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A Sense of Urgency Health Care Facilities: How to Choose Wisely

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How can mom incorporate healthier practices into her life? Most moms I meet suffer from stress and anxiety related to their families. This, in turn, leads to unhealthy behaviors, including overeating and inactivity. I think all women should create a stress management plan for themselves and share it with their families. It could be something as simple as a daily morning run or a weekly massage. Find something you love and look forward to, but don’t let other responsibilities invade that time. What is one healthy habit that every woman should have? Nutritional consciousness is the best healthy habit. Understanding your nutritional needs and deficiencies is the key to long-term health. What is a great healthy gift to give mom? A massage, spa trip or girls getaway is a great gift for stress management. Whole foods cooking classes, CSA (community supported agriculture) memberships and healthy recipe books are also good. What is your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day gift? My idea of a perfect day includes time to relax, focus on myself and recover from my routines, and spend time with my precious children. www.bestselfconnect.com

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How can mom make more time for exercise? The best time for moms to workout is whenever they can. My advice is to take a serious look at your schedule and see where there are windows of opportunity. For example, if you make time for TV, then work out when you watch it. If not, the best time to work out is in the morning before life starts to interfere.

How can mom create a greener home? Read “Healthy Child Healthy World” by Christopher Gavigan. This book changed my life. What is one environmentally friendly product that should be in every household? Vinegar! This environmentally friendly and economical product can replace many of the more expensive and toxic household products for cleaning. What is a great green gift to give mom? The dishwasher-safe Lifefactory Flip Cap Glass Bottle with silicone sleeve. I take mine everywhere and it feels so good to ditch the plastic water bottle habit. What is the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Besides the gift of health and quality time with family, is time spent at Natural Body Spa followed by some extra special treatment for my hands and feet at 10Ten Nail Bar. Natural Body Spa/10Ten Nail Bar cares for your body and the environment with quality natural products. It’s so nice to walk into a spa and know they are using safer personal care products and not get blown away by toxic artificial fragrances.

How can mom reboot her wardrobe? First things first -edit, edit, edit! Remove those pieces you never wear and make room for new ones. When you can see everything you have, it’s so much easier getting dressed in the morning and easier to see what pieces you really need. Buy your missing staples first. Then update with current or on-trend pieces. What is one accessory that can dress up any outfit? A great gold watch or gold cuffs can amp up any outfit. What is a great fashion forward gift to give mom? A moto jacket! These jackets (inspired by motorcycle racing jackets) have become such a staple and they have returned season after season. What is the perfect Mother’s Day gift? A personal look book with pictures of your mom’s wardrobe. It’s like having your own personal stylist on your shoulder telling you what to wear every day. I’ve also done a framed collage of pictures of my mother dressed in amazing outfits going back to before I was born. Showing your appreciation for who she is and how she has inspired you is fun and she will have it forever.

What is the one beauty product that every woman should have? Tinted moisturizer. This is my favorite multi-tasking product because it protects, primes and polishes in one easy step. What is a great beauty gift to give mom? Most moms never treat themselves to facials, so I suggest a visit to her favorite spa or esthetician. For an extra special treat, opt for a microdermabrasion facial. It’s an amazing way to lift and smooth out the skin, giving moms a youthful, rested glow. What is the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Anything that will allow her to rest and rejuvenate, such as a selection of aromatherapy bath products, a makeup palette or a spa gift certificate. Some of my favorite spa brands I use to pamper myself at home are Ahava, Korres, Philosophy and Laura Mercier.

What is your favorite type of exercise and why? Workouts that are complete. I do not have time to do strength training and then do another workout for cardio training. I want an all-in-one workout. That is why I created West Coast Workouts. What is a great fitness gift to give mom? I suggest a gift certificate to her favorite fitness studio. I also love gifts of encouragement and motivation. A personal gift basket of natural body care products or a massage is always good for fit moms. What is your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day gift? I love time with my family. Anything that my kids and husband have put thought into and requires all of us to be together makes me very happy.

