Slavery should no longer be a term associated with today’s society, but for an estimated 10-30 million people, it’s more than a word — it is their reality. Atlanta continually tops the ranking as one of the largest, most active hubs for human trafficking in the country. Conventions, events, population density and our busy airport create fertile ground to root this pervasive problem. Every night, hundreds of children, mostly girls, are sexually exploited in Georgia and each month, thousands more are at risk for human trafficking.

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we are highlighting just a few of the many Atlanta charities working to end this cycle of modern bondage.

Halt Human Trafficking

BeLoved Atlanta

Created by Amelia Quinn after she found freedom from her own abuse. BeLoved Atlanta welcomes victims of human trafficking to find solace.  This nonprofit offers a free, two-year residential housing program to provide a safe place for women to break free from prostitution and addiction. Their programming also includes education, employment assistance and continued support through a variety of resources.

The Junior League of Atlanta

The Junior League of Atlanta increases knowledge about the city’s human trafficking problem through community advocacy and by championing preventative legislation. JLA raises the awareness necessary to decrease both the supply and the demand for trafficked children.

Wellspring Living

Wellspring Living strives to guide trafficking victims forward, leaving the world of sexual abuse and exploitation behind them. With resources available to women ages 12 through 30, Wellspring provides education experience, valuable life skills and therapy for survivors, as well as support for those at risk for victimization. Their assessment center assists those seeking immediate relief, and their training institute prepares community organization to join the fight.

Race Across America: Team Sorella

In partnership with Wellspring Living riders Korey Gotoo, Lauren Schrichten, Betty Jean Jordan, and Jennifer Klein created their own Race Across America team, Team Sorella. They ride on a mission to bring lasting change to the lives of women and girls of all backgrounds.



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The free Honey app puts the latest health tips and expert advice right in the palm of your hand. Updated daily by nutritionists, Honey users can save recipes, ask questions and check out products to help stay slim and trim.


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Excercise for Mobility

As you age, you lose muscle and bone mass, which can lead to joint and back pain, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. Regular exercise slows the loss of muscle mass, strengthens bones and improves both mobility and balance, which reduces the risk of injury. Resurgens Orthopaedics‘ Lori Ellwood, R.N., O.N.C., advises finding an activity that you enjoy and commit to it for at least 30 minutes a day.


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Embarking on a self-directed tour of multiple Atlanta breweries could require some serious logistical planning to arrange visiting times and ensure a safe ride to each location. Enter Southern Beer Tours (SBT), now handling all of those particulars so that curious enthusiasts can merely handle the handle of a cold beer mug. SBT hosts several regular tours — including the Atlanta Brewery Tour, the Baseball & Brewery Tour and the Atlanta Walking Tour — and arrange private or customized tours for any occasion.

Sweetwater tour

A Sweet Start

After noting the SBT experience on CulinaryLocal (the site dedicated to curating a roster of local food and drink events), we opted to try one of their most popular tours, the Atlanta Brewery Tour, comprised of a stop at SweetWater Brewing and a rotation of two other breweries. Our tour route takes us to Red Brick Brewing and Monday Night Brewing. Each tour and tasting experience reflects the unique style of the individual breweries.

SweetWater’s laid back style allows time to enjoy a beer or two and ask bartenders questions before touring the facilities. Marvel at some of the latest equipment  (like oh say…a multi-million dollar machine that required German engineers to be flown in to assemble) learn a little bit of the company’s history and potentially get the scoop on new brews in their classified “Dank Tank.”

Tap Into the Scene

Red Brick presents a more intimate environment with live music by local artists and energetic bartenders eager to make recommendations. Though their brewing facilities are smaller, the space resonates with distinct character.  Antique brewing equipment from the 1900s works alongside special pieces imported from England, and employees are encouraged to create their own small-batch brews in an area designated for that specific purpose.

Monday Night keeps the party time atmosphere alive with ample entertaining spaces inside the building and outside on the patio. Play some corn hole, catch a movie on their projector or just sit and chat with friends. Feel free to bring along your four-legged pals as well; they’ll have plenty of fun chomping on one of Monday Night’s stuffed beer-bottle chew toys.

