Events

Join Team Emory and Walk to End Lupus Now

Emory Lupus Team

Members of Emory’s 2014 team celebrate at last year’s Walk to End Lupus event.

It is estimated that 1 in 2,000 people in the United States has lupus, a widespread and chronic (lifelong) autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin.

Normally, the function of the body’s immune system is to protect it against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. In an autoimmune disease like lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissue, so the immune system then makes antibodies and begins attacking itself.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus can strike men and women of all ages, but 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women, mostly between the ages of 15-44. With no known cause and no known cure, lupus can be difficult to diagnose since there is no single test to confirm its presence. The importance of research and funding to support the development of better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent lupus is crucial.

Emory’s Division of Rheumatology and Lowance Center for Human Immunology, lead by Division Director Ignacio Sanz, MD, and Clinical Director Sam Lim, MD, has become a hub for lupus patient care and research across the Southeast. There, the dedicated team of scientists, physicians and nurses are working tirelessly together to not only find a cure for this for this complex disease, but also prevent it from developing in high risk patients.

Support Team Emory Lupus Research and the “Walk to End Lupus Now.” This annual walk is sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of Lupus Foundation of America and 90% of all funds raised go toward lupus patient/family educational and support services which currently reach 139 of Georgia’s 151 counties.

Event Details:

Event Date/Time: Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m.

Event Location: Piedmont Park

To donate to Team Emory Lupus Research or register to participate in the event, visit http://www.lupuswalkatlanta.com/emorylupusresearch.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital continues Community Health Classes

Wellness ClassesLooking for a way to kick start a healthier lifestyle in the new year? A new 5-week course starts Feb. 25 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital focusing on health and wellness. Classes are taught by community and hospital healthcare providers and provide general education on nutrition and health issues to help participants progress toward developing personalized health plans.

Classes meet every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Physicians Plaza Suite 109, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. The cost for all five sessions is $75. Class topics are:

  • Feb. 25: Introduction and Initial Health Screening. Taught by Andrew Pugliese, MD, a Disease Prevention Physician at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, will set the foundation with information on how a healthy, active lifestyle can influence personal risk factors for disease. Licensed lab technicians help participants complete a personalized physical health assessment.
  • March 04: Health Eating Habits and Their Effect on Chronic Disease Management. Julie Parish, an Emory Johns Creek registered and licensed dietitian, will provide disease specific diet education relevant to participant’s personal risk factors and demonstrate how to use a food diary to track progress.
  • Feb. 11: Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives. Emory Johns Creek Food Services Director, Amy Davis, will talk about organic and sustainable cooking tips and how to stock your kitchen to achieve dietary success. The class will also participate in a cooking demo and prep their own healthy dinner for four to take home.
  • March 18: Preventative Benefits of Exercise. Kay Halbert, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Supervisor at Emory Johns Creek, discusses setting goals and general requirements for physical activity. Class participants can register to win a Fitbit to help track fitness and nutrition goals along with a pair of shoes from fleet feet and a gym membership with LA fitness.
  • March 25: Wrap-up with General Well-being. Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Sleep Lab Coordinator and Registered Respiratory Therapist Joyce Neidert and Licensed Pharmacist Roland Tam. Discuss stress management with the Director of Marketing for Massage Envy Barb Hornsby. Class members can experience a free chair massage, take home a one hour session, and enter to win a custom pillow.

For more information or to register online, visit emoryjohnscreek.com/events-classes or call 678-474-8200 to register.

Emory in Your Community – Free Osteoporosis Prevention Program

nurses screening patientsEmory Healthcare’s Community Health Partnership* is offering a complimentary Osteoporosis Prevention Program at the United Methodist Church in Tucker. This 6-week program will screen and educate participants on ways to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.

Sessions will be facilitated by Emory specialty nurses who will provide:

  • Osteoporosis screenings
  • Personal progress consultations
  • Individual evaluation and follow-up

Start Date

Tuesday, February 17
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Location

Tucker First United Methodist Church-Wesley Center
2397 Fourth Street
Tucker, GA 30084

Register today as space is limited to the first 20 participants.

To register or for more information, call 404-778-7777 or e-mail ayibatari.owi@emoryhealthcare.org.

*Emory Healthcare’s Community Health Partnership is a collaboration between Emory and the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC). This partnership provides community wellness screenings and health education programs to the local communities of selected United Methodist churches within the metro-Atlanta area.

