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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.

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. 

Paint Mall of Ga. pink with a 5K

Paint Mall of Ga. pink with a 5K

BUFORD, Ga. -- Help raise money for breast cancer research by running a 5K in Buford.

The Great Gwinnett Road Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Mall of Georgia. The entire race course is on mall property; it begins near P.F. Chang's and ends in front of the food court.

Registration is $28 until Oct. 1 and $30 after. It includes a long-sleeved T-shirt and admission to a post-race breakfast.

Proceeds from the race, nicknamed Paint the Mall Pink, will benefit the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

Visit greatgwinnettroadrace.com for more information and to sign up.

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 30 elementary, middle and high schools in Gwinnett 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

Gwinnett County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Berkmar MS
* Craig ES
* Grayson ES
* Lovin ES
* Mulberry ES
* Simonton ES
* Woodward Mill ES

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Public service announcements provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities that target underage drinking, drugs and alcohol abuse are being shown in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas across Georgia and in Screenvision Theaters in Columbus.

The ads, which are scheduled to run through June 30, 2014, are part of an initiative led by the department's Division of Addictive Diseases to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths, according to a statement released by the Georgia agency.

The campaign, referred to as the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP), is funded by a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Gwinnett County students are well on their way to having fulfilling healthcare careers.

Forty-two students enrolled in the Nursing Essentials Healthcare class at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville have officially become certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, by passing both written and skills performance exams.

"Our students are ahead of the game in terms of starting a future in the healthcare industry," Maxwell High principal Dr. Jeff Hall said in a statement. "By successfully passing the test, our students are qualified to walk into a CNA position today."

Hall added that the students' accomplishments give Maxwell High's CNA program a 100 percent completion rate.

A number of Gwinnett's new CNAs have joined the Gwinnett Medical Center Apprenticeship Program, where they could be offered full-time jobs as patient care technicians.

Glenda B. Brown, O.D. Joins Thomas Eye Group

Glenda B. Brown, O.D. Joins Thomas Eye Group
ATLANTA -- Glenda B. Brown, O.D., has returned to Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider that offers comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care. She began her affiliation with Thomas Eye Group in 1982 when she practiced with Pediatric Eye Care of Atlanta, a division of Thomas Eye Group and later worked with an Alpharetta eye care practice before returning to Thomas Eye Group.   “We welcome Dr. Brown back to our team,” said Rod Roeser, CEO for Thomas Eye Group. “Her skill set and leadership is evidenced by her role as president of the Georgia Optometric Association, and she is widely known in the eye care community as a dedicated professional for the past 30 years.”  Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1977 and a Doctorate of Optometry in 1981.