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Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

ATLANTA -- Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is offering free skin cancer screenings at a couple of locations near Atlanta. 

A spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente said the screenings are here for those spending more time outdoors this spring, and early detection is important to stay protected. All residents are invited.

Further, sun exposure continues to be the leading cause of skin cancer, making the spring and summer months more risky. Kaiser Permanente reminds everyone who plans to be in the sun to always wear sunscreen to protect their skin.

The screenings are being held Wednesday at the Kaiser Permanente Crescent Medical Center in Tucker and at the Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center on Cumberland Parkway. 

Screenings will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Local blog launch party to spread health awareness in Atlanta

Local blog launch party to spread health awareness in Atlanta

MIDTOWN -- Founders of an Atlanta-based blog are holding a launch party on May 4 in Midtown, where residents are invited to learn more about the benefits of healthy living habits.

Pure Health Girls founders support organic products of food, healthcare and skincare, as they say those goods help rid the body of toxins. 

At the launch party, those who attend can take advantage of product demonstrations, giveaways, raffle prizes and networking. There will be music from a live DJ, light bites and drink samples.

The event is set for 6:00 p.m., and will be held at 433 Bishop Street. Tickets can be purchased online at the Pure Health Girls website. 

Woodie Fite Center to host nutrition seminar

Woodie Fite Center to host nutrition seminar

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Woodie Fite Center is offering a nutrition seminar in April.

Set for Monday, April 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., the seminar will provide information on foods that are healthy and how to lose weight, along with healthy living habits. Attendees can watch live food demonstrations.  

All Woodie Fite members may attend. Registration will be held at the front desk of the center. The seminar is free, but limited seating requires registration. For more information, call (678) 626-5630.

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.

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"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.

Local Olympic champ partners with WellStar

Local Olympic champ partners with WellStar

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Christian Taylor is now part of the WellStar Health System family.

The 22-year-old Fayetteville native won the gold medal for the triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics. Now, he plans to travel throughout the WellStar system to visit with patients and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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"I'm very excited to embark on this partnership with WellStar Health System," Taylor said in a statement. "To be able to align with such a great system and really make a difference in my hometown community is a dream come true."

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

Alpharetta
10600 Davis Drive

Atlanta
2901 Clairmont Road