KarenFoleyWhy is the community we surround ourselves with so important when it comes to being fit over the age of 40?

Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club reveals the difference a community can make in getting the most out of a workout routine.

Don’t let Windy Hill Athletic Club’s 100,000 square feet fool you. This resort-style club is centered around creating an environment that encourages every member to achieve their goals.

Whether it be the facility’s barre, boxing, yoga or high-intensity based VOLTAGE class, your success is their priority. “Having a community to surround yourself with is important to achieving your goals, and best of all, they are there to help celebrate your successes,” says Karen Foley.

Because of its diverse membership, Windy Hill Athletic Club understands that every member’s needs are different. Their experienced team is there to offer guidance with goal setting, coaching and support every step of the way. “Our promise to members is to inspire you through movement, community and personal attention. We understand that everyone likes to move differently and we have that option for them,”
Foley says.

As part of Windy Hill’s ongoing process to meet the individual needs of members, they are constantly adding new classes and programs. Their Tennis in No Time program offered in May and June turns you into a tennis player in just three weeks. Get the hang of the racquet with six lessons and three social parties to get you in the game.

No matter how big or small your goals are, the staff at Windy Hill will be there to do all they can to help you achieve them all while having fun along the way.

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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NyssaWhat common beauty mistakes do you see people over 40 make?

Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, shares how to stay current.

When women sit in the chair of Nyssa Green, founder of The Green Room Agency, it’s change that’s on their mind. “A lot of clients over 40 ask to update their look. At some point, they realize that they’re wearing the same colors, clothing, and hairstyle they’ve had for years, and it’s time for a change.”

That openness to experimentation often leads to the most satisfied clients. “The people that are happiest with their results are always the ones that are most open to our suggestions,” says Green.

The artistic training of The Green Room Agency artists enables them to create looks that are both current and complementary. Whether clients are re-entering the workforce, getting back into the dating scene or preparing for a reunion, “our work gives people new confidence and an esteem boost that’s hard to get from a mall makeover. Oftentimes it’s just a matter of seeing yourself from another point of view, and sometimes it’s a complete transformation,” Green says.

She is still surprised by how many clients come to her wearing the same makeup and hairstyles they’ve worn since their 20s and 30s. Green advises those over 40 to stay away from most frosted makeup, play with new products, tools, and treatments, and enjoy updating their beauty routine with guidance from a professional.

“My work is all about bringing out the best in everyone we work with. Studies show that how a person looks is directly related to how they feel and we focus on making them look their very best on every level,” Green says.

See more advice from the 2017 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board on how to look and feel your best after 40. 

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(L-R) Emily Bridges and Leann Ott

(L-R) Emily Bridges and Leann Ott

Choate Construction Company Chairman and CEO Millard Choate, and his daughter, Emily Bridges, discovered the devastating effects of Cystic Fibrosis after Emily’s best friend, Leann Ott, was diagnosed at 3. Gear up for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in May at their Cars & ‘Q for the Cause event on April 29, which will feature over 100 collectible cars, live music, a selection of craft brews, and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q.

Details: Ticket prices vary. 8200 Roberts Dr., Atlanta; carsnq.passioncff.org

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Kyra Phillips - CNN - Judson Women's Leadership ConferenceWho better to learn from than women who have already blazed a trail of leadership excellence? Kyra Phillips, CNN anchor, Theresa Wenzel, Atlanta Dream WNBA president, and other female powerhouses will share their advice for success at the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference on June 20.

Details: Ticket prices vary. Cobb Galleria Centre.  jcifoundation.org/leadership-conference

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Grab Mom for some friendly competition at Second Helpings Atlanta’s Food & Field Fest on May 13. Tackle relay races, tug-of-war and play giant Jenga, Connect Four and tic-tac-toe. Kiddos can get creative by packing and decorating bag lunches for the organization’s partner agency.

Details: secondhelpingsatlanta.org

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Madison James leads the 2016 Komen Race for the Cure warm up.

Madison James leads the 2016 Komen Race for the Cure warm up.

Run your best race ever with these tips from fitness expert Madison James for training for the 2017 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure on June 24.

