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1622COVER STORY16 ART APPRECIATIONDEPARTMENTS6 From the Publisher14 Paparazzi24 History Made Easy:A Frontier Home in a Colony: Bulloch Hall28 More Paparazzi4CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


20812FEATURES8 Healing from the Heart12 No Excuses20 Come Make Yourself at Home22 A Peek into the PastCOUNTYLINE COMMUNITY10 The Johns Creek Foundation Provides Grantsto Three Johns Creek Schools29 Tips to Keep Safe During the Winterfrom The Forsyth County Fire Department31 Calling All PoetsBusiness Focus26 Heart & Vascular Institute at Northside Hospital-Forsyth30 The Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery Center5 CountyLine | February 2013


From the PublisherCountyLine is “Calling All Poets” to submit their poems to be considered forpublication in the April issue. Please see the details for submitting yourpoem on page 31, and be sure to send it in before the February 15 th deadline!The opportunity to learn to play an instrument, perform in a play, sing witha chorus or to express yourself in a piece of art is more than just an instructionalexperience for students that take classes in the Fine Arts Departmentat Northview High School (NHS). I know you’ll be impressed when you readabout the incredible opportunities that are available to these students and thepassion for their craft that the teachers bring to these students. Thank you toDepartment Chair Tim Aucoin and the teachers in the Fine Arts Departmentat NHS!Adedapo Odetoyinbo, MD, known as Dr. O, is the chief medical officer atEmory Johns Creek Hospital. You will enjoy getting to know him and readingabout his background, education and experience. Dr. O is dedicated to hisprofession, and we are very fortunate to have him contributing to our communityat Emory Johns Creek Hospital.After years of planning, Johns Creek United Methodist Church (JCUMC) will hold the first servicein their new sanctuary on Sunday, February 3 rd . Thank you to JCUMC member, Karen Duffy, whoshares the story of this monumental accomplishment for Senior Pastor Rev. Shulnutt and themembers of this congregation.Thank you to Beverly Thompson and Jean Miller for sharing your memories of growing up in ourcommunity. Known as they were growing up as the “Taylor Girls,” Beverly and Jean give us apeek into their past and first-hand insight into our local history. It was a true pleasure to meetand work with both of you, and I thank you for sharing your story with us!Coach Bob Biondich has changed athletics for members of the Junior Titan Wrestling and theNorthview Titan Wrestling programs by making them much more than just a way to get in shape.He is also coaching them to become better friends through a mentoring program and to live with“no excuses.” Thank you to Northview High School junior Shreya Ganeshan, who did a fabulousjob writing this editorial as an intern for CountyLine.Be sure to read about Bulloch Hall, located in close by Roswell. You can learn the history and thenactually visit this beautiful, historic home.The business focus this issue is on the Heart & Vascular Institute at Northside Hospital-Forsythand The Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery Center.Enjoy the reading, enjoy the photos, and enjoy this issue of CountyLine.Respectfully,Judy Le JeunePublisher6CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


Soundfamiliar?PublisherJudy Le Jeunepublisher@countylinemagazine.net678-787-3551Editorialeditor@countylinemagazine.netAdvertisingadvertising@countylinemagazine.net678-787-3551Graphic DesignSummertime GraphicsWritersKaren DuffyShreya GaneshanTammy Harden GallowayCover/Cover Story PhotographyMark NajjarAtlanta StudiosPhotographyCourtesy of Bulloch HallCourtesy of Jean Miller and Beverly ThompsonKaren DuffyIf you answer “yes” to any of the following questions,be a “sweetheart” and schedule an appointmentwith a Doctor of Audiology.• Do people seem to mumble?• Do you frequently need to ask people to repeatthemselves?• Is it difficult for you to follow conversations?• Do you need to turn up the volume on your TVor radio?• Is carrying on a telephone conversation difficult?Deborah Woodward,AuD, Doctor ofAudiologyEmory Audiology & Hearing Aid Center at JohnsCreek provides the most innovative treatmentoptions to improve hearing. On-site audiologyservices are provided by a Doctor of Audiology whois trained to assess hearing disorders and determineappropriate treatment options for hearing loss.For appointments or to register for upcomingeducational seminars, please call 770-814-1260.On the Cover:Olivia Park, Jae Lee, Liz MorganDivya Sukumar, Genevieve AucoinCountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications, LLC. Noadvertising, editorial, or photographs in CountyLine may be reproducedwithout the permission of Sugarcane Communications, LLC. 23,559copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses inthe east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth.CountyLine3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222Suwanee, GA 30024678-787-3551www.countylinemagazine.net4045 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite B • Johns Creek, GAWe accept CareCredit ®www.emoryhealthcare.org7 CountyLine | February 2013