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The popular midtown MetroFresh café recently expanded to include some exciting new features that are sure to keep diners coming back for more. Owner Mitchell Anderson (at left) and his team continue to serve up fresh soups, salads and dinner entrees, but now customers can eat outside at a 14 seat “bar height” communal table that is perfect for large parties. Since doubling their size, the space also includes a fun wine bar and cappuccino bar. Details: 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA, (404) 724-0151, www.metrofreshatl.com

Superheroes Sprint to the Finish Line Show your support for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by participating in the Strong4Life Superhero Sprint on June 8. This family-friendly event will take place at Piedmont Park and benefits the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life movement. There will be a 5K ($25), a one-mile fun run ($12 for kids 12 and under) and a costume contest. Register online or at any Big Peach Running Company store from now until June 6. Details: www.strong4life.kintera.org, www.bigpeachrunningco.com

Healthy Thoughts Local certified energy healing practitioner Mindy Strich is among the 25 co-authors of a new book based on sharing hope and encouragement. In “The 28-Day Thought Diet” readers are guided through the process of selecting a thought that can help to energize and support their lives. $14.95 Details: www.healingheartenergy.com

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Dancing Stars of Atlanta is back and participants are ready to get on the dance floor to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease. In support of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, this fundraising event is made up of 10 celebrity dancers paired with 10 professional dancers. On June 15 they take center stage and raise funds by gaining votes in a one-night gala dance competition at the Loews Hotel Atlanta. Photo L-R: Matthew Gann, Michele Swann Details: www.dancingstarsofatlanta.com, www.alz.org/georgia

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FitGirl Pick of the Month FusionFest A celebration of Core Fusion’s 10th Anniversary with Exhale Spa and Women’s Health Magazine will take place on May 22. This free day of Core Fusion is not to be missed! There will be light bites, giveaways and amazing gift bags. Core Fusion is exhale spa’s challenging barre-based workout which combines core work with Pilates, yoga, ballet and dance principles to stretch, tone and lengthen muscles. Building off this main barre class, Exhale has created core fusion boot camp, core fusion cardio, core fusion sport, core fusion cycling and core fusion yoga. Mark your calendars to attend this amazing event and join me for a sampling of these fantastic workouts. Anne-Marie is inspired to help others lead more balanced lives through education and the promotion of wellnessbased programs. Following her passion for health, she became a certified personal trainer and has used her strengths in her various professional positions to further her belief in leading a healthy life through exercise and nutrition.

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The Body is a Wonderland Your children can learn about the wonders of the human body at the Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Through May 27, the Body Carnival will be open for kids to learn the science of how the human body functions. The exhibit will feature 18 components, including the Tunnel of Blood, which allows children to crawl through giant arteries to see how blood travels through the body and the Dizzy Tunnel which creates the illusion of movement or spinning. Admission is $12.75. Details: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta, GA, (404) 659-KIDS, www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org

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Brer Rabbit & Friends

May 1-26 Experience the tale of Brer Rabbit. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St., NW, Atlanta, GA, www.puppet.org

Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

May 11 / 10 a.m. Enjoy more than 150 artists, music and more. Chastain Park, 135 W. Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta, GA, www.chastainpark.org

Stand Up for the Hooch

May 11 / 8 a.m. High Country Outfitters’ paddle board race returns to Morgan Falls Overlook Park. www.highcountryoutfitters.com

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May 11 A 4 to 6 mile mud race with obstacles scattered throughout the course. Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center, 2463 Harmony Grove Church Road, Dallas, GA, www.savagerace.com/atlanta2013

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Domino’s Dare 5K

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Atlanta Streets Alive

May 19 Part bike tour, part block party, this street festival will be a fun time for everyone. www.atlantastreetsalive.com

