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Act Together Min istries will offer Christmas sponsorsh ip to hundreds of children in North Metro Atlanta. Sponsors are needed to act as "Christmas ange ls" and provide Christmas gifts to chi ldren in need. Ch ildren receiv ing sponsorship include foster ch il dren and ch ildren from low income famil ies . Sponsors shou ld plan to spend $75-100 pe r child . This usual ly includes 2-3 needed gifts such as a jacket o r shoes and 2-3 wanted gifts such as games and toys . Sponsors may request c hildre n by age and/or gender. Children often enjoy shoppi ng for a c hild of simi lar age and gender. Th is is a wonderful teaching opportu nity for parents. To sign up to sponsor a child , v isit www.actogetherministries.org.

Act Together also needs vo lunteers fo r a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15th for the sponsored chil d ren and their fami li es to be held at The V ine Community Church in Cumm ing. There w ill be games, crafts, and food for the fami lies. Whi le the ch ildren are enjoying the festivities, vo lunteers " hide" Christmas bags in the cars . This way, the chi ldren won't know they were sponsored and the parents get to give the p resents to the chi ldren. Help us make su re these little chi ld ren have some gifts to open o n Christmas morning.

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The students, fami lies, and staff Chambers Performing Arts schools and the Susan Chambers Dance Company (SCDC) recently donate more than 100 new and gently dance costumes to The Amy Bieh l Foundation in Capetown, South Africa in support of their after school programs. The Amy Biehl Foundation (ABF) is a non-profit organization bas in Cape Town, South Africa, founded in memory and honor of

Amy Biehl. Amy was killed while --;::;;~-;;~~r==~~===~~~J in South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship assisting with the transition before t he first elections in South Africa in 1993. ABF serves approximately 1,500 children per week with interactive, educational programs which place the youths in a safe environment, away from the violence and drugs that plague the township areas. With these programs, children are given the opportunity to show and improve their skills and creative development, which is crucial for their future.



The Susan Chambers Dance Company (SCDC) is a non-profit pre professional performing arts company for students ages 6 -18. Both Chambers Performing Arts and SCDC have a 32 year commitment to bettering our communities, LJL-----=::-:;::;=;;~~~ sponsoring local events, students, and organizations. In 2012, Chambers has supported Bert's Big Adventure, the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation, the Northside Tennis for Breast Cancer, Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton , Tyler's Way Foundation, and others. If you have an event or are in need of sponsorship by Chambers Performing Arts, please contact Paige Chambers at pa ige@ chambersperformingarts.com. www.cha mbersperform i nga rts.com



M ayor Mike Bodker spoke and welcomed everyone and introduced the Ocee Elementary School Chorus. Chorus Director El ise Kreitner d irected the students. Kreitner said the group is made up of 4 th and 5th grade students who operate like a club that meets once a week to practice and sing for the fun of it. There are about 70 members in all but on ly about 54 attended M onday n ight. It was their first performance of the year. M any people a lso signed holiday cards drawn by Johns Creek fifth graders for our deployed mi litary personne l. Sixteen drawings, created by students from Find ley Oaks, Wilson Creek, Shakerag, and State Bridge e lementary schools, were combined into an 11-inch-by-17-inch holiday card. Four cop ies of the card - one for each branch of the mi litary - will be forwarded to particu lar units selected by Sold iers Angels, a non-profit organization that supports m ilitary personnel.

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The Rotary Clu b of Alpharetta made a $1,000 donation to the Heart for Africa organ ization in support of their fight against the AIDS pandem ic in Swazi land. Heart of Africa is a Christian non-profit public c harity. Working alongs ide supportive organizations and c hildren's homes in Swazi land, they provide care and hope for a future for c hi ldren in the smal l African nation. Through short term service trips, ch il d sponsorsh ip and large fund raising programs, t hey work to del iver qual ity care, shelter, food, water, cloth ing, health care and education to the orphaned and v ulnerable chi ldren of Swazil and.

