By: David Martin, RN, CRNFA

Get Younger Looking Legs As they do every year, spring and summer fashions will draw a lot of attention to the legs and ankles. How can you knock 10 years off the look of your legs, especially when you’re standing or sitting all day, chasing children or dollars – or both?

Exercise. Movement will increase the flow of blood and lymph to help prevent ankle swelling. You’ve heard it before: park far away and walk, take the stairs and make an extra lap around the grocery store.

Raise your feet. Even just for 15 minutes, raising your feet six to 12 inches above your heart will relieve some swelling and re-energize you.

Skip the salt and sugar. Salt makes you retain fluids, putting extra pressure on your veins. Sugar increases the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to poor circulation.

Stop smoking. Nicotine and all the related chemicals in cigarettes – even the new “smokeless” cigarettes – wreak havoc on your vascular system, including the veins in your legs.

Find support. While it is still chilly, look to support socks and stockings to help with circulation. Come summer, support athletic wear helps boost blood flow back to the heart and helps reduce swelling.

Treat varicose veins. Varicose veins, spider veins and their underlying cause, venous insufficiency, add age to the look of your legs and make you feel older due to the pain and fatigue. Men and women – especially athletes who participated in contact sports or people who have varicose veins in their families – are often surprised by how much younger they look and feel following treatment on their veins.

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IMG_6880 high resMadison James from B98.5 FM is here to share her insight and best advice on how to make the years over the age of 40 some of your best.

What healthy message do you most want to share? 

When it comes to getting healthy, people put so much pressure on themselves and set expectations so high. I just want people to focus on moving and being active.

How does fitness help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond feel their best? 

You can get started at any age! You just have to work out smarter, not harder. Try things that are low impact, like water aerobics, dancing or riding bikes and walking on the BeltLine.

What role does food play in overall health and fitness?

You have to eat good, real foods. I tell people, “Whatever is working for you, go with it. But is it something you can do for the rest of your life?” Can you drink shakes for the rest of your life? I’m going to go with “no.” It’s about a lifestyle and learning to eat in moderation.

What is your favorite workout? 

Any workout I can do in 30 minutes – I’m in and out three times a week and then call it a day.

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Dr. NeufieldDr. Kenneth Neufeld from Thomas Eye Group answers a reader’s question about oculoplastics specialist training.

Q: What training does an oculoplastics specialist have? 

Oculoplastics is a combination of ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Oculoplastics specialists only operate around the eyes, allowing them to concentrate on the nuances and intricacies of this very sensitive and complicated area. In terms of training, I had four years of medical school, an internship and a residency, and I completed advanced training in oculoplastic surgery at Duke Medical Center.

 

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IMG_6474 high resDr. Tara Frix from Total HealthCare is here to share her insight and best advice on how to make the years over the age of 40 some of your best.

What healthy message do you most want to share? 

That medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists can work together under one roof. At Total HeathCare, all our specialists work as one team with one goal in mind, and that is to effectively – and non-surgically –  relieve stubborn chronic joint or spine pain.

How does joint care help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond feel their best? 

When someone gets back to running, playing soccer, playing tennis or simply walking upstairs, it gives them their life back.

What is your ultimate goal in doing this work? 

Pain is a big de-motivator and depressor in one’s life. I want to help people get back to the productive lives they want to live.

What is a common client response when they see the benefits of your core? 

Many of the patients that come to us do so as a last resort before an invasive surgery. Once we’ve helped them, they often say things like, “This changed my life,” and “I had forgotten what it’s like to be pain free.”

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BSA - Atlanta Wome's 5K Best Bulletin ImageAtlanta Track Club will host the Atlanta Women’s 5K on March 28 to celebrate women’s fitness. The race runs through Chastain Park, and participants are encouraged to bring their friends, daughters, sisters and mothers. There’s even a designated “stroller division” for women running with little ones. At the finish line, you’ll receive  a medal, a Mizuno shirt and flowers, and runners are also welcome to compete for the best times as Top Sister/Sister Team, Top Mother/Daughter Team and more. Registration is $35 starting March 1 and $45 on race day.

Details: atlantatrackclub.org

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The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery's Dr. Brian Maloney Gives His Best AdviceDr. Brian Maloney from The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is here to share his insight and best advice on how to make the years over the age of 40 some of your best. 

What healthy message do you most want to share? 

In this day and age, cosmetic surgery falls into the same basket as all the other things we use to look our best, whether it’s fitness, hair color or makeup.

How does cosmetic surgery help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond feel their best? 

Our true age is on the inside, but through time, Mother Nature plays games with us. The exciting thing I do is roll back the clock a little bit for people and match up the outside with the inside.

