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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

Orangetheory® Fitness set to revolutionize Atlanta workouts

ATLANTA -- Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept, will soon make its mark on the Atlanta fitness scene. Four Atlanta-area locations are slated to be open by the end of the year, with more than 35 locations total planned for the metro area over the next three years.

Set to open in September, the first Orangetheory studio will be located on Collier Road in Midtown. Studio locations are also planned for Marietta and Sandy Springs.

Senior Wellness Center offers many seminars and classes

Senior Wellness Center offers many seminars and classes

Seniors in our community have the unique opportunity to enjoy many seminars and classes, most free, at Cobb's Senior Wellness Center. Some of the events upcoming in June include:

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Consumers interested in experiencing first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend a free sensitivity training event on January 31 in Roswell.

Presented by Second Wind Dreams, the Atlanta-based nonprofit changing the perception of aging, the event will give the public the opportunity to experience The Virtual Dementia Tour®, a 20-minute long scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction.

Local families, business leaders, first responders, and church groups are invited to join with the more than 500,000 people in 14 countries who have experienced the tour.