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northside women { 14 } THE INTERVIEW WomenHeart of North Fulton: Facts about women and heart disease { 16 } WOMEN IN ART Sally Evans, watercolor artist, featured in Johns Creek art show

the cover

Milton blogger Victoria Slocum recently joined us for a cover shoot in the produce section of Harry’s Whole Foods Market in Alpharetta. Slocum shares her passion for cooking with clean, natural food through her award-winning blog, Green Plate Rule. By offering nutrition information, shopping tips and easy to make recipes, she hopes to make it easier for fellow moms to choose healthy food for their families. More on page 22.

{ 22 } UNSUNG ‘SHE’RO Victoria Slocum’s Green Plate Rule blog encourages healthy eating

{ 18 } TAKE FIVE Fashion Trends for 2013

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{ 24 } HER HEALTH Health food: beyond nuts and berries

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GOOD EATS New Canton Street treat shop, Sweet! Roswell

{ 26 } HER STYLE The Bare Essentials

{ 10 } WINTER GETAWAY Cataloochee Ski Area

{ 28 } SHE BLOGS A new way to say ‘I Love You’

{ 12 } SHE READS The Danbury Park Book Club

{ 30 } WOMEN'S BEST FRIEND Pet of the month: Ezra, a Corgi/terrier mix

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It’s a sweet life for new candy shop owner Sweet! Roswell fills niche on historic Canton Street By CANDY WAYLOCK


nside Sweet! Roswell lies a kid’s paradise where wallto-wall candy displays and buckets of ice cream tempt the visitor with the extreme sweet tooth. The newest addition to the heart of downtown Roswell’s shopping district is just a few steps from the rows of restaurants and retail establishments that beckon shoppers each day. Karen Braddy opened Sweet! last October, fulfilling a dream she had to own her own business on Canton Street… and filling a niche on the street as well. “The candy shop concept came about because I was trying to think of something that I could add to Canton Street that wasn’t already there,” said Braddy, who lives in Roswell. “We have fabulous restaurants and galleries and a great location for walking traffic. All we were missing was ice cream and candy to offer our visitors.” The ice cream counter features flavors locally made at Greenwoods of Atlanta, and the rows of Jelly Bellys, sour candies and current favorites vie for space with nostalgic sweets from years gone by. Coffee drinks and pastries offer a choice for customers looking for an alternative to candy. Braddy lives just a mile away from her shop, and with her son attending nearby Roswell North Elementary, she loves being a part of both the shopping scene and the school community. “I love downtown Roswell, and I particularly enjoy knowing that I am having a positive impact on the community I live in,” said Braddy, who is active in the school’s PTA and as a volunteer. “I wanted to own a

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business that still allowed me to be involved in my son’s school.” Sweet! Roswell is Braddy’s first retail venture, but she spent more than two decades developing and launching new businesses during a corporate career that ended in June with an early retirement. Her dream of owning her own business was always in the back of her mind; and was pushed to the forefront with her retirement. “Upon learning that I would be changing my life’s course, many thoughts went through my mind about what I would do,” she said. “I was a little unnerved to think about the next phase. But something kept telling me that if I didn’t take a risk, I would never be able to [reach my goal] of my own business.” Just days after she retired, she woke up with the vision for a candy shop clearly in mind. Over the course of a weekend ,she decided on a name, registered the name with the state, secured it online for a website, Facebook, Twitter and so on, wrote a business plan and a five-year investment strategy and created the “look” for Sweet! Roswell. Next, she found and purchased the suite in the

Canton Oaks Condominiums, hired a builder to finish out the shop in a historic old town feeling and hung out the shingle. “I was open for business on my birthday – just threeand-a-half months after my ‘retirement,’” she laughed. Braddy understands the challenges of owning a retail store in a slowly recovering economy, and faces it realistically. “[I’m focusing on] making it through the winter slow months, planning for the spring rush and socking away enough to make it through next winter,” said Braddy. “I think by then economic issues will have settled down, the current president will be settled in and many of the issues our economy and small business face will settle down or at least have answers.” But every day brings the realization she is living out her dream, and leaving a legacy for her young son. “The way I look at it is I’m building a new life and a new retirement reality,” said Braddy. “And I’m building memories for all of the kids and families in and around Roswell, to carry with them through the years. We all have great memories of the corner store or the candy shop in our home towns. Sweet! Roswell will be the fond nostalgic memory for our Roswell community.” ■ Clockwise from top left: Owner Karen Braddy, right, and assistant Kathleen McQuaid. Bulk bins of candy line the wall. Gina Kellis of Alpharetta and son, Devon, 2, stop by for ice cream after school. Left: Nostalgic candies are specialties of the shop.

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is childhood friend, Hans Appen, describes him as a “southern gentleman” and we agree. James Dantzler, 28, is an ideal Northside Man. As a North Fulton native and a Chattahoochee High School and University of Georgia alumni, Dantzler is the definition of a southern gent. He is an active member of UGA’s business school’s Young Alumni Board, and a current employee for Holman and Company Insurance. 1.

Favorite spot for happy hour: Anywhere with a patio and specials.

2. One word describe yourself: Unselfish. 3.

Favorite thing about North Fulton: It's less than an hour to Lake Lanier and less than an hour to downtown Atlanta.

4. If you could be a celebrity for a day, who would it be and why? Josh Holloway. He's from Georgia and he played an awesome character on “Lost.” 5.

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One thing you would never be caught dead in, clothing-wise: Jean shorts...those are for Gator fans.

james dantzler 6. Favorite place for dinner: Sugo off Medlock Bridge. 7. Quote you live by: It's something my grandparents always say: “Remember Who You Are.” 8. First thing you notice about a girl: Confidence. You can tell if they have it in the first 15 seconds of meeting them. 9. Ideal Saturday in the Spring: Doing something outside. Whether it's being at a park, a Braves game, or the lake, I just want to be outside. 10. Valentine's Day plans? TBD...still working on it. ■

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winter getaway

Western Carolina resort located just hours away By CANDY WAYLOCK


Cataloochee has been in operation for about 50 years and advertises 16 slopes ranging from green to black, with four chair lifts.

Photos, from top of page to bottom: Cataloochee at night. A lone snowboarder on a black diamond (advanced) run. The top of a blue square (intermediate) run. The snow machines at Cataloochee.


The bottom line is Cataloochee is the ideal spot for the new or inexperienced skier. The runs are relatively short, wide and forgiving so I had no problem letting the kids ski out of my sight toward the end of the first day. While I didn’t trust my legs and stuck to the blue runs, my husband took several runs on the black slopes and deemed them challenging. For the experienced skier, it’s all about managing expectations. Cataloochee does not compare itself to the top-tier ski slopes, focusing instead on a friendly atmosphere, beautiful views and adequate slopes. In that regard, it completely lives up to its reputation as a great family getaway. While we are planning a trip to Colorado next winter, we are ready to go back to Cataloochee at least one more time this season before it closes up in March. For more information on Cataloochee Ski Area, visit ■


