As 30 Days of Pink comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the partners and supporters of our Band Together Against Breast Cancer Initiative. With their help, and the help of everyone who purchased a pink head band over the past few months, we were able to raise $5,000 to go directly to Susan G Komen Greater Atlanta.band together against breast cancer

Komen Atlanta provides clinical breast exams, mammograms and biopsies for uninsured men and women of Atlanta, as well as conducting research and raising awareness about breast cancer.  With the $5,000 we have donated, Komen will be able to provide 28 mammograms, 2 biopsies and 20 clinical breast exams to the men and women of Atlanta.

We at Best Self Atlanta are so thrilled we could make this impact on breast cancer in Atlanta, but we know we would not have been able to accomplish it without our partners and sponsors banding together with us to make it happen. So thank you to our sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, Premier Image and Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Clinics of America for helping us kick off this initiative back in May at Race for the Cureribbon

We would also like to thank the Concourse Athletic Club for hosting out Band Together photo shoot and networking party where we banded together with the following businesses: Ackerman Security, Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound and Breast Center, Elaine Sterling Institute, Handcrafted Homes, Institut’ DERMed, Modani Furniture, Noland, Northside Facial Plastic Surgery, Pink Barre and Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia.

We would also like to thank you, the reader, for following along with our 30 Days of Pink blog series! We hope that you learned something new about breast cancer and were able to participate in some of the great events that have happened in Atlanta over the last month!

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This weekend, wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Cobb County. The walk will take place on Saturday, November 1 in Glover Park in Marietta Square. WellStar Heath System is sponsoring the walk, which kicks off at 9 a.m.msabc-cy14-hero1

So far, the 1,677 participants and 134 teams have raised more than $90,000 to help put a stop to breast cancer. These funds will go to the American Cancer Society as they fight the disease through breast cancer research, keeping women informed about the disease and providing women access to mammograms.

The American Cancer Society believes that the fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step; they invite you to take that step with them this Saturday.

Details: www.main.acsevents.org

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The mid-week slump just got remedied at Flywheel in Midtown. Starting October 29, the Midtown location of the fitness phenomenon will be offering free Friends and Family Flyheel and FlyBarre each Wednesday. flywheellThe complimentary class starts at 12:00 p.m. and is a first come first serve basis. There is no advance sign up for this class, so be sure to get their early to get your spot!

Details: www.flywheelsports.com 

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Hit the links this week for breast cancer awareness. Wolf Creek Golf Club will host the #TBT Throw Back Thursday Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 30.ribbon

This tournament is a nine-hole, four man scramble style tournament. Golfers can also participate in a series of Big Break-Style challenges during the tournament.
The tournament will also feature a silent auction and raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate. In addition to that, a portion of all entry fees will also go to Komen Atlanta to help women in our community who are going through breast cancer treatment.

Details: www.komenatlanta.org, 3000 Union Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

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The Atlanta Dream has many wonderful community initiatives and events, and one of those programs is their Dream Pink Initiative.  Dream Pink was created as a way to raise awareness and to educate women about breast cancer.dream pink

During their regular season, the Dream hosts a “Dream Pink” game, at this game the focus is on breast cancer awareness, including the entertainment aspects. Then after the game, The Dream hosts a live auction that raises funds for the Grady Foundation. The auction usually features items like game-worn jerseys, player experience and sports memorabilia, as well as many other exciting prizes.

In addition to the Dream Pink game and auction, the WNBA team also hosts a Spa Day for breast cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Details: www.wnba.com/dream/community/

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Car looking a little dusty? How about instead of spending your Sunday washing it yourself, you take it to Swifty Car Wash for Car Wash for a Cure. This month long initiative is taking place at all Swifty locations in Georgia.car wash

Patrons will have the option to make a donation to Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta at each of their kiosks. You can use the code 8008 to make the donation.

Swifty has locations in Athens, McDonough, and Winder, and on Covington Highway, Memorial Drive and Moreland Avenue in Decatur.

