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Teach Your Children Well 

The Be Good Fairy

Teaching kids about sharing, potty training or even behaving well at school can sometimes be a challenge. Author Missy Wallen-Nichols turned these lessons into an inspirational children’s book, “The Be Good Fairy.” This unique book offers kids fun, lesson-based stories and gives parents a tool to teach them about different behavioral issues.


A Healthy Sense of Style

The Manna Fund

Trends come and go, but health is always stylish. Manna Fund, a local non-profit that works to cover the costs of eating disorder treatments, aims to educate the public about healthy body image for youth. Join their “Be The Model” fashion show event on April 27, which puts everyday health role models on the runway. To walk the runway themselves, teens can submit a short video explaining how they can be a model of health in the community.

Details: Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA,

You Golf, Girl!

Judson Golf

Mark your calendar for the Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge, beginning June 26. This golf tournament includes three events for Atlanta’s golf enthusiasts: a one-day tournament of LPGA Legends golfers, a three-day world-ranking competition for female collegiate golfers, and a pro-am scramble that pairs professional golfers with amateurs for a fun day on the course. New this year is a women’s leadership conference to guide young women in their early careers. The event raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the JCI Foundation to support young women through positive mentorship, education and sports.


Get Clean at The Skin Studio 

Sally B's Skin Yummies

Head to the newly constructed Skin Studio at Sally B’s Skin Yummies for an organic facial. Offering options such as B Clear B Calmed and B Youthful, these facial treatments are as clean as their products: no parabens, mineral oil, artificial fragrances, GMOs or animal products.

Details: 800 Miami Circle, Suite 110, Atlanta, GA, 


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The Goldner Group’s Dr. Jane Goldner is here to give you her best advice on how to find your dream job.

Dr. Jane Goldner

What skills are most helpful for a successful job search?

Resume building, networking and interviewing skills. Your resume should be no longer than one page with words that match the job specifications you are searching. Network with everyone. Practice responding to potential interview questions in a clear, concise way.

What is the first step someone should take when trying to find a job they love?

The first step anyone should take is to figure out what “having it all” means to them. There is no universal “it all.” It is important to get clear on your priorities so you can make appropriate choices and tradeoffs.

Where can you go for guidance?

Professional help can come from a career coach, a career center at the college you attended, a mentor or a person in the industry you are pursuing.

What three questions should you ask yourself?

What are my core values, personal mission and vision? How committed am I to being intentional, focused and disciplined in mu search? What am I willing to trade to get that “right” job?

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Dr. Cyril O. Spann, Jr., MD from Atlanta Gynecologic Oncology Specialists answers a reader’s question about cervical cancer screening tests for teens.

Dr. Cyril Spann

Q: My daughter is 19 years old and has become sexually active. When should she get her first Pap cervical cancer screening test?

A: The guidelines for cervix cancer screening have changed dramatically over the last decade because of improvement in Pap screening cytology technology and the advent of HPV (human papilloma virus) co-testing. No longer is the recommendation to get Pap smears yearly starting at age 18. The American Cancer Society now recommends that screening starts at age 21, so her first Pap should be at that age. Between the ages of 21 and 29, it should be every three years, assuming that the test results are negative.

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If you are looking to splurge a little, why not do it with a classic Southern dish like fried chicken and top it off with champagne? The new MAX’s Wine Dine in Atlanta’s 12th & Midtown district specializes in giving comfort food a gourmet twist. MAX's Wine Dive This fun eatery, which will open its doors this spring, also features menu items like the fried egg sandwich with truffle oil or the Max’n cheese with Gruyère, as well as seasonal options and fine wines from around the world. Don’t miss the chance to indulge your taste buds and your fine sensibilities all in one meal.

Details: 77 12th St. NE, Ste. 6B, Atlanta, GA, 

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The International Association of Fitness Sciences presents Lee Haney’s Sports & Fitness Challenge on April 19 at Sandy Creek High School. This yearly family event and fun competition promotes awareness and the importance of exercise for all through fitness tests and obstacles. Lee HaneyLee Haney, 8-time Mr. Olympia, trainer and former professional bodybuilder, has designed physical obstacles and challenges to test your resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, and ability to laugh in the face of adversity. The Sports & Fitness Challenge was built to test your fitness to the fullest capacity.