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’m a Southern transplant – by way of Colorado and Montana – so the idea of Southern ski slopes has held little allure. Until now. Faced with an unusually long school break and the prospect of three bored kids, my husband and I decided a quick ski trip was the ticket to our sanity. We knew of the triumvirate of “Beech, Sugar and Wolf” ski resorts in North Carolina, but with only two days to spare, we looked for something a bit closer to home. We found it at Cataloochee Ski Area in Western North Carolina, which was literally three hours, door to slope, from our Alpharetta home to its Maggie Valley location. Even better was the package deal of “Drive, Slide and Stay,” which included two nights’ lodging, lift tickets, equipment rental and even help with gas. You can choose from several local lodging partners with rates starting at about $135 per person at a no-frills hotel and go up to $290 per person at the Cataloochee Ranch – the only accommodations adjacent to the ski area. We picked a three-bedroom condo at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort ($190 per person) which was a quick 10-15 minute drive from Cataloochee, and provided the perfect après ski comfort. Arriving on a Wednesday night, I was a bit dismayed to see heavy fog had settled on the mountain, so my first view of the ski resort was about the length of my arm. I was even more concerned when a worker mentioned fog was normal at that elevation (about one mile up) and I started missing my Colorado slopes even more. But the next day was bright, and despite the still lingering fog, revealed a very nice ski area with slopes geared to the beginning or novice skier. Equipment rental and tickets were a breeze, staff was extremely helpful and we took advantage of the free ski lessons to get the kids acclimated to the slopes. Although my husband and I are experienced skiers, my three kids (16, 13 and 11) had never been on skis. But after about an hour in the group lessons, we were ready for the hills. The “green slope” was a quick lift line up to the top, and off we went. Unloading off the lifts is interesting, and the short descent, followed by a quick turn proved to be a challenge for new skiers (including the Waylock kids).

It became a comedy routine to watch the pile of skiers at the bottom of the off ramp – and the green lift line stops routinely to untangle the pile of skis, poles and people. Cataloochee has been in operation for about 50 years and advertises 16 slopes ranging from green to black, with four chair lifts. The snow is man-made, blown at night and into the morning, and I found it as similar to real snow as I’ve seen for “fake.” The colder temperatures on our second day kept the snow more powdery, but the best skiing was definitely in the morning hours when it was fresh. I’m an old-school skier, so the addition of snowboarders on the slopes is a begrudging change. While most boarders are respectable, I wish the slopes could be divided between skiers and snow boarders (an impossible wish!). The boards scrape so much snow off the hill, that by mid afternoon, some areas were impassable as the snow had been scraped clean off the bumps, revealing an icy under belly.


Cataloochee: ideal for the beginning skier

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The Danbury Park Book Club. Front, from left: Cassondra Hepburn, Beth Walter, Kristine Buchanan, Kristi Daniel and Tara Teverbaugh. Rear, from left: Jane Ames, Nancy Daniels, Ellen Farrell, Susan Bloom, Jennifer Davis and Ashlee Dunbar.

A conversation with the Danbury Park Book Club



he ladies of Danbury Park in Milton could never really get into Bunco. They tried, but it fizzled out. Still wanting a group social activity, they organized a book club instead, which is still going strong seven years later. A dozen or so Danbury Park neighbors and book lovers gathered recently in the home of Cassondra Hepburn to think back on some of their favorite reads through the years. Joining in the conversation were Jane Ames, Jennifer Davis, Ashlee Dunbar, Tara Teverbaugh, Beth Walter, Kristine Buchanan, Kristi Daniel, Ellen Farrell, Nancy Daniels and Susan Bloom. SHE READS: What are some ways you keep book club fresh and interesting after seven years together? CASSONDRA: Sometimes, we will read a book that has been made into a movie and then rent the film to watch together. It’s fun to compare the two. Some examples would be “My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Namesake” and “Little Women.” Of course, the books are always better than the movies. JENNIFER: We split into two teams once to play a book-related Jeopardy game that someone made in PowerPoint. We got very competitive with that one. We’ve also held book club by the pool on summer evenings. SHE READS: What type of book does your group favor? JANE: We don’t just read chick books. We try to keep a good mix of history, mysteries, biographies and so on. And we don’t always like the same books. We were about half and half on “Eat, Pray, Love.” People either loved it or hated it. Same with the “Twilight” series. Some of us just didn’t get into it at all. TARA: But sometimes a book that you would never have picked yourself can be really compelling. Like “Little Bee.” The story is awful, about a girl who witnesses her sister’s murder and these two vacationers who are dragged into the situation. But I couldn’t put it down. JENNIFER: “Little Bee” is one of those books where you put yourself in the character’s position and wonder what you would have done in the same circumstances. It was fascinating. SHE READS: What are some books that really caused you to step outside of your box? NANCY: Would you consider “50 Shades of Grey” out of the box? (Loud laughter from the group) CASSONDRA: Just to clarify, that was NOT an official book club book. We didn’t read that one together. NANCY: Yeah, but half of the neighborhood dressed up as “50 Shades of Grey” for Halloween, so SOMEBODY read it.

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SHE READS: How in the world did you dress up as “50 Shades of Grey?” CASSONDRA: Oh, it was easy! We just covered ourselves with gray paint chip cards from Sherwin Williams. ASHLEE: As far as out-of-the-box reads, I really liked “Lost in Shangri-La” about a plane that crashed down in World War II and only three people survived. They had to wander through the jungle and came across a tribe of natives who had never seen a white man or woman before. CASSONDRA: Yes, and it was a true story, which made it even better. I recommended that one to my brother and all of the guys I know who read. Everybody who reads it loves it. SHE READS: Have you had any book club bombs? JANE: Oh, yes. My mother is in a group in North Carolina called the “Literary Winos.” They suggested “Galileo’s Daughter,” so I recommended it to our group without reading it first. Big mistake! It was terrible. We used that book as a gag gift for years after that.

The ladies of Danbury Park recommend the following books to fellow readers: Room: A Novel By Emma Donoghue

To 5-year-old Jack, Room is the world. It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep, play and learn. But to Ma, it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. With Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Room is a shocking, riveting tale of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances and of the diamondhard bond between a mother and her child. Little Bee: A Novel By Chris Cleave

Two well-off British journalists try to use a free holiday to repair their strained marriage, but make a dangerous error when they leave the safety of their resort and wind up witnessing a horrific act of violence on a Nigerian beach. As a result, a 16-year-old orphan who calls herself Little Bee enters their sheltered world. One reviewer calls “Little Bee” a book that should make you think about the world and your place in it, and about what we owe to one another as human beings on this increasingly small, spinning globe.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II By Mitchell Zuckoff On May 13, 1945, a sightseeing plane crashed over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea and home to spearcarrying tribesmen rumored to be cannibals. Miraculously, three passengers survived. Caught between headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded trio endured a hike down the mountainside, straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never seen a white man — or woman. A brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors and a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction By David Sheff Author David Sheff looks for what went wrong as he details his son Nic's addition to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, a varsity athlete and an honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole and lived on the streets. “Beautiful Boy” is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help. ■

