With the holidays around the corner, and holiday parties even closer, it's time to get ready for those holiday photos. Don't have time to look your best because of the holiday rush? Here are a few quick fixes that can be performed in under 30 minutes.

Only have 10 minutes to visit your plastic surgeon? Consider a botox browlift, botox corner of mouth lift, and botox necklift. Botox, or Dysport or Xeomin, can be injected in certain amounts between the brows and at the corner of the brows to raise the eyebrows, opening the eyes making for great holiday photos. Adding a bit more to the forehead softens those harsh forehead creases. Have some mild neck drooping? Adding botox in the appropriate areas allows the neck tissue to retract upward giving the appearance of a flatter neck...who doesn't want that this time of year? A corner of the mouth lift can also be performed using a small amount of botox around the mouth allowing the lines around the mouth to soften and even raises the corners of the mouth to minimize downturned corners.

Have 20 minutes to see your plastic surgeon? Add a nonsurgical facelift to your treatment. Volumizers, such as Radiesse, Perlane, or Voluma, are great to add volume to deflated portions of the cheek and midface to 'lift' the tissues giving a more youthful contour. This improves the tear trough, nasolabial fold, marionette lines, and jowls simultaneously. Adding a certain amount to the jawline and temples can complete a more youthful and natural look.

Lastly, give your plastic surgeon 30 minutes and he/she can add a nonsurgical lower eyelid lift, a nonsurgical rhinoplasty, or nonsurgical lip augmentation. Thin areas of the face require thin fillers. The lower eyelid skin is very thin so adding a thin filler such as Belotero helps camouflage under eye puffiness, or bags, by filling in the underlying shadow. Lip augmentation also requires a thinner filler and Juvederm works well in this area to add plumpness to the lips as well as improving lines around the mouth without making the lips too large. Finally, correct mild imperfections of the nose or add height to your bridge or raise the tip by using Radiesse, Perlane, or Voluma for a nonsurgical rhinoplasty.

Downtime is always a concern this time of year. Find a plastic surgeon who uses a blunt cannula to inject fillers; blunt cannulas reduce the risk of bruising by greater than 90% and also reduce swelling and pain from needle sticks. In addition, once you get your treatments, treat with ice the day of treatment, keep your head elevated, don't work out or increase your heart rate, and avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, flax seed, Vitamin E, gingko biloba, etc., at least 2 weeks prior to treatment to minimize any further bruising. Herbal supplements such as arnica montana, bromelain, and papaya extract seem to decrease bruising once it occurs if taken for 4-5 days following the treatment.


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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:18

Atlanta’s Fitness Motivators

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"Awareness is in the breath flow. Inhale, exhale and emerge from the cloudiness of anxiety or doubt! Get out of your own way and pave a path to easier relationships with the external."

— Jason Anderson, Calmtivity Yoga, facebook.com/calmtivity


2-Chatelain-Maureen cred-Jean-Luc-Chatelain Pink-Barre"Keep it simple. Find a workout that you love to do. Find people that you love to workout with. Be consistent."

— Maureen Chatelain, Pink Barre, pink-barre.com


3-Bridgers-Emily cred-Caleb-Peavy"Ditch the long cardio sessions for heavier lifting – even the women. Find proper instruction in doing so! Try out a few CrossFit gyms nearby and see if it is a good fit for you. Have fun with your fitness. Find a friend to keep you accountable and embrace the suck factor together!"

— Emily Bridgers, CrossFit Terminus, crossfitterminus.com



4-Tanker-Potts-Lisa cred-Boutique-Body-Fitness"Each day, take action to reach your fitness goals. The positive effects of physical activity on our mental well-being are truly amazing. So this year, view fitness as a tool that can enhance your life."

— Lisa Tanker-Potts, Boutique Body Fitness, boutiquebodyfitness.com


5-Dothard-Robert"I'm almost 54 and feel as good as I did in college. The good news for all of us is that no matter where you are today, you can improve your health. Start your journey with small steps. For example, this week walk five minutes every day – five minutes! Build a habit, no matter how small, and watch how it can help your health and fitness improve. Start TODAY!"

