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August 2013


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IN THIS ISSUE 45 | Get Schooled!

Where to go for life-changing adult education classes

57 | Seeing Eye to Eye

Latest Treatments & Solutions

2013 Official Guide

41 | Healthy Workplace = Happy Employees

Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk

10 Great Ideas

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Get Schooled! p. 45 Find the tools you need to start your new career

A Lesson Plan for Success p. 53

2013 Official Guide

Kaiser Permanente 35 Corporate Run/Walk 16,000 runners and walkers get moving

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Photos from community events

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Atlanta doctors answer your health questions


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Method Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, arrange zucchini in the bottom of a large colander. To drain, pour pasta and its water over vegetables and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer contents of colander to a large bowl, add cheese, dressing and beans and toss well. Serve warm or cold.

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In celebration of veterans and active duty military personnel, the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is offering free admission to them and their families (up to five family members). Effective during regular museum hours until Saturday, August 31, members of the armed forces can enjoy all the museum has to offer including a panoramic presentation of the Battle of Atlanta, authentic military artifacts, paintings and more.

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BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 17 / 4 p.m. Don’t miss out on the 13th Annual Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival. Delicious barbecue will be provided by Fox Brothers and Black Tie BBQ. Bring cash! $10 entry fee. Harmony Park, 7250 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, GA,

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27th Annual Art in the Park

Aug. 31- Sept. 2/10 a.m.-5 p.m. This free outdoor festival offers fun for the entire family. Enjoy children’s activities, walking tours and fine art and crafts from 175 artists. Glover Park in Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta, GA,

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Calling all runners, walkers and joggers! If you’re looking for a great way to stay in shape, build camaraderie with your fellow coworkers and be a part of the largest organized corporate fitness event in the Southeast, then you won’t want to miss a second of the excitement planned for the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program. Directed by U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway since 1983, this workplace-organized fitness program has become an annual tradition in the Atlanta business community. The start date for this year was July 15 when the 8-week “Get Active Atlanta!” training phase kicked off. The current phase will last through Thursday, Sept. 12, when this year’s 5K Corporate Run/ Walk & Company Picnic steps off at 7 p.m. in downtown Atlanta.

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You Are What You Eat During a busy day at the office, sometimes it’s hard to pause your work and figure out how to have a healthy lunch. Instead of scrounging up 75 cents for M&Ms from the vending machine, why not opt for a healthier snack option? Companies like Healthy Vending can install eco-friendly vending machines in your office that offer better-for-you products like coconut water, dried fruit, and pita chips.

Challenge Your Team With all that energy you’ll have from your healthy snacking at the office, it’s time to get the whole company up and moving. Larry Lipman’s Fun Team Building offers Atlanta Ropes Courses to encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, and of course, physical fitness. Companies have two ropes courses to choose from—the low ropes course, which is a groundbased obstacle course, or the high ropes course 30 feet up in the trees that will really get your heart pumping and burn some calories. Whichever course your company opts for, you’re sure to see physical benefits of the activity and mental benefits from the deeper connection with your coworkers.

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Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is introducing “Healthy Picks” inside its vending machines. The snack items must fall into one of three categories: heart healthy, low sodium or low sugar. Taste tests were held to introduce the Healthy Picks to patients, employees and doctors. “We want to show people that healthy food can taste good and be convenient and affordable,” says Kathryn Harrison, manager of health promotion at Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. “Although we realize that this change alone may not dramatically alter our dietary habits, it is an important first step toward helping us all achieve a healthier diet.” — Kerri Hartsfield-Johnson, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia

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The road that got Sterling from being an out-of-work esthetician to running her own school was definitely paved with challenges. A short time after arriving in Atlanta, her marriage fell apart and Sterling found herself in a strange country, divorced and raising two children. But she had a skill in her arsenal – her esthetician degree. She knew she could do something in the beauty field, so after getting the accreditations for working in the U.S., she began her career. In the beginning, she worked three jobs to make ends meet. After working as an esthetician, she became a sought-after trainer for Spa Sydell and began teaching others. Then, at the age of 35, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “The cancer was really a gift,” Sterling recalls. “It changed me. It made me stronger and bolder. When I finished my radiation, I made a decision to change my life. I was not going to be afraid. I didn’t know that my school would be successful, and everyone thought I was crazy when I opened it. I didn’t listen to anybody, because I knew I had a vision and a dream.”

