Eapen, DannyDr. Danny Eapen from Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology shares his best advice on heart disease.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

All men over 35 must have their fasting cholesterol levels checked via a simple blood draw.

How often should they get this test? 

It can range from semi-annually to every five years, depending on that person’s heart disease risk or whether they are on cholesterol lowering medications. Your primary care doctor or cardiologist will assist you in determining frequency of testing.

What results can they expect to receive? 

A basic cholesterol panel will give you a total cholesterol level (TC), low-density cholesterol (LDL, high-density cholesterol level (HDL) and triglyceride levels (TG). For a man with no heart disease risk factors, optimal cholesterol levels are: less than 200 mg/dl for TC, less than 130 mg/dl for LDL, more than 40 mg/dL for HDL and less than 150 mg/dL for TG.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

Yes, nearly all insurance plans will cover basic cholesterol blood tests.

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Sharon Bent-HarleyDr. Sharon Bent-Harley from Harley Anti-Aging shares her best advice on hormones.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

A blood test for testosterone levels.

How often should they get this test? 

At least once per year if they are in the optimal range. If they are not in the optimal range, then repeat testing after intervention may be needed every three to six months.

What results can they expect to receive? 

Low testosterone, or Low T, is usually associated with symptoms of decreased libido, anxiety, irritability, brain fog, insomnia, difficulty focusing, loss of muscle mass and elevated cholesterol.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

The blood tests are usually covered by insurance.

When do men know they need to get this test? 

Any male over the ages 35 to 40 should get this test, or if symptomatic, they may need it before, as testosterone levels in men actually start declining by age 30 and sometimes younger.

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By Denise Romeo, president of Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Squash blossomsJuly is peak season for summer squash with their thin and totally edible skins; no peeling necessary. There are many different varieties, including crookneck squash, zuccini, and patty pans that vary in size, shape and color, but they can be used interchangeable in recipes. Look for smooth, blemish-free squashes that are small and tender.

Basic prep: A quite saute is the best way to enjoy fresh summer squashes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add some garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned. Add sliced squash and cook, tossing occasionally until tender, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and top with some grated Parmesan. 

Step it up: The flowers of summer squash are not only pretty to look at, but completely edible. Try adding them to a frittata with some goat cheese or feta for a light summer supper.

Find It: Look for squash at the new Westside Farmers Market at Westside Provisions District, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September 27. farmatl.org/markets/westside

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By Laura Carson Miller

cocomeSidebySide-1-3.31.15Stick it to Dry Skin!

If you’re like me, you love the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil, but application is, let’s face it, mostly a mess. Say goodbye to all that with the CocoMe Bodystick. It packs pure organic virgin oil coconut oil and a bit of beeswax into a convenient stick that glides across skin, providing both instant and lasting moisture. It’s also available in a lip balm size, perfect for your purse, desk drawer or gym bag.

Details: $15.99 for the full size, $4.99 for the lip balm size, cocomebodystick.com

poppy_picnic_palette 2Easy Summer Makeup 

The Poppy Picnic limited-edition palette from Tarte’s summer collection packs a pretty punch, featuring eye and cheek hues infused with Amazonian clay to nourish and hydrate. Crate custom eye looks with the matte shadows, and you’ll find the peachy pink blush shade is flattering on most skin tones. The cheeky pink flower motif on the outside packaging is also swoon-worthy, and a mirrored top on the inside makes for easy (and portable) glam sessions. Plus, most of Tarte’s products are cruelty-free and vegan.

Details: $38, tartecosmetics.com

Mimi Chatter 1Beauty Talk with Mimi 

Indulge your beauty obsessions on the new website MIMI, from the Time Inc. Style Network. MIMI is chock full of beauty and celeb news, photos, product reviews, tutorials and just aout every other beauty-related topic you can imagine. Sign up and log on to contribute your own voice to the mix of MIMI, too- the editors will hand select their favorite posts to feature on the main site. It’s like getting together with your girlfriends to talk all things beauty, and you can access it anytime you want. I’m a huge fan!

