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my nutrition

Learn more about healthy greens

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my back

What you need to know about low back pain

my exercise Chair-A-Cise creator offers healthy tips

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About Face Expert advice for more

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beautiful lips, eyes, brows, skin and more.

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Prevention and care will save the health of our youth

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Update from Sherri

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Meet the new editor

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Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

Marcus Autism Center

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from the publisher Get out of your comfort zone and live! One of the hardest things to do, especially as we “grow up” or get older is to get out of our comfort zone. As human beings, we typically like to have a routine and find a great deal of comfort in doing certain familiar things on a day-to-day basis. But sometimes, it is good to shake things up. Especially if life isn’t going the way you want it to go, maybe a little change is in order. Sometimes good things happen when we challenge ourselves and get out of our comfort zone. We learn that we can achieve more than we thought we could and that doors open and things happen. So, it is with that self induced pep talk that I have taken on a new challenge. I am very nervous and definitely out of my comfort zone. I have been asked to participate in the upcoming event, Dancing Stars of Atlanta, a fundraising event benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. My goal is to raise $10,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association and perform at the event in June. I am honored and very nervous. I start practicing next week so if you want to get out of your comfort zone vicariously through me, check out the Best Self blog at www.bestselfatlanta/blog and I will update you on my progress (hopefully I will make some). In the meantime, we are busy planning our upcoming issues and events and we have a big event planned for June. We will be celebrating our Over 40 and Fabulous Atlantans. If you or someone you know is really fabulous...maybe they look great and take really good care of themselves or they take good care of others. We will choose 20 women and 20 men who will win prize packages and be featured in our June issue. Visit us at www.bestselfconnect.com for details and nominate someone fabulous—maybe even yourself. All the best Sherri Adair, Publisher, sadair@bestselfatlanta.com

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You have choices for your cosmetic dental work. Choose wisely. Hi, I’m Dr. Debra King and for more than 20 years I have devoted my entire practice to cosmetic dentistry and helping people achieve the smile that they’ve always wanted. Whether at a school function with my kids or out in the community, I am constantly meeting people who tell me they are unhappy with their smile but haven’t addressed it because they are intimidated by cosmetic dentistry. Many are surprised to hear that while I do work with celebrity clients, I also craft custom smiles everyday for fellow parents, professionals and neighbors. The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers a wide range of smile solutions, many with immediate results. If there is something that you have always wanted to change about your smile, this is the time to do it. I would like to personally meet with you and discuss how you can have the smile you have always wanted. You deserve it!

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from the editor Forward March!

On March 1, 2010 the “Magazines, The Power of Print” campaign was announced, and in April nearly 100 magazines carried its message through inspirational ads. These ads championed the staying power of the magazine industry and stated boldly that magazines will not fade away in the face of the all consuming Internet, but instead continue to flourish. In fact, during the 12-year life of Google, magazine readership increased 11 percent. (Source MRI) In that vein, Best Self Atlanta also makes this commitment to our readers. We will continue to grow and bring you interesting and relevant content. As the new editor, I am so excited to be a part of the hard working team that is responsible for giving you Best Self Atlanta each month! March 31 is the deadline to submit your nomination for our Over 40 and Fabulous Atlantans feature for our June issue – so send in those submissions to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our blog at www.bestselfconnect.com/blog, which is just another great resource that brings you fun accounts of new products, news around the city and expert tips. Stay connected with Best Self Atlanta by becoming our friend on Facebook, following us on Twitter and of course, picking up the latest issue at one of our many locations around the city.

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The scoop on what’s new around town One Path Summit If you are interested in the latest in health care news, The One Path Summit event and luncheon held March 26 and 27 is the place to be. This two day event will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre and will feature nationally recognized medical experts and keynote speaker Suzanne Somers. Speakers will discuss options for creating and maintaining optimal health, including education, personal responsibility for wellness and more. Details: (404) 310-2773 www.onepathsummit.com

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Get the Lead Out Fundraiser Southeast Green presents the fundraising event, “Get the Lead Out: Why is Lead Allowed in Lipstick?” on March 29 at Opera from 6–9 p.m. The event will benefit the non-profit organization The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The Campaign’s Organizing Director Mia Davis will educate Atlantans about the toxins found in everyday health and beauty products. There will also be live entertainment, open bar and light bites. Details: Opera, 1150 B Crescent Avenue, Atlanta, 30309. Individual tickets cost $75. Purchase tickets at: www.southeastgreen.com/lead_out.html

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There is a blog for just about any topic out there from health to shopping. Recommend your favorite blog at editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. Check out Best Self’s blog and hear from our staff as we bring you our fun experiences, advice on new products and exciting events around the city. Details: www.bestselfconnect.com/blog Here is one of our favorites: Fat Girl Dives In. Follow this feisty lady as she strives to lose weight and get healthy!

Natural Beauty Secrets is a book that offers healthy and luxurious beauty treatments from the best spas around the world, using ingredients from your own kitchen. Written by fashion model Dawn Gallagher, she has compiled a multi-cultural approach to athome beauty treatments that will not only relax you, but also leave you with glowing skin. Details: Barnes & Noble, 2900 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 310, Atlanta, GA, (404) 261-7747

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Looking to ramp up your workout? Then look no further than Fila’s new Body Toning apparel which offers bottoms and tops all designed to help increase the intensity of your routine. Besides the sleek look, each piece contains multi-layered panels that provide targeted muscle compression, promote blood circulation and apply added resistance to your movements. Our favorite is the flared capris pants which are great for everything from running to yoga. Details: www.fila.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods, 3535 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 267-0200

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Nothing can beat the feeling of crossing the finish line after running your first marathon, triathlon, or 5k. Commemorate that moment with the Race Necklace from Erica Sara Designs. This fun piece of jewelry can be custom engraved with the race details of your choice including the date of the race, the time you finished and even your initials or name. Details: www.ericasaradesigns.com

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MODA and Motorcycles On March 20, Peachtree Street will welcome the Museum of Design Atlanta as it moves to 1315 Peachtree directly across the street from the High Museum of Art and the Woodruff Arts Center.

You love to hate them and hate to love them, whatever your feelings about comedian Jerry Seinfeld and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, you can indulge this guilty pleasure when they both arrive in Atlanta March 12 and 11 respectively. She’s here to promote her book and he’s here to make you laugh. Either way you go, you may need to stop by Goldberg’s Deli afterwards for a pastrami on rye sandwich to complete your taste of the Big Apple!

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Details: Jerry Seinfeld, March 12, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 881-2100. Bethenny Frankel, March 11, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Volunteer Opportunities The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) is now accepting prospective member applications for its fall 2011 class. Since 1916, the JLA has been promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and providing services to the women and children of Atlanta. Informational prospective member events will be held in April and May. Any woman who is interested in volunteering is urged to attend; though RSVPs are required (registration is available on the website). For more volunteer opportunities, visit www.bestselfconnect.com Details: JLA Headquarters, 3154 Northside Pkwy., (404) 261-7799, www.jlatlanta.org

MODA’s new space, which will cover 9,000 square feet, was restored by Atlanta architects from Perkins+Will. In addition to the new space, MODA’s opening exhibition, Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle, will also open to the public on March 20 and will run through June 13. Details: (404) 979-6455, www.museumofdesign.org

Marvelous Massage Relax and rejuvenate with the new Hottie Massage Bar from LUSH. This handheld bar is the perfect way to treat sore muscles to a relaxing rub after a workout. Molded with soft bumps to increase circulation, scented with a cozy Vanilla aroma and made with Black Pepper, Ginger Oil, and Jojoba your muscles are sure to feel relief from tension and aches. As with all LUSH products, the Hottie Massage Bar is eco-friendly too! Details: Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346, (770) 394-5874, www.lushusa.com

The Power of Lavender Atlanta Hot Yoga Yoga is a great way to exercise, but when it’s done in a room heated from 95 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, for some, it’s almost too hot to handle! Hot or Bikram yoga is designed for a balanced allbody stretch that everyone can benefit from and enjoy. This unique class is offered at Atlanta Hot Yoga with locations in both Vinings and Buckhead. If you don’t think you can take the heat, you can always opt for yoga classes done in a modest 90-degree room instead.