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Heart to Heart WomenHeart of North Fulton educates local women about the risks of heart disease By KATIE VanBRACKLE



uring February, the month of Valentine’s Day, hearts get a lot of attention. Yet how much do we, as women, really know about one of the most important organs in our bodies? Would we know if our heart was not functioning properly? Would we recognize the signs of a heart attack? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in four female deaths each year is due to heart disease, making it the No. 1 killer of American women. Most of us faithfully perform self-exams at home to look for lumps in our breasts, but how often do we get our cholesterol checked? If you are over 40, you probably have annual mammograms, but have you ever had an electrocardiogram (EKG) test to check for problems in your heart? If your answer is “no,” you are not alone. Only one in five women believe heart disease is their greatest health threat, and many women are not aware of female heart attack symptoms, said Nicki Herman of WomenHeart of North Fulton, a support group for women who either already have or are at risk of developing heart disease. WomenHeart of North Fulton is part of a national coalition founded in 1999 by three women who all had heart attacks while in their 40s and were amazed at how little information or services were available for women with heart disease. Today, there are 100 WomenHeart patient support groups in 38 states, and 600 female heart disease survivors have been trained as community educators through the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Two of those newly trained community educators, Nicki Herman and Rebecca Ferrante, both of Roswell, are committed to helping women on Atlanta’s Northside become heart-savvy. They regularly distribute information at health fairs and host monthly WomenHeart meetings at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell. Both women have had personal experience with heart disease. Herman suffers from high cholesterol, even though she is in great shape and works as a certified health and weight-loss coach. Ferrante was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 37 and had a valve replaced two years ago. In 2007, Ferrante also battled stage 1 breast cancer and saw firsthand the wealth of information and support available to breast cancer patients compared to the relative

WomenHeart volunteers Marsha Hildebrand, Rebecca Ferrante and Nicki Herman shared heart-healthy information with women at an Alpharetta health fair in 2012.

lack of resources available for heart disease patients. This disparity surprised her. “After all,” Ferrante said, “we can live without our breasts, but we can’t live without our hearts. “When you have heart disease, the doctors take care of the medical issues, then send you home,” she said. “You are left on your own to figure out how to live with the disease and that can be very frightening for many women who constantly worry about when their next heart attack will come. I speak to many heart disease patients at health fairs and you can see the fear in their eyes.” Ferrante also points out the general lack of awareness among women about heart disease. “So many women still think of heart disease as a man’s health issue and therefore don’t take it as seriously as they should,” she said. “It’s a silent killer,” she continued. “Millions of women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease and many of them don’t even know it.” Although women may experience heart attack symptoms typical of men (crushing chest pain, pain in the left arm), they can experience a wide range of less recognized symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, unusual fatigue and pain in the back, shoulders and jaw. To make things even more confusing, the CDC

It’s a silent killer. Millions of women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease and many of them don’t even know it.

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reports that almost two-thirds (64 percent) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms at all. The good news is that many important risk factors for heart disease can be modified such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, smoking, being overweight or physically inactive. “This is why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about heart disease and ask for tests and screenings to determine and/or monitor your risk factors,” said Herman. “What you do now could literally save your life down the road.” WomenHeart’s website,, offers a wealth of information for women diagnosed with or concerned about heart disease, from medical advice and lists of questions to ask your doctor to inspirational survivor stories and heart-healthy recipes. Online forums accessed through the website connect women with others who have similar heart conditions, allowing them to chat about their treatments and share personal journeys. “It’s comforting for women to find others who share their situation so they can talk about their questions and concerns,” said Ferrante. It’s all about reaching out…heart to heart. ■

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► ► Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in Classroom C of North Fulton Hospital, 3000 Hospital Boulevard, Roswell. ► For more information, contact Nicki Herman,

Do you know your numbers?

WomenHeart recommends the following heart-healthy guidelines: Total cholesterol: should be less than 200 mg/dL HDL “good” cholesterol: should be 50 mg/dL or higher LDL “bad” cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dL is optimal, 190 or above is considered very high

Triglycerides: should be less than 150 mg/dL Blood pressure: should be less than 120/80 mmHg Fasting glucose: should be less than 100 mg/dL Body mass index (BMI): should be less than 25 Waist circumference: should be less than 35 inches


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women in art

Wild about watercolors

Sally Evans featured at Johns Creek art show By KATIE VanBRACKLE


rt enthusiasts are in for a treat during the month of February when the Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS) presents their Signature Member’s Exhibition for the second year in a row at the Johns Creek Arts Center. All of the presenting artists have already won previous juried art shows, so the level of talent on display is sure to be outstanding. Included in the exhibition is work by Alpharetta artist Sally Evans, a former president of the GWS, who brings a love of bold color and an eye for the abstract to her canvases. Evans hopped across the pond in 1997, moving from her native England to settle in Alpharetta due to her husband’s job transfer. She had visited the States before, but still had to adjust to a new culture as well as a much hotter and more humid climate. With no work permit of her own, Evans filled her days with her passion: art. As a student in London, Evans designed knitwear, majoring in textile design and fine art. During the last month of her studies, a drawing class required her to paint for the first time. “I was terrified to pick up a brush,” she admitted, “but once I did, I was hooked and that was the end of textiles.” Evans worked with acrylics in England, but upon moving to Georgia, she transitioned to watercolor. “I love the vibrancy of watercolor and the fact that it has a life of its own, taking absolutely no notice of your ideas or direction,” she said. Evans explored the medium during weekly watercolor lessons offered at Roswell’s Dick Blick art store, where instructor Coe Steinwart favored the use of brilliant colors and a “loosey goosey” style of brushwork. Evans’ fascination with color and shapes is reflected in both realistic and abstract paintings. Calling herself a “digital plein air” artist, she always travels with a digital camera, capturing any images that inspire her. Sometimes years will pass before she is seized with the impulse to use certain photos as the basis for a painting. Photographs of New York office buildings resulted in a series of paintings, some depicting realistic viewpoints and others reduced to the bare bones then splashed with color. Though watercolor painting can be a quick process, Evans took about six to eight weeks to complete some of the pieces. “You have to do a bit, then look at it for a while, then do a bit more. Abstracts can take a bit more time,” she explained. Evans enjoyed the watercolor series of New York paintings so much she went on to produce more in acrylic on canvas.

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Above: “Pink Pleading” (acrylic on canvas) Left, clockwise from top: Sally Evans held her first solo art show at ArtStation in Stone Mountain last March. “NYB II” (gouache) was inspired by photographs of New York office buildings. “Cornwall II” reminds Evans of childhood vacations to England’s coast. (Giclee print) Christmas cards featuring “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” and the other 12 Days of Christmas are sold on Evans’ website. “The Last Bend” is part of Evans’ athletes in motion series. (Giclee print)

“Acrylics are much more forgiving,” she said. “Acrylics allow you to change your mind whereas watercolors force you to plan and commit.” Evans is currently developing a series of paintings of athletes in motion such as racing cyclists. She adds just enough information to give the feeling of movement and leaves the rest as white space to give an abstract impression. Becoming part of Georgia’s art community has been a pleasure for Evans who hosts booths at many annual art shows, including Roswell’s Art in the Park and Marietta’s Art in the Square. She paints regularly with a group of artists, all of whom paint in different media, which she says gives her a different viewpoint and a great forum for the exchange of ideas. ■

More information

► Evans’ work can be viewed at ► To be inspired by the talent of Evans and other watercolor artists, attend one or both of the following art shows this spring:

Georgia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibition: Johns Creek Jan. 26 – March 2 | Johns Creek Arts Center 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek | Free admission

Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition: Blue Ridge

April 6 – May 17 | Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and the Art Center 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, Ga.

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a si d s & t e w ips for o men




all back and spring forward! While the winter woes are out like a lamb, it’s time to unpack those decades of dudes and dress to the nines – like it’s the 1960s, or even the 1980s. This season is about reminiscing and reliving the classic styles that will never (and have yet) to fade.


1. Volume! Remember those shoulder

pads you always hated? Well guess what…they’re back and better (and bigger) than ever! This spring is all about volume, volume, volume! The extra oomph at the shoulder, the exaggerated peplum, the widelegged pant, the flowy tops and dress, the statement necklace – the opportunities are endless!

