Citizens of Cobb County, being active and healthy this summer may benefit more than just your health! Cobb2020 is holding a social media contest that allows you to show off your favorite fitness routine. Do you love to hike, mountain bike or swim? Just snap a photo and send it to Cobb2020 for your chance to win a weekly prize. 

Cobb2020The Cobb2020 Partnership is comprised of several organizations and individuals who are dedicated to helping the residents of Cobb Country live healthy lifestyles. Cobb2020 is also responsible for the delivery of essential health services in Cobb County. Cobb2020 is made possible through the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The summer fitness contest kicked off on June 16 and runs until July 31. Here is how you can enter: 

• Post a picture on Cobb2020’s Facebook or Twitter page showing a healthy workout (running, biking, hiking) or even a great workout at the gym 
• Use the hashtag #GetActiveCobb2020 on Facebook or Twitter 

Cobb2020Cobb2020 will be choosing winners randomly each week for a $10 gift card to Amazon.
There is no limit to how involved you can get—participants can enter as many times as they would like. 

There is no time like the present to get yourself, your family and your friends living a healthy lifestyle. So get outside and start snapping those pictures! 

For more information on the #GetActiveCobb2020 contest, visit





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Guest blogger Diana Hofsommer, development director for Camp Horizon, details how being a summer camp counselor can positively impact the life of a child. 

If you could positively change the life of one child in only one week, would you? Camp Horizon is recruiting male volunteers over age 18 for a mentoring Summer Camp program this July 12 through 18. Since 1982, Camp Horizon has impacted hundreds of Metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable children living in foster care. Camp Horizon

The overnight camp takes place in Rutledge, GA, at Camp Twin Lakes. Through a partnership with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and private foster care placement agencies, each child, aged 8 to 11, is matched with one adult mentor for an entire, life-changing week. No special skills are needed. Willingness to have fun is mandatory.

Swimming, biking, horseback riding and arts and crafts, among other things, offer campers opportunities to learn new skills and succeed. Daily self-esteem classes tackle tough topics like self-awareness, feelings, anger management, safety, and affirmation through role playing, games and puppet shows.

During the week, trust builds and friendships evolve. Many positive changes are visible within only a few days, and in time, campers begin to experience the world in a new way. Summer Camp provides campers a chance to see what is possible for themselves, not only in just one week, but in a lifetime. This is a powerful tool for victims of trauma. Camp Horizon is a place where children in foster care can just be “regular kids” and where they can be free to play and heal.Camp Horizon

Over the last eight years, I’ve mentored three little girls. I was able to help them learn to swim, ride a bike and face new challenges. I watched and cheered as they stumbled and got back up again. For many of our campers, there is no person in their lives to fill that role. For others, we represent supplemental support, which all children need and deserve to thrive, regardless of what hand they were dealt in life.

Camp Horizon’s mission is to restore dignity and hope to children, teens and young adults who have been abused and neglected, empowering them to make good decisions and lead healthy, productive lives.

Camp Horizon offers continuity year-round for campers who graduate into successive programs. At age 12, campers join the Leadership Development Program (LDP), where there is greater focus on peer interaction, group activities, life skills and community service. At age 18, they graduate into the Camp Horizon Adult Mentoring Program (CHAMPs), where dedicated mentors help guide their transition into young adulthood. Year-round outings provide further stability and consistency to deserving kids, many of whom lack this elsewhere in their lives. All programs are provided at no cost.

Camp Horizon This year, Camp Horizon has a waiting list for 40 boys and girls, but we still need three to five more men to volunteer as counselors. Being short on male counselors means that we will have to turn that many boys away from a life-changing experience.

What are you doing July 12 through 18? Volunteering with Camp Horizon might be the best week of your year.

For more information about Summer Camp and/or year-round volunteer opportunities call our program director Lea Levine at 770-891-6082 or email her at 

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As early as your 20s and 30s, gravity, sun damage and other elements of aging begin taking their toll on your neck. No matter how much time has passed, restore some of that youthful look through these treatments recommended by Atlanta’s expert plastic surgeons and aestheticians.

