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ON THE LUX SCENE Out and about on Atlanta’s social scene

10 LUX APPROVED Our summer LUX picks

12 LUX MARKET WATCH Swimwear designers make a splash!

14 LUX DESTINATIONS A healthy balance for travelers

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The ultimate healing ice machine

37 LUX ESSENTIALS Your summer beauty guide

38 THE URBAN LUX INSIDER Ale Sharpton keeps you informed on what’s LUX including Summer Beers and the2013 Range Rover

40 LUX LUV Our pros discuss health, fitness & dating

44 LUX PULSE Dr. Ron answers your questions and talks foot care for athletes.

45 DIVERSITY CORNER The mental health-friendly workplace

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t’s finally summer and all the ideas and plans you’ve made during the winter months have begun to take flight.

Those visions of family getaways, social gatherings and refreshing cocktails dance in your head as you strategically organize the events in tandem based on the long summer weekends ahead. With summers here in “Hotlanta,” temperatures blister as the heat rises and clothing for some becomes optional, thus causing an influx of attention to health and fitness. It’s a good thing! This time of year is when most focus on working hard to either get in shape or maintain their shapely frames. Those who stayed on track during the winter¬ and a few who didn’t¬ are pulling out the tank tops, midriffs, bathing suits, short shorts and sexy minis ready to usher in the heat. This 2013 summer issue of Urban Lux magazine is dedicated to health and fitness, plus it’s packed full of great information to ease you through the season. Dive in to summer with the perfect bathing suit hand picked by designer and WeTV House of Curves star Kenyatta Jones on page 12. Navigate through Piedmont Park and explore all that it has to offer, and learn about the conservancy that transformed the majestic space (page 18).

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We discuss fitness, fatherhood and the rise to stardom with YouTube sensations The Hodge Twins on page 22. And be sure to check out our LUX Insider Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton on page 38 as he gives you the rundown on the season’s best summer beers and a review on the luxurious 2013 Range Rover. This is just a taste of what you will find inside so find a cool spot to relax, read and enjoy! LENTHEUS CHANEY EDITOR IN CHIEF - @urbanluxmag

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Tia Aikens is a 21st Century Muse, who has always embodied the arts. She has served as a source of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for many. Her progression through the arts has led her to currently release inspiration through writing. Tia’s mission is to always inspire individuals to do their best and live their Truth. @sungoddess7

Brice Esso, originally from Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is currently based in Atlanta. With portraiture being his strength, Brice doesn’t skimp on the means to express it in areas such as fine art, fashion and advertisement. His work was published in many local and international magazines. Some of his earliest fine art has been recognized by Vogue Italia. BriceEsso.com @IamTheARTificer

Jessica Gold is a rising senior at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Print Journalism with double minors in AfricanAmerican Studies and Sociology. Gold has a love for fashion, style and culture and plans to work her way through the magazine industry after graduation. Her ultimate goal is to create her own publication that incorporates multiculturalism in various arenas. She has hopes of achieving this by the time she is 30.

Ish Holmes is a fashion and advertising photographer based in Atlanta, GA. His work has been published in the pages and on the covers of several Atlanta based magazines and has photographer many entertainers such as T.I., Future, Cash Out, Frank Ski and Rich Kid just to name a few. His visual artwork crosses many disciplines but tends to have an emphasis on clean, natural style. IshHolmes.com @IshHolmes

Kenyatta Jones is the CEO of fashion forward plus-size clothing label Bella Rene, and star of new reality show House of Curves airing on We TV. With an MBA from Jackson State University, she’s developed a clothing company catering to plus-size women who aren’t willing to settle for ordinary. Tune in every Thursday 10/9c to see her take on the skinny world of fashion. @kenyattajones

Kudzi (Sir Garde) Karidza With a seamstress grandmother and a tailor for a grandfather, Sir Garde presents himself as a young innovative designer and stylist with fashion stitched in his genes. Raised in Boston and born in Zimbabwe, this stylist to the stars and world traveler is gifted with the ability to enhance and bring out the inner fashionista in everyone. SirGarde.tumblr.com @SirGarde

Amelia Pavlik is a freelance writer and editor — with a weakness for all things fitness and wellness. Her “spare” time is spent writing about a range of lifestyle topics for regional and national magazines, teaching everything from cycling to resistance training classes, and trying out the latest spa treatments and boutique fitness classes for her weekly blog. Learn more about her editorial and fitness experience at fitbelle.com. @fitbelleatl

Christal Wooten is a native Washingtonian and a single parent of three beautiful children. She works for the Federal Government but says her passion has always been in the Make-up and Beauty industry. Christal has mentored several local make-up artists in the DC metropolitan area and says that she loves making others feel great about themselves through words of encouragement and Make-up.

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URBAN LUX SPRING 2013 BRIDAL ISSUE RELEASE April 18, 2013 - A stylish evening at StudioWed Atlanta with an eclectic crowd made for great energy and opportunities to connect, network and socialize. Guests enjoyed complimentary LUX Cocktails from Crafted Brands & Exotic Treats from LottaFrutta and Soren Tea while DJ Spontaneous of Spontaneous Entertainment kept the evening lively.

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WHERE ICE CREAM MEETS FITNESS

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e all know the saying, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” and we’re at it again! July 27th marks the third annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, AICF, to be held at Piedmont Park.

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few things we know for sure is that the season for getting physically fit is in full swing and that overall good health and fitness is a necessary component of a beneficial lifestyle.

Atlanta has no shortage of awesome nightlife and adult entertainment options, but what about family fun? Sure, there are amusement parks and fairy lands in other states but America’s economic woes have put a crunch on budgets and created a lapse in household integrity nationwide. AICF founder and proud family man Kevin James created this family-friendly experience with that and his two daughters in mind. Georgia grown and supported, the AICF has something for everyone in your clan—and everyone’s taste buds. Festival goers can count on having dozens of traditional ice cream choices, innovatively infused flavors to savor, chipped ice, frozen slushies and many other iced treats on tap. With vendors like Yogurberry, Rita’s Frozen Ice, Bruster’s (hosting the ice cream eating contest) and Kilwins, this will no doubt be the highlight of the week! It doesn’t end with a cone or a spoon either! There will also be live musical entertainment, wellness agencies on-site providing free health screenings and you guessed it—YOGA hour! With a culinary background and a career in hospitality, Kevin— with his “glass half full” point of view set out to enhance Atlanta’s child-sensitive, positive entertainment options and we think he’s accomplished just that. Save the date! July 27th from 11am to 6pm. Entry and entertainment are free, just patronize the vendors while you enjoy. For more information and agenda information visit: atlantaicecreamfestival.com - Clorissa X. Wright

We also know that we should make our fitness regimen as fun and interactive as possible to keep us motivated. These days we use smart cell phones for more than just making calls and texting. Lots of us use them for social media, finding recipes, battling friends in word wars and tracking calories. Well it’s time we take it to another level and boost our smart phone fitness I.Q. This innovative tool is sure to knock your socks off with all of its features and capabilities. Just in time for summer 2013, the Amiigo Corporation is releasing the Amiigo Bracelet that measures and tracks individual exercise, blood oxygen levels, body temperature, pulse heart rate, number of calories burned and other activities. This two-part hardware is small, easy to use and even easier to add to your current program. Seen on CNN, in Forbes and online worldwide, Amiigo has vowed that this technology has redefined wearable fitness tracking. Not only does it record your habits—it also reports analytics back to you and makes recommendations to help you get closer to your goals With a company tagline like, “Fitness isn’t fun when you’re doing it by yourself,” this little fitness buddy makes getting and staying healthier simpler than a walk in the park. Compatible with most cell phones, users can view daily activity details immediately on their iPhones or Androids. Fit is in! Join the movement! To learn more and purchase your Amiigo Fitness Bracelet visit: amiigo.co - Clorissa X. Wright

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It’s also a major component of his organization, the Give Back Unite Campaign. He says that giving back needs no explanation, JUST DO IT! One can expect to hear inspirational music, love ballads and songs with fresh melodies when they press play on a Xavier Lewis record. He does not do it all alone either, he is backed by the distinguished band Whiskey Peach. In his words, “they are hands down, one the hottest ensembles in the state of Georgia.” When asked about the state of the music industry, he shares the thought that, “all artists have the same goal—to be relevant. You have to be different to be relevant and to have a lasting career. You have to be a visionary to last in this game. I pride myself on having a plan.”

