themselves privately, it’s about the exchange of ideas, knowledge and referrals. jan murphy, Founder and Ceo of this organization states, “our members like to call it “paying it forward” to help others in business”. Women Who Barter is an online business directory representing female-owned businesses and professionals. The directory provides a place where consumers and business owners can shop for products and services offered by local women. From gourmet chocolates to home accessories to a plumber, these services are offered by women for women. The best way to describe what we are trying to accomplish for our members, is become the next “angie’s list”, a directory where consumers can find female professional services whether it be a female physician, plumber, or auto repair shop. Women Who Barter’s online directory is Free to consumers. Women like to do business with women. in america, women influence 85% of the decisions in purchasing consumer goods and services. With the WWB online directory, consumers can find products and services that they cannot find at the local strip shopping center or mall. There are some wonderful products on the market that consumers don’t know exist. For instance, the online directory features food

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products that have no chemicals, preservatives or food dyes in them, perfect for kids with food allergies or diagnosed with adhd. These products can be more difficult to find at your local grocery store. not only can you find chemical free food products on the WWB directory, there are other chemical free products such as lotions and bath products. The list of products and services that are not available in stores is endless. another unique feature offered for consumers is they can read about the owners of their local retail shops, learn about women who sell products online and have access to the owner’s contact information. it’s more personal and the business owners actually enjoy talking to their customers! Consumers tell us they like this idea because they can check out the businesses or ask questions before they order online. jan murphy founded this organization in may, 2010 and it has already far exceeded any of her expectations. “We have had over one hundred seventy five businesses represented on our directory. some of our products and services are utilized by other businesses which need services such as telecommunications, office assistants, printing, promotional products and signs. one of my future goals is to provide the first premier full service directory of female physicians and healthcare professionals available to the public.” jan murphy has thirty years of b2b sales expertise to help her members grow their businesses. When a new member joins Women Who Barter, it’s like hiring a professional sales team. jan spends full time marketing and promoting her members businesses. her organization sponsors nonprofit organizations, promotes the member businesses through collaboration in advertising, business workshops and seminars. For information regarding this organization, contact Jan at 770-364-1642 or visit the online directory at www.womenwhobarter.com and check out the men’s directory of products and services at www.gentlemenwhobarter.com.

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Candy Land by Mark Orler Doesn’t play well with others. This was the note my mother received from my teacher after the first few weeks of government

indoctrination otherwise known as Kindergarten. The note prompted a meeting where mrs. Crabapple explained to my parents that i was “hyper-competitive” during recess and not a good sport if the games did not go my way. my father immediately began measuring me for shoulder pads, but my mother continued to pressure me to be more like my sister and to tone down my unexplained drive to “win-at-all-costs.” i was reminded of this the other evening when my oldest asked me to join her and her younger sister in a friendly round of Candy land. For the uninitiated, Candy land involves moving gingerbread men along a path toward the Candy Castle, all the while avoiding lord licorice and his minions attempting to stifle your progress. it’s about as simple a game as you can play and even a two-year-old can enjoy moving the pieces they have not yet swallowed along the rainbow road. after the initial arguments over which color gingerbread man we would each have, the girls and i began playing. it quickly became evident that my oldest had no intention of losing this battle of Candy and Wits as i began to notice that red gingerbread man seemed to avoid every pitfall that the game apparently was throwing at her sister and i in spades. halfway through the game, i noticed that she tended to grab more than just one card and would sneak a look before turning it over, insuring that the red gingerbread man strolled nicely up the gumdrop highway whilst blue and yellow gingerbread men lay mired in the licorice Pits. i briefly mentioned to her in my serious “daddy” voice that to win by cheating would not be a win at all and that we should play by the rules and be good sports. my daughter completely agreed and continued to palm the cards on her way toward the promised-

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land of gumdrops and Fairies. i went so far as to suggest that i be the only one allowed to pull the instruction cards from the deck to eliminate even the temptation to cheat. The subsequent reaction to this suggestion ended in a screaming tantrum on the floor so loud that it forced my wife to come in to tell me to sit up and calm down. at the end of the game, after the tears had been wiped dry and the cards and flung gingerbread men had been picked up, i sat down with my oldest and told her that when a game ends that poorly that nobody wins. i further went on to explain to her that winning at all cost always ends up costing more than you can ever imagine and the only way to settle a game when it goes this array is to do the most honest thing possible…arm wrestle for it! blue gingerbread man does not go down without a fight!

Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com

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Thin = Healthy = FALSE (Sometimes)!

Jason Goggans

We all have one of Those people in our lives. The person that can eat whatever he or she wants, never exercises and never seems to gain an ounce. They were a size 2 in high school, college, and after having 6 kids. We act like we love them but really we can’t stand them! it’s just not fair!

• Increasing age - no matter what our body fat percentages are or how skinny we are our risk of heart disease increases with age

The truth is, many of these people are not healthy and are heart attacks waiting to happen. in fact, 25% of people who fall within the recommended weight range for their age and height have unhealthy blood markers (blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc). heart disease does not discriminate and just because you are thin does not mean you are healthy.

• Family history - if you have heart disease in your family then your chances of developing it are higher

i think sometimes thin people have a false sense of security because they are skinny and get complimented often. They also look around and see people who are overweight and larger than they are and it leads them to believe that they must be healthier. again, this can be far from reality. Fifty-one percent of overweight people actually have normal blood markers and are healthier than many of their thinner counterparts.

hopefully, you will see that being skinny is only a small part of the picture. Face reality and stop hiding behind clothing sizes. The good news is that even if you are a “skinny fat person” there are things you can do to become a skinny healthy and FiT person.

Weight is actually a poor indicator of overall health because it doesn’t tell the entire story. Weight is nothing more than the rate at which gravity is pulling you towards earth. it tells you nothing about your lean tissue to fatty tissue ratios (body fat percentage) and tells you nothing about your blood count numbers. many skinny people actually have body fat percentages that are in the “obese” range. This is because although they may not have a vast amount of body fat, they also have very little muscle. having little muscle tone makes you weak and can lead to things like osteoporosis if nothing is done about it. Combine this with less than desirable blood count numbers and you can see why some skinny folks are ticking time bombs. We actually have a term for people who fit in this category. We call them “skinny fat people” and that is actually a very accurate way to describe it. if you are someone who is skinny but know that you don’t necessarily eat right and don’t exercise then i hope you pay close attention to this article. being skinny is a poor indicator of health and there are always other risk factors that come into play such as:

• Gender - males have a higher risk of heart disease

• Lifestyle - lack of exercise, poor nutrition, smoking, high stress can all increase your risk of heart disease

• Exercise -you should exercise 4-5 times a week. exercise should include weight bearing exercise and cardiovascular exercise.

• Eat healthy - eat plenty of protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and a little fruit. These foods should make up the bulk of your diet. • Get rest - downtime is important to overall health. be sure to get 7-9 hours a sleep a night on average. When you sleep is when the body repairs itself both physically and mentally. • Quit smoking - This one should be obvious

• Reduce stress - We live in a day and age of chronic stress. our bodies are not equipped to handle chronic stress. Chronic stress can result in higher amounts of stored body fat, less muscle, hormone imbalances, poor overall health, etc. Take time everyday to focus on stress reduction.

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The Importance of Play for Everyone! having fun and “play” is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. What constitutes play varies, but real play has some important elements – it stretches us and brings joy. Play may involve art supplies, photography, cooking, flowers or gardens, making music, or physical challenges. Play enhances experiences, helps relieve stress, and connects us to others and the world around us. Play can make work more productive and pleasurable. Play is enjoyable and is renewing. Playing will activate creativity and passion. Play, quite simply is a necessary component of healthy living. Play time has traditionally been a cherished part of childhood. however, this has become endangered. once there were hours of unstructured time for children to create, explore and play. Today children are in pre-arranged after school activities or organized lessons. While these activities have value, children need a variety of play activities that develop gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. a 2007 report from the american academy of Pediatrics documents that play promotes not only behavioral development but brain growth as well. Play that involves large muscles (running, climbing, jumping) develops gross motor skills, helps prevent weight problems, and promotes physical wellness. drawing, painting, and building with blocks can help develop fine motor skills, while organizing and sorting objects, doing puzzles, and playing guessing games are important to cognitive development. Finally, make-believe games support creativity, communication, social-emotional skills, and problem solving. it is a disturbing reality that most schools are cutting back on the amount of time spent on play in the classroom to make more time for “teaching”. recess is seen as unnecessary and lunchtime is often shortened. however research clearly shows this is a bad decision. a 2009 study published in the journal Pediatrics shows students who received more than 15 minutes of free play a day were better behaved than those who had no recess period. research has also shown that there has not been an academic advantage in either reading or math for children in programs where there was shift from play to a more academic curriculum; and there is an increase in test anxiety, and more negative attitudes toward school. even kindergartens, once dedicated to learning through play, have become full-day academic institutions that include testing and homework. a 1999 survey found that nearly a third of kindergarten classes did not have a recess period! Play time is also important at home. Parents who play with their child help with the development of attachment, security and connectedness. While video or computer games can be a form of play, investigate less high-tech alternatives and consider the radical idea of setting aside time for battery/electricity free

