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November 2013


The Truth About Detoxing

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Breaking down the pros and cons p. 43

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Year End Financial Planning by Laura K. Schilling, JD, CPA, CFP(r), CSA


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contents November 2013

The Truth About Detoxing Breaking down the pros and cons p. 43

Shine from Within this Holiday Season


Atlantans share their secrets for looking good and doing good

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney Staying strong in body and spirit p. 49

In every issue 10 15 17

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From the Publisher


Best Events

From the Editor


Best Rx

Celebrate “Movember” ‘Tis the Season

Best Advice

Glam up for the holidays


Best Bulletin

The scoop on what’s new around town

Best Finds

Ways to keep warm and cozy Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

Best Fun

Our ideas for enjoying life

Meet businesses dedicated to a better you


Business News


Best Cause


Give-Back Guide


Get ready for Georgia Gives Day Charity events and volunteer opportunities

Reader Resources My Best Self

Local Rockette Joanna Richardson

Featured on the cover: Tammy Stokes, West Coast Workout Photography by: Willett Photography, Inc. Cover and Atlantans of Style & Substance photo shoot hair and makeup by: Alyson Hoag, Rosie Guffey Wwac (Authentic Beauty, www., Timothy Keys, Candace Hall (Shear Salon,, Niajee Smith (William David Salon, NOVEMBER 2013

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Year End Financial Planning by Laura K. Schilling, JD, CPA, CFP(r), CSA


What You Need to Know About Your HSA/FSA by

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Robotic Hair Restoration Arrives in Atlanta by Ken Anderson, MD


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from the editor ‘Tis the Season

Around this time people begin taking stock of the year, reviewing what they’ve accomplished and maybe even thinking about what improvements they can make in their lives.

For our six Atlantans of Style & Substance (p. 31), they tell us what makes them feel good, do good and look their best. From beauty secrets to fitness tips, they share where they go and how they maintain their health throughout the holidays. Keeping healthy during the holidays is no easy feat with all the tempting desserts and rich food so readily available at holiday affairs, office parties or fetes with friends. You may be tempted to try a detox treatment to purge yourself of all the excess sugar and calories. Before you do, make sure to read The Truth About Detoxing (p. 43) to learn more about the benefits and risks. This season also brings out fun family traditions, delicious holiday recipes or a much-needed relaxing vacation. If you want to share a healthy holiday recipe, go to our Facebook page and let us know. We may use it in a future issue! Happy Reading!


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If you don’t want all the calories and sugar of a traditional fall cup of hot chocolate, let tea warm you up instead. This month, Numi Organic Tea is launching their World of Tea Collection, featuring familiar teas like Earl Grey and Chai and more far-flung tastes like Gunpowder Green from Taiwan and Rooibos from South Africa. Wherever your taste buds lead you, the temperature will definitely be right for our area of the world. $29.99

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Running from November 21 to January 5, Global Winter Wonderland makes its debut in Atlanta. This exciting event lets guests travel the world by seeing larger-than-life lantern designs of famous world landmarks like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to these eco-friendly lantern displays (many of which are powered by solar panels), the festival includes carnival rides, games, arts, crafts and international cuisine. Come out to celebrate the holiday traditions of the world’s many and varied cultures. Tickets are at $16.99 for children and $24.99 for adults. Season passes available.

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Afternoon in the Country Nov. 3 Taste food from Atlanta’s top restaurants, caterers and local farms along with fine wines and microbrews, all on the lawn of The Inn at Serenbe.

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ee Haney’s training and nutritional philosophy is simple. “Train to stimulate, not to annihilate,” says the former American International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympia.

“You are what you eat and the company you keep. Both of these health proverbs help keep my body and mind balanced.” In addition to earning multiple bodybuilding titles, the devout Christian has served as a consultant with some of the biggest nutritional supplement companies in the world, as well as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He has trained a number of professional athletes and celebrities including Steve Harvey, and he shared his knowledge of exercise and nutrition on his show called “TotaLee Fit with Lee Haney” on the Trinity Broadcast Network.


