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contents March 2013

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

Keep your toes and soles healthy all year long

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Profile

Meet outdoor enthusiast

Sharon Collins

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TV host of“Georgia Outdoors” on Georgia Public Broadcasting

8 From the Publisher Sherri’s Best List

10 From the Editor

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Photo courtesy of SilverCometGA.com

News, advice, prevention and more

A new adventure

67 Give-Back Guide

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Charity events and volunteer opportunities

The scoop on what’s new around town

69 Reader Resources

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A complete guide to our advertisers by business category

Get a leg up on summer

16 Best Bites

Healthy and tasty ways to nourish your body

18 Best Fun

Our ideas for enjoying life

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31 Get Outside!

Enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer in and around Atlanta

EXPERT CONNECT

my beauty

Great tips for looking your best

20 Best Events

Photos from community events

22 Best Rx

Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

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my legs

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by Dr. Markeita L. McIntosh

Stay active – look great!

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my nutrition

Fuel your outdoor adventure

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Meet businesses dedicated to a better you

Outdoor activities for well-being and weight loss

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Ways to Relieve Back Pain

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Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

my money

Financial spring cleaning

by Dr. Aashish Bharara

by Melissa Bennett, ND

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My Best List Chastain Park – This park is my favorite place to walk and exercise. I always feel like I have taken a mini-vacation when I go around its beautiful walking path. A three to four mile loop, depending on the course you choose, will add pep to your step and put a smile on your face. 24/7 Comedy Radio – If you want a quick mood change as you are navigating our city’s traffic (which is a guaranteed bad mood) tune in to channel 92.3 FM for comedy radio. It’s amazing how fast your perspective changes - you may just go from smiling to a full-on belly laugh. Dog-E-Glow LED collar – Spending time with your pets is something that makes most of us happy. Check out these fun colorful collars that will keep your pup safe and stylish at the same time! Details: www.dogeglow.com Samsung 5.1 Channel 1000W 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System – I just got this awesome surround sound music system. It has a browser, blu-ray and surround sound for my TV. But the best part is having Pandora on my TV screen so I can play all the music I love. That makes me smile. $400 Details: www.samsung.com Ballroom Dance Clubs or Johnny’s Hideaway – If you want to learn to dance, dance, dance, I love the pros at Ballroom Dance Clubs. They make you feel comfortable and are such great teachers. If you just want to “cut a rug,” there’s no place like Johnny’s Hideaway. Details: 887 West Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 897-5556, www.myballroomdanceclub.com, 3771 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, www.johnnyshideaway.com

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Growing up in New York, my outdoor activities involved riding a bike on the concrete sidewalks of the city and playing tag with friends on the grassy lawn of the campus at Columbia University. Unless you had a country house, you were out of luck in getting much closer to nature than Central Park.

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One of the best parts of moving from New York to Atlanta is the variety of outdoor spots. I was like a kid in a candy store – hiking up Stone Mountain, walking through Piedmont Park and learning to stand-up paddle board at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. Whether you’ve enjoyed these outdoor gems all your life or have just moved here, they never seem to get old. Read more about why nature feeds your mind and body in our outdoor feature (p. 31). An integral part of having fun outside is keeping your feet healthy. Learn how to protect your toes and soles with advice and tips from Atlanta’s foot specialists (p. 47). Finally, our interview with nature expert and host of GPB’s “Georgia Outdoors” Sharon Collins (p. 41) shows us it’s never too late to get outside and commune with nature. Happy Reading!