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by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

play experiences. encourage less structure and more creativity in your child’s play activities. Play is also important for adults. Too often, grownups forget to play. life is often stressful, serious, and some view adult play as a waste of time. but play, it turns out, is important for adults as well as children. bringing play back into adult lives models for our children the value of balance. Play is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. Playing together brings joy, vitality, and resilience to relationships. Friends or couples who play together report feeling greater intimacy and closeness. Play bonds those who engage in it and helps to shake tensions and aggressions. Play can heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. enjoyment, laughter and play are essential components of strong, healthy relationships. by making a conscious effort to incorporate more humor and play into your daily interactions, you can improve the quality of your love relationships – as well as your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends. “What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives.” — Stuart Brown, Institute of Play Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Three Little Souls, One Big Responsibility by Shasta Clark one hot july day during my ninth month of pregnancy with my third child, i stole a rare moment of peace. my husband took our sons outside to play backyard T-ball while i enjoyed quietly sitting alone in our air conditioned family room. delighting in the tranquility, i propped my laptop on my swollen beach ball-shaped belly and logged onto my email to find that a man i hadn’t thought of in years had friended me on Facebook. The man used to work with my husband so i knew the story about his teenage son who was tragically killed years ago when an amusement park ride malfunctioned. i searched into the man’s Facebook page and stumbled upon a blog that he and his wife had written. in one blog entry, his wife wrote about the day her son was born—three weeks early while she was visiting family three hours away from her home, her husband and her doctor—and the day he died—the awful call she received saying, “ma’am, your son ryan has been in an accident.” i never knew ryan, but whenever anyone mentioned his death, they always spoke of his faith in jesus Christ, not in the way many people hype up someone’s faith after they are dead but in a way that led me to believe his faith was inspirational. at an age when many teenagers are self-consumed, scoffing at religion, and fighting with their parents about going to church, “ryan’s faith was mature beyond his years,” everyone would say. Quiet tears streamed down my cheeks while i read ryan’s mom’s story. i don’t know her, but i bet she was like most mothers. From the time ryan was born unexpectedly early, i bet she spent hours teaching him everything from how to ride a bike to how to excel in school. yet when she got the call that her son had passed from this life into the next, i’d venture to guess that his athleticism and his grades never crossed her mind. i bet she was most thankful for every minute of ryan’s life that she spent teaching him god’s word and showing him god’s love.

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just then, my unborn baby shook my stomach (and the laptop sitting on top of it), as it tried to stretch its limbs in a space that was growing more confining each day. it brought me back to my present-day reality: two young boys and a baby on the way. Three children for whom i am responsible. Three little souls who will live forever, somewhere. and it’s up to me to teach them that the bible says jesus is the only way to eternal life with god in heaven, that his gift of salvation is free, the only thing we have to do is accept it. as parents, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the pressures of our current situation…how will my son pass his math class, how will other kids treat my daughter in her new school, how will i afford the toy my child wants, etc. but if we keep ourselves focused on god and the responsibility he’s given us to teach the next generation about him, we will stay on the right course. of all the things i will teach my unborn baby and my two sons, i hope god’s salvation is the lesson that they hold dear.

Congratulations to Shasta from the Our Town family! Shasta and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Lilia Wanda to their family on August 5th weighing in at 9 pounds, 3ounces! Shasta Clark, a former writer for CNN Headline News is a freelance journalist who writes about her most challenging job yet, motherhood. You may contact her at clarkshasta@hotmail.com.

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WINE SEASON IN THE AMERICAS

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i love good wine! and at this time every year, i start to think about where i can go for the grape harvest. in napa and the northwestern Us, the harvest comes in october or november so i am almost beyond being able to plan for the event but will try. however in south america, this is the perfect time to plan as harvest season is in late February or march. The dates vary every year depending on the weather and the ripeness of the grapes.

