The city of Marietta and WellStar Kennestone Hospital are partnering to offer a wellness initiative with events planned for an entire year.
Every second Thursday of the month will include a lunchtime seminar at noon in Glover Park. The first talk will be Oct. 10 about heart health, called “Chocolate, Wine & Aspirin.”
Saturday’s programs will be Live Well Marietta’s first event, and will run at the same time as the Marietta Farmer’s Market.
A cooking demonstration, given by Ben Behimer, executive chef at WellStar Kennestone, will show healthy ways to utilize locally grown ingredients.
There will be booths from 9 a.m. to noon for free biometric screenings that will check a person’s cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure levels.
At 11 a.m., visitors to the Square will be treated to a 30-minute Zumba dance class for the whole family led by Amia Freeman, a group fitness instructor with WellStar Health Place.
Getting into the flow
Another fitness demonstration at 9 a.m. will challenge residents to improve their strength, balance and overall coordination.
Be Yoga, at 105 Church St. a block north of the Square, will be providing an instructor to teach a basic introductory yoga class.
Julie Eubanks, a co-owner of Be Yoga who has been teaching yoga since 2009, said Saturday’s lesson is her studio’s chance to show that yoga is for everyone, regardless of body type, gender or age.
“The thing I love about yoga is it is for every body,” Eubanks said.
Eubanks said yoga is not competitive, instead it’s about improving a person’s own flexibility or stamina.
“The pose is never finished,” Eubanks said about always pushing to go deeper in a stretch or holding a position longer.
Eubanks, 35, said after college, her focus was on calorie counting to lose weight.
When Eubanks started yoga, it quickly became a passion that forced her to be mindful of everything in her life, from what she ate to how she moved.
“It became this full transformation,” Eubanks said. “For me it started on the mat and I carried it into my life.”
Eubanks said she hopes Live Well Marietta not only gets the city in shape, but focused on improving overall health.
Be Yoga offers 40 classes a week that start as early as 6 a.m. Sundays and go as late as 7:30 p.m. weekdays.
Classes include vinyasa that is a flowing routine, hot classes that are in a 95 degree heated room, yin that is deep stretching and Pilates that strengthens the core.
Live Well Marietta
Glover Park at the Square, Saturday
* 9 to 9:45 a.m.: Yoga
* 10 to 11 a.m.: Cooking Demonstration
* 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Zumba