Pete the Cat - Darrell HazelrigPete is one cool cat. He skateboards, plays guitar and loves his white shoes. The star of the New York Times Best Selling Series by James Dean, “Pete the Cat”, is making his way to the Center for Puppetry Arts April 4 – May 28. Pete and his hand-crafted friends will take the stage for a special sensory-friendly performance on April 23 in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. Along with other adjustments to make the show enjoyable for all, theater lights will be dimmed, the show soundtrack volume will be made consistent and a quiet zone will be located in the lobby.
Details: 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta;

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IFBB Figure Professional and Registered Dietician Bree Marsh shares how she balances her passion for fitness with everyday life and how House of Payne Personal Training helps her achieve her goals.

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Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta - Bubbles and Bling

Celebrate of your favorite Hollywood character and walk the pink carpet at Mason Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, February 25 at Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s Bubbles & Bling event. Partygoers can enjoy movie-inspired food, an open bar, and the chance to bid on auction items like a private dinner with Rich McKay, the CEO of the Atlanta Falcon’s CEO. Emcee Madison James, of B98.5 and a DJ will keep the party going all nightlong.

Details: Tickets start at $150.

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House of Payne Personal Training co-founder Steve Payne shares his number one secret to achieving success.

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Sherri Adair - Sawyer Photography - BSAWe just kicked off our 7th Annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest and the nominations are rolling in.

Each year the contest has grown and I am always blown away whenever I have the opportunity to meet the amazing nominees.

Yes, they all look great, and yes, they are serious about staying active and committing to a healthy lifestyle, but what I love most is that they “do good” for others. And that is more often than not, the reason they become a part of our Over 40 & Fabulous! family.

If you are passionate about a charity or cause, participating in the contest is a great way to raise awareness, money and meet like-minded Atlantans who want to support your crusade.

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 10.01.17 AMOur 2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! winner, Michelle Hodgson, had this to say about her involvement.

Best Self’s coverage was such an incredible form of support for Children Helping Children. Not only did it increase donations, volunteerism, and awareness in Atlanta, but the exposure also led to national coverage in other magazines and attention that lead to CHC receiving George Bush’s Points of Light Award. But the best part is when businesses provide this type of generous support, it frees up our time, money and resources for our programming which directly benefits the children we serve! WE LOVE BEST SELF! 

And yes, we have become a bit of a family. The nominees and winners from previous years often join the annual festivities because of the fun and camaraderie. It’s just a great group of people who aspire to be their best selves and inspire us all.

So, don’t be shy … it’s for a good cause. Nominate yourself, or someone you know, through February 20 at And remember to follow us on Facebook to vote and join the events we have scheduled for 2017.

We welcome Dr. Ken Anderson/Anderson Center for Hair, Karen Foley/Windy Hill Athletic Club and Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker/Atlanta Face & Body Center to our 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board.

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You know that dream idea you’ve been holding on to in the back of your mind? Christy Wright wants to help you turn that idea into not just a reality, but also into a money-making business. On April 19, Wright will bring her Business Boutique 1-Day event to Atlanta and share advice for helping women earn a living doing what they love.

Details: Tickets start at $39.11905 Highway 92, Woodstock;

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For an experience that feels like flying, but doesn’t require a plane, check out Inspire Aerial Arts. Right around the corner from Piedmont Park, Inspire Aerial Arts is dedicated to helping you achieve your high-flying goals no matter your background. Take the Introduction to Aerial Dance class and learn to take flight in the “silks,” maintain your balance, get in and out of poses, swing, and if you’re brave—even hang upside down in the air! Experienced students can climb higher while expressing their gracefully creative side in advanced Aerial Dance classes or crush their fitness goals in a Fit to Fly class. There’s even a Flexibility Series designed specifically to get the most inflexible touching their toes in no time.

Details: Classes start at $20. 549 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta;

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Calling all scouts! Boy and Girl scouts are invited to wear their uniform and/or show their scout ID to receive a discounted ticket price of $12 to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta. Partake in activities like the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, LEGO® Racers: Build & Test station or the LEGO® Master Model Builder Academy. Afterward, have your scout complete an attraction activity sheet and return it to the LEGO® Master Model Builder Academy to receive a LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Scout patch.

Details: 3500 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta;

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Orthorexic-CarolynO'Neil0217By Carolyn O’Neil MS, RD

Can you be too obsessed with eating a healthy diet? While most Americans struggle daily with efforts to follow nutrition advice outlined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines—such as eating fewer total calories and more vegetables; there’s a mindful minority who take healthy eating habits a bit too seriously. The excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy has been classified as an eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. The term orthorexia comes from the Greek words for “right” and “appetite.” Coined by physician Steven Bratman, orthorexia nervosa is not officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association but is getting more attention from nutrition professionals who observe this behavior in clients. “They are afraid of food,” says registered dietitian Jim White, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. White says, “I’m concerned because they’re so obsessive. They’ll eat nothing that comes in a box or has more than five ingredients.” Types of foods and drinks avoided might include those containing sugar, fat, gluten, wheat, meat, or dairy.

Unintended Consequences

What divides a commitment to healthy eating and orthorexia is the extreme limitation in food selection. While it’s a good thing to choose carrots over cookies at snack time, there are potential downsides to cutting out whole food groups from your diet. Going “gluten free” may mean avoiding enriched whole grains that contain folic acid, an important nutrient for women of childbearing years because it helps reduce the incidence of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.

Vegans, who shun all animal products, may be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency unless their diets are planned very carefully.

Avoiding dairy can cut out a key source of calcium and vitamin D. Then there’s the mental strain of orthorexia with its demands to obsessively police food choices.

Who’s Orthorexic? 

Behavioral issues associated with orthorexia include the following: Do you look down on others who don’t eat this way? Do you skip foods once enjoyed in order to eat the “right” foods? Does your diet make it difficult to eat anywhere but at home, distancing you from family and friends? Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet rules?

Real Measures of Health

Rather than focusing on a checklist of foods to avoid, White guides clients to eat a wide variety of healthful foods. From there, he gauges the physical and mental conditions that develop with healthy eating habits. “We rate energy level, mood, quality of sleep and stress levels,” White says. “After three months (of eating a well-balanced diet) they’ll see changes and listen to what works for the long run.”

To learn more about the difference between a healthy appreciation of good foods and obsessing over food choices, enlist the help of a registered dietitian nutritionist to find the best eating plans customized to your lifestyle, fitness goals and taste preferences.

Carolyn O’Neil is a registered dietitian, cookbook author, journalist, and blogger. Learn more at 


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COLOURAs a busy former corporate attorney, journalist, wife and mother, Atlanta resident Debra Shigley found she just didn’t have time to spend the day waiting around at her favorite salon to receive a blow out. So, she decided to bring the salon to her and created COLOUR, a free phone app that provides styling services to women of color with relaxed or natural hair wherever and whenever they want. There’s even an option to join the Colour Club and receive unlimited hairstyling appointments month-to-month.


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