— Robert Dothard, robertdothard.com



6-Castor-Paige need-cred"Making the decision to change your body can be difficult.
It's very easy to think about, to talk about it, but to actually make up your mind to do it is the hardest part. Start by deciding that you are worth the change and ready to overcome any challenges in front of you."

— Paige Castor, GRAVITY Studio, gravitystudio.com


7-Purcell-Cynthia"Group fitness classes are an excellent way to get started on your fitness journey. If you are not there, people notice! The social support from participating in group fitness classes can assist you in accomplishing fitness goals."

— Cynthia Purcell, X3 Sports, x3sports.com


8-Jandoc-Valerie cred-Valerie-Jandoc"Working out is good for your physical health and your mental health. Even when you fall short of your fitness goals, never stop trying to reach them. Always be persistent."

— Valerie Jandoc, Pure Barre Buckhead, purebarre.com


9-Roney-Jamie-3 cred-Pure-Barre"Seek an exercise studio that offers a tight knit community. Focus on mental benefits, not solely physical benefits. When studios offer a strong support system, it's easier to stay motivated and attend regularly."

— Jamie Czermak Roney, Pure Barre Druid Hills, purebarre.com


10-Varnedoe-Jay cred-Stephen-Marine"Ballroom dancing is a great way to relax and release tension while having fun. Try an East Coast Swing or Cha Cha class to engage and tone every muscle in your body, including your mental muscles."

— Jay Varnedoe, Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta, myballroomdanceclub.com


11-Hancock-James"First, know that you are more amazing than you know and strong enough to take new steps toward optimal fitness. Second, know that every step forward, no matter how big or small, is a step in the right direction. Lastly, stay consistent and never let yesterday's disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dreams and goals."

— James Hancock, III, Orangetheory Fitness Midtown, orangetheoryfitness.com


12-Payne-Steve cred-House-of-Payne-Personal-Training"In the big picture, having a plan and a timeline for your goals is necessary for success. In fitness, your daily focus should be in every exercise movement you do, engaging the muscles with good form to ensure tone, shape and definition."

— Steve Payne, House of Payne Personal Training, trainwithpayne.com


13-Jones-Holly-high-res cred-Bob-Capazzo"Every body is different, and that means everyone's goals are different! No matter where you start or how challenging the journey, never quit. The hardest days will make you feel the most accomplished."

— Holly Jones, exhale Spa Avalon, exhalespa.com



14-Pallo-Dani cred-Carlos-Tapia"Find a workout that leaves your soul a little happier. I started teaching indoor cycling because, for the first time in my life, I found a workout that lit me up from the inside out. It transformed me. I wanted to share that feeling."

— Dani Pallo, Flywheel Sports Buckhead and Flywheel Sports Midtown, flywheelsports.com




Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:00

Annual 2015 Fitness & Weight Loss Guide

Adrenaline Group Xercise
From toning to weight loss or a full body makeover, Adrenaline Group Xercise provides members with the facilities and programs to achieve their fitness goals. www.adrenalinegx.com

Advanta Total Health
Lose weight with natural hormone injections or mesotherapy, both of which are medically supervised at this Marietta health care facility. www.advantatotalhealth.com, see ad p. 56

Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia and her team provide services ranging from acupuncture and ayurveda to gastroenterology and cardiovascular health. www.atlantaholisticmedicine.com, see ad p. 3

Atlanta Hot Yoga
With two studios, it's easy to unwind and strengthen at a class that fits your schedule. www.atlhotyoga.com

Atlanta School of Wellness
Transform lives – including your own – by enrolling in this personal trainer program. www.atlantapersonaltrainerprogram.com, see ad p. 52

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
Learn the Waltz, Foxtrot, East Coast swing, Salsa, Cha Cha and more at this studio. www.myballroomdanceclub.com, see ad p. 24

B Young Nutrition & Wellness
Achieve and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle with weight loss support and nutrition counseling.
www.byoungnutrition.com, see ad p. 45

With two locations now open, barre3 makes it simple to strengthen your body through ballet, yoga and Pilates movements. www.barre3.com

