This month, enjoy reading these books from local publishers and authors.

BSA - May Best Books 1“Lost Destiny” 

In this month’s new release, local author Alan Axelrod documents Joe Kennedy Jr.’s final WWII mission to London, which ultimately resulted in Kennedy’s death. On May 19 at 6:30 p.m., Axelrod will read excerpts from his work, discuss it and sign copies at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The event is free to the pubic, and A Cappella Books will provide copies for purchase on site. jimmycarterlibrary.gov, acappellabooks.com

BSA - May Best Books 2“Root to Leaf” 

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union’s executive chef, knows his way around vegetables – every part of them, in fact. He shares his knowledge and simple approach to produce in his new cookbook, which focuses on seasonal, local options and helps you use each part of the plant. With such beautiful photography, the hardback copy can easily be a coffee table book as much as a kitchen tool. Order one from HarperCollins for $45. harpercollins.com

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“Everything I Never Told You” 

Celeste Ng’s debut novel, which follows a Chinese American family after the disappearance and death of a daughter, was named on of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2014. Haven’t read it yet? Pick up a copy on May 27 when Ng reads excerpts and signs copies at the historic Ivy Hall (179 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA). The event is free. acappellabooks.com

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By David A. Martin, RN, President/CEO, VeinInnovations

BSA - Venous InsufficiencyMother’s Day inspires a look at the connections between heredity, pregnancy and the pain, heaviness, swelling and restlessness associated with venous insufficiency. While most people think spider and varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, discolored or bulging veins could actually be symptoms of a disease that affects about a third of women and a quarter of men under 40, and almost half of all people over the age of 50.

Venous disease occurs when delicate, one-way valves in leg veins fail. Blood that should be pumped up to the heart and lung for re-oxygenation flows backward, pools and creates pressure, leading to varicose and spider veins. There is a definite genetic component to venous disease, and it can impact the ability or desire to exercise and rest well.

“If your mother or grandmother had varicose or spider veins, you are much more likely to have the disease,” says Dr. Lisa Perez, a venous health expert at VeinInnovations. “We have many mother-daughter patients, and fathers and sons, referring each other for treatment once they see that today’s procedures are fast, effective and require little or no downtime,” she explains.

Becoming a mother is one of the life changes most likely to trigger symptoms of venous insufficiency. “Hormonal changes and increased blood volume can exacerbate varicose veins. If a first pregnancy causes problems and subsequent pregnancies are a year or two away, we recommend treatment between pregnancies, as symptoms are likely to be worse in a second or third pregnancy,” Dr. Perez says.

Whether your vein trouble is hereditary or pregnancy related, it’s important to seek treatment. “Postponing treatment can cause quality of life problems such as poor sleep, a loss of interest in exercise and, ultimately, skin ulcerations that are extremely difficult to treat and heal,” Dr. Perez says. She urges anyone concerned about their legs to schedule an ultrasound screening.

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jessica shopsNatural and organic food connoisseurs have a new 24,000-square-foot grocery playground. Atlanta’s fist Earth Fare store, one of the largest natural retailers in the country, has opened in Peachtree Corners. Boasting strong ingredient standards, they feature healthy and organic offerings, including a made-from-scratch bakery, local and organic fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, including 100 percent antibiotic-free options. In addition to food, there is a health and wellness section with supplements, natural remedies and natural skin care.

Budget shoppers will appreciate the daily specials such as Real Meal Tuesdays and Sushi Wednesdays, all $5 each. Sign up for their loyalty program and download the mobile app to earn points and view daily deals. 

Details: 5270 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners GA, (770) 242-7568, earthfare.com/peachtreecorners

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com

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BSA - Infinity YogaThis month, popular Brookhaven yoga studio Infinity Yoga opens its second location. Co-owners Becky Nickerson and Matt Shechtman chose Dunwoody for their new 3,500-square-foot studio, where they welcome students of all levels – even those who don’t consider themselves yogies. That’s right! If you’re primarily a runner, endurance athlete, cyclist or even a CrossFit devotee Infinity Yoga offers specialty classes for you. Yoga can be one more resource for you to prevent injury and improve recovery time, and now you can attend classes at either location in the city.

Details: 1705 Mt. Vernon Road, Suite E, Dunwoody, GA, (678) 362-7720, infinityyogaatlanta.com

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Best Rx - Dr. Daniel NicholsonDr. Daniel A. Nicholson from Perimeter Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about getting back in shape.

Q: What is the safest way to start an exercise program to get back in shape for the spring? 

A: If you are not currently exercising on a regular basis, you’ll want to ensure that you progress gradually as you begin a new exercise regimen. Exercising too strenuously when your body is not accustomed to the activity can potentially lead to injury. I’d also suggest varying your exercises. Continual performance of the same set of exercises can predispose you to overuse injuries, such as tendonitis or bursitis.