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but back to the west coast for a minute. maybe i can take advantage of both harvests! just a short plane ride to san Francisco or Portland brings me within a days drive into Wine Country. From october 1, 2011 on, there are events like the sip, savor and samba at the stephens estate in napa. at groth, rated as some of the best wines in this country, they are releasing their 2008 Cabernet sauvignon with food, wine and festivities. Their 2007 reserve Cabernet sauvignon sells for $250 per bottle. it is one of the smoothest Cabs i have ever had the pleasure of tasting. october also brings sparkling Wines! at the Chandon estate enjoy music on the Terrace Wine Tasting while listening to anything from jazz to Classical every sunday afternoon throughout the month. Farther north in oregon, there are festivals too. When fall comes to oregon, the Pinot grape leaves turn a bright yellow and the Willamette Valley is rich in color and activity. at mineral springs ranch, get an insider’s look at harvest 2011. Then join them for dinner with everything sourced entirely from the ranch. There is always a Thirsty Tuesday to attend somewhere in the valley and Plum hill has “date night” every Friday night so you can get out and taste some of their lovely Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Things get started a little early in oregon. on september 24, 2011 join the fun at Willamette Valley Vineyards with some wine stomping. Purple feet are included! This year at the 21st annual oregon grape stomp Competition, you can get practice for the main event, the World grape stomping Championship in santa rosa, California later in october. as you can see, i love good wine. so while i am organizing my trip to the west coast, i can really plan for a trip to the harvest in south america in early march. in mendoza, argentina, the Feria de la Vendimia or grape harvest Festival begins with a parade complete with a Wine Queen and her court. The festival has all kind of activities and also showcases through music and dance the customs, rituals and superstitions of the harvest. mendoza is known for its rich malbecs which have come into their own in stores and homes across the Us. in Chile, a favorite grape, Carmenere is also on display. The Carmenere grape thought to be killed out in France due to blight at the beginning of the century, was found in Chile. since that time, Chile has become one of the few countries to perfect this earthy wine which is now exported throughout the world. in santa Cruz, Chile, there is a wonderful harvest Festival in early march complete with horses, dancing, food and festivities. so it is time to drink up and get ready for some wonderful fun and great wines from the Us West Coast to south america......salUd! Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at pliwalker@earthlink.net. you can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at http://www.pamwalkers.blogspot.com & www.walkeradventures.com

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What is a Sculptra? by Dr. John Kayal What is a Sculptra? sculptra is an injectable treatment used to replace the volume loss associated with the aging process. it softens the appearance of wrinkles and provides a more youthful look. sculptra is a cosmetic procedure involving two to four sessions whereby injections are given approximately every three weeks. The overall effect of sculptra can last for up to two years. How is Sculptra different from other fillers? sculptra works in a completely different way than any of the other fillers because it is made from poly-l-lactic acid, a material used to make dissolvable stitches. sculptra is injected into the deep dermis where it is slowly absorbed by the tissue just like an absorbable stitch. once absorbed, the acid stimulates the body to produce more collagen in the injected area(s). other fillers are injected superficially to replace the fat of the skin and serve to immediately fill in any noticeable wrinkles. since sculptra allows the body to create its own collagen instead of just immediately filling in wrinkles, any visible change appears gradually, most commonly over several months’ time. Though the change is discreet, sculptra can still last up to two years which is much longer than any of the other injectable fillers presently available.

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The Tennis dynamic Team at laurel Park in marietta is rolling out the red carpet to tennis players young and old. The community tennis center has spent the last year putting together an excellent array of programs and an improved facility making them the most complete tennis center in Cobb County. j.P. Weber, director of Tennis operations, at laurel Park could not be more pleased with the results their year of efforts has taken them, “everything we do here is designed for the development and happiness of the players. We’re a family oriented center with exciting programs set in place for both juniors and adults.” From the cleaned up landscape, the new and improved secured surroundThe Tennis Dynamic Team: Andrew Burrow, ings to the professional staff members, Jennifer Weber, J.P. Weber, Thabani Sithole laurel Park tennis is back, better than ever. and Beth Graham Weber, a former collegiate player, college coach and long- time student of the game, knows his tennis. his philosophy is “go slower and get their quicker”. With a commitment to excellence in the game, he realizes there are no quick fixes. Weber, explained,” With proper attention to essential fundamentals, individuals ultimately attain the level they want to be as players on the court.”