Big Peach Running Co.
For a wide range of footwear, apparel and accessories, head to one of these seven locally owned and operated retail stores. www.bigpeachrunningco.com

Boutique Body Fitness
This studio helps women tackle overall health through nutrition and fitness training. www.boutiquebodyfitness.com, see ad p. 48

Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy
Join their "Thinness is a Thought Away" group session to delve into your subconscious mind and help you release that extra weight. www.brightertomorrow.com, www.hypnotherapy.com, see ad p. 43

Buckhead Jiu-Jitsu
Lose weight and sculpt your body through group personal training or a jiu-jitsu class. www.buckheadjj.com

Catalyst Fitness
With a scientific approach to fitness, Catalyst Fitness offers a medically recognized personal training facility. www.catalystfitness.com

Cobb Wellness Aesthetics
Start off the year with their 13-week weight loss program that focuses on sustained weight loss, healthy food and balanced hormones. www.cwaesthetics.com, see ad p. 63

Concourse Athletic Club
With amenities ranging from group fitness to personal coaching, Concourse Athletic Club offers many fitness and weight loss opportunities. www.wellbridge.com, see ad p. 32

Dance 101
This studio blends dance and fitness in classes such as Hip Hop Fit, Cardio Jazz and more. www.dance101.org

Dance Tonight
Try private ballroom dance lessons, a group lesson or a ballroom dance party at this Marietta studio. www.dancetonightatlanta.com, see ad p. 38

Endurance House
Catering to triathletes, this retail store can help you find the right bike, rent a wetsuit or create a running regimen. www.endurancehouseatlanta.com

Get an intense ride at this cycling studio that offers free cycling shoes and tracks your workout on a shared leader board. www.flywheelsports.com

Good Measure Meals
Order healthy, fresh, calorie-controlled meals from Good Measure Meals. www.goodmeasuremeals.com, see ad p. 23

hCG Weight Loss Centers
Targeting the hypothalamus area of the brain, this hormonal weight loss program can help target stubborn body fat. www.hcgweightlossatlanta.com

House of Payne Personal Training
This Lilburn studio trains everyone from moms and dads to high-level fitness competitors. www.trainwithpayne.com, see ad p. 42

This medically supervised wellness plan helps you drop weight and improve nutrition. www.brookhaven.inshapemd.com, see ad p. 55

Just Fitness 4 U
Drop into any of these seven Atlanta locations for 24-hour access to the fitness equipment you need to meet your goals. www.justfitness4u.com, see ad p. 34

Midtown Athletic Club
Stay active at Midtown Athletic Club's tennis courts, squash courts, group fitness classes, pools and other amenities. www.midtown.com, see ad p. 36

Natural Health Solutions
Debra MacIntyre and JeNeen Ridgeway can help you achieve a healthy weight with naturopathic care, chiropractic care and nutrition counseling. www.nature-heals.com, see ad p. 14

New Balance
Get the perfect fitting running shoe and other fitness gear from this store on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont. www.newbalance.com, see ad p. 63

Northside Hospital
Seek out the experts at Northside Hospital's Center for Weight Loss Surgery, which specializes in state-of-the-art bariatric surgery and support. www.northside.com/bariatrics, see ad p. 9

Orangetheory Fitness
This intense hour-long class combines treadmill work, rowing and weight lifting to keep you burning calories in the "orange zone." www.orangetheoryfitness.com

Pink Barre
Get a ballet body without any dance experience at Pink Barre's classes, which emphasize core strength. www.pink-barre.com

Planet Beach in Dunwoody
Slip into Planet Beach's SlimCapsule, Saunatox or Hydro-Derma Fusion machine to help manage your weight by burning calories, boosting metabolism and tightening skin. www.planetbeach.com/dunwoodyvillage

ROC House Fitness
This women's fitness spa offers fitness classes, a hair salon and even spa services. www.rochousefitnessspa.com, see ad p. 38

Roswell Yoga Life
This studio offers yoga for kids, teens, expectant mothers and adults looking for a variety of class styles. www.roswellyogalife.com

Rowbot Fitness
Challenge yourself with this indoor rowing workout, held in a group class format to encourage good form and pace. www.rowbotfitness.com

