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Atlanta Men on the Move

Health and fitness secrets from five active locals p.43

Man, You’re Looking Good! Grooming trends for the modern male to try p.51


2018 Masters of Makeover Featuring makeover advice and real transformations for your face and body from head-to-toe

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Join Best Self Atlanta This Fall and Give Back! We are proud to sponsor these important give-back initiatives. 10th Annual Blue Ties Luncheon This event on Sept. 7 benefits ProstAware, an important Georgia organization focused on educating men and their loved ones about prostate cancer. David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Tickets are $100.

Celebrating her 30th year in dentistry, Dr. Debra Gray King is a pioneer in cosmetic dentistry. She is one of less than 76 dentists worldwide to be an Accredited Fellow, which is the highest level of competence recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). She has been featured on The Doctors, Extreme Makeover, The Wall Street Journal, and various media outlets.

Little Hands ... big LOVEFEST! Presented by Children Helping Children, this free philanthropic family festival on Oct. 21 brings together youth from the Atlanta area to assemble service projects. There is no better gift we can give our children than teaching them kindness and to be of service to others. To make this free fest possible for all to enjoy, join us on Sept. 8 for Cocktails in the Clouds. One-hundred percent of your $150 ticket makes LOVEFEST! 2018 possible. Betting on a Cure This casino night fundraiser on Oct. 27 at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven benefits The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation. The foundation provides support to lower income breast cancer patients by removing financial barriers along the way—from the beginning to the successful completion of their treatment. Tickets are $150.

Dr. Charlie Cooper is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He has transformed thousands of smiles and his cosmetic cases are used in lectures nationwide. Dr. Cooper studied at the world famous Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is a regular participant in the “Give Back A Smile” Program in which he and the ACCD donate their time and skills to help battered women achieve a new smile.

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Pampering isn’t just for the ladies anymore. Today, it’s not uncommon for a handsome man to have snagged the last waxing appointment for the day at your go-to salon. More men are making grooming a priority and I believe I speak for the majority of women when I say, “We approve!”


In our annual Men’s Issue, we take a look at the latest grooming and aesthetic trends among males. From the smartly styled haircut to careful facial enhancements, “Man, You’re Looking Good!” gives you a peek inside the world of aesthetics from this growing phenomenon. Salon owners, top plastic surgeons, and more weigh in on what’s hot and what’s not (p.51).

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A large part of looking good on the outside is feeling good on the inside, which isn’t always easy. From tackling Mount Everest to using each minute to prioritize their fitness goals, five Atlanta men share how they maintain active and healthy lifestyles. Take a page from their book (p.43) when it comes to balancing the responsibilities of career and family, not to mention, the temptation to skip workouts and abandon diets. Speaking of food, you’ll be ready to devour the nutritious recipes we share in “Lunches to Love.” If you’re in a lunch rut, these creative dishes will add some much-needed flavor and variety to your midday meal. We didn’t forget about the kids either! They won’t even realize they are eating vegetables as they dig into the brightly colored beet hummus or take a produce-packed turkey and 10:25 AM cheese wrap to school with them. We conclude this issue with a My Best Self Q&A with Sean Palani. This foodie founded an inclusive men’s dining group that explores Atlanta’s culinary scene while giving back to local organizations. If you’re in need of inspiration on how you can make a difference in the community, be sure to explore our Best Cause and Give-Back Guide sections in every issue. Happy reading,

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Do You Have Xerostomia? By Jill M. Golsen, DMD

Golsen Family Dentistry A native of Florida, Dr. Golsen attended the University of Georgia, and received a Bachelor of Science as well as a DMD from the Medical College School of Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Golsen was a clinical instructor at Perimeter College School of Dental Hygiene and past president of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is also an international trainer for Kreativ air abrasion technology, where she trains dentists from all over the world on the technology. Dr. Golsen has been practicing for 24 years in Alpharetta. Dr. Golsen has two sons. One is a first-year Vet Med student at the University of Georgia and the other is a senior in high school. She is also a seven-year breast cancer survivor! Read article on p.29.


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OutPatient Imaging (OPI) Alpesh D. Patel, MD, received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1992, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In 1998, he completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel practiced diagnostic radiology with basic interventional radiology in Radford, Virginia before joining Georgia West Imaging in 2001. Dr. Patel currently serves as a committee chairman at Tanner Medical Center. Read article on p.35.


5 Ways Your Life Will Improve After Getting Your Legs Done! By David Martin, RN

VeinInnovations David Martin, RN, is the president and CEO of VeinInnovations, which he founded in 2002. As Atlanta’s first dedicated vein care practice, it offers every available minimally invasive technique to treat venous insufficiency and varicose and spider veins. With four locations and five physicians, VeinInnovations is a preferred provider for every major insurance company and is the place to “get your legs done” with little or no downtime. Read article on p.36.

By Scott D. Miller, MD

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Men’s health advocate Dr. Scott D. Miller is an innovative surgeon with one of the largest and most diverse experiences in laparoscopic and robotic urology in the Southeast. As one of Georgia’s best surgeons, Dr. Miller is guided by one consistent philosophy: focus solely on patients’ special needs and perfect the techniques necessary to deliver the best possible care. He believes that when patients have a better understanding of the conditions they are facing and how to improve their overall health, they have a chance to improve their quality of life. Read article on p.33.

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Neck Sprains: Causes and Treatment of Cervical Myofascial Pain By Robin L. Dennis, MD

Resurgens Spine Center Robin L. Dennis, MD, received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Case Western University MetroHealth Medical Center and her fellowship in Sports and Spine at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey, and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Dennis is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine. Read article on p.31.


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Windy Hill Athletic Club As the general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, Karen Foley considers it her mission to help members achieve their fitness goals, no matter how big or small. A fitness enthusiast herself, Karen loves to bike, cross-train and play tennis. She encourages members to focus less on sticking to a tedious exercise routine and more on working out in a fun environment however they like to move. With world-class indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools that rival those of Five-Star hotels, stateof-the-art fitness equipment, and social events for the whole family, Windy Hill offers members a place to practice a healthy lifestyle and the coaching team to help them do so. The club’s promise is “to inspire you through movement, community, and personal attention,” which Karen lives by every day. Read article on p.32.

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What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C By H. Sooki Hon, MD, PhD

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates H. Sooki Hon, MD, PhD, is a board-certified transplant hepatologist and gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. She evaluates and treats patients with all types of digestive and liver diseases at the Northside and Emory Saint Joseph’s locations. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Hon received a combined medical degree and doctorate in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from Emory University School of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at Emory University. Read article on p.34.


Menopause, Mother Nature’s Great Compromise By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP, and April Secen, LMA

HairRegen Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP, a native Atlantan, focuses his professional efforts on assisting women navigate the rigors of menopause. He has assembled a dedicated team of specialists to assist women regrow lost hair; restore and conserve sun-damaged skin; and reduce excess body fat while restoring lost muscle, joint cartilage, and bone mass. April Secen, LMA, is his senior aesthetician responsible for hair and skin restoration and conservation. Secen utilizes advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and monitor diseases affecting hair and skin and uses efficacious topical therapies and microneedling to treat these disorders. Read article on p.37. BEST SELF ATLANTA



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bestbulletin Labor Day Literature Celebrate Labor Day weekend at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Returning Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, highlights on the adult stages include fan favorite Karin Slaughter and her suspense novel “Pieces of Her” and Atlanta-based James Beard Award-nominated chef Todd Richards discussing “SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.” Plus, don’t miss the keynote speaker, internationally-acclaimed director and stage, film and television actor, Kenny Leon. Details:

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Fresh from the Garden Gluten-free, paleo, vegan or just plain hungry? There’s something for you at the new health-focused restaurant Flower Child. At this airy and bright eatery, you can build your own plate with fresh produce and all-natural proteins or select simple dishes such as the Vegan Ingredient salad with cauliflower, avocado, and lemon tahini vinaigrette. Details: 3400 Around Lenox Dr., Atlanta;

Rest and Recover While getting a massage can play a helpful role in the exercise recovery process, the new Motion Stretch Studio location in Buckhead takes it one step further. Through 30 minutes of strategically applied pressure by a stretch coach to the body’s eight myofascial trigger points, you can experience improved range of motion, better posture and quicker recovery. Details: 3655 Roswell Rd. NE., Atlanta;

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Salon Studs The new Van Michael Men salon is cutting to the chase when it comes to men’s fine grooming. New to The Battery Atlanta as of January 2018, the shop caters exclusively to men. Eliminating time-intensive services like coloring and blowouts, the salon prides itself on being able to give customers a masterful shampoo, cut, and light hairstyling service in just 30 minutes. Details: 875 Battery Ave. SE., Atlanta;

