By Krysta Wilkins

Atlanta’s most popular music festival, Music Midtown, is returning this fall and has finally announced the concert lineup and will feature Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam as their headlining artists. Other chart-topping artists such as T.I. and The Avett Brothers along with others are to perform for this two-day event. Artists Garbage, Neon Trees and Adam Ant will also perform.

In addition, the weekend will feature music of various genres, event activities, food, and ample space for music fans to rock out. Head over to Music Midtown to check out package ticket deals and prices and the concert lineup and schedule.
The 2012 Music Midtown schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 21
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Van Hunt 5:15 – 6:16 p.m. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
6:15 – 7:30 p.m. T.I. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Avett Brothers
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Foo Fighters

Saturday, September 22
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. O’Brother
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Civil Twilight 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. LP
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Garbage 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Adam Ant
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Ludacris 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Neon Trees
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Florence + The Machine 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Girl Talk
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Pearl Jam

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By Intisar Seraaj

Ever wanted Madonna’s killer arms or rock-hard abs? Well, grab a towel and water bottle, and get ready to sweat with Hard Candy Fitness’s DVD series “Addicted to Sweat,” which was created and co-designed by Madonna and her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer.

Winhoffer spoke with Best Self Atlanta about this new exercise program:

How similar are the “Addicted to Sweat” workouts to workouts you do with Madonna?
Madonna’s uses many of these workouts to keep in the best shape possible for the intense two hours of cardio that the MDNA show involves.

What advice would you give to someone just starting an exercise regime?
Know where you are and where you are going. What do you want?  What do you want to change? Continually ask yourself questions and probe until you define what you want out of your body. Know that anything is possible.

Commit. Once you start something, follow through, and finish. People often get discouraged when they don’t see results right away. The time you put in is what you get back. The beauty of the Hard Candy DVD’s is that you see the end result on film. The level is high, but attainable. When starting, you will assess where you are, work toward achieving the program, and will see results. Be patient, and if you can’t do something right away, pause the DVD, take a moment, and practice a couple times.

What do you believe is the key behind successfully maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
Exercising at least six days a week, teaching your body something new, doing the same thing garners the same results and setting goals. Having a positive attitude: this is the seed that determines your outcome and your life. Eating healthfully. This means knowing what your body needs (specifically to you) and answering it.  Food is fuel.  Results don’t come from just exercising.  The fuel you put in your body is the gas that drives your car and revs your engine. Alcohol slows down your metabolism. Cutting it out of your diet will make a difference in aesthetic and performance. There are no limits. The human body is an amazing thing. Reach for the stars and believe in yourself. Only you answer to yourself.

How do you personally like to stay fit and active?
Fitness is a huge part of my life, as is dance, art, music and fashion. I love the idea of fitness as an art form and I am always using each of these components as inspiration when creating new workouts.

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2UMedical brings the convenience of healthcare services right to your door step. This unique business offers basic medical care, cosmetic specialty services, weight loss support and wellness visits.

2UMedical’s team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants will treat you in the privacy of your home, office or hotel room and treat what ails you. Medical visits begin at $175.

(404) 858-3834,

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October is just around the corner and Best Self Atlanta Magazine is excited to announce “THE PINK ISSUE” which will hit the streets October 1st.

Make sure to pick up a copy of Best Self Atlanta’s October “PINK” issue which will focus on all things related to women’s health and wellness. Plus get an insider look at four amazing breast cancer survivors as they navigate their journey from diagnosis to recovery.

Best Self Atlanta talked with survivors, Cindy Simmons, host of the Star 94 morning show, Angie Patterson, director of Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Dr. Kimberly C. Hutcherson, director of Breast Imaging and Intervention at Gwinnett Breast Center – Lawrenceville at Gwinnett Medical Center, and Nancy Waldeck, healthy chef, author and teacher for the Cancer Wellness program at Piedmont Hospital.

In addition, ”THE PINK ISSUE” is Atlanta’s best source for medical experts, new information, support groups and local events that help the fight against breast cancer.

Our October issue also features stories on laser treatments, volunteer opportunities and Q&A from Atlanta doctors. Don’t miss our annual “PINK” issue for information to help you feel good, look good and do good! Go to our homepage to find a location to pick up your copy. Locations include Whole Foods Markets, GNC, Publix and many other locations throughout metro Atlanta.

