BSA - April Best Bulletin ImageIs your neighborhood making you fat? Well, it’s not as simple as that, but it could be a factor. At the Museum of Design Atlanta, the new “Designing Healthy Communities” exhibit explores how our physical environments impact our health and well-being. For example, many areas of town are laid out in ways that encourage residents to drive instead of walk or stay home instead of interacting with neighbors. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This interactive exhibit, opening on April 19, shows the huge variety of design strategies that can make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone.

Details: 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, (404) 99-6455,

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jessica shopsIf your day includes a stop at the gym before or after work, you will love these super chic organizer bags from Fivesse. The bag holds all of your gym-to-work essentials and keeps them neatly organized with convenient labels, helping you sort, store and systemize your routine. There is even a secret pocket for valuables, a place for dirty clothing and a separate garment bag option to avoid wrinkling your work clothes.

I recently discovered that it also works well as a travel carry-on. I can easily access my water bottle, hand cream, lip balm, mints and earphones without much digging. It’s my favorite go-to bag, and prices start at just $99.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6474 high resDr. Tara Frix

Total Healthcare – Non-Surgical Joint and Spine Care 

Dr. Tara Frix had no doubts about where her career was headed. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she says. But she always knew that a patient’s health can’t just rely on one provider. “Early on, I was drawn to the multidisciplinary approach of having sports medicine doctors, non-surgical orthopedists, chiropractors and physiotherapists that all have the same goal for the patient.”

“If you work hard and work smart, it will eventually pay off. Persistence is the key to achieving anything you want. Whether it’s financial, career, personal or health goals, keep at it, keep going, keep moving forward – you will eventually look around and realize you are there! I see patients that do it all of the time. If they stick to their treatment plan and do their exercises, they eventually get back to living a pain-free life because they didn’t give up.”

Today, she’s living her vision at Total HealthCare, helping patients eliminate joint pain without relying on the all-too-common cortisone injections and joint replacements. “I love giving patients their lives back and getting them active again,” she says.

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Jacquie Damgaard from ExecuCare is here to share her advice to relieve stress about work.

BSA - Jacquie DamgaardWhat is the most common work-related stressor people experience?

The number one issue I hear from my clients is, “I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done at work.”

Why are so many people stressed by their workload?

Most people have never learned how to organize their time and fulfill their most important goals. Instead, they get caught up in a lot of activities that seem urgent and important at the time, but actually should be delegated to someone else or eliminated.

How can people reduce work stress?

When feeling overwhelmed, many people think, “If I just work harder and put in more hours right now, then it will all get better soon.” This is usually not true. A much better option is to immediately learn some new habits around how you choose to direct activities during the day.

What phrase or quote can help people put their work into perspective?

The classic, “Work smarter, not harder.”

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BSA- Best BitesThey add texture and sweetness to almost any dish, and they are also an excellent source of many vital components of your diet, such as vitamins A, C, K, B6, folic acid, iron, fiber and more.

Basic prep: Denise Romeo, president of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and blogger at “We Like To Cook!” recommends blanching peas to release their best flavor. Start by rinsing the pods, opening them up and using your finger to pop the peas out of the pod. Add the shelled peas to a saucepan with about half an inch of boiling water. For best taste, Romeo says, “Simmer the peas over low heat about two to five minutes until they are just tender and bright green. Once cooked, drain excess water and coat the peas lightly in melted butter, or pop them into a spring salad with arugula, sliced radishes and freshly snipped mint.”

Step it up: Romeo says, “To really dress up your salads, try adding pea tendrils for an added element of texture and interest.” Pea tendrils are the climbing, leafy tops of the pea plant. Romeo adds, “Don’t throw away those empty pea pods. Add them to broth for an extra flavor of spring.”

Find it: Spring peas are available at most local farmers markets, including the Morningside Farmers’ Market. Shop every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1393 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6613 high resDr. Dina Giesler

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness – Dental Health/Cosmetic Dentistry 

Dr. Dina Giesler knew she wanted to work in dentistry from the time she was in 11th grade. “I’ll never forget it,” she says. “I was sitting with my girlfriend, and we were talking about becoming dental hygienists. So my senior year in high school, I started working for an orthodontist.” The spark was lit, so after she went to hygiene school, Dr. Giesler continued to dental school to become a cosmetic dentist. Her practice today provides everything from general care to cosmetic procedures.

“Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused on the goal, and never ever give up!” 

Along the way, Dr. Giesler pushed herself to learn other skills as well. She pursued her Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only 1% of dentists achieve. In addition to learning everything she needed to along the way, Dr. Giesler credits her success to hiring great people. “You surround yourself with women that can multitask – good, strong women,” she says. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she herself is one.

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BSA - Weekend Wellness Best FunA new weekly wellness series makes its debut at the Chattahoochee Nature Center this month. Every Sunday from April 12 to May 3, the Wigwam Fest offers a full day of yoga sessions, boot camps, dance classes, wellness education and fresh air. They even host a variety of specialty workshops on topics like therapeutic gardening and reading beauty product labels. A one-day ticket costs $69, and series passes are available for multiple days.

Details: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA, (770) 992-2055,

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Choose to be your best self with House of Payne Personal Training! “Exercise is about being the best YOU possible.”

Details: 4565 Lawrenceville Hwy. Lilburn, GA 30047, (678) 641-9188,

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6509 high resDr. Brian Maloney

Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery – Facial Cosmetic Surgery 

Dr. Brian Maloney’s roots are in reconstructive surgery. “As I went through my residency,” he remembers, “I would rebuild faces from scratch after car accidents and gunshot wounds, taking bone from the rib and hips and skill.” These years reconstructing every part of the face gave him an intimate understanding of the nuances of facial surgery and honed his skills.

“My parents always said, ‘The sky is the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to.’ Life is short, and it is important to find your passion!”

Eventually, he began to focus on cosmetic surgery. He compares the two, saying, “With reconstructive surgery, we’re taking an abnormal feature and trying to make it look normal; with cosmetic surgery, we’re taking a normal feature and trying to enhance it.” And with each kind of surgery, Dr. Maloney says, he encountered overwhelming gratitude from his patients. “It’s neat to have patients writing letters to share how the surgery changed their lives.” Dr. Maloney himself takes advantage of those life-changing effects of cosmetic surgery, actively using Botox and Juvederm to avoid that infamous “grumpy resting face” and keep a happy, lifted look to match his attitude.

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Cast Your Final Votes! 

38197.14.06.001Who are the most fabulous members of Atlanta’s over-40 crowd? Find them in our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, going on now. The contestants were nominated by their friends, co-workers or family members because they give back to the community, enjoy life to the fullest and look great in the process. Get to know them on our Facebook page, and vote for your favorite fabulous contestant until April 5. The top 10 winners will share their stories in Best Self Atlanta’s June issue, so don’t miss it!


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