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.

Details: www.voicetoday.org

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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: www.bbtatlantaopen.com

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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 www.TeamHOTWidow.com.

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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 www.PlayGolfAmerica.com

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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.

Details: www.bannerbutter.com, www.facebook.com/bannerbutter

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A Garnish & Gather meal kit makes it easy to have a healthy meal at home. These kits come complete with meat, chicken, seafood, spices, and veggies from local farms and chefs as well as easy-to-follow instructions on how to make a delicious meal. Garnish & Gather gives you everything you need — simply choose from their many recipes, and get the meal delivered right to your door. A portion of all sales goes to benefit Open Hand. One meal for two people is $35.

Details: www.garnishandgather.com

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Kaiser Permanente’s annual corporate run/walk is a great place for team building, of course, since you’re doing the fitness program with your coworkers and your bosses. But don’t forget that you’re an integral cog in the workplace machine and you should focus on yourself a little, too.

In addition to the goals you and your team may have set as a company, push yourself a little further toward personal goals–want to lose an extra five pounds? Want to carve out twenty more minutes in your morning routine for an extra walk? Go for it!

The Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk fitness program doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, the event on September 12 just the beginning. So, after trekking across Turner Field, keep on stepping your way toward better health, both to meet your company’s fitness goals and to achieve your personal ones.

A great way to do that is to start at our Healthy Living Expo tent. We’ll have 40 exhibitors there to provide you with the resources to be your best self, not to mention fun, interactive fitness demos and other presentations and giveaways on our new Expo stage! We’ll see you there!


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Starting this Sunday July 14 on the WET Deck of the W Atlanta – Buckhead, Whiskey Blue Atlanta is hosting Sundaze. From noon to sunset at this weekly pool party, you can cool off after a long week of activities with deep-end cocktail service, cooled towels, DJs, gourmet food and more. If you show up early, you’ll also get pool party perks including champagne and boozy popsicles. Purchase tickets online at www.ournightlife.com/sundaze. Sundaze continues until August 18, but that’s only six Sundays, so get your tickets now!

Details: WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (678) 500-3190.

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