If you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated or you want to ramp up your marathon training with a literal change of pace, maybe joining a walking group is the solution.

The Metro Walkers of Atlanta focuses on walking for well-being and for race training, depending on your level. They have three different groups: beginner, intermediate and advanced, as well as two sessions.

The fall/winter session runs from September to mid-February. The program is $75 for six months, $135 for a full year.  Join by registering through www.active.com.

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Fox 5‘s Katie Beasley is here to give you her best advice on how to find more free time in your day.

What is the best strategy for making the most of the time you have each day?
Have a plan for every day. I have a 40-minute commute to work, and I use the time alone in my car to plan out my day and get my thoughts organized.

What is one way to gain an extra hour in the day?
Get up and go to bed one hour earlier. You’ll miss traffic and have extra time built in at the beginning of your day and in the evenings. DVR that favorite show for the weekend.

What is a mistake people make when planning their day?
Not checking the weather before you leave. Knowing what to expect and what to wear can change by the minute.

How can people make more free time in their week?
Making a daily or a weekly to do list can help keep you organized and help save you time when you’re running around.

What is the biggest time waster?
Traffic has to be the number one time waster. Many Atlanta commuters spend one hour a day in traffic. WAZE is a traffic app we promote that can save time and money.

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Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education is holding its second annual Healthy Living Day on September 8. Offering free dance classes of all types–ballet, hip hop, modern, African–and for all ages, this event will show families that being healthy and active doesn’t have to be expensive.

It will also include nutritional seminars and individual consultations with nutrition experts from the Centre for Dance Nutrition. The day ends with a performance from the modern dance group Wabi Sabi.

 

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Warm weather and lazy weekends may signal just the right time to get out of town and seek a new adventure. Take a trip to Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC this summer and enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the estate’s wine production in the new Vine to Wine tour. Offered every weekend through October, this tour brings wine drinkers of all ages (21 and older, of course) up close to the action, as guests take a trip through the vineyards, walk the production floor, and take a peek at the cellars.

The winery’s unique architecture may remind guests of a quaint old dairy barn because, well, it used to be one. Richard Morris Hunt, the architect for Biltmore House, originally designed and completed the home and barn in 1895. Years later, William A.V. Cecil, the grandson of Biltmore’s original owner George W. Vanderbilt, decided to convert the dairy barn into a winery to keep the estate self-sufficient.

The vineyard, established in 1971, opened to the public in 1985. It offers a wide variety of grapes, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, mroe than 250 tons of which are hand-picked annually for production. After the tour, Biltmore guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the local wine bar, or shopping and fine dining in the Antler Hill Village. The two hour and 15 minute tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 p.m. The tour is $85 per person.

 

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Atlanta doctors answer your questions.

Dr. Louis D. Cole from Cole Dermatology and Aesthetic Center answers a reader’s question about smoker’s lines:

Q: Is there any new treatment for fine lines around a woman’s mouth, which are sometimes referred to as smoker’s lines?

A: There is a new product on the market called Belotero. It is a unique HA (hyaluronic acid) dermal filler that allows trained physicians to effectively treat these lines with success. When coupled with a botulinum toxin A, such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, the results are very good.

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August is a great month to enjoy delicious summer squash from your local grocer or farmers market. This diverse veggie comes in four different forms: crookneck, zucchini (green and yellow), straightneck and scallop. No matter which one you choose, they are all high in vitamins C, A and niacin. Using your favorite variety, try this easy-to-make pasta meal that includes creamy white beans and a tangy dressing to finish it off.

Ingredients

1/2 lb. whole wheat farfalle or fusilli

4 small zucchini and/or yellow squash (about 1 lb.), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

1/4 cup Greek or Italian dressing

1 (15 oz.) can organic cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Method

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, arrange zucchini in the bottom of a large colander. To drain, pour pasta and its water over vegetables and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer contents of colander to a large bowl, add cheese, dressing and beans, and toss well. Serve warm or cold.

–Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

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You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding conventionally farmed versions of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This list shows the produce with the highest levels of pesticide residue, so these are most important to buy organic.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Sweet bell peppers
  7. Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Kale

–Courtesy of the Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org

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OFF Beat! is a unique fitness experience that pairs fun fitness classes with exciting local venues.

The best part about these monthly classes is that the venue and the type of exercise change – you could be doing yoga in an art gallery or Pilates on a rooftop. Besides getting your heart pumping, a portion of the proceeds from each event will go to a local charity.

www.brookhavenfitness.com, www.facebook.com/OFF-BEAT

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Whether you’re a whiz at the grill or simply looking to add some new spice to old dishes, the collection of new John Wayne Spice Rubs is sure to be helpful in the kitchen. Made with all natural seasonings that are kosher and gluten free, these rubs come in four zesty choices specifically for beef, chicken, pork, and barbecue. Try adding this spice to olive oil and brushing over meat, or season generously prior to grilling or roasting.

Details: Available at your local Publix or Fresh Market, www.fireandflavor.com

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See a dermatologist for changes in your skin or moles that have any of the following characteristics:

Asymmetric when a line is drawn through the center

Borders that are irregular or ragged

Color variation in the same mole

Diameter of more than 6 mm

Elevation or heaping up of a pre-existing mole

–Courtesy of www.cancer.org

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