The Johns Creek FoundationProvides Grants to Three Johns Creek SchoolsThe Board of Directors of the Johns Creek Foundation recently approvedgrant applications from three area school entities: MedlockBridge Elementary Foundation, River Trail Middle School PTA andTaylor Road Middle School PTA.The Board of theJohns Creek Foundationpresents checks to:The Medlock Bridge Elementary Foundation’s primary mission is to securedonations for capital improvements at the school. Working closely withthe school and the PTA, the Foundation requested grant funds to assistin the upgrading of the production studio equipment in the Media Center.The award winning Media Center will continue to provide the teacherswith the ability to assist students in creating multimedia presentationsand to provide an avenue to expose students to new technologies.Medlock Bridge Elementary FoundationThe River Trail Middle School PTA has a vision and goal to work collaborativelywith the school to enhance student achievement and to createan atmosphere where families are encouraged to be involved withtheir child’s learning. While the PTA has many fundraising events, theyrequested additional support to provide technology across more gradelevels and classrooms and to increase the level of engagement in learning.Their project using iPads was the answer and enabled teachers tobe able to utilize content-specific apps to create problem-based learningopportunities and to develop and stimulate the analytical skills needed intoday’s world.The Taylor Road Middle School PTA understood the need of the school andteachers to differentiate instruction in the classroom and to provide forincreased technology use by the students. Through a workshop conductedwith the faculty, their project has a two-prong initiative: to increasestudent use of technology in the classroom and to implement and usedifferentiated instruction. The grant approval will help fund the purchaseof cameras, projectors and software programs to carry out this initiative.River Trail Middle School PTA“The Johns Creek Foundation grant program continues to extend the opportunitiesto expand student learning and achievement. As a supporterand through a common vision of excellence in education, the Johns CreekFoundation Board is honored to be a part of the grant winners’ exemplaryefforts to promote all levels of educational opportunities. Congratulationsto our recipient winners.” said Randee Nagler, Retired Fulton County AreaSuperintendent and former Johns Creek Foundation Board Member.Taylor Road Middle School PTAThe Johns Creek Foundation seeks to promote excellence in the qualityof life for the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek by encouraging anddirecting financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational andcultural growth and strengthen our unique community identity and spirit.By raising funds from individuals and businesses and granting theminto the community, the Foundation serves as a rallying point for “givingback” in Johns Creek. In its first six years, the Foundation has givenover $100,000 in contributions to the community through programs asvaried as the summer arts camp at the Johns Creek Arts Center to theCeremony of HOPE at the Johns Creek Relay for Life.For more information, visit: www.JohnsCreekFoundation.org.10CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