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usic is an eternal art form that can evoke emotion, joy, healing and comfort. And some would venture to say that music today needs a refresher. “The Antidote to R&B”, by composer and singer Xavier Lewis and his renowned band Whiskey Peach, may just be the right potion. Born in New York and raised in Miami, this R&B marvel made his transition to Atlanta in 2005. Earning his first major opportunity as a background singer for R&B artist Urban Mystic, he made it his business to make it a learning opportunity for himself. Instead of following the other background artists, going straight to their rooms after the shows, he chose to follow the schedule of the main act, he tagged along for all press rounds and gained priceless lessons that are attributed to his success today. Triumph stayed within grasp and in 2011 Xavier was named the Grand Prize winner of the Georgia Lottery All-Access Music Search for Pop and R&B artists. His hit single, “Georgia Clay“ debuting statewide on WSB was a rewarding experience that poured into his motivation to spread his gift. This self-proclaimed “crazy about philanthropy” artist penned a song aptly titled, “Give Back.” It’s an inspirational song, endorsed by the McDonald’s Corporation that means to inspire. With 70% of lifetime royalties going back to charities that will bring benefits to schools, churches and the community, it carries on his vision to make a worldwide impact.

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ho says that accessories have to dangle from ones ear, be on a wrist or be thrown over the shoulder covered in fashion logos? Who said that fitness accessories are useless or non-existent? Take that ideology and throw it out. For the athlete, hiker or runner in your life, let us introduce you to Stuffitts— portable drying solutions gear. Founded in 2007, this Atlanta-based corporation has changed the dynamic of athletic gear upkeep and maintenance. Recognized on the Popular Science Show, The Today Show and by sports organizations to prevent and eliminate odor, unwanted moisture and other not-so-pleasant issues with sports gear. Backed by customer testimonials and international purchasers as a “godsend,” this just might be the best buy of the summer! These antimicrobial perspiration-drying inserts can be used in various helmets, gloves, shoes, boots, skates and other athletic gear. Using Microban technology, Stuffitts reduce and prevents the growth of odor causing bacteria. You’ve gone green too! They are reusable, made with USA components and 100% natural fill. To purchase and for more information visit: stuffitts.com - Clorissa X. Wright

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each season is upon us and lounging around in the sand or poolside has never looked so glamorous. Bold, luxurious and fashionable is at the top of the swimwear list this year and plus-size clothing designer Kenyatta Jones is here to give you the full report. The full-figured beauty, and star of new WeTV show House of Curves has pulled together the season’s hottest swimwear looks. Whether it’s a quick dip in the pool or a luxury beach getaway, your summer is sure to be a breeze.

A classic one-piece can make you feel sophisticated and it’s fuss-free. With hand-sewn turquoise stones and golden beads, this luxury ruched mesh swimsuit compliments women of all shapes and sizes.

3 cheers for sheer! This two-piece bikini has flirty, pink sheer net ruffled top and colorful crystals on the bottom. It’s the perfect suit for the girly girls looking for a little something on top.

Raiza Swimwear “Punta Cana Palms One-Piece” - $215.00 raizaswimwear.com

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The retro high waisted look is especially perfect for plus-size ladies. Make a statement in this vibrant print with a sweetheart neckline that has a style and fit that will make you look good and feel great. Monif C. “Sao Paulo” - $95.00 monifc.com

You’ll master the color block trend in this sleek bandeau swimsuit. The color band adds a slimming touch and will have you sporting a modern and sophisticated look. Monif C. “St. Maarten” - $92.00 monifc.com

Let your wild side free with this animal-inspired print. Embellished with 2 crystal Swarovski elements hearts that dangle at the ends of the necktie top, this piece has sexy and fashionable jungle flair. Patrick T. Cooper “Leopard Bikini” - $299.99 patricktcooper.com URBANLUX

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EVEN HOTELS The New Healthy Balance for Travelers

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s an international traveler for over two decades, I have gone to great lengths to maintain my exercise regime and to eat healthy meals while on the road. When the hotel gym is no larger than a converted guest room containing two treadmills, I have taken my routine to the streets and fast-walked city blocks. But if it’s dark outside or I’m in sub-zero weather, I might be forced to stretch out on the hard guest room floor to perform a set of crunches or use the edge of the bed for tricep dips. Then there’s the food. As a corporate meeting planner I am lucky that my job includes planning the menus and I choose healthy selections to meet attendee requests and dietary restrictions. But as a leisure traveler, this option does not always exist. Enter EVEN Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) newest brand specifically focused on wellness. A medium priced hotel, EVEN offers a focus on exercise, healthy eating and a restful sleep, all key requests for business travelers. IHG conducted extensive consumer research and found that Americans need and want to lead a healthier lifestyle and do not want sacrifice work/life balance while on the road. IHG’s focus for the brand revolves around four priority areas: Keep Active, Rest Easy, Eat Well and Accomplish More. Instead of the gym hidden on the basement floor, EVEN Hotels’ gym is a focal point of the entrance and can be seen off the lobby. In addition to the newest in cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, the area offers plenty of mats, crunch balls and room to stretch. IHG says their “wellness savvy” staff leads routines and offers exercise tips to give a personal training touch. If you would rather exercise in the privacy of your own room, you can use the coat rack, which also functions as a pull-up bar, and the luggage rack, which alternates as a workout bench. Every room is spacious enough to offer a workout area at the bottom of the bed and a longer space beside the bed, complete with your own personal exercise mat and foam rollers to give your back a massage after strenuous exercise. There is also a circuit– training guide offering a quick workout plan without ever leaving the room. At the end of the day, a restful sleep is all important, and EVEN Hotels makes comfort a priority. Soothe away the day’s stresses After getting fit, it’s time to recharge with a healthy meal. EVEN Hotels in the spa shower, turn down the LED dimmer lights and ease has designed nutritionally sound menus that focus on fresh, fit, energizing under the hypoallergenic linens. meals available 24 hours a day. Visit the lobby for complimentary flavored filtered water with glass bottles you can fill and take back to your room. The first two EVEN Hotels will debut in New York City early next year. The hotel brand plans to add another 100 hotels in the Complimentary coffee and mini-smoothies are also offered every morning. next five years in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Now energized, it’s time for a bit of work. EVEN Hotels offers high-speed - Monica Compton wireless Internet in the guest rooms, multi-media ports, ample desk space and places to work in a more social atmosphere – at the bar and in the lobby. URBANLUX


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ain, sweat and tears. That’s what often comes to mind when we think about exercising. Fashion and style normally don’t even fit into the conversation of working out, but if you actually put in the effort, it can.

