Dr. Anita Cone-Sullivan from Resurgens Spine Center answers a reader’s question about recovering from spinal surgery.

Dr. Anita Cone-Sullivan from Resurgens Spine CenterQ: I am having spinal surgery and I’m worried about the recovery time. Are there any short cuts to getting back on my feet?

A: Generally speaking, spinal surgeries vary in recovery time. The keys to a speedy recovery are following your physician’s orders during the post-op period and participating in a rehabilitation program tailored to your specific needs. If you try to take short cuts to getting back on your feet sooner than advised, you may find it to be detrimental in the short and long term, and it could potentially negate the positive effects from the surgery.

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Sleep Number Dual Temp layerInstead of cranking up the thermostat and wasting money on your power or gas bill, try the new DualTemp bedding layer from Sleep Number. Just like customizing the firmness of your mattress, DualTemp allows you to customize the temperature of your bedding without disturbing your partner. It’s a breathable material so it’s more comfortable than piling on extra blankets, and you can set it for automatic shut-off for safety purposes. Go ahead – get cozy!

Details: 3435 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 467-2454, www.sleepnumber.com

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Global Winter Wonderland AtlantaRunning from November 21 to January 5, Global Winter Wonderland makes its debut in Atlanta. This exciting event lets guests travel the world by seeing larger-than-life lantern designs of famous world landmarks like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to these eco-friendly lantern displays (many of which are powered by solar panels), the festival includes carnival rides, games, arts, crafts and international cuisine. Come out to celebrate the holiday traditions of the world’s many and varied cultures. Tickets are $16.99 for children and $24.99 for adults. Season passes available.

Details: Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA, www.globalwonderland.com

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Ashley Wolfe from Taylor Brooks Hair Salon gives advice on how to keep your hair looking its best this holiday season.

Ashley Wolfe from Taylor Brooks SalonQ: What is one way to keep hair looking its best for the upcoming holiday season?

A: Try to replenish your dehydrated for a Redken Chemistry Treatment. This deep conditioning treatment will rejuvenate your hair and prepare it for the holidays.

Q: What is a ‘hair don’t'?

A: Don’t forget to use the correct heat protecting products when using hot tools (curling irons, flat irons, etc.) to create your glamorous holiday style.

Q: If you want to make a big change for the holidays, what would you recommend?

A: Try enhancing your color with a Redken Shades EQ gloss. Rich, warm tones will add a luxurious shine to your hair and a beautiful glow to your skin to prepare you for the hustle and bustle of the upcoming season.

Q: What is one hair care product you shouldn’t be without?

A: Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Leave-in Beautifier. This amazing new product will prime, protect, and perfect your hair for a shiny new year.

Q: Favorite style for the season?

A: An elegant and soft style. Soft, loose waves can keep the hair simple yet classy. Add a fashionable headband or hair clip to spice up your holiday style.

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Henna K. Pearl, MD, FAAD, from The Georgia Dermatology Center, answers a reader’s question about rosacea.

Dr. Henna K. Pearl from Georgia Dermatology CenterQ: I think I might have rosacea on my face. How do I know if this is rosacea or acne?

A: Rosacea can have a varied presentation depending on your skin type. However, with rosacea there are some common symptoms such as increased facial redness, red bumps or increased tiny red vessels. Other symptoms may include skin sensitivity and irritation, thickening of skin, and irritated eyes. There can be instances where a patient may have both acne and rosacea, but typically acne bumps include whiteheads and blackheads.

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Atlanta BeltlineThe Atlanta BeltLine Partnership announces the launch of free, fun fitness activities at the parks and trails around the Atlanta BeltLine. The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Pride and other health-focused organizations have teamed up to get Atlantans of all ages, races and fitness levels into healthy, active habits.

There are a variety of activities offered, a few of which are happening tomorrow morning!