ComeMake YourselfatHomeby Karen DuffyDriving near the intersection of MedlockBridge and Bell Road, one can’t miss the newbeacon atop Johns Creek United MethodistChurch (JCUMC). A new sanctuary has been underconstruction since late 2011. On October 12, 2012,the long awaited steeple was raised and placed on anew bell tower. One longtime member of JCUMC reflectedthe sentiments of many when she said, “I’vebeen waiting for this moment for over twelve years.”In 1987, Warsaw Methodist Church and Ocee MethodistChurch joined together to form Johns CreekUnited Methodist Church. In the early 1990s, along-range planning committee was established toidentify and plan for the church’s facility needs forthe next 10-12 years. By 2004, JCUMC had built afour-classroom educational pod, a family-life center,and a Christian education building. Another goal ofthe planning committee and church members wasthe building of a sanctuary that would accommodatethe growing congregation and its visitors.“JCUMC built in hopes of expanding in membershipand in mission,” shares Senior Pastor, Rev. D. B.(Dee) Shelnutt, Jr. “For the past fifteen years, wehave worshipped in a gymnasium with no naturallight. The gym is used during the week for Wednesdaynight suppers, preschool activities, sportsevents, and worship on Sunday.”The United Methodist Church has strict rules regardingthe construction of any facility on a campus. ABuilding Steering Committee must be formed, andthat committee works with architects to submit aplan to the church council for preliminary costs.When the church council approves, the drawingsand financial structure must go before a districtcommittee, the Atlanta-Roswell District Committeeon Buildings and Development for JCUMC. After theyapprove, the church must call a church conferencewhere every member has a vote. When the membersapprove, the architects and contractors do thefinal drawings and all bank loans can be secured.In May 2007, JCUMC launched a fundraising campaigncalled “Raising the Steeple” with hopes ofcompleting the new sanctuary by 2009. Not longafter the campaign began, the economy crashed.Many church members lost jobs, homes, and somehad to move away. The building project was put onhold for several years and some thought the sanctuarymight never be built. Rev. Shelnutt said, “Fortunatelythe leaders of the church studied financialways of making it work, and we went forward. Ithas been a testimony to faith that we built in theseturbulent years.”On a recent tour of the sanctuary, Rev. Shelnuttdescribed it as “simple elegance.” Though the newspace has the capacity to hold 1,700 people (theold facility held 750), it is still an intimate setting.The abundance of windows—several are stainedglass—brings natural light that was missing fromthe previous worship space. Congregants and visitorswill feel the warmth of sacred space as soonas they walk in from the beautiful gathering areaoutside the sanctuary doors. Many will be excited tosit in the balcony from which the view is spectacular.Great thought and planning has been a part of everydetail, from light fixtures hanging from the ceilings20CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


in the gathering area and inside the sanctuary to the flame andcross, a symbol of the United Methodist Church, which will be onthe top window of each door leading into the sanctuary. A memorialgarden is adjacent to the new building.The first service in JCUMC’s new sanctuary is Sunday, February3 at 10:30am. There will be only one service that day so all maysee the new sanctuary at one time together. The following Sundaywill also have a single service at 10:30am, and the sanctuarywill be consecrated by Bishop Michael Watson. After February 10,JCUMC will resume its regular schedule of worship services at8:30, 9:45, and 11:00.“The addition of the new sanctuary and bell tower will help theChurch to have more visibility in the community. It is the hopeof the church that more people will know we are here and comein and feel welcome and at home. Certainly we expect to havemore weddings, baccalaureate services for high schools aroundus, and various music programs,” says Rev. Shelnutt. “It is myprayer that people will come and see not only a lovely new facility,but a lovely people who strive to put God first in their livesand seek to help others.”In October, the steeple was placedon the new bell tower.photo by Karen Duffyphoto by Karen DuffyThe doors of JCUMC are open, so come make yourself at home.Rev. Shelnutt watches the constructionof the new sanctuary.Over 500StudentsEnrolled!Challenging, Lecture-basedMath and English Classes— 1 st -12 th Grade Levels —Classes held Tuesday-Friday 5-9:30pm Saturday & Sunday 9am-6:30pmIf you are interested inJohns Creek real estate…Then you shouldbe interestedin us.Call for information about ourIntensive SAT and DUKE TIP SAT ProgramsMath Instructor -James Chen, Ph.D. (Math)has over 20 years of classroomteaching experience.English Instructors -Language Arts teachers arefrom local, high-ranking highschools.• Multimedia interactive teachingenvironment• Strategies and tactics increaseproblem solving skills, criticalreading & writing skills• Competition training-Ourstudents have consistently wonRegional, State & National Competitions,including AMC, Mathcounts,and Math Olympiad.404-388-630310475 Medlock Bridge Rd., Suite 500 • Johns Creek 30097www.AlltopSchool.comThe Cortjens-Ryan Team understands Johns Creek, livesin the community and can help you buy or sell a homefor the best value in this market.Debbie Cortjens770.331.6855debbie.cortjens@gmail.comLiz Ryan404.713.6023lizryan2@bellsouth.net21 CountyLine | February 2013


