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January 24, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Know Your Doctors

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. has nearly 100 healthcare providers with different jobs and titles. What do these titles mean and what care does everyone offer? This is the first in a series explaining who our providers are and what they do to keep you and your family healthy.

What is an Otolaryngologist?

An Otolaryngologist, also known as an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor or ENT, is a physician trained to treat diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, sinuses, larynx, and mouth, as well as neck and facial structures. Otolaryngologists are trained in both medicine and surgery, and can therefore offer the most appropriate care to their patients without needing to refer them to other doctors.

Photo courtesy of CEENTA

Photo courtesy of CEENTA

How does someone become an Otolaryngologist?

Like with other medical doctors, an Otolaryngologist must receive undergraduate and medical degrees, and then complete an internship and residency. ENTs also have the option of completing a fellowship in one of eight subspecialties of their choice. Those areas are allergy, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, the head and neck, laryngology, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, rhinology, and sleep disorders. Read More →

January 20, 2017

Fitness Friday: Our Smarty favorite workout gear to keep us motivated in 2017!

Happy Fitness Friday! We’re three weeks into our New Year’s rez’s and we thought it would be a good time to think about some retail therapy. Ya know, to keep us Smarty gals fully motivated and looking our best while kicking our workout regime into high gear.

Think beyond boring ‘ole lululemon and athleta that everyone will be wearing in your next carpool line. We want you to be creative, be original, be YOU in your workout duds because there is nothing more motivating than feeling good in what you’re wearing!

Feast your eyes on the most fabulous workout gear ever listed in no particular order below!

Splits 59 – Wearable styles that you don’t see often around town.


Beyond Yoga High Waisted Leggings – They had us at high waisted – perfect coverage for your belly and holds everything in. These also happen to be the most comfortable leggings we’ve ever stepped into. Soft like cocoa butter!

Beyond Yoga Leggings Read More →

December 19, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and Signature Pediatrics: Replace Wait Time with Play Time

By our Smarty friends at Signature Pediatrics

How many times have you gotten a call from school to pick up your sick child and thought, “How am I going to be able to get into the pediatrician today?”. Or how about those times you are about to travel and one of your kids is sick? Your first question is probably, “How am I going to get to the doctor before OUR flight?” With Signature Pediatrics, the answers to those questions are – with ease! The doctors at Signature Healthcare heard these concerns from their patients and created Signature Pediatrics to solve the problem. Signature Pediatrics, the first and only pediatric concierge medical practice in the Carolinas opened in June 2016 and offers the same service that Signature Healthcare has been providing for over a decade. That includes those critical last minute appointments that kids always seem to need!

The goal at Signature Pediatrics is to provide a true medical home, with ultimate accessibility and convenience while delivering the highest quality comprehensive, compassionate pediatric care. Parents find that their membership investment provides significant benefits in wellness and convenience for the entire family, and thus, peace of mind. Read More →

December 15, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Holiday savings at CEENTA

CSP Note: For its final blog of 2016, CEENTA wants to share with you a few ways you can use the money in your medical insurance’s Flexible Spending Account.

As 2016 winds down, you’re probably starting to come up with resolutions for the New Year. But one thing you should resolve to do before January 1 is spend any money you may still have if your health insurance includes a Flexible Spending Account. CEENTA is here to help you with that, with three great ways you can use your FSA dollars.women-purchasing-glasses-at-an-optical-shop

New glasses: Seeing your friends and family this holiday season should be easy. Also, getting a new pair of glasses and being able to see the world around you every day is a great way to start 2017 on the right foot. This month you can come to any of CEENTA’s 12 optical shops and get 25 percent off a new set of prescription glasses. And before you get new glasses, our eye doctors are available for exams to make sure your prescription is up to date and your eyes are healthy.

New hearing aids: There’s so much to hear during the holidays, and you don’t want to miss any of it. The holidays are also the perfect time to talk to your older relatives about getting hearing aids, since hearing loss can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life. A resolution to start the New Year with restored hearing is a great way for you and your loved ones to maintain your health and emotional happiness. Our physicians and audiologists will work to address your hearing loss and fit you with hearing aids that best suit your communication needs. This December, if you come to any of the 18 CEENTA offices that offer audiology services, you can get 10 percent off hearing aids. Read More →

December 2, 2016

Fitness Friday: Gift FLY. Get Credits for YOU!

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Flywheel Charlotte is offering a Gift Card Promotion: Give and receive! Purchase a 5-, 10-, or 20–class gift card now through 12/31 and you’ll get 1, 2, or 4 complimentary credits, respectively. Click here or see the front desk at our Charlotte studio to take advantage.

