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Stress can impact how you function day to day, and this includes your sleep pattern, causing brain fog and difficulty focusing. The best advice is to get your cortisol (which is your stress hormone) tested through a saliva test. Sharon Bent-Harley, MD Harley Anti-Aging Institute Happy feet! Don’t forget to moisturize your feet this winter. Like the rest of your body, the skin on your feet loses moisture due to the dry heat in our homes and offices. Dry and cracked skin can lead to serious foot infections, so protect your feet with lotion or a moisturizer. Allen Lazerson, DPM – Village Podiatry Centers, Extremity Healthcare, Inc

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Foot Loose Bunions are not hereditary. Wearing tight shoes is the leading cause of developing them. If you do have them, try these tips for reducing pain and pressure: • Wear protective padding • Remove the corns and calluses • Exercise to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis Nathan H Schwartz, DPM – The Center for Foot and Ankle Care

Fix your diet Focus on creating healthier habits and add one healthy practice every two weeks to hold yourself accountable, such as eating small meals every 3 to 4 hours, incorporating carbs, fats and protein in every snack. Missi Wolf – Blast900

Mindful breathing Children breathe from their bellies. Adults, especially when they’re stressed, breathe shallowly and rapidly from their chests. When

you’re mindful and keep your focus on your breathing, you can help yourself relax. Just five minutes can improve

Take a deep breath During the busy holiday season, breathing can return you to a neutral place. You’ll experience relief from anger, anxiety, confusion and restlessness. The exercise: (1) Place your tongue on your palate (2) Inhale for six counts, hold for three (3) Exhale for six, hold for three; repeat cycle five times Rev. Ursula Lentine – Healing with Ursula Health alert

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your mood. Kaiser Permanente

Healthy kids • Help your child listen to and respect hunger/ fullness signals • Teach your child healthy ways to manage and express difficult emotions • Encourage physical activity so they are fit and strong Dina Zeckhausen, PhD – The Eating Disorders Information Network

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When you make the choice to lead a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends that you tell a friend about your plan. The result is twofold. First, it will keep you honest, and second, they may want to join you, in which case you’ll have someone to help motivate you to stay on track. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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remedy, every day. Astragalus has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. If you do get sick, take it three times per day the first few days of your illness to squash that cold. Tasneem Bhatia, MD – Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine Ice breaker Crunching ice causes more breaks and fractures than you would imagine. Avoid eating ice, and if you must, let it melt a little first. Dr. Dina Geisler – Atlanta Smiles & Wellness

"More meditation and less medication." Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN

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Waltz away from Alzheimer’s For years, ballroom dancing has been recommended for weight loss, toning the body, improving posture and balance, strengthening bones and muscles, as well as fighting depression. A recent study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine found that ballroom dancing twice a week for six months increased memory and cognitive function among older adults. Plus, dancing requires social skills and that’s good for the brain and improves quality of life. Kristine Knipp – Ballroom Dance Clubs Cure all

The typical American is on more than 3 maintenance medications, typically treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and elevated blood sugars. The fact is daily exercise will “cure” all of these. Valorie Ness BS, CES, CPT – CEO Catalyst Fitness Midtown, Inc Move on doctor’s orders Exercise is medicine. I prescribe it to

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for physical activity five times a week. Walk, run, swim or dance. Just find your thing and get moving. Debra Carlton, MD – Kaiser Permanente Georgia Chew on this Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol from fruits and birch tree bark. It reduces oral bacteria and acids. Use gums,

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Take care of your tongue While brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste, brush your tongue – especially the back of the tongue. Brushing your tongue removes smelly bacteria that cause bad breath. You can also buy inexpensive tongue scrapers at most pharmacies. Yogurt replenishes good bacteria in the gut and promotes a healthier mouth. Celery can remove stinky bacteria as well. Dr. Cary Goldstein – Goldstein Dental Center Put your money where your mouth is

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population does not go to the dentist on a regular basis. Save $20 per month to put in your dental fund for your oral health so you can at least have a check up and cleaning every year. Dr. Dina Geisler – Atlanta Smiles & Wellness Identify yourself! Carry or wear a medical emergency identification tag, bracelet or card, which identifies special medical conditions such as diabetes, hemophilia or allergies. Piedmont Hospital Getting to know you The holidays are great because we get to spend precious downtime with our loved ones. This season, when you’re gathered together with family, talk frankly and openly about your family medical history. Knowing your history provides valuable insight into understanding your risk for cancer and need for screening. Dr. Laura Weakland, board-certified medical oncologist, hematologist –Georgia Cancer Specialists Junk the junk food Holiday parties and junk food are old outdated traditions. Love yourself and your families enough this year to add