Details: October 1-31, www.swiftycarwash.com

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See some of Atlanta’s biggest celebs hit the court this weekend at Jackson Events & Entertainment et al.’s Ballin’ For Boobs celebrity basketball tournament. The game will take place on Sunday, October 25 at Morehouse College, and $2 from each ticket will be donated to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.ballllin

A few of the celebrity players include R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, 2 Chainz and Lil’ Scrappy. And be sure to get there early for the pep rally and “pink carpet,” which kick off at 1 p.m. The game will follow at 3 p.m.

General tickets cost $12, with a VIP option for $30.

Details: www.komenatlanta.org/events/ballin-for-boobs

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Get ready to shake it in honor of breast cancer awareness month! The Concourse Athletic Club is hosting a fun-filled Party in Pink Zumbathon on Saturday, October 25.cause

This event is free to the public so be sure to bring a friend. Kicking off at 9 a.m., this nonstop party will be led by Nathan Blake, a Zumba International Instructor from New York City.

The Party in Pink Zumbathon will last for two hours on the gym floor of the Concourse. Don’t miss your chance to dance to some great Latin grooves while celebrating a great cause!

Details: www.wellbridge.com/concourse-athletic-club/sandy-springs

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Blair Wagoner from Fig and Flower gives her best advice about how to make your foundation look natural for fall.

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What are some common foundation trends people get stuck in?    

People think “more is better” when it comes to foundation, but using too much foundation can lead to an unnatural look and even cause the skin to produce more oil in some cases. Start with a very small amount of foundation and build the coverage only in places where you really need it.

How should someone update their foundation for the fall?

Often, people need two foundation colors: one for summer and one for winter. As people’s summer tans fade, mixing the summer and winter colors often gives the right transition color for fall.

What are the most important factors when selecting a foundation?

Ingredients and color. Choose a foundation with ingredients that will improve the health and vitality of your skin, such as plant-based oils and antioxidants. Avoid ingredients like parabens, mineral oils, talc and synthetic colors that can clog pores, irritate skin or lead to other health issues. Choose a color that blends seamlessly into your skin and check the color in natural lighting.

 

What styles of foundation are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond?

Typically, skin loses moisture as we age, so a moisturizing foundation with a plant oil base, such as coconut oil, will improve skin condition while promoting a youthful appearance.

 

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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). Dr. Angelica De Lisa from Piedmont Physicians at Roswell Road explains the risks, causes and symptoms of this disease.

VZV is the same virus that causes chicken pox, so logically, Dr. De Lisa says, anybody who has had chicken pox may be at risk for shingles. “In fact, it is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, usually many years after the initial chicken pox infection.” Seen most commonly in people older than age 50, additional risk factors include history of cancer or organ transplant, use of medications that weaken the immune system, or a history of diseases or disorders that affect the immune system.

Symptoms of shingles range from mild pain, itching and tingling to severe pain, numbness or burning sensations in specific areas of the body. “Fluid-filled lesions or blisters can appear at the same time or several days later,” Dr. De Lisa adds.  If they appear on the face, these lesions can affect the ability to hear and see. The disease is usually diagnosed based on a history of pain in a specific area of the body along with the appearance of this characteristic rash. Currently, no cure exists for this condition.itchdr

Though it sounds frightening, this disease is usually not life-threatening for people with a normal, healthy immune system. “With proper treatment, lesions clear and pain improves in most cases,” Dr. De Lisa says. That treatment typically includes antivirals. “If used as soon as symptoms start, [antivirals] can decrease the duration and the intensity of the episode of shingles.”

“But for people who have conditions that affect the immune system, shingles could represent a serious threat,” Dr. De Lisa continues. In order to reduce your risk, you can opt for the shingles vaccine called Zostavax. Even people who have had prior episodes of shingles can still benefit from the vaccine, Dr. De Lisa says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the vaccination for people 60 and up, with a few exceptions for people taking medications or experiencing diseases that affect the immune system. Check with your doctor to ensure that you are eligible for the vaccine.

Editorial Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

Dr. Angelica De Lisa, Piedmont Physicians at Roswell Road – www.piedmont.org

National Institutes of Healthwww.nih.gov

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