September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Cholesterol Awareness Month. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will recognize both by holding a cholesterol screening ($10) on September 8 and a free PSA screening on September 14. Call to schedule your appointment. After you check your cholesterol, come to a free seminar on September 20 for tips and best practices to lower your cholesterol and keep it low.
Northside Hospital will also be offering a free prostate cancer screening on September 20 by appointment only from 6-8 p.m.
Details: Emory-Adventist, (770) 319-2025, or Northside Hospital Cancer Center, (404) 845-5555, ext. ‘0’
Natural oils are said to have a variety of effects on skin from enhancing its appearance to clearing up infections. Indigenous to Australia, Tea Tree oil has a variety of healthy properties and can aid in the treatment of eczema, rashes, stings, burns and more. Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic100% Pure is a powerful oil that can help heal and improve the condition of your skin. $13.99
Details: Your local GNC store, www.gnc.com, www.ThursdayPlantation.com
Keep your food fresh with a lunch bag that can stay cold for up to 10 hours without ice! PackIt is a freezable, foldable lunch bag that is ideal for anyone to use. Simply put the bag in the freezer and fill it with treats in the morning. The gel-lining keeps food tasting its best throughout the day. Best of all, it is PVC/lead free, non-toxic and reusable. PackIt also has a wine cooler bag that is ideal for keeping bottles chilled.
Details: Mori Luggage & Gifts: Phipps Plaza, (404) 841-0990, www.packitcool.com
Eating vegetables isn’t always some people’s favorite choice, but drinking them may be better. The Everything Juicing Book contains 150 recipes for you to juice your vegetables (and fruits) into healthy, tasty drinks. In addition to getting your recommended daily doses, juicing is a fun and simple process that’s sure to resonate with your family and friends. Choose from a variety of different recipes to help you get more greens into your diet. $10.49
Details: Barnes & Noble, 2900 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, www.adamsmediastore.com
An Artful Event
If you are looking for unique gifts for friends or want to purchase some new décor for your home, stop by the Annual Atlanta Arts Festival. This event will take place at Piedmont Park, September 17-18 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will feature jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, leather goods, metal and more. Other fun events include art demonstrations and live music.
Details: Piedmont Park, 10th Street Meadow, 1320 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA, (770) 941-9660, www.atlantaartsfestival.com
A Sweet Treat
With a new location in the Virginia-Highlands and a relaxing vibe, Sugarcoat nail and beauty bar is ready to treat your hands and feet to the pampering service they deserve. The 1,600 square-foot interior includes a front room for manicures and pedicures and a back room for private parties. This location also offers waxing, massages and luxury facials. Indulge in a relaxing mani/pedi or make it a girl’s night out with a few friends.
Details: 1062 St. Charles Ave., Atlanta, GA, (404) 249-0013, www.sugarcoatbeauty.com
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop to find and enroll in the latest health classes and programs around the city, then the newly launched Cooleaf is the website for you. Based on your budget, interests and location, this website will allow you to pursue a healthier lifestyle in the convenience of your home. Pick classes and programs “a la carte” from some of Atlanta’s top-rated health clubs, yoga/pilates studios, personal trainers, boot camps, and alternative health care providers.
Detoxifying your body has never been easier with Exhale Spa’s new Hammam Body Therapy. Hammam is a Turkish bathing method that relaxes the body while dispensing of its toxins through moist and ambient heat. The therapy starts with a warm full-body wash that softens skin, followed by a two-step exfoliation scrub process on heated hammam stone. It ends with a cool water body rinse accompanied by aromatherapy. $110 for a 30-minute treatment.
Details: (404) 720-5000, www.exhalespa.com
Strike a Pose
Plank, an eco-friendly yoga line, also makes unique yoga mats including The Cobra Mat. This mat is made from extremely durable, non-slip neoprene that provides just the right amount of cushioning while you are breaking a sweat. This green product is perfect for the beginning yoga student or the professional. The green grass motif adds a touch of the outdoors while you practice your routine. $85
Details: VETTED boutique, (404) 228.4279, www.vettedatlanta.com, www.plankdesigns.com
Table for Two
Join some of Atlanta’s best chefs at the second annual Sunday Supper South on October 23. The culinary stars will come together to prepare a magnificent southern charity dinner at the Westside Provisions District (1170 Howell Mill Road) railroad tracks benefitting the James Beard Foundation. Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, restaurant owners and executive chefs, will host the family style dinner.
Details: (404) 365-0410 ext. 22, www.sundaysuppersouth.com
Get This Party Started
Come out to celebrate Green Street Properties’ 10th anniversary with their “Party at Ponce” event at Ponce City Market complete with music, food and fun activities on October 1. Atlanta’s own Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins will headline the concert, while guests enjoy light bites from Rathbun’s, Bacchanalia, Restaurant Eugene, Yeah! Burger and many more. The event will also include guided tours of Ponce City Market and will benefit Georgia Organics and the Atlanta BeltLine. Ticket information is available at www.empiretickets.com
Details: www.poncecitymarket.com and www.partyatponce.com
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