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Laura Turner Seydel Eco-expert and advocate How many kids do you have? What are their ages? John R. is 20, Vasser is 17 and L.E. is 15. How do you balance your work and home life? It is a challenge, but I could not do it without my husband Rutherford and the rest of our “village.” And my great assistant, Kimberly. How do you carve out “me” time? My “me” time is spent training with Tammy Stokes at West Coast Workout and with Leslie Clayton at Body Awareness Studio. They inspire and help me stay fit, functioning and healthy. What are some simple things you teach your kids about living a healthy life? What you put on and in your body really matters. They don’t really like junk food. And they use mostly safe and toxic-free products that are ranked high on the Skin Deep Database at www.EWG.org. What is your favorite activity to share with your kids? Family meals and family reunions. What is the best thing you have learned from your kids? They teach me how to be a better, more thoughtful person and how to see things from different perspectives. What advice do you have for moms striving to have it all? It’s really tough to have it all and do a good job, but we do the best we can. I think it’s better to have something that interests you if you are a stay-at-home mom because when your children leave (and it happens so fast) you will already have something that you like doing to fill the void. It can be volunteering for a nonprofit, a part-time job or a small business venture outside of your home. What did you learn about yourself when you became a mom? I learned that I could love more deeply and unconditionally than before. I also learned that it was a great responsibility and I had to rise to the challenge. Because of all that I learned, my husband and I worked together to make our community a better, healthier place so their lives and future can be the best it can be. What is the most important lesson you learned from your mother? Along with my birth mother, I have been beyond blessed to have several strong and powerful female role models in my life including my great-grandmother, three grandmothers, two step-mothers, my mother-in-law and a surrogate mother. They have all led by example and proven that you can be anything you want to be, even if it means fighting against the system and status quo. You just have to go for it, be confident and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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The one thing every mom should carry in her bag: a smart phone. My phone makes wherever I am my mobile office so I can be much more productive and spend more time with my kids. Being a mom has made me: a more thoughtful, loving, compassionate, focused person. My idea of the perfect day is: a day at the beach without plastic litter everywhere. Whenever we go to the beach, we spend time picking up plastic. Although it makes us feel better to be doing something good, it is stressful and upsetting that so many people seem to be contributing and are oblivious to the problem. www.bestselfconnect.com

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“Good Day Atlanta” Planning Editor (FOX5, WAGA-TV) How many kids do you have? What are their ages? I have two beautiful boys. Marcel is my oldest and is 13 and Benicio, “Benny,” is my baby and he is four years old. How do you balance your work and home life? I don’t think I quite balance it completely, but I try my hardest. My alarm clock goes off at 4:15 each morning. I have to be at FOX 5 ready to greet guests and plan segments starting at 6 a.m. At work I try to manage my time in the best way possible. I have my “to do” list and try not to divert from it. After work and on weekends, my time is spent driving the kids to various extracurricular activities, church and family time. How do you carve out “me” time? When managing a family and a career, things can get stressful. Carving out “me” time is extremely important. I try to stay fit by exercising several times a week, getting a massage once a month and taking care of myself. I am addicted to Zumba and take lessons at Dance Stop Studios and BAPA (British Academy of Performing Arts) in Marietta. Going to Mass and keeping in touch with my faith also helps me stay positive and gives me strength when I’m stressed or feeling down. What are some simple things you teach your kids about living a healthy life? I try to get my kids into eating home cooked meals and trying healthy options. I keep them as busy as possible and physically active throughout the week. What is your favorite activity to share with your kids? I love snuggling and watching movies on cold days with my kids. What is the best thing you have learned from your kids? How to be patient. Being a former news assignment editor ready to deploy crews with a war zone mentality, patience was not something that came easily to me. What advice do you have for moms striving to have it all? Set your goals and try to achieve them. Realize that your children are their own individuals and that you can only help mold them into productive people. Give them an abundance of love and never give up on them. What did you learn about yourself when you became a mom? I learned that the love that a mother has for her children is eternal. I also learned to appreciate and respect my own parents in a new way.