"Cancer affects mi ll ions each year and women undergoing treatment for cancer have no energy left to clean their own homes" says Jackie Allen of Swallowtail Green Cleaning in Johns Creek. " Cancer Patients are often very sensitive to scents like bleach and other trad itiona l household cleaning products which is why we partnered with Clean ing for a Reason by donating our time, energy, and resources to clean the homes of women with cancer completely for free".

Ja nine Maxwel l, Co -Fou nder of Heart of Africa, works at the El Roi home for abandoned bab ies. Ms. Maxwe ll sa id, " The t iming of your donation was very important. There is a huge truck driver strike in South Africa so there is no food or suppl ies be ing sh ipped into Swazi land. We are a land locked country and 95% of all consumables are imported so having your cash ava ilab le to go and 'stock up' was a huge gift so that we don't run out of d iapers or formula if t he strike does not end in the weeks or months ahead". "We are proud to support Heart of Africa and all t he hope and help they provide to t hese ch ildren in Swaziland," said Bi ll Weeks, President of Rotary Club of Alpharetta.

One of the most overlooked factors in a cancer patient's recovery is their own environment and the emotional toll it takes on a person who cannot take care of things the way they used to. Cleaning for a Reason foundation is a Lewisville, Texas nonprofit and patients who are currently in treatment must apply through the Cleaning for a Reason website to qua lify for the free service. Cleaning for a Reason partners with cleaning/maid services in the United States and Canada to provide free house cleaning for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Over the course of the past two years, Cleaning for a Reason has skyrocketed from 800 partners to over 1,000 partnered maid services and has donated over $2.9 mill ion in free services to more than 10,000 women w ith cancer since the organization started in 2006. Cleaning for a Reason will increase that mi lestone ( ~ by 50 percent in 2012. "(J)~(jl,b)~~',t, To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason visit their website: www.cleaningforareason.org or contact Jackie Allen directly at 678-992-5400 or northatlanta@swallowtai lcleaning.com

For more information on Heart of Africa or how you can help, p lease go to HeartofAfrica.org.

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Did you know that 1 out of every 88 ch ildren born today will be diagnosed w ith some form of Autism? There is a growing need not only for treatment and therapy, but correct d iagnosis . Children's Charities is ded icated to help fund the much-needed technology for chi ldren with autism and their fam ilies. We are currently working on many events to benefit the first portable Autism Detection and Screen ing Unit that wi ll be located at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Urgent Care Center at the Avenue at Forsyth . This new unit can screen and detect signs of Autism in c hi ldren as young as 6 months old. You can help by supporting these upcoming events:

Dinner at Zola's Italian Bistro, 5 - 8pm, Tuesday December 11th in Milton, GA. Mention "Chi ldren's Charities" and 20% of your ticket will be donated. Fire & Ice! January 25 - 26th at Gables Emory Point, Cl ifton Road. Join us for a marathon Ice Sculpting event w ith V IP Cocktail Reception. Jim Duggan and The Atlanta Ice Marvels w ill be sculpting the trial run for their Entry in the World Champio nship Ice Sculpti ng Competition to be held in February in A laska. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more informatio n, v isit www.chi ldrenscharitiesga.org or contact Amanda Wh ite at 404-217-4643 or chi ld renscha riti esga@gma i I.com.


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~hub Johns Creek Chamber Fashion Show The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce held their Business After Hours networking event at Belk at the Forum on November 1st. The highlight of the evening was a fashion show featuring the newest looks for the upcoming holiday season at Belk's. The show was graciously emceed by Karyn Greer of llAiive News with Salon Doremi and Rooster's Mens Grooming styling the models hair. OJ Rob_ E provided the runway music while Trader Joes prov ided the appetizers. The models were alumni from Leadership Johns Creek: Maria Rose, JC Chamber; Paul Michaud, JC Police Dept; Jason Ferguson , The JF Agency; Jennifer Chapman, City of Johns Creek; Melissa Furbish , St. lves CC; Rohan Smith, NY Life; Debbie Kalish, JC Police Dept; Trey Martin, Principal, Fu lton County School System; Cleve Gladdis, Gaddis Partners at Remax.

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~hub Have the Holiday Blues? What are your guilty pleasures? If you don't know, you can share mine. Actually, scratch that because I don't want you to have mine. I have rea lized that there is a big difference in my life between "guilty p leasures" and "mood boosters." One leaves me feeling well... gui lty. The other leaves me feeling lighter, less serious, laughing, re-booted, and more engaged in my life.

