The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

Join VeinInnovations in fighting the number one killer of American women, heart disease, by registering to join team VI at this year’s Atlanta Heart Walk.

Instead of asking staff and patients for support to reach their yearly $10,000 donation goal to the American Heart Association, VeinInnovations instead is inviting you and your friends and family to stop by for a free vein screening at their Atlanta Heart Walk tent.

For every family member or friend you bring VeinInnovations will donate $11 (or more!) to fight heart attacks and strokes.

VeinInnovations will have all physician and staff hands on deck at the Heart Walk to hand out information to help walkers learn more about the many health advantages to having “great legs for life.”

Can’t make it to this year’s heart walk, but still want to help? Check out VeinInnovations  “Healthy Legs -> Happier Hearts” baseball t-shirts and show off your support for great legs and healthy hearts.

To learn more visit vieninnovations.com, metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org

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“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That’s what author Maria Higgins asks readers in her latest book and at this month’s Soul Healing Conference in Pine Mountain, Ga. During the conference, held the weekend of Sept. 25-27, attendees can hear Higgins’ keynote speech about overcoming fear, listen to inspirational talks from other successful women, and attend breakout sessions for succeeding professionally and personally, such as “Playing by the Unwritten Rules” and “Give Yourself Permission to Pursue Your Vision.” Register for the whole weekend for $199.

Details: Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, GA, soulhealingconference.com

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Atlanta based nonprofit MedShare and Halyard Health have come together to host your not-so-average fundraising dinner, Talk & Taste, which they hope will leave you full and inspired.

Guests will start the night by enjoying dinner and cocktails, then hear moving stories from guest speakers who turned their ideas into plans and into actions that changed the world.

Speakers Susan Grant, Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare; Dr. Carl Kihm, Podiatrist & Medical Mission Surgeon; Tatiana Jean-Louis, UPS Analyst & MedShare Volunteer and A.B. Short, MedShare Founder & Former CEO will share their experience helping solve crises from earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

MedShare aims to equip medical providers all over the world with surplus medical supplies that would simply end up in a landfill. Access to this supplies allows those local medical providers to give better healthcare to their communities, which they may not normally receive. So far they have donated medical supplies to over 96 countries and equipped over 2,500 medical mission teams.

To learn more about MedShare or purchase tickets visit http://www.medshare.org/

 

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March of Dimes and Grady Health System have partnered to host a foodie fundraiser. The Farmer & The Chef event, on September 19, will showcase five of Atlanta’s up and coming chefs.

Guests can enjoy healthy meal tastings featuring ingredients from local farms prepared by Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Todd Ginsberg, Eli Kirshstein, Franck Steigerwald and Andrea Kirshtein.

Culinary experiences, vacation getaways, sports and spa packages will also be up for grabs throughout the evening with a silent auction.

March of Dimes hopes this event will help raise awareness about the health benefits of eating well during pregnancy, for both mother and child. Funds from the event will benefit community programs to improve the health of mothers and babies, prenatal education, and to empower women to take control of their bodies.

For more information visit marchofdimes.com/ga.

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If you aren’t a fan of mainstream pro sports, Atlanta fans are typically out of luck when it comes to rooting for a home team. Well, no more! Atlanta now has a professional lacrosse team called the Georgia Swarm. The men’s team, which features NCAA champions and Olympic medalists, hails from Minnesota and has moved south for their upcoming season starting in January. And soccer fans should keep an eye out for the proposed women’s soccer team, called the Atlanta Vibe. The team would include international players and compete April through September at Silverback Park. For game schedules and team updates, visit their websites.

Details: georgiaswarm.com, atlantavibe.com

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Sheila Namanworth, DMD of Institute for Advanced Medical Research, answers a reader’s question about Botox.

Can Botox really help depression?

Yes. In three separate studies, researchers found that treating the facial muscles responsible for expressing emotions sends feedback into the brain. In short, if your face looks happy, you feel happy. This use of Botox is just one more exciting development as we start to explore the connection between brain and mind wellness; this connection is key component of any anti-aging regime.

 

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10250275_10152961508552607_6834769629603104311_nIt’s a black and white affair again for Sheltering Arms, Georgia’s largest nonprofit for early childhood education, is back with their 5th annual Black & White Masquerade on September 19.

Get dressed up and enjoy live entertainment, cocktails, gourmet food, casino games and cigar rolling. Or tap into your inner child and create, decorate or purchase a mask to wear.

Funds raised from the event will go to supply scholarships, literacy materials and teacher training’s to benefit underprivileged children.

By the end of the school year, children in Sheltering Arms programs meet or exceed developmental milestones for age and stage of development.

Sheltering Arms helps more than 2,500 children in metro Atlanta grow into successful adults.

To register and learn more visit http://bit.ly/SAMasquerade

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Join Bob Steele Salon as they celebrate the makeover of their Post Riverside location with a summer soiree of pretty proportions! On Friday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., head to the salon for Deep Eddy cocktails, light bites, a summer bun bar, giveaways and more.

Details: 4403 Northside Parkway, Suite 160, Atlanta, GA, (404) 262-9499, bobsteele.com

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image1Daniel Rubin, of Rubin Counseling, shares his best advice for parents with teens struggling with addiction.

What myths are associated with teen addiction?

That teens will outgrow their addiction. Parents think, ”This is just a high school thing, but once they get to college, or once they get a job, it will be better.”

How can parents tell if their teen is struggling with an addiction?

Look for changes in behavior. Individuals in active addiction are focused on being able to use, so all other things will become less important.

If a teen is struggling with an addiction, how can parents support him/her?

Go to the source and ask the teen how can they help. I recommend counseling, self-help groups, and building the biggest support network as possible. As a parent, let your teen know that you are here to help, not to punish them.

What would you say to a teen with an addiction?

Admitting you have an issue with drugs or alcohol does not have to become your identity. Addiction does not have to define you. You will find people who accept you regardless. You can do it.

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If you are always on the go, chances are you carry some sort of a health bar as backup nutrition. Why not do the same for your fur friend? Turbopup.com has created a line of canine meal bars that are revolutionizing the way people travel with their dogs. A perfect meal supplement for dogs on the go, the bars are naturally grain free, high in protein and made with human-grade ingredients. They come in bacon and peanut butter flavor and are sold in one or two packs priced at $3.29 and $5.99

You can drive to Outlaw Jerky Store in Dahlonega to buy them locally, or shop online at turbopup.com. This fast-growing company, once featured on Shark Tank, plans to add more retail locations, so check their website for updates.

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