Beverly and Jean both went to first through seventhgrade at Warsaw Elementary School, located on MedlockBridge Road near State Bridge. “There was oneclassroom for each grade with about ten students ineach class,” recalled Beverly. “Some grade levels hadso few students, that two grades were combined intoone classroom.” Heat for the school was provided bycoal, and until Jean was in the third grade, there wasno lunchroom or library. When Beverly was nine andJean was seven, they both had leading roles in a “TomThumb” play, which was a popular wedding re-enactment.“I was the bride and my mother sewed the entiredress and veil for me,” said Jean. “I was so proud towear that wedding dress that she made for me andto perform my part.” The play was put on as a fundraiserfor Warsaw Elementary and, with the money thatwas raised, a large black radio was purchased for theschool.Jean and Beverly both went to high school at MiltonHigh School in Alpharetta, the closest school to wherethey lived. The bus ride there was an hour long eachway. Following graduation from Milton, they both leftthe farm and went to college at Georgia State Collegefor Women in Milledgeville. After college, Jean movedback to the farm for four years and began working forthe IRS, until she married Robert Miller and they settledin Decatur. Beverly taught school in south FultonCounty and, after marrying Larry Thompson in 1966,they bought 2-3/10 acres of land that was part of TaylorFarm and built their home, where they still live today.She described the area then as “so unpopulatedthat we recognized every car that drove by and knewwho was in it.”Jean and Beverly grew up extremely close and remainso today. With no close neighbors, they only had eachother as companions and playmates. In 2006, Jean andBeverly sold the remaining acres of Taylor Farm to adeveloper. Today, the land that was Taylor Farm is nowOlde Taylor Farms, a subdivision of 33 homes.Jean Miller and Beverly Thompson, the “Taylor Girls.”For all your skin care needs• Diagnosis & Treatmentof Skin Cancer• Treatment of Skin,Hair Loss, Nail Diseases,Acne,Warts, Moles,Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.• Sclerotherapyfor Fine Leg VeinsGabrielle M. Sabini, MD • Charles J. Douchy, MDMatthew J. Reschly, MD • A. Damian Dhar, MDAnjana M. Patel, PA-C • Sara A. Barr, PA-C • Tracy Friedman, PA-CStacey Olivier, PA-C • Scarlett Melton, PA-C • Karly Kincaid, PA-CALL BOARD CERTIFIED6610 McGinnis Ferry Rd.Suite 200Johns Creek, GA 30097(Behind Panera Bread& Community Bank)• Vbeam Vascular Laser forRosacea and Treatment ofLeg and Facial Veins• Laser Hair Removal(All Skin Types)• Botox, Dysport, JuvedermLatisse, Restylane, Radiesse,& Chemical PeelsWe welcomeScarlett Melton, PA-C and Karly Kincaid, PA-Cto our practice!3850 Pleasant Hill Rd.Duluth, GA 30096(Between Peachtree Industrial& Buford Highway)3331 Hamilton Mill Rd.Suite 1106Buford, GA 30519(Across from theKroger Shopping Center)North AtlantaDermatologyAdult & Pediatric Dermatologywww.northatlantaderm.com770.814.822223 CountyLine | February 2013


A FRONTIER HOME IN A COLONY:Bulloch Hallby Tammy Harden Gallowayphotography courtesy ofBulloch HallNestled among the tall pines of historic Roswell,stands the stately home of a RevolutionaryWar captain, James S. Bulloch. One ofthe six original homes that made up the settlementof Roswell, Bulloch Hall is an excellent example ofGreek Revival architecture. Beyond its importance asan example of historical architecture and, as one ofthe first homes of Roswell, Bulloch Hall is famous forbeing the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, PresidentTheodore Roosevelt’s mother, and the site of her nuptials.The importance of this house and the area goback to the Cherokee removal.While working for the Bank of Darien, Roswell Kingwas sent into newly acquired Cherokee land in searchof gold, following the discovery of gold in nearbyDahlonega in 1828. King was so impressed with thearea where Vickery Creek runs into the ChattahoocheeRiver, for its beauty as well as for its potentialfor bringing agriculture and manufacturing together,that he uprooted members of his own family fromthe Georgia coast to settle in what he referred to as“the Colony.” This area was officially established asRoswell in 1836.King encouraged others to join him in this new settlementand in establishing his system of mills encompassedin the Roswell Manufacturing Company. Sixhouseholds ventured inland to live on the frontier.Roswell King brought three of his grown children andtheir families to the settlement. Joining the Kings wasJames S. Bulloch with his family, and Bulloch’s sisterand her husband, John Dunwoody. Rounding out thefounders was the Archibald Smith family.Captain James S. Bulloch became a stockholder inKing’s company, as well as a member of the Boardof Directors, and accepted the offer of 10 acres ofland as a home site for the construction of his house.Later known as “Bulloch Hall,” the house was justdown the hill from Roswell King’s son’s house. Jamesand his second wife, Martha Stewart Elliott, widowof U.S. Senator John Elliott, relocated to the Colonywith their blended family of children from previousmarriages, as well as their own, along with 6 slaves,including a butler, a housekeeper, a coachman and acook. While they waited for Bulloch Hall to be completed,the family lived in a Cherokee farmhouse thathad been abandoned when the Cherokees were removedfrom Georgia.The house was designed and built by Willis Ball ofConnecticut, who was also responsible for the buildingof several of the houses in the Colony. He basedthe house on a book by Asher Benjamin in a classicfour rooms over four rooms design. Skilled craftsmenand slave labor performed the construction.The Roswell Manufacturing Company, which was theheart of the Colony, first began with the constructionof a dam on Vickery Creek to supply energy. A sawmilland a cotton mill were built as well as a brick kiln,which cured the red clay bricks made by slaves. Manyof the materials milled were for the construction ofthe homes and used trees from the virgin forests inthe area. Two beams measuring 54 feet long in theattic of Bulloch Hall are indicative of the size of someof these trees. As the needs of construction materialswere met, more of the manufacturing turned to the24CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


