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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BSA - April Best Bulletin Image 1April is National Donate Life Month, bringing awareness to organ donation and transplantation. To show your support, participate in the Run 4 Your Life 5K event at the Silver Comet Trail. On April 18 at 9 a.m., runners from across Atlanta will don blue and green – the colors of the Donate Life organization – and raise awareness for the cause. Registration starts at $25, and if you aren’t a runner but still want to join in the fun, sign up to volunteer.


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BSA - Best RXDr. Rourke M. Stay from Lightbulb Radiology answers a reader’s question about image testing.

Q: What should I do if I don’t understand the result of my imaging test (CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.)?

Get a copy of the report so that you can ask your doctor specific questions about the results. Another idea is to talk directly with a radiologist, a physician who specializes in interpreting imaging exams. This can be accomplished by contacting the radiologist who read your exam, or by using an online service that allows you to have a personal consultation with a radiologist who can help you understand your test results.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6880 high resMadison James

B 98.5 FM – Fitness/Weight Loss 

In today’s world of endless messages about diet and weight loss options, sometimes it can be easy to pay attention to the wrong ones – ones that get you the results you want, but in a way that isn’t the healthiest for your body. Even Madison James experienced this during her first forays into figure competitions. “I became very obsessed about the wrong things,” she remembers. “For me, it was extreme dieting. And when you do that, you are depriving your body of things that it needs. You think you look great, but it can be a very dangerous situation. My levels were thrown off – my hormones were not balanced, and my body didn’t know what was going on.” She ended up in the doctor’s office, realizing that there had to be a healthier way to look the way she wanted to.

“Go after your passion. Your passion for something will be the motivation you need to keep going, especially when challenges arise.”

Now, she’s found that. With regular meals of healthy, whole food and just three 30-minute workouts per week, James has her body and her life in balance. She says, “It’s very important for me to share with people that there’s a way you can be your best self and not be in the gym all day and counting calories. There’s a much easier way to do it.”

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BSA - April Best Bulletin ImageIs your neighborhood making you fat? Well, it’s not as simple as that, but it could be a factor. At the Museum of Design Atlanta, the new “Designing Healthy Communities” exhibit explores how our physical environments impact our health and well-being. For example, many areas of town are laid out in ways that encourage residents to drive instead of walk or stay home instead of interacting with neighbors. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This interactive exhibit, opening on April 19, shows the huge variety of design strategies that can make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone.

Details: 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, (404) 99-6455,

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jessica shopsIf your day includes a stop at the gym before or after work, you will love these super chic organizer bags from Fivesse. The bag holds all of your gym-to-work essentials and keeps them neatly organized with convenient labels, helping you sort, store and systemize your routine. There is even a secret pocket for valuables, a place for dirty clothing and a separate garment bag option to avoid wrinkling your work clothes.

I recently discovered that it also works well as a travel carry-on. I can easily access my water bottle, hand cream, lip balm, mints and earphones without much digging. It’s my favorite go-to bag, and prices start at just $99.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6474 high resDr. Tara Frix

Total Healthcare – Non-Surgical Joint and Spine Care 

Dr. Tara Frix had no doubts about where her career was headed. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she says. But she always knew that a patient’s health can’t just rely on one provider. “Early on, I was drawn to the multidisciplinary approach of having sports medicine doctors, non-surgical orthopedists, chiropractors and physiotherapists that all have the same goal for the patient.”

“If you work hard and work smart, it will eventually pay off. Persistence is the key to achieving anything you want. Whether it’s financial, career, personal or health goals, keep at it, keep going, keep moving forward – you will eventually look around and realize you are there! I see patients that do it all of the time. If they stick to their treatment plan and do their exercises, they eventually get back to living a pain-free life because they didn’t give up.”

Today, she’s living her vision at Total HealthCare, helping patients eliminate joint pain without relying on the all-too-common cortisone injections and joint replacements. “I love giving patients their lives back and getting them active again,” she says.

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Jacquie Damgaard from ExecuCare is here to share her advice to relieve stress about work.

BSA - Jacquie DamgaardWhat is the most common work-related stressor people experience?

The number one issue I hear from my clients is, “I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done at work.”

Why are so many people stressed by their workload?

Most people have never learned how to organize their time and fulfill their most important goals. Instead, they get caught up in a lot of activities that seem urgent and important at the time, but actually should be delegated to someone else or eliminated.

How can people reduce work stress?

When feeling overwhelmed, many people think, “If I just work harder and put in more hours right now, then it will all get better soon.” This is usually not true. A much better option is to immediately learn some new habits around how you choose to direct activities during the day.

What phrase or quote can help people put their work into perspective?

The classic, “Work smarter, not harder.”

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BSA- Best BitesThey add texture and sweetness to almost any dish, and they are also an excellent source of many vital components of your diet, such as vitamins A, C, K, B6, folic acid, iron, fiber and more.

Basic prep: Denise Romeo, president of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and blogger at “We Like To Cook!” recommends blanching peas to release their best flavor. Start by rinsing the pods, opening them up and using your finger to pop the peas out of the pod. Add the shelled peas to a saucepan with about half an inch of boiling water. For best taste, Romeo says, “Simmer the peas over low heat about two to five minutes until they are just tender and bright green. Once cooked, drain excess water and coat the peas lightly in melted butter, or pop them into a spring salad with arugula, sliced radishes and freshly snipped mint.”

Step it up: Romeo says, “To really dress up your salads, try adding pea tendrils for an added element of texture and interest.” Pea tendrils are the climbing, leafy tops of the pea plant. Romeo adds, “Don’t throw away those empty pea pods. Add them to broth for an extra flavor of spring.”

Find it: Spring peas are available at most local farmers markets, including the Morningside Farmers’ Market. Shop every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1393 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6613 high resDr. Dina Giesler

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness – Dental Health/Cosmetic Dentistry 

Dr. Dina Giesler knew she wanted to work in dentistry from the time she was in 11th grade. “I’ll never forget it,” she says. “I was sitting with my girlfriend, and we were talking about becoming dental hygienists. So my senior year in high school, I started working for an orthodontist.” The spark was lit, so after she went to hygiene school, Dr. Giesler continued to dental school to become a cosmetic dentist. Her practice today provides everything from general care to cosmetic procedures.

“Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused on the goal, and never ever give up!” 

Along the way, Dr. Giesler pushed herself to learn other skills as well. She pursued her Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only 1% of dentists achieve. In addition to learning everything she needed to along the way, Dr. Giesler credits her success to hiring great people. “You surround yourself with women that can multitask – good, strong women,” she says. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she herself is one.

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