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contents February / March 2017

The Second Time Around

Atlantans Take Another Chance on Love and Marriage p.25

Fit Bodies

on Reinvention, Self-Love, and Simplicity

Sweat with the Best Try Some of the City’s Top Workouts p.41


The Puzzling Truth About Heart Health p.49 EXPERT CONNECT

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We just kicked off our 7th Annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest and the nominations are rolling in. Each year the contest has grown and I am always blown away whenever I have the opportunity to meet the amazing nominees. Yes, they all look great, and yes, they are serious about staying active and committing to a healthy lifestyle, but what I love most is that they “do good” for others. And that is more often than not, the reason they become a part of our Over 40 & Fabulous! family.

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Catch media personality Dana Barrett on March 11 as she hosts The Pink Affair at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. The annual TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation fundraising event includes dinner and silent and live auctions.“There will be lots of dancing. It’s going to be a really fun event but also for a great cause,” Barrett says. “What really resonated for me was that they are helping people who are going through breast cancer right now,” says the breast cancer survivor.

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Friday Thoughts The Creative Mornings Atlanta team is giving you another reason to love Fridays. This free, monthly morning event featuring a short talk from a different guest speaker is sure to leave you inspired. Sid and Ann Mashburn will take the stage in February to speak on the theme of moments. Past speakers include Ryan Gravel, Steven Carse and Celeste Headlee. Details:

Budding Business Owners You know that dream idea you’ve been holding on to in the back of your mind? Christy Wright wants to help you turn that idea into not just a reality, but also into a money-making business. On April 19, Wright will bring her Business Boutique 1-Day event to Atlanta and share advice for helping women earn a living doing what they love. Details: Tickets start at $39.11905 Highway 92, Woodstock;

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Rather than focusing on a checklist of foods to avoid, White guides clients to eat a wide variety of healthful foods. From there, he gauges the physical and mental conditions that develop with healthy eating habits. “We rate energy level, mood, quality of sleep and stress levels,” White says. “After three months (of eating a well-balanced diet) they’ll see changes and listen to what works for the long run.” To learn more about the difference between a healthy appreciation of good foods and obsessing over food choices, enlist the help of a registered dietitian nutritionist to find the best eating plans customized to your lifestyle, fitness goals and taste preferences. Carolyn O’Neil is a registered dietitian, cookbook author, journalist, and blogger. Learn more at Details:

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rank Sinatra was really onto something when he crooned the beloved 1960 tune “The Second Time Around.” With lyrics like “Love is lovelier the second time around” and “Love’s more comfortable the second time you fall,” he says what so many people feel when they find love again and feel ready to take another chance on a walk down the aisle. Of course, there’s so much to consider before making that kind of commitment, and it’s important to know what goes into having a successful second marriage. Here, the experts share their advice for turning a new chance at love into something that lasts a lifetime.




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Learn from the Past Moving on is never easy. And moving on from a marriage—whether it lasted a few months or many years—can be quite challenging. However, you can take comfort in the fact that your experience with your first marriage actually can pave the way to a happy and fulfilling second union. “Just because your first marriage ended doesn’t mean it was a failure,” observes Crystal Bradshaw, MA, LPC, NCC, Gottman 7 Principles Educator and couples therapist with Synergy Counseling Innovations, LLC. “A lot of marriages create families. Is that a failure? A lot of marriages create friendships and businesses. Are those failures? No.” In fact, Campbell believes that people should look at divorce as a sign of personal strength instead of failure, as it takes courage to walk away from a relationship that is not working. It also takes great fortitude to examine the reasons that first relationship fell apart and what can be learned from that experience. “Some people learn about themselves, including what’s negotiable or nonnegotiable and their stance on unexpected variables such as friends, in-laws and the 26


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preferred balance of individual and couple time,” Thomas says of first marriages. In many cases, the issues that contributed to the end of that first relationship— whether they involved a lack of intimacy or sex, financial disagreements, differing parenting styles or diverging values—can’t or won’t be recognized until after it has ended. But then there is enlightenment about the role each party played in that situation. “People typically can tell you about the red flags they overlooked in their first marriage, what they are not willing to endure the second time around and what kind of partner they want next time. They are better at identifying what they want from a relationship and what qualities they are looking for in a partner. They can use that information as they embark on their next relationship,” Bradshaw says. “Learn from your past so you don’t repeat it. Recognize how you may have contributed to the deterioration of the relationship, own your part (no matter how small or big) and vow to be an active participant in your next relationship.”

Take a Time Out Thinking about “getting out there” again can be both exciting and frightening. That’s why experts suggest that an individual take some time before taking the plunge again. “Take time to get to know yourself after a breakup,” says Julie Trujillo, MA, LPC, of Northeast Georgia Counseling. “Allow yourself to grieve the losses associated with ending a relationship instead of attempting to


True Life Love Stories: Se The best advice can come from those who have already been down the road you are traveling. Here, we explore three second marriages and relay the lessons learned and advice offered for those who are ready to enjoy love the second time around.