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Beyond Lasik, a new surgical option for restoring vision is a clear lens exchange. “The natural lens of the eye is removed before it forms a cataract, and an implant is placed into the eye that allows the patient to see both near and far,” Dr. Desai explains. “Lasik only corrects distance – the near vision isn’t corrected, so people still have to wear glasses to see up close. With a lens exchange, the artificial lens gives people the ability to see far and near.” Traditionally cataract surgery has been done manually, but today more practices are turning to the laser. “We are the second practice in the U.S. to employ the femtosecond laser to do cataract surgery,” Dr. Desai says. “With laser, there is more precision, so it is safer. Implants are becoming extremely sophisticated and complex, and they work best when done in an exact fashion.” Laser is also cutting down the recovery time from cataract surgery to one week. “The cost difference is patient-specific depending on implants they pick, but not very much,” he says. And today patients have more options than ever when it comes to selecting their implants. “There are numerous lens implants on the market that allow people to have more freedom from glasses and contacts,” says Dr. Susanne Hewitt of North Fulton Eye Center. “There are multifocal implants such as Alcon’s Restor and Abbott’s Tecnis, and accommodating implants such as Bausch & Lomb’s Crystalens, that allow people to be significantly less dependent on their distance and reading glasses after lens replacement/ cataract surgery. There are several toric implants that correct astigmatism at the time of lens replacement as well. Also, people who have been successful with monovision with contact lenses can achieve this effect after lens replacement surgery to become less dependent on readers.”

Presbyopia - This is the lack of ability to focus up close and affects such tasks as reading, computer use, cell phone use or any task within arm’s length. It is caused by the thickening and hardening of the crystalline lens and can be corrected with reading glasses, multifocal glasses, contact lenses or clear lens exchange.

Droopy eyelids - These are usually caused by ptosis or dermatochalasis. Ptosis can be caused by the age-related weakening or stretching of the major muscle that lifts the eyelid called the lavation muscle. Dermatochalasis is an age-related decrease of skin elasticity, allowing the skin of the eyelid to loosen and sag. When there is a loss of vision associated with droopy eyelids, insurance usually covers the blepharoplasty surgery, which involves the removal of excess skin and fat causing the drooping of the eyelids.

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It’s an exciting time for patients over 40, particularly now that presbyopia can be managed with clear lens exchange surgery and with increasingly accurate digital lenses. “Lens materials are getting thinner and more lightweight, so comfort should not be an issue,” Dr. Locke says. “Now we even have contacts targeted for early or emerging presbyopes (age 40-50).” According to Dr. Pare the use of oral antioxidants or “eye vitamins,” is gaining popularity as well. “Their effects have demonstrated a slowing of the progression of macular degeneration, but their ability to actually prevent eye disease is less understood and less demonstrated with controlled clinical trials.”

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Health Insurance Exchanges 101 full-time employees may qualify for a tax credit to offset the cost of providing coverage, if they purchase health plans through SHOP.

What will the health insurance exchanges look like? We’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what the exchanges will look like. All health plans sold on the exchanges will be broken into four “metal tiers”: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The purpose of the tiers is to make it easier for consumers to understand the cost and value of benefits. These four categories offer different levels of copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Every health plan sold on must provide what the federal government has identified as “essential health benefits” and meet new standards related to quality and costsharing. So, the offerings in each metal tier will look very similar online, with cost being the most obvious differentiator. But to get the best value, shoppers have to do some research. For years, savvy online shoppers have turned to web sites that allow you to comparison shop for the best price on airfares or hotel rooms. You mark the box next to your must-haves—a non-stop flight or 4-star accommodations—and see how the competition stacks up. While the process is sure to be much more complex, starting October 1, 2013 and continuing through March 31, 2014, millions of Georgians should be able to click their way to health coverage on, the federally-run online Health Insurance Marketplace or, as it is often called, health insurance “exchanges.” Small business owners with fewer than 50 full-time employees will have an exchange of their own, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), to find plans for their employees.

