With spring almost here, and summer not far behind, the idea of fresh seasonal veggies and fruit is enticing to foodies throughout Georgia. EAT GA, the brainchild of Taste of Atlanta and the Georgia Restaurant Association, will offer Georgians just that, fresh and seasonal flavors from local farms that are prepared by local chefs. EATGA

EAT GA, or the Edible Agriculture Tour, is a state wide dining series funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program. It was created in an effort to offer dining events throughout Georgia that will feature the best local and seasonal produce that Georgia has to offer and will feature many of Georgia’s top chefs. Taste of Atlanta and the GRA are hoping to educate the people of Georgia about local farms and produce that are Georgia Grown.

Taste of Atlanta founder and president, Dale Gordon DeSena, explains, “EAT GA will bring together the men and women growing exceptional product and the Georgia chefs and families who want to buy, cook and eat local produce. We believe these grassroots dining events are a natural way to grow business across the state.”

The EAT GA tour will get its start on March 11 at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Supper Club event at Table & Main in Roswell. There are also events planned for Atlanta, Marietta, Athens, Savannah, St. Simons Island, North Georgia, Thomasville and Augusta. A portion of the proceeds from each event will benefit the community food bank in the area where the event is held. Georgia fruit

“We see this as a natural extension of our Georgia Grown Restaurant Program,’ says GRA Director Karen Bremer. ‘We are proud to highlight the talented restaurant chefs who make an effort to showcase locally grown produce and goods. Partnering with Taste of Atlanta to create EAT GA allows us the opportunity to better promote Georgia farms and educate consumers on what is available in their area.”

Details: www.EATGA.com, www.facebook.com/EATGA

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Day 30 of Fitness – Bike riding at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center

Best Self publisher: Sherri

After the snowstorms that interrupted everyone’s workout schedule including my own, I welcomed the beautiful weather and the chance to take my workout outside for a change. For our final day of fitness, I headed to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center off Powers Ferry Road to bike for about an hour. I picked this place because of the wide open sky and sunshine, which is perfect for this springtime weather, and not every bike trail is as open as these. If you’re new to biking or are part of the over-50 crowd, like myself, this might be the perfect workout for you. It is the one cardiovascular activity I can do that doesn’t hurt my back and feels good to my body, and plus, this network of trails offers some nice, soft “beginner” trails. Make sure you wear a helmet and bring plenty of water.

Best Self publisher Sherri Adair biking

Best Self publisher Sherri Adair biking at the Chattahoochee River Recreation Center

Because it had been a couple of months since I had been on my bike, I chose to ride at the river as opposed to other, more challenging courses. I wanted to ease back in to the saddle and also get some good old vitamin D. There were lots of people out, so I stayed off the main trail and took side trails that traveled parallel with beautiful views of the river and kept me a safe distance from the groups of walkers and runners. The workout was not as intense as I normally like to ride, but the end result was the same, since it had been a while. My leg, glutes and core were totally engaged and I felt the burn all the way through the ride and afterward. I felt like I had awakened my body from a long winter’s nap, and it felt great.  Plus, I love being outdoors. When choosing indoors versus outdoors, for me it is outdoors every time.

As the weather continues to warm up, take your rides to places that are more shaded, like the Silver Comet Trail or off main trails more into the woods. If you want to try a different twist on an afternoon ride, team up with a friend, rent a tandem bike, and hit the Silver Comet Trail. You can even take a picnic and make a day of it to get a great workout and have fun at the same time.

Details: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA

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For a fun weekend away, Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course offers special grand slam getaway packages that include time on the Bob Walker-designed golf course. The par-72 course is one of the most scenic in Georgia, with 10 of the 18 holes overlooking Richard B. Russell Lake. Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course Richard B. Russell State Park also offers fun for the whole family with activities like fishing, boating, seasonal canoe and pedal baot rentals, disc golf rentals and six miles of trails for hiking and biking. Through February, rates are $124 per person and include a two-night stay in a two-bedroom cabin, as well as two rounds of golf with a four person minimum.

Details: 2790 Olympic Rowing Dr., Elberton, GA, (770) 389-7419, www.gastateparks.org/fallgolfdeals

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Dr. Arnold J. Weil from Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., answers a reader’s question about back and neck pain. Dr Arnold Weil

Q: What types of treatment are available for back and neck pain that don’t involve surgery?

A: There are many different ways to treat spinal pain. However, 95 percent can be done non-surgically. In addition to medications and physical therapy, other options available include in-office injections, spine procedures like epidural injections, acupuncture and newer treatments like prolotherapy (which involves injecting a non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body) and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection therapy.

