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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Paige Castor, from GRAVITY, answers a reader’s question about cardio.

I’m doing cardio 5-6 days a week, but I’m still not seeing the results I want. What am I doing wrong?

While cardio is an important part of any fitness routine, you really need to build lean muscle to create meaningful change in your body. Women, especially, are told that they should do a great deal of cardio and eat less to get a lean body, but that simply isn’t the case. You need weight-bearing exercise to build lean muscle. At GRAVITY, we use your own body weight to help you lean and strengthen your whole body safely, and we incorporate spin bikes to give you a killer workout.

 

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Brianna Bacorn, from LifeGate Counseling Center, shares her best advice for parents with teens struggling with depression.

What myths are associated with teen depression?

“Depression is just teenage angst that they will outgrow.” Depression can ebb and flow, but time is not necessarily the cure.

How can parents tell if their teen is struggling with depression?

They may cry more often, isolate from friends and family, have suicidal thoughts, cut themselves and lose pleasure in activities that they used to enjoy.

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

Try to be present for your child. If it appears that the adolescent is having a hard time finding ways to cope, please consider taking them to a therapist. Ignoring that an adolescent is dealing with depression is not going to make it go away.

What are the available treatment options?

Therapy and medication are two options. Therapy can help reduce symptoms and equip people with the tools to work through depression. Depression can have a biological component, and medication can assist in helping with symptoms of depression.

 

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Judi-Lee Webb PhD, from New Directions Counseling Center, shares her best advice for teen’s struggling with eating disorders.

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

Some warning signs include fear of weight gain; preoccupation with food and/or exercise; evidence of binge eating and/or purging behaviors; dieting or only eating “healthy” or “safe” foods; poor self-esteem and body image; changes in weight; changes in personality or mood and more.

What should parents avoid doing?

Parents should avoid minimizing or ignoring the significance of an eating disorder. Parents should also avoid blaming or shaming their teen by directing their frustration, worry or anger toward them.

What would you say to a teen with an eating disorder?

There is hope and full recovery from eating disorders. Even though your “eating disorder voice” may be cheering you on, with treatment, you can learn the tools to challenge this deadly disease and take back control over your body and mind. You are worthy and deserving of a healthy and happy life.

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Root CityYou might not discover literal hidden gems at this weekend’s Root City Market Fall Pop-Up on The Beltline, but the local talent you’ll find might feel close to it.

This self-described “London weekend market meets Brooklyn flea” pop-up market will feature over 30 southern artist and crafters, from Block & Hammer’s hand stamped silverware and accessories to KMM & CO.’s leather goods.

Shoppers can also enjoy live music, grab some food, enter to win a giveaway of goods valued at $500 and make their own lantern for the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade later that evening.

The Homestead Atlanta will be on hand to provide lantern making supplies and advice for kids.

The pop-up shop will be open September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and you’ll want to get there early because the first 50 attendees will get their own swag bag.

Details: 112 Krog St Nw, Atlanta, GA, rootcitymarket.com

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Mizuno is launching their latest running shoe, the Wave Enigma 5, which combines both support and cushion to allow you to run stronger and longer. The latest Wave collection offers a variety of light and flexible shoes to best fit your needs. New U-shaped Wave technology softens the shock of impact during running and a neutral platform allows for smooth heel-to-toe transition. The Wave Enigma 5 is available for men and women in two colors for $149.99.

Details: mizunousa.com

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If you haven’t heard of Kathryn Stockett, you’ve certainly heard of her book, which Spend An Evening with Kathryn Stockett, Author of became a #1 New York Times-bestselling modern classic and was turned into an Academy Award-winning movie “The Help.” The Atlanta-based author is will appear at this year’s Forsyth Reads Together event. On September 15 at 7 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center Stockett will talk about her book and sign copies. Admission to the event is free, but it encouraged to register in advance.

Details: Lanier Technical College, Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. Cumming, Georgia, www.forsythpl.org .

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