Remaining fashionable while sweating away those pounds and inches is much easier than it sounds. When you look good, you feel good; so why not do both while improving your fitness? Dressing like a professional gives you a positive attitude and more confidence to accomplish your goals. Now, all you have to do is make the investment. Need help getting started ladies? No problem. First, be sure to visit Atlanta Activewear in the Virginia Highlands area. This store offers a variety of apparel that would be great for the new fashionable look you’re trying to achieve. You can find anything from spandex capris and yoga pants to supportive sports bras and tops designed for physical activity. Atlanta Activewear also offers stylish outerwear, so say goodbye to that ugly, bulky sweater. Outfit, check! Now you need accessories. Atlanta Activewear provides an assortment of accessories such as earphones, towels, yoga mats and water bottles. You can pump up your tunes, stay dry and hydrated and find your inner peace all at the same time.

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Fellas, we didn’t forget about you. Nordstrom has everything you need in the “Sports and Fitness” section. Nordstrom grants you the opportunity of satisfying your fitness style needs with a range of active wear and brands such as Adidas, New Balance, Nike, prAna, The Northface and Under Armour. Nordstrom offers jackets, shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pants and even swimwear that will have you ready to take on new challenges and exceed your limits. You also have the choice of narrowing down your search to the activity you will be partaking in. Whether you plan on playing a game of basketball, or heading to the gym to lift weights and boost your cardio, Nordstrom has you covered. They also have a “Big and Tall” section, so no longer do you have an excuse to keep wearing that t-shirt with holes in it and pair of shorts that have shrunk two sizes too small. Fitness style is not a difficult task if you have the right resources. So with these options in mind, give yourself a wardrobe makeover while enjoying your workout and looking just as good as a celebrity. - Jessica D. Gold URBANLUX

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THE ULTIMATE HEALING ICE MACHINE Redefining what it means to ’Chill Out’

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tall metal chamber that looks like a tanning bed on steroids with space age gases rising from within — it’s a sight that might send many running for the door. So why are people ranging from pro athletes to urban professionals clamoring to get in the door of Atlanta’s Icebox Cryotherapy?

The therapy involves standing in a cryosauna for two-and-a-half to three minutes, surrounded by nitrogen gas (don’t worry, it’s nontoxic) that feels a bit like an ice bath — without the ice. Immediately after the session, clients are encouraged to do a two- to three-minute warm-up on an exercise bike to help boost circulation.

“The great thing about cryotherapy is that it doesn’t matter if you are a stay-athome mom recovering from a 10K or an athlete recovering from a serious injury, there is a health benefit for you,” says Alia Alston, who co-owns Icebox with her brother, Ethan Whitfield.

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“People love cryotherapy because it’s like hitting the reset button for your body,” Alston says. “Think of the benefits of icing an injured knee. Now think of what the benefits would be if you were able to cool your entire body, but instead of it being topical, it’s systemic. Whole body Cryotherapy does what an ice bath wishes it could do.” Then there are the pain management benefits that Alston has experienced first- hand. “After being hit by a drunk driver years ago, I was left with a neck and back injury that lead to pain and numbness as I got older, ” Alston says. “So I ended up trying cryotherapy as a means to keep me off of the operating table, and it worked! A year and a half later, I feel amazing.” According to Alston, the cold therapy was developed in Japan in the late 1970s and has been popular in Europe for many years. Alston and her brother, who is a special operations medic for the U.S. Army, came across their first cryotherapy machine with a little help from their father who is a chiropractor in Tallahassee, Fla. They piloted the business in his office and were pleasantly surprised when athletes from across North Florida started flocking to Icebox. Flash forward two years, and the duo are reaping the rewards of owning the first cryotherapy spa in Georgia, with a new Icebox location in Buckhead off Roswell Road. Regular clients include former Olympians, members of the Atlanta Hawks and Falcons teams, weekend warriors, active adults with joint pain, and others seeking the benefits of this cold therapy. There are some people who should avoid cryotherapy, such as those who are pregnant or have heart or blood pressure conditions that aren’t controlled. But for most, the more frequently they can take the therapy, the better. For example, Alston recommends three treatments in close succession to maximize results the first week, then as needed after. Also, the therapy is often more effective when paired with other treatments such as chiropractic adjustments and physical or massage therapy for injuries. Dr. Lauren Polivka is Icebox’s in-house physical therapist who often works with clients to develop plans specific to their needs using treatments like Astym, dry needling, and nutritional counseling. “The goal is to provide an amazing therapy experience in a nonmedical, healthy environment — we want to be Atlanta’s first therapeutic spa,” Alston says. To learn more about cryotherapy and Icebox, visit iceboxtherapy.com. - Amelia Pavlik URBANLUX

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he Piedmont Park Conservancy, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1989 to assist the city of Atlanta in maintaining and enhancing Piedmont Park, a public gathering space for more than 100 years. The historic portion of Piedmont Park was restored by the Conservancy, adding beautification to the park, increased maintenance and security, various Park Programs and Workshops, and a 53-acre expansion of green space. The Conservancy mission is to enhance and preserve Piedmont Park as a vital urban green space and as a cultural and recreational resource that enhances the quality of life for all Atlantans. Finding ways to improve Piedmont Park, the Conservancy formed an Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from the Park’s many constituencies to oversee each major planning and restoration initiatives. There are several committees on the Piedmont Park Board, and one that is most important is the “Capital Improvements Committee”. Much of what guides the Capital Improvements Committee’s work is the master plan vision for Piedmont Park. “It is not just building new things,” says Yvette Bowden – President/CEO

of Piedmont Park, “but we have to be in the business of taking care of what’s already there at the Park.” The vision to enhance Piedmont Park dates back many years ago, but was revisited in 2005, which drives the enhancements that are seen in the Park today, since the construction in 2008. The Conservancy has successfully restored the historical portion of Piedmont Park since its inception 20 years ago, which includes the Active Oval, the historic Bathhouses and Pools, Lake Clara Meer and Oak Hill; this was part of the phase one $72.5 million restoration and expansion initiative. Phase two will soon be underway, which will cover the northern part of Piedmont Park and will expand the Park by 53-acres, a 40 percent increase in useable green space.