Any doctor will tell you one of the keys to good health is a good night’s sleep and there are plenty of natural aids out there. Aromatherapist Roz Zollinger says to not underestimate the power of lavender essential oil which can help “relax the nervous system, inducing a deep state of relaxation and harmony.” Zollinger recommends adding a few drops into your bath in the evening, or placing a few drops on your pillow for a deeper and more relaxed sleep. Details: The Heal Center Atlanta, www.healcenteratlanta.com

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Yeah! Burger is perfect for carnivores and veggie lovers alike. This burger joint’s menu is nothing short of the perfect combination of quality ingredients and delicious taste. With two Atlanta locations, the menu boasts both gluten free and vegetarian options, including the yummy turkey burger packed full of tasty veggies atop a savory turkey patty. Their overall mission is to make sustainable, all natural and organic foods more accessible and it seems like their menu does the trick! Details: 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E, Atlanta, (404) 496-4393, www.yeahburger.com

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In an effort to get more Atlantans to eat their greens Canoe restaurant is offering their new Garden Plate on the menu every Monday. Selections from Canoe’s own vegetable garden as well as other herbaceous items from local farms will be on the constantly changing menu as well. “Our vegetable plates are reflections of the creativity of our many talented chefs. The combinations and varieties of vegetables are endless,” explains Chef Carvel Grant Gould. “Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.” Details: 4199 Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. For reservations or more information, visit www.canoeatl.com or call 770-432-2663. www.bestselfconnect.com

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Indulge in low calorie dishes and drinks when you visit The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill on Roswell Road. Get your dose of omega-3 fatty acids by selecting any one of their delicious fish dishes like the Norwegian Salmon or the fresh Blackened Grouper Sandwich, served grilled with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. With over 17 low-calorie cocktails to choose from, this is also the perfect place for drinks with friends and a healthy meal as well. Details: 3279 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, (404) 474-9508, www.thebigketch.com

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With a commitment to organic and local food and a menu of local Southern flavors with a twist, there is no shortage of healthy noshes at this Inman Park restaurant. A favorite at PARISH is Joe’s Bacon & Beets with Orange, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pecans, Spicy Greens, Burnt Honey Vinaigrette, or PARISH Organic Greens. This small plate can be enjoyed on your own or shared with friends. Details: 240 N Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, (404) 681-4434, www.parishatl.com

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Although you can find a variety of tasty dishes at Nancy G’s Café & Neighborhood Bistro, a customer favorite is their Nancy G’s Heirloom Tomato Basil salad. It consists of savory heirloom tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and is topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and basil chiffonade. It is drizzled with olive oil and a flavorful balsamic reduction. Make sure to stop by the café beginning March 26th for a special $6 menu and free appetizers from 5-6 p.m. in celebration of their sixth year anniversary! Details: 4920 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342, (404) 705-8444, www.nancygscafe.com BEST SELF Atlanta

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Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body Compiled by Jeyme Colodne

Tasty Turkey Delight Add some heat to your kitchen and your stomach as you serve up this delicious dish! Courtesy of the folks at Whole Foods Market, this White Turkey Chili is sure to be a hit at parties or as a cozy meal with friends and family. For those who don’t like the spice, take out the green chilies for a tamer flavor.

White Turkey Chili

Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 pounds ground turkey breast 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 teaspoon ground coriander 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano Salt to taste 1 bay leaf 1 (28-ounce) can tomatillos, drained and chopped 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies, drained 1 small jalapeño, seeded and finely sliced

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2 cups low-sodium chicken broth Method: Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add turkey and cook, stirring often, until browned. Transfer to a bowl and return pot to heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, bell pepper and onion and cook until softened and golden brown. Return turkey to pot and add coriander, cumin, oregano and salt. Stir well to combine. Add bay leaf, tomatillos, chilies, jalapeños and broth, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 45 to 50 minutes. Gently stir in beans and cook for 30 minutes more. Stir in cilantro, ladle chili into bowls and garnish with cheese and sour cream, if you like.

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Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic made its debut in February to the delight of foodies and diners alike. The creation of Chef Jennifer Levison, owner of the beloved Souper Jenny, this restaurant is housed in a two-story neighborhood cottage and offers a cozy refuge as well as a tasty menu. Whether you go for a quick breakfast or a bite with friends, you won’t be disappointed. After your meal, make sure to head upstairs and browse the great selection of candles, books and aromatherapy oils.

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A Fairy Tale Affair Escape to Never Never Land when you attend Dinner and a Show at ROOM at TWELVE now through Tuesday, March 15th. ROOM at TWELVE has partnered with the Fox Theatre to present J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” along with a three-course prix fixe menu. Dinner will be followed by a live show of “Peter Pan” performed in a state-of-the-art theatre pavilion located in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola. Reservations are available for all Tuesday night performances. Details: ROOM at TWELVE, 400 W. Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 418-1250, www.Roomattwelve.com. To purchase tickets, visit www.peterpantheshow.com/atlanta or (888) 772-6849. Ticket prices $83.50 for adults/$60 for children.

Historic Adventure Whether you’ve lived in Atlanta your whole life or just moved here, a great way to appreciate the city is to visit its living landmarks. The Atlanta Preservation Center presents The 8th Annual Phoenix Flies, a citywide celebration of Atlanta’s historic treasures. From a walking tour of Grant Park to a behind the scenes look at the fabulous Fox Theatre, there are plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy March 5 - 20. Log onto the website for a complete listing of all the events. Details: http://phoenixflies.org

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4. Paige Stanley (Law Office of Paige Arden Stanley), Vaughn Maxson (Stella & Dot) Big Game” Party, Feb. 6, OPT Wellness, Smyrna 5. Derek Taylor, Natasha Coleman, David Farmer (Managing Partners of OPT Wellness) 6. Calvin Cook, Natasha Coleman, Baby Emma Kate Cook, Kathy Cook 7. Lynn Anderberg, Christine O’Brien, Sara Saoud 8. Rosa Perez, Deb Radcliff Doggies on the Catwalk, Jan, 21, Grady High School 9. Vikki Locke (B98.5 FM) Fitness Together Open House, Jan. 19, Fitness Together, Buckhead 10. Dennis Sluder (trainer Fitness Together N. Buckhead), Kelly Huggins (owner/trainer Fitness Together N. Buckhead), Katie Jensen (trainer Fitness Together N. Buckhead), Ashleigh Carlson (Best Self magazine), Dr. Yale Nogin (Chiropractic Healthcare of Buckhead), Saffold Barksdale (Evos) www.bestselfconnect.com


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For years, parents have known that when their child reaches the age of two, their pediatrician will begin asking serious questions about his development. Does he use two-word phrases? Does he respond to his own name? Does he play well with others? These seemingly simple questions help identify possible symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders, a range of neurodevelopment disorders. These inquires are a vital effort made by doctors nationwide, as 1 in 110 children across the country is affected by autism and related disorders, with 1 in 98 children being affected in Georgia.

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However, for the dedicated staff at the Marcus Autism Center, the largest and most comprehensive center in the Southeast, waiting until a child turns two years old is just too long to wait. That’s why the Atlanta-based non-profit organization, which provides treatment for children with autism and related disorders, is resolutely leading the charge in advancing scientific knowledge on the social mind, social brain and the genetic and neurobiological underpinnings of social development.

“The causes of autism are by and large prenatal, but the syndrome is instantiated in the first two years or so of life. There is a time for intervention in which we believe one can alter the very course of the disorder. That is one of our major areas of activity—to create the tools to identify autism as early in life as possible so that one can interfere with the development of the disorder,” explains Ami Klin, PhD, director of the Marcus Autism Center, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “One of our main research goals is to transform Atlanta into the nation’s capital for early diagnosis and intervention. Autism is a lifelong disorder. Early diagnosis—we are focusing on the first year of life—makes early intervention possible, which has been shown to significantly attenuate, and maybe in some cases, prevent autism from developing.” Of course, while research aimed at achieving major breakthroughs in the fight against autism is an important focus for the Center, it is just one aspect of the incredible work that the organization does every day to support children with autism and their families. Providing diagnostic and treatment services for the entire spectrum of autism-related disabilities, the center works with every patient on an individual basis to address his particular issues.

Want to get involved in the fight against autism? Break out your walking shoes on Sunday, May 22, for the 2011 Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The funfilled, family-friendly event, which gets underway at International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center, is one of the prime fundraising efforts for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and opening ceremonies commence at 11 a.m. Visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org to learn more about joining the walk and beginning your own fundraising initiative.

