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Atlanta’s “go-to” guide for health, beauty and happy living!

November 2014

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EXPERT CONNECT Regrow Your Hair by Ken Anderson, MD p. 53

Preventing Diabetes: Know The Risks by Richard Ellin, MD p. 54

BHRT – The Natural Approach by Jeff Donohue, MD p. 55

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Gestational Diabetes by Melinda Miller-Thrasher, MD, FACOG p.59

Q&A with Livi Rae by Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins p. 60

Lower Dose 3D Mammography by Carolyn G. Dudley, MD p. 61

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King of Pops founder Steven Carse makes sweet treats sustainable p. 27

The Sweet Life Get the facts on life with diabetes p. 31

Crohn’s and Colitis When it’s not just indigestion p. 67

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Meet the King


We catch up with Steven Carse about his King of Pops business, which has expanded to new ventures and its own local farm

27 Life With Diabetes Can Still Be Sweet Navigate this disease that affects one million Georgians p. 31

Thanks for Teachers Meet 14 dedicated and enthusiastic educators from Atlanta schools


Band Together

Local business sport the pink headband to raise money and awareness for breast cancer p. 36

In every issue 10 From the Publisher

19 Best Bulletin

69 Business News

12 From the Editor

20 Best Bites

70 Best Cause

Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

Thankful for Education

15 Contributors

22 Best Rx

Meet the writers, photographers and other contributors in this issue

Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

The latest from the business community Be the Match

Photos courtesy of Willett Photography (top), Sawyer Photography (bottom)

The scoop on what’s new around town

Get Your Moustache On During Movember

70 Give-Back Guide

Charity events and volunteer opportunities

64 Best Health

17 Best Advice

Learn about vein care for men and inflammatory bowel diseases

Tips for a happy, healthy holiday

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from the editor Thankful for Education

“I’m staying 39 for as long as I can.”

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we here at Best Self Atlanta want to say thanks to our local teachers for the amazing work they do every day. After all, I know I wouldn’t be where I am without the teachers who drilled grammar rules into my head, challenged my writing and introduced me to great literature.


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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, in the Thanks for Teachers feature on p. 39 and in our Band Together Against Breast Cancer initiative on p. 36.

Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland is an accomplished writer of both fiction and nonfiction in multiple genres. Morgan has also taught writing courses locally in addition to online developmental editing and writing coaching. She has lived in the Atlanta area for 30 years, where she has been active in the natural living and literary communities. Read her work in Diabetes: Life Can Still Be Sweet and Crohn’s and Colitis on p. 31 and p. 67.

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How do people’s eating habits change during this time of year? Typically people’s schedules are busier, and they are not eating at their normal meal times. They are also confronted with increased food volume at work or social gatherings. What unhealthy culprits are to blame for holiday weight gain? Butter-filled desserts or cream-based casseroles are served in abundance during the holiday season. Often, people are not accustomed to eating these foods year round, so the extra calories can lead to weight gain. What techniques can help people navigate holiday food choices? Do not completely avoid your favorite holiday treats – allow yourself a small portion. You can also contribute a healthier dish to a gathering by bringing a fruit salad or steamed vegetables with parmesan. How can someone keep eating habits consistent through the holidays? Do not focus on just food at holiday gatherings – spend time socializing or dancing. Make sure to limit yourself to only one plate, and try to avoid the habit of grazing.


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Why are holidays tough times to be around family? For some families, expectations around the holidays are very different for each member. We become attached to our holiday traditions and rituals. When those events don’t go as planned, perhaps because of a new family member or the loss of one, it can make the holiday emotionally difficult.

How should employees request holiday time off? Give your boss plenty of advance notice. Set a time to chat about it, as opposed to asking while passing the hallway.

How can people get a good workout during the busy holiday season? Circuits are one of the best and most efficient workouts. A circuit can be as simple as jumping jacks, push-ups and crunches. Do each exercise in a row for 30 seconds, rest for two minutes and repeat for three sets. It’s my favorite workout when I’m short on time.

What are the toughest parts of holiday travel? Availability and inflated rates. The Caribbean in particular is incredibly popular, and many hotels will have severe minimum night requirements (up to 14 nights) that you have to adhere to. Add on the fact that rates can be double that of any other season, and you’ve got a challenge when everyone wants the same type of destination.

What tips can help deal with a difficult family member? Acting like the painful stuff never happened can make matters worse. Acknowledge emotionally painful memories, apologize if appropriate and keep it moving. Focus on the “here and now.” What tips can diffuse family conflict during the holidays? 1. Control your emotions. Remain as calm and nondefensive as possible. 2. Talk privately. This reduces the possibility others will be pulled into the conflict. 3. Try to validate the issues of the conflict that matter most to the other person. Letting them know you understand their complaint will go far to diffuse the heightened emotion. 4. Suggest setting a different time and location to meet and discuss. Commit to it.

What should employees avoid doing when asking for time off? Don’t be vague about the time frame, and don’t ramble on about where you’re going. Focus on when you’ll be gone, how long, and have a plan for how your work will be handled in the meantime. Is it important to look like a team player and avoid taking holiday time off? You don’t have to completely avoid taking time off – everyone needs a break and balance in order to work effectively. To look like a team player, it’s more about asking for the time (not demanding it), doing so in advance (not last minute) and asking for it in the right way. If this is a busy time of year for your industry, you may stick around for the holiday but take time off before or after. How can employees fully disconnect during the holidays? Have a plan for yourself. Leave your phone in the hotel room during the day, turn it off at night – whatever you need to do to truly unplug.

If people can’t make it to the gym, what workouts can they do outside? Let nature be your gym. Walking is a great, lowimpact exercise that you can do outside. Sprinkle in some strength training like pushups, step-ups and squats. What workouts can people do during holiday travel? Remember to bring your shoes! Simple exercises like lunges, jumping jacks, squats and crunches can be done in your hotel room. Another tip: pack some workout bands. Bands are inexpensive and travel easily. I call them my gym on the go! What holiday fitness mistakes should people avoid? Not eating in an attempt to save calories does not work! Instead, enjoy healthy, small snacks like KIND Bars and fresh fruit.