Tie One On for Prostate Cancer Gentlemen, don your favorite blue tie for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September and join ProstAware at its 10th Annual Blue Ties Luncheon on Sept. 7. By attending, you’ll support the organization and its mission to use music, technology, and sports to engage men and their loved ones into meaningful discussions about prostate cancer. Details: $100, 3143 Maple Dr. NE., Atlanta;




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Cirque du Soleil returns to Atlanta Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 with a new location. At the Infinite Energy Center, travel back in time to a whimsical carnival-inspired world during Corteo. Since the show’s premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in 2005, more than eight million viewers in 19 countries have been dazzled by the story of a festive parade imagined by a clown. As oversize balloons and chandeliers carry away performers and acrobat artists seesaw through the air, the audience is immersed in an atmosphere of fun, comedy, spontaneity, and juxtaposition. Reimagined to be presented in an arena, expect to see two new acts including one with a suspended pole. Details: 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth;

Take a Trip to the River Let the experienced canoe guides at the Chattahoochee Nature Center lead you and your gang (of 15 or less) on a leisurely two-and-a-half-hour evening excursion down the Chattahoochee River. Available Saturdays and Sundays in August, on a River Canoe Trip, you will look for wildlife and learn about local flora and fauna and about the wetland ecosystem that is unique to metro Atlanta. Details: $30 per person, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell;

Have a Ball at The Battery Atlanta Take your crew to Punch Bowl Social before and after seeing the Atlanta Braves step up to the plate. The new stylish 25,000-squarefoot grown-up playground features virtual reality gaming spots, a private karaoke room, eight bowling lanes, two outdoor ping-pong tables, bocce, and more. Located inside The Battery Atlanta, the destination also features craft cocktails and culinary creations (think The Knockoff Burger) by local James Beard Award-winning chef and former “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson. Details: 875 Battery Ave. SE., Atlanta;


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For more fun events, visit Puppets and Pints Aug. 11 Share a pint with your puppet pals at this new after-hours event for grown-ups at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and brews while browsing the Worlds of Puppetry museum and jamming to beats from local bluegrass band Possum Kingdom Ramblers. Piedmont Park Arts Festival Aug. 18-19 With 250 painters, photographers, glassblowers and more, this festival offers demonstrations, live music, and activities for all. 16th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Aug. 25-26 Soak up the last days of summer with live music, food trucks, and local art. Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta Aug. 27 This fashionable affair benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and Atlanta AIDS Fund will include a runway show featuring looks from Céline, Balenciaga and more.

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Curry Chicken Salad “Chicken salad is one of the best lunch options for those looking to keep carbohydrates low while enjoying a satisfying and delicious meal,” says McCarthy. “This chicken salad is full of healthy curry spices, including turmeric, which gives it a fabulous yellow color, and apple for added fiber. Be sure to find a curry spice blend that suits your palate, as some tend to be sweeter and others are spicier.”

Serves: 4 • ½ cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt • 2 tablespoons avocado mayonnaise • 2 teaspoons curry powder • 1 teaspoon local honey • 2 broiled or grilled chicken breasts, diced • 2 stalks celery, diced • 1 apple, diced • ¼ teaspoon sea salt • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste In small bowl, stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, curry powder and honey until blended. In large bowl, combine diced chicken, apples and celery. Mix in curry yogurt dressing and season with salt and pepper. Serve on flatbread or wrapped in bibb lettuce.

Kale and Asparagus Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette “If you are looking for an alternative to white rice or other refined grains to incorporate into your meals, then the ancient grain called farro is your new friend! It’s an excellent source of protein, fiber, magnesium, zinc and even B vitamins,” notes McCarthy. “You can pair this farro salad with a plain protein like chicken or salmon but it can certainly stand on its own for a delightful lunch.” Serves: 4-6 For lemon vinaigrette: • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Bring 3 cups water and 1 cup farro to a boil and cook until tender (about 25 minutes). Drain farro and transfer to large mixing bowl. In separate mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle vinaigrette over farro and toss. Spritz small amount of olive oil in a sauté pan on medium-high heat. Toss in chopped asparagus and cook for about 2 minutes or until bright green. Add kale and cook for additional 2 minutes. Add asparagus and kale mixture to farro. Toss farro with feta cheese and fresh thyme and serve.

Turkey Cheese Wrap with Cucumber and Avocado For the kiddos, McCarthy offers this easy turkey and cheese wrap as a simple way to sneak in veggies. “Sliced cucumbers, avocado or other produce favorites add a delicious upgrade to wraps for a quick and healthy packable lunch,” she says. Serves: 1 • Tortilla wrap • Sliced turkey • Sliced colby jack cheese • Sliced cucumber • Sliced avocado • Mayonnaise, hummus or mustard if desired Slice, layer and roll ingredients. Wrap the wrap in parchment paper to secure. Enjoy!



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For salad: • 1 cup farro, uncooked • 3 cups water • 12 stalks asparagus, trimmed and chopped on the bias • 1 cup raw kale, chopped with stems removed • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme • Spritz of extra-virgin olive oil

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too. Dip in fresh veggies—snap peas are my favorite!—or pita chips, or smear it on a sandwich for a colorful addition that also packs a nutrient punch. I think this is a win-win option that will surprise you!”

Garden Eggplant Ratatouille “Garden Eggplant Ratatouille is quite a versatile dish—as you can pair it with rice or noodles or serve over a bed of fresh spinach to keep those carbs lower,” McCarthy advises. “The key to good ratatouille is to make sure the eggplant is cooked well and that the dish is seasoned with a bit of red chili flakes and a splash of aged balsamic vinegar to bring out its richness.”

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Serves: 4-6 • 3 large beets • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, peeled • ¼ cup tahini • 1 cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt • ½ fresh lemon, squeezed • ¼ teaspoon sea salt • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish • Edible flowers for garnish

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If your tongue and cheeks have ever felt like they are stuck to your teeth or your mouth has felt like it is stuffed with cotton, then you know what I am talking about. What you are experiencing is called xerostomia, also known as dry mouth. Other signs include sores in the corner of the mouth, general plaque, dry nasal passages, bad breath, being thirsty, and trouble swallowing.

What Can Cause Dry Mouth? Medications: chances are, if you “We need our saliva to flow like a river through our teeth, over our are taking any medication, from antihistamines to antidepressants, cheeks and gums to lubricate the tissue, digest our food, and control the you can experience dry mouth. bacterial and fungal population.” — Jill M. Golsen, DMD Look at the label for side effects identify a medication they might be taking that could be the and see if dry mouth or xerostomia is listed. cause, we look for a disease that might be creeping up on them. Smoking: nicotine dries the tissue inside the mouth and dehydrates it. Don’t smoke or “dip.” Disease: Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancer treatments and more can cause dry mouth.

Why is Dry Mouth a Bad Thing? We need our saliva to flow like a river through our teeth, over our cheeks and gums to lubricate the tissue, digest our food, and control the bacterial and fungal population. When the flow is slowed, the first thing we encounter is an overgrowth of the bacteria that can cause everything to spiral downhill. Once the more than 200 types of bad bacteria take hold to the sticky plaque in your mouth, the bacteria go to town by eating enamel, poisoning your gum tissue, and causing decay and bleeding red gums. All of this leads to dental decay and periodontal disease if left alone. When we see a patient with dry mouth symptoms, they usually don’t recognize what has caused this problem. If we can’t

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problems. But despite its cause, adequate and appropriate treatment with conservative measures can provide long-lasting results. Robin L. Dennis, MD received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Case Western University MetroHealth Medical Center and her fellowship in Sports and Spine at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey, and Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Dennis is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Cleveland Academy of Medicine.

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capsule that support the neck’s underlying structures— What is the usual treatment of cervical vertebrae, intervertebralmyofascial discs, andpain? facet joints. Commonly referred to as a sprain or strain, muscular neck pain involves tearing Pain relief and decreasing inflammation of the tissues involved first-line or excessive stretching of the muscle’s connective tissueisthat treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflamproduces microscopic contusion,matory hemorrhage, or both. A strain also drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics are prescribed, occasionally along can be a pulling of the muscle, tendon, ligament or joint capsule, but with muscle relaxants. These medicawithout tearing. tions facilitate early mobilization and stretching as well as decrease sleep disturbances due to pain. Physical modalities such as therapeutic CAUSES massage, ultrasound, and electrical increase blood circuThe many causes of muscularstimulation neck pain can include external lation, decrease pain, and facilitate forces, such as acceleration-deceleration or whiplash injury exercise. Cervicothoracic stabilizaand forces involving sports injuries. Football, horseback tion therapy trains and coordinates neck area, shoulder riding, and diving are commonmuscles causesofofthehigh-velocity girdle, and shoulder blade to limit

cervical sports injuries. Problems such as poor posture, overuse of muscles and muscle weakness are the most common static injuries.