Grow Together Patrick Shell and his wife, Hala, have known each other since they were 15 year olds at Roswell High School. They were fast friends and kept in touch after graduation, but the timing was never right for them to be a couple. Both married other people and ultimately lost touch. However, while living in Colorado after his divorce, Patrick received a Facebook message from Hala, who also was recently divorced. She had one question: “I thought you were hitched. What’s the deal?” When he called her to respond, they knew instantly that they were meant to be together. Patrick relocated to Atlanta to be with Hala, and they married in May of 2010. He became a stepfather to her daughter, and the couple also now have a 5-year-old son. For the Shells, the key was building their marriage from the ground up—together. “When I moved back to Atlanta to be with Hala, we basically had to start over. I had to start back at the bottom of my career, and she had to change careers due to the economy. We had no real savings and were living check to check at the age of 34,” Patrick says. “We literally built our marriage foundation from the ground up. Our growth as a couple and our careers have gone hand-in-hand. We helped each other with both of those aspects. She also taught me how to be a dad to my new daughter. We have always just been learning from and about each other since we got back together. Our biggest hurdle was my fear of leaving all that I had rebuilt after my divorce: my friends, my job, my independence. But I knew deep down that Hala was the one. I had to jump, and I am so happy that I did.”

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“Second marriages are challenging and face complexity,” says Lisa Pope Campbell, MSW, LCSW, owner of Northeast Georgia Counseling. “You’ve learned that marriage isn’t easy, and now you must learn that experience alone won’t divorce-proof your marriage.” That’s why it’s key to recognize how a second marriage will be different from a first marriage and take all of those elements into consideration as you move forward. There are certain steps that you will need to take to ensure that you are not only prepared to get married again, but also that you are ready to be a fully engaged spouse. Because according to Shatavia A. Thomas, DMFT, LMFT, owner of Buckhead’s Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC, “Second marriages are about learning how to be a better you with someone new.”

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The E lement of Surprise Meg Reggie had found her second time around with Rick Butgereit, but after a year of engagement, she still hadn’t agreed to a wedding date. While she wanted to be married to him, she didn’t want to plan another wedding. She decided on the element of surprise when her alma mater, K ansas State U niversity, got to the Orange Bowl in 2008 . She and Rick flew down to Miami to see the game with friends, and at dinner one night, Meg turned to her fiancé and said, “Want to get married?” “And he said, ‘ Well, yeah,’” she recalls. “And I said, ‘ Right here, right now.’ And he said, ‘ Hell yes! ’”

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Meg had already arranged for someone to marry the couple at that moment at E meril’s Miami Beach. “My BFF pulled out a bouquet of flowers, my brother pulled out fake wedding rings and we got married, right there by the champagne cellar at E meril’s,” she says. “My hubby was so happy, he did a cartwheel in the aisle.” After they said their vows, they called their collective eight children, who were a bit miffed that they missed the big moment but thrilled that it had finally happened. And the couple was ready to begin what they knew life would be about: having fun with their new blended family. And it all started the next day at the big game, where Meg and Rick wore airbrushed “J ust Married” T-shirts. Meg muses, “K U won, by the way.”

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avoid the pain. Being able to tolerate uncomfortable feelings is a useful skill that can be developed through practicing mindfulness. By rushing into another relationship, dysfunction is likely to resurface.” What’s more, by taking that time, you will be able to reflect fully on your first marriage and really find those lessons from the past that will benefit you moving forward as you consider a second marriage. Gordon Shippey, MA, LPC, of Northeast Georgia Counseling, agrees. “Take time to be a healthy individual before starting a new relationship,” he says. “Prioritize functioning well by yourself, then build a social network outside of romantic attraction. Make sure you’ve extracted all the lessons you can from the previous marriage before trying again.”

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your own hobbies and interests, you will find like-minded individuals who could possibly be Mr. or Ms. Right. “If you enjoy cooking, take cooking classes. If you enjoy a particular activity, then seek out classes or meet-up groups. This is a good way to meet others with similar interests,” Bradshaw continues. “The more people you meet, the more opportunities you have of meeting someone who’s a good fit.” Of course, there’s always that wellmeaning friend who wants to set you up. And, as Shippey notes, “Dating has moved online. Most relationships are now found online, and the quality of relationships started online is at least as good as those found offline.” When approached cautiously and with great thought, any of these options could be ideal avenues for finding love once again.

Prep for the Plunge A second marriage is a completely different proposition than a first marriage. That’s because there are different factors involved when you are entering a second long-term relationship. “Recognize that remarriage means bigger, more complex challenges than first marriages, such as raising stepchildren, combining finances and households, feeling disappointments yet trying to love again and the aggravation of dealing with ex-spouses,” Campbell says. However, she adds, you can use your fear of these issues to be more intentional in your effort to build a stronger bond with your

When you are ready to find that special someone, you shouldn’t necessarily look for romance immediately. “Instead, look for Did You Know? friendship and According to, shared interests and after a first marriage ends, it generally values,” Bradshaw takes someone four years before remarks. “Connect with they get married for someone on this level and a second time. then evaluate if it’s a good fit. Do you balance each other? See how it naturally evolves.” By focusing on BEST SELF ATLANTA



