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Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce unveils new website

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce has overhauled its website, making it more accessible for parents and residents.

The new CobbAT site features tips, resources, campaigns and research on underage binge drinking prevention.

It is all part of the organization's stated goal of expanding its community outreach in 2013.

Take a look at the new site at cobbat.org.

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.

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."

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.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

WellStar cutting 42 jobs

WellStar cutting 42 jobs

AUSTELL, Ga. -- WellStar Health System says it will eliminate 42 jobs at Cobb Hospital in Austell.

The health care firm says the positions will be eliminated by early July, though company officials hope to reassign those employees.

Officials say the cuts include registered nurses, people who transport patients through the hospital and others.

WellStar spokesman Keith Bowermaster says that the 382-bed hospital has experienced lower patient volumes and an increase in the number of uninsured patients in recent months.

He said the health system has a "no-layoff policy" and that eligible employees will be offered positions within the system.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.