Sometimes spider veins or bulging veins can make wearing shorts and skirts a bit embarrassing.

Luckily, there are a variety of vein treatments – both surgical and non-surgical – to get rid of or reduce unsightly veins.

Whatever type of veins you are having issues with, you should see an expert so they can determine the best treatment for you.
See our Atlanta experts for a list of vein experts in the city.

 

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Keep legs limber and decrease muscle tension by incorporating stretching into your routine. Dr. Alan H. Bragman, DC recommends an effective method of stretching called “active isolated stretching” (AIS), which incorporates an eight-foot length of nylon rope.

In AIS, you don’t hold a stretch for 10 to 30 seconds as you would in traditional stretching. Instead, you use the rope to gently assist you in pulling the muscles.

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Bring a little ease back into your schedule with Baked. This eatery is a community-oriented restaurant that makes it easy for health-conscious diners to grab a delicious meal on-the-go. The daily changing menu at this family-friendly restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh, preservative-free food to satisfy any palate. Some of the local favorites include shrimp and grits, baked tilapia and a chef’s vegetarian option. They also offer catering for special events.

1111 Johnson Ferry Road, Ste. 150, Marietta, GA, (770) 612-2533, www.bakeithappen.com

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If you are ready to unleash your inner writer and delve into the art of storytelling, then make sure to check out the Creating Picture Books Workshop at Binders.

Learn the rules of a good critique, gain insight into the children’s publishing industry and have your manuscript evaluated.

This workshop will be led by children’s book author Elizabeth Dulemba. The unique class will take place March 15 to 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  $375
Details: 3330 Piedmont Road, Ste. 18, Atlanta, GA, (404) 237-6331, www.bindersart.com

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By Bethany Smith, RD

If you have been hibernating this winter, it’s time to step outside. Whether you enjoy rafting, zip lining or hiking, be sure to bring high energy snacks. Hunger can strike when you least expect it, and if your wilderness adventure turns out to be longer than planned, you’ll be well prepared.

  1. Dried fruits can be made easily in your oven. If you are short on time (the process can take a few hours), grab packaged dried fruits instead. Read the ingredients and choose dried fruits without any added sugar or preservatives, such as sulfites.
  2. Nuts are a great energy source and if salted, can help replace the salt you lose through sweat on hot days. If you’re a fan of the sweet and salty combination, make your own trail mix with your favorite dried fruits, nuts and dark chocolate chips.
  3. Packaged granola and granola bars can be full of added sugar, preservatives and unhealthy fats. Make your own granola with your favorite ingredients or look for packaged granola made with wholesome ingredients like oats, almonds, cashews, dried fruits and honey or maple syrup.
  4. There are hundreds of energy bars on the market. Read the labels to make sure you recognize the ingredients and buy a few to taste before your adventure. Who wants a snack they don’t enjoy?
  5. Bananas, oranges, apples and grapes all travel well for a day trip and are a great source of energy and water.

Before chowing down on snacks, remember to balance calories in with calories out, and don’t forget to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water with you.

Bethany Smith, RD, community wellness representative – Bethany earned her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Miami of Ohio and completed a dietetic internship at Georgia State University. She currently provides nutrition education through community partnerships and the Good Measure Meals blog. She is a certified specialist in Oncology Nutrition and certified in adult weight management.

 

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Getting kids to take their medicine can be a challenge, so local entrepreneur and mom Tiffany Krumins set out to fix that.

She invented a friendly-looking medicine dispenser which she called Ava the Elephant. Ava dispenses the medicine from her trunk and also talks! $9.99

Available at your local Kroger or CVS Pharmacy, www.avatheelephant.com

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: What are Actinic Keratoses?

Gabrielle Sabini, MD of North Atlanta Dermatology says: Actinic Keratoses are precancerous lesions that are most commonly found on the head and upper extremities. They present as scaly patches which often sting. Actinic Keratosis are caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or indoor tanning. They are considered precancerous because they can lead to non-melanoma skin cancers. It is best to treat them before this transformation occurs. A dermatologist can easily treat them in the office and/or may prescribe creams to use at home. Actinic Keratosis is preventable by using sun screen and sun protective clothing.

 

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Couture Wellness has an unparalleled fitness program incorporating Whole Body Vibration and ROM training. The FitVibe is a whole body vibration training machine that burns calories, engages muscles, and helps to increase your metabolism.