What is a common misconception about cosmetic surgery? 

That it’s going to look unnatural. In my practice, my goal is that no one knows my patients have had anything done. They just look at them and say, “Wow, you look fantastic.”

What causes does the Maloney Center support? 

The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children is our biggest initiative. It just breaks your heart when you see moms and little kids that are on the street and don’t have anything. We have so much, so it’s our obligation to share.

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eggsThough you may not realize it, eggs are a seasonal food. During the short days of winter, chickens lay fewer eggs or stop altogether for a few weeks. Commercial farms cheat this natural rhythm by turning lights on in their chicken coops to create long, artificial days and boost egg production all year, but many smaller, family farms know their flocks need that healthy break. When springtime rolls around and the days get longer, local egg production naturally increases again. It’s time to get yourself some farm-fresh eggs!

Basic prep: Scrambled or sunny-side up, the rich color and taste of pastured eggs will make them the best you’ve ever tried.

Step it up: Eggs can vary widely in size – some even surprise you with a double yolk! Adjust accordingly for your favorite baking recipes.

Find it: For a closer look at the process, attend The Wylde Center’s Urban Coop Tour on March 28 and 29. You’ll see a variety of backyard flocks and chat with homeowners about keeping chickens in the city. Tickets are $20 in advance and available at wyldecenter.org/urban-coop-tour.

 

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IMG_6546 high res (1)Diana Hofsommer from Camp Horizon is here to share her insight and best advice on how to make the years over the age of 40 some of your best.

What healthy message do you most want to share? 

Volunteering not only feels good, but there are several additional rewards. Volunteers learn new skills, form meaningful relationships, feel connected to the community, resolve conflict better and experience increased empathy. At Camp Horizon, we provide year-round programs to children in foster care from ages 8 to 23. Volunteering with is is a great experience for the kids, but it’s also life changing for our volunteers.

How does volunteering at Camp Horizon help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond? 

It definitely helps keep me young! Our volunteers range in age from about 18 or 19 all the way up to 70s. We all get to be kids ourselves a little bit, which is really fun.

What volunteer opportunities are available at Camp Horizon? 

Our greatest need is for counselors at summer camp, an intensive one-week program. Volunteers can also help with our spring and fall weekend retreats, our annual family reunion party and monthly activities like rock climbing and roller-skating throughout the year.

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Isaacs, MD, Scott 1_cred Dr. Scott IsaacsDr. Scott Isaacs from Atlanta Endocrine Associates answers a reader’s question about symptoms of low thyroid.

Q: Why do I still have symptoms of low thyroid, even though I take thyroid medication? 

A: Many patients experience symptoms of hypothyroidism like weight gain, depression and dry skin despite taking medication. This can occur when the body has difficulty converting synthetic thyroid medication, which contains an inactive hormone, to an active form. Changing the brand of medication or using a natural version can provide improved symptom relief.

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hwr-web-logo1The Atlanta Community Food Bank is guest blogging today to share details of their upcoming fundraiser, the Hunger Walk/Run!

The countdown is on for the return of Hunger Walk/Run, the annual fundraiser to help fight hunger in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Nearly 19 percent of Georgians face food insecurity, including one in four children. The event benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and five other partners with hunger relief programs including Episcopal Charities Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and St. Vincent De Paul Society

Hunger Walk/Run is celebrating 31 years on Sunday, March 15 at Turner Field’s Green lot. Participants can register online at HWR2015.org as an individual or create a team and invite family and friends to join them to help raise even more money! Gates open at noon and the race steps off at 2 p.m.

HWREach year, tens of thousands of participants hit the streets of Downtown Atlanta to walk or run in support of the event, and to help raise funds for those who continue to struggle to put food on the table. Since its inception, the event has helped raise more than $7 million for hunger relief – enough to provide 28 million meals!

“The Hunger Walk/Run is one of our most important fundraisers each year,” says Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “We are working harder than ever along with our partners to meet the need for food assistance that still exists for many in our community. The money raised at this event will help us continue to meet that demand here in metro Atlanta, and work towards expanding the healthful options we provide through our partner agencies.”

Although the Hunger Walk/Run addresses a serious issue, the event is celebrated in a fun, family-friendly way with a full scope of activities for kids and adults including live music, special emcees, live entertainment, food trucks, entertainment along the route and much more.

Online runners’ registration is $35 and includes a special moisture-wicking shirt, and walkers’ registration fee is $25 and includes an official Hunger Walk/Run T-shirt while supplies last. Onsite registration is available but will cost an extra $5 for each registration.

For more information and to register today, visit www.HWR2015.org.

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