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My Best List Dancing Stars of Atlanta - Kick off the summer season on June 3 with Dancing Stars of Atlanta. This event is spectacular in pretty much every way. It celebrates the nostalgic dance styles of yesteryear in a killer venue with great peoplewatching, entertainment, food and drink, and it’s all for a great cause. My partner, Christjohn Batters and I were privileged to participate as “dancing stars” last year. This year, Best Self Atlanta is helping to promote this unique (not boring) fundraiser and I encourage you to buy tickets and go, or follow your favorite local celebrities online and give what you can to support the fight against the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s. www.dancingstarsofatlanta2012.kintera.org Photo by Stephen Marino Photography

STAND UP FOR THE HOOCH/SUP - I can always count on my good friends at High Country Outfitters to dial me in to what’s cool when it comes to outdoor sports in Atlanta. Our staff was invited to a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) clinic to learn about this fairly new outdoor sport and I was not disappointed. SUP is one of those things you need to try to really understand why it is so great. You are on a wide surfboard with a paddle and it’s all about balance, core, upper body movement and coordination. All in all it is quite a workout (gentle yet intense), combined with the tranquility and peace of just being in nature. I loved it and plan to be at Atlanta’s first Stand Up Paddleboarding Race at Morgan Falls Overlook on May 5. If you want to attend, head over to our website (www.bestselfconnect.com) for all the details. Stay tuned for SUP yoga! www.highcountryoutfitters.com Swan Drive-In - When you are ready to take a break from all the fun events, head north on 575 to the Swan Drive-In for some good old fashioned throw-back fun. Nestled in downtown Blue Ridge, this is the “reel” deal.You can take lawn chairs or stay in the car, enjoy the snack bar cuisine or pack your own favorite movie food. It’s great for family fun or a date night, and the travel time is just a little over an hour. www.swan-drive-in.com All the best Sherri Adair, Publisher, sadair@bestselfatlanta.com

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The beginning of summer always makes me feel both nostalgic for fun times past and excited about the new adventures to come. I imagine Monica Pearson (p. 41) must be feeling the same way as she embarks upon a new chapter of her life. July 25 will mark her last day on the air after an amazing 37-year career. We are so excited to see what the future will hold for her, and have no doubt she will continue to inspire us to be our best selves. Another woman who can inspire is Mom, and we are amazed by what local mothers are cooking up to make the future brighter and healthier for kids (p. 49). If you are looking for unique ways to spend the warm weather months, make sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide (p. 31) for some ideas on how to enjoy yourself both in and around the city. Bring Mom (and some friends) with you to try the latest libations at Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. And if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, try your hand at the world’s largest climbing wall at Historic Banning Mills. Wherever you find yourself this summer, make time for some good, healthy fun and be sure to share your adventures on Best Self’s Facebook page.

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Bag Lady If you’re in the market for a designer handbag but want a steal of a deal, try browsing Bella Bag’s website for luxury brands like Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and more. The creation of local entrepreneur Cassandra Connors, this website allows you to sell or trade your gently used bags as well. Details: (877) 623-5522, www.shopbellabag.com

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Become a wine club member at The Vineyard Wine Market and enjoy benefits such as a complimentary wine tasting, discounts on the wines tasted during particular months, savings on all in-store purchases and more for $39.99 per month. Sip with ease knowing that a portion of all membership fees is donated to Noah’s Ark, a non-profit animal rehabilitation center in Locust Grove. Details: (770) 226-0099, www.thevineyardwinemarket.com

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The Philip Stein® Wine Wand uses natural energy to enhance your wine’s aroma and flavors. Decorated with encapsulated glass jewels, the wand incorporates natural frequencies to aerate the wine. By inserting the wand into a bottle or decanter for five minutes or a glass for two or three minutes, it releases the wine’s natural notes. Details: Available at Brown & Co. Jewelers, www.philipstein.com

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Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day brunch on May 13 at Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery. This winery won Georgia’s first ever gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles International Wine Competitions. Enjoy wine tastings Thursday through Sunday and winemaker tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Details: (706) 867-9862, www.wolfmountainvineyards.com

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If you are interested in making your own wine, be sure to check out the crafting supplies offered at Wine Craft of Atlanta in Sandy Springs. In addition to wine making kits like Vintners Reserve, a 28-day winemaking kit that contains 100 percent pure varietal grape juice and concentrate, they also offer beer making kits, bottling and kegging equipment and cheese making kits. Details: (404) 252-5606, www.winecraftatl.com

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Wine-zag.com was created by media executive and wine lover Adam Japko. This blog is “a place to share information that keeps wine fun, simple, and rewarding.” Readers can subscribe to the website’s RSS and email feeds for tips, stories and dedicated wine recommendations.They can also peruse online posts on Japko’s top wine and food experiences as well as wine businesses. Details: www.wine-zag.com

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Enjoy a bit of bubbly and toast to Mom this Mother’s Day. Allure’s new sparkling Moscato wines are sure to put you both in a festive mood. If you prefer a fruitier flavor, the Pink Moscato gives off hints of apricot, peach, bergamot and mint flavors. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day! $9.99 Details: Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits, (404) 881-0902, www.classicwinesofcalifornia.com

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Experience the wine tasting series at Château Élan this summer as part of their wine tasting overnight package for two. Each class will focus on a particular wine including the “Meritage” Wine Tasting Experience on May 5 and the “Moscato” Wine Tasting Experience on June 9. Make sure to tour the winery after your class. Self-guided tours are available from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Details: (678) 425-0900, www.chateauelan.com

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Chicken Breasts with Grilled Pineapple and Tomatillo Salsa Although pineapple may be available year-round, its peak season runs from March to July. So take advantage of this sweet treat and use it in different dishes like this chicken breast with grilled pineapple and tomatillo salsa. In addition to its delicious taste, this fruit is a great source of vitamin C and an enzyme (proteolytic enzyme bromelain) that can help relieve indigestion. You can also try this recipe over steamed rice for a complete meal, perfect for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for oiling the grill ½ large sweet white onion (such as Vidalia), cut into thick rings 6 pineapple spears Salt and pepper to taste 1 ½ cups tomatillo salsa 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon lime juice