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Publix Marathon Hits the Streets Put your running shoes on and get ready for the 2013 Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17. Runners will gather at Centennial Olympic Park starting at 7 a.m. for a race that goes through our city’s historic neighborhoods and beautiful parks. Details: www.georgiamarathon.com

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Family is the cornerstone of life, providing a firm foundation of support and love. Bev O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of Christa’s Connection, created this DNA service to provide an easy and precise way for people to discover biological family members. Details: 1227 N. Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 126, Peachtree City, GA, (800) 919-FAMILY, www.christasconnection.com

Peace Talk His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader and humanitarian, is the inspiration behind the NonViolence: No Higher Calling movement. He will be leading a free public talk and guided meditation on April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College. This movement is powered by the Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit organization that carries on Sri Sri’s mission. Details: 830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA, www.iahv.org, www.nonvio.org, www.artofliving.org www.bestselfconnect.com

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If you want to learn more about treatments for joint pain, join orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris Haraszti at the DeKalb Medical Theatre on March 7 for a talk on Causes and Care of Joint Pain. A complimentary tour of the Joint Solutions Center will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Details: (404) 501-9355, www.dekalbmedical.org

Elephant Nose Best Getting kids to take their medicine can be a challenge, so local entrepreneur and mom Tiffany Krumins set out to fix that. She invented a friendly-looking medicine dispenser which she called Ava the Elephant. Ava dispenses the medicine from her trunk and also talks! $9.99 Details: Available at your local Kroger or CVS Pharmacy, www.avatheelephant.com

FitGirl Pick of the Month I am a huge advocate of adding natural juices into your daily diet. Specifically the kind that contains fresh kale, spinach, beets, apples, ginger and more. When asked to try a liver cleanse, I thought, heck yes! Sometimes we can stress the liver through the foods we eat or the chemicals we are exposed to. I tried the Dtox 7 Day Liver Cleanse, and afterward I felt amazing. This cleanse works by nourishing and cleaning the liver through a series of juice mixtures. If you want to try this cleanse, head over to DTOX Juice and tell them FitGirl sent you. Cheers to your health! $70 per day. 3210 Roswell Road, Ste. G, Atlanta, GA www.detoxjuice.com Anne-Marie Berte For more information visit www.bestselfatlanta.com/blog Anne-Marie is inspired to help others lead more balanced lives through education and the promotion of wellness-based programs. She is a certified personal trainer and believes in leading a healthy life through exercise and nutrition.

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Chocolate often gets a bad rap. However in some ways it can be beneficial to your heart, in moderation.The cocoa bean is rich in a class of plant nutrients called flavonoids, which is believed to have antioxidant benefits.This may be one of the reasons Park 75 Restaurant and Lounge at Four Seasons in Midtown has chosen to showcase this sweet treat in some of its dishes. Every Friday and Saturday night from March 1 – 23, the restaurant will offer a special chocolate menu featuring up to 10 decadent creations.The menu will showcase chocolate sourced from around the globe, as well as Park 75’s own “bean to bar” chocolate, created in-house from fair trade cacao beans. In addition to desserts, executive chef Robert Gerstenecker has created a four-course dinner with items like cocoa butter seared scallops with a cocoa vinaigrette and a cocoa nib crusted duck breast. Dinner is $55 per person and the chocolate menu is priced from $4 to $5.

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If you love a good story and the challenge of hiking at night, then head over to Sweetwater Creek State Park on March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. for their Candlelight Hike. Discover the historical ruins that will take you back to the days of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill that was burned during the Civil War. This mile-long hike through the state park follows a stream directly to the remains of the mill. Don’t be put off by the idea of trekking through the darkness; all hikers will be provided with candle lanterns. This is an adult-only adventure, so no children under six years of age or dogs are allowed on the hike. Participants will meet and register at the Interpretive Center. Registration is $5 and parking is $5. Details: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA, (770) 732-5871, www.gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek

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March 30 This 7K obstacle challenge will take place at Stone Mountain Park. You can register as a team or as an individual. There will also be a Kids Dash for children ages four to 13. www.badassdash.com. For more info p. 34

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Getting back to nature can do wonders for your mental health as well. A Japanese study in 2009 found that breathing in antimicrobial compounds found in the essential oils of trees increases relaxation and improves stress management, which translates to less anxiety, depression and anger. An added bonus to exercising outdoors is that it can trick your body into working harder while feeling it less. A 2011 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that people who walked on an outdoor track moved at a faster pace, perceived less exertion and experienced more positive emotions than those who walked on an indoor treadmill. So are you ready to be outside yet? Check out these great outdoor spots, breathe in some fresh air and get moving! 