What are health insurance exchanges? The exchanges are a central part of health care reform. Under the Affordable Care Act, all U.S. citizens and people who are legal residents will be eligible for some form of coverage and cannot be turned down because of a medical condition. The exchanges are just a new avenue to health coverage—employers and individuals can still purchase plans directly from insurance companies or through brokers. In fact, the 169 million Americans covered under employer-funded insurance plans will have little reason to peruse the exchanges’ offerings or do anything at all to keep their current health plans. However, if you are uninsured or purchase your own health coverage, shopping on the exchanges could have an advantage—federal subsidies. will require users to fill out an application to determine eligibility for financial assistance, which can reduce the out-of-pocket cost of health plans and medical expenses. The federal subsidies are only available to those who purchase health plans through Small business owners could also see savings by purchasing coverage through the SHOP marketplace, which is designed to give them similar power to large businesses when it comes to getting better choices and lower prices for health insurance. Small businesses with 24 or fewer will provide limited information about each health plan on the site, but the onus is on the buyer to determine what’s offered beyond the basic requirements. If you are considering a new insurer, find out how its plans compare to the competition. Each year, the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) and J.D. Power and Associates rank health plans based on a number of factors, ranging from quality of care to customer satisfaction.

What if I need help navigating the health insurance exchanges? If the thought of obtaining insurance through the exchanges is overwhelming, “navigators” and “assisters” will be available to guide shoppers through the online marketplaces. The navigators will have expertise in eligibility and enrollment options. They cannot be affiliated with insurance companies and are required under law to provide impartial and accurate information. Assisters can provide in-person help and actually enroll you in a health plan. With coverage effective January 1, 2014 for health plans purchased through the new health insurance exchanges, insurers and health care providers alike are preparing for unprecedented change. Every business and individual will feel the impact of health care reform differently. Now is the time to get educated on the choices ahead.

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Tremor is a common condition and leads many people to seek neurological evaluation. While some tremors are due to conditions that can become debilitating or dangerous, many patients have a benign condition known as an essential tremor. In most cases, this is a very treatable disease.

What is an essential tremor? Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder. It consists of an involuntary shaking usually in the hands, but can also involve the legs, head, or other parts of the body. The cause of essential tremor is unknown, but it does tend to run in families.

Is an essential tremor harmful? Essential tremor can be very bothersome, interfering with the patient’s life and also increase the concern that he or she might have a serious disease. While patients with essential tremor do have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease in the future, this risk is still quite low overall; in the majority of cases these patients do not progress to serious illness or disease.

What should I do if I have a tremor? See a neurologist who has been trained in the assessment of tremor and other movement disorders. By performing a comprehensive history and physical examination, a neurologist can clarify the nature of your tremor and determine if it is a benign essential tremor or if it may represent a more serious condition. In some cases, additional testing such as blood tests, brain MRI, or PET scans can help clarify the diagnosis.

It there a cure for essential tremor? There is not a cure for essential tremor, but there are many oral medications that can dramatically reduce the symptoms. These medications can be used daily or on an as-needed basis and are well tolerated by most patients. In those few patients with severe disease who do not respond to oral therapy, more advanced treatments such as Botox and deep brain stimulation have been shown to be effective. Calli Cook, MSN, FNP-C

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can get their child into a top school easily, help that student pick a career that will suit them and pay them well, and save thousands of dollars in the process.” North Metro parents will have several opportunities to hear Jason speak. He is teaching his free class ‘How to Give Your Kid a 4-Year College Education…Without Going Broke!’ throughout the year. ‘We’ll discuss everything from the greatest myths about the college process, to how to send your student to a fancy private school for less than the cost of a junior college…it’ll be like learning how to get a brand new Lexus for the price of a used pick up truck,’ he grins. Topics will also include why private scholarships and 529 plans are a waste of time, how to double or even triple the amount of free money you receive from each school, and how to avoid the one mistake that will kill your chances of getting any money at all that almost every other parent will make this year, and much, much more. “The class is totally free, but seats usually fill up quickly. We have to turn people away or add them to a waiting list pretty often,” Flurry says. You can reserve a seat or get more info by calling (678) 388-2233 or online at www.YourCollegePlanners. com.


