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Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

ATLANTA -- "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is now accepting entries for contestants for the show's fifth edition.

Like its national cousin, this season of "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is a couples' edition. Any kind of couple can apply -- siblings, parent/child, co-workers, friends and every pairing in between.

The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, Feb. 18 at www.atlbiggestloser.com.

"Atlanta's Biggest Loser" will officially begin on Monday, Mar. 7. Six teams of two will work with one of 11Alive's two fitness partners, D.R.E.A.M.

New CNP Joins WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

New CNP Joins WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

MARIETTA, GA -- WellStar Medical Group, comprised of more than 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that Emily Vaughan, CNP, has joined WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM) and is currently seeing patients at WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone Hospitals.

Vaughan received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Emory University and her master's degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner emphasis from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region (9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville, 30135) reports that this week's winter weather has resulted in more than 2,600 units of blood and platelets that could not be collected due to closed donation centers and cancelled blood drives.

"The result of the cancellation of that many blood drives and consequently all those blood donations translates into as many as 24,000 blood products that we now do not have available for patients who may need them," said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Hrouda noted that more than 6,000 blood donations could not be collected in the Southeast because of the storms that crippled the region. Nearly 2,000 blood donations were not collected in the Northeast on Wednesday, Jan.

WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat Welcomes New Physician

WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat Welcomes New Physician

AUSTELL, GA -- WellStar Medical Group, a group of 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that John Nino, M.D., F.A.C.S., has joined WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat.

He is currently seeing patients at both the Cobb and Douglas locations.

Dr. Nino received his doctor of medicine from the National University of Athens in Athens, Greece and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Prior to joining WellStar, he assisted in establishing a successful, hospital-sponsored ENT practice and was awarded America's Top Physicians Award for the past three years.


Children's Miracle Network Announces 'Green' Donation Program

Children's Miracle Network Announces 'Green' Donation Program

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- Corporations can get a tax deduction for their obsolete computer equipment and make a donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at the same time, thanks to a new program recently announced by the Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

Working in conjunction with Aeris Services, Inc., a local computer recycling company, children's hospitals and neighborhood clinics will receive half of the proceeds of all used computer equipment donated by companies, which will be refurbished, recycled and resold by Aeris.

"The program has two wonderful goals -- helping the children and families in our hospitals, and helping our environment as well," said Sharon Robinson, manager of CMN.

In the Atlanta area, CMN funds directly benefit Ch

Free Vaccines Offered for School Age Children

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb & Douglas Public Health has began administering free seasonal flu vaccines to elementary and middle school students at select schools.

This initiative is part of a State Public Health pilot project to see if vaccinating children during school hours will increase immunization rates and prevent more children from getting the flu. The overall goal is to decrease the number of missed school days.

"We will be administering the vaccine to a few Marietta City schools and Douglas County schools," said Karen Thomas, direct immunization director of Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

This includes all children, regardless of insurance status. Parents do not need to be present but must sign a consent form before the vaccine will be given.

The schools that are taking part in the project are:

Monday, Nov.

Cobb, Douglas to Pilot Program That Helps People with Schizophrenia

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb & Douglas Community Services Board has been named as one of 10 mental health centers nationwide to pilot an eight-month program designed to advance standards of care for people living with schizophrenia.

The Cobb CSB has served residents since the 1970s, providing clinical and community-based services for individuals living with an array of mental and behavioral health illnesses. Participating in the pilot program focused on schizophrenia, however, is particularly meaningful, as 15 percent of the individuals treated at the CSB suffer from the disease.

"Too many of the 2.4 million Americans with schizophrenia are left behind when it comes to their care, their inclusion in our communities and their recovery. It's time to expect more," said Debbie Strotz, director of rehabilitation and recovery services for the Cobb CSB.