Introduction to FitWit at Gordon White Park
What: 60 minute workout for all fitness levels combining equipment and natural landscapes.
When: Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m.
Where: Gordon White Park – 1200 White St., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Boulevard Crossing Park
What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.
When: Saturdays in November at 9 a.m.
Where: Boulevard Crossing Park (Lower Field Pavilion) – 500 Englewood Ave., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

Aerobics at Historic Fourth Ward Park
What: Energizing 60 minute workout for all ages.
When: Tuesdays in November at 6 p.m.
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park, by the lake – 680 Dallas St., Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE

For more information, go to www.beltline.org/events

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Chef Art Smith's new cookbook Art Smith's Healthy ComfortWhen Oprah’s former chef and local restaurant owner Art Smith was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he decided to work with his doctor to change his diet. “I realized that small but important changes in my lifestyle could help me better manage my Type 2 diabetes,” he says. In his new book, “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort,” he shares his weight loss secrets and healthy recipes that helped him keep off the weight. $19

Details: www.chefartsmith.net


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Jason E. Morris, DPM, from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot Spa gives his advice on keeping your nails looking their best this holiday season.

Dr. Jason Morris from Primera Podiatry, Laser & Foot SpaQ: What is one way to help nails look their best for the upcoming holiday season?

A: Keep your nails moisturized. This is essential for healthy looking nails. Waterless pedicures with a hot paraffin pre-treatment are also a safe way to help your nails look their best for this holiday season. If you have damaged nails, ask your doctor about biotin supplements. Changing your diet or taking daily multivitamins isn’t likely to dramatically improve your nails, but the nutritional supplement biotin might help strengthen unhealthy nails.

Q: What products should you avoid that can hurt nail health?

A: Do not use nail polish remover more than once a week. If you do use nail polish remover, choose the acetone-free variety. Acetone can dry out the nails.

Q: What is one nail care product you shouldn’t be without?

A: A nail polish (like Fiore Rx) that is antifungal, antibacterial, and prevents infections. Be sure to carry at least the clear base coat with you to your next pedicure.

Q: What is one way to glam up your nails for the holiays?

A: Pamper yourself with a “foot facial.” Get your nails bleached and treated with a softening urea cream and then lay on a polish in your favorite shade.

Q: What nail colors are hot this holiday season?

A: Dark neutrals, metallics and black.

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Dr. Grace Chiang from WellStar Medical Group, Allergy and Asthma answers a reader’s question about food allergies.

Dr. Grace Chiang, WellStar Medical Group, Allergy and AsthmaQ: How do I know if I have a food allergy?

A: Symptoms tend to appear within several minutes of eating the food in question and may include hives, swelling, vomiting, coughing or difficulty breathing. Symptoms will occur each time the food is eaten. An allergist can order specific allergy testing to help make an accurate diagnosis and guide families through prevention and management.

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David Martin, RN, CRNFA with VeinInnovations explains why you should start the year off with a clean bill of health, and what to look for when thinking about your health.

Right now is the best time to check off health concerns and get them handled before starting a new year and a new deductible. In fact, taking care of yourself can be a wonderful holiday gift for your loved ones. You are giving them a gift of peace of mind, and the gift of modeling the same care you hope they will take of themselves.

Think about your health from the ground up:

  • Feet–If your feet hurt, you can’t or won’t exercise as much, and you may be throwing your whole body out of alignment. If you suffer from chronic knee, back and neck pain, see a specialist who will be able to help get to the source of the problem.
  • Legs–If you find your legs feeling more fatigued than usual at the end of a day of standing or sitting a lot, it would probably serve you well to have an ultrasound scan of your legs. An ultrasound scan for venous reflux may reveal the source of your discomfort if it is related to your circulation.

Are there aches and pains that cause concern? Is there a suspicious mole? Do you squint to see or strain to hear? Does snoring keep a loved one awake? Do restless legs wake you both up? Do you have heavy, tired legs or varicose and spider veins? Your health challenges may be impacting your ability to communicate, exercise, relax and enjoy precious time with loved ones.

When you share your improved health report with your loved ones, chances are they may follow suit. At the end of the day, if you have your health and your family is healthy, you really do have everything.

Vein Innovations CEO David Martin discusses starting the year with a clean bill of health

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