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Get those feet moving in support of children in need of medical services. Registration is $30-$30. CHOA. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta, GA. 7:30 a.m.

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A new Atlanta-based nonprofit Green of Hearts is addressing nutrition issues across the spectrum, from hunger to obesity. Green of Hearts establishes productive gardens, or “green food banks” as founder Bonita Cason-Atlow calls them, to make healthy options available to everyone regardless of economic status. Starting at the Interfaith Outreach House (IOH), this nonprofit encourages people to embrace a whole foods, plant-based diet by establishing individual gardens for each resident of IOH and teaching participants what it takes to maintain a garden of their own at home. Since Green of Hearts is in its early stages, it’s the perfect time to get involved by volunteering your time, your land, or your money. Join this effort to battle both hunger and obesity that’s beginning right here, perhaps literally in your backyard.

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Donate 20 canned items or $20 and receive a signed autograph from an Atlanta Braves pitcher. ACFB. Monument Grove at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA.

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For Marianne Baker, fitness and philanthropy go hand in hand. As a certified exercise leader (ACSM), personal trainer, choreographer and the director of group exercise for the Concourse Athletic Club, she is passionate about helping people achieve their fitness goals. She also uses her position to raise awareness for charity organizations that are close to her heart such as Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, and Toys For Tots with the U.S. Marines. “I really enjoy working with groups that help so many people in so many ways,” she says. Beyond teaching Zumba, QiFORZE, TurboKick and other fitness classes, her private company, GroupEx Divas, certifies other wellness professionals all across the U.S. “I want to reach as many people as I can with the benefit of being dedicated to a fitness lifestyle,” she says. And it seems she is well on her way to doing just that.

What is your favorite thing about leading a fitness class? My favorite class is QiFORZE. It is a motivating muscular strength and endurance class that targets every muscle with unique movement patterns. QiFORZE has the fun and sizzle of a cardio class, but it is strength training and suitable for most people of all age groups. All the music is original and composed by multi Grammy award-winning artist Kike Santander. The class has amazing one-of-akind movement patterns and original, awesome music. It is also fun, challenging and body changing!

How do you balance home life and work? When I am at work I focus on key priorities for my job and then have the exact same kind of focus on the personal priorities at home. I give my home life my undivided attention.

Do you have any new projects coming up? I am developing choreography for QiGNITION (funded by Carlos Slim, ranked by Forbes as the richest man in the world) and the DVDs will launch on television in Central and South America in Q3, then in the U.S. market in Q1, 2014. We will develop and launch new content every quarter.

Best achievement Becoming a Kilgore College Rangerette and Lieutenant in 1977 through 1979. This is a famous Texas-based college dance line, and it has set the stage for the accomplishments in my adult career.

Best surefire mood booster Great dinner with friends on our patio.

Best place to vacation Hilton Head Island.

Best guilty pleasure Anything chocolate! Photo courtesy of Brett Stanley

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? Working almost exclusively on certifying new instructors and developing choreography for TV and webbased exercise programs. The management team at the Concourse Athletic Club has been very supportive and helpful in all my professional and personal endeavors. I also have the privilege of working with exercise professionals at the absolute top of their profession.

Best advice you’d give your 20-something self about staying healthy To set common-sense health and fitness goals, then follow a consistent program to meet those goals.




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A MAMMOGRAM HELPED SAVE LONNY’S LIFE. KAISER PERMANENTE HAS THE HIGHEST BREAST CANCER SCREENING RATE IN THE NATION.* During a 2009 mammogram, a lab technician found a small calcification of cells. After a biopsy, Lonny Catalan discovered she had breast cancer. Her first thought was of her son, Tylon. Her second was, ”I will not let this beat me.” Fortunately, Lonny’s cancer was diagnosed at an early, treatable stage. One of the benefits of our unique system is how we use advanced technology to empower care teams to identify members overdue for important screenings. The result can be quicker diagnosis, and for Lonny, it meant fast access to a focused team of doctors and nurses who successfully brought her through surgery, treatment, and follow-up care. Why does Kaiser Permanente of Georgia have the highest mammogram screening rate in the nation?* For women like Lonny. And sons like Tylon.

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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 364-7000 *2012 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit




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