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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Dr. Mike Majmundar from Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery answers a reader’s question about rhinoplasty in teenagers.

Dr. Mike Majmundar from Northside Facial Cosmetic SurgeryQ: My teenage daughter has always been very self-conscious about her nose. Is she too young for a nose job?

A: We begin performing nose surgery (rhinoplasty) on female patients at the age of 14. It is the age that most young women are considered to be emotionally mature enough to be involved in the decision-making and to understand the risks. It is also the age that full mid-facial development is complete.

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Cool-Cat Pro headbandThe multi-functional Cool-Cat Pro can be a headband to keep your hair out of your face, a scarf to keep your neck warm while you run outside, or even a scrunchie. The invention of Atlantan Matt Womack, this colorful garment provides warmth against cooler temperatures, sweat absorption and more. It’s also wind-resistant and is made from 100 percent polyester microfiber. $19.99

Details: www.coolcatpro.com


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Baked Chicken PenneIngredients

  • 3-4 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 box of penne pasta (you can substitute for gluten free or whole wheat)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cub shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 T melted butter
  • 1 T blackened seasoning
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 T spaghetti seasoning* (you can use Italian seasoning as a substitute)

*(Make your own spaghetti seasoning by combining 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup dried minced onions, 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes, 4 t salt, 4 t sugar, 2 t garlic powder, 2 t oregano, 2 t basil and 1/4 t of dried thyme.)


  1. Preheat oven to broil. In a bowl, mix melted butter, mozzarella and bread crumbs. Mix well and set aside.  In a separate bowl, season chicken with blackening seasoning to taste and mix well.
  2. Pour oil into a sauté pan over medium heat. Place chicken in pan and cook until it is well done. While chicken is cooking, cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Add cooked chicken in with pasta.
  3. Sauté the onions over medium heat, and then add marinara sauce. Add the spaghetti seasoning and stir the sauce until it is bubbling hot.
  4. Pour the marinara sauce over the pasta and chicken and stir well. Pour the pasta mixture evenly into a casserole dish and sprinkle the cheese bread crumb mix on top.  Place dish in oven until the cheese topping begins to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Watch Chef Cristina Villafañe create this dish step-by-step on her YouTube cooking show Food and Whatever, or visit www.foodandwhatever.com

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Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia Retina answers a reader’s question about treating eye conditions with supplements.

Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia RetinaQ: I’ve heard that certain supplements can help prevent some debilitating eye conditions. Is that true?

A: The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) examined the effects of supplements such as zinc and antioxidants on patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders. This study tested these antioxidants to determine if they prevent the progression of these conditions, and results showed that although the supplements do not stop AMD from developing, they reduce the risk of vision loss by 19 percent. Talk with your doctor to see if this vitamin cocktail is right for you.

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

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Hang gliding at Lookout Mountain Hang GlidingAt Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, there’s no experience required to soar thousands of feet above the beautiful Georgia mountainside. Well, no experience required from you, that is. The trained pilots know exactly what they’re doing, and they’ll fly tandem with you so you can glide through the air stress-free. Just strap into your harness, and an ultralight airplane will tow your hang glider gently along behind. Another option is to start out with the introductory experience, a day-long introduction to hang gliding’s required skills. You start out in controlled, low flights, only five to 10 feet off the ground. By the end of the day, you and your instructor can fly side by side up to 3,000 feet in the air. $149

Details: Lookout Mountain Flight Park, 7201 Scenic Hwy, Rising Fawn, GA, www.hanglide.com

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental AtlantaEscape this wintery weather at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, where you can thaw out in a steam room, sauna or lap pool. Don’t miss out on one of their varied massage offerings like the Aroma Stone Massage, which uses heated stones and will warm you right up!

Details: 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 995-7500, www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

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Quick &  Easy Paleo Comfort FoodsLocal Atlanta residents and gym owners Julie and Charles Mayfield have taken their love of the Paleo diet and turned it into easy-to-follow recipes in their new cookbook, “Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 100+ Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes.” These veteran authors, who occasionally teach at Cook’s Warehouse, offer up more than 100 Paleo-approved, gluten-free recipes that are quick, easy and healthy. For a sneak peek at some of their recipes and an explanation of what following a Paleo diet can entail, check out their website at www.paleocomfortfoods.com.

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Institut’ DERMed‘s founder and CEO Lyn Ross is here to give you her best advice about holiday skin care.

Lyn Ross from Institut' DERMedQ: What is one way to help skin look its best for the upcoming holiday season?

A: Use an exfoliation technique to remove dead skin and allow fresh skin cells to surface, giving you a glow.

Q: What is the best way to keep skin healthy?

A: Have your skin professionally analyzed to determine the product ingredients that are targeted to your skin type and condition for twice daily home use.

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

A: Every skin care regime needs to include a corrective cleanser because skin looks better when it’s clean and clear, and makeup looks better on clean skin as well!

Q: What can you add to your diet to improve your skin from the inside out?

A: OHO organic olive oil is a source of fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflamatory substances that are necessary for proper functioning of the skin as an organ and of its cells.

Q: What is your favorite skin care treatment for that added glow?

A: Flash peels (light enzymes or acid peels performed in less than 30 minutes) are a quick and easy way to brighten skin tone without downtime.

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Fresh Harvest organic produce deliveriesFarmers markets and select supermarkets aren’t the only places to get fresh, organic produce; now, there’s Fresh Harvest. This produce delivery company partners with local organic farms to get vegetables directly from the farm to your table, making it easier than ever to support local farmers and get great tasting, healthy food. You can customize your bin online, and it will show up at your doorstep for no delivery fee. Starts at $27

Details: www.freshharvestdelivered.com

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