{Sacred} Thread Yoga
Manage stress and get fit and flexible in classes such as Bhakti flow, Sunrise Yoga and even a happy hour class. www.sacredthreadyoga.com

Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Rehab your back, strengthen your core and more through Stability's classes and personalized fitness attention. www.stabilityatlanta.com

Get beautiful at the barre with workouts that create lean muscles without any dance knowledge necessary. www.sveltefit.com

TorqCycle Atlanta
Slip into your complimentary cycling shoes and hop on a bike for a 35-minute, 45-minute or hour-long cycling class. www.torqatl.com

TruAlliance Fitness
TruAlliance offers boot camp, CrossFit, yoga, kickboxing, Zumba and more. www.trualliance.com, see ad p. 36

X3 Sports
X3 Sports is not your traditional gym, offering martial arts and fitness classes such as kickboxing, boxing, yoga, boot camps and more. www.x3sports.com, p. 38


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 21:48

Find Your Fitness Focus for 2015

By Katie Otto

It's officially 2015 and time to brainstorm your New Year's resolutions. If you're like most Americans, losing weight and getting fit are probably somewhere on your resolution list. The good news is that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to change their behavior than those who do not, so you're on the right track. Unfortunately, 54 percent of those people give up on their resolutions within six months.

Why? Many times, people set themselves up for failure by choosing unrealistic commitments that don't fit their lifestyle or personality. It's easy to say, "I resolve to go for a run three times a week," but if you've never run before or don't have the right shoes, you likely won't stick to that plan for long.

This year, instead of jumping right into a new workout plan, consider some other factors first: your personality, other interests and routine of your daily life. Though they may seem unrelated at first, these aspects of your life actually hold the key to the best fitness plan for you. So grab a pen and take this quiz to identify your fitness focus for 2015!

After a long day, what would you most like to do?
A) Get some fresh air outside.
B) Enjoy a massage – work makes me pretty tense.
C) Spend time socializing with family or friends.
D) Crash on the couch. I don't have the energy for much else.

Picture yourself at the height of your physical fitness. What are you doing?
A) Completing a triathlon.
B) Mastering a yoga headstand.
C) Lifting weight at a new personal record.
D) Completing a TV series in record time.

If you went to the gym today, what would be the most difficult exercise for you?
A) Running.
B) Stretching.
C) Strength training.
D) Just getting to the gym is the most difficult.

Describe your perfect outing.
A) I don't need a crowd – I could have a great day at the movies, shopping and having lunch by myself.
B) As long as I've got a bunch of friends with me, I'm ready for anything.
C) I prefer to spend quality time with a few close friends, family members or a spouse.
D) Anything I don't have to plan or organize myself.

Physically, what does your typical day look like?
A) Sitting in the car, sitting at my desk and sitting some more.
B) Nothing is typical – I'm pulled in so many directions that each day is different.
C) Running around after the kids.
D) Whatever the day requires of me – no more, no less.

What motivates you at work?
A) Pushing myself to turn projects in on time and meet other deadlines.
B) Knowing that if I do my work well, I can help my team and improve the company overall.
C) Imagining what I can accomplish in the future if I do a good job today.
D) I'm in it for the paycheck.

What's for dinner tonight?
A) Something new – I like to try new restaurants and new recipes.
B) My favorite meal. Why not?
C) Something hearty.
D) If you'll make it for me, I don't care what it is!

Your friend asks you to join her for a charity 10K run this weekend. How do you respond?
A) I haven't really trained, but hey, it's for a good cause. Let's do it!
B) I'll cheer you on from the sidelines and make a donation for good measure.
C) Sure, I might be able to do it.
D) Nope. Call me when you're done, and I'll pick you up for lunch.

Pick your favorite vacation spot.
A) Anywhere with outdoor access, like the beach or the mountains.
B) Somewhere I can unplug and unwind.
C) Exploring a new city with a friend.
D) Home sweet home – I just want an easy break from the daily grind.


If you answered mostly As...