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How can people overcome those challenges? Plan early and think outside the box. There are gorgeous places in California that are still in the low 70s during the day. Alternatively, head somewhere cool and enjoy the wintery weather, such as a ski destination. What are some tips for traveling with family or in large groups? Don’t over commit and run yourself ragged trying to see or do too much during this time of year. Keep some downtime in place to just be together. What are your favorite places to visit during the holiday season? London, Paris and Washington, D.C. are absolutely gorgeous during the holidays. If I am itching for warm weather, I’ll head to southern California.




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Olympic runner Jeff Galloway is holding the inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 on Sunday, December 14 in Midtown. If a half marathon sounds like too far of a distance for you, think again. Galloway, an author, speaker and runner for more than 40 years, has developed a free training program for those interested in building up their running skills in a safe, effective way. Plus, on the day of the race, you can take your pick of any of the official pace groups that will help you stay motivated and on schedule till the end of the 13.1 miles. Registration is $115 until December 8 and $130 afterward.

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Open Up to Yoga Roswell Yoga Life recently opened in Roswell, offering heated and non-heated yoga, prenatal yoga and classes specifically geared toward kids and teens. At this 1,600-square-foot studio, students can also purchase healthy retail items such as fruit, nuts, nutrition bars and bottled water, in addition to custom bolsters, eye pillows and natureinspired jewelry. Owner Gretchen Griffin invites yogis of all levels to find support at RYL. An unlimited month of classes costs just $49.

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A Helping Hand For a burst of summer during this cold season, HollyBeth Organics will soon release their new Orange Peppermint Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Set.The blend of essential oils will cleanse skin without drying it, as well as provide an energizing citrus scent. Plus, HollyBeth Organics is the only USDA certified organic skin care line in Atlanta that is also certified cruelty-free, so both your hands and heart can feel good this holiday season. HollyBeth Organics products available at Atlanta Made or online. $59

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National Diabetes Month Throughout Atlanta this month, the American Diabetes Association will hold events to educate Atlantans, provide resources and raise money to help put a stop to diabetes. On November 8, lace up your sneakers and head to the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Turner Field. Anyone who raises $1,000 or more will be recognized as a Champion to Stop Diabetes. Then on November 22, head to the free Diabetes Expo at Cobb Galleria. There will be a healthy cooking stage, diabetes management seminars and a special appearance by Patti LaBelle.

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Pick of the Month Want to make healthy eating easier on your wallet? Stretch your grocery budget at Whole Foods Market with these tips. Start by picking up the Whole Deal value guide found in front of the store or online, which includes coupons and budgetfriendly recipes. As you shop, look for 365 Everyday Value items from the company’s private label brand, which offers quality products at competitive prices. Save 10 percent whenever you buy a case (six or more) of an item, which can be mixed and matched – and yes, this offer is also valid in the wine department! Scoop your own grains and nuts from the bulk bins, which allow you to buy the exact right amount. Take advantage of the salad bar’s new all-you-can-fill option for $12.99. You can also join the Kids Club so your kids can enjoy a free snack while you shop. And if you’re dissatisfied with any of their products, simply keep your receipt and return the item. www.wholefoodsmarket.com Jessica Dauler For more info, visit www.bestselfatlanta.com For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

Roasted Pear and Pecan Salad Does your holiday party really need another calorie-dense casserole? Try this fall salad idea from local produce delivery company Nature’s Garden Express. This easy dish features cranberries, blue cheese and roasted pears with dashes of cinnamon and brown sugar. With a prep time of just a few minutes, this salad lets you enjoy the tastes of the season in a healthy way. Ingredients: 2 d’anjou pears, cut from core and thinly sliced 1 tbsp butter, melted 1 tbsp brown sugar ½ tsp cinnamon Pinch of salt 1 head red oak lettuce, washed and chopped ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup pecan halves, roughly chopped ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled ¼ to ½ cup white balsamic vinaigrette, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pears in a mixing bowl, add butter and toss to coat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and toss again to coat evenly. Place pears on a parchment-lined sheet tray and roast for 7 to 10 minutes, until pears are soft but still have a little bite. Remove from oven and allow to cool. These can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days.

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During turkey season, what’s a vegetarian to do? Try finding like-minded friends at the Atlanta Veg Fest on November 8, which is in its third year. This day-long event brings together the plant-based eaters of Atlanta to enjoy engaging talks from vegan dietitians, chefs and hip hop artists. The day also includes displays from vegan vendors, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and, of course, plenty of meatless morsels for you to enjoy. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, requests a $5 donation at the door and is a great place to explore your plant-based diet options.

After the heavy food of the holidays, you may feel the need to balance your belly back out. Probiotics are a great way to promote healthy digestion, and they can be found in kombucha, a fermented tea. This drink packs all the benefits of probiotics and is easy to incorporate into your daily diet. Try Golda Kombucha, brewed by local Melanie Wade, who follows her 92-year-old grandmother’s recipe. She brews flavors such as Hibiscus Oolong, Strawberry Mint or Pear Ginger, and you can find them at Nuts N’ Berries, Dolce Vegan Bakery, Candler Park Market and Little Vinyl Lounge for just $4 per bottle.

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A mouth guard is a flexible appliance worn while playing sports to prevent injuries such as a split lip, broken teeth and jaw fractures. There are several types of mouth guards, including ones you can get at a drug store, ones that you can “boil and bite” to conform more to your child’s mouth and custom-fitted guards made by your dentist. A custom mouth guard is the best option when it comes to injury prevention as it fits tightly around the teeth, keeping everything in place during impact. A custom mouth guard is also the most comfortable option as it is molded to your child’s teeth, cheeks and lips.