SYMPTOMS Common symptoms of cervical myofascial pain are restricted range of motion in the neck, tenderness to palpation, muscle spasm (“hard knots,” sleep disturbance and occasional initial limb paresthesia (tingling and numbness). These symptoms usually resolve completely in most patients within four to six weeks from onset. However, some severe whiplash symptoms may take between six to twelve months to resolve. The following are common questions from patients with muscular neck pain.

What is the usual course of treatment for cervical myofascial pain? Pain relief and decreasing inflammation of the tissues involved is firstline treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics are prescribed, occasionally along with muscle relaxants. These medications facilitate early mobilization and stretching as well as decrease sleep disturbance due to pain. Physical modalities such as therapeutic massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can increase blood circulation, decrease pain, and facilitate exercise. Cervicothoracic stabilization therapy trains and coordinates muscles of the neck area, shoulder girdle and shoulder blade to limit pain, maximize function and prevent further injury.

The muscles behind the neck radiate out to the shoulder blades causing the shoulders and upper back to hurt after a neck strain.

Should I wear a soft collar to help with the pain? Initially, soft collars (orthotics) help to immobilize the neck minimally and reduce the workload of the postural muscles of the neck. However, these should be discontinued after 48 to 72 hours to prevent tightening of soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) and weakening of the neck muscles.


Do I have to go to physical therapy for treatment or can I do this at home? Many patients are unaware of just how poor their posture is (e.g., sloped shoulders, neck leaning forward, etc.). Because this posture is often the initial cause of their neck pain, it is optimal for a trained, objective practitioner to evaluate each patient’s biomechanics to customize the most effective and appropriate stabilization program. Restoring normal range of motion and good posture is necessary to prevent repeated microtrauma to the neck structures from poor movement patterns. Once the patient has mastered the proper techniques and skills required for their stabilization program, transition to an independent home-based program should continue to help—especially if done daily. CONCLUSION Muscular neck pain is a common problem most of us will experience sometime in our lives, whether from acute accidents or chronic posture problems. But despite its cause, adequate and appropriate treatment with conservative measures can provide long-lasting results.

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What mind/body programs does WHAC offer? We offer Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Inversion/Handstand Class, Ashtanga Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Restorative classes, Yin Yoga and 15-minute guided meditation classes currently. One-on-one yoga sessions are also available for those who want to learn more. Many of the teachers that work here have been recognized by the yoga community. Jason Anderson, a public figure who has been featured in Yoga Journal and holds retreats all over the world, teaches three classes here a week. Lilian Denise Cox, one of our amazing restorative yoga teachers, has published articles pertaining to yoga and back health. Alyssa Owen, our Power Yoga teacher, was asked to teach in the famous and wellrespected, Dirty South Yoga Fest this year.

Look out for the Ladder Barrel apparatus coming soon! Also be on the lookout for trigger point therapy class and, starting in September, our advanced Reformer Class on Thursdays. We have many fun events for mind/body throughout the year. Our next event will be Oktober-Pilates-Fest on Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Come join us! (Attendees must sign up online ahead of time. Space is limited!)

What benefits can be gained through mind/body fitness? A healthy body needs both strength and flexibility. Just as bones crave space, muscle craves contraction. Working Pilates and yoga into your weekly routine can give you strength and also allow your bones and joints to thrive. With strength and flexibility comes protection against the breakdown of cartilage and bones, increased blood flow, immunity, lung health, and more. Plus, the release of dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, and serotonin in the brain, cause you to leave the experience happy and relaxed. This helps to reduce stress, which also benefits overall health and keeps disease down.

Susan Walker, Mind/Body Program Director Susan has worked in the fitness industry since 2006 and has certifications and continuing education in personal coaching, group exercise, cycling, strength training, water aerobics, Pilates, and yoga. She is certified with Yoga Alliance RYT-200 under Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She was a teacher at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education for six years. Her coursework covered wellness and health, functional movement, yoga, and Pilates. Susan found yoga and Pilates around 11 years ago. She noticed what a profound feeling and sense of calm she received after class. Susan eventually went through yoga and Pilates training and went deeper into her yoga practice. After dealing with a chronic back injury, she went on a quest for answers on anatomy and how to not only do yoga safely, but to also make it accessible for everyone. During this time, she worked with some of the most knowledgeable teachers of our time and her back began to heal. This process changed her life. It also changed her approach to teaching. Susan believes that yoga is accessible to all of us and can be a healing modality if we use it in that capacity.

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he prostate is a walnut-size organ that resides below a man’s bladder. Its sole function is to produce a portion of the fluid that is generated during ejaculation (along with the neighboring seminal vesicles and the testicles). The prostate has no other urinary or sexual functions, but it is surrounded by several delicate structures that do provide these functions. As such, when this “walnut” misbehaves, it can certainly make you a little “nutty.” The prostate enlarges over a man’s lifetime. As urine exits the bladder, it passes through the prostate. Prostate enlargement can restrict urine flow and cause a more frequent desire to urinate. These symptoms can be particularly bothersome at night, interrupting an otherwise good night’s sleep. A prostate infection can also cause the prostate to swell and lead to similar symptoms. However, with an infection, the symptoms are often more severe and can be associated with pain during urination. The prostate can also wreak havoc with no warning at all. In fact, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. Unfortunately, once prostate cancer becomes symptomatic, it has most likely spread beyond the prostate. In addition, the earlier a man is diagnosed, the more likely he will preserve those urinary and sexual functions provided by the delicate structures surrounding the prostate. As such, starting at age 40, all men should learn about their best approach for screening and prevention based on their individual risks and health needs.

Men at particular risk for prostate cancer include those with the following: ¨ Family history of prostate cancer ¨ Unknown family history ¨ African-American race ¨ Prior history of an abnormal prostatespecific antigen (PSA) blood test

Many urologists recommend a baseline

Most men with prostate cancer are diagnosed because of an abnormal PSA blood test, the most common method for prostate cancer screening. However, an abnormal blood test does not mean that you have prostate cancer. Other causes of an elevated PSA include: ¨ Prostate enlargement ¨ Urinary tract infection ¨ Age

September is National Prostate Cancer

Recent advancements have allowed doctors to utilize the PSA test in new ways to reduce the number of men who require prostate biopsies or prostate cancer treatment. Examples include: ¨ Blood tests, which are more advanced than PSA tests ¨ Observing trends in PSA values over time ¨ Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the prostate ¨ Molecular (genomic) testing of prostate tissue samples

PSA test at age 40 in order to use for future comparison. When caught early, the cure rate for prostate cancer is 98 percent. When caught late, as many as 30 percent will succumb to this disease. Awareness Month. We encourage all men and their loved ones to learn how to reduce the risk of prostate cancer deaths in our community. Look for my article on “Fall Sale Items” in the next issue. Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers services to address and prevent prostate disease and other urologic conditions. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) today to learn more about the comprehensive urological care offered at WellStar North Fulton.

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partners in health What Baby Boomers Need to Know About Hepatitis C By H. Sooki Hon, MD, PhD


you remember listening to music on your transistor radio, then this message is for you.

The Hepatitis C (Hep C) virus is a serious health concern for the baby boomer generation, but it isn’t talked about often. People born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely than any other age group to have Hepatitis C. And now, approximately 1 in 30 baby boomers have it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many were infected during a time when infection control standards were not what they are today. As a result, 3 out of 4 people with Hep C are part of the baby boomer generation— and millions don’t even know they’re infected. People can live with Hep C for years (even decades), feel healthy, and show no symptoms. Plus, it’s not tested for in routine blood work. This makes getting screened for the virus critical. The CDC recommends all baby boomers get tested. With a simple, one-time blood test, people can know for sure whether they are infected and need to seek treatment. Hep C is a contagious virus spread primarily through contact with the blood

of an infected person. It causes liver inflammation and can range from a short-term illness to a chronic infection attacking the liver.

People with Hepatitis C: ¨ Often have no symptoms ¨ Can live with the infection for decades without feeling sick ¨ Can be successfully treated with medications

Approximately 75% to 85% of people who become infected with the virus develop a serious, lifelong illness. If left untreated, this infection can cause severe

liver damage, including cirrhosis and liver cancer—even liver failure. Hep C is one of the leading causes of liver cancer, and the CDC reports that more deaths occur from Hep C each year than from HIV or any other infectious disease. For those who test positive, there is good news. We are living in a new era of treatment for Hep C. There are a variety of options, including new medications that can eradicate the virus in almost all patients. The physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates can help patients navigate the latest treatments and strategies. Talk to your doctor and request getting tested for Hep C.

