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Time For Peachtree

Anti-Aging Defined

Atlanta Track Club’s head coach shares tips for race day p. 69

Puppy Play Dates

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Know what the ingredients in your skin care really mean p. 23

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Try a new slow-cooker recipe, Paleo Wednesdays and Portofino’s wine tasting series p. 20

Give-Back Guide Get involved and volunteer today! p. 73

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Anti-Aging Defined

Know what the ingredients in your skin care really mean p. 23

Pictured (L-R): Collette McDonald, Jocelyn McCarthy, Claire Pearson, Karen Burns, Hope Knosher

You voted these contestants as the most fabulous of Atlanta’s over-40 crowd. Get to know them in this issue!


In every issue 10 From the Publisher

Vote for Your Favorite Best Pet Selfie!

12 From the Editor

20 Best Bites

Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

69 Best Fitness

Life Expands at 40

Amy Begley, head coach of the Atlanta Track Club, gives her tips for getting race ready

15 Contributors

Meet the writers, photographers and experts in this issue

17 Best Advice

Try these puppy play dates with your pet today!

19 Best Bulletin

71 Best Beauty

An invigorating citrus treatment, sun safety tips and more

73 Give-Back Guide

Don’t miss this month’s charity events and volunteer opportunities

The scoop on what’s new around town

EXPERT CONNECT Medicare Now Covers 3D Mammography

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Enhance Your Natural Beauty

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On the cover Over 40 & Fabulous! shoot Last month, we invited the Top Ten and Fab Five winners of this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest to a photo shoot at Le Fais do-do, a gorgeous event facility. Each of our winners was beautified by the talented teams from The Green Room Agency (Nyssa Green, Brandi Mallory) and Aura Hair & Makeup (Alicia Benton, Noelle Boyd, Ashlenn Hollingsworth, Lauren Simpson, Alex Daniel). They supplemented their wardrobes with Stella + Dot jewelry and Bloomingdale’s dresses provided by stylist Eboné Smiley of The Smiley Effect. Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography captured the magic as he has every year since the contest’s inception, and the glamorous results appear on our cover and throughout the piece beginning on p. 38.

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5 Great Reasons to Visit Blue Ridge This Summer The fun is just heating up in North Georgia for the summer and there is no better place than Blue Ridge to serve as your hub for fun and relaxation. Downtown Blue Ridge offers great shopping, restaurants, breweries and people watching. When you stay in Blue Ridge, cabin rentals are available to give you all the comforts of home with breathtaking views of mountains, rivers and Lake Blue Ridge. Perfect for a long weekend or plenty of activities for an extended stay. And it’s just a little over an hour away. Here are just a few of the great reasons to plan your trip today.

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Madison James is the afternoon drive personality on B98.5, a blogger for The Atlanta JournalConstitution and a featured reporter for the TV entertainment magazine “Hot Topics” on WSBTV. Most recently, Madison was named Fitness Ambassador for the Atlanta BeltLine. Read her Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board contribution on p. 57 and her Healthy Lifestyle on the Go pick on p. 20.

Jessica Dauler is the founder of JessicaShops. com, where you can find valuable information on deals, steals and trends. Jessica can be heard weekly on Star 94 Radio and seen weekly on CBS Better Mornings. She also writes a weekly column in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Deal Spotter. Her monthly columns appear in Best Self Atlanta and Southern Journal Magazine. Check out Jessica’s pick of the month on p. 19.

Laura Carson Miller is a native Atlantan and lifestyle expert. Her LCM Lifestyle business focuses on freelance writing for various magazines and the web, helping create a wonderful and fulfilling lifestyle through her Style File blog, and connecting great people through her monthly LCM Lifestyle Lunches. Read her June beauty picks on p. 71.

Amy Begley is the head coach of Atlanta Track Club, the second largest running organization in the United States. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 10,000M and placed sixth in the 2009 IAAF World Championships in the same distance with a personal best 31:13, making her the eighth-fastest American woman in history. Begley finished her professional career with six national titles. Read her article, “Your Best Peachtree Road Race Ever!” on p. 69.

Sawyer Photography is made up of Dan and Gail Sawyer. After attending classes at Brooks Institute of Photography and Pasadena Art Center College of Design, they opened their first studio in Burbank, California. Their work has appeared in many major magazines, on album covers and in corporate reports. In 1994, the Sawyers opened their full-service custom studio, Sawyer Photography, in Marietta. See their work on this month’s cover and in the Over 40 & Fabulous! feature on p. 38. bestselfatlanta.com

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Why should dog owners bring their pet to a dog park?

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Why should dog owners practice agility training with their pet?

To introduce and socialize their dogs with other dogs. It’s a new environment that gives them lots of fun, interaction and exercise.