Youthful neck

  • Bipolar Radiofrequency (RF) – RF can be used for clients off all skin types and colors to tighten loose skin of the jawline and neck without surgery. An electric current runs between two electrodes placed on the skin, heating up the tissue and stimulating dermal collagen. After several treatments, costing $237 to $385, you can help maintain results by applying topical serums at home such as A+ serum and Vital C Serum. Available at: Institut’ DERMed, 3726 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA,

- Information provided by Lyn Ross, LME, Founder of Institut’DERMed


  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) & Micro Vein Laser – These light and laser treatments remove unwanted sun damage on the neck like brown spots and redness. The skin may be pink for about one day after either procedure. Revision’s FDA-approved Nectifirm works well for at-home maintenance and further repair of loose, pigmented neck tissue. Depending on which laser procedure you choose, the cost may be anywhere from $125 to $1200. Available at: Bella by Alethea, 4603 Wieuca Road, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Alethea Tinkle, medical aesthetician 

  • SkinPen Microneedling – Microneedling creates precise micro-injuries to the skin, which trigger the body to dissolve damaged tissue and replace it with new cells, resulting in sun damage reversal and acne scar improvement. The procedure costs $300 for the face and neck. Your skin may have slight redness for two to four days, and your skin’s natural repair process will make the final result visible in three to six months. Be sure to wear sunblock and use a good antioxidant serum to prevent further damage. Available at: Nirvana Med Spa, 4380 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA, 

- Information provided by Sharilyn Berg, medical aesthetician and certified laser specialist 

  • Ultherapy – This one-time, permanent treatment is ideal for anyone age 35 to 80 with mild to moderate laxity of skin. Ultherapy uses FDA-indicated ultrasound technology for a full face and neck lift, and it works on all skin types. With no significant downtime, patients will see results anywhere from immediately to three months post-procedure. A full neck treatment, which excludes the lower jaw, begins at $2,700. Available at: Harley Anti-Aging, 2678 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Sharon Bent-Harley, MD, board-certified OB/GYN and owner of Harley Anti-Aging Institute  

  • Exilis - This non-invasive, FDA-approved Exilis device uses a computer to deliver controlled heat to the skin, which stimulates collagen and smooths wrinkles. With no significant side effects, the recommended care afterward is simply to increase your water intake and engage in some light exercise like walking. Four to six sessions cost $1499. Available at: Youthtopia Medspa, 3665 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA, 

 - Information provided by Marla Brown, owner of Youthopia Medspa 

  • Surgical Neck Lift - To contour and eliminate loose skin and muscle problems like vertical bands, this procedure begins with incisions beneath the chin, behind the ears and sometimes along the front of the ear. The surgeon elevates the skin, repairs the vertical bands, trims excess skin if necessary and can even remove  excess fat. Downtime ranges from a few days to a week, while swelling and bruising resolve and stitches are removed or absorbed. The cost of this procedure varies based on the costs of the operating room, anesthesia and the surgeon. Available at: Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2500 Hospital Blvd., Suite 410, Roswell, GA,  

-Information provided by Asaf Yalif, MD, FACS, founder of Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Platysmaplasty - This surgery is less invasive than a full neck lift, since it is accomplished via a small incision under the chin, but it still successfully tightens a sagging neck and jawline. It can be performed under twilight or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference, and patients are back to normal activities after two days to a week. The cost is approximately $2,900, and the procedure is often combines with other contouring procedures like facial liposuction or a chin implant. Available at: The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Brian Maloney, MD, FACS, founder of The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 

Don’t Rick your neck! No matter what procedure you choose, make sure your provider is licensed or certified in their discipline.
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Dr. Chris Bergstrom from Emory Eye Center answers a reader’s question about age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Chris Bergstrom

Q: What is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and are there any new treatments out there that can help?

A: AMD is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in patients over 65. It is classified in two forms, dry or wet AMD. The only proven treatment for dry AMD is antioxidant/mineral supplements. Treatment of the wet for primarily involves injections into the eye to inhibit the growth and leakage of new blood vessels growing under the macula. For patients with severe vision loss, the FDA has recently approved an implantable miniature telescope (IMT) as part of a treatment plan called CentraSight. The telescope is implanted into the eye at the time of cataract surgery and magnifies images for the patient.

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The scoop on what’s new around town 

Time for Ten Pin 

The Painted Pin


The Spence‘s general manager Justin Amick recently launched The Painted Pin, a bowling alley that combines entertainment and upscale hospitality. The menu offers everything from tacos and wood-fired pizzas to craft beer and artisanal wine. Plus, The Painted Pin offers personalized lane-side ball and shoe delivery to their 20 full-services bowling lanes. And if bowling isn’t up your alley, you can still enjoy the fun vibe by playing bocce ball, table shuffleboard or ping pong.

Details: 737 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta, GA, 

Get the Glow 

Oh She Glows Cookbook

Even in the heat of summer, there are better ways to get a glow than by tanning. Try cooking and eating wholesome meals like those found in Angela Liddon’s “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out.” When you read each recipe, from main dishes to hearty snacks, you’ll feel like Liddon is standing with you in the kitchen giving her tried and true tips. Liddon even give you a thorough look at her pantry items and kitchen tools, so you’ll be well stocked and equipped to create and enjoy each vegan meal she mentions.


