Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Clayton State Center for Continuing Education to Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

The Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education will be celebrating National Women’s Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, with a variety of free events that will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Included in the day’s activities, which will precede Clayton State’s Presidential Inauguration events by one day, will be, health and fitness lectures, a three-quarters of a mile nature walk around Swan Lake, and plenty of freebies -- massages, a Zumba exercise class, a bellydancing class, and a Chicago-style Steppin’ class. There will also be door prizes and plenty of healthy food and drink.

To pre-register and see the schedule of events, go to the Continuing Education webpage at; http://conted.clayton.edu/default.htm, and search for the following Course Code; 112CDSF001. Or, go directly to https://ace2.clayton.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?~~112CDSF001.

The entire Clayton State Continuing Education catalog is also online at http://issuu.com/claytonstatece/docs/fall2010. Interested individuals can browse through it or save or print whatever pages they want. A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Models Needed For Fashion Show

Models are needed for the upcoming "Fashionatta." "Fashionatta" will feature the fall and winter fashions of Liz Claiborne, which is now being exclusively sold at JCPenney stores nationwide, in a runway-style setting.

Model auditions will take place at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle in Morrow, on Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. No previous modeling experience necessary. Models must be female and 18 years of age. We are seeking Juniors, Petites, Misses, Womens, and Plus Size models.

Anyone interested in modeling must register by sending the following information to lsingleton@cityofmorrow.com:

Name (First & Last)
Phone Number
Email Address
Clothing Size


This is a non-union show. No fees will be paid to models since this is a charity function.

"Fashionatta" is being presented by JCPenney Store #1600, Morrow Business and Tourism Association, City of Morrow, Southlake Kiwanis Club, and the Morrow Civic Woman's Club.

For more information about "Fashionatta", please contact Mike Sakowitz Twomey at 678-614-3824 or mtwomey@cityofmorrow.com.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dillard's Takes Bra Fitting to the Next Level

Step inside the dressing room with Phoebe "the fIT girl" and experience customer service on a personal level.

"The Art of Fitting", the first web-video in a series narrated by Phoebe "the fIT girl"™ @ Dillard's debuted on Facebook and YouTube yesterday. Phoebe, an animated icon for Dillard's Intimate Apparel, "intimately" takes the viewer into the fitting room to watch a bra fitting in progress. The video stresses the importance of getting a professional "bra makeover" at least once a year.

"Lingerie is a woman's most personal purchase and we are driven by the philosophy that fitting a woman in a proper fitting bra wardrobe can change her life for the better. This is the belief that we instill in our team of Regional Lingerie Managers and Certified Bra Fit Specialists on a daily basis," says Sandra Palacio, Director of Lingerie for Dillard's. Phoebe, who was created as Sandra's alter-ego, encourages women to visit Dillard's for a fit session with a Certified Bra Fit Specialist.

Dillard's Divisional Merchandising Manager of Lingerie Mike Freville added, "The "do-it-yourself" method of bra-fitting is a popular fad on the Internet lately; however, we believe that women need the experience of a Certified Fit Specialist to get an accurate measurement. This service oriented approach is the driving force behind why we do what we do - combining the most technologically advanced bras and shapewear garments available with knowledgeable personal assistance. Our Regional Lingerie Managers and Certified Fit Specialists are personally invested in offering first-rate client service, having completed extensive product knowledge and fit training. They are extremely knowledgeable on all the nuances of the products, with a selection of styles ranging from A-H cups. These ladies really know how to fit bras - and Phoebe "the fIT girl"™ is now a valuable member of our Certified Fit team."

"The Art of Fitting" is one of several places customers can see and interact with Phoebe. Phoebe "the fIT girl"™ @ Dillard's has her own Facebook page and can also be accessed through the Dillard's fan page on Facebook. Phoebe writes a weekly blog where she discusses various fit solutions. She also fields questions from fans and updates her favorite things monthly, calling them "Phoebe's Picks". "Phoebe's Picks" will also be highlighted in Dillard's stores through signage and plans to add her picks to dillards.com in the near future are underway.