Just like us, most dogs love an adventure! With so many new sights, sounds and smells, a great afternoon hike can be as much fun for your dog as you. Which dogs are best suited for this activity? Dog breeds vary in size and athletic ability, but they all need exercise. If your dog is new to hiking, explore a few easy, short trails before working up to more difficult and longer trails. Pack a water dish and water bottle to keep them hydrated. What are your favorite trails to bring your own dog? Sweetwater Creek State Park offers a great canine adventure just outside the I-285 perimeter on Atlanta’s west side. Sweetwater Creek’s four trails range in difficulty and length and explore a beautiful creek valley filled with whitewater rapids, small waterfalls and the ruins of a Civil War-era mill. Or check out Arabia Mountain on Atlanta’s east side, with trails that scale a mountain summit for stunning views.

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Please share a memory of a volunteer visit with your own dog. When leaving a rehab facility, we walked by a young man in a wheelchair wearing a safety helmet. He looked straight at my dog, Aiden, and asked, “Is that a Maltese?” I answered, “Yes, it is! Would you like to see him?” He smiled hugely. His dad took me aside and explained that his son had not spoken at all since his accident three weeks prior. His connection with Aiden seemed to have given him his voice back. Which animals are best suited for this activity? The ones with a calm, relaxed demeanor. Will your dog happily and politely greet a stranger? Will your cat or bunny allow themselves to be put into a stranger’s lap? If so, then you might consider pet therapy. bestselfatlanta.com

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Which dogs are best suited for this activity? Dog parks can be a lot of fun for both humans and their four-legged friends, but you want to make sure it is safe for all concerned. If your dog tends to show aggressive behavior toward other dogs, they may not be suited for dog park visits. Most aggressive behavior can be fixed with professional training. All dogs should be spayed or neutered before visiting a dog park and current on all their vaccines. What are your favorite parks to bring your own dogs? Why? My favorite park to bring my own dogs to is Brook Run Dog Park. I really enjoy the abundance of trees and shade, the great walking trails and the more than three acres of land. Also, it is managed by a wonderful group of committed volunteers!

Fostering is truly an opportunity to be a hero and save a life. You already know how wonderful you are at being a pet parent, and it’s so rewarding to be able to share all that love and expertise you have with an animal that needs time to heal and grow outside of the shelter environment. Which dogs are best suited for welcoming a foster dog into their home? Big dogs, small dogs, quiet dogs and playful dogs. Any wellbalanced pup that gets along with other dogs and people can be an awesome foster brother or sister. What are your favorite things about fostering? Fostering gives us a chance to share your home with pups truly in need. It gives our dogs an opportunity to socialize and enjoy the company of a wide variety of breeds and canine personalities, making us an even better pet family.

Agility provides awesome mental stimulation and physical exercise for your dog, which is so important for a happy, healthy pet. And, since you practice agility as a team, it’s a super way to form a special bond with your dog, have fun and get some exercise yourself! Which dogs are best suited for this activity? While you often see herding breeds like Border Collies excelling at agility, any dog can enjoy the activity! Even shy or fearful dogs can benefit from the confidence-building skills learned in agility. What are your favorite things about practicing agility training with your own pup? Agility is a super fun activity for Rocco and me, and it’s one way we can run and play together while getting a nice workout for both of us. And whether you plan to compete or not, many of the basic skills learned in agility translate to a welladjusted, well-behaved pup at home.


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For the first year, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation will host a Yogathon fundraiser in Centennial Olympic Park on June 6. Raise or donate $200 in order to join 1,000 Atlantans for a day of health, yoga and community. Internationally renowned yoga teacher Seane Corn and nine of Atlanta’s Seane Corn, headline yoga teacher and keynote speaker own top teachers will lead the for AWF Yogathon 2015 day, running from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m. The proceeds will help meet the needs of Atlanta women currently living in poverty.

Deep Talk and Shallow Tales Hard hitting news and late-night drinking games might not have much in common, but the men who bring you both are joining forces for an event at Cobb Energy Centre this month. For one evening only, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen will interview each other and take audience questions. This unique, unscripted show will take place on June 20, when their “Deep Talk and Shallow Tales” tour stops in Atlanta. Tickets start at $75 and are available through Ticketmaster, the Cobb Energy Centre’s box office and on the phone at 1-800-745-3000. Details: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (770) 9162800, ac2live.com

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Coaching Young Women to Lead The JCI Foundation’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference expands the horizons of young female golfers beyond the fairway and into the conference room. Held on June 24 this year, the conference can now accommodate 1,000 young Atlanta women and will provide them with positive mentorship and education through speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, all focused on becoming leaders in their budding business careers. Registration is free for high school and college students with ID. Details: McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech, 965 Fowler St. NW, Atlanta, GA, jcifoundation.org


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ging sucks – we all know it. An entire industry has been built to resist it and try to reverse its effects on the body. Skin care is likely the largest niche of the anti-aging industry, yet surprisingly, it is mostly unregulated. “Most people assume that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates skin care and cosmetic products like it does for food, but the truth is that there are very few regulations imposed on personal-care manufacturers,” says Sally Larsen, founder, owner and formulator of Sally B’s Skin Yummies. “It is a self-regulated industry.” To note, the FDA does govern pharmaceutical-grade skin care products to ensure the quality of their active ingredients, according to Dr. Erica D. Anderson, a plastic surgeon with the Emory Aesthetic Center. “These ingredients have been rigorously tested to ensure their claims are substantiated by research,” she explains. Still, the products many of us purchase to care for our skin are called “antiaging,” but if no one’s regulating their effectiveness, how can we know what those products are really doing? The answer: we have to educate ourselves. bestselfatlanta.com

