Fair Oaks Senior Tennis

The Marietta Fair Oaks Senior Tennis 8.0 Team recently became Cobb County’s first parks team to win a United States Tennis Association National Championship. After winning city, state and southern sectionals the team went on to claim their title in Phoenix, Arizona.

Details: cobbcounty.org

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Atlanta-basedBSA_1215_BestBulletin_JessicaShops_ScentsiclesPhoto company ScentSicles offers realistically-scented ornaments that immediately bring a fresh-cut aroma to any Christmas tree or wreath. ScentSicles scented ornaments can be hung from trees, tucked into wreaths and garland or discreetly hidden anywhere to fill the home with a festive fragrance. Holiday scents include: White Winter Fir, Christmas Time Spruce, It’s a Wonderful Pine, SnowBerry Wreath and Two Dashes of Cinnamon. Great gift idea for just about anyone on your list including your favorite hostess or hard-to-buy-for co-worker. (Starting at $8.99)

Details:  www.enviroscent.com/scentsicles

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Wahoo & Wine Growlers
Pamela Ledbetter and Ski Peterson, better known as the husband-wife duo behind Decatur’s popular Wahoo! Grill , have added a specialty wine and bottle shop right next door to their restaurant hot spot. At Wahoo! Wine & Provisions find one-of-a-kind picks for friends and holiday hosts or customize a gift basket just for them with artisan wines, growlers, cheese, local handmade goods, sweet treats and more.

Details: 1036 W College Ave, Decatur, GA, wahoowine.com

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It's a celebration at Childrens Museum of atlanta

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Atlantans will be reintroduced to one of the city’s most iconic downtown attractions – The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Under expansion since August, this $8.2 million project is officially complete and now includes two additional permanent exhibits, a newly-transformed mezzanine level, enhanced existing galleries and a dynamic performance space for Museum “imaginators.”

Details: ChildrensMuseumAtlanta.org

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the jolliest 5k this season

Don your wackiest, tackiest and merriest gear for an Atlanta holiday tradition ─- Jingle Jog 5K/Jr./Elf Run on December 19. Pets can even get in on the fun and compete in the Humane Society Best Dressed Pet Contest. After the race enjoy treats from a variety of Atlanta’s best restaurants, rock out to festive music, play reindeer games and take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Just don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy! Each year through the help of toy drives at events such as Jingle Jog, the Salvation Army is able to provide over 70,000 gifts to Metro Atlanta Area children and seniors.

Details: jinglejog.com


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eye care meets eye fashion

Recently opened in Ponce City Market, Karoo glasses break the mold of the typical frame store. Their selection of trendy eyewear is carefully chosen to allow customer’s personality shine through. Constructed with double to triple laminate, precision lens engineering and advanced coatings, these glasses are built to last. Snag a Karoo gift card for the stylish glasses wearer you know and they can join the ranks of other cool Atlantans — like Mara Davis of “Atlanta Eats” and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR Station — who rock Karoo glasses.

Details: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, gokaroo.com

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These days it seems almost impossible to find an area of life that hasn’t been touched by technology, including the world of fitness. See how House of Payne Personal Training is embracing technology and using it to help their clients achieve their goals.

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hidden dangers of diabetes

By David Martin, RN, CEO and President, VeinInnovations

Diabetes comes with so many complications: vision problems, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, potential kidney failure and nerve damage. It truly affects the body from head to toe. On top of that, many people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, creating additional risks.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a hereditary and progressive medical condition wherein the leg veins, which carry blood to the heart and lungs, are compromised by failed valves. These delicate one-way valves normally keep blood from flowing backward. When they fail, however, blood is able to flow backward, pooling and creating pressure on veins. This pressure often results in spider veins, varicose veins, swelling, pain, restlessness and itching. In extreme cases, this pressure and fluid lead to a breakdown of the tissue and ultimately, an ulcer. This is a dangerous and uncomfortable condition for anyone, but for people with diabetes, venous stasis ulcers are even more of a cause for concern than usual.

For diabetics, healing is more difficult because high blood sugar narrows and hardens blood vessels, compromising blood flow and the delivery of nutrients essential for healing. Further, if nerves are damaged, a patient may not feel the pain caused by ulcers. Because of the tendency toward ulcers, it is imperative that patients who are both obese and diabetic carefully monitor their bodies for skin and vein changes.

For someone with diabetes, it is especially important to have a duplex Doppler ultrasound of the leg veins done from time to time to make sure venous flow has not been compromised. If there is an issue with reflux, minimally invasive procedures done in-office and with local anesthesia can reroute blood in failed veins to healthier veins, relieving pressure and delivering better blood flow. The resulting improvements to circulation help patients have a much better chance for faster, more complete healing.

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3 ways to stay active during the holidays

By Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club head coach

The holidays are approaching quickly, and all of the festivity can make it hard to stick to your regular fitness routine. Holiday parties, family gatherings and shopping can take up a lot of your time, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure you don’t neglect your health.

Get Up and At ‘Em

It can be tough to stick to your planned evening run or walk if you get a last-minute invite, so pick a time of day when you know nothing else will get in the way of your scheduled workout. Many people find success by working out first thing in the morning.



Incorporate Activity into Holiday Fun

Holiday fun and physical activities don’t have to be two separate things. If you get a little creative, you can keep moving while you enjoy the season.

While you’re out shopping for holiday gifts or food to feed your guests, park at the back of the parking lot to force yourself to take a few extra steps. Better yet, walk or bike to the store or mall. As you select holiday light displays, choose one that you have to walk through instead of a driving tour. You can even create your own personal light show by walking through your neighborhood and checking out the decorations on nearby houses.

Find a Holiday Run or Walk

Signing up for a holiday-themed race is a great way to focus on a specific goal and keep you motivated while staying in the spirit of the season. There are many races that celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s including Atlanta Track Club’s Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. If you’re not up for 13.1 miles, don’t worry! This event has a distance for everyone including a 5K, one mile and 50m dash.

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Courtesy of Torange.us.com

Traditional pumpkin spice drinks can be filled with unnecessary calories and overloaded with artificial ingredients.

Enjoy this healthy pumpkin spice smoothie alternative while snuggling in some blankets by a fire, reading a good book, carving a pumpkin or simply watching the leaves change into those beautiful fall colors.

Mannatech’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients (Serves 4)

•         4 frozen bananas

•         3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (organic)

•         2 tsp Pumpkin Spice ( 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)

•         2 tsp vanilla

•         2-2 1/2 cup almond milk (more or less)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add as much almond milk as you need to reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Pour into four glasses and enjoy!

(Source: Mannatech)

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