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Is it a sinus or migraine headache? Sinus headaches could have associated eye, cheek or forehead pressure and pain. They might also be accompanied by some nasal congestion and postnasal drip. Migraines often have a preceding aura, involve one side of the head or face, or may even make one sensitive to light and sound. Sometimes migraines might be brought on by a sinus-related issue, so a complete ENT and neurologic exam and appropriate imaging will help in making the diagnosis.

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Carse says his inspiration struck when he visited his older brother, an anthropologist doing field work in Latin America. “The model there is pretty ingenious,” he says. Farmers take their produce to market, but not all of it sells. Instead of letting the food (and their potential earnings) go to waste, the farmers make the leftover fruit into popsicles called paletas. “That was something that just really made a lot of sense to me,” Carse explains, citing that not only does the practice extend the life of the food, but it also creates another valuable product from a local source. But Carse had a typical 9 to 5 job at AIG, so it seemed unlikely that he would be able to bring the paletas concept to America. Sometimes the push you need comes in a pink package. Well, a pink slip, to be exact. In 2009, Carse was laid off. He says at that point, “I didn’t really feel like I had anything to lose.” Without a spouse or kids to consider, he dove head first into this idea that had been on his mental back burner since that family trip. “That winter, I made a ton of pops. I don’t even really remember [the flavors]. I was trying every single thing I could consider and forcing it down people’s throats,” he jokes.

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These days, Carse’s vision of selling pops from one cart has expanded to six cities outside of Atlanta, with 25 carts in Atlanta alone. Originally, he reveals, “We thought the cart was going to be a very, very small part of our business. We were going to open up a shop.” After putting the product out there, Carse says, he got feedback that encouraged them to change their original idea, leading to the cart-centered King of Pops Atlanta knows and loves today. “I don’t think our business would have been the same if we hadn’t just run with it the way we did.” That attitude of adaptation serves Carse well in the off season, too. Naturally, pop sales drop off in the winter months, but instead of slowing

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For MEN and WOMEN Are you Experiencing... down, the company just shifts gears. In recent years, their initiative called Tree Elves has provided a way for the team to stay busy while providing another sustainable service to Atlanta: delivering live, potted Christmas trees to Atlanta homes and then replanting them at the end of the season. This winter, Carse adds, “We’re also toying around with a high-end chocolate bar for the holidays.”

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Even as he branches out, Carse also prioritizes staying true to the inspiration: local, sustainable ingredients for his pops. To that end, they recently purchased 68 acres of farmland west of Atlanta, near Douglasville. “The plan is to get more serious about local than we already are. We’ll have bees for honey, and we will be doing our own compost. We’ll be starting with berries, herbs and melons.” They also want to further invest in their relationships with local farmers, emphasizing the method of using pops to preserve ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. “If these guys have extra fruit, we want to become the person that they will call.” At the end of the day, Carse says, “The more successful we are, the more help we are able to do for the local community.” By purchasing from local farmers, Carse feels he’s introducing every King of Pops customer to the delicious options that can be found right on Atlanta’s doorstep, including the options that will eventually come from King of Pops’ own farm. “One of my biggest hopes is that people can see where the food is from, taste the difference and see what it is all about.” Because whether it’s a wildly successful business or the local food movement itself, a tasty pop may be just the beginning. www.bestselfatlanta.com

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early 30 million Americans are affected by diabetes – more than one million in Georgia alone. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic illnesses in Georgia and across the Southeast, and is the seventh highest

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time period, anywhere from 48 to 55 people with diabetes will go blind, and

diabetes is likely reach a point where insulin becomes a necessity. “Patients

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Kidney damage. Diabetes can lead to kidney damage and eventual kidney

Noll stresses, but rather should see it as part of lifelong diabetes management.

failure, requiring dialysis. Cardiovascular disease. While all diabetes-related conditions should be taken seriously, another threat looms. Dr. Jamie Noll, Certified Diabetes Educator and author of “The 95% Vegan Diet,” reveals, “Most people with Type 2 diabetes […] don’t die from kidney failure.” Instead, she says the real culprit is cardiovascular disease. Brooks Kent, licensed dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with WellStar, agrees. Kent describes heart disease as the number one complication of diabetes and stresses the need for managing blood pressure and cholesterol along with blood sugar.

one of the easiest treatments to control. The most important aspect of diabetes treatment is regular monitoring. Blood sugar checks before and two hours after meals are necessary for identifying the causes of elevated blood sugar levels and adjusting medication accordingly. Regular visits with an endocrinologist, including A1c checks at least twice a year, should be prioritized. Because people with diabetes are at risk for depression, finding good emotional support is a must. Daily checks for wounds or other changes to the feet and skin should also be a part of regular diabetes management and are an important part of preventing diabetic complications.

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16 years ago, Elaine Hampton of Atlanta discovered her A1c test result was 9.5 percent. With the help of ertified Diabetes ducator Dr. amie oll, laine began al ing five miles er day, limiting meat inta e and eating more vegetables. o laine manages her diabetes without insulin, and she just celebrated her 78th birthday.

