Healthy Living Day - By Kim Kenney, Courtesy of The Atlanta Ballet - BSA 0816

It can start with a few slips, like opting for fries instead of fresh fruit or skipping that spin class, and before you know it the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to create begin to lose their traction. Reinvigorate your passion for health at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Healthy Living Day on August 28. Get inspired with food demonstrations, healthy living and nutrition seminars, a book fair and performances by the Atlanta Ballet’s own Wabi Sabi.

Details: Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Boulevard NW Atlanta, GA 30318; centre.atlantaballet.com

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Pat Conroy - AJC Decatur Book Festival - BSA 0816

Literary heavy-weights will celebrate the life and works of Atlanta native and renowned author Pat Conroy on September 2 at the keynote event of the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by DeKalb Medical. Cassandra King Conroy and Rick Bragg, accompanied by friends and family, will share their favorite passages from Conroy’s works. A legend of late-20th-century Southern literature, Conroy penned, among many others, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, which were both developed into Oscar-nominated films.

Details: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University, 1700 North Decatur Road Atlanta, GA 30322; decaturbookfestival.com

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Don’t let those clanging weights at the new East Atlanta Barbell Club intimidate you.  Lead by USA Powerlifting Club Coach Lis Saunders, Savannah Weightlifting Team member Robert Hall, and local weightlifter Jim Chambers, the club provides a welcoming space for longtime lifters and those just getting started. They’ve settled into a great space and already plan future projects—including partnering this fall with physical therapist and movement specialist Lauren Polivka and her nonprofit, Lift with Passion, to launch a free strength-training program for young women.

Details: 530 Flat Shoals Rd., Atlanta, GA 30316; eastatlantabarbellclub.com

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh - BSA 0816

The latest exhibit to come to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta encourages kids to explore their emotions and the many ways of communicating them. “XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness” features interactive technology such as a voice tone analyzer, facial expression interpreter and sculpture that responds positively to hugs.  Visitors also have the chance to do hands-on activities, like creating their own “love tokens” to give to friends, and releasing negative emotions by writing them down on a piece of paper and then shredding it.

Details: Admission $14.95; 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313; childrensmuseumofatlanta.org

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Carol Martin - BSA 0816

Former model turned plastic surgery consultant Carol Martin knows a bit about beauty. After years of steering faces to beauty pros, Carol has created a new tool that puts the power of transformation in the hands of every woman. blendSMART™ is an automated rotating makeup brush system that features interchangeable heads for applying moisturizer, sunscreen, liquid foundation and even powder makeup, like blush and bronzer. Add this rotating brush into your beauty routine and take the guess work out of achieving seamless blending and flawless coverage.

Details: Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, wooskincareandcosmetics.com; Richie Arpino Salon, 326 Pharr Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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Refreshing Summer Drink

Fresh herbs enhance flavor and aroma without adding any fat or salt. Mint is a refreshing herb that flourishes during early summer. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life campaign suggests these cool ideas on hot summer days: Add mint leaves to water for an invigorating punch of flavor or chop mint leaves and sprinkle over cubed watermelon to make your melon pop.

Details: Strong4Life.com

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ClassPass.com - BSA 0816

A month into my ClassPass.com membership and I couldn’t be more pleased with the unlimited workout options. This brilliant fitness program accesses thousands of different Altanta area studios, classes and instructors via one membership. Try yoga, boxing, barre, cycling, even belly dancing, at a variety of locations. This model is ideal for commuters, busy executives and anyone who loves their neighborhood gym but wants to schedule a workout in another part of town. Rates start at $55/month for a 5-class pass, $100/month for 10 classes or $160/month for unlimited classes.The website and app are simple to navigate; locate classes by instructor, area, studio or interest.

Details: classpass.com

Use this link to start your membership with a $20 credit! class.ps/d1li4

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Maintaining a daily routine becomes an incredible challenge for breast cancer patients during their treatment. Ford Warriors in Pink launches its More Good Days initiative in an effort to lessen that burden. Understanding the needs can help us all be a part of an extended support network. Check out these facts and consider new ways to offer a boost.

Details: warriorsinpink.ford.com

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When Susan Jacobs-Meadows, director of the Canine CellMates program, answered a phone call from a “client,” she had an uneasy feeling. Her clients have spent time in the Fulton County Jail, and with Georgia’s recidivism rate of 43 percent within a three-year period (as reported by the Pew Research Center in 2004), she wasn’t wrong to be concerned. What she encountered instead was the voice of the other 57 percent.

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“I just want to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be in your program … for everything I learned … for everything you’ve done for me since I got out … for helping me believe I could live a life that had better choices and that I deserved more than I was giving myself,”said Orenthal. He explained to Susan that a former friend had recently been arrested in a large-scale drug bust … and he recognized that he could have been there too, had it not been for Canine CellMates.

Susan started the program after learning about similar efforts in other parts of the country and, by 2013, had developed this partnership in conjuction with Fulton County’s Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County Jail and Fulton County Animal Services in hopes of creating a lasting positive change in the inmates as part of an effort to reduce recidivism. For eight intensive weeks, select inmates are given the chance to educate, train and care for shelter dogs. The ultimate end goal of the program for the dogs is to help them pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test and find a welcoming home.

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The Canine CellMates program strives for a happy ending for both man and beast. Navigating the world as a convicted felon is no easy feat. Cellmates that display particular dedication to the program and achieve significant progress can, upon their release,“graduate” to an aftercare program by Canine CellMates, which assists them with housing, food and job placement through the support of caring volunteers.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of both inmate and aftercare portions of the Canine CellMates program. There are always opportunities to help with adoption coordination, dog fostering, dog transportation, community outreach, program coordinating, event planning and fundraising.

Details: caninecellmates.org

 

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DermaPeel - Medical Products - BSA 0816Medical-grade chemical peels have long offered patients great results—yet sometimes with side effects and a lengthy recovery time. Now, The Perfect Derma™ Peel layers on a powerful antioxidant, Glutathione, in a formula that applies quickly with glowing results in about a week.

Details: 4684 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30342; buckheadplasticsurgery.com

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