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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Ponce City Market from BeltLine June 2014Ponce City Market, which is bringing delicious food and fun opportunities to the Old Fourth Ward, welcomes its first retail tenants this spring. The group includes national brands like Williams-Sonoma Home, Madewell, Anthropologie, J. Crew, West Elm, and Rejuvenation, as well as regional options like Mountain High Outfitters and the Virginia-based jewlery boutique Lou Lou Accessories. The best part is the market’s location; it is in easy walking distance of many residences, businesses and the BeltLine.

Details: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA (404) 900-7900, poncecitymarket.com 

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20140408_MODA-Banner-hires-5811Who says only kids get to play with the latest technology? Not Museum of Design Atlanta, that’s for sure. MODA welcomes “students” of every age to join in their new workshops and test their hands at animation, 3D design, LEGO robotics and more.

Whether it’s printing real-life versions of Minecraft ice palaces or LEGO electronic circuits, kids ages 8 to 15 can create those and more at current MODA workshops. For $40 on the afternoon of March 21, adults can join in the fun with their children to design and print their own Mockingjay pins from “The Hunger Games” franchise. You’ll learn the basics of 3D design software, how to manipulate basic shapes and symbols, the materials and processes used in 3D printing, and the pins will be printed right from the museum’s own 3D printer.

Even if you don’t have a kid in tow, you can explore the intrigue of 3D printing and design with a group of friends or co-workers. Sign up for ongoing adult workshops teaching you how to create spaceship models, snowflakes and even bracelets with this 3D technology, or reserve a private class for yourself and your friends. It’s never too late to learn something new, and MODA classes like these are the perfect place to do it.

Details: 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, (404) 979-6455, museumofdesign.org

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This month, enjoy reading these books from local publishers and authors.

Random Body Parts, cover“Random Body Parts” 

Your budding scientist or future doctor will love this book from local press Peachtree Publishers. Available this month, “Random Body Parts” is filled with funny, rhythmic riddles that educate young readers about one body part per page, such as the stomach, heart, bones and more. Older kids can delve into the more advanced biological information included after each riddle and the educational poetry glossary in the back, all while enjoying the illustrations from SCAD professor Mike Lowery. Available for $14.95 at peachtree-online.com.

Love E Guide to Style“Love E Guide To Style” 

Through the release of her style guidebook last year, Evonya Easley has dedicated herself to helping all women regain self-confidence and love for themselves through their wardrobes. This Atlanta-based celebrity stylist believes in identifying your own style, building your wardrobe with strategic pieces and dressing for your shape. Her book helps women do all of that and is available for $19.99 through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and loveefashion.com.

Choose You_cover“Choose You! Reignite Your Passion for Life” 

With help from psychologist and life coach Dr. Rachel Elahee, reignite the passion in your personal and professional life through this recently released guide for professional businesswomen. Available on Amazon for $14.26. Dr. Elahee’s self-published book will soon be available to Kindle and iBook users.

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IMG_6824 high resAmanda Hair from Bob Steele Salon 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? 

If you’re really confident with who you are, it doesn’t matter what hair style you wear.

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

Who doesn’t love going to a hair salon, a girl or a guy, and feeling really great about themselves? At Bob Steele Salon, we are really great at helping each individual find the best self that they can be and enhancing their natural beauty through cut, color, extensions and makeup services.

What is a common misconception people have about high-end salons? 

That the stylist is just going to tell you what they think you should look like or feel like, but really what we’re doing is getting to the essence of who you are and helping you become better at that.

What is your favorite hairstyle you’ve ever worn? 

The one I’m representing today! It’s a throwback to many years ago in my early 20s when I did the short pixie. I’m really enjoying it right now – it’s so easy and so fun.

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Jeremiah Lawson and Brent Elum, attendees at last year's Stars Party

Jeremiah Lawson and Brent Elum, attendees at last year’s Stars Party

When it comes to a serious condition like HIV, people need medical and emotional support to survive and thrive, but they also need the basics: housing. According to Charlie Frew, executive director of local nonprofit Jerusalem House, “People who are not stably housed are less likely to receive antiretroviral therapy and are more likely to be hospitalized,” as well as experience higher rates of premature death. Because of these statistics, Jerusalem House is adamant that “housing is health care,” and the organization is founded on that premise.

Jerusalem House offers housing for HIV+ adults, a dedicated space for HIV+ single moms and their children, and “scattered sites” throughout Atlanta so HIV+ individuals can live on their own and still access necessary support services. The organization has provided these crucial housing options since 1988 and is responsible for 60 percent of Atlanta’s dedicated HIV/AIDS housing today. In addition to a safe, quality home, Jerusalem House collaborates with other local organizations to provide medical care, places for kids to learn and play, literacy support and more. Volunteers can join in these efforts by tutoring child residents in the Learning Center or tackling home improvement projects such as gardening or painting.

People living with HIV still need these programs today because, Frew explains, they “still regularly encounter stigma, stereotyping and discrimination at work, at school, in health care settings and elsewhere.” For example, many people assume that Jerusalem House’s residents are primarily gay men, but in reality, 48 percent are female, 33 percent are dependent children and 65 percent identify as heterosexual.

No matter who their residents are, Jerusalem House’s vision is to provide them with a caring home that improves their health and quality of life. To help achieve that, Jerusalem House will hold their annual Stars Party on April 9 at The Atlanta Biltmore Hotel in Midtown, which includes live music, cocktails, a silent auction and more. To purchase tickets or get involved with Jerusalem House as a volunteer, visit jerusalemhouse.org.

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The best fitness advice around town

Fitness Fashion 

View More: http://glamnglamour.pass.us/fabrik14Clothing boutique Fab’rik recently launched a new line of athletic wear. They now carry a variety of workout pants, sports bras and tops for between $20 and $48 so you can sweat it out in style. Shopping at the Emory Point location also gives you easy access to nearby Pink Barre and Orangetheory Fitness to put your new workout clothes to the test.

Details: 855 Emory Point Drive, Suite C-150, Atlanta GA, fabrikstyle.com

Dusty Gilbreth, Core Physique

Dusty Gilbreth, Core Physique

Q: As a woman, I’m concerned that if I lift heavy weights, I will become big and bulky. Is that true? 

A: This is a common concern among women when they first begin lifting weights. However, weight training performed properly and with the appropriate amount of repetitions, rest periods and variations will tone your entire body evenly and not create a manly or bulky physique. It takes men, who generally have more testosterone and consume more calories than women, years in the gym to increase size. A customized workout plan with a disciplined approach will help you achieve the toned and feminine physique most women desire.

Q: Can you give us some tips for using resistance bands? 

A: Working out with resistance bands is an easy, affordable and effective total body workout. Plus, they are incredibly portable for vacations or business trips! When using resistance bands, remember to move slowly and purposefully through each movement. Focus on the muscle group you are working, and control each movement. Aim for three sets of 12 to 16 repetitions of each exercise.

 

SPRI, spri.com

SPRI, spri.com

Path of Most Resistance 

Check out Kristin Corbin’s favorite brands of resistance bands, all of which have exercises and demonstrations available for free online:

Bodylastics, bodylastics.com

Bodylastics, bodylastics.com

 

 

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