Your 2015 Fitness Focus is CARDIO!
This year, you should focus on cardio workouts like walking, hiking, running or cycling. These workouts can get you outside, can be enjoyed on your own or with a group and can combat the negative effects of a sedentary desk job. Plus, you're always game for something new, so even if you're not big on cardio right now, this is your year to try it.

Your first step to cardio success is to get the right gear. Places like West Stride, New Balance, Phidippides and Big Peach Running Co. can guide you through selecting the best shoes for walking and running cardio workouts. Some stores offer programs that can take you a step further, such as West Stride's regular running groups or Big Peach Running Co.'s "Good Form Running Program," which helps both walkers and runners establish safe techniques.

If you need gear and guidance for other types of cardio workouts, Atlanta's retailers don't disappoint. High Country Outfitters can equip you for a hike of any difficulty level, and Endurance House can guide budding cyclists and swimmers through their first bike selection or wetsuit fitting. Many of Atlanta's indoor cycling studios also offer cycling shoes along with class registration. So whether you're ready to invest in workout gear or not, there's a cardio workout waiting for you!


If you answered mostly Bs...

Your 2015 Fitness Focus is FLEXIBILITY!
You're a team player, always happy to support a friend or help out a coworker. Because of that, your days are busy, so your workouts should help you unwind. Take that team spirit to a group fitness class like yoga, barre or Pilates, where you can get a full body workout with a focus on improving flexibility.

And flexibility isn't just about how far you can stretch – it's also about being flexible in life and letting go of stress. Annelise Lonidier, owner of {Sacred} Thread Yoga, says that stress relief aspect of people's fitness routines is crucial. "Stress has incredibly detrimental effects on the body and can impact everything from sleep patterns and eating habits to our body's ability to metabolize food," she says. Including yoga in your regimen can help address all of those while improving your overall fitness and flexibility. Many studios offer a free first class and have mats available for use at the studio, so to be prepared for your first class, you just need to show up.

Other options are Pilates classes and barre classes across the city, which build strength and include stretching as an integral part of that process. Pilates and barre classes generally require no outside equipment on your part, so it's very easy to drop in and see if these workouts are right for you. Plus, the group setting makes these classes an ideal place for you to be fit, flexible and friendly.


DumbbellIf you answered mostly Cs...

Your 2015 Fitness Focus is STRENGTH!
With a small, close-knit group of friends and an inner drive to do your best in all areas of life, you are a perfect fit for strength training. Training in small groups or one-on-one with a personal trainer will help you build the strength for your busy life with just the right amount of social support thrown in.

When learning to lift weights and other strength-building activities, it's a good idea to start with some professional guidance and safety tips as you begin. If you are a YMCA member, take advantage of their "Coach Approach." You can be paired with a personal wellness coach who introduces proper usage of all the gym's equipment and helps you begin your strength training with confidence.

For ongoing support with strength training, a personal trainer might be the way to go. He or she can identify exercises for the areas of the body you want to prioritize and help your fitness routine progress as your strength increases. Plus, building that relationship with one fitness support person can help you stay motivated to work out regularly and stay accountable.


If you answered mostly Ds...

Your 2015 Fitness Focus is MOTIVATION!
With one demanding day after another, you're getting a little burned out. It takes most of your energy to address your regular responsibilities, so adding another obligation – working out – isn't high on the priority list. But you already picked up this guide, which means self-care is important to you!

Start by considering your nutrition. Your body may need different fuel than you're currently giving it, which could be affecting you physically and mentally in terms of your energy levels and mood. To see if that's the case, consider reaching out to nutrition therapists like Dr. Elizabeth Young at B. Young Nutrition & Wellness. She takes into account each client's beliefs, emotions and behaviors in order to develop an individualized plan for better nutrition. That emotional side is particularly important if you feel like you're in a motivation rut.

Once you've given yourself a nutritional boost, try a workout setup like The Exercise Coach, which offers one-on-one personal training in just two 20-minute sessions per week. "We've created a workout for the average person that does not like the gym scene, hates exercise or does not have time to exercise," says Katie Sanders, owner of the Johns Creek location. The small time commitment coupled with an individual relationship with your trainer can help you overcome your lack of motivation and make 2015 your
fittest year yet.