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For anyone who wants to learn to paddle, climb and travel through the backcountry, Georgia is home to a number of rivers and lakes that are perfect for water sports. This spring is a great time to take up a new activity like SUP Yoga, river rafting, sea kayaking, windsurfing and more.

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In collaboration with SUP YOGI, High Country Outfitters (HCO) offers stand up paddle boarding yoga classes taught by their own certified yoga instructor, Caroline Peters. Classes are 90 minutes and open to all levels.

Paddling enthusiasts can take advantage of Georgia’s vast mix of rivers, lakes, swamps, saltwater marshes and the ocean with the fantastic sport of sea kayaking. Sea Kayak Georgia is located in Tybee Island and offers classes for children and adults of all levels, plus tours of the beautiful Georgia coast.

River Rafting Experience the thrill of rafting the Ocoee, the Nantahala or the Chattooga Rivers. No matter what your skill level or previous experience may be, make sure to find a guide that will take you and your group through the rapids safely.

Windsurfing Lake Lanier is home to the Atlanta Board Sailing Club, one of the oldest windsurfing clubs in the country. Beginners can visit Windsense Windsurfing in Flowery Branch for lessons, rentals and more.

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Escape to Lake Lanier This 1,500-acre resort offers activities like golf, horseback riding and boating. With over 30 miles of walking, hiking and biking trails winding throughout the four islands that make up Lake Lanier Islands Resort, the options for outdoor fun are endless. Trail systems are comprised of paved pathways, man-made trails on varying terrains and natural hiking trails for a more challenging adventure. Beginning in March, the Islands will also offer the following springtime activities:

• Canopy Tours / Zip Lining With seven zip lines and two sky-bridges all located around Legacy Lodge, this unforgettable tour boasts spectacular views as you zip through the tree canopies. For reservations, call (678) 622-3990 or (770) 828-7654

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at Lake Lanier and Shoal Creek Sites Spacious and scenic, the sites are ideal for RVs and tents. During the day, guests have easy access to all the excitement of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, including LanierWorld Waterpark, award-winning golf facilities, rejuvenating spa treatments, the equestrian center, zip line canopy tours and more.

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• The Stables / Equestrian Center Saddle up for a ride through a set of scenic trails along the shores of Lake Lanier Islands. Older kids and adults can enjoy a 45 minute ride, and younger kids (ages two and up) can go on a 30 minute ride. March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For reservations, call (770) 932-7233

• Boat Rentals at Harbor Landing Rent a pontoon boat for eight to 20 passengers‚ or rent equipment for an amazing afternoon of wakeboarding‚ fishing and tubing. Your group can choose to ride the waves‚ or spend the afternoon fishing.

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Located 13 miles northwest of Atlanta, the Silver Comet Trail takes walkers, cyclists and hikers through Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties. At 61.5 miles long, it starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and The Esom Hill Trailhead. If biking is not your thing, then get your running shoes on and take a jog or walk down this scenic route. If you want to challenge yourself donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the Silver Comet 10K on March 9, which is the last qualifying race for the Peachtree Road Race of 2013. Presented by Get Fit Atlanta, proceeds from this race benefit numerous community and school running programs and Cobb County Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programming Unit.

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North Georgia Canopy Tours has created modern teepees that offer a new way to sleep under the stars and enjoy “glamping,” or upscale camping. These luxury canvas teepees come fully equipped with comfortable beds, cedar log furniture, air conditioning, lighting and electrical outlets. Glampers can feel close to nature and then retreat to the comfort of a temperature-controlled teepee. Teepees include the couple-sized 18’ deer teepee which sleeps two, the family-sized 22’ dream catcher teepee which sleeps up to five and the group 26’ hickory teepee which sleeps up to 10.

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Located in Lula, GA, North Georgia Canopy Tours offers other outdoor activities as well. If soaring through the trees is your thing, let guides take you on a zip line adventure. Whether you opt for the two-hour Sky Bridge Tour or the three-hour Adventure Tour, you are sure to have a good time. And if you’re a newbie to zip lining, you’ll go through some basic training before you head out to the trees. If you want more of a rustic camping experience, there are also 15 sites available for those who prefer to pitch their own tent.