Meet the Team Weber’s wife, jennifer partners with him and is the general manager of Tennis dynamics. as a former collegiate athlete and a special education teacher with Cobb County schools, she brings added perspective and emphasis to Tennis dynamics. she is behind the programs that promote a love for the game, and sound fundamentals in a fun atmosphere. heading up the younger set is beth graham, mainstay of marietta tennis. beth, recently retired from West side elementary, has stepped into the role of Co-director of school Programs and youth instructor. beth’s background in coaching and working with children is legend in our area, and she has brought her love of the game and children to laurel Park. beth told Our Town, “i’m enjoying this new chapter in my life so much. i feel fortunate to work with the great kids and families that come to play. The camps that we held this summer were just fantastic, and teaching these kids to love the game the way i do is so satisfying. our drills for the younger kids are filling up, and i just feel like we are doing something so positive here.” Thabani sithole, staff Professional, leads drill groups for rising juniors and adults. Weber can’t say enough about his protégé, “We are so lucky to have a young man of his caliber here at laurel Park working with players of all levels.” originally from Zimbabwe, Thabani brings with him a history of success as a junior player, collegiate athlete and college coach. With his quick smile, warm demeanor, and professionalism, Thabani has had great success in developing the tennis skills of his students. he told our Town, “it’s been a great pleasure working with j.P. and the staff at Tennis dynamics. We’ve been building an incredible program here at laurel Park and i’m honored to be a part of it.”

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atlanta folks love their tennis. by and far, tennis is one of our favorite past times. From budding juniors to seasoned seniors, we spend more time on the court than any other city in america. With UsTa and alTa teams offering team play all year long, Tennis dynamics has programs to develop skills for all ages. From junior development programs, Women’s daytime development, adult evening programs, Cardio Tennis, drop-in clinics to adult beginner Classes they have you covered. We encourage you to drop in at the center to explore what they have to offer or visit www.tennisdynamics.net for more information. Weber and his team have set their sights on bringing back the community to laurel Park. in addition to these fine programs, they are also home of the marietta grand Prix series of Tournaments for both juniors and adults. in 2011 they will have hosted 10 junior UsTa tournaments and 10 UsTa adult tournaments. Upcoming tournaments include the marietta grand Prix #12 City of marietta Tennis Championships for both juniors and adults to be held september 16-25. isn’t it time that you jumped (back) in the game? Tennis Dynamics at Laurel Park is located at 151 Manning Road in Marietta. www.tennisdynamics.net 770.919.8602.

The Marietta Grand Prix Series of Tournaments is a group of unsanctioned tournaments that are held at Laurel Park throughout the year. The following is the adult tournament schedule through the end 2011. This list includes both USTA and the Marietta Grand Prix tournaments. Visit www.tennisdynamics.net for more information. SEPTEMBER Sep 2-4 West of the Square Fall Open/NTRP Doubles (GA Level III - 150 pts) Sep 16-25 MGP City of Marietta Tennis Championships

OCTOBER Oct 22 Regulation Ball Marietta Grand Prix Tournament Oct 29-30 Marietta Halloween Happening Open/NTRP “Quickplay” (GA. Level IV - 75 pts)

NOVEMBER Nov 12-13 The Marietta Fruit Company Open/NTRP “Quickplay” (GA Level IV - 75 pts) Nov 19 Regulation Ball Marietta Grand Prix Tournament

DECEMBER Dec 10-11 The Marietta “O Tennisbaum” Open/NTRP “Quickplay” (GA Level IV - 75 pts) Dec 16-25 MGP All Levels Polar Bear Championships

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a recent addition to the Tennis dynamic team is andrew burrow, the 1987 nCaa men’s singles Champion. as a former aTP professional player, burrow brings a wealth of experience with him to the program. burrow will serve as Co-director of Tennis and will work in all aspects of the tennis programs at the park. he recently served as the director of Tennis for the midtown athletic Club in atlanta. The entire staff is pleased to welcome burrow and his talent. jennifer Weber explained,” "With the staff we are creating here at laurel Park we are fast creating one of the best--if not the best instructional teams in the country".

