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Claire’s Story Hi! My name is Claire and I am a patient of Dr. Lorraine Gravante. Let me begin by telling you a little bit about my past. My weight had never been a big problem for me.I used to play a LOT of tennis, but after my elbow decided that I no longer needed to play, it became harder for me to keep the weight off. I would go to the gym 2-3 times per week (if I was lucky!), but my weight just kept creeping up on me. Surely, it could not be because of the chocolate and cookies that I craved everyday! Before I knew it, my weight had gotten higher than ever. I tried several diet programs, would lose some weight, but always seemed to put it back on. When my boyfriend saw Dr. Gravante’s advertisement in the Our Town, we decided to go to her Nutritional Workshop and see what her Nutritional Program was all about. After listening to what she had to say about her Program and what makes it different from the other Weight Loss Programs out there, I decided to give it a try. It made sense that your lifestyle has to change in order to succeed at keeping the weight off. When I first started the program it surprised me how easy it was to actually stick to eating what I should eat! I no longer had the cravings for sweets – which had plagued me in the past. I also stopped hitting the snooze button on my alarm for an hour each morning … I literally got right out of bed! The best thing is that everyone is noticing the changes in me. It is so exciting and rewarding!

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I feel better than I have ever felt before and my weight is under control! I have more energy than ever and my strength is also increasing. I now look forward to getting older because the older I get the better I am looking!

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These results may not be typical. Results with products may vary from individual to individual. These nutrition recommendations are provided solely to support good nutrition with the intent of supporting the physiological and biochemical process of the human body and not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. Be advised that any nutritional program recommended by Dr. Gravante is not intended as a primary therapy for any disease. Prior to starting any diet, nutrition or exercise program, you should consult with your medical physician.


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VALENTINE’S LOVE IN GWINNETT On February 1, 2008, Virgil and Ann Ponzoli of Lilburn will celebrate 50 years of marriage. When asked how they lasted so long, Virgil replied, “Catholics don’t believe in divorce.” Ann added, “We don’t own a gun.” The Ponzoli’s were blessed with four lovely, lively daughters who k e p t them on theirtoes. Somehow the fa f mily was always working on a new proj o ect or oj trip, so they did not have time to dwell on problems long enough to attempt to end them. Pretty soon, new onesevolved,asdidmanyproud, happy and wonderful times. Virgil practiced the specialty of Ear,r,r Nose and Throat - Head and Neck

Surgery.Annwasanurseandtheoff f ice ff manager.r.r Life f was sometimes frustratfe ing and sometimes satisfy f ing in the fy practice and in the home. As the girls moved away and Dr.r.r Ponzoli retired, Ann sought fulfillment in fa f mily. Six yearsagowhentheir y ungestmov yo ove ov ved to Lilburn, she sought baby sitting help from her p a r e n t s. Ann welcomed the idea, and so they moved. Both enjoy church and community service in Florida and Georgia when they are not visiting their daughter’s fa f milies (includingtengrandchildren),hereand up the East Coast. Their philosophy Endures!”

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AROUND OUR TOWN - PETS OF THE MONTH BARKALARM’S BIRDWISER – “BUD”, A B RITTANY SPANIEL Bud turned 17 years old in October and he is still enjoying life f . He fe has no arthritis, a good appetite and he is a wonderful companion. Bud comes from a long line of show and field Brittanys, however,r,r he didnotparticipateineither,r,r buthemayhavetherecordfo f rlongevity. fo I like to think it’s because of the years of TLC he has received. Photo courtesy of Bobbie Davenport

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Thumper dances in circles when he gets excited, like when he’s about to go fo f r a ride in the car.r.r He hates hearing babies cry on TV. V A squeaky egg is his fa V. f vorite toy.

