Get ready for Paint the Mall Pink, taking place at Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb on October 4-7. Come out for a weekend of fun health-focused activities, live music, giveaways and more.

The festivities kick off with Girls Night Out on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at Mall of Georgia and 5:30 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb.

Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA, (678) 482-8788, Town Center at Cobb, 400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA, (770) 424-0742

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

The Chelko Foundation will host its third annual art exhibition, Bodies as a Work of Art, consisting of local artists’ work articulated on the bodies of live models to benefit The Chelko Foundation’s Scholarship Fund for Women in the Arts and Jaden’s Ladder.

This year’s event will be held at the Pilot’s Country Club at Peachtree-Dekalb Airport (located at 2007 Flightway Drive) inside of an airplane hanger, Saturday, September 29 from 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $100 and are available online at or by calling (770) 452-8619

The Chelko Foundation is a domestic, non-profit organization, created by artist Paul Chelko to empower women globally, honoring the life of his wife Debbie. For more information visit or

Jadden’s Ladder is a non-profit organization that assists survivors of domestic violence with life-enhancing programs and fosters self-reliance.

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By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s PINK issue will be hitting newsstands soon and there is plenty to be excited about!

Best Self Atlanta’s October issue focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pages are filled with inspiring stories, helpful advice, new ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness and more.

Don’t miss out on reading our special cover article featuring four incredible breast cancer survivors who share their journey and advice: STAR 94‘s Cindy Simmons, Dr. Kimberly C. Hutcherson of the Gwinnett Breast Cancer Center at Lawrenceville, Chef Nancy Waldeck and Angie Patterson of Georgia CORE.

The October issue will be filled with both fun and charitable events for Breast Cancer Awareness month, so see what’s happening around Atlanta in Best Self Atlanta’s special PINK issue.

For more information, check out our website at

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Take a Hike!
On September 29, pull out your hiking boots, pack a picnic and head to your closest Georgia state park to take advantage of Free Day in the Parks. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, all Georgia state parks will be offering free parking and admission from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Spend a portion of the day giving back to a park by participating in trail maintenance and lake cleanups, then enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, horseback riding, backpacking and paddling.

In total, Georgia has 58 state parks, but the closest ones to Atlanta include Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Sweetwater Creek State Park in Stockbridge and High Falls State Park in Jackson. Check the Georgia state parks website for information regarding the activities offered at each park.
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Atlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Which is the best choice: in vitro fertilization or tubal reversal?

Susan Conway, MD of Georgia Reproductive Specialists: The decision between IVF and tubal reversal is highly complex and profoundly affected by the factors of age, cost and time, as well as the presence of other potential infertility problems. Each couple facing this decision must be assessed and counseled individually to ensure selection of the treatment option best suited for them. Under the right circumstances, either may be an excellent choice. In many instances, however, in vitro fertilization is the better option.

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Best Business: Stability Pilates and 
Physical Therapy of Atlanta

At Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy of Atlanta, Jessica Loncar, MS, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, incorporates Pilates into her physical therapy practice.

Jessica explains that Pilates develops muscular symmetry, provides resistance training, incorporates a mind-body connection and focuses on the deep core muscles while also strengthening and stretching the muscles of the extremities.

Pilates is beneficial because it simultaneously increases power and agility while minimizing risk of injury.

Stability Pilates and 
Physical Therapy of Atlanta
(404) 303-9153,

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By Krysta Wilkins

Atlanta’s most popular music festival, Music Midtown, is returning this fall and has finally announced the concert lineup and will feature Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam as their headlining artists. Other chart-topping artists such as T.I. and The Avett Brothers along with others are to perform for this two-day event. Artists Garbage, Neon Trees and Adam Ant will also perform.

In addition, the weekend will feature music of various genres, event activities, food, and ample space for music fans to rock out. Head over to Music Midtown to check out package ticket deals and prices and the concert lineup and schedule.
The 2012 Music Midtown schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 21
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Van Hunt 5:15 – 6:16 p.m. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
6:15 – 7:30 p.m. T.I. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Avett Brothers
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Foo Fighters

Saturday, September 22
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. O’Brother
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Civil Twilight 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. LP
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Garbage 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Adam Ant
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Ludacris 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Neon Trees
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Florence + The Machine 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Girl Talk
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Pearl Jam

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By Intisar Seraaj

Ever wanted Madonna’s killer arms or rock-hard abs? Well, grab a towel and water bottle, and get ready to sweat with Hard Candy Fitness’s DVD series “Addicted to Sweat,” which was created and co-designed by Madonna and her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer.

Winhoffer spoke with Best Self Atlanta about this new exercise program:

How similar are the “Addicted to Sweat” workouts to workouts you do with Madonna?
Madonna’s uses many of these workouts to keep in the best shape possible for the intense two hours of cardio that the MDNA show involves.

What advice would you give to someone just starting an exercise regime?
Know where you are and where you are going. What do you want?  What do you want to change? Continually ask yourself questions and probe until you define what you want out of your body. Know that anything is possible.

Commit. Once you start something, follow through, and finish. People often get discouraged when they don’t see results right away. The time you put in is what you get back. The beauty of the Hard Candy DVD’s is that you see the end result on film. The level is high, but attainable. When starting, you will assess where you are, work toward achieving the program, and will see results. Be patient, and if you can’t do something right away, pause the DVD, take a moment, and practice a couple times.

What do you believe is the key behind successfully maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
Exercising at least six days a week, teaching your body something new, doing the same thing garners the same results and setting goals. Having a positive attitude: this is the seed that determines your outcome and your life. Eating healthfully. This means knowing what your body needs (specifically to you) and answering it.  Food is fuel.  Results don’t come from just exercising.  The fuel you put in your body is the gas that drives your car and revs your engine. Alcohol slows down your metabolism. Cutting it out of your diet will make a difference in aesthetic and performance. There are no limits. The human body is an amazing thing. Reach for the stars and believe in yourself. Only you answer to yourself.

How do you personally like to stay fit and active?
Fitness is a huge part of my life, as is dance, art, music and fashion. I love the idea of fitness as an art form and I am always using each of these components as inspiration when creating new workouts.

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2UMedical brings the convenience of healthcare services right to your door step. This unique business offers basic medical care, cosmetic specialty services, weight loss support and wellness visits.

2UMedical’s team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants will treat you in the privacy of your home, office or hotel room and treat what ails you. Medical visits begin at $175.

(404) 858-3834,

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October is just around the corner and Best Self Atlanta Magazine is excited to announce “THE PINK ISSUE” which will hit the streets October 1st.

Make sure to pick up a copy of Best Self Atlanta’s October “PINK” issue which will focus on all things related to women’s health and wellness. Plus get an insider look at four amazing breast cancer survivors as they navigate their journey from diagnosis to recovery.

Best Self Atlanta talked with survivors, Cindy Simmons, host of the Star 94 morning show, Angie Patterson, director of Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Dr. Kimberly C. Hutcherson, director of Breast Imaging and Intervention at Gwinnett Breast Center – Lawrenceville at Gwinnett Medical Center, and Nancy Waldeck, healthy chef, author and teacher for the Cancer Wellness program at Piedmont Hospital.

In addition, ”THE PINK ISSUE” is Atlanta’s best source for medical experts, new information, support groups and local events that help the fight against breast cancer.

Our October issue also features stories on laser treatments, volunteer opportunities and Q&A from Atlanta doctors. Don’t miss our annual “PINK” issue for information to help you feel good, look good and do good! Go to our homepage to find a location to pick up your copy. Locations include Whole Foods Markets, GNC, Publix and many other locations throughout metro Atlanta.

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