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Camp out at The Rock Ranch This beautiful 1,250 acre cattle ranch is located about an hour south of Atlanta in Upson County. Owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, a day at the Rock Ranch is packed full of adventures including train rides, zip lines, cane fishing, paddle boats and horse rides.

Walk, run or ride the Atlanta BeltLine

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As the biggest revitalization effort ever undertaken in the city, the Atlanta BeltLine is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown. The completion of the Atlanta BeltLine will bring together 45 intown neighborhoods, and with the help of the PATH Foundation, it will eventually link them to the entire metropolitan Atlanta region.

For additional information call (706) 647-6374 or visit www.therockranch.com

Today, parts of the pedestrian-friendly trails are open for walking, biking and jogging. For city dwellers who want to get outside and enjoy the new BeltLine this spring, be sure to check out the West End Trail, which stretches 2.4 miles from White Street to Westview Cemetery. The interim hiking trails also include seven miles of hiking trails on the east and west sides of the Atlanta BeltLine. And the Northside Trail through Tanyard Creek Park treats visitors to one of the most scenic stretches of the trail.

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If getting back to nature is what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after, the Rock Ranch also offers Conestoga Campouts aboard a Conestoga wagon. Each wagon is fitted with four sets of bunk beds for a total of eight bunks per wagon. With eight wagons, the ranch can accommodate a minimum of eight and a maximum of 64 campers. If your group is larger than 64, guests may pitch tents for the additional campers in the fenced camping area for $10 per camper. Wagon rentals are $225 per wagon.

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Try Slacklining If you’re wondering what a slackline is, it’s like a tightrope that’s purposefully kept loose (or “slack”). This allows you to bounce and sway with the line as you walk, while at the same time working on your balance, posture and core strength. It is also great for your focus, as slacklining requires intense concentration to stay upright. Instead of a rope, a slackline is flat webbing like the ones you might use as slings while climbing. The best part? All you need to slack are two trees that are a good distance apart and a few key accessories. In Atlanta, you can try slacklining in pretty much any park or outdoor space with sturdy trees.

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Beginners should start with the line about 12 inches off the ground, but experienced slackers and rock climbers often go much higher. Most slacklining experts recommend three to five carabiners, a couple of slings to go around the trees and about 20 to 30 feet of webbing. You can find this gear at just about any outdoor store that caters to climbers, or simply go online to purchase a slacklining kit.

Mountain High Outfitters (MHO) hosts practice sessions for climbers of all levels at local gyms like Atlanta Rocks and outdoor crags like Allenbrook. Their knowledgeable staff is available to answer questions about technique, good climbing locations, gear, appropriate clothing and more. For information on their practice sessions and competitions visit their website.

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Hike Kennesaw Mountain Whether you want to learn about the history of Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Field or take a hike on one of the many trails, Kennesaw Mountain has something for everyone. On weekdays, visitors can take a drive to the top of the mountain, and on weekends a shuttle bus is available to the mountaintop. Visitors can also picnic in designated areas and then enjoy a hike on the 18 miles of trails. On Saturdays in March, older outdoor enthusiasts can partake in Fleet Feet Hikes, a short hike geared toward mature adults. The hikes are led by other mature adults who are familiar with the trails of Kennesaw Mountain, and they are divided into two-mile and six-mile lengths. Short hikes are from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and long hikes are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No registration is required and the hikes are free. For additional information visit www.nps.gov/kemo

Take the family to Stone Mountain Park

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Say goodbye to the winter blues and a big hello to Spring FUN Break at Stone Mountain Park. Perfect for active children, the park features an array of family-friendly activities that offer nonstop adventure and excitement. • SkyHike Families can trek through the treetops on one of the nation’s largest adventure courses. Complete with an overhead safety system, children and adults can explore the quarter of a mile course that stretches over suspended wooden bridges. Participants can choose from a 12-foot trail for beginners, a 24-foot high trail for the somewhat courageous and the super challenging trail at nearly 40 feet in the air for the true daredevil. • Camp Highland Outpost Camp Highland Outpost is designed and built in partnership with the staff of Camp Highland in Ellijay, GA. The site features exciting outdoor fun for the entire family including rock walls to climb, a low ropes course with three line bridges and zip lines. For additional information visit www.stonemountainpark.com