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Today, more than 4,000 children each year are successfully treated by Marcus’ staff of highly trained pediatric professionals, who are supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The staff at Marcus is united and energized by a common mission: to offer the best science of clinical care in order to address the needs of children with autism and their families, one at a time.” Klin says, adding that staff members work closely with a child’s family, school system and surrounding community to evaluate and treat him effectively while helping him achieve his potential for growth. What’s more, the staff also collaborates with experts at sister organizations like the Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Autism Center, the CDC, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Atlanta Autism Consortium to further the efforts of the autism community. “We are at a critical crossroads in our field. We have the knowledge and the tools to radically alter the natural course of autism in children, bringing about changes in their lives that will have beneficial and lifetime consequences,” Klin concludes. “The Marcus Autism Center is at the forefront of an effort to make this knowledge and tools work for the community at large. The confluence of commitments and resources is unique, and we cannot squander this moment.” For more information, visit www.marcus.org. www.bestselfconnect.com

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It has been said that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul. What’s more, they play a fundamental role in first impressions. As a person ages, he or she often acquires a ‘sunken eye’ appearance, which includes thinning fat pads, dark circles and crow’s feet. Droopy and sagging eyes are often associated with sadness, fatigue or even anger. The following tips will help reverse the signs of aging eyes and keep them looking well-rested and happy.

Basic Eye Care • More Water, Less Salt – According to Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., MD, of the Vinings Surgery Center, “Drinking an adequate amount of water will help keep the skin around the eyes looking youthful.” Colgrove recommends drinking 1–2 liters of water every day. Water helps to plump the skin around the eyes and return its suppleness, thus reversing dark circles and sunken eyes. Additionally, limiting one’s salt intake can reduce water retention and decrease puffiness around the eyes. • Get Enough Sleep – While most people recognize the benefits of getting a sufficient amount of sleep every night, they often disregard them. “The most common complaints about the appearance of one’s eyes are typically dark circles underneath www.bestselfconnect.com

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the eyes and puffiness around the eyes,” says Fernando D. Burstein, MD, of Atlanta Plastic Surgery. “When not a product of genetics, this is often the result of sleep deprivation.” Burstein suggests seven to nine hours of sleep per night for the average adult. • Bright Eyes Serum – To improve the skin’s texture around the eyes, as well as the appearance of dark circles, plastic surgeon Marisa Lawrence, MD, who practices at The Doctor’s Centre at Northside Hospital, recommends her own prescription-strength serum called Bright Eyes. “Bright Eyes contains a combination of retinol to reduce wrinkles and arnica with vitamin K to reduce discoloration. The green tea polyphenol base protects the delicate eyelid skin from free radical damage and provides anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce puffiness of the eyelids,” says Lawrence. The cost per bottle is $75 and lasts up to six months. • Sunscreen for the Face – We’ve all done it: slathered on sunscreen that not only protected our face from the sun’s rays, but also made our eyes sting for days post application. Sunscreen is by far one of the best ways to preserve the skin underneath your eyes, but use a product that is especially formulated for the face. • Makeup Tips – Makeup can work wonders for your eyes, making them appear brighter and more youthful. Alyson Hoag, founder and CEO of Authentic Beauty, has been a professional makeup artist and brow specialist for over 20 years. She advises women to steer clear of eye shadow that is several shades darker than their skin tone. “Darker colors have a tendency to make the eyes look even more sunken,” she notes. Hoag also suggests smiling when applying eye makeup to keep product from settling into fine lines, keeping Model: Kathi Thames, Makeup: Leslie Hines, Hair and photography: Richie Arpino eye liner to a minimum, and watching the amount of contour used in the crease of eyes. While concealer can this cream rebuilds the skin's structure from a cellular level. Results help mask under-eye circles, do not mistake it for foundation. Also, will be evident within minutes as it smoothes and hydrates tissues the application method is just as important as the concealer itself. around the eyes," she says. Using a small, flat makeup brush, softly pat the concealer underneath the eyes. (Massaging the makeup into your skin will only stretch this In-Depth Eye Care delicate area.) • Blepharoplasty – Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, removes the

Advanced Eye Care • Cosmetic Injectables – If you’ve tried the aforementioned basic eye care tips but still can’t seem to get the results you want, you may want to try more advanced treatments. Injectable fillers offer a relaxed, more youthful appearance around the eyes and can last anywhere from three to six months. According to Burstein, “Botox and Dysport can be injected into wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, causing the facial muscles to relax and smoothing the appearance of undesired fine lines and wrinkles.” Lasting approximately three to four months, they also help to prevent new wrinkles from forming. Botox and Dysport cause minimal redness post treatment, and patients can resume their daily routines immediately. • Youth Eye Complex – Marcia V. Byrd, MD, of Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center, suggests Youth Eye Complex by iS Clinical (starting at $85). "Youth Eye Complex is a breakthrough product that rapidly reduces wrinkles, puffiness and under-eye circles. Applied daily, www.bestselfconnect.com

excess skin and fat around the eyes to restore the shape of the eyelid and reduce puffiness, drooping and wrinkling. The result is a sharper, kinder and more relaxed look. “Blepharoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia in an outpatient setting,” Lawrence notes. “Possible side effects include temporary swelling, bruising and blurred vision.” Patients are generally able to return to their normal activities within five to seven days, and contact lenses may be worn after two weeks. “Blepharoplasty may be combined with a brow lift if sagging forehead skin is contributing to the excess upper eyelid skin,” Lawrence adds. On average, eyelid surgery costs between $4,000 and $5,000. • Fat Grafting – Fat grafting is an eye rejuvenation procedure that provides a well-rested look. “Fat grafting fills in depressions along the bony rim of the upper and lower eyelids,” Colgrove says. “The cost ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000, and the recovery process is approximately one week. While pain is minimal, patients should expect bruising for up to two weeks,” he adds. Results vary but are typically permanent. BEST SELF Atlanta

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When you think spring, you likely think of renewal. The beautiful colors and changing temperatures beckon those indoors to step out and celebrate the new season. Just as spring is like a blank canvas, so is your skin. Stay clean, fresh and soft with these skin care tips from our experts. You’ll be surprised at how a little nurturing goes a long way.

Basic Skin Care • Remain Hydrated – Similar to the skin around your eyes, your skin greatly benefits from plenty of water. Eight, 8-ounce glasses of water is an adequate amount. Because your body is comprised of 60 percent H2O, you must continuously keep hydrated. Water has many advantages, including cleansing your body of toxins, providing nutrients to cells and improving your circulation. “Coconut water is very hydrating for those individuals who don’t like the taste of water,” says Cici Coffee, founder and CEO of Natural Body Spa & Shoppe. In essence, a healthy body reveals a flawless complexion. • Healthy Foods for Healthy Skin – Even healthier than what you put on your body is what you put in it. There are many delicious foods that your skin loves also. “Make sure you ingest good fats, such as avocado, almonds and salmon,” Coffee says. Other beneficial foods include blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, flax seed, essential fatty acids (i.e. omega 3 and omega 6), healthy oils, whole wheat bread and green tea.

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• Avoid the Sun, Use Sunscreen – The sun emits two forms of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, which accelerates the aging process, and UVB, which causes sunburn. Both types are detrimental to your skin and your health. Try to keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible, but if it is inevitable, use sunscreen. “I recommend using a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl,” notes Gabrielle Sabini, MD, of North Atlanta Dermatology. • Anti-Aging Products – Don’t be fooled by skin care gimmicks and products that claim to stop the aging process altogether. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Still, there are many anti-aging products on the market that really do what they promise: slow the aging process. Look for creams, serums, lotions and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, retinol, antioxidants, peptides and resveratrol. “I suggest using a topical vitamin C and vitamin A derivative,” adds Sabini. • Microdermabrasion and Superficial Chemical Peels – Microdermabrasion and mild chemical peel applications (like glycolic peels or salicylic peels) are great tools for rejuvenating facial skin. “As you age, the skin cells’ turn-over rate slows and causes a build-up of dead cells on the surface, which can lead to a dull, tired appearance,” says Patricia Daniel, RN, co-owner of Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Microdermabrasion uses gentle, instrument-assisted exfoliation to slough the dead cells from the skin and stimulate growth of newer, younger-looking skin cells underneath. “Chemical peels work in much the same way, except they utilize a chemical reaction produced by a topical solution instead of the physical reaction produced by rubbing,” Daniel comments. “Both microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels are not only effective anti-aging procedures, but they also minimize the appearance of acne, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and sun spots,” she notes.