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While Type 2 diabetes can be managed through a combination of lifestyle

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common treatment. Metformin, which has been on the market for over 45

be changed, but many other risk factors can. Dietary changes and regular exercise

years, is the top prescribed oral agent for diabetics and often pre-diabetics

significantly lower the risk of developing diabetes.

as well. Metformin is an effective tool for managing blood sugar, and it

“According to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study, just losing seven

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percent of body weight along with exercise can reduce the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent,” says Dr. Noll. DPP participants who lost seven to 10 percent of their body weight continued to show a lower rate of diabetes

Insulin injections are another common treatment for diabetes. Insulin

throughout their lives.

may be used for long-term blood sugar management or for more

Another important part of prevention is regular screening. People who are

immediate management of symptoms. When a person with diabetes is admitted to the hospital for diabetic complications such as a build-up of sugar in the body, they are at risk for illness and organ damage. In cases like that, or if their A1c number is too high, Kent says insulin may be necessary for breaking the glucose toxicity. Insulin can be discontinued once blood sugar is back within a healthy range, and diabetes can then be managed through a combination of diet, exercise and possibly oral medications. Better eating habits and regular exercise are both an important part of diabetes management. The sooner after diagnosis that dietary and exercise habits are improved, the better for long-term health and minimizing the need for other treatments. A mix of strength training and aerobic exercises provides an ideal balance, and a daily brisk walk can be the first step toward improved health. Even with excellent diet and exercise habits, however, people with diabetes

overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, or who belong to a higher risk racial/ethnic group (Black, Hispanic, Filipino, Native American or Asian-American) should consider diabetic screening every one to three years and make sure their doctors are aware of their risk factors. “Get screened, especially if you have risk factors,” Dr. Smiley-Byrd says, because though diabetes is preventable and treatable, it is still a chronic illness. “It’s serious,” Kent says. “It is a serious condition, and should be taken seriously and controlled.” Now that you have the information you need about this condition, you can take steps to ensure your own health for a life that’s just the right amount of sweet.

Editorial Resources Twiggy Harris, MD, Kaiser Permanente – www.kaiserpermanente.org Brooks Kent, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, WellStar Diabetes Educator – www.wellstar.org Dawn Smiley-Byrd, MD, Emory University School of Medicine – www.med.emory.edu

may still find an increased need for medications or insulin as they age. Over

Andrew Muir, MD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University – www.choa.org

time, the pancreas produces less and less insulin. As a result, a person with

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Geri Flanary

“Students need a mentor – someone who can build a relationship with them to show they care.”

Tenth grade AP world history teacher Geri Flanary has a sign hanging in her classroom: “It’s not what you know. It’s what you understand.” An educator at Duluth High School for 18 years, Flanary, who previously taught AP human geography for 12 years, takes these words to heart. “I want my students to go beyond memorization and learn to think critically and analytically,” she says. “I want them to dive into their learning and to truly seek understanding – to question and then want to learn even more.”

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Every now and then, a former student stops by and says hello to Christina Edwards, a seventh grade English language arts teacher at Sylvan Hills Middle School. The visit always makes the enthusiastic educator, a 10-year teaching veteran, smile. She recalls how difficult this particular student was in a variety of classes and that, one day, the two bonded over Edwards’ nail polish. “At first, I was taken aback. But then I thought, ‘Maybe I can use this to motivate her,’” she explains. “I told her that if she would come to class and behave and complete her assignments in all of her classes, then I would take her to get her nails polished by professionals.” Edwards secured permission from the student’s parents, and after two weeks of recognizing her outstanding effort and improvement, the dedicated teacher made good on her promise. And that student improved in all of her classes for the duration of the year. “Students don’t only need a teacher – they need a mom away from home, a mentor and someone who can build a relationship with them to show they care,” says Edwards, who knew she wanted to be a teacher even as a child. “Teaching is my innate ability, and my joy of teaching hasn’t changed – even after 10 years. Seeing the faces of my students when they finally get a concept is priceless.” And the way she guides them to that understanding can be summed up in one Benjamin Franklin quote, she says: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”


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“I am blessed with a career that inspires me to work hard every day.”

A teacher for 28 years and the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Star Teacher and the Nasdaq Teaching Award, Flanary can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t want to be a teacher. And ending up at Duluth High School was a dream come true. “I am surrounded by competent, capable and enthusiastic educators. They do not know it, but they push me every day to be a better teacher and a better me,” she says. “And Duluth High School has much social and economic diversity among the student body; I learn much from the students every day. They bring the world to my classroom!” They also give Flanary the opportunity to chair a unique program called the Care Team, which helps students who have financial needs that interfere with their learning at school. She says, “When I take a student to get eyeglasses, I watch them choose a pair that will help them to better participate and learn at school, but I also get to watch them take pride in their appearance. How cool is that?” With such a rich career, it’s almost impossible for Flanary to choose her most memorable teaching moment. “After all these years, I still take great delight in the daily wins that are part of a teacher’s life,” she concludes. “What is my most memorable moment? Ask me tomorrow. Chances are the answer will be different because I am blessed with a career that inspires me to work hard every day.”

Sam Biglari The Galloway School

“Teachers can learn from students as much as students can from teachers.” Sam Biglari often has his work cut out for him. Not many freshmen enjoy political science or government, so this 22-year teaching veteran at The Galloway School has to find ways to make the subject as engaging as possible. And he clearly does. In fact, Biglari says, one of the most rewarding parts of teaching ninth grade political science, 10th grade AP U.S. government and 12th grade AP comparative government is “seeing students who were not even interested in government or politics at the beginning of their freshman year take all of my government classes, major in political science or international politics, get involved in political campaigns and civic organizations and pursue a career in law or politics.” In many instances, students can credit Biglari and his personal teaching philosophy for helping them develop that enthusiasm for the field. “Students learn best when they are drawn to learning,” he notes. “And teachers can learn from students as much as students can from teachers.” That reciprocal approach to teaching has been apparent in Biglari’s classroom – and championed by The Galloway School – since he became a teacher in 1992. According to Biglari, “I have the support of our school and administration, which is very important for a teacher to be successful. I have always had a passion and interest in working with students, and being at Galloway has maintained my energy and passion for the profession.” BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Sara Geiger

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“I wanted to help build confidence in [young girls] so they could go on to do big things.”

adolescents. I also have a big heart for all of the young girls that struggle with body image and wanted to help build confidence in them so they could go on to do big things in their lives.”