Did you know that depression is near its highest peak during the holiday season? Unfortunately, many peop le become depressed during what shou ld be the happiest time of the year. There are various causes for the Ho liday Blues: death or loss of a loved one, separation , loneliness and financia l pressures, to name a few. Whatever the reasons, it a ll comes down to how you th ink. Constant negative thoughts are what create depression. When we beat ourselves up with negative thoughts, the subconsc ious mind acts out those thoughts by making the mind depressed. Everyone misses loved ones when they leave or pass on and so many of us have been affected by the tough financia l times. However, it is all in how we handle the losses and disappointments in life. If you can adopt the mindset that "every cloud has a si lver lining," there is no problem that you can't get through . For examp le, instead of dwel ling on poor finances and making them worse by overspending during the holidays, why not trade Secret Santa gifts or focus on spending time together? The time we spend together is rea lly what we remember about the holidays, not the gifts. It is possible to find some joy in any circumstance. The joy you find protects your mind from depression. It is al l in how you choose to look at your circumstances. Have a question on love and relationships? Emai l bthypnotherapy@ yahoo.com

I'm going to strictly use me as an example with a big hunch that you w il l relate. A guilty pleasure for me might involve procrastination under t ile guise of giving myself a break. Instead of completing a project for work, I decide to watch an entire season of Breaking Bad . Maybe I 1i:ake 1 or 5 days off from exercising so I can "rest." My favorite wou ld be to numb the stress away. Eat 1 or 5 oreos and wash it down with a glass of pinot grigio. Now a mood booster wou ld just boost my mood without the guilt. When I engage with these types of activities there's no annoying residue that leaves me feeling like I'm going to pay in one way or another. Mood boosters have a very long term effect whereas guilty p leasures have a momen t of pleasure foll owed by payback time. Now you can share some of my mood boosters if you so desire. Here are my top 5: • read ing blogs and funny memoirs (you 've got to read Let's Pretend This Didn't Happen by Jenny Lawson), • wa lking in the woods, • listening to Snatum Kaur, • baking, • p laying games with my kiddos . Go have fun with your mood boosters today!

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~hub "IT'S OUR TRADITION" In the December 2011 KIDS & KAY I shared with you a tradition that Santa has with my two (now adult) boys of leaving an ornament as a Thank You for the cookies and milk that they left for him. Give and you shall receive... it's the perfect combination! We enjoy another tradition in our family that does not involve any sort of gift or reward - only the joy of participating in a family tradition . My mother- in-law has given me each year pieces of Christmas china and decorative items to dress up our Christmas table. Almost 20 years later, you can imagine what a beautiful table we have. From putting down the table pads and linens to the last beautiful dish and ornament, she has supplied everything and the boys have certain places and ways of putting out each gift from her that is tradition.

Thanksgiving weekend we "set the table" and we end the holidays with an elegant New Year's Day traditional meal with all the special china, stemware, and beautiful decorative items. Funny, it's not tradition for anyone to help me pack away everything! What makes a family tradition is that it involves everyone and the memory that it creates in our brain never leaves us. While your children are young and while you have loving family and friends around, create your own special family traditions the gift that lasts a lifetime. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Kay Paschal Owner, Peachtree Park Prep





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This year, 13 school chapters celebrated serving others in their schools and community! In the schools, students opened doors and greeted classmates with a smile, hosted teacher appreciation breakfasts, baked cookies, passed out water bottles to teachers, handed out cards of encouragement to classmates, helped the janitors clean the school, painted school offices and bathrooms, and more. In addition, over 30 students led worship and fed the homeless at their longtime partner organization, Safehouse Outreach, and new partner in Forsyth County, Meals by Grace. Kicking off flood week was the 2nd annual THE STORM event. The evening was full of praise and worship by students and Paul Taylor Smith, guest speakers, and breakout groups that gave students an opportunity to reflect on where their priorities and challenges were in their daily lives. This coffee house/acoustic living room environment was perfect for students to fellowship and soak in all that the evening strived to provide for them. f lood is all about students serving locally and cultivating a sense of servant. f lood has Chapters in 13 different schools in Forsyth and North Fulton but has students from over 20 schools serving- Milton, Roswell, Legacy Academy, Kings Academy, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Centennial, Northview, CHEER homeschool, North Forsyth, South Forsyth, Lambert, and West Forsyth all have school chapters this year. To learn more about f lood, go to www.floodstudentmissions. org or call 770-289-1834. Serving opportunities are available each weekend and if students can't find one that fits their schedule, flood w ill help students create their own! sfudent community missions

