AARP expo hits Atlanta this week

Starting today, more than 13,000 seniors will descend on downtown Atlanta for the AARP national expo, called Life @50+, featuring seminars, more than 215 vendors and exhibits, and concerts.

Trees save lives

Everyone knows trees are good for the environment—plus they look really nice in your backyard. But a new study by the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute says trees save lives. The report, which looked at ten urban areas, including Atlanta, found that urban trees and forests save an average of one life every year in major cities.

Top hospitals in Georgia

Of the eight top hospitals in Atlanta according to U.S. News & World Report, two of them have nationally ranked specialties. Emory University Hospital and Shepherd Center, the top ranked local hospitals on the list, have national areas of expertise.

Crowdsourcing helps local boy with health issues

When Cason Griffith had severe eczema as an infant, his pediatrician said hopefully he'd outgrow it. But more than four years later, the Lawrenceville preschooler has continued to have skin issues so serious that they make him absolutely miserable.

Getting Stiletto Fit with Gotta Dance Atlanta

When I first told my husband that I planned to take a fitness class in stiletto heels – advertised as a sensual smorgasbord of hip swirls, hair flips and body rolls – his eyes widened. But not for the reason I’d hoped. “Don’t break your ankle,” he implored. So it was with something to prove that I went into Got to Dance Atlanta for their Tuesday night Stiletto Fit class, which focuses on fitness through dance in high heels.

Confessions of a fitness trainer

There’s a lot going on behind an instructor’s smile. Here, four Atlanta fitness professionals reveal their innermost thoughts, pet peeves, and what they really, really wish you would stop doing when you’re in the gym.

12 adult sports leagues in Atlanta

Why let kids have all the fun? Here are some adults-only recreational leagues. Most offer a range of divisions from low-pressure to ultracompetitive, so you can find a team whether you’re fresh off a college roster or just off the sofa.

Free BMI screenings in Atlanta

Regretting all that eggnog and all those holiday cookies? Before you join the gym or invest in a salad spinner, the city of Atlanta is offering free BMI testing to see what kind of shape you're really in.

How Atlanta sports fans can survive these terrible times

The Boston Buddha is a certified meditation instructor in New England. He's also a huge Boston sports fan who has dealt with many sports-induced lows over the last forty years. I reached out to him today, desperate for answers, still sick from the simultaneous collapse of the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, and Bulldogs within the last week. The guy's nickname is Buddha, so surely he had answers.

Taking a Stand: Standing might be natural, but you can still do it wrong

Twenty-five years ago I met my future father-in-law for the first time over dinner at the sorely missed (by me, anyway) Indigo Coastal Grill in Morningside. It was a pleasant evening that involved fish cooked in parchment paper and glasses of zinfandel (it was the eighties, after all). I felt confident of successfully making a decent first impression.

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