Sure, you may have floated on the Chattahoochee, but have you stood on it? Head down to Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs for the Stand Up for the Hooch race on May 17. SUP Race This family-friendly event aims to get people of all ages on stand-up paddle boards for a full-body workout and a fun time. The race is ope nto all levels including beginners, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Register today online or call High Country Outfitters. 

Details: (404) 814-0999, www.highcountryoutfitters.com

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Joseph and Friends Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa’s Stephanie Crystal is here to give you her best advice on how to get your skin ready for summer.

Stephanie Crystal

What element of skincare should people pay extra attention to for summer?

Moisturizer! Skin tends to be drier during winter, so heavy moisturizers are widely used. But as the mercury rises, a lighter moisturizer with SPF may be enough as skin produces more sebum during warmer months.

If someone is looking to revamp her skin, where can she start?

Cleansing facials, peels or microdermabrasion every few weeks are great ways to revamp dull skin. But good home care is equally – if not more – important.

What should someone avoid overdoing?

Exfoliation. Too much too often can damage skin, leaving it susceptible to acne and scarring. Depending on the product, estheticians recommend exfoliating one to three times weekly.

What do you do personally to get ready for summer?

I look forward to a gentle enzyme peel for deep exfoliation of my winter skin.

What colors and products are hot this summer season?

Aveda’s Culture Clash Makeup Collection for 2014 features eye palettes such as Burnished Bronze, Seafoam and New Lilac, with jasmine and geranium for petal-soft texture and velvety finish.

 

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Band Together

Sherri Adair Band Together

This month we will be launching a very important initiative: Band Together Against Breast Cancer. The neon pink headband will become the symbol of this initiative, made possible thanks to the support of Kaiser Permanente and supporting sponsors, Vein Clinics of America, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa and Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.

Band Together kicks off May 10 at Race for the Cure (we will be there with more than 14,000 supporters and survivors) and wraps up in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The six-month long campaign will raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s local breast cancer research and support services. We ask you, the Best Self community of businesses and readers, to join us. Visit our tent at Race for the Cure or online find out how your donation of as little as $5 or your sponsorship can have you wearing the band and giving back to this important cause!

And speaking of give back, this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! winners are very committed to their respective causes. From the outpouring of email and Facebook votes, it’s clear the fabulous nominees represent some of Atlanta’s healthiest and most beautiful women and men over 40. Not only that, but they also give back to our community in truly significant ways. We also want to thank our Over 40 & Fabulous! presenting sponsor for their support, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, as well as our other sponsors, ASM Wellness, AlternaHealth Solutions and Bob Steele Salon.

Congratulations to our top 10 winners: Beth Ann Bearup, Erika Carter, Sue Cobb, Jennifer McGowan Guynn, Diana Hofsommer, Dr. David W. Jones, Virginia Keagle, Marsha Middleton, Toni Moceri and Peggy Rainbow. Members of this group use their businesses, time and energy to generate resources for many other causes. They also manage to take great care of themselves while doing so much good, which makes them even more fabulous in our eyes.

In addition to the top 10, this year’s candidates were so wonderful that we have chosen to honor another fabulous five. These five were right on the heels of the top 10 for votes, so we also want to acknowledge Lea Bay, Trudy Davies Davis, Joseph Golshani, LeeAnn Maxwell and Rebecca Walden. Don’t miss our June issue that features our winner on the cover!

– Sherri Adair, Publisher

 

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Looking for a fun way to meet new people? Check out ONE. Midtown Kitchen’s wine dinner series, WINE ON. Each month, a new themed event includes a four-course meal paired with the perfect libation. One Midtown Kitchen These culinary experiences will take place on the restaurant’s outdoor patio where diners can enjoy an amazing view of the Atlanta skyline while mingling. This month is “Ladies Night” on April 30. Each dinner has limited capacity, so reservations are required. The cost is $50.

 

Details: 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 892-4111, www.onemidtownkitchen.com

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Dr. Louis Prevosti from VEINatlanta answers a reader’s question about the best way to treat facial veins.

