Vision Rehabilitation Services - BSA 1016

Founded in 1983, Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, helps visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind Georgians live independently. The organization works in more than 30 counties to offer comprehensive vision evaluations, provide orientation and mobility classes, facilitate independent living skills, and give access to technology training, career guidance, diabetes workshops and counseling services. None of these great opportunities would exist without community support through events like the eighth annual Spooktacular Chase 10K/5K on October 15 at Cobb Park. This Halloween-themed chase features the Haunting Hills of Smyrna, a pre/post race expo, celebration and brunch—and all proceeds benefit VRS.

Details: 2776 Sanford Rd. SE, Smyrna;

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Do you know if the people helping take care of your skin and body are up-to-date on the latest science, technology, treatments and products?  Since many of our readers enjoy facials, skincare, massages or other esthetic treatments, we’ve teamed up with the inaugural Face & Body Southeast, an advanced education conference and expo coming to Atlanta October 15-17, for the first time.

Face & Body Expo SoutheastIt’s for estheticians, spa owners, and medical wellness professionals, so please let your favorite practitioners know about this first-time program in the southeast.  Their opportunities include the chance to visit 70 expo exhibitors as well as 55 Advanced Education Conference classes such as Acne Management & Extraction, A Global Perspective on Ethnicity and Pigmentation (by Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck of Naturophoria), Essential Oils for Better Health in the Spa, Natural Cosmeceuticals: Myths and Realities, and GMOs: Should You Be Wary or Welcoming?

To keep up with the latest products that will launch at the Expo, you can follow along with four Atlanta beauty influencers who will be posting their favorite products and treatments! Follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat with @capitoldebeaute (Melanie Woodroffe), @ohnikka (Nikka Shae), @makeupbymegha (Megha) and @ianvmil (Venus).


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Atlanta 2-Day Walk - It's The Journey, Inc. - BSA 1016

Created by local breast cancer survivor Randi Passoff and hosted by It’s The Journey, Inc., the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer keeps all funds it raises local to support Georgia breast cancer patients and breast health programs. This year’s walk, October 15–16, covers 30 miles around the city. During the past 13 years, It’s The Journey, Inc., has funded over 200 grants providing breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services and continuing care.


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Dr. Sri Mandyam - BSA 0916Georgia Pain and Wellness Center has added to its team Dr. Sri Mandyam, a double board-certified physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Mandyam joins Dr. Amit Patel and Dr. Steven Nguyen in treating a variety of chronic and painful conditions using a multi-modal approach.

Jason Paluch has been appointed as the new director of spa at Mandarin, Oriental, Atlanta. With over a decade of spa-operation experience, Paluch will oversee the 15,000-square-foot spa, which offers luxury treatments and products.

Northside Hospital - BSA 0916

Dr. Daniel Shasha, world-renowned prostate cancer specialist and medical director of Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s radiation oncology program, has joined Northside Radiation Oncology Consultants (NROC). Along with being board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Shasha brings to NROC more than 20 years of experience in radiation management of prostate cancer.

DeKalb Medical has received the Health Champion Elite Designation from the American Diabetes Association for providing health and well-being support and resources to its employees. DeKalb excelled particularly in promoting nutrition and weight management, physical activity and organization well-being.

A new Atlanta-based nonprofit, The FitWit Foundation has received its first corporate grant. The Target Corporation recently awarded the foundation $20,000 to provide free fitness programs to local middle-school and high-school youth who are not involved in sports. The foundation seeks to empower youth and encourage self-confidence and growth through physical activity.

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The Beauty Depot - BSA 0916

Q: What’s an easy way to transform my hair without damaging it? 

A: Preventative hairstyling is my suggestion and the most popular method is the use of hair extensions and wigs. My own line of extensions called Prince Khyseam Glamour Crowns offer women the appearance of longer/fuller hair with the ability to thoroughly cleanse their natural hair at every salon visit and try any style they desire, without jeopardizing the integrity of their hair—often a big concern.

Mark Gammill - BSA 0916My focus is to provide this styling alternative to make beauty fantasies a reality while always promoting healthy hair.

