Lola Magazine January/February 2018

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20 ‘90s Fashion Pull out your flannel shirts and Doc Martins, ‘90s fashion is making a big come back. _____________________________ 87 Beauty The beauty in all of us.

62 Ladies in Fitness Local fitness experts share the passion behind their business. _____________________________ 100 Skinny Louisiana Shelly Marie Redmond brings Skinny Louisiana out to dinner! 112 From Her Perspective Kelly Moore Clark, photographer, bag designer, gardener, wife, mom, and a singer at heart. 8 Shattered No More Picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse or partner.

13 American Heart Month How heart disease affects women. 44 Look Good, Feel Better American Cancer Society supports women with tips to feel beautiful during treatment. 84 Gluten What’s the hype behind “gluten free?” 96 Integrate Your Heath Back pain explained.

52 Hostess with the Mostess “Galentine’s Day” celebrates a day of love with your best gal-friends. _____________________________ 30 Conversation Pieces Myron Griffing shares his secrets on treasure hunting for one-ofa-kind pieces for your spaces. 107 The Boss of Southern Cuisine Chef Harris’s hot water cornbread, a Southern tradition. 60 Why Chocolate? Why we celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate.

92 Era of Civil Inability Teaching our children to be kind. 38 Drew’s Tunes Georgia Drew Boswell honors her son, Drew, through the heartache of loss and the joy of sharing music. 79 Keeping it real with Teri Netterville Screen-Agers, keeping our teens safe from cell phone dangers.

110 King Cakes The history behind Louisiana’s famous Mardi Gras staple. 49 The Experience of Northwestern State University Looking back on treasured college years at NSU 108 Must-Attend Events

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Happy New Year! At the beginning of each year I take a little time to reflect on what I have learned, how I have grown, my wins and my losses… and what I can do in the New Year to be better for myself and my family. Like most of us, I need to exercise more, eat better, blah, blah, blah. But what do I really need to work on? What are my real “New Year Resolutions?” I have learned a lot over the past year. I have learned to be a little tougher, and in the same breath, to be even more compassionate. I have grown personally as a mother, a wife, a friend and as a publisher. The year 2017 brought me so much joy, and so many new people in my life that I am beyond Lola Publisher Bevin Hicks & Advertising Director Carie Hart pictured with grateful to know. My wins have Photographers Brittany Strickland, Michael Angelo, and Jarrett Warren outweighed my losses, and my gratitude for that is exponential! My eyes have been opened more in 2017 to the beauty in humanity. Sure, that could sound a bit too “rainbows and butterflies” for all of the negative that exists our world today, but regardless of how I choose to view it, there will always be darkness and light. Personally, I choose to see the goodness. So, in this New Year I want slow down a bit, spend a more time being still and taking in the little moments. Maybe, put down my phone and check that email later - maybe! As we welcome in 2018, Lola Magazine is embarking on many new adventures, and we are so grateful to all of our readers that are on this journey with us. This issue of Lola Magazine celebrates all that the New Year brings. We embrace our Louisiana heritage with Mardi Gras history, and share a cocktail with our “gal-pals” for “Galentine’s Day.” We celebrate the beautiful life of Drew Boswell from his mother Georgia, and how even in tremendous loss the beat goes on for the Boswell family. We take you back to the ‘90s with our ‘90s fashion. We share tips to stay heart healthy, to look good and feel good all year long. It is our earnest wish that 2018 brings much happiness and health to you and yours. I hope that Mardi Gras season brings good times with those you love and that you stay warm these last few months of winter. Also, I hope that even on days when it seems more difficult than others, I hope that you will see the beauty in each day, in each new face, and that we all can take a little more time to slow down and enjoy the ride.

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Shattered NO MORE

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Our story is not new. In fact the probability of similar stories in your life or that of someone you care about, is more likely than not. In every walk of life, every race, every faith and in every income bracket, there are women who find themselves shattered with the news of the death of their spouse or their marriage. Whether your spouse dies or declares your marriage is over, the news brings a host of painful challenges and associated emotions. We are familiar with all of them. WRITTEN BY DYANN MUNOZ AND SHARON STEINMAN


hough our two stories differ in almost every way possible, we shared the same painful emotions. One of us was blindsided by her husband of 18 years, with a roving eye. He wanted to continue his behavior without the pesky and troublesome detail of a wife. He was a successful business man who provided a lavish lifestyle with a gorgeous home on the water, expensive cars and jewelry, expensive art, designer clothes. 5 star vacations and even a jet with two pilots. Without warning, her husband left her penniless and homeless. She suddenly found herself locked out of her home with her credit cards and cell phone cut off. Her husband’s declaration that he wanted a divorce was dropped like a hideous bomb. One minute is was all talk of new twin granddaughters on the way, fun trips and details of running a large home and busy social life. And the next moment it was all tears, sorting out what just happened to her marriage and life, and talking to a divorce lawyer. The other of us loved a man for twenty years. He was the love of her life. Over that twenty years, they saw each other through numerous hardships. The loss of his daughter to a car accident, her son’s cancer, Both dad’s cancer. His multiple bypass and heart related surgeries and the death of both fathers, and much more. Finally, the time was right to marry. Her dream was within blessed reach. Then 32 days before their destination, island wedding, her love had a fatal heart attack.

Her long awaited dream imploded. They were also coworkers so to speak. She worked for the company he owned. So with his death, she lost her love, her hope, her dreams and her source of support, all in one tragic moment. So we each collided headlong into our tragedies. Our life changing loses were a few years apart starting with the death nightmare then the divorce bomb. We had the blessing of each other. So we had willing shoulder to cry on. But we needed more. What we sought was a book that addressed the magnitude of our tumultuous emotions. There just had to be a book that would guide us to answers to our pain. There is the Bible, of course. But we were so crushed, so wounded, so fragmented, it was difficult to find the comfort we needed at the moment of fear, hopelessness, worry and sadness. Our tattered emotions were best described as shattered, like shards of a broken mirror. We saw no way to repair the damage, no way to heal and certainly no way to feel joy, ever again. We saw only reflections of ourselves, women in pieces, fearful, tearful, hopeless and fragile. One of us spent many hours a day, sitting at her kitchen table piled high with books, Bibles in multiple translations and Bible Studies. Usually clad in pajamas, sustained with little more than coffee, she poured of all of it seeking comfort and answers. It took months for her to begin to see God in her mess.

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The other wounded woman spent hours on the floor of book stores seeking what she needed to help her hurting heart. She found “how to” books, that would probably serve her in the months to come but not a book that addressed the first days and weeks of her new reality. What we found were numerous resources that had a little of this and a little of that to heal us in our most broken state. We were very grateful those resource were available. But it was long, cumbersome and painful to slug through so much material, to glean what we needed while hurting so deeply. What a blessing it would have been to find a book or two that spoke to our immediate need of fragmented uncertainty and brokenheartedness. We both healed with the help of our precious God and the folks who wrote all those books, But one day while laboring through the mountains of books she purchased, the newly dumped wife said that had to be a better way to get the answers, information and scriptures she needed. In that moment the idea to write the book she needed, was birthed. We talked about the idea and instantly recognized we could save other hurting women so much time and pain. We could take what we learned and how we healed and write a book that was simple, digestible and healing, that was geared to the very earliest moments of a woman’s new and tragic reality. And we feel God chose us because one of us had piles and piles of resources and a talent for finding the right scripture for every purpose and the other had a leaning toward writing that started way back in college writing courses. We spent the following months addressing 31 emotions and concerns. We wrote about the relentless crying, the fear of the unknown and the anger at our new situation. The freshness of our experience and the time we shared consoling and commiserating with each other served us well. The book Shattered seemed to write itself. Our readers responded with gratitude and detailed stories of their own difficult experiences. They longed for continued growth and healing and so the Bible Study was born. As new authors we marveled at how hopeless we once felt; how tearful we were and now we are whole, happy, healed, joyous, single and able to help other

women go through similar situations. God used two shattered women to bring comfort to other shattered women!. We now teach our Bible Study in private homes and churches. We encourage our «graduates” to take the Bible Study back to their neighborhoods and their churches. We now have therapists and pastor using these books to counsel the hurting! It is our hope to get Shattered and the companion Bible Study into the hands of every broken woman, to speed her healing and minimize the time and damage her loss causes her. We are now happy, healed women who vividly remember a time when we needed to read just what we ended up writing. The scriptures we sought are tucked into each corresponding topic. So if you find one day you feel fear, you can go to that chapter and deal with that emotion. If you are consumed with worry, we have a chapter for that. Then there is jealousy, anger, troubles and a host of other useful topics, each with its own chapter, prayer and scriptures. We never dreamed our lives would be so whole, so happy, so God filled. We never dreamed we’d have peace and purpose. Our lives individually and together, are filled with our own businesses, happy, large, busy social circles and wonderful church families. Each of us have joy with our children and grandchildren and all the sugary goodness they bring. Our lives are full and fun. We have it all when we once thought we were facing a life of sadness, pain and despair. We thank God for our healing and for using us for His purpose. We pray for those women who are facing their own loss of their spouse. We pray they can get their hands on Shattered, Coping with the pain of divorce and Shattered, the Workbook. This duo has scriptures of course but also personal stories, prayers, topic observations, summaries, journal pages and a specific focus on your personal time with God. They are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any book supplier with a database. We yearn for your peace and joy to return. And when you get your healing and regain your footing, we pray you will let God use you. Pass along what you have learned.

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“We yearn for your peace and joy to return. And when you get your

Shattered—Coping with the Pain of Divorce is a devotional journal and personal companion on your journey to recovery and wholeness.

healing and regain your footing, we pray you will let God use you. Pass along what you have learned.”

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Nearly one in four individuals in the United States dies from heart disease. Although it is the leading cause of death for both men and women, heart disease kills more women than men each year. More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks alone, which is five times the number of women who die from breast cancer.

American Heart Month:

How heart disease affects women WRITTEN BY: PAARI DOMINIC, MD AND DIANA DELA-CRUZ, PHD

Heart disease in women: There are significant differences in heart disease prevention and treatment based on gender, age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The prevalence of myocardial infarction, or a heart attack, has increased among women between 35-50 years old compared to men of the same age. It is estimated that more than 30,000 women younger than 50 years of age are hospitalized following heart attacks each year in the United States. In contrast to males, women have a poorer prognosis, including increased prevalence of heart failure, after a heart attack and significantly higher mortality rates. The more elevated risks of mortality and complications in women after heart attacks may be due to the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials, lack of gender-

tailored pharmacological treatments, and perhaps a higher vulnerability of women compared to men to traditional and emerging risk factors. For example, epidemiological studies have recently shown that psychological stress is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease risk and increased healthcare costs in women compared to age-matched men. Stress levels have been shown to correlate with delayed recovery, increased recurrence, and increased mortality after heart attacks in women. Women have a unique vulnerability to the effects of stress compared to males. Studies show that women less than 50 years old have a significantly increased rate (three times higher) of mental stress-induced heart attacks compared to age-matched men.