For Sara Geiger, who teaches ninth, 10th and 12th grade math, including algebra, geometry and statistics, it was her own high school experience that encouraged her to enter the teaching profession. “My high school years were so important to my growing as a person, and I learned so much about myself that I wanted to help others do the same,” says Geiger, who also serves as assistant athletic director, head women’s soccer coach and assistant cross country coach at St. Pius X Catholic School. “I wanted to become a teacher because I wanted to provide a positive role model for

For the last seven years, she has done just that – and was awarded the Teacher of the Year honor for the 2013-2014 school year. Geiger attributes her success in the classroom not only to the supportive St. Pius community, but also to using humor and her own passion for math to help gain her students’ attention and make the subject interesting to them. It also helps that she is a truly vibrant, creative and tech-savvy educator who wants to see her students flourish in all areas. “I really enjoy getting to know my students by showing them that I am interested in their successes in math as well as their other classes, team performances and social areas,” she concludes. “So many times you will see someone in your class succeed, and that slight bit of success will help build confidence that is inside each child. Seeing their glowing faces makes it worth it every day.”

Jason Holcombe Dacula High School

“Education is not a job to me – it is a way of life.” During his 14-year career as a teacher, Jason Holcombe has had the honor of working at Cedar Shoals High School, Dacula High School, North Gwinnett High School and Jackson County High School. In each school, he found great success. But he loved Dacula High School and the surrounding community so much that he recently returned to teach 10th grade AP world history, as well as serve as assistant athletic director and director of football operations. “I have made it my home,” says the University of Georgia graduate, who is fully certified to teach broad field social studies and AP courses for U.S. history, American government and world history. “Education is not a job to me – it is a way of life. I absolutely love that my job allows me to raise my family and let them be a key part of what I do for a living.” And what Holcombe does, along with his “band of brothers and sisters” in the social studies department, is quite impressive. “My teaching philosophy is to teach students the relevance of history and how it shapes their lives,” he explains. “I try to make them productive citizens who want to improve our society. I try to make history fun and interesting rather than just names and dates.” That approach helps Holcombe dare to be great – something he encourages in and expects from each of his students. “I challenge my students to be great in all things because there are so many negative forces in the world that we must face. And they are not alone in this challenge because I’m doing it with them as we go through the year.” The effort clearly has worked. In fact, Holcombe’s favorite experience as a teacher is watching his students walk across the stage at graduation. Often, one stops to thank him for the hard work and lessons they learned – something he remembers www.bestselfatlanta.com

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“Nothing comes easy, but when it does come, the payoff is tremendous.” Jeremy Karassik is honest about his first day as a teacher. “I had no formal training and no idea what to really expect,” he muses. Things certainly have changed over the last 10 years, as the ninth grade U.S. government/civics and 12th grade economics teacher has become one of the most respected educators at Chamblee Charter High School. Much of that success can be attributed to his approach to teaching. “A quote from Frederick Douglass that has been on my syllabus more than others is, ‘If there is no struggle, there is no progress,’” he says. “Nothing comes easy, but when it does come, the payoff is tremendous.” And Karassik, who also serves as an athletic liaison, wants his students to experience that kind of payoff. That’s why he strives to make the material he presents daily relevant to their lives. “If they can make a personal connection to the lectures, activities and assignments, they are going to remember it and, more importantly, apply it,” he notes. Because he understands that the subject matter may not be terribly compelling to young people, he tries to bring his lessons to life. For instance, instead of lecturing about the three branches of the U.S. government, he invited a federal law enforcement agent into the classroom to make it more interesting. It’s that kind of unique thinking that makes him stand out. Yet, Karassik is humble and actually credits his longtime colleagues with allowing him to enjoy success at Chamblee Charter High School, where he has spent his entire teaching career. “My department is great. I have worked with Steve Rubino, Jennifer Tinnell, Kurt Koeplin, Gail Barnes and Brian Ely my entire career. They are the best resources I know,” he says. “Most of them attended my wedding, and they are great friends and real inspirations. They are all much more deserving of attention than I am.”

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“My teaching philosophy is to celebrate our mistakes.” Being in Erica Pereira’s Spanish class doesn't always mean sitting in a desk. In fact, you never know where you might end up. “We have hiked volcanoes in Nicaragua, visited the Panama Canal, seen the Mayan pyramids in Tikal, Guatemala, and visited U.S. diplomats at the embassies abroad,” explains Pereira, who teaches all levels of Spanish to grades nine through 12 at BEST Academy High School, an all-male, public school in Atlanta’s Bankhead community. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are part of the school’s annual study/ volunteer abroad program, which Pereira herself started. The program is supported financially and logistically by parents, the administration, and people and resources in the host countries. www.bestselfatlanta.com

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The program allows students to visit Spanish-speaking locales, live with host families for two weeks, volunteer with local children’s organizations and immerse themselves in the language and culture. “The students return seeing themselves as global citizens and have more of an understanding of their place in the world and their community here in Atlanta,” she continues. “It is life changing to my students and their families.” The opportunity to share these experiences with students is something Pereira never expected, especially since she had no plans to be a teacher. A former interpreter and translator, as well as an adult educator at Berlitz Language Centers, Pereira was encouraged by a friend to apply for a teaching job in the Atlanta Public School system. She finally did and has now been a teacher for 12 years; she also is a founding teacher of the relatively young BEST Academy. Her extensive experience made her a perfect fit for teaching young people, and her unique teaching philosophy has made learning a new language more accessible to them. “My teaching philosophy is to celebrate our mistakes,” she notes. “Learning a new language can be a daunting task, especially for teenagers who want to express themselves in a clear and mature way. However, when you learn a language, you have to make mistakes. On the first day of class, I explain to the students that they have to make a million mistakes to become fluent. This makes class a lot less stressful, and you can see them becoming braver and more confident throughout the school year. Celebrating mistakes and even learning to laugh at yourself are vital in Spanish class – and even more so in life!” BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Patricia McCrery

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“All children are special, and all children can learn.”

