(L-R) Emily Bridges and Leann Ott

(L-R) Emily Bridges and Leann Ott

Choate Construction Company Chairman and CEO Millard Choate, and his daughter, Emily Bridges, discovered the devastating effects of Cystic Fibrosis after Emily’s best friend, Leann Ott, was diagnosed at 3. Gear up for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in May at their Cars & ‘Q for the Cause event on April 29, which will feature over 100 collectible cars, live music, a selection of craft brews, and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.

Details: Ticket prices vary. 8200 Roberts Dr., Atlanta; carsnq.passioncff.org

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Kyra Phillips - CNN - Judson Women's Leadership ConferenceWho better to learn from than women who have already blazed a trail of leadership excellence? Kyra Phillips, CNN anchor, Theresa Wenzel, Atlanta Dream WNBA president, and other female powerhouses will share their advice for success at the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference on June 20.

Details: Ticket prices vary. Cobb Galleria Centre.  jcifoundation.org/leadership-conference

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Grab Mom for some friendly competition at Second Helpings Atlanta’s Food & Field Fest on May 13. Tackle relay races, tug-of-war and play giant Jenga, Connect Four and tic-tac-toe. Kiddos can get creative by packing and decorating bag lunches for the organization’s partner agency.

Details: secondhelpingsatlanta.org

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Nancy and Norrie

Local custom homebuilder and real estate agent Nancy Keenan knew something wasn’t right with her 11-year-old daughter, Norrie. After expressing sentiments of frustration with her daughter’s continued picky eating, it was Nancy’s dance instructor, Desiree Nathanson, who put the pieces together. Norrie had an eating disorder.

The increasingly restrictive eating tendencies, the weight loss, the dangerously slow heart rate—it all made sense. As a board member for the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN), Desiree had a number of experts for Nancy to turn to for help. “Desiree and EDIN, they were the resource for me to find the nutritionist who ultimately diagnosed Norrie and hospitalized her. So, EDIN essentially saved her life because if it hadn’t been for their resources, I really don’t know what we would have done,” Nancy says.

Could your child be suffering from an eating disorder?

If Nancy could go back in time, here are some of the signs she wished she’d seen.

Extreme picky eating. Some children will restrict to the point of only eating three or four foods.

Ritualized eating. Eating foods in a certain order or arranging foods a specific way on a plate.

Diet talk. Nancy never thought twice about the diet books that laid around her house or what the news was saying about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but her daughter was absorbing information about which foods were good and bad and using it to fuel her disorder.

Details: myedin.org

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By Lisa Perez, MD, VeinInnovations Midtown

Spider veins are the least serious of the most common vein disorders. Spider veins are essentially smaller versions of varicose veins and are caused by blood pooling in the veins because the valves are not closing completely. Spider veins commonly appear as small red or purple clusters of veins that are near the surface of the skin.

The underlying cause can be any number of factors, including heredity or hormonal changes (including those caused by birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy). Anything that restricts circulation, including sitting or standing for long periods, as well as obesity and squatting to lift heavy objects, can contribute to them.

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Spider veins generally aren’t as painful as varicose veins and usually don’t present any health risks. They are nonetheless a cosmetic issue for many people due to the areas of the body where they show up – particularly on the legs, but they can also develop on the face, feet, and hands.

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive vein treatment that has been around since the 1930s, but it has advanced considerably over the years. Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for eliminating spider veins.  The procedure involves injecting a solution into each damaged vein using amicro needle. The solution used at VeinInnovations is painless and causes the vein to collapse.  It is naturally absorbed into the bloodstream. Meanwhile, blood automatically redirects to the healthy veins, improving circulation. After treatment there may be some bruising and discoloration along the pathway of the vein. This can take up to 4-6 weeks to resolve. During this time, it is important to protect the treated areas from sun exposure. The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed to clear or improve the appearance of the spider veins varies from patient to patient. Most patients require 3-4 treatments to achieve their desired results. The exact number of treatments depends greatly on the extent of the spider veins present.

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Sclerotherapy is generally recommended only for spider veins and small varicose veins. Although it works well on treating existing spider veins, it does not prevent the formation of new spider veins. For patients experiencing symptoms of underlying venous disease such as aching, heaviness, swelling or large bulging varicose veins, they should consider an ultrasound evaluation to determine the severity of their venous disease.