- Alkhyseam Watson, The Beauty Depot

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Landra Voight - BSA 0916

It’s not all in your head! Although insomnia can be triggered by stress, many struggle to stay asleep because of imbalances in the endocrine system. The endocrine system governs metabolism and energy; too much thyroid hormone in the body (hyperthyroidism) can speed up metabolism and cause some to feel jittery or hyperactive. Make note of any patterns and ask a physician for advice. Balance can be restored through natural and medical treatments, relieving insomnia and helping patients feel better according to Dr. Tim Nguyen of the Atlanta Integrative Medical Center.

Details: 1891 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318; 

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Halo Top Ice Cream - BSA 0916

How many times have you wanted something sweet, like ice cream, but felt that wasn’t a possibility while trying to eat healthy? Well meet my new favorite treat—Halo Top Ice Cream. All the goodness from your favorite childhood (or adult) treat, without the guilt. Sweetened primarily with stevia, Halo tastes just like regular ice cream but in a low-calorie, high-protein, low-sugar version. A pint ranges from 240-280 calories and can be found in your local grocery store. Feel free to try all the flavors and find your personal favorite.


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Dr. Dana NeacsuIntegrative medicine emphasizes personal empowerment to choose a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent cancer from occurring, support the body through the treatment or prevent recurrence. Many factors may not be in our control but certain lifestyle choices are.

1. During cancer treatment, food should not only support the body but also minimize the adverse reactions and even possibly potentiate the treatment effects. Eat a plant-based diet rich in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage), avoid trans fats and increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids (fish, flaxseed, walnuts). Avoid sugar and processed foods. Buy organic as much as possible. One great website to check for information is Environmental Working Group for their extensive database including food, safe cosmetics or cleaning products to name a few. Drink 2-3 cups green tea a day and don’t forget your water. Incorporate mushrooms in your diet, particularly the medicinal varieties such as maitake, reishi, shiitake ; some may be  as supplements.

2. Use dietary supplements cautiously and always check with your health care practitioner, some of the most common supplements used are aloe vera, vitamin D products, melatonin for sleep, milk thistle for liver protection.

3. Consider testing for intracellular nutrient deficiencies and replenish accordingly to make sure your body has enough resources to detox and heal.

4. Exercise! Combine aerobic activity, such as walking, with strength training and also consider more meditative movement like yoga or tai chi. Many studies actually show improved strength, immunity, well-being and survival rates.

5. Try alternative treatments for the various chemo adverse reactions: acupuncture is great for fatigue, nausea, postmenopausal symptoms, pain or lymphedema. Massage therapy is great for anxiety, insomnia or pain; look for a massage therapist who is trained to work with cancer patients. Any form of stress reduction therapies also help: meditation, art therapy, music, mindfulness-based stress reduction.

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Sponsored by: Dana Neacsu, MD, Integrative and Functional Medicine | Medical Creations Integrative Medicine |4840 Roswell Rd, Bld A Suite 200, Sandy Springs | (678) 732-9065| 

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When it comes to the versatility of pasta, the possibilities are endless with options available for even limited diets. Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards Executive Chef Savannah Haseler puts a healthy spin on pub food, including this vegan recipe for pasta dough. The restaurant uses this as the base for its Vegan Tagliatelle Pasta dish adding marinated heirloom tomatoes, vegan cheese, arugula and smoked lemon oil for a tasty plate of buon cibo.

Twain's Brewpub - BSA 0916


4 cups semolina flour

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat OR
whole wheat pastry flour

1 Tbsp salt

1 1/2 cups water at room

2 Tbsp minced parsley

1 Tbsp minced tarragon

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp minced oregano


Blend flours in food processor. Add minced herbs. With food processor running, add water slowly until dough is malleable and slightly sticky. Rest dough for at least 10 minutes before rolling.


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Little Barn Apothecary - BSA 0916

Known for its sleek, modern style and organically based ingredient list, popular local skincare brand Little Barn Apothecary has found a new home in Westside Provisions District. The brand’s flagship shop, Little Barn Apothecary & Co., will carry signature products and a rotating selection of specialty seasonal items.

Details: 1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Ste. OL1, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318;

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