The Health & Wellness Issue
HEALTH + WELLNESS
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Ashley Roberts | firstname.lastname@example.org
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If ever there was a time of doing away with the old and choosing a new path, January is it. Starting fresh and developing a new outlook can take place anytime we would like, but clarity and insight seems to come to us whether we want it--or not--when we wake up the first morning of a new year.
In my own life, I feel a déjà vu every new year. We celebrate with traditional foods from my own southern heritage that always include black eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. Then, we watch college football and I start packing up a few of the Christmas decorations that officially marks the end of holiday season– out with the old, and with the new!
Carrying out the same traditions every year always leads me to a challenging question: it is a new year; what will you choose to do with it?
Whether it is our careers, relationships, or health, January is the perfect time to be intentional about making positive changes in the way we want to live. It may also mean making choices that have been gnawing at us for a long time.
You know, the things you truly value or the things that receive the most time and attention in your life.
Make resolutions to tackle the difficult things, reach for new milestones, and invest your time and energy in the things that count.
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Cheers and Happy New Year!
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Where neighbors can see and be seen.
1: The Wildflowers team at Toys4Kids fundraiser at PBR, raised over $190 thousand for Christian Service Center. 2: Derrill Hamm receives the Island Spirit Award at The Beach House. Thanks for being you! 3: Sea Turtle Vacation properties is now open for business at The Wharf. Congratulations! 4: Jimmy G’s “Fill the Truck with Joy” for Toys for Tots had an amazing turnout. 5: South Baldwin Junior Leadership receives a check from tips collected at Shrimp Fest LAYP’s bike valet. 6: Pete’s Ice Cream and Donuts is now open featuring house-made ice cream and delicious donuts. 7: Adam, Amy, & Damarie, superstar mixologists of OSO, provided amazing mocktail recipes this month.
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A round-up of exciting news from local businesses.
Dr. Lauren Lee has PDO Collagen Smooth threads in stock. They're a great compliment to Botox or Juvederm since they tighten and smooth skin to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. They also promote collagen stimulation to improve texture and elasticity for a smoother look. Generally, three to four treatments are recommended with one treatment monthly. For your benefit, Dr. Lauren offers free video consultations to help determine if you're a good candidate.
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Burton Property Group, a southeastern based real estate development firm, has purchased a 102-acre tract on the Foley Beach Expressway, directly across from OWA , for $8.1 million. Amber Brown (pictured) and Jamie Smith of Roberts Brothers, Inc. represented the sellers. The prime commercial site is designated in an Opportunity Zone and is centrally located in one of the fastest growing destinations in Baldwin County. Call Amber for all of your commercial property needs 251.533.9255
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Dr. Quattlebaum, a.k.a. Dr.Q, is a dentist and a member of The American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Q offers Restylane Kysse, Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, and teeth whitening. At her studio, you can also have an eye exam and shop from the largest selection of fashion frames. All at The Wharf, all at Look Dental, where your smile is their vision. Call Dr.Q today for a consult 251.213.2077
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With another busy year behind us, you owe it to yourself to take a breath, a break, and reset your physical, mental, and emotional being. Enjoy these not-so-common relaxing and rejuvenating local experiences to get you set for the year ahead.
ENRG WELLNESS IV COCKTAILS: Local wellness haven, enrG in Foley, offers a variety of signature IV cocktails to choose from to treat fatigue and more. 620 North McKenzie Street Foley, Alabama 36542
THE TOWN GREEN TRAILS: Wake before the sun and utilize our own where the sun meets the sea--gulf-- for a sunrise walk or yoga session. 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
MAGNOLIA FLOAT SPA: Have you ever just wanted to float stress away? Now you can at Gulf Shores' very own Magnolia Float Spa! 3849 Gulf Shores Pkwy #11, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
LOCAL LETTUCE HEADS: Like several other Americans, you may be wanting to eat more organic products this year. Check out Check out Local Lettuce Heads! 3757 Gulf Shores Pkwy D, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
GLOW YOGA MORNING SESSION: Glow Yoga studio beside Foam Coffee is an excellent way to wake up! Attend a morning session and grab a coffee before the day! 314 E 21st Ave , Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542
Go from work to working out with Z Supply Loungewear from Wildflowers Boutique in OBA!ARTICLE BY GULF COAST CITY LIFESTYLE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ASHLEY ROBERTS
Go from the office to the gym by making loungewear a part of your personal style. By dressing up loungewear, not only are you more comfortable, it prevents you from lugging around a separate gym bag full of clothing in addition to an office, diaper, or personal items bag! All items can be purchased from Wildflowers Boutique in Orange Beach.