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Method: Brush onions and pineapple with one tablespoon of the oil then season with salt and pepper. Grill, flipping once, until just charred in spots and softened, six to eight minutes total; transfer to a plate. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop onions and pineapple and transfer to a bowl. Add tomatillo salsa, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. Brush chicken all over with remaining tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or bake until deep golden brown all over and cooked through, eight to 10 minutes total. Transfer chicken to a platter, spoon grilled pineapple salsa over the top and serve immediately. —Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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With great views of the city, a new menu and hand-curated cocktails, Glenn’s Kitchen at the Glenn Hotel gives new meaning to dining al fresco. Savor entrees like a pulled pork sandwich topped with smoked gouda and fried jalapenos or beer can chicken with bacon-braised collard greens and mashed potatoes. Be sure to try a refreshing Glenn-tini, a mix of cucumber, mint and green tea-infused vodka with fresh lime and sugar. Enjoy your meal or a drink on the rooftop patio and relax in the casual atmosphere, perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic evening for two.

Why order in a pie when you can make one instead? Double Zero Napoletana in Sandy Spring hosts pizza making classes one Monday per month, with the next one scheduled for May 21. Learn the fine art of making Neapolitan pizza using the restaurant’s Stefano Ferrara ovens. This fun, interactive event also includes a glass of wine and a personal pizza creation. Each class is limited to 15 attendees, and the cost is $39 per person. Double Zero Napoletana offers two separate seatings for each class – one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.

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More than likely you are grinding or clenching your teeth while you are sleeping, which tends to be painful in the mornings. Grinding and clenching may result in one or more of the following: headaches in the morning, wearing down the enamel of your teeth, fractured teeth and pain in the supporting muscles. I recommend a night guard which is worn throughout your sleep. It protects your teeth and keeps the muscles of the jaw in a resting position so they are not activated throughout the night, causing pain the next day. Occlusal guards work best when they are custom ďŹ tted for your teeth and mouth. Ask your dentist to see if you may need a night guard during your next exam.

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1. Lake Lanier Islands Resort Escape to this 1,500-acre resort and choose from a wide selection of accommodations that include the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center, 30 cottages and six executive villas. Guests can enjoy golf, horseback riding, spa services and luxury boat rentals. Beginning in May, the Islands will play host to a variety of summer events. Details: www.lakelanierislands.com Photos courtesy of: Lake Lanier

• The Sunset Cove Sand Series Volleyball Tournament May 5, June 2, July 28, August 11 and September 8. One Saturday each month, the Islands host this volleyball tournament. August 8 is the 2nd Annual Volleyball Tournament sponsored by 97.1 The River.

• Masterpiece Mixers at Sunset Cove Mondays from May 7 through September 17. Create your own piece of art while enjoying the open air. $25 fee includes canvas, paint, brushes, aprons and instruction.

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2. Atlanta Botanical Garden If you thought that The Atlanta Botanical Garden was just about gorgeous greenery, think again. This summer you’ll find a multitude of special events and educational classes at Atlanta’s oasis of horticulture. Details: www.atlantabotancialgarden.org

• Cocktails in the Garden Every Thursday from May through September, the Garden plays host to this fun event complete with a live DJ and specialty cocktails. Admission for non-members is $18.95 and includes one free drink coupon. Admission for Garden members is free.

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• Gourmet in May This month-long event celebrates all things edible and includes a variety of events in the Edible Garden and outdoor kitchen. Guests can partake in weekend garden chef demos, the fresh plates series, edible lessons and more.

3. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites If you’re looking to escape the city and get back to nature, there’s no better place to explore than the state’s most beautiful parks. Check out their website for the lineup of events this summer and find something for both adults and kids. Details: (800) 864-7275, www.georgiastateparks.org

• Metro Atlanta Candle Light Hike to the Mill Saturday, May 19, 8 to 10 p.m. Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs

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This mile-long guided nighttime hike is easy to moderately difficult, and it takes you inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Candle lanterns are provided. No dogs or children under age 6 are permitted. Space is limited and on a first-come firstserve basis. Meet and register at the Interpretive Center.

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FUN CALENDAR May 1, 4, 6

Don Giovanni

The Atlanta Opera presents Don Giovanni, the tale of history’s most beguiling scoundrel, Don Juan. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. (404) 881-8885, www.cobbenergycentre.com

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May 3 - 6

Georgia Mountain BirdFest

Join beginning and expert birders for more than 60 programs over four days. Choose from guided walks, field trips, art classes and more. The cost is $135 for all four days, and camping and cabins are available. (706) 878-2201, ext. 305, www.gamtnbirdfest.com

May 5

PAWfest 2012

PAWfest 2012 includes pet demonstrations, kid’s activities, food and drinks, a silent auction and the PAWfest Pack 5K hike and one mile walk. The event takes place in Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (770) 798-7711, www.pawfest.com

SCAD Atlanta’s First International Festival

Featuring traditional music, dance, art and food, this festival will celebrate the diversity of SCAD’s international arts community. The festival will take place in Atlantic Station and is free to the public. www.scad.edu/experience/events www.bestselfconnect.com

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• PADI Certifications The PADI Whale Shark Distinctive Specialty Certification and Manta Ray Distinctive Specialty Certification offer guests the chance to learn more about these animals through academic lecture and direct observation.

• Science on Tap During this evening lecture series, guests are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres in the Oceans Ballroom while hearing first-hand accounts of real experiences with marine life. Come hear two-time Oscar winning cinematographer Robin Lehman’s “film talk” on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.95 for members and $33.95 for non-members.

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FUN CALENDAR May 7 - 9

Sweet Auburn Spring Fest

In honor of Charles Johnson, the “Mayor of Sweet Auburn,” this festival celebrates Atlanta’s African-American culture on historic Auburn Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. (404) 246-2492, www.sweetauburn.com

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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6. Reynolds Plantation From fireworks and barbecues to wakeboarding and tennis, there is no shortage of fun at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at The Reynolds Plantation. This quintessentially southern retreat is located on Lake Oconee and offers 117 holes of golf, four dining venues, swimming, tennis and a spa. Details: (706) 467-0600, www.ritzcarltonlodge.com

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• The BBQ Butler Guests can learn to baste, marinate and broil from the Ritz-Carlton Lodge’s own BBQ Butler.