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Women and risk factors for heart disease: Almost every single risk factor that causes heart disease has a higher prevalence in post-menopausal women than men. Although pre-menopausal women have lower risk and incidence of hypertension compared with age-matched men, this advantage for women disappears after menopause. After 65 years of age, a higher percentage of women than men have hypertension and this is likely to increase further with the continued aging of the female population. Although there are several reasons for gender differences in blood pressure, the predominant explanation seems to be hormonal. Pre-menopausal hypertensive women with regular menstrual periods appear to have lower levels of female sex hormones compared to age matched women that do not have hypertension. While an equal number of men and women suffer from diabetes, women with diabetes have a higher risk of heart disease and lower survival rates compared with men. Roughly 20 million women are obese in the United States, which is about four in every 10 women, amounting to five percent more than the U.S. men. Moreover, obesity in women can cause them to be more susceptible to Type 2 diabetes than men.

Arrhythmias in women: Women have higher resting heart rates than men, and differences in the electrical properties of women’s hearts cause them to have a higher chance of developing dangerous cardiac rhythm problems. Although more men develop an erratic heart rhythm in the top chambers of the heart, called atrial fibrillation, more women with this condition will suffer from a stroke. The association between atrial fibrillation and stroke is due to the formation of blood clots in heart that can travel into the vessels leading to the brain and block blood flow. While blood thinners are the common therapy to prevent such stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, that therapy can be a double-edged sword in women, since women have a higher risk of bleeding complications with the blood thinners.

Health care access and outcomes in women: Despite more women dying from cardiovascular causes every year compared to men and the established utility of invasive cardiac procedures that can alleviate symptoms and prevent death and heart attack, only 33 percent of these procedures are performed on women. Even following a cardiac arrest, up to 25 percent less women receive lifesaving procedures compared to men. Moreover, women with heart disease who

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do receive these life-saving procedures often experience delays in receiving treatment. This delay might partially explain why women who receive invasive procedures for blockages in the heart arteries have higher risk of complications and death. Women have increased risk of death after by-pass surgery procedures considered best treatment for blocked heart arteries in specific patient populations.

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Researchers around the world are focusing on finding the cause for these sex-based differences in cardiovascular diseases. Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport are working on identifying how gender affects heart function in models of heart attack, heart failure and atrial fibrillation, with the ultimate goal of identifying agents to specifically treat heart disease in women. However, for all of the above-mentioned reasons, the best way for women to have the best outcomes is to maintain heart health through adopting a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding saturated and trans fats and consuming mono-unsaturated fats are key components of a healthy diet. In addition, at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight is essential. Staying away from smoking and salty food is vital.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology at LSU Health Shreveport. He is also an Assistant Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences. Diana Dela-Cruz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at LSU Health Shreveport.

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In August 2016 I married my husband, Kelly McGimsey, who played a huge part in encouraging me to turn my dream into reality. I don’t know if this would have been possible without all of his support! We decided on the name Jac, pronounced Jack, because that was my maiden name initials, Jennifer Ann Cameron. My main goal with the store is to be able to give back and support the Shreveport community that I grew up loving so much. I strive to have a positive influence on women and make everyone who comes in feel good about themselves. Retail has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy getting to talk to and meet new people every day! We chose Line Avenue as our location because it is in the heart of Shreveport and we couldn’t be happier with where we are. You can follow along on our journey on Facebook or Instagram @shopjacclothing!

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is back with vengeance and bringing with it baggy overalls, flannel shirts, high waisted jeans and oversized sweaters. Lace up your Doc Martins because ‘90s trends are back on the streets! These looks once thought of as fashion nostalgia will be making their way back into your closet this year. So, dust off your, now, vintage tees, and pop in a Nirvana tape. Ready or not, ‘90s fashion will be sticking around all season long, so let’s embrace a bit of grunge and enjoy the fashion throw back.

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Monroe native, Daniel Adams, is bringing his fashion empire back to his hometown of Monroe. After 12 years of owning the fashion industry in Shreveport and Longview, Daniel and his fabulous team will be making their debut in a brand new Monroe location! Get ready to Krush the runway Monroe shoppers! Krush Monroe opening early 2018 Page Page29 3 || LOLA LOLAMAGAZINE MAGAZINE || January-February January-February2018 2018


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Hola Lola! I am thrilled to have been asked by Lola to write my first article for this awesome magazine. And not to worry, though I am 5'6”, I will NOT be appearing within its pages to avoid “controversy” …HA! So, grab a cup of coffee… tea… vodka… and nestle into your favorite spot to enjoy.

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When putting together an outfit, one of the more fun and interesting aspects is accessorizing. This is not altogether different from finishing a room. We love to add vintage, unique, and eye-catching pieces (accessories, art, pillows, lighting) that don’t overpower but compliment our spaces. These are sourced from a variety of locales including boutique interior shops, antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, furniture stores and yes, even “big box” stores. Adding these items gives your space a sense of individuality, history and character. Just view them as the “handbag and jewelry” of a room. As designers, we bear the responsibility of introducing something new to our clientele. Otherwise, what is the point of calling us, right? Items that individually

You can find your own conversation piece treasures at local interior shoppes, antique store, flea markets, estate sales, furniture store, and yes, even “BIG BOX” stores.

may seem out of place often become the most talked about once in the room. We LOVE that!

Accessories are secondary to the primary usage of a room and are meant to compliment the overall space, but should be stand-alone, “cool” pieces. At Space: interiors, we wholly believe that each item should have its own little story to tell. When selecting these individual pieces, we rely heavily on our visceral response to them. I want to “gasp,” “ooh” or at the very least, “ah” over every piece. We use little “designer tricks,” such as unifying elements of repeating patterns/color and material to integrate these pieces into your space. These highly curated accessories give each of our rooms a different personality that reflects our individual clients.

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One Mother’s Story of Heartbreak, Healing and Hope

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Each us have our own story, our own unique triumphs, and our own unique struggles. No one’s path is exactly the same, some go straight, some go nowhere and others have diversions that completely blindside them. Pain and loss are not evenly distributed, but all of us will struggle at some point. This is my family’s story about how the love of our little boy led us out of the darkest of places. WRITTEN BY GEORGIA DREW BOSWELL


y name is Georgia Boswell and I hail from Minden, Louisiana. I love so many things about Minden; the red brick Main Street, Cotton’s Fried Chicken and most importantly the amazing people there. Each time I go home or run into someone from my home town I

reminded of how much good there is in the world. I really can’t imagine a better place to grow up and certainly could not have asked for better parents. Judge Harmon and Jean Drew are the most fabulous people on the planet and I am so blessed to be their daughter. I went to

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undergraduate at LA Tech, was a Kappa Delta and had more fun than you can shake a stick at. After finishing undergraduate at Tech, I lived abroad for six months in London. I was able to obtain a position working in the gift shop at Westminster Abbey. I befuddled many a tourist with my strong southern accent during employment there. When I returned to Louisiana and began to ponder my next steps the hospitality industry seemed to be calling my name. This resulted in a move to New Orleans a city that has always had a thriving tourism industry. I had no idea at the time moving to the Big Easy would be the smartest thing I would ever do, as it led me to meet my husband Devron in 2007. I knew from the first moment I met him that he was one for me. Our relationship just worked and I could not stop marveling at the fact I found someone who really got me and my multitude of quirks. Devron was and will always be the best thing that ever happened to me. Our wedding in May 2009 was such a beautiful and happy celebration that lasted all day and night. We planned to have children after a few years. I will always remember calling one of my best friends when I found out I was pregnant with my first child in early 2012. She was over the moon for me and needless to say surprised. She told me, “I just was telling one of our mutual friends I did not think you were going to have children. You never expressed much interest about it.” I thought about what she said and I had to agree she was right. When we talked about our dreams for the future while in college and the subsequent years that followed I often spoke of career goals, finding someone to spend my life with (prior to Devron of course), and how I was going to scrounge up enough money for my next trip to an exotic locale. I always approached the subject of children with apprehension,

which is not uncommon for me. If there were a sport in the Olympics for Worrying, I am 100% confident I would be on the podium every 4 years with a gold metal around my neck. When we welcomed our beautiful son to the world on November 27, 2012, any trepidation about Motherhood immediately melted away. There are no words in the human language beautiful enough to describe how amazing it is to see your precious baby for the first time. Drew Joseph Boswell, all 7 pounds 11 ounces of him, was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. The first time I held Drew in my arms nothing had ever felt more natural or right. Drew had the sweetest temperament and charmed everyone he came into contact with. He was a pint sized embodiment of pure love. Our son was the first grandchild in both of our families. To say our world revolved around Drew is putting it mildly. We all marveled at each gurgle, snuggle, smile and milestone he hit. Drew was absolutely beautiful and people often stopped in their tracks to marvel at how precious he was. Drew loved bananas, books, trains and flirting with all the lovely ladies he came into contact with. He was at his absolute happiest when listening to music. Just about every day you could find him “playing” his red piano and baby bongos. My husband and I often marveled at how blessed we were to have such a sweet tempered and healthy baby. Drew was our entire world and we were a very busy, but grateful family of three. We of course had heard heartbreaking stories of families who lost children suddenly and we hurt for them. However, to be completely transparent those tragedies seemed as far away from us as Antarctica. We never thought child loss would happen to us…..until one day it did.

On March 12, 2014 we woke up and our baby boy did not. Everything we thought we knew about our future, about life, shattered in an instant. The day before Drew was eating gold fish and watching “Thomas the Train.” I can still see him in his green polo and black tennis shoes running toward me at the end of the day on March 11, I had no inclination I would never be able to pick up my sweet child from school again. On that first awful day my husband and I clung to each other and were quickly engulfed in a sea of supportive family and friends. When my priest came, I remember screaming and telling him I wish it were me instead of Drew. I could not even begin to fathom how we would go on. The preliminary reports came in and we had no answers, our little boy was simply gone. As that first awful day wore on I could feel the anger and pain taking over my heart. I felt an urgent need to find an outlet where we could channel all that love we could no longer give to our beloved son. So right there on that very first awful day, the idea of what would eventually become Drew’s Tunes came to life. Our vision was a nonprofit that would spread Drew’s love of music to other children who may not have had these opportunities otherwise.

