As walkers and runners prepare for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk in September, Kaiser Permanente’s Get Active Atlanta! free training program is there to help whip everyone into shape.

The Saturday morning training program for beginners started a few weeks ago, but is still accepting participants.  This 5K training program was created by Olympian Jeff Galloway specifically for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk.

There are different weekly options for choose from that will fit your schedule. Each session has a group leader to guide the walking and running groups.

  • Wednesday group meets at Phidippides in Sandy Springs at 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday group meets at Phidippides Ansley Mall at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday group gathers in front of Phidippides – Ansley Mall at 7:30 a.m. (for more information on Saturday run/walk groups please email:

Joining this program also has other benefits including complimentary workouts beginning August 15 at local Atlanta LA Fitness facilities, free online progress charts to track your progress and much more.

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If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit this summer, check out Piedmont Park’s Love You Healthy Series.

Offered year-round, Spoga (a class that combines indoor cycling and yoga) and spin classes are a great way to keep you in shape. One class is $15, prices vary.
(404) 931-5651,

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By Krysta Wilkins

 The Athletic Club Northeast in is offering Blast! Summer Camp to children ages four and up. Blast! Camp runs Monday through Friday through August 17 and welcomes campers age 4 to 12. With a variety of sports available for practice, this camp introduces children to active hobbies that could last a lifetime.

Blast! Camp goes Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a different sport each day – basketball, volleyball, yoga and tennis just to name a few. Campers will also swim everyday, rain or shine, in the club’s indoor and outdoor pools.

Extended camp hours are also available beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Children 12 and older are able to enroll in Teen Leadership Camp where they will learn how to perform CPR, earn rock climbing certification and build up muscle strength and endurance. Specialty clinics for tennis, swimming, and karate are also available for those with extra interest.

Weekly and daily rates are available. Call (404) 325-2700 or visit for more information.

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Fine tune your culinary skills at the Viking Cooking School’s Grilling Workshop. Learn the fundamentals of grilling juicy, tender and flavorful meats, fruits and vegetables.

Fire it up this summer and become the ultimate grilling master! Various dates are available. $89, (404) 745-9064,

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By Kaylyn Hinz

The third annual Southern Chefs Potluck will be held on August 5 from 3-6 p.m. at Serenbe in Palmetto, GA. This irresistible “Sunday Supper” will feature some of Atlanta’s best chefs. Each of them will contribute a delicious side that will compliment the main dishes.

There will be White Oaks Pastures meats from Jim N’Nicks Bar-B-Q and fried chicken legs from The Farmhouse at Serenbe, just to name a few. Guests will dine family style with the chefs and their families at the Inn at Serenbe. This event will also feature local beer, wine, and cocktails served by members of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild. Guests will enjoy live music, a raffle and a live auction.

Tickets for this event cost $125 and the event as a whole will benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia, an organization whose mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food at producer-only farmers markets in Georgia. Some of the chefs participating include: Hugh Acheson, Andy Carson, Shaun Doty, Gary Finzer, Ford Fry, Todd Ginsberg, E.J. Hodgkinson, Linton Hopkins, Dan Latham, Duane Nutter, Marie Nygren, Anne Quartrano, Todd Richards and more.

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Spiced Grilled Sweet PotatoTraditionally known as yams, sweet potatoes are cooked and prepared in a variety of ways. From baked to mashed, these sweet treats can even be grilled. In addition to its versatility, this vegetable is a good source of vitamins C, E, potassium and iron, and has a low fat and cholesterol content. This recipe can be served alongside grilled pork, chicken or other vegetables.

4 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), scrubbed well
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Method: Cover potatoes with cold salted water in a large pot, and then bring to a boil. Simmer until slightly resistant when pierced with a sharp small knife, five to seven minutes. Drain well. When cool, slice potatoes lengthwise. Mix together salt, spices and apple cider vinegar; add oil in a slow stream. Brush this mixture on sweet potatoes. Grill potatoes on a lightly oiled grill rack over medium heat, until grill marks appear and potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve potatoes warm.

Per serving: 160 calories (30 from fat), 3.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 30g total carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 3g protein
Serves: 8

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There are a variety of different sports therapies to help active people stay healthy and pain-free.

Some active people may need a combination treatment in order to get the results they need. One such treatment is Integrative, Regenerative & Manual Medicine. IRM focuses on musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that involve ligaments, tendons, muscles or repetitive motion syndromes.

