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  • The Sport of Giving Helps Give Local Atlanta Women Access to Breast Cancer Diagnoses

    As an active board member and medical director for The Sport of Giving, Dr. Whiteman is committed to supporting breast cancer care and prevention in the local Atlanta community. The Sport of Giving, a nonprofit that raises money for women’s cancer care and prevention in local communities around the nation, was founded in north metro Atlanta, and has since risen over $1.2 million dollars for the local Atlanta community.

    It is the goal of The Sport of Giving to raise funds for local programs and medical equipment needed to allow women access to the very best medical care, support, education, and cancer prevention. What makes them different than other breast cancer and women’s cancer organizations is that ALL of the money raised goes towards the local community in which it was raised.

    One such local initiative that The Sport of Giving took on for the Duluth, GA community was funding a diagnostic mammography center biopsy program at Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth. Since the program’s inception last May, 215 patients have been examined and 38 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is 215 women who are taking a more active role in their health and 38 women that have caught breast cancer earlier than they otherwise might have without these diagnostic resources.

    With the assistance of The Sport of Giving’s fund raising efforts and the generosity of donors/event participants, you can see for yourselves the very important role we are playing in the community and the impact our efforts have had. For any nonprofit/volunteer organization, it is important that people know exactly where and to whom their money, time, and hard work is going towards. It gives them motivation to continue giving, and puts faces to the cause.

    If you are looking for a way to start your involvement with The Sport of Giving, you can start by attending Pink in the Rink – a Gwinnet Gladiators hockey game where they dye the ice pink and raise money for breast cancer organizations, including The Sport of Giving. To find out more information, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s facebook fan page and click on the Pink in the Rink event page posted on his wall! We hope you will answer “attending”! You can also call (770.622.9100) or email Dr. Whiteman’s office for more information.

    Visit www.thesportofgiving.org for more ways you can get involved.

    What color is your bra? Facebook grassroots campaign asks women this question in order to raise awareness for breast cancer

    If you got onto your facebook account late last week or this weekend, you may have noticed a confusing trend – women posting colors as their facebook statuses. The statuses were answering the question, “What color is your bra?” Users were encouraged to only post the bra color in an intentional effort to confuse other users who were not aware of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

    The cryptic color status prompted thousands of people to ask their friends and Google the question, “what does this mean?” – only to find out that this was a sneaky effort to promote awareness for breast cancer.

    The campaign is suspected to have been started by a small group of facebook users through a series of inbox messages encouraging women to answer this question. Said one facebook representative:

    “What is particularly unique about this grass-roots campaign is that it seems to have been started by a user or group of users, as opposed to an official entity, and spread virally throughout Facebook,” Facebook’s Malorie Lucich said. “It’s an ideal example of how an individual voice can be magnified to create awareness for a good cause and ignite action among millions by using a site like Facebook.”

    This campaign is yet another example of the power of social media. What started from one facebook message turned into thousands of status updates and thousands of people talking and thinking about breast cancer when they normally would not.

    To follow more stories like this one and to learn more about the specials available to facebook users at Southern Plastic Surgery, become a fan of Dr. Whiteman.

    Dr. Whiteman Helps You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution for 2010

    As we say goodbye to 2009, it is that time of year to say hello to our New Year’s Resolutions. While many of us make big promises for the upcoming year, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep these promises to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. Recent studies by John C. Norcross, a professor of psychology at the University of Scranton shows that only about 46 percent of people who make New Year’s Resolutions will keep them. Since the statistics were self reported, the real number is probably even lower. Here are some tips on how to keep your resolution this year:

    Be Realistic! You know what you are and are not capable of. While you should also push yourself, be aware of what is realistically possible with your other responsibilities.

    Make your goals manageable. You may have big dreams in mind for 2010, but make sure to break this huge goal into realistic and manageable steps or benchmarks. If you are trying to lose 30 pounds, break it down to working out 5 times a week or losing 8 pounds in the first 2 months.

    Find Support. It is much easier to complete a goal if you have the support of a friend or loved one. They can offer encouragement or give you motivation to keep going. Team up with a buddy and track your progress together, and you will more likely see success.

    Know it is okay to make some mistakes. People who experience a setback in their initial goal have a tendency to just give up and throw the entire goal out of the window. Just because you go on one vacation and spend more money than you should, doesn’t mean you should throw out your resolution to spend less money this year.

    Make your resolution explicit! If you announce your resolution to people other than yourself, you will feel more accountable in fulfilling it. Tell your friends, post it on your blog or Facebook, or join a support group. If you keep your resolution a secret, no one will know if you don’t succeed – giving you less motivation.

    Don’t get discouraged. If New Year’s 2011 comes around and you haven’t exactly lived up to your own expectations, use that as a learning experience and try again. You may need a more realistic goal or just some more motivation.

    As you know, many New Year’s Resolutions have to do with weight loss or looking your best for the upcoming year. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer a full cosmetic and surgery services. Whether you want to look and feel younger with injectables, wish to feel more confident with a breast augmentation or touch-up areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise with liposuction, Dr. Whiteman can consult with you on the best treatment plan possible. Visit our website to see before and after pictures or to schedule an appointment.