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Run with the Expert

November Best Bulletin - JG131Olympic runner Jeff Galloway is holding the inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 on Sunday, December 14 in Midtown. If a half marathon sounds like too far of a distance for you, think again. Galloway, an author, speaker and runner for more than 40 years, has developed a free training program for those interested in building up their running skills in a safe, effective way. Plus, on the day of the race, you can take your pick of any of the official pace groups that will help you stay motivated and on schedule till the end of the 13.1 miles. Registration is $115 until December 8 and $130 afterward.


No More Earbud Blues

RunPhonesClassicHeadphones come in all shapes and sizes, but not all of them are comfortable for everyone. RunPhones takes care of that by combining headphones with another must-have running accessory: a sweatband. These headphones are sewn into a moisture-wicking mesh headband that keeps runners dry and keeps your music at your ears. The headphones are compatible with iPhone and most other music devices, and the headband itself is machine washable. $39.95


Open Up to Yoga

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Roswell Yoga Life recently opened in Roswell, offering heated and non-heated yoga, prenatal yoga, and classes specifically geared toward kids and teens. At this 1,600-square-foot studio, students can also purchase healthy retail items such as fruit, nuts, nutrition bars and bottled water, in addition to custom bolsters, eye pillows and nature-inspired jewelry. Owner Gretchen Griffin invites all yogis of all levels to find support at RYL. An unlimited month of classes costs just $49.

Details: 408 South Atlanta St., Suite 157, Roswell, GA,

A Helping Hand

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For a burst of summer during this cold season, HollyBeth Organics will soon release their new Orange Peppermint Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Set. The blend of essential oils will cleanse skin without drying it, as well as provide an energizing citrus scent. Plus, HollyBeth Organics is the only USDA certified organic skin care line in Atlanta that is also certified cruelty-free, so both your hands and heart can feel good this holiday season. HollyBeth Organics products available at Atlanta Made or online. $59

Details: 1187 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA,

National Diabetes Month

November Best Bulletin Blog Post - National Diabetes MonthThroughout Atlanta this month, the American Diabetes Association will hold events to educate Atlantans, provide resources and raise money to help put a stop to diabetes. On November 8, lace up your sneakers and head to the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Turner Field. Anyone who raises $1,000 or more will be recognized as a Champion to Stop Diabetes. Then on November 22, head to the free Diabetes Expo at Cobb Galleria. There will be a healthy cooking stage, diabetes management seminars and a special appearance by Patti LaBelle.


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On November 1, razors around the world will go on break – at least as it relates to moustache hair. For “Movember” – men’s health awareness month – men will start sprouting moustaches to show their support of the men’s health movement.November Best Health - Older Man Running Blog Picture

In support, I have a special invitation with regard to men and their legs, as leg health plays a fundamental role in a man’s overall health. Take advantage of a free Duplex Doppler Ultrasound screening to rule out venous insufficiency if you are having any symptoms of fatigue, swelling, pain or restlessness in your legs, or if you have varicose or spider veins.

Healthy legs make it easier to both exercise and rest well, and venous health is a critically important part of overall leg health. Leg veins carry blood pumped by the calf muscle up, against gravity, to the heart and lungs to be re-oxygenated. Vein problems – usually caused by the failure of delicate, one-way valves in the veins – impact some 20 to 30 million Americans.

When the valves fail and blood flows backwards, or refluxes, blood pools, pressure builds, and varicose and spider veins may appear. Other symptoms of venous insufficiency may include achiness, swelling, itching, a need to move at night or a sense of having “crawling flesh.”

While the majority of our patients at VeinInnovations are women, we know that men also believe heavy, tired and restless legs are just part of aging. With men more likely to ignore symptoms, and because symptoms build at such a slow rate, many men don’t realize how badly they are hurting. By the time they come for treatment, many have tortured, bulging veins. Some have stopped exercising; many have not slept well in years. The combination of losing exercise and sleep impacts overall quality of life, diminishes health and ages you prematurely. After our minimally invasive treatments, many patients are amazed by just how quickly treatment restored their vitality and ability to rest.

While in Movember men become “walking billboards” for men’s health by growing moustaches, they should also “walk the walk” with healthier legs. Don’t ignore your symptoms anymore – instead, schedule an ultrasound screening and take an important step toward better health.

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During turkey season, what’s a vegetarian to do? Try finding like-minded friends at the Atlanta Veg Fest on November 8, which is in its third year. This day-long event Veg Fest Produce Picturebrings together the plant-based eaters of Atlanta to enjoy engaging talks from vegan dietitians, chefs and hip hop artists. The day also includes displays from vegan vendors, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and, of course, plenty of meatless morsels for you to enjoy. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, requests a $5 donation at the door and is a great place to explore your plant-based diet options.

Details: 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA,

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Elegant Elf MarketplaceAt the fourth annual Elegant Elf Marketplace, held this year on November 15 and 16, more than 75 local and regional vendors will showcase their jewelry, crafts, home and garden decor and more. The event is hosted by The Sandy Springs Society, which donates proceeds to 25 Atlanta nonprofits. The marketplace raises about $80,000 each year and last year helped fund local programs for child literacy, science and math classroom materials, vision screening, senior services and other community support. The event costs $5 to attend, and children 10 and under attend for free.


Details: 5920 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Sandy Springs, GA,

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DaNina Nicole from GlowDry is here to give you her best advice on how to do your eye makeup for the fall!

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What are the current fall trends for eye makeup?

Metallics, tons of glitter, smoky eyes, deep, dark, and warm earth tones, electric pops of color, and just full-on glam!

What styles of eye makeup are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

When women in their 30s line their upper lid, they should make sure the line curves up slightly at the outer edges of the eyes—not down. That will lift your eyes, as opposed to making them look droopy.

Women in their 40′s and beyond should go with a matte finish on the lid. This will absorb the light and lend a smoother appearance. Anything frosty or with a shimmer will highlight fine lines around the eyes. Reserve the shimmer for under the brow bone where wrinkles and fine lines aren’t as apparent. Try a soft, smoky eye in a taupe color. Taupe will add definition to the eyes without looking hard.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when applying eye makeup?

Avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes. This can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth. Instead, point your chin up and look down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them, and use a liquid or gel liner for a smooth application.

Then take the time to wiggle the wand and work in the mascara. This will help separate the lashes and make them look fuller at the root. If you’re ever pressed for time and have to choose between liner, shadow or mascara, always pick mascara.

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This November, Best Self Atlanta will host our 2nd Annual Moustache Dash! This family-friendly race is the perfect way to raise awareness for men’s health during “Movember.” The entire family is invited to participate in this 5K and one-mile race, which kicks off at New Balance Buckhead on November 16 at 8 a.m.moustache (1)

Participate in our group warm-up and health expo, and be sure to grab one of the free stick-on moustaches or have one painted on! After the race, the whole family can enjoy free food and an awards ceremony.

We hope everyone will have a great time while raising awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer.

Early bird registration is $25, with prices going to $30 on November 3. Day-of registration will also be available at the race.

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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 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.


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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!


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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:, 3000 Union Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

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