Local runner-up at Tour of Atlanta

BUFORD - Kirk Corsello, a Gwinnett County firefighter and competitive athlete, placed second overall in May's Tour of Atlanta cycling event.

Corsello won second overall in the general classification division, finishing just seven seconds off the lead.

The 41-year-old said he owes much of his regimen to the fire department's "FireFit Living initiative, a department-wide health and wellness program.

"It's a way of life for me," said Corsello, who works out of Station No. 3 in Lilburn.

Corsello, who was sponsored by AXA Financial Advisors during the seven-stage race, placed first in the Climb Atlanta event in April. He is a three-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon finisher.

New aerobics, yoga studio to open

LILBURN - A leading voice in the fight against youth obesity is slated to open a dance and fitness studio for kids in early July.

Althea Lawton-Thompson, creator and director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital youth obesity fitness program in Baltimore, is scheduled to open AYM - aerobics, yoga and more - at 4051 Stone Mountain Highway in Lilburn on July 5.

Geared toward kids eight and older, adults and seniors, classes include jazz, hip hop, step and more. For adults, classes range from traditional aerobics and kick box to African dance and burlesque. Seniors, pregnant women and those with joint immobility can enjoy low impact and chair fitness classes. All age groups can participate in various levels of yoga and pilates.

The studio will host a "kidfit" camp July 7to 11, 14 to 18, 21to 25 and 28. Scheduled activities include games for the Nintendo Wii like Dance Dance Revolution, team drills and mind-body activities like yoga and pilates.

For more information, call 678-749-7777.

GMC opens brain and spine institute

LAWRENCEVILLE -The Brain and Spine Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center recently opened in a building adjacent to the facility.

Led by Dr. Michael A. Amaral and Dr. Michael Stechison, the facility was established to support the needs of both physicians and patients for neurosurgery in Gwinnett, officials said.

Open since May 1, the facility is temporarily located in suite 360 of the 575 Professional Building and will move to suite 350, its permanent space, by the end of summer.

For more information, call 678-312-2700.