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Calm and Comfortable Open MRI Units Decrease Claustrophobia By Alpesh D. Patel, MD

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetic energy to derive images of the body for diagnostic purposes. For many issue indications, this is the ultimate form of imaging of the body. MRI applications are vast but the modality is most commonly used for imaging of the brain, head and neck, spine, and the extremities. It is also excellent for imaging of the abdomen and heart. Magnets Make a Difference Many factors go into producing highquality images and the magnetic field strength of the MRI magnet is one of the most important factors. The quality of the images produced by MRI is directly proportional to the strength of the magnet. Up to a point, the higher the magnetic field strength, the better the quality of the image, and therefore, the better its diagnostic capability. One of the most common limitations of MRI for the general population has been claustrophobia. Most high-field-strength MRI units are enclosed, which makes many patients feel claustrophobic and makes the unit untenable for certain patients. Also, since most exams take 30 to 40 minutes to complete, the size of the population that was unable to tolerate MRI and not benefit from its outstanding diagnostic capabilities was considerable. Open MRI units were developed specifically for this large population. However, in the past, these units typically had very low-field-strength. As a result, image quality suffered considerably. Because of the suboptimal diagnostic

These high-field open units are very well tolerated by most claustrophobic patients and can be used even for patients without claustrophobia, as the image quality is excellent. quality of the images, use of these units fell out of favor. Unfortunately, some of these low- field MRI units are still around.

patients and can be used even for patients without claustrophobia, as the image quality is excellent.

Cutting out Claustrophobia for Good

Because of the expense of these units, there are very few of them available. It is imperative for patients who can’t tolerate high-field closed MRI

Recently, technological advancements have led to the development of highfield open MRI units. These newer units combine a wide, open design to mitigate claustrophobia and simultaneously maintain high-field-strength (and thus maintain the high diagnostic quality of the images). These high-field open units are very well tolerated by most claustrophobic

units to make sure that they are imaged in a high-field open MRI unit. When scheduling a MRI, it is important to question the imaging facility in order to be certain that the open unit they will have their imaging in is a high-field open unit.

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Ways Your Life Will Improve After Getting Your Legs Done!

By David Martin, RN


any people seek treatment for varicose veins because they’re self-conscious about the bulges and discoloration that varicose veins cause. Once their damaged veins are closed and/or removed, they notice a number of improvements in the way they look and feel.

You’ll Feel Better When you have your vein disease treated, the heaviness, fatigue, discomfort, swelling and pain that are often associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency will be relieved. Furthermore, the legs are less tired at the end of the day. Simply put, they feel better. When you feel better, you want to do more, so our patients generally work out more and enjoy activities that they were held back from prior to treatment.

Your Circulation Will Improve Varicose veins are often caused by damaged or weakened valves inside the veins that prevent blood from flowing upward as it should. Therefore, once the impacted veins are removed through one of our minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, your circulation, which is an important part of your overall health, will improve. The blood flow that was moving incorrectly in the major vein, called the greater saphenous vein, will be rerouted to healthier veins in your legs that are working properly.

You’ll Have a Reduced Risk of Serious Venous Issues When damaged veins are closed and/or removed, you’ll have less chance of developing blood clots that can be serious and potentially fatal if they are in your deep veins. Before doing any vein treatment, we use the latest in ultrasound technology to diagnose underlying vein problems. That means that we’ll be able to pinpoint the exact nature of your vein disease before it gets worse. When vein disease is left untreated, you may develop more varicose and spider veins, swelling in your legs and ankles, skin changes in appearance and texture, and even skin breakdown and ulceration due to the high venous pressure.

No More Compression Stockings If you’ve been managing your varicose veins by wearing compression stockings, you’ll no longer have to do that. Many primary care doctors may recommend wearing compression garments when any symptoms of vein disease may be present but

When you have your vein disease treated, the heaviness, fatigue, discomfort, swelling and pain that are often associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency will be relieved. this is simply conservative therapy and will not cure vein disease. The compression will help the blood flow while the stockings/ socks are on your legs, but when removed, the same problem will persist. However, vein disease treatment has improved dramatically in the last 15 years and now the medical standard is an ablation of the greater saphenous vein to correct the problem.

You Can Dress Appropriately for Our Hot Atlanta Summers After vein treatment, you’ll no longer have the unsightly varicose veins, bulging and swelling in your legs and ankles that can keep you in long pants when you’re on the golf course, at the beach or going on a walk.

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Menopause, Mother Nature’s Great Compromise By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP


is important to distinguish between natural aging, which is unavoidable, and hormone deficiency due to menopause, which is a compromise natural selection made with humankind to ensure its survival. Aging is simply due to copy errors that accumulate in the DNA during cell replication. This is the cause of the aging process and occurs in all of us. It is what places a cap on our longevity at about 105 years.

Photo courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Gina, pictured here with her baby, Jaya, is the first ape found to have undergone a menopause. This biological process was originally thought to be exclusive to humans. This suggests humans are not as dissimilar from orangutans as first thought. Menopause developed for an entirely different reason that has nothing to do with longevity or aging. Menopause is much more fundamental because it was needed for the very survival of our species. Menopause as we know it has been with us for millions of years and all of our nonhuman primate buddies go through it too. This includes gorillas, baboons, and chimps. So how did all of us end up with this really lousy deal? Why is it that women have to suffer the hormone deficiency that accompanies ovarian failure at an average age of 50 when she has another 30 years of life expectancy remaining? Studies show that the loss of these hormones promote numerous chronic diseases including heart disease, dementia, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer to name a few of the major concerns. Why would Mother Nature do that to her innocent children? It makes no sense. These are the questions I struggled with for years until I finally realized that our Mother had to make a terrible choice, one that had short-term benefits but longterm consequences. These consequences are

the medical problems mentioned above but they would not manifest until her children lived long enough to experience them. That time is now and today we are confronted with the consequences of the “Great Compromise.” The question is what is the best and safest way to manage the impact of hormone deficiency on postmenopausal women with what we know?

Gina, pictured here with her baby, Jaya, is the first ape found to have undergone a menopause. This biological process was originally thought to be exclusive to humans. This suggests humans are not as dissimilar from orangutans as first thought. Menopause is something that occurs with age but I argue is not a consequence of aging. Rather it is an intelligent compromise that nature recognized as a survival necessity for our ancient ancestors. Specifically, can you imagine what would happen if women in their 50s and beyond routinely had children? My goodness, the medical and social complications would be enormous. Our situation today is the same as it was then. It would obviously be a calamity if women did not lose their fertility at midlife. Every woman would have her tubes tied. While we do not wish to reverse the loss of fertility due to menopause, we absolutely do want to remedy the mandatory state of

hormone deficiency produced by gonadal failure. Today, we can safely restore a healthy and balanced hormonal environment for postmenopausal women that does not restore fertility or require the return of the menstrual cycle. Who could ask for more? The advantage of nature’s compromise is honored but without women having to pay the terrible price. At Women’s Optimal Health and Wellness we offer a suite of services including bioidentical hormones to restore and conserve the health, fitness, and beauty of women around menopause. For more information contact our director, Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373 or visit us at

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Chris Hadermann brings excellence to every pursuit. From his many business ventures, personal health and fitness goals to philanthropy that feeds the soul, he is the ultimate entrepreneur. By Wyndi Kappes Photography by CatMax Photography


ne evening out with the boys changed Chris Hadermann’s life in 1996. Tired of the Buckhead party scene, the recent Florida State University grad and friends decided to create East Andrews Café, an upscale yet unpretentious hangout for fellow 20-somethings. With a bachelor’s in finance and marketing, Hadermann possessed book smarts, passion, and a natural ability to recognize a glaring gap in Atlanta’s social landscape. “East Andrews Café was such an incredibly fun and rewarding springboard for me,” he says. “But I eventually realized I was more passionate about creating fun concepts centered around food, wine and conversations than the bar and nightclub industry.”