North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club On November 19th, high school ath letes, their families, and their coaches gathered at The Metropolitan Club to celebrate some of the best performances in high schoo l footba ll. The North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown (NFFTD) Club recognized high school football players at its final Player of the Week Dinner of the 2012 season.

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~hub On November 13th, Chattahoochee High School inducted 93 students into the National Honor Society, a prestigious service organization, bringing the total number of NHS members to 144. Sponsor Michael Bennett stated that this group is the largest we've ever inducted in one year. These students are the leaders at Chattahoochee and it's nice to be able recognize them for all they have accomplished!

Kings Ridge Collects 475 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child King's Ridge students have been Christmas shopping early th is year. Students shopped to fi ll shoeboxes full of gifts such as small toys, school suppli es and hygiene items to send to chi ldren of all ages in third world countries as part of Operation Christmas Child. This event is sponsored by the King's Ridge Junior Beta Club each fall. This year they reached an impressive number of 475 boxes, 90 more than last year! Participation in this event was school wide, and was marketed to the King's Ridge community by both Lower School and Middle School children as they held banners and dressed as Christmas boxes during after school pick-up. A group of eleven Jr. Beta members delivered the boxes after school on Friday, November 16th to the First Baptist Church on Academy Street in Alpharetta, where they further packed them into crates so they can be sent to the Atlanta collection site. King's Ridge High School students were also involved at the Atlanta warehouse, K 1N G'S R 1D G E checking and preparing each box before they are sent overseas. cHRISTIAN scHooL

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Independence High School hosted representatives from more than 30 colleges, universities, technica l schools and branches of the military during the annual College, Career and Mi litary Fa ir on Wednesday, October 31. A ll Independence students had the opportunity to v isit w ith the various recruiters, gather information and have their questions answered regarding post-secondary education and career options. This year, as an added benefit to the school's stakeholders, parents were invited to attend, as well , and the administration, faculty and staff wou ld like to thank all those who made time in their schedules to visit and share the event with their students. "$cholarships and Scores!", the annual Financial Aid and ACT/ SAT Workshop, also took place on November 13. Representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission and The Princeton Review were on hand to discuss several topics including the ACT/ SAT, the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA), and applying for scholarships.




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North Atlanta Students Make a Difference for Local Causes Recently, loca l counci l members were guest speakers at Independence High School in Alpharetta, a school of choice serving students from all areas of North Fulton County. As an assignment for their State and Local Government Unit, students in Mrs. Tashema Atkinson's American Government class were tasked with identifying their local council members and inviting them to speak to the class. The students inquired about being civica lly responsible and actively participating in local government. Councilmen Tibby DeJulio from Sandy Springs and Rich Dippo lito from Roswell glad ly accepted the invitation to present from students, Michaela Ginter and Lori Calamusa, respectively. The councilmen discussed their specific responsibi lities, similarities and differences between the two cities, local operations and how each city is organized. The students, faculty and staff greatly appreciated Mr. DeJulio and Mr. Dippolito taking time to inform and educate their constituents, the leaders of tomorrow.

In their fourth year as "S prinkle and Twinkle" the elves, Macy and Cissy, students at Mount Pisgah Christian School, continue to del ight North Fu lton children and raise money for worthwhile causes. The project started as a way to raise money for school mission trips and college funds and has now evolved into an area holiday trad it ion. Visiting more than 60 area families, the elves surprise children w ith songs, dance, and ta les from t he North Pole. Sprinkle and Twinkle do not charge for their visits but p leased parents often make donations which have resulted in check and elf doll presentations to the Make-A-Wish foundation and Children's Hea lthcare of Atlanta hospitals. Over the past two years, the elves have presented $1500 to Make-A-Wish and baskets of elf dolls for CHOA patients. To learn more about the elves and book a surprise v isit for your children, v isit www.funelves.com.