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Lessons on Aging Skin To begin, Dr. Leslie Gray, dermatologist and founder of the Dermatology Center of Atlanta and the Advanced SkinCare Center, explains, “There are two types of aging: intrinsic aging, which is how you are genetically preprogrammed to age, and extrinsic aging, which includes external factors that affect the skin, such as sun exposure, stress, illness and smoking. We can only really affect the extrinsic factors, but some products are great at helping to improve the appearance of aging skin.” Further breaking down intrinsic and extrinsic aging, Sara Lamond, founder of Fig & Flower Natural Beauty, points to four factors: moisture, collagen/ elastin, inflammation and free radicals. The first two – moisture and collagen/ elastin – are affected by intrinsic aging. As we grow older, our bodies produce fewer natural oils, and the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to break down. The second two – inflammation and free radicals – are related to extrinsic aging. High stress, a poor diet, exposure to pollutants and more can cause us to develop chronic, low levels of inflammation. Chronic inflammation displays externally as redness, rosacea, dermatitis and breakouts. Internally, this inflammation leads to the release of cortisol, which, when consistent, slows wound healing and breaks down collagen. And finally, what is likely bestselfatlanta.com

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the worst enemy of our skin: free radicals, which are technically atoms with unpaired electrons (hence the term “free”), making them highly reactive and unstable. “These little jerks attack vital nutrients for our skin, essentially leading to the loss of moisture, breakdown of collagen and elastin, and inflammation,” Lamond says. “Factors that

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Men’s Skin Care According to Linda Silber, co-owner of Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, “Men’s skin care is one of the fastestgrowing segments in health and beauty.” That said, a


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Laser hair removal has come a long way since FDA approval in the mid s. Recent scientific studies in medical journals demonstrate that the 810nm diode laser is the best laser for hair remo al. These studies show the diode laser is safest for dark skin, results in more hair reduction and causes virtually no pain. Since this laser can treat all skin types, treatments can be done throughout the summer, too! —Harvey Hillyer, Dermani Medspa, dermanimedspa.com


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man’s skin is different than a woman’s. “It is thicker, retains more moisture and loses collagen at a much slower rate,” Larsen explains. “But while a man’s skin appears to be hydrated and does not age as quickly, skin care is still vital for its health. Dirt, bacteria and other environmental influences affect a man’s skin as it does a woman’s, so while he might not need collagen-producing ingredients, he should use products with antioxidants. This will keep free radicals at bay, which can lead to the signs of aging or, in a worst case scenario, cancers.” Don’t be jealous, ladies. Men don’t have it all – their skin’s pores are larger than women’s. This means men should avoid heavier creams, which can clog their pores. But for anyone interested in anti-aging, some of the same ingredients are best across the board.

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But even if you check out the ingredient label, how can you be sure a product is organic if there are no regulations on cosmetics? Larsen advises, “Look for safety indicators, like the Certified Organic seal or Leaping Bunny certification (no animal testing or cruelty in the formulation process). You can also reference the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, which provides third-party testing and safety information on products.” Anderson also points to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) list as a great resource for researching unknown ingredients. Silber says a favorite of hers is hyaluronic acid. “It’s an oil-free humectant that is like a drink of water for

FUN OUT OF THE SUN When it comes to anti aging, a oiding sun damage is key. Dr. Ale Gross from Georgia Dermatology Center says, A oid sun e posure and use sunscreen or greater to limit the effects of sun e posure. Look for broad spectrum products that include ingredients like inc or titanium dio ide for the best protection. ga er ctr co


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The beneficial ingredients don’t stop there, though. Julian Reynolds, owner of Julian’s Cosmetics and Skincare, recommends hexamidine, explaining that it restores the top layer of skin, thus retaining the skin’s moisture. “It’s now being used in serums, creams and lotions,” he adds. Anita Vadria from Fountain of Youth MD points to the benefits

Two of anti-aging’s best weapons? A good night’s sleep and regular exercise. For Julia James, neither was happening due to varicose vein pain. “My legs hurt so badly that I woke up hourly during the night. I’d stopped getting up early and working out.” Noticing those changes, James decided to seek treatment at VeinInnovations. After her treatments, she says, “I started sleeping like a baby! I was getting up between and 3 and working out in the morning again. When my family saw me in shorts for the first time in years, my year old great niece told me I looked good and should wear shorts more often. Getting my legs done ga e me back my confidence. veininnovations.com

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EXCITING NEWS Diagnostic Radiology is pleased to announce that beginning in January 2015 3D mammograms for Medicare patients are now covered by Medicare insurance.

