The best fitness advice around town!

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Caroline Reed, lead cycologist at Cyc Buckhead answers a reader’s question about cycling.

Do I have to be in really good shape before I take my first indoor cycling class?

If you had to be in good shape to work out, then no one would ever get to start in the first place! The great thing about indoor cycling is that you can really tailor each workout to a manageable pace. You are in your own personal workout journey. In most cases, your instructor will provide modifications so that all different skill levels are getting the optimal workout as you start to get in better shape.

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Megan McSwain Mann, from Peachtree Art Therapy and Counseling, LLC, shares her best advice to teen anxiety.

What myth is associated with teen anxiety?

That being anxious is a normal part teen development. Sure, having a few butterflies before a test or being nervous about a first date is very normal, but real anxiety is a serious issue.

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

Look for changes in behavior, such as avoiding socializing with friends, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, a drop in grades or school performance, or if your teen complains of physical symptoms, such as stomachaches or headaches.

What are the available treatment options for teen anxiety?

Treatment options include counseling, family therapy, support groups, meditation, and in some cases medication. Consult with a profession to find the best fit for your teen.

What would you say to a teen with anxiety?

You are not crazy! You are not alone. This is not your fault. Anxiety is a real problem that you do not have to deal with on your own. Ask for help and support from a trusted adult in your life, such as a parent, school counselor or coach.

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Katerin Ortiz from Marietta Eye Clinic answers a reader’s question about inheriting eye conditions.

My child’s father has a really high prescription, and I am worried my son will also have bad vision. Are eye conditions genetic?

One reason for poor vision in children is near-sightedness, or “myopia,” which is the inability to see objects far away. Studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of near-sightedness when both parents have the condition. However, it also occurs in children where neither parents have the condition. The best recommendation is early detection, which is why every child should have an eye exam and follow your pediatric eye doctor’s instructions.

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Dr. Richard G. Livernois from Woodhams Eye Clinic answers a reader’s question about vision.

I’ve never had vision problems, but when I turned 40, things got blurry. Is there anything I can do?

This happens to most people in their 40s. It’s like a switch is flipped — one day they see just fine, and the next day, they’re struggling to read text messages. It’s called “presbyopia.” A lot of times, people will run out and buy so-called “reading glasses” from a drugstore, but that’s not the real fix for their condition. A new procedure called the Presby-fix can use a permanent corneal inlay, smaller and thinner than a contact lens, to correct near vision. Basically, this procedure takes 10 years of age off a person’s vision so they can see up close, far away and in between.

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By Alexandra McCray

The largest independent book festival in the country is back in Decatur’s historic downtown square for its 10th year on Sept. 4-6. And since many festival goers are already avid readers, this year’s festival theme is #readdifferent. The idea behind the theme is to encourage book lovers to branch outside of their favorite writers, genres and types of literature.

This year’s keynote speaker will hopefully inspire festival attendees to step outside their comfort zone with a complex topic: feminism. Erica Jong, author of “Fear of Flying,”


which some say helped ignite second wave feminism, will have a conversation with Roxane Gay, author of the popular 2014 essay collection “Bad Feminist.”

The weekend isn’t made up of only challenging subjects, though. The festival will also feature a “kidnote” speaker for Atlanta’s younger book lovers to enjoy. This year it will be Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of the wildly popular “SkippyJon Jones” kids’ series.

The festival weekend will also include lectures and book signings from over 600 authors, author readings, panel discussions, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops and more. Visit for more details, and plan to #readdifferent this year.


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Figure competitor Latoya Wilkerson shares how House of Payne Personal Training has impacted all aspects of her life, from transforming her body, to building her self-confidence and helping her handle the stressors of work and life. She encourages those just starting their fitness journey to celebrate the small victories because it will all be worth it in the end.

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Kavu Bag

Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of September: 

Kavu Tote – This Duffy style Kavu bag is the perfect size for the gym and overnight stays. It has just the right amount of pocket space, and its colorful, durable design makes it my fave. I got mine at High Country Outfitters. You can find Kavu bags Abbadabba’s and outdoor retailers around the city.

Details: 3906B Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 814-0999,

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Intex River Tube – Summer’s almost over, but the weather will be warm in Atlanta for quite a while longer. Some of the best days for tubing down the Chattahoochee with a good friend are still ahead of us! I highly recommend the Intex River Tube for Two. At $50.99, it is a bargain, and it’s the perfect size to fit two comfortably with a nice cooler in the middle for those cold beverages. Be sure to get the air compressor that goes with it, which inflates the tube in about 10 seconds.

Details: Available at Walmart and    

Taziki’s – High quality, clean, Mediterranean style food at a fair price. What’s not to love? The hummus is excellent, especially if you are not into a lot of garlic.tazikis

Details: 5610 Glenridge Dr #109, Sandy Springs, GA, (678) 365-4403,


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By Alexandra McCray

Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the world of juicing or you’re a long time devotee, you’ll be able to find something for you at the new Juice Bar in Virginia-Highland.


The second Atlanta Juice Bar location will officially open its doors on September 12 and will celebrate by offering half-price drinks, giveaways and tastings all day.

Featuring juices made with an assortment of local organic fruits and vegetables whimsically named things like We Got the Beet, Orange You Glad and Bunny Love, Juice Bar’s juices taste almost too good to be healthy. Each juice contains an average of six fruits and vegetables and can be customized to create thousands of combinations.

For fellow juice novices I recommend getting the Sweet Greens. Its apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley and lemon combination strikes a strange balance between sweet and refreshing.  After tasting a sample whipped up by Juice Bar partner Susie Kelly (whose constant smile is almost as big as her excitement for the latest Juice Bar opening) I had to grab a full size to enjoy on the hot ride home.


Customers can also try a variety of juice cleanses and power shots. The shop even offers essential oil shots, which surprisingly don’t have an oil consistency. They promise to aid in everything from trimming your waistline to relieving allergies and curing the sniffles.

Always a fan of the local, Juice Bar will also stock its shelves with local wellness products such as Georgia Grinders Almond Butter, Golda Kombucha, Organic Mountains Gourmet Honey and Queen of Kale chips.

The Virginia-Highland location is the newest addition to I Love Juice Bar company started by John and Vui Hunt in 2013. The couple abandoned the corporate world to follow their passion for creating authentic, all-natural juices for communities everywhere.

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Heartfelt Fare_coverInside Atlanta real estate agent Joan Kaplan’s hand-bound cookbook, readers will find recipes, personal stories, and Kaplan’s fond memories of delicious meals. One favorite is “Backyard Bounty Figs ‘n Honey,” made with honey from her husband and daughter’s backyard beehive and figs foraged from generous neighbors. Proceeds from book sales at local stores and events will benefit The Kaplan Family Foundation, which supports Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, Contribute2America and other local nonprofits. Visit for more details.


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Growing up as the son of a Southern sharecropper, former Georgia State Senator Charles W. Walker knew he was destined for more. His book reveals how he overcame adversity to build a successful career in business and politics, and he outlines how other Americans trapped in the poverty cycle can do the same.

Order a copy from for $26.

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