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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.

WellStar to operate KSU student health clinics

WellStar to operate KSU student health clinics

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University hired Marietta-based WellStar Medical Group to run its Student Health Services.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The clinics will be completely under WellStar's management by the end of March.

KSU's three health care facilities provide students with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, mental health support, disease prevention and health promotion. The three facilities handle 20,000 patient visits annually.

Dr. Megan Bowles was hired as the new clinic's medical director. She currently practices family medicine with the WellStar Medical Group and previously was a student health physician at the Vanderbilt University Student Health Center.

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. 

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

2 Ga. colleges among nation's healthiest

(WXIA) -- Many college students seem to exist solely on beer and ramen noodles, but 10 schools have kicked it up a notch by offering world-class dining experiences.

The Daily Meal has listed the top 10 four-year colleges that go above and beyond the traditional meal plan.

The list includes two schools in metro Atlanta. Emory University comes in at No. 4, while Kennesaw State University is No. 8.

The schools were judged on the amount of healthy food they offer and whether that food is produced or grown locally. The No. 1 school, Bowdoin College in Maine, serves vegetables grown in its own organic garden.

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.

Sisters to undergo double mastectomies

Sisters to undergo double mastectomies

ATLANTA -- The nation is still buzzing about Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy.

In a New York Times piece, the 37-year-old actress explained she spent the last three months undergoing and recovering from the procedure. She made her decision after testing positive for one of the BRCA genes.

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Two Atlanta sisters can relate all too well to Jolie's choice.

Amy Rice, a 21-year-old senior at Kennesaw State University, and her 24-year-old sister Lauren Rice Brewer, a University of Georgia graduate, tested positive for the same gene. Both young women will have double mastectomies this week.