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The power of ZZZ To maximize the restorative powers of sleep and make falling asleep easier, good sleep hygiene practices help immensely. For people with sleep disorders, be sure to exercise regularly, but not within 2 to 4 hours of bedtime; don’t

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Start with little changes Eat more vegetables, skip the soda and snack aisle at the grocery store, and go for a family walk before watching American Idol. If everyone makes little improvements every day, we can change as a population for the better. Dr. Bruce Feinberg – The Weekly Check-Up

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The Power of Retinoids To prevent fine lines and wrinkles, use prescription retinoids or over-the-counter retinol products at night. These products, which are vitamin A derivatives, promote new skin cell growth and stop collagen breakdown. Dionne Louis, MD Atlanta Dermatology and Laser Surgery

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When you’re looking for dramatic results, the best thing is to go prescriptive. Look for free radical scavengers and collagen boosters like vitamin A (Retin A), vitamins C and E. You can enjoy the benefits of antiaging through oral supplements and topical serums like Revisions Vitamin C Serum 30%. Alethea Tinkle - Bella by Alethea Medspa Need a little lift? The new Dermapen is a non-surgical method of stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and giving the skin a more youthful appearance. Dermapen uses multi-speed adjustable micro-needle technology. Needling improves skin texture and reduces wrinkles, and may also be used to treat acne, scarring, stretch marks and natural sagging. Tara Margarella, MD Blue Cosmetic Surgery, BlueMedSpa

A woman’s bra size can change up to six times in the course of her life. The secret to a supportive bra

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Prevent the signs of aging by taking time for you. Find five minutes a day to inhale, light a candle, take a bubble bath, sing out loud and share a smile. Smiling uses less muscle activity than frowning so you are actually relaxing, and looking happier makes you feel younger. Liz Breedlove, LPN, CLT – Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center


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Spice it up

For the men: with a new cut. Longer on top and cropped on sides and back. Think James Dean, Mad Men, etc. Also, facial hair is back and learning how to trim your goatee is a must! Richie Arpino, owner - Richie Arpino Salon

Black coffee for your hair? Room temperature black coffee makes an excellent rinse for brunette hair. It provides shine and strength to tresses through its high antioxidant levels and numerous vitamins and minerals. Use a chelating clarifying shampoo first, and then rinse hair several times. Laura Carson Miller, freelance lifestyle writer

Natural shine

Try using a mixture of eggs and yogurt for a homemade protein conditioner to make your hair shine! Protein fortifies the hair shaft, making it less brittle and reducing hair breakage, according to stylist Gary Travis. Travis Salon For your nails Wines and romantic bordeaux colors are popular this holiday season. Try Deborah Lippman’s

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Go-gurt! A great way to reduce calories and fat and add a healthy bonus of gutfriendly probiotics is to replace that dollop of sour cream with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt. Allison Wildenburg, ND – Natural Health Atlanta

Choosing the right size is a crucial step in getting the outcome you desire. Use the “rice test” at home to experiment with sizing. Fill a zipper bag with rice and place beneath your bra to see how it looks. This also allows you to understand how that extra weight feels on your chest and shoulders. Robert A Colgrove Jr., MD Vinings Surgery Center Break out the compression hose! Now is the best time of year to prepare for vein treatments. Most patients are unaware that as a prerequisite to submitting a medical claim to their insurer for vein treatment, they are required

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Head to the Barre Barre positions are an intense and effective way to improve your core because you use your body weight as resistance. In order for you to maximize the results of barre exercises, you need to initiate all movements from a place of core integration and bracing. As a result, your core becomes incredibly tight and strong. exhale Atlanta

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How can people jumpstart their healthy lives in the new year? My suggestion is clean out your cabinets and your refrigerator. Choose an entire month – let’s say January – to make a complete cleansing of your kitchen. If you’re eating mashed potatoes, replace it with mashed cauliflower. You can still eat and be full, but be more selective. Dovett Quince, celebrity trainer – Body Sculptor, Inc. 22

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Eat a cup of veggies before 10 a.m. as a

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Herb advice If you want to use fresh herbs, Use three times the quantity when dried herbs are called for in a recipe. Arlene Bennett, Wesley Woods Center, Emory Healthcare Take a look at your plate and take 1/3 of the food away. Once you’re

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“We have a date night every week,” Tony says. “With three kids, we made a vow to keep each other first. If you don’t have a strong relationship with each other, the kids can see that.”

Tony began his career in 1997 with the Kansas City Chiefs, and by the 2008 season, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in reception yards for a tight end. In 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons and quickly became the 21st player and the first tight end in NFL history with 11,000 receiving yards. With his contract set to expire at the end of the 2011 season, Tony decided to sign a one year extension with the Falcons to return for one final season.