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Patricia McCrery was inspired to pursue a career in teaching when she was in the seventh grade. Her teacher, Mrs. Pat Kidder, was the kind of instructor that she knew she wanted to be. “She demonstrated patience, empathy and respect for all of her students,” says McCrery, who has taught fifth grade math and science at Montgomery Elementary School since 2007. “You could tell when you walked in her classroom every day that she cared about you and that she wanted you to be successful. She even made diagramming sentences seem fun!”

When Jim Reason’s neighborhood swim team needed a coach in 1990, he decided to give it a try. He had been a swimmer since childhood, and it seemed like a good fit. Little did he know that his hobby ultimately would lead him to a career teaching U.S. history. “Working with kids, coaching and my love of history – it just made sense to pursue this career,” he says. Today, Reason is in his 21st year as a teacher, and his 16th at Duluth High School. He teaches AP U.S. history to juniors and coaches the swim team. “I’m so thankful for the people around me – the other teachers and coaches that share my experiences,” he notes. “I can lean on them and learn from them, and we work together well.”

Seeing that kind of passion and attentiveness has translated into McCrery’s own 16-year teaching career. “All children are special, and all children can learn,” she notes. And she credits a particular source for her ability to succeed in her profession while providing her students with the tools they need to perform at the level she knows they can achieve. “I would not be able to perform my job effectively without the support of my [students’] parents,” she concludes. “Fortunately, over the years, I have had extremely supportive and helpful parents. They have donated their time and resources to help me be the best teacher that I can possibly be. For that, I am truly thankful!”

Of course, Reason always strives for improvement from both his students and himself. “Be pleased but never be satisfied,” he says. “I set high standards for my students and athletes and tell them I expect their best effort at all times. I try to create a comfortable classroom setting that allows them to think for themselves and learn to improve in all areas.”

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He also is grateful for the many experiences he has had at Duluth High School, including being recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher and watching Kelsey Scott become Duluth’s first individual girl state champion swimmer when she won the 500 Freestyle in 2005. “It doesn’t get much better than that,” Reason says.

Johanna Mitchell KIPP STRIVE Academy

"I believe in love and logic, optimism and leading by example.” Johanna Mitchell, who teaches seventh grade English and seventh and eighth grade journalism at KIPP STRIVE Academy, recently found herself in awe of her students. “My journalism students had the opportunity to interview the superintendent of our school district,” she recalls. “I’ll never forget the immense amount of pride I felt while I watched them apply their reporting skills and represent their school in an impressive way.” For Mitchell, these are the moments that confirm she chose the right career path seven years ago. “It’s gratifying to hear them use new vocabulary words in conversation and make connections between our class novels and current events,” she says. “Most of all, I love witnessing their unbridled enthusiasm and excitement for learning, especially when they finally understand a challenging concept.” The daughter of an educator, Mitchell's perspective on education has always been a positive one. “I believe in love and logic, optimism and leading by example,” she says. “All children can achieve great things, and all teachers can help their students be successful, but both parties must be unrelenting in their pursuit of excellence. A teacher who has a mindset of continuous improvement inspires students to do the same.”



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“Students with special needs teach me more in a day than I can teach them in a lifetime.” Caitlyn Kelly teaches students with severe and profound disabilities in the second, third and fourth grades. The terms “severe” and “profound” are based on a range of IQ scores, but that’s not how this devoted educator sees the children in her classes. “My students are much more than IQ scores and labels,” she asserts. “They are smart, kind, funny children, and they are just like everyone else.” That keen understanding led Kelly to pursue a career in teaching with an emphasis on special education. And for the last two years, she has adhered to an important teaching philosophy. “Every student can learn,” she says. “Sometimes it takes some creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to give students with special needs access to the general education curriculum. My philosophy involves making sure that all students are receiving what they need to be successful. If a strategy is not working, it is important to come back to the drawing board until something is found that works.” That includes finding resources that are grade-level appropriate and will

challenge students, such as the poem “The Bear in There,” which her class truly enjoyed and comprehended – just like the general education class. It also involves Kelly working with her fellow teachers and visiting therapists to tailor lessons to the students’ motor skills and communication needs. But in the end, it all comes down to one thing for Kelly. “There are fewer opportunities for people with special needs, and it is important to me that this changes – that people with special needs have just as many opportunities,” she concludes. “I love to teach because I love to come up with these opportunities and hopefully create opportunities for my students once they leave school. I wanted to become a teacher because I fell in love with students with special needs. And they teach me more in a day than I can teach them in a lifetime.”

Alexander Shannon Tapp Middle School

“Now is the time to make an investment in the person you want to become.” Alexander Shannon considered himself an unlikely candidate for a job in teaching. He initially wanted to work in law enforcement and, upon graduating from Mississippi State University, accepted a position as a juvenile probation officer assisting with closing probation cases. His job brought him to many schools to speak with probationers, and one day he had a realization. “Most of the students I was interacting with were young men of color who were doing poorly in school,” he relates. “I began to wonder why so many of these young men found themselves in trouble in and out of school – and what I could do to help curb this problem.” After much soul searching and counsel from his pastor and a



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Christiane Wyckoff Sope Creek Elementary School

“My teaching philosophy: teach with passion and humor, create problem solvers and encourage a sense of morality and respect for others.” The students in Christiane Wyckoff’s fifth grade class at Sope Creek Elementary School get paid to be there. Well, they get paid in Wyckoff WildCat dollars, which they use to rent their desks, computers and cubbies, pay for taxes and insurance and make charitable contributions. “We have a mini-economy, which means that every student has a class job that they apply for and are hired for the whole year,” says the 13-year teaching veteran. “And at the end of every semester, a group of students researches a few charitable organizations, and they vote on where to give their real, hard-earned-at-home dollars.” In the last few years, Wyckoff’s class has donated to Project MailCall (which sends care

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“Our future is in delightful hands.” For years, Donna McDonald worked in a variety of industries, from retail to consulting, and every job focused on training and teaching adults. “Adults learn just like young people, and now I get to work with young people,” says McDonald, who joined Birmingham Falls Elementary in August 2013 as a fourth grade teacher. This year, she moved into teaching fifth grade math and science. And regardless of what – or whom – she is teaching, her approach remains the same. “I am truly dedicated to my classroom, and my students come first,” McDonald says. It’s a straightforward philosophy that has given this enthusiastic educator unparalleled joy and a deep sense of gratitude, as well as great hope for the future. “The rewards that come daily from the excitement on a student’s face when they grasp a difficult concept [are the most memorable to me],” she continues. “I will never forget the incredible talents that our young people share. I have gotten chills from the stories they have written, the skits they perform and the talents and gifts I see exhibited during extracurricular activities that I feel privileged to be invited to see. Our future is in delightful hands.”