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“I recommend people go to premarital counseling with a therapist who is trained in couple dynamics,” Bradshaw reveals. “There are so many issues that couples don’t realize they need to dialogue about, assuming their partner shares their beliefs, values, expectations and have the same life-shaping experiences.” However, a trained couples counselor can help those entering into a second marriage—or even those who have already married—have open and honest discussions about everything from finances and parenting to sex and fidelity. What’s more, Bradshaw suggests that couples take their efforts even deeper by reading about how to have a successful marriage. She recommends The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and Why Marriages Succeed or Fail…and How You Can Make Yours Last by Dr. John M. Gottman, as well as books by Dr. Sue Johnson, Esther Perel and Terry Real. Again, knowing yourself and how your first marriage has affected you will be a significant factor in the success of your second marriage. “Some people may go into the next relationship with a ‘deal breaker’ attitude. Similarly, some people may be set in their ways and have a ‘me’ instead of a ‘we’ disposition,” Thomas warns. Therefore, she says, you have to “explore your personal triggers,” as well as the impact your personality and communication and conflict styles will have on your relationship. A couple’s therapist can help you and your partner navigate these issues and find the right resolutions. “If you have concerns, talk them out before tying the knot. Problems that exist before marriage will be the same, if not worse, after marriage. Work on them before committing,” Shippey says. “A counselor can help you do these things and give you a clearer perspective on your relationship.” And in the end, be sure that you understand what marriage really involves. 28


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“A lot of couples don’t realize that a marriage has to be intentional, meaning you have to put in the work daily. And sometimes that may mean having a hard conversation, compromising on something, facing your flaws and taking accountability for your needs, wants and mistakes. It also means respecting and appreciating your spouse,” Bradshaw says. You must be fully invested in making a second marriage work—but the rewards will be worth it. As Campbell concludes, “By resolving to work at this marriage differently and learning from your past, remarriages can be stronger than you ever envisioned.”

Resources Lisa Pope Campbell, LCSW, Northeast Georgia Counseling, Shatavia A. Thomas, LMFT, Dr. Shay Speaks, LLC, Crystal Bradshaw, LPC, NCC, Synergy Counseling Innovations, LLC, Julie Trujillo, LPC, Northeast Georgia Counseling, Gordon Shippey, MA, LPC, Northeast Georgia Counseling,


The D octor is In ( D r. Pepper, that is) K imberly Palmieri had been married for 24 years before her divorce. And she had no interest in dating again. But during a professional development class that she attended with her boss, something unexpected happened. As they sat in a classroom in a tiny town in N ew E ngland, the participants were asked if they wanted a drink. K imberly replied, “By any chance, do you have D r. Pepper?” She recalls, “The whole classroom went quiet.” Apparently, the instructor, J ohn, kept one D r. Pepper in the refrigerator for himself, as no one else would drink it. Over a group dinner, when J ohn realiz ed that K imberly was not there “with” her boss, s arks flew nd now, years later, the instructor and the student are living a beautiful life together. “D ivorce is hard. Mine was not a horrible relationship. He was a great guy—a great friend and a fantastic father to our children. We grew apart. We worked too hard and filled the emotional voids with our children, friends and family and trying to make the perfect home life,” K imberly reveals. But she and her first husband lost sight of each other—something that K imberly and Jo hn refuse to do. “I try my best daily to be the same person he married and try to not let day-to-day life change or intrude on my personal relationship,” she says. “I have to remember to love him the way he needs me to love him. We are very different people and how we perceive being loved is also equally different. We try to never forget that we both had dreams of what this would look like. It’s not just my fairytale—it ours.” And her advice to others is something that she adheres to every day. “Remember that you are both doing the best you can. L ove like you have never let yourself, laugh like you never have and don’t bring the bad feelings from your past relationships [ into the new one] . Remain the person they fell in love with.”

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Barre3: Signature Class This hour-long barre class is inspired by ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates. Whether you’re a beginner or an athlete, instructors will guide you through movements that tone all major muscle groups and strengthen your body. Childcare: Yes Awesome Amenity: Free parking Cost: New clients get three classes for $30 Words of Wisdom: “We know trying something new can be intimidating, and our mission is to make each class enjoyable and effective for everyone in the room,” says Jessica Walton, Barre3 South Buckhead instructor/client relations manager. Multiple locations, BURN: BURNBox If you’re looking to punch and kick your way to better shape, this 45-minute option might be for you. BURNBox is a high-intensity class consisting of plyometrics and pounding the bag with punches, kicks, elbows and knees. The goal is to make beginners and seasoned professionals sweat equally. Childcare: Coming soon Awesome Amenity: Heart rate monitors Cost: New clients get five classes for $55 Words of Wisdom: “Treat this class like an adult game of Simon Says,” says Matthew Callahan, BURNbox program director. 3575 Durden Dr. NE, Brookhaven, (770) 837-0051, Chaos Conditioning: CHAOS This one-hour, high-intensity interval training class will take you through stations that range from resistance work on TRX bands to running on a self-propelled treadmill. Childcare: Yes Awesome Amenity: Full locker room with showers and sauna Cost: First class is free Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be intimidated! We try to have as much fun as we can while still making the class challenging and effective,” says Jeff Baird, owner. “You will only be competing with yourself, and will always have the support of the group behind you.” The Forum Athletic Club, Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, (404) 590-5852,

