Stroke SignsAccording to the Shepherd Center, in the U.S., a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Pay attention to these signs of a stroke occurrence and remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face Droop on one side or a smile that is not equal

Arms Person cannot raise
both arms equally

Speech/Swallow Slurred speech, inability to speak,
choking or coughing

Time Call 911


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Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Spring is here and summer is on the way, meaning more sun and more exposed skin! In honor of the upcoming season, and May being Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, Best Self Atlanta magazine is putting a health and beauty spin on our widely popular “30 Days of Fitness” series. Throughout the month of May, we will host a special blog and Facebook LIVE series called “30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful Skin.”

Beginning May 1, our Best Self staff will take turns visiting local med spas and dermatology offices to receive 30-minute skin care treatments. As we complete each day of Healthy, Beautiful Skin, we’ll blog about our experience to let you know what to expect from each treatment or procedure. We’ll even let you take a peek at some of the treatments we’re receiving in “real time” via Facebook LIVE! In addition, we’ll be sharing vital information about skin cancer awareness on the blog posts.

Be sure to like us on Facebook to follow along each day, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the links as we go through each day in the month.

If you have favorite treatments of your own, tell us about them in the comments section or on social media with #30DaysofHealthyBeautifulSkin @BestSelfAtlanta!

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30 part 1

Day 30 part 2

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What better backdrop for a workout class than the iconic Piedmont Park? As the official fitness program of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Love You Healthy offers a variety of fitness programs for all levels.Stop by the Saturday Morning Yoga class to eliminate stress, restore energy and rejuvenate.


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The new INTRAcel treatment at Institut’ DERMed uses microneedles to increase collagen and target wrinkles, improve skin texture, acne scars, and sagging jawlines. shutterstock_249488587“The most incredible part about it is that we can achieve CO2 fractional laser results without downtime or the normal discomfort associated with a laser resurfacing,” says Lyn Ross, Institut’ DERMed founder.  Details: 3726 Roswell Rd., Atlanta;

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Pink Barre - Aaron MoonPut a spring in your step with Pink Barre’s new BarREbound class. This 55-minute session combines body sculpting moves with high-energy interval training on a mini trampoline. Expect whole-body toning and strengthening in this low-impact and easy on the joints class.

Details: 996 Virginia Ave. NE., Atlanta;

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Q: How can Cryotherapy benefit athletes?

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A: Cryotherapy is a non-invasive cold therapy focusing on athletic recovery, pain management, overall health, beauty and wellness.The cold temperatures induce a trigger for your body to immediately improve circulation and its natural ability to eliminate toxins, explains Whitney Potts, manager of Icebox Cyrotherapy.

Details: 3872 Roswell Rd., Atlanta;

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By Wyndi Kappes

I like to describe myself as a fearless woman. So the idea of skydiving—the excitement, the weightlessness, the cool factor—seems thrilling but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a little apprehension about the safety involved. In an effort to experience the thrill of a dive in a controlled environment, my colleagues and I turned to iFLY, one of Atlanta’s indoor skydiving facilities, for a team activity day. At Best Self Atlanta we love to try new things as a team and encourage our readers to do the same.Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 7.05.23 PM

Our flight instructor, Harrel Kimball, greeted our group and whisked us away to learn the three basics of flying in an indoor wind tunnel: relax your body, keep your chin up, and straighten your legs.

After our training session, the reality of flying was setting in. Our instructor’s reassurance that nothing bad would happen coupled with the general excitement of the group had me at the front of the line before I knew it.

Once he was in the tunnel himself, Harrel motioned for me to step forward toward the tunnel doorway. Placing my arms above my head, I slowly fell forward into the tunnel. Suddenly, you are weightless, the force from air circulating up from the bottom of the tunnel leaves you hovering in flight.

For my first flight, I only went as high as Harrel’s shoulder and spent part of my time on the floor of the tunnel due to my inability to execute flight basic No. 1—relax. Designed to mimic the free-fall length of a true skydive, 45-60 seconds, each flight is 60 seconds long. Thankfully, everyone gets to relive that one minute with a second flight, since the first flight is basically you getting used to flying. The second time around, I relaxed and was able to fly a few feet higher. At one point, Harrel grabbed a hold of a handle on my jumpsuit so we were able to fly in tandem quickly descending up and down. It was much closer to the feeling I imagine jumping out of an airplane is like.

Overall, I left feeling alive from the adrenaline rush, belly sore from laughing at myself and my coworkers, and hoping for another chance to fly soon.

If you have something you’d like the Best Self team to try send an email to Some of our past adventures have included tai chi, POUND® fitness, ballroom dancing and gardening at Truly Living Well.

Details: 2778 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta;

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Plump lipsGone are the days of obvious lip augmentation. The Juvéderm Volbella® XC injectable uses hyaluronic acid, which is made in the body naturally, to subtly plump while helping to soften the appearance of lines on the lips and around the mouth. Those who are happy with their current lip shape and fullness can enjoy an enhanced “juicy” and voluminous look.

Details: 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta;

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Dr. Taz Bhatia of CentreSpringMD shares a mocktail recipe to help alleviate the annoying sniffles, sneezing and itchy eyes that often accompany the return of spring.

“Apples are rich in quercetin and flavonoids, supporting the immune system and fighting allergies. Pineapples are high in bromelain, aiding your digestion and working as a decongestant. Local honey can be added for an immune boost along with some ginger to fight inflammation,” Dr. Taz explains.

shutterstock_455942671Apple Pineapple Tonic

2 apples, any kind, cut in slices lengthwise

1 cup of pineapple, fresh or frozen

2 teaspoons of local honey

1-2 cups of water

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Blend and pour

Details: Atlanta, 1401 Dresden Dr., Atlanta. Johns Creek, 10220 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek;

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April 20 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Cherokee, Medical Associates of North
Georgia. 320 Hospital Rd., Canton
May 18 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Atlanta, Cancer Center.
1000 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Atlanta
June 29 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Forsyth, Cancer Center.
1100 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming
July 20 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Alpharetta, 3400 Old Milton Pkwy.,
August 24 at 6 p.m. Northside Hospital-
Forsyth, Cancer Center.
1100 Northside Forsyth Dr., Cumming

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