Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:42

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

If you've made the decision to get and stay healthy for 2015, there's a key element to include on your "get fit" list: a personal trainer. But remember, not just any personal trainer will do. When it comes to fitness, one size does not fit all! Your personal trainer must be properly certified, have client experience and be the right match for your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Yano Anaya, Program Director of Atlanta Personal Trainer Program of Atlanta School of Massage, recommends three essential questions to ask when searching for the right trainer.


For anyone beginning a fitness program, it's critical that you place yourself in the capable hands of a certified personal trainer. But not all certifying bodies uphold the highest standards of the professional fitness industry. Certification from NASM — the National Academy of Sports Medicine — will ensure your personal trainer is prepared to employ a whole-body fitness regimen and help keep you injury-free.


It's always wise to inquire about a prospective trainer's education. If an exercise science or kinesiology course was taken, that is a positive sign that this trainer has a base knowledge of human anatomy and will demonstrate a higher level of accountability and responsibility than someone without this background. And training in fitness nutrition should be considered a major plus!


Find out what kind of personal training experience your prospective trainer has. Some personal trainers right out of school have more experience, whether through an internship, externship or hands-on client interaction, than someone who solely has an online certification. And don't be shy about asking for references!

Max Bohling, a student at Atlanta Personal Trainer Program, with his fitness client, Kim Phan.

TraineeConsidering a career in fitness? The right training program makes all the difference.

There is a difference in fitness career training. Quick-and-easy certification programs are no match for Atlanta Personal Trainer Program's whole-body fitness curriculum. It's a fully supervised, hands-on learning experience that includes significant interaction with real clients.

After completing the Atlanta Personal Trainer Program, graduates can qualify for the most sought-after certification in the industry – NASM certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Additionally, you'll be certified as a fitness nutrition specialist.
Major advancements and recent developments in the fitness industry – including a push for government regulation of trainers – make this highest-quality certification essential for long-term career success. In a country with a 35 percent obesity rate, now is an excellent time to enter this fast-growing field that helps people lead healthier lives through personalized exercise programs and the right nutrition.

For more information about Atlanta Personal Trainer Program and a career in fitness, visit: www.AtlantaPersonalTrainerProgram.com


Sponsored by: Atlanta School of Massage | 2 Dunwoody Park South | Atlanta, GA 30338
Phone: (770) 615-7198 | www.AtlantaSchoolofMassage.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:34

Don’t Let Your ADHD Define You

Do you feel like promotions that you are qualified for just pass you by? Does your partner complain that you don't listen? Are your schedule and calendar always in chaos? Do you feel easily distracted at work and at home? It could be your adult ADHD.

About 60 percent of children with ADHD in the United States become adults with ADHD; that's about four percent of the adult population or eight million adults. Yet less than 20 percent of adults with ADHD have been diagnosed or treated, and only about one-quarter of those adults seek help.

ADHD is biological, genetic and environmental. Adults with ADHD may exhibit the same symptoms they had as children, and although hyperactivity often diminishes by adulthood, other symptoms can affect their relationships, work performance and quality of life.

shutterstock 216223303Many adults with ADHD have decided to forgo treatment or believe medications will not help them. We have found that many of these same adults can improve their performance at work, build stronger relationships with loved ones, and in general boost the creativity that comes along with ADHD through treatment. Medical research is what brings about those treatments.

There are lots of reasons to participate in medical research, but even more benefits. When you are enrolled in a study, you receive a VIP-level diagnostic evaluation by an expert in the field, a complete physical examination and close follow-up. Clinical oversight means the team takes an interest in your total health, not just the ADHD that brought you in the door. You get support and medical supervision at no cost regardless of your insurance coverage, and you may gain access to new drugs not available to the general public.

Is this the year you finally take action? Don't let ADHD keep you from being your best self in 2015!


Institute for Advanced Medical Research

Dr. Angelo Sambunaris has been a leader in the field of clinical research for more than two decades. Prior to founding the Institute for Advanced Medical Research in 1998, he led clinical research teams at Solvay and Bayer Pharmaceutical. He also served as Lieutenant Commander, Research Officer Group United States Public Health Services at the NIMH.

1) Don't you already have enough volunteers?

No! Research facilities across the country need more volunteers; each person who participates in a clinical trial provides very valuable information in the progression of useful treatments.

2) I've already tried everything, so can this really be helpful?

People struggling with ADHD have probably tried a multitude of treatments with varying effectiveness. Those individuals are the very volunteers medical research is looking for to help us better understand the disease, the symptoms and responses to potential new treatments.


Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Medical Research | 5895 Windward Parkway, Suite 150 | Alpharetta, GA 30005  |  Phone: (770) 817-9200 | www.IAMResearch.org


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:24

Is Laser Blepharoplasty Right for You?

Excess skin and puffiness found in the upper or lower eyelids can be modified with blepharoplasty surgery. With the most technologically advanced laser used to perform this procedure, there is virtually no bleeding when sculpting and modifying excess fatty tissue. Although patients are given medication for pain following blepharoplasty surgery, most never need to take any medication.

Your Surgical Experience

Blepharoplasty is performed in an outpatient setting, which allows patients to rest at home immediately following the procedure. Patients are usually administered mild sedation from an IV medication inserted through a vein in their arm. The sedation ensures that patients are totally comfortable during the procedure and have no memory of the surgery. Local anesthesia is then applied to the operative area to further ensure total patient comfort. While the length of this procedure varies from patient to patient, on average, surgery takes 30 minutes for both upper eyelids and 30 minutes for both lower eyelids.

After Surgery

Following the procedure, patients are observed for a short while before returning home. Patients go home without any patch or bandages. The first two days following surgery should be spent in a relaxed environment with the head elevated, applying antibiotic ointment and frozen ice packs to the eyelids several times per day. This will help keep swelling to a minimum.

Before and AfterInitially the eyelids may feel tight, but this sensation usually resolves over the first week or so. On average, one week following this procedure, approximately 70-80 percent of swelling will have dissipated. After two weeks, close to 90 percent of the swelling will have dissipated, while the remaining 10 percent will decrease over the next few weeks to a month.


Kenneth R. Neufeld, MD
Thomas Eye Group

Kenneth R. Neufeld, M. D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon with specialized training in cosmetic and functional procedures around the upper face, brows and eyelids. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse and completed his ophthalmology residency at The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center. His fellowship training in oculoplastic, reconstructive and laser surgery was completed at the Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Neufeld specializes in treating eye-watering problems, droopy lids or brows, orbital tumors, eyelid malpositions and skin cancers. He also provides cosmetic services such as Botox, dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvedern and Voluma. His special interest in using the laser helps him achieve optimal results with minimal recovery time. He is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Cosmetic Surgery.


Sponsored by: Thomas Eye Group | 5995 Barfield Road NE | Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Phone: (404) 256-1507 | www.thomaseyegroup.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:12

4 Week Fitness Jump-Start!



It's a new year, and one of the most common New Year's resolutions is weight loss. At least 60 percent of people that set out to accomplish their New Year's resolution fitness plans fall off by March. Make this a successful year by achieving all of your fitness goals to reveal the new you!
Attack this month head on with these weekly tips.


001Create a Plan – Use your smartphone or a notepad to write out your short-term and long-term fitness and health goals. These can be weight loss goals and the number of days you will commit to working out. Make sure your goals are realistic so that you set yourself up for success!

Establish baseline measurements – Track your progress with pictures and weekly weigh-ins.
Use your favorite smart phone app to log your activity – Keeping a daily log of the food you eat and your daily activities will hold you accountable in executing your fitness plan.

Write out your meal plan for the week – Eat healthy throughout the day by planning and packing your weekly menu for all meals (three small meals and two to three snacks).


Review your fitness goals to see if you are on track based on the plan you created last week. If you are, great! Continue to execute your plan! If you were off target, go back to your goals and set intentions that are so important to you that you will have to stick to them. Then, attack your plan. You can do this!


You may feel as though you should have reached your goals yesterday but aren't seeing the level of results you imagined. Remember that change occurs with consistent behavior and a high level of commitment. This week, focus on flawless execution by completing all of your workouts and eating healthy.

Healthy Eating Tips to remember this week:

  • Eat breakfast prior to leaving home in the morning
  • Pack your meals, keep them with you and remember to eat every two to 2 1/2 hours
  • Eliminate bread, processed foods and drinks, butter and fried foods
  • Stick to whole, fresh foods and lean meat like fish
  • and chicken


You've proven to yourself that you have the discipline to stay consistent with workouts and healthy eating habits, and now you are seeing results! This week, kick it up a notch by adding 10 additional minutes of cardio at each session. With consistency, you will reach your goals and see the new you!

Happy New Year and Always Live Your Best Life!


Attachment-1Need help with great workouts at home?

