GroupAccording to 11Alive, over 65,000 people in Georgia sustain a brain injury annually. Once treated, most individuals return home to a dramatically different life. Enter the
Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, Inc.  At the nonresidential clubhouse, volunteer members who have endured a traumatic brain injury use their skills to help keep the clubhouse running by assisting with administrative, kitchen, or maintenance tasks. This model ensures that people with mental disabilities have a place to support each other, find and keep jobs, and live out their lives at home instead of in institutions.

Details: 1001 Main St., Stone Mountain; SideBySideClubhouse.org

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Alexis Lowery“No pain, no gain” is a harmful tagline for a healthy lifestyle. If pushing through pain progresses to a more severe injury, it can lead to the derailment of your fitness journey. Pain while working out is not normal. It is a warning sign that you are loading your muscles or joints improperly, explains Alexis Lowery, PT, DPT, OCS of Atlanta Physical Therapy. Physical therapists are clinically trained movement specialists equipped to keep your gains on track without pain.

Details: AtlantaPT.com

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SharecareThe Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has partnered with local digital health company, Sharecare, to promote a healthier city. Created by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and Dr. Oz, Sharecare is an easy-to-use digital platform and app that helps individuals manage their health. Users can upload data and track health patterns such as stress, sleep, and blood pressure and receive tips for making positive changes. Throughout the upcoming season, look for the Sharecare logo on Hawks’ jerseys!

Details: Sharecare.com

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Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Alison O’Neil at It’s Your Skin for the second round of my No-Peel Peel. I was so pleased with my first session and couldn’t wait to see the results from round two. To learn more about my first No-Peel Peel, click here. The great thing about this treatment is how quick it is! Don’t get me wrong, I love a long luxurious facial complete with a hand and shoulder massage but I don’t always have the time. Alison had me in and out in about 30 minutes and when I left, my skin looked completely normal.

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One of the most noticeable improvements, for me, was how much smaller my pores appeared. Often a facial will help with this, but the pore-shrinking benefits of this treatment seem to last longer. Once again, Alison was great about answering all of my questions and going the extra mile to make sure I was comfortable throughout the treatment. Thank you, Alison for making my skin fresh and dewy, just in time for spring!

 

Details: 404.256.7520. ItsYourSkin.co. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Ste. 135. Atlanta, GA 30342.

 

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Spa SydellSpa Sydell is back and under new ownership! The refreshed brand will offer traditional spa treatments along with results-driven aesthetic options such as the HydraFacial®, microneedling, and more. Retreat to its brand-new 3,400-square-foot Perimeter Place location complete with eight spa suites and a lounge with a tranquil fountain.

Details: 4520 Olde Perimeter Way, Dunwoody; SpaSydell.com

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Getting kids to eat their vegetables is no easy feat. That’s why Birgit Waites, an Pauli BroccoliAtlanta-based celebrity nutritionist, author, and mom wrote the children’s book, “The Adventures of Pauli Broccoli.” Left behind after the harvest, Pauli Broccoli sets out on a worldwide adventure and makes fresh friends along the way. The fun doesn’t stop once the story ends though. Pauli Broccoli & Friends can now be found on its own Spotify station. Your little one will be singing “Green is the new Cool” before you know it!

Details: $19, PauliBroccoli.com

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Andrew Thomas Lee PhotographyAfter a breezy bike ride around the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, stop into New Realm Brewing. The new restaurant and brewery combo serves up more than just signature hop-heavy cold ones. Helmed by executive chef  Julio Delgado, the eatery offers healthy options that are just as appetizing as its more indulgent ones. Share the colorful Georgia Peanut Hummus, featuring roasted- and slow-braised local peanuts blended with spices, lemon juice and Georgia olive oil.

Details: 550 Somerset Ter. NE., Atlanta; NewRealmBrewing.com

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MoshynFor the more than 1.2 million children in Georgia who live in low-income families, activewear is a luxury. Roswell residents Lisa and Mathew Moore founded Moshyn to change that. The one-for-one online athletic apparel company makes eco-friendly tank tops and T-shirts that are manufactured in the U.S. or in international factories that are certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, which promotes ethical manufacturing. Any time you buy one of Moshyn’s fun tops, its nonprofit arm, Youth In Moshyn, donates a new gym outfit, including shirt, shorts and socks to a deserving child in the community. So far, more than 100 children in Georgia and more than 1,100 youngsters nationwide have received gear.

Details: MoshynWear.com

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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta Executive Chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As Chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

These Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs with Riced Cauliflower and Vegetable Salad are the perfect go-to for a fast fresh meal.

“One of the things I love about this dish is that it’s not only delicious, but it’s very quick to prepare. Working long hours and trying to fit in time to get to the gym or get in some form of exercise does not leave me much time to make healthy meals. Being able to pull something together in under fifteen minutes is key,” says Patria.

 

 

Ingredients

Kabobs

Skewers

Cilantro Lime Chicken Kabobs7 ounces of chicken breast

1/4 zucchini

1/4 squash

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 lime

1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon EVOO

1 cup riced cauliflower

1/4 cup peeled zucchini ribbons

1/3 cup peeled squash ribbons

4 grape tomatoes sliced into rings

Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish

1 tablespoon cilantro or micro cilantro

Dusting of espelette pepper or chili powder to taste

Procedure

Dice the zucchini, squash and chicken into 1-inch cubes. Thread chicken, squash, and zucchini onto skewers, alternating between vegetables and chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on grill at 425 degrees. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until chicken reaches 165 degrees internally.

Mix half the juice of the lime with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, parsley, and cilantro. Set aside.

Combine the riced cauliflower, zucchini and squash ribbons, and tomatoes. Mix with the juice of the remaining half of the lime, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Once the kabobs are done, brush lightly with herb mixture.

Place cauliflower salad in the center of the plate and gently rest kabobs against the cauliflower salad.

Garnish with cilantro and chili powder.

Enjoy!

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By Wyndi Kappes

The 5th annual Scrubs Party, which was hosted by Emerging Leaders for Children’s, was a roaring success. On March 24, more than 300 attendees came out to raise over $380,000 for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Scrubs PartyThe sweeping views of Atlanta from The Roof at Ponce City Market were rivaled only by the colorful fashions of guests dressed to impress, which can be seen on the Best Self Atlanta Facebook page here. Throughout the evening, precious reminders of the party’s purpose were placed about the venue. Guests grabbed small binocular viewfinders to see the photos of kids who benefit from Children’s legendary work.

Delicious appetizers such as veggie tacos, mini shrimp po’boys, and oysters were the perfect complement to the 360-degree bar that served up creative cocktails. The crowd danced the night away under a white tent beautifully accented with bright lights along with pink, orange and blue decor.

Thanks to the efforts of groups such as Emerging Leaders for Children’s, Children’s can continue to provide quality healthcare.

To learn more about the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, click here.

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