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Concourse Athletic Club: Fitness Quest This one-hour class will keep your body guessing by utilizing a mixture of strength work and aerobic movements as it progresses through all areas of the club, including the outdoor spaces. Childcare: Yes Awesome Amenity: Well-lit tennis courts Cost: First class is free Words of Wisdom: “Arrive a few minutes early, and let the instructor know this is your first time,” says Marianne Baker, group exercise and Pilates director. 8 Concourse Pkwy., Sandy Springs, (770) 698-2000, CorePower Yoga: Yoga Sculpt In 60 or 75 minutes, this yoga class incorporates free weights, cardio bursts, and strength training into a vinyasa flow. Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: Showers Cost: New students receive a week of free classes Words of Wisdom: “Keep an open mind, get ready to sweat, and walk away strong and refreshed,” says Alicia Wilson, general manager for the Atlanta locations. Multiple locations, Cyc Fitness: CYC45 During this 45-minute indoor cycling class, you’ll move through endurance intervals and weighted sectors that are inspired by more than 20 different sports movements from boxing to volleyball. Childcare: Yes Awesome Amenity: Complimentary shoe rental Cost: New clients get three rides for $60 Words of Wisdom: “Don’t forget to hold your core—or what you might call your ‘abs’—in the entire class,” says Caroline Seagraves, lead cycologist. “It’s always being worked.” 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, (404) 698-4343, Exhale: Core Fusion Extreme In this 60-minute, high-intensity workout, you’ll move through five power stations (that incorporate tools like TRX bands, weights, and core balls) with mini active breaks in-between. The routine changes monthly so the workout stays fresh. Childcare: No. Awesome Amenity: Fitness shop Cost: First two classes for the price of one ($25) Words of Wisdom: “Bring sneakers,” says Alexandria Stubbs, studio director of the Inman Park location. Multiple locations, BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Pure Barre: Signature Class This 55-minute total body workout will lengthen and strengthen your muscles by focusing on your arms, abs, seat, and thighs. And since Pure Barre is low impact and restorative, it’s an option for people of all fitness levels. Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: Complimentary healthy snacks like apples and KIND bars Cost: Three-class pack for $30 for new clients Words of Wisdom: “Don’t compare yourself to others—just focus on you,” says Katy Bayless Gibson, Pure Barre Virginia-Highland and Pure Barre Decatur owner. 1402 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, (404) 883-3882, SculptHouse: StrengthSculpt In 50 minutes, the M3 Megaformer will take you through a workout that delivers endurance, cardio, core, balance, and flexibility training. Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: Fitness shop Cost: First class is $15 Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be intimidated by the machines,” says Katherine Mason, founder and CEO. “Yes, they look scary. Your first class will be challenging, but each class you take will make you more familiar with names of the moves.” 3167 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, (470) 553-0080, Stellar Bodies: Full Body Get ready for a 50-minute, full-body workout with a Megaformer machine, which uses springs and pulleys to provide resistance without putting impact on your joints.



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Childcare: No—but well-behaved children have been allowed to sit in on a class. Awesome Amenity: Filtered water Cost: First class is $10 Words of Wisdom: “Arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow for time to get to know the Megaformer,” says Amy Selig, studio co-owner. Multiple locations, The Bar Method: Mixed Level This one-hour format utilizes the strength, stamina, and flexibility of ballet training, and pairs it with the alignment and physiological principles of physical therapy. Childcare: At the Lenox location on Mondays and Wednesdays during the 9:45 a.m. class Awesome Amenity: Varies by location Cost: $85 for 30 days of unlimited classes Words of Wisdom: “This is unlike any workout you may have tried before,” says Melissa White, owner and master teacher. “It’s OK if it doesn’t come naturally to you. If you can push through the first 60 minutes, you’ll never look back!” Multiple locations, Thunderbolt Power Yoga: Power Flow Set to a rocking playlist, this 60-minute signature class aims to connect breath to rhythm, and beat to body in an 85- to 90-degree room. Childcare: No Awesome Amenities: A cool towel doused in essential oils to end each class Cost: First class is free Words of Wisdom: “People often ask me if I have a minute to show them how to hop into a handstand— but I can’t teach someone this in a minute or even five,” says Carly Grace Hinchman, founder. “So, be sure to check out the Fundamentals of Flying class. It’s the foundation class that each yogi needs to incorporate various inversions into her flow.” 3872 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, (404) 556-1605, TruAlliance Fitness: CrossFit TruAlliance offers CrossFit class sessions, which provide effective and efficient workouts that incorporate compound movements like Olympic lifts and gymnastic exercises. For example, most workouts are short—not more than 30 minutes (not including the warm up or mobility work). Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: A discount at Jeju Sauna Cost: First class is free

