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Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

Karate, tai chi classes begin Dec. 3

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Acworth Parks and Recreation will hold karate classes for children and tai chi classes for adults beginning next month.

The karate lessons are for children ages 4-10 and are taught by certified instructors, including a 7th degree black belt. The cost is $65 for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents.

Karate classes are held at the Roberts School Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays through Jan. 30. Participants can choose between a 5:30 p.m. session and a 6 p.m. session.

Tai chi is a calmer form of martial arts. Acworth's classes are designed for people who are at least 21 years old. The cost is $87.50 for residents and $92.50 for non-residents.

The city will host beginner's classes on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Intermediate classes will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m., while advanced classes will be Mondays at 7:30 p.m. All three sessions will be at the Roberts School Community Center, and will run through Jan. 29.

Card soon to help residents pay less for prescriptions

Card soon to help residents pay less for prescriptions

COBB COUNTY -- A press conference between the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and representatives of the Coast2Coast Rx Card will launch a new drug discount program on Tuesday afternoon at the Commission Chambers in Marietta.

All cardholders, according to the Cobb County Government, regardless of age, income or health condition can save on prescription medications. While it is not a form of insurance coverage, the program is free, applicable to families, and void of enrollment fees, memberships or expiration dates. Cobb will be Georgia's 22nd county to participate in Coast2Coast. Participants can use the card for prescriptions that are not covered by various insurance plans, or to tackle high deductibles.

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Celebrate Women's Health with Paint The Mall Pink Events

Atlanta-area women of all ages are invited to Paint the Mall Pink at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb, October 4-7. A cost-free, full weekend of activities focusing on the importance of women’s health will feature health-focused activities, keynote addresses from local medical professionals, musical performances, giveaways and more!

The festivities kick off with Girl’s Night Out on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Mall of Georgia and 5:30 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb. The first 300 attendees to arrive at each mall will receive event swag bags filled with samples from stores and themed goodies. Girl’s Night Out is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Magazine, FundRacers at Mall of Georgia and by WellStar, Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine and Run For It! Productions at Town Center at Cobb.

Local Olympic champ partners with WellStar

Local Olympic champ partners with WellStar

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Christian Taylor is now part of the WellStar Health System family.

The 22-year-old Fayetteville native won the gold medal for the triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics. Now, he plans to travel throughout the WellStar system to visit with patients and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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"I'm very excited to embark on this partnership with WellStar Health System," Taylor said in a statement. "To be able to align with such a great system and really make a difference in my hometown community is a dream come true."

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

ATLANTA – 11Alive news reporter Jerry Carnes, a prostate cancer survivor, will be among the honored guests at the free Home Run for Health event in Atlanta on Saturday. Carnes will be joined by former Braves player Pete Smith, the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and Freddie the Falcon to encourage men to come out for free health screenings. The screenings include blood pressure and BMI checks, as well as those for prostate cancer. Everyone who receives a screening will receive two free tickets to a Braves game.  

Men are encouraged to bring their children, baseball gloves and ball to enter to win the Biggest Game of Catch, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. The last father-and-son or father-and-daughter team standing will win a Braves season ticket package for 2013. Drawings will be held for other great prizes, like a signed Chipper Jones bat.

16 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

16 Cherokee schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

CANTON, Ga. -- Sixteen public schools in Cherokee County have been named to Governor Nathan Deal's first-ever SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll recognizes schools that make a commitment to fitness and nutrition for their students.

Only 5% of Georgia's public schools -- 112 elementary, middle and high schools -- made the cut. The awards are given at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Physical education teachers at the gold-winning schools will be honored during a pre-game ceremony at a future Atlanta Braves or Atlanta Falcons home game.

Cherokee County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools are:

Gold
Holly Springs ES STEM Academy
Mill Creek MS
River Ridge HS

Silver
Carmel ES
Free Home ES
Freedom MS
Hickory Flat ES
Indian Knoll ES
Johnston ES
Woodstock MS

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.