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Hall County honored for fitness

Hall County honored for fitness

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County's government has been named the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Most Fit Company.

County officials accepted the award during a special breakfast last week.

Hall County was recognized for its many health-based programs, such as wellness fairs, free boot camps and fitness sessions, and incentives for living well.

9 Hall schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Hall schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Hall 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

Hall County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

* Chestnut Mountain School of Creative Inquiry
* McEver Arts Academy
* North Hall MS
* Riverbend ES
* Sardis Enrichment School
* South Hall MS
* Spout Springs School of Enrichment
* Sugar Hill ES
* White Sulphur ES

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."

MORE | Complete coverage of The Autism Gap

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.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"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.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County is receiving plenty of recognition for its health initiatives.

The county's employee health program, Healthy Hall County, was applauded Thursday at Celebrate Healthy North Georgia, an annual wellness event that educates Georgians on ways to live healthy lives.

"Hall County is honored to be recognized as a leader in the community for promoting health and wellness," county human resources director Bill Moats said in a statement. "We are appreciative of our county commissioners, administration and community center staff for their support."

Healthy Hall County provides county employees with free access to community health centers, admission to boot camps and fitness sessions, and other tools they need to lose weight, get healthy and be happier.

Al Roker talks White House, new book and his rules!

Conn Jackson chats with Al Roker about his connection to Atlanta, how he has maintained his weight loss, his new memoir and much more! 

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

ATLANTA – 11Alive news reporter Jerry Carnes, a prostate cancer survivor, will be among the honored guests at the free Home Run for Health event in Atlanta on Saturday. Carnes will be joined by former Braves player Pete Smith, the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and Freddie the Falcon to encourage men to come out for free health screenings. The screenings include blood pressure and BMI checks, as well as those for prostate cancer. Everyone who receives a screening will receive two free tickets to a Braves game.  

Men are encouraged to bring their children, baseball gloves and ball to enter to win the Biggest Game of Catch, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. The last father-and-son or father-and-daughter team standing will win a Braves season ticket package for 2013. Drawings will be held for other great prizes, like a signed Chipper Jones bat.