5 Weeks to Better Wellness with Community Health Classes

Wellness ClassesLooking for a way to kick start a healthier lifestyle in the new year? Starting in January 2015, Emory Johns Creek Hospital will launch a five-week course of health and wellness classes taught by community and hospital healthcare providers. The classes focus on providing general education on nutrition and health issues to help participants progress toward developing personalized health plans. Classes meet every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first class meets Jan. 7, 2015 in Physicians Plaza Suite 109, located at 6335 Hospital Parkway in Johns Creek. The cost for all five sessions is $75. Class topics are:

  • Jan. 7:  Introduction and Initial Health Screening. Taught by Andrew Pugliese, MD, a Disease Prevention Physician at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, will set the foundation with information on how a healthy, active lifestyle can influence personal risk factors for disease. Licensed lab technicians help participants complete a personalized physical health assessment.
  • Jan. 21:  Healthy Eating Habits and Their Effect on Chronic Disease Management. Julie Parish, an Emory Johns Creek registered and licensed dietitian, will provide disease specific diet education relevant to participant’s personal risk factors and demonstrate how to use a food diary to track progress.
  • Feb. 4: Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives. Emory Johns Creek Food Services Director, Amy Davis, will talk about organic and sustainable cooking tips and how to stock your kitchen to achieve dietary success. The class will also participate in a cooking demo and prep their own healthy dinner for four to take home.
  • Feb. 18: Preventative Benefits of Exercise. Kay Halbert, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Supervisor at Emory Johns Creek, discusses setting goals and general requirements for physical activity. Class participants can register to win a Fitbit to help track fitness and nutrition goals along with a pair of shoes from fleet feet and a gym membership with LA fitness.
  • March 4: Wrap-up with General Well-being. Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s Sleep Lab Coordinator and Registered Respiratory Therapist Joyce Neidert and Licensed Pharmacist Roland Tam. Discuss stress management with the Director of Marketing for Massage Envy Barb Hornsby. Class members can experience a free chair massage, take home a one hour session, and enter to win a custom pillow.

For more information or to register online, visit emoryjohnscreek.com/events-classes or call 678-474-8200.

Emory in Your Community – Free Wellness Screenings

nurses screening patientsIn order to improve the health of our communities, Emory Healthcare in partnership with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) recently launched a community wellness screening program in early October. Emory nurses provide wellness screenings for congregation members and the local community at selected United Methodist churches in the metro-Atlanta area. As an added bonus, on the Wednesday, November 19th wellness screening at Smyrna First, Emory nurses will also be providing free flu shots for congregation and local community members. Make a commitment to get your flu shot to ward off the flu this year.

Wellness screenings include:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Height/ Weight/ Body Mass Index
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Glucose
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • General Health Education & Smoking Cessation Information

These screenings are FREE and open to the public for adults ranging from 16 years of age and up. You may attend any of the locations / dates listed below. And let your friends and other family members know about this exciting new endeavor.

Reservations are strongly recommended, however walk-ins are welcome. To register, please call Emory HealthConnection™ at 404-778-7777 or visit online at emoryhealthcare.org/events (search wellness screening). Below are the available screenings for the remainder of 2014.

Smyrna First UMC: 1315 Concord Road SE, Smyrna GA 30080

  • Wednesday, November 19th from 5 – 7 PM (FREE FLU SHOTS)

Oak Grove UMC: 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur GA 30033

  • Sunday, November 9th from 8 AM – Noon
  • Wednesday, November 12th from 5 – 7 PM

Stroke Risk & Prevention in Women

Ladies Night OutCurrent estimates suggest that 6.8 million Americans are living after having had a stroke, approximately 3.8 million of whom are women. Stroke is also the third leading cause of death among women and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Although much of the difference in stroke prevalence and burden is because women, on average, live longer than men, some of it is related to factors unique to or more common in women.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) recently assembled a panel of experts that published the first gender-specific AHA/ASA guidelines for stroke prevention in women. Stroke is a brain injury caused by a cessation of blood flow in the brain. This interruption can be caused by either a blocked blood vessel or a ruptured blood vessel. Because the brain is not receiving the oxygen and nutrients that it normally obtains from blood flow, the brain starts to die.

“How our society adapts to the anticipated increase in stroke prevalence in women is vitally important. Now more than ever, it is critical to identify women at higher risk for stroke and initiate the appropriate prevention strategies,” Cheryl Bushnell, MD, MHS, FACC, chair of the guideline writing group, and colleagues wrote in a statement.

It is important to emphasize stroke in women across the lifespan and to raise awareness about the unique risks of women compared with men. “These include pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, hormonal contraception and hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms. We also emphasize that there are risk factors that are more common in women than in men, such as migraines with aura, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.”

Stroke Prevention

There is no better way to treat stroke than to prevent it. Up to 80% of strokes may be preventable, with proper attention to lifestyle and medical risk factors.