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2. Stripes Stripes, polka dot stripes,

vertical and horizontal – whichever way they line up – work it! Mixing and matching stripes this season is as common as color blocking, so don’t be afraid to play!

5 3. All white – slice & dice All white…but all sliced and

diced! On trend this season is allwhite anything and everything, contrasted with geometric cutouts. Accessorize with a top that adds an extra pop with shapely and stately tailored tidbits.

4. Sheer bliss It’s been an underlying

theme in past occasions, but sheer is serious this season. Whimsical, wobbly, unrestricted and unrestrained, sheer tops paired with a camisole are the perfect day-to-night go-to!

5. Ruffled up

Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles! Ruffled top, skirts, formal gowns, one-shoulder (and off-theshoulder) tops – whichever way you chose to wear your ruffles – know that you are trending this season! ■

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Powerhouse produce for healthy eating By KATIE VanBRACKLE


ot all fruits and veggies are created equal, nutritionally speaking. Some work overtime, providing extra health benefits to boost your immune system, reduce your risk of cancer and improve your vision, to name just a few. Yosetty Nunez, healthy eating specialist at Harry’s Whole Foods Market in Alpharetta, uses the ANDI index to help customers choose produce that pack the most powerful nutritious punch. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index,” or, in less scientific terms, how much good stuff is packed inside that particular food. The higher the ANDI score, the wider the range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Some of the scores may surprise you. For instance, who knew that radishes ruled the non-green veggie world? An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the tiny strawberry’s ANDI score puts the wholesome apple to shame. The next time you find yourself perusing the produce section, pick the most powerful players. Your body will thank you. The ANDI list and more healthy eating information can be found on Whole Foods Market’s website: health-starts-here/resources-and-tools/top-ten-andi-scores. ■

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Green vegetables Vegetable

ANDI score

1. Mustard/ turnip/collard greens


Non-green vegetables



ANDI score

1. Radish


2. Bean Sprouts


2. Kale


3. Watercress


4. Bok choy/ baby bok choy


3. Red Pepper


5. Spinach


4. Radicchio


6. Broccoli rabe


5. Turnip


7. Chinese/ Napa cabbage


6. Carrot


7. Cauliflower


8. Brussels sprouts


8. Artichoke


9. Swiss chard


9. Tomato


10. Arugula


10. Butternut squash



ANDI score

1. Strawberries


2. Blackberries


3. Plum


4. Raspberries


5. Blueberries


6. Papaya


7. Orange


8. Cantaloupe


9. Kiwi


10. Watermelon


11. Peach


12. Apple


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hoosing healthy foods to feed your family can be a real challenge. Trying to decipher complicated nutrition labels and lists of ingredients is hard enough, plus you must factor in convenience, cost and taste preferences for all of the picky eaters in your herd. Food allergies add a whole new level of stress. It’s like you need a graduate degree in nutrition to make sense of it all. One energetic Milton mom has made the weekly grocery runs a bit easier to manage with her award-winning food and nutrition blog, Green Plate Rule, which offers recipes, shopping tips and health information in a down-to-earth, momfriendly way. Victoria Slocum dove headfirst into the health food world while pregnant with her first child. “I believe you become a mom the second you find out you are pregnant and I wanted to provide the healthiest food possible for my baby from the very beginning,” said Slocum. “I read a book called ‘The China Study’ which really opened my eyes to the links between dietary choices and diseases like diabetes and cancer. It became very clear to me that we needed to make some major changes in the way we were eating.” Slocum was inspired to get rid of all the processed food in her pantry. “I dumped everything and started over. It was very intimidating and it took some time,” she recalled. “I wanted ultra healthy meals, with only a few ingredients, and not too much time or mess. Healthy fast food…yes, it’s possible.”

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But first, there was a steep learning curve. Slocum, a graduate of Milton High School in Alpharetta, grew up eating on the go. Her parents were both busy executives in large corporations and eating at home was rare. If food was prepared at home, it was whatever could be cooked in five minutes such as macaroni and cheese from a box. Slocum knew nothing about cooking and never read the fine print on

food labels. “In college, I actually burned pasta the first time I tried to cook spaghetti,” she admitted. “I thought I was being healthy buying products which claimed to be ‘high fiber’ or ‘low fat.’ In that way, I fell for all of the marketing tricks. “I didn’t know what mince or braise meant, and certainly couldn’t tell you where kale or quinoa were in the store,” she said. “And who in their right mind

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Milton mom Victoria Slocum shares passion for food & nutrition through award-winning blog

can spend an hour a day on dinner? I don’t mind once a week, but I’m certainly not slaving in the kitchen all day, especially after chasing two kids and a puppy around all day. That’s when I started getting brave and creative in the kitchen to find what works best for me and my family.” Slocum began watching the Food Network to pick up cooking techniques and followed author Michael Pollan’s rules for grocery shopping such as avoiding the middle aisles of the supermarket where most processed food is shelved, and not buying anything that your greatgrandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. She replaced processed snacks with fresh fruit, veggies and nuts, replaced boxed cereal with rolled oats, replaced soda with herbal teas and water and chose pineapple, berries and healthy smoothies as sweet treats. Butter and cream were replaced with healthy oils. “We weren’t really dieting, just trying to eat real, wholesome food. You can definitely taste a difference at first,” she said. “The artificial flavors, colors, MSG and other additives in processed foods are there for a reason – to get you addicted. The switch is not an easy one, but once you start to see and feel the difference, you will never look back.” Fortunately, Slocum’s husband was on board all the way and their two daughters were too young to know the difference. Eventually, a friend suggested that Slocum share her newfound knowledge with other moms through a blog, which presented yet another learning curve. Reaching out to all of her friends for advice on blogging and photography, Slocum tackled her new project with characteristic determination and energy,



Beginner green smoothie


ictoria says: “Green smoothies have certainly become popular in the last couple of years and they are perfect for sneaking in healthy ingredients to a picky eater’s diet. If you have not tried a green smoothie yet, this would be a great one to try for the whole family. I could go on and on about how much I love my Vitamix blender, but if you do not have one you should still give this a try. Most blenders will be powerful enough to break down the spinach. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!"



Place all ingredients into a blender. Start on low speed and slowly raise to high. Blend until smooth, about one minute. Makes one large smoothie, or two kid-sized smoothies.


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Above: In 2012, Slocum was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for raising $71,711 for blood cancer research. She poses here with Owen, LLS’s Boy of the Year, a blood cancer survivor and source of inspiration to others.

Victoria's grocery store tips {1} CHIA SEEDS

naming her blog “Green Plate Rule,” as an updated twist on the “clean plate rule.” After only eight months, Green Plate Rule was voted one of the top 10 foodie blogs in the country by Circle of Moms, a large online community for mothers. The blog’s recipes and shopping tips can also be found on Pinterest. Healthy eating and active living has become a way of life for Slocum. She is training for her second marathon this spring and studying to become a certified yoga instructor. While she follows a dairy-free and mostly vegan and glutenfree diet, Slocum realizes that many moms aren’t ready to make such drastic dietary changes. “The biggest step is to learn what NOT to buy at the grocery store. Learn how to avoid artificial ingredients and harmful food dyes. With just a few extra minutes here or there and knowing what brands to look for, you can avoid many common processed ingredients.” The Clean Products page on the Green Plate Rule website lists substitutions for common processed ingredients and suggestions for buying the cleanest yogurts, snack bars, cereals and breads for your family. Slocum hopes that by sharing her research, methods and recipes, she will make it easier for other moms to make healthy choices for their own families. “Food and health have become my passion,” she said. “It’s been a journey that has given me so much confidence, in the kitchen and in my own skin.” ■

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Chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find. These tiny seeds are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3s, iron, calcium and antioxidants. They have little to no taste so you can sneak them in anywhere, making them optimal for picky eaters. My girls call them ladybug spots and will sprinkle them on fruit or yogurt, but if you need them hidden, blend them into a smoothie. One tablespoon a day will provide plenty of nutrition.