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Drew always wanted everyone to be happy and bringing smiles to children’s faces through musical instruments and performances seemed a perfect way to honor his short and beautiful life. Those initial days, weeks, and months without Drew slowly passed. His loss was eventually attributed to SUDC or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. “Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child twelve months and older, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. SUDC is a category of death whose underlying cause(s) elude our understanding today.” In the U.S. in 2015 SIDS impacted 1,560 children in and SUDC impacted 400 children. SUDC is thankfully rare, but it does happen to families like ours far too often from all walks of life. The SUDC Foundation provides countless free services to bereaved families and the work that they do has been the catalyst for vital research into why healthy children like Drew can pass away so suddenly. We decided to evolve the mission of Drew’s Tunes beyond the scope of music education to include supporting the work of the SUDC Foundation.

It’s hard to believe how much Drew’s Tunes has accomplished in such a short time. We by no means have done this alone and have had an army of people who have aided us innumerable different ways. Our team is in firm agreement that Drew’s little light is guiding us each step of the way. To date Drew’s Tunes had donated over $174,000 to support our mission. These donations include thousands of instruments placed in the hands of children, vital music program funding and $50,000 to support the SUDC foundation. Our foundation has garnered national media attention with articles in both Parents and Redbook Magazine (www.redbookmag. com/life/mom-kids/a38695/turningtragedy-into-triumph/). A Nationwide SUDC Awareness campaign inspired by Drew and spearheaded by a dear friend, Christina Grantham, has moved mountains with over 37 states declaring March 2017 as SUDC Awareness Month ( At the core of what we do is love and a determination to make the world a little brighter like Drew did each and every day of his short time with us.

My personal favorite thing Drew’s Tunes does is our Annual Twinkle Tribute. The twinkle tribute occurs every March around Drew’s angel date of March 12. Each year we ask people to play, dance or sing to Drew’s favorite song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and post it to their social media with the hashtag #twinkletribute4drew. For each video posted with the hashtags we donate $1 to a music program (up to $5,000). We do this bring awareness to Drew’s Tunes and our mission, but also to celebrate our beautiful boy. Over the years this grassroots tribute has reached an audience beyond our wildest dreams. The momentum generated by our friends and family in North LA was a critical part of this happening! The 2017 tribute brought in videos from professional musicians, countless precious children and many others. We were overwhelmed with gratitude when NFL Quarterback Drew Brees agreed to join in the tribute with his own #twinkletribute4drew video at facebook. com/story.php?story_fbid=101582551 63725461&id=207038895460&_rdr. It’s amazing to us the amount of lives our beautiful son has touched.

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I am so honored to share my family’s story in Lola magazine for a number of reasons. First, nothing Drew’s Tunes has accomplished would be possible without the incredible support we have received from North LA. I want to thank those that stood by us from the bottom of my heart. My hope is to one day spread Drew’s Tunes’ work into North LA, as there are many children there who could benefit from the music exposure our foundation provides. We are in the preliminary phases of brainstorming a North LA Drew’s Tunes event, stay “tuned” for updates. I also want other women who have had their hearts broken by life that you can come out on the other side and find joy again. There is no “right” way to handle any type of loss and what feels right for you is the path you should follow. I know how isolating heartbreak can be and I hope you can find a way

to take care of yourself at your darkest moments. Drew’s little sister, Emmaline, came into our lives on April 28, 2015. Emmaline is a pint-sized powerhouse and she knows all about her sweet brother. As Drew and Emmaline’s parents, we straddle the line between gratitude and grief each and every day. We are so thankful for both of our beautiful babies and wish more than anything we could see them together even once. Over time the intensity of my grief has lessened, but heartbreak is the undercurrent of even my best day. I can truly say I am happier than I ever thought I would be without Drew in my arms. I have found my way down the path my life has taken and I am so thankful for the light my beautiful boy continues to shine into my life.

Use #twinkletribute4drew to join the movement with your own video March 8-12, 2018 To learn more: @ tunes4drew Our foundation is 100% dependent on donations and every dollar we receive helps us make a difference in the lives of other children in Drew’s memory.

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CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center partners with the American Cancer Society for a special outreach to patients experiencing a cancer diagnosis. WRITTEN BY MOLLY FLEMING, CHRISTUS CTC COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRITTANY STRICKLAND


he program, called Look Good, Feel Better is dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of people undergoing cancer treatment by teaching women how to “look good and feel better” about the physical changes brought about by treatment. Two of the most challenging physical changes from a cancer diagnosis include hair loss and skin changes due to the cancer treatment side effects. Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage their appearance changes. Molly Fleming, Social Worker for CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center says,

“The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.” CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center partners with the American Cancer Society to provide this program at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center every other month for any female in the ShreveportBossier or surrounding areas who is receiving cancer treatment. The classes are led by local cosmetologists who assist the ladies with adapting their daily beauty regimens to their cancer treatment and its various side effects.

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The Experience of Northwestern State University Looking back on treasured college years at NSU WRITTEN BY JESSICA MANGO • ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY WELCH/MAGNOLIA CREATIVE CO Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Mango and I am a 22-year-old senior in the radiologic science program at Northwestern State University on the Shreveport campus. I am going to share something with you that everyone should know and should share with every person they know. Okay, that might be a little dramatic. But seriously, here it is: NSU is the best university in Louisiana. Let me explain to you why. I will start at the beginning. When I was in my senior year of high school, I was looking at colleges and strongly considering NSU since it was close to my hometown of Leesville and it was a smaller university than many of the others in Louisiana. Page 49 | LOLA MAGAZINE | January-February 2018

Once I got to NSU for my tour, I was sold! I knew it was where I was meant to go to college. Every person I met from the moment I stepped out of the car was kind and went above and beyond to make sure that I understood what to expect. They made my transition from my high school years to being a college student as smooth as possible. Semester after semester, I met even more people and their intentions never changed. They cared about me. Even the president of the university stops to have genuine conversations about life and recognizes the students’ accomplishments. It felt like every time I walked into a building I knew someone and this made the experience of being away from my family and many of my friends easier. I have always loved the sciences. That is why I worked very hard to be accepted into the radiologic science program. The professors who make up this program are intelligent, accomplished technologists

who come from different backgrounds of the profession and make this a truly well-rounded program. I know every student believes their faculty is the best, but the faculty at NSU truly is. Here is an example of their commitment to their students. This past April, my father was put on hospice care and we were told we did not have much time left with him. Since this is a professional program, there are guidelines to how many days a student is allotted to miss as a result of a death in the family. We were at the end of the semester, just about two weeks left, when we got the news. I was scheduled for clinic the day we were told. Instead, I went to my professors to ask them if I could please go home to be with him, even though I knew I would be missing clinical days. Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Michael comforted me, prayed with me, and told me to go home. They assured me

that everything at school would be rescheduled and that all I needed to do was focus on my dad. I am forever grateful for their kindness and for them sending me home, because my father went to be with the Lord that night. My professors allowed me to take the time I needed and they worked around my emotional needs and mental capabilities to finish my exams for the spring semester. I knew that I could grieve the way I needed to because I had their support. Okay, now that I officially saddened everyone, I’ll try to lift your mood with some good news! I am graduating from NSU in May, after which I plan to work as a radiologic technologist for a few years to gain experience. After I have some time to save money, I want to go to radiation therapy school. I know that I would not be where I am in my life without my Northwestern State University family.

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GET THE PARTY STARTED by sending all your favorite girlfriends an invitation to the special lady date, decorate with sparkle and bright colors, and put on tunes by Queen B to set the festive mood. Pop the champagne and treat yourself to macarons and cake!

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rowing up, my mom always seemed to have the deepest friendships, not

just “fast friends,” but friends for life. There are people who to this

day still talk about her amazing energy and loyalty. She was a likable, lovable, friendly, open human being who never seemed to turn down an opportunity for a friend. She taught me that we should look for love and friendship everywhere we go and we will never feel empty. And to never underestimate the power of good girlfriends. The older I get, the more cherished my long-time friendships become. Even when you have a spouse or significant other, you still need a few solid friendships for your health and wellbeing. The hard part is to find the time between juggling the kids’ after-school activities, your own career, and your home responsibilities, to nurture your friendships as well. Because friendships are relationships, and they need tending to as well. Whether you’re happily taken or living the single life, friendship should always be celebrated! And what’s better than ladies celebrating ladies? Take a twist on the day of love by throwing a Galentine’s Day party for you and your favorite

CREATE A LOVABLY CHIC TABLE We found this amazing rose gold sequined table cloth and paired it with bright pink napkins and gold flatware found at the local discount home store.

girls. What’s Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year! Leave your husbands and boyfriends at home, gush on your celebrity crushes or praise your independence with your best gals on a day spent together to celebrate each other.

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Best Ever Scones 2 cups all-purpose flour 1⁄3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup cold butter, cut into ½-inch cubes ½ cup raspberries 1 cup whipping cream, divided edible rose petals Wax paper • Preheat oven to 450°. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas. Freeze 5 minutes. Add ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. cream and raspberries, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. • Turn dough out onto wax paper; gently press or pat dough into a 7-inch round (mixture will be crumbly). Cut round into 8 wedges. Place wedges 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush tops of wedges with remaining 2 Tbsp. cream just until moistened. • Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden. • Sprinkle with edible rose petals Makes 8 Scones

PICK A MENU THATS EASY AND FUN with lots of color because we always want to “eat pretty” especially on Galentines Day! We chose a fun raspberry-rose scone, lemon artichoke flatbread, and dark chocolate macarons. We also had one of our best gals make a special cake!

Lemon & Artichoke Flatbread ½ pound whole wheat pizza dough store-bought or homemade ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 3-4 cloves garlic minced or grated 1 tablespoon lemon juice and zest of ½ a lemon 1 teaspoon dried basil kosher salt and pepper 2 cups fresh arugula 1 (12 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained 8 ounces fresh mozzarella torn ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ of a Meyer lemon thinly sliced 2 tablespoons raw pine nuts fresh basil, arugula, crushed red pepper and microgreens, for serving • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. • On a lightly floured surface, push/roll the dough out until it is very thin. For thin pizza, divide the dough into two and roll out. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Spread the dough with olive oil. Add the garlic, lemon zest, basil, a pinch each of salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Spread evenly over the dough. Add the artichokes, and cheese. Top with lemon 3-4 lemon slices. Transfer to the oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the cheese has melted. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with basil, arugula and microgreens. Yummy Lagniappe - half way through cooking, crack a cage free egg or two on top of the pizza for a little extra goodness.