“Great parks are an essential ingredient in great cities. Piedmont Park is the green heart of Atlanta, and our city is blessed to have it. We must commit to being good stewards of its preservation.” — Arthur M. Blank

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Because the Piedmont Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization, and have paid for a host of new amenities to the Park, they’re continuously in fundraising mode for the 53-acre expansion. The many gifts from their donors, sponsors, Park members and those who pay program fees have been rewarding. The Piedmont Park Conservancy has raised and invested more than $60 million to beautify, secure and expand the Park, as well as add new programs. The Conservancy manages more than 90 percent of the Park’s daily maintenance and security. “Money has to be earned or raised, and we appreciate everyone supporting the Conservancy,” says Bowden. Three unique venues to embellish Piedmont Park have been restored; the Magnolia Hall and Lawn, Dockside, and Greystone, all offer great space to hold personal, corporate, and charitable events. The Conservancy funds and manages off-duty police officers to patrol the Park for added security. In May 2004, the Conservancy also assumed the management of the City’s security contract for the Park. Now, security personnel actively patrol the Park instead of just remaining on the bridge. Piedmont Park networks with other Park conservancies around the Atlanta area through the “Park Pride” organization to help bring forth a solid connectivity of great public spaces. Their partnership has extended to the “City Park Alliance” nationally, where Park conservancy discussions are held to improve great Parks of great States. “It takes a village to make a Park,” says Bowden. Piedmont Park Conservancy implements innovative sustainable practices like Park-wide recycling, rainwater collection, compost tea fertilization program and drought-resistant landscaping to keep the Park clean and green.

programs and Summer Day Camps for the youth, to Green “open-air fresh produce” Markets and free guided tours for adults and seniors. The EnviroVentures Summer Camp gives children between the ages of 5 and 11 the perfect environment for outdoor exploration and nature discovery. The Green Market, which attracts over 90,000 visitors over the course of a year, offers a wide variety of “openair” fresh produce, cut flowers, and chef demonstrations. Lead by program naturalists, these programs and workshops offer hands-on learning adventures! A new camp was recently started at Piedmont Park called “Camp Fit”, which is a boot camp for kids from ages 11 – 15. While these youth and community programs are great, Piedmont Park continues to focus on the evolution of how to use some of the new spaces in the programming for educational experiences and how the community can be healthy in their own spaces. Phase 2 of the Conservancy, which is the northern part of Piedmont Park and the remaining 12.5 acres to complete the 53-acre master plan, will have six new additional in-ground amenities, including an outdoor classroom and community garden space where people can rent garden plots and learn how to garden for themselves. “Parks are living things that can educate and engage people in a million ways, from the fitness components, to the arts, or to have a place to decompress,” says Bowden.

Promoting healthy living, wellness and fitness plays a vital part of the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The Park is always active with fitness programs and at the Active Oval. Dozens of fitness Boot Camps for the youth and adults have been put in place for healthy living in the community. Programs like “Love You Healthy”, which is run out of Piedmont Park’s Community Center, allows the community to work out in the Park with trained instructors. One of the most active trails around Piedmont Park is the connection to the Beltline Atlanta. Additionally, tracks have been added around the Active Oval, which was in part funded by the Atlanta Track Club, for running/walking and where the “Boot Camp for a Cause” program is held. New Basketball Courts have been added, and the Park has invested in a public pool – the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, which offers swim lessons to its visitors. All of the in-ground fitness equipments have been added to Piedmont Park by donors. Various youth and community programs have been put in place at Piedmont Park by the Conservancy from Environmental Educational URBANLUX

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“Parks are essential to the health of individuals and communities. They offer recreation and renewal, promote exercise, reduce crime, revitalize neighborhoods, protect the environment, and bring communities together.” - Trust for Public Land The Conservancy has brought forth a great change at the Piedmont Park, and some of the exciting new features like basketball courts, 3 acres of hardwood forest, the ability to walk along a creek, the Six Springs wetland areas are all experiences the community did not have three years ago. One of the most popular and well attended areas of Piedmont Park is the 3 acre dog Park, which has an enclosed small and large dog off-leashed area to allow dogs to run freely within the enclosed space. Because the community of dog lovers is so strong in Atlanta, Piedmont Park has dedicated one fundraiser each year to a special pool party just for dogs – “Splish Splash Doggie Bash”; an exciting event and opportunity for dogs to swim in the pool.

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Piedmont Park is serving over 3.5 million people each year, and that number is growing. There is a great partnership with the city of Atlanta and Piedmont Park which makes Piedmont Park Conservancy a great service story. Bowden says, “the success story of Piedmont Park since the inception of the Conservancy over 20 years ago is together the community has created and maintained an environment that has turned from a blight to a showpiece, and is being maintained in a high quality way!” “Piedmont Park is brand new, all over again,” says Bowden. Whether you run, bike, skate, picnic or enjoy a festival at Piedmont Park, you are benefiting from the efforts of Piedmont Park Conservancy; 85% of the large events are hosted by Piedmont Park. Volunteers are often recruited by the Conservancy to keep Piedmont Park beautiful as a part of their “Clean and Green” project; keeping Piedmont Park clean and beautifully landscaped is a never-ending job. Volunteers contribute over $100,000 of work each year, and the Park Conservancy could not do what they do without support, enthusiasm, and gifts of talent and time from their Volunteers. But in order to maintain the striking improvements to Piedmont Park, they need your support. Through the generosity of private donors, Piedmont Park Conservancy funds the majority of Park maintenance, security and improvements. The Piedmont Park Conservancy encourages the community to participate in fundraisers, become volunteers, members, or contributors, and help support the efforts of enhancing and preserving Piedmont Park. “Come out to the Park, do the things that you love, and enjoy the space. Also support the organization that’s working with the city to keep the space looking good for this and future generations,” says Bowden. To learn more about the Piedmont Park Conservancy and to become a member/volunteer, please visit the Piedmont Park’s website at piedmontpark.org - Kenny Grace

Magnolia Greenway - Before

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THE HODGE TWINS FITNESS, FATHERHOOD & ACCIDENTAL STARDOM

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o look at Kevin and Keith Hodge, one could make any number of assumptions. Because of their physiques, are they fitness pros? Because of their devilishly handsome looks, are they models? Because of their on-camera chemistry, are they comedians or actors? Yes, yes, and yes again! Because this is our fitness issue, we scoured gyms, overturned dumbbells and ran many miles to find the best experts to discuss with us their views on success, family, fitness—and ultimately health and happiness. Twin towers and fitness gurus, known to millions of their beloved YouTube, FaceBook & Twitter fans as the Hodgetwins, joined us for a candid look into their lives, careers and entertainment & fitness empires. Press pause on your fitness DVD and join the conversation. - Clorissa X. Wright

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ULM: Are you the only children, if not, where do you fall in line? Did being a twin have advantages or disadvantages growing up? HODGETWINS: We are the youngest in our family. We have an older brother and sister. We were very shy when we were younger and having a twin helped with that because we always had each other. Looking at us now, people would not believe how shy we were. Some of it remains, though. ULM: Being identical twins comes with the assumption that you have no differences. Keith & Kevin, please tell us one thing about your brother that you don’t possess but also admire. KEITH: Well, Kevin is more laid back and I really admire that about him. KEVIN: That’s funny because Keith is a lot more serious than I am, and I admire that about him. ULM: Do you have children? If so, what are their ages? KEITH: I have 3 kids, Ages 12, 6 and 3. KEVIN: I have 4 kids, Ages 17, 10, 5 and 10 months. ULM: How do you stress the importance of healthy eating habits and exercise to your children? HODGETWINS: We demonstrate it by example. Since health and fitness is such a large part of our lives, our children are exposed to it every day. This is our lifestyle, so it’s normal to them. They see us going to the gym, they hear us discussing nutrition and they understand the impact it has on our physical appearance and well-being. The key is to make it a part of their lifestyle so they make those same great choices on their own. ULM: What advice would you give parents for keeping their kids fit? HODGETWINS: What’s most important is that parents demonstrate a positive, healthy attitude towards fitness and nutritional decisions. That way, children will adopt your positive attitude towards food, fitness and body image. Make it fun and be consistent. Create opportunities to be active as a family and take the time to cook and make snacks together. Parents can make better food and exercise choices for their kids when they plan ahead. ~ continued URBANLUX

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ULM: How did you get started in entertainment? HODGETWINS: Well, we took the long route into the entertainment industry. We’ve always been naturally funny, but we worked in the corporate world for a while and even enlisted in the Marine Corps, but none of it made us happy. We had this dream of making people laugh while inspiring them to live healthier lives, but had no idea how to achieve that and earn a living. We started doing YouTube videos on the side and really enjoyed it. One day at work, Keith had the idea that we should quit our jobs, and do YouTube videos full-time, so we did. If someone would have told us back then that we’d be doing this, we would not have believed them.