According to Livestrong.com, the average career of an NFL player is 3.3 years, yet Tony Gonzalez is still thriving in his sixteenth season. So what does he credit his longevity to in this sport? “A lot of it is luck,” he says. “I’m making sure that I’m always working out, preparing my body to go out there and do this for a living. I make sure I’m stretching out, recovering the right way, hydrating the right way, getting enough rest and putting good food in my body. This is why I’ve played at such a high level for the last five years.”

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Today, at 36 years old, he is mindful of the physical changes in his body and is careful to maintain it to the best of his ability. “You have to know that you can’t do it the same way you did the year before,” he says. “Now I’m getting older, so I make sure I get my rest. I’m constantly trying to figure out my body, make good decisions and avoid hard injuries on the football field.”

A Solid Foundation Married since 2007, Tony and October are the proud parents of 4-year-old Malia and 2-year-old River, as well as Tony’s 11-year-old son Nikko from a previous relationship. “My family is my greatest accomplishment,” Tony says. “When you’re a kid growing up, you think you’ll get married and have kids, but when you get older you realize how hard it is to do that successfully.” For the last few years, the Gonzalez family has split their time between California and Atlanta, where they live during the football season. Being bi-coastal certainly has its challenges, but this couple has learned to make it work. “It just becomes a way of life for us,” October says. “I’ve adapted to this lifestyle, and the kids adapt as well as we do. We were both born and raised in southern California, so we definitely have more friends and family out there, but we love Atlanta because it’s an opportunity for us to grow closer as a family.” And no matter where they’re living, Tony and October make their relationship with each other their number one priority. “We have a date night every week,” Tony says. “With three kids, we made a vow to keep each other first. If you don’t have a strong relationship with each other, the kids can see that. If we take care of each other emotionally, we can take better care of our kids emotionally.” They’re also careful not to take anything too seriously. “We get over things easily,” October says. “We don’t keep score of who does what, and we keep it light and laugh a lot.”

Putting Family First “We have Sunday dinner every week during off season,” Tony says. “I grew up doing this, getting together with all of the extended family. Everyone brings their kids and their dogs and we cook all day Sunday. It’s my favorite thing to do in the whole world.”

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Growing up in a single parent household, Tony remains especially close to his mother and older brother. “They are the ones who are going to tell me the truth, and they keep me in check,” he says. “You need people in your life like that. When you get thrown into the limelight at such a young age, you need people around you who aren’t just saying yes. They always have my best interest at heart.”

More from October Gonzalez: October, how did you and Tony meet? I was 21 and working at a bar owned by Dennis Rodman in Newport Beach. Tony came in and invited my then-boyfriend and me to a party but I said no. A year later, he found out I was single and drove down to Orange County to see me, and the rest is history. What is something that our readers would be surprised to learn about you? I grew up singing my whole life. I’m a good impersonator – I’m a total a goofball. What is one of your wildest dreams? My dream job would be a sketch comedy artist on Saturday Night Live. What is your favorite way to spend “me” time? With two young kids, it’s hard to find a lot of time for myself, but I’ve recently taken up tennis. Who are the people in your life you help you to be your best self? My mother-in-law bears a lot of the qualities that I hope I can adopt. She’s a wonderful lady, very open and honest, almost to a fault. And my best friend’s mom has been like my mom since I was 16. They are polar opposites of each other, but whatever I lack from one I get from the other.

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October, on the other hand, had a childhood that she calls “anything but normal.” After years of moving from place to place and living with various relatives, giving her children a solid foundation is her top priority. “My children and my family are my greatest accomplishments,” she says. “I had a very chaotic childhood, so having a healthy, normal family is a big deal for me.”

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After suffering a bout of Bell’s Palsy (a form of facial paralysis) in 2007, Tony shifted his attitude toward health and wellness. “It was a big health scare - we thought it could be meningitis or a stroke,” he says. “But it was a blessing in disguise, and a life lesson that taught me to stay in the moment and enjoy what I’ve got now.” It also made him re-examine his eating habits and experiment with a vegan diet. “If you change your diet, you can reduce the risk of so many diseases,” he says. “The benefit that [the vegan diet] has given me is one of the reasons

October Gonzalez participating in Sexy Senior Day with the Shadow Buddies Foundation

The All-Pro Diet

Tony and October try to encourage good eating habits at home as well. “I put broccoli on pizza and make smoothies for the kids,” Tony says. “It’s stuff they would never eat alone like kale, but mix it with strawberries and apples and they love it. They’re getting all their fruits and vegetables, and they see me drinking it too.”

Tony became such a proponent of this new way of eating that he was inspired to co-author the book “The All-Pro Diet” in 2009. “It’s not just about eating right, it’s about why,” he says. “You don’t have to be an athlete to eat this way. I tell people to just try the diet out. You’ll see how much better you feel, how much more energy you have and how much faster you recover.”