But don’t let that scare you! The challenge has events for all fitness levels and all age groups. There are groups to compete in: The Fit Kid Challenge, The Teen Challenge and The Ultimate Fitness Challenge for adults. Kids ages 8-12 can participate, for free, in a physical obstacle course and age-appropriate challenges to test their fitness. They will get to run, jump, kick, laugh and play, all while having fun and actually getting in some exercise. Olympic-style medals will be given out to recognize the Top 10 finishers.

The teen challenge will include JV and Varsity team divisions that were designed to test the strength of high school students through tire flips, vehicle pushes and bench presses. The teen challenge will also include an Iron Teen challenge for those wishing to compete as individuals.

And while your kids are having fun and getting fit, you can too! The adult competition is divided into three divisions: a 5-k Obstacle Run that will test your endurance, an Agility Course and a Strong Man Competition to test your strength. You can compete in all three events or pick your favorite.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Haney’s Harvest House Mentoring Program, a program for young boys ages 8-17.


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Dr. Travis Jones from Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine answers a reader’s question about how to treat a sprained ankle.

Dr. Travis Jones

Q: What’s the best method for treatment for a sprained ankle?

A: For a sprained ankle, remember the RICE method. Rest: stay off your feet. Ice: apply ice to the area for 20 minutes every three to four hours for 48 hours. Compress: wrap your ankle with an elastic bandage. Elevate: raise your ankle as much as possible to reduce swelling. Medication such as ibuprofen may be used to help reduce inflammation. If your condition does not improve or you begin to experience increased pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty walking, contact a physician immediately.

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Guest blogger Alexa Lampasona, from the blog Active Tasty Life, (, @ActiveTastyLife) gives us an inside look into what she learned at this week’s ACSM fitness conference—barefoot cardio.

When you decide to do a workout, the first thing you do is pull on a pair of shoes. But how about leaving the laces behind? WillPower & Grace method is a barefoot cardio workout designed to enhance your posture, balance and movement starting from the ground up. With 33 muscles in our feet, barefoot cardio challenges you to consciously think about putting your best foot forward. I attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Summit this past week, where I took a barefoot cardio class taught by founder Stacey Lei Krauss. Here, she shares her insight.

What inspired you to create the WillPower & Grace method?

I grew up as a modern dancer, and I frequently took group exercise classes barefoot, but I always wore shoes when I taught my own classes. One class I forgot my shoes, so I taught the class barefoot. A few of my students decided to take the class barefoot too, and I realized most people don’t know how to move their feet. I just heard a lot of foot slapping. So as a fitness professional, I used that as a teaching opportunity and created barefoot cardio.

Barefoot Cardio Q&A with Stacey Lei Krauss

You started teaching barefoot cardio more than 10 years ago, but why is it just now beginning to trend?

It was an uphill battle at first. But then the barefoot running book “Born to Run” came out, and now this movement is finally mainstream. There is no equipment involved, so it is cost-effective for people.

Why do we need to exercise our feet?

Our feet have both intrinsic muscles (deeper in the muscle tissue) that stabilize the body, and extrinsic muscles (that start in the lower leg and insert in the foot) that help us move. When your foot is in a shoe, your body uses primarily extrinsic muscles, so those intrinsic muscles don’t fire the way they should because they have added support and cushioning. When your feet slap down while walking, you lose range of motion and your joints don’t work properly.

Being barefoot creates a tactile sense to the workout. Why is that important?

As humans, we have primal senses. Just think of all the information we get from the skin when we touch it. Yet we never train our skin in a workout. Harnessing the tactile feelings brings about sensory integration and stimulates your skin. You learn to bring neural awareness to your feet.

Talk about how barefoot cardio creates mindfulness in your workout routine.

It’s a smart workout because we work in three planes of motion and there’s a sport psychology element to it. We teach you to use your body through the discipline of Pilates and the self awareness of yoga, but we also add a cardio element that many mind/body practices don’t have.

Benefits of Barefoot Cardio

  • Better balance, which gives you a wider base of support and better push-off
  • More efficient movement confidence
  • Reduced risk of injury by training from the ground up
  • Stabilized knees and hips
  • Increased flexibility

Krauss suggests doing the WillPower & Grace barefoot cardio method one to two times a week in addition to other activities like running or cycling. For athletes, she has noticed a decrease in knee and hip injuries. You can get started with workout videos. Let’s hope Atlanta picks up on the trend soon so more classes become available.