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contacted to identify f the animal. Also, fy remember that the chip is invisible to anyone who might find your pet,t,t so consid derin ncludinganotethatyourpet is microchipped on his or her ID tag to no otify f a she fy elter volunteer.r.r Keep animals indoors when you are not home to supervise. Outdoor animals run a higher risk of becoming lost or stolen. Even a dog “secured” in a fe f nced yard can dig out or jump or climb the fe f nce and quickly become lost. A cat who has free run outdoors can easily wander away from fa f miliar surroundings.Athunderstorm,holiday f stiivities, or unusually high traff fe f ic can ff cause an animal to venture beyond its se ecure environment in search of a quiete er retreat. Spay⁄neuter your pets. Th This will keep themfromwan nderingin n searchof a mate which can quickly pu ut them in harm’s way. This artticlle provided by www.gwinnetthumane.com

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AROUND OUR TOWN - CALENDAR OF EVENTS Team Success A business women’s network that provides business building leads & refe f rrals. fe Meets every Wednesday 12-1:30pm at Johnny Carino’s Restaurant by Discover Mills. Call Beverly at 770-979-7997

Lilburn Middle HOSTS Mentoring Program HOSTS - Helping One Student To T Succeed. Do you have 45 minutes to give to a student per week? Call HOSTS, 678-380-7221, Lilburn Middle School, 770-921-1776

The MOMS Club Of Snellville International non-profit organization that provides support fo f r at-home mothers and their children. For more info f rfo mation visit www.snellvillemomsclub. com or email inquiries to Snellville_ MOMSClub@yahoo.com October 6, 2007 - March 1, 2008

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4pm - 9pm Friday, 9am - 8pm Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm Sunday, North Atlanta T ade Center.r.r Admission: $12 adults, Tr $7 Kids ages 6-14, FREE fo f r Kids under 5. Free Parking. Call 770-279-9899 or email rhonda@natcshows.com, www.northatlantatradecenter.r.rcom m⁄⁄ m

February 8 - February 10 Hudlow Junior Winter Championships Hudlow Te T nnis Center (Best Friend Park) k . Call 770-417-2210 or visit k) www.gwinnettparks.com

February 8 - February 24 New London Theatre Presents “Godspell” Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, South Gwinnett High School. Admission: $10 advanced ⁄ $12 door.r.r Call 770-979-3691 or visit www.newlondontheare.org

February 9 - February 10 B98.5 FM’s Family Fest

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January 19, - March 23 ART Station presents “Works of Spivey Creations”

February 9 Girls of Greatness Conference

10am - 5pm Thurs-Fri, 10am - 3pm Sat, Art Station. Admission: $20-$26. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org

February 2 Groundhog Day 6am, Ye Y llow River Game Ranch. Admission: Free (From 6am-8am only). Call 770-972-6643 or visit yellowrivergameranch.com

February 2 Gwinnett Gladiators vs. South Carolina Stingrays Times: 7:35pm, Arena at Gwinnett Center.r.r Admission: $10 - $25. Call 770-497-5100 or visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com

Feb bruary 3 Georgia Bridal Show 12:30pm, Gwinne ett Center.r.r Admission: $9-$10. Call 770-8133-7500 or visit www.gwinnettcenter.com

February 4 – March 10 C.L.I.M.B - Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery Mondays 6:00-7:30pm, Cannon United Methodist Church Hope House, 2424 Webb Gin House Road, Snellville. Call 770-736-9765

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February 12 Cancer Medications: Answering Your Questions on Benefits and Side Effects 7:00-8:00pm, Cannon United Methodist Church Hope House. Call 770-736-9765.

February 15 - February 17 11th Annual Georgia Home & Garden Show 12-6 Fri, 10am-6pm Sat. 12-5pm Sun, Gwinnett Center Convention Center.r.r Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors & students, 12 & under FREE. Caall 678-455-5192 or visit www.booksandshows.com

February 16 50’s Sock Hop Dinner Buff ffe ff fet and DJ fo f r dancing. Contests fo f r best dressed, best dancers, bubble gum blowing and more. 7:00-10:00pm, Little Gardens Restaurant. $30 per person, tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 770-923-3434

February 20 – March 9 ART Station presents “The Lady With All the Answers” Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday at 3:00 P.M. at the ART Station Theatre located at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain Village. Contact: Michael Hidalgo at 770 469 1105 or hillaryh@artstation.org

AROUND O UR TOWN VALENTINE’S DAY HAPPENINGS Feb bruary 1 - March 31 Dessert Special Ch hocolate Molten Cake with Raspberry Co oulis this month and next month, which is a great (restaurant quality) at A Diinner A’ A Fare.

