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Specializing in a variety of Health & Wellness programs.  All clients are screened according to ACSM Guidelines and complete the following: Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q), Health History Questionnaire, Health Risk Appraisal, and Fitness Testing: or 404-919-0587
by Joshualyn "J'Lyn" Furby,
B.S. Ed Exercise Science

I lost my Grandfather, Grandmother, and Mother to "Diabetes" and "Heart Disease".  When I was a 5 year-old my Grandfather suffered a "Heart Attack" and he was a young 57 years of age.  My Grandmother was laid to rest after losing both of her legs and a double “breast mastectomy” in the war on” Diabetes” and “Cancer”.  My Mama passed within 6 months of turning the age of 48.  The gist of it “Diabetes” destroyed the people I loved the most. 
Those dreadfull events were devastating and difficult for anyone.  As an adolescent I could not fathom their reasoning: “Granddaddy died because he had "sugar"..."Sugar Diabetes"”.  Well, I loved sugar especially at the age of 5 years old; “how did "sugar" kill Granddaddy” that was my primary question. 
Secretly, I wondered if "sugar" would kill me.  My intense curiosity and inquisition of my parents, aunties, and uncles was overwhelming for my family.  The continuous questions seemed to frustrate my family members and for valid reasons.  Eventually, I stopped asking why and how. 

I am grateful for the education I have received at "Georgia State University’s" Department of "Kinesiology & Health".  The proper term is "Diabetes Mellitus" and certainly not "sugar" or "Sugar Diabetes".  "Diabetes Mellitus" refers to "Type I Diabetes" and "Type II Diabetes".

"Type I Diabetes" is characterized by the destruction of "insulin" producing cells in the pancreas; and can be fatal unless injected with "insulin".

"Type II Diabetes" is characterized by "high blood sugar" and "glucose" levels that occurs from defects in "insulin" secretion,  and excessive "glucagon" secretion.

At last my questions were answered.  Below are some weapons that can be used in the war on “Diabetes Mellitus”.


1 family at a time

by Joshualyn "J'Lyn" Furby,
B.S. Ed Exercise Science

The "weight-loss" saga, otherwise termed my personal story, is a battle of  strong relationships developed over time on not so solid foundations with cultural obstacles.  My family as a whole has struggled with "weight-loss" and "lifestyle" related "diseases" for many years.  I have termed it "Consecutive Generational Obesity".   Here are some steps your family can take to fight the "obesity epidemic".

Will Sugar Kill You?
5 simple tips

  1. Get the facts on your weight & health status by learning what your “BMI” and Healthy Weight should be: use the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator for adults to learn more.
  2. Cooking at home will save money and decrease unwanted “calories” that lead to “Diabetes” and other lifestyle related disease. You can use the "Food Safety Recalls & Tips" widget for food recall updates. A good time to check updates is prior to grocery shopping for your family.
  3. Drinking more water and decreasing “sugary drinks” is a great way to win and achieve your health goals and decrease the “obesity epidemic”
  4. Educate your family on how to choose “healthy foods” based on the ingredients and “sugar content” by simply reading food labels. If any of the first 3 ingredients includes any of the following it’s just another word for “sugar”: “dextrose”, “sucrose”, “fructose”, “glucose”, “lactose”, “maltose”, honey, fruit juice concentrates, agave nectar, cane crystals, corn sweetener, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice (is not juice at all), honey, molasses, syrup, sugar, and raw sugar.
  5. Also check for starchy foods, note that “Amylase” (enzyme in salvia) turns starch into sugars. Gist of it is rice, potatoes, and bread chemically is turned into sugar during chewing. That’s why those foods taste a bit sweet. Check labels for the following forms of starch used in the mass production of food: “monosaccharides”, “disaccharides”, “trisaccharides”, “polysaccharides”, and any “saccharides”; eventually the chemical process of digestion will convert them to “sugar”.

Coming Soon The SoopaFitt Radio Show hosted by J'Lyn Furby How I lost 167lbs naturally and went from size 26 to 12!!!

Before and After Pictures Below

Get started with YOUR fitness today!!!

by Derrick Harge

Certified Peer Fitness Trainer

American Council of Exercise

I'm a fitness trainer, so I tend to look at people's health a little different than many people. You may not be sick, but it doesn't mean you're healthy or fit!!

People tend to ask me what's the BEST exercise for this or the best exercise for that. Or what's the best cardio. My answer is always the same. It's the one you'll do. For example, it makes no sense for me to tell you that the treadmill will burn X amount more calories than the elliptical if you can't stand doing the treadmill. I'd rather you burn less calories on the elliptical while loving the elliptical. You'll burn more calories in the long run.

I don't care what you're doing for your fitness level, if it's not including ALL THREE OF THESE ESSENTIALS, you're doing it wrong. And this is indisputable. It has to include: EXERCISE - which includes cardio, resistance training (women shy away when I say weights) and flexibility; NUTRITION - there is so many good articles out there on good nutrition, it'll make your head spin) and REST and RECOVERY - the body does some miraculous things (and most of it’s work) when you think you're doing nothing

There are so many ways to achieve these goals. There is no "magic machine" or "magic pill" that is going to substitute for the hard work it's going to take to get yourself healthier than you are today. The fitness infomercials are making billions and billions of dollars from people hoping to find some quick fix from years of neglect to their bodies. Trust me, you don't need any of that to get healthy. In fact, you don't need ANY gadgets. Your body is the only machine you need and it doesn't cost a thing. You can walk outside, you can do pushups and crunches and squats at home.

But you have to take the first step. OR, you may have to re-evaluate your 100th step if you're not achieving the results that you're anticipating. Get started today (ok, I'll give you til Monday).

This is a life-long process and probably a lifestyle change. Remember, the tortoise won the race!!

Derrick Harge is a Certified Peer Fitness Trainer and a retired Professional Firefighter/Paramedic. He can be reached at

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