Phoebe "the fIT girl"™ will be seen throughout future media campaigns from direct-mail, in-store signage and Internet channels. "Phoebe will very busy in the coming months," says Catherine Longbotham, Marketing Director for Intimate Apparel at Dillard's and Phoebe's creator. "We are currently working on additional episodes of the web-vid series. Our goal is to touch on those questions that women may feel too embarrassed to ask or may otherwise feel they are the only one with a certain issue."

"It is very important to us that Phoebe promotes a positive self-image and speaks to women about making the most of their body type instead of striving for perfection," adds Palacio. Future web-isodes will cover topics such as how to be fit properly if one side is larger than the other, the importance of proper fitting through pregnancy, weight gain or loss as well as shapewear solutions for common figure flaws.

Dillard's, Inc. ranks among the nation's largest fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceeding $6.2 billion. The Company focuses on delivering maximum fashion and value to its clients by providing compelling selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources. The Company operates 299 Dillard's locations and 12 clearance centers spanning 29 states plus an Internet store at www.dillards.com.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Piedmont Hospital Invites Women to Spirit Girls Night Out

Health Screening and Education combined with Fun and Pampering

Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta's exclusive Spirit of Women hospital, today announced the details of its second annual Spirit Girls Night Out, an evening of health screening and education combined with fun and pampering. Spirit of Women is a partnership of hospitals and healthcare systems from across the country that aims to drive health and wellness opportunities for women and their families.

Spirit Girls Night Out is Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Foundry at Puritan Mill located at 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia 30318. The event, emceed by well-known television health expert, Dr. Randy Martin, will feature health education on women's cancers, digestive health and incontinence, as well as health screenings and flu shots (available at no additional charge). Also included are mini-spa treatments, great door prizes, delectable food and beverages, and a chance to “ask the doc” that important health question. Event entertainment includes international speaker extraordinaire Renee Rongen presenting Life's Your Legacy…Live it!

Reservations for Spirit Girls Night Out for those age 21 and over are $10 until October 12 through online registration or by telephone and $15 at the door. Register at piedmonthospital.org/spiritofwomen or toll-free at 1-866-900-4321. Proceeds go to women's educational programs at Piedmont Hospital.

“At Piedmont Hospital, we are excited about this signature event and helping women take advantage of the many benefits of our participation in the Spirit of Women program,” said Denise Ray, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Piedmont Hospital. “Bring your mom, sisters, daughters and friends to learn, get pampered and celebrate being women!”
Spirit of Women educational guidelines are updated annually and guided by the National Standards of Excellence for Women's Health and the Office on Women's Health. Because women make up to 85 percent of household healthcare decisions, the educational and motivational efforts of Spirit of Women positively impact the well-being of the entire family and community as a whole.

Piedmont Hospital provides a variety of Spirit of Women inspired events throughout the year that not only include the education, screenings and support groups that will reach women in all stages of their lives but also fun activities like mini-spa treatments for stress relief, dance lessons to get the heart pumping and Ask-the-Doctor social hours.

Women who register for Spirit Girls Night Out will receive complimentary memberships to Piedmont's Spirit of Women Rewards program. Rewards members will enjoy discounts and benefits from program partners including: the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Opera, Bette Care (professional home care), Chick-fil-A, Fox Theatre, Natural Body Spa and Shoppe, Piedmont Hospital Health & Fitness Club, Publix Apron Cooking School, TaylorMade Performance Lab at Reynold's Plantation, The Welch Experience (personal training, self-defense, etc.) and WNBA Atlanta Dream.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Atlanta's Top Wedding Experts Announce Another Boutique Bridal Experience

Paisley Umbrella and Atlantan Brides Magazine present Save the Date: Toast to Fall Wedding Style on Thursday, June 25th from 6-9pm at Paisley Umbrella's design showroom located at 2971 N. Fulton Drive in Buckhead.