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Next up? Hadermann co-founded the popular Southwestern chain Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. He then joined forces with Mike Evertsen and John “JP” Piemonte to launch Southern Proper Hospitality Group, an award-winning restaurant firm. Well-known brands such as The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, The Southern Gentleman Gastropub, Chido + Padre’s, and Gypsy Kitchen took the city by storm. If you have ever been to the SpanishMoroccan tapas restaurant Gypsy Kitchen, you know it’s hard to miss the iconic metal bull at the bar. Much like the bull, Hadermann, 46, is determined

and the owner of the historic Monte Vista Hotel near Asheville. How does he keep up with it all? Not only is Hadermann intentional about his professional moves but he’s also deliberate about his fitness and health. “I get up in the morning to get some fitness activity in. I have a routine that I at least try to go to Flywheel twice a week, do yoga at Thunderbolt Power Yoga once a week, and lift twice a week at The Forum Athletic Club, and that’s like the bare minimum just to keep me sane,” Hadermann says. His latest fitness goal? Mastering the art of meditation. “Many successful people meditate and it’s just really good for you, spiritually and metaphysically. So I’m trying

The ambitious executive recruits friends, family, and colleagues to join his philanthropic efforts such as the Southern Proper Hospitality Golf Tournament. in his efforts to not only elevate Atlanta’s restaurant scene, but also to stay fit, give back, and constantly strive for what’s next. The self-described serial entrepreneur can always be found exploring new real estate opportunities or brainstorming up-andcoming business concepts. His most recent endeavors include becoming a local franchisee for the California-based hair salon sensation, Drybar,

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family, and colleagues to join his philanthropic efforts such as the Southern Proper Hospitality Golf Tournament. Hadermann began the annual event as part of his campaign to be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year in 2016. This year’s tournament will take place on Oct. 1 with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Giving back is huge for Hadermann. His advice for budding entrepreneurs? “The hardest part is finding the thing that you’re going to do,” he says. “Once you hone in on what you are passionate about, then you must find the courage to take that first step and just do it. More often than not when people finally do step out and get started they often look back and say they wish they would have done it earlier.”

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Atlanta Men on the Move By Tiffany R. Jansen and Wyndi Kappes


Atlanta men take leading a healthy and active lifestyle seriously and, as a result, have never felt better or accomplished more. They share how they make taking care of themselves a top priority and provide insight into overcoming life’s many curveballs that try to get in the way. From sticking with a plant-based diet to setting a new Mount Everest record, these guys author a plan for every minute of every day. Take a page from their book.

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Unstoppable Outdoorsman Life for John Sloan has always been one big adventure. Beginning with a whitewater rafting trip at age 11 to breaking two toes while surfing on his wedding day, the excitement hasn’t stopped. The 32-year-old thrill-seeker is right at home sending people out on new adventures as co-owner of Atlanta-based outdoor gear and travel stores, High Country Outfitters. Since his workweek extends beyond the traditional Monday through Friday, Sloan has to juggle administrative work, exercise, and unwinding on a daily basis. “Since I don’t have the chance to recoup on Saturdays and Sundays (often busy days at the shop), every minute counts during the week,” he says. His favorite way to combine fitness and fun? Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. “It gives you a lowimpact workout that leaves you feeling great the next day,” says Sloan. “I was a little overweight seven years ago. When I discovered SUP, it started changing the shape of my body, which opened up a whole new window of outdoor activities for me.”

While Sloan mixes up his fitness routine with plenty of activities (running, mountain biking, climbing), he admits that he sometimes falls into a fitness slump. His most effective catalyst for getting back into the swing of things—having a race to look forward to like the 100-mile Six Gap Century cycling ride through the North Georgia mountains he’ll tackle in September. Plus, encouragement from his wife, Caroline, always helps. “If I’ve had an exhausting week, she will set up a run with a friend or pack the car with climbing gear and say, ‘Let’s go. We’re having fun today!’”



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I was a little overweight seven years ago. When I discovered SUP, it started changing the shape of my body, which opened up a whole new window of outdoor activities for me.”

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As a kid, Jermaine Middleton would come home after school and make a beeline past the TV to play in the dirt or rain. “I’m one of those weird people that just enjoys being physically active,” says Middleton. His usual exercise routine consists of two to three runs and two to three bike rides a week. At 30, he’s been through Marine Officer Candidates School, raced motorcycles semiprofessionally, completed multiple half-Ironman triathlons, and is gearing up to become the first American-born black man to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. Then it’s off to graduate school.

Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic for hours, find a park or trail close to where you work. You can work out and then head home when there’s less traffic.”

Photography by (right) Brian Reeves, Perfect Day Photos. Photo courtesy of (middle) Jermaine Middleton.

Photography by (left) Brian Reeves, Perfect Day Photos.

Everest Trailblazer

Climbing Mount Everest has been a dream of his since childhood, when he’d spend hours watching the Discovery Channel and TLC. When it comes to making his dream a reality, Middleton is prepared to take his training to new heights. Before the death-defying feat, he’ll make practice climbs on mountains such as Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Aconcagua in Argentina. He also plans to complete a full Ironman triathlon and two marathons. The event itself, Middleton is fond of saying, is the easy part. It’s the training leading up to the event that becomes increasingly more rigorous and, ultimately, unsustainable. “I’ll typically train between four and six days a week,” he says. Most days, that’s a swim, followed by a run or a ride. The weekends are reserved for long training days with 3-mile swims, trail runs, and 100-mile bike rides. An added motivator? One-hundred percent of the proceeds (minus expedition costs) for Jermaine’s climb will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Dream Center, and the Four Corners Group, Inc. For the everyday person, the businessman offers this advice for finding more time to stay in shape. “Get an understanding of how you spend your time and look for areas where you can squeeze in a workout. Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic for hours, find a park or trail close to where you work. You can work out and then head home when there’s less traffic.” To follow Middleton’s journey, visit

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Health Food Ambassador Fitness has always been a part of Roi Shlomo’s life—from playing soccer and basketball as a youngster to hitting the gym in his teens to working with a personal trainer as the successful entrepreneur he is today. “Thanks to my workouts, I’m more focused, I’m more clear, and it just mentally keeps me in shape,” says the 40-year-old founder of superfood café franchise Kale Me Crazy. He admits there is sometimes the temptation to cancel a workout when life gets too hectic, “but once you stop, it’s so hard to get back into the rhythm.” The memory of how invigorated he feels post workout is often motivation enough. In 2012, he saw the documentary “Food, Inc.,” which takes a deep dive into corporate farming in the United States. “I found out that a lot of the food I was eating that I thought was healthy wasn’t really healthy,” he says.

Photography by (left) Brian Reeves, Perfect Day Photos. Photo courtesy of (middle) Roi Shlomo.

I found out that a lot of the food I was eating that I thought was healthy wasn’t really healthy,”

He ditched the processed foods and began juicing, making smoothies, and cooking at home. “I was amazed at how much better I felt after incorporating real food choices into my daily diet,” he recalls. Little did he know that the lifestyle change would result in a new career opportunity. “It was difficult to find casual places to eat out that offered healthy options. What became clear, almost immediately, was that a lot of people want to eat healthy foods but don’t know where to start and where to go,” Shlomo says. He set out to change that with the creation of Kale Me Crazy. Today, the eatery has 17 locations around the country that reflect Shlomo’s own plant-based eating philosophy.



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Michael Patria, executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, has struggled with weight the majority of his life. But with a family history of diabetes and heart disease looming and his own tests revealing high cholesterol, hypertension and hyperglycemia, he knew it was time to make a serious change. In early 2018, the culinary mastermind embarked on a journey to lose 60 pounds. “It was my resolution for the New Year,” he says. “I realized that it was time to start leading a healthier life so that the same health issues that have affected my family would not impact me.” He started by cutting back on fried and high-sugar foods and limiting his intake of bread and red meat. Now, the 39-year-old fills his plate with fresh vegetables and lean proteins.

I realized that it was time to start leading a healthier life so that the same health issues that have affected my family would not impact me.”

“Portion control is a big one for me,” Patria concedes. “When I first started the diet, one of the things I did was use a couple of different meal plans so I could see what their portions were like. I realized that even when I was eating healthy foods, I was eating too much.” Photography by (right) Brian Reeves, Perfect Day Photos; (middle) M-Squared Public Relations.

Photo courtesy of (middle) Roi Shlomo.

Pound-Shedding Chef

Not eating after 9 p.m. helped, as did choosing more fiber-rich foods, like oatmeal, for breakfast, and adding grains such as quinoa, farro, and freekeh to salads and vegetable dishes to make them more filling. Adding to the challenge, however, is Patria’s profession. “It’s difficult because you have so many bad foods available to you and my work schedule is very hectic,” he says. Luckily, he can always count on other chefs in the kitchen to prevent him from doing something he’ll regret later. Patria also incorporated a new fitness routine with the help of his personal trainer, Steve Roberts, at Life Time Athletic Sandy Springs. Roberts also conducted a metabolic test, which was crucial for Patria to understand how to most efficiently and effectively burn fat while building muscle. The culinarian has already dropped 35 pounds since February and is hoping to hit the 60-pound mark by the end of 2018.