For Tony, the benefits of giving kids a healthy start is two-fold. “I’m passionate about childhood obesity because so many of these problems can be solved if we develop healthy eating habits at a young age,” he says. “I also saw the benefits from [this diet], and I just know I feel really good when I do it. I’ll never go back to fast food and soda because of the way it made me feel.”

While he still follows many principles of the vegan diet, Tony incorporated meat back into his diet when he realized that it was better for his performance on the field. But he is careful to only eat free-range chicken and grass-fed beef, and sticks to organic fruits and vegetables. “You don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat right,” he says. “I’m not saying don’t eat meat - just limit it and make sure it comes from a good source.”

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Philanthropy is another big part of the Gonzalez’s lives, and they make time for a number of organizations close to their hearts. “I’m involved with the Boys and Girls Club because I grew up attending it,” Tony says. “I give kids tickets to games, and I’m big into the health and wellness part of things and getting kids active.”

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Since his rookie year, Tony has been involved with the Shadow Buddies Foundation, which works with sick children in a number of hospitals including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “I wanted to be a part of a charity, and I wanted to work with kids, so this encompassed everything,” he says. “My mother’s background is in nursing home care and I grew up watching her. It was my first and only job besides football.” October donates her time to Shadow Buddies as well; this fall, she hosted a “Pink Party” at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that honored teen girls battling cancer. The couple is also active with PETA, and in 2009 they posed for the “we’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign. “It was based on (preventing) animal cruelty,” October says. “It’s a message that we apply to many areas of our lives. If you must eat meat, get it grass-fed and eat cage-free eggs. It’s a much more humane way to eat on a daily basis.”

Looking Ahead With Tony’s football career coming to an end, the Gonzalez family is looking forward to their next chapter. “We’re planning to split our time between California and Europe,” October says. “We want to expose our children to different cultures, and learning a different language is important to us. It’s important for our children to speak Spanish, so we’re going to Spain for two months this summer to immerse ourselves in culture.” As for Tony, he may be hanging up his cleats, but he has no plans to slow down. “I hope I’ll be sitting at a desk talking about the games on the weekends,” he says. “I’ll probably travel a bit more, taking the health and wellness message on the road. I’m also on the government council in California so I’ll be going around to schools giving lectures on how to get kids healthy.” A patient of KU Medical Center receives a Shadow Buddy from Tony Gonzalez

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Helping children with life-threatening medical conditions is at the heart of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation can not only touch the lives of the children they help, but also of their parents. Jane Hennessy began as the mother of one of the “wish children” and was so moved by the organization that she became an advocate.

Run or walk with jingle bells on your laces to raise funds for arthritis research, health education and government advocacy. Tickets are $25-$30. Arthritis Foundation. Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy., Lawrenceville, GA. 8 a.m. jbrwgwinnett.kintera.org

Dec. 4 FOURTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SOIREE Enjoy seasonal cocktails and holiday bites as you shop. Donate gifts and necessities for women and children in need and receive 20 percent off your purchase. Atlanta Day Shelter. Meringue, 1393 N Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA. 6:30-8 p.m. www.atlantadayshelter.org

Dec. 6 THE ASPERGER SPIRIT ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA Fund research and support services for adults with Aspergers as you enjoy food and auctions hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Kimberley Kennedy. Tickets are $36. The Asperger Spirit, Inc. The Selig Center, 7-10 p.m. www.theaspergerspirit.com

Dec. 7 THE CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION BENEFIT GALA Gather to honor environmentalists and encourage others to honor the environment. The Captain Planet Foundation. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA. www.captainplanetfoundation.org/gala2012

Dec. 8 REINDEER RUN 5K & FUN RUN Promote youth fitness and health by participating in the 5K marathon. Entry fees are $25. Local elementary school running clubs. Dawson County High School, 1665 Perimeter Road, Dawsonville, GA. 8 a.m. www.fivestarntp.com

HO HO HUSTLE AND CANDY CANE CANTER Enjoy the scenic Christmas lights of Oakwood while raising funds for people with disabilities. Entry fees are $15 and $20. Disability Resource Center. Oakwood City Park, Main St. SW, Oakwood, GA. 4:30 p.m. www.disabilityresourcecenter.org

JINGLE JOG The 25th Jingle Jog will begin at 8 a.m. From 6:30 – 9 a.m. toys may be dropped off at the Salvation Army truck parked in the Costco parking lot near the registration area. Register online at www.jinglejog.com

Dec. 22 ATLANTA CHRISTMAS 5K Put your running shoes to the test and raise funds for the Virginia Higland community. Local Virginia Highland charities. Fire Station #19, 1063 N Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA. 8:30 a.m. www.rungeorgia.com

Dec. 27 RED CROSS BOARD BLOOD DRIVE This blood drive is hosted by the Atlanta History Center on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone interested in donating blood visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: arcboard.

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