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WellStar names new president

WellStar names new president

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System has chosen Candice Saunders as its new president and chief operating officer.

Saunders will take over her new role after current president and CEO Reynold Jennings' contract expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

"WellStar is critical and essential to the communities it serves. More than 1.4 million people rely on our services to live a healthy life," Saunders said in a release. "With my new responsibilities, I will provide leadership continuity to ensure that our system continues to play a major role in providing world-class healthcare to the people of metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia for years to come."

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IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health has awarded SHAPE grants to 15 schools across Georgia.

The money, which is presented through the Governor's SHAPE Initiative, will be used to develop nutrition and physical activity plans for students.

"These grants will go a long way toward improving childhood fitness and nutrition," Georgia DPH commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said in a statement. "We must teach our children the importance ot physical activity and the lifelong benefits of healthy eating, lessons they hopefully will carry with them throughout their lives."

Each school will receive $3,000. The recipients include:

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

Regents to discuss smoking ban at Ga. colleges

ATHENS, Ga. -- The board that governs Georgia's public colleges and universities is taking a close look at banning tobacco from campuses statewide.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to discuss the proposed tobacco ban at its meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. The ban would prohibit faculty, students, staff and even spectators at sporting events from smoking or using smokeless tobacco in both indoor and outdoor parts of college campuses.

The policy would tighten anti-smoking policies at campuses such as the University of Georgia, which since 2011 has prohibited lighting up within 35 feet of building entrances.

If adopted by the Board of Regents, the tobacco ban would affect all 31 campuses in the University System of Georgia.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

East Cobb dentist to hold free dental event

East Cobb dentist to hold free dental event

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Metro Atlanta residents are invited to attend a free dental event at Marietta Family Dental Care this weekend.

Drs. Michael and Azita Mansouri will see patients for free this Saturday, Nov. 9 starting at 3:30 a.m.

Attendees have their choice of receiving a cleaning, filling or extraction. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is the third year in a row the dentists have hosted a day of free services for the community.

"We hope to inspire other private dental offices to do the same once a year and give back to their communities," Dr. Michael Mansouri said in a statement.

Marietta Family Dental Care is located at 4720 Lower Roswell Road. Learn more at naturalsmile.biz.

4 Cobb schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

4 Cobb schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Four elementary schools in Cobb County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Cobb County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Blackwell ES
* Keheley ES
* Mountain View ES

Bronze
* Bryant ES