1. We all know exercise is important. What inspires you to encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle?

You just feel better overall. The stress of everyday life takes a toll on the body. But, when you add a healthy lifestyle it will aid in your body releasing stress. Plus, exercise and a healthy lifestyle will help control your weight, improve your mood and fight diseases, such as breast cancer. In fact, women who are overweight after menopause have a 30-60 percent higher breast cancer risk.

 2. What advice can you offer someone new to exercise?

First, don’t put so much pressure on yourself. When you make something a lifestyle, you have to approach it one day at a time. If you are new to exercise, start out walking 20 minutes three days a week, add five minutes each week. Make it a group activity. Exercising is more fun with friends. Plus, you will keep each other accountable. Signing up for the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure on June 24 is a great place to start.

 3. Do I need special equipment or gear for exercising?

No, oddly this keeps a lot of people from taking that first step. You can walk around your neighborhood. You would be amazed what your own body weight can do. If you are new to working out: try push-ups, sit-ups, walking lunges and jumping jacks. These are great exercises that don’t require any special equipment. Parks are also a great space to workout. I love to work out on the Atlanta BeltLine. You also want to make sure you get fitted for the proper shoe. This is often a mistake that people starting out make. Several local Atlanta fitness stores offer a free fitting service so you can find your perfect fit.

4. Can you describe a week-long workout plan?

A week-long workout plan involves lots of mixing it up! I work out no longer than 30 minutes, five days a week. I like to keep it fresh with biking, weights, high-intensity training, plyometrics, jumping rope and body weight exercises. This keeps my body guessing and I never get bored.

5. What tips can you share when training gets difficult and one becomes easily discouraged?

When training gets difficult remind yourself why you are doing it. Remember every day is a journey.  Don’t put so much pressure on yourself! Have fun and take it one day at a time!

 6. Can you walk us through what the night before Komen Atlanta’s Race for the Cure and the morning of look like?

You want to make sure you are taking in fluids. Hydration is key! The night before, make sure you get a good night sleep.  Another great tip is to lay out everything you need for the race the night before. This will eliminate some stress the morning of the race. Make sure you eat a good meal and one you have eaten before the night prior to race. You don’t want to get sick the night before the race. This is where routine is key! The morning of enjoy a light breakfast, hydrate again and head off to the race!

Details: komenatlanta.org

Madison James Bio:

Madison James keeps you entertained every afternoon from 2-7pm on B98.5. Born and raised in Jackson TN, she is a former Division I college basketball player, NPC National Figure Competitor and fitness trainer. She lives a very active lifestyle and can often be found working out in Piedmont Park or on the Atlanta Beltline.  

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Nancy and Norrie

Local custom homebuilder and real estate agent Nancy Keenan knew something wasn’t right with her 11-year-old daughter, Norrie. After expressing sentiments of frustration with her daughter’s continued picky eating, it was Nancy’s dance instructor, Desiree Nathanson, who put the pieces together. Norrie had an eating disorder.

The increasingly restrictive eating tendencies, the weight loss, the dangerously slow heart rate—it all made sense. As a board member for the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN), Desiree had a number of experts for Nancy to turn to for help. “Desiree and EDIN, they were the resource for me to find the nutritionist who ultimately diagnosed Norrie and hospitalized her. So, EDIN essentially saved her life because if it hadn’t been for their resources, I really don’t know what we would have done,” Nancy says.

Could your child be suffering from an eating disorder?

If Nancy could go back in time, here are some of the signs she wished she’d seen.

Extreme picky eating. Some children will restrict to the point of only eating three or four foods.

Ritualized eating. Eating foods in a certain order or arranging foods a specific way on a plate.

Diet talk. Nancy never thought twice about the diet books that laid around her house or what the news was saying about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but her daughter was absorbing information about which foods were good and bad and using it to fuel her disorder.

Details: myedin.org

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By Lisa Perez, MD, VeinInnovations Midtown

Spider veins are the least serious of the most common vein disorders. Spider veins are essentially smaller versions of varicose veins and are caused by blood pooling in the veins because the valves are not closing completely. Spider veins commonly appear as small red or purple clusters of veins that are near the surface of the skin.

