Atlanta’s Ahimsa House is hosting their second annual Walk, Wag N’ Run at Lenox Park on August 24.

This great event has something for everyone: Concerned about animal cruelty? Ahimsa House works to protect animals who are victims of domestic abuse. Want to help human abuse victims? Ahimsa House helps animals and their humans reach safety together. Want to bond with your dog in a social setting for both of you? There will be plenty of particpants, two legged and four, out at the park on that day. Just want to exercise a bit and get a T-shirt? This is an opportunity to do that while helping a great cause.

Whatever your motivation,more than 80 percent of your registration fee and donation money goes directly to supporting the animals. If you want, you can even become an individual sponsor by purchasing a $100 “Junior Showman” sponsorship to make a big difference in many animals’ lives.

“Early bird” registration for the 5K portion is open through August 17, but you are welcome to register on the day of the Walk, Wag N’ Run as well. Arrive early so you and your team can warm up and try for the $100 “Fastest Team” prize! If speed isn’t your thing, you can also win a $100 prize for having the most creative team name or a whopping $250 for having the biggest team, so round up and register all your dog-park-going buddies. There will also be awards for the top male and female finishers in nine different age groups, as well as awards for the first three dogs who cross the finish line.

Make sure you have all your dogs on a non-retractable leash and have them up to date on their shots, and be there for the 7:30 start time for the 5K. The 1-mile fun run begins at 8:45. Plan now to come support Ahimsa House at the Walk, Wag N’ Run!


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Ask yourself these easy questions to find out if dental issues are causing your migraine pain.

  • Do you wake up with sore or painful jaw muscles?
  • Are your headaches often in the areas of the temples and/or back of the neck? 
  • Do you have pain in the upper shoulder area? 
  • Do you have a sensation that your bite doesn’t feel right or your bite changes?
  • Have you ever heard a clicking/grinding sound in your jaw joint?
  • Do you ever have pain or discomfort while chewing, especially gum?

If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these symptoms, you should think about getting a comprehensive oral health evaluation to determine whether a tooth problem is the root cause of your head pain.

–Courtesy of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,

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Lisa Stein of LA Stein Jewelry gives her best advice for looking 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake people make that ages them?

I see women wear too much makeup. Also, occasionally they wear the wrong length skirt; it’s either too short or too long.

What is a simple way to look 10 years younger?

Having another birthday does not mean you should lose the desire to experiment and have fun with the way you dress, but in general, less is more. Make any outfit a little more youthful with classic hand-forged gold and diamond hoops.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” –George Bernard Shaw

What is the secret for looking great at any age?

Celebrate life. Live a happy life both physically and emotionally. Embrace the wisdom that comes with age–it beats the heck out of the alternative.

What are three activities people can do to stay young?

Stay out of the sun, stay fit and maintain close relationships with family and friends. Nothing is as important as the support of your posse.

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Dr. Dina Giesler from Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is here to give you her best advice on how to look 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake you see people make that ages them?

They smoke, and drink in excess, and this can lead to discoloration of the teeth. Smokers tend to look 10 years older than someone who doesn’t smoke, and we know it may take 10 years off your life span. Keep your face covered up in the sun with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

What is a simple way someone can look 10 years younger?

I recommend getting your teeth cosmetically enhanced to help you achieve a more natural and younger look. Some enhancements can include whitening, straightening, bonding or veneering.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“You are what you eat.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

What do you think is the secret for looking great at any age?

There are several things you can do to look great like exercising, taking care of your skin, eating raw food, getting your minerals, plenty of sleep and bioidentical hormone treatments. Also, do everything in moderation.

 What are three activities people can do to stay young?

Exercise, eat a raw diet including JUICE PLUS and supplements, and dance!

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VOICE Today, a group dedicated to raising awareness about and preventing child sexual abuse, is holding their first annual Legacy Ball on Saturday, August 17. This black-tie charity event benefits VOICE Today and coincides with the organization’s fifth anniversary.

One of the honored guests at this event is 11-year-old Breann Hill, who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather. She bravely told her parents, and they responded with full support by confronting Breann’s grandfather and holding him responsible for his actions. Her example shows that it’s crucial for families to have an open dialogue about sexual assault so that children can know what to watch out for and know when to speak up to a trusted adult.

The Legacy Ball on August 17 will raise significant funds for awareness, prevention, and healing programs related to sexual abuse. And the event can’t come soon enough–did you know one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthdays? Mark your calendar and attend VOICE Today’s Legacy Ball to help bring down these staggering statistics.