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“A party without a cake is just a meeting” - Julia Child Sparkling Lola Cocktail Sweet, bubbly, and floral, our Sparkling Lola cocktail will have you dreaming of spring. We took bubbly champagne and tonic water and mixed it with the floral flavors of St. Germain and a dash of rose water, making for an effervescent cocktail that is light and refreshing and perfect for a girls brunch! 3 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine 1 oz. St. Germain 1 oz. Tonic water 5-6 drops rose water 1 drop pink food coloring (optional) Flowers for garnish • Combine the champagne, St. Germain, tonic water, rose water, and food coloring into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain mixture into glass, and top with a few small flowers or petals. Serve and enjoy immediately! Makes One Cocktail


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Will Cummings has a passion for helping families find the perfect home to fit their needs and getting properties sold to the right buyers quickly and efficiently. He was born and raised in Bossier City, LA, where his parents still reside. After graduating from Loyola College Preparatory in 2001, he moved to Ruston, LA, to further his education at Louisiana Tech University. Will returned to the Shreveport/Bossier City area after receiving his degree to work as an independent Landman. He has been, and continues to be, in the oil and gas business since 2006. Will has always had an interest in real estate, it was just about timing. With the slowdown in the oil and gas industry, he was able to take the time to go through the process of obtaining a real estate license. Will looks forward to earning the trust and confidence of not only his clients, but customers of other Realtors as well. Will places a priority on his hometown market, saying, “This is where I grew up. I want to see my hometown succeed, that is why I moved back here in 2006 and continue to live in the area. There’s nothing like being home and trying to improve your community.” Call Will when you are ready to make your move.

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Why Chocolate? Why We Celebrate Valentine’s With Chocolate › If a box of chocolate is your favorite Valentine’s gift, you have a man named Richard Cadbury to thank. Before Mr. Cadbury’s time, chocolate was primarily enjoyed as a drink. But Cadbury, who was responsible for the sales department of his family’s chocolate company, knew that in order to sell more chocolate he had to get folks to do more than just drink it. So Cadbury borrowed a technique from his competitor, British chocolate maker J.S. Fry & Sons, who had developed a process to make filled chocolates with flavored centers. Then Cadbury tapped into the Victorian era’s passion for ornamentation and began to sell Cadbury chocolates in decorative containers he called “fancy boxes”. But it was when Cadbury created one of his fancy boxes in the shape of a heart that he earned himself a place in the annals of chocolate history. Victorian England prized the boxes as much as they did the chocolate, and kept the heartshaped containers to store treasured momentos. And that’s how Cadbury made chocolate as central to the celebration of Valentine’s Day as greeting cards and flowers. Why We Crave It › Although some 40 million heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates were sold in the United States alone last year, thankfully, chocolate isn’t just for Valentine’s Day. In fact, more than 50 percent of adults in the U.S. prefer chocolate over any other flavor. And in addition to the fact that chocolate just tastes so good, if you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll be glad to to know that there are scientific reasons we crave

BY JEFF SLAUGHTER chocolate. Here are a few: • If you suffer from low blood sugar levels, you might crave chocolate thanks to its sugar and caffeine that can help stabilize those levels. All the better if you crave dark chocolate as it’s low on the glycemic index and can help stabilize levels more safely. • If you’re anxious, emotional or mildly depressed, chocolate may be your ‘go to’ food because it increases levels of feelgood neurotransmitters such as dopamine in our brains. • And if you’re one of the 80% of the population who are deficient in magnesium, you may crave dark chocolate due to the fact that it contains 327 milligrams of magnesium per 100 grams. Why It’s Healthy › Chocolate has enjoyed a reputation as a medicinal food for hundreds of years. European pharmacists sold chocolate in the 1500s and 1600s to treat a variety of conditions from chest pain and fevers to low body weight and premature graying. And it’s thought that the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures used cacao medicinally as well. Although it’s doubtful that cacao prevents premature graying or chases away the flu, we do know now that cacao is a ‘superfood’, containing polyphenols and flavanols which act as antioxidants to protect the body from free radicals. But the chocolate boosting benefits don’t stop there. Here are seven other ways in which chocolate is good for your health. 

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7 Chocolate Boosting Benefits 1 Chocolate Increases Metabolism The chemical ‘theobromine’ found in dark chocolate stimulates the central nervous system as it releases adrenalin. That increases the body’s metabolism – especially when mixed with chili and green tea – which causes you to burn more calories. 2 Chocolate is Heart Healthy Antioxidants in chocolate can protect blood vessels from atherosclerosis, prevent heart attacks, stroke and normalizes blood pressure. Eat dark chocolate daily and you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 33%. 3 Chocolate Relaxes Even the scent of chocolate is a health boost. Research shows that chocolate scent increases the amount of theta brain waves, inducing a state of relaxation. 4 Chocolate=Healthy Teeth Because dark chocolate is rich in tannins, which contain antimicrobial qualities, it can help prevent tooth decay and even work as an anti-bacterial agent.

5 Chocolate Does Not Raise Cholesterol Research shows that the stearic acid found in dark chocolate has a neutral effect on cholesterol. 6 Chocolate Contains Essential Minerals High quality dark chocolate of at least 70% cacao offers a number of essential minerals including: iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zink and selenium. In fact, one ounce of dark chocolate contains 2 to 3 mg of iron, more iron than in the same amount of beef. 7 Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight University of Copenhagen scientists discovered that dark chocolate helps increase the feeling of being full.How much dark chocolate do you need to enjoy all of these benefits? Just seven grams a day, say the experts.

So if chocolate is your guilty pleasure, shake the shame and enjoy your indulgence! Clearly Richard Cadbury was onto something when he presented that first heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolates to the world. Not only does chocolate warm the heart on Valentine’s, it satisfies the body’s natural cravings and contributes to good health on any day of the year.

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WOMEN IN FITNESS JANUARY 1, 2018. This day marks the start of our trip around the sun and the first day for our new year’s resolutions, most of which include some health component. The majority of us girls resolve each year to eat healthier, become more physically fit or just plainly live a lessstressful life. The new year brings with it a fresh start, a chance to make a subtle or a bold change for our betterment. The majority of us vow every year to make a healthy change when the buttons on our jeans require the dreaded “suck-in”/“jump-in,” or our clothes don’t fit properly and those yoga pants are all we want to wear. If it’s time to rock that new dress hanging in the closet and turn from a sloth to a stunner, Louisiana has an option for


everyone. From elite athletic training to senior chair yoga, there are options for any girl, any age and in any shape. No doubt, a healthier lifestyle is a commitment. It takes time, energy and effort to maintain, but we are worth the investment. We are worth the dedication it takes to making a real change. Luckily, there are plenty of lifestyle coaches, meal plans and even some programs that teach grocery store shopping for healthy living. Making fitness a habit only requires the decision to take charge of our lives and take back our health. Good health is unappreciated until it is gone. Being healthy in mind, body and spirit will lead to a longer, happier life and the new year is the perfect time to re-discover the “you” that you once knew.

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ince opening my yoga studio nearly a year ago, I’ve been asked often, “Why EMPOWER YOGA?” To empower another person is not something to take lightly and has a confident, even life-changing connotation, so it seems somewhat ironic (and perhaps, destined) that my initial journey with my yoga practice began rather humbly. Early on in my life, I experienced anxiety and panic attacks that set the tone for a fearfully lived life that lasted well into my adulthood. It was not until I reached my early 40s that I decided it was time to take my life into my own hands and do something positive for myself. This realization began my journey with yoga and meditation, and I have not looked back since becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2016, and opening my own studio, EMPOWER YOGA, in 2017. I was told by mentors and friends alike to select a name carefully, and after reading through an old journal, I came across something powerful that a friend once shared with me. She told me that I was always empowering my friends and others, and clearly that resonated with me so much so that I wrote it down to remember for years to come. I truly believe that this is my purpose in life — to empower others! We live in a culture of instant gratification that demands our attention every second of the day, leaving us exhausted and overworked. This often leaves many with issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, the inability to healthily deal with our emotional health, and more. With this in mind, I like to think of my yoga mat as a portable charger that I can plug into at any time of day to tune out all of the world’s noise and to subsequently turn inward to escape all of these detractors. Contrary to popular thought, turning inward and doing something solely for one’s health or benefit is not self-centered. Rather, it is a perfectly healthy way to learn how to center oneself in order to be the best possible version one can be. Yoga can be such a healing tool and has personally taught me so many lessons, mainly about managing my anxiety, learning how to let go of the ego, and unlearning the constraints of our

Tina Womack-Roccaforte & daughter Sofia Roccaforte materialistic culture. Yoga is not something you do; it is something you live. When we learn how to love ourselves wholly through our practice, we become better to others and inevitably attract other souls like us. I encourage you to plant the seeds of forgiveness and self-love in your life, for you will surely reap the benefits. For me, yoga was that garden — that investment — and I hope you will give it a try, too. We invite you to come find out more about us and meet our qualified and certified instructors; we are excited to meet you! We are located at 1114 Villaggio Blvd (near BPCC) on Hwy 80 in Bossier City. Yoga Classes we offer: Beginner, Vinyasa Flow, BUTI Yoga, Gentle w/ Meditation, Power, Family Yoga, Yoga Fit. Aerial Yoga is coming soon! Please check out our website and follow us on Facebook to find special offers. Download the MINDBODY app to register for classes. See you on the mat — come get EMPOWERED.

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how to eat clean and lift weights! But more than all of those things, I was just like many of you beautiful ladies out there reading this article. As a single mom working hard to take care of everyone and everything else, I stopped caring about me. I fed my loneliness and emotions with food....and wine! Oh, how I loved my wine! Fast foods, Mexican food, pizza and popcorn made me feel better for the moment. But when I looked in the mirror, I no longer recognized the very overweight, sad face that looked back at me. I hated me. January 3, 2014, I decided enough was enough! I read an article about what sugar was really doing to our bodies. I went straight to my kitchen and cleaned out my cabinets of all sugary foods! And so it began for me... Along the way, I began hitting the gym and taught myself how to lift weights to build muscle, simply because muscle burns more fat than just cardio. I was a woman on a mission! By July 2015, I had completely transformed my body from a size

inside! For every muscle gain, my mental gains were 10 times greater! journey of empowerment! The whole experience was so powerful, I developed my Barbell Butterfly program to teach other women how they could do it too!! We have been very successful in Texarkana and recently expanded into Shreveport-Bossier to empower the fabulous ladies in this area! Barbell Butterfly is a women’s weight-loss program that will teach you how to eat healthy and get fit for life! No more weight-loss roller coasters or fad diets. Barbell Butterfly teaches you how to live a healthy lifestyle. We have an intensive nutrition class and will take you to the grocery store for a hands-on class teaching you how to read labels and shop for healthy foods! The best part about Barbell Butterfly is our incredible community of women that cheer each other on toward success! Success can be such a foreign concept for many of us, so isn’t it awesome to have literally hundreds of women behind you cheering you on? Visit our website or come by our studio to find out how YOU can be a Butterfly too!