• Swinging Sunday Concert Series & Fireworks Featuring an array of musical genres and a fireworks display, Swinging Sundays happen every week from June 3 to August 12.

• Wakeboarding School Package Ideal for anyone who wants to fine-tune their wakeboarding skills, this package includes overnight accommodations in a lake view room, admission to wakeboarding school and more.

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7. Stone Mountain For a great way to stay ahead of the summer heat, look no further than Stone Mountain. The newly launched Geyser Towers feature multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connecting visitors to towering platforms that overlook a gushing geyser. The experience is ideal for the entire family, complete with a trickling creek where the toddlers can play. Access to Geyser Towers is included in the All Attractions Adventure Pass, which allows guests to experience all of Stone Mountain Park’s family attractions. Details: (770) 498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

May 19

Circus Arts Fitness at the Circus Arts Institute

This non-traditional workout allows students to get lessons on the trapeze, tightwire, juggling and more. The Special Stimulus Adult Beginner’s Circus Arts Fitness Class is for new students only. The cost is $18. www.circusartsinstitute.com

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Party in the Park

This one-day event is the first ticketed concert at Centennial Olympic Park in 10 years. Performers include Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, AWOL Nation and Dawes. Gates open at 3 p.m. with live music until 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. www.ticketalternative.com

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Marking the 60th season of musical theatre in Atlanta, Theatre of the Stars promises a line-up of star-studded shows. With season ticket prices starting at just $129, this is a perfect way for Atlanta families to stay entertained this summer. Details: (404) 252-8960, www.theaterofthestars.com

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival

This outdoor festival showcases local and national jazz greats, a neighborhood jazz series, youth jazz band competition, a kid zone and many other family-friendly activities. This weekend event takes place in Piedmont Park and is free to the public. (404) 817-7957, www.atlantafestivals.com

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The 24th Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Beginning on West Peachtree Street and ending with the Festival Village on historic Auburn Avenue, follow the Parade of Bands for a memorable, festive, and colorful display of music.The event goes from 1 to 11 p.m. and is open to the public. www.atlantacarnival.org

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10. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Located just a few hours south of Atlanta is a vacation destination with activities and accommodations to suit any budget. Choose from a gorgeous beachfront rental or a range of hotels in four resort areas: Beachside, Village, Lakeside and Linkside. The 2400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers golf, tennis, shopping, and a luxurious day spa, and this summer, guests can enjoy the Wednesday Night Concert Series through the month of June. Families can also catch their favorite kid-friendly movies under the stars every Thursday from June 7 until August 9. Details: www.sandestin.com

11. Historic Banning Mills Home to the world’s tallest free standing climbing wall, Historic Banning Mills also boasts the world’s largest continuous zip line eco-canopy tour. Visitors can enjoy over 7.5 miles of zip lines, tree houses and a variety of tours and outdoor adventures. Located in the Snake Creek Gorge in Carroll County, Georgia, they also have a range of accommodations including a lodge, a bed and breakfast and an RV and camping park located in Snake Creek Gorge. If you’re looking for a complete weekend getaway, be sure to check out additional outdoor activities such as team building and GPS treks, kayaking and horseback riding. Details: (770) 834-9149, www.historicbanningmills.com

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Virginia-Highland Summerfest

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Celebrate the beginning of summer with dancing, music, art and delicious food. Highlights of Summerfest include the artist’s market with over 200 national artists, live music, food and the 5K Road Race and Tot Trot. www.vahighlandsfestival.org

June 8

Namaste Music Festival

This three-day benefit event will feature 20 local bands, multiple arts and crafts vendors, guest speakers and live dance performers. The festival is held at the Etowah River Campground in Dahlonega from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (706) 864-9035, www.namastemusicfest. com

July 14 – 28

Fine Art Celebrates Bastille Day

Huff Harrington Fine Art celebrates all things French – especially art – at its annual Bastille Day exhibit. The gallery is located at 4240 Rickenbacker Drive, Atlanta, (404) 257-0511, www.huffharrington.com www.bestselfconnect.com

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12. Serenbe Just 30 minutes from Atlanta, this cultural venue has a summer calendar that’s jampacked with fun activities. Serenbe kicks off the season with a May Day celebration, followed by four months of concerts, artist bazaars, farm tours and more. Visitors can also take part in the southern chef ’s series, the photography center workshops or one of the many fine arts workshops. Details: www.serenbefarms.com

• Serenbe Farmers and Artists Market - Saturdays at 9 a.m. from May 5 to October 27 • Serenbe Weekend Farm Tours - May 5 through June 23 • Southern Chef Series - Ongoing

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Unplugged in the Park

This free concert promises a stellar 2012 season. Performances begin May 6 and run through September 30, with music starting Sunday at 7 p.m. at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. Guests must be over 21, but children are admitted when accompanied by a parent. www.99X.com

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Bring your pooch to the Living Room Patio at W Atlanta – Midtown which will feature Salty Dog Martinis and plenty of treats for the fourlegged guests. Monthly through September. (404) 892-6000, www.watlantamidtown.com

SAM Shortline Excursion Train

Travel in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs from Georgia Veterans State Park to Americus and Plains, then back on April 13, May 11, June 22, July 13. (877) 4272457, www.samshortline.com

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The Biltmore Estate

America’s largest home in Asheville, NC (a 250-room French Renaissance chateau) will exhibit rarely displayed treasures collected by the Vanderbilt family. (877) BILTMORE, www.biltmore.com