The American Cancer Society says that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected in uences a woman s chance of sur i al. If detected early, the fi e year survival rate is 98 percent.1 3D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast in one image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of an abnormal area, or hide a small cancer. During the 3D mammogram, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast taking multiple low dose images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image in one millimeter slices, decreasing tissue overlap. With the new C-View™ software, the 3D data is used to create the 2D images, eliminating the need for an additional X-ray exposure. Researchers are finding that ologic breast tomosynthesis combined with 2D mammography provides: • Greater than 25 percent improvement in o erall cancer detection rates, finding 40 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone.3-5 • Better visualization of masses, distortions and asymmetric densities.6

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Research shows that depression and phobic anxiety accelerate the aging process at the molecular and chromosomal level. Telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes, get smaller every time a cell divides and are markers of aging – those with depression ha e significantly shorter telomeres than unaffected individuals. Also, depression can cause in ammation and dysregulation in the body’s stress and immune responses, leading to more frequent illness and premature aging. The good news is the damage may be reversible once the depression is treated. Depression can also affect your heart health. New studies from Intermountain Healthcare found that for those with moderate to severe depression, taking antidepressants reduces the risk of heart disease more than taking a cholesterollowering drug. By treating depression,

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Michelle Fabulich Hodgson – Winner As the mom of five kids, 42-year-old Michelle Hodgson has full hands and a fuller heart. She’s also the CEO and founder of the nonprofit organization Children Helping Children, which she began in honor of her third son, Cole, who passed away in 2007. CHC’s ongoing service activities include assembling and donating “Be Well Bears” to support other local children, holding a teen-led service-based festival each October, and encouraging children to identify the ways they can share their unique gifts to help the community. Michelle’s loving attitude pervades the organization and the rest of her life, which includes fun family adventures and a focus on the truly important things in life.

“True youth comes from a youthful spirit. I still act like a kid – take risks, learn new things as much as possible and remember the joy of feeling alive.” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? It’s more important to be peaceful than right. Ultimately even the most aggressive problems have spiritual and peaceful solutions. How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger? Forty did seem so old when I was young, but true youth comes from a youthful spirit. I still act like a kid, take risks and learn new things as much as possible. What is your favorite way to work out? Marathon running, surfing and yoga. My workout goal this year is to be half as good at rock climbing as my older son is. What is your favorite healthy meal? Constantly changing concoction of raw vegetables, fruits and nuts blended in my Vitamix. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Pretty much any organization that supports children, women, education, human and civil rights, animal protection and the environment tugs on my heartstrings. But Children Helping Children definitely gets the lion’s share of my attention. Children Helping Children inspires kids to give back to other kids in Atlanta, and our roots are based deeply in diversity and celebrating the uniqueness of each child. We connect children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, religions and abilities and put them in the driver’s seat by providing a platform for their ideas that ultimately create service projects that benefit nonprofits in Georgia, such as Kate’s Club, Camp Sunshine, Atlanta Mission, Stand Up For Kids, CHOA and Emmaus House to name a few. What is your favorite getaway? Surfing at the beach, silent retreats, Jeep excursions, camping, hiking and getting lost in nature. How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? I can write on and on about multitasking, delegating, exercise, eating right and being organized, but the irony is that all of those things can fill up a day and create their own kind of chaos. There is only one true way for me to find complete balance, and that is connecting to source. If I do that, the rest of the day is in harmony. What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Live every day fully in the moment. Pretend like it’s your last day on the planet. We come from love, so be love and give love. Love is really all there is. bestselfatlanta.com

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Not one to stop working when she clocks out, Debora is always striving to realize her next vision. She is the founder and CEO of Twice as Nice Uniforms, a company built on a better concept for medical scrubs, and the co-founder of The CPR Sisters. She’s 55 and doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon!

This 43-year-old fertility specialist works with Georgia Reproductive Specialists to build families and educate women about their health. She is also helping launch the local chapter of Fertility for Colored Girls this spring to improve fertility education and awareness for women of color. Desireé is also a mom of two who uses creative workouts and plant-focused meals to stay healthy and energized.

“I can accomplish anything I set out to do. Life continues to get better and better!” What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My son, Jordan, is by far my best accomplishment. He is an Eagle Scout, graphic designer and a wonderful young man who is wise beyond his years. What is your favorite healthy meal? Salmon and asparagus with a nice glass of Cabernet. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I have been a leader in CPR/AED education for over 15 years, and I volunteer my time educating the public about the necessity of AED placement in the community and the importance of learning basic life support skills. I have been a volunteer with the Nader Parman Memorial Fund. Nader was a young boy who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 7 and did not survive. His mother, Sherri, is very active in educating people as to why we need AEDs wherever children play. Another passion of mine is working with adults with disabilities. In college, I worked to devise toothbrushes that physically handicapped people could use. In the dental practice that I currently work in, I have patients with both physical and mental disabilities, and they are all a true inspiration to me. What makes you laugh? The funny things my pug Miriam does, fun nights out with friends, and a really smart joke! What is your favorite quote? “An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, but more like a cha-cha.” What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Be mindful of your diet, exercise daily, take very good care of your skin and put your family first. These are very hard things to do when you are younger, but the earlier you learn this, the happier you will be. bestselfatlanta.com