Jump-start your healthy year! Turn the page for some motivation from Atlanta's fitness experts.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 21:30

Coming Home

The word "homeless" may conjure images of people panhandling on the street, but in reality, the problem of homelessness can look very different. Those who are technically homeless may actually be living in a shelter or a transitional program. They may only be homeless for a short period of time. Surprisingly often, people experiencing homelessness are also employed but simply not earning enough to cover their basic expenses.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are approximately 600,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. In Atlanta alone, that number is more than 10,000, with more than 40 percent being women and children. But several Atlanta organizations and charities are coming up with creative solutions, helping these individuals and families get back on their feet, and challenging people's perceptions along the way.

How Homelessness Happens

SideBar1As with any difficult situation, people have a tendency to assume, "That could never happen to me." But take a closer look at the common causes of homelessness: domestic violence, illness, substance abuse, traumatic backgrounds and even jobs that simply don't pay a living wage. These make it clear that sometimes the circumstances just overwhelm an individual or family and make rent or mortgage payments impossible, whether temporarily or for longer periods.
Deborah Walker-Little, the executive director of Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH), says, "Domestic violence is the greatest cause of homelessness for women and children," often because violent situations require slipping out in the night without many belongings. Mandy Putnam, director of communications and corporate relations at Back on My Feet Atlanta, adds, "We see a lot of people with military backgrounds and PTSD, and a lot of substance abuse. Many have relationship issues or illnesses like cancer. We had one man who left his job to take care of his sick wife, but the medical expenses got to be too much."

QUOTE-1Many people who can't afford housing are, in fact, working. As of 2014, Georgia remains one of only four states with minimum wage rates under the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Georgia's minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 9.2 percent of Georgians are living in poverty. "You'd be surprised by who is homeless," Walker-Little says. "It could be the woman sitting in the cubicle next to you at work. It's people who work at jobs that you would not think would be spending their nights in cars. It impacts a whole lot of folks – people who look normal in every other aspect."

Hard as it may be to believe, a recent report from the Committee for Better Banks stated that one-third of all bank tellers are on public assistance. An average teller at Wells Fargo makes less than $11 an hour, or about $22,600 a year. While that's above the federally mandated minimum wage, it's also low enough to qualify a family of four for food stamps.

A New Approach

BackOnMyFeet Allstate13A problem like homelessness, which has such varied causes and affects so many people, requires creative solutions. Atlanta groups are taking notice and tackling homelessness through unconventional tactics. Back on My Feet connects with and supports the homeless community through running. "Our mission is to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness," Putnam explains. The organization partners with local shelters and refuges such as City of Refuge, Gateway Center, Salvation Army and Trinity House in order to connect with homeless Atlantans. Once they have found interested participants, Putnam says, the running begins. For each participant, running helps foster independence, accountability, health and pride in their success. "It's a first step to getting them housed, employed or in some educational training." Plus, it's an elegant metaphor for life: you have to keep moving forward, one step at a time, to meet your goals and cross the finish line.

The Task Force for the Homeless at Peachtree-Pine takes a different approach; they offer their residents new opportunities through an organic rooftop garden. In partnership with Truly Living Well, an urban farming center and training facility, the Task Force's resident volunteers grow a variety of crops in 90 raised beds. This garden gives their residents a chance to enjoy green space, to take ownership of choosing and preparing their food, and to reap the health benefits of fresh, SideBar2organic produce. In addition to those benefits, a specially funded program prepares these resident volunteers for entrepreneurial farming and marketing. After six months, that same program certifies them to train other urban farmers at Our Community at Peachtree-Pine, passing on their newfound knowledge and skills and empowering others just as they themselves were empowered.

Mercy Care has gotten creative with their approach as well. "Recently we created a flash mob of Mercy Care employees in Downtown Atlanta to bring attention to the need for Medicaid expansion," says Kenya Arnold, a case manager for Mercy Care. "Mercy Care also has mobile medical coaches that go into the hardest hit areas, providing free care and other valuable services. [We] also reach those in need through night street medicine outreach events and early morning outreach at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport with collaborative partners."