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of nature and adventurous spirit would lead her to the path that would eventually become her career. Although she admits she didn’t plan on having a job in the environmental field at first, Collins still gravitated toward it. She started her professional career in radio, switched to television and eventually became assistant news director/ managing editor for WSET-TV in Virginia. It was during that time she launched a multi-faceted station initiative called Project Environment. The station also ran an eco-based story on the six o’clock news each night. “That started the ball rolling and helped me land a job with TBS and CNN,” she says. At TBS she was hired as a host and correspondent on the show, “Network Earth,” which was later repurposed and aired on CNN under the title “Earth Matters.” CNN brought her on board in 1991, and within a few months she was sent to Brazil to cover the Earth Summit. During her time with CNN, she was awarded a national Emmy for her contribution to the CNN special “In Nature’s Wake,” a program detailing floods in the Mississippi River Valley. “The current president of GPB hired me at CNN,” she says. “When she began looking at the programs, she asked me to take a look at “Georgia Outdoors” and give her some feedback. I was asked to rework the show and the rest is history.”

to indulge her love of the outdoors. She considered the forest her playground and would spend countless hours outside swinging on tree vines, scampering over boulders and catching critters in the stream. “My father worked for C&P, AT&T and BellSouth, and we moved about every two years,” Collins explains. “When you’re always the ‘new kid,’ you learn to make friends quickly, but you also spend a lot of time alone.” No matter where her family moved, she always appreciated her natural surroundings. “I loved the field in front of our house in Fanwood, New Jersey,” she recalls. “In Charleston, West Virginia, I used to skip school and hang out in Kanawha State Forest, a beautiful area with huge boulders and caves. My father always had us outside, playing in the snow or visiting a park.” She says she may have been a “handful” for her parents, but she soon discovered her love

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Being exposed to new, natural wonders is at the core of what makes “Georgia Outdoors” such a unique show. “Many viewers write to thank us for informing them about an animal, place or issue they knew nothing about,” Collins says. “I hope that showing people what we have within driving distance is enough incentive to yank them away from the video games.” So, the next time you have a free moment, Collins encourages you to step outside instead of reaching for the TV remote. Being outside not only offers relief from stress and boredom, but also gives you an appreciation for the great outdoors. “Just sit still for about 15 minutes, and nature begins to move around you,” she says. “Birds come closer; chipmunks fly across the grass and a lizard may crawl across your feet.” The good news is, unless you’re Sharon Collins, there is little to no chance of encountering a bat.

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Each season brings a new adventure and a chance to share information with the public about the amazing animals and locations throughout the state. Collins has come face-to-face with loggerhead “Georgia Outdoors” airs on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. turtles, crabs, frogs and snakes. She’s explored and Saturdays at 6 p.m. www.gpb.org/georgia-outdoors roaring waterfalls, steep canyons and deep rivers. “It’s all so beautiful. Rocks, trees, sky, birds – there’s just so much to see, and it is always changing.” This is just one example of the can-do, fearless attitude she takes with her all over the state as the host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s (GBP) nature show, Collins is constantly thinking of ways to improve the show and bring “Georgia Outdoors.” Sharing the natural treasures that Georgia has to offer is all interesting content to viewers. “It has been a dream to follow a migratory in a day’s work. Now in her third season with the show, she not only serves as the bird outfitted with a radio transmitter, such as a Whimbrel,” she says. “These host, but has also produced 21 episodes. “The beauty of this job is working with amazing birds fly thousands of miles nonstop from Georgia to the arctic, then some incredibly committed people,” she says. “They have taught me how to hold down to South America. I want to follow them, document their flight, and a bat, handle a snake and pick up a pelican. What more can a girl ask for?” track them down at each location. It would take a lot of time and money, but Collins is no stranger to spending quality time with Mother Nature. As a child, she I believe those are the kinds of stories that make viewers really understand the lived in a house that was surrounded by woods, a creek and plenty of opportunity magnificent abilities of animals they may never otherwise be exposed to.”