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BSA - Cars & 'Q for the CauseEach May for the past six years, local company Choate Construction has hosted Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, a car show and barbecue meal to support national efforts to fight cystic fibrosis. CEO Millard Choate began supporting this cause more than 25 years ago when his daughter Emily’s best friends, Leanne Rittenbaum, was diagnosed with CF. Today, Leanne’s father Scot Rittenbaum is the executive director of the Georgia Chapter of the CF Foundation, and the two families stay committed to the cause year-round. Join 400 attendees on the evening of May 30 to check out 70 classic cars and bikes, as well as dinner, live music, a raffle and cocktails. Tickets start at $15, and if the cause speaks to you too, keep an eye out for Choate’s and the CF Foundation’s other fundraising events throughout the year.

Details: 800 Roberts Drive, Atlanta, GA, (678) 892-1224, choateco.com/cars-q-for-the-cause-2015

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BSA - Maria GoldshollCOO of Mom Corps Maria Goldsholl is here to share her best advice for mothering adolescents.

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? 

Watching their “adult” personalities begin to form. I’m also particularly proud when I witness kindness in them – it makes me feel like we have done something right.

What is a challenge of this stage? 

When they are young, as long as you kept them safe and gave them love, you were successful. At this age, so much more can go wrong. A woman in the supermarket once said to me, “Small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems.” That couldn’t be more true!

How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives? 

Help her lead a healthy life, whether it’s cooking for her, helping her with childcare so she can go to the gym or just providing and ear for the release of stress. I recently joined Iron Tribe Fitness, and the community there has helped me stay focused on my goals. It is so important to help each other be healthy so that we can be the dynamic, ambitious mom we want to be!

 

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By Amy Meadows

BSA - May Best Health 2With May being National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Monday, May 4 being recognized as Melanoma Monday by the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer awareness should be at the forefront of your mind this month. To help you stay on top of your own skin health, be proactive and check out one of these local community screenings and events. It could make all the difference.

SPOT me Skin Cancer Screening 

Presented by the American Academy of Dermatology

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Emory University, Radiation Oncology Department, Decatur

Details: Screenings are free, walk-ins welcome, (404) 501-3295, aad.org

SPOT me Skin Cancer Screening

Presented by the American Academy of Dermatology

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery, Tucker

Details: Screenings are free, walk-ins welcome, (404) 296-8000, aad.org, info@atlantadermatologyexperts.com

Northside Hospital-Atlanta Skin Cancer Screening 

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Cancer Center, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA

Details: Screenings are free but reservations are required. It’s recommended that you wear shorts and a T-shirt, and adults and children are welcome. (404) 531-4444. northside.com/healthscreenings

SPOT me Skin Cancer Screening 

Presented by the American Academy of Dermatology

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Peachtree Road Farmers

Details: Screenings are free, walk-ins welcome, (404) 365-1078, aad.org

Northside Hospital-Forsyth Skin Cancer Screening 

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: TBD

Details: Screenings are free, but reservations are required. It’s recommended that you wear shorts and a T-shirt, and adults and children are welcome. (404) 531-4444, northside.com/healthscreenings

Miles for Melanoma Savannah 

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m.

Location: Daffin Park

Details: This run/walk in Savannah starts at 8:30 and costs $30 for adults, $20 for participants ages 6 to 30, and free for children under 5. melanoma.org

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Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker | Livi Rae Lingerie | Breast Health/Self-Esteem

“Change your bra, change your life” is one of the unofficial mottos of Livi Rae Lingerie. It may sound cheesey to someone unfamiliar with their boutique, but Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker have helped enough clients to know that it’s absolutely true. Hopkins says, “We recently had a young girl who came in who was about four cup sizes different – she didn’t develop on one side.” They were able to fit her with the custom bra she needed so she could avoid a surgical procedure at a young age. 

Even with clients who don’t have a special circumstance like that, Hopkins says, “They feel like we’ve really taken the time to cater to their needs. Our clients become our friends,” Decker adds, “I don’t know any place that I can go that I’ll get a hug from the person that helps me. We find that we hug a lot in our store, and it’s very emotional and bonding.” A shopping trip that builds friendships and emotional support? It doesn’t get much more successful than that.

 

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Lauren Smith_Pippen_Fix Georgia PetsThey know they’re cute – they just can’t manage the selfie stick by themselves. Give your pets a hand a snap a selfie of the two of you together for our second annual Best Pet Selfie contest. Between May 15 and May 31, send your pet selfies to us at bestselfcontest@gmail.com or upload them  to our website. Then from June 15 to June 30, vote on Facebook for the cutest pics. The top three winners (determined by total votes on Facebook) will receive up to $500 for their pet-related charity, plus a prize package to pamper their pets.

Details: bestselfatlanta.com

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