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JOSEPH L.—1ST GRADE “Huntington has taught me to read and write better. They have helped me at school.” “Huntington Learning Center has made an incredible impact on our son, Joseph. Not only has his academic performance improved tremendously, but his eagerness and willingness to learn has greatly increased. The environment at Huntington is second to none, with a consistently demonstrated ability to positively reinforce while making learning fun for the students. I would recommend Huntington without reservation. It is truly an investment in your child’s future.”— future.”—Todd & Donna, parents of Joseph

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JORDAN P.—11TH GRADE “I really liked the teachers and their one on one approach to learning. I also liked that Huntington was flexible and worked around my schedule. They helped me raise my ACT score 5 points overall!”

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10 ENTERPRISING WOMEN Legacy of Preparation—Becky Gustafson Budd, CLTC and Grace K. Comeaux-Piro, Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana .............................. 18

HEALTH & FITNESS One More Reason to Lose Weight...................................7

Photo by Steve Randon

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Enterprising Woman of the Year 2011 Ballot

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Top Northshore Health Care and Fitness Facilities

Tooth Sensitivity From Post-Operative Work ..............8

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No More Excuses ................................................................ 10

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Skinny Does not Equal Fit ............................................... 11

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

The Bar Method Covington—Passion and Purpose Inspire Fitness Venture.................................... 13

Twitter Your Way to Skinny? ........................................... 23

New Beginnings in the Garden ..................................... 21

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Do I Need Hormones? ...................................................... 15

Book Review, A Horse by Any Other Name .............. 26

Skin Cancer Treatment Success..................................... 17

Go for the Good .................................................................. 28

Orthodontic Emergencies ............................................... 23

COMMUNITY

BEAUTY & STYLE

Save the Date ..........................................................................6

Moving Forward ................................................................. 32

New Year Resolutions Anyone? ..................................... 15

Yuletide Memories Contest Winner ................................7

Working in Tandem With the CBA................................ 32

Enviro-Chic: Fashion Editor’s Picks ............................... 24

Charter Hero............................................................................7

Powerful Progress .............................................................. 32

Shopping Sense .................................................................. 26

Around Town........................................................................ 27

New Year—New Ventures ............................................... 34

FINANCIAL

January Events Calendar ................................................. 31

Mandeville Starts New Year off With Savings .......... 34

New Year’s Resolutions ..................................................... 22

Enterprising Woman of the Year Ballot ...................... 31

Eight Business Leaders to Take Reins of Chamber ... 34

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THE 2011 ENTERPRISING WOMAN of the Year will be presented at Sophisticated

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse

Woman’s annual Hats Off Luncheon. Voting

Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell

is now open (see ballot on page 31). Mark your calendars for Friday, March 23, 2012 at Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington.

Editor Amy Bouton Art Director Cheryl Feltman Sohn

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All net proceeds from this event will benefit the

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Homeless Outreach for Youth in St. Tammany (HOYST).

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So, reserve this day, find that fabulous hat, and join us as

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Anna Ribbeck is a certified Louisiana Master Gardener with roots in Mandeville. Anna has been a contributing writer with Sophisticated Woman for more than a decade.

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A: If you needed yet another reason to jumpstart your New Year’s diet, let this be it. Yes, it is true that there is a definite link between obesity and many types of cancer. When most people hear the word “obesity” they think of increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension, yet they rarely think of cancer. Sadly, this is not oftentimes reported in the media or readily discussed. In my own practice, I have many well-educated patients and have found that many of them are completely unaware of the fact that certain types of cancer occur with increased frequency in obese people. Obesity also increases the likelihood of dying from cancer. Higher death rates from Zephiniah Rudolph Kaylyn Martin cancers of the esophagus, colon, rectum, Salmen High School Lakeshore High School liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney as well as Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple Hannah Manetta Laurel Upton myeloma have all been linked to obesity in Slidell High School Fontainebleau High School both men and women. Women in particular are at increased risk of death from cancers Mary-Brent Brown Arden Wells of the breast, uterus, cervix and ovary while Colors represented on this proof are an approximation of actual printed material. Saint Scholastica Academy Fontainebleau High School men are also at increased risk of death from This ad may not be used without permission from G&A Publishing. Failure to acknowledge or return this proof will not alter contract obligations. stomach, thyroid and prostate cancer.

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Based upon these associations, and the obesity epidemic, some studies have even shown that obesity has been estimated to play a major role in 20 percent of all cancers. These numbers are indeed staggering. So when you make your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you are also resolving to become healthier with that weight loss. It is a great way to begin the New Year!

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Nominate the outstanding high school student you feel makes an impact—Helpfully and Eagerly Reaching Out—in your life. Nominations should be submitted to SophisticatedWoman.com or mailed to 409 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433. For full rules and selection criteria, visit SophisticatedWoman.com.