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• Micro-Laser Peel – If your skin shows moderate signs of aging, a microlaser peel is worth looking into. “Stronger than microdermabrasion or a mild chemical peel, which typically only induce shedding of one epidermal layer, micro-laser peels can offer minimal-to-full epidermal exfoliation. The results include a minimized appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhanced skin elasticity, improved moderate scarring and overall radiant skin,” Daniel says. Because micro-laser peels are laser procedures, they typically require two to four days of recovery and cost between $500 and $1,000. • Dermal Fillers – Contrary to popular belief, dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra not only spot-treat fine lines, but they fill the area as well. These are a cost-effective, minimally invasive way to reduce wrinkles and replace soft tissue loss. “Fillers seem to induce production of collagen in many people, leading to much longer-lasting effects,” Sabini says.

• Laser Skin Resurfacing – According to Daniel, “Fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing or Erbium laser resurfacing produce dramatic rejuvenation results without the downtime and enhanced risks posed by facial rejuvenation surgery.” These lasers have the ability to precisely target and treat certain problem areas like wrinkles and sunspots, without damaging the skin around them. “Depending on the size of the areas to be treated, most laser rejuvenation patients require a series of three, 15–20 minute treatments, followed by seven to 14 days of limited sun exposure,” Daniel says. Fractionated CO2 and Erbium laser treatments range anywhere from $200–$1,500. • Tricholoracetic Acid (TCA) Chemical Peel – Much more aggressive than an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemical peel, a TCA chemical peel uses acetic acid to remove the outer layer of skin, or epidermis. The

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underlying skin, which is newer and smoother in texture, is then revealed. The recovery period of a TCA peel is approximately five to seven days, and often includes redness, swelling, crusting and lastly, peeling. • Facial Rejuvenation – This term can cover a variety of procedures from microdermabrasion to face lifting. If you are considering a face lift, there are several options available to you. “My primary advice is to take the time to find the right surgeon,” says Mark M. Beaty, MD of Milton Hall Plastic Surgery. “Face lifting is a very individualized procedure requiring a thorough understanding of problems and goals by both the patient and the surgeon.” Beaty also points out that there have been certain advances for this procedure. “Advances in suture types, tissue sealers and laser technology have opened the door to effective face lifting through more limited incisions,” says Beaty, “Additionally, the use of injectable filler techniques to augment the results of face lift procedures can enhance results substantially.”

Beautiful Brows

Not everyone has the financial means or the desire to undergo plastic surgery. But, everyone has the ability to keep brows looking shapely and youthful. In fact, a few simple maintenance measures can give your brows the look of a lift. These eyebrow secrets could transform your tired eyes into ones that sparkle with energy. Just remember to follow instructions carefully— one wrong move could mean the difference between clean-cut and downright clownish.

Basic Brow Care • Tweezing – So long as you pluck precisely, tweezing is the best way to groom the brows. “Good quality tweezers, like the ones made by Tweezerman, are an absolute must for optimum results,” says Evie Delaney, owner of The Nouveau Clinic. “Soften the skin in the brow area prior to tweezing with warm water, which makes the hair easier to remove and the process less painful,” she adds. (The ideal time to tweeze is right after you take a shower). To avoid making mistakes or over-tweezing, use a sharpened brow pencil to draw your desired brow shape prior to tweezing. Use the drawn brow as your template to guide the process. “Take your time,” advises Delaney. “Removing too much hair can make brows look skimpy and permanently damage the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.” After tweezing, calm the skin by rinsing with cool water, and then apply a light moisturizer or natural botanical skin oil to the area. Extra sensitive skin may require cold compresses to reduce redness or puffiness. • Coloring – For further enhancement, Hoag recommends coloring your brows. “Get your brows to enhance your eyes by either coloring them to be a half shade darker than your hair or using a brow fill product such a Wonderbrow and getting them sculpted to work with the angles of your face,” Hoag says. • Clear Brow/Lash Mascara for Unruly Brows – Train unruly eyebrows by using clear brow mascara or clear lash mascara. Delaney recommends applying at night before bedtime or immediately after drawing brows in with brow pencil. “Use the tip of the wand to comb brows in the desired direction and allow the gel to set. Brow mascara will hold brows in place without feeling sticky or looking obvious. With consistent daily use, the brow hair will eventually grow in the direction you want them to grow,” she notes. • Small Cuticle Scissors to Trim Brows – To tame wild hairs that www.bestselfconnect.com

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grow outward or upward, Delaney suggests using small cuticle scissors. “The curved shape of the scissors permits you to follow the natural shape of the eyebrow without making mistakes, and their small size makes them easy to maneuver around the eye area,” she says. Prior to trimming, comb brows backward and then upward with a brow brush. Trim just the hair that extends beyond the natural brow line. (Tip: use a touch of hair spray to hold unruly hair up while you are trimming.)

Advanced Brow Care • Permanent Eyebrow Enhancement – Permanent eyebrow enhancement is the perfect cosmetic solution for men and women who struggle with thinning or uncontrollable brows due to aging, illness or over-tweezing. A trained, permanent makeup artist can restore and restyle the eyebrows in just one hour—and the results can last anywhere from 18 months to three years. “Professionally applied, permanent brow artistry mimics naturally growing brow hair and eliminates the need for daily eyebrow cosmetics. Results are immediate and the procedure requires no downtime,” Delaney says. The healed brows look completely natural and remain in perfect shape. Cost for this service ranges between $395 for spot fills, $495–$595 for medium fills, and up to $695 for a full eyebrow restoration. Permanent eyebrow enhancement is also ideal for individuals with complete brow loss from chemotherapy treatment, illness or hormone imbalance. Another way to enhance disappearing brows is Micropigmentation, or a cosmetic tattoo, recommends Morgan. “This procedure can redefine your brows with the color and shape you want.” BEST SELF Atlanta

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In-Depth Brow Care • Brow Lift – To replace your troubled look with a more refreshed appearance, a brow lift could be your best bet. “An endoscopic, minimally invasive brow lift involves making small incisions in the scalp and lifting excess skin and muscles to raise the brows and smooth forehead wrinkles. Also referred to as a forehead lift, a brow lift provides the eyes with a more youthful, alert appearance,” Burstein says. The recovery process for a brow lift is typically quick and easy, with slight swelling, bruising and minor discomfort.

Lush Lashes

Most women long for lush lashes, and will go to great lengths to get them. Because the eyes are generally the first feature people notice when they first meet you, it’s important to nurture them. And your lashes are no exception. Full, lush lashes—like the ones Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba flaunt—exude sex appeal and youthfulness. Additionally, they make your eyes appear more alert. The following tips reveal how to get the luring lashes you so desire.

Basic Lash Tips • Remove Makeup Every Night – “The tip to full lashes is to take care of them by properly removing eye makeup each night before bedtime,” says Feleshia Sams, owner of Atlanta Ink and Lash. “Only use cleansers that are intended for the eye area.” Natural makeup removers are gentler on the skin. For example, take off eye makeup by dipping a cotton ball or Q-tip into Burt’s Bees baby oil. Try to avoid harsh rubbing and tugging on the lashes. • Lash Conditioner – A lash conditioner will help keep your eyelashes strong and healthy in between mascara applications. Sams notes, “Use a clean mascara brush to apply either almond oil, castor oil or extra virgin olive oil to your lashes. Or, apply an eyelash conditioner to your fingertips and massage it into your eyelashes.” RevitaLash Eye Conditioner’s proprietary blend of proven cosmetic ingredients, powerful peptides and calming botanicals help nourish and grow the lashes. • Lash Curler – Open your eyes significantly by simply curling the lashes with an eyelash curler. “First, make sure the pads of the lash curler are not loose, as it will place extra pressure on your lashes. Place your top lashes in between the opening of the curler and get close to the base of your lashes (without touching your skin). Gently close and release the lash curler. Then, move toward the end of your lashes and repeat the opening-and-closing method,” advises Sams. Finally, apply mascara to help freeze the curl.

Advanced Lash Care • Eyelash Perming – Eyelash perming is a safe, quick and simple process that takes about 45 minutes and lasts up to two months (or the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes). “Using chemicals to keep your curled eyelashes in place, eyelash perming can dramatically open up the eyes and give the appearance of longer, fuller lashes,” Sams says. Perming is beneficial for both men and women who experience random lash growth, or whose lashes are too curly or too straight. • Eyelash Tinting – Eyelash tinting is a safe and quick procedure that involves vegetable dye. “Compared to mascara, eyelash tinting looks very natural. It is ideal for individuals with light brows and lashes, www.bestselfconnect.com

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In-Depth Lash Care · Eyelash Extensions – Unlike traditional false eyelashes that only last one day and are applied by a strip, synthetic eyelash extensions are glued to a person’s eyelash hairs one-by-one using tweezers. The process takes approximately two hours, and the extensions last about two months. “Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are the most natural-looking faux lashes. Because they are water-resistant, wearers may swim, exercise and shower without worry,” says Sams. · Eyelash Growth Serum – Eyelash growth serums are unique eyelash conditioners that help you achieve beautiful lashes. “Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved prescription treatment for fuller, thicker and longer eyelashes. Latisse is applied nightly and works gradually to produce desired results in just 16 weeks. The solution must be used continually to maintain lash length and texture, and the cost is $99 per two-month supply,” Lawrence says.

