BSA - Spring into Festival SeasonAs sure as spring comes every year, it also heralds the arrival of Atlanta’s festival season. Scope out the details of this month’s free events below, and get into the swing of spring!

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival | April 10-12

The organizers keep this almost 80-year-old event fresh with new features such as the Atlanta Dogwood 5K on Saturday morning, the Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP event, and this year’s new Disc Dogs event, where competing dogs catch some air as they catch flying discs. There’s even a Novice Toss & Fetch category in case you and your dog want to try the world of canine competition.

Details: Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 

Spring Festival on Ponce | April 11-12 BSA - Disc Dogs

For the fourth year, this festival fills Olmsted Linear Park with 125 artists bringing art in all forms. Artists will show a huge variety of jewelry made from pearls, vintage fabric and elegant seashell fragments. Keep perusing to find handmade leather bags, uniquely carved clocks and more, all while enjoying good and live music.

Details: 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA,

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza | April 18-19

This third annual event has a similar variety of arts and crafts available, offering everything from ceramic platters and carved wooden bowls to mosaic windows and copper jewelry. In between browsing, enjoy live music and food trucks from Genki Noodles & Sushi, On Tapa The World, King of Pops and more.

Details: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs, GA,

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Kulkin, MD, Jay_cred Jamie AnnarinoDr. Jay Kulkin from WIFH answers a reader’s question about underarm sweating and odor.

Q: Even though I use antiperspirant, I sweat a lot under my arms. Is there anything safe I can do to help? 

Yes, a non-invasive FDA-approved procedure called miraDry can use microwave technology to eliminate underarm sweating and odor. This procedure permanently destroys underarm sweat glands, and the glands do not regenerate. You will not have additional sweating in other areas, and any soreness or swelling typically clears within a week.


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BSA - April Best Bulletin Mizuno RunningAs you plan to lace up for your spring and summer runs, it might be time for a new pair of running shoes. Consider buying a pair from Atlanta based Mizuno Running that will help you and your community. This month, for every pair of Mizuno running shoes sold, $10 will be donated to Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that uses running to support and encourage homeless people working toward independence.

Details: Find a full list of retail partner stores online at

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BSA - April Give-back INTIMACY Free the GirlsThe right bra can make any woman feel confident and comfortable. But did you know they can also lead to a job? Local lingerie shop INTIMACY is collecting gently used bras for an organization called Free the Girls, which helps survivors of sex trafficking across the globe go into business for themselves. The women in the program sell the bras, providing them with income, a safe work environment with female clients and a flexible schedule that encourages their ongoing education. Last year, INTIMACY’s stores collected an impressive 10,000 bras in the month of October alone, so they have now expanded the bra drive to a year-round initiative. Bring your donations to INTIMACY in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA.

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The best fitness advice around town 

BSA -  Tammy StokesQ? There are so many choices when it comes to working out. What are the best exercises for my time and money? 

A: This simple truth will always guide you toward the best exercises: the more movement an exercise requires, the more results it will deliver. The more muscles you use performing it, the more authentically it will shape and train your body. Amazing results comes from full body exercises, and they create muscular balance too. Love the way you look and feel about your body with these time-tested exercises: squats, deadlifts, lunges, pushups, planks, burpees and mountain climbers.

Tammy Stokes, West Coast Workout and Tammy Stokes Lifestyle

BSA - Tension Fit TrainerQ: What product can help me get a good workout away from the gym? 

A: Try the Tension Fit Tranier (TFT). It is a new portable fintess device that provides a full body strength and cardio workout. TFT challenges the muscles at its weakest (eccentric) and strongest (concentric) points, resulting in progressive strength and enduracne training. You only need 20 minutes to get an effective workout with TFT and gain lean muscle.

Lisa Tanker Potts, Boutique Body Fitness

Delaine RossQ: Which is more important, strength training or cardio?

A: Ideally, you should pick a training that combines the two, but if you’re a cardio junkie, please don’t neglect your strength training. Building lean muscle increases your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories just from living your life. Getting stronger will also make your cardio training easier. A stronger runner will be faster than one who only runs and doesn’t strength train. And ladies, don’t worry. Full body strength training will not make you bulky!

Delaine Ross, Condition Kettlebell Gym

BSA - Joey DillonQ: What are some simple things people can do in their everyday routine to see faster health and fitness results? 

A: Diet is key. That includes cutting out a lot of junk food or anything high in sugar. For physical activity, use a fitness tracker like Fitbit or Nike+ FuelBand. These track your sleeping patterns, steps and distances you’ve walked, calories burned and more, and they help you see your fitness goals becoming a reality.

Joey Dillon, Status Athletic Club

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BSA - April Best AdviceDarrah Brustein from Network Over 40 is here to share her best advice to reduce social stress.

What are the most common social stressors people experience? 

Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone. Another stressor is when people’s lives take divergent paths. As some old friends have kids or move away, there is stress around how to manage those relationships and/or make new ones.

How can people reduce social stress? 

While it may sound oversimplified, the first thing you need to do to reduce social stress is to accept yourself. Be happy with who you are, and be happy alone. Once you can do that, you don’t feel nervous to be yourself.

How can people put their social stress into perspective? 

Remind yourself that other people want to make new friends too. And if you don’t click with someone, that’s OK.

How do you deal with social stress? 