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FORME: Barre Fusion Combine big movements with small movements for both upper and lower body in this 55-minute, barre-based class. Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: Complimentary hair accessories Cost: $15 per class Words of Wisdom: “Feel free to take the class at whatever pace you need,” says Donna Burke, owner. “We’re just here to give you the max number of reps you can get!” 365 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta, (404) 668-1947,

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Words of Wisdom: “CrossFit is a high-intensity sport, meaning that it opens athletes up to the risk of injury if certain exercises are not properly executed,” says Erick Colindres, owner. “So, work on form and technique first.” 3555 Gwinnett Place Dr., Duluth, (678) 916-0610, Vesta Movement: Kickboxing Vesta Movement offers up a high-intensity cardio kickboxing class where guests can burn up to 1,000 calories over 60 minutes. Childcare: No Awesome Amenity: Wrap and glove rental is complimentary for your first class Cost: First class is free Words of Wisdom: “Be prepared to sweat—and have a blast,” says Missy Mostrom, owner and trainer. 774 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, (404) 281-1121,

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West Coast Workout: Bench Interval This 55-minute cardio and strength-building class uses the custom West Coast Workout benches, which are tools that incorporate the core muscles in a unique way by adding variation and angles. Childcare: No

Awesome Amenity: Rainfall spa shower with essential oil-infused natural products Cost: Mention this article and your first class will be free Words of Wisdom: “Bring a towel—you’ll earn every drop of sweat on your body,” says Tammy Stokes, founder. 107 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, (404) 467-0602, Windy Hill Athletic Club: Battle Train for strength, speed and power using battle ropes and bodyweight movements in this 30-minute workout. Participants can modify any movement, according to their fitness level. Childcare: Yes Awesome Amenity: 50-foot climbing wall Cost: First class is complimentary with a guest pass Words of Wisdom: “Be prepared for anything and be ready to work,” says Karen Foley, general manager. “This class will elevate your heart rate and strengthen all of your muscle groups.” 135 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, (770) 953-1100,

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It’s Different for Women

Although it’s the No.1 killer of both women and men, heart disease is still often thought of as a man’s disease. “We’re trying to change this frame of mind and make women aware that it’s their disease as well. We’re still not there,” says Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, and department chair of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Ninety percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. And considering that fewer women than men survive their first heart attack, we can’t afford not to know them.

Calculating Risk

These risk factors affect both women and men very similarly. But there is one factor that may strike women harder: stress. “Things like depression, early life adversities, low socioeconomic conditions—in general, stress appears to have a more powerful effect on the heart and vascular system of women, and these factors may affect risk very early on,” says Dr. Vaccarino.

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Heart disease affects women differently than men. It tends to strike later in life, for one, and even its symptoms may manifest differently. For example, when Sara Barksdale had a massive heart attack at age 33, it didn’t feel like one. There was no shooting pain in her arm, no severe chest pain. She felt nausea, pain in her shoulders, tingling and numbness in her fingers—and then sharp pain in her jaw. Google and her husband said it was time to head to Northside Hospital’s emergency department, where she was diagnosed with a heart attack.

Sara is hardly what we think of as the poster child for a heart attack. She had no family history of heart disease, she exercised regularly and she maintained a mostly healthy diet. There’s still plenty we don’t know about who’s most at risk and why, but there are also some facts we know for sure. The higher these numbers, the higher your risk:

• blood sugar (HbA1c less than 6 percent) • blood pressure (below 130/80 mm Hg) • blood cholesterol (it depends) • body weight (BMI of 18.6 to 24.9 and a waistline smaller than 35 inches)

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African-American women are at a particularly higher risk of developing heart disease. “It may be partly because of the burden of risk factors they have—high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity,” says Dr. Vaccarino. “But it seems disproportionate even with the prevalence of these factors. Stress may play a role, but we need more data to figure out why.”

While most risk factors can be addressed with behavioral changes, family history is not one of them. But knowing about your family’s health gives you an advantage. “These are tough things for families to talk about,” says Dr. Cooper. “But take the time to ask, ‘Wait a minute, this happened to dad at what age?’ You don’t want to wait until you’re in my hands to find out.” He often tells his own story to illustrate the point. His brother Alvin, who served as the best man at his wedding, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 45. His sister Vicki died at age 41 after surgery to repair issues caused by an earlier heart attack. She went into cardiac arrest and died on September 12, 2001, while Dr. Cooper was stranded in another city and unable to fly home. “I’ve got that family history. I’ve got a big target symbol on my back,” he says. “But I often see families scrambling to figure things out when they’re already in my hands. We’re behind the eight ball at that point. When you’re prepared, the consequences of whatever it is that happens to you are going to be more positive.”

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thinking about heart health in your teens,” says Dr. Cooper.