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Up Close and Personal with Sharon: What was your first job? I pumped gas at an all-girl gas station. If you did not have your current job, what other vocation do you think you’d be good at? Landscaping. Also, when no one is listening, I’m a great singer.

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What journey into nature have you not yet taken? Africa. I have traveled to many parts of the world, but never managed to make it to that continent. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? I built a koi pond, and ripped out all my grass for a more natural environment. I haul mulch, move rocks, prune, plant and have a wonderful time. I could spend every day doing something in my yard. I also like to walk a lot. What are some of the biggest lessons nature has taught you? Patience. I can’t make something happen. Nature rules and we just follow along to make this show. I am a type A personality, so that is sometimes a difficult thing for me to deal with. I’ve also learned that the saying, “Everything is connected,” is so very true.

Who are the people that help you be your best self? Those who are missing limbs, struggling with a horrible disease or living in poverty because they have lost a job and cannot find another. Whenever I feel sorry for myself, or start complaining about things that aren’t going my way, I see or hear about someone with much bigger obstacles and shut my mouth. What have you learned about yourself since starting the show? I suppose I’m stronger than I thought. When I crawled down a sinkhole into the mouth of a cave, I was really afraid. One wrong move and I could have been seriously hurt, but I did it. I’ve also learned how much I enjoy being close to a wild animal. I like to hold snakes and I got a huge kick out of picking up a pelican. What is the biggest fear you have overcome? Starting over. I had an idyllic life in Virginia

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Dr. Kihm, who sees patients at Village Podiatry Center’s Marietta-Kennestone and Douglasville offices, says early assessment and treatment is the optimal way to keep your feet healthy. “Do not ignore your feet. If they hurt, you should listen to your body and you should not try to deal with the pain,” he says. “Consider which factors make them feel worse and avoid these.” Clearly, paying attention to your feet and what your body is telling you are the first steps in obtaining happy and healthy feet. But what are we dealing with here? And what do we do to tackle common foot problems?

The Usual Suspects Dr. David Scott of Resurgens Orthopaedics, who specializes in foot and ankle issues as well as trauma and knee surgeries, puts foot health into simple terms. “When you don’t take care of your feet, they hurt, and you don’t get to do what you like to do,” he says. “Take care of your feet, and you get a lifetime of foot health and wellness.” However, despite the straightforward advice, 10 to 20 percent of people have some kind of recurring or chronic foot problem. Here are a few of the more common ailments:

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A bunion is a condition where the big toe gradually dislocates, and can get more severe and painful over time. This condition is caused by the bone structure of your feet, which is hereditary. Dr. Kihm says some shoes can make the condition more painful, but shoes are not the cause of bunions. Treatment: “Wide-toed shoes and padding may be helpful to reduce this kind of pain,” Dr. Kihm says. “However, because bunions are a bone condition, sometimes, surgery is required to address and correct the bony etiology and painful deformity.”

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A hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes, in which the toe is bent at the middle joint. If left untreated, a hammertoe may become fixed and require surgery. Treatment: “Everything in your body has some kind of balance, such as the bicep and the tricep in your arm,” Dr. Scott says. “The hammertoe is a sort of imbalance in the toe where the first knuckle is bent up and the second knuckle gets bent down.” Dr. Scott says a hammertoe can be surgically straightened by removing the knuckle and lengthening the tendons. The knuckle is then fused straight. “You have to balance all of the joints to correct the hammertoe,” he says. Dr. Scott

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Corns are pressure-induced callus formations on the toes. Dr. Kihm says each patient is assessed individually to determine why these are occurring. Treatment: “Your podiatrist can usually trim your corn and this can allow for an immediate relief of pain,” he says. “If your shoes are too tight or if you have hammertoes associated with these corns, these can be causative factors that need to be addressed to prevent the corns from returning.” Padding around the toes can also reduce the pressures that create corns. However, Dr. Kihm says he cautions people with poor sensation, especially diabetic patients, not to use medicated corn pads. “These contain salicylic acid that dissolves away the corn, but can also dissolve away healthy skin and create wounds and more severe problems.”