ROM – The 8-Minute Cross Trainer – Get a 45 minute cardio workout in just 8 minutes. The ROM engages 55% of all your muscles through an average of 80% of their full range of motion.

Regardless of age or gender, our program will help you develop muscles, build bone density, lose weight and increases strength. Call today for a free consultation!

Couture Wellness located inside City Club Buckhead, 3353 Peachtree Road, Suite T-1, Atlanta, GA 30326, (678) 552-4500

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Know what documents to keep and toss

By Karen Lee

There’s something scary about getting rid of statements and documents. Despite the hassle of filing paperwork, you feel like your finances may cease to exist if there’s nothing printed out to prove it. In today’s digital marketplace, going paperless is a safe and realistic goal, as long as you keep a few things in mind.

 What to Keep

  1. Documents that pertain to assets bought or sold. Keep car titles, land deeds, mutual funds, stocks and bonds. You must be able to prove what you paid in case you want to sell.
  2. Retirement account forms 8606, 5498 and 1099-R. These forms prove what has gone in and out. It’s not necessary to keep the statements.
  3. Legal documents. Examples: marriage and birth certificates, Social Security card and immigration documents.
  4. Tax Returns The IRS recommends keeping returns for seven years.
  5. Loan statements, including your mortgage. Keep the initial document, a record of all payments made and proof of final payment. Once it’s paid off, you can get rid of all the other stuff.

What to Toss

  1. ATM/credit card receipts, bank statements and pay stubs. Keep for one month until your bank statement is reconciled.
  2. Receipts for minor purchases after a couple of months. However, keep receipts that pertain to taxes with your tax return information.
  3. Utility bills and old insurance claims. Bill statements are available online. Once insurance claims are settled and you cash your check, you no longer need your records.
  4. Social Security settled Investment Statements. These are all archived and available upon request. You can also go to www.socialsecurity.gov for an updated social security statement and print out your statement as often as you like.
  5. Remember to shred everything you get rid of and scan a backup copy of what you keep for cloud or external hard drive storage. Also consider setting up a separate email account. That way, online bills won’t get sent to your spam folder.

Still feeling uncertain about transitioning from paper statements? Take baby steps. Start by going paperless with convenience utilities like cell phone bills. Just be careful—going paperless doesn’t mean you can be negligent. There’s no good excuse for bad bookkeeping.

Karen Lee’s passion for helping people achieve their life’s goals has moved her to reach an audience beyond her practice as a Certified Financial Planner™. She is a frequent guest on CNN Newsroom and her articles have appeared in both industry and consumer publications. She is the author of the book, “It’s Just Money, So Why Does it Cause So Many Problems?” www.facebook.com/karenleetalksmoney

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chastain parkChastain Park – This park is my favorite place to walk and exercise. I always feel like I have taken a mini-vacation when I go around its beautiful walking path. A three to four mile loop, depending on the course you choose, will add pep to your step and put a smile on your face.

 

24/7 Comedy Radio – If you want a quick mood change as you are navigating our city’s traffic (which is a guaranteed bad mood) tune in to channel 92.3 FM for comedy radio. It’s amazing how fast your perspective changes – you may just go from smiling to a full-on belly laugh.

Samsung 5.1 Channel 1000W 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Home Theater System – I just got this awesome surround sound music system. It has a browser, blu-ray and surround sound for my TV. But the best part is having Pandora on my TV screen so I can play all the music I love. That makes me smile. $400
Details: www.samsung.com

Dog-E-Glow LED collar – Spending time with your pets is something that makes most of us happy. Check out these fun colorful collars that will keep your pup safe and stylish at the same time!
Details: www.dogeglow.com

 

Ballroom Dance Clubs or Johnny’s Hideaway – If you want to learn to dance, dance, dance, I love the pros at Ballroom Dance Clubs. They make you feel comfortable and are such great teachers. If you just want to “cut a rug,” there’s no place like Johnny’s Hideaway.
Details: 887 West Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 897-5556, www.myballroomdanceclub.com, 3771 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, www.johnnyshideaway.com

Jackie Treehorn Cocktail – If all else fails, have a drink with friends. This refreshing cocktail is named after a character in the movie “The Big Lebowksi” and can be found at Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. Made with ginger beer, bourbon and fresh squeezed lemon, it is sure to make you giggle.
Details: 1410 Dresden Dr., Atlanta, GA, www.k-pub.com

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