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~hub Dolvin Elementary Seeking Grant Dolvin Elementary School, which is part of the Fu lton County School system in the Atlanta metropolitan area, has had a long-stand ing goal of innovatively using technology as an integra l part of da ily classroom teaching and learning. Creating project and prob lembased learning, which is widely recognized as key to developing 21st Century skills, is a challenge due to funding. Inspired classrooms allow students working individually and collaboratively to use computers on authentic tasks to promote critical thinking , solve problems, and create products that address the Common Core Standards. We currently have seventeen Inspired Classrooms. Our goal to become an Inspired School allows all of our students to join the global community with strong 21st Century Skills . Pictured are 4th Grade students in an Inspired Classroom . Voting begins November 12, 2012. Please go to PowerABrightFuture.com and vote for Dolvin to receive this grant.

The Environmenta l Club at Centennia l High School was established over 5 years ago. Since that time, these committed students have accomplished a great deal, and participated in a significant way with the community. Julie Burroughs, the club's Sponsor and a Mathematics teacher at Centennia l High, said, "These students set a great example. They have benefitted our school in many ways while engag ing w ith community non-profit partners and corporations as well as with all levels of government in supporting and modeling initiatives where 'stewardship' means taking 'action'." Their Outdoor Classroom in the Rock Garden was officially dedicated on October 24. Burroughs explained, "We are celebrating our National W ildlife Habitat Certification and the completion of our new Outdoor Classroom. We will recognize and show our appreciation to Michael Joseph of Mosaic Group Atlanta, Samantha Frost of Burton Energy ¡G roup and Danny Hardin of Home Depot. The pergola w ill be dedicated to honor Anne Kennedy, a North Fulton Master Gardener, and Cindy Eade, with Keep North Fulton Beautiful who have both been extraordinary volunteers over the years in mentoring our students and assisting with these projects."

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JC United Methodist Church On November 11th, the members and friends of Johns Creek United Methodist Church packaged 110,120 mea ls for hungry chi ldren through the meal packaging program ca lled Stop Hunger Now. The church spent two months raising money to purchase all the meals, which cost only a quarter each, and feed a chi ld enough nutritious food to last a day. The mea ls consist of rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein, and vitamins and minerals. These meals are shipped al l over the world to be used in school feeding programs. In fact, after Superstorm Sandy, some of the Stop Hunger Now mea ls were sent to the New York/New Jersey area to feed those affected by the storm. The mea ls packaged by Johns Creek UMC wil l go to a school feeding program somewhere in the developing world, so that students are encouraged to learn and given the abi lity to focus and grow strong minds and bodies. In total, 517 volunteers came out to serve others by packaging the mea ls in an assembly line format . In fact, so many volunteers signed up to help that the church had to increase its goal from 100,000 mea ls to 110,000 meals. Since November 2012, Johns Creek United Methodist Church has packaged 250,000 mea ls for hungry children worldwide.

Congregation Dor Tamid bustled with activity in November. The Sisterhood hosted a successfu l Holiday Bazaar with over 40 vendors showcasing their goods. Kids enjoyed craft time while parents shopped.

Johns Creek United Methodist Church is located in Johns Creek and is in the process of building a new sanctuary to open in February, 2013.


Chabad of North Fulton The Preschool Place at Congregation Dor Tamid wil l be co-sponsoring with the Ocee Library, a specia l Preschool Hanukkah storytime! Thursday, Dec 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocee Library - 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd , Johns Creek. Risa Wa lter, Director of The Preschool Place, wi ll be reading a story, singing songs and leading a ho liday craft. Come and enjoy the Festival of Lights together!

Chabad's sisterhood enjoys a night of fun at "all fired up" Pottery painting centers.