The Perfect Pout

Beautiful, sexy lips typically do not come naturally, unless you’re Angelina Jolie. But thanks to plumping products, injectable fillers, lip implants and more, we can look as if they’re ‘au natural.’ As we age, our lips lose their fullness and vigor, and laugh lines begin to set in. The cosmetic industry has made great strides to reverse the signs of aging lips—find out how you, too, can get that perfect pout. BEST SELF Atlanta

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Basic Lip Care • Quit Smoking – Need we say more? • Keep Hydrated – As with the eyes and the skin, your lips benefit from adequate water intake. Drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day will keep your lips supple and soft. • Lip Moisturizer with an SPF – “Because we can’t avoid sun all the time, it helps to use a lip moisturizer with an SPF of 15, and then put on your lipstick or lip gloss over it. I recommend Burt’s Bees Res-Q Lip Balm SPF 15, which protects your lips from sun, wind and snow,” says Elizabeth Morgan, MD.

Advanced Lip Care • Lip Plumpers – Lip plumpers cause the lips to swell temporarily by irritating them and thus, increasing the blood flow. Many also contain collagen and hyaluronic acid (found in injectable fillers), but there is no evidence these have any effect in this form. “A lip plumper is applied like a lipstick, smoothing it onto your lips. However, some people are allergic to these products, so test it out on your hand before you buy,” Morgan says. • Dermal Fillers – If you’re looking for a subtle lip enhancement, dermal fillers help plump the lip tissue and provide the desired aesthetic. According to David M. Whiteman, MD, of Southern Plastic Surgery, “The most common dermal injectables used for lip enhancement include hyaluronic acid-based products like Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. These treatments involve simple, 15-minute symmetrical injections into the lips after preparation with a local anesthetic, if needed. Most lip rejuvenation patients notice positive lip enhancement for up to a year following their initial treatment.” Adds Morgan, “Dermal fillers should look completely natural—the ‘overdone’ look is the result of having too much filler injected. In the lips, a little goes a long way.”

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Although we should already be familiar with some of the culprits of childhood obesity, (poor diet and lack of exercise), many people are not and the statistics coming from the Center for Disease Control, as well as other institutes are alarming. The CDC has determined that obesity, behind the use of tobacco products, is the second leading contributor to premature death in the United States. Other studies released from the CDC show the prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, with Georgia’s children ranking in as some of the heaviest in the country. Thankfully, the CDC is not the only institution taking notice, and action has slowly been building over the past few years to bring about solutions.

A History of Attempted Change The issue of childhood obesity has had a long history of champions who have tried to lead the way and shine light on the subject. Long before Michelle Obama began speaking about the state of children’s health; Sen. William Frist and Sen. Edward Kennedy were also trying to bring about change. In 2004 they presented two bills to Congress; the Prevention of Childhood Obesity Act and the Childhood Obesity Reduction Act respectively. Both called for action to be taken to prevent childhood obesity within homes, schools, and communities. Neither of the bills made it out of committee for a full vote.

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According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, with Georgia’s children ranking in as some of the heaviest in the country.

Then in 2005, former President Bill Clinton joined forces with the American Heart Association to form The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, whose goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to empower children nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Today, changes continue to be made. On Dec. 13, 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which aims to promote health and reduce childhood obesity. Among some of the things it will tackle is providing better nutritional quality of school meals, establish national nutrition standards for all foods sold at schools and connect more kids to local produce through farm-to-school programs. Michelle Obama also introduced her Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative that focuses on helping parents get the information they need to make healthy food choices at home, improve the quality of food in the school system, improve access and affordability of healthy food, and finally, increase physical education for kids. It seems like everywhere you look, different people are taking an interest. TV shows like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution have sprung up showcasing the need for healthier diets for kids, and on a more global level The Aruba Ministry of Health and Sports has announced that it will host the first-ever Pan American Conference on Obesity with Special Attention to Childhood Obesity on June 8-11, 2011. Even here in Atlanta, advocates are joining forces to bring awareness to the issue.

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On the Local Level Although the path to change is an evergrowing one, it is important to note that the change is coming on both a national level and a local one. Recently, local movers and shakers brought attention to the topic in a big way at the Enlightenment Luncheon Series, cochaired by child advocate and philanthropist, Stephanie Blank, environmental activist and eco-living expert, Laura Turner Seydel and philanthropist, Lisa Rayner Tush and hosted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University Department of Pediatrics. “The main purpose of our Enlightenment Luncheon series is to raise awareness on children’s environmental health issues,” explains Tush, “I think it’s sad that obesity has made its way into a health issue. It speaks volumes on the change in our nation as a whole.” The event invited experts from Georgia Organics, the CDC and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital to speak on the subject. One of them was Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital Dr. Stephanie Walsh, who has over 18 years of experience in treating children with obesity. “The crisis of childhood obesity is the responsibility of every Georgia citizen,” says Walsh. “As a society, we need to take ownership and act immediately on this issue for the sake of the future health of Georgia’s population. I stay positive about this cause because childhood obesity is preventable and curable.” Another expert on the panel, Executive Director at Georgia Organics Alice Rolls echoes this outlook that change is possible. “I think we’ve reached a tipping point, not only on the scales, but on acceptance and understanding of the long

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“The food industry has not been a laudable ally in healthy eating and our food landscape is littered with bad food.” Georgia Organics’ work with the Dekalb Board of Health on a study on two neighborhoods in south DeKalb County revealed that between 70 and 80 percent of the food outlets lacked fresh fruits and vegetables.

After taking a look at the facts and numbers over the past few years, the most important thing to remember is that we have the power to make a difference in our own homes. We cannot simply rely on the food industry alone to provide us with healthy choices, sometimes we must go outside conventional super markets and take a greater interest in where our food is coming from. “We have to look in the mirror because in the end it boils down to personal responsibility,” says Rolls,

Despite the seemingly uphill battle we face, many local companies and schools are taking part in an expanded push forward to make a difference in the community and make healthier food more readily available to children. One of them is the nationally known Farm to School program, now operating in 50 states, that according to its website, “connects schools (grades K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition,

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MARCH March 1

IHOP NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY

Children’s Miracle Network. Any IHOP Location. All Day. www.ihoppancakeday.com

March 4 CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN BENEFIT DAY Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All Atlanta California Pizza Kitchen Locations. All Day. www.choa.org

March 4-March 5 GOD’S LITTLE SPROUTS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE

Various church ministries and local charities. Trinity United Methodist Church, 814 West Ave., Cartersville, 30120. 8 am. www.trinityumccartersville.org

March 5 5TH ANNUAL SHAMROCK RUN

Community Welcome House. Downtown Newnan, 100 Court Square, Newnan, 30263. 8 am. www.active.com

YOUR PACE OR MINE 5K

This Peachtree Road Race qualifier is a gently rolling course that takes you on a beautiful tree lined, paved trail inside Tribble Mill Park. Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund. Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy., Lawrenceville, 30045. 8 am. www.marathonmajic.com HEARTS WITH HOPE GALA

Partnership Against Domestic Violence. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, 30386. 6:30 pm. www.padv.org

2011 WIPHAN WARTHOG WADDLE 5K/1K FUN RUN

Wiphan Care Ministries. Fellowship Bible Church, 480 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 30076. 8 am. www.wiphan.org

WALK WITH ANGELS

The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers, 30013. 7 am. www.kimatkins.net

March 6 RUN FOR HOPE 5K RUN/WALK

American Cancer Society. Cousins Middle School, 8187 Carlton Trail NW, Covington, 30014. 3 pm. www.active.com

TINY TOT TROT & ROLL

Challenged Child and Friends. Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, 30501. 2 pm. www.challengedchild.org

2011 OLPA GALA “DREAM IN GREEN”

Olmsted Linear Park Alliance. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, 30307. 7 pm. www.atlantaolmstedpark.org