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Fitness-Focused Father Juggling the responsibilities of a husband, father, a and a demanding job means

Paul Cox often has to get creative when it comes to keeping active. “I’m trying to ride my bike to work more and run from my front door instead of driving to run on trails,” he says. He’s a big proponent of planning ahead and has found seemingly little things like setting exercise clothes out the night before and keeping a pair of sneakers in the car to be great incentives to get out and get moving. The metro Atlanta area offers a plethora of beautiful outdoor spaces, and Cox, 48, can often be seen climbing Stone Mountain, kayaking on the Chattahoochee River, mountain biking at Blankets Creek, and cycling through the Eastside of Atlanta and Decatur.

Cox’s kids have also been a huge source of motivation. “I’m really trying to get my kids active,” he says. “They don’t need to be endurance athletes or anything, but it’s important for them to challenge themselves and have some appreciation of the outdoors.” Ideally, Cox will get in his exercise at the beginning of the day by cycling 12 hilly miles to work and then get in a workout at his office gym. Sometimes, instead of hitting the gym in the morning, he’ll spend time kayaking after work. Both options leave his evenings open for time with family. He notes the importance of flexibility when it comes to making activity a priority. “I’m always the first one to wake up on the weekends—leaving to go paddle, bike or run before the rest of the family wakes up,” he says. “Anybody with kids knows that the best made plans can change at any time. So, you just have to be super flexible with your personal exercise or activity time and use your time wisely.”



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the most experienced Facial Plastic Surgeons in Atlanta having performed thousands of facial cosmetic procedures. What are the areas, or issues, that today’s men struggle with the She has been recognized as one most? More and more men are coming to Atlanta Face & Body look younger, younger and to be the best man they can be. oftoAmerica's Topfeel Plastic Surgeons are several “trouble” that male patients want to address. in Th a ere national survey of herareas peers. They would like to lose a few inches around their waist, eliminate their double chin, remove wrinkles and lines on their face, get rid of Atlanta Facetheir & Body offers the latest bags under eyes. Th en, there’s the age-old problems with hair. technological advances for nonsurgical They either have too much hair on their body or not enough hair on their heads. We can helpprocedures. with all of these issues. and minimally-invasive


Focusing balanced results, Whaton arenatural, the surgical procedures available to help men? Different areas of the be addressed we can help youbody lookcan your personalseveral different ways. As far as surgical procedures go, men can get a Signature Face Lift, which best, whatever your age! will help tighten up loose skin in their neck and jowls. We offer blepharoplasty to lift sagging eyelids and eliminate bags under the eye. There are also minimal invasive procedures such as SmartLipo which can remove unwanted fat in the abdomen.


What are the best alternatives to surgery for men who are trying to lose a few inches? Atlanta Face & Body offers several fatreducing procedures that are painless, non-invasive, require no down time and are easier on the wallet. Ultherapy, typically used in the neck area, stimulates collagen production by delivering ultrasound energy to the skin and the layers beneath the skin. This jump starts the natural process of producing new collagen which lifts and tightens the skin. We also offer body-sculpting solutions like Vanquish and

SculpSure®. Both of these target stubborn areas and damage fat cells in order for the body to naturally process them away. Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy and SculpSure® is a laser-treatment, light-based technology. More recently, FDA-approved SculpSure® is becoming very popular for men to reduce their double chin.


What about dermal fillers for men? What issues can these treat? Dermal fillers are very good at reducing wrinkles and lines for men, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. I believe in these areas that “less can be more.” We can reduce signs of aging but still retain a masculine look with a conservative approach to injections. In fact, one of our most recent patients, Stan Lewis, received treatments of Radiesse® and Belotero Balance® dermal fillers for a lower face makeover. The results were so outstanding, he has been selected as one of the 5 Faces of America Grand Prize winners.


Finally, what can you offer men suffering from hair loss? Atlanta Face & Body offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Therapy for thinning hair and hair loss. PRP can improve hair health and encourage the regrowth of hair using your body’s own growth factors. This treatment is best suited to focal areas of thinning hair. The best results occur with a series of injections typically spaced a month apart. PRP appears to stimulate hair growth by re-activating dormant follicles resulting in healthier thicker hair.

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owadays, it seems as if women aren’t the only ones who have taken a dip in the fountain of youth. More men are taking a personal interest in grooming and fighting the effects of aging. It is a trend that is skyrocketing and there’s no better time than now to hop on board. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over one million men received minimally-invasive procedures (think laser hair removal, fillers, and chemical peels) in 2017. So, ladies, tell your man it’s more than okay to spend a little extra time in front of the mirror. And for the men who already do, you’re in good company.

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Men’s Grooming and Aesthetics After making over Atlantans for nearly 40 years, it’s easy to see why Richie Arpino has made national headlines for his haute hairstyles. At Richie Arpino Salon in Buckhead, his clients, of which roughly 50 percent are men, turn to him to provide a hairdo that Richie Arpino complements their personality, profession and much more. Today, an increasing number of men are saying goodbye to big-box chops and hello to personalized cuts. When it comes to finding the perfect ’do for you, Arpino says, “Hairstyles are really determined by lifestyle, profession, and self-confidence.”

A full head of hair comes easier to some more so than others. For those who crave that look but can’t naturally achieve it, Ken Anderson, MD, FISHRS, of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics is your man. Exclusively for over 15 years, he has helped men regain their youthful hairstyle. His practice specializes in the use of the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Restoration system, providing a permanent solution for hair loss. “This isn’t your father’s hair transplant. In fact, with the advent of bio-enhanced hair restoration surgery in the last few years, it isn’t even your older brother’s hair transplant anymore,” he says. Today’s options include state-of-theart remedies like the use of a laser light cap, which stimulates cells to increase hair growth, and platelet-rich plasma injections, which work like fertilizer for the hair follicles. With plenty of methods to choose from, there’s no reason to be unhappy with a receding hairline.

Even though Arpino believes that every haircut should be personalized to the man receiving it, he does offer a couple of rules of thumb for men dealing with gray or thinning hair: Don’t dye it all one color. When men start to notice gray hairs, their first instinct is to usually dye their hair all one color. Instead, sweep through “streaks” of darker color versus all over darker color, which can age men even more. Do cut thinning hair shorter. While this seems counterintuitive, the closer cut makes thinning spots less prominent. The go-to trendy haircut for men these days is easy to spot. Long on the top and shorter on the sides with a trimmed beard, the “high and tight” has clearly taken over. From Atlanta United players to A-listers like Brad Pitt, this style is flattering on various ages and blends seamlessly from the boardroom to bachelor pad.



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Haircut and style by Richie Arpino.

Beards and Body Hair The hair on your head isn’t the only thing you should consider when taking your look into account. A favorite on the red carpet, the runway, running trails and more, facial hair is hotter than ever. So much so that freelance journalist Christopher Oldstone-Moore recently penned “Of Beards and Men,” a book that dives into the history of beards— what many would call a symbol of masculinity. “The beard is a portal into selfimprovement. Use it as a way to invest in yourself. The attention you give to


Find The Best Beard For Your Face Shape For men who prefer to sport facial hair, rocking a beard all year will keep you right on trend according to Lauren Rachel, men’s grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men. Rachel suggests tailoring your look based on your face shape.

Triangular Face Your facial hair should minimize the narrowness of the chin but stay away from creating the look of a wider jawline. Start with growing a full beard just below your cheekbones, this will help balance the lower half of your face.

Round Face To balance out a round face, you need to make it look longer. To do this, you should grow out a full beard but be sure to keep it neat and trimmed. Try grooming your beard to the lines of your cheekbones and square off the neckline to create a more oval-looking face shape.

Rectangular/ Oblong Face Your best option is to keep your beard short and well groomed. You don’t want to take away from your already defined face shape.

Square Face Stick to a shorter beard with defined lines or go for a scruffier look—both will help you highlight your defined jaw. “Not everyone has a specific face type, you may even be a mix,” Rachel says. “Play around with your facial hair to see what type of beard works best for you. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist or barber for suggestions.”

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Have facial hair covered? Are you the Bigfoot of your friends? The “Modern Man” has a solution for that as well— waxing. While the idea of waxing might seem intimidating, Bobbiegail Simpson, owner of Waxing the City in Alpharetta, says there’s nothing to fear. “This is nothing like ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ the more you wax, the sparser the hair becomes and the longer the results last.” Simpson has seen a large increase in the number of men getting waxed. If you’re tired of battling stubborn hair, start small with an eyebrow or chest wax. Simpson recommends first-timers use numbing cream and ibuprofen 30 minutes before their appointment. More adventurous guys can opt to go below the waistline with a Brazilian (100-percent hair free under the briefs), a choice that Simpson notes is growing among her male clientele.