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Dr. Vaccarino agrees. “Many women have the misconception that as long as they are young, they have other things to worry about. It’s important to change this frame of mind. Heart disease is chronic, it starts in youth in both men and women, and it progresses. The earlier we act, the better.” For every age group, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a healthy diet and physical activity. Don’t get too caught up in which diet is best. “There is a lot of confusion around diet,” says Dr. Vaccarino. “Stick to what we know is proven and really works. Focus on a vegetarian diet as much as possible and eat meat and fish in moderation.” Limit sugar-sweetened beverages, like juice and soda, and cut down on sodium. If you’re looking to make a change, Dr. Cooper’s first piece of advice is to do a food diary. The next step: gradual elimination or replacement. He once encouraged a friend to swap out his 2-liter bottle of soda per day with half diet and half regular soda. It was

It wasn’t until Georgia State Representative, Doreen Carter, found herself in the ICU that the seriousness of heart disease hit her. “When I went to see the doctor and he was talking about the kind of clot that I had, he told me that it was actually the kind that can kill you in your sleep—that’s when it became real.” Her mother and grandmother had died in their sleep. Raising awareness about heart disease became one of Doreen’s passions. In 2016, she organized a Go Red for Women rally at the State Capitol.

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If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to keep a patient’s numbers in line, a doctor may prescribe medications to control factors like blood pressure, heart rate, or fibrillation. But it’s possible that surgery or other procedures will be necessary. Fortunately, advances in cardiovascular technology are changing the patient experience.

When it comes to physical activity, every little bit counts, but ideally, you should be getting a good mix of aerobic and musclestrengthening activities—as in, not just cardio. “Put forth some milestones that are achievable so you don’t get discouraged,” says Dr. Vaccarino. “Small things little by little can achieve bigger goals.”

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Dr. Meduri stresses the importance of choosing a hospital with a large volume of the procedure you’re having done. “You want to choose a hospital with a team of people who have very specialized training, people who are very focused on just a few things. It results in better outcomes and better care.” Especially if you have a complicated condition, look for hospitals that are involved in research and clinical trials; they can provide access to new treatments that aren’t yet on the market.

The Road to Recovery After a heart event or surgery, the doctors still bring it all back to healthy living. “That discussion starts at the first appointment,” says Dr. Meduri. He pushes for patients to start being active as soon as possible after their procedure, to continue with weight loss, to walk frequently and eat

healthily. “The choices you’re making don’t just affect you for one week, or one month. These are decisions about the quality of your whole life going forward,” says Dr. Meduri. For patients struggling with obesity, there are chronic disease management and weight management programs at many hospitals to assist with weight loss. “It’s old, archaic medicine to just say, ‘Go eat healthy and exercise,’” says Dr. Cooper. He notes that support groups make a big difference to his patients. “The most important thing is to keep encouraging people,” he says. “Encourage them always.” And that psychological aspect is important. Heart health isn’t just a matter of taking care of your body. It’s choosing what you want your life to look like 5, 10, and 20 years from now. Sources: WellStar Health System: Emory University: Northside Hospital: Piedmont Healthcare:



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Do your eyes water, look red or feel irritated regularly? Do they feel fatigued or become blurred during daily activities? You could be one of the nearly 5 million Americans who are estimated to have dry eyes.

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Absolutely. Our Marietta Eye Clinic dry eye specialists offer a wide variety of treatment options to minimize or eliminate the harsh side effects of dry eye syndrome. The right treatment for you will depend on what is causing your condition. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam to find out for sure.

What are the symptoms? Symptoms of dry eyes can include the following: stinging or burning eyes, scratchiness, stringy mucus in or around the eyes, excessive eye irritation from smoke or wind, excess tearing, difficulty wearing contact lenses and momentary or persistent blurring of vision that may fluctuate with each blink. How is dry eye diagnosed? An eye exam that includes a complete history of your overall health and your eye health can help your doctor diagnose the cause of your dry eyes. In addition, your doctor may measure

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Preserving Your Hair with Proper Hair Care According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, an estimated 35 million men and 21 million women are currently experiencing some degree of hair loss. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, many of our patients ask if there is something that they can do to help keep it from happening. While there are certainly a variety of medications

and advanced hair restoration treatments that can help, simply avoiding a few hair care dangers can help preserve your hair’s fullness or even prevent some common forms of hair loss. Avoid Tight Hairstyles While it is fine for people to occasionally wear their hair back in ponytails, braids, or “man-buns,” the tension of these tight hairstyles can, with excessive use, potentially cause permanent damage to the frontal hair follicles. This eventually results in a condition called traction alopecia, which leaves behind areas of obvious thinning along the front and sides of the scalp. Avoid High Heat When the hair is excessively dry, it can be prone to breakage and split ends, and nothing dries out the hair strands faster than heat. The concentrated heat from curling irons, flat irons, or hair dryers can be extremely damaging and should be avoided if at all possible. We recommend that you dry your hair using medium or even low heat settings if necessary, and if you are getting your hair done in a salon that you ask your hairdresser to use cooler air to dry your hair as well. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

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Many of the products that people use on their hair can also cause damage. Chemical treatments, like gels, dyes, and relaxers, can weigh hair down, making it weaker and prone to breakage. Even harsh shampoos can potentially strip away the oils that keep the hair healthy. If your hair is naturally dry, it is probably only necessary to wash it every two to three days, and we recommend using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to preserve the hair’s vital natural oils.

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If you are concerned about your own hair loss, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with The Griffin Center’s experienced hair restoration specialists, Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis. Together we can put together a treatment plan that may include anything from specially formulated vitamins and prescription compounds, to advanced preventative measures like platelet rich plasma and red light laser therapy, to full hair transplantation surgery, depending on which approach is right for you.