March 12 JOG FOR A CAUSE

Various childhood-cancer organizations. New Balance Atlanta Northpoint, 7300

ShamRock ‘N Roll Road Race

Sunday, March 13, 9 am at Atlantic Station, 171 17th St. NW, Atlanta

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March 12 CADEF CANDLELIGHT BALL

The Childhood Autism Foundation. InterContinental Hotel Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. 7 pm. (404) 712-2384, www.cadef.org

LUPUS HEALTH AND FITNESS SEMINAR

Lupus Foundation of America. Piedmont Hospital - McRae Auditorium, 1968 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30309. 1 pm. www.lupus.org

March 13 SHAMROCK ‘N ROLL ROAD RACE

A fun, family and dog-friendly race that is an ATC Peachtree Road Race Qualifier with DAG chip timing and a downhill finish. The Junior League of Atlanta. Atlantic Station, 171 17th Street NW, Atlanta, 30363. 9 am. www.jlatlanta.org

LYRA AND FRIENDS WITH ROBERT SPANO

Maestro Spano as pianist with cellist Christopher French in an evening of chamber music. LYRA and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, 30306. 7:30 pm. (404) 373-7756, www.lyraquartet.org

HUNGER WALK/RUN

A 5K run/walk plus a fun, festival-like atmosphere with activities for the entire family including games, refreshments, live entertainment and more! The Atlanta Community Food Bank

and 5 other hunger relief nonprofit organizations. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, 30315. 12pm. www.HWR2011.org

defense of our freedoms in Iraq and Afghanistan. Run For The Fallen, Inc. Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford, 30518. 8:00 am. www.fallenheroesofgeorgia.com

March 14 HOPE FASHION SHOW

This spectacular event, with Monica Pearson as emcees, welcomes over 600 guests who are dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer and love fashion! American Cancer Society. Ritz Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30326. 10 am. www.hopefashionshow.org

March 16

EMORY DANCE MARATHON

A 12-hour event filled with concerts, games, food, prizes, miracle families and friends to celebrate the culmination of our year long fundraising efforts! Children’s Miracle Network. Emory University - McDonough Field, 600 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, 30322. 11 am. www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org HOPE FOR A CURE 5K RUN/WALK

FLAVORS OF ATLANTA

American Cancer Society. Russell Middle School, 84 West Midland Ave., Winder, 30680. 10 am. www.active.com

The American Liver Foundation. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 913 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, 30318. 6 pm. www.circusofflavor.com

MARCH FOR MEALS

March 17 5TH ANNUAL FINE ART + FASHION

Come experience the exquisite “art of fashion” on the runway featuring fashions from celebrity designer CD Greene, along with other special guests! NBAF. Neiman Marcus, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. 6 pm. www.nbaf.org/fine-art-fashion

March 19

Meals on Wheels. Fayette Senior Services, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville, 30214. 9:30 am. www.fayettelifeenrichment.org

March 20 MARTINIS AND MUSIC

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Ansley Golf Club, 196 Montgomery Ferry Drive, Atlanta, 30308. 7 pm. www.choa.org

PUBLIX GEORGIA MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON

FALLEN HEROES OF GEORGIA 10K/5K/1K

Multiple Charity Organizations. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W, Atlanta, 30303. Times Vary. www.georgiamarathon.com

Race is held in honor of the 186 American Soldiers from Georgia, who have “paid the ultimate sacrifice” in the

Big Splash 2011

Saturday, March 26, 7 pm, The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., Atlanta Marcus Autism Center presents Big Splash 2011 at the Georgia Aquarium. Attendees at the black tie optional event will enjoy a night of surprises and intrigue with live entertainment, magnificent culinary delights from Wolfgang Puck, special performers, and a live auction in one of Atlanta’s most beautiful venues. This event will be the spectacular private premiere viewing of the new Dolphin Exhibit in a state-of-the-art theater. The gala will honor Billi and Bernie Marcus, for their commitment to improving lives of children and families impacted by a diagnosis of a developmental disability. General tickets for The Big Splash are $350. Patron level tickets begin at $1250 and can be purchased by contacting Jennifer McDonald at 404-785-9486 or Jennifer.McDonald@choa.org. For more information visit: www.marcus.org.

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Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo

Saturday, March 26, 9 am at Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20, Cartersville

March 22-March 23 7TH ANNUAL ASA-GGC ANNUAL AUTISM/ ASPERGER CONFERENCE

Autism Society of America. Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth, 30096. All day. www.asaga.com

March 25 ART AUCTION

$35 entry fee includes hors d’ouevres, beer, wine, silent auction and door prizes. Don’t miss the must see auction and tour of model designer million dollar homes. Special Olympics of Georgia. The Mansions on Peachtree Residences, 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30326, 42nd floor. 7 pm. www.specialolympicsga.org

March 26 2011 ATLANTA WOMEN’S 5K

The Atlanta Track Club Foundation. Candler Park, 585 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta, 30307. 8 am. www.atlantatrackclub.org

NORTHWEST GEORGIA WOMEN’S EXPO

Great opportunity for women to learn about their health and finances, to sample the best in skin care and cosmetics, and to shop amongst a variety of products geared for women. Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20, Cartersville, 30120. 9 am. www.nwgawomensexpo.com 2011 RUN FOR THE CHILDREN Service League of Cherokee County. Historic Downtown Canton, 151 Elizabeth St., Canton, 30114. 8 am. www.active.com

WOLVERINE 5K

West Forsyth High School Cross Country Team. Totally Running, 405 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, 30041. 8:30 am. www.wftfxc.com

Sample some of northwest Georgia’s best cuisine, learn how to get fit and stay healthy, see the latest fashions, learn how to manage your finances, schedule a 5 minute photo session, learn about opportunities to own your own business, sample the best in skin care products and cosmetics: all of this and more at the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo – Something for every woman! The event will feature 56 exhibitors, 30-minute seminars, a fashion show, Taste of Bartow, and $1,000 in cash prizes. For more information: www.nwgawomensexpo.com.

March 26-March 27 CONYERS CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

The Conyers Cherry Blossom Foundation. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers, 30013. 10 am. www.conyerscherryblossomfest.com

March 27 COTTAGE 5K RUN/WALK

The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center. Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens, 30607. 3:30 pm. www.thecottage5K.com

ATLANTA VISION WALK

Foundation Fighting Blindness. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, 30309. 9 am. www.fightblindness.org

March 30 WRESTLEMANIA ART

Enjoy an evening of silent and live auctions and meet WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Sports Council. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30308. 6:30 pm, www.choa.org

APRIL

April 1-April 4 JUMP FOR THE KIDS

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Adventure Skydiving Center, 493 Airport Road, Cedartown, 30153. 9 am. www.choa.org

PIEDMONT PARK 5K

April 2

BIG SPLASH 2011

A fun, family and dog-friendly race with prizes for each age category. Let’s Knock Out

MOVdance. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, 30309. 8 am. www.movfitness.com

A black tie optional event with private access to the entire Georgia Aquarium and exhibits, live music, dinner and cocktails. Marcus Autism Center. The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., Atlanta, 30313. 7 pm. www.marcus.org

SCAMPER AGAINST CANCER FOR OUR DANCER 5K

A 5K and Fun Run to benefit Ansley Arnette. Age group awards given. Ansley Arnette Foundation. Coolray Field-Gwinnett Braves Stadium, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville, 30043. 8:30 AM www.scamperagainstcancer. blogspot.com

KNOCKOUT CANCER 5K

Cancer together! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Merchants Walk Area, 4209 Roswell Road, Marietta, 30062. 8:30 am. www.knockoutcancer5k.org

GREAT URBAN RACE

April 4

Refugee Family Services. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta, 30315. 6:30 pm. www.refugeefamilyservices.org

PROSTATE CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT

An event for a great cause including golf, prizes, breakfast, lunch and a silent auction. Cost is $125. Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition. Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell, 30076. 8 am. Frank Catroneo, (770) 619-0710

April 9 AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION EXPO

A fun-filled day where you can learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes! American Diabetes Association. Georgia World Congress Center, Building C Hall C-4, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta, 30313. 9 am. www.diabetes.org SICKLE CELL ROAD RACE RUN/WALK Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. Welcome All Park Recreation Center, 4255 Will Lee Road, College Park, 30349. 9 am. www.sfrpatlanta.org

