Come out on Oct. 6 to celebrate local photographer Peter Doyle’s new book, “Breast Cancer Portraits: Wisdom From The Journey, at 
a Pink soiree brunch, from 
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This portrait book pairs photos of local breast cancer survivors with a personal note of wisdom. A portion of the proceeds from this book and ticket sales will go to local breast cancer organizations. Purchase the book at and the tickets at
Details: M. Rich Building, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA, (770) 846-9274,

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surfset fitnessSurfSET Fitness/Total-Body Surf Trainer and Shark Tank – This combines two of my favorite things. I discovered this new fitness trend on the television show, Shark Tank. This show is great because it features real entrepreneurs and inventors pitching their ideas to a group of savvy but shrewd investors (the Sharks). SurfSET Fitness was one of the ideas that was pitched and won a deal with investor Mark Cuban. Using a stand-alone surf board engineered to allow you to perform an array of exercises, the “rider” gets all the benefits of surfing, like core strengthening and improved balance, without being in the water.  
SurfSET Fitness Tour will be coming to Atlanta on Nov. 8. Check our Facebook page for more event details.

kirkland salmon filletsKirkland Salmon Fillets – If you would like to add more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, this is an easy, cost-effective way to do it. Super easy and cooks in less than 10 minutes, these flash-frozen Atlantic salmon fillets are absolutely delicious. Seven individually wrapped servings are $18.99.
Your local Costco,

ship and anchor pubKaraoke on Saturday nights in Sandy Springs – If you want to add some off-beat fun to your life, check out this odd mixture of an old English pub and sing-along karaoke. Often hosted by uniquely-styled DJs, it is quirky, funny and sometimes even really good. It is so much fun to see people forget their inhibitions and just sing for fun.
The Ship & Anchor Pub, 5975 Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA, (404) 256-3550

evos wrapEVOS – I love this healthy fast food place. There are plenty of health food options like veggie, turkey and salmon burgers, great salads, fruit smoothies and more.
Details: The Prado, Sandy Springs.

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atlanta streets alive festivalGet ready to run, walk, jump or dance your way down North Highland Avenue on Oct. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Atlanta Streets Alive! festival.

This event will give you and your friends and family two miles of freedom to enjoy outdoor activities such as soccer, yoga, Zumba and more. Get up and get out of your boring weekday routine.

North Highland Ave.,
 Atlanta, GA, (404) 811-1112,

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By Erin Cotter

If the changing role of women in the workplace and world are of interest to you, then sign up for the Womenetics Conference, happening on Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium. The title of this year’s conference is “Creating Effective Leadership for the 21st Century: Popular Culture and Positive Role Models for Women and Girls.” The discussions with revolve around ways to develop more positive role models for young women and girls in our society.

Womenetics has gathered an amazing group of inspiring women who have challenged the traditional women’s workplace roles. The presenters come from various backgrounds including media, arts, entertainment and business and all demonstrate the ideals that Womenetics seeks to encourage in younger women.

There will be many speakers of interest including Madeline Di Nonno, the Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute, Jean Kilbourne, author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, Edit Schlaffer, founder of Women without Borders, and Pola Changnon, vice president of on-air promotions and creative director of Turner Classic Movies. Don’t miss this inspiring event!

To register or for more information, go to or call (404) 816-7224.

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Get ready for Paint the Mall Pink, taking place at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb on October 4-7. Come out for a weekend of fun health-focused activities, live music, giveaways and more.

The festivities kick off with Girls Night Out on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Mall of Georgia and 5:30 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb.

Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA, (678) 482-8788, Town Center at Cobb, 400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA, (770) 424-0742

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

The Chelko Foundation will host its third annual art exhibition, Bodies as a Work of Art, consisting of local artists’ work articulated on the bodies of live models to benefit The Chelko Foundation’s Scholarship Fund for Women in the Arts and Jaden’s Ladder.

This year’s event will be held at the Pilot’s Country Club at Peachtree-Dekalb Airport (located at 2007 Flightway Drive) inside of an airplane hanger, Saturday, September 29 from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $100 and are available online at or by calling (770) 452-8619

The Chelko Foundation is a domestic, non-profit organization, created by artist Paul Chelko to empower women globally, honoring the life of his wife Debbie. For more information visit or

Jadden’s Ladder is a non-profit organization that assists survivors of domestic violence with life-enhancing programs and fosters self-reliance.

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s PINK issue will be hitting newsstands soon and there is plenty to be excited about!

Best Self Atlanta’s October issue focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pages are filled with inspiring stories, helpful advice, new ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness and more.

Don’t miss out on reading our special cover article featuring four incredible breast cancer survivors who share their journey and advice: STAR 94‘s Cindy Simmons, Dr. Kimberly C. Hutcherson of the Gwinnett Breast Cancer Center at Lawrenceville, Chef Nancy Waldeck and Angie Patterson of Georgia CORE.

The October issue will be filled with both fun and charitable events for Breast Cancer Awareness month, so see what’s happening around Atlanta in Best Self Atlanta’s special PINK issue.

For more information, check out our website at

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Take a Hike!
On September 29, pull out your hiking boots, pack a picnic and head to your closest Georgia state park to take advantage of Free Day in the Parks. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, all Georgia state parks will be offering free parking and admission from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Spend a portion of the day giving back to a park by participating in trail maintenance and lake cleanups, then enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, horseback riding, backpacking and paddling.

In total, Georgia has 58 state parks, but the closest ones to Atlanta include Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Sweetwater Creek State Park in Stockbridge and High Falls State Park in Jackson. Check the Georgia state parks website for information regarding the activities offered at each park.
For more details visit:

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Atlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Which is the best choice: in vitro fertilization or tubal reversal?

Susan Conway, MD of Georgia Reproductive Specialists: The decision between IVF and tubal reversal is highly complex and profoundly affected by the factors of age, cost and time, as well as the presence of other potential infertility problems. Each couple facing this decision must be assessed and counseled individually to ensure selection of the treatment option best suited for them. Under the right circumstances, either may be an excellent choice. In many instances, however, in vitro fertilization is the better option.

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Best Business: Stability Pilates and 
Physical Therapy of Atlanta

At Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy of Atlanta, Jessica Loncar, MS, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, incorporates Pilates into her physical therapy practice.

Jessica explains that Pilates develops muscular symmetry, provides resistance training, incorporates a mind-body connection and focuses on the deep core muscles while also strengthening and stretching the muscles of the extremities.

Pilates is beneficial because it simultaneously increases power and agility while minimizing risk of injury.

Stability Pilates and 
Physical Therapy of Atlanta
(404) 303-9153,

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