Ditch your Duffle 

Fivesse Fitness Bags

Running between home, work and the gym? No problem. Atlanta resident Nancy Apatov has started the Fivesse line of fitness bags specifically tailored to women on the go. With a sophisticated silhouette and labeled compartments to protect your work clothes, gym clothes, toiletries and shoes, these bags will keep you organized and neat despite a busy schedule. Starting at $64.


Mom Knows Best

Baby Pibu

Moms know babies have delicate skin, and dermatologists know it too. Atlanta-based doctor Amy Kim happens to play both roles, so she developed the skincare line Baby Pibu to share knowledge and high-quality products with other parents. Baby Pibu’s Newborn Essentials Skincare Kit features 10 organic, FDA-approved products to pamper babies’ skin. This kit goes above and beyond by including step-by-step instructions and physician tips on infant skincare. $90.


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Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Robert Gerstenecker is here to give you his best advice about how to have your own garden.

Robert Gerstenecker

Q: How should a first-time gardener begin?

A: Building raised garden beds and getting organic soil can be expensive, so start small and add a little every year. Observe the location of the garden plan for one year and see if it gets enough sun, if it has good drainage or if it floods when it rains.

Q: How can someone garden in a small space? 

A: You do not need to have acreage to have a garden. At Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, we have eight 12-by-12 planters on the roof that were used for ornamental shrubs, but we have re-purposed them to grow vegetables and herbs. Last year we harvested 300 pounds of sweet potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, mint, thyme, bay, tomatoes, and the list goes on.

Q: How can seasoned gardeners revamp their garden this year?

A: The best way to enrich a garden is to compost vegetable matter and reintroduce this compost into the garden on a yearly basis.

Q: What plants are the easiest to use in home cooking?

A: Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and scallions are easy to use, and all the soft herbs like chives, tarragon, cilantro, basil and oregano are great for introducing flavor. Sometimes people do not cook with greens like chard and mustard greens as they need a bit more preparation and technique to cook, but they are well worth the effort.


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Dr. Laura M. Beaty from PartnerMD Concierge Physician answers a reader’s question about how much sleep we really need. Dr. Laura Beaty Q: How much sleep do I need?  A: While sleep needs vary, most adults require between seven and nine hours to perform their best each day. Not getting enough sleep can mimic symptoms of ADD. You will notice that your ability to concentrate and remember information is dramatically reduced. This will decrease your productivity in whatever you try to accomplish. Over time, as your sleep debt  accumulates, you also increase your risk for heart disease and motor vehicle accidents. Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to 

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The Atlanta Moon Ride is back and better than ever! Now in its second year, the 6.5-mile after-dark bike ride is set for tomorrow, Friday the 13th at 10 p.m. The ride will take participants through some of the city’s most unique neighborhoods, including Little Five Points and Midtown, on a safe and traffic-free route.

Atlanta Moon Ride

The nighttime ride starts and ends at Park Tavern, where there will be a pre-party starting at 7 p.m. and an after-party lasting until 2 a.m.

All proceeds from the Atlanta Moon Ride will go toward Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides an all-expense paid five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Bert Weiss, of The Bert Show, and his wife, Stacey, started the organization in 2003 when they took seven children and their families to Walt Disney World for the first time.

Last year’s ride brought more than 800 people together for a fun evening, and this year the event promises to be even bigger and better with new partnerships, riders in fun costumes and a full moon. This year’s new partnerships include Bicycle Tours of Atlanta and Atlanta Beltline Bicycle who will be offering on-site bicycle rentals for $25 on the night of the ride. Rentals are based on a first come, first served basis through the registration process.

Atlanta Moon Ride Riders

Riders from last years event.

The Atlanta Moon Ride has also partnered with Sopo Bicycle Cooperative, a nonprofit, community-based bike repair shop in Grant Park. Through Sopo, riders can donate used bikes after the race for a chance to win a brand new ride from Peachtree Bikes.

Register today for $30 to support a great cause while having an awesome Friday the 13th nighttime ride through the city!


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Compostwheels’ founder and CCO (Chief Composting Officer) David Paull is here to give you his best advice about all thing compost.

David Paull

Q: What exactly is compost? 

A: Composting is the decomposition of organic materials into a dark humus-like material that, when added to your garden, will enrich your soil. In active composting, we combine carbon materials (leaves, wood chips, etc.) with nitrogen (produce waste, coffee grounds, etc.). Then we actively turn the mix to help the process of decomposing. It is just like magic.

Q: How should a first-time composter begin? 

A: Begin with a small compost pole from your kitchen scraps and collected leaves.

Q: How can someone compost in a small space? 

A: Apartment dwellers can compost using tumblers, bokashi composters or services like Compostwheels.

Q: How can gardeners tell if their soil is healthy? 