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THOUGH EACH HAS TRAVELED A DIFFERENT PATH, ultimately, both Becky Gustafson Budd and Grace Comeaux-Piro, financial representatives of Northwestern Mutual in Covington, reached the same destination. Both bring to their clients extensive training, distinctive backgrounds, and the unparalleled reputation of Northwestern Mutual, founded in 1857. “Our company has unsurpassed financial ratings from all four rating services: Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and A.M. Best,” Becky notes. “In this economy, our strong financial ratings are a magnet for clients who appreciate safety and stability.” Starting her career as an intern representative, Becky realized Northwestern Mutual’s longevity and culture was a testament to the depth and quality of the company. “From the very onset, the interview process to secure an internship was quite intense,” she notes. “I soon learned that they were looking for more than just a great communicator, they were committed to setting people up for success. Fully trained and surrounded by a team of experts, I had the tools, knowledge and ability to discuss people’s financial security and help them better understand their situations.” Through her career with Northwestern Mutual, Becky has grown from educating and motivating her clients towards their financial goals to leading Northwestern Mutual interns and representatives to do the same.

Grace came to Northwestern Mutual with a background from her family’s business—American Factory Direct Furniture—where she learned from her parents everything she now knows about career, family and achieving balance in life. With her past career, growing and operating a successful, thriving business, were skills that have proven very useful in her new journey. “This personal experience is what allows me to connect to business owners and show them creative planning tools to achieve their goals.” She also jokes that she began keeping a profit and loss log at the tender age of eight when she first garnered a wage for helping out with the laundry. “I was actually introduced to Northwestern Mutual when I contacted them to do work for our family’s business,” she notes. “They were so thorough, professional and knowledgeable. I was quickly intrigued when representative, Warren Berault, hinted that this would be something I could do quite well. Once the door was opened, I realized I could make a successful career of this.” Risk management, wealth accumulation, wealth preservation and distribution, estate planning and investment strategies are areas Becky, Grace and their colleagues immerse themselves in every day. They continually educate clients on why these areas need regular tending. “I had one client who knew only that he had a checking account where his paychecks ended up,” Becky says. “After thorough

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goal planning, a personal needs analysis and suitable plan implementation he is now hoping to retire at age 50.” “I initially became interested in education planning when my daughter was born,” says Grace, “but I didn’t realize the extreme impact of starting early until I began my career with Northwestern Mutual.” The power of saving early not only allows a person to drastically set aside less per year, but you are able to accomplish the same education goal for your child by saving less money throughout the accumulation stage. Grace simply explains, “When you analyze the need to save for a portion of four years worth of college expenses, $7,000 per year, you will need approximately $28,000 saved. Using a conservative five percent rate of return, starting at a child’s age of one in a tax favorable environment you will only need to set aside $728 per year. However, waiting to meet this same goal at a child’s age of eight will create a need to save $1,738 per year. With rising education costs parents need to start planning early in order to meet the demand of higher education tuition.” “Financial security is the confidence that comes from taking actions today to provide for tomorrow,” notes Becky. Many individuals acknowledge the importance of saving for future goals, but often don’t realize the importance of protecting that ability. The impact of inaccurate risk management planning is often underestimated. Becky explains “We visit with clients and ask the courageous questions like ‘How important is it to make sure your retirement and children’s education are funded if you passed away, became disabled or

were diagnosed with a chronic illness?’ We work with people create their definition of financial security by helping them to realize their vision for the future while also insuring their dreams in the event of the unexpected.” Individuals, families and small business owners who are ready to create plans to reach future goals, and who wish to securely pass their assets on to the next generation, will gain insight, knowledge and empowerment with the help of a financial representative.” It’s a process that should be disciplined—yet personalized and flexible to adapt to change over time,” says Becky. “We are truly in the business of building long lasting relationships. Our financial representatives discover what their potential clients’ needs and true desires are.” says Christy Guidry, the Regional Director of recruiting for Northwestern Mutual. “A career with us has many benefits. You are an entrepreneur with a flexible schedule and the opportunity to have personal financial success. You are also in a position to help others achieve their financial goals. ‘Enriching Lives, Fulfilling Dreams and Securing Futures’ is not only our mission statement; this is what we do for our clients and their families. Our goal in 2012 is to hire six high caliber individuals on the North Shore who live out our core values of Growth, Integrity, Professionalism and Passion.” For Becky and Grace, their career rewards are many. From helping people map out their dreams, helping to formulate a plan to achieve them, placing safeguards in place to protect them, and finally, watching those dreams come to fruition; they literally watch as people’s lives unfold. And, as they work together they have come to appreciate one another. “Working with Grace, I have the benefit of having a committed and driven colleague to share and obtain ideas from. It is truly amazing when you can watch someone become better at doing something they love, and because of their efforts, create a life she wants for herself and her family,” Becky notes. “It is nice having a female friend like Becky for support and to overcome the obstacles we experience, as well as challenging each other to the next big goal. Becky and I are a great combination for a growing office with her experience and knowledge with Northwestern Mutual and my experience in growing a company,” Grace notes. “Two things happen when you put a plan in place,” Becky says. “You become excited about what you have, and you obtain more because you have a goal associated with it.” Becky Gustafson Budd and Grace Comeaux-Piro are financial representatives of Northwestern Mutual, which is a marketing name for the sales and distribution arm of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Northwestern Mutual)(NM), Milwaukee, WI, its affiliates and subsidiaries, including Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), member FINRA and SIPC. NM is not a broker dealer. Becky can be reached at 985-2906745 or becky.gustafson@nmfn.com. Grace can be reached at 985-237-4024 or grace.piro@nmfn.com. For more information on becoming a representative with Northwestern Mutual, contact Christy Guidry at 985-373-8311.