Dr. Louis Prevosti

Q: What can be done for facial veins?

A: In the U.S., facial veins are treated with lasers. The tiny, thin, red spider veins that can crop up along the side of the nose, cheeks, chin and nostrils can be treated with lasers in the 532 to 940 nanometers wavelength range. The larger blue veins that develop around the eye sockets, temples and the side of the forehead are best treated with a 1064 nanometers laser.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. 

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Sometimes it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone, especially when it comes to trying a new style. For Kitsy Rose, she just wanted a different look and was inspired when she saw a picture of actress Hayden Panettiere’s choppy hair cut. “I was considering a change when I went to my salon, Three-13 Salon Spa and Boutique, for a color service.” she recalls. When she saw the fun, short ‘do, she knew she had to try it. ” I was just ready for a change,” she says. The result was a fresh look that was not only “age appropriate” according to Kitsy, but also, “It is simple to maintain, and I feel more chic!”

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Eastside Medical Center and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation have announced their groundbreaking partnership for the Live Healthy Gwinnett initiative. This initiative will encourage and engage citizens of Gwinnett County to invest in their personal wellness through diet, exercise and reducing stress levels.Live Healthy Gwinnett

Live Healthy Gwinnett was created after some stirring facts and figures were releases last year.  According to a 2013 report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Georgia ranked the 20th most obese state, with a 26 percent rate for adults in Gwinnett County. The 2013 Gwinnett County Health Department Community Health Assessment states, “Gwinnett’s current obesity rate of 26 percent places a quarter of the adult population at higher risk for serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, and stroke.” And according to the 2013 Gwinnett County Health Department Community Health Assessment, “20 percent of Gwinnett County residents get no leisure-time physical activity.”

“We are taking a proactive wellness approach to address the preventable chronic illnesses that impact individuals of Gwinnett County,” said Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical Center. “People can significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases by making simple lifestyle changes: eating healthy, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.”

The new initiative towards a healthy Gwinnett County will combine clinical expertise from Eastside Medical Center physicians and staff along with wellness recommendations and activities offered by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and will focus on four overall wellness areas: Be Active, Eat Healthy, Get Checked and Be Positive.Live Healthy Gwinnett

“This initiative will allow individuals in the community to live to play and play to live,” said Tina Fleming, Director of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. “Live Healthy Gwinnett encourages the community to combat health issues by combining physical activities with counseling from professional physicians and staff.”

The Live Healthy Gwinnett initiative officially launches this Saturday, April 26 at a POP-UP Park event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastside Medical Center. This free, family-fun event is open to the community and will consist of a variety of fitness demonstrations, inflatables, music, free medical screenings, giveaways and fun activities for all ages. Activities range from yoga to life-sized chess games and even a farmer’s market and food demonstrations by certified nutritionists. A kick-off event, 1, 2, 3K Glow and Show, will be held the night before on April 25, 2014 at 8 p.m., with on-site registration beginning at 7 p.m. The event will include a 3K glow in the dark fun walk/run at Alexander Park and a free movie. All proceeds will support the Live Healthy Gwinnett scholarship fund, through the Gwinnett Parks Foundation, which will offer assistance to citizens who cannot afford classes, programs and/or activities.

For more information about Live Healthy Gwinnett, visit LiveHealthyGwinnett.com and the Live Healthy Gwinnett Facebook page.

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Author, speaker and entrepreneur Harold Leffall is here to give you his best advice on how to find the right career path.

Harold Lefall

What is the first step someone should take when trying to find a job they love?

Conduct a self-inventory to determine your true interests and talents, not the ones you may have cultivated in order to earn a living.

Where can you go for guidance?

Talk with a life coach. Like a counselor, life coaches use questions to help you determine what choices to make. They are able to assist you in narrowing your focus and getting clear on what you really want in a job.

What three questions should you ask yourself?

Do the job responsibilities harmonize with my core intention for growth and creative expression? Does the thought of the job energize me? Does the salary allow me to meet my financial obligations?