The bridal experience is an intimate evening of inspiring ideas for Fall wedding design, styled and presented by the wedding experts of Paisley Umbrella, Atlantan Brides magazine and some of the top names in the bridal industry. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting experience, cocktail buffet from Added Touch Catering, live music and a chance to mingle with Atlanta's most creative wedding professionals as well as register to win wedding giveaways.

"Our Save the Date events are showcased in an intimate setting where brides can meet with vendors on a more personal scale as our platform is built on creative custom design," said Paisley Umbrella and Olive owner Katriesa Raines. "

Outside vendors like the intimate backdrop of the space and the styled setting created to show how each vendor works together to make a beautiful wedding day story."

Paisley Umbrella partners include Olive, Ashley Baber Weddings, Ann Roth Shoes, Nichola Jewelry, Petalscapes, Blend Custom Parfum Studio, The Little Cake Bakery, The Hungry Peach, Linvites Stationary and Invitations, Mama Gifts and Favors, Hollie Lytle Photography, Tracey Tirrell Bridal Hair Accessories, Kimberly Mack Beauty Group, Ahnna B Designs, Couture Cakes Inc., Spectrum Entertainment, Added Touch Catering and more.

Admission is complimentary with RSVP to www.paisleyumbrella.eventbrite.com. The first 50 brides to respond will receive a fabulous gift bag. For more information about the event or Paisley Umbrella, visit www.paisleyumbrella.com.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Mayo Clinic Researchers Say Agent Provides Treatment Option for Women with Hot Flashes

A pill used for nerve pain offers women relief from hot flashes, Mayo Clinic researchers report at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO).

They say the agent, pregabalin, decreased hot flash severity and frequency about 20 percent more than did a placebo agent. Thus, pregabalin appears to offer about the same benefit as gabapentin, an older, related drug, as well as newer classes of antidepressants.

"Hot flashes are a major problem in many women, and for those who opt not to take hormonal therapies or antidepressants, pregabalin appears to be another treatment option," says the study's lead author, Charles Loprinzi, M.D., a medical oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

While pregabalin offers about the same benefit as gabapentin, women who use it only need to take two pills a day, versus three for gabapentin, he says. Side effects can occur with the use of either drug. However, in this study, they were not severe enough that participants stopped using the active study drug any more often than did patients who were taking placebos, researchers say.

Dr. Loprinzi has pioneered the field of nonhormonal hot flash therapy, which he began researching decades ago to help breast cancer patients using tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen treatment that creates symptoms of menopause. He is the first researcher to test the use of antidepressants, compared to placebo treatment, for hot flashes.

Gabapentin, an agent that has long been on the market to treat pain caused from injury to nerves, has been shown to decrease hot flashes more than do placebos. This drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy and for shingles; anecdotal evidence suggested that menopausal women who used it had a reduction in hot flashes, Dr. Loprinzi says. Multiple placebo-controlled studies have since demonstrated that this drug decreases hot flashes.

Gabapentin and a variety of antidepressants are now commonly prescribed for treatment of hot flashes, although these agents are not specifically approved by the FDA for such use.

Pregabalin is a newer version of gabapentin. "We thought it might also relieve hot flashes and thus was worth testing," Dr. Loprinzi says.

So, using funds from the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Loprinzi and colleagues set up a 207-participant study conducted by the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG). The study was a Phase III double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized trial, testing three different treatment arms: a placebo versus daily doses of 150 milligrams (mg) of pregabalin (75 mg twice a day) and 300 milligrams (150 mg twice a day). Patients getting pregabalin started off with lower doses which were increased weekly to the eventual full dose.

Participants, who reported having at least 28 hot flashes a week, kept a "hot flash diary" in which they recorded the number and severity of hot flashes they had each day while taking their study drug — the content of which was unknown to them.

In the study group, 34 percent were using anti-estrogen therapy — either an aromatase inhibitor, raloxifene, or tamoxifen — to help prevent the recurrence of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.

