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What are the most common fitnessrelated stressors people experience?
What is the most common work-related stressor people experience?
What is the most common fashionrelated stressor people experience?
What are the most common social stressors people experience?
What is the most common food-related stressor people experience?
Lack of time, cost, fear of failure and fear of getting hurt.
The number one issue I hear from my clients is,“I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done at work.”
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Why are so many people stressed by their workload?
Know your body, accept it and embrace it. Be realistic when shopping, and create a wardrobe that works for the body and lifestyle you have today.
Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone. Another stressor is when people’s lives take divergent paths. As some old friends have kids or move away, there is stress around how to manage those relationships and/or make new ones.
Most of my clients struggle with trying to properly plan out their weekly meals. If we do not plan ahead of time, we end up stressed out, in a fast food drivethrough and overeating foods that are harmful to us.
How can people reduce social stress?
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How can people reduce fitness stress?
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Most people have never learned how to organize their time and fulfill their most important goals. Instead, they get caught up in a lot of activities that seem urgent and important at the time, but actually should be delegated to someone else or eliminated. How can people reduce work stress? When feeling overwhelmed, many people think,“If I just work harder and put in more hours right now, then it will all get better soon.” This is usually not true. A much better option is to immediately learn some new habits around how you choose to direct activities during the day. What phrase or quote can help people put their work into perspective? The classic,“Work smarter, not harder.”
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While it may sound oversimplified, the first thing you need to do to reduce social stress is to accept yourself. Be happy with who you are, and be happy alone. Once you can do that, you don’t feel nervous to be yourself. How can people put their social stress into perspective? Remind yourself that other people want to make new friends too. And if you don’t click with someone, that’s OK. How do you deal with social stress? I love to meet new people and learn their stories, so I look at interactions as an opportunity to do that.
How can people reduce food stress?
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Race for the Cure Breast cancer awareness steals the show in October, but another key fundraising event happens next month: Susan G. Komen’s annual Race for the Cure. On the morning of May 9, come ready to run, walk or simply be inspired by the post-race festivities and survivor ceremony. This is Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s 25th annual run, and 75 percent of proceeds raised will stay in Atlanta to educate and screen local women. Details: Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, komenatlanta.org
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Cast Your Final Votes! Who are the most fabulous members of Atlanta’s over-40 crowd? Find them in our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, going on now. The contestants were nominated by their friends, co-workers or family members because they give back to the community, enjoy life to the fullest and look great in the process. Get to know them on our Facebook page, and vote for your favorite fabulous contestant until April 5. The top 10 winners will share their stories in Best Self Atlanta’s June issue, so don’t miss it!
As you plan to lace up for your spring and summer runs, it might be time for a new pair of running shoes. Consider buying a pair from Atlantabased Mizuno Running that will help you and your community. This month, for every pair of Mizuno running shoes sold, $10 will be donated to Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that uses running to support and encourage homeless people working toward independence. Details: Find a full list of retail partner stores online at mizunorunning.com
A Healthy Change Is your neighborhood making you fat? Well, it’s not as simple as that, but it could be a factor. At the Museum of Design Atlanta, the new “Designing Healthy Communities” exhibit explores how our physical environments impact our health and well-being. For example, many areas of town are laid out in ways that encourage residents to drive instead of walk or stay home instead of interacting with neighbors. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This interactive exhibit, opening on April 19, shows the huge variety of design strategies that can make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone.
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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career Dr. Dina Giesler
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Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery – Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Dina Giesler knew she wanted to work in dentistry from the time she was in 11th grade. “I’ll never forget it,” she says.“I was sitting with my girlfriend, and we were talking about becoming dental hygienists. So my senior year in high school, I started working for an orthodontist.” The spark was lit, so after she went to hygiene school, Dr. Giesler continued to dental school to become a cosmetic dentist. Her practice today provides everything from general care to cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Brian Maloney’s roots are in reconstructive surgery.“As I went through my residency,” he remembers,“I would rebuild faces from scratch after car accidents and gunshot wounds, taking bone from the rib and hips and skull.” These years reconstructing every part of the face gave him an intimate understanding of the nuances of facial surgery and honed his skills.
Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused on the goal, and never ever give up!