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young, vibrant girl sat on an orange chair, tablet in hand, in her own world. Her mother wore an expression of fatigue, yet she smiled and hope shined through her eyes. As I chatted with Mom about her daughter’s need for consistency, her extreme sensitivity to textures, her iffic lty with interacti e play, and her erratic speech occurrences, slowly the tablet drew less attention from the girl’s eyes. Her little hands grabbed the stethoscope from my neck pulling me toward her. “Heart check,” she exclaimed! With sudden excitement, she placed my hand with the stethoscope on her chest. But when we progressed to looking in her ears, no matter how gentle, she was sensitive and apprehensive. After resisting and then being held, she decisively put on her coat and hat and walked out the door before her mother was done speaking. During our discussion, her mother explained that she desired for her daughter to gain an outlet of expression for her intelligence. However, she recognized the issues her daughter faced in comm nication a aptation. his is where many parents and providers share common goals. We desire the best for our youth.

education and knowledge and reach out to subspecialists, therapists, an co nselors. he occ pation of a child is discovery through play. As a pediatrician, it is my responsibility to understand this deeply and help families, parents, and children alike, to forge new relationships and conquer fresh frontiers through a team approach. We are so excited to make the idea of total child health a reality through collaboration with therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and teachers. Dare2Care Pediatrics promises to serve as a constant source of communication, coordination, and facilitation for families. Our goal is that every child who enters our medical home leaves a little better off in some way.

Over my 10 years of pediatric practice, I have realized I must continually strive to further my

hat ay, many possible ia noses were introduced into our discussion including autism, sensory processing

disorder, and language disorder. We discussed these to some extent, but more importantly, we came up with a practical plan of early intervention. We initiated speech, occupational, play, and music therapy sessions. My colleagues communicate her progress with me, and I regularly meet with Mom to talk about ongoing concerns and celebrate milestones. With each monthly visit, she is ainin confi ence. he last time she came in she sat on the table, looked at her tablet brie y, p t it own an said to me directly, “Doctor, heart check.” When we moved to her ears, she liked the imaginary kisses and tickles and did not pull back. Once we finishe , she a e me a h an then sai , o home. his is a perfect example of why I love coming to work every day. Play is the way!

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The Waterless Pedicure Revolution

N LETISHA ROYSTER LNT, ANT-C OWNER OF WATERLESS MEDI-PEDI & NAIL SPA Waterless Medi-Pedi & Nail Spa It was a desire to create a nail salon that could cater to the needs of chronic disease sufferers, as well as the everyday woman or man, that lead Advanced Nail Technician Letisha Royster to open Waterless Medi-Pedi & Nail Spa. By forgoing soaking hands and feet during manicures and pedicures, 12 to 15 gallons of water are saved and the danger of spreading waterborne pathogens is practically eliminated. Waterless Med-Pedi & Nail Spa enhances its efforts to reduce infection risks by using an autoclave sterilization (medical grade sanitation) for all instruments, disposing nail buffers, and files after each client.

icknamed the wave of the future in the nail industry, waterless pedicures not only create the opportunity for a more luxurious visit, they are also leading the way as one of the most sanitary nail care treatments available. The absence of water during a pedicure removes the risk of waterborne pathogens, meaning those suffering from diseases such as diabetes, lupus, or cancer can enjoy a pampering pedicure without putting their health at increased risk. The ability to provide extensive, hygienic nail care to guests, beyond that of a traditional salon, is why Waterless Medi-Pedi & Nail Spa founder and Advanced Nail Technician, Letisha Royster fosters close relationships with local podiatrists and dermatologists and can refer her clients to seek medical foot care if necessary. The immune system isn’t the only recipient that gets a boost from

a lack of water, either. Skipping a soak extends the life of each manicure and pedicure due to the fact that the nails don’t have the chance to retain water, which causes them to expand, and the nail polish to shrink. Those with dry skin especially reap the benefits of waterless nail care since water can irritate the skin by dehydrating it further. While the water might be missing, nearly every aspect of a waterless pedicure remains the same as a traditional one. Customers can still expect to enjoy exfoliation, callus removal, cuticle care, nail trims, warm towel wraps, optional paraffin wax dips, lotion, massage, and nail polish application. Plus, every Waterless Medi-Pedi & Nail Spa guest receives their treatment in a private and peaceful setting, allowing them the chance to truly relax and enjoy their time in a spa-like environment.

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Doing a little spring cleaning? Donate your business attire to the Atlanta chapter of Dress for Success, a nonprofit committed to empowering women living in poverty by helping them obtain the job of their dreams. The organization takes that pencil skirt stuffed in the back of your closet and turns it into part of a local jobseeker’s winning interview outfit. Past the first impression, Dress for Success equips women with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in the workplace by offering professional workshops and mentors. When you drop off your clothes, consider donating your time as a volunteer, as well. Spend just a few hours providing administrative assistance in the office by answering calls, entering data and helping to plan events. If L-R: Paul J. Murphy, Shirlene Anderson, Cassandra Burch, Pam Tipton-Thierry. organizing is your strong suit, lend a hand by sorting clothing and making sure appropriate outfits make their way to the boutique. You can also share your love of fashion and get the chance to work directly with Dress for Success beneficiaries through style consulting. Or, spread the word about the company’s mission by serving as a community representative, which would allow you to coordinate a fundraising event and much more. The power is in your hands and your closet to help create an Atlanta where women are employed, empowered and respected.

