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Mobile Mammography Center coming to metro Atlanta

Mobile Mammography Center coming to metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center will make several stops in the Atlanta area this week.

The state-of-the-art screening center will stop by Belk stores to give free mammograms to customers.

Women who are at least 40 years old, have primary care doctors, have no history of breast concerns and have not had mammograms in the last 12 months are encouraged to schedule appointments with the Mobile Mammography Center by calling 855-655-BMMC.

The mammograms are performed by licensed technologists from Charlotte Radiology. After their procedures, participants will be treated to free bra fittings at Belk.

The Mobile Mammography Center will stop at these Belk stores:

McIntosh Plaza, Carrollton
Wednesday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ashley Park, Newnan
Friday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Community invited to Walk With a Doc

Community invited to Walk With a Doc

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Members of the Coweta County community are invited to Walk With a Doc on Saturday, June 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Carl Miller Park in Newnan.

The event is part of a series of walks facilitated by Piedmont Newnan Hospital to help the community get active and have better access to physicians. 

The June 28 walk will be led by Garnet Craddock, M.D. of Southern Vein Care located in Newnan and Peachtree City. A member of Piedmont Physicians Group, Dr. Craddock is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Craddock will take a few minutes at the start to talk about a health topic of his choice. During the walk, participants can freely ask Dr. Craddock questions.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years
ATLANTA -- Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider offering comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care, has announced that it is celebrating 40 years as one of the region’s most preferred ophthalmology practices.

“We are very grateful for the patients and communities that have entrusted us with their eye care for the past 40 years,” said CEO Rod Roeser. “Reaching this milestone is a credit to the compassionate care and commitment of our doctors and staff.”

Founded by W. Kevin Thomas, M.D. and Stephen B. Levine, M.D., Thomas Eye Group has served the metro Atlanta community since 1974. The company began as a general ophthalmology practice in Sandy Springs with Dr. Kevin Thomas seeing adult patients and Dr. Stephen Levine, a pediatric ophthalmologist, treating pediatric patients.

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Enjoy a colorful race this weekend by running the Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run 5K.

The event will take place Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will also feature a Family Fun Day with music, food and activities.

Runners will be showered in bright colors as they race to raise money for Abby's Angels Foundation, which supports the families of children who donate their organs.

Registration is $35 per runner. Participants are encouraged to wear white shirts that will best display their race rainbows.

Visit abbysangelsfoundation.org for more information.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds are located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

UGA's Obamacare navigator program lays low after protests

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia health navigator program has been keeping a low profile since opponents of the Affordable Care Act staged a protest at a Coweta County navigator event in November.

Sheri Worthy, head of UGA's Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, told Georgia Health News the Coweta meeting and those scheduled after that were canceled because Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that opposes the ACA, posted the navigators' events on its website and encouraged protests at them.

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