Along the way, Dr. Giesler pushed herself to learn other skills as well. She pursued her Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only 1% of dentists achieve. In addition to learning everything she needed to along the way, Dr. Giesler credits her success to hiring great people. “You surround yourself with women that can multitask – good, strong women,” she says. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she herself is one.
My parents always said, ‘The sky is the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to.’ Life is short, and it is important to find your passion!
Eventually, he began to focus on cosmetic surgery. He compares the two, saying,“With reconstructive surgery, we’re taking an abnormal feature and trying to make it look normal; with cosmetic surgery, we’re taking a normal feature and trying to enhance it.” And with each kind of surgery, Dr. Maloney says, he encountered overwhelming gratitude from his patients.“It’s neat to have patients writing letters to share how the surgery changed their lives.” Dr. Maloney himself takes advantage of those life-changing effects of cosmetic surgery, actively using Botox and Juvederm to avoid that infamous “grumpy resting face” and keep a happy, lifted look to match his attitude.
Diana Hofsommer Camp Horizon – Volunteerism When Diana Hofsommer took on her role as developmental director of Camp Horizon, she quickly realized it presents its own unique challenges compared with a traditional for-profit business. She explains,“Even though we’ve been around since 1982, the climate has really changed. It’s not as easy to secure funding from granting foundations as it used to be, and funders often don’t want to provide continuing support, so it forces us to seek out new funders constantly.” Plus, it ironically costs a lot of money to hold fundraisers.
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bestself 2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Despite these challenges, Hofsommer has a plan to overcome them. “My goal as a development director for Camp Horizon is to foster better and increased relationships in our community.” She is working hard to get the word out about Camp Horizon to those who will make great partners. “We’ve got a lot of really great people and a lot of really great businesses in the Metro Atlanta area, and we’re a worthy cause,” she says. Now it’s just a matter of finding each other and joining forces to help Atlanta’s kids.
Madison James B98.5 FM – Fitness/Weight Loss In today’s world of endless messages about diet and weight loss options, sometimes it can be easy to pay attention to the wrong ones – ones that get you the results you want, but in a way that isn’t the healthiest for your body. Even Madison James experienced this during her first forays into figure competitions. “I became very obsessed about the wrong things,” she remembers. “For me, it was extreme dieting. And when you do that, you are depriving your body of things that it needs. You think you look great, but it can be a very dangerous situation. My levels were thrown off – my hormones were not balanced, and my body didn’t know what was going on.” She ended up in the doctor’s office, realizing that there had to be a healthier way to look the way she wanted to.
Go after your passion. Your passion for something will be the motivation you need to keep going, especially when challenges arise.
Now, she’s found that. With regular meals of healthy, whole food and just three 30-minute workouts per week, James has her body and her life in balance. She says, “It’s very important for me to share with people that there’s a way you can be your best self and not be in the gym all day and counting calories. There’s a much easier way to do it.”
Amanda Hair Bob Steele Salon – Hair Despite her last name, Amanda Hair hasn’t always worked in the hair industry. In fact, before her current role with Bob Steele Salon, she was in retail management. “I decided that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – I wanted time to focus on my family. It just happened that I was a client of Bob Steele Salon, and they needed someone who could manage the salon location.” She jumped at the chance, quickly rising through the ranks to become co-owner and now CEO.
Approach every situation with the end in mind. For example, every decision I make for the growth of Bob Steele Salon, I pose this question to myself: ‘Will I maintain the time needed to be a good wife, mother and leader to the team?’ If the answer is no, I usually pass until I can answer that very same question with a yes.
It wasn’t just the great opportunity that attracted her, though. “I just really loved the industry,” Hair says. “I loved the people and the core values that we represent at Bob Steele Salon. The people that I work with are truly caring people – probably the nicest people that I have ever met. I’m living my passion.”
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bestself 2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board remembers thinking, “This can’t be it!” After meeting Cynthia Decker while working at another lingerie shop, they decided to open their own boutique to meet the style and size needs for all women.
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At Livi Rae Lingerie, Decker says they are constantly surprised at how many people wear the wrong size bra. That’s partially because women like Hopkins herself have few resources to find large-cup bras. Decker reveals, “We’re in the process of designing our own bra, and hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of somebody who’s 50 N besides just one style in four different colors.”
Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker Livi Rae Lingerie – Breast Health/Self-Esteem The inspiration to work in the lingerie industry was a logical one for Molly Hopkins, co-founder of Livi Rae Lingerie. Hopkins’ experience began in third grade, when she couldn’t find any undergarment options that weren’t black, beige or white. She
After years in this industry, Hopkins and Decker know one thing for sure: focusing on the customer herself is just as important as focusing on fit. After they’ve helped a client, Hopkins says, “They feel like we’ve really taken the time to cater to their needs. Our clients become our friends.” Hopkins adds, “I don’t know any place that I can go that I’ll get a hug from the person that helps me. We find that we hug a lot in our store – it’s very emotional, and it’s very bonding.” So whether you come in just for a bra or for some emotional support, Hopkins sums up the experience with the phrase, “Change your bra, change your life.”
Dr. Tara Frix Total HealthCare – Non-Surgical Joint and Spine Care Dr. Tara Frix had no doubts about where her career was headed. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she says. But she always knew that a patient’s health can’t just rely on one provider. “Early on, I was drawn to the multidisciplinary approach of having sports medicine doctors, non-surgical orthopedists, chiropractors and physiotherapists that all have the same goal for the patient.”
If you work hard and work smart, it will eventually pay off. Persistence is the key to achieving anything you want. Whether it’s financial, career, personal or health goals, keep at it, keep going, keep moving forward – you will eventually look around and realize you are there! I see patients that do it all of the time. If they stick to their treatment plan and do their exercises, they eventually get back to living a painfree life because they didn’t give up.
Today, she’s living her vision at Total HealthCare, helping patients eliminate joint pain without relying on the all-too-common cortisone injections and joint replacements. “I love giving patients their lives back and getting them active again,” she says. bestselfatlanta.com
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Basic prep: Denise Romeo, president of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and blogger at “We Like To Cook!” recommends blanching peas to release their best flavor. Start by rinsing the pods, opening them up and using your finger to pop the peas out of the pod. Add the shelled peas to a saucepan with about half an inch of boiling water. For best taste, Romeo says, “Simmer the peas over low heat about two to five minutes until they are just tender and bright green. Once cooked, drain excess water and coat the peas lightly in melted butter, or pop them into a spring salad with arugula, sliced radishes and freshly snipped mint.” Step it up: Romeo says, “To really dress up your salads, try adding pea tendrils for an added element of texture and interest.” Pea tendrils are the climbing, leafy tops of the pea plant. Romeo adds, “Don’t throw away those empty pea pods. Add them to broth for an extra flavor of spring.” Find it: Spring peas are available at most local farmers markets, including the Morningside Farmers’ Market. Shop every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1393 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA. morningsidemarket.com
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The Atlanta Dogwood Festival | April 10-12 The organizers keep this almost 80-year-old event fresh with new features such as the Atlanta Dogwood 5K on Saturday morning, the Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP event, and this year’s new Disc Dogs event, where competing dogs catch some air as they catch flying discs. There’s even a Novice Toss & Fetch category in case you and your dog want to try the world of canine competition. Details: Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, dogwood.org
Spring Festival on Ponce | April 11-12
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Sandy Springs Artsapalooza | April 18-19 This third annual event has a similar variety of arts and crafts available, offering everything from ceramic platters and carved wooden bowls to mosaic windows and copper jewelry. In between browsing, enjoy live music and food trucks from Genki Noodles & Sushi, On Tapa The World, King of Pops and more. Details: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs, GA, sandyspringsartsapalooza.com
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A new weekly wellness series makes its debut at the Chattahoochee Nature Center this month. Every Sunday from April 12 to May 3, the Wigwam Fest offers a full day of yoga sessions, boot camps, dance classes, wellness education and fresh air. They even host a variety of specialty workshops on topics like therapeutic gardening and reading beauty product labels. A one-day ticket costs $69, and series passes are available for multiple days. Details: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA, (770) 992-2055, wigwamfest.com
On the third Sunday of every month, head to Lenox Square Mall for the new Caffeine and Exotics Car Show. The event runs from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 19 and features more than 180 of Atlanta’s finest exotic vehicles brought by local, private owners. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast while you check out each car and mingle with other enthusiasts. Details: 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, caffeineandexotics.com