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Re-visiting Mission D.A.D it’s been over a year since we featured Trevor jordan and mission d.a.d on our cover, and we thought it might be a great time to catch up with them and let our readers know what they’ve been up to. our Town met up with Trevor and board member, beth garrett in august to get an update on their progress. mission d.a.d., if you recall, is a diabetic alert dog Fund based in marietta. as i walked into a local starbucks, i was greeted by Trevor and boss (his british labrador diabetic alert dog). boss had just signaled Trevor of a high blood-sugar level and Trevor was in the process of testing his glucose as boss watched. my first reaction was to give boss a great big hug, but Trevor re-minded me that this was a faux paw with service dogs as petting is reserved as a reward. i was eventually allowed to pet boss in the proper sequence and that little puppy we got to know last year, has grown into one of the most handsome boys i’ve met. Trevor was actually making a quick stop to meet with us before boarding a plane with boss for a business meeting. yes, boss gets to fly - and it’s been quite a year for both of them.

Paying It Forward While Trevor and boss have been negotiating the trials of diabetes, the foundation and board have been busy raising money to help aid others in the management of this threatening disease. board members include: beth garrett, jim Clabby, dr. lisa harvey, dVm, Karen hughes, joe johnson, jason leiter and noah Torch. beth garrett told us, “our mission is all about ‘paying it forward’ to others in need. We’re already in the process of reviewing applicants for financial scholarships and are excited to be awarding funds to our first beneficiary very soon. a scholarship from mission d.a.d. will help off-set the cost of a fully trained diabetic alert dog.” how do they do this? mission d.a.d has been busy. once a month, they partner with a local restaurant in a program called “dine out for dogs”. a neighborhood restaurant is featured one evening a month, an email blast goes out to their network and 20% of the proceeds are donated to mission d.a.d. They have partnered with several businesses in the area for fundraising events, and Trevor and the board have had numerous speaking engagements on mission d.a.d. Coming up this month is the 2nd annual mission d.a.d dog scratch benefit golf Tournament to be held at the atlanta/marietta hilton resort and Conference Center in marietta on september 23. (see side bar for more information).

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Click on their website www.missiondad.com for current updates on boss and the jordan family, diabetes information and more. Trevor and his wife, rebecca, both write blogs that are entertaining, educational and heartwarming. all in all, in just over a year mission d.a.d has come a long way! We hope you can join in on their success.

According to the CDC, 50% of the US population will be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2020. Through scent detection, a Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D) helps people who suffer from this disease. Fully trained, a D.A.D. can alert its handler or someone nearby to impending blood sugar changes. Please join Mission D.A.D on September 23rd to help raise funds for their non-profit group to help others in need of a Diabetic Alert Dog. Your participation, sponsorship, gift, or any combination thereof is truly appreciated.

The 2nd Annual Mission D.A.D Dog Scratch Benefit Golf Tournament September 23, 2011 2pm Shotgun Start The City Club Atlanta/Marietta Hilton Resort &Conference Center 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, Ga 30064 Scramble Format Tournament followed by Dinner Register and sponsor online by September 15th at www.mission-dad.com

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If the samples below leave you hungry for more, the JLCM is pleased to offer Southern On Occasion and Georgia on My Menu at 50 percent off the cover price. All proceeds from these award winning books go directly to the JLCM. Partnering with organizations that reflect the mission of service to the children and families of Cobb County, the Junior League of CobbMarietta continues to be instrumental in identifying and meeting community needs through volunteer assistance and financial contributions. To order your copies, please visit www.jlcm.org. Buffalo Style Chicken Wings georgia on my menu Page 21 makes four servings 6 pounds chicken wings 4 tablespoons melted butter ½ bottle hot sauce dash of garlic salt

Clip off chicken wing tip at first joint. Wash and pat dry. Cook chicken wings over medium heat on gas or charcoal grill for 25 minutes or until done. mix butter, hot sauce and garlic salt in a bowl. Place ¼ of the cooked wings in the bowl, cover and shake. Place wings on a tin foiled covered sheet and let

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hot sauce mixture dry. repeat using the rest of the chicken wings. When ready to eat, bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

2 Tablespoons lemon juice Coarsely ground pepper to taste breadsticks and/or assorted party crackers

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squeeze the moisture from the spinach. Place the spinach in a colander and press to remove any remaining moisture. sauté the onion in the butter in a skillet until tender; drain. Combine the spinach, onion, artichokes, and garlic in a bowl and mix well. add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, lemon juice and pepper, stirring until mixed. spoon into a greased 7x11inch baking dish. bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. serve hot with breadsticks and/or assorted party crackers.