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FACELIFT As time begins to change the face, tight nec s and ell defined a lines are re laced ith marionette lines, o ls and fullness in the nec . s this rocess unfolds, bright, youthful faces often become tired and grum y loo ing. facelift is the rocedure that hel s to lift the nec and chee area restoring the youthful features bac to the face. ty ically see t o grou s of atients for facelifts. he first grou often has a strong family history of double chins. hese atients are usually in their late s to early s, and elect to have the lift so it is a more subtle change, but they get to en oy it longer. he second grou is usually in the year old range. ith these atients, the facial s in has rela ed significantly and the results are more dramatic. he best ay to understand the aging of the face is to think of the face as having several layers, similar to a ca e. he aging rocess not only affects the outer s in layer, but the underlying fat, muscle and bone layers. very face is uni ue to start ith, and ages differently. herefore, every facelift should be customi ed to hel restore that individual’s natural loo . ver the years, different ty es of facelifts evolved to address different features of the aging face. Some ractitioners muddy the ater for atients by creating cute mar eting names

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Endoscopic surgery produces successful results without creating full-sized incisions, which helps minimize scarring and preserve the hairline. How do you help a patient decide whether or not to have the procedure?

Like all cosmetic surgeries, the decision to proceed with a brow lift takes careful consideration. I offer a thorough consultation to provide patients with individualized procedure recommendations. I will take into account your personal medical history, use computer images to pinpoint your desired outlook and discuss financial assistance. Under what conditions is the surgery performed?

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The facts of inflammatory bowel disease By Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two primary types of inflammatory bowel disease, affect a combined 1.4 million Americans – one in 200 people in the United States alone. Inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation of the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The pain and digestive problems from Crohn’s and colitis can be debilitating and embarrassing, but with earlier, more accurate diagnosis and continued improvement in treatment options, those living with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis have every reason to hope for a better and healthier future.

What’s the Difference? Dr. Douglas Wolf of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates says the conditions are more similar than they are different. Both are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and they share many symptoms, such as cramping, persistent diarrhea or a feeling of urgency to have a bowel movement. Both conditions also share extra-intestinal symptoms, including joint pain, eye redness, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, and diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. The important distinction between Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis is which parts of the GI tract they affect. Ulcerative colitis affects the colon only, ranging from inflammation of the rectum (ulcerative proctitis) to inflammation of the entire colon (pancolonic). Crohn’s disease, by contrast, can affect any part of the digestive tract from mouth and esophagus to the rectum. Overall, Crohn’s is a “much deeper, penetrating disease” than ulcerative colitis, Dr. Wolf says.

A Disease of the Young Unlike many chronic illnesses, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis frequently affect people in their teens and early 20s. According to Mary Esna-Ashari, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Director of Education and Support for the Southeast, the average age of diagnosis is 14.

A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE For people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, quality of life is a constant concern. At Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, we understand. By creating individualized, on-going treatment plans, our physicians work with patients to alleviate symptoms and promote remission. Then the most up-to-date therapies are used to get flare-ups under control and to maintain remission. AGA offers: • Personalized treatment plans that promote remission • Access to the most current therapies • Seven locations for infusion services • Access to FDA-approved clinical trials for patients who qualify For chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, get the help you need.

“Crohn’s disease may present in a variety of different ways in children, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weight loss (or failure to gain weight), delay of puberty, fatigue and anemia,” says Dr. Nirav Patel, a pediatric gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis Early detection and treatment can dramatically improve a patient’s outcomes. Unfortunately, Crohn’s and colitis haven’t always had the best record for early diagnosis. “Historically there has been long delay in diagnosis of Crohn’s and colitis because symptoms may be misinterpreted,” Dr. Wolf says.“When the condition is mild, symptoms might be mild and overlap with IBS.” GI symptoms alone aren’t enough to actually diagnose Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Diagnosis requires a full physical and blood labs, as key markers like anemia can suggest inflammatory bowel disease. If IBD is suspected, doctors can use a long, flexible camera during a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy to identify inflammation or bleeding in the colon, esophagus and stomach. Capsule endoscopy (a small, pillshaped camera that is ingested) can be particularly useful in diagnosing Crohn’s in a younger patient.

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Unfortunately, both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) often need surgery. “Surgery is reserved is typically triggered by stress and may for patients who occur intermittently or sometimes not have incapacitating recur at all. It may affect someone for symptoms despite two to three months and then clear up. optimal medical therapy,” Dr. Bullock IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) is a lifelong genetic condition. says. As both Crohn’s Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative and colitis increase colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases. the risk of colorectal cancer, additional surgery or treatment may be needed if cancerous polyps or lesions appear. An ileostomy or colostomy (a prosthetic medical device that collects waste outside the body) may be required as part of these treatments.


An Ounce of Prevention Lifestyle factors can affect the frequency of Crohn’s and colitis flares. Eating smaller, more frequent meals, cutting down on greasy or fatty foods and limiting dairy intake can all help control flares. Smokers with Crohn’s will likely see a reduction in flares if they quit smoking. Interestingly, the reverse is true of smokers with ulcerative colitis – when they quit smoking, they may actually experience an increase in the frequency of flares.Though with today’s treatment options, it’s still a better idea to stop smoking rather than manage colitis flares with tobacco usage.

