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Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.

Seasonal flu vaccines still available to public in Cobb and Douglas counties

Cobb County - Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff is encouraging the public to show loved ones they care by adding one more gift to their list — flu vaccines. CDPH continues to offer annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at all public health centers.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection against three different viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The cost is $20 and children without health insurance and children with Medicaid PeachCare are eligible for a sliding fee. Some insurance policies cover the entire cost, with no co-pay required. Appointments are not required. Health department staff also recommend pneumonia shots for people more than 65 years old or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system.

In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce risk of getting the flu by following a few steps:

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $668 at Langley Chiropractic

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $668 at Langley Chiropractic

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Feeling tense? Give your aching back some TLC with Thursday's huge DealChicken Atlanta deal.

For one day only, DealChicken members can take advantage of one month of unlimited chiropractic care at Langley Chiropractic for only $49. That's a $668 value -- in other words, 93 percent off a major stepping stone to better health.

Dr. Tim Langley is well-known in his native Cobb County, traveling throughout the area to offer his services. Do yourself a favor and put your body in Dr. Langley's caring hands.

This deal expires on June 22, 2012. Langley Chiropractic is located at 2265 Roswell Road in East Cobb.

Give blood this holiday season

Give blood this holiday season

ATLANTA -- In response to the desperate need for blood donations nationwide, Piedmont Healthcare will hold a blood drive this Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 pounds; they must also not have given blood in the past 56 days.

Everyone who participates will receive a Piedmont Healthcare T-shirt and be registered to win two tickets from Delta Air Lines.

The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Building 2, Suite 400 in Vinings. Parking in the deck is free for visitors.

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment time.

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta company called WellStreet Urgent Care said it plans to open 12 urgent care centers in Metro Atlanta in 2012.

The first center will open in January at 2292 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the company said.

Others are planned in Alpharetta, Austell, Chastain, Decatur, Dunwoody, Marietta, Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Woodstock, according to the company's website.

"By the end of 2012, the company plans to become the largest provider of urgent care services in the Atlanta metroplex," WellStreet said in a statement.

WellStreet said its centers will be open extended hours, seven days a week, and be located in neighborhood retail centers. The company's chief medical officer is Dr. Lee Resnick.

For more information, visit wellstreet.com.

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes When it comes to Thanksgiving food bloggers or “foodies” are anything but traditional. Their favorite philosophy is “Think Outside the Box”. Putting down the Thanksgiving menu is as exciting for them as cooking and sharing the meal with family and friends. Foodies always like to place a creative pin to traditional dishes. The result are unique scrumptious and mouth-watering dishes that could give any professional chef a run for their money.

Recently, food bloggers from "The Brown Culinary Experience" offered their takes on their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

LOCAL PROFILE: Turkey Day Fitness Tips


ATLANTA – Next week marks the start of the season many of us look forward to, year round. People love this season, dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a number of reasons. For children it could be the toys and gifts they receive or the annual visit to Grandma’s house. Or for adults it could be the abundant holiday cheer or the abundant holiday food it's okay to consume for the mere sake of the holiday. For some, the holidays can be too cheery and many end up heavier than they were before they started. 

Was the holiday food really worth a holiday gut? Think again.

Many people struggle with this issue, year in and year out. Some go on crash diets before the holiday or workout until they’re fatigued to “make room” for their Thanksgiving Feast but Amy Henry at FORUM Fitness in Buckhead thinks they’re all “wasting their time”.