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

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If you want the new year to include more family time, head to Historic Banning Mills and enjoy lots of kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) activities. Located just an hour outside of Atlanta, you’ll find aerial adventures and plenty of relaxation among the beauty of the outdoors.

Fun for the Whole Family Found at Historic Banning MillsWhile zip-lining adventures and the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall are among the different attractions for the older kids, their newest addition is the two-tiered obstacle course adventure exclusively for children ages four and up. It includes sky bridges and zip lines separated into areas for older and younger children. Older kids can venture out on the “Crazy Squirrel” children’s course or the three and a half hour “Aerial Gauntlet” canopy tour.

This retreat isn’t all adrenaline, though. Historic Banning Mills also offers a relaxing bed and breakfast options. While the kids swing through the trees, you can relax in the B&B’s day spa, by the Olympic-sized swimming pool or on the serene catch-and-release fishing lake. Historic Banning Mills also offers horseback riding adventures, guided kayak tours and scenic hiking trails.

Details: 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Banning, GA, (770) 834-9149, www.historicbanningmills.com 

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Words like “organic” and “natural” are terms you are likely to see at your local grocer, but what about “GMO-free”? According to the World Health Organization, GMO (genetically-modified organism) is defined as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” GMO LawsThe health effects of eating GMO crops are relatively unknown, so many states are pushing for GMO labeling laws. According to the website JustLabelIt.com, the nine GMO crops on the market in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, sugar beets, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

Details: www.justlabelit.org, www.facebook.com/pages/gmo-free-georgia 

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The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill‘s Darrell Rice is here to give you his best advice on how to make more time for yourself. Darrell Rice

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

A: My favorite way to spend a day off is helping my son, Brennan, become a Lego master!

 Q: How do you make more time for yourself?

A: Planning ahead and staying organized allows me to find more time for myself.

Q: What was a must-see movie for you?

A: Definitely “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The book by J.R.R. Tolkien was one of my childhood favorites.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time?

A: Don’t spread yourself too thin. Planning your schedule and sticking to it is key for time management.

 Q: Who do you like to spend your free time with?

A: I like to spend my free time with my son, my other friends who are chefs and my dear friend Katie.

 Q: What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months?

A: I am also a chef consultant in Orlando. We received free passes to Sea World and had a blast.

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

A: My mother is definitely my inspiration. She’s a teacher and a single mom. I also look up to past chefs that I’ve worked with like Gary Mennie (Canoe) and Gerry Klaskala (Aria).

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Ken Anderson, MD, from Anderson Hair Sciences Center, fills us in on how to deal with hair loss and about the advancements made in that field. 

Ken Anderson

The past decade has seen advancements in all aspects of the treatment of hair loss.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Developed in 2003 by Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Rassman and myself, this technique allows a hair restoration surgeon to obtain the hair from the donor area for transplantation without creating a linear scar. With this technique, one may undergo a hair restoration procedure without leaving behind the telltale linear scar on the back and sides of the scalp.

The ARTAS Robotic FUE System This is by far the largest technology breakthrough because it is less subject to human error. It uses two stereoscopic cameras to assess its position 5,000 times per second and robotically dissects out one single follicle at a time from the donor area.

Neograft System This system is essentially a rotating drill with a hollowed-out drill bit, allowing the operator to perform FUE by hand.

Revivogen This new shampoo/scalp therapy has been shown to stop hair loss and re-grow fuller, thicker hair in many patients. Availble at Anderson HAir SCiences Center. $24 www.revivogen.com

Hair Cloning This treatment is in its infancy, and while tiny breakthroughs are being reported, we are at least a decade away from its availability as a viable treatment option for hair loss.

To explore what’s best for you, it is important to consult with a hair restoration surgeon in person.

 

 

 

 

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Local restaurant Davio’s Atlanta has made vegan options a permanent staple on its menu. Offerings include baby arugula salad with asparagus, avocado, candied pecans and lemon olive oil dressing, quinoa with mixed squash and mushrooms, vegan Nicoise salad and more. Davio's Atlanta According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who follow a vegan diet may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Whether you are vegan or just love your greens, there are plenty of local eateries that offer vegan options.

Details: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 844-4810, www.davios.com/atl  

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Dr. Robert A. Colgrove, Jr. from Vinings Surgery Center answers a readers question about ThermiRF™.

Dr. Robert Colgrove

Q: What is ThermiRF™?

A: The new FDA approved TermiRF™ is an aesthetic therapy that uses temperature control technology, which is safer than laser and other RF technology currently being used. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin, This radio frequency treatment has been used in various medical capacities, such as cardiology and pain management, for 75 years. This technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, then apply a specific dose of controlled radio frequency energy to a portion of the targeted area for wrinkle reduction, body contouring, lifting, relaxation of frown lines and skin tightening.

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

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