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Cherokee County testing athletes for concussions

Cherokee County testing athletes for concussions

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- This week the U.S. government announced a probe into the rise in sports-related concussions in young people.

It comes amid concerns over the suicides and other tragedies involving professional athletes.

This school year, Cherokee County Schools has instituted a program used by the NCAA and professional sports teams called ImPACT, which stands for Immediate Post-concussive Assessment and Cognitive Testing.

It's sponsored by Northside Hospital-Cherokee, and it's a way to help doctors and coaches manage concussion cases.

Fifteen percent of all high school injuries involve concussions and a large portion of them are in kids that have already had a least one concussion.

"I've had one before. But nothing major," said Joey Payton, a wrestler and junior at Etowah High School. "It hurts your head; that's all I know."

Kennestone plans $23M outpatient surgery center in Woodstock

Kennestone plans $23M outpatient surgery center in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- WellStar Kennestone Hospital has filed a letter of intent with the Georgia Department of Community Health for a proposed $23 million outpatient surgery center off Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.

Kennestone must submit an application for a certificate of need on Nov. 26.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee in October broke ground on a 100,817-square-foot, four-story medical office building on Towne Lake Parkway.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

Chapman IS collects 'Pennies for Patients'

Chapman IS collects 'Pennies for Patients'

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The students at Chapman Intermediate School in Woodstock raised more than $2,000 in this year's Pennies for Patients initiative.

Pennies for Patients is a program that encourages schoolchildren to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Because the students raised so much money, school administrators decided to let them wear costumes to school on Halloween. Costume contest winners from each grade level were treated to special certificates and ice cream passes.

NexSlim Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center opens in Woodstock

NexSlim Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center opens in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- NexSlim Medical Weight Loss & Wellness Center at Towne Lake held its official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce on October 18, 2012.  Specializing in personalized weight loss plans, nutritional education, and support, NexSlim wants to help those struggling in their weight loss journey.  Dr. Jeffery Donohue is not only the national medical director for all NexSlim locations, but he is also the co-owner of the Woodstock location.  Dr. Donohue and Clinic Director Holli Edie along with their staff welcomed community and business leaders at the Ribbon Cutting.  Both Donohue and Edie offered words of welcome and appreciation.  Those present were able to learn about the NexSlim program and what sets it apart from the many other clinics out there.

Caribou Coffee goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Caribou Coffee goes pink for breast cancer awareness

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Annually In October, Caribou Coffee honors Amy Erickson, one of Caribou's original roastmasters that passed away at a young age from breast cancer, by going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Caribou offers its special Amy’s Blends along with other pink merchandise and gift cards, with a percentage of all proceeds going to various breast cancer causes.

Caribou Coffee will be brewing Amy's blend all month, have their Amy's tea back, and are featuring new bakery and drinkware items.

Woodstock store manager Jacqui Sands said, “We also honor everyone's Amy, as so many of us have been touched by those who have fought the battle against, or lost their lives to, breast cancer and other cancers.”

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