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here is no fitness experience quite like Sleek Physique. Owner and master trainer Lauren LeBlance is certified on every level of fitness and unmatched on certifications locally. Lauren is always full of energy and so much fun! She makes her Sleek Physique clients feel like family and she joins them whole heartedly to achieve their fitness and health goals. Lauren has been trained by celebrity stars, and brings her knowledge right here to Shreveport. She and her certified team conduct nearly 40 classes per week. Celeb Barre is a local favorite, but her classes range to accommodate all ages, body types and skill levels. Lauren describes her fun fitness tactics as a way you can nip and tuck without the plastic surgery. Her workouts hit all large muscle groups as well as accessory muscles. Sleek Physique makes you feel good from the inside out. Take a look at all the classes Sleek Physique has to offer and start off The New Year with a fitness goal that Lauren will make sure you accomplish. Try out your first four classes at Sleek Physique for free and experience great music, energetic instructors, and an awesome way to NEW YOU for the New Year! Celeb Barre - This is our most popular class straight from Beverly Hills, California! It is the secret of the stars & celebrities! It is a fusion class incorporating arm work, cardio, ballet barre, Pilates mat work & yoga stretch with aromatherapy! Be ready to “sweat sexy”! We have fun getting “fit & fabulous” while defying our DNA!! Whine Barre/Sleek Pilates - The first 30 minutes is filled with basic barre moves. All body parts are worked on the ballet barre including the cardio portion. The second 30 minutes of this class is mat Pilates & core work. This class nips & tucks in all the right places! Spin HIIT - A full body indoor cycling class that will transform the way you look and feel! Expect high-intensity

intervals, hill climbs & even weight work & ab moves as an added bonus to your exciting journey! RPM - High intensity, indoor cycling workout to burn fat and get fit fast! This ride is choreographed to great music & is an intense fat attack!! We travel flat roads, climb hill, mountains, sprints & race! BURN, BURN, BURN!! Bodypump - This is the original barbell class that will sculpt, tone & strengthen the entire body fast! The class is performed to great music focusing on the major muscle groups. The focus is towards muscle endurance using several repetitions to lean your body…no bulking “The Rep Effect” makes lean chiseled bodies! Approximately 1200 reps are performed in an hour! Hip Hop Yoga - This class is an introduction to Vinyasa yoga. The class combines breath with movement while encouraging strength and flexibility. It incorporates fundamental yoga postures & sun salutations at steady pace. Hip Hop music makes this class more upbeat than your average yoga class! This class is suitable for all levels. Hip Hop Step - Learn the hottest & latest hip hop moves in this fat-burning dance workout! It is off the hook! Get the lean, sexy body you always wanted because you incinerate calories & sculpt your entire body while incorporating weights & step work!! Let’s “WERK” it! Also join us for - Barre Fight, Barre Tab and Biker Barre!

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What is Fitness Lady? A resource center for women’s health issues. What sets us apart? • We are about a lifestyle journey to better health and quality of life. • We are a community of women who support one another. • We are part of a fitness family who cares about the individual. • We are interpersonal, inspirational, and educational. • We bring joy, purpose, encouragement and new friendships to many. Why Fitness Lady? After giving birth to 3 children within 6 years, my weight was out of control. Why? I did not continue the discipline of exercise and proper nutrition because after all, I was eating for two! So I headed off to a gym and there was no instruction or help, no caring or sensitivity for my body size or modifications in aerobic classes. I left embarrassed and discouraged. How could I get my healthy body back? My quest began. I was on a budget, tired, overweight and short on time. How could I find a solution? I educated myself and opened my own aerobic studio for women, “A Step Above,” on Youree Drive. Nine months later I was encouraged to interview for a position as program director/manager at a women’s fitness center opening in Bossier City. I had no experience, but I told the owner, Jim Harrell, I would give him 110% effort and was eager to learn and grow at Fitness Lady. He hired me and we opened in 1991. In 1996 I bought Fitness Lady, Inc. I realized the book

knowledge I had fell short of the real life applications needed. Our members were in cancer treatment/recovery, overweight, had chronic diseases, joint replacements, chronic pain, mobility impairments and so much more. I needed advanced education and I found it through ACSM as a health and fitness specialist. Since that time, I pursue annual continuing education and certifications that benefit my personal development, management of my business, and resources to improve the health of my members. In 2008 my daughter, Brianna Rose, joined the team as my head personal trainer adding her expertise as a NASM/ corrective exercise specialist, a degree in exercise science and an ACSM/health and fitness specialist. Together we make a difference in the lives of women every day. So whether you are 9 or 92, come see us. You’re our kind of member.

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his time of year, there are always a plethora of health and fitness articles dedicated to the January warriors ready to take the world by storm. What actually creates change? It’s simple. Movement, consistency, and good choices are the three necessary ingredients to getting and staying healthy, as well as prolonging life. It was this need for change that inspired Ellen Latham to create the Orangetheory Fitness concept. She was inspired by her long-time clients that were frustrated that they weren’t seeing results from just “going to the gym”. She wanted to create a workout that combined resistance training, cardio work and core strengthening for a highly efficient workout that would produce the positive changes her clients needed. Fast-forward to today and Orangetheory Fitness is the fastest growing, woman-owned fitness concept in the world. Orangetheory Fitness Shreveport is here to deliver Ellen’s proven concept. Orangetheory uses a five-zone heart rate based interval-training program that dramatically improves the chances of success of each member. Individual heart rate monitors allow you to see your effort and progress during the workout on large screens and in real time. This provides accountability and motivation and also allows the certified coach to monitor your performance. Leading the teams at Orangetheory Shreveport are two awesome ladies: Corrie Hill, the studio manager, and Leslie Hasson, the head coach. Corrie is from Monroe, and has always loved fitness and sports. Unfortunately, back then, female sports and athletes were not truly respected like they have come to be today. This drove

Corrie to an accomplished athletic career in college and to try to be an inspiration to other women in sports and fitness. She became a personal trainer, a fitness specialist, and a speed/agility trainer. But when she found Orangetheory Fitness, she knew she had found her place. Corrie says, “Orangetheory Fitness is a great fit for me but it has turned into one of the most amazing parts of my life. Each member that walks through the door at Orangetheory Fitness Shreveport has touched some part of my life. Most people say that our coaches and staff have helped positively change their lives, but our members have no idea how much they have changed mine.” Head Coach Leslie started her career in the fitness industry long before becoming a certified personal trainer. Throughout her years in the military as a drill sergeant, she would often find herself offering assistance to friends and fellow soldiers on how to improve their fitness levels. She found herself yearning for the pride that comes along with someone else reaching their goals and quickly realized becoming a personal trainer was the correct path for her. After taking an Orangetheory Fitness class in Dallas, she also quickly realized that OTF was a great fit for her and her passion for helping others. Leslie says, “During the two years that I have worked for OTF that realization has held true. Orangetheory Fitness focuses on every single individual that walks through their front door, whether they are a member or an employee. But OTF is more than a workout, it is a community, it is a way of life. Being able to wake up each day and have a positive impact on so many people through fitness hardly feels like a job. Before Orangetheory Fitness, I didn’t think this was possible, but now I know that you can truly love what you do and love the company you work for.” Science tells us that interval training is one of the most effective ways to create change in the body. If you aren’t familiar with interval training, it’s a workout that alternates between periods of high intensity efforts and lower intensity efforts (anaerobic work and aerobic work). When we train this way, an oxygen deficit is created in the body called Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which allows us to burn calories not only during our workout, but for up to 36 hours after our workout is complete! As you head in to the New Year with new goals and a renewed motivation for health and fitness, keep in mind that Orangetheory Fitness has you covered when it comes to offering safe and effective movement. The workouts will complement activities you already enjoy, and push you to achieve more than you anticipated.

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My daughter Summer and three of her friends hopped in my car after a weekend of soccer down south and within 15 minutes, the chattering about the happenings of the weekend had ceased and in its place was a brand of silence familiar to parents of teens everywhere. They entered what I call "Cell Jail." Once you see the glow of the phone shine on their face, you have lost them for a little while, unless you force them to actually carry on a conversation with you. And even then, their eyes slowly drift up to you as they answer any question you might ask, then back down to the handheld device that seems to have a greater pull on their attention. They are officially in the phone zone. I looked at Summer, who was sitting to my right, and said, "You wanna know what we did in my day when traveling with our families or friends?" "Let me guess," she said with a twinge of sarcasm. "You guys actually

talked to each other, or you listened to music together or you stared out the window taking in the sights of your surroundings." "Oh, have I mentioned this before?" I asked, with a sly smile creeping across my face. She laughed and looked back at her friends, "Only every time we go on a road trip with you." As they sat back in comfortable silence checking on the statuses of friends, watching funny videos posted by people they have never met, nor ever will meet, I began thinking about my own childhood. Did we have it better? Do they have it better? Which way adds more value to life? I mean, clearly, life was simpler back then and cell phones have added complication to our lives...but do they actually offer more positives than negatives? And, honestly, could we ever really know the answer to that?