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On the air, co-anchors Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer also voiced their admiration. “It’s hard to imagine Atlanta and WSB without seeing you every single day,” Farmer said. “We’re going to miss you a lot.” This sentiment was echoed not only by viewers, but also by her co-workers, peers and managers as they all gathered in the newsroom to help her make the official statement. Ever humble, Pearson accepted their words of praise and congratulations but reassured her co-anchors by saying, “You two will do fine without me!” As for her audience, many Atlanta natives grew up watching Pearson on TV with their parents and have continued the tradition with their own children. She has spanned generations and for many, watching the news without her will certainly be a different experience. WSB-TV altered Atlanta television forever in 1975 by making Pearson (then known as Monica Kaufman) the first woman and the first minority to anchor the evening news in our city. While there is no doubt she excelled in her position, Pearson admits that a career in journalism was not her first choice. “My degree is in English and Philosophy,” she explains. “I planned to teach, and chance encounters got me to where I am.” After two years of college, she got married and went to work at a bank across the street from The Courier Journal and The Louisville Times, where she was eventually hired to be a newsroom clerk. Following the riots after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, she was accepted to a summer program developed by Columbia University and the Ford Foundation to get more minorities into a predominantly white newsroom. “I was accepted for the program and came back to The Louisville Times as a reporter. I tried for a job at WAVE-TV and was turned down, so I went to work for Brown Forman Distillers in public relations, but knew it wasn’t for me,” she recalls. Next she took a modeling and charm course to learn how to do hair and makeup and dress for the job she wanted. “I got the job at WHAS after informally modeling at Hurstbourne Shopping center for Bycks department store,” she says. “I met June Dorsey whose husband was the news director at WHAS and I interviewed and got the job.” WAVE-TV then sent a tape of Pearson to Dick Mallary, a consultant for WSB. When WSB called, Pearson remembers being hesitant to go to the interview because another station, (WAGA) had shown interest in her talent as well. “WSB called me to literally change the face of Atlanta television at 6 p.m. because, until I came along, only white men did the evening news,” she says. “I think God wanted to see in both instances how I would handle disappointment. I learned where I needed to change to fit what news directors wanted, and I had faith that if it was meant for me, it would come. And it did.” From there, Pearson left the Bingham family, then owners of The Courier Journal, The Louisville

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Times and WHAS radio and TV, to join the Cox family in Atlanta. “It is important to give praise to Don Elliott Heald and the Cox family,” she says. “They decided it was time for the anchor desk to mirror their audience, even though it could have lost them viewers, big time.” But instead, viewership only grew. Pearson not only reported groundbreaking news, but was also witness to many changes within the broadcasting field. She says the biggest change she’s seen in the news industry is going live. “We now have the ability to go live from anywhere in the world, and not always using a satellite, but using something as small as a computer,” she explains. “Instant news, instant everything means the reporter truly has to be observant and in tune.” Over the next 36 years, Pearson interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to former president Jimmy Carter, and she did it with the same sense of honesty and professionalism, drawing out their stories and presenting the unbiased facts to her audience. As a result, she has been consistently recognized for her efforts and has garnered numerous awards, and this year is no exception. On June 23, The National Association of Black Journalists will honor her at their annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans with their 2012 Legacy Award. “To say I am honored to receive this award, sounds like a cliché, but I truly am honored humbled and grateful to NABJ,” Pearson says. Honored and grateful are also words her fans and co-workers have used to describe how they feel about Pearson. “She is an icon, not just here in Atlanta, but across the country,” Jovita Moore says. “Few have impacted local news the way Monica has.” As for Pearson, she wants her fans to know how much respect she holds for her colleagues at WSB-TV. “Jovita, Justin, Linda, John, Erin, Carol, Fred and Craig and all the other anchors will continue in the tradition of quality news reporting and anchoring and community involvement that defines WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News. John Pruitt and I have long been the faces of action news, and we have a place in WSB history, but now it is time for the next generation to add to that history.” While much has been said about her departure, Pearson shows no signs of slowing down. During that February 6 broadcast where she made her official statement about her upcoming retirement, she also talked about going back to school and starting her own travel blog. Pearson has represented so many different things to people over the years – trusted news broadcaster, trailblazer, community advocate – however there is one thing she hopes her audience will remember above all else. “I hope they remember my smile and my attempt to talk to them and not read to them. I hope they know I cared about what we covered and how what we covered affected them,” she says. “I hope they will remember my close-up interviews because that nosey person truly is me. But if I have to say just one thing, it is that I hope they remember me as their friend.” www.bestselfconnect.com

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More from Monica: What do you remember most about the day you announced your retirement? Being shocked at how many important people came from corporate, such as Doug Franklin and Bill Hoffman, just to name a few, and then all of the staff from all over the building. I was touched by what everyone said about me. It was surreal, like being at your own funeral. And then the viewers started calling and emailing, and I thought how blessed I am to have people care about me, in ways I did not know.

Describe how you felt the first time you were on camera. The first time I was on camera was on a children’s show in Louisville, Kentucky, and I loved it. My mother had me in dancing school, Jewell McNair’s Dancing Dolls, so I loved to entertain and be on stage. I look back at those pictures and scream with laughter because the smile was there but the sassy stuff was there too. I also sang on Hayloft Hoedown in Louisville, a country music show, and was bitten by the singing bug. But the first time I saw myself as a reporter and then an anchor, I cringed. I still do cringe when I look at my old stuff - that tinny voice and very contained, trying to be someone other than me. Of late, I’ve been in shock over how skinny I used to be. Right now, I’m seeing a nutritionist to get my eating right and take off some pounds before I leave, so I will at least look a little more like I did back then.

How did you arrive at your decision to retire? My daughter is 31 and my 89-year-old mother is happy at Sunrise, so I knew now it was time for me to do what I want to do versus what I have to do. And, I’ll admit, over the last two years with Chuck leaving, John leaving, it felt right to go. Plus, Jovita was in place and ready and we have a group of

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Can you share with us any of your plans for after you retire? I am retiring but I’m not tired. In September, I will begin working on my Masters in Telecommunications at the University of Georgia. It will take two years to complete. Then, I hope to teach on the college and university level. I’ll see how the Masters goes before I think about trying for a Ph.D. I am also launching a website, www. atoeinthewater.com. People choose their vacation sites based on where they have been, their friends and family have been and seldom jump out on faith to a new location. I will visit places in the north that southerners haven’t tried, such as Maine and the Poconos and for northerners, places like Barnsley Gardens down here. The point is I’m trying places all over the country, sticking a toe in the water to see if it is just right for vacation. I’ll shoot still pictures and video and write a short narrative about the pros and cons. And last but not least, I want to write a book, using my mother’s favorite statements, aimed at teens and their parents. My mother’s mantra to me is: “It’s what you do with what you have that makes you what you are.” On a side note, the line is used in a cartoon (Kasha & the Zulu King) that will premiere on BET on July 28 where I’ll voice the main female character. I took a course last year to learn how to stretch my voice and do other voices, so I plan to do some voiceover work as well.

