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Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.

Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