processing of cotton and the weaving of cotton combined with woolto create Roswell Grey, which was the choice material of Confederatecommanders and soldiers during the Civil War.After living in Roswell for 10 years, James S. Bulloch died in early 1849.Later that year, his stepdaughter, Susan Elliott, married a young manfrom Philadelphia at Bulloch Hall. The man’s traveling companion was ayoung Theodore Roosevelt, who met Mittie Bulloch on that visit. TheodoreRoosevelt asked for her hand in marriage, and on December 22,1853, he and Mittie married in Bulloch Hall. Afterward, Martha Bullochrented Bulloch Hall to a grandson of Roswell King’s, enabling her totravel north to spend time with her daughters. She never returned toRoswell.In 1978 the City of Roswell acquired Bulloch Hall, which is on the NationalRegister of Historic Places. Bulloch Hall is located at 180 BullochAve, Roswell, GA 30075, and is open to the public Monday through Saturdayfrom 10-3 and on Sundays from 1-3, with tours given every hour.Tickets are required to tour the interior of the house and cost $8 peradult, $6 per student ages 6-18, and free to children under 6. For moreinformation on Bulloch Hall and a detailed calendar of special events,visit: www.bullochhall.org.eMedical Associates(a.k.a. Encounter Medical Associates)Internal Medicine, Pediatrics & Urgent CareProviding Primary Care for the Entire Family’s Medical Needs:Infant, Adolescent, Adult & GeriatricMonday - Friday: 8AM – 6PM3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Suite 501Cumming, GA 30041-6052(Located across from The Avenue Forsyth at the South Eastintersection of Peachtree Pkwy and Ronald Reagan Boulevard)Now Accepting New PatientsVisit us @: www.EncounterMedicalAssociates.comWe Accept Most Insurance PlansTo Make An Appointment Call:678-736-6000A Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You !25 CountyLine | February 2013


Heart & Vascular InstituteAT NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL-FORSYTHAbout every 34 seconds, someone has a heart attack in the U.S.This comes as no surprise, since nearly half of all Americanshave at least one of three major risk factors for heart disease(high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking). For Georgians atrisk, Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Heart and Vascular Institute offersa full-spectrum of services to treat and address all forms and causesof heart disease, including not only complications of the vessels ofthe heart, but also of the vessels throughout the entire body.COMPREHENSIVE CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICESWhen it comes to maintaining overall cardiovascular health, cardiologyand vascular surgery go hand in hand. As an established leaderin comprehensive cardiovascular services, and a recipient of ChestPain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular PatientCare, Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s board-certified cardiologists andcardiac surgeons have the highest level of expertise in diagnosingand treating heart disorders like congenital heart defects, coronaryartery blockages, and heart failure. Just this year, Northside expandedits award-winning program and now offers the latest in vascularsurgery services.Vascular surgeons restore blood flow to the body after a trauma ordisease damages the blood vessels, and work with patients withblocked arteries, aneurysms, and venous disease. Common proceduresinclude repairing damaged or nicked arteries and veins, reopeningclogged arteries, and placing bypasses around blocked arteries.With the addition of Northside Vascular Surgery, Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Heart and Vascular Institute brings one of the most skilledvascular surgery programs to the Southeast, featuring the only programin the nation equipped to treat high risk patients with custommodifiedendografts for aortic aneurysm.Northside also is…❑ The first hospital in Atlantato treat patients with thenew wireless INGENIOpacemaker, which allowsNorthside cardiologiststo remotely monitor therespiratory and heart ratesof their cardiac patients,around the clock and fromany computer system, via asecure website❑ Designated as a UnitedHealthPremium ® Cardiac SpecialtyCenter, in recognition ofquality cardiac proceduresand cardiac care services.❑ The first hospital to implantthe MRI-conditionalpacemaker and only thethird hospital in Georgia touse the technology, whichis designed, tested andFDA-approved for use in aMagnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) environment.26CountyLine | February 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net