Dr. Tara Frix of Total HealthCare Medical Centers explains this treatment focuses on the cause of the condition rather than just the symptoms. It combines several treatment measures, such as bio-therapeutic injectables, chiropractic therapies, regenerative injection therapy, physical modalities and nutrition. (678) 999-8531

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Here is a sneak peek at Sherri’s Best List for August!

CinéBistro - I had not been there until this past Saturday and I may never go to another movie theatre again! It is the most beautiful, comfortable, clean place I have ever watched a movie. The seats are unbelievably cozy and there is a full menu and bar. In fact, the bar atmosphere is so nice you might enjoy it even if you are not seeing a movie.The digital quality of the screen is beyond anything I’ve witnessed. It’s hands down my favorite place to see a movie, and that says a lot. I try to see a movie at least once a week and last week I saw three! After 6 p.m., it’s adults only at this movie theatre. Check out their “Movies & Mimosas!” brunch, which is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Details: 1004 Town Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319, (404) 333-0740,

NEBO Lumiere™ Flashlight
This compact, high intensity flashlight has a feminine twist. Constructed from anodized aircraft grade aluminum, it uses one powerful LED for 110,000 hours of light. Don’t let the jeweled non-slip grip fool you – the LUMIÈRE™ shows off its tough side with the aggressive self defense face. It is very utilitarian and a must for every purse. $10.99
Details: Available at Atlanta Batteries Plus locations, 4418 Roswell Road, (404) 256-0310,

Chan Luu bracelets 
I found out about these bracelets through my girlfriend, Christiane, while visiting her daughter, Carden, in the hospital. After suffering a head injury from a scary fall, Carden still had the presence of mind to tell the ambulance drivers not to cut her “Channy” off her arm. The good news is they were able to remove it without damage and Carden has the green light from the doctors to return to normal UGA college life. These colorful bracelets are fabulous and inspired by designer Chan Luu’s international travels.

Lobe WonderLobe Wonder – This undetectable, hypoallergenic clear patch provides relief for women who suffer from the unsightly enlargement of earring holes, a problem that can be caused by a heavy earring. It is undetectable when applied to the back of the ear lobe, and when pierced by an earring, the patch bears a major part of the earring weight, relieving the ear lobe of the pressure and pulling of the earring. They can also protect healthy ear lobes and be used to prevent damage to the lobes before it happens. Lobe Wonder is a practical, inexpensive, easy-to-use product. At $6 per box, each box contains 60 patches.

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Best Self Atlanta Magazine‘s upcoming September issue cover story will feature a candid conversation with Atlanta’s own Dr. Sanjay Gupta. CNN’s chief medical correspondent and Emmy-award winning journalist will share his professional and personal insight on the importance of good health, The 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge and all the latest ways to feel our best!

And there’s more! Men looking to keep fit should not miss out on this special men’s health issue!  We’ll be highlighting unique tips from local experts on how to stay active and injury-free at any age, helpful health and fitness advice from exercise gurus, a spotlight on prostate cancer awareness month and a local celebrity interview with Q-100’s The Bert Show’s Jeff Dauler.

Feel great and get fit with our over 40 men’s workout and stay inspired with Diamond Dallas Page’s DDP yoga. Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s September issue is the man’s road map you need for a more energized you!

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By Addie Balenger

As you watch the summer Olympics in London, be on the lookout for these Olympic athletes who hail from the Atlanta area, and give them a few extra cheers. There are 20 Olympic athletes who either call Atlanta their home or attended college in the area.

Atlanta is represented well in the swimming and diving arena. Seven Atlanta athletes will compete in the summer Olympics, including Eric Shanteau, Kathleen Hersey, Andrew Gemmell, Shannon Vreeland, Amanda Weir, Kara Lynn Joyce, Allison Schmitt and Chris Colwill.

Two-time Olympian and head coach for SCAD Atlanta’s cross country team, Avard Moncur, will participate at this year’s summer Olympics in London as well. Moncur will compete in the 4×400-meter relay for the Bahamas.

Track and Field Olympic athletes include George Kitchens Jr., Christian Taylor, Reese Hoffa, Aries Merritt, Chaunte Lowe, Hyleas Fountain and Angelo Taylor. Angelo Taylor, winner of the 400-meter hurdles at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics, will be looking to reclaim his title. Don’t miss the American women’s high jump record holder Chaunte Lowe as she leaps to what looks like gravity defying heights in her event.

Three Atlanta representatives will compete in canoeing: Erick Hurd, Tim Hornsby and Jeff Larimer. Other athletes include Angel McCoughtry in basketball and John Isner in tennis.

Check out NBC’s Olympic television schedule to find out when these Atlanta competitors will be in action.

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