Feb bruary 9 Valentine Dinner and Dance 6 – 100:30 pm, Gwinnett Historic Courtthouse, 185 W. Crogan St., Lawren nceville. Enjoy a night of dinner and dan ncing with your loved one this V lentine’’s holiday. Live band, catered Va dinner,r,r doo or prizes, event photos, and more. This is a non-alcohol event. Adults only. Cosst is $75⁄5⁄5⁄c ⁄couple. Preregister by 2⁄2⁄1⁄1. Call 770-822-5450.

February 14 Valentine’s Day Dinner Seating from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Little Gardens Restaurant. Special lim m-

ited menu only. Reservations requ uired. Call 770-923-3434

February 14 Valentines Day Special Dinner fo f r two: Double chicken fa f jitaas and pitcher of margaritas, $ 29.95 +T +Ta Tax. x. Note: couples only. Hidalgos Mexiccan Restaurant, call 770-277-2725.

February 14 Valentine Social Dance 1 – 3 p.m. Entertainment, dancin ng and light refreshments. Pre-rregister by 2⁄2⁄1⁄11. Ages 50-up. Cost is $3. Call 770-564-4680. The Gwinnett Senior Center is located at 225 Bethesda Church Rd. in Lawre enceville.

Atlanta Ballet Presents “Romeo and Juliet” Call fo f r pe perfo f rmance dates. Tickets fo as low as $15. Call Ticketmaster at 404-817-8700, www.atlantaballet.com

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February 23, - February 24 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Regionals Spectators welcome! 8am-5pm, Road Atlanta. Admission: $10-$295. Call 1-800-849-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadatlanta.com

February 23 Summer Camp Expo 1:00pm-5:00pm, Discover Mills. Admission: Free! Call 678-847-5000 or visit www.simon.com

February 23 R. D. Head PTA’s annual Carnival⁄Silent Auction 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Carnival fe f atures a “Play All Day” wrist band which is $15 fo f r the 1st band and $10.00 fo f r each additional wrist band. Please visit www.rdheadpta.org fo f r details.

February 24 Mrs. Georgia⁄Mrs. South Carolina⁄Miss Georgia Teen & Jr. Teen Pageants 2pm, Gwinnett Center.r.r Admission: $30. Call 770-813-7500 or visit www.gwinnettcenter.com

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to remember the score, to not touch thenetandtocalllineshotscorrectly. TheseabilitiesandothersIhavebeen blessed to not have been granted. Blessed, O wise father, since I have beengiveninsteadhumility,patience anddignitylearnedthroughrepeated defeats. For these gifts I thank you.” “In your almighty wisdom I ask thatyounowgrantmyopponentsthese samegifts.Allowthemtheopportunity togrowthroughunexpecteddefeat,to learnfromcrushinghumiliationand to benefit from public ridicule. Let them suffer the broken string, the missed overhead, the embarrassing double fault, the jarring partner collision and the sun always in their eyes. Theyareoverconfidentofvictory;they take for granted their physical gifts. Grantthemnowatrouncingtoshow them the error of their ways. In your name we pray. Amen.” by Dr. Jeff

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AROUND OUR TOWN - COVER STORY HOMETOWN G IRL G ONE COUNTRY Y p, that’s Diana DeGarmo on Ye the cover of Our To T wn magazine, but she may not look like the pinkclad, American Idol sweetheart you remember.r.r Diana was a sixteen-year-old Shiloh student when she burst onto the national music scene in 2004. Now living in Atlanta, she’s left her teen years behind. She’s still crazy about fa f shion, but she’s just as crazy about NASCAR. “Redneck Diva” is how Diana puts it,t,t and the 9 pound big mouth bass (which she caught herself,f,f thank you) proves she’s not kidding!Shedoesn’tkidaroundabout hercareer,r,r either.r.r She’sstillimpressing audiences with that powerful voice,

her presence in the music scene as strongasever.r.r Justnotthemusicscene you remember.r.r Maybe you already know that,t,t if you’vebeenwatchingGoneCountry, a new program on CMT. T And if you T. haven’tcaughtupyetwiththisreality show, Diana can fill in the details. Gone Country has taken seven recording artists and moved them into the world’s largest log cabin in Nashville, Te T nnessee. Each singer is pairedwithtwoprofe f ssionalsongwritfe ers who will help the contestants in theirquesttowritethewinningsong. The lucky winner will have his or her songproducedbyindustryhit-maker,r,r John Rich, and released as a single. Sounds easy enough, right? But John Rich produces country music. c And these c. aren’t your typical country artists. It’s a fish-out-off water fchallenge that according to Diana was “lots of fun, but everyone took the competition very seriously.” Latin heart throb, Julio Iglesias Jr.r.r, T isted Sister’s lead singer,r,r Tw DeeSnider,r,r andAtlanta’sown BobbyBrownarejustafe f wof fe theroommatesinwhatDiana calls her “big, quirky fa f mily”. But “we all got along, making great music!”