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January 6 Krewe of Omega 12th Night Celebration. 7 p.m., Michebelle Pavillion, 1106 South Holly, Hammond, 985-345-3422 or 985-345-7467.

January 7–28 Paper & Stone: Works by Ed Whiteman and Michael Eddy. Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 7, 6–9 p.m., Regular Hours Tue. –Fri. 10–4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, info@sttammanyartassociation.org.

January 10 Madisonville Art Market. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., along Water Street in Madisonville, 985-624-7216.

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January 13 Fine Wines for Canines to benefit the St. Tammany Humane Society. 7–10 p.m., Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 Chestnut St., Covington, 985-809-7669.

January 13 Tchefuncte River Foundation 2nd Annual Fundraiser. 7–11 p.m., Champagne Beverage Co., 1 Bud Place Madisonville, 985-373-6442, www.ilovemyriver.com.

January 13 Northlake Newcomers Luncheon. 10 a.m., Vintage Court, 75082 Hwy. 25, Covington, reservations required, 985- 845-0013 or infonewcomers@aol.com.

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WRITTEN BY PAT BRISTER, ST. TAMMANY PARISH PRESIDENT

AS WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR, I want to thank the people of St. Tammany Parish for demonstrating their confidence in me. I look forward to serving you as Parish President. One of my goals is to continue to build on the transparent nature of our government and provide citizens with as much information as possible. In this spirit, visit the Parish Government website, www.stpgov.org. We have added some features to allow better communication between government and the public, including an “Ask Pat” button on the home page. You can email me directly, and I will answer you. Each week, I will post one of the questions received as a “question of the week” on the

website, along with the answer. One of my most important missions as Parish President will be to continue to promote the economic development of our parish. Given the current economic condition in much of our country, we need to keep quality jobs available in St. Tammany, and fill them with well qualified, local citizens. Every citizen who desires to work in St. Tammany should have the opportunity to do so. As we move forward together into an exciting new era for St. Tammany, please join me in maintaining and building your government. St. Tammany Parish—government that Works.



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WRITTEN BY MIKE COOPER, MAYOR OF COVINGTON

BECAUSE BUSINESS development is a crucial building block to sustain and enhance our community, my office has taken an active role in Economic Development initiatives. We are the first stop for both business retention and attraction. The Covington Business Association (CBA)—led by President Cliff Bergeron and board members Michelle Stegall, Tom Dicerbo, Elizabeth Williams, Marie Humphries, David Barfield, Nancy Ross and Suzanne King—is a significant partner in our business retention efforts. The CBA represents the interests of any downtown business that chooses to participate, and they allow businesses to band together—essentially making them stronger—to promote themselves. They encourage local shopping and dining and raise awareness of the many entertainment options that abound. The CBA works closely with the City of Covington Office of Cultural Arts and Events to involve businesses

in city events. They will soon host their own inaugural food and wine event, “A Taste of Covington.”   This four-day affair, beginning in late March, will include a four-course dinner with wine pairings at various Covington restaurants, a cooking demonstration and wine tasting, an artist market and merchant stroll, and a jazz brunch. I encourage local business owners to become involved with this and other CBA initiatives, as they help promote a positive economic climate in our community. I’m proud to say that downtown Covington will soon see further revitalization, pending the restoration of the old Southern Hotel on Boston Street. Covington lawyer Lisa Condrey recently purchased the historic landmark and is working on plans to revitalize it. This project will certainly boost tourism and business in our community, as well give our city a centerpiece of which to be proud.



