what is thermva

Carla Williams, of Vinings Surgery Center, answers a reader’s question about ThermiVa®.

Q:What is ThermiVa®?

A: ThermiVa is a new device that delivers heat deep within the skin to reduce urinary leaks and incontinence, improve sexual satisfaction and increase the body’s natural moisture production. “It is a non-invasive, painless treatment that lasts about 30 minutes with absolutely no downtime,” says Carla Williams of Vinings Surgery Center.


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add 6.4 years to your life

Flossing your teeth daily can make your arteries younger and keep your immune system young by reducing oral bacteria that would otherwise circulate through your bloodstream, increasing inflammation, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and more. “Daily flossing adds an average of 6.4 years to life!” Says dentist Roberta Cann, of Cann Dentistry.


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By Alexandra McCray

“Up, down, left, right, now double tap!” Concourse Athletic Club director of fitness & group exercise, Marianne Baker says enthusiastically holding two fluorescent green drum sticks in the air and demonstrating the next set of moves we’ll attempt.

Pound 1

My legs are already burning, I’m panting and I can hear the rest of us trying just as hard to catch a breath.

Recently, our Atlanta Best Media team tried out the funkiest exercise class to arrive at Concourse Athletic Club, POUND Fitness. Created by two former drummers, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, POUND Fitness torches calories through a full-body, cardio-drumming workout with specially-designed Ripstix™.

POUND routines accelerate the traditional workout moves, such as squats and lunges, with fast-paced pop beats and companion motions with Ripstix™ (which actually weigh twice as much as normal drum sticks, but are slightly shorter). Don’t let the seemingly lightweight Ripstix™ and simple moves fool you though … 30-plus minutes of this workout and you’ll be feeling muscles you didn’t even know you had.

Pound 3

Rapid fire rounds of sets — like pounding the floor and popping back up to side step into a lunge — will get your heart racing and your core engaged. When you feel like giving up and calling quits the rhythmic drumming motion accompanying each move keeps your momentum going. Plus, it’s just plain fun to clang your sticks to the beat along with fellow classmates. Feel free to envision an ex, the person that cut you off in traffic today or a terrible boss if you need a little extra motivation to drum as hard as you can.

By the end of our half hour class, our entire team was sweaty, tired and reaching for our water bottles, but definitely happy. If you’re looking for a class to slam some variety into your workout routine, a POUND class is the way to go. Just be prepared to have a hard time climbing stairs or walking the next day.

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Fair Oaks Senior Tennis

The Marietta Fair Oaks Senior Tennis 8.0 Team recently became Cobb County’s first parks team to win a United States Tennis Association National Championship. After winning city, state and southern sectionals the team went on to claim their title in Phoenix, Arizona.

Details: cobbcounty.org

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Atlanta-basedBSA_1215_BestBulletin_JessicaShops_ScentsiclesPhoto company ScentSicles offers realistically-scented ornaments that immediately bring a fresh-cut aroma to any Christmas tree or wreath. ScentSicles scented ornaments can be hung from trees, tucked into wreaths and garland or discreetly hidden anywhere to fill the home with a festive fragrance. Holiday scents include: White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s a Wonderful Pine, SnowBerry Wreath and Two Dashes of Cinnamon. Great gift idea for just about anyone on your list including your favorite hostess or hard-to-buy-for co-worker. (Starting at $8.99)

Details:  www.enviroscent.com/scentsicles

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Wahoo & Wine Growlers
Pamela Ledbetter and Ski Peterson, better known as the husband-wife duo behind Decatur’s popular Wahoo! Grill , have added a specialty wine and bottle shop right next door to their restaurant hot spot. At Wahoo! Wine & Provisions find one-of-a-kind picks for friends and holiday hosts or customize a gift basket just for them with artisan wines, growlers, cheese, local handmade goods, sweet treats and more.

Details: 1036 W College Ave, Decatur, GA, wahoowine.com

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It's a celebration at Childrens Museum of atlanta

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Atlantans will be reintroduced to one of the city’s most iconic downtown attractions – The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Under expansion since August, this $8.2 million project is officially complete and now includes two additional permanent exhibits, a newly-transformed mezzanine level, enhanced existing galleries and a dynamic performance space for Museum “imaginators.”

Details: ChildrensMuseumAtlanta.org

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the jolliest 5k this season

Don your wackiest, tackiest and merriest gear for an Atlanta holiday tradition ─- Jingle Jog 5K/Jr./Elf Run on December 19. Pets can even get in on the fun and compete in the Humane Society Best Dressed Pet Contest. After the race enjoy treats from a variety of Atlanta’s best restaurants, rock out to festive music, play reindeer games and take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Just don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy! Each year through the help of toy drives at events such as Jingle Jog, the Salvation Army is able to provide over 70,000 gifts to Metro Atlanta Area children and seniors.

Details: jinglejog.com


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eye care meets eye fashion

Recently opened in Ponce City Market, Karoo glasses break the mold of the typical frame store. Their selection of trendy eyewear is carefully chosen to allow customer’s personality shine through. Constructed with double to triple laminate, precision lens engineering and advanced coatings, these glasses are built to last. Snag a Karoo gift card for the stylish glasses wearer you know and they can join the ranks of other cool Atlantans — like Mara Davis of “Atlanta Eats” and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR Station — who rock Karoo glasses.

Details: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, gokaroo.com

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These days it seems almost impossible to find an area of life that hasn’t been touched by technology, including the world of fitness. See how House of Payne Personal Training is embracing technology and using it to help their clients achieve their goals.

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