Dubbed “The Queen of Faces,” she has performed over 4,000 face-lifts and has noticed the uptick in male patients. “There are more men seeking out injectables, noninvasive procedures, and facial plastic surgery than ever before,” she says. “The stigma of aesthetic procedures has lessened and men realize that looking their best can help them maintain a competitive edge,” she notes. On any typical day, you can find Dr. Whitaker applying her careful technique, which focuses on a natural look, to men requesting fillers such as Botox® and Kybella®. “Men’s faces are structured

A Dream Body Sculpting before and after by Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

“Men’s faces are structured differently and placement of the filler reflects that, so that the enhancement preserves a masculine look. That is why seeking out an experienced injector is so important.”

Photos courtesy of (bottom left) Atlanta Face & Body Center; (top right) Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, photography by Christina Perez.

Photography by (middle right) Richie Arpino; (middle left) Sara Hanna Photography.

your facial hair can parlay into your hair, skin, and overall style as well,” says Lauren Rachel, men’s grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men.

Nip/Tuck Men aren’t just dipping their toes into waxing and hair care, cosmetic procedures are increasingly on their radar. Elizabeth Whitaker, MD, FACS, founder of Atlanta Face & Body Center, would know.

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—Elizabeth Whitaker, MD, FACS differently and placement of the filler reflects that, so that the enhancement preserves a masculine look. That is why seeking out an experienced injector is so important.” Brian Maloney, MD, founder of the Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery notes that men often come to him looking for a way to look less tired or angry. “As men age, their eyebrow muscles tend to weaken, causing them to look heavy and slant down. This slanting or looming brow often makes them look worn or bothered when they are otherwise fine. To correct this, an eyebrow lift or fillers usually do the trick,” he says. Dr. Maloney explains that while men still typically hide their cosmetic procedures (much like women) they have gained confidence over the years in asking for what they want upon their initial

consultation. “Men used to come in for a consultation under the guise of a different issue and then ask about fillers or injectables. Now, we are experiencing an influx of bookings from men who openly want to talk about their cosmetic concerns.”

While some men struggle with wrinkles, others struggle with body weight. Body contouring is becoming an increasingly popular method to try to tackle this issue. According to Monte Slater, MD, FACOG, ABAARM, Dream Body Sculpting is a treatment that uses multiple modalities including ultrasonic cavitation and radio frequency to permanently destroy fat cells, remove toxins, and tighten the skin. Always happy to assist his male clientele, the founder of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, recently helped a U.S. Airman. In need of a smaller waist measurement to meet his final physical assessment, the lean service member utilized body contouring to shave off six inches. Whether you’re ready for a makeover from head to toe or just want to update your look, these expert tips and treatments will get the job done.




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Men’s Health by the Numbers Take Action Taking care of your body from the inside out is sure to reflect in the mirror. Making health a priority is one of the easiest ways to maintain a youthful appearance and have lasting energy. Keeping weight in check is a fantastic first step. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015-2016, 40 percent of American men between the ages of 40-59 were obese. The organization also notes that obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used estimate for body fat percentage and can be a helpful tool in regard to finding a healthy weight for your body. Men should aim to have a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9. G. Alan Binkley, MD, FACS, FAAOS, orthopedic surgeon at Northview Orthopaedic Associates, suggests that men engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of at least moderate aerobic exercise per week. And Chris Romano, owner of Atlanta Strength & Conditioning, notes the importance of maintaining a lifelong exercise routine saying, “Inactive men over the age of 30 lose three to five percent of their muscle mass per decade.” He adds that even with the natural aging process, it is still possible to gain strength and muscle. Matters of the heart are also crucial for men. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. When it comes to the disease, the most important thing Tara HrobowskiBlackman, MD, of Piedmont Heart Institute advises is knowing your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight, and limiting sweet treats, trans fats and saturated fats.



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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015-2016, 40 percent of American men between the ages of 40-59 were obese.

Numbers to Know High blood pressure usually has no warning signs and the risk for high blood pressure increases with age. According to recommendations by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure readings for adult men should be less than 120/80. Men older than age 40 should have their blood pressure checked once a year. Decrease your risk of having a heart attack and stroke by annually measuring your “bad cholesterol” (LDL). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a healthy LDL cholesterol level for men over the age of 20 is below 100. Excluding skin cancers, the American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men in the United States. The organization


recommends those with average risk begin regular screenings at age 45. The American Diabetes Association recommends adults 45 and older or those with high risk (at least a 33 percent chance of developing diabetes over the next 10 years) be screened for type 2 diabetes every 3 years. Starting at age 40, all men should learn about their best approach for prostate cancer screening and prevention based on their individual risks and health needs. Scott D. Miller, MD, of WellStar Medical Group, explains that many urologists recommend a baseline PSA test at age 40 in order to use for future comparison. Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking are 3 simple ways you can ward off erectile dysfunction says Dr. Miller.

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Putting Bedroom Problems to Rest By Scott D. Miller, MD

It’s all about blood flow When it comes to our body working like a well-oiled machine, it’s all about blood flow. Nothing could be more true for erectile function. Since the vascular channels supplying this male part are more susceptible to damage than blood vessels elsewhere in the body, erectile dysfunction can be the first sign of a more serious problem to come. What could be better motivation to keep ourselves healthy?

Obesity makes you soft Of all the preventable causes of erectile dysfunction, obesity tops the list. Being overweight is associated with quite a few conditions that contribute to erectile dysfunction, including: • Cardiovascular disease • Decreased testosterone • Diabetes • High blood pressure

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How to live “longer”

penis during periods of prolonged inactivity. In fact, if you start to notice a decrease in erection quality, actively increasing the frequency of erections can help combat future decline. You’re welcome, men!

• Regular exercise • A well-balanced diet • Don’t smoke • Wellness visits with your doctor • Seek medical advice for any decreased ability to obtain or maintain an erection

Resources: Ken Anderson, Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics,

Richie Arpino, Richie Arpino Salon,

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preventable causes of erectile dysfunction, obesity tops the list.” —Scott D. Miller, MD

G. Alan Binkley, Northview Orthopaedic Associates, Tara Hrobowski-Blackman, Piedmont Heart Institute, Brian Maloney, Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery, Scott D. Miller, WellStar Medical Group, Lauren Rachel, Boardroom Salon for Men,

Use it or lose it

Chris Romano, Atlanta Strength & Conditioning,

Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but other parts might see distance as a “growing problem.” Men have nocturnal erections in order to maintain good vascularity in the

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Although every woman ages differently, it’s a fact that our figure can be significantly changed by pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and natural aging. It’s only natural to pine for the trimmer, pre-baby body of your youth. Unfortunately, as we age, it only becomes more difficult to rejuvenate our figures with diet and exercise alone. That’s why I offer my unique Mommy Makeover procedure. By combining a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique), liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to provide comprehensive, long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to rejuvenate their appearance and regain

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nce the temperatures dip, the allure of indoor fun intensifies, and a short drive from the city opens up countless opportunities to avoid cabin fever and keep the entire family loving life and each other while staying adequately entertained. Here’s your guide for where to go in the Southeast and what to do when you get there.

Start by checking off the state’s best museums with a stroll through the High Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You’ll also want to tour the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville or experience the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum in St. Marys. You often don’t have to go far to include these educational stops on your vacation itinerary.

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In Georgia, the lake life doesn’t stop when the weather turns cooler. In fact, if you’ve got the right itinerary and a dose of holiday spirit, the entertainment actually ramps up. Lake Lanier (and its surrounding towns) includes numerous family-friendly farms with pumpkins, hayrides and u-pick crops along with petting zoos and craft tables and plenty of rentable cabins to cozy up in during seasonal festivals. Plus, the entire family can enjoy holiday highlights during Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Find a bevy of fall fun around Lake Allatoona, with costume contests, parades, avid bird watching and more surrounding its 12,000 acres of lake. Nearby Barnsley Resort provides a season full of fun such as signature holiday dining, lights and wreath-making workshops in December, as well as horseback riding through the changing leaves, toasting s’mores over an open fire, enjoying football, lawn games and craft brews in the outdoor Beer Garden or joining in on a Saturday Artisan’s Workshop, featuring a different local artisan every weekend. 66


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Just outside of Athens, Georgia in historic Greene County, Lake Oconee offers cozy campgrounds, golfing, nature walks, a renowned food and wine festival, a fall Rhythm & Brews concert and more. Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee includes breakfast with Santa Claus, holiday lights on the lake and a life-sized gingerbread house. In North Georgia, revel in picturesque fall-hued vistas, don coats and grab hot chocolate mugs when strolling through the holiday lights festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee or indulge in the holiday buffets and craft shows at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

Often the holiday season inspires a sense of giving, and several resorts have answered the call for a growing voluntourism trend. Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. offers Disneyfaring families a way to give back during their trip, helping in a storybook resort created for sick children and their own families.

