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Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

Now that the weather has cooled down bit, now might be the time to try something new. I love to train outside. Have you tried bike riding? There are lots of great trails and paths in the Atlanta area. Before you strike out, make sure you have the right gear. I came across this brand of bike helmets called Nutcase. They make great bike helmets that allow you to show your personality. Nutcase makes fun helmets for youth and adults, and prices range from $50 to $70. I purchase mine at my local REI store. Check out their website and find where you can get your cool bike helmet.



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Dr. Damian Dhar, of North Atlanta Dermatology, answers a reader’s question about lice.

Lice are going around my child’s school. What should I know about them?

Lice are tiny parasitic insects that reproduce by feeding on your blood. You can get lice by coming into contact with either lice or their eggs. Lice can’t fly or walk on the ground, but they are easily spread – especially by schoolchildren – through close personal contact (sleepovers, athletics) and by sharing belongings like hats, helmets and brushes. Lice can live for one to two days off the body. Despite good personal hygiene, you can still get lice and unless properly treated, lice can recur. Usually you can get rid of lice by using nonprescription shampoo that’s specifically formulated to kill lice.

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Dr. Eileen Javellana, of Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center, answers a reader’s question about weight loss.

What is the number one pitfall for women who want to lose weight and keep it off?

We don’t take it seriously enough. Our culture portrays obesity as just a cosmetic problem, when it’s really a disease with whole body health implications. It’s also seen as a sprint: really, it’s a marathon. Think of yourself as an Olympic athlete in training. Success means developing repeatable habits of thought and action. Invest in a knowledgeable coach, psychological support and the proper tools. Put your health first. You’re worth it.

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House of Payne Personal Training doesn’t just focus on health and fitness in the gym, they truly change the lives of their clients by teaching realistic healthy lifestyle habits. From helping Tomika Smith believe in herself and keep pushing towards her goals, to helping Joy Tacadena find creative solutions for healthy meals on the go and how to get your training in while traveling, to being a part of the team that helped Corey Trocheck, wife, mother of two and dog trainer get back into physical exercise after losing her mobility from a spinal fusion, 2015 has truly been a year of inspiration and change for their clients from the inside out. See their stories below for yourself.
Latoya Wilkerson – Change from the inside out

Jennifer Croff – Creative healthy cooking


Deborah Lee and Tim Robinson – Prepping as a team


Joy Tacadena – Healthy on the go part 1


Joy Tacadena – Healthy on the go part 2


Joy Tacadena – Healthy on the go part 3


Corry Trocheck – Back and better than ever


Veronica Robinson – Be your own inspiration


Tomika Smith – Just take the first step

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team star and World Cup Champion Lauren Holiday will stop by a local Smoothie King on October 17 for a “Celebrate the Cup” event. Fans will have the chance to meet Holiday and hear her experience of winning the 2015 World Cup, ask questions, have autographs signed and enjoy free smoothie refreshments courtesy of Smoothie King. The Olympian will also provide young soccer enthusiasts a one-of-kind opportunity to be coached by her through various soccer drills. Holiday and Smoothie King have partnered for the event because of their shared mission to promote active and healthy lifestyles to youth.

Details: George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Hwy NE Suwanee, GA 30024

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Atlantans can now get beauty services right to their door with a free Uber-style app called Shaglam. Shaglam lets users scroll through portfolios, read reviews, compare prices and book either a blowout, custom updo or makeup artist. Embrace your inner celebrity while you kick back, relax and possibly indulge in a glass of bubbly while your booked stylist prepares you for your event in the comfort of your own home. Each stylist is vetted, trained and receives a background check, so you know you’re in trustworthy hands.

Details: available for iOS and Andriod, 

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Dr. Alan Gardner, of Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, answers a reader’s question about skin tags.

I have developed a few skin tags in the last few years. What are my options to have them removed?

Removal of benign lesions is a common request by patients for cosmetic reasons. There are different techniques or ways to remove these: electrocautery, excision, laser or cryosurgery. Healing time for most of these is typically quick and the removal is done in a simple outpatient office visit. After the removal, a scab will usually form and once healed may leave a small red spot that fades over time. The removal area needs to be properly cared for and cleaned to avoid infection. Instructions for proper care will be given to you at your appointment.


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Don’t be fooled by the fancy Italian name – this dish is simple, seasonal and healthy. It’s a vegetable-based take on a more traditional pasta dish, created by executive Matt Marcus at Portofino. And with just a handful of seasonings, it’s as easy to make as it is light and delicious.


  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 oz safflower oil (can be found at any grocery store)
  • 1 oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2 Tbl kosher salt
  • 2 Tbl black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is warming, split the squash lengthwise and brush with safflower oil. Place in oven for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Scrape the seeds and discard (or save for snack). With the back of a fork, gently grate the flesh of the squash until it releases from the skin.
  3. Heat a sauté pan with the olive oil. Add the garlic and turn off the heat. Once the garlic has toasted, add the squash and toss (or stir) making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

–Courtesy of Portofino,

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The best fitness advice around town! Jennifer Ketterly, registered dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Georgia answers a reader’s question about carbohydrates and working out.

Q: How do I know what carbohydrates I should have before my workout, and which I should avoid?

A: There is a lot of misinformation out there on carbohydrates. Most people think of them in two forms: bread and pasta. What many don’t know is that carbohydrates can also be in the form of sugar, which is a functional and important fuel for athletes.  Research has shown carbs in this form, available in sports drinks like Gatorade, before and/or during exercise lasting 60+ minutes can help maintain blood glucose levels, and maintain high rates of carbohydrate burning and may help improve performance.





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While you and the kids enjoy Halloween treats this month, make sure your pets don’t indulge in the wrong things! Keep in mind these tips from David York, owner of Barking Hound Village:

  1. Keep Halloween décor such as pumpkins and corn out of reach. Although they are relatively nontoxic, they can cause upset tummies should your pets ingest them in large quantities.

  2. Prevent accidental ingestion of Halloween candy by keeping pet-safe treats on hand instead. Consider leaving your pet in another part of the house while trick-or-treaters come to the door in case you drop any candy.

  3. Watch your children while they are eating their Halloween candy. Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing with their four-legged friends.

  4. Make sure you keep all candy away from Fido, but especially dark chocolate. This sweet is one of the most common causes of dog poisoning and can lead to serious illness and even death in dogs.

  5. If you suspect your pet has eaten something harmful, call your veterinarian, the Poison Control Center or the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435 immediately.
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