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We’re not perfect. That’s a scary thought to some, but let it comfort you—we’re not perfect because we don’t have to be. This goes for every area of life, but one of the areas it can be the most freeing is the area of your food choices. What we put in our bodies every day can either weigh us down (literally!) and make us sick, or it can help us get healthier and happier with every bite. If you are sticking with those “healthier and happier” food choices, you may still eat a few meals here and there that aren’t the best. Instead of beating yourself up about it, recognize that it’s okay not to be perfect—there’s a little wiggle room in everything.

Dr. Jamie Noll, co-author of The 95% Vegan Diet

Dr. Jamie Noll, co-author of The 95% Vegan Diet

This is the philosophy behind The 95% Vegan Diet. Co-written by Dr. Jamie Noll and her daughter Caitlin Herndon, this book is less of a strict diet and more of a lifestyle eating plan, and it includes the wiggle room you need to be successful. It’s not an all-or-nothing vegan diet plan. As the name states, if you follow the diet outlined in the book, you can still enjoy five percent of your calories from animal sources. The 95 percent approach gives you the flexibility to eat almost entirely plant-based without forcing you to give up your dash of real creamer in your morning coffee or the occasional cheese pizza with friends. That doesn’t sound so hard, does it?

To help you implement a healthier eating strategy, Jamie and Caitlin hold regular workshops to introduce firsthand the deliciousness of vegan cooking, educate you about the proven, research-based benefits of a plant-based diet, and walk you through making your own mostly vegan diet plan. I had the pleasure of attending their first workshop on April 2 at JavaVino, and it was inspiring. 95 Percent Vegan DietBefore any discussion of dietary choices begins, the workshop started with a meal. Jamie and Caitlin had graciously prepared dish after dish of phenomenal vegan comfort food: macaroni and cheese, braised greens, pesto and mushroom pasta, bean dips, smoothies, muffins and scones. As the other workshoppers and I dug into our plates, the food proved to us all that vegan food can be satisfying, diverse, delicious, and definitely not just a plate of raw veggies.

After the meal, Jamie launched into her in-depth presentation on the science behind a plant-based diet, right down to the types of protein that your body needs and where you can get them. As a dietitian, doctor of pharmacy, and Certified Diabetes Educator, Jamie knows the value of research, so her presentation is full of research-based information about how diet impacts your health. By the end of the night, you will have covered the basics (for those of you wondering “What does ‘vegan’ even mean?”), the science behind this approach to healthy eating, and ways to implement changes in your own diet to achieve that 95 percent for optimal health. Plus, you’ll have a belly full of delicious food, your own copy of the book and a five-year workbook to take home to use as a tool in your healthy eating journey. To sign up for the next workshop, which takes place on Wednesday, April 9 and costs $129 per person, visit

95 Percent Vegan Diet

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The FDA and other sources rate contamination of chemicals and pesticides in produce from highest to lowest. Among the highest are apples, peaches, bell peppers, celery, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, peas, spinach and potatoes. The lowest are broccoli, eggplant, cabbage, asparagus, banana, mango, avocado and onions.

But if you  have to choose between buying organic vegetables or organic animal products, the most important foods to purchase organically would be animal products first, then vegetable foods. organic eggsNon-organic meats will have up to five times more pesticides than non-organic vegetables, and butter can have up to 20 times more. Also, it is now common knowledge that non-organic dairy comes from cows treated with bovine growth hormones and antibiotics, all of which end up in their milk.

Furthermore, organic eggs from pastured chickens are far less likely to contain bacteria like salmonella, and the nutrients are significantly higher than in non-organic eggs.

Although buying organic foods can be costly, it is important to consider the payoff of good health versus a health care bill to treat the physical or mental dysfunctions that can result from eating contaminated foods for a lifetime.

- Marcia Williams, ND, CTN, MA

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month

I discovered Frownies Skin Care years ago when I was looking for a natural, non-invasive anti-wrinkle treatment. Frownies are designed to reduce wrinkles on your forehead, crow’s feet, eye wrinkles and marionette lines. Frownies These wrinkle patches work by holding the skin smooth and flat overnight, allowing the skin to relax and not repeat the movements that cause creases. It’s a temporary fix that works, and priced less than $20 per box, worth a try. The only downside is they are not invisible.

Pick them up at Whole Foods, Steinmart or Bed, Bath and Beyond stores. 


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