01 Spot on Color Block Sports Bra + Leggings Set $64 Top, $99 Bottoms & Cinema Twill Blazer $129: Dress up this activewear set by throwing on a button up cardigan, booties, and a fashionable hat! // 02 Spot On Color Block Sports Bra + Leggings Set $64 Top, $99 Bottoms & Vintage Gym Tee $39: Dress down this set boy throwing on a comfortable and oversized gym tee perfect for putting on during a warm up or cool down. / 03 Team Player Collar Cropped Tank + Hit The Court
Skort $79 Top, $64 Bottoms: This totally chic set will have you turning heads while running errands before and after your workout session! / 04 Team Player Collar Cropped Tank + Hit The Court Skort $79 Top, $64 Bottoms & Plaid Fleece Shirt Jacket $89: Pair a cure tennis set with an oversized button up flannel that will also provide an eye-catching pop of color! Swap out the booties for tennis shoes when you get ready to hit the courts! / 05 That’s A Wrap Sports Bra + Crossover 7/8 Leggings $54 Top, $94 Bottoms: This cute navy blue set screams winter! Not only does the top crossover making for an extra cute top, the bottoms also hit at the perfect length for showing off those new workout sneakers. / 06 Maya Knit Denim Quilted Jacket $139: Take the set from the gym to dinner with this cute yet casual outerwear piece providing extra warmth during those balmy beach nights.
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Beneath the bubbly personality and the blonde hair is a doctor passionate about women’s health all across the board.
Board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Judy Corbett of Baldwin GYN and Aesthetics stopped delivering babies six years ago to focus on treatments.
“I started doing botox and filler, you know, and I never looked back,” says Dr. Corbett. “As of now, not only do we continue to do botox and filler, but we also have top-of-the-line medical devices to help restore women’s health in several areas to help restore their confidence.”
Since the beginning of her aesthetics journey, Dr. Corbett’s clinic has transformed into a premier destination for women in the area who are looking to age gracefully or reverse current aging signs. Additionally, Dr. Corbett also supports women from contraception management, to menopause, and everything in between.
“I absolutely did not know that this would have such a great impact on this community and me personally and professionally. Like many people, I battled aging. I am just so enthusiastic about giving everyone their confidence back and using new technology to do it.”
One piece of technology is so rare that Baldwin GYN and Aesthetics was the first to launch it in the state of Alabama on November 1, 2022.
“EMFACE is a new technology from a company called BTL that is revolutionizing medical
aesthetics. The device combines two treatments–synchronized radiofrequency that stimulates collagen, blood flow, toning, and tightening of the skin and HIFESTM energies– that simultaneously affect the skin and muscles on the face. The end result is less wrinkles, more lift naturally without needles, tightening, and improved elastin. The device is the first way medicine has been able to provide a face-lifting procedure without surgery. Now, the combination of the two frequencies are able to, and best of all, without needles and zero downtime. Each session only takes about twenty minutes, and four sessions are needed for the full treatment that can last up to a year or longer with good skincare.”
Even though this sounds too good to be true–a facelift with no needles–it is in fact, revitalizing lives.
“We are seeing results in as little as two treatment sessions. We see improvements in skin’s overall appearance, texture, structure, tone, and general quality of every day. True results take 12 weeks to set in, but every day I am reminded of the amazing technology thanks to seeing amazing results nationwide. This is for women in their 30s and 40s who want to slow down the aging process, and for older women to assist in lifting with no risk.”
To try the treatment for yourself, call Dr. Corbett at 251-424-1100.
“Like many people, I battled aging.
I am just so enthusiastic about giving everyone their confidence back and using new technology to do it.”
The Hangout signals the start and finish of the race.
us tremendously. They helped us get permits, obtain information, and more. That team is such as asset to not only this area as a whole, but to us.”
However, the team needed a “WOW” factor to start and end the race. Luckily, Clark had the perfect location in mind.
Even though Mike Clark lives and works in North Carolina with Junction 311, an endurance events developer, the business owner is originally from Mobile.
“I grew up going to Gulf Shores as anyone down here does. I remember when it was a sleepy beach town. Now, it has grown into one of the hottest destinations in the U.S.”
“While at work trying to develop a new race, I instantly said, ‘what about Gulf Shores’, and my team got to it. Since I had not been down in a while, I did not know they had placed trails in the state parks. Once we discovered that, we immediately started planning the Big Beach Marathon. I loved everything about it. Not only did we get to expand the company, but I got to come back to my roots.”