RUN ZULU 5K

Help raise money for Life Connection Ministries and the support of the Zulu and Zhosa people in South Africa. Life Connection Ministries and Big Peach Outreach. Dunwoody Village, 5515 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 30338. 8 am. www.zuluracing.com

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sidebar, 79 Poplar St. NW, Atlanta, 30303. 11 am. www.greaturbanrace.com

TASTE OF THE WORLD

WALK MS: ATLANTA 2011

A community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Come join the movement and together, we can find a cure! Georgia Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 10 am. www.walkMSgeorgia.org

BOCCEFEST

Join Special Olympics Young Leaders for an exciting afternoon filled with bocce, delicious food, live music and more! See why bocce is catching on in Atlanta. Special Olympics Young Leaders. Brookhaven Park, 4198 Peachtree St., Atlanta, 30319.1 pm. www.specialolympicsga.org

April 10 BOCCE TOURNAMENT

Entry fee includes hors d’ouevres, wine, water, raffle and 1st and 2nd place winning teams receive medals. Bocce is easy to learn and fun for all ages! Special Olympics of Georgia. Brio Tuscan Grille, 700 Ashwood Pkwy., Atlanta, 30338. 2 pm. www.specialolympicsga.org

Diabetes EXPO

Saturday, April 9, 9 am-4 pm at Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta Visit EXPO Atlanta on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C-4 from 9am-4pm and learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes! EXPO Atlanta features cooking & exercise demonstrations, free health screenings, exciting workshops & mini-seminars, exhibitors, product demonstrations & free samples, door prizes, an interactive Family Fun Zone for youth of all ages, and more. Admission is free and there’s something for people of all ages whether you have diabetes or not. Share in the EXPO Atlanta experience and register today at www.diabetes.org/EXPOAtlanta. Join the millions in the movement to Stop Diabetes®!

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April 14 3RD ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Neiman Marcus, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30326. 11 am. www.choa.org

April 14-April 17 DUNWOODY LEMONADE DAYS

A full-featured fair and craft show with rides, games, petting zoo, face painting and more! A Dunwoody tradition and perfect for families. Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338. Times vary by day. www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org

of abilities with post-race fun including great food, fun activities for kids and live music! Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Perimeter Place Shopping Center, 100 Perimeter Center Place NE, Atlanta, 30346. 8 am. www.sprintforcancer.com CHEERIOS CHALLENGE 10K/5K ROAD RACE Covington Family YMCA. Covington Family YMCA, 2140 Newton Drive, Covington, 30014. Times Vary. www.active.com

April 20 EARTH DAY LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST

EarthShare of Georgia. Georgia Aquairum, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, 30318. 6:30 am. www.earthsharega.org

2011 SWEETWATER 420 FESTIVAL

Multiple environmental charity organizations. Candler Park, Intersection of Page Ave. & McClendon, Atlanta, 30307. Times vary by day. www.sweetwater420fest.com

A family, children and pet-friendly event with a fun filled post race party with music, food, prizes and MEE MEE the Clown. Homestretch. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell, 30075. 7:30 am. www.runtheriver.org BOULDER DASH 5K

Healthcare Association of Forsyth County. Northside Hospital Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, 30041. 8 am. www.boulderdash5k.com

ATLANTA STEEPLECHASE

Horse races, hat contests, disc dog tournaments, food, drink and more to benefit several great charitable organizations. Starlight Children’s Foundation of Georgia, The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Kingston Downs, Highway 20 at mile marker 1, Kingston, 30145. 9 am. www.atlantasteeplechase.org

9TH ANNUAL RADIANT SYSTEMS SPRINT FOR CANCER

A family and pet-friendly 5K/10K for walkers and runners

WATER FOR THE WORLD RUN 5K/10K

Water For The World. State Farm Insurance Building, 11350 Johns Creek Pkwy., Johns Creek, 30098. 7:30 am. www.waterfortheworldrun.com

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May 6 MARIETTA SHOW HOUSE OF ART AND DESIGN

The first designer showcase to coordinate the interior design of the house ‘around’ the art. Reveal Preview Party May 6th and open to the public May 7th-22nd. Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. 21 Whitlock Drive, Marietta, 30064. 7 pm. www.MariettaCobbShowHouse.com

TINK TROT 5K

JOHNS CREEK DERBY DAY PARTY

Atlanta Humane Society. Private Residence in Atlanta. www.atlantahumane.com

April 23 BLIMPIE HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO

April 26

RUN THE RIVER 5K/10K

Humane Society of Atlanta. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 9 am. www.atlantapetparade.org

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April 16 The Embry Hills United Methodist Church Youth Ministry. Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, 30341. 8 am. (404)245-2149, www. bringthespring5k.org

PET PARADE 2011

Autism Society of America. Chateau Elan - Legends Golf Course, 6060 Golf Club Drive, Braselton, 30517. www.asaga.com

Emory ALS Center. The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming, 30041. 8 am. www.alsrunforlife5k.com

EarthShare of Georgia. Summerour, 409 Bishop St., Atlanta, 30318. 2 pm. www.earthsharega.org

The event is filled with vendors, fitness demonstrations, challenges and more from all of the leading health and fitness company’s in the industry. Average Joe’s Racing and Skylar’s Run. Suwanee Town Center, 370 Buford Hwy. NE, Suwanee, 30024. 8 am. www.averagejoesracing.com

BRING THE SPRING 5K

7TH ANNUAL AUTISM-GEORGIA GOLF TOURNAMENT

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek, 30097. 6:30 pm. www.cff.org

EARTH DAY PARTY

April 21

The 75th Annual Dogwood Festival celebrates spring in Atlanta with a full weekend of fine art, live entertainment and fun! The Friends of Dogwood. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. Times vary by day. www.dogwood.org

ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL

May 2

WINE AND ROSES GALA

A community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Come join the movement and together, we can find a cure! Georgia Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta, 30060. 10 am www.walkMSgeorgia.org

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KAUFFMAN TIRE SPRING CLASSIC FOR KIDS

One of Children’s largest fundraising events featuring two of college baseball’s top programs and state rivals. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, 30315. 7 pm. www.choa.org CARTER MARTIN CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Carter Samuel Martin Innovative Therapy Research Endowment. Whitewater Creek Golf Club, 175 Birkdale Drive, Fayetteville, 30215. 11 am. www.choa.org

April 28 ARCA’S 21ST ANNUAL UNCORK A CURE

A fabulous evening of great wine, extraordinary food and terrific live and silent auctions with tons of fantastic items up for grabs! AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 913 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, 30318. 6 pm. www.uncorkacure.org, www.arcaatlanta.org 10TH ANNUAL COSTCO CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Chateau Elan, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, 30517. 8:30 am. www.costcocharityclassic.com

Raising awareness about leukemia, cancer and bone marrow transplants as well as funding cancer research projects and providing support to cancer patients and their families. The Jacquie Hirsch for A.L.L. Foundation. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338. 8 am. www.jacquieforall.com WALK FOR LUPUS NOW

Lupus Foundation of America. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30309. www.lupus.org

RACE FOR RILEY

The Joseph Sams School. Serenbe Community, Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, 30268. 8 am. www.raceforriley.org

THE UNITY RALLY FOR CULTURAL AWARENESS AND RACIAL HARMONY

The Unity Rally. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers, 30013. 12 pm. www.unityrally.org

2011 GEORGIA LYMPHOMATHON

A fun-filled 5K that offers survivors, family, friends and corporate teams an opportunity to walk in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma. Lymphoma Research Foundation. Wesleyan School, 5404 Spalding Drive, Norcross, 30092. 10 am. www.lymphomathon.org

MAY May 1

18TH ANNUAL TASTE OF MARIETTA

A favorite festival of the community with live entertainment, kids activities, over 80 restaurants and caterers offering tastes of their culinary specialties and more! MUST Ministries Food Drive. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St., Marietta, 30060. 11 am. www.tasteofmarietta.com FIESTA ATLANTA Centennial Olympic Park, 285 International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, 30313. 10 am. www.fiestaatlanta.com

May 7 ALS RUN FOR LIFE 5K

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, 30022. 4 pm. www.choa.org

DERBY DAY

Sheperd Center. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers, 30013. 2 pm. www.derbyday.com

SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE

It may be your mother or sister, a co-worker or neighbor. Now is the time to run for their lives! Whose life are you running for? Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Atlanta. Atlantic Station, 171 17th St.NW, Atlanta, 30363. 7:45 am. www.komenatlanta.org 2ND ANNUAL MONASTERY 5K

Monastery Food Bank. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, 30094. 8 am. www.revolutionrunning.net