Uncontrollable stroke risk factors include being over age 55, being African-American, having diabetes and having a family history of stroke. People falling into any of these categories tend to have a higher risk for stroke.

Some controllable risk factors for stroke are medical disorders that may be treated with medication or surgery. These conditions include high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, a personal history of stroke, and atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat which allows blood to pool in the heart and can lead to blood clots. Lifestyle choices that can increase a person’s risk for stroke are smoking, drinking too much alcohol and being overweight.

If you have any of these risk factors for stroke, it is important that you work with a health care provider to learn about medical and lifestyle changes you can make to prevent having a stroke. It’s important to remember that even people with multiple risk factors can do a lot to prevent stroke. Though it won’t guarantee avoiding a stroke, your habits can make a substantial impact on reducing your risk. Some lifestyle changes that your doctor may recommend include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining an ideal weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Managing stress
  • Reducing cholesterol

Ladies Night Out

Dr. Lundberg will be speaking about Women’s Stroke Awareness at the Emory Johns Creek Hospital annual Ladies’ Night Out women’s health and wellness event on October 23, 2014 at 6:50 p.m. The event is free and open to women of all ages.

To learn more about the event, please visit: http://www.emoryjohnscreek.com/events-classes/ladies-night-out.html

About Gina Lundberg

Gina Lundberg, MDGina Price Lundberg, MD, FACC, Emory Women’s Heart Center Clinical Director, is a Preventive Cardiologist with Emory Clinic in East Cobb. Dr. Lundberg is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is a National American Heart Association (AHA) spokesperson and has been a Board Member for Atlanta chapter from 2001 till 2007. Dr. Lundberg was the Honoree for American Heart Association’s North Fulton/ Gwinnett County Heart Ball for 2006. In 2009 she was awarded the Women with Heart Award at the Go Red Luncheon for outstanding dedication to the program. She is also a Circle of Red founding member and Cor Vitae member for AHA.

She has been interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in various media channels including CNN and in USA Today. Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Lundberg to the Advisory Board for the Department of Women’s Health for the State of Georgia in 2007 till 2011. In 2005, Atlanta Woman Magazine awarded Dr. Lundberg the Top 10 Innovator Award for Medicine. In 2008 Atlanta Woman Magazine named her one of the Top 25 Professional Women to Watch and the only woman in the field of medicine.

Related Links

Emory Women’s Heart Center
Quiz – Are you at Risk for Heart Disease
Did you Know that Stroke is the Third Leading Cause of Death in Women? Learn how to Protect Yourself!
Become aware of the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Provides Free Screenings at Health & Wellness Fair

Johns Creek Health FairEmory Johns Creek Hospital’s Christina Vick, director of lab services, was one of several hospital volunteers who provided free health screenings and patient education at the Park Place Health & Wellness Fair, Friday, Oct. 10. The fair, which launched last year, is hosted by Park Place at Newtown School, an active adult center operated by Johns Creek’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

Vick and other volunteers provided free blood pressure, glucose, bone density screenings for the event, and Specialty Certification Coordinator, Patricia Victor, counseled attendees on stroke symptoms and risk factors.

Women of all ages interested in free screenings and stroke awareness education are invited to attend Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s 2014 Ladies’ Night Out event on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Suite 109 of Physicians Plaza. The event, presented in partnership with Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, is free and open to the public. In addition to health, beauty and other vendors, the Johns Creek Arts Center will exhibit paintings, pottery, jewelry and other works created by local artists. Desserts and coffee will be served during the event.

At this year’s Ladies’ Night Out, Gina Lundberg, MD, clinical director of Emory Women’s Heart Center, will host an educational session on women’s stroke symptoms and risk factors. Dr. Lundberg’s presentation will begin at 6:50 p.m. Attendees of Dr. Lundberg’s presentation receive a complimentary gift bag.

RSVP by calling 678-474-8200!

Emory Johns Creek Hospital Ladies Night Out 2014: Celebrate the Art of Wellness

Ladies Night OutEmory Johns Creek Hospital, in conjunction the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties, is hosting its annual Ladies Night Out this year on October 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Physicians Plaza. This event is free for women of all ages. RSVP by calling: 678-474-8200.

This year, the Johns Creek Art Center will exhibit paintings, jewelry, pottery and other works by local artists in conjunction with free health screenings and opportunities to chat with Emory Johns Creek healthcare providers in a casual setting.

Free screenings will include glucose, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure and Body Mass Index. In addition, this year’s featured discussion will be on Women’s Stroke Symptoms, presented by Gina Lundberg, MD, Clinical Director of Emory Women’s Heart Center and Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lundberg spoke on women’s heart attack symptoms and risk factors at the hospital’s Go Red Event in February and at the St Ives We ♥ Wine event in October 2013. She has been interviewed on the subject of Heart Disease in Women in various media channels, including CNN and USA Today.

Bev Miller, Director of Community Relations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital says she’s excited about this year’s event. “We’re very fortunate to have the Junior League and the Johns Creek Art Center working with us, and we’re looking forward to having Dr. Lundberg return. We got rave reviews from guest who attended our Go Red Event this year, so we’re looking forward to a great Ladies Night Out.”

Light refreshments and desserts will be served during the event. For more updates and more information, visit emoryjohnscreek.com/events-classes or call 678-474-8017.

Book Your August Cardiovascular Screening Before the Summer’s End!

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of August. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of August screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood.

Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

August 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • August 1, CVS, North Tennessee Street, Cartersville
  • August 2, Walgreens, South Park Street, Carrollton
  • August 4, Walgreens, Jonesboro Road, McDonough
  • August 5, Rite Aid, Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
  • August 6, LA Fitness, Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville
  • August 7, Kroger, Georgia 85, Riverdale
  • August 8, Kroger, Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker
  • August 9, CVS, Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville
  • August 12, Kroger, Lavista Road, Atlanta
  • August 13, Kroger, Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur
  • August 14, Cobb Harry’s, Powers Ferry Road SE, Marietta
  • August 15, Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain
  • August 16, New Life Church & Community Center, Flat Shoals Road, Decatur
  • August 18, Kroger, Roswell Road, Atlanta
  • August 19, Kroger, Georgia 20, Buford
  • August 20, CVS, Highway 34 East, Newnan
  • August 21, CVS, Concord Road, Smyrna
  • August 21, Office Depot, Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
  • August 22, Publix, Brown Bridge Road, Covington
  • August 23, Best Buy, Scenic Highway South, Snellville
  • August 25, Gold’s Gym, Hospital Drive, Douglasville
  • August 26, CVS, Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur
  • August 27, Walgreens, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta
  • August 28, Decatur YMCA, Clairemont Avenue, Decatur
  • August 29, Parc at Piedmont East Cobb, Hood Road, Marietta

For more information on screening options and/or to schedule your screening appointment, visit emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

July Cardiovascular Screenings – Schedule Yours Today!

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare has teamed up with mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, to deliver convenient and affordable health testing to your neighborhood. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities with greater access to important screening services and to Emory Healthcare physicians and providers. In less than an hour, you can get a complete cardiovascular screening in the comfort and privacy of our Emory Healthcare mobile unit. Below is a schedule of July’s cardiovascular screenings. The cardiovascular screening plans offered by HealthFair meet the screening guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

July 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • July 1, The Fresh Market, N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City
  • July 2, CVS, Fairview Road, Ellenwood
  • July 3, Rite Aid, Kennesaw Due West Road, Kennesaw
  • July 7, Best Buy, Scenic Highway South, Snellville
  • July 8, Walgreens, Candler Road, Decatur
  • July 9, Kroger, Georgia 92, Woodstock
  • July 10, CVS, New MacLand Road, Powder Springs
  • July 11, Walmart, Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville
  • July 12, CVS, Roswell Road, Atlanta
  • July 14, Walgreens, Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta
  • July 15, CVS, Northside Parkway, Atlanta
  • July 16, Kroger, Briarcliff Road, Atlanta
  • July 17, CVS, Jim Moore Road, Dacula
  • July 17, Walmart, Atlanta Highway, Loganville
  • July 18, Walgreen, Cherokee Street, Kennesaw
  • July 19, G Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA, Waleska Street, Canton
  • July 21, CVS, Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur
  • July 22, CVS, West Pike Street, Lawrenceville
  • July 23, Lavista Road, Atlanta
  • July 23, Whole Foods Market, Ponce De Leon Avenue, Atlanta
  • July 24, Target, Woodstock Square Avenue, Woodstock
  • July 26, Walgreens, Buford Drive, Lawrenceville
  • July 26, Walgreens, Buford Highway, Duluth
  • July 28, Pinnacle Fitness, Cains Hill Place, Atlanta
  • July 29, Kroger, Floyd Road, Mableton
  • July 29, Rite Aid, Cascade Road, Atlanta
  • July 30, Just Fitness 4U Marietta, Roswell Road, Marietta
  • July 31, Publix, Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suwanee

For more information or to register for a screening at a location listed above, please visit emoryhealthcare.org/screening. Also, if you would like to invite the HealthFair bus to visit your organization, please fill out the form located at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.