I'll tell you what I feel we've lost since cell phones have become so prevalent in our lives, but I can also tell you what I feel we've gained from owning cell phones that have made our life better and much easier. What I feel we've lost is our innocence in a way. With the internet being readily available at our fingertips through our cell phones, children are being exposed to things that their little psyches aren't quite ready for. Things that, sadly, darken their innocence in ways that can never be reversed. This is the part that most upsets me about children owning their own cell phone. Fortunately, however, apps are constantly being created and developed to help control what children can and cannot see on their phone. Gone are the days when you would read the back of a cereal box while eating your morning breakfast or reading the back of a shampoo bottle while sitting on the powder room throne for any length of time. There was something so sweet and

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own cell phone, then of course you can innocent about those days. In those "good ole days," boys would surmise that our children would rather stand around watching their dad tinker quietly use their fingertip to get an under the hood of their family car. This answer to a very embarrassing question quality time between father and son was rather than ask their mom or dad about usually a complete blend of bonding, it. But you truly lose while also learning something so special valuable information and so valuable in the about the upkeep of interim. cars. You lose bonding When not on the moments, invaluable phone or doing some life lessons, as well as, sort of arts and crafts precious memories project with friends, with your parents.... girls usually spent time ~Author, Chris Pirillo the two people you in the kitchen with

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their moms. This mother-daughter time was such a perfect time for a young girl to learn her way around a kitchen, while also getting to know her mom a little better. Nowadays, boys can use their phone to click on YouTube and instantly learn how to do everything from tying a bow tie to changing a flat tire to learning how to correctly kiss a girl for the first time! Girls can use their phone to click on sites that will show them how to do everything from cooking a turkey dinner, to applying makeup, to how to properly insert a tampon! Wait! Is this good a good thing?!? Well, for the record, I believe the internet is ultimately a good thing for our world. It is a very helpful tool to have in just about every aspect of life. With that being said, my new question then becomes, is it an overall healthy thing for our lives? Maybe. But maybe not. I cannot help but believe that something very valuable is lost between parents and their children these days because of cell phones and how early our children are receiving their very own. Think about it. If the answers to life's everyday questions are so readily available to children who own their

can trust most in this world. What you cannot get from your phone is someone more trustworthy than your parents to give you sound, loving and and appropriate life advice. Take a young woman's menstrual cycle, for example. When a girl starts her period, it is life altering for her. There are so many questions; so many confusing feelings about it all. It's also such a private experience in a girl's life that even sharing this news with her mom can feel incredibly awkward and uncomfortable. I can totally see how it would be much easier to grab your phone and google how to deal with this part of womanhood. But what you can't know as a teenage girl is how much better and more valuable it can be to include your mom in this very big and special part of becoming a woman. Moms know how to put their daughters at ease. This is also a good time for moms to share their own teenage experience with their daughter and explain how and why this part of growing up is so important. The memory of this time will remain etched in a girl's mind forever. I remember being in my bathroom with my face in my hands, while my mom was right outside my bathroom

door trying to coach me on how to use this womanly product that made no sense to me. For heaven's sake, until that time, I didn't even know there was another place down there for anything to be inserted into! While mom was laughing on her side of the door, I was in tears hollering, "Mom! What are you talking about!! How did I not know about this one!!" The next thing I saw was a flat, handheld mirror that my mom had slipped under the bathroom door, followed by the sound of her laughter that got even louder when she heard me gasp in horror. I can't help but laugh just thinking about it all. Lol! Memories...Time together...Valuable lessons from your mom. These are the parts of life you lose when you only seek answers from your cell phone. I will never forget running for Student Council Secretary at University Elementary when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. I remember telling my parents that I needed to make many copies of my flyer so that people would, of course, know to vote for me. We didn't own a copy machine, of course, and there was no way my parents were going to run around town trying to find one the night before the election. Instead, my dad said, "Teri, what do I always tell you about these sorts of things? 'If it is to be, it's up to me,' right? So, don't blame your mom and me for this one. If you really want to get your name out there, you will just need to figure out what you need to do to make it happen... without a copy machine." So, I did. I asked my dad to draw a picture of a cute skunk on about 30 5x5 cardstock papers that my mom had hidden away in her wrapping paper drawer. After he drew them for me, I cut each skunk out, colored the little fellas black

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and white and wrote in big black letters across these little stinkers: "Don't Stink, Vote Spinks" The next morning, I taped some of my skunks to the walls in the classroom and the rest I pinned on the chest of some of my grade-school buddies. Meanwhile, my opponent in the race, Holly Fullilove, whose mom clearly loved her more than my parents loved me, had a zillion copies of the cutest cutouts with happy hearts dancing all over the page. They were scattered throughout the school and everyone had one pinned to their shirt. Even I wanted one!....Why? Because they all came with a strawberry flavored heart-shaped sucker. I mean, it's kinda hard to compete with someone whose last name, Fullilove, is basically "full-of-love" if you break it down. Needless to say, tiny, adorable Holly won the election and the only thing that stunk were my hand-drawn, handcolored, pitiful skunks that laid atop my

stinky desk. But there was something so special about that experience for me. I discovered some things about myself that I really liked. I discovered that if I want something badly enough, I will do whatever I need to do to give myself a chance to win. I discovered that when it doesn't go my way, I'm okay. And I discovered that my parents were always willing to help me find a way to complete a goal, even if I didn't have the proper tools I thought I needed to run the race. Nowadays, kids can click on their phone, look up hundreds of ideas and creations for any sort of project -science fair, book reports or even poster ideas for running for office -- and simply select the one they like. They can copy it, paste it and then send it to their email address. Next, they just tweak it to fit their own idea of what it should say or

look like and then even print it out or fax it somewhere from an app that is right there on their phone! Honest to goodness, they can do pretty much anything and everything from their phone! And, quite frankly, I don't blame them! I would've given anything for help with my elementary slogan, "Don't Stink. Vote Spinks!" But "Stink" was the only thing I could think of that rhymed with "Spinks". Clearly, in today's world, I could've had a much better slogan and it could've been easily printed out hundred times in mere minutes. But I wouldn't have that memory. And I think if I had to choose, I would choose the memory. What do you suppose would happen if we all woke up tomorrow morning only to discover that cell phones had become non-existent.

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Gasp! Seriously, how could we, at this point, make do without our cell phones? When you've become so accustomed to having the world at your finger tips, it would be quite a task to rediscover the world by using old fashioned standards. How would you easily reach your friends while away from your home? How would you know where they were? What they were doing? Or who they were with? How would you check your daily schedule? Your homework? Or facts about an author you were assigned to report on? Would you know how to use the sun to determine about what time it was if you had no access to a watch or a clock? What if you wanted to shop for Christmas gifts, but couldn't drive all over town looking at different stores? What if you wanted to invite a friend over, but didn't know their phone number? How would you find that?

Or, let's say you wanted to know what time a movie started, but couldn't drive to the movie theater to check their movie board? How else could you find out? And pictures! Would you be willing to carry a camera around at all times or hang a big Polaroid camera around your neck just in case a priceless moment happened while in your presence? My goodness, so much change has come with these smart phones. They certainly have made life easier, faster, more efficient and even greater for keeping in touch with family and friends. But better? I don't know. All I know is the best things in life aren't those things you can find on your cell phone, online, in an app or on any social media outlet. The best things in life are your people, your experiences and your memories. These people and these life experiences are the things that help you “keep it real.” And that, my friends, is invaluable.

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most common symptoms of CD are digestive discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, fatigue, depression and weight loss. There are individuals that don’t have CD but have these same problems when ingesting gluten. These individuals are said to have a condition called gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. This sensitivity presents with the same signs and symptoms of CD but without the immune system damage to the intestines. If you’re having similar symptoms after ingesting foods containing gluten, you may want to speak with your

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doctor. In order for gluten sensitivity/ intolerance to be diagnosed, it is first necessary to rule out CD or other possible causes. You can be tested for CD through blood tests and a biopsy from the small intestine. If you believe you have gluten intolerance, you can try eliminating gluten from your diet for at least 30 days. Please note that gluten can take months to clear from your system, so the longer you can eliminate it before reintroducing it, the better. If you feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when you reintroduce it, then gluten is likely the culprit. Please note that for this testing method to be accurate, you must eliminate 100% of gluten from your diet. This maybe more challenging than you think, as gluten, especially wheat, is added to a surprising number of foods. Generally speaking, you should avoid processed foods, cereals and grains that contain

gluten. Also it is best to only consume grains with a gluten-free label. On the brighter side, there are a few grains and seeds that are naturally gluten-free like corn, rice, flax and oats. There are also plenty of healthy whole foods that are naturally gluten-free, including protein such as meat and seafood, eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. Most beverages are also gluten-free, except beer unless it’s labeled as such. In short, for the majority of Americans, avoiding gluten is unnecessary. However, for people with certain health conditions such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance, removing gluten from their diet can make a huge difference in their health, well-being and quality of life.

Marie Vazquez Morgan, PT PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehab Sciences at LSU Health Shreveport’s School of Allied Health Professions. Marie’s previous contributions to Lola Magazine include the article “Cheers, Mom: Here’s to Your Health” on wine in the May-June issue.

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he definition of civility is formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. The error of our society in allowing this loss of civility is impacting our whole culture and way of life. The change in this starts with the parent and can move back to civility with a few steps in the right direction. And frankly, this is the season to turn over this new leaf. Why is this so important? Children and adults all over the USA are demonstrating behaviors that at best are poor and at worst are shocking and heart breaking, most of which are the result of a lack of respect, which is the first victim of civil inability. So, how do we turn the tide and begin to breathe the air of civility back into our culture? It starts with good parenting and a firm hand

as instructed through scripture. Our cultural foundation is now cracking due to a lack of small steps that technology has allowed and many of us have fostered. Let’s start with a question. How many Christmas cards did you receive or send? Now, how many thank-you cards for your Christmas presents have you sent? I have polled about 15 families at this point and none of them testify to having sent either. Why is this? Culture and technology have allowed this lost step - it is time consuming and doesn’t seem to have immediate value. However, I disagree with this philosophy and the research actually backs me up with this. “Civility does not mean the mere outward gentleness of speech cultivated