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After retiring from professional bodybuilding, Haney wanted to give back to the community. In 1993 he and his wife Shirley purchased a 40-acre farm near their Fairburn home and created the Haney Harvest House, a non-profit mentoring program for boys. “We often hear people say, ‘somebody needs to do something,’” he says. “We chose to be two of those somebodys. The mission of the Haney’s Harvest House is to help establish mentoring programs through organizations within surrounding neighborhoods. Learning the values of hard work, integrity, perseverance, humility and believing in God should be present in the life of every young man.”

In order to be a part of the mentoring program, boys must come from a single-parent household that is absent of a father, and they cannot have a criminal record. Haney and his volunteer staff are cheerleaders for each boy who enters the program, though some inevitably stand out. “All of the young men coming through the program are special and possess great promise. However, one of them took the meaning of perseverance to another level,” Haney says. “When his mom enrolled him in the program, [Larry Heath] was shy and a little overweight. His mother did the best she could in trying to raise him and his sister with limited financial support from the government.” Heath went on to graduate from Stockbridge High, and then graduated with a political science degree from Georgia State University. “He is currently enlisted in the United States Army with a little over a year left to complete his Master’s degree in educational psychology,” Haney says. “We are so proud of him.”

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Continuing Education Haney continues to share his joy of teaching and inspiring others, and in June 2010, he developed the International Association of Fitness Science (IAFS), a training program focused on educating trainers on how to use the science of what he calls “functional training.” “Trainers are taught how to create exercise programs to enhance strength, core strength, cardiovascular conditioning and flexibility,” Haney explains. “All of the things needed to manage age and maintain functional physical mobility. Functional Training exercises include a series of movements: pushing, pulling, squatting, pressing, curling, extending, twisting, core movements and controlled cardio drills.”

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Through IAFS, Haney aims to create an exercise and nutritional model that can be used to impact the health of people and communities everywhere. “It’s a model that’s simple yet effective,” he says. “The IAFS offers three different training certifications: Functional Training (for the general population), the Minister of Fitness (designed for churches) and Ultimate Bodybuilding (for competitive bodybuilders).”

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Next up for Haney is his Ultimate Sports and Fitness Challenge on April 19, 2014 in Tyrone, GA. “[The Challenge] was created to serve a dual purpose,” he says. “It’s to showcase fitness in a way that’s fun and inclusive of the different age groups: children, teens and adults. The Challenge is also the official fundraiser for Haney’s Harvest House Boy’s Mentoring Program.” The event will consist of a Kid’s Challenge for children ages 8 to 12, a Teen Challenge for children ages 13 to 17 and an Ultimate Fitness Challenge for adults 18 and up. Each one features physical obstacles and challenges that test resilience, strength and stamina, followed by a grand finale that includes a life seminar and an awards ceremony. Whether he is promoting the importance of exercise, helping clients to reach their fitness goals or mentoring young boys at Harvest House, Haney remains focused on educating others. “The best part of my life today is seeing the harvest of hard work and the lives of the people I have tried to impact,” he says. “Starting first with my family, that includes my wife of 30 years and my two children, Joshua (a 2008 Citadel graduate) and Olympia (a 2012 Savannah College of Arts and Design graduate). The mentoring program means a great deal to my legacy.” In the end, his life’s work is a badge of both physical and spiritual growth.

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A Focus on Influenza Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person when someone with influenza coughs or sneezes. Sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouths or noses. Apparently healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. : an inactivated vaccine (killed virus) is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

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It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor’s exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu. If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if you are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult your healthcare provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.