A: Take a closer look at your garden – are birds finding more interest in your soil than in your fruits and vegetables? If so, your soil is teeming with life and its microbial network is in harmony.

Q: What are some ideas to get kids involved in gardening?

A: Children love to touch and feel things, and gardening is a tactile experience. Teach them how to pull up a weed and how to put seeds in the ground. You can also set aside a section of your garden that is your child’s, which will encourage responsibility and stewardship.

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From May 30 to June 1, Atlanta’s very own Chef Jamie Adams, of Veni Vidi Vici,  embarked on the inaugural Chefs on Bikes ride to raise money for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Chefs on Bikes was a 300 mile, 3-day ride that took a group of chefs from New York City to Washington, D.C. Chef Jamie was joined by Chefs Jason Roberts, of ABC’s “The Chew,” Allan Ng and Ryan Hux, both of Shake Shack and the creators of the ride, and a number of other chefs.  Chef Jamie has been an avid cyclist for years and usually competes in up to eight centuries each year.  Best Self was able to catch up with him after the ride to learn more about his passion for cycling, how he prepared for the ride and how he gives back to his community.

Chef Jamie Chefs on Bikes

Q: What initially drew you to the Chefs on Bikes event?

A: Chef Pano (executive chef of Kyma) saw an email about the event and contacted me to see if I was interested and after careful consideration of about 1.5 seconds I said yes.

Q: How long have you been cycling?

A: I started cycling when I was in high school (I graduated in 1977) and my brother and I took a 4 month cycling tour through Europe in 1981. At the end of our trip, we had just arrived in Ireland from Wales and our bikes were stolen! I really did not get back onto a bike until 2002, about a year after having quadruple bypass surgery. I have been pretty fanatical ever since.

Q: How do you train for an event like this?

A: Fortunately, when I found out about the event, I was already in pretty good shape, having completed 2 full centuries (100 mile rides) and plenty of miles. What I had not done, however, was back to back centuries, so in the 2 weeks prior to the event I was able to do a couple of consecutive 50 mile rides which helped considerably. My legs were not my concern, but preventing saddle sores was, so I was able to build up my defenses in that “area.” Overall the best preparation is putting in the miles to build up endurance.Chef Jamie Chefs on Bikes

Q: How challenging, mentally and physically, was the ride?

A:  Every time you ride 100 miles you face physical challenges. Your back hurts or your legs feel like someone put lead in them, your backside hurts and so on, but cycling is all about facing down the pain and discomfort and that’s where the mental challenge lies. This ride was no different, but with the longer distance, you have to be careful to manage your effort by staying in a zone that is neither too hard nor too slow. If you go out of the gate guns a’blazing, you don’t have any reserves, and if you go too slowly, you start counting miles and you go stir-crazy.

Q: How long have you been involved in the No Kid Hungry campaign?

A: I have participated in 23 consecutive “Taste of the Nation” events, the SOS fundraising gala and over the years cooked in many homes with many different teams of chefs, so for quite a long time. The NKH program of SOS has been around since around 2008, so I have been involved since the beginning.Chef Jamie Chefs on Bikes

Q: How much were you and the other chefs able to raise for this year’s event?

A: The event’s goal is $25,000, and at this writing it has reached $23,000. My personal goal was $5,000 and I have now reached $5,555, and it still keeps going up!

Q: Where is your favorite place to cycle in or around Atlanta?

A: By far up in the mountains outside of Dahlonega, “The Gaps.” I love to climb and I also love to descend and it is so beautiful up there at all times of the year. Our group goes up there once a month and in the warmer months a little more to ride all of the variations of the famous six Gaps: Neels, Jacks, Unicoi, Hogpen, Wolfpen and Woody. I live in Johns Creek so I also ride up to Lake Lanier pretty often, by several different routes.

Q: Where do you go in Atlanta to get your cycling gear?

A: CycleWorks of Roswell on Holcomb Bridge Road. It’s a great shop with great people. Jan, Mike and Tiffany are the best!

Q: What is your advice to people who are interested in cycling or who are just beginning?

A: First of all, it has to be fun. Everyone has different goals or expectations, but it should be about enjoying what you are doing. There are many types of cycling, so find the mode that fits you best, be it getting on your bike for a couple of miles every few days, mountain biking, group rides or a daily commute. Find what you enjoy and go out and ride!

Q: Do you plan on participating in Chefs on Bikes in future years?

A: Absolutely. My longtime dream to ride my bike across America may be realized sooner than I thought! Stay tuned…

To donate to the Chefs on Bikes cause for No Kid Hungry, click here. Follow Chef Jamie’s future cycling adventures on Twitter (@VeniVidiViciATL) and Facebook (Veni Vidi Vici Restaurant.

And to learn more about the future of cycling in Atlanta, check out our June feature article, Time to Ride. 

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