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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The bottom of the heel becomes tender and sore. Dr. Scott says there are many factors that cause plantar fasciitis. “The aging of the tendon and the stress we put on it in dayto-day life is one factor,” he says. “We are also heavier than we should be, and not as athletic as we should be.” Dr. Scott says while sometimes there is an event where you may injure your heel, very frequently, there is not one factor to put your finger on.

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Certain aches and pains can be avoided by simply paying attention to the shoes you put on your feet. Margiano says most foot problems are caused or aggravated by wearing ill-fitted shoes. “Ninety percent of people are not wearing properly fitted shoes… you want to wear shoes like the shape of your foot, with room and support for walking or running,” he says. “Your foot takes the impact if you’re not supporting it properly.” For women, the daily use of high-heels is a major culprit in foot pain. “Women will have five times more issues with their feet than men, and the main reason is the female tendency to wear shoes more for appearance than for comfort,” Margiano says. For a woman to avoid issues due to high-heels, Margiano suggests not wearing heels higher than 1.5 to 2 inches, as well as wearing high-heels in moderation. “You don’t want to force your feet into this awkward position,” he says. “Heels slam those toes into a narrow wedge, and are the leading cause for bunions and hammertoes.” But men aren’t free from shoe discomfort either. According to Dr. Kihm, men are five times more likely to have a traumatic fracture of their heel bone than women. “These kinds of injuries are usually experienced when jumping or falling from a height, and since men, for example, work more frequently on roofs, this makes sense.” Dr. Scott says men are also more prone to overuse and sports-related injuries, and injuries among his male and female patients are equal. However, women still take the brunt of footwear-related pain. “I see two or three women patients for every male,” he says. “Women are in for more shoe-related issues due to restrictive footwear, and I see more foot and ankle issues with women.” Flip-flops and ballet flats, which offer little arch support, are also a concern for health care professionals. Margiano says there are many

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Understanding the steps to take in addressing foot problems will help put you on the right track for a healthier lifestyle. And taking care of your feet can be a simple process. Dr. Scott offers this final advice: “Keep your weight near your ideal range, pick your activities carefully. When you change activities, you should change it in a gradual way so your feet don’t fracture or break. Wear comfortable shoes,” he says. “Also, calf stretching and a flexibility routine are important. Those who have stayed flexible as they age tend to do better. Flexibility should be a long-term part of everyone’s fitness goals.” Having the right footwear is crucial to maintaining healthy feet. But we don’t think about it as much as we should. According to Dr. Kihm, the pressure on your feet exceeds your bodyweight when walking, and can reach four times your body weight when running. “We don’t think about this a lot and maybe we ‘put up’ with our feet being sore or painful,” he says. “It should not be this way and it does not need to be. Proper footwear is very important so you can support and protect your feet as they function.”

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The body’s natural processes can dull facial skin. Your skin constantly sloughs off dead cells, which can clog pores and age your skin. Daily exposure to the environment -- including the sun (even in the winter), chemicals, air pollutants, grease, dirt, smoke, and other elements -- takes a toll on your skin. Facials can help remedy these common skin problems. Exfoliation, with astringents and masks, can reach deep into the epidermis to remove dead skin cells and reveal newer cells underneath. This will help achieve a clearer complexion and natural glow. The warm towel or steam that is applied to the face during a facial not only helps to open pores, but it can also open blood vessels and increase circulation. This brings beneficial nutrients and oxygen to the skin, which in turn encourages new cell growth. The light massage that is used to apply facial products can also increase circulation to the face and neck, as well as stimulate the lymphatic system. The body increases drainage, and helps to reduce any fluid retention in the face which is why, after a facial, the face looks less puffy. It’s important to drink plenty of water after a facial to help flush out toxins that may have been released. Facial massage also aids in the relaxation of the facial muscles, which can slow the onset of wrinkles in the face.