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Colon Hydrotherapy: The Lost Art of Cleansing

FPO Constipation is the top gastrointestinal complaint in North America resulting in over 2 million doctor visits each year. When one becomes constipated waste is not promptly eliminated from the body and ferments in the bowel producing poisonous toxins, chemicals and bad bacteria. There are more bacteria in the colon than cells in the body. The colon lining has a network of blood vessels which absorb toxins into the bloodstream causing a condition called autointoxication or self-poisoning. In the bloodstream these toxins can put a strain on the body particularly the liver, the body’s major organ of detoxification. Once autointoxication occurs and settles into the tissues it can be a contributing factor to autoimmune disorders. This creates an even higher level of toxicity in the body all stemming from the frequent problem of constipation. Almost everyone has a toxic colon due to poor diet, lack of fiber and poor elimination. SYNERGYHomeCare_1-4.indd Colon Hydrotherapy, reported to be used by the Egyptians, is a “Lost Art of Cleansing”. Every tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues. It must be the bowel that is cared for first. Colonics are a safe, effective way to balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function.


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Nov. 2 MOVE FOR MOMS Mental Health America of Georgia’s fun run in Piedmont Park supports maternal mental health.

2013 KIDS II STRONG LEGS RUN This family-friendly event includes a 5K, a Mascot Trot and 2K fun run. Join other Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta supports at Turner Field.

WALK FOR THE PAWS Walk with or without your dog on the one-mile scenic route through the beautiful Avondale Estates to raise money for PAWS Atlanta.

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FREEDOM BALL This annual fundraiser, held at the Georgia Aquarium, honors our military and is hosted by the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta.

MOVING DAY ATLANTA Benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, this celebration of movement includes a family-friendly walk course, yoga, dance, tai chi, Pilates and a kids’ area.


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When Stone Mountain native Joanna Richardson was three years old, she started dancing in her mother’s studio in Vista Grove. “Having grown up around the dance studio, I knew I wanted to make a career out of being a dancer,” Richardson recalls. After seeing the world-famous Rockettes perform in Atlanta, she was amazed. “I was sure from a young age I wanted to be a Rockette, but I was not offered a contract after my first audition,” she explains. “It was not until after my fourth time auditioning that I actually got the job. However, if I had not had the encouragement [from friends and family] to try out again, I would not have gotten my dream job.”

Where were you when you learned you had landed the job? When I received the call, I was staying at a friend’s apartment in New York. I had just finished the two-day audition process and was waiting to hear if I had gotten the job or not. I was incredibly nervous at the auditions. Over 400 women had shown up for only a handful of slots. The phone call itself was surreal, and I was so excited to hear that my dream job had become a reality.

How did you feel the first time you took the stage? Opening night of my first season as a Rockette is something I will never forget. I had butterflies in my stomach, but as soon as we started dancing, I knew this was where I belonged.

What type of training do you undergo to get ready for a show? To prepare for the season, I try to take as many dance classes as possible so I can build up my stamina. I also like to do a combination of Pilates and active stretching to properly warm up my muscles before hitting the stage. The Rockettes are not only dancers, but athletes. We have a wonderful team of athletic trainers that helps us eat properly and keep our energy up to get through those four show days.

Most memorable time on stage? The number “New York at Christmas” is probably my favorite moment on stage. [It’s amazing] to be surrounded by these talented dancers and know you that you are part of such an iconic legacy.

Most common question you get as a Rockette? The most common question I get asked is if we are all the same height. Actually, we are not. We have a height range of 5’6” to 5’10 ½” and create the illusion of being the same height by placing the taller women in the center and cascading down to the shorter women on the ends.

Who inspires you? Photos courtesy of Karin Koser Moonshadow photography

My mom, Coby Richardson. She was a professional dancer and followed her dreams.

Do you ever come back and visit Atlanta? I try to come back and visit my family at least once a year. Some of my favorite restaurants include The Flying Biscuit and Jeni’s Ice Cream.

Best way to spend the holidays? For the past eight years I have spent the Christmas holiday with my fellow Rockettes and cast family. My actual family always comes to visit whichever city I might be in, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has become a tradition for my family to see each year.

Best advice for aspiring dancers? Take classes and train as much as possible. Also, if you have a dream, you should follow it! To be a Rockette you must have a sense of camaraderie. It takes all the women on stage working together.



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