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“Create your own definition of fabulous, and don’t be afraid to show your authentic self.” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? At over 40, I have truly gotten in touch with who I am and what I want out of life. I feel healthier and more beautiful than ever in my life! What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? I am most proud of my two sons. They are smart, funny, polite and compassionate boys who are going to change the world. What is your favorite book? “Beloved” by Toni Morrison What is your favorite way to work out? I do 400 reps with my weighted hula hoop a few times a week. It’s great for my core. I use a body bar for upper body, choose stairs over elevator and roller skate with my boys every chance I get. What is your favorite healthy meal? I start my day with a green smoothie of spinach, chard, avocado, flax meal and banana. I love to cook, and I can veganize almost any dish! What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am a huge advocate for women’s health education. So many women tell me that they wish they had been educated about their reproductive options at a younger age, and I want to increase that awareness. I devote my time to health fairs and speaking engagements whenever I can, and I am excited to help launch the Atlanta Chapter of Fertility for Colored Girls support group this spring. Name something on your bucket list. Meet Stevie Wonder, make a guest appearance on Sesame Street, and go on an African safari with my sons. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I will still be working hard in my practice and living each day to the fullest. It is such a privilege to help build families through my work, and I look forward to watching my babies grow up in the coming years. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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“You are only as old as you feel. Defy age expectations!” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? I’ve learned to stop apologizing. I’m comfortable in my own skin and the way I live my life. Also, you are only as old as you feel. Defy age expectations! What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Whether counseling and

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“I’ve learned to focus my time and energy on the truly valuable things in life: faith, family and friends.” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? The value of material items pales in comparison to the things that really matter. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been giving birth to a healthy son after being told my chances of conceiving after 40 were slim-tonone. He is now a healthy, happy 11-year-old. What is your favorite way to work out? Kickboxing and weight training three to four times per week. What is your favorite healthy meal? Grilled fish and veggies with a salad or rice.


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What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I regularly host cooking classes to teach women how to integrate nutrition into their lives. I further pour into the hearts of women and children through my volunteer service with The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, The C5 Foundation, Jack & Jill and AAMO boys (African American Manhood Organization). What is your favorite quote? “When your desire to change is greater than your desire to stay the same, great things happen.” Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully I can inspire Best Self to create a new competition: “Stunning over 70!”


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“Life is precious, and every day is a gift!” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? There are several: I cannot change another human being. I am growing and developing into the best version of myself. Happiness is a choice. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My daughter, Kalea, is my best

Julie White At 55, Julie is the owner of Fit: To Be fitness studio and a supporter of local Urban Perform, which provides fitness programs to underserved children in Atlanta. Her journey of self-acceptance and living life to the fullest has culminated in her own fitness studio and all-around healthy lifestyle.

“I used to be so hard on myself, but the truth is that I’m just fine the way I am.” What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite workout is the one I developed in my backyard – seriously – and what I teach: it is a combination of what I’ve learned over the last 20 years and what works for me. What is your favorite healthy meal? A delicious green smoothie makes me feel great. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate 100 percent of the proceeds of one Fit: To Be class per month to Urban Perform, which provides fitness programs to help fight obesity in underserved Atlanta neighborhoods. I think it’s important to keep it local and to find ways to help people in our own communities.


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accomplishment and greatest, gift for sure! I raised her as a single parent 14 out of 22 years – challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. What is your favorite book? “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown. It encourages each of us to embrace being beautifully imperfect and living wholeheartedly. My copy is all marked up, dog-eared, circled and starred with my favorite parts! What is your favorite way to work out? With my trainer Julian at SFX Fitness. He reminds me I’m capable of more than I realize. What is your favorite healthy meal? Grilled fish and my husband’s delicious Brussels sprouts. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Every Wednesday since 2006, I volunteer at the Aflac Cancer Center. I give blankets and pillows to the children, play games with them, grab Starbucks for the parents, transport patients in wheelchairs or be a shoulder to lean on – basically whatever needs to be done that day. My philosophy is to treat every family the way I would want to be treated if my daughter was the patient. My daughter and I also created a business called Bead a Blessing, and we donate 10 percent of our sales to help meet the practical needs of families going through cancer. What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? Experiencing my mom’s cancer journey forever changed my life and the lives around me. Life is precious, and every day is a gift!

What makes you laugh? John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Over the last 10 years, the most consistent laughs I’ve gotten are from those guys. Don’t ask me how I feel about John Stewart retiring. OMG. Who helps you be your best self? My wonderful Fit: To Be colleagues, especially Bryn Chafin, who is my right hand, and Karen Snider, Claudia Marcela, Marshall Harbison and Ashley Marrone, who bring their best and most innovative teaching to my studio. Above all, Kimberly Stewart. Not only is she my best friend and love, she believes in me. She challenges me to go for what I want most in my life. She inspires, loves and supports me, no matter what. What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Realize that you are good enough.


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at age 43 after being considered high risk for my age. This inspired me to share my story and start my business/network Glamour Girl Fitness to motivate women particularly of a mature age to improve their overall health and fitness through a lasting lifestyle change.