1 egg white 1 teaspoon water ¼ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated 1 ½ cups swiss cheese, grated ½ cup butter or margarine, softened ¾ cup flour ¾ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg Preheat oven to 425 degrees. mix egg white and water, beat lightly, and set aside. Combine Parmesan, swiss cheese and butter. add flour, salt and nutmeg. stir with a fork until stiff dough is formed. Cover and chill at least 15 minutes. shape dough into ¾ inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork and brush with egg white mixture. bake at 435 degrees for 10 minutes. Garlic Spinach Dip southern on occasion Page 149 To serve eight 1 (10-ounce) Package, frozen chopped spinach, thawed ½ medium onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon butter 2 (6-ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, and chopped 3 large cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup mayonnaise 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Italian Beef Sandwiches southern on occasion Page 150 To serve twelve garlic salt to taste Crazy gourmet salt to Taste Freshly Cracked Peppercorns to Taste Crushed oregano to Taste 1 (5- to 6-Pound) sirloin Top round ½ cup red wine ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce French rolls or garlic bread sprinkle garlic salt, salt, peppercorns and oregano over all sides of the beef. Place in an oven-cooking bag. Pour the wine and Worcestershire sauce over the beef and seal the bag. Place the bag on a baking sheet. bake at 250 degrees for 5 to 6 hours or until of the desired degree of doneness. let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. slice and arrange on a serving platter. drizzle with the pan juices. serve on French rolls or garlic bread with sliced onion and pickles.

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Why Is My Vet Always Talking About Heartworms? by Dr. Michelle Dehaven, DVM heartworm disease, heartworm tests, heartworm preventative – your animal’s yearly wellness exam always has some mention of heartworms. but what are they and why should you be concerned? heartworms, or dirofilaria immitis, are a very common parasite. Their primary host is the dog, but they can occasionally infect a variety of mammals including coyotes, ferrets and cats. The vector -- the creature that transfers this parasite -- is the mosquito. The mosquito bites an animal that has immature heartworms circulating in its bloodstream, and ingests them. after several days, the mosquito bites another unsuspecting animal, injecting a larval stage under the skin. it takes six or seven months of traveling through the body, and continued maturation, but eventually this parasite arrives in the animal’s heart and sets up shop. These worms can live for up to seven years in a dog’s heart. studies have shown that dogs can have anywhere from one to 250+ heartworms living in their hearts. male worms are usually about 6 inches long; females twice that. it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out how much damage hundreds of footlong worms can cause in an average dog’s heart. according to the american heartworm society – a society of veterinary researchers, not worms! – the highest rate of heartworm-infected dogs is within 150 miles of the atlantic and gulf coasts, from the southeast to new jersey. in addition, the mississippi river and its tributaries have extremely high rates of infection. it makes sense; these areas are peak mosquito country. georgia lies smack in the middle of it all. and research shows that 45 percent of dogs not on heartworm pre-

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heartworms can cause a variety of symptoms in your dog. in the early stages, you may not see anything. later you may notice a worsening cough, or your pet tiring with relatively little exercise. as the worms continue to irritate the pulmonary veins, grow and eventually all but clog the heart chambers, the dog will experience heart failure. occasionally, with advanced disease, we see collapse and sudden death. heartworm disease can be treated, although the better strategy is to prevent it. in georgia, heartworm preventative should be given monthly, all year. it comes in numerous convenient forms: an unflavored tablet for those with food allergies, a tasty treat for those hard to pill, or topical medication for owners who want to combine heartworm preventative with flea control. Quite frankly, i don’t care which of the products my owners use – as long as they use one and use it consistently. These heartworm preventatives are very effective, but not 100 percent. That is why every dog should be tested for heartworms yearly. in my practice, we see several dogs a year who, according to the owner, have been on preventative, but still test positive. We never know if the owner forgot, if the dog spit it out behind the couch, or if this is truly a case of parasite resistance. What we do know is that if we find an infection early, it is almost always treatable. in georgia, your dog needs to be tested yearly and stay on heartworm preventative – period. and cat owners, stay tuned – we’ll talk about your pets next month.

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