If you didn’t have your current job, what do you see yourself doing? 

It would definitely have to be a job where I was able to encourage others to be their best, Maybe a therapist.

Who are the people that help you be your best self?

I am inspired by people who are passionate about the work they do. There is such positive energy that emanates from those who really enjoy their work.

 

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Guest blogger Alexa Lampasona, from the blog Active Tasty Life, (www.activetastylife.com, @ActiveTastyLife) gives us an inside look into what she learned at last week’s ACSM fitness conference. In her first post, she filled us in on barefoot cardio, and today, she walks us through eating foods for healthy, beautiful skin.

“Eat foods that are eye thrilling and gut filling,” Dr. Leslie Bonci (MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN) addressed us at the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Health and Fitness Summit. Colorful foods not only look appealing on your plate, but they can make your skin look appealing too.

Taste the rainbow does not mean eating Skittles. The big stressor to our skin: sugars. According to Bonci, they can increase inflammation and contribute to collagen breakdown, which causes cell membranes to lose their elasticity.ACSM

“Simply by increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables by one serving per day can change your skin color over the course of six weeks,” Bonci said.

At first, you may notice skin redness, but that could mean the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant that reduces stress) are positively affecting artery elasticity and skin health. Eventually, you’ll notice an overall improvement in skin tone.

Your skin is 30 percent of your body, so seek out these dietary components that will bring the best benefits both inside and out.

Antioxidants
These nutrients are essential to stress reduction. They protect cells from damage and disintegration. This time of year, fresh berries, green beans or artichokes are perfect picks.

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As the sun shines brighter, free radicals pose a threat to our skin. However, carotenoids concentrate themselves in our skin and can increase the minimum level of UV exposure, meaning they add extra protection beyond sunscreen. Think red, orange and yellow foods for the highest concentration like sweet potatoes, carrots and red peppers.

Fluids
No diet excludes water. Studies have shown that women need between 70 and 90 ounces of fluid daily. Try to avoid sugary beverages and minimize alcohol intake, although a little wine never hurt anyone. Looking for some flavor? Try green tea, which has been known to reduce damage from UV light.

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We shy away from this buzzword, but healthy fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, are beneficial. They keep skin cells strong and elastic and keep out harmful substances by holding water in cells. Avocados and salmon fit both warm weather cravings and essential fat intake.

Selenium
This isn’t just an element on the periodic table. It’s also in your food, and it combats oxidative damage to skin cells. Find this nutrient in sesame seeds, fresh seafood and whole grains such as brown rice.

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High cholesterol is often a silent condition in women, but it carries significant risk for heart attack and stroke if left uncontrolled.

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Know Your Cholesterol 

It is important to know two kinds of cholesterol: the bad kind (LDL) and the good kind (HDL). Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is commonly known as “bad” cholesterol because over time it causes plaque formation in the arteries, whereas  HDL is considered protective against heart disease. In general, a desirable LDL level falls below 130 mg/dL, while a desirable HDL level stays above 50 mg/dL for women. Another form of cholesterol LP(a), which is a genetic variant of a particularly bad form of cholesterol. In addition to getting cholesterol checked regularly, it may be a good idea to get screened for LP(a) early on to help determine your risk of heart disease.

Dietary Changes

Base your meals around fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains, and keep red meat to a minimum. Also, add things like fish, olive oil, avocado and nuts to your diet to equip your body with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been studied for their heart health benefits. Lastly, drink alcohol in moderation (one drink per day for women) and cut back on salty foods and sugary drinks to help ward off bad cholesterol

Know the Stats

In Georgia, heart disease and stroke account for 28.2 percent of all female deaths, according to the American Heart Association. Some things you can do to minimize your risk from an early age are:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise. Get at least 30 minutes, five days a week.
  • Reduce stress levels. High stress situations may tempt you to overeat high-fat foods, which in turn raise LDL cholesterol.
  • Watch your weight. Weight loss can both raise HDL and lower LDL.
- Dr. Jyoti Sharma 
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