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Stay Supported Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed or are a long-term Crohn’s or colitis patient, support and education play an important role in continued physical and mental health. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America provides many classes and support groups throughout the United States. In the Atlanta area alone, CCFA offers support groups for kids, teens and parents at Scottish Rite, monthly adult meetings at Piedmont Hospital, and an ostomy support group at Gwinnett Medical. “It can be very overwhelming,” CCFA’s Mary Esna-Ashari says. “Go to the first support group available and meet some other patients so you can see they are managing their disease, and you can live a normal life.” Dr. Wolf agrees that IBD patients have reasons to be hopeful, as less invasive and more effective treatments have been discovered with increasing frequency in the past five to 10 years, with the next five to 10 years promising even more improvements. He says, “The future is bright.”

Editorial Resources Melvin Bullock, MD, Gastroenterology Consultants, P.C. – www.atlantagiconsultants.com Mary Ball Esna-Ashari, MPH, Director of Education and Support, Southeast Region, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – www.ccfa.org Nirav Patel, MD, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates – www.atlantagastro.com Douglas C. Wolf, MD, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates – www.atlantagastro.com

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To offer a larger range of cardiac services, the Emory Clinic Heart and Vascular Center and Emory Cardiovascular Specialists have combined practices. Now, 18 physicians can care for patients needing general cardiology, preventive cardiology, cardiac sports medicine, adult congenital cardiology and more. The new practice can be found at 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 300. www.emoryhealthcare.org Morehouse School of Medicine recently elected its first female president, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice. Her inauguration coincided with the establishment Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD of a $1.5 million Presidential Scholarship Fund to offset costs for students. www.msm.edu Piedmont Healthcare and Rockdale Medical Center are now affiliated, combining their expertise and resources to better serve the community. Patients in Rockdale County and nearby areas now have expanded access to Piedmont’s specialized services such as interventional cardiology. www.piedmont.org

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It sounds like a serious commitment – and it is – but one that’s relatively easy to see through. Even Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow went through the entire process without any real interruption to his busy life. Worrilow joined the Be The Match Registry in his sophomore year of college and was later found to be a match for a young girl in need of a marrow transplant. When he got the call about the need for his donation, Worrilow says,“My initial reaction was excitement and pride. To be given

the chance to save a person’s life was a tremendous blessing.” Be The Match guided him through every step of the process from then on, answering all his questions. Then, his PBSC donation itself was very simple.“The process was very similar to donating blood,” he says.“I experienced no side effects and was at workouts the next afternoon.” If you, like Worrilow, are between the ages of 18 and 44, you are considered a highly eligible donor. Be the Match also encourages people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to join the registry, so that every patient has a better chance of finding his or her match. So take a moment this holiday season to join the Be The Match Registry. You might get the chance to give a different kind of donation than you may have had in mind, but one that could turn out to be the most meaningful gift of all. www.bethematch.org

MOVING DAY ATLANTA Walk Centennial Park to support the National Parkinson Foundation. Yoga, dance and Tai Chi will also be offered in the Movement Pavilion. www.parkinson.org

2014 STRONG LEGS RUN Support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at this annual event, which offers 10K, 5K and 2K options at Turner Field. www.choa.org

Nov. 2 MOVE FOR MOMS This 5K walk in Piedmont Park raises awareness for maternal mental health, benefiting Mental Health America of Georgia. www.moveformoms.com

ATLANTA LOBSTER FESTIVAL From 1 to 6 p.m., this inaugural festival offers signature lobster dishes from Atlanta’s best

Nov. 7 A MEAL TO REMEMBER 2014 Enjoy a multi-course dinner at this black-tie reception for Meals on Wheels Atlanta. Live and silent auctions feature wine and restaurant packages. www.mealsonwheelsatlanta.org


Nov. 9 14TH ANNUAL AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY This afternoon of Atlanta chefs, local farms and fine wines raises funds for Georgia Organics, The Giving Kitchen and others. Tickets start at $35. www.ldeiatlanta.org


This sporting clays tournament benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year’s event offers an Annie Oakley shooting clinic for beginners. www.choa.org

This annual fundraiser highlights the distinct flavors of the region with events like a celebrity cooking pavilion and a first responders cook-off. All proceeds benefit Sweetwater Mission, Amateur Advocate Association, Inc. and South Cobb Arts Alliance. www.tasteofsouthcobb.com

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STEP OUT WALK TO STOP DIABETES Support the American Diabetes Association at this walk, which takes place at Turner Field. www.diabetes.org

MOUSTACHE DASH 5K/1M Presented by New Balance Buckhead, this second annual family-friendly race steps off from the store at 8 a.m. Grow or stick on a moustache to support

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They can turn to you. Be The Match is a national organization working to include as many potential donors on their Be The Match Registry as possible, increasing the likelihood of each patient finding a match. To join the registry, all it takes is a simple cheek swab. Once your information is in the database, you may be called on at any time to donate peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) or bone marrow.

Group of marrow/PBSC donors and transplant recipients at this year’s Atlanta Be The Match Walk+Run


People diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma need transplants of healthy blood-forming cells to combat their diseases. For a successful transplant to occur, though, doctors must find a “match” – a donor whose human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are compatible with those of the patient. Unfortunately, 70 percent of these patients don’t have a matching donor in their family. Where can they turn for a life-saving transplant?

Nov. 19 – Dec. 7 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS In Buckhead, view local and national design work at a newly constructed English-style home. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Gardens and Farms. www.atlantaholidayhome.com

Dec. 5 CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION GALA The event, hosted at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, supports global environmental projects. www.captainplanetfoundation.org

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