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Who gave the most memorable interview? That is a tough question because I loved Dolly Parton, Paul Newman and early Oprah Winfrey, (because I had more time with her), James Earl Jones, Sean Connery…each one had something special that made the interview stand out in my mind.

Who are the people, both personally and professionally, that help you be your best self? My mom, because she keeps me centered. My daughter Claire, because she isn’t impressed with what I do, but is impressed that when she was growing up, I made her games, went on field trips and supported her. My dear John, a man in his own right and icing on the cake. He is a good hearted family man who is very protective of me, in many ways. He spoils me rotten from jewelry to dresses to cooking. He is a take-charge kind of guy and is so good to my mother, who adores him. And his family has embraced me too. His mom, Mama Jo, (that’s what I call her), Josephine Pearson, treats me like her daughter.

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Over the past 37 years, you’ve been on the go, involved with so many different charities and breaking news stories. What do you do to maintain that pace and stay healthy? Right now I am overweight but working on it. I used to play a lot of tennis to keep my stress and weight down. I would name the balls. Now I am happy on the elliptical, the treadmill and the stationary bike. I love to read and now make time for books and I meditate on the Gospel to keep myself humble and to remind myself that I’ve been blessed to be a blessing to others. I do pace myself better now. There was a time when I was speaking at least four days a week. Now I do 52 events a year. I never get enough sleep, except on vacation, and now every day, looking out my windows, the water makes me feel like I’m on vacation. And John and I love movies and travel, so the anticipation of that next trip keeps me on point.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? From my mama, and the grammar isn’t great, but it makes a great point. “If you is who you ain’t, then you ain’t who you is.” In other words, “to thine own self be true.”

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What have been your favorite and least favorite ‘dos? My favorite is when it is very, very short and platinum. That’s me! My least favorite was that mushroom hairdo from years ago.

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Colleagues recall their favorite memories of career days with Monica My favorite memory will be her laugh and sense of humor. She lights up a room with both of those. I remember emceeing an event with Monica and the audience was having a good time and talking and not paying a lot of attention to what we were saying. Now, that wasn’t what bothered Monica, but we were talking about some special kids and she wanted everyone to hear so she firmly told everyone to listen up! The place went quiet. You could hear a pin drop. It was incredible. Only Monica can pull that off. And once she had them, she smiled and any hard feelings disappeared and we were back on track. That is Monica. —John Bachman, WSB-TV

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When the bomb went off during the Atlanta Olympics, Monica and I co-anchored our coverage for five hours from midnight until dawn. We were both exhausted and running on adrenaline, and I’ll never forget the poise and focus Monica brought to this story of worldwide significance. Monica was the ultimate teammate on that sad night as we tried to help our viewers cope with the disaster that impacted us all.” —John Pruitt, WSB-TV No one will soon forget Monica in this newsroom. She greeted everyone with a warm smile and friendly words everyday. We often knew Monica was here—even if we didn’t see her—because we could hear her infectious laugh across the newsroom or down the hallway. —Jovita Moore, WSB-TV I have so many precious memories of working with Monica. Picking just one is hard, but I’d have to say our trip to Oslo, Norway to cover President Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize. We were working crazy hours covering the Carter family during the day and doing live newscasts at night from a rooftop in Oslo. We had a great team there including John Pruitt. One night we needed Monica to voice a story so our editor could edit and send the story back to Atlanta for the next day. I had to wake Monica long after bedtime and as a young producer I was nervous but she had no problem walking down the hotel hallway in her PJs and big slippers to get to our production room (a small hotel room turned TV production house). She was cheerful and thankful for her hardworking team. In the years we have worked together she has never shied away from hard work or long hours. I’ll really miss her in the newsroom every day. —Marian Pittman, WSB-TV - Station Manager

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What was the inspiration behind your business? After losing our first daughter, Bella, to an intestinal infection at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in June of 2004. Children’s helped me and my family through a very difficult time. With this life-changing experience, I wanted to honor Bella and show my second daughter, Ava, that a woman can do anything she puts her mind to.

What is your ultimate goal for your business? To create a brand that is known as a respectable makeup line that makes a difference. (Plā) Beauty makes a difference not only on your face by offering paraben-free products, but also in the life of a child by donating a portion of all proceeds to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and other local children’s hospitals in areas where (Plā) Beauty is sold.

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Since my passion involves my family, there is a fine line. I often have to check myself to make sure that I am creating the balance I originally intended. To be in the moment is the most precious gift I learned from losing Bella. And although it is not realistic to be present every second, it never hurts to have a goal and check yourself.

My favorite “me” time activity is when I get up early in the morning before getting Ava ready for school and put a little makeup on my face. The power of makeup is pretty amazing.

What famous mom do you relate to and why?

Chinese Southern Belle is the venture of mother-daughter team Margaret and Natalie Keng which they launched in 2009. Through cooking classes, cultural workshops and Asian market tours, they use food to connect people and culture. www.chinesesouthernbelle.com

Donna Hyland, the CEO and President of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Years ago when I was volunteering at Children’s, before creating (Plā) Beauty, I was mesmerized by Donna’s success as a businesswoman and always curious about she did it. I would read articles and see magazine covers with her on it but never realized she was just like every other woman. She carried the weight of the world on her shoulders and was just trying to do her best to make a difference. One day out of the blue, I received an email from her, thanking me for lip gloss I had sent her. I took the opportunity to ask her to be my model for CBS 46 Better Mornings Atlanta with Tracye Hutchins for a “Positively Georgia” segment. She immediately said yes, and a week later, a woman I had once been too nervous to speak to was wearing my makeup and bringing her daughter to meet me. She is a woman who has faced adversity and come out stronger from it, which inspired my newest campaign, Pla2GiveBack.

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What was the inspiration behind your business? Natalie: I knew I wanted to start capturing my family’s history and live closer to my parents. Even though I had experience in multiple sectors including non-profit, government and corporate, everything seemed disconnected or disjointed. I’m a natural connector and envisioned creating an entity that would pull all of my interests - food, family, culture, travel, social awareness, health and sustainability - together. Margaret: I didn’t get the idea at first, but then Natalie explained that food was a gateway, not the end goal. I thought it would be fun and different. After all, I loved teaching and had taught the area’s first Chinese cooking class back in the 80s.