Also, we are having a fundraiser at Z Pizza in Johns Creek on Dec 6. All proceeds from 5:00 pm-8 :00 pm go to The Preschoo l Place. Religious Schoo l - Sara Kleinfeld' s 7th grade mitzvah c lass collected 194 pounds of food so far for the JF&CS kosher food pantry.


Men's Club conducted very successfu l a Blood Drive. B lood South wanted 14 pints and due to the generosity of our congregants, 24 pints of blood were donated. Another Blood Drive wil l be he ld in the Spring.

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Rabbi Tha ler leads a Torah discussion at the monthly 'Yeshivah Night ' study event.


~hub A Time For Reflection As we gather with fami ly and friends this hol iday season, we'll also treat ourselves to favorite hol iday foods and treats. Enjoying those tasty, rich d ishes may lead to a spir it -dampening condition 60 mi ll ion Americans experience at least once a month heartburn. Heartburn is burning pa in in the vicinity of your heart and is caused by stomach acid irritating the esophagus. So what can you do to avoid heartburn?

To me, the end of the year has always been the most fun . Al l your friends and fam ily at Thanksg iving , all the fabulous gifts at Christmas ... it was the best! And I stress was. Now, it seems to be al l about cleaning and cooking for your difficu lt in-laws (umm ... or so I've heard) and buying toys for the children that yel l at you incessantly - but I neeeeed it!

Slow down at the dinner table. Eating slowly gives you more time to digest. Taking t ime to savor your mea l also means you'll eat a smal ler mea l.

Nope, that's rea lly not it at all. This time of year shou ld be about you. A time for reflection. A review of this past year and hope for what's to come. Don't use this time counting down the days unti l you have to start your diet and fitness routine. Don't stress about the " r ight " type of ch ina to use for your dinner (umm ... again, not me). Take this time to reflect on what the year has meant to you and how you can pay it forward. I lost a very dear friend this year. Jean Sorenson Leloup, 92, of A lpharetta passed away two weeks ago. She taught me so much in just a year. I w ill be th inking of her this hol iday season. And a ll of the wonderfu l th ings she taught me. In Remembrance and With Love Forever to Jean Sorenson Leloup.

Don't get "stuffed" and go easy on fatty foods. Eating to the point of loosening your belt and indulging in high-fat mea ls creates more stomach acid. High-fat foods remain in your stomach longer and require more acid to digest. By the same token, the larger your meal, the more acid your stomach must create to break it down. Finish eating and snac king at least two hours before bed, and stay upright for at least 45 minutes immediately following a meal. Linger at the table with friends or take a short walk in the brisk weather. The extra time before you lay down to sleep allows your food to digest and your acid levels to even out. Enjoy the holidays! Stress can trigger heartburn, so remember to relax with your loved ones .

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You don't have to be overwe ight, have a genetic pred ispos ition or be a certain age to get diabetes. In fact, more than 7 m illion people have diabetes and don't even rea lize it because the symptoms may seem m ild - unusua l th irst, extreme hunger, increased fatigue and irritability. Left untreated, diabetes can cause heart d isease, stroke, b lindness, kidney fai lure, circu latory prob lems and even death. Fortunately, by knowing your risk and maintain ing a healthy lifesty le, you can he lp prevent or delay the onset of d iabetes. Factors you can control • Excess we ight. Carry ing excess body fat decreases your body's ab ility to uti lize insu lin effective ly. • Inactiv ity. Regu lar exercise he lps control b lood sugar. • Hea lthy diet . Control ling portion sizes and eating a well -balanced diet - one r ich in fruits , vegetables and whole grains - helps prevent d iabetes . Factors you can't control • Age. People over 45 are more likely to have d iabetes and should have b lood glucose levels checked every three years .

• He redity. People with a close fami ly history are more likely to develop diabetes.

• Race. Peop le of African American , Mex ican American , Pacific Islander and American-I nd ian decent are at a greater risk of developing d iabetes. • Gestational Diabet es. Having had gestationa l diabetes or hav ing had a baby we ig hing more than 9 pounds at b irth also increases your risk . If you were never screened for gestationa l d iabetes , but gave b irth to a large infant, you may have had a temporary form of insulin into lerance w ithout ever knowing it.

