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Apr 10

Charity Tennis Tournament to Teach Families Healthier Living

by Cynthia Lyerly

Watch the news long enough and you’re sure to hear how our obesity epidemic has reached an all-time high. With so many people complaining about the problem, few are willing to try to tackle it. The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (C.H.O.I.C.ES.)  ( has been working toward creating healthy kids for 10 years here in Cherokee County. They are hosting a tennis tournament at the Eagle Watch Tennis Center in Woodstock to fund a local program that will teach families about healthy living.

C.H.O.I.C.ES. is partnering with both Cooking Matters, a national program dedicated to healthy eating, and Envision Health Studio, a local, total-body fitness facility. The program, called the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Family Workshop Series, is a six-week family workshop that will cater to the whole family! It will be held at Envision Health Studio which is located on Bells Ferry just north of Hobgood Park in Woodstock. This workshop will be offered free of charge and be open to all families.

Cooking Matters ( is a national program that uses volunteer chefs to teach every aspect of healthy food preparation.  Standard curriculums include topics such as shopping and budgeting, nutrition, preparation, and healthy eating. Many people don’t realize how delicious healthy food can be!

The  C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Family Workshop Series will also include a physical fitness program. Trainers Stacy Ward and Laura Mikszan will lead the sessions and will be assisted by Eric Gurvin. Their goal is to make exercise fun!

Laura Mikszan is the founder of the World of Kids campus and knows how to motivate children.  Over the years, she has seen parents bringing their children to her facility, desperate for some drastic physical change in their child’s appearance. “They expect (weight loss) results but it is really up to the whole family when it comes to healthy living.”

Trainer Stacy Ward has also seen her fair share of unhealthy habits. As a coach and exercise instructor, she is burdened with how we have become such a perfectionist-based society, especially when it comes to sports like cheerleading and gymnastics. Simply telling your child, “You’re fat!” doesn’t solve any problems. That is why Stacy is so dedicated to a program like this.

Join us to help us fund this desperately-needed program by playing in this tennis round robin. It’s called Match Point on Childhood Obesity and will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 17th-18th at the Eagle Watch tennis courts in the heart of Towne Lake.

The fun begins early Friday morning with a weekday ladies round robin from 9:00am – 12:00pm. A mixed doubles session will finish the activities off going from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the evening with the fun going on much longer than the tennis. Saturday offers chances for the whole family with a round robin for the ladies from 9:00am – 12:00pm and the men from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Junior drills will be given by Tournament Director and Pro, Jason Fleeman from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Registration is $25 for adults (discounts for multiple adult sessions available) and $10 for the junior drills.  Food and drinks will be provided at all events. For registration and sponsorship information, go to or call 678.819.3663. The deadline is May 13th.

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