Mishael Porembski founded Team HOT Widow in Atlanta after she became a widow in April of 2007. She sought support to help her through a difficult time but had trouble finding the right support group for her, so she created one. She turned her tragic experience into hope for other women in her community by founding this organization dedicated to “helping widows become Healthy, Optimistic, and Thriving (HOT) through the pursuit of a common goal.”

L-R: Dana Greene, Sandra Karem, Blair Andrews, Stacy Flood, Mischael Porembski, Natalie Simons, Marni Ratner, Tonya Pringle, Tara McLain

Here’s a Q & A with Mischael about her experience:

How has creating Team HOT Widow changed your life?

It has changed my life for the better! Now I have a posse of women who understand my journey. Being a widow, especially with children, can feel very isolating. I really needed to find other active widows who understood what I was going through. I went to area grief groups, which I found quite helpful. Though being an active person, I really wanted to find an adventurous, health-centric, outdoor-oriented support group. I couldn’t find one, so I put one together. Actually, being a part of this group has been a great part of my own healing journey.

What is the best part about being a HOT Widow?
The knowledge that I am not alone and that life together can be fun! When I first became a widow, I felt so overwhelmed and exhausted that I forgot to take care of myself. The mission of Team HOT Widow is to empower widows and their families to craft a life they love.

When is your next event? And how can others get involved?
We enjoy fun outdoor activities together like hiking, zip-lining and white water rafting. You can find our schedule of events by visiting our website at www.TeamHOTWidow.com.

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Playing golf improves your overall health, which is good news for all you golfing guys out there. Here’s how to get fit and healthy with golf:

Take the next step. Health experts say that taking 10,000 steps per day – the equivalent of 18 holes of golf or five miles – will improve overall fitness.

Feel the burn. The total caloric expenditure for an 18-hole round is approximately 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs, versus only 1,300 calories when riding in a cart.

Soak up the sun. When you are out playing a game of golf on a beautiful day, you get an adequate dose of vitamin D, which is essential for building strong bones and good overall health.

–Courtesy of www.PlayGolfAmerica.com

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Hair stylist Scott Farmer from Atlanta’s William David Salon is here to give you his best advice on how to look 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake you see people make that ages them?

Choosing a hair color that is too dark. As we age, skin tones change and a lighter, softer color that complements the skin works best. Over-processing the hair is also a quick way of aging yourself. Always have a professional stylist perform your color service versus using an at-home hair color product, which is higher in ammonia. Also, overlapping the color will over-process and deplete your hair of proteins, thus causing damage and a dull luster over time.

What is a simple way someone can look 10 years younger?

Adding highlights around the face is a great solution. This brightens the face and complements skin tone, giving a much more youthful appearance.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha

What is the secret for looking great at any age?

Surround yourself with things that make you happy, find the beauty within yourself and be confident.

What are three activities people can do to stay young?

Exercise every day, eat healthy and enjoy your life!

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Add a savory punch to chicken, fish or your morning toast with Banner Butter. An Atlanta-made spread, it’s made by using cream from hormone-free, pasture grazing cows and locally sourced ingredients like basil, cinnamon, and ginger.

Banner Butter is the idea of Andrew McBath, who wanted to create an all-natural food item made with high-quality ingredients that everyone could enjoy. He partnered with a local Atlanta chef to help him develop the different recipes, and the rest is history. Choose from balsamic fig and caramelized onion, chili lime cilantro, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, roasted garlic, basil and parsley, and strawberry mint. Banner Butter is available at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and The Mercantile.

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

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A Garnish & Gather meal kit makes it easy to have a healthy meal at home. These kits come complete with meat, chicken, seafood, spices, and veggies from local farms and chefs as well as easy-to-follow instructions on how to make a delicious meal. Garnish & Gather gives you everything you need — simply choose from their many recipes, and get the meal delivered right to your door. A portion of all sales goes to benefit Open Hand. One meal for two people is $35.

Details: www.garnishandgather.com

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Kaiser Permanente’s annual corporate run/walk is a great place for team building, of course, since you’re doing the fitness program with your coworkers and your bosses. But don’t forget that you’re an integral cog in the workplace machine and you should focus on yourself a little, too.

In addition to the goals you and your team may have set as a company, push yourself a little further toward personal goals–want to lose an extra five pounds? Want to carve out twenty more minutes in your morning routine for an extra walk? Go for it!

The Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk fitness program doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, the event on September 12 just the beginning. So, after trekking across Turner Field, keep on stepping your way toward better health, both to meet your company’s fitness goals and to achieve your personal ones.

A great way to do that is to start at our Healthy Living Expo tent. We’ll have 40 exhibitors there to provide you with the resources to be your best self, not to mention fun, interactive fitness demos and other presentations and giveaways on our new Expo stage! We’ll see you there!

 

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Starting this Sunday July 14 on the WET Deck of the W Atlanta – Buckhead, Whiskey Blue Atlanta is hosting Sundaze. From noon to sunset at this weekly pool party, you can cool off after a long week of activities with deep-end cocktail service, cooled towels, DJs, gourmet food and more. If you show up early, you’ll also get pool party perks including champagne and boozy popsicles. Purchase tickets online at www.ournightlife.com/sundaze. Sundaze continues until August 18, but that’s only six Sundays, so get your tickets now!

Details: WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (678) 500-3190.

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Learn more about the latest in migraine treatment and migraine prevention at a special class held at Emory-Adventist Hospital next Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. If you’re a migraine-sufferer, you know how debilitating migraine pain can be, so come hear this free informative talk, led by board-certified neurologist Dr. Jawaid Ahsan. Call (770) 319-2025 to reserve your space and get your migraines under control.

Details: 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA, www.emoryadventist.org

 

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The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is a perfect summer destination, and it’s so much closer than trekking all the way to the beach. The Lodge and Spa is in Pine Mountain, GA and is bursting with traditional summer activities, shows, exhibits and other fun attractions.

Take a step back in time when you visit the Callaway Memorial Chapel and the Pioneer Log Cabin, learn about Georgia’s stunning wildlife at the Day Butterfly Center or the Birds of Prey Show, and embrace your adventurous side at the FSU Flying High Circus and the Treetop Adventure obstacle course.

If you’re craving an outdoor adventure try biking, fishing, golfing, horseback riding and hiking in the beautiful woodsy scenery. Guests can return from a fun-filled day and choose from one of the two dining options, or retreat to their suites that are come complete with a romantic, private balcony. Prices vary and specials are available. Head over to their website and book your Southern summer getaway at the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens today!

By Iman Naim
Details: www.callawaylodgeandspa.com

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The Fox Theatre will host the first ever “Sing-A-Long” Grease Movie on Saturday, July 27th, so dust off your leather jacket, brush up on those dance moves, and get ready to sing along to your favorite tunes! This interactive show comes complete with on-screen lyrics (in case you need some extra help remembering the words), a costume competition, and more. Get out your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, powder-pink jackets and chiffon scarves, and get ready to hand jive at The Fox Theatre, baby! Tickets for the “Sing-A-Long” Grease Movie are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Details: (855) ATL-TIXX, www.foxatltix.com

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