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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If you are in the mood to try a new recipe for your next gathering or just want a healthy snack for the family, try this delicious carrot hummus.

With its fresh flavors and ingredients, it is a healthy alternative to other dips and spreads. It contains no fats or oils, is gluten free and packed full of nutrients from the carrots and fresh ginger. Any leftovers can be used as a spread for sandwiches or toast.

2 pounds of carrots, shredded (food processor is perfect for this job)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup of water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped for garnish
Optional—orange juice

Method: Heat a large sauté pan. Once the pan is hot, add the carrots and a pinch of salt and cook until the carrots begin to soften. Add garlic and all of the spices. Cook a bit longer to incorporate the spices and then add water. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. At this point, you may need to add more water or orange juice. Place the carrots back in the food processor and add vinegar. Pulse just a few times to break down the carrots to a hummus consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with thick cut veggie chips or whole wheat pita chips. Try fresh whole wheat pita, cut into triangles and toast with a brush of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Serves: Makes almost 3 cups

—Recipe courtesy of Cyndi Sterne, Hal’s Kitchen

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Ancient Wisdom RisingGet inspired at the Ancient Wisdom Rising retreat from November 9-11. Located at the Lodge at Simpsonwood, this retreat includes presentations, ceremonies and stories.

Immerse yourself in the healing teachings, meditations and prayers of indigenous elders and traditional wisdom keepers. Restore your life’s balance by igniting a heart-centered way of relating to others and your community.

All meals are included and on-site lodging is available. Full three-day retreat is $495.
4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross, GA, 
(770) 441-1111,

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By Neal McSpadden
It’s a hot morning as I stroll out on the field, sweat covering my brow and a shotgun in my hand. This is not a typical Saturday for me, but I’m eager to improve my shooting skills. Although I’ve never hit a moving target before, I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be able to hit at least one of the clay pigeons that will soon be soaring high in the air above me. I’m at the Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range off of Camp Creek Parkway to take their beginner skeet shooting class, and I’m ready to blow things up!

My instructor, Hamilton, shows me how to hold the gun and where to aim. Then it is my turn to yell, “Pull!” As the clay pigeon flies away from me, I line up my shot and pull the trigger – and miss.

This morning started with a short presentation by three instructors, Chuck, Chuck and Hamilton, where we reviewed the safety procedures for using shotguns and the proper shooting technique. But I guess I must have missed a step. Fortunately, I get another chance to redeem myself.

Hamilton tells me what I’ve done wrong, and I hit the next one and the one after that. Success! Next, the rest of the students in the beginner class have a chance for five warm up shots, and then we each shoot two rounds of 10. There are people of all ages here, from a 9-year-old boy to a mother with her four sons, and everyone manages to hit most of the targets. The beginner skeet class is held on Saturdays starting at 10:30 a.m. and costs $14.46 per person. This is a municipal trap and skeet range housing 20 combination trap and skeet fields and a five-stand sporting clays field, so there is plenty of room for the beginners and the experts. With some more practice, maybe one day I’ll be the latter.

The Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range, 3070 Merk Road SW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 346-8382,

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By Erin Cotter

Throughout the month of September, Leadership Sandy Springs is bringing family friendly movies to the lawn of Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s Hitson Activity Center.

With food, concessions and various entertainment available for you and your children, these events bring large crowds.

But be sure to bring a lawn chair and blankets so you can sit back and relax when dusk comes and the movies start. The September schedule is below:

  • September 7: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • September 14: Dolphin Tale
  • September 28: Zookeeper

Movies by the Moonlight is located at 85 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, GA. For more information or updates in case of bad weather call (404) 256-9091, or visit the website where updates will be posted the day of at 6 p.m.

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

If you would like to move, groove, eat and get a few health check-ups all at the same time, come to the Inaugural “What Moves You” Community Healthy Living Day Sunday, September 9 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Atlanta Ballet, the event will include health screenings and assessments, healthy living and nutrition seminars, dance classes for all ages and dance performances by some of Atlanta’s best, including Atlanta Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (CDE) Performance Ensembles.

Dance classes will include break dance, Salsa, African dance and more. Healthy living and nutrition seminars will cover such topics as healthy breakfast ideas, real-life nutrition for busy families, snacks for kids and more.

The event will be held at Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in Midtown, and is open to the public.
Price: Free
Details: 1695 Marietta Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 873-5811


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