{2} BARLEAN’S OMEGA SWIRL Don’t let the name fool you. Barlean’s Omega Swirl fish oils taste amazing. This is the perfect addition to green smoothies, as it will make them extra sweet without adding sugar. Fish oil is vital for heart and mental health, hair, skin and nails, but not the easiest thing for kids or adults to take on a daily basis. Barlean’s makes it possible with this tasty line.

{3} AFFORDABLE, VERSATILE FOODS There are some great deals at the grocery store when it comes to buying the healthiest foods. Frozen peas and broccoli, dry beans and lentils, a bag of whole carrots, kale and frozen spinach are some of my favorites. Each costs just a couple of dollars, has endless possibilities and a long shelf-life (except kale).

{4} SAVING MONEY ON ORGANICS When selecting organic produce, save some money by getting to know the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen. The Clean 15 are foods lowest in pesticides, so it’s not

¼ cup strawberry yogurt (use coconut yogurt for vegan and GFCF) ¼ cup water ½ banana 1 cup frozen mango 1 cup spinach A couple of ice cubes

necessary to buy the organic versions. The Dirty 12 are high in pesticides, so it’s best to purchase them in organic form whenever possible. Clean 15 (organics not really needed): asparagus, avocado, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, pineapples, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, watermelon. Dirty Dozen (buy organic when possible): apples, bell peppers, blueberries, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries (plus green beans and kale/greens).

{5} INGREDIENTS TO AVOID Read the ingredients on a nutrition label. Numbers can be misleading, but ingredients tell the truth. If you can’t pronounce it, chances are you don’t want it. Consider avoiding the ingredients below. Food dyes: Numerous studies have linked food dyes to behavioral problems, and the three most common (red 40, yellow 5 and 6) are linked to cancer. Partially hydrogenated oils: Just a 2 percent increase in trans-fat calories boosts your risk of diabetes by 39 percent. Trans-fats are also linked to heart disease and other problems. Beware: manufacturers are allowed to label things with no trans-fat as long as there is less than .5 percent per serving. They will alter the serving size to meet this demand, so read carefully. MSG (monosodium glutamate): MSG is linked to headaches, fatigue, allergic reactions and more. Beware: things labeled “natural” or “low sodium” may still contain MSG. Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin): These are linked to headaches, memory loss, obesity and cancer. I believe high fructose corn syrup should also fall into this category. Preservatives (BHA, BHT, TBHQ, sodium benzoate, sulfates): They have been linked to health problems, from allergic reactions and kidney problems to cancer.

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V A L E N T I N E ’ S


Don’t overlook these nutrient-rich foods A little variety goes a long way with a healthy diet By CAROLYN ASPENSON



utritionists cannot say enough about the nutritional value of legumes, nuts and, of course, every type of berry on the planet – and they’re right. These foods are good for you, but they’re not the only good foods necessary for a proper diet. So what other options are there to improve health and keep the waistlines trim? You might be surprised. There are many nutrient-rich foods to choose from, and a little variety goes a long way in keeping us on the road to good health.

Egg yolks


Once blacklisted as a heart-destroying power ball, these little goodies are back on top. Filled with many hard-to-get but important nutrients, eggs are top notch when it comes to fighting things like breast cancer and eye diseases. A cup of eggs has only 7.5 grams of saturated fat, the biggest known cause of heart disease; thus two eggs over medium once or twice a week won’t do any harm. Toss two whole eggs and a few egg whites into a bowl with some low fat milk and a variety of vegetables and you’ve got the perfect low-calorie food.


Lean beef FOR HIM

Another food with a bad reputation has nutritionists taking another look. While high fat beef cuts are still a no-no, nutrition experts are now touting lean beef as surprisingly good for you. These choice cuts are packed with zinc, something we need to keep our memories sharp, and are an excellent source of iron. Lean beef is also full of B vitamins, which contribute to the body’s ability to convert food to energy. Keep in mind that beef, a high protein food, takes longer to digest than most foods and can cause drowsiness. If you plan to eat it during lunch hour, limit your servings and use it to top a salad with crunchy vegetables to balance out your energy.

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Got the sniffles? Instead of grabbing an orange, consider a papaya instead. While oranges do have about 83 mg of vitamin C, the papaya holds over 96 mg. The papaya is full of vitamin A, a source necessary to help prevent blindness, increase bone density and maintain a strong immune system. If your night

vision is poor, it might be a vitamin A deficiency and adding papaya to your diet can help. Papayas are also an excellent source of folate, a form of vitamin B that helps the body convert food into energy. Add the beneficial fibrous texture to the list, and the papaya is nothing less than perfect.


Kale, long considered food decor, has stepped up to the plate in nutrition content. This surprisingly sweet-tasting leaf is full of vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, lutein and antioxidants. Kale will help fight off that winter cold, keep your eyes functioning properly, improve your bone density and reduce the free radicals throughout our bodies. What’s not to love about something that tastes good and is good for you?


Who knew something our mothers forced us to eat would turn out to be healthy and good tasting? Don’t kid yourself, the little instant packets are filled with sugar and empty calories, skip those. Instead go for the quick oats, filled with fiber, protein magnesium and selenium. Oatmeal keeps you feeling full and satisfied while helping your heart pump effectively, promotes strong bone density and helps fight off the damage from free radicals. Because of the selenium content, a diet rich in oatmeal also helps improve thyroid function. ■

Carolyn has been a fitness and nutrition enthusiast for over 15 years. She holds certifications from nationally recognized organizations in both fitness and nutrition. She can be reached at


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verwhelmed by the choices of foundation garments today? Frankly, I was too. Let’s face it; a woman wears different clothes for different occasions. Shouldn’t she also own a variety of bras and shapers to make her look and feel her personal best, especially for Valentine’s Day?

Advice from an expert

Nade Knight, manager of the Intimates department at Dillard’s in the Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta, is a fountain of knowledge and so personable. I asked her what every woman should have in her underwear drawer, her suggestions for Valentine’s Day lingerie and the latest technology for shape wear. Nade suggests every woman procure at least five “everyday” T-shirt bras. Wacoal is the most requested brand in the store for everyday foundations, offering full coverage soft lace bras with matching panties. Nade also recommends Chantelle handmade bras which won’t gape in the wrong places. This Valentine’s, you can find these find bras and matching panties in the color Rosebud. So romantic! I asked Nade what she suggests for lingerie to help a “woman in her prime” feel desirable on Valentine’s night. In Bloom is a brand that offers several styles of moderately priced lingerie that covers

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the midsection.