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What is the most important lesson you learned from your mother? The importance of faith and how to be a giving person. From a young age, she not only provided me with a Catholic education and upbringing, but instilled in me the importance of giving back to those in need. When my kids grow up I hope they: pursue their lifetime goals and achieve them. I hope they are respectful, thankful individuals with strong faith.

The next vacation I want to take with my kids is: to Costa Rica, a true paradise on earth. The one thing every mom should carry in her bag: is wet wipes. Being a mom has made me: a tough, strong woman that’s ready to take on the world. I am willing to wake up early, stay up late, dress up as a superhero and drive all over town just to see my kids smile. My idea of the perfect day: is taking a road trip with my husband and boys. www.bestselfconnect.com

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Rehabilitation Spine Physician, Resurgens Orthopaedics How many kids do you have? What are their ages? I have three daughters ages 14, 11 and 7. How do you balance your work and home life? It can be very difficult at times to balance work and home life. My husband is supportive and very involved with our girls. Knowing that he has things under control at home makes it easier for me to focus on work when I need to. How do you carve out “me” time? There was a time when I felt guilty about carving out “me” time, primarily because I already spend enough time away from home. I soon realized how much better I felt after doing something for myself that allowed me to relax and disconnect from the rigors of work. We can usually come up with a multitude of excuses to not carve out “me” time but you just have to make a conscious decision to do it. What are some simple things you teach your kids about living a healthy life? Stay active and try to eat well. Fortunately, they enjoy being active with sports so that’s fairly easy to encourage. I try to stress the importance of making healthier food choices, which is far more challenging. What is your favorite activity to share with your kids? My husband enjoys making home videos so we have lots of video material of the children over the years. Sometimes on rainy weekends we will spend hours watching home videos. What is the best thing you have learned from your kids? Enjoy the moment. Don’t worry about what’s coming next; enjoy what’s going on right now.

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What advice do you have for moms striving to have it all? I think the best approach is to do what makes you the happiest, what makes you feel complete. What did you learn about yourself when you became a mom? I’ve learned to not take myself so seriously. With my first daughter, I read every pregnancy and parenting book I could get my hands on. As time went on and the second and third daughters came along, I learned to relax and enjoy the kids more. What is the most important lesson you learned from your mother? Be patient, be fair and consider other’s point of view and not just my own.

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How do you carve out “me” time? I love to get a great facial or manicure and just chill out and relax. Exercise is also a great way to de-stress and focus on renewing my mind, body and spirit. My husband is always great about helping with the kids so I can run off to a class. What are some simple things you teach your kids about living a healthy life? We stress good nutrition, staying active and how important that is to leading a healthy life. We’ve also been teaching them about recycling.

What is your favorite activity to share with your kids? We love to put on music and have a dance party! We also love to pile in the bed and watch movies. We have a house on Lake Lanier and last summer they both had a ball on the lake. I can’t wait for them to enjoy that again this summer. What is the best thing you have learned from your kids? That every moment of my life is setting an example for them. The words that come out of my mouth, my actions, the way I treat others, the way I react to things. They are watching and learning from me. It keeps me in check and helps me strive to be a better person. What advice do you have for moms striving to have it all? Really make sure you know what “having it all” means to you. Our priorities are all so different. So set a life goal, a mission statement for yourself and your family and try to live by it. Also learn how to say no. I used to be horrible about it, but now I realize that I can’t do it all so I give myself a break and prioritize things and try to figure out how I can give back to the community without sacrificing too much time away from my family. What did you learn about yourself when you became a mom? That I needed to be more patient. It’s never been one of my best qualities but it’s a must-have when it comes to kids. What is the most important lesson you learned from your mother? Where do I begin? My mom is incredible! She is funny, smart, kind and probably the most considerate, thoughtful person I know. She goes out of her way to help others all the time. She is an amazing role model and I strive to be more like her. When my kids grow up I hope they: are amazing, smart, thoughtful people who follow their dreams and live out their potential in a way that fulfills and sustains them. The next vacation I want to take with my kids: is to the beach. They love the sun and sand and I love watching them be so happy and carefree. Photo by Sawyer Photography