The first Big Beach Marathon was held in 2016, and the rest is runner’s history.
“We started the base planning remote here in N.C., but we had help from the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports & Events team. They connected us quickly with the city and helped
“We had to start at The Hangout. It is an iconic venue in Gulf Shores right on the end of the road and it made sense."
The Hangout also aided in another area for the marathon–the post-race celebration.
“We were also looking for someone to host the post-race celebrations. In doing so we knew we needed food, a band, outside vendors, and more. But, The Hangout has been amazing. We partnered with them and they supply all of the post-race celebration events for us.”
Another big partner of the marathon’s is the Gulf State Lodge.
“Since the Gulf State Lodge finished building, they have been an amazing asset to us. There, we do the expositions and the packet pick up on-site. They do a lot for us, and it makes our life a lot easier as well.”
In choosing the course, since it is a Boston qualifier, the planning has to be exact.
"We knew that we had to start and end at The Hangout and of course we wanted to use the trails nearby at the Gulf State Park. So, we start at The Hangout, go up to the trails, run the trails, then cross the pedestrian bridge to cross back over the road to get back to The Hangout."
However, even though The Hangout is utilized, Clark says all partners help play such an important role in the race building.
“Based on what we did last year, our numbers are substantially a few hundred above. We are
expecting around 1500-1600 runners this year for a great turnout.”
“Keller-Williams is also a large sponsor for us. They do so much to help the race run very smoothly. Keller-Williams also helps us kick-off the weekend of events.”
The best part for the island, though, in addition to the large number of tourism dollars the race brings in, are the people who love the Boston Marathon qualifier so much, they make our paradise their home.
“People who have never been there before do not even know Alabama has beaches. We have actually had different families who have completed or attended the race before move to the area.”
Not only do people love the race, they love our area and the people who make it up. They love the southern hospitality of our area. They love the weekly specials at our restaurants that only the locals know about. They love the island, and they love us.Finishers are all smiles after the conclusion of the Boston Marathon qualifier. Volunteers from the island come out and set up snack stations for runners.
SOS Mobile Medical is Bringing Back the “House Call”
“People say they did not know this existed–our goal is to change that,” says Dr. Roderick Bennett M.D., with SOS Mobile Medical.
SOS Mobile Medical, a new and innovative company that is redefining medicine, is taking over South Baldwin. Thanks to the likes of members Dr. Roderick Bennett M.D. Medical Director, Anthony Tkac, Clinical Operations, Jason Gulledge, VP, Business Development, and Glen Smith Jr. VP, Client Relations, local residents now have an on call–or text–medical expert at all times.
“90 percent of what we do in the emergency room can be done in the comfort of one’s own home,” says Dr. Bennett. “We started this company to renovate what medicine is down here. I used to work in an emergency room as an emergency physician, so I know firsthand what people need. Often times, it is not just the patient that gets frustrated, it is the doctors too.
We want to do what we do best and that is treat people. But, we can’t treat people the way we would like to. We would not really get to know you. That is why my team and I came up with this concept. We are a concierge–even though I hate using that term–company with an affordable price. Each house visit is much cheaper than paying a copay at a doctor’s office. In fact, for some that need extra care, we offer a program where it is $150 per month at a flat rate. Within that rate you get unlimited visits, phone calls, and even texts.”
Not only does SOS go the extra mile for patients, they have often helped patients travel the extra mile themselves for prescriptions.
“When you call us, it goes to us instead of a phone operator. We start your care as soon as you give us a call. If we think we can treat you over the phone without a house call, we will. It takes a several-hour wait time down to virtually anything. We had a patient once
who called us when he was visiting the area. He had no car to get his prescriptions after we treated him, so we ordered him a taxi service so he could go pick up the medicine he needed,” says Bennett.
Gulledge adds on to Bennett’s statement and says that like most people, “he was as naive as the next person when it came to healthcare. I had the insurance attached to my job and that was it. When Dr. Bennett approached me with this concept and we began, the main thing we noticed was a lack of awareness. People were asking how it was possible repeatedly. Our response was, ‘because no one else is doing it.’ Healthcare does not have to be the way it has always been, and we are excited to be a pioneer in the area for bringing back the house call.”
“We want to just let everyone know that yes, this is a thing. We are excited to bring this to the area.” Call SOS Mobile Medical and get new healthcare in 2023 at 251-766-5877.
Out of the 50 percent of Americans that make “go to the gym” their number one resolution, only around nine percent feel, in December, they have succeeded.