Do’s & Don’ts

Bras are an investment. Don’t skimp by purchasing them at a discount store. Having proper fitting bras in your wardrobe is the foundation of looking and feeling your personal best. ► Do get a proper fitting bra. If you have fluctuated more than 10 pounds since you last purchased a bra, it’s time for a professional bra fitting. A proper fitting bra improves your posture and silhouette. The fitting is free and the results are priceless. ► Do wash your bras after every wearing. Since you wear them next to your skin, bras absorb body oils, perspiration and odor. They should be washed every day, hence you should own at least five “everyday” bras. Nade Knight suggests using a gentle detergent such as Ovacion (some know it by the name Forever New). ► Don't use your everyday bra

when you exercise. Use a sports bra. ► Don't dry your bras in the dryer. Air-drying is best. ► Don't invert one bra cup into the other when storing. It crushes the cup form and cannot be restored. ► Do replace bras every six months. That was news to me! I am way overdue.

Shape wear

The one piece of advice that I would give to every woman is to own some kind of shape wear. Even young women wearing clingy sundresses can use a little “control.” Jiggling when you walk is not a good look! Various styles of shape wear give smoothness and control to midsection, derriere and thighs. Not sure which is best for you? Nade recommends bringing your wardrobe item in question to the Dillard’s Intimates department to get expert advice. Spanx brand is my favorite. Thanks to their Skinny Britches, I felt sleek in my eveningwear and white pencil skirt. The Bra-Vo back-smoothing bra by Spanx gets great reviews by some of my clients. The cool mesh back and front clasp makes this bra very comfortable. Be good to yourself this Valentine’s Day by updating your foundations and shape wear. You deserve to look and feel beautiful on the outside and underneath your clothing. ■

Top: Skinny Britches by Spanx. Bottom: Bra-vo back-smoothing bra by Spanx. Left: Wacoal T-shirt bra.

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just read a book that left me with an interesting idea. The man in the book left a declaration of love for his wife each and every day. Not a big “I love you, you are my soul, my spirit” kind of mushy stuff, but a lighthearted thought that let her know he noticed her. Yesterday morning, I left one for the Goose that said, “I love the way your hands look.” It’s true. He could be a hand model. I’ve never seen more beautiful hands but when, in our real life, am I going to look at the man and tell him that? He would leer at me or roll his eyes. Those of us with a man can well imagine the comeback comment. This was just a fun way for me to tell him that I’ve always thought he has pretty hands. He turned it over and wrote to me that he liked my cute little nose. The Goose has never, in great inebriation or in passion, mentioned my nose, especially as a “cute little nose,” although I guess it is a little cute. Today, when I was at the grocery store, my most hated of chores, I thought about this and laughed out loud in the nut aisle. It has made me happy. To my kids, it’s hard to say, “I love your crazy sense of

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} humor” without following it up with “but your room is no laughing matter.” It is causing me to just say something nice without starting to whine and rattle like an angry teapot about the cloud of mess that follows them around. Today, I told Cricket that I love that she loves school supplies. That kid, a junior in college, can still get into a happy twist over new pens and notebooks. She left me one that said, “I love that you don’t wear mom jeans and that you smile when you’re yelling at someone.” I love that the Goose says to me every day, “This is my idea of the day.” They’re not always great ideas, but I love that he has them and that he shares them. He probably didn’t know I enjoy that as I usually just say, “uh-huh.” I love that Cricket thinks Peeps are the height of fine desserts. This is a chance to tell my loved ones the quirky things I love about them that make them interesting without having to make a big lovey-dovey smushy deal about it. Wouldn’t it be fun if this trend took off? I’d love to tell my friends the little quirks that make me love them. I love that the Empress twirls her hair when she talks; that the Trophy Wife draws out her “s” sound at the end of a word when she’s still thinking about what she’s saying and it makes it sound more important and sort of delicious,

like a cookie. I love the way the Sweet Talker says “awww” every time I mention any animal, just like I would, and gets a wistful look in her eyes, wishing she could get her hands on them. I wish my parents were still here so I could tell them how much I love that they always held hands and that my mother’s favorite exclamations were “Land o Goshin” and “Jumpin’ Jesophat.” That still cracks me up. I love that their house smelled like Lemon Pledge and coffee.

This is a chance to tell my loved ones the quirky things I love about them that makes them interesting without having to make a big loveydovey smushy deal about it." Next month, I will start yelling about the mess again, but this month, I’m going to really enjoy all this mushy stuff. I think, in the midst of this gloomy weather, it could make everyone a little happier. ■ Elexis Hays is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator who lives on a farm in Cumming with her husband Buddy (a.k.a. The Goose), daughter Amelia (a.k.a. Cricket), son Shep and WAY too many animals. Her blog:

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in America By KATIE VanBRACKLE


riana is an all-American child. She loves horses and dressing up like a princess just like any 6-year-old girl. She chows down on Thanksgiving turkey in the fall and gazes up at Fourth of July fireworks in the summer. Briana’s family also celebrates a non-American holiday each winter: Chinese New Year, in honor of Briana’s country of birth. Briana was born in Chongqing, China where she was adopted at age 1 by an American couple, Doug and Lisa, who live in metro Atlanta. Though Briana of course has no memories of China, Doug and Lisa want her to grow up cherishing her cultural heritage. So each January or February, depending on when the Chinese New Year begins, Briana’s extended family gathers to celebrate. On Feb. 10 of this year, they will welcome in the “Year of the Snake.” Each Chinese New Year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. To mark the occasion, Briana will wear a traditional bright red qipao dress. Red is the color of luck and good fortune in China. Amy Meadows, Briana’s aunt who lives on the Northside, has two young sons close to Briana’s age who look forward to their cousin’s Chinese New Year parties where they each receive a customary red envelope filled with money as a gift. “My kids would probably never have been introduced to Chinese New Year in this way if Briana had not become a member of our family,” said Meadows. “It has become a

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Briana, in her traditional red qipao dress, hugs her mother, Lisa.

special part of our family’s legacy.” Meadows, a freelance writer, was inspired to capture Briana’s story in a children’s book, “Emma’s Chinese

American New Year,” which was published in 2012. In the book, Emma, also a young adopted girl from China, bakes moon cakes, makes paper lanterns, eats Chinese food and travels with her cousin to a cultural center to watch Chinese drummers and dancers. Writing a children’s book was a new challenge for Meadows and she is thrilled with the way everything came together. She was handed the first advance copy of the book while in the hospital preparing to give birth to her second son. “I feel like I birthed two babies at once,” she said with a laugh. “It was very exciting. "This book is my way of paying tribute to all adoptive families who go to great lengths to honor their children’s birth cultures. It was a passion project for me, and it was wonderful to see it come to fruition.” “Emma’s American Chinese New Year” is not yet sold in stores, but can be purchased online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Learn more at Meadows will be reading her book at the Roswell Public Library on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., and signing copies at Peerless Book Store in Alpharetta on Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. ■

Beyond October


TurningPoint provides rehabilitative support to breast cancer patients By CANDY WAYLOCK


ctober has come and gone…and with it, the bright pink spotlight on breast cancer awareness. But not so for Jill Binkley, whose every day is centered on supporting the women whose struggle and journey continue every day. Ten years ago, in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer, Binkley founded TurningPoint in Alpharetta to provide physical and emotional support for women with the disease. A decade later, more than 1,800 women have passed through the doors and received rehabilitative assistance and guidance through the nonprofit organization. Clients are referred to TurningPoint generally by their primary doctors or surgeons. As a nonprofit, it provides care to women with breast cancer regardless of their ability to pay for services. Turning Point provides specialized, comprehensive support including psychosocial, physical and rehabilitation therapy to women living with and surviving breast cancer. The organization’s treatment model for breast cancer rehabilitation was recently recognized by the American Cancer Society for its effectiveness.

