BSA- Crossroads HospiceJust as birth is a special, honored time, the transition of death deserves respect and special care too. At Crossroads Hospice, staff and volunteers provide compassion, support and day-to-day engagement to patients nearing the end of their lives. As a volunteer, you can support patients directly in their homes or assisted living facilities with conversation, puzzles and even bingo. When you sign up, you will undergo volunteer training about the basics of hospice, your role, and certain common health conditions such as dementia. You can also support the organization with administrative volunteer time or bereavement support for families. Call (770) 270-9898 or email to sign up.

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

BSA - April Best Books 1“Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda” 

When 16-year-old Simon Spier begins exchanging emails with a secret admirer, his high school days have a new current of excitement running through them. But when a classmate discovers their messages – and the fact that Simon’s secret admirer is another boy in their high school – their fragile romance gets complicated. This story is full of humor, heart and characters you’ll root for till the last page. On April 11, author Becky Albertalli will visit Little Shop of Stories in Decatur to sign copies of her book, released this month. Visit for more details.

BSA - April Best Books 2“New Rules at the Game”

Susan Packard, a co-founder of HGTV, knows what it takes to be successful in business. She distills her 30 years of experience into this book, which offers gamesmanship strategies for women’s success in the workforce such as playing offense, being a team player and more. Order a copy for $25.95 form Penguin Books at

BSA - April Best Books 3“Lighten Up, Y’all” 

A healthy lifestyle and a Southern diet might seem incompatible, but they aren’t if Virginia Willis has anything to say about it. This Atlanta-based, French-trained chef knows the value of good comfort food, so in her newest cookbook, she gives a healthy overhaul to the classics like mac and cheese and buttermilk pie. Order a copy for $24.99 from Random House at

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BSA - Sushi and SakeLuxury complex Buckhead Atlanta welcomed Doraku Sushi last month. This new restaurant offers family style sushi and a mix of other Asian-fusion dishes for lunch and dinner, including sea urchin and live scallops for the adventurous foodie. They also offer a full bar and an extensive sake menu, so your night out will be delicious from dinner to drinks.

Details: 267 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 842-0005.

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Dr. Tasneem BhatiaDr. Tasneem Bhatita from Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine answers a reader’s question about glycemic index.

Q: What is glycemic index, and does it really affect my overall health? 

The glycemic index (GI) measures the impact of carbohydrate-containing food on blood sugar levels and has been used to pair foods together that will keep insulin stable. Insulin regularity is the key to reducing inflammation, which is in turn the root of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, along with many other autoimmune diseases. Lower your inflammation by eating goods that have a low glycemic index and keep your blood sugar stable!

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View More: easy spinach salad with mushrooms, red peppers and goat cheese makes a delicious starter for any meal. This recipe also includes instructions for a homemade salad dressing so you can avoid the hidden sugars and added ingredients in a bottled dressing. For a stand-alone meal, try adding shrimp or chicken, or for a vegan version, skip the goat cheese. And if you’re just too busy to cook tonight, head to Davio’s Atlanta in Phipps Plaza and order this delicious dish off their menu.


8 ounces baby spinach

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of garlic, chopped

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 large portobello mushroom, sliced

2 ounces roasted red peppers, sliced

3 ounces goat cheese

Salt and black pepper to taste


Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a saucepan, over low heat, add the olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar until warm. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

Add the mushrooms and the sliced peppers to the spinach and toss. Divide the spinach mixture between the four plates or bowls, and evenly divide the goat cheese and dressing over each. Serve immediately.

- Courtesy of Davio’s Atlanta,

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BSA - Breast Cancer RibbonBreast cancer awareness steals the show in October, but another key fundraising event happens next month: Susan G. Komen’s annual Race for the Cure. On the morning of May 9, come ready to run, walk or simply be inspired by the post-race festivities and survivor ceremony. This is Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta’s 25th annual run, and 75 percent of proceeds raised will stay in Atlanta to educate and screen local women.

Details: Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA,

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BSA - Margarett EllisonDr. Margarett C. Ellison from North Fulton Women’s Oncology answers a reader’s question about ovarian cancer.

Q: I got my annual Pap test, and all was normal. Do I still need to worry about ovarian cancer? 

Pap tests only screen for cervical cancer. There are currently no screening tests for ovarian cancer, and unfortunately only about 20 percent of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. The best way to find ovarian cancer is to see your gynecologist annually for a pelvic exam and to see your provider if you experience the following symptoms for two weeks or more: abdominal swelling or bloating, pelvic pressure, abdominal pain, feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or urinary frequency.

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BSA - Spring into Festival SeasonAs sure as spring comes every year, it also heralds the arrival of Atlanta’s festival season. Scope out the details of this month’s free events below, and get into the swing of spring!

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival | April 10-12

The organizers keep this almost 80-year-old event fresh with new features such as the Atlanta Dogwood 5K on Saturday morning, the Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP event, and this year’s new Disc Dogs event, where competing dogs catch some air as they catch flying discs. There’s even a Novice Toss & Fetch category in case you and your dog want to try the world of canine competition.

Details: Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 

Spring Festival on Ponce | April 11-12 BSA - Disc Dogs

For the fourth year, this festival fills Olmsted Linear Park with 125 artists bringing art in all forms. Artists will show a huge variety of jewelry made from pearls, vintage fabric and elegant seashell fragments. Keep perusing to find handmade leather bags, uniquely carved clocks and more, all while enjoying good and live music.

Details: 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA,

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza | April 18-19

This third annual event has a similar variety of arts and crafts available, offering everything from ceramic platters and carved wooden bowls to mosaic windows and copper jewelry. In between browsing, enjoy live music and food trucks from Genki Noodles & Sushi, On Tapa The World, King of Pops and more.

Details: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs, GA,

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Kulkin, MD, Jay_cred Jamie AnnarinoDr. Jay Kulkin from WIFH answers a reader’s question about underarm sweating and odor.

Q: Even though I use antiperspirant, I sweat a lot under my arms. Is there anything safe I can do to help? 

Yes, a non-invasive FDA-approved procedure called miraDry can use microwave technology to eliminate underarm sweating and odor. This procedure permanently destroys underarm sweat glands, and the glands do not regenerate. You will not have additional sweating in other areas, and any soreness or swelling typically clears within a week.


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BSA - April Best Bulletin Mizuno RunningAs you plan to lace up for your spring and summer runs, it might be time for a new pair of running shoes. Consider buying a pair from Atlanta based Mizuno Running that will help you and your community. This month, for every pair of Mizuno running shoes sold, $10 will be donated to Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that uses running to support and encourage homeless people working toward independence.

Details: Find a full list of retail partner stores online at

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