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Blue Man Group April 7-12 Don’t miss this high-energy, critically acclaimed theatrical production returning to the Fox Theatre. foxtheatre.org
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Hogs and Hops April 11 For the second year running, enjoy local beers and appetizing barbecue at Masquerade Music Park. hogsandhopsatlanta.com
An Evening with David Sedaris April 16 This national best-selling author celebrates the release of his most recent book, “Diabetes with Owls,” at this one-nightonly Fox Theatre event. foxtheatre.org
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BREAST CANCER FACTS & FIGURES 2011, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. 2 RAFFERTY E, PARK J, PHILPOTTS L, ET AL. “ASSESSING RADIOLOGIST PERFORMANCE USING COMBINED DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY AND BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS COMPARED WITH DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY ALONE: RESULTS OF A MULTICENTER, MULTIREADER TRIAL.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 JAN; 266(1):104-13. EPUB 2012 NOV 20. 3 SKAANE P, BANDOS A, GULLIEN R, ET AL. “COMPARISON OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY ALONE AND DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY PLUS TOMOSYNTHESIS IN A POPULATION-BASED SCREENING PROGRAM.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 APR; 267(1):47-56. EPUB 2013 JAN 7. 4 CIATTO S, HOUSSAMI N, BERNARDI D, ET AL. “INTEGRATION OF 3D DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY WITH TOMOSYNTHESIS FOR POPULATION BREAST-CANCER SCREENING (STORM): A PROSPECTIVE COMPARISON STUDY” THE LANCET ONCOLOGY. EPUB 2013 APR 25. 5 ROSE S, TIDWELL A, BUJNOCK L, ET AL. “IMPLEMENTATION OF BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS IN A ROUTINE SCREENING PRACTICE: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY.” AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTENGENOLOGY. 2013 JUN; 200(6): 1401-1408. EPUB 2013 MAY 22. 6 ZULEY M, BANDOS A, GANOTT M, ET AL. “DIGITAL BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS VERSUS SUPPLEMENTAL DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAPHIC VIEWS FOR EVALUATION OF NONCALCIFIED BREAST LESIONS.” RADIOLOGY. 2013 JAN; 266(1):89-95. EPUB 2012 NOV 9. 7 CONANT E, GAVENONIS S, WEINSTEIN S, ET AL. “EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF DIGITAL BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS: COMPARISON OF CALL-BACK AND CANCER DETECTION RATES IN A CLINICAL SCREENING PRACTICE.” (PAPER PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, CHICAGO, IL, NOVEMBER 2012). 1
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Seal the Deal When shopping for food, you likely keep a sharp eye out for labels such as “USDA Organic,” “Non-GMO Project Verified” or “Fair Trade Certified.” When purchasing a supplement, you should be just as discerning, if not more so, because regulation is less strict than you may expect. The 1994 Dietary Supplementation Health and Education Act allowed nutritional supplements to reach the marketplace without FDA approval or providing proof that the substances are safe or actually do what they claim to do. “It just requires that the substances contained in the product are on the label,” explains Dr. David Marshall, director of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Sports Medicine Program. “There is no requirement for studies proving short or long-term safety with product use. This lack of regulation and high risk of impurities can put the consumer at significant risk when purchasing and using these products.” Some supplements do go through independent certification processes, such as those by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), and these will be marked with a seal. As with any product, your best bet is to examine the ingredients for yourself. “Buy products with detailed ingredient lists so you know what part of a plant a particular product is using, the dose and where it is manufactured,” says Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, medical director at Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Shahida Rashid, clinical nutrition manager at Emory Saint
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“Do your research. Visit the manufacturer’s website and research ingredients in the product. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.”
When it comes down to everyday health and fitness, you’re likely better — Shahida Rashid, Clinical Nutrition Manager, off eating a nutrient-dense Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital RECOVERY: Water. diet and getting a variety “Many people forget this of physical activity rather one simple ingredient than relying on supplements. “I generally don’t recommend to their diet,” Dr. Bakheet says. “Simply put, staying well ‘energy boosters’ or supplements for fitness,” says Dr. Maziar hydrated will help every cell in your body function at Rezvani, director of Avicenna Integrative Medicine and maximum efficiency.” Avicenna Allergy and Asthma. “These products are releasing what is already inside of you. There are more natural ways to Editorial Resources release these mediators than taking something externally.” Michael Bakheet, MD, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia – kp.org Try these dietary options to achieve the results you want: ENERGY: Black tea or coffee can give you a boost through your workout or during the workday without the danger of accidentally supplementing with too much caffeine or spending money on a B12 injection your body may not need.