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~hub How to Handle Likely Market Swings As Washington transitions from a lame-duck Congress to a new session and a second term for President Barack Obama, little has changed from an investor's point of view: • The "fiscal cliff " stil l looms - $700 bi llion worth of federa l spending cuts and tax hikes that wi ll take p lace in the new year if Congress doesn't act on some type of fiscal reform. This essentia lly represents the deal leftovers from the debt ceiling debate earlier this year, along with the last few years of political wrang ling. If left unresolved, it would affect unemployment benefits, payrol l taxes, defense spending and the alternative minimum tax - a combined 4.4 percent drag on gross domestic product in 2013. • Expiration of the Bush tax cuts would mean $220 bil lion-plus in new taxes. • The pay ro ll tax holiday expiration would add $95 bi llion in new taxes. • The budget cuts wou ld take more than $60 bil lion out of the economy. • Further imp lementation of the Health Care Reform Act means a new 3.8 percent tax on investment income- capita l gains and interest- on top of underlying tax rates for families with adjusted gross income above $250,000. • Europe is stil l a financia l basket case.


Balance is t he key: A mix of high -qua lity, dividend -paying stocks, and bonds that pay steady interest. Income: If the majority of your investments is paying some form of consistent income, don't stop or slow down. Dividend-paying stocks could suffer slightly by an increase in the dividend tax rate, but this is one of the main areas we see being "compromised" - and will likely experience a very muted impact on the value to companies that pay dividends. Stay the course: As long as you maintain balance, and have a solid income approach, your investments wil l be able to ride out the volati lity we could see through December.

• We may have yet another debt cei ling fight in Congress. These realities wi ll likely cause market volatility the rest of the year. The fiscal cliff debates, along with unsolved issues in Europe, could make for significant "head line risk" - the kind that causes big oneday market moves, often sell-offs. But our economy is sti ll moving in a positive direction. That momentum can like ly be maintained for the near term, especial ly if Congress gets its job done before New Year's Day.

W es Moss, Money Matters Certified financial planner Wes Moss is the Chief Investment Strategist at Capital Investment Advisors and host of "Money Matters" on Atlanta's WSB radio . To reach Wes, visit www.YourWealth.com or call 404-537-0078 to schedule a meeting with one of CIA 's expert financial advisors.

For the 22nd year in a row, News/Talk WSB, Clark Howard and the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) will be teaming up with Wai-Mart to collect gifts benefiting local children in t he State of Georgia Foster Care p rogram. Last year, Clark's listeners donated money and g ifts both in person and by calling in to the radio show collecting enough toys to provide three g ifts each for the 4628 children and teens in the DFCS Secret Santa Program living in 97 Georgia counties. if you would like to be a part o f this heartwarming labor of love, call in or stop b y o ne of our Wai-Mart locations and provide a toy for a deserving child!

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~hub Rack of Lamb and Beaujolais For The Holidays Beaujolais is both a wine and a region at the southern end of Burgundy, France. Wines from here are not meant for ag ing which makes them the perfect ho liday wine; vibrant, aromatic, fruity, low in tannin, and spicy. Enjoy this dish with Beaujolais:

Ingredients 2 racks of lamb, 11/2 to 1 3/4 pounds each, trimmed 1 small clove garlic, pee led and minced 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/3 cup loose ly packed fresh rosemary leaves 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons extra-virgin o live oi l Fresh rosemary, thyme, or lavender sprigs Directions Prepare the racks of lamb at least 1 hour (or up to 4 hours) before cooking: Chop together the garlic, sa lt, rosemary, and pepper to make a coarse rub . Rub the racks with the mixture, cover, and set aside. Preheat oven to 425° F. Heat a roasting pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Pat the racks of lamb dry with paper towe ls and coat lightly with the olive oi l. Place the racks f lesh-side down in the pan. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until an instantread thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145° F for medium rare (the temperature wil l rise about 10° when the lamb is out of the oven). Transfer the racks to a carv ing board. Let rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with the fresh herb sprigs.