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Remember to shred everything you get rid of and scan a backup copy of what you keep for cloud or external hard drive storage. Also consider setting up a separate email account. That way, online bills won’t get sent to your spam folder.

At minimum, you should receive a facial treatment four times per year, as the seasons change. Regular facials are the key to clear, smooth, soft, and radiant skin year-round.

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What vitamins and/or supplements should women take in preparation for pregnancy? The key to health is “hydration,” so proper water intake is crucial for health. Also, purchase prenatal vitamins and place a sticker on the bottle that says “pre-conception” vitamins. Make sure your vitamins are from a whole food source and are not compromised by fillers, artificial colors or additives.

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This special dinner and auction will benefit TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare. TurningPoint is a non-profit healthcare organization that improves quality of life for women with breast cancer. Tickets are $85. For more information, contact kburpo@myturningpoint.org or call (770) 360-9271, www.thepinkaffair.org.

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Bring the whole family to join in on this 5K and 10K. Tickets are $30, $35 at packet pick up, and $8 for the tot trot. The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., Atlantic Station. 8 a.m. www.shamrocknroll.org

5K IN PARADISE

This 5K takes runners through a tropical oasis. Runners will receive beach shirts, hurricane glasses, leis and a beach party with contests and fun. Proceeds support marine wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Town Center Mall. 400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw, GA. Race starts at 1:50 a.m. www.rungeorgia.com

March 15 28TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT

Come celebrate the women who have made a difference within their families, communities, charities and professions. Tickets are $125. YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, GA. 5:30-9 p.m. www.ywca.org

March 16 WHITE COAT GRADY GALA

Healthcare heroes and philanthropists are honored at Grady’s annual White Coat Gala, a black-tie event to be hosted in the Georgia Aquarium. 357 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, GA. www.gradyhealthfoundation.org

23RD ANNUAL TORCH GALA

There will be a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Georgia Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Individual reservations begin at $300. To purchase tickets contact Krista Heckler at (404) 982-0616 or kheckler@ccfa.org.

March 17 FAIRY TALE TEA- TEA AT THE OSCARS

This mother-daughter event includes a children’s fashion show, seated tea and prizes. Tickets are $35 for children and $55 for adults. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Swan Coach House, 3130 Sloan Drive NE, Atlanta, GA. 2-4:30 p.m. www.choa.org

March 20-23 HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION

Join world-renowned winemakers and chefs at the High Museum for a night of wine and art. All proceeds benefit the High Museum Atlanta. www.atlanta-wineauction.org

March 23 SPRING CHICKEN RUN

Join the 11th Annual Spring Chicken Run to benefit C.A.M.P., a charity serving West Cobb and East Douglas counties. The event includes a 5K race, a one mile run and a tot trot. Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA. 8:30 a.m. www.rungeorigia.com

April 6 KNOCK OUT CANCER

Participants get a free T-shirt, racing bib with a timing system and goodie bag, among other prizes. Music, games, food, face painting and more will also be available. Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 8:30 a.m., www.knockoutcancer5k.org

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Woodstock, Ga—Metro Atlanta parents planning on sending a child to college in the next few years, but who aren’t quite sure how to pay for it can now rest a little easier. Jason Flurry, CFP® founder of the National Center For College Planning and Legacy partners Financial Group has been educating parents about what to do if they haven’t saved enough for college and retirement. ‘It’s really sad, but most parents we talk to have done really well financially, but never found the time to save for college, and now they’re facing a bill of $18,000-$50,000 a year. They don’t know who to turn to for help,’ he says. ‘Furthermore, most of the time, all they hear is to not even bother applying for any aid because they make too much money. However, most of the time, that is simply not true…even if they make a good six-figure income.’ Jason would know, because he’s worked with over 1000 families in the last 16 years ranging from single moms to corporate CEO’s, and he swears he can help anyone get through the process and save a bundle….no matter how good of a student they have or how much money they make. ‘Simply put, we show parents the truth that they aren’t hearing anywhere else about how the college process really works, and how they

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