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Camp Sunshine Presents Cocktails for Cancer

Camp Sunshine Presents Cocktails for Cancer
Cocktails for Cancer
Benefiting Camp Sunshine
 
Compound
September 8, 2011
7 - 10pm
 
Cocktails for Cancer will be an amazing night of fun with Atlanta’s finest Mixologists at Compound, the city’s premier nightclub.

Henry County Couple Share Special Bond Following Living Donor Transplant

Henry County Couple Share Special Bond Following Living Donor Transplant

ATLANTA, Ga. (August 12, 2011)—Some might say that James (J.D.) Van Sickle and Keri Van Sickle of Locust Grove, Ga. were made for each other. Thirty six years ago, the couple exchanged rings and vows at a simple ceremony in Springfield, Mo. When Mr. Van Sickle was told he needed a kidney transplant earlier this year, it turned out the couple had been a match in more ways than one. On Thursday, August 11, Mrs. Van Sickle donated a kidney to her husband in a procedure performed at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve had to put a lot of plans on hold because of my health,” said Mr. Van Sickle following his successful transplant. “I was in stage four renal failure and the future was very uncertain.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Partners with Invacare to Provide Aid in the Wake of Joplin

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Partners with Invacare to Provide Aid in the Wake of Joplin

 

When disaster strikes, we should all take the time out to help those less fortunate.  Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) is a non-profit organization that helps children, adults and seniors with disabilities. Recently, a natural disaster hit a small town in the United States called Joplin. On May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri suffered a massive F5 tornado; leaving thousands of people homeless.  With the assistance of FODAC and Invacare they were able to ship supplies in 24 hours.

The tornado disaster in Joplin has silently removed itself from our television screens and radio stations. But FODAC and Invacare are doing their best to provide help. FODAC does not just drop off materials and leave. They stay and form relationships with the communities that have lost everything. They are creating an atmosphere of hope and longevity.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

Atlanta Public Schools implement heat ban until Friday

ATLANTA – According to Keith Bromery of Atlanta Public Schools:

APS officials have banned all outdoor student activities until after 6 p.m. through the end of the week because of the current high heat and humidity conditions in the region.

The restriction is district-wide for all K12 grades and includes football and other sports practices and conditioning activities, band practices and rehearsals, and other outside activities.

 In many instances, coaches and band directors have moved practices and rehearsals indoors as a precaution to prevent heat-related health issues.

French Farmers' Market-Inspired Lavender Vanilla Caramel Flan

French Farmers' Market-Inspired Lavender Vanilla Caramel Flan

 

It’s been 2 years since I’ve been to France. 2 years too long. For me, France perfectly epitomizes a beautiful life. Its rich culture, classical art, immense history and chic lifestyle make it a country I’d easily live in.

And that was that plan I had committed to earlier this year. More on that later, but let’s just say my non-stop American hustle has arrested my plans in motion for the time being and so any dream of making Paris or any central France my home for an enviable amount of time is on the backburner.