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Atlanta’s annual tennis tournament, the BB&T Atlanta Open, returns this week to Atlantic Station.

In addition to the regular tennis matches, this year’s BB&T Atlanta Open will include special events like the Brodown Showdown on July 22, where sets of brothers play doubles exhibition matches for bragging rights. A few days later on July 25, don’t miss the Clos du Bois Barrels to Balls event which features wine tastings, lessons on wine and food pairings, and tips about selecting the right wine at a restaurant.

Before all that fun begins, make sure you save the date, July 20, for the Tennis Night on the Town which kicks off the whole week. This charity event raises money for youth tennis programs at YMCAs across Atlanta and includes a silent auction, signature cocktails, special music, and the chance to mingle with tennis pros!

Don’t miss the fun events happening all week with the BB&T Atlanta Open. For more information, check out their website:

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Mishael Porembski founded Team HOT Widow in Atlanta after she became a widow in April of 2007. She sought support to help her through a difficult time but had trouble finding the right support group for her, so she created one. She turned her tragic experience into hope for other women in her community by founding this organization dedicated to “helping widows become Healthy, Optimistic, and Thriving (HOT) through the pursuit of a common goal.”

L-R: Dana Greene, Sandra Karem, Blair Andrews, Stacy Flood, Mischael Porembski, Natalie Simons, Marni Ratner, Tonya Pringle, Tara McLain

Here’s a Q & A with Mischael about her experience:

How has creating Team HOT Widow changed your life?

It has changed my life for the better! Now I have a posse of women who understand my journey. Being a widow, especially with children, can feel very isolating. I really needed to find other active widows who understood what I was going through. I went to area grief groups, which I found quite helpful. Though being an active person, I really wanted to find an adventurous, health-centric, outdoor-oriented support group. I couldn’t find one, so I put one together. Actually, being a part of this group has been a great part of my own healing journey.

What is the best part about being a HOT Widow?
The knowledge that I am not alone and that life together can be fun! When I first became a widow, I felt so overwhelmed and exhausted that I forgot to take care of myself. The mission of Team HOT Widow is to empower widows and their families to craft a life they love.

When is your next event? And how can others get involved?
We enjoy fun outdoor activities together like hiking, zip-lining and white water rafting. You can find our schedule of events by visiting our website at

By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

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Playing golf improves your overall health, which is good news for all you golfing guys out there. Here’s how to get fit and healthy with golf:

Take the next step. Health experts say that taking 10,000 steps per day – the equivalent of 18 holes of golf or five miles – will improve overall fitness.

Feel the burn. The total caloric expenditure for an 18-hole round is approximately 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs, versus only 1,300 calories when riding in a cart.

Soak up the sun. When you are out playing a game of golf on a beautiful day, you get an adequate dose of vitamin D, which is essential for building strong bones and good overall health.

–Courtesy of

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Hair stylist Scott Farmer from Atlanta’s William David Salon is here to give you his best advice on how to look 10 years younger.

What is a common mistake you see people make that ages them?

Choosing a hair color that is too dark. As we age, skin tones change and a lighter, softer color that complements the skin works best. Over-processing the hair is also a quick way of aging yourself. Always have a professional stylist perform your color service versus using an at-home hair color product, which is higher in ammonia. Also, overlapping the color will over-process and deplete your hair of proteins, thus causing damage and a dull luster over time.

What is a simple way someone can look 10 years younger?

Adding highlights around the face is a great solution. This brightens the face and complements skin tone, giving a much more youthful appearance.

What is your favorite quote about staying young?

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha

What is the secret for looking great at any age?

Surround yourself with things that make you happy, find the beauty within yourself and be confident.

What are three activities people can do to stay young?

Exercise every day, eat healthy and enjoy your life!

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Add a savory punch to chicken, fish or your morning toast with Banner Butter. An Atlanta-made spread, it’s made by using cream from hormone-free, pasture grazing cows and locally sourced ingredients like basil, cinnamon, and ginger.

Banner Butter is the idea of Andrew McBath, who wanted to create an all-natural food item made with high-quality ingredients that everyone could enjoy. He partnered with a local Atlanta chef to help him develop the different recipes, and the rest is history. Choose from balsamic fig and caramelized onion, chili lime cilantro, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, roasted garlic, basil and parsley, and strawberry mint. Banner Butter is available at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and The Mercantile.


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