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for the occasion, but an inborn gentleness and desire to do the opponent good.” – Mahatma Gandhi When I first searched for the term incivility, imagine my surprise that there is an actual group that studies this! A quick synopsis of their “Civility in America VII: The State of Civility” is below: Although Americans recognize a shortage of civility in their daily lives, they easily agree on what it is and what it means to them. To kick off our survey each year, we ask respondents to write in what civility means to them personally. Top responses focus primarily on being nice or polite to others (29%) and treating others with respect (17%). Examples of civility definitions provided by respondents include: “Being civil — thoughtful, kind, sympathetic, able to get along with others, understanding in thought and word.” “Respect and honor people as you would like to be treated.” “Observing the rules of social etiquette, even when one disagrees.” “Treating one another with mutual respect.” “The act of being civil. Remaining polite, even if you don’t necessarily want to.” “Tolerating people and things you don’t like for the sake of peace within a group.” To ensure that all respondents completed the survey with a mutual understanding of civility, we presented this definition once they had written in their own: “By civility, we mean polite and respectful conduct and expression.” “Civility in America VII” shows that incivility continues to be pervasive in American life. However, Americans are willing to take some actions to prevent incivility from becoming further normalized. We suggest the following calls to action, based on our findings

from this year’s study: Let’s take the “civility challenge.” Three-quarters of us report that we would be willing to personally set a good civility example. We should take that challenge on. As Americans, we collectively recognize we have a civility problem, even a crisis, on our hands. Yet, while we agree on what civility means, we don’t see ourselves or even the people close to us as part of the problem. Each of us should take a closer look at our actions on a daily basis and evaluate if our own behavior may be having a deleterious impact on others. Refrain from posting or sharing uncivil material online. While this is intuitive and perhaps simplistic, half of all incivility is encountered in search engines and on social media. What may seem civil to the poster/sharer, may be considered very uncivil to others. Through sharing and liking, our content often gets seen by people who aren’t our direct social media contacts. If we want to set an example of civility, we need to be thoughtful about the implications of not just our real-life actions but our online actions as well. Leaders of workplaces can do more to root out incivility. Our research shows that working in uncivil environments has an adverse impact on the bottom line and the personal lives of employees. Most Americans report working in civilized environments. Organizations should evaluate their workplace civility levels, understand which factors drive incivility experiences or perceptions — such as anger, low morale and isolation — and correct the behavior. Find common ground. The political polarization in America that has only become worse applies to civility as well. Whereas some people think that our public squares are better because citizens say whatever is on our minds, others believe our public squares have become breeding places for hate and

lies. If Americans could become more accepting of arguments on both sides of the political spectrum and listen more to each other, common ground could be rediscovered and our civility crisis eased. All of this is well and good but I suggest that we take it a step further. Children learn from their examples and if their examples are demonstrating to them that it is all about them then they will begin to believe that and act on that. I have often been asked by a parent or grandparent why their child has turned into an “ungrateful brat.” My answer is the same each time, “What are you doing to TRAIN your child/grandchild not to be self-centered?” We live in a world of iPhone and social media where the world is commenting on what you are doing and how well it is done which encourages an “all about me” approach. Let’s try something new. What if we encouraged our children give up something daily for another person? A seat while waiting at a restaurant or an item that they no longer care about even though they just got it for Christmas. What if we made sure that our children were taught to send thank-you notes for Christmas even if they didn’t like the present? I was grateful to get a pair of underwear and an orange from my grandparents as that is all they could afford. Imagine my surprise every time my child sends a thank you note to someone that it gets commented on because it is so rare - this is a small step to changing our air of civility. When I was watching SharkTank the other night - talk about uncivil I saw a product go for millions that flabbergasted me! It was called HATER and it is an app to match couples by what they HATE instead of what they like. WOW! Just WOW! We have gotten to the point that hating is more important than liking or loving. Choices, folks! So here is my Civility Challenge to you, should you choose to accept it!

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Civility Contract… ❍ No negative postings on social media for one month at the minimum. I know this is hard when you just want to rant! Reposting as stated above counts as negative too! ❍ No bad mouthing bad drivers. Instead of losing your mind and mouth at the crazy driver, try to think why they are driving like that. And this means you are not on your phone either! ❍ Send thank-you notes with your child/grandchild helping you to each person who has done something special in your life. Send a little love to those who mean so much. Take the time and it will change your heart. ❍ Go to a veteran’s home, nursing care facility or assisted living with your child/grandchild and teach them to share and love on those who have so little. Time means the world to these elderly citizens and listening to them tell stories is priceless. Take a little small note, picture or poem and watch their faces light up. ❍ Volunteer at The Lighthouse or a local school through Step Forward to read or tell a story to the littles who are learning.

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Thank you for taking the time to read and hear my heart! If you would like to respond to this with how this experiment changed you or made your relationships more civil, please feel free to email me at May God Bless America!


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with the news, you have no doubt heard about the opioid crisis in America. What started as the compassionate development of pharmaceuticals for management of pain has turned into a firestorm of prescription and addiction. In response to the opioid crisis, physicians, institutions, and the government are looking for ways to reduce the use of and demand for opioid medications. One of the more common medical problems for which opioids are prescribed is low back pain. This also happens to be THE most common reason that Americans seek out complementary and alternative medicine. In April of 2017, the American College of Physicians


published guidelines for the noninvasive treatment of back pain, stating that clinicians should only consider opioids for low back pain when other specified treatments have failed. In addition, these guidelines highlight complementary and alternative modalities for management of low back pain, recognizing how these practices have a prominent role in the treatment of this common medical problem. If you have experienced low back pain, you are not alone. Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. The majority recover quickly and are back to their usual activities within a month. For a much smaller percentage, the back

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pain becomes chronic, persisting after three months. The reasons why people develop back pain are many and range from harmless to emergent. The majority of low back pain, however, appears to be nonspecific. In medical school, we learn about “red flags”, those symptoms which cause concern when associated with low back pain and warrant immediate evaluation, including fever, weight loss, numbness around the buttocks and incontinence. It is always a good idea to see your doctor for evaluation, but identifying the exact cause of low back pain is not always possible. Imaging, such as X-rays and MRIs, has limits and may not add useful information. A history and physical exam are usually enough to determine a treatment plan. There are many useful nonpharmacologic treatments for chronic low back pain. As usual in my opinion, an integrative approach is best. The solution is likely not one specific

thing but rather integration of many modalities that get you well. We know that nutrition can influence pain. In addition to improving mood and energy, certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties which can directly or indirectly affect pain. Following an Anti-Inflammatory Diet is important. Although one type has not been shown superior, exercise is a proven treatment for chronic low back pain. A physical therapist can help guide you with exercise therapy if needed. Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art and graceful form of exercise, has been shown to improve chronic low back pain. Yoga is another form of movement with evidence for its use in the management of chronic low back pain. Although considered a form of exercise by many, yoga has other components, such as breathing and meditation, that have also proven beneficial for chronic low back pain. On that note, Mind Body Medicine should

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the diverse availability of options to integrate. There are supplements and botanicals that can be helpful for the management of low back pain. Devil’s Claw is a herb native to Africa that has long been used for treatment of pain. Strong evidence exists for its effectiveness in low back pain, in particular. Willow is the herb that gave rise to aspirin. It, too, can be useful for low back pain, but because it has similar components to aspirin its precautions are similar. As with the initiation of any supplements, you should first discuss these with your doctor to avoid drug-herb interactions and ensure their appropriateness. Why certain people develop chronic symptoms of low back pain is not completely understood. We know that someone who is anxious or depressed is more likely to have chronic low back pain. A negative attitude also makes it

more likely that back pain will persist. Maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. Manage stress and incorporate relaxation into your daily routine. Practice positivity. If you find yourself with persistent low back pain, see your doctor and discuss an integrative approach with the initial focus on nonpharmacologic measures. This is certainly one area of medicine that has caught on to the benefits of integrative medicine. Dr.






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M ‘And the Reserve Champion trophy goes to….Shelly Marie.’ My awkward, Kool-Aid dyed, 12-year-old self approached the stage to receive my trophy with applause (OK, so maybe 6 people were clapping.) I was beaming and walked off the stage clutching my trophy and told my teacher, Ms. Yates, ‘I want to cook for the rest of my life.’ Little did I know that trophy launched my career.

y name is Shelly Marie Redmond, and long before I launched Skinny Louisiana, I was a regular ol’ Cajun girl living in Bayou Blue, Louisiana. You won’t find Bayou Blue on a map; it’s a small town right outside of Houma, Louisiana. While most girls played with dolls and cheered, I was the girl who was playing with pots, pans, and the rabbits my family raised (yes, for meat). I ran the garden and cleaned the rabbit poop, and my favorite pastime was walking up and down the aisles of Rouses Supermarket. I always thought, “It would be so cool to work here.” My love for the “pots and pans” came from my grandmother, Maw Maw Edna. She taught me everything about shucking peas and peeling shrimp. Edna, my idol, was full-blooded Cajun, the most loving woman I have ever met, but most importantly she taught me the meaning of hard work. (Side note, she could also switch from English to Cajun French in 2.5 seconds.) Edna was up and out at 2 a.m. on the shrimp boats, raised 6 kids, and I promise you would make Bobby Flay cry if she picked him as an Iron Chef competitor. I watched Edna in the kitchen and garden, and wanted to imitate her cooking. Edna never had a set recipe, it was “this” and “that,” and together, “this” and “that” tasted amazing. As I continued to watch Edna, this was around the time I heard about 4-H. I went to the first meeting and was hooked. I entered every cooking contest. Blue ribbon mostly, and I finally won that championship. While many would think the first person I would run to would be Maw Maw Edna with my trophy, I would have to run to a gravesite to tell her about that win. All her hard work took a huge toll on her body, and her heart was suffering. After a long, long battle with heart disease and countless surgeries, she passed way too young, and I took it as my job to carry on her cooking legacy. In the middle of practicing her legacy, many of my older family members were diagnosed with heart disease, and doctors at the time started discussing the relationship between healthy eating and disease management. 4-H started pushing the health benefits of cooking and there I learned my first recipe substitutions of applesauce replacing both sugar and oil. (I know, not the perfect substitute, but this was a long time ago!)

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Continuing my goals of “cooking as a job,” I went to Nicholls State University and majored in food. Something unique was happening at our university: The John Folse Culinary Institute was being built, and while I never wanted to work in a restaurant, our nutrition and culinary classes overlapped. In particular, our “community” classes overlapped where we had to perform “healthy demos” for each other and for the staff of the university. I wasn’t the greatest student in clinical subjects, but I could rock the socks out of a food demo, so much that one of the local hospital dietitians took me on cable access TV for a food demo taping. Maybe 5 people saw the segment, and the host forgot my name, but I was hooked on cooking, demos, and TV, as well as another pastime, dying my hair. You now see me as a fiery red head (my natural hair color is orange brown), but I rocked all different colors in school, and folks loved the hair with the cooking. My first big dilemma came after graduating, I didn’t want to work in the restaurant field, and having to complete an internship, I took all of the $47 in my checking account and drove sight unseen in my beat-up Chevy Caviler (with no AC in the August heat) to the new world of Ruston, Louisiana. I struggled in the clinical-based program, but I graduated. My first job was at the VA in an outpatient clinic, and while I talked about eating better, I really wanted to talk about food. I would ask the patients about their favorite recipes, and many were floored to learn I was a Cajun from South Louisiana. Once we got past my 4-H days, discussion typically revolved around some type of dish prepared by a grandparent. On a normal day in 2003, a cute blonde entered my office with a tray of brownies. “Looks like you need one of these.” I took the brownie, and little by little, this cute blonde continued to stop by my office where we shared enough