Tips to Keep YourselfHeart HealthyCARDIAC CATHETERIZATION/INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY SERVICESNorthside Hospital-Forsyth is the only facility in Forsyth County thatoffers cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology services.It is one of the strongest comprehensive cardiology programs in theSoutheast.Cardiac catheterization is a specific procedure that looks for blockagesin the heart and coronary arteries. The hospital’s specialty-trained,board-certified cardiologists and nurses provide complete diagnosticcardiac services including temporary and permanent pacemaker implantation,and Automatic Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implants.The hospital’s expert staff performs interventional cardiology procedures,which allows them to see inside the body while guiding cathetersand other instruments through blood vessels. This aids in performingminimally invasive surgeries such as stenting, treatment ofDVT (deep vein thrombosis) and embolization procedures for the controlof abnormal bleeding and tumor formation.Additional diagnostic cardiac services include EKG, treadmill – exercisestress tests, echocardiography, 24-hour monitoring of heart rhythmor blood pressure, nuclear stress testing, automatic internal cardiacdefibrillator syncope studies and cardiac rehabilitation.INCREASED ACCESS TO PCI SERVICESIn March 2010, Northside Hospital-Forsyth became the first of Northside’shospitals to offer Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI), orpreviously known as angioplasty.Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s excellent staff of board-certified, interventionalcardiologists had to meet strict criteria established by theGeorgia Department of Community Health before offering high-qualityPCI services.When a heart attack occurs, blood supply to the heart muscle is blocked.PCI is a nonsurgical alternative to coronary bypass surgery, and opensthe heart’s arteries using a catheter with a small balloon attached toits tip. The procedure is performed by an experienced interventionalcardiologist at Northside’s state-of-the-art cardiac catheterizationlaboratory and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. PCI is oftenan outpatient procedure, but may require an overnight hospital stay.Heart disease is the #1 killer in theUnited States. A range of factorscan raise your risk of developingheart disease and having a heartattack or stroke.There are many factors that youcan treat or control simply bymaking lifestyle changes or takingmedication.❑ Quit smoking.A smoker’s risk of developingheart disease is 2-4 times thatof nonsmokers.❑ Get active.Regular physical activity helpsprevent heart and blood vesseldisease. The more vigorousthe activity, the greater thebenefits.❑ Lose excess weight.People with excess body fat,especially around the waist, aremore likely to develop heartdisease and stroke even if theyhave no other factors.❑ Manage your diabetes.Diabetes increases your riskof developing cardiovasculardisease, even when blood sugarlevels are under control.❑ Limit alcohol.Drinking too much alcohol raisesblood pressure, can cause heartfailure and lead to stroke. Limityourself to one drink a day.❑ Know Your Numbers.High blood pressure and highcholesterol can damage yourheart and blood vessels. Regularscreenings tell you whether ornot you need to take action.For more information about Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Heart and Vascular Institute, visit Northside.com.27 CountyLine | February 2013


Calling All PoetsIn honor of “National Poetry Month,” CountyLine is calling allpoets to submit poems to be published in the April issue.Poems will be selected for publication in two categories:Students (elementary through high school) and Adults.Please submit your poem by emailing it to: editor@countylinemagazine.netPlease include the following information:• Your Name• Category: Adult or Student (include grade level)• Telephone Number• Put “Calling All Poets” in the Subject LineThe deadline for submission is Friday, February 15, 2013.Poets chosen for publication in the April 2013 issue will be notified by March 1, 2013.31 CountyLine | February 2013


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