May 7-May 8 SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST 2011

The Spirit of Sweet Auburn. Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta. Times Vary. www.sweetauburn.com

COLORS FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Roswell Junior Woman’s Club Historic Roswell Square, Intersection of Highways 9 & 120, Roswell, 30075. 10 am. www.roswelljuniors.org

May 12 TASTE OF ALPHARETTA

Old Milton Parkway at Wills Park, Alpharetta, 30009. 5 pm. www.alpharetta.ga.us

May 14 2011 ARTHRITIS WALK

Arthritis Foundation. Atlantic Station, 171 17th St. NW, Atlanta, 30363 www.arthritis.org

BROOKHAVEN BOLT

Ashford Park Elementary School. Ashford Park Community, 2523 Caldwell Road NE, Atlanta, 30319. 8 am. www.brookhavenbolt.com

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Pay for college without going broke! Free local workshops help parents save thousands! Woodstock, Ga—Metro Atlanta parents planning on sending a child to college in the next few years, but who aren’t quite sure how to pay for it can now rest a little easier. Jason Flurry, CFP® founder of the National Center For College Planning and Legacy partners Financial Group has been educating parents about what to do if they haven’t saved enough for college and retirement. ‘It’s really sad, but most parents we talk to have done really well financially, but never found the time to save for college, and now they’re facing a bill of $18,000-$50,000 a year. They don’t know who to turn to for help,’ he says. ‘Furthermore, most of the time, all they hear is to not even bother applying for any aid because they make too much money. However, most of the time, that is simply not true…even if they make a good six-figure income.’ Jason would know, because he’s worked with over 1000 families in the last 16 years ranging from single moms to corporate CEO’s, and he swears he can help anyone get through the process and save a bundle….no matter how good of a student they have or how much money they make. ‘Simply put, we show parents the truth that they aren’t hearing anywhere else about how the college process really works, and how they

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May 21 COACHES VS. CANCER BASKET BALL

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Buckhhead Ritz Carlton, 3434 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. www.rccancercenters.com

MOVING TOWARDS A CURE 5K RUN/WALK

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GENERACETION 10K RUN/2K FUN RUN

Support Kate’s Club and Senior Citizens Services as we run and raise funds for two deserving groups in our community. Kate’s Club and Senior Citizen Services. Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30315. 8:15 am. www.scsatl.org

2011 ATLANTA KIDNEY WALK

A fun, inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. National Kidney Foundation. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, 30315. 9:30 am. www.kidneyga.org

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May 22 WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS

A fun-filled, family friendly event that is the single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead to much needed answers for autism. Autism Speaks. International Plaza at Georgia World Congress Center, 103 Magnum St., Atlanta, 30313. 9:30 am. www. walknowforautismspeaks.org/ georgia TRI FOR LIFE Georgia Transplant Foundation. Kimberly Clark, 1400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 30076. 7 am. www.active.com

FREIGHT TRAIN 5K

A traditional road race with awards but also a poker run! Collect a card at every mile and the best hands at the end win special prizes! 65 Roses. Kennesaw, 7:30 am. www.locomotiveraceseries.com

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Mrs. Georgia-America 2010 talks about her full life When it comes to multi-tasking, LaLona Hughes Richards is a pro. From taking care of her family to being a literary consultant to teachers and administrators, she is tireless in her efforts to better the community and herself. LaLona speaks about her full life as a mother, fitness instructor, educator and so much more.

What inspired you to get involved with the Mrs. Georgia pageant? I believe there are two things that can drastically improve a person’s quality of life: education and fitness. I have a strong background in each of these areas and have long desired to use my experiences to make a more wide-spread impact on my community, state, and nation. However, I did not have the means or opportunities to do so. I knew that if I was crowned Mrs. Georgia-America, doors would open that would allow me to pursue these platforms in a much more dynamic and impactful way.

What were some of the responsibilities you had as Mrs. Georgia-America? Knowing that I would only have a short period of time to accomplish a lifetime’s worth of goals, I packed my calendar! I have spoken to the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program, escorted athletes in the Georgia Special Olympics, read to the elderly, attended benefits, spoken to women’s groups, participated in parades and store grand openings, and tried to never say no when a need was identified. In addition to service opportunities, being Mrs. Georgia-America has been a catalyst for my career. I incorporated my personal charity, Frankie’s First, which brings on-reading-level books into the homes of students in need. I was trained for Mrs. Georgia-America by IQ Fitness, where I was later hired as a trainer. I have also enjoyed modeling opportunities from multiple companies including Mollye Jewlery, Jana Kos Clothing and Vibrance: A Hair Studio.

How long have you been a personal trainer and what made you want to become one? Overweight and determined to change it, I dedicated myself to physical fitness at the age of 11. It was then that I began heavily researching nutrition, muscular training, and cardiovascular conditioning. Although not a formal trainer until two years ago, I have been designing nutrition and exercise plans for friends, family, and myself for over twenty years. Reaching my optimal level of physical fitness has changed my life; I want to provide every person in the Atlanta area the opportunity to know what that feels like! www.bestselfconnect.com

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What do you see as the keys to being your “best self?” I am inspired to be my personal best at all times, knowing that I am a constant role model – whether it be positive or negative – to my young boys. I am inspired to teach them lessons of service, compassion, healthy ambition, and self-discipline with each decision I make.

How do you juggle being a personal trainer, model, wife and mother? I have a very calculated schedule! I work as a personal trainer each morning from 5-8 a.m. Three to four times a month, I spend the day conducting professional development workshops on components of literacy and differentiation for teachers and administrators. On days that I am not doing that, I schedule any necessary meetings; one of those includes teaching (my son) Brendan’s preschool class once a month. (My husband) Dan and I plan date nights as often as possible. Despite the busy lifestyle, we pray as a family every morning and every night, and Dan and I make an effort each night to discuss that day’s highs and lows. We also reserve Sundays exclusively for church and family, and try to always plan a Saturday family activity. It works because I plan for it; I don’t think it would work any other way. BEST SELF Atlanta

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my best self What do you consider some of your most memorable accomplishments? The day I received a letter stating that Frankie’s First had been incorporated was a day I will never forget. I have received a tremendous outpouring of support from the community with book drives, and I am eager to increase my volunteer base and get more and more books into the homes of students in need. More than anything, I hope that I have accomplished a sense of pride and work ethic within my family. Although my boys might be too young to understand it now, I hope my pictures, journals, media clips, etc. will tell them a story of their mom’s dedication to making a positive impact.

Tell us about Frankie’s First and how the idea came about. During the first week of my first year teaching, (a student) Frankie Ann asked me to walk her home from school. She took me into her tiny bedroom, and next to her bed was a huge stack of Scholastic book order forms. I asked her why she had saved them, and she responded that her grandmother could not afford to buy her books but she wanted to learn to read. I taught Frankie Ann for two years and was constantly inspired by her desire to learn despite all the obstacles she faced. It was due to Frankie Ann and the other amazing students in that first-ever class of mine that I decided to devote my adult life to providing high-quality education to students in low-income circumstances.

What inspires you in your daily life? My faith and my family inspire me. I start my days at 4:30 a.m. and end them around 11 p.m.; however, despite how incredibly busy I may be there is one agenda item that I can never afford to postpone or cancel: my daily prayer and scripture study. I know every good thing comes from our Heavenly Father, and I want to honor Him in all that I do.

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What is the best piece of advice you could give someone in terms of doing it all?

What makes Parc Communities so different from other retirement living options? It’s Parc’s people! While Parc Communities is certainly proud of its beautiful communities, fully-appointed apartment homes and fine dining, it is the people that distinguish Parc from other communities.

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Prioritize. If you put the right things first, the other things will fall into place. It is only when I have lost sight of this that things have gone awry. I prioritize time for my responsibilities at church (I teach an adult Sunday school class) and for my family first. I then divide what is left among the other opportunities and responsibilities that await me. Contact a Parc community Sometimes that means I cannot do it all, and that What is okay. Ido have learned you see to assay theno.keys to being your “best self?”

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I am inspired to be my personal best at all times, knowing that I am a constant role model and would be pleased If you would like to donate to or volunteer with Frankie’s First, train with LaLona – whether it be positive or negative – to my young boys. I am inspired to teach them lessons at IQ Fitness, or schedule an education workshop at your school, please contact her at to explore lifestyle of service, compassion, healthy ambition, and self-discipline with eachretirement decision I make. mrsgeorgiaamerica2010@gmail.com.

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