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Boost Your Skin IQ Looking for an effective, lunch break friendly skin treatment? “When you get a micro-current facial, the facial muscles are basically being given a boot-camp-like workout, which results in immediately firmer skin,” explains Skin IQ founder Lidia Nistor-Reteneller. The treatment delivers gentle electrical currents to your skin to stimulate natural regenerative processes, increase circulation in the skin tissue, and stimulate more collagen and elastin. These all result in glowing, tighter skin that looks as healthy as you feel. Details: Skin IQ Medspa & Store, 56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta, (404) 277-0778, skiniqmedspa.com
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Along with a plethora of amazing makeup and skincare choices, Buckhead’s Woo Cosmetics offers Revision Skincare products, revered by both beauty editors and dermatologists. Revision’s Vitamin C Lotion 30% was recently awarded The Best Vitamin C Product in NewBeauty magazine’s fifth annual Beauty Choice Awards. It brightens dull complexions, reduces the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles and contains vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 for a daily dose of antioxidant power. Details: Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, 2339-A Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 477-5000, wooskincareandcosmetics.com
Step into the Limelight We all have our sights set on spring and patio weather, but you should know that virtues of lime do not lie merely in your favorite margarita recipe! Using seasonal offerings enhances natural beauty, and April gives us limes at their peak. Spas often use lime and lime essential oil in scrubs, lotions and cellulite treatments because this particular oil tones skin, helps with blocked pores, boosts circulation and acts as a sponge for toxins. Try fresh lime juice at home in salad dressings or guacamole to reap both nutritional and beauty-related rewards!
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Glycosylation occurs when a glucose molecule abnormally reacts with proteins, blocking the passage of nutrients and waste products between the cells. Collagen, the most common protein found in skin, is especially vulnerable to glycosylation and leads to loss of elastin, which results in aging of the skin. According to Dr. Monte Slater of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic, New Youth Skin Care is the only skin care system to address this and many other causes of aging skin directly by attacking and reducing glycosylation effects. Details: slatermd.com
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Barking Hound Village, a local dog grooming and boarding facility, recently introduced PetChatz to its amenities. This technology allows pet owners to video chat with their pet and even dispense a treat to their dog while he or she is in boarding. barkinghoundvillage.com Piedmont Heart Institute has appointed Dr. Andrew Boyle as the new medical director of its Advanced Heart Failure Center. Dr. Boyle comes from the Cleveland Clinic Florida and will oversee the medical management of a variety of cardiac patients, such as those admitted for heart transplants, failure and cardiomyopathy. piedmont.org
Two Atlanta restaurants were recently honored with the Georgia Restaurant Neighbor Award thanks to their decades-long charity involvement. Ray’s on the River received the award for supporting the Fragile Kids Foundation, and Marlow’s Tavern also received the award for supporting Special Olympics Georgia. raysrestaurants.com, marlowstavern.com Northside Hospital has partnered with the nonprofit Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) to help present the organization’s rides throughout 2015. The Spring Tune-Up Ride, the BRAG and the Georgia BikeFest will take place in April, June and October, respectively. northside.com, brag.org
Local prostate cancer survivor Kurt Gelfand, who runs a prostate cancer awareness campaign called “Save Our Dads,” was recently recognized at Georgia’s State Senate with a resolution naming The Ravinia Spa welcomed February 4 Prostate a former team member back (L-R) Rich Lapin, Carl Nalls, Dwight Thomas, Dr. Carl Capelouto, Spring Goddard, Clarence Luckett, Dr. Scott Miller, Beth Coffey, Ken Stevens, Nelson Mitchell, Cancer Awareness Day. to the practice last month. Benita Ganz, Dr. Justin Hart Representatives from the Suzanne DeCann, a licensed Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, Georgia Urology, ProstAware massage therapist and Usui Reiki Master, graduated from the Atlanta and WellStar Health System were in attendance to honor Gelfand’s School of Massage in 2005 with certifications in spa and wellness efforts to combat this prevalent disease. pcf.org massage and reflexology. raviniaspa.com
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Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where many Americans’ investments are. Investing in a house has a positive impact on personal wealth and community stability, but buying a home – especially for people supporting a family on a low income – presents many challenges. If your entire paycheck is dedicated to the daily finances of life, it can be next to impossible to save the amount needed for a down payment or qualify for a traditional mortgage, preventing many hardworking adults and parents from making that investment.