“The current model of care for women with breast cancer lacks attention to the impact of treatment on patients’ physical and functional well-being,” said Binkley, whose background is in physical therapy. “Early detection, rehabilitation and exercise have been shown to be important in preventing or reducing many of the physical issues related to breast cancer treatment.” She said many women with breast cancer are fearful of exercise, or unable to do so because of pain or discomfort issues. But exercise and physical therapy are important components of successful rehabilitation. Binkley, who is married with three adult children, recalls her own bout with breast cancer and dealing with the many physical and emotional issues that came along with the treatment. “There were so many side effects of the cancer treatment and very few resources available from healthcare providers,” she said. “I started TurningPoint to fill that need.” Most common are complaints of shoulder problems, chest wall pain, swelling of the arms and general fatigue, especially when going through chemotherapy and radiation. What Binkley learned through her

Jill Binkley works with client Frances Singleton at TurningPoint

clients is a general reluctance by many women to “complain” to their doctors of these issues, preferring to keep their concerns to themselves. “The last thing they want to do is complain that they can’t pick up their child, or complain about something trivial,” said Binkley. “But not being able to do the normal things has a big impact on them.” Because the medical staff at TurningPoint includes breast cancer survivors, caregivers of cancer patients and those whose entire careers have been spent attending to breast cancer patients, she said clients are much more willing to share their concerns. “We see 300 new patients a year and we have a deep understanding of the journey that women are on as they go through breast cancer,” said Binkley. “And because we understand, they are much

more willing to tell us their side effects and their emotional [concerns].” She noted breast cancer patients often feel compelled to “be strong,” and if they cry or show how hard it is, they are failing in some ways. “Breast cancer is just a really difficult journey, and we try to make them realize it’s okay to let us know it’s not easy, and just be honest about that,” said Binkley, who moved to Alpharetta in 1991 from her native Toronto, Canada. At TurningPoint, clients work with both a physical therapist to deal with the physical side of the issue, and dieticians and counselors to deal with other aspects of treatment. “We bring a team together as a system to treat the whole person,” said Binkley. For more information on TurningPoint visit ■

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n a cloudless, chilly afternoon Jan. 26, ice sculptors assiduously carved away at 300 lb. chunks of frozen H20. The weather was all too appropriate for the occasion, Fire and Ice, a marathon sculpting event and reception held in Atlanta by Milton-based Children's Charities Inc. Proceeds go toward Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's purchase of a $240,000 Autism Detection Unit that will be located at their facility in the Avenue Forsyth, said Mandy White, co-founder of Children's Charities. White's organization will be hosting another creatively themed event, Denim and Diamonds, April 27 at Shannondale Farms in Milton to raise more funds for the unit. The evening includes dinner under a covered riding arena, a culinary competition, a silent auction and live music. For more information visit ■—Kelly Brooks Clockwise from top left: (1) Master of ceremonies Johnny O'Leary ("Johnny O"), afternoon DJ at Atlanta's Q100 radio station, with Mandy White, co-founder of Milton-based Children's Charities Inc. (2) Nathaphak Maphu, right, a student in Chattahoochee Technical College's culinary program, helps to shape his sculpting team's ice dragon. (3) The event featured an ice wall with sponsors' logos, including Milton Business Alliance and Crye-Leike Realtors. (4) Sara Mellars, left, also a Chattahoochee Tech student, carefully crafts the dragon's face.

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Flu season at full peak in February By CANDY WAYLOCK

FluFlusymptoms symptoms are usually more severe


om, I’m not feeling well…” It may start with a sore throat, the aches and pains, runny noses and possibly fever. The dilemma facing parents is whether this is the common cold, cured by rest and fluids, or the dreaded flu, which could require medical attention. Unfortunately, if it is the flu, action within the first 24 hours is needed to limit its impact. “If it is the flu, and we catch it in the first 24 hours, we can [administer] Tamiflu,” said Dr. Michael Papciak of Preston Ridge Pediatrics in Alpharetta. “If it’s been more than 24 hours to 48 hours, [Tamiflu] is going to help minimally.” While the flu season generally peaks in January and February when people spend most of their time indoors and in close proximity to others, this year saw an unusual spike in early season cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 2012-2013 flu season was the earliest regular flu season in nearly a decade. Georgia is among the states reporting higher than normal flu cases this year; a trend

than cold symptoms and come on quickly. Symptoms of flu include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion and cough. Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. If you notice shortness of breath, let your doctor know. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and the flu vaccine.

Common cold symptoms Papciak has seen in his practice. “The good thing is the flu strain we’re seeing is a fit with what is in the flu vaccine. So if you’ve had your flu vaccine or mist, you are likely to be protected,” said Papciak. But for those who have yet to get their vaccines, or choose not to do so, Papciak said the flu cases he’s seen this season have been milder than usual. The more severe symptoms are lasting only two or three days, as opposed to up to a week for the typical flu. While most kids tend to get over a

cold and even the flu without medical intervention, Papciak advises parents to be on the lookout for dehydration, which can occur when kids are sweating out a fever and not taking in enough fluids. “Most of the bad outcomes come from getting dehydrated,” said Papciak. “If a child is sick, parents should do the old fashioned things, [which are] plenty of rest, lots of fluids and ibuprofen for comfort. See the doctor if a fever lasts longer than three days and the child is extremely listless. Other than that, it’s business as usual.” ■

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like to wear red, especially on a gloomy winter day. So when National Wear Red Day began in 2003, I hardly noticed. I thought an unusual number of other women who liked to wear red just happened to do so that day. Also, I was 48 years old, living in Southern California where I ran five miles a day in perfect weather almost every day, and heart disease was about as far away from my thoughts as it could be. I’m not running anymore, but I’m still in pretty good health. In fact, I may be in better shape than I was then (thanks to my trainer, Rachel!). But suddenly, I’m looking down the barrel of 58 this March and am just a whiff away from 60. So now, when I see everyone around me dressed in red on Feb. 1 this year, I will know it’s more than their good taste that caused this fashion wave. Feb. 1 is National Wear Red Day. It’s a day dreamed up by the American Heart Association (AHA) when it realized that while cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more than half-a-million female lives a year, hardly anyone talks about it much. The AHA realized that it needed to do what the American Cancer Society and organizations like Susan G. Komen Foundation had done for breast cancer: shine a big flood

light on this national women’s health issue. As the AHA says, their campaign “challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that Go Red for Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.” North Fulton Hospital has its own way of drawing attention to this very important occasion for women’s health. Female leaders from the Roswell community, including administrators from North Fulton Hospital,


are taking part in a “Go Red, North Fulton!” campaign during February’s Heart Month. We’re encouraging women to “Lead with Heart” by finding ways to make heart-healthy changes to their own lives and by inspiring others to do the same. We invite you to show the North Fulton community how you are “Going Red” by posting a photo or words of inspiration on our Facebook page at

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more than half-amillion female lives a year. So, don’t forget to wear red Feb. 1 (and send us a picture!) and to remind your women friends to do the same. But most importantly, make it your business to know the signs and symptoms of heart attack for women and what you can do to decrease your risk of having one. For more information, visit the AHA at ■

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health problem. Community and corporate leaders will enjoy networking, a fabulous meal, entertainment and a lively live and silent auction. $125 individual tickets; $200 for a couple; $1,000 for a table of 10. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. All month ▲ “Roswell Roots” Black History Celebration The city of Roswell celebrates Black History Month with a month-long series of unique and fun events for everyone. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive celebration of black history and culture in the state of Georgia including special exhibits, concerts, workshops, art and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and drama. To view the complete list of events, go to: aspx?DID=2760


Big Apple Circus in Alpharetta Through Feb. 18. Big Apple Circus brings “Legendarium: A Journey into Circus Past” to Alpharetta complete with beauties, daredevils and clowns from a bygone era. The Big Top Tent will be located in Parking Lot A at 1775 Founders Parkway in Alpharetta. There is a $10 cashonly parking fee at the gate. Tickets range from $20 – $60.



