Aqua ZumbaWhat: Aqua Zumba, known as the Zumba “pool party,” combines fun Zumba moves with traditional aqua fitness training. This safe and challenging water-based workout that will burn calories and tone muscles.

Where: Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Pkwy., NE, Sandy Springs, GA, (770) 698-2000,

When: Classes are once a month on Saturday.

Tip: “It’s important to change up your workouts to keep them interesting – and low-impact techniques can be really fun and effective. Aqua Zumba is a safe, body-toning, water-based workout that’s challenging and exhilarating beyond belief.” —Marianne Baker, instructor

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This light and heat energy treatment creates a mild thermal abrasion on the skin, which stimulates a wound healing response to increase overall surface health. This procedure requires no downtime. $60

Benefits include:
• Stimulates new collagen
• Replenishes the dermal layer
• Lessens fine lines and wrinkles
• Clarifies skin
• Fades red and brown pigment in the skin
• Improves overall tone and texture

—Courtesy of Teri Eastin, owner/esthetician, Love Your Skin Studio, (404) 819-7626,

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Resistance Stretching

What: This stretching class gives you an immediate and permanent increase in flexibility. The latest research shows that excess layers of dehydrated fascia (the connective tissue that lies over the muscles) may be the reason for inflexibility, and this technique helps to change the fascia.

Where: Body Awareness Studio, 5549 Roswell Road, NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 252-7550,

When: Call for times. Private self-stretch sessions are $78, and private sessions are $95 -$110. Group workshops are available upon request.

Tip from the Instructor: The only way to truly change your flexibility is to stretch with resistance using your full range of motion and to work the balancing muscle groups.
- Donna Riley,
resistance stretch coach/trainer


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surviving triple negative breast cancerHaving experienced it firsthand, Patricia Prijatel wrote the book, “Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery.” Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) means the cancer is not supported by the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and does not respond to hormonal therapy. As a health journalist diagnosed at age 60, Prijatel talks about the research on TNBC, treatment options and more. $18.26

Details: Your local Barnes & Noble

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By Karen Lee

Fall is the perfect time to refocus on your financial goals for the year. Summer is paired with vacations, barbecues with friends and treats for the kids during their time off. For financial planners, it’s a challenging time to meet with clients. Once the season shifts and school resumes, however, schedules become structured again.

Use your momentum from the season’s change to implement a financial plan for the rest of the year. Consider decisions that will impact your budget over the next three months. Fall and winter bring predictable changes, so here are some tips to help you plan for success:

• Take advantage of summer sales to purchase wardrobe staples. Shop the clearance racks for year-round items like sleeveless tops, cardigans and shorts. Don’t overspend, spend smart.

• Contact your financial advisor as soon as open enrollment begins.This allows time for us to suggest changes, additions or modifications to existing benefits. Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help.

• Start tax planning. Maximize your 401K contributions, and make sure you’ve withheld enough taxes. Self-employed? Some retirement plans for the current tax year must be established before Dec. 31.

• Distribute holiday spending. Don’t be a last-minute shopper who blows the budget because of poor planning. Make a list, check it twice and start shopping now.

• Maximize your group benefits. If you’ve met your health insurance deductible, schedule all your doctor’s appointments prior to year-end, and make sure you’ve claimed your flex spending dollars.

• Consider selling appreciated assets before year-end. It’s highly likely that the capital gains tax will increase from its current low rate of 15%. Stocks, bonds, real estate, businesses and valuables are all examples of appreciated assets that might be subject to this tax.

• Review annual charitable giving. Clean out closets and drawers to donate to the charity of your choice and consider additional monetary gifts before year-end.

BIO: 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?”

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piyush ramanAtlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Why should I have a full skin examination and what does it involve?

Piyush Raman, MD of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center answered: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Thus, the early detection of skin cancer can be a lifesaving measure. When you see a dermatologist for a complete skin checkup, expect a head-to-toe skin examination.
Always point out any moles or growths that are changing, bleeding or not healing during the examination. If a lesion is suspicious for cancer, a biopsy may be performed. Depending on the results of the biopsy, your dermatologist will discuss a treatment plan to ensure that it is treated properly, completely and in a timely manner. A full body skin exam should be done yearly or more often if needed.

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Dine and donate at The Melting Pot’s Dip for the Cure event on Oct. 15 – 21.The event will feature a three-course menu with cheese fondue, salad, signature entrées and Ta-Ta Tinis.
This special cocktail is $5 and proceeds from the drink will benefit Save the Ta-Tas.

Details: 754 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 389-0099,,


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lyn rossLyn Ross, founder and president of Atlanta-based Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare, is a Licensed Master Esthetician, product innovator and author of “Your Guide to Beautiful Skin at Any Age” and “Ultimate Secrets to Unlimited Referrals.”
Believing that clean, clear skin is important for health and well-being, Lyn is a true medical spa pioneer dedicated to sharing her knowledge. All of the Institut’ DERMed staff are highly qualified in advanced skincare therapies and cosmeceutical products, in many cases the most highly qualified therapists for miles around. Institut’ DERMed Spa celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.

Institut’ DERMed Spa
3726 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 261-5199

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new vitality medical instituteNo one can stop the aging process, however, our doctors are trained to design and prescribe a plan that will make you feel and look better. At New Vitality Medical Institute, we focus on affordable plans for Bioidentical Hormone Therapy.

This means increasing your energy level throughout the day, losing more fat, toning up, gaining strength and stamina, improving your bone mineral density, building muscle from exercise, improving your libido and sexual function, as well as your mood, memory, motivation, and drive.

New Vitality Medical Institute
5755 North Point Pkwy., Ste. 53, Alpharetta, GA 30022,
(404) 228-7900,

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powerout suspensionWhat: PowerOUT suspension training group classes are perfect if you want to get outdoors and build your core strength. You will utilize the suspension training techniques to increase your strength, mobility, flexibility and balance.

Where: Brookhaven Park, 2660 Osborne Road, NE, Atlanta, GA,

When: Schedule available online. A four-week session $199.

Tip: “PowerOUT Suspension Training engages those bodies recovering from injuries and looking to prevent injury.”

—Mari Garner, owner, the American Boot Camp Company

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