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WRITTEN BY LIZ ANDERSON PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

THE NEW YEAR IS a time of resolution and renewal. As both individuals and business owners, we should make it our mission this month to contemplate our future growth and review our past challenges. A Chamber of Commerce is, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), “an organization of businesses seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, state or nation.” This is the mission of our Chamber, and as we reflect, the question now is how we can accomplish this goal in a manner superior to previous years. I believe it is through organizational growth and personal

involvement. Ponchatoula is a network of businesses, families, schools, churches and neighborhood communities that must come together as a unified body to build on our investment. Both Ponchatoula’s and the Chamber’s past growth have largely been based on word-of-mouth promotion. Resolve to take one or two steps outside of last year’s comfort zone and share in your own personal style, our common ambition to grow the Chamber of Commerce in both membership and involvement, and by association—Ponchatoula. There is power in the thoughts and actions of an individual as well as power in numbers. Let 2012 be the year of powerful progress.



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New Year—New Ventures

WRITTEN BY FREDDY DRENNAN, MAYOR OF SLIDELL

AS EVERYONE IS PLANNING for a prosperous 2012, I would like to take a few moments to share with you several exciting new developments coming up in the New Year. We will soon break ground on the Summit Fremaux shopping development. I have met with Mr. Bayer on many occasions over these past few months and he reports that several major retailers have agreed to lease space in the shopping complex. This is exciting news for the City of Slidell. You may have seen the signs at the mall about the upcoming renovations at Northshore Square. The owners have told me that they are planning a $16

million upgrade to the shopping center, with the addition of more stores and restaurants. If you’ve seen the renovations to the mall in Hammond, then you have a good idea of what the future holds for Slidell. I can tell you by the number of ribbon cuttings I’ve been to over the past year that the City of Slidell is blessed to have many new businesses coming to our city. I look forward to attending many more. Construction of the Slidell Municipal Auditorium is nearing completion. All I can say is that I cannot wait until our citizens can finally enjoy this beautiful, stateof-the-art facility.



Mandeville Starts New Year off With Savings

WRITTEN BY DONALD VILLERE, MAYOR OF MANDEVILLE

WE HAVE ACHIEVED A milestone in the City of Mandeville with regards to FEMA and our flood insurance premiums. In this historic breakthrough, FEMA has agreed to allow the City of Mandeville to utilize their own community based flood map, apart from the parish, which will reflect lower base flood elevations resulting in significant savings and reduced flood insurance premiums for citizens residing within our city limits. The new flood maps will become effective on May 16, 2012. The city will hold open house style meetings to inform citizens on what they need to know about obtaining new flood zone elevations and the requirements needed for possible premium changes. All meetings are from 7p.m. to 9p.m. and are as follows: January 11 (Council District 3 citizens) and February 1 (Council District 2

citizens) at the Treen Center. January 2 (Council District 1 citizens), Pontchartrain Elementary School gymnasium. While these meetings may be directed to particular districts, the basic information is the same and any questions will be answered. If you cannot attend on the designated night for your district, feel free to come to one of the other scheduled times. Check our website, www.cityofmandeville.com and click the “New Flood Maps” icon, for information including, a list of local surveyors available for new elevation certificates, and the tool to find your current elevation and proposed new elevation, as well as links to other flood hazard prevention websites. If you need further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me at my office, 985-626-1082, or Chris Brown, the City’s Flood Plain Administrator at 985-624-3104.



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WRITTEN BY LACEY TOLEDANO, WEST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP is extremely important to the vitality and growth of any volunteer organization. Our chamber is fortunate to have a Board of Directors and Executive Committee comprised of individuals who understand our purpose and mission. Together, they work to promote business in the community, provide programs and activities that benefit our 1,100 plus members, and strengthen the business climate of St. Tammany Parish. The 2012 Executive Committee has been recently elected. They bring combined years of experience in previous chairman or active committee member roles in membership development, finance and funding, public policy issues and communications. Our 2012 board chairman will be Kieran Weldon of Fauntleroy Latham Weldon Barre Architects. The

Executive Committee will also include: Amy Edwards, of Capital One, Chair-Elect; Larry Manshel, of ITC Printing and Promotions, Treasurer; John Donahue, Donahue Favret Contractors, Inc., Vice Chairman of Business Support; Melissa Hodgson, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Vice Chairman of Communications; Tom Sheldon with Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, Vice Chairman of Membership; and Reid Falconer of St. Tammany Parish Council, Vice Chairman of Governmental Affairs. Lisa Blossman of New Orleans CityBusiness and Northshore Report will remain on the Executive Committee as immediate Past-Chairman. On behalf of our membership, we thank these leaders for their commitment to serve as our Chamber plans to take on new programs designed to better serve the needs of our membership in 2012.



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Dr. Burkenstock is board-certified in internal medicine. She has an extensive interest in skin and age-management medicine and has completed training with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She has studied alternative and nutritional medicine nationally and abroad. Dr. Burkenstock has been tremendously successful in treating thyroid disorders, diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome X. An authority on diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid disorders and women’s health, she is a speaker for Lakeview and Lakeside hospitals as well as Abbott, Kos, Reliant, Bristol Meyers and Novartis pharmaceutical corporations.

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