Helena Oliviero

staff writer

Helena Oliviero grew up in Vermont and graduated from the University of San Francisco. She writes compelling feature stories with health, relationship and lifestyle themes. She lives in Decatur with her husband Brian and two daughters.

Latest from Helena Oliviero

Why experts say the best time to get the flu shot is now
 Flu activity is currently low in Georgia, but it often spikes in late November or early December.  Thanksgiving is two weeks away, and the holiday typically kicks off a time of family gatherings and parties where people are in close proximity to each other. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to provide protection, so experts...

Posted: 8 days ago

Flu activity is currently low in Georgia, but it often spikes in late November or early December.  Thanksgiving is two weeks away, and the holiday typically kicks off a time of family gatherings and parties where people are in close proximity to each other. It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to provide protection, so experts...
Here is what you need to know about this year’s flu vaccine
 Flu activity is currently low in Georgia, but it often spikes in late November or early December. That means now is the time to take precautions to prevent getting the contagious virus infection often associated with a high fever and body aches making you so exhausted and sick you have no choice but to stay in bed. The 2016-2017 flu season...

Posted: 9 days ago

Flu activity is currently low in Georgia, but it often spikes in late November or early December. That means now is the time to take precautions to prevent getting the contagious virus infection often associated with a high fever and body aches making you so exhausted and sick you have no choice but to stay in bed. The 2016-2017 flu season...
Georgia Tech student on autism spectrum competes on ‘Jeopardy!’
 Kelvin Smith, a Georgia Tech student, who is on on the autism spectrum,  competed in the popular TV game show, ‘Jeopardy!’ Thursday night. Smith is pursuing his PhD at Georgia Tech.  Smith, who was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 10, said he has trouble in social situations and reading social cues. He credited...

Posted: 15 days ago

Kelvin Smith, a Georgia Tech student, who is on on the autism spectrum,  competed in the popular TV game show, ‘Jeopardy!’ Thursday night. Smith is pursuing his PhD at Georgia Tech.  Smith, who was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 10, said he has trouble in social situations and reading social cues. He credited...
7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season
 If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck. Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity. In fact, about 80 percent of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20 percent of Americans going for...

Posted: 17 days ago

If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck. Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity. In fact, about 80 percent of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20 percent of Americans going for...
6 ways to keep your Christmas tree fresh all season long
 Oh, the holiday joy of a real Christmas tree - the smell of fresh pine from a freshly cut tree, all decked out merrily. Of course, after finding the perfect tree, you want to be sure your tree remains vibrant through Christmas. The good news is a few easy steps can help keep your live tree alive through the holidays. Mark Andrew Czarnota...

Posted: 17 days ago

Oh, the holiday joy of a real Christmas tree - the smell of fresh pine from a freshly cut tree, all decked out merrily. Of course, after finding the perfect tree, you want to be sure your tree remains vibrant through Christmas. The good news is a few easy steps can help keep your live tree alive through the holidays. Mark Andrew Czarnota...
6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia
 Fall in Atlanta is a glorious time for enjoying the outdoors — going on hikes, roasting marshmallows and maybe even sleeping under the stars. But while many seek quick weekend getaways, not everyone is up for sleeping in a tent. For those wanting to unplug and reconnect with nature without having to rough it (at all), “glamping&rdquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Fall in Atlanta is a glorious time for enjoying the outdoors — going on hikes, roasting marshmallows and maybe even sleeping under the stars. But while many seek quick weekend getaways, not everyone is up for sleeping in a tent. For those wanting to unplug and reconnect with nature without having to rough it (at all), “glamping&rdquo...
12 expert-approved tips to avoid holiday weight gain
 During the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, nibbling on chocolates, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie seems to be a way of life. The good news is it may not be as bad as you think. The average American gains about 1 pound during the winter holiday season, far less than the 5 to 8 pounds commonly believed, according to the National...

Posted: 19 days ago

During the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, nibbling on chocolates, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie seems to be a way of life. The good news is it may not be as bad as you think. The average American gains about 1 pound during the winter holiday season, far less than the 5 to 8 pounds commonly believed, according to the National...
This is what happens when Atlanta surgeons have a pumpkin carving contest 
 When it comes to pumpkin carving, the days of triangular eyes and noses are long gone thanks to new tools, stencils and Pinterest inspiration. But there’s a pack of pumpkin carvers out there who would be very hard to beat: pediatric surgeons. Not only do they have the steadiness and precision needed for the most intricate designs...

Posted: 22 days ago

When it comes to pumpkin carving, the days of triangular eyes and noses are long gone thanks to new tools, stencils and Pinterest inspiration. But there’s a pack of pumpkin carvers out there who would be very hard to beat: pediatric surgeons. Not only do they have the steadiness and precision needed for the most intricate designs...
Will the #MeToo campaign grow into a movement?
 Nicole Schneider became emotional as she scrolled down her Twitter feed. “I was 14 he was 23, went out, thought so cool, backseat, that never the same again. hard to talk about even now. tears flow.” They were connected by two simple words. Feeling empowered, Schneider started typing — #MeToo. While #MeToo has started a...

Posted: 22 days ago

Nicole Schneider became emotional as she scrolled down her Twitter feed. “I was 14 he was 23, went out, thought so cool, backseat, that never the same again. hard to talk about even now. tears flow.” They were connected by two simple words. Feeling empowered, Schneider started typing — #MeToo. While #MeToo has started a...
Will #MeToo campaign keep building and lead to lasting change?
 Nicole Schneider became emotional as she scrolled down her Twitter feed. Woman after woman, some in their teens, some old enough to have grandchildren, revealed horrifying stories of sexual harassment and abuse.  They were connected by two simple words.  Feeling empowered, Schneider started typing — #MeToo. She was 14 or 15...

Posted: 23 days ago

Nicole Schneider became emotional as she scrolled down her Twitter feed. Woman after woman, some in their teens, some old enough to have grandchildren, revealed horrifying stories of sexual harassment and abuse.  They were connected by two simple words.  Feeling empowered, Schneider started typing — #MeToo. She was 14 or 15...
‘Sesame Street Live’ brings the party to Infinite Energy Arena
 Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others will take the stage in Atlanta next month in a new live, sensory adventure. “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party,” the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the nonprofit educational organization, will perform at the Infinite...

Posted: 30 days ago

Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others will take the stage in Atlanta next month in a new live, sensory adventure. “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party,” the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the nonprofit educational organization, will perform at the Infinite...