What is your ultimate goal for your business? Natalie and Margaret: To be ambassadors connecting two culturally rich traditions—the East and West - and find balance in between. To build a multicultural, multimedia enterprise that features a TV program (Rachael Ray meets Oprah meets This American Life), a website or blog, how-to videos, specialty food products and kitchenware, books and more.

How has this endeavor impacted your family? Margaret: When Natalie told me she was leaving her corporate job and coming back to Atlanta to live closer to me, I wasn’t sure whether to be elated or worried! Her dad joked that the business sounded like a non-profit. So far, it’s been fun and adventurous, but Natalie’s doing the start-up, day-to-day work. I’m just her sidekick!

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What personal and professional support have you received to help you be your best self? Natalie: My family has played a huge role in supporting and encouraging me to live out this dream. They are my business advisors, investors, sounding boards and cheerleaders. A few close friends are also there with moral support and professional advice.

What is your ultimate goal for your business?

Margaret: Natalie and I complement each other well. I teach the meat dishes and she does the “greenhead” veggie dishes. My daughters and I are very close. Even though we’re not all in one place, we stay in touch.

I want to see Little Me Tea in the hands of every single child in America! This isn’t just about making money. It’s my passion. As parents, we need to be vigilant about what we feed our children, and we need to seek out products that are organic, offer real nourishment and are free of harmful ingredients.

How do you balance your passion and your family life?

How has this endeavor impacted your family?

Margaret: I am positive and self-entertaining on the personal front, try not to be a burden to my children, stay efficient on business tasks and set clear priorities around quality time with family. Natalie: I spread myself thin, so maintaining balance is hard. I eat well, exercise and include “unplugged” social activities like potlucks and outings.

What famous mom do you relate to and why? Margaret: They weren’t famous, but they are stars in my eyes - my own mother and my host family when I first came to the United States.

What is your favorite “me” time activity? Natalie: Playing sports and amusement park games with snack breaks. Margaret: Going fishing and writing poetry.

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sugar or lacked taste and real nourishment. So I turned to something that I drink every day - tea. I realized there weren’t many caffeine-free teas with health benefits, so I created a tea that is perfect for keeping kids hydrated and healthy.

It’s been life-changing, to say the least. I was a stay-at-home mom when I came up with the idea of Little Me Tea. Now I work day and night, and always struggle to balance the needs of my business with the needs of my family. But this is a family business, so we all pull together. We have even had Julia sign cartons of Little Me Tea at Whole Foods Markets during demonstrations.

What personal and professional support have you received to help you be your best self? I have the best support person in the world: my husband. Beyond what he does to pitch in with raising our daughter and running our crazy household, he believes in what I’m doing and supports me 1000 percent. He is also the person I turn to most for professional support. His business experience has been invaluable in running our company. But I also have a strong support network of businesswomen who inspire and support me, and I could not have gotten this far without them.

How do you balance your passion and your family life?

When Georgia mom Melinda Hicks couldn’t find a healthy kids’ drink for her daughter, Julia, she created Little Me Tea, (found in your local Whole Foods Market), a delicious caffeine-free tea flavored with fruit and vegetable juices. Today this nutrient-rich beverage has been coined “the healthiest kids’ drink on the planet.” www.littlemetea.com

I don’t see the two as separate entities. My passion for organics and good health has been an integral part of our family life and the raising of our daughter. Little Me Tea is simply an extension of that passion. I’m so pleased to see my own daughter drinking our product every day, and I know it is being shared with many children who enjoy the benefits as well.

What famous mom do you relate to and why? What was the inspiration behind Little Me Tea? My daughter Julia was the inspiration behind Little Me Tea. As she grew, I began looking for healthy beverages to give her, but everything was either loaded with

There are many famous women who inspire me. Robyn O’Brien, founder of Allergy Kids Foundation and author of the book, “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It,” opened parents’ eyes to what is going on with our food supply. Nancy Massoto of Holistic Moms Network is a passionate mom who has created a national support network for many other mothers like myself.

What is your favorite “me” time activity? A good book and a good hike. Anytime I can get lost in an activity, put all the daily tasks and demands of this business aside and just be in the moment, whether it’s lost in a fictional world or the beauty of the natural world, I’m happy.

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Melanoma at a Glance

What causes melanoma? There is definitely an increased risk with sun exposure, but some people get melanoma in places that have never seen the sun. The thing most closely related to melanoma is a bad sunburn early in life. Otherwise there are many genetic factors. If there is a family history of melanoma, you are at a 50 percent higher risk of getting melanoma yourself.

Who is at the highest risk for developing melanoma? Redheads and blondes have a high risk because their skin typically burns, freckles, and reddens easily. If you tan frequently or you have over 100 moles, you have a very high risk as well. Each year, the risk of getting melanoma goes up drastically. One out of every 105 Americans born in 1993 will develop a malignant melanoma in their lifetime. In contrast, the risk in 1935 was only one in 1,500, in 1960 it was one in 500, and in 1980 it was one in 250.

How is melanoma diagnosed? It’s all based on depth. If you catch a melanoma early and it hasn’t grown more than .75 millimeters into the skin, you have a nearly 100 percent survival rate. The deeper it is, the more likely it is to metastasize.

What does malignant melanoma look like? Unfortunately, melanoma looks different on everyone. It can be a brown mole with a reddish hue around the edges, or a mole that’s black, grey, or irregular shaped. It’s so important to check your own body, because you can get melanoma anywhere you have skin.

What are the treatment options with melanoma? If you find it early, the treatment is excision. There is no radiation or chemo

needed. If tumor has spread, survival rate isn’t good, but fortunately most melanomas are found early.

What is the risk of recurrence? If you catch it early, risk is close to zero. The deeper the melanoma at the time at diagnosis, the higher the risk for recurrence. The risk of recurrence skyrockets with anything over .75 millimeters.