At 46, Jackie Madison is a lifestyle and weight management specialist. She provides her services through Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., and her own business, Glamour Girl Fitness. She’s also mom to two kids and an advocate for healthy living at every age.

What is your favorite book? “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy. It provides the tools you need to unlock your mind to obtain the things you desire in life.

“Age ain’t nothing but a number. Embrace it!” What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My best accomplishment is giving birth to a beautiful baby girl

Kara Martin, MD This 44-year-old doctor is an internist and lead hospitalist for the Kaiser Permanente hospitalist team at Piedmont Hospital. She is also a mom of two and a past pageant winner who gives back through the pageant organizations that gave so much to her.

“There are always ups and downs to every phase of life, and the ups of this age are fantastic!” What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? We all have a purpose, and my purpose has become very clear to me as I have become older, which has led to a sense of happiness and peace. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My family. We have two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, and my hope is to raise them to feel the same unconditional love that I grew up with. What is your favorite healthy meal? I am particularly fond of breakfast and love starting the day with almond milk, gluten-free waffles and an egg.


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What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite way to workout is with my husband doing cardio combined with strength training exercises. What is your favorite healthy meal? I really love grilled chicken and broccoli. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My favorite way to give back is participating in health fairs within the community by educating on lifestyle and weight management. I annually support and participate in Relay For Life, volunteer on my son’s school council and work with the health and wellness ministry at New Life Church. What is your most embarrassing moment? When I was supposed to be listening in on a conference call for a meeting, I accidentally unmuted my phone, and the other participants could hear me placing an order for fast food. Name something on your bucket list. To appear on a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I love everything the Miss America Program stands for, and the scholarships I won through competing completely paid for medical school. Since winning Miss Georgia 1993 and placing first runner-up to Miss America, I have prioritized giving back to this fantastic organization whenever I can. I have judged numerous local and state pageants throughout the years. It is quite a time commitment, but I have met so many wonderful people. What makes you laugh? When my children laugh, I laugh! We enjoy sitting down as a family and watching old “Three’s Company” reruns.


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What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My favorite way of giving back is during the holidays, helping to provide funds and toys for families in need. It breaks my heart to think of a child waking up Christmas morning without gifts or a family meal. I became a board member of the Mark Carroll and Friends charity the year I turned 40, and it has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever experienced. Last year we raised 2,000 toys and $42,000 dollars that we donated to various organizations to help those families in need. With Mark Carroll’s vision, our goal is to double that in 2015. What makes you laugh? Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres – no one makes me laugh like those two. Name something on your bucket list. Number one item on my bucket list is to meet and spend time with an elephant. I am intrigued by their high intellect, beauty, grace and the emotional connection they have with people. Who helps you be your best self? I enjoy Core Fusion classes at exhale Spa and weight training at LA Fitness. Alyson at Visà-vis Salon is my amazing hair colorist, and Rachel Jenniges at Coleman Alexander Salon is my fabulous hair stylist. I enjoy facials and skin treatments at Blue Med Spa. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I see myself traveling all over the world with my siblings and my dear friends.

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Jocelyn A. McCarthy As an indoor cycling “Cycologist” at the new Cyc Fitness Buckhead, Jocelyn McCarthy is fit at 47. She’s also an independent brand partner at Nerium International, a wife and mom of four who enjoys travel, giving back and staying active. How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger? Now I realize that with every year I am blessed with, I gain exponentially. Wisdom is a precious gift that only comes with age. What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite workouts have always involved a combination of intense cardio with focused strength training – and it has to be fun! What is your favorite healthy meal? Broiled salmon, sautéed asparagus and wild rice. Yum! What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Our family is keenly aware of the world around us. Being so incredibly blessed, we are always looking for ways to give back, especially to those less fortunate than ourselves. Together we’ve served at The Nicholas House (a transitional housing center for the homeless) and Sheltering Arms Early Education & Learning Center, and we regularly donate to nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping those in need such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Heifer International, Samaritan’s Purse, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Vietnam Veterans of America and Hope House. What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Pay the closest attention to what goes on inside your own mind, heart, body and soul. Most of the answers we seek from others already exist within us. bestselfatlanta.com

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Claire Pearson As a wellness and lifestyle coach and musician at age 40, Claire Pearson is always looking for ways to stay passionate and give back. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? I learned to play the guitar in my 30s as a stress reliever and have since released two albums as Pearson Perry and started a songwriters group, Atlanta Intown Songwriters, that has over 500 members. I’m pretty proud of that! What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I use my passion for music as a way to give back. I regularly perform at no charge or I donate 100 percent of the proceeds to nonprofit causes I believe in, such as Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Children’s Restoration Network and 500 Songs for Kids. Name something on your bucket list. I’d really like to sing at least one song on stage with the Indigo Girls!