Details: mimichatter.com

Roosters Men's GroomingProper Grooming for Guys 

For guys looking to bridge the gap between a girl-geared salon and a quickie cut in the strip mall, there’s Roosters Men’s Grooming. With locations in Johns Creek, Northwest Atlanta and just north of Buckhead, Roosters has you covered for haircuts, highlights, blending away gray, taming the eyebrows and, of course, the classic shave. All this happends in an atmosphere of leather, wood, massaging recliners, HD plasma televisions and ice-cold beverages. So guys, next time you need a bit of a spruce up, you know where to go!

Details: 4969 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 963-1953., roostersatl.com

Vincent Longo Chiara Flush Stick, OrombraContour? For Sure! 

Want to try your hand at facial contouring? Or are you already a master of Kardashian proportions? Either way, Vincent Longo’s new Chiara Flush Stick in Orombra will help you get the job done! Enriched with jojoba, shea butter and vitamin E to nourish and hydrate, the stick boasts a matte golden amber shade with a light shimmery gold core, so you can easily pull up a contouring cheat sheet online and draw your way to a runway worthy makeup look.

Details: $34, vincentlongo.com 

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Jeff Toney Co-Owner of Stellar Bodies

Jeff Toney (Stellar Bodies co-owner), Madison James

This month, a friend invited me to check out Stellar Bodies in Buckhead, which I would describe as a Pilates hybrid class. The star of the hour is a machine called the MegaFormer. This bad boy works multiple muscles at a time – I discovered muscles I never know I had, and you all know I’m no fitness newbie. Even though they’re challenging, the workouts are very low impact and can be modified to fit your current fitness level. Classes are done in small group settings, so you still get one-on-one attention. Your first class is $10, and make sure you bring a friend – it makes it much more fun when you feel the burn.

Details: Locations in Buckhead and Midtown, (404) 467-1060. stellarbodiesatl.com 

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By Alexandra McCray

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The world’s largest 10K, also known as the Peachtree Road Race, will feature something extra special this year thanks to Infinity Yoga and Lululemon Athletica Shops Around Lenox. The companies are partnering to sponsor The Peachtree Road Race Showdown, an Independence Day philanthropy fundraiser for The Kyle Pease Foundation.

By providing wheelchairs, racing equipment, travel accommodations and more, the Kyle Pease Foundation works to improve the lives of disabled people through sports. “KPF acknowledges that it takes an army to make things happen especially with such debilitating disabilities like cerebral palsy,” says Becky Nickerson, Infinity Yoga founder.

The showdown will feature Team Infinity Yoga represented by Matt Shechtman versus Team Kyle Pease Foundation represented by KPF founder Brent Pease as they race to see which team will finish first. This isn’t your average team race though—both Matt and Brent will be pushing their teammates, Justin Knight and Kyle Pease who suffer from cerebral palsy, as they run the full Peachtree distance.

While Brent and Matt may both share a love for endurance sports, their teammates are just as driven to win as they are. “The real athletes are Justin and Kyle. Those two are competitive, which is actually fun to watch. They have found a place to feed their competitive spirit, and Matt and Brent are along for a FAST ride on race day,” says Becky Nickerson.

Kyle has finished both the Ironman Wisconsin and Ironman Florida. Brent already has completed two marathons and won the GA Public Half Marathon in March. The two recently completed the Eagleman Half Ironman together.

“These guys [Justin and Kyle] met at Buffalo Wild Wings in 2011 and have been friends on and off the course since then. They have shared a ton of miles together, and the next 6.2 are going to be thrilling,” says Becky Nickerson.

To support the Kyle Pease Foundation and “bet” on which team you think will win, visit their website.

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Miller, MD, Scott_cred Jonathan HolladaDr. Scott Miller from Georgia Urology is here to share his best advice about prostate cancer.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

A PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). The DRE Entails a physician briefly placing a finger in the rectum to feel for abnormally firm areas of your prostate.

How often should they get this test? 

Frequency of testing depends on risk factors such as family history, race, age and prior PSA values. Higher-risk patients should undergo yearly testing.

What results can they expect to receive? 

Higher values may indicate the presence of prostate cancer, but your physician can determine what PSA value is normal for you.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 


When do men know they need to get this test? 

Starting at age 40, every man should learn about their individual risk of prostate cancer. This is a good time to obtain a baseline PSA test, even if only for future comparison.

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jessica shopsI travel a lot, so comfortable shoes are very important to me. However, comfort brands are not always as stylish as I would like, especially dressier versions. Thankfully I found a fashionable, comfortable and high-quality shoe designed by a busy mother of three and ex-orthopedic nurse. Julie Lopez Shoes are made in Italy and feature their unique Flex Innovation Technology, perfect for women who need a comfortable all-day shoe. It’s especially great for women who have wider toe bridges, larger shoe sizes, arthritis or simply can’t wait to remove their shoes at the end of the day. Added padding in the high heel style alleviates painful pressure points, and a wider toe box avoids overcrowding and encourages natural positioning of the toes. They’re a bit pricey at $225 but worth every step you’ll talk in them. julielopezshoes.com

For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com

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By Alexandra McCray

Concert BlogSummer concert season has officially begun! Throw on your favorite festival outfit and grab some tickets to see your favorite musicians live. Live Nation is bringing its Celebration of the Summer of 2015 to Atlanta featuring affordably priced tickets to see popular musicians and bands live at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

The summer concert series will kick off this weekend with Def Leppard with Styx & Tesla on June 28. Mark your calendars for these other fun shows throughout the summer:

  • Boyz of Summer Tour with Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa                                                      July 17
  • The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson                                                                           July 25
  • Slipknot with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine & more                                            July 26
  • Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Slayer & more                                         July 29
  • Toby Keith with Colt Ford and Chris Janson                                                                           July 30
  • Nicki Minaj with Meek Mill, Tinashe and more                                                                   August 2
  • Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire                                                                                                 August 4
  • 5 Seconds of Summer with Hey Violet                                                                                    August 5
  • Flashback Festival with Chaka Khan, Sheila E, SOS Band & more                              August 8
  • Incubus & Deftones with Death From Above 1979 & The Bots                                  August 12
  • J.Cole with Big Sean, YG & Jeremih                                                                                       August 15
  • Nickelback with Lifehouse                                                                                                         August 29
  • Kelly Clarkson with Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson                                               September 10

Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets, and don’t wait too long to buy – you don’t want anyone to steal your seat!

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

TheEnglishSpy_CoverThe English Spy 

Daniel Silva fans won’t want to miss this event! This New York Times best-selling author present his latest spy novel at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on July 8 at 7:30 p.m. The event includes a talk with CNN”s Nadia Bilchik, a Q&A  and a book signing. Tickets begin at $24 and are available online at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or by calling (678) 812-4002. 

closetothebone, coverClose to the Bone Tour 

The chef, author and star of hit TV shows such as “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” is stopping by The Fox Theatre at 8 p.m on July 11 to share insights about his work and travels and to answer audience questions. He’ll have no shortage of topics to cover, since he’s written a travel journal, three crime novels, a cookbook, a graphic novel and more. Unsigned and pre-signed copies of Bourdain’s books will be available all evening, and if you purchase a VIP ticket, you can get a signed and personalized copy. Purchase tickets at foxtheatre.org starting at $52.

FUN FOODIE FRIENDS_coverFun Foodie Friends

Alpharetta book publisher BookLogix recently released “Fun Foodie Friends,” a healthy kids’ cookbook from local authors Elaine Callahan and Joyce Kesler. Callahan created a food-based work of art to accompany each recipe and help make fruits and vegetable fun for kids. Flipping through this recipe collection is one time you’ll actually want your kids to play with their food! Copies are available on Amazon for $19.95.

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