Volunteers raise the first wall of the Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta home for a deserving family in Mableton. The home build on Valentine’s Day kicked off the 2015 build season for the nonprofit that serves Cobb, Douglas and Paulding Counties.
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Habitat for Humanity is best known for its signature “builds” that bring the community together to build a house for a deserving family. But in addition to actually building the house, Habitat also helps families by making their purchasing requirements more realistic. The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity website details the benefits, such as a no-interest mortgage and low closing costs – nothing more than an $800 “good faith deposit.” Habitat also offers perks such as energy efficient building standards and brand new Whirlpool appliances. If you’re ready to swing a hammer for your fellow Atlantans, join Habitat for Humanity’s Northwest Metro Atlanta affiliate as they break ground on a new build site on April 2. Volunteering with Habitat requires no specialized experience – onsite training is provided for anyone interested in participating. Check out other Atlanta area affiliates by visiting habitat.org and typing in your zip code. Another great way to help is through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Donate your new or gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, building materials and more to any ReStore location, which will then sell these items at a fraction of retail price in order to raise money for more builds. A new Habitat ReStore opened in late March in Roswell, and you can find a full list of local ReStore locations at suburbanatlantarestores.org. bestselfatlanta.com
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The right bra can make any woman feel confident and comfortable. But did you know they can also lead to a job? Local lingerie shop INTIMACY is collecting gently used bras for an organization called Free the Girls, which helps survivors of sex trafficking across the globe go into business for themselves. The women in the program sell the bras, providing them with income, a safe work environment with female clients and a flexible schedule that encourages their ongoing education. Last year, INTIMACY’s stores collected an impressive 10,000 bras in the month of October alone, so they have now expanded the bra drive to a year-round initiative. Bring your donations to INTIMACY in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA.
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When you put yourself out there, you sometimes have to push through some fear and discomfort. Julia Curran-Villarreal figured out a new way to push through it: jump over it! After decades away from track and field, this almost 55-year-old Marietta mom picked up her old sport of high jumping and now competes at the Masters level all across the country. Last season, she won gold in 10 of her 11 meets, and she is currently ranked number one in the country and number eight in the world. Curran-Villarreal says, “I am trying to approach this phase of my life with a sense of fearlessness. If there are things I’ve dreamed of doing, I am going to try them.” High jumping could be just the beginning.
In high school, what originally interested you in track and field?
I participated in gymnastics in elementary and middle school and thought that was “my sport,” but one day in ninth grade, I walked by someone high jumping indoors. Someone suggested I try that, and it stuck. I jumped very successfully throughout high school.
How did you get back into high jumping as an adult?
My first competition as an adult was in 2013 at age 53. I loved that my boys, then 8 and 10, were doing sports, and I was reminiscing about my time on a team and how much I loved high jumping. On a whim, I Googled “track and field for grown-ups” and found the Masters track and field community. I was thrilled to find out there were competitions for adults.
How did your first competition go?
I went to my first meet here in Georgia just to observe, but I wore a T-shirt and shorts just in case I got up the nerve to register and compete – I did, and I won my age division. I haven’t stopped since. I got more serious in 2014 and began working with a trainer who specializes in competitive athletes.
Tell us about your trainer.
My trainer is David Schrader of Neurosport Functional Training. He works with me on flexibility, balance and strength training. He understands the challenges of an older athlete and is very encouraging but pushes me incredibly hard.
What competitions are on the horizon this year?
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My 2015 indoor season began in February with the USATF Southeastern Masters Championship in North Carolina. I will also compete in the USATF National Indoor Championships this month. I have also qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games, which are in July in Minnesota, and the World Masters Athletics in Lyon, France in August. The WMAs, held every two years, are like the Olympics for Masters athletes, and it will be an exciting competition.
What have you learned about yourself since resuming your sport?
It can be scary to put yourself out there and compete. You may fail. You may get hurt, look silly or not perfect. We Masters athletes can’t perform like we did 30 years ago, but we continue to compete for the love of it. It’s the absolute definition of doing “your personal best.”
What inspires you about your fellow Masters athletes?
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