Besides sunscreen, what are some preventative measures we can take? Wear sun protective clothing. I also recommend a pill called Heliocare – you can get it over-the-counter, and if you take it before you go out into the sun, it decreases your risk of sunburn. Gabrielle M. Sabini, MD

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There are two basic types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes stiffness and pain in the joints, and is usually the result of aging. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes joints to swell and become painful. The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known, although one reason for the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis may be a high-fat, highcholesterol diet.

Inflammatory arthritis is more common in countries where rich foods are eaten, such as the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. (In a few people, some plant proteins, such as the gluten of wheat, may also be a contributor.)

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• Anti-Inflammatory Foods such as turmeric, ginger, garlic and apples.

There is no singular test for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis. Instead, rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed based on a combination of the presentation of the joints involved, characteristic joint stiffness in the morning, the presence of blood rheumatoid factor and citrulline antibody, as well as findings of rheumatoid nodules and radiographic changes (X-ray testing).

Does diet affect arthritis? Yes. Some foods that may relieve general arthritis symptoms include: • Fruits, particularly those high in vitamin C, such as blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi fruit, peaches, mango and cantaloupe melon. • Vegetables high in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C including carrots, squash, sweet potato, spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. • Oily Fish rich in omega-3 essential

• Pulses and Grains found in lentils, chickpeas, brown rice and whole wheat bread.

What are the most common treatments for arthritis? Recent studies have highlighted the role of food sensitivities in some arthritis sufferers, and this can involve the exclusion of obvious trigger foods. The ALCAT is the most effective and comprehensive sensitivity/intolerance test available. This differs from other food allergy or intolerance tests as it accurately and objectively measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, which is a final common pathway of all mechanisms.

What are the best ways to manage arthritis pain? The following lifestyle changes can alleviate osteoarthritis and other types of joint inflammation: • Low-impact aerobic activity • Range of motion exercises for flexibility • Strength training for muscle tone • Sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night and taking naps during the day • Avoiding staying in one position for too long • Avoiding positions or movements that place extra stress on joints • Stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga or tai chi

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Who is a good candidate for EVLA? Any patient that suffers from varicose vein disease and is in good general health is a good candidate for EVLA. Patients that are pregnant or have a history of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) are not. Patients should be thoroughly evaluated by a physician and require an ultrasound to determine if EVLA is the best treatment option for them.

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What are the risks associated with EVLA? Complications from EVLA are extremely rare. These may include numbness and tingling over the treated area, skin infection at the puncture site, DVT (deep vein thrombosis or blood clot which is rare) and phlebitis, which is redness, warmth and swelling of the treated vein. To minimize any risk associated with EVLA, we encourage patients to walk a lot after the procedure, wearing compression stockings and following up with a post procedure ultrasound.

What is the recovery time? Patients are immediately able to get up and walk following the procedure. They may experience some mild soreness, redness and bruising in the week following the procedure, but this is usually resolved by the end of the second week. Some patients may also feel a pulling sensation or tightness in the calf or thigh, but this is normal and soon passes as well. These symptoms can be managed by taking a non-aspirin anti-inflammatory for a few days following the procedure. Compression stockings are also required for a week or two following EVLA. This helps reduce swelling, protects against blood clots and speeds up the recovery process. After the procedure, walking and normal daily activities are encouraged. Rigorous exercise such as running, high impact aerobics and heavy weightlifting should be avoided for a week or two to get the best possible results from the procedure.

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What causes neck pain?

What causes neck pain?

How is neck pain diagnosed?

By far, the most common cause of neck discomfort is poor posture. Slumping in a chair or sitting in front of a computer can cause the neck muscles to stretch in positions for sustained periods of time that ultimately result in spasm of the muscles which leads to neck pain. Other common causes of neck pain are trauma from motor vehicle accidents or work-out injuries due to over straining, as well as tension.

Typically, initial investigations are made by your doctor who will listen to your symptoms and examine you. If there are other symptoms with the neck pain, then an image (MRI, X-ray, or CT scan) is ordered to look at the structure of the cervical spine. Many times a special nerve test called a nerve conduction test is ordered of the arms to help better determine the details of the problem.

Are there different types of neck pain?

What are my treatment options?

Absolutely. Neck pain can come from pure muscle stretch, irritation, and spasm. It can also come from displaced or herniated discs in the cervical spine. These discs are cartilage cushions that sit between the vertebrae in the spine which allow the bones to float over each other without touching. If there is degeneration to the disc over time, the disc can slip out of place, or herniate, and compress on other structures in the spine, including the exiting nerves and the spinal cord itself. When the exiting nerve is affected, this is what is commonly referred to as “pinched nerve” syndrome.

Once all the information is gathered, medications such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers may be prescribed. Stretching and posture retraining exercises may also be ordered under the guidance of a physical therapist. Ergonomic evaluation and modification of the work space may also occur to assist with appropriate posture maintenance. At Midtown Neurology, we have a physical therapy program that continues to offer exceptional relief for our patients – even for those who have tried and failed many other treatments. We urge you to call and schedule an evaluation.

When should I be worried about my neck pain? For purely muscle spasm or tension types of neck pain, if the symptoms persist for over a month, it should be investigated. If the neck pain is also associated with radiating pain in the arms or numbness in the arms or hands, this may represent a pinched nerve in the neck and should be investigated. Any time there is loss of function or muscle weakness in the arms this should be brought to the attention of your physician immediately – for a more significant compression may be occurring. Lastly, any neck pain that is associated with trouble walking, moving your legs, or controlling bladder or bowel function should be considered an urgency, for there may be a compression on the spinal cord itself.

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Dr. Leslie Botnick, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Vantage Oncology will discuss breast cancer treatment, including the increased use of double mastectomy. Dr. Botnick is listed in Who’s Who of Doctors in America, and was named leading physician for treatment of Breast Cancer in Good Housekeeping Magazine.