I love to meet new people and learn their stories, so I look at interactions as an opportunity to do that.

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EcoSense logo 2012Jennie Turner Garlington wants to share the message that each and every person’s actions can help save the earth. So she developed a PSA series 10 years ago that received such high acclaim it became an ongoing, Emmy-winning series. Four new episodes premiere this April for Earth Month on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET, April 13 through May 4.

Carter & Olivia Ries w leopard 110“Environmental health does not have to be expensive or time consuming,” Jennie says. “I created ‘EcoSense for Living’ to give tips and techniques that anyone can use every day to improve the eco-health of their own local community and the world. I also profile individuals who are making an impact through remarkable and inspiring local and global eco-initiatives.”

As an environmental media champion, Atlanta native, former CNN producer, mother and concerned citizen, Jennie continues to raise awareness, spur discussion and offer tips for everyday ways to save the environment. “I’m really encouraged the public is embracing EcoSense for Living in Georgia and across the country because that means saving the environment is becoming a higher priority for everyone,” Jennie said. “In many cases, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself – and your children – more healthy with just a little education. My goal with EcoSense for Living is for everyone to learn the many, simple ways they can improve our world.”

fb-cover-7-8Topics of the four new episodes of EcoSense for Living include planting urban gardens and shopping for non-GMO food, how the decline of bees impacts food sources, how to reduce our carbon footprint to impact climate change, and tomorrow’s “eco-heroes” who are out to save the earth. The new episodes are:

  • EcoSense for Living: Take Back the Farm, episode 7, takes a close look at the changing ways we think about and consume food. The episode includes profiles of Ron Finley, a “renegade” urban gardener in south central Los Angeles; Will Harris, a South Georgia farmer and owner of White Oak Pastures; and Paul Tukey, author and organic lawn expert who offers surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. Corey Moser, farm manager at Burge Plantation, details how anyone can be part of the change by planting an heirloom garden using seeds from existing crops. Airs Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Food Fight, episode 8, looks at genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and ingredients as well as the rapid decline of bees, both of which are among the many pressures on the safety and security of America’s food supply. “Rich Food, Poor Food” authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, reveal how smart choices at the grocery store can avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of “Wheat Belly,” discusses surprising results after some patients removed wheat from their diets; wheat-free food blogger Ayla Wilt echoes these findings. Bee experts detail how synthetic ingredients are responsible for the decline by up to 70% of some bee populations and the episode concludes by offering five ways the every day person can help save the bees. Airs Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Power Pioneers – Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, episode 9, affirms that 97% of scientists agree that global climate change is a troubling reality and looks at creative grassroots solutions including how West Liberty, one small Kentucky town, rebuilt after being wiped out by tornadoes. The episode also takes an inside look at how Chicago is reassessing its energy mix and profiles new, innovative transportation options including choosing electric cars or clean energy over coal, all emerging choices that present changes the everyday person can make for big impact. Airs Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Young Eco Heroes, episode 10, focuses on the next generation of environmentalists who are passionate, capable and already making a difference in wildlife preservation, climate change reversal and healthy ocean policies. Carter and Olivia Ries, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Sean Russell and Maeve Snyder are just a few of the young people profiled in this episode. They are meeting with world leaders, developing local campaigns and taking the environmental future into their own hands in surprising and creative ways that promise to positively impact their peers and the earth for years to come. Airs Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Visit for more information. For details about Georgia Public Broadcasting and to find station information throughout the state, visit

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O40andF_LOGO (1)Thank you for your participation in this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. After tallying a record number of votes, we’re happy to announce the winners.

In alphabetical order, this year’s top 10 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners are Debora Carrier, Michelle Ellis, Trina Floyd, Michelle Hodgson, Jackie Madison, Dr. Kara Martin, Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith, Nancy Nusbaum, Kat Spivey and Julie White. The votes were very close this year, so we’ll also be recognizing the next fabulous five nominees in our June issue: Karen Burns, Hope Knosher, Jocelyn McCarthy, Collette McDonald and Claire Pearson.

To find out the overall winner, check out the cover of our June issue when it comes out on May 20. We’ll profile each of our top 15 winners in that issue too, so don’t miss it!

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Lenox Square. Caffeine and Exotics. 7.20.14 (41)On the third Sunday of every month, head to Lenox Square Mall for the new Caffeine and Exotics Car Show. The event runs from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 19 and features more than 190 of Atlanta’s finest exotic vehicles brought by local, private owners. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast while you check out each car and mingle with other enthusiasts.

Details: 3393 Peachtree Road BE, Atlanta, GA,

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ShaNay Norvell, Julianna Daniell (Cyc Instructor), Liz Weiner, Madison James

ShaNay Norvell, Julianna Daniell (Cyc Instructor), Liz Weiner, Madison James

Being active should be a fun experience – not one that you dread. Keeping your activity fresh is the best way to combat this problem. I applied my own advice to my workout routine and added a funky, fun spin class at Cyc Fitness. Cyc Fitness is located in Buckhead and incorporates boxing, volleyball, weights and cardio all while jamming to the hottest hits. I had so much fun that I forgot about the burn in my legs and the sweat dripping down my nose. This is also a great way to get in shape if you’re looking for a low-impact activity. Cycling is easy on the joints, and anyone can ride a stationary bike! Stay motivated by changing it up with a class like this. Check out for information.

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