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Featured events For more events, visit February 11 GEORGIA ENTERTAINMENT GALA Walk the red carpet with some of the most talented members of the Georgia entertainment industry. Two organizations dedicated to helping children overcome difficulties, Camp Dream and Kate’s Club, will benefit from this star-studded event.

February 25 ATLANTA HEART BALL Hundreds of community members, doctors and other professionals will gather at The St. Regis Atlanta to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

February 25 BREAST STROKES, HADASSAH BARES ALL FOR A.R.T. (AWARENESS, RESEARCH & TREATMENT) The first part of this two-part event was held in November 2016 and featured breast cancer survivors as body-art models who had their torsos painted and photographed. The second part of this fundraiser will feature an auction and reveal the photographs of the survivors’ torsos, which were turned into canvases.

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 KASHI ATLANTA STREET MEALS PROGRAM Help local yoga ashram, Kashi Atlanta, assemble and deliver sack lunches to the homeless living on the streets.

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bestbusiness WellStar Kennestone Hospital is the first hospital in Georgia to offer parents a private livestream of their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) thanks to state-of-the-art cameras individually mounted at each baby’s bed space. Family members can see the baby anywhere in the world through the transmission of secure and private images using a service called NICVIEW®. The program was funded by donations to the WellStar Foundation by WellStar Kennestone Hospital volunteers. Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, has played an important role in assisting Northside Hospital with becoming the first hospital in the United States to commercially use Axumin, a tool used to detect recurrent prostate cancer, according to Dr. Vahan Kassabian, Georgia Urology’s medical director. The Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) Chairman of the Board Randy Kluender, DDS, MS has announced the appointment of Dr. Melvin S. Polk Jr. as interim program director. Dr. Polk previously served as chair of the Department of Orthodontics at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.

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In her sassy, direct and sometimes irreverent tone, radio personality, Dana Barrett—in only the way that she can—opens up about what it takes to live her best life now. By Laura Janelle Downey Dana Barrett loves the limelight. At an early age, the starlet performed plays in her backyard with neighborhood friends. She’s come a long way since then. Nowadays, you can find the host of the biz 1190 AM Dana Barrett Show discussing everything from financial planning and fitness to technology and trends. Using her platform to make a difference every day, Dana believes in supporting local businesses, simplifying her life and shooting for the stars. Constantly reinventing herself, she talks about the building blocks that contribute to her being her “Best Self.”

Women are simplifying their lifestyles and getting back to basics. Less is more, right? When my daughter went to college, I was able to refocus and live differently. That meant getting rid of a lot of material junk that I was collecting and not using. At this point in my life, when I put something new in the closet, I get rid of at least one thing. I am pretty hardcore about going to Goodwill to drop off a bag. It’s wonderful to have nice things and it’s great if you can afford it but if you’re buying those things to make yourself happy, that’s not it.

You’re smart, attractive and funny. Has life always been kind to you? People are always complimenting me on my looks. That’s just not who I was all through my 20s and into my 30s. I was much heavier and I did not feel pretty. I was the funny one. I don’t think I ever could have foreseen being where I am right now. I made a very conscious decision to be who I am today. When people look at you as pretty or thin, they just assume you have always been that way and that’s not true for me. I work really hard at it. It’s a daily struggle.

What’s the best piece of advice you can offer to Best Self readers?

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Once you know what you want, say it to as many people as you can no matter how unattainable or silly it feels at first. When you hear yourself say it enough times, you start to believe it’s possible. And when you believe it’s possible, it happens. When people ask what my goal is I either say, “To be the next Oprah” or “world domination!”

After your brief bout with Stage 1 breast cancer, how did your life change? It puts petty stuff in perspective. When you start getting pissy about something someone said to you or there’s a little drama at work, I just go back in my mind to how fortunate I am to get to do what I do every day. And I’m also kinder to myself. I have this big old ugly scar right on the front of my chest—I’m not nearly as judgmental about my own body as I was before.

Who helps you to be your “Best Self?” My team includes Dr. Beaty at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery, fitness guru Lisa Tanker, Dr. Gez Agolli at Progressive Medical Center, Dr. Eric Tabano at The Joint in Brookhaven, Gabriel Lamb from who cleans my place, and Barry Rollan from Barry Rollan Studio who does my hair! Dana will serve as the master of ceremonies at The Pink Affair fundraiser for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation on Saturday, March 11. For more details, turn to Best Bulletin on p. 15.



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Best Self Atlanta magazine is your resource for health, fitness, beauty and giving back to your community. The February/March issue includes...

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Best Self Atlanta magazine is your resource for health, fitness, beauty and giving back to your community. The February/March issue includes...