Snapshots of Success

Nothing proves the value of these organizations' work more than getting to know Atlantans who have benefited from their support. Meet these three who received the support they needed and are building the lives they want.

Mungo-Thomasine cred-Atlanta-Childrens-ShelterAs a single mother working part-time at an Atlanta hotel, Thomasine Mungo was not getting enough hours to generate the income needed to pay her rent. Eventually, eviction led to homelessness for Mungo and her three children in the winter of 2011. When a local homeless provider referred her to the Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS), she received free early childcare for her two-year-old son and joined the ACS Hire Up program, which ultimately led to a position as a community health worker at an Atlanta health provider. By March 2013 she moved her family into permanent housing, and by October 2013, she became one of only 100 peer specialists certified in the state of Georgia. Today Mungo has plans to earn a degree in social work. "I have put into practice much of what has been suggested to me by the staff at ACS," she says. "The encouragement and advice has proven to be invaluable to me in my recovery. Knowing that someone truly is there for me has made a tangible difference in my life."

MercyCare JamesGearyJames Geary spent years jumping from one job to another until the economic decline hit Atlanta. "By the time I did find employment, I'd lost my room, possessions and happy-go-lucky attitude," he says. "It was a serious wake-up call." The second time he became homeless was due to drinking and bereavement. "I just couldn't pull myself together," he says. "It was during that time I was hit by a car." Following the accident, Geary was taken to Grady Hospital with a number of fractures and broken bones that would require surgery. While recuperating at Grady, a nurse from Mercy Care encouraged him to take advantage of their Recuperative Care Program at the Gateway Center, which exists for sick or injured patients who are medically well enough to be discharged from the hospital but who don't have a home in which to recover. After a few months in recuperative care, Geary was transferred to the Veteran's Transitional Housing Program (VTHP), where he is still recuperating and building up his physical endurance. "I'm not going to hold my breath waiting on a disability check," he says. "If I can work, then I will work."

Sidwell-Corliz-2 cred-Interfaith-Outreach-HouseAfter her divorce, Corliz Sidwell chose to avoid more fighting by giving her ex everything and starting over, which led her into homelessness. Thankfully a friend at her church told her about IOH. "The life skills program they offered taught me how to save and manage money," she says. "IOH is a place that fills you with hope. It inspired me to continue on and give back." After graduating the program, Sidwell graduated magna cum laude with degrees in both medical office administration and medical assisting from Gwinnett College. Today she lives in Sandy Springs and works as a clinical research assistant at Infectious Disease Specialists of Atlanta.

As these stories show, the most important fact to recognize is that people experiencing homelessness are just that – people. They deserve support and encouragement through difficult times, which you can help provide. And anyone who gets involved in support efforts quickly recognizes, Arnold says, "There is no great dividing line between themselves and those experiencing homelessness."


Editorial Resources

Atlanta Children's Shelter – www.acsatl.org
Atlanta Mission – www.atlantamission.org
Back on My Feet Atlanta – www.atlanta.backonmyfeet.org
City of Refuge – www.cityofrefugeatl.org
HomeAid Atlanta – www.homeaid.org
Interfaith Outreach Home – www.iohome.org
Lost-N-Found Youth – www.lnfy.org
Mercy Care Atlanta – www.mercyatlanta.org
Metro Atlanta Task Force – www.atlantataskforceforhomeless.org
National Alliance to End Homelessness – www.endhomelessness.org
U.S. Census Bureau, Atlanta Region – www.census.gov/regions/atlanta


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 21:16

Get a Lifted Look with Injectables

If you want to diminish signs of aging in your face but don't want to undergo surgery, an injectable, non-surgical option might be right for you. Dr. Sinha offers many different types of injections, such as Radiesse, Sculptra, Restylane, Perlane and more. But which is right for you?
For long-lasting results, try Radiesse. This injection uses a filler that stimulates collagen production, essentially turning back the body's natural clock to smooth wrinkles. Unlike direct collagen injections, which typically last about three months, Radiesse injections usually last for about a year (though results vary).