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In today’s world of endless messages about diet and weight loss options, sometimes it can be easy to pay attention to the wrong ones – ones that get you the results you want, but in a way that isn’t the healthiest for your body. Even Madison James experienced this during her first forays into figure competitions. “I became very obsessed about the wrong things,” she remembers. “For me, it was extreme dieting. And when you do that, you are depriving your body of things that it needs. You think you look great, but it can be a very dangerous situation. My levels were thrown off – my hormones were not balanced, and my body didn’t know what was going on.” She ended up in the doctor’s office, realizing that there had to be a healthier way to look the way she wanted to.

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Now, she’s found that. With regular meals of healthy, whole food and just three 30-minute workouts per week, James has her body and her life in balance. She says, “It’s very important for me to share with people that there’s a way you can be your best self and not be in the gym all day and counting calories. There’s a much easier way to do it.” b985.com


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Diana Hofsommer

When Diana Hofsommer started her role as Camp Horizon’s Director of Development, she quickly realized the inherent challenges compared with a traditional for-profit business. She explains, “Even though Camp Horizon has been around since 1982, the external climate changed significantly over those three decades. As foundations and large corporations have made their giving programs more sophisticated, many small charities have struggled to keep pace. Most grantors will not provide continuing support, while more formal fundraising events are expensive.

As a former foster youth herself, Hofsommer has worked to help overcome those challenges in her volunteer role. “My goal has been to facilitate increased awareness and better relationships in our community to benefit Camp Horizon’s programs for abused and neglected youth,” she explains. “Matching people’s passions with worthwhile causes is an ever-present challenge but worthwhile endeavor. Most small charities are perpetually underfunded. I’d like to see more people donating in general to support good causes but also specifically on a local level, in addition to wherever else they choose to give.” comphorizon.net


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Dr. Brian Maloney grew up in rural Ohio, with parents who were “hard-working, salt of the earth people,” he says. They instilled in him an appreciation for giving back, which manifests itself in his involvement with the Atlanta Day Shelter and even through his early work in reconstructive surgery. “As I went through my residency,” he remembers, “I would rebuild faces from scratch after car accidents and gunshot wounds, taking bone from the rib and hips and skull.” Those years reconstructing every part of the face gave him an intimate understanding of the nuances of facial surgery and honed his skills.

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“My best life philosophy is to live every day to the fullest. Tomorrow is promised to no one.” Eventually, he began to focus on cosmetic surgery. He compares the two, saying, “With reconstructive surgery, we’re taking an abnormal feature and trying to make it look normal; with cosmetic surgery, we’re taking a normal feature and trying to enhance it.” And with each kind of surgery, Dr. Maloney says, he encountered overwhelming gratitude from his patients. “It’s neat to have patients writing letters to share how the surgery changed their lives.” maloneycenter.com bestselfatlanta.com

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Despite her last name, Amanda Hair hasn’t always worked in the hair industry. In fact, before her current role with Bob Steele Salon, she was in retail management. “I decided that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – I wanted time to focus on my family. It just happened that I was a client of Bob Steele Salon, and they needed someone who could manage the salon location.” She jumped at the chance, quickly rising through the ranks to become co-owner and, by 2009, CEO.

“Every decision I make, I pose this question to myself: ‘Will I maintain the time needed to be a good wife, mother and leader to the team?’”

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It wasn’t just the great opportunity that attracted her, though. “I just really loved the industry,” Hair says. “I loved the people and the core values that we represent at Bob Steele Salon. The people that I work with are truly caring people – probably the nicest people that I have ever met. I’m living my passion.” In addition to leading her team, Amanda chairs an elite salon industry organization, The 2to10 Project, and enjoys being active in Vistage, a national organization for CEOs. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their 10-year-old daughter, Mia. bobsteele.com


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Parents want the best for their kids. That’s why more parents trust our pediatric expertise. As the Southeast’s largest private practice urology group, Georgia Urology strives to provide the most comprehensive urological care. The experienced physicians at Georgia Urology offer innovative services and excellent care for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the genitourinary system in men, women, adolescents, and children.


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Dr. Tara Frix had no doubts about where her career was headed. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she says. But she always knew that a patient’s health can’t just rely on one provider. “Early on, I was drawn to the multi-disciplinary approach of having sports medicine doctors, non-surgical orthopedists, chiropractors and physiotherapists that all have the same goal for the patient.”

“My best life advice for anyone is to get to the gym three to five times a week. Our bodies recover better when we are strong and have fewer injuries.”

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Today, she’s living her vision at Total HealthCare, helping patients eliminate joint pain without relying on the all-too-common cortisone injections and joint replacements. “I love giving patients their life back and getting them active again,” she says. totalhealthmed.com


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Dr. Giesler’s career in dentistry began during her senior year in high school in Houston, Texas. “I was fascinated with the whole field,” she says. She started working for an orthodontist and multidisciplinary practices, and her passion led her to the two-year dental hygiene program at the University of Texas dental school. “I wasn’t even thinking at the time about becoming a dentist,” she remembers. “It was after becoming a hygienist that God told me I was meant to do more. I worked for over 75 dentists and in all positions within the dental office prior to going back to dental school.” The insight and work experience was invaluable, and Dr. Giesler was able to serve as class president and student delegate to the ADA throughout her graduate training.

“Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused, never give up, and never ever forget who you serve!” After graduation and a residency at the Oklahoma Medical Center, Dr. Giesler ran a public health clinic in Plainview, Texas. “I’ve always practiced health and wellness, and I strive every day to talk the talk and walk the walk!” After selling her practice in Houston, to move to Atlanta in 1997, she started Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.

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Dr. Giesler’s Atlanta Smiles Foundation provides pro-bono dentistry and plastic surgery to domestic violence survivors. “Your smile is the universal language and goes with you everywhere you go, and I know I am blessed to be a cosmetic dentist and help others achieve the smile they deserve.”atlantasmiles.com


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The inspiration to work in the lingerie industry was a logical one for Molly Hopkins, co-founder of Livi Rae Lingerie. Hopkins’ experience began in third grade, when she couldn’t find any undergarment options that weren’t black, beige or white. She remembers thinking, “This can’t be it!” After meeting Cynthia Decker while working at another lingerie shop, they decided to open their own boutique to meet the style and size needs for all women.

“Sometimes the impossible is possible, but you will never know until you try.” At Livi Rae Lingerie, Decker says they are constantly surprised at how many people wear the wrong size bra. That’s partially because women like Hopkins herself have few resources to find large-cup bras. Decker reveals, “We’re in the process of designing our own bra, and hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy the needs of somebody who’s 50 N besides just one style in four different colors.”

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After years in this industry, Hopkins and Decker know one thing for sure: focusing on the customer herself is just as important as focusing on fit. After they’ve helped a client, Hopkins says,“They feel like we’ve really taken the time to cater to their needs. Our clients become our friends.” Hopkins adds,“I don’t know any place I can go that I’ll get a hug from the person that helps me. We hug a lot in our store – it’s very emotional, and it’s very bonding.” So whether you come in just for a bra or for some emotional support, Hopkins sums up the experience with the phrase, “Change your bra, change your life.” liviraelingerie.com bestselfatlanta.com

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July 4 is only a month away, which means the AJC Peachtree Road Race is just around the corner! Whether you’re training with a group or preparing on your own, hopefully you’ve been following a plan for the past couple of months. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready for race day.

Try Out the Course Get a feel for the AJC Peachtree Road Race by trying out the course ahead of time. You won’t be alone; the courseImage-By-Elle_1-4v.indd is always packed with runners and walkers on the weekends leading up to the event. It’s a great way to calm any nerves and see how prepared you are. During the month of June, Atlanta Track Club provides a water stop on Peachtree Road near Peachtree Park Drive each Saturday and Sunday from approximately 7 to 10 a.m. Stop by and be sure to thank our volunteers!


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Citrus Splash for Summer In search of a brightened complexion and a relaxed body? I suggest the Citrus Splash treatment at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. This treatment uses Atlanta’s own Mama Bath & Body Lemon & Lime products, comprising 100 percent pure essential oils and a blend of lemon, lime and valencia orange for the perfect summer scent. The exfoliating sugar scrub is followed by a relaxing massage that heals, tones and invigorates skin. To top off this citrus paradise, the treatment ends with a refreshing housemade lemonade. Details: The Spa at Four Seasons Atlanta, 75 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 881-9898, fourseasons.com/atlanta, loveyourmama.com

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As much as we think we know about sun protection, it never hurts to brush up on your sun sense. These timely tips from Celeste Hilling, Skin Authority’s CEO, founder and product formulator, will assure you have it made in the shade this summer: 1. Sunscreens with SPF 15 or greater yield the best results. Scan the active ingredient label to make sure the product contains UVA- blocking elements such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or anything in the avobenzone family. 2. Double up on safety by using a 20 percent concentration of topical vitamin C under your sunscreen daily to boost your skin cells’ immune defense against UV damage and reduce the appearance of brown spots. 3. Don’t go into the sun for several hours after putting on products that bronze because there are chemicals in them that make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Apply these products later in the day and sleep in them. Details: Skin Authority, skinauthority.com

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Increase positive awareness of individuals with Down syndrome by attending this annual gala at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. gigisatlanta.com

Join Zoo Atlanta for an art show inspired by nature and exotic animals. zooatlanta.org

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ROCK THE CURE Benefiting diabetes research, this annual event at Sweetwater Brewery features live music, local beer, food and raffle prizes. jdrfrockthecure.org

June 6 STRONG4LIFE SUPERHERO SPRINT Held at Piedmont Park, this 5K and 1-mile fun run benefit the Strong4Life movement. choa.org

June 6-7 FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Hundreds of butterflies will be released at this weekendlong festival benefiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center. chattnaturecenter.org

5TH ANNUAL TUNES FROM THE TOMBS This event benefits the Historic Oakland Cemetery and features performances in the monuments and gardens. oaklandcemetery.com

June 14 37TH ANNUAL POSSUM TROT This 10K race and 1-mile fun run benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. chattnaturecenter.org

June 20 LIFT UP ATLANTA’S FUN FESTIVAL This day of arts, crafts and games supports children in need at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. liftupatlanta.org

Look for this icon to find out where you can volunteer.

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