How to Keep Your Athlete Safe from the Cold

How to Keep Your Athlete Safe from the Cold

In cold weather, bodies lose heat faster than they can produce it, which can lead to serious health problems like hypothermia or frostbite. Child and teen athletes who participate in or attend cold-weather sports may be at risk for these and other cold-related illnesses or injuries. “While anyone practicing or competing in cold temperatures is at risk for cold-related illness and injury, there are some groups who need to be particularly careful out in the elements,” says Children’s Athletic Trainer Tiffany Swales. “Young athletes are at greater risk for cold-weather injuries because they are genetically predisposed. Extra precautions should be...

What is the story?

What is the story?

As an eye doctor, daily I educate my patients on rods and cones. Both are photoreceptors present in the retina, but cones are the ones that allow us to distinguish colors. Cones are a little slower, as they have more detail to process from different wavelengths. Cones are also the main photoreceptors of our central vision. So, let’s ask ourselves – what if we take away the heavy stuff in a photo for our cones to process? Let’s take away color and have our central vision process an image that is easier to digest. Let’s make it more simplistic, the...

Connecting Henry excited for growth and [positive] change

Connecting Henry excited for growth and [positive] change

Heading into its 28th anniversary in 2024, Connecting Henry is “readjusting and refocusing” to allow for new opportunities to support the Henry County community. Connecting Henry has undergone some recent changes, including becoming the Health and Human Services Department for the City of McDonough and moving to a new address, 162 Keys Ferry Street in McDonough. “We’re still here and are still committed to helping children and families in Henry County,” said Barbara Coleman, executive director of Connecting Henry.  The organization remains a nonprofit as well as a member of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership with a mission to connect...

Pivotal Moments

Pivotal Moments

Pivotal moments are what one Henry County artist credits with shaping his life. Dr. Zerric Clinton, a local teacher and one of the resident artists at The Gallery at Hood Street in McDonough, takes a look back at some of the key influencers in his life and his art. “I’ve been creating art pretty much my whole life,” shares Dr. Clinton, but it was through drawing contests that he gained attention. “I used to win art shows.” As a teenager, Dr. Clinton experienced one of his first pivotal moments with one of his high school teachers, Dorothy Pope, who he...

Acorn Land Labs: Much More than a Garden

Acorn Land Labs: Much More than a Garden

Just a stone’s throw away from the heart of McDonough’s town square, nestled in a quaint neighborhood, lies a special place, Acorn Land Labs – a garden that embodies the essence of home, transcending the confines of mere four walls. A vision built by the team of Kemble Hildreth, Joe Hildreth, and Ben Morse.  Home signifies safety, where the family resides, your treasured belongings find their place, and the refuge you seek after a day’s toil in the bustling world. It’s where a faithful dog or cat eagerly awaits your return, where gardens flourish with your care, and where the...

Meeting the Heart Needs of a Community

Meeting the Heart Needs of a Community

More than three decades ago, the idea of bringing personalized and compassionate heart care to the southside of Atlanta became a reality. Gopal Rao, M.D., F.A.C.C. opened his first cardiology practice in Riverdale before joining two other cardiologists in 1992 to establish Atlanta Heart Associates, P.C. (AHA). Today Atlanta Heart is the largest, independent cardiovascular practice in the metro Atlanta area with 200 employees, 30 providers, and multiple locations including the newest location at 3333 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge. “Our success at Atlanta Heart is due to providing the best health care and concern for our patient’s satisfaction whether we...

A Life-Saving Heart Check-Up

A Life-Saving Heart Check-Up

McDonough resident Nelson Camilo, 79, felt great. He was a happy guy working the 60 acres on his daughter’s property, whether he was trimming trees, mowing the lawn, or cleaning the pool. He didn’t realize he had five blockages in his blood vessels until his cardiologist, Meryl Lynn Braunstein with Atlanta Heart Associates, P.C. scheduled him for a heart catheterization. “She was surprised I wasn’t feeling bad,” said Camilo. “I got scheduled for bypass surgery and was told to do nothing while I waited for the surgery.” The surgery at Piedmont Atlanta took place in May and it was a...

Musical High Note

Musical High Note

The day came when Molly Corso found out she’d made it. This Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy student got the news she had been waiting for. “My heart was beating out of my chest,” says Corso. She was selected for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.   But how did music become such a big part of her life? “I started with piano lessons,” says Corso. Then she joined her school band and transferred into percussion. Music runs deep in this percussionist’s family. Corso’s parents were clarinet players when they were in school. And Corso’s brother Jesse, a euphonium player for The...

Tiny, but Mighty

Tiny, but Mighty

Christy Deen had been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, including stints with Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, when inspiration struck. She had traveled out to the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Martin, and saw drive thru coffee stands throughout the area. “These were small, had a tiny footprint, and I could manage starting one on my own,” said Deen. “It took some time to get it started because it wasn’t a prevalent concept in the Southeast, but after explaining it to the county and state, it got approved.” Located at 50 Hwy 138 West, Drip-Thru prides itself...

Serving a Greater Purpose

Serving a Greater Purpose

“Never underestimate the power of a woman!” This quote by Archie Andrews actually applies to not one, but two local women who founded a nonprofit philanthropic company from a desire to fulfill community needs through their logistics company. Victoria Sparks and Michele Wilson envisioned a charity which focused on children and women issues in Henry County as well as surrounding counties and eventually some worldwide organizations.   With Sparks’ and Wilson’s determination to overcome the male dominated logistics industry, the company, PEI (Premier Expediters Inc.), was born in 1992 out of faith and determination. This parent company has expanded into four...