Whether you’re a runner, a volunteer handing out water, or a cheering spectator, the 2013 AJC Peachtree Road Race always makes July 4th a fun and memorable day in Atlanta! What began with a meager 110 runners all the way back in 1970 has grown over the years to the 60,000 it has today. Such a big race—one of the world’s largest 10k races, in fact—requires extra security, and the city of Atlanta has you covered.

Peachtree Road Race security has been increased by adding 30 new SWAT officers and bringing in bomb-sniffing dogs who will walk the route. With the Peachtree Road Race security increased, you can run the race with some peace of mind.

You can also run the race for a cause this year. The Atlanta Track Club has made a limited number of entries available to benefit some great charity partners, one of which is Kilometer Kids. Kilometer Kids is a fun and supportive running program that works to inspire youth to be healthy and fit. The special entries are $250 each, $215 of which will go directly to the charity of your choice—anything from Kilometer Kids to Ahimsa House to Cystic Fibrosis.

Don’t forget, leading up to the main event is the 2013 Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo which will include informational seminars on running and plenty of activities for the kids in the Family Fun Zone. The expo takes place from July 2-3 at the Georgia Wellness Congress Center.

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Sylvia E. Morris, MD, MPH of Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine answers readers’ questions

What should you do to get the most out of your meeting with the doctor?
In an increasingly complicated medical system, it is a good idea for patients to prepare for their appointments with the doctor. Planning ahead will help you become an informed and empowered patient. A strategy we would recommend to our patients would include writing out any questions the night before the appointment, and if patients are taking numerous medications, it’s useful to put prescription containers in a bag to bring along. This helps patients remember what they are taking, and the details on the containers give the doctor important information. If it is a critical visit, it’s advantageous to take someone along to be a second set of ears. If it is a first visit with a new physician, or if outside tests have been done, patients should be sure the health records arrive a week before the appointment. To avoid stress, patients should try to leave plenty of time to get to the doctor’s office, and a 20-minute buffer to fill out paperwork. Once the physician is in the examination room, it’s time to ask questions and to remember the only dumb question is the unasked question. Before leaving the office, it’s important to understand the treatment plan and how to take the medications, and be aware of any side effects. Finally, don’t forget to make the next appointment!

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Raise a Glass to Dad!

Part wine bar, part school, a night at Vino Venue is just what Dad needs to unwind while also learning about wines from different countries. Dad can sample wines and enjoy light bites. Or buy Dad his favorite bottle of red or white!

Details: 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA, (770) 668-0435, www.atlantawineschool.com

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Summer-Proof Your Hair
Take these steps to protect your locks

  1. Use a shampoo and conditioner that does not contain sodium chloride and is sulfate free – this will help reduce breakage and prevent hair from drying out.
    Example: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

  2. Try a leave-in conditioner spray – spray this on once a day to protect hair from UV rays. Example: D’Cinque Leave-in Spray

  3. Renew hair once a month, or as needed, with a deep conditioning treatment to restore hair and remove impurities.

Courtesy of Jodi Grieshop, master cosmetologist/owner of Shear Salon,

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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month
for June

The Meliã Hotel Atlanta and The Atlanta Braves have a special Grand Slam Getaway Package deal that is a wonderful gift idea for Dad! Father’s Day weekend is packed with home games for Dad to enjoy, so step up your game and add a stay downtown near the stadium.
For $229 you’ll get two club level tickets to a Braves game, $10 to spend on food or merchandise at the ballpark, access to the 755 club, a luxurious king or double room at Melia Hotel Atlanta, breakfast buffet for two and valet parking at the hotel.
(888) 741-8931.

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What is a rotator cuff tear of the shoulder?
The rotator cuff comprises of a group of four muscle tendon units that wrap around the shoulder joint. Most rotator cuff tears are caused by constant stress and wear from doing the same activity over and over. Rotator cuff tears may be partial or complete. Common symptoms include weakness, pain at night and pain that worsens with activities, especially when using one’s arm over one’s head. Partial tears may be treated by cortisone injections and physical therapy, while complete tears are usually treated with surgical repair.
Augustine Conduah, MD
DeKalb Medical Center

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Learn the tools to be a successful business leader and network with entrepreneurs at The Event Salon Inc.’s Power and Pinkstripes event on June 6 at 5 p.m. at Coze. Enjoy a pre-event mix and mingle and Power Panel Dialogue hosted by some of Atlanta’s prominent women business leaders. The tickets are $45 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Cool Girls Inc.

Details: 255 Trinity Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA,

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: What can I do to optimize my chance of spontaneous or “natural conception”?

Susan Conway, MD of Georgia Reproductive Specialists says: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (good nutrition, exercise and avoiding tobacco) is essential. Frequent intercourse (every one to three days) during the six-day fertile window preceding ovulation offers the best chance of success. Specific timing or positions makes no difference, nor does light alcohol or caffeine consumption. The most important thing to remember is that fertility decreases significantly with advancing age. Make sure to see a reproductive endocrinologist if you’re a women over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than six months.

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Join Over 40 & Fabulous! contest cover winner Kim Vaughn and the Atlanta support group of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation at the 6th Annual Sip for Sjögren’s. This fine water tasting event will take place on Sunday June 2 from 3– 5p.m. at Nelson Mullins in Atlantic Station.

Guests will have the chance to sample some unique bottled water from around the world, enjoy light refreshments and learn about Sjögren’s syndrome.  Tickets are $25 each or $40 for two. There will a large silent auction with over 100 gifts and prizes donated by businesses from around Atlanta.

The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Sjögren’s syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the moisture-producing glands.  As many as 4,000,000 Americans are afflicted with it and there is no known cure.

For more information please visit www.sjogrens.org 

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Winners of Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s Over 40 & Fabulous! Contest as well as supporters and friends turned out en masse to celebrate at 3 Sheets in Sandy Springs.

The top 10 winners are Maryclaire Andres, Dr. Leslie Gray, Dr. Neil Cooper, Ursula Lentine, Doug Barron, Kim Vaughn, Mary Pompeo Williams, Sean O’Keefe, Kitsy Rose and Ann Marie Weeks. Many of the past year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners also attended the party.

The overall cover contest winner was kept a secret and revealed at the party. The winner with the most votes was Kim Vaughn. Kim is a professional model as well as an image and pageant consultant who has coached numerous local, state, and national title winners. She also served as a national spokesperson for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation.

Read more about all the wonderful winners of this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest in the new June issue on stands this week. Make sure to check back on our Facebook page for photos from the party!

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