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'TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY DECORATING What a wond erfu l tim e of year! Decorating for the holidays brings the season to life and sets the tone for your holiday celebrations. As you purchase add itions to your hol id ay collections and bring items out of storage, consider these 'no stress' Des ign Tips:

Create and Maintain Your Theme. Do you like an " Earthy" (burlap, moss, d istressed silver) theme? Or do you prefer a more " Traditiona l" red and green motif? Each, or a combination, can be beautiful, as long as you keep themes organ ized . Consider using trad itiona l colors and items in the fami ly room . Here, you can display handmade keepsakes from the ch ildren and traditional colored items without compromising your theme. Reserve the silver and gold for an elegant Dining room and Living room. Maintain your theme for greater impact! Incorporate Fewer, Larger Items. I've said this before! It makes a d ifference. Rea ll y! Use ALL of Your Tree. When decorating your tree, put decorations deep in the tree branches, not on ly on the t ips, and be sure to put ornaments all around , not just on the front! Trees WILL fall when they aren't balanced . Col lections on trees are meaningfu l and beautifu l, and can be an extension of your theme. Think HIGH. Decorate your mirrors. Swag garlands over the top and let the edges reflect in the mirrors to add depth to the room. Gorgeous. Garland looks fabulous on bannisters , too. When decorating, think 'high' as you do when planning your draperies. Remember, no saggy swags! Draw the eye UP with your new deta ils. Happy Decorating and Happy Hol idays from Peacock Interiors! Peacock Interiors by Kath leen Kenworthy offers exceptiona l ful l service interior design from concept to completion; serving Atlantans beautifu lly for 27 years.

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FROM COLD TO SOLD As we head toward year's end and the weather is turning cold, the home selling experience doesn't have to. Traditional ly, the spring season is known as the t ime when home buyers are out in ful l- swing looking to purchase, but winter months can also bring in motivated buyers. Here are five tips to take your home from cold, to cozy, to sold:

1. Keep the Outside Manicured - Don't let the cold weather dampen your home's curb appeal. Always keep a c lear path from the street or driveway to the front door to ensure home buyers can easi ly get to t he home. To brighten up the outside, p lant some flowers that are in season in the w inter such as Chrysanthemums, Evergreens or Pansies. If it's rain ing or even the occasiona l snow, put a rubber mat by the front door and provide a coat rack and b in to easi ly store jackets and umbrel las whi le potentia l buyers enjoy v iewing the home. 2. Focus on Letting in the Light - Since the sun isn't flowing into your home during the w inter as it may during the rest of the year, open up the shutters, ra ise the bl inds and push back the drapes on all the windows in your home to let in as much natural light as possible. Make a po int to turn on al l the lights, and for rooms that don't have any windows, cons ider add ing spotl ights on the floor behind furniture. 3. Create a Cozy Mood- W inter is the t ime of year when you want to cuddle up with loved ones at home, so make your house feel like a winter retreat. Toss throw blankets across the arms of your sofa or chair, place vases of w inter f lowers around the house and p lace a breakfast tray on the bed with coffee cups, saucers, napkins, etc. This will give your home an irresistible cozy feel. 4. Emphasize Sight, Sound, Scent, and Taste - For a warm look, give your home a good scrub to make it sparkle for potentia l buyers and add photographs that showcase the home during the summer • ·w ith· f'le>wers ble>e>m ing ·ancl ~l.1 3h gr eel'1 ~ awns ~ •T'lJ'rn•o"' some i"'viting music, like jazz or classica l, that is sooth ing and w ill make the potential home buyers feel re laxed during the ir viewing. Make your home smell warm and invit ing. A light scented cand le is a good choice. Avoid strong scents from sprays or p lug in air fresheners because many peop le are al lergic.

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SOLD \~ 5. Check all Home Heating Systems Depending on the length of time that the heating system has been instal led in the home, consider provid ing a history of service and hav ing an inspector check to ensure it is working properly. Make sure basement pipes are insu lated or wrapped, especially those on outside wal ls. Fina lly, to ensure the fireplace does not cool off other parts of the house make sure there is a vent on t he outside wa ll and that there are glass doors in front of it . All of t hese extra inspections wi ll provide reassurance to prospective buyers that the home can stand up to the harsh cold of winter. Sellers who fol low these simple seasona l t ips w ill have their home "Cold to So ld" in no t ime.

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