If you're looking to add volume back to your face, Sculptra may be for you. Sculptra is a dermal filler that facilitates collagen production by adding volume to facial areas that are gaunt or hollowed out due to old age, giving a fuller and fresher appearance.

Other options such as Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are hyaluronic acid-based fillers that nourish and support your skin to make it appear younger. While the former two injections last about six to 10 months in the face, the latter lasts for about a year, making it a more long-term option.

And for a quick procedure, Botox and Dysport injections can soften wrinkles and smooth lines in fifteen-minute sessions. The results can last for three to four months, plus there is no required downtime. Dr. Sinha offers each of these injectable options to help you achieve a more youthful look without any surgery.


Facelift-Necklift-bannerQ & A with Dr. Sinha

With so many different non-surgical alternatives, how do I choose the one that's right for me?

We offer a complimentary comprehensive consultation to help you decide if Botox, Dysport or another injectable is right for you. We will also discuss tips to prepare for your treatment and what to expect during and after your injections.

What are some side effects of the various injections?

After the procedure, you might feel redness, swelling, itching or tenderness at the injection site. These will usually disappear within a few days. You may also experience small lumps that typically resolve themselves.


Dr. Sinha is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and functional surgery of the head and neck. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and is highly regarded and well respected by his peers in the medical community.


Sponsored by: Atlanta Institute For Facial Aesthetic Surgery | 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 110 | Atlanta, GA 30342  |  Phone: (404) 256-5428 | www.facialaestheticsurgery.com


Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:52

Are You Losing Weight, or Losing Fat?

When you start a diet and exercise program, you are trying to lose fat, right? But many people diet and only lose pounds. Pounds may mean losing muscle or water weight. How can you be assured that you are only losing fat? After working hard to lose weight, many people find that once they relax and stop following their exercise and diet program, they gain the weight back. This is usually because water weight is easily regained. Unfortunately, many times lost muscle is replaced with fat.

When starting a diet and exercise program, most people want to be slimmer. Losing pounds is not the same as losing inches. When you start an exercise program, body weight may actually increase because muscle is more dense than fat. When this happens, you may become discouraged and discontinue your program because the scale says you weigh more. Knowing that you are losing fat encourages you to stick with your program.

ummm-im-done-2Five pounds of fat compared to five pounds of muscle.

Body weight may decrease when bone, water, muscle, feces or fat volume is decreased in the body. Why waste your time with a diet plan that does not decrease fat? One of the Gold Standard methods to measure body fat is with DEXA scanning. Most are familiar with DEXA scanning to measure bone density. The same technology can also be used to measure the amount of fat and water in the body. An added bonus of the technology is an actual picture of the distribution of fat in the body and a measurement of bone density.

ummm-im-done-3Many overweight persons stay that way because the body has lost the ability to burn fat. How can you teach your body to burn fat? The first part of any weight loss program should be an initial assessment. The initial assessment should include a body fat percentage. The Gold standard for measuring body fat percentage is the DEXA scan. Most people that have heard of the DEXA scan associate it with measuring bone density, but this piece of equipment is also able to assess total body fat. A good method of assessing the progress and success of any weight loss program is a periodic assessment of the total body fat percentage to ensure that the weight loss program is targeting fat rather than muscle and water.

Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound and Breast Center offers both the initial assessment and follow-up of total body fat evaluations. Call us to schedule your DEXA scan for your total body fat assessment. Call us at 404-252-3430 to schedule your appointment.


Carolyn G. Dudley, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center

Carolyn G. Dudley has over 30 years' experience in imaging. She attended Bryn Mawr College, Howard University and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Dudley was one of the pioneers in developing techniques to diagnose breast cancer utilizing MRI. Presently, she has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she offers patients a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services in a convenient and patient-friendly environment. Her practice is the first non-hospital facility in Georgia to offer the latest advancement in mammography: 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis). In addition, Dr. Dudley provides 2D Digital Mammography, bone densitometry, total body fat evaluations, and ultrasound utilizing the most up to date technology available.


Sponsored by: Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center | 755 Mt. Vernon Highway, Suite #310 | Atlanta, GA 30328  |  Phone: (404) 252-3430 | www.mammogramatlanta.com


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