Whether it’s tasty taps, the live music or the behind-the-scenes look at the thriving local brewery scene, these tours get the fun flowing for beer lovers and all their drinking buddies.

Details:,, Tours starting at $65

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Pink Lungs

Myth: Lung cancer only affects men

Fact: Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer. In fact, a woman learns she has lung cancer every five minutes in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association, says Dr. Africa Wallace, a thoracic surgeon at Piedmont Hospital.


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House of Payne Personal Training co-owner, Rachel Payne breaks down the basics of meal prepping for a healthy week ahead.

healthy meal ideas

  • Plan your menu – Write down what you’re going to eat for every meal all week long.

  • Create your grocery list – Once you know your menu for the week, you’re ready to shop efficiently.

  • Prepare as much as possible – Dice veggies, measure out fruit and snacks, grill a bunch of chicken — it’s a snap pulling meals together when you’ve prepped everything in advance.

Sample Menu


Non-fat Greek yogurt parfait with fruit

1 slice of Ezekiel toast with honey

Egg white omelet  with peppers and onions

Mid-morning Snack:

Turkey meatballs

Apple slices



Low carb chicken wrap with veggies


Mid-afternoon Snack:





Grilled chicken

Butternut squash


Bad dieting

6 Tips for Success

  1.  Always have your food with you. Don’t get stuck somewhere, hungry — you’ll be tempted to make unhealthy choices
  2.  If you need to heat your food when you’re out, stop in at a convenience store and use the microwave.
  3. Pack baggies or tiny containers with quick snacks such as roasted chickpeas, nuts, seaweed or kale chips, race cakes and almond butter.
  4. Do your homework! If you know you’ll be eating out, look up the menu ahead of time to make healthy decisions. Eat half of the portion served and take the rest home for a later meal.
  5. Take control. If you plan and prepare, you’ll be able to achieve your fitness goals.
  6. Educate yourself on the importance of nutrition. Remember, you can never exercise off a bad diet!

Keep it Contained

Rachel prefers the black, microwaveable containers that are frequently used for takeout foods. Made in America, they are BPA-Free, dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe. These rectangular containers are made of polypropylene and accepted by curbside recycling programs for the environmentally conscious consumer. They stack and pack nicely in her ISOBAG™.

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Allqua Water

Allqua water comes straight from underground springs in Meriwether County, Ga., and contains trace amounts of minerals like iron, sulfur and magnesium, which are believed to increase energy, ease digestion issues, combat headaches and even slow the aging process.


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Dr. Hugh Richardson

Q: What should diabetics watch out for when inspecting the condition of their feet?

A: Diabetes can impact circulation in the lower extremities which, in turn, puts diabetic patients at an increased risk for foot problems. Inspect your feet daily. If you are unable, have someone examine your feel for you. Inspection of your feet is a very important step in good foot health. If you see something unusual — such as sores, numbness, bleeding, corns/calluses, ingrown toe nails, splinters or any other problems — seek the advice of your podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent major issues or complications.

Details: Dr. Hugh Richardson, DPM, Village Podiatry Centers 

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MOSI MEI - Phone - Bottles

Local nail lacquer company MOSI MEI’s first collection features 62 shades of cruelty-free vegan polishes with twice the staying power. Named after distinct personalities, each MOSI MEI hue is designed to celebrate self-expression…so express yourself without the worry of chipping or harsh toxins.


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Mark Edge Jewelry

New Year, New Jewelry!

Atlanta-based jewelry artist Mark Edge has been designing collections for over 30 years and is recognized for his signature “eco-vintage” style, using reclaimed, recycled and vintage materials for each piece of jewelry. Mark’s handmade creations feature simple, timeless elements such as vintage beads and cameos, semi-precious stones and fine crystals, antique American silver coins and lockets. Mark Edge jewelry is often spotted on celebrities including Dolly Parton, Courtney Cox, Martina McBride, Sara Canning, Drew Barrymore, Jane Fonda and The Real Housewives of both New York and Atlanta! But more notably, Mark Edge is worn by granddaughter, mother and grandmother — a true generational family tradition!


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