Buy now and spread FLY cheer – the PERFECT stocking stuffer gift!!

You can find Flywheel Charlotte at:

Flywheel Charlotte
2907 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
(980) 819-8501

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November 27, 2016

Smarty Alert: Flywheel Cyber Monday Deals

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Our Smarty friends at Flywheel Sports are hosting a Cyber Monday Sale! For the first time ever, they are offering a membership discount, so don’t miss out on these amazing FLY savings!

Starting at 5pm TODAY, you’ll get 10%, 15%, or 20% off a 5-, 10-, or 20-class pack, respectively. It’s also the perfect time to FLY unlimited: You’ll enjoy 25% off the first three months of membership. For more info and to purchase, click here. And act fast — these special offers end at 11:59pm on Monday, 11/28! Read More →

Smarty Alert: Carolina Barre & Core’s Teen Barre Blast is here!

Carolina Barre Teen Barre Blast

Ask and you shall receive. That’s just what we did with our besties at Carolina Barre & Core. We all live for the Barre Blast special during the holidays. Well our teens need it too. So we asked for a Smarty discount on teens, since they are students and are always out of ca$h:-) And CBC delivered!

Here’s the deal.

Begins: NOW
Ends: Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)
Cost: $100
What you get: 30 days of unlimited classes, prizes and giveaways! (and…a toned-up butt, jiggle-free thighs, sculpted arms, and defined abs! Same goes for Moms:-)
Register NOW: Click here to score this holiday deal!

Our goal is to FILL the daily 4:30pm classes with Smarty teens! My Plym teen will be there for sure, with bells on!


Carolina Barre & Core, Charlotte
2901 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: 980.207.1046 Email:
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Lafayette Village 8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27615
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November 22, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and Levine Children’s Hospital: Household safety for toddlers

We recently interviewed Dr. Corinne Watson, a pediatrician at Cotswold Pediatrics, to get her thoughts on household safety and toddlers. So many things around our homes can be dangerous to toddlers – this post is a great reminder on what to be aware of and what to do in the case of an emergency. This is one of those “life-saving posts” that’s a must-read for all of our Smarty readers. Big thanks to Dr. Watson and Levine Children’s Hospital!

Photo source: Good Housekeeping

Photo source: Good Housekeeping

What are some of the household items toddlers most often ingest?

– Household cleaners and other household, yard, and automobile chemicals
– Detergent “pods”
– Personal care products
– Lead can be found in certain cosmetics, painted toys and plumbing fixtures, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
– Art supplies, such as rubber cement, super glue and acrylic paints. Look for supplies approved by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) or Information Toxicology International Incorporated.
– Medications
– Alcohol Read More →

November 17, 2016

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Ways to talk to your parents about hearing loss

By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

The holiday season means spending time with our families. However, we may notice our parents and older relatives having a harder time hearing this year. Fayne Fischer, MA, FAAA, CCC-A of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. joins us this month to discuss the importance of healthy hearing and how to convince our relatives of the importance of hearing aids.

Is hearing loss common in older people?

About 20 percent of Americans, or 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. Once people reach the age of 60, that estimate changes to one in four. Over the age of 65 it’s one in three, and over 70 it’s one in two.older-parent-adult-daughter-talk

Why might people think they don’t need hearing aids even if they do? Is hearing loss gradual? Is it something other people would notice before the patient themselves would?

Many times those who feel they do not need hearing aids don’t think they have a hearing problem. Instead, they may complain that others mumble or do not speak clearly, for example. Hearing loss is often gradual over many years, so those with hearing loss don’t recognize the signs. However, others may notice the hearing-impaired person has the volume of the TV too loud or that they have lost the ability to hear soft background sounds such as a clock ticking, birds chirping or the turn signal in the car. Read More →

November 10, 2016

Smarty Alert: Register now for the rescheduled Hopebuilders 5k

One the best races in town, the Hopebuilders 5k, which benefits the Levine Children’s Hospital, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, BUT that means there’s still time to register and run. It’ll now take place on November 19 – same time (8 am) and same place (Carolinas Medical Center).hopebuilders-2016-save-the-date_website_revised-date2-330x220

Hopebuilders is the signature family fundraising event benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. 100% of net proceeds go to Levine Children’s Hospital, allowing the children and families in our region to receive the very best health care where they need it most — close to home. The course runs through gorg Myers Park – maybe we’ll get lucky with some of the last fall foliage. Pack up the kids and the strollers and meet us there! Here are deets! Read More →

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