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ULM: You guys have over 2500 videos available for viewing online, how do you keep subject matter fresh? HODGETWINS: We get a lot of help from our fans! They’re great. We receive hundreds of emails per day from all over the world. It is a great source of content for us. People ask us for advice on everything from current events to their most personal issues. We also pay attention to things that are happening in the media and on the internet. So there is no shortage of things for us to talk about. ULM: With over 500,000 subscribers, would you consider yourselves official role models? HODGETWINS: We believe that people pick their role models for different reasons. We didn’t start our YouTube channels to be role models. We did it to share our thoughts and perspectives with the hope that it would help someone. We now know that because of what we do, there are people who have been inspired by us to change their lives or improve their fitness level or just break out of their shells and try something new like we did. That’s what’s important to us. ULM: You have a vast portfolio, dabbling in comedic relief, fitness and reality TV. Which platform has helped you to make the biggest impact on your followers? HODGETWINS: It would definitely be our Twin Muscle Workout channel, which we launched first. It has helped so many people lose weight and improve their fitness and overall well-being. Our followers have told us that it has changed their lives. ULM: What examples do you have that substantiates the Hodge twins credibility/ability to bring peoples fitness goals to fruition? HODGETWINS: My brother and I are both International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) certified personal trainers. We take what we do very seriously, so we are constantly doing research and updating our knowledge on what’s new in fitness. Our credibility really comes from our fans, though. We get emails with before and after pictures from our fans that show us how we’ve impacted their lives and helped them reach their goals. It is life changing for them, so it’s personal for us. It lets us know how important it is to put the time and effort into our fitness channel. ULM: Who inspires you to be fit? HODGETWINS: The mirror. LOL! Years ago before we got in shape, we both felt horrible looking at ourselves in the mirror. Now, we push and inspire each other to work hard and stay fit. ~ continued

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ULM: We understand how being physically fit leads to a longer, healthier life…what are the wellness benefits of laughter? HODGETWINS: Laughing has a relaxing effect on the body. It can decrease tension and provide a mental release from stress. It also improves your mood. We believe that people should always try to find humor in your everyday life. You will definitely see a change in your wellness. ULM: Many people are looking for a quick fix to being overweight – what are the top no-nos people should beware of when starting a fitness journey? HODGETWINS: Many people don’t understand that the key to weight loss is calories in vs. calories burned per day. There are obviously several approaches to weight loss and each person must find which combination of options safely works for them. We’d like for people to not focus on trying to find weight loss in a bottle or as a quick fix. It’s all about making it a part of your lifestyle, which means a daily commitment to being healthy is required. ULM: Is there a different approach to training men versus women? HODGETWINS: Not really. Both sexes basically want to lose weight, which means they need to burn fat, and both want to build muscle, which means they need to do some form of strength training. We find that women are more focused on weight loss and men want to build more muscle ULM: Urban Lux Magazine is headquartered in Atlanta, a southern city with soul-food, fast-food and pop-up restaurants everywhere you turn. What advice do you have for people who like dining out but don’t want to blow the buttons off of their healthy lifestyle? HODGETWINS: You can eat pretty much whatever you want. It’s all about moderation, portion sizes and your activity level. It comes down to calories in vs. calories out. We eat out, but we’re physically active. There has to be a balance. ULM: We know you have a guilty food pleasure – share with us! HODGETWINS: Oh, man. We love to eat and we really love good food. Our cheat meals include pizza, barbecue ribs, or Popeye’s chicken and biscuits. But definitely not all at the same time. ~ continued

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ULM: What does the remainder of 2013 have in store for The Hodge twins? HODGETWINS: We will always continue our YouTube channels, but now have opportunities in TV and film. We’re also doing some commercials. We have an opportunity to do some work on the radio that we’re really excited about. Hopefully you guys will see and hear us in a really big way soon. ULM: Any final words of wisdom for your many fans? HODGETWINS: We want to thank everyone for their support, and are especially grateful to our YouTube fans. We’ve gotten to know them through their posts and emails. We know life can be tough at times but we’d like to encourage everyone to stay positive and find as many opportunities to laugh as possible. Take some time to figure out what you’re really passionate about and incorporate that into your life. It makes all the difference. We know firsthand that if you work hard and surround yourself with positive people, you will and can reach all of your goals. Follow the HodgeTwins: facebook.com/thehodgetwins twitter.com/hodgetwins instagram.com/the_hodgetwins youtube.com/hodgetwins

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ULM: You’re delving into television and film – elaborate a bit. Are you looking to take on roles in front of or behind the camera? HODGETWINS: We definitely want to act in front of the camera, but wanted to take the craft seriously and also be taken seriously. So our manager, Angela Nichelle, is helping us to expand our brand outside of YouTube. We’ve attended some formal classes to get ready. We both really loved doing improv in one of our acting classes. It seemed to suit our natural personalities. We’d welcome roles in comedy, action and commercials but down the line, we could definitely see ourselves producing shows as well.


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SUMMER GLOW Summer is here and looking your best is an absolute must! You’ve got the wardrobe intact, you’ve gotten the best haircut you’ve had in years and we’re sure you’ve already whitened your teeth. You may have missed a few things, but we’ve got you covered. - Clorissa X. Wright

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en and women alike spend hours every week removing body hair. It’s a necessary chore, but it shouldn’t take obscene amounts of time doing it. There are several ways to remove unwanted hair but none compare to the long-lasting results of laser treatment. The benefits of laser hair removal are endless: • It is the only permanent method on the market as it perpetually reduces the number of hair follicles and their ability to produce hair • It cuts down on maintenance time • It is proven safe for all skin types • It reduces ingrown hair growth and razor bumps • It can be done on almost any area of the body We’ve done some digging and these Metro Atlanta places come highly recommended: WIFH—Dunwoody area | wifh.com Catering to men and women, this aesthetic center has a 5-star Yelp rating, amazing information including before and after photos and high-satisfaction customer testimonials. They also offer affordable packages (and payment plans) in addition to being open on Saturdays! Look Young Atlanta—Midtown area | lookyoungatlanta.com One of Atlanta’s leading laser centers, they’ve got a 4.5-star Yelp rating and they’ve got several locations around Atlanta making it convenient for everyone. Say goodbye to razors, ditch those smelly creams and don’t you dare pluck!

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Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel $32 A moisture rich bronzing gel that offers buildable coverage and seamless blending. Mix with foundation for a natural glow.