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AROUND OUR TOWN - LILBURN

David Chandley WSB Meteorologist and dedicated Lilburn Citizen received a standing ovation as he was presented a Proclamation,honoringhimfor hisoutstandingcommunitycontributions from Mayor Preston.

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COUNSELOR’S CORNER R ELATIONSHIP CHECK -UP “Relationships – We all got ‘em, we all want ‘em. What do we do with them?â€? Jimmy Buff ffe ff fett This month we celebrate love and the ideal of romantic love. Ah, the blossoming of new love ‌ the cute cards, the dates, flowers, the head over heels blissful fe f elings. Then what? This beginning phase of romantic love can turn off f all our blinders to what might ff not be working in a new relationship. Once we become comfo f rtable with a fo new partner,r,r conflict may occur and this is where we learn the most about ourselves.Whennewlovematuresinto thisplace,itsurprisesmanypeopleand yet this is a natural progression and it’s where we grow as individuals. Many couples get stuck in a power struggleearlyonintherelationshipand each couple has a diff ffe ff ferent pattern of communication.Yo Y ucanmapoutyour Yo ownrelationshipbythinkingaboutan issue you discuss over and over again with your partner in the same manner each time. It might go something like

this; “when I say or do , he⠄ e ⠄s e⠄ ⠄she responds by . His⠄ s ⠄h s⠄ ⠄ her response shuts me down and I hide, lash out,t,t or .� We all have diff ffe ff ferent styles dependingonourpersonalityandour upbringing.Thewaytobreakthatcycle is to try on new behaviors. I often tell couplesthatifyouwanttocontinuenot getting your needs met,t,t keep doing⠄ g g⠄ saying the same thing. Here are some basic skills that you canapplytoyourrelationshipifyouare f eling stuck: fe 1) Seek first to understand your partner.r.r Often we lash out angrily or f elbetrayedwhenwedon’thaveallthe fe info f rmation. Clarify fo f and ask questions fy befo f re you assume anything. fo 2) Acknowledge your partners fe f elings or simply state; “I hear you are upset,t,t tell me more about it�. This one step can stop an argument in its tracks. 3) If you tend to run and hide when conflict arises, challenge yourself and bring an issue to the table with your partner telling them that you need to

be heard. If you cannot do this in a relationshipduetosafe f ty,thatrelationfe ship is unhealthy and obviously not good fo f r you. 4) If you tend to get angry and yell at your partner,r,r you can be 100% guaranteedthatyouwillnotgetunderstood or heard. Ta T ke a time out and leave the house or location, breathe deeply, count to 10, anything you can do to calm yourself down befo f re you make fo a request.

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EDUCATION CORNER PARENTS: K EEP YOUR MIND SHARP AND IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL FITNESS! My last article pertained to parents beingtheirchildren’s ’ primaryteacherand ’s sev eve ev veralsuggestionsweremaderegarding how to teach them every chance possible. This month I will address an issue f r parents as we grow older and what fo we can do to learn and stay mentally sharp, help prevent memory loss, and increaseourmentalfitness.Aswegrow older,r,r therearementalsignsthatremind us of this; such as fo f rgetting where we put something or a declining ability to multitask. k We k. W may believe that losing our memory and mental sharpness is something we have no control over.r.r Well,thereisgoodnews!Herearesteps we can take k to improve our mental ke capacities and memory skills.

a Master’s degree in June 2006 and am excited to report to you that the ‘ole brain still works and the memory cells are still kicking! There are many reputable colleges off ffe ff fering on-line degrees, which is what I am doing. An on-line degreeallowsyoutocontinuetoparent your children, work in your career,r,r and take k collegeclassesatthesametime.As ke aresultofyoursandmylife f experiences fe and better understanding about the world, people, places, and events than whenwewereyoung,wecanbebetter students now than befo f re! If you have fo been thinking about going to college f rthefirsttimeorfo fo f ranotherdegree,I fo wouldencourageyoutotake k actionand ke do so! Yo Y u will be so glad you did!