The researchers found that for the 163 patients for whom information was available, both doses of pregabalin reduced hot flashes to about the same degree, but that toxicities, such as cognitive dysfunction, were increased at the higher dose. Other reported side effects included weight gain, sleepiness, dizziness, coordination troubles, concentration troubles, and concerns regarding vision changes.

They found that, after six weeks of treatment, women using a placebo agent reported about a 50 percent decrease in their hot flash score (severity), but the change was greater for those who used a 75-milligram twice daily dose of pregabalin (65 percent decrease) and a 150-milligram twice daily dose (71 percent decrease). The declines in hot flash frequency were 36 percent for placebo users, 58 percent in women who used lower-dose pregabalin, and 61 percent in women given the higher dose.

"All in all, this study demonstrates that we have another agent to add to the list of medications that offer benefit against hot flashes, even in women using anti-estrogen therapies," Dr. Loprinzi says.

Pfizer, the company that manufactures pregabalin, donated both the drug and placebo tablets for this study.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Over 8,700 Unnecessary Cesareans Endanger Metro Atlanta Women and Babies Each Year

May 16 Rally To Raise Awareness of Cesarean Dangers and Prevention

Over 35% of new mothers in Metro Atlanta have a cesarean section, but as many as 75% of those surgeries are avoidable. Up to half of women having a cesarean will experience some kind of complication, including infection, extensive blood loss, even cardiac arrest. To help reverse this alarming trend, the Georgia Birth Network and the Atlanta Chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network are co-sponsoring a rally outside of Northside Hospital on May 16 from 2-4 pm. An information session will follow at Life University in Marietta from 5-8pm to educate the public about the risks of c-sections, and how to avoid them.

The rate of cesarean surgeries in the United States has risen steadily, from 20.7% in 1996, to 31.8% in 2007 according to the CDC. The rate for metro Atlanta is even higher – 35.1% in 2007. The World Health Organization recommends a cesarean rate of 10-15% as optimal. The U.S. Healthy People 2010 goal is a 15.5% cesarean rate by next year. Some studies show the rate could safely be as low as 5%.

C-sections can save lives in emergencies, but when used for the wrong reasons, they expose mothers and their babies to unnecessary risk. After cesarean surgery, a mother is at a significantly higher risk of infection, extensive blood loss, nausea, vomiting, blood clots, and, in extreme cases, death. Mothers having a cesarean always require a longer hospital stay, need 2-6 times as much healing time, and are twice as likely to be re-admitted to the hospital for complications. A newborn delivered by cesarean has a higher risk of being injured during delivery or having trouble breastfeeding. Many will spend time in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit for breathing problems, which may continue into childhood as asthma.

Additional problems may arise years later. In subsequent pregnancies, there is a greater risk of placenta problems, uterine rupture, and other complications, putting both mom and her future babies at higher risk. Over 90% of women who have a cesarean will have this surgery for every following birth. Risks to the mother increase dramatically with each cesarean.

To help women avoid these risks, the Atlanta chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and the Georgia Birth Network are co-sponsoring a cesarean awareness rally, “Cutting Through The Fear.” The rally will be on Johnson Ferry Rd. at the entrance of Northside Hospital on May 16 from 2-4pm. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt, to be worn at the rally. The general public is welcome to participate, but please leave small children home because of the proximity to a busy road.

An information session and discussion will follow at Life University (1377 Barclay Circle, in Room 127 of Annex C) in Marietta from 5-8 pm. Elaine Mills, president of the GA chapter of ICAN, will speak on how to prevent cesareans, a birth film will be shown, and local childbirth professionals will be available to answer questions. Families are welcome at the information session, with food available. For more information about cesarean risks and prevention, please contact either GBN at 678-264-4944 or www.gabirthnetwork.com or ICAN of Atlanta at 404-609-9873 or http://atlanta.ican-online.org.

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