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How do our hormones play a role in our ability to lose weight? Recent literature found that 90 percent of women experience weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55, or what has been defined as perimenopause and menopause. There are four essential elements to weight loss: nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and balanced hormones. Imbalanced hormones can directly impact appetite, fat storage and metabolism. Cessation of estrogen by the ovaries during menopause creates a need for the body to find another source. As a result, our body learns to convert more calories into fat to increase estrogen production. Progesterone, an opposing hormone of estrogen, causes water retention or bloating as hormone levels decline. Testosterone in women works to build and maintain muscle mass, which works to burn calories and cause a higher metabolism. Insulin resistance occurs when the body incorrectly converts every calorie to fat. Over time, your body resists the insulin produced in the body.

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Atlanta Eastern Acupuncture .................32

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Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery....22 Georgia Plastic Surgery Consultants .....46 Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery........48 Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. ..................17 Vinings Surgery Center ...........................50

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Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery....22 Bella by Alethea ......................................10 Dermatology Center of Atlanta ..............58 Dr. Nisar Piracha ......................................28 Gardner Dermatology & Medspa ............5 North Atlanta Dermatology ....................40 Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery........48

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Carter Barnes Hair Artisans .....................52 Salon 1580 ...............................................64 Shear Salon .............................................58 William David Hair Salon .........................11

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Brunch: Saturday 11 am-3 pm Sunday 10:30 am-3 pm

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Dramatic Weight Loss..............................15 Fresh N Fit ........................................... 27, 63 Good Measure Meals .............................19 hCG Weight Loss Center .........................41

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May 3 DOGGIES ON THE CATWALK

Join the best four-legged fashion show around! Tickets are $75. Benefits the 1873 Society Club, an organization of young professionals devoted to raising funds to support the Atlanta Humane Society. W Atlanta, 3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, www.fashinado.net, www.ticketalternative.com

May 5 SPLASH AND DASH

June 2

Take a nighttime bike ride through some of Atlanta’s neighborhoods. Registration is $25. Benefits Bert’s Big Adventure. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta, GA, www.bertsbigadventure.org

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BRUNCHRUN Recognized as one of top 100 heroes and icons of the last century by TIME magazine, Dr. Deepak Chopra recently came to Atlanta to contribute his time and effort to a cause that is near to his heart – the work of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Its mission is to provide freshly prepared school lunches to more than 1.3 million underprivileged children daily in more than 9,000 schools in India.

This 5K starts at Piedmont Park and 10 percent of all registrations benefit Open Hand. Enjoy a run through the park and a complimentary brunch provided by Edward Brothers BBQ. www.brunchrun.com

How did you first get involved with the Akshaya Patra Foundation? Dr. Deshpande, (chairman of the foundation), is a long-time friend of mine, and a few years ago he asked me if I was interested in this food for education program. I was looking for The Chopra Foundation to be involved in something that was effective and that actually made a difference. So it was the perfect organization for us to be involved in.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUMMER GAMES

May 17-18 Come out to cheer on competitors in a variety of sports at the Special Olympics. Benefitting Project Unify. Emory University, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA. www.specialolympicsga.org

WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS

How can people get involved? It physically heals us when we reach out and help others. There are volunteer opportunities on their website, www.foodforeducation.org

SPIRIT OF KATE’S CLUB GALA

Celebrate the Spirit of Kate’s Club with live entertainment, dinner, awards and silent auction at their 10th anniversary gala. Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, 6:30 p.m., www.katesclub.org

May 19 Do more than just take a stand against Autism — take a walk or run. Benefitting the Marcus Autism Center. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA, 8 a.m., www.walknowforautismspeaks.org

TOUR DE CURE

Enjoy time and refreshments with your furry friend by entering your pet in Piedmont BARK’s annual pet cotillion. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Pets Are Loving Support (PALS). 501 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA. 2 p.m., www.piedmontbark.com