Captivating fitness app, Strava, announced in a study done in 2019 that by January 19, most people quit their fitness goals. But why do most Americans quit so early?
To be honest, it could be more than a few reasons. One reason being not enough time in the day when combined
with day-to-day activities such as going to work, taking care of the home and family, and prioritizing other ideals over a new resolution going, “I can start next Monday,” instead.
Other reasons could be that doing the same workout each day gets boring. Since none of us are strangers to failed resolutions, we decided to get innovative. Here are three ways to exercise with innovation and simplicity at its core.
The shoulder press is a simple yet key exercise in getting the best upper body possible. However, the deltoids, also known as your shoulder muscles, take time to grow and are often stubborn. While the exercise is simple by nature, it is important that form from head-to-toe is perfection. If you have problems with form, call up Jason Sweetman at 251-298-7622 who takes over ownership of the Coastal Fitness Factory in Gulf Shores this month. Per Sweetman, he is more than happy to work alongside you as a trainer.
After sitting down with your feet shoulder width apart and making a 90 degree angle with the appropriate and comfortable dumbbells in each hand, start raising your arms slowly. From there, push the weights toward the ceiling until your elbows are almost locked--do not fully extend into a locked position. The dumbbells will naturally start to move toward each other as your elbows straighten, but they should never slam together above your head.
Start the descent into the starting position. Keep your feet firmly planted into the floor, your back straight, and bring the dumbbells from over your head back down to the same 90 degree angle you began with. As a reminder, make sure this movement is slow and controlled. If you find that one arm is extending further than the other or coming down faster, try and use a lighter weight and work your way back up.ARTICLE BY SUMMER ABSTON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN & CO. PHOTO/HOTWORX
We have all heard the saying, “New Year, New You.” Nearly 50 percent of all Americans say that each January they make the same resolution year after year. If you can’t guess which one it is, maybe this story will give you some insights.
Gulf Shores’ newest gym, HOTWORX, is revolutionizing the way we workout. Per the official website, HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program created for users to experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute Isometric workout or 15-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction.
According to the official HOTWORX website, Hot Blast is designed to “blast” your upper body and lower body. The workout performed entirely on the Keiser Total Body Trainer gives you a full body experience in under 15 minutes. This machine is a combination of indoor cycle and upper body push and pull with levers. Owners Heather and CJ Hunt of Gulf Shores say they fell in love with the small sessions HOTWORX offers, just like this one.
HotYoga is a yoga session where you get the benefits of infrared energy in under 30 minutes. The specific style combines both athletic posture sequences with various styles and practices. Using foundational postures, this session guides you through a balancing sequence using static holds and ends with core conditioning.
Pickleball is the newest sport craze taking the nation by storm. Thanks to its combination elements of tennis, table tennis, and badminton, the cardio focused activity can take place in any town nationwide. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles, but is more commonly played as doubles.
Lacey Cork, an expert in all things pickleball, started her journey with the sport only two years ago. Since then, she has played routinely in the area. Per Cork, there is a beginner play at Orange Beach Recreation Center and play the Church of Christ in Gulf Shores.
While similar to tennis, there are some large differences. The size of the court, for example, is much shorter in length and width. For serving, pickleball goes across the court like tennis. However, unlike an overhand tennis serve, all serves must be underhanded and below the hip.
As we move through the season of spandex when most of us feel we’d rather not leave our stretchy pants, we wanted to feature three distinct looks using the same pair of Foil Snake Print Faux Leather leggings from Spanx.
Whether you’re brunching with the babes or getting ready for date night, these versatile leggings can carry you through from casual to chic. While there are endless ways to wear them, we’re going to show you three ways to start styling them today.
Who doesn’t love a good brunch with the girls after your workout complete with mimosas to celebrate? Our suggestion is to layer your tank with loose layers and a light jacket to swiftly transition you from the barre to breakfast.
A hat is always a good option to have on hand in case you worked too hard and that hair is showing it. We opted for easy-to-slip-on sockless sneakers that breathe.
Lastly, don’t forget a cute tote or bag. Consider throwing in a clean tank and any makeup or face wipes you may need for freshening up on your way.
Our suggestions for styling faux leather leggings
Snag some of the key details of the outfits here!