A Beethoven Romance for Valentine’s Day ▲ 7:30 p.m. The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents a gala concert featuring renowned cellist Caroline Nicholas performing the Boccherini Cello Concerto, baritone Igor Vieira interpreting arias of Mozart, Wagner and Bizet’s Toreador Song from “Carmen,” and 14-year-old violin prodigy Tracy Du in her debut with the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. Adults: $22; seniors: $19; students $12 (under 22). Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell.


Love Birds for Valentines Day 10:30 a.m. Children can create beautiful love birds using cutouts and lots of imagination at this free workshop. Space in the program is limited and pre-registration is required. Crabapple Government Center/Alpharetta Arts Center, 12624 Broadwell Road, Alpharetta.


Watercolor Show in Johns Creek ▲ Through March 2. The second annual Georgia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibition will showcase works by some of Georgia’s top watercolor artists. Be captivated by exquisite landscapes, inspiring figurative work, glowing still lifes and vivid abstracts. Admission is free and the center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek.


Girls’ Night Out Cooking School: Chocolate Desserts 6 – 9 p.m. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come practice techniques for a variety of delectable chocolate desserts. Students take home a selection of desserts made in class. A light dinner will be served. Menu: Frozen hot chocolate; chocolate amaretto soufflés; chocolate brownies with ganache, truffles, chocolate pecan and caramel tart, white chocolate ginger cheesecake. $55 or $95 per pair. Salud! Cooking School, Harry’s Whole Foods Market, 1180 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell. Evening of Hope 7 – 10 p.m. The American Cancer Society presents the seventh annual Evening of Hope to raise funds to support their mission of eliminating cancer as a major

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Winter in Amsterdam 4 p.m. The strings of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra play the music of audacious virtuoso Locatelli, who spent most of his life in Amsterdam, and shy aristocrat Van Wassenaer, who would not publish his compositions under his own name. Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell.


“Steel Magnolias” by Gypsy Theatre Company Through March 24. Spend some time in Truvy’s beauty parlor with some of Louisiana’s finest women including bride-to-be Shelby, polar opposites Clairee and Ouiser and shy Annelle as they face life’s challenges with humor and grace. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street, Cumming.

Cogburn Woods’ Chinese New Year Auction 6:30 p.m. Cogburn Woods Elementary School’s Educational Foundation will hold its first annual Chinese New Year Auction at the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. Open to the public. $65 tickets include a cocktail reception, dinner and multiple auctions including an autographed 2011 World Series baseball, and signed footballs from Alabama coach Nick Saban and UGA coach Mark Richt. For reservations and information, contact Dana Havlicek, 404202-5935. The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta.


Great British Car Fayre and Beatles Tribute Concert 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy family fun, food and British cars of all shapes and sizes, including the original Lotus Esprit driven by James Bond in the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the second oldest E-Type Jaguar in existence, Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, MG’s, Mini Coopers, DeLoreans and more. The Fayre will be open from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., enjoy Beatles tunes from Abbey Road LIVE! Free admission. Downtown Alpharetta, 2 South Main Street. Rhythm, Rock and Roots 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make some noise at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a full day of winter sounds. At 11 a.m. and noon, it’s an art, music and rhythm-making extravaganza where you are part of the sound. From 1 – 3 p.m., try out instruments from naturally found objects. Enjoy a rockin’ storytime at 3 p.m. and end the day with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows at Camp Kingfisher. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.


Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra: “Baroque and Friends” 8 p.m. Come hear traditional baroque and classical period music featuring a special performance of Vivaldi by a very special group of young musicians from NATE: North Atlanta Talent Education, based in Roswell. Adults: $30; seniors: $23.50; students $16.50. 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Heart and Soul Gala to benefit Senior Services 6:30 p.m. Join Senior Services of North Fulton for their annual fundraiser featuring dinner and dancing to the dynamic music of “Platinum” while enjoying high-tech auction bidding. Senior Services provides Meals on Wheels and inhome services to homebound seniors. Atlanta Athletic Club, 1903 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek.

open to the public. Community Activity Building at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Roswell Connect: A Networking Event 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages as you explore new business opportunities, build better business relationships and meet new Roswell-area business contacts. PGA Superstore, 1005 Holcomb Woods Parkway, Roswell.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Sherlock Holmes” ▲ Through March 17. “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club” brings the famous detective fully alive with a tale filled with endless mystery, twists and chills. In this sharp and clever new Holmes adventure, some of Europe’s most powerful men gather in a windowless home to play a game: Murder. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell.

Looking Ahead



American Girl Fashion Show Various times through March 3. Featuring more than 100 local models (and their dolls) in historical and contemporary fashions. Proceeds benefit Roswell Dance Theatre’s children’s charities. Doubletree Hotel Ballroom, 175 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. americangirl.htm

7 Cornbread Cook-Off ▲ 1 – 3 p.m. As part of the Roswell Roots Festival, the second annual Cornbread Cook-off will offer prizes to both professional and amateur contenders who bring four 13-by-9-inch baking sheets of cornbread for tasting. Chef Sonya Jones of Sweet Auburn Bread Company in Atlanta will be the celebrity judge. Register online until Feb. 19. No entry fee. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Community Center, 725 Pleasant Hill Street, Roswell.


Organic Vegetable Gardening 10 a.m. The Roswell Garden Club presents a discussion on organic vegetable gardening. Free and

“The Shamrock and Peach” cooking demo 7 p.m. Join “Shamrock and Peach” cookbook author Judith McLoughlin to sample the fusion between the cuisines of the Scots-Irish and American Southerners. McLoughlin moved from Northern Ireland to Roswell where she started a gourmet food business called “The Ulster Kitchen.” Cost: $45. Publix Apron’s Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Alpharetta/


Shamrockin’ for a Cure 7 p.m. Raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research while enjoying a highenergy 80s cover band and an enticing silent auction. About 1,200 are expected to attend this party for a great cause. $85 tickets include all food and beverages. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Alpharetta.

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GO RED, NORTH FULTON! LEAD WITH HEART Leah Tobin, M.D. Family Physician, Governing Board

Sherry Henderson Chief Financial Officer

Natalie Gravlee Chair, Women’s Advisory Board

Shelley Dunson-Allen, M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical Executive Committee

Lindsey Harber Director, Business Development

Kim Gauger Local Attorney, Governing Board

Susan Brown Chief Human Resources Officer

Nancy Diamond Roswell City Council, Governing Board

Teresa Urquhart Chief Operating Officer

North Fulton Hospital Female Leadership

Debbie Keel Chief Executive Officer

Know Your Risk. Inspire Others. Commit to a Stronger, Longer Life. The women of North Fulton are strong, hardworking leaders dedicated to their families, careers, and community. Now, we’re leading the fight against heart disease. In honor of February’s American Heart Month and inspired by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign, Go Red, North Fulton! encourages you to take action, find an activity you enjoy, nourish your body, and share the message.

How will you Go Red?

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