Celebrate the survivors of cancer and the lives of the ones lost, and raise funds and celebrate the champions still fighting cancer. Relay for Life. The Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA, 6 p.m., www.RelayForLife.org

ATLANTA MOON RIDE

What can people do to improve their well-being? You can’t say it better than Mahatma Gandhi, “You have to be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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Join in the third annual triPATHlon with a 400-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride, and 5K all at Chastain Park. PATH Foundation, Chastain Park Conservancy, Chastain Park Athletic Club. 235 W. Wieuca Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 5:30 a.m., www.tripathlonatlanta.com

What was your impression when you were in India and saw the foundation at work? What was extraordinary was the streamlining and the efficiency of how (the meals were supplied). We start at four in the morning, by seven the trucks are out and by noon everyone is getting a fresh meal. And children are going to school because of that. It feels good to be part of this, and (this model) could be easily replicated anywhere in the world. They say the best way to get rid of your enemy is to improve the capacity for their well-being.

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Join this fun horse event packed with trail rides, a silent auction, contests and more. Registration is $50. Benefitting WellPet. Georgia International Horse Park,1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA. 7 a.m., www.ponyupforwellpet/the-event

June 8 STRONG4LIFE SUPERHERO SPRINT

Get active in support of reversing childhood obesity. Registration is $12-$30. Benefitting CHOA. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 7 a.m., www.strong4life.kintera.org

KIDNEY WALK

Help those in need of a kidney donor without giving up your kidney at the Kidney Walk. Benefitting the National Kidney Foundation.Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA. 9:30 a.m., www.donate.kidney.org

June 15 DANCING STARS OF ATLANTA

Ten professional dancers are partnered with 10 local celebrities to raise funds through competition. Benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. Loews Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, www.dancingstarsofatlanta2013. kintera.org

BE THE MATCH WALK/RUN, ATLANTA

Give someone with leukemia, lymphoma or any other 70 life-threatening diseases a second chance at life by participating in a 5K, 1K fun run or Tot Trot. Be the Match. Atlantic Station, Central Park, 245 18th St. Atlanta, GA, 7:30 a.m., www.bethematchfoundation.org

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Remembering Marilyn SCAN founder Marilyn Fry 1948 – 2013

Marilyn Fry was a friend and colleague of ours. She lost her two-year battle with breast cancer and will be remembered by us for her wit, passion and commitment to raising awareness about skin cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and no one was more dedicated to spreading the word about this disease than Marilyn. As the founder of the SCAN Foundation (Skin Cancer Awareness Network) and a survivor of melanoma, she made it her mission to educate the community and provide a source of information for future generations.

According to her family, she was a devoted Georgia Bulldog fan and lived life to the fullest, traveling the world and making friends everywhere. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1970 and began her career at Georgia Power, then went on to work at several computer companies, before landing at Delta Airlines, where she worked for over 20 years. Fry’s legacy lives on through the great work accomplished by the SCAN Foundation and those who have supported her efforts. In remembrance of Marilyn and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, make sure you get screened. And don’t forget to wear the black and white polka-dot ribbon and support the tagline created by Marilyn, “See a Spot, Call Your Doc!”

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“I was one of the lucky ones,” Fry once said. “Sadly, we just don’t take skin cancer seriously here in the United States. To date, there are more than one million new skin cancers diagnosed each year. I want to promote healthy sun exposure and help others—just like me—to avoid the scare I went through.” She worked tirelessly through SCAN to make skin cancer screenings available in the workplace and public venues.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Approximately 90 percent of melanomas are caused by over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light or sunlight, or from tanning beds. The good news is when diagnosed early, skin cancer has a 96 percent cure rate.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings: May 8: Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical Center, 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Duluth, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Southwood Specialty Center, 2470 Mt. Zion Pkwy., Jonesboro, GA , 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 15: Kaiser Permanente Crescent Medical Center, 200 Crescent Centre Pkwy., Tucker, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center, 2525 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 16: Northside Hospital, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 6 - 8 p.m., www.northside.com

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