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unscreen should be part of your daily routine, especially in the summer! Harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun can have longlasting and damaging effects on skin. It only takes 15 minutes of outdoor exposure for rays to begin making a negative impact. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you! UV rays are powerful enough to penetrate MAC Bronzer $24 your skin tone clouds. When selecting sunscreen, always select ones with a sun Enhance or accent/strengthen protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Protection levels span from a tan by adding sheer, color effects and SPF8 (medium or dark skin) to SPF 50 (for skin that always burns). natural highlights with this lightly frosted, tinted powder. Be sure to select the level that is correct for your skin type. Healthy skin is beautiful skin! URBANLUX

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want to first say it’s an honor to contribute to the informative and ultra hip Urban Lux Magazine. I am an award-winning journalist; world traveler; beer aficionado under the alias Ale Sharpton; and write about everything from the aforementioned best beverage in the world, to spirits, global attractions, hotels, food, and automobiles to name a few. My goal as your Urban Lux Insider is to keep you cherished readers informed on anything worthy of making your life that much more enjoyable.

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I am a New Yorker by birth, but for the last 22 years, I have developed a true fondness for Georgia’s capital, and consider myself a proud rep of one of the greatest cities in the world. So with that, let’s kick this off with a toast—beers you should strongly consider sipping this summer— and gawk at the features the 2013 Range Rover boasts for $96,000. Let’s go! Cheers to you! Dennis aka Ale

Beat the heat: Summer Beers

kay, the mercury is definitely rising, but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, maybe hit up a party and, of course, sip something. Well there are beers made particularly for the summer because they are crisp, refreshing, and typically low in alcohol so that you can pound back a few without getting totally obliterated. Below, I feature a few tasty craft ales and a lager packaged specifically in cans because they are easy to transport, discard, and enjoy by the pool or beach. Happy Sippin’! 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

Mother Earth Brewing Second Wind Pale Ale

4.9% alcohol by volume

5% alcohol by volume

Tasty, refreshing, and delicious, this American wheat beer out of San Francisco is brewed with watermelon. That’s right, watermelon. It is not overly sweet and I especially love introducing beer naysayers to this one!

Hoppy, medium-bodied, and a smooth sipper, the state of North Carolina is kicking much tail in the brew department and Mother is a good reason why!

Westbrook Brewing Company White Thai

Finch’s Secret Stache Stout

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5.3% alcohol by volume

From the inviting can design to the exotic ingredients including ginger root, lemongrass and Sorachi Ace hops, this brew crew out of Mt. Pleasant, SC knows how to pack the essence of Thailand in a can. This is a fun one!

Hands down, when it comes to canned stouts in the 5 percent range, this is my favorite. Coming out of Chicago, this smooth ale packs the bold flavors of espresso, chocolate, and dark fruit, while still maintaining a mere 5.3 percent alcohol by volume. Trust me, that’s one hell of a feat. Delish!

Leinenkugel’s (Various)

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

4.2 to 4.9% alcohol by volume

5% alcohol by volume

I couldn’t pick just one because when it comes to folks who say all beer is bitter, Leinenkugel’s Summer Wheat, Summer Shandy, Berry Weiss and Honey Weiss will kill that faulty assumption with the quickness!

We can’t forget the lagers, so this stellar brewery out of Chico, CA does the trick with this crisp, hoppy, and spicy Pilsner-style cold one deserves some love.

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The fully equipped 2013 Range Rover - Photos courtesy Land Rover & Dennis Malcolm Byron

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• Triple-Zone automatic climate control system • A heated front windshield (no more scraping ice thanks to the defrosting lines, which are virtually invisible), plus rain-sensing wipers that automatically adjust speed • The signature Terrain Response System built for you to effortlessly conquer snow, mud, sand, and extremely rocky roads • And to remind you what you are driving, the power-folding side mirrors brandish a Range Rover hologram on the ground when the vehicle is remotely unlocked (think Batman signal)

So if your bank account is stacked enough for you to consider an automobile nearing a six-figure price tag, this 2013 Range Rover is certainly worth a test drive. Oh, and to truly get a feel for all the dynamics and driving enhancements the Land Rover collection offers, consider taking the ultimate Land Rover Experience, a multi-landscape drive that tests out the many features and amenities of their vehicles. I did it at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and it was unforgettable! Visit LandRover.com/Experience for more information. Until next time, please visit AleSharpton.com and follow me at @alesharpton to see what other brews and fresh autos I am giving props to. Enjoy your summer! - Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton URBANLUX

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ummer is blooming while offering inspiration towards fine tuning one’s fitness and health goals. Four personal trainers in the Atlanta area offer insight on the importance of Health and Fitness, and the role it plays socially. Donell Williams, Ellie Vance, Sonya McMillan, and Andre Urqiza present Health and Fitness as a Lifestyle.

They extend amazing insight on how focus and determination towards one’s goals transforms every area of your life, especially dating. Dedication to health and fitness ushers in the power of confidence and consistency and these two attributes are highly attractive. Let us explore Health, Fitness, and Dating from the experts. - Tia Aikens

ELLIE VANCE

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33 SPX Instructor & School Teacher STELLAR BODIES

Tia: What inspired you to build a career in Health and Fitness? Ellie: I have always been active; however, recently I have taken Health and Fitness to another level. I am now teaching at “Stellar Bodies” (this class is Pilates on steroids). In addition, to fitness, I am a pre-school teacher and my teaching schedule allows me the opportunity to focus on creating a career in the area of fitness and health. I am so privileged that I have two careers that I love. It is a great combination. Tia: Where do you mingle in the Atlanta area, and what is the dating scene offering you? Ellie: I live in Brookhaven, and I really like “Noche” in Town Brookhaven it is always a fun environment. I love their outdoor seating. I also like the “Big Ketch” located in Buckhead off Roswell Road. It is a great restaurant with live music. I meet friends for drinks and dinner on a regular basis. For me to accomplish my goals I have released hanging out in clubs and partying. I am currently dating but I am not serious with anyone particularly. I normally meet men in the gym because we are living the same lifestyle. Tia: What are your preferences when dating? Are you drawn to individuals in the profession of Health and Fitness?

Ellie: I have dated the spectrum from musicians to artist of all sorts. However, I have found that I share a commonality with men in Health and Fitness. Commonality is always a starting point in relationships. I want to enter races with the man I date and know that he appreciates the experience. Being active is the most important thing to me. Health and Fitness is my Lifestyle. Tia: Paint me a picture of the perfect date. Ellie: I have been on many great dates. I am simple and I appreciate the small things. My ideal date is starting the day with a workout, brunch, and good conversation. Then we can transition and get dressed up and go out and have a night of drinks, dinner, and dancing. Tia: How does being fit and healthy influence an individual’s dating life? Ellie: An individual has to know what they desire and you cannot be willing to compromise. Confidence is everything when dating. Tia: Urban Lux Magazine believes that Luxury is what you make it, what does Luxury means to you. Ellie: I live a great luxurious life because I have two careers that I absolutely love. I experience luxury every day.