stories for me to take this blonde home to meet my family. After discussing with family that he was not from Houma, I had to break down and admit my husband was from north of I-10. Ohio to be exact. After answering numerous questions including, “Where are you going to go to church?”, my family embraced my Yankee husband Greg. I married Greg in 2007, and fast forward to 2013 when our second child, Christian was 2 weeks old. I left the VA back in 2011 while pregnant with my daughter Mireille and took odd jobs in nutrition from PR work to writing. But on that cold December day, Greg approached me with the idea of purchasing a clinic. While the thought never crossed my mind, I knew I could go back to working with clients on the ability of menu planning, cooking education, and weight loss. Without either of us taking one business class, we said yes to purchasing Eberhardt Physical Therapy. With excitement, I went into pro/con list, and I wish I could tell you all I had some type of epiphany in the concept of Skinny Louisiana, but I literally woke up and said, “I will name my firm Skinny Louisiana.” With a TON of cons from folks (yes, many folks HATE the name Skinny Louisiana), I knew I had to get back in the kitchen and cook! I had to prove the nay-sayers wrong. Greg

came into the kitchen and cooked, and I had everyone taste the food. Word was spreading on “Wow, this red head can cook healthy and she is from south Louisiana.” Once positive word spread, I landed a reoccurring TV segment on KTAL NBC 6 News showcasing my Skinny Louisiana dishes, and I started receiving consistent referrals from wonderful doctors in the community, in particular the Family Doctors Clinic. Sitting in my office checking my email, I noticed the subject on an in particular email stating “Culinary Competition at Harrah’s New Orleans.” Christian was a little over a year old at the time, and I was pumped about the idea of spending a night in New Orleans. I quickly entered and months later I arrived, and quickly realized the mistake I might have made. I walked in with my Igloo Ice chest, while my 12 professional chef competitors arrived dressed to the chef nines with professional stainlesssteel equipment. I lost miserably, but while serving my dish, I met the marketing director of Pelican Publishing. She encouraged me to phone them to discuss a book proposal. My lost quickly turned to a win, and the proposal turned into what today is “Skinny Louisiana… in the Kitchen.” “Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen” was released on Mardi Gras Day 2017, and within 1 month, it was ranked #4

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on Amazon Cajun/Creole Cookbooks. After our grand release party, I was shopping at the local Drug Emporium snapping pictures of my favorite low-net carb, high-fiber finds (the base of the Skinny Louisiana weight-loss program) and Jeanette Yerger, Vitamin Plus Manager, contacted me for a meeting to discuss a partnership. Could my dreams of working at a supermarket happen? Yes! We developed Skinny Louisiana approved signs and these are placed all throughout the store identifying products with the meeting the Skinny Louisiana approved standard, 5 grams of fiber or higher, 5 grams of sugar or less, and less than 15 grams of net carbs. In 2018, we plan to bring to the store more demos and or course, more foods meeting the Skinny Louisiana gold standard. While working with my clients, I was still missing something. Many of my clients enjoyed eating out. With the help

of Emerie Gentry, we developed my latest program, the Skinny Louisiana Dines program. The goal, select menu items reflecting the Skinny Louisiana gold standard. We approached restaurants with the concept of not revamping their menu, but to select 1 to 3 choices that met the Skinny Louisiana approved standard. I was thrilled when our first restaurant, Twisted Root, joined. Quickly followed by Bistro Byronz, Abby Singer’s Bistro, Salt Restaurant, Tom + Chee Bossier, Glenwood Tea Room, La Louisiane Catering, The Levee, and Cloud 9. Restaurants are given menu cards to pass to patrons to show off the Skinny Louisiana selections. (And yes, we are working on more!) Folks are welcome to pick up their restaurant cards at Drug Emporium and Eberhardt Physical Therapy. What’s in store for 2018? My January will be spent developing recipes for my second cookbook (the title is still a

secret!) and in March 2018, I will be a part of 318 Restaurant Week working with the amazing El Cabo Verde. 2018 will be the year I release my You Tube Channel and develop the Skinny Louisiana podcast. Of all the greatest “skinny” achievements, I am always taken back to my Maw Maw Edna’s kitchen, where she would endlessly prepare an amazing roux. I have one dish I will never skinny. And it is with that, I always say, “Never skinny a roux!” Want more information? Give me at call at 318.426.0987 and like us on Facebook at Skinny Louisiana. Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN is a culinary dietitian and founder of Skinny Louisiana. Her book, Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen is available at Drug Emporium, Eberhardt





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Krewe of Sobek Parade 1 P.M., JAN. 13 Parade begins at the Fairground Fields parking lot and goes through the Queensborough neighborhood in Shreveport. See map on page 17. This fun-filled afternoon features floats, bands, marching groups, drill teams, queens, kings, youth sports teams, homecoming courts, and more.

Krewe of Harambee Martin Luther King Jr . Day Mardi Gras Parade 1 P.M., JAN. 15

Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade NOON TO 4 P.M., FEB. 4 Events on the Red 2000 Reeves Marine Dr., Bossier City The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade is a chance for festive pets to celebrate Mardi Gras. All pet owners are invited to participate. Animal costumes are encouraged.

Krewe of Gemini Grand Parade XXIX

Parade begins at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and rolls on Milam Street and Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. See map on page 18. A huge, family-friendly parade that rolls through downtown Shreveport each year celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. features marching bands, stilt walkers, dozens of floats, and more.

4 P.M., FEB. 10

Krewe of Centaur Parade XXVII

The parade begins on Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport. See map on page 19. Masked revelers on floats, marchers, and horseback riders respond to the age old cry, “Throw me something, Mister!” by tossing beads, toys and trinkets.

Krewe of Highland Parade XXIII

4:30 P.M., FEB. 3

2 P.M., FEB. 11

The parade begins on Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport. See map on page 19. One of the largest parades in Louisiana, the Krewe of Centaur rolls 10 days before Fat Tuesday and features marching bands, brightly colored floats and more.

The parade rolls through Shreveport’s historic Highland neighborhood and begins at the corner of Gilbert Drive and Gregg Avenue. See map on page 20. Shreveport’s most eccentric krewe is famous for throwing hot dogs, packs of ramen noodles, moon pies, and more.

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MONROE/WEST MONROE Krewe of Janus Parade Saturday, February 3

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The History of



ardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season.

It falls on a different day each year because Mardi Gras Day is calculated by counting forty days and seven Sundays back on the calendar from Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday always falls on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon of the spring. The Carnival season begins January 6 (12 days after Christmas) on “Twelfth Night” and concludes on Mardi Gras Day. In Northwest Louisiana, we commemorate the official kickoff of the Carnival season with a community-wide party sponsored by the local krewes. On almost every night that follows January 6 until Mardi Gras Day, there is some sort of Carnival-related activity. In Northwest Louisiana, a Mardi Gras event would not be complete without a Tubbs X-Treme King Cake. In many Christian countries, the coming of the Wise Men bearing gifts is celebrated 12 days after Christmas. The celebration, called “Epiphany” (The Enlightenment), is a time of exchanging gifts and feasting. All over the world people gather for festive Twelfth Night celebrations. One of the most popular customs is still the baking of a special cake in honor of the three kings... “A King’s Cake.” Tradition has now evolved through time to obligate the person who receives the baby, which represents the Christ child, (and is inside every king cake), to continue the festivities by hosting another king cake party. Originally, king cakes were

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a simple ring of dough with little decoration. Tubbs King Cakes are much more. They are made with moist pastry dough that is baked and covered with an extreme amount of filling and cream cheese icing decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras sugars: purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. Hundreds of thousands of king cakes are consumed at parties every year, making the king cake one of the finest Louisiana traditions. Tubbs King Cakes are delivered in a beautifully decorated box with the history of the king cake printed on the side. Tubbs X-Treme King Cake feeds 14-16 people or 10-12 Cajuns. King Cakes are typically very dry, but our X-treme King Cakes turn the traditional recipe upside down. We use a moist pastry dough and an extreme amount of quality fillings. Tubbs moist and delicious king cakes are back, better than ever!

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Kelly Moore Clark From Her Perspective


urns out, I did not reach my dreams. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, seeing as all I ever wanted was to be on “Star Search.” All I ever wanted to do was be a singer. I was in multiple bands, and knew that I would spend the rest my life on the stage. I went on to attend Louisiana Tech in vocal performance. Funny how life changes, because somewhere along the way, I realized I didn’t like being gone all the time doing concerts, and I accidentally picked up a camera. Well, it wasn’t completely an accident… I did it to impress a boy. I was madly in love with this guy, and he was a photographer. I spent a lot of time in the darkroom watching him process photos. I was intrigued. Without ever having owned a camera, I convinced his boss at the Louisiana Tech yearbook to hire me. Long story short, that summer, I bought my first camera, and spent all my time in the darkroom. I was hooked. Like so many things that happen, I didn’t intend on becoming a photographer, it just happened. I took a few peoples’ photos for fun, they told their friends, one thing led to another and by the time I graduated college I had a full-fledged business on my hands. In the summer of 2002, I married my amazing husband. He was a pilot, and I was

a photographer, and for the first five years of our marriage, we had a blast pursuing our careers. I photographed over 55 weddings by myself. I was on a creative high, and no one can stop me… then came our first kid! Of course, it was amazing, there is nothing like becoming a parent. But I was a workaholic, and I had no concept of making time for my family. I was gone all the time, and I feel like I missed the first two years of my oldest daughter’s life. I remember like it was yesterday when my husband sat down to confront me about this issue. I had no idea it was a problem, I thought this was just how we had to live. I remember him saying, you put so much effort, talent and time into your work, but I don’t see you putting this into our family. That moment was a turning point for me in my life and my career. It was not long after that when I had the idea to make a new type of camera bag. All I wanted was a fashionable camera bag that looked good and had function. There was nothing like it on the market. I talked about it for a year or so, and finally decided that I needed to pull the trigger. I prayed that if the Lord wanted it to happen that he would open the doors and set things into motion… boy, did He! Let me just say I had absolutely no idea how to create a camera bag, or get one manufactured. Only

by the grace of God, I met the right people at the right time, and we made our first prototype. We decided to mortgage out home to be able to start this venture. My family thought I was crazy, and that I had really gotten snookered. Thankfully, an 18-wheeler full of bags finally showed up, and we began shipping our first bags out of our garage in January 2010. Within only a few months, we had sold out, and we were placing another order. Just as our bags have evolved to be so much more than when we began, I have done the same as a wife, as a mother, and as a business owner. I would have never dreamed I would end up on 30 acres, raising chickens, goats, kids and a garden! Over the years, the overwhelming desire to simplify and slow down has become a reality. I find myself trying to delicately balance being a working woman AND being a wife and a mom who is present and active in my family’s life. My wonderful husband (also named Kelly), my three daughters and I live in the country where we have recently built a barn house! My goals moving forward are to take one day at a time. I try not to make too many plans, because I know those can always change!

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