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By Intisar Seraaj

The Reel Rock 7 Tour film presented by High Country Outfitters comes back Atlanta next Thursday, Sept. 27. This outdoor movie will be held at Chastain Park’s Top Field, (4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA) in the Green Lot.
Bring your family and friends and a blanket to watch the Reel Rock 7 film.

Don’t miss out on this rock climbing movie and all the pre-Climbing World Cup excitement. Enjoy the nighttime atmosphere as you watch this movie on a giant inflatable screen.

There will also be vendors with giveaways, raffle prizes and more.

This year’s Reel Rock 7 Tour documentary films will star rock climbing sensations such as Sasha DiGlulian, Adam Ondra, Jimmy Chen, Chris Sharma, Daila Ojeda, Corad Anker, Renan Ozturk, Tom Randall, Pete Whittake and Alex Honnold.

Proceeds from the event will fund a permanent toilet at the Boat Rock Climbing Area. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day. Admission will begin at 7 p.m. and the film starts as the sun sets.

For more information, call (404) 814-0999 or visit


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By Intisar Seraaj

Change up your exercise routine a bit or allow this be your starting line for a healthy journey at the 4th Annual Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon. On October 7 you can enjoy the fresh air and open roads at Town Brookhaven on Peachtree Road.

Get a good night’s rest because the race will begin at 7 a.m on 4330 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA. Meet new running and exercising buddies while enjoying a fun-filled and challenging course through two parks. Whether running or walking, you’re sure to enjoy this marathon.

The 4th Annual Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon will also feature an Allstate Athlete Rejuvenation Area so you can quench your thirst and remain cool. Medical services will also be on standby, and restroom facilities will be available.

After all your hard work treat yourself to an after party with a swag bag giveaway. This event will also feature delicious snacks and live music. All participants will receive a finisher’s medal at the end of the race.

For more information and a map of the course, visit

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Damian DharAtlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Can I treat poison ivy at home or do I need to see a doctor?

Damian Dhar, MD of North Atlanta Dermatology: There are several at-home remedies for treating poison ivy. Remedies you can try yourself include rinsing your skin right away with lukewarm water. You can also take an oatmeal bath or apply a paste of baking soda or calamine lotion to soothe the itching. But if you have a serious reaction, it’s best to see your dermatologist who may prescribe a steroid ointment. To treat a severe case, a strong medicine like prednisone may be necessary.

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By Kaylyn Hinz

In honor of National Yoga Month in September, come out to Exhale Mind Body Spa on September 20 as they host their second annual NamasDAY.

With complimentary yoga classes, learn different yoga techniques with world-renowned teachers from across the county. Whether you are a beginner or an expert at yoga, there are classes for everyone. Some of the classes include, Core Fusion Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Music Yoga Flow and many more.

The excitement will continue into the evening with a yoga bash in which guests can enjoy live music, healthy cocktails, light bites and special giveaways.

To continue the celebration of National Yoga Month, Exhale Mind Body Spa will run special social media promotions and contests to promote and inspire healthy living.

For more information on NamasDAY visit or call
(404) 720-5000.

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By Erin Cotter

Come have a ball at the Home Run for Health event at Piedmont West on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. – noon. Former Braves player Pete Smith will be in attendance along with 11 Alive’s Jerry Carnes.

In addition to free health screenings including prostate cancer screenings, there will be free food, face painting and fire truck tours for the kids. For the women, there will also be screenings for blood pressure, and BMI.

The best part about this event, besides the free health screenings, is that everyone who gets a screening will receive two tickets to a Braves game. Also, you’ll get to experience that Braves B.A.T. Team’s mobile fan experience that has interactive games and giveaways, which everyone loves. Come get checked out and get free tickets to Atlanta’s home team, the Braves.
Home Run for Health
A Men’s Health Event with Fun for the Entire Family
Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. – noon
1800 Howell Mill Road,Atlanta, GA. 30318

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The best find in Roswell is Salon 1580, featuring a variety of hair care treatments including global keratin hair taming, multi-level coloring, texturizing perms and trend setting hair cutting. Additional services are facials, waxing and massage.
Working in the Roswell area since 1984, salon owner/operator Pat Alessi has 34 years of work experience in her field.  She is a Master Cosmetologist and was a renowned instructor at a trend-setting Redken School in New York.  Alessi specializes in creative coloring, trend-setting hair designs and global keratin treatments.

Visit Salon 1580 and have a life-changing experience in how you look and feel after achieving a whole new you!

Salon 1580

11230 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, GA 30076

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