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34 Fitness Trainer, Crossfitter & US Track & Field Coach NRG PERSONAL TRAINING STIDIO

Tia: What inspired you to build a career in Health and Fitness? Sonya: Health and Fitness comes natural for me because I have been an athlete my whole life. Personal training has served as my career since 2005. However, I still feel like a baby in the game, having a lot to learn. I work with clients on an individual basis targeting specific personal needs. I also love conducting group work when I have the opportunity. My clients can expect a high intensity dynamic training when they exercise with me. Tia: Where do you mingle in the Atlanta area, and what is the dating scene offering you? Sonya: When I am out with friends, we are involved in some type of outdoors event or we are having dinner. I am in this season of my life where I am focused on my Cross-Fit career so I am not meeting new individuals. However, there are times that I desire someone special in my life. Tia: What are your preferences when dating? Sonya: I meet men in the Health and Fitness arena but I still have not met that “person� yet. I have to share my time with someone who shares the same passion for Cross-fit as I do. I am quite simple, I want a man who is understanding, patient, and funny. I have to be with a man who has fitness goals, is physicaly fit or working on it. URBANLUX

Tia: Paint me a picture of the perfect date. Sonya: I enjoy great conversation at a nice restaurant or park. I love going to the movies, I am a movie buff. Tia: Urban Lux Magazine believes that Luxury is what you make it, what does Luxury means to you. Sonya: Luxury is being Confident. Luxury is well rounded. Photos: Brice Esso


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DONELL WILLIAMS 32 Fitness Trainer & Owner ABSOLUT FITNESS PERSONAL TRAINING

Tia: What inspired you to build a career in Health and Fitness? Donell: Health and fitness is a lifestyle for me. Fitness is what I do from the time I wake up until I retire for the evening. Having open-heart surgery at three months and not expected to live definitely served as inspiration. I am 32 still living strong, I am healthy, and I am loving life. In addition, my father worked out on a regular basis and his physical physique served as inspiration as well. This led me to exercising consistently, and now I have a career in Health and Fitness. Tia: Where do you mingle in the Atlanta area, and what is the dating scene offering you? Donell: I am not a club or partying type of person. I love going out to Lake Lanier renting boats and spending time with close friends. I have been spending a lot of time at Stone Mountain lately. I will definitely attend an upscale event if time permits. In addition, Strip in Atlantic Station is a spot that I have frequented lately. Right now, dating is not a priority for me, I live by “handle your business first and everything else will fall in line.” I do not stress out about dating; I meet women on a daily basis. I have noticed that there are many superficial women here in Atlanta and that is quite comical to me. I am intensely specific concerning the type of woman I am looking for. Tia: What are your preferences when dating? Are you drawn to individuals in the profession of Health and Fitness? Donell: I examine everything when considering dating. I review all of the variables. However, because I am a man I definitely see the physical quickly. A woman has to be fit, intelligent professional and driven. She has to be spiritual because this is my foundation. My favorite scripture is “as a man thinketh so is he.” I have created my life through my thoughts and beliefs. The woman I date has to be secure within and have an aggressive personality. I need to know that she is my equal.

Tia: How does being fit and healthy influence an individual’s dating life? Donell: You have to treat your body like the temple that it is. Keeping an active lifestyle keeps the body in shape. When this occurs, confidence is created. Confidence is everything. If you do not have confidence, you will settle for less than you deserve. Consistency always yields results.

Tia: Paint me a picture of the perfect date. Donell: My perfect date would begin downtown in a laid-back environment enjoying drinks and amazing conversation. I love getting mentally intimate. If I am dating someone new, dancing is definitely on the agenda because I want to see the intellectual side as well as the fun free spirited aspect of her. I love reggae music so we would dance the night away. Photos: Brice Esso

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ANDRE URQUIZA 29 Crossfit Trainer & Co-Owner CROSSFIT HD

Tia: What inspired you to build a career in Health and Fitness? Andre: I have always been active. Growing up in Brazil I was always swimming or involved in some type of outdoor activity. Later in life, I raced motorcycles and this led to me entering Cross-fit Training in 2008. Tia: Where do you mingle in the Atlanta area, and what is the dating scene offering you? Andre: When I do hang out I am normally with my friends. I always remain conscious of my eating and drinking because Health and Fitness is a lifestyle. I live in Chamblee so when I do go out you can find me in the Dunwoody, Buckhead, or Midtown area. I can have a good time anywhere because it is all about the company that you keep. I like Eclipse De Luna in Dunwoody, Tin Lizzy’s, and the “W” in Buckhead. I love dressing up on an occasion. When it comes to dating, I am always open to meet new people. I separate my business from my social life. I meet women on a regular basis simply being out and through friends. I am all about getting to know someone to see if there is a “click,” if not we can remain friends. I do not close myself off from dating I am keeping myself open. I balance my work life, social life and my vacationing life. Tia: What are your preferences when dating? Are you drawn to individuals in the profession of Health and Fitness? Andre: A woman does not have to be involved with Cross-Fit specifically. However, I do prefer physically fit women. Yes, I do prefer a certain body type but personality is important too. Fitness is a big part of my life and I want someone who understands this. Professional motivated women are attractive. I am not attracted to complacency. I want someone who is educated because good conversation is necessary. Tia: Paint me a picture of the perfect date. Andre: The perfect date is when you glance at your watch and wonder where the time went. Fluid conversation and laughter is necessary. Because I am an outdoor person, any type of outside activity is perfect. I like Après Diem and the Park Tavern when considering a date location; I can go there and listen to nice music enjoying a nice glass of wine with a beautiful woman.

Tia: How does being fit and healthy influence an individual’s dating life? Andre: When you promote behavior to enhance your Health and Fitness a physiological shift occurs which encourages a psychological change. This creates confidence, when you’re happy people perceive you differently. Confidence is attractive. In addition, it is important to know that food and nutrition affects your mood, and this influences your Photos: Brice Esso dating life. Tia: Urban Lux Magazine believes that Luxury is what you make it, what does Luxury means to you. Andre: Luxury fulfills a need yet goes beyond desires.

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n this day and age, people are becoming more active. As society continues to inundate us with more opportunities in the workplace, local community, and the like, it is imperative to realize what’s the most integral part to our mode of transport – our feet. Often times we neglect our feet until we are prompted by a painful stimuli that requires that we give them attention. On a daily basis, we should employ habits that promote healthy, happy feet. There are essentially 7 things that I consider important in maintaining good foot health. These tips are both effective and practical in keeping your feet healthy. - Dr. Rondrick Williamson

1. Inspect your feet daily. Be aware of any areas of redness, blistering, corns or calluses. These are early signs that can forecast problems in the near future. 2. Choose shoes that fit properly and are comfortable. Make sure you choose comfort over fashion. Many foot problems can be caused by tight fitting shoes and shoes that have lost their structural integrity. Tight fitting shoes can lead to common conditions such as blisters, bunions and hammertoes. Know when to replace your shoes. Some obvious signs of needed shoe replacement are excessive wear along the sole and the innersole. 3. Ladies, limit the time spent in high heeled shoes. High heels were never meant to be an everyday shoe. Consequences include corns, calluses, bunion deformities and hammertoes. 4. Keep your feet moisturized. Apply a moisturizer daily to keep feet soft and supple. Poorly moisturized skin can lead to conditions such as xerosis and fissuring. 5. Proper nail care is key. Inspect your nails and take action to ensure that they remain at a healthy length. Toenails should not be cut too short as this can lead to the formation of ingrown toenails. It’s advisable to trim your nails straight across.

