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The best fitness advice around town! Samantha March-Howard D.C., C.H.C., of 100 Percent Chiropractic Dunwoody answers a reader’s question.

How can chiropractic help to increase my strength, speed and performance?

Brain impulses travel through the spinal cord to the nerves to feed your organs, and muscles. When bones pinch nerves, impulses lessen, and the body’s function is compromised. This is called a subluxation, and at 100 Percent, we use x-rays to find and correct them. This allows the body to heal and get stronger. With strength, speed and performance follow, because the body is able to function optimally. This is why top athletes have chiropractors.

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Katie Miner, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, shares her best advice for sprucing up your space.

How does a spruced-up space contribute to women’s well-being?

When I walk into any room in my home, I want it to evoke an emotion. My study was finished in a deep navy lacquer that evokes a feeling of luxury and seclusion and invites you to curl up with a book.

What is your advice for women who want to spruce up their space?

Declutter and add wallpaper! Decluttering creates a stress-free environment, and stylish storage solutions allow for simple clean up. And while many people say a fresh coat of paint instantly transforms a room, I say wallpaper. There are so many high-design options, whether it is a bold graphic print or subtle texture.

What do you love about the décor in your home?

That I went for it! I took risks, I followed my dreams. There are spaces that make a statement, like the black powder room, but there are also spaces that are light and crisp, which create balance. Every day when I walk into our home, I simply feel proud.

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Atlanta author Chris Cole explores mental illness – everything from bipolar disorder to substance abuse – in his new memoir. The title, “The Body of Chris,” comes from the author’s first psychotic episode at age 18, when he suddenly believed he was the Second Coming of Christ. This honest, reflective book is enhanced by the fact that Cole now holds a degree in contemplative psychology and is a certified strategic intervention coach.

Details: $16,  thebodyofchris.com.

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Pull on your grippy socks, fitness fiends! Exhale Inman Park opens October 1, giving you a third Atlanta location to complete your core classes, cardio training and barre workouts.

Details: 280 Elizabeth Street NE, Atlanta, GA, (678) 539-1220, exhalespa.com


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Audrey Taylor Gonzalez is a journalist, TV host, breast cancer survivor, award-winning youth advocate and author. That last role brings her to Atlanta this month to promote her newest book. On October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., find her at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock sharing the story of the post-WWII South.

Details: foxtalebookshoppe.com

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Susan Kerley, of Marietta Counseling for Children & Adults, shares her best advice for parents of teens with ADHD.

What are some common myths associated with teen ADHD?

ADHD is a lifelong condition, yet there is often a sense that he/she will “grow out of it.”

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

Chronic disorganization, lack of follow through, procrastination, fidgeting, interrupting, difficulty completing tasks requiring sustained concentration, and forgetfulness are all signs of possible ADHD.

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

Validate your teen’s emotions. Enlist your teen in problem solving and trying different things to help provide structure, organizational and coping skills that utilize and highlight their strengths.

What would you say to a teen with ADHD?

Your brain works differently than other brains! It is not better or worse, just different. The more you learn and understand how your brain works, the more you can develop an environment and organizational system that works for you, not against you.


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We all have a few crazy stories from childhood, but with a boisterous Italian mom and a hilarious Jewish dad, comedian Steve Solomon has more stories than most. After decades of a teaching and school administration career, Solomon transitioned to full-time comedy. This month, he brings his award-winning Broadway show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” to the Strand Theatre in Marietta.

We sat down with comedian Steve Soloman to talk about career, comedy and everything in between.

What advice would you give someone looking to change careers later in life?

“Follow your heart and don’t let anyone tell you…”you can’t!” You have no idea how many industry people told me I was insane to try to bring my show to Broadway….after two sold out years on the Great White Way.. and ten years of successful touring; I guess they were wrong!”

What was the biggest challenge in transitioning from being a teacher to a full time comedian?

“I first transitioned from a Physics teach to an Assistant to the Superintendent  of Schools. Being an administrator  made me really miss the kids. I despised bureaucracy for the sake of  bureaucracy. I couldn’t handle rules which made no sense—my heart was just not into political correctness and school politics. In my spare time I wrote comedy “roasts” and “toasts” for various organizations in both my Mom’s church and Dad’s temple. I loved writing; making a living at it….a whole different story.”

What’s your favorite part about being a comedian?

“It’s simple: I write a story, nurture it, perform it and wait for the reaction. What a thrill it is to see hundreds of people enjoying what I’ve written. When audiences leave the theater identifying with my characters saying, “That was my Dad…” or “I know that guy…” or “I laughed till my sides hurt.” Then….I’ve done my job!”

Who’s you favorite character in your one man show? Why? 

“No question….Pop. Dad’s character is wise, sensitive, stubborn and painfully naïve. Mom is just the opposite. Their mix is delicious. ”

What can those who’ve never seen your show before expect?

“They should prepare for ninety minutes of non-stop belly laughs—characters they can all relate to, situations they’ve ALL been through. Essentially, a great evening of fun.”

Details: Tickets start at $35,  117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA, (770) 293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org



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For nearly 15 years Taste of Atlanta has been one of Atlanta’s most popular food, wine and beer festivals, and this year is no different. Drizzles of rain can’t stop local foodies from exploring over 90 of some of the city’s best restaurants.

Festival goers can enjoy samples from not just the usual downtown spots but also, restaurants that call popular suburbs such as Johns Creek, Marietta and Kennesaw home. This year’s taste point wristbands make it easy for tasters to simply scan and swipe as they go from booth to booth.

From Bellwoods savory and flavorful Gangsta Fries to Sprinkles cupcakes sweet treats, you’ll be more than satisfied. The food fun doesn’t have to stop once you get full though. The Chef’s Table stage will host live cooking demonstrations and conversation and The Kitchen Workshop will host hands on cooking classes.

For more family friendly activities head over to the Carnival Kids Cruise Zone for all day events including Lunch Box Fun Hacks, a Burger Battle, Fruits and a food twist on Family Fued.

There’s plenty to do, see and try at this year’s Taste of Atlanta for all. Grab your tickets here.

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dog-870941_640Looking for your perfect pet match? Try the website that’s like eHarmony for pets! PawsLikeMe matches potential pet parents with adoptable pets in the area for a match made in furry heaven. The secret to their 90 percent accuracy rate is an algorithm that predicts people-to-pet-compatibility. The service has recently partnered with Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to broaden their database. Currently 3,500 adoptable pets are listed within a 50-mile radius of downtown Atlanta, so sign on and find your new friend today.

Details: pawslikeme.com

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Dr. Stephen Szabo, of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, answers a reader’s question about breast cancer.

I am at high risk for developing breast cancer. Are there medications that I can take to reduce this risk?

There have been a number of large, well-conducted studies looking at using medications to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk populations (such as people with a strong family history or certain pathologic findings on breast biopsy). The three medications that have been tested are Tamoxifen, Raloxifene and Exemestane. These medications either block the estrogen receptor on at-risk breast tissue or lower estrogen levels in post-menopausal woman. These medications, which are pills, have been shown to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by about 50 to 60 percent if taken for five years.

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