Cooler on the Coast Just because the swimsuits are packed away doesn’t mean the beach is out. In fact, much of the drivable coastline for Georgians offers plenty of cool-weather calendar choices. Alabama’s beaches serve up small-town charm with ample entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up a vivid arts scene, maritime history, and adventure parks. End any day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for cocktails and five stages of live music and fun.

Escape to the Mountains Snow or shine, valleys and peaks, day hikes or the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around. Small-town vibes draw travelers to cities like Blairsville, Helen, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina’s Hayesville, Franklin and more. Apple picking runs into the early part of the fall in North Georgia, with stops like Mercier Orchards.


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Ski, board and tube throughout North Carolina at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mtn. Trade equipment for hiking boots to explore picturesque hikes, such as North Georgia’s easy uphill Brasstown Bald trek. Off the hiking path, Asheville invites you to fill your itinerary with eclectic eats, brewery tours and the Biltmore Estate. Nearby, Chattanooga is a classic destination with stops like Lookout Mountain and Rock City. If do-it-yourself is the key to holiday happiness, start your Christmas tree trimming from scratch and visit Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm in Milton or take a trip to North Carolina to cut down your own.


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Hiawassee (706) 896-4191 Located along the shores of Lake Chatuge, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds offers beautiful fall foliage in view of the various events held on the grounds—from the nine-day Fall Festival with live music and a Pioneer Village to the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights Show with caroling and crafts.

Henderson Park Inn Destin, Florida (888) 836-1105 At Henderson Park Inn, an adults-only, gulf-front boutique hotel in Destin, Florida, privacy seekers will find the ultimate sanctuary for rest, relaxation, and romance. With serenity and style, the Inn boasts 36 intimate rooms, luxury amenities, and gulf-front terraces. Enjoy complimentary beach chairs/ umbrellas, bicycles, chef’s gourmet breakfast, picnic-style boxed lunches, happy hour drinks at the “Tiki” bar, as well as wine, chocolates, and roses upon arrival.

St. Simons Island | (912) 638-3631 Enjoy upscale poolside rooms, spectacular villas with ocean-view balconies and more, providing the entire family with a comfortable home away from home, just steps away from plentiful beach recreation, rich history and natural beauty on the island.

Noontootla Creek Farms Blue Ridge | (706) 838-0585 Noontootla Creek Farms offers first-rate quail hunting, more than 2 miles of water with high-quality trout, and 12 sporting clay shooting stations. During a guided fly-fishing experience, each member of your party will be outfitted with boots, rods, reels and flies. Besides the activities, outdoor enthusiasts will adore taking in the 1,000-plus acres of beautiful landscape here.

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Chattanooga, Tennessee (423) 894-8028 The only regularly scheduled, fully operating train ride in the state, this railroad museum offers a standout day of interactive history to entertain and educate people of all ages. All aboard!



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A Gala for Good According to Curing Kids Cancer, each day 43 families learn that their child has cancer. In a sea of medical darkness, this nonprofit acts as a glimmer of hope. Through donations and the tireless efforts of volunteers, more than $12 million has been raised to find a cure for pediatric cancer. On Aug. 11, gear up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September by joining this organization for its 2018 Curing Kids Cancer Gala. Enjoy live and silent auctions, dinner, and highlights from research partners and patient families. Details: 5895 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta;

Teens Give Back in a Big Way

Make a difference while cleaning out your closet with the Smyrna-based online consignment boutique Josie’s Friends, LLC. When you consign everything from school uniforms and maternity clothes to women’s and juniors’ apparel, you help the business sponsor children. A portion of its profits go to Children International, a nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty and help youth stay healthy and focused on education. Any items that cannot be sold are donated to the Atlanta Mission and Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

Founded by former Buckhead schoolteacher, Michelle Hodgson, Children Helping Children (CHC) works to teach kids how to use their talents to give back. On Sept. 8, join the local nonprofit as it celebrates 10 years of giving back with its Cocktails in the Clouds event. The fundraiser will benefit the organization’s signature event, Little Hands ... big LOVEFEST!, a hands-on service project hosted by members of its Junior Board of Directors. On Oct. 21, families will have the opportunity to attend the free festival and participate in the activities created by the teenage board members to benefit their chosen charity partner. Visitors can pack CHC’s Be Well Bears with art therapy supplies for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients, decorate dog collars and leashes for Canine Assistants, and more.





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August 4 TREE MAINTENANCE: MIDTOWN Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, assist with conservation efforts, and support Trees Atlanta and its mission to protect and create new green space in the city. If you cannot attend this particular event, have no fear. There will be additional tree maintenance projects throughout the month of August.

August 18 ALOHA TO AGING INAUGURAL GALA This dinner and silent auction will honor retired Kennesaw State University former president, Dr. Betty Siegel. Proceeds from

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September 1 “VOTING IN STYLE” FALL FASHION SHOW Toast to the newest fashions from Buckhead-based women’s boutique Ginger Howard Selections and men’s apparel store Guffey’s of Atlanta at this benefit. Proceeds from the event, hosted by the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club, will provide educational funding through the Babe Atkins-Byrne Scholarship Fund for young women across the state.

September 22 SWIM ACROSS AMERICA-ATLANTA Join over 550 swimmers of all levels at Lake Lanier for an open water swim to help cancer survivors and Olympians raise funds for clinical research at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Volunteer to swim or work on land, or just enjoy the entertainment, family-friendly activities, and the Olympian autograph session.


activities (bingo, art, and games) with nursing home residents or spend one-onone time visiting, reading, and assisting patients with writing letters and emails. You can also volunteer in a music or horticultural therapy session and bring your animal in for patient pet therapy. For more information or to sign up, email:

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THE FURNITURE BANK OF METRO ATLANTA Help collect gently-used furniture from the community for distribution to individuals and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or struggling to make ends meet.


THE GRACE COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY On Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers can lend a hand by sorting food items and stocking the food pantry. And on Wednesdays and Saturdays, people are needed to prepare and

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Foodie philanthropist Sean Palani talks about his social club, the Atlanta Guy’s Dinner Group, and why you’ll want to show up with your boys. By Annie Paschal Laughter fills the air and enticing entrées are sprawled across the table. This is a typical Monday night for Sean Palani, founder of the Atlanta Guy’s Dinner Group. After the restaurateur moved to Atlanta in 2011 to open the Inman Park Barcelona Wine Bar and the city’s three bartaco locations, he began exploring the local culinary scene with his buddies. The popular outings turned into the Atlanta Guy’s Dinner Group, which hosts monthly get-togethers that invite men to dine at restaurants like Gypsy Kitchen and Crispina while supporting local charities such as the Midtown Assistance Center and BeLoved Atlanta.

What is the Atlanta Guy’s Dinner Group experience like? What can a newcomer expect? You can expect to be surrounded by a group of wonderful guys, all of whom have hearts as big as their appetites. We have men from all walks of life— lawyers, carpenters, nonprofit business owners and more. We arrive, socialize, make introductions and then eat. Before we pick up our forks, I like to make a toast to thank the guys for their generous efforts, as well as officially welcome any new members to the table. We order and eat communal-style, which is my favorite way to eat. It is usually sheer gluttony! It’s not uncommon to see the guys waving their napkins in surrender.

How do you select the charity the group will support?

Is there an experience with the group that is a sentimental favorite? My wonderful friend, Michelle Hodgson, founder of the nonprofit Children Helping Children, connected us with a young man who was organizing a food and shoe drive for the less fortunate. He came to the dinner group and shared the struggles his mother faced as a single parent. He felt compelled to give back because of the generosity he and his mother received when they were in need. I think we all had lumps in our throats. He is going to do great things.

How do you spread the word about the group and how can people find out how to join? I tell and invite everyone and I have the guys do the same. I had cards made and I hand them to everyone. Standing in line behind me at the grocery store? You’re getting a card! We also have a Facebook page and people can reach out to me directly at

Who helps you be your “Best Self?” First and foremost, my family. My wife, Dina, and boys, Keoki and Frankie, are my everything. Also, Glen Jackson, my wife’s boss at Jackson Spalding. It’s the way he carries himself, treats and respects his employees, and his generosity to numerous causes in our city. The guys in the group push me, as well. They are amazing men who take the time out of their busy schedules to come join me on a monthly basis to eat and give back. These guys are the epitome of what I hope my boys will grow up to be. To find out more about the Atlanta Guy’s Dinner Group, visit



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We like to select charities that are local and help those in our city. We are very partial to organizations that support children, women, families, and the displaced. The guys bring donations (food, clothing, checks, etc.) with them to the dinner and I give them to the recipient the next day, unless a representative from the charity we are supporting is at the dinner (I always invite them as my guest). We also make online donations.

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