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activated. To T learn about Neurobics, go to www.neurobics.com. Another book which addresses memory skills and mental fitness is by Corrine L.L Gediman & Francis M. Crinella, PhD. (2006) entitled, Brainfit – 10 Minutes a Day fo f r a Sharper Mind and Memory. Using advanced brain imaging technology, neuroscientistsarelearningaboutthebrain’samazingcapacityfo f rrej fo e uvenation.BrainFitis ej a circuit-training program designed to reclaim your brain. In 10 to 15 minutes a day individuals who are beginning to f el the eff fe ffe ff fects of memory loss will see immediatereversalofthementalaging process. To T learn about Brainfit,t,t go to www.brainfit.t.tnet.t.t

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MATTERS OF THE HEART … Blood Pressure Knowing Your Numbers Blood is the most universal fluid besideswaterinthehumanbody.Itcarriesoxygenandnutrients,servesasboth acoolingandwarmingmechanismand carriesawaywasteproducts.Itsimplyis essential fo f r the body to function and one method to analyze how well this process is occurring is blood pressure. Blood pressure is the scientific measurement of how the blood is flowing from the heart to the rest of the Classification body.Becausethe heart is a pump, Normal the pressure on your veins and Borderline arteries is not constant. The Hypertension pressureishigher with each beat of theheartandlowerbetweenbeats.The maximum pressure when the heart is pumpingiscalledthesystolicpressure; this is the top number on your blood pressure reading. The lower pressure that occurs between beats is called the diastolic pressure and is the bottom

number in a blood pressure reading. Knowing your numbers is an essential aspect of evaluating your health. Keep in mind that your blood pressure can fluctuate due to a number of f ctors. Therefo fa f re, it is important that fo you standardize the way you measure yourbloodpressure.Forexample,after exerciseoralargemeal,yourbloodpressureisgoingtobesignificantlydiff ffe ff ferent than upon waking first thing in the morning.

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As we go to press the Writers Guild strike is dragging on, frustrating Leno and Letterman, soap opera bubblers and TV series spinners.Unionmembersjustifiablywant their share of the online, DVD, iTu T ne Tu pie,butfa f nsarefe fa f dup.Howlongcan fe our nation survive without Lost,t,t 24 and Grey’s Anatomy? y? y?

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repeatedlybangsagiantgong,ending with an ear-piercing buzzer.r.r The winnergetstobeathisopponentsintoa bloodyheapandspendthenightwith V nna. Va “Proj o ect Runway: Unfa oj f shionable fa Extremes”: Daredevil passengers fill f ur jumbo jets to capacity at one fo of America’s five busiest airports. In a high-stakes aeronautical game of chicken, frenzied air traff f ic controlff lers radio conflicting signals fo f r takeoff f to the pilots. As the 747s embark ff on a potential collision course, viewers grip their Lazy-Boys in states ofdeath-defy f ingsuspense,guessing fy which dispatcher will shift course in the final seconds, averting disaster.r.r Contestantsreceiveround-tripticke k ts ke to a spa or one-way passage to the nearest mental hospital. So, couch potatoes, keep hope alive. Catch up on your backlogged TiVo V , Vo organizeaclosetorgive that Leo To T lstoy dude another college try. by Eileen Russell

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When I was nineteen, I gave a boyfriendacowbellasaromanticgesture.So I’ll be the first to admit that my idea of an appropriate gift fo f r Va V lentine’s Day may beske k wed.Butthatdoesn’tke ke k epmefrom ke trying to find the perfe f ct loving surprise fe f r Mr.r.r Hall. fo One year,r,r I bought him these cute stuff ffe ff fed dogs that kiss each other.r.r That’s not really my style, but I was out of town f rthefo fo f urteenthandbythetimeIzipped fo intothecornerdrugstore,thosepooches were the only holiday merchandise left. And they were 75% off ff.f. It was win-win ff f r me. (A lose-lose fo fo f r Mr.r.r Hall.)

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