What we love about Spanx is their inherent ability to elevate your look, regardless of the occasion. Stretchy pants in a faux leather snake design? Say no more. Pair them with edgy booties or colorful pumps for a more elegant aesthetic. Playing with different textures is a good way to add interest and intrigue. Consider a chunky sweater with some unexpected details like the bare shoulder shown here, a thick boucle or intricate detailing. We love a good leather jacket with hardware details draped over the shoulder(s) for chilly evenings as you traverse the town. Pair this look with a gorgeous sparkly clutch and chunky bracelet.
Whether you want a bit of a boost, a hint of a lift, or just a little tuck, you won’t go wrong with this versatile shapewear. And with these styling tips, you’re ready to throw them on for any occasion!
Whether you’re headed to a child’s sports game or a bar to watch the big game with your friends, leggings offer the structure and flexibility you’ll want as you find your spot among the fans in the bleachers or indulge in some lovely libations.
Layers are life for this look. We tied a button-down around the waist which is so nice through the colder winter months as both an outfit accessory and a layering piece. Fur-lined high tops provide practical footwear for this look — because who doesn’t love some killer sneaks? A shacket and crossover bag complete the look.
A curated selection of the most intriguing upcoming events in our area.
THE WHARF | 10:00 AM
Let us bring winter to you! Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin, or fall into the season on real ice from January 1-16. Skating Times: January 1-3 from 10 a.m. -10 p.m., Monday through Friday January 4-15 from 4 p.m. -10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–10 p.m, and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Skating January 16 will be from 10 a.m.--10 p.m.
ISLAND TIME DAIQUIRIS | 11:00 AM
Join us on January 1 and January 8 for Sunday Ticket Funday. Do not miss a minute of the action with every NFL game on the big screen! Every game, every Sunday! We will be serving up wings, pizza, burgers, boudin egg rolls, and more.
Orange Beach: Body, Mind, and Spirit Expo 2023
ORANGE BEACH EVENT CENTER | 7:00 AM
An event for people who are into alternative health and wellness. Featuring modern products, speakers, healing practitioners, massage therapists, and alternative healing practices, this event will have over 100 booths, seminars, and services to enlighten and entertain your senses.
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Orange Beach Family Dentistry Botox/Filler Day
ORANGE BEACH FAMILY DENTISTRY | 7:00 AM
Just in time to get Valentines Day ready! Botox will be $10 per unit and filler will be BOGO half-off. We would also like to encourage patients to learn about collagen thread injections, an excellent complement to botox. Collagen threads promote collagen stimulation to improve skin texture, eliminate fine lines, and improve skin elasticity. Appointments required; call 321-7575 today!
Gumbo & Alabama Slammer Festival in Downtown Foley
HERITAGE PARK, E LAUREL AVE, FOLEY, AL | 10:00 AM
Foley's Heritage Park will be showcasing the best gumbo and Alabama Slammers around! Food vendors will feature unique, tasty gumbo dishes and other snacks for purchase. With multiple Slammer locations, free Bushwacker samples, craft beer from Fairhope Brewing Company, wines, and snack vendors, you will not leave hungry!
THE HANGOUT | 7:30 AM
Enjoy the paved trails throughout our beautiful Gulf State Park. In addition to Sunday's Marathon and Half Marathon, the Safari 7K and Family Fun Run on Saturday at 9 a.m. gives an opportunity to take on the Shark or Dolphin challenge. There will be medals, cool shirts, beer tickets, and bragging rights galore!
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My resolution is to be more decisive. We have to make so many decisions each and every day of our lives. Each choice takes energy, this can drain our reserves. All of these small daily choices make us dread making decisions about the BIG stuff in our lives. Indecision can cause us to miss out on our dreams, and if we sit on the fence and ponder too long, opportunity can leave us behind. Sometimes, I try to make it spiritual and convince myself I haven’t heard from God. I believe there are some decisions God is waiting for us to make before He opens or closes a door.
Life demands important decisions from us. Often there’s no room for do-overs when we make a bad call. So be brave- don’t avoid decisions, make up your mind, go with your gut. You can start small as a way of working
this habit into your life. The next time you go to a restaurant, decide what you want before asking everyone at the table what they’re having. Stick with your choice and be proud of yourself for being decisive.
“I’ll have the salmon salad, please”.
- Ashley Roberts, Publisher
My main resolution is to prioritize my physical and mental health. 2022 threw me for an absolute loop in all directions, so it is time to get back to the healthiest me possible. With that being said, I would like to announce with a very heavy heart that this will be my last issue with Gulf Coast City Lifestyle as the main editor. Me six months ago would not have been able to predict where I would be now, and I am forever thankful Ashley, and the community, took me in with open arms. I will still see everyone around the town! Love local & love always, Summer Abston, Editor.