ASK DR. RON Q: What exactly are flat feet and is there any type of procedure that can correct this condition? - Cynthia A: Cynthia, “flat feet” is a medical term that describes when the arch of the foot is collapsed allowing the whole sole of the foot to be in contact with the ground. Commons symptoms include pain in the bottom of the foot often times extending into the ankle area. Therapy includes shoe modification, pain medications and arch supports. Surgical correction is typically the last option. Q: What are ways to treat toenail fungus? - Chantell A: Chantell, toenail fungal infection is a common condition. There are several treatment options that range from topical preparations, oral tablets, and laser treatment. All are effective modalities in treating this condition but ultimately depends on the severity of the condition. Q: Hello Doc! I have clients that have lost toenails and would like to add artificial nails. However, what type glue is SAFE and strong enough to hold when directly applied to the nail bed? - Tara A: Hello Tara, most nail glues on the market today are equally effective. For individuals who are considering artificial nails who have a portion of the old nail remaining, Keryflex is a healthy alternative. Contact your local podiatrist or dermatologist if you are interested in Keryflex. Q: Can you get bunions from wearing high heel shoes or is it hereditary. – Ashley A: Ashley, bunions can both be acquired and inherited. Long term wear of high heeled shoes and pointed toed shoes can cause a bunion to develop. Family history of bunion deformity places one at increased risk also. Submit your health related questions to Dr. Ron at: liveurbanlux.com/ask-dr-ron URBANLUX


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The Mental Health-Friendly Workplace

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ental illnesses are common and these conditions can affect anyone, regardless of age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, economic status, or location. Mental illnesses are surprisingly common; they affect almost every family in America. Mental health problems are health conditions involving changes in thinking, mood, or behavior. Mental health and mental illness can be pictured as two points on a continuum with a range of conditions in between. When these conditions are more serious, they are referred to as mental illnesses and include depression, anxiety disorders, childhood and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other diagnosable illnesses that most often benefit from treatment and support. The good news is that effective treatments are available and people recover from mental illnesses. Many people with mental illnesses work with therapists, counselors, peers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers, often in combination with some of the most advanced medicines ever developed. They also use self-help strategies and community support groups. It is estimated that about one-third of those with mental illnesses are employed. There is a very good chance that you, and every employee in your business, know someone who has a mental illness. Past studies show, nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce (28 million workers ages 18-54) experiences a mental or substance abuse disorder. Based on a study from “The Impact of Mental Disorders on Work, Pfizer Facts series” found that the most prevalent illnesses in the workplace are alcohol abuse/dependence (9 percent of workers); major depression (8 percent); and social anxiety disorder (7 percent). Further, 71 percent of workers with mental illnesses have never sought help from a medical or mental health specialist for their symptoms. The good news is that, mental illnesses are manageable with treatment, which in most cases allows people to return to satisfactory, functioning lives.

• Welcomes all qualified job applicants; diversity is valued • Includes health care that treats mental illnesses with the same urgency as physical illnesses • Has programs and/or practices that promote and support employee health-wellness and/or work-life balance • Provides training for managers and front-line supervisors in mental health workplace issues, including identification of performance problems that may indicate worker distress and possible need for referral and evaluation • Safeguards the confidentiality of employee health information; • Provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or other appropriate referral resources to assist managers and employees • Supports employees who seek treatment or who require hospitalization and disability leave, including planning for return to work • Ensures exit with dignity as a priority, should it become essential for an employee to leave his or her employment; and • Provides all-employee communication regarding equal opportunity employment, the reasonable accommodations policy of the Americans with Disabilities Act, health and wellness programs, and similar topics that promote an accepting, anti-stigmatizing, antidiscriminating climate in the workplace. Indicators such as these suggest that, in the long term, costs spent on mental health care may represent an investment that will pay off not only in healthier employees, but also for the company’s financial health. The state of Georgia has an initiative called Georgia’s Worksite Health. The goal is to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by helping Georgia businesses create worksite environments that maintain and improve the health of their employees. Georgia’s Worksite Health initiative is a single-point of contact for employers to access information, resources and programming ideas. Serving employers of various sizes and industries across the state, the initiative encourages employers to implement health promotion activities, policies and environmental changes that target the risk factors for chronic diseases – poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use.

With projects like the Model Worksite Project, the Initiative works Some observable indicators found in Mental Health-Friendly with employers directly to implement comprehensive worksite Workplaces are described below. Any business that thinks of wellness programming to improve the health and productivity of itself as being mental health-friendly will have a number of these working adults in Georgia. For a list of current programs and services elements in place. Think of your own organization as you scan offered through Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) visit the following list of mental health-friendly workplace indicators. health.state.ga.us/programs. - Carlton Powell URBANLUX

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Atlanta Summer Fun that Won’t Break the Bank

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s your mind ready for a vacation but your wallet says otherwise? Don’t scuff your pretty little Louboutin pumps trying to figure it out. You don’t need a full week and loads of cash to indulge in some incredible summer fun. One of the best things about living in the Atlanta area is the variety of vacation destinations that are just a tank of gas (or two) away. Not to mention tons of free to low cost stay-cation adventures awaiting your arrival. Whether you’re a family of 4, S.I.N.K. (single income no kids) or D.I.N.K. (dual income no kids) there is plenty of summer fun without going broke. Check out these amazing and affordable summer destinations and activities right in your own backyard.

GREAT WOLF LODGE - Less than five hours away from Atlanta is Great Wolf Lodge, a year round indoor water park just north of Charlotte in Concord, NC. For the young at heart and those seeking family oriented summer fun enjoy over 80,000 square feet of waterpacked excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Themed suites offer the perfect lodge room for kids and adults alike. For a romantic getaway without the kids consider the whirlpool suite featuring a large Jacuzzi tub in the middle of the room. For the kids pick a themed suite with bunk beds. Great Wolf Lodge also boasts a spa for a girls weekend. It has something for everyone and every budget. You’ll get an 84 degree climate controlled environment year round. Perfect for frolicking in and out of the water. Before you book ask how you can save up to 15% off your stay. - greatwolf.com CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK - This awesome 21-acre park is the city’s lasting legacy from the Centennial Olympic Games and hosts some of Atlanta’s most exciting free events: •Relax every Wednesday evening with performances ranging from jazz to reggae. Bring your lawn chairs, food and a little something to sip and experience Wednesday Wind Down from 5:30-8:00 p.m., now until September. •Enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun with Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days. The fourth Saturday of each month, from noon-4 p.m., now until September is full of activities for the entire family including educational programming, specialty workshops, performances, contests, prizes and more. Come early and soak up the sun! •Make a lunch date with Music at Noon as relaxing tunes hover over the city. Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m., now until October, enjoy a variety of live music including R&B, jazz and reggae. JULY SUMMER FESTIVALS - Take in as many summer festivals as your feet (you’ll be walking a lot) can handle. Enjoy two days of music, dancing, delicious food, fine art, fashion shows and native crafts at the Asian Cultural Experience; come chill out in Piedmont Park with tons of ice cream vendors (including local artisans and national favorites) and live music at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival; Flying Colors Butterfly Festival fills the air with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies as they are released during this annual family festival under butterfly banners; experience the dance, film, theater and music, as well as visual and literary arts of Africa and the African Diaspora during the nation’s only Black Arts Festival. For more exciting and budget friendly summer destinations and activities check out the sites listed below. See you at the beach! - Clyde Anderson - atlantawithkid.com: Fun things to do with kids - livingsocial.com: Deals on fun escapes and events - atlanta.net: All things Atlanta from affordable to indulgent - scoutmob.com: Connecting you to local happenings and fare at a discount - atlantaperforms.com: Discount tickets to theatre, dance, music, and film arts URBANLUX


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Urban Lux Magazine Summer 2013  

It’s finally summer and all the ideas and plans you’ve made during the winter months have begun to take flight. This 2013 summer issue of Ur...

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