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Why Weight Loss Is So Important With the national obesity rate reaching alarming heights, new diets are introduced; some with better results than others. One such diet is the hCG diet which combines a restrictive diet and the hormone hCG (Human Choronic Gonadotropin). As seen on the Dr. Oz show, hCG is a hormone that is secreted by pregnant women to ensure their fetus gets all the nutrients it needs to develop properly. In the 1950’s Dr. Simeons found that small doses of the natural hormone hCG, commonly found in high amounts in pregnant women, as well as small amounts in the adrenal glands, could decrease appetites and shave down inches on his overweight patients (both men and women). Fast forward to the present. One of the main concerns about hCG since the inception of the diet, the market has been flooded with supplements that claim they include the appetite suppressing hCG. When in reality many of these products have low to no trace of the hormone. The only way to get an effective dosage strength for long term weightloss is to have it prescribed by a medical doctor. This form of hCG is administered through daily injections of the hormone. “With proper medical supervision, the diet is safe,” says Dr. Alise Jones-Bailey. Many physicians who specialize in medical weightloss are working with individuals who are trying to lose weight in a short period of time, promoting a long term lifestyle change. Many of these patients find that the hCG diet has worked well. Dr. Jones-Bailey says “hCG works by telling the part of the brain which controls fat metabolism and storage to start burning fat instead of protein when the calories are reduced. The restrictive diet of 500 calories a day sustains the individual because the body is using up fat stores as energy while the hCG represses the feeling of hunger. The net effect is weight loss that can range from 3-6 lbs a week in both men and women. By resetting the hypothalamus to a new low default point, which minimizes carb cravings, an ongoing low carb diet is achievable long term.” Dr. Jones-Bailey further explains, “There is preliminary evidence from a small study done on clinically obese adults which notes that calorie restriction decreases insulin levels, thyroid and DNA damage. These markers are believed to promote longevity.” At the Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Centers we promote a healthy lifestyle which includes hCG weight loss and hormone balancing. For your convenience we now have 2 locations, Atlanta and Roswell.

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Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Centers Buckhead (678) 757-5280 3280 Howell Mill Road, Suite 204 East Atlanta, GA 30327 Roswell (770) 998-7344 1875 Old Alabama Road, Suite 430 Roswell, Ga 30076 www.hcg-diet-atlanta.com Dr. Alise Jones-Bailey is a graduate of Morehouse Medical School in Atlanta, Ga where she received her doctrate of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and she is also fellowship trained in Anti-Aging and Functional and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Alise, as she is referred by her patients, has a true passion for anti-aging and weight loss medicine for men and women. She has successfully practiced in the Atlanta metro area for the past 20 years and is currently the Medical Director at Equilibrium Weight Loss and Longevity Centers in Georgia.

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What is the goal of this organization? The goal is to provide scholarships and other resources to high school students who are without their mothers due to death or other unfortunate circumstances.

Sponsored by the Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, all proceeds will go toward the goal of $185,000 to purchase 23 patient beds for the hospital. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna. Bradshaw Farm Golf Club in Woodstock, GA. www.SmyrnaCares.org

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Come out for this signature fundraising event that celebrates the year-round movement to help prevent and treat arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation. Concourse Office Park. 8 am. www.2012arthritiswalkatlanta.org

How did it begin? I founded the organization in 2004 when my daughter, who Volunteers from last year’s golf tournament was in high school at the time, made me aware of a classmate who was struggling with the process of applying to college due to her lack of funds and resources.

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What can people do to get involved? We are currently seeking additional donors and corporate sponsors so that we can help more students. We also need silent auction items and volunteers for our upcoming golf tournament.

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Are there any upcoming events for this summer? We have an upcoming Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 19 at the Durham Lake Golf Club in Fairburn, Georgia. Additional details are available at www.studentswithoutmothers.org. SWM Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 19 at Durham Lakes Golf Course in Fairburn, GA. Cost to play is $75 per person or $300 per foursome.

Soles4Souls Before you throw out that old pair of running or walking shoes, consider recycling them instead. Soles4Souls is a charity that distributes these shoes to people in need. This organization is partnering with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, 1-800-Got-Junk?, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Whole Foods on the “Turn Up the Sole” with Georgia Statewide Recycling Campaign. Through May 15, you can drop a shoebox filled with shoes in your recycling collection bins. Or if you simply want to drop off your old shoes, visit www.soles4souls.org for a list of collection bins in your neighborhood.

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This spring, come run through the muck, creeks and forest on a unique and exciting 5K obstacle trail. All ages are welcome to race. Don’t forget your non-perishable food item to enter! Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Crockett Creek Crossing Farm. 10 am. www.muckrun.com Come take part in a five mile race through beautiful Stone Mountain Park. Participants can walk or roll through the course. Wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are all welcome. Friends of Disabled Adults and Children. Stone Mountain Park. 8 am. www.fodac.org Don’t miss this run, full of fabulous mustaches and sombreros. Run, walk, skip or dance your way to the finish line and enjoy a fantastic post-race party! One Love Generation. Tin Lizzy’s - Buckhead. 7:30 am. www.active.com

May 12

KOMEN ATLANTA RACE FOR THE CURE

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Come out and help enable women to detect breast cancer. Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Atlantic Station. 7 am. Registration begins at 6:45 am. www.komenatlanta.org

May 19

10TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS

This event features various food and beverage samplings from favorite neighborhood restaurants, live entertainment and special prize opportunities. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. John Howell Park. 2 pm. www.tasteofthehighlands.com

May 20

WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS

This fun-filled, family-friendly event is the most powerful force to fund vital research about autism spectrum disorders. Marcus Autism Center. Surrounding Atlantic Station. 8 am. www.autismspeaks.org

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DANCING STARS OF ATLANTA

This event pairs local Atlantans with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night gala dance competition. Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. Loews Atlanta Hotel. www.dancingstarsofatlanta.com

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CHEERS FOR CHILDREN

Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, a fabulous silent auction, dancing and an amazing party for a great cause. Tickets are $45. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. W Atlanta Buckhead. 7 pm. www.cheers4children.com

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my journey Chamique Holdsclaw Athlete and author brings light to the darkness of depression

Before she became a writer, Chamique Holdsclaw was a pro athlete in the WNBA who played one season with the Atlanta Dream in 2009. In 2000 she won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the Sydney Olympic Games, but during this time she was also battling depression. After seeking treatment, Chamique wrote about her experience. “By shedding light on a taboo subject, I hope to encourage people to seek mental healthcare and not be ashamed,” she says. What inspired you to write your book, “Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot”? The fact that people seem to always judge a book by its cover. I’ve fought a long, hard battle with depression and it hurt me that people didn’t understand. I had struggled with this, so I felt I could connect with people by taking them through my journey on and off the court.

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