Sponsored by: VeinInnovations  |  (678) 731-9815

Sandy Springs  |  Midtown  |  Johns Creek  |  Southside  |  VeinInnovations.com

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Dr. McCarthy-Keith - Georgia Reproductive SpecialistNational Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) runs from April 23-29, 2017. Whether you’re ready for pregnancy now or are just keeping your options open for the future, it is never too early to start a conversation with your doctor about your reproductive health. Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t even approach the subject of their fertility with their doctor until they start trying to get pregnant and find that they are having difficulty. If you are between ages 20 to 40 and your doctor does not raise the subject, then you should.

Ask your doctor to test your ovarian reserve. Women are born with about one million eggs in the ovaries, and from that point on, egg supply is slowly dwindling down. This process speeds up in the mid-to-late 30s, which makes getting pregnant more challenging with age. A simple blood test to check your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level can provide information about your current egg reserve. As a woman’s egg supply declines, so does her AMH level. The AMH test is fairly routine, and can be completed by most standard laboratories.

Ask your doctor to check you for fibroids. It’s not only size, but location of fibroids that makes them a threat to fertility. If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you should have periodic monitoring of your fibroids with a pelvic exam and ultrasound to be sure that they are not impacting your fertility. If you have surgery for your fibroids, you should ask your doctor how surgery may affect your future fertility.

Have an honest conversation with your doctor about your weight and lifestyle. If you are overweight, you are at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.  You may also have more difficulty conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. At your annual exam, talk with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI) and ways to keep it in a healthy range.

There are other things that you can do to protect your reproductive health. You should get annual gynecologic exams, and practice safe sex techniques to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Don’t smoke cigarettes and avoid secondhand smoke, because both can lower your fertility. Lastly, incorporate healthy diet and regular exercise into your daily routine.

So are you ready to be a conversation starter? There’s no time like the present to talk about your reproductive health, especially during NIAW. #StartAsking

Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. McCarthy-Keith is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina.  She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. McCarthy-Keith has special interests in male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and in vitro fertilization.

Sponsored by: Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Atlanta/Northside  |  Decatur  |  Alpharetta  |  Buckhead/Piedmont  |  Phone: (404) 843-BABY  |  www.IVF.com

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Andrews, Mary Kay_Beach House Cookbook

Local Atlanta author, Mary Kay Andrews is back with another book and this time she’s taking readers from the beach to the kitchen with some of her favorite coastal cuisine. Grab a copy of “The Beach House Cookbook” on May 2 and flip through a selection of easy-to-follow recipes ranging from Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken to New Year’s Day Open House charcoal-grilled oysters for festive feast ideas all year ‘round.

Details: $29.99. Marykayandrews.com

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Isabella - From Darkness to Life - HBIC PhotographyAtlanta resident, Isabella (pictured left) spent her 14th birthday like many of her other days—helping those around her struggling with substance abuse. On April 2, Isabella will attend the National Youth Activist Awards in Nashville, where she is nominated for the Community Ambassador and Environmental & Health Impact awards. This year, Isabella plans to launch her own nonprofit. From Darkness to Life hopes to increase the number of qualified addiction counselors in schools.

Details: facebook.com/outreachfromdarknesstolife

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EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge - Scott Reeve PhotographyIn 2016, Nancy Keenan competed in the EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge as a way to give back to the organization that helped save her daughter’s life. Though she won’t be taking the stage again this year, her daughter is a prime example of how powerful the right resources can be in the life of someone suffering from an eating disorder.

See local celebrities bust a move at this year’s Celebrity Dance Challenge on April 20 at The Buckhead Theatre at 6:30 p.m. and support EDIN’s efforts to prevent eating disorders, decrease the stigma surrounding the illness and more.

Details: Tickets start at $50. myedin.org/cdc 

This year’s celebrity dancers include:

Stacey Adams (Harry Norman, REALTORS®)
and Q Harper

Chef Mimmo Alboumeh (Maya Steaks & Seafood) and Natalie Pruitt

Mark Beaty, M.D. (Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery) and Asiya Khasnutdinova

Tammy McCall Browning (Good Moves) and Nathan Griswold

Jennifer Champion (Stay-at-Home Mom) and Erick Nathan

Tabitha Grant (Domino’s Pizza) and D Norris

Chef Todd Dae Kulper (Doraku Sushi) and Neeti Mehta

Milly Marques (Brows by Milly) and Shane Smith

Adam Asher Wattenbarger (Salem Media Group) and Ana Llorente

Kathy Zickert (Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP) and Desiree Nathanson

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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; puppet.org

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