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Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

Race this weekend: Jog for Jule

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy at Walton High School will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

Jog for Jule was organized in honor of Julie Furr, a breast cancer survivor and the mother of a Walton student. Money raised by the event will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance in Furr's name.

The race will be Saturday, Apr. 18 at 8 a.m. It will begin on Walton High's baseball field, loop through some nearby neighborhoods, and end at the Walton track.

Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt, but runners must sign up no later than Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 4 p.m. to be guaranteed a shirt.

Visit jogforjule5k.com for more information and to sign up.

Walton High is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road in East Cobb.

Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

ATLANTA -- Piedmont Heart Institute has formed an alliance with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.

The partnership will allow both organizations to raise their standards of cardiovascular care by sharing clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities, according to a Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson.

"Teamwork is the next phase of American medicine. We're finding new ways to combine our strengths for better patient care," Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute chairman Dr. Lars Svensson said in a release. "This alliance will allow us to accelerate advancements in cardiac care."

Piedmont Heart operates 26 clinics across metro Atlanta. Visit piedmont.org for more information.

Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Cobb is Georgia's 4th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 8th for quality of life, 3rd for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 21st for clinical care, 10th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 124th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Cobb County:

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

ATLANTA -- WellStar Health System and Emory University have begun formal discussions about the possibility of creating a new, unified health system.

WellStar spokesperson Tyler Pearson said the new system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System. Discussions will continue for next 45 days, with a goal of creating an environment with the best of both community-based care and academic medicine.

"Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia and beyond," WellStar Health System CEO Reynold J. Jennings said in a release. "The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry."

A multi-step design process for the new health system will take about a year to complete.

Blood donation opportunities: Cobb County

Blood donation opportunities: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Cobb County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Cobb Donor Center, 2145 Roswell Road, Suite 205, Marietta
7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
WellStar Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway NW, Acworth
1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

Cobb inmate pleads guilty to causing Ebola scare

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County Jail inmate pleaded guilty this week to causing an Ebola scare after being pulled over for driving drunk.

In addition to misdemeanor charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane, 35-year-old Harry Randall Withers Jr. was convicted of three felony counts of making false statements.

Withers, of Suffolk, Va., was arrested Oct. 3. Upon arriving at the Cobb County Jail, he told a paramedic he had recently traveled to Nigeria and Kenya, and was experiencing symptoms of Ebola. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where the emergency room staff enacted containment precautions.

Cell phone records later showed Withers was in the U.S. when he claimed he was in Africa. The defendant had not left the country since 2005 and did not even have an active U.S. passport.