The underlying cause can be any number of factors, including heredity or hormonal changes (including those caused by birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy). Anything that restricts circulation, including sitting or standing for long periods, as well as obesity and squatting to lift heavy objects, can contribute to them.


Spider veins generally aren’t as painful as varicose veins and usually don’t present any health risks. They are nonetheless a cosmetic issue for many people due to the areas of the body where they show up – particularly on the legs, but they can also develop on the face, feet, and hands.

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive vein treatment that has been around since the 1930s, but it has advanced considerably over the years. Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard treatment for eliminating spider veins.  The procedure involves injecting a solution into each damaged vein using amicro needle. The solution used at VeinInnovations is painless and causes the vein to collapse.  It is naturally absorbed into the bloodstream. Meanwhile, blood automatically redirects to the healthy veins, improving circulation. After treatment there may be some bruising and discoloration along the pathway of the vein. This can take up to 4-6 weeks to resolve. During this time, it is important to protect the treated areas from sun exposure. The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed to clear or improve the appearance of the spider veins varies from patient to patient. Most patients require 3-4 treatments to achieve their desired results. The exact number of treatments depends greatly on the extent of the spider veins present.

Dr. Lisa Perez - VeinInnovations Midtown

Sclerotherapy is generally recommended only for spider veins and small varicose veins. Although it works well on treating existing spider veins, it does not prevent the formation of new spider veins. For patients experiencing symptoms of underlying venous disease such as aching, heaviness, swelling or large bulging varicose veins, they should consider an ultrasound evaluation to determine the severity of their venous disease.

Sponsored by: VeinInnovations  |  (678) 731-9815

Sandy Springs  |  Midtown  |  Johns Creek  |  Southside  |  VeinInnovations.com

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Dr. McCarthy-Keith - Georgia Reproductive SpecialistNational Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) runs from April 23-29, 2017. Whether you’re ready for pregnancy now or are just keeping your options open for the future, it is never too early to start a conversation with your doctor about your reproductive health. Unfortunately, a lot of women don’t even approach the subject of their fertility with their doctor until they start trying to get pregnant and find that they are having difficulty. If you are between ages 20 to 40 and your doctor does not raise the subject, then you should.

Ask your doctor to test your ovarian reserve. Women are born with about one million eggs in the ovaries, and from that point on, egg supply is slowly dwindling down. This process speeds up in the mid-to-late 30s, which makes getting pregnant more challenging with age. A simple blood test to check your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) level can provide information about your current egg reserve. As a woman’s egg supply declines, so does her AMH level. The AMH test is fairly routine, and can be completed by most standard laboratories.

Ask your doctor to check you for fibroids. It’s not only size, but location of fibroids that makes them a threat to fertility. If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you should have periodic monitoring of your fibroids with a pelvic exam and ultrasound to be sure that they are not impacting your fertility. If you have surgery for your fibroids, you should ask your doctor how surgery may affect your future fertility.

Have an honest conversation with your doctor about your weight and lifestyle. If you are overweight, you are at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.  You may also have more difficulty conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. At your annual exam, talk with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI) and ways to keep it in a healthy range.

There are other things that you can do to protect your reproductive health. You should get annual gynecologic exams, and practice safe sex techniques to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Don’t smoke cigarettes and avoid secondhand smoke, because both can lower your fertility. Lastly, incorporate healthy diet and regular exercise into your daily routine.

So are you ready to be a conversation starter? There’s no time like the present to talk about your reproductive health, especially during NIAW. #StartAsking

Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. McCarthy-Keith is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina.  She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. McCarthy-Keith has special interests in male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and in vitro fertilization.

Sponsored by: Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Atlanta/Northside  |  Decatur  |  Alpharetta  |  Buckhead/Piedmont  |  Phone: (404) 843-BABY  |  www.IVF.com

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Andrews, Mary Kay_Beach House Cookbook

Local Atlanta author, Mary Kay Andrews is back with another book and this time she’s taking readers from the beach to the kitchen with some of her favorite coastal cuisine. Grab a copy of “The Beach House Cookbook” on May 2 and flip through a selection of easy-to-follow recipes ranging from Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken to New Year’s Day Open House charcoal-grilled oysters for festive feast ideas all year ‘round.

Details: $29.99. Marykayandrews.com

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