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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.

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. 

Dentist to 'buy' Halloween candy for troops

Dentist to 'buy' Halloween candy for troops

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County dentist is purchasing children's Halloween candy for a good cause.

Dr. Bill Williams of Suwanee Dental Care will buy candy for $1 per pound all day on Friday, Nov. 1.

The candy he collects will be donated to Operation Gratitude, an organization that creates care packages for overseas military.

"Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, but now their piggy banks will benefit as well," Dr. Williams said in a statement.

Suwanee Dental Care will accept candy during business hours on Nov. 1. All donations must be unopened.

The office is located at 4355 Suwanee Dam Road.

The Halloween candy buy-back effort was started by Wisconsin dentist Dr. Chris Kammer. Learn more at halloweencandybuyback.com.

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:

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

Thomas Eye Group launches summer LASIK contest

Thomas Eye Group launches summer LASIK contest

ATLANTA -- Thomas Eye Group, a full service eye care provider with nine locations in metro Atlanta, is celebrating the first day of summer by launching a “Summer LASIK Giveaway” contest. Facebook users desiring a LASIK procedure are asked to submit an essay explaining why they or a loved one deserves LASIK. The essay with the most votes as of 12:00 p.m. on August 1 wins a free LASIK procedure.

“This contest is a fun way for us to introduce the benefits of LASIK to a broad range of individuals in the metro area and help a deserving person reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts,” said Rod Roeser, CEO for Thomas Eye Group.

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.