Check out Lisa's Bikiniology Fitness DVD Program that comes with a 30-day total body workout and
a meal plan guide. Go to www.boutiquebodyfitness.com to get your copy!

Lisa Tanker-Potts is the owner of Boutique Body Fitness Studio located in the Grant Park District of Atlanta. Lisa is considered the guru of fitness for women seeking to enhance their lives through fitness, and has helped thousands of women achieve healthy lifestyles and get the physique of their dreams.

Lisa's trademark is her positive attitude, warm energy and her expertise in training women of all ages. Lisa's upbeat spirit and ability to make every client feel exclusive has quickly propelled her to be a top sought after fitness trainer, speaker and lifestyle expert.

After earning a Master of Business, Master of Health Administration and working eight years in the pharmaceutical sales industry, Lisa decided to follow her passion of helping women to get fit and healthy by becoming a personal trainer.

Lisa has been a regular guest on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, on the Jennifer Keitt 104.1FM show and on the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Lifestyle blog. Lisa has also been a featured speaker at the BGR National Convention, Transforming Women and Entrepreneurs Conference and the Jennifer Keitt Empowerment Conference.


Sponsored by: Boutique Body Fitness | 650 Hamilton Ave SE, Suite D | Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (678) 568-9217 | www.boutiquebodyfitness.com



Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:03

Safely Stop the Hormonal Effects of Aging

As we age, our bodies produce fewer hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. This subsequently accelerates the aging process and the symptoms of menopause and andropause.
Estrogen – Estrogen has over 400 crucial functions in the body, such as helping maintain body temperature, regulate moods, decrease breakdown of bone tissue and maintain elasticity and moisture in the vagina. Symptoms of estrogen loss include mood swings, hot flashes, dry skin, higher risk of osteoporosis and painful intercourse.

Progesterone – Progesterone is essential to balancing estrogen. Symptoms of progesterone loss include insomnia, depression, mood swings, irritability, menstrual irregularity and osteoporosis.

Testosterone – The ovaries also produce testosterone, which plays a vital role in maintaining hormonal balance and affects emotional well-being, self-confidence, motivation and focus. The symptoms of testosterone loss include low sex drive, muscle loss, weight gain, depression and thinning hair.



Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an option that does not just improve symptoms of aging but can also improve your quality of life. BHRT uses hormones from plant-based sources to restore healthy levels of your hormones.



Replacing these deficient hormones – naturally and not synthetically – can make the transition to the peri-menopausal or peri-andropausal stage healthier and more tolerable.

A Natural Solution
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an option that does not just improve symptoms of aging but can also improve your quality of life. BHRT uses hormones from plant-based sources to restore healthy levels of your hormones. These plant sources, such as wild yams, have a very similar chemical structure to the hormones made by the ovaries in women and the testicles in men. The difference between the plant source and the human source is only one or two branches in the chemical structure, which are removed in the lab to produce the same exact chemical structure that the ovary or testicle would produce. Because this hormone is chemically the same as our own hormones, it binds in our receptors just as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle would fit together.

Due this perfect fit and ability for individual customization, the symptom relief of BHRT is better than the relief offered by synthetic hormones. With BHRT, there are no unintended breakdown products causing worse side effects and increasing cancer risks. Plus, the conversion of the botanical product into the bio-identical hormone is done by certified compounding pharmacies that are FDA-controlled and inspected for safety. BHRT is available in creams that can be applied daily or in pellet therapy, which can be administered every 3-12 months, depending on the individual. Before beginning any hormone replacement therapy, discuss all your options, risks and benefits with your health care provider.


Untitled-1Welcome to the Harley Anti-Aging Institute

Dr. Harley founded the Harley Anti-Aging Institute, which specializes in hormone balancing, anti-aging, weight management and aesthetics with emphasis on treating the "Whole Person." At the Harley Anti-Aging Institute, you can also enjoy advanced, therapeutic and beautifying spa services. Your experience will be relaxing and rejuvenating to your mind, body and spirit.

Dr. Harley is a pioneer in the anti-aging field with a fellowship in functional integrative medicine. She is a board-certified physician and one of Atlanta's top doctors. Dr. Harley has enthusiastically served the Metro Atlanta community over 30 years.

Dr. Harley has studied and researched the use of synthetic versus natural hormone replacement therapy for her patients. She has found that natural bioidentical creams and pellet therapy are far superior to any synthetic hormones on the market. Her female as well as male patients have regained what they thought was forever lost: energy, focus, drive and zest for life!


Sponsored by: Harley Anti-Aging Institute | 2678 Buford Hwy NE | Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (678) 500-1066 | www.harleyantiaging.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:07

Best Bras for the New Year

Q: This month you're focused on New Year, New You! How does getting a new bra fit into that?

A: Most women don't realize how much a great fitting bra can change their lives! Not only does it improve your posture by providing support and decreasing discomfort, it also increases your self-esteem. If your New Year's resolution is working on YOU, start with your foundations at LiviRae Lingerie!

Q: Is it important to get a fitting if you're only shopping for a sports bra?

A: Yes! Sports bras, though often overlooked, are a very important addition to your bra wardrobe. Exercise can cause your breasts to bounce up and down and in a circular motion. That type of repetitive motion can cause pain, soreness and even sagging. We also suggest that women always buy a cup sized sports bra instead of the basic small, medium, or large sizes that most stores carry. Protecting and caring for your breast tissue is extremely important, and wearing the right sports bra can help you do just that!

Best-Self-NYE-Badge-1Q: How do you ensure that each customer gets the perfect fitting bra?

A: About 85 percent of women are wearing a bra that is two bands too big and two cups too small. The band of the bra is the most important piece, so that's always the first thing we check. We take time during fittings to educate women about bra fit for bust health. We allow our customers to try on different bra options and styles to help them find the perfect fit.

Q: Do you think that an ill-fitting bra can lead to health issues?

A: Yes. When a bra does not fit correctly, women carry extra pressure in their shoulders, causing indentations, neck pain, back pain and, in the long term, the Dowagers hump. If the wire rests on the breast tissue instead of flat against the rib cage, that pressure can also cause calcification of the cells within the breast tissue.


RIBBONs-019New Year, New You at LiviRae Lingerie!

Founded by Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment-free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 30A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all: "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All!"

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

If your New Year's resolution is to take better care of yourself, what better place to start than the foundations of your daily wardrobe? Let us help you feel lifted and gifted in 2015!


Sponsored by: Livi Rae Lingerie | 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Suite #31 | Kennesaw, GA, 30144
Phone: (770) 429-7004 | www.liviraelingerie.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:54

Healthy Bust, Healthy You


Q: What inspired you to start LiviRae Lingerie?

A: When we first got into the lingerie business, we worked for a company that catered to a specific type of women. Our hearts were hurting for the women we had to turn away because we didn't have product that suited their needs. We decided to create a place where we could carry bras for everybody with every body! With that, LiviRae Lingerie was created as a judgment free zone for women of all shapes and sizes. When they find products that work for them, they leave feeling beautiful, confident and of course, lifted and gifted in their brand new bras!

Q: We know that LiviRae Lingerie focuses on bra fit for bust health. Can you tell us why bra fit is so important?

A: About 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Most women wear bras about two bands too big and two cups too small! Bra fit is important for many reasons including overall self esteem, comfort and health. An ill-fitting bra can cause pain and discomfort to the shoulders and back. All of the pressure falls on the shoulders, which can cause long-term pain.

Best-Self-Mag-Gift-Card-Button-Xmas-1Q: What can a woman do to extend the life of her bra?

A: There are a few things we suggest in order to keep those bras going! One of our first suggestions is to build up your bra collection so you can rotate each day, and avoid wearing the same bra back to back. Another way to extend the life of a bra is to use the right detergent. We suggest washing bras by hand or on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild lingerie detergent. Always hang bras from the center or lay them flat to dry, never put them in the dryer or hang them by the strap.

Q: How many bras should the average woman have?

A: We suggest that each woman start her bra collection with four bras and build to seven within the span of a year. This is necessary to maintain a healthy bra wardrobe and extend the life of all of your bras.

Q: How does the "virtual fit" on your website work?

A: Virtual Fit is a revolutionary process! We have created a way to bring our unique bra fitting technique to women all around the world from the comforts of their own home! We use Skype to reach women no matter where they are, and give them a personalized bra fitting experience. Following the fitting, our virtual fitters will walk their client through the online shopping process, helping them to navigate the site and show them which styles and products will work best for them. The fitters pass on their product knowledge and teach their clients what they need to know about bra fit and bust health, making sure they leave with everything they need.



RIBBONs-019LiviRae Lingerie's
Double Divas

Founded by Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age, receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 28A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all, "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All" ...and they do just that!

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable through their entire shopping experience. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

The ladies of LiviRae love what they do because of the difference that they are able to make in women's lives. "We believe we have a God given talent to bra fit women, and we love nothing more than to use that talent every day!" – Molly & Cynthia

Sponsored by: Livi Rae Lingerie | 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Suite #31 | Kennesaw, GA, 30144
Phone: (770) 429-7004 | www.liviraelingerie.com



Tuesday, 23 December 2014 18:23

Robotic Hair Restoration Arrives in Atlanta



Millions of Americans suffer from hair loss. Today, there are many more options for treatment of balding and thinning hair than ever before. Long gone is the "pluggy" or "doll's hair" look, as modern hair transplantation is performed one single follicle at a time for the most natural look possible. The Anderson Hair Sciences Center is a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing the most natural, permanent hair restoration results to both men and women, with an emphasis on artistic concepts, patient comfort, and natural, permanent results.

Dr. Ken Anderson is the first and only hair restoration surgeon in Georgia to offer the very latest in cutting edge surgical robotic devices. The ARTAS Robotic Hair Restoration Surgery System performs a type of hair restoration surgery called "follicular unit extraction," or "FUE" – a technique Dr. Anderson has been performing for over 10 years. With the revolutionary ARTAS System, Dr. Anderson is able to transplant hair without any linear or noticeable scarring, using no scalpels, no stitches, with a dramatically shorter recovery period than for patients who undergo a traditional linear strip method hair restoration procedure. With the sole exception of the ARTAS system, all FUE methods, using any device, are performed by hand, with all the associated variability and inherent human error.

Robotic Hair Restoration Arrives in AtlantaHow Does It Work?

Using high-tech stereoscopic cameras and updating its coordinates 5,000 times per second, the ARTAS System's image-guided robotics harvest hair follicles for transplant with micron-level precision, one at a time. As there is no linear incision required with an ARTAS procedure, healing time is short, and you can usually go back to your daily activities after a day or two. Call for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Anderson to discuss your options, or visit us online.



RIBBONs-042Dr. Anderson
Anderson Hair Sciences Center

Ken Anderson, MD, is the founder and Chief of Surgery at the Anderson Hair Sciences Center.
Dr. Anderson is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has devoted his practice to the treatment of hair loss in men and women for over 10 years. He is a welcoming and friendly physician who has designed the Anderson Hair Sciences Center around giving his patients the most natural and permanent hair restoration results.

He is a highly experienced surgeon and an internationally prominent educator in the field of hair restoration surgery. He has spoken to audiences in several countries and across the United States. In 2003, he joined a busy hair restoration practice in Beverly Hills, California, and also the staff at the UCLA School of Medicine. In 2008, Dr. Anderson was recruited by EMORY Healthcare to be their Hair Restoration Specialist. He held that position at EMORY until 2012, when he returned to private practice and founded the Anderson Hair Sciences Center.

Sponsored by: Anderson Hair Sciences Center | Phone: (404) 256-4247 | www.AtlantaHairSurgeon.com



Monday, 24 November 2014 19:50

Med Post Urgent Care

Monday, 24 November 2014 17:44

What is Vascular Dementia?

Increasingly, more people are becoming aware that the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's. Lesser known, but just as important to understand is the SECOND most common cause of dementia: Vascular Dementia.

Vascular Dementia, sometimes referred to as multi-infarct dementia, is characterized by progressive worsening of cognitive skills, language abilities and memory loss in the setting of multiple strokes. Generally, this is a step-wise process as each successive stroke causes another level of loss of brain function. However, it can also be a slow and steady decline in situations where chronic injuries are occurring especially in cases of long-standing uncontrolled high blood pressure.

shutterstock 106417295Even patients with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's are at risk for Vascular Dementia. In addition to treating Alzheimer's with medications, doctors recommend attending to healthy diet, regular exercise, as well as screening and treatment for atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and cerebral amyloid angiopathy to prevent strokes.

It is important to note that with proper attention to your vascular risk factors, you can potentially stop the progression of Vascular Dementia. At Midtown Neurology, P.C., we are here to help. Early evaluation, diagnosis and treatment are essential to your well-being and brain health!



Sakib Qureshi, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist

Midtown Neurology, P.C.

Sakib Qureshi, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist with a specialty focus in stroke and vascular neurology. Dr. Quershi attended Drexel University College of Medicine and trained in neurology at Emory University and also completed a fellowship in stroke and vascular neurology. Dr. Quershi's interests include general neurology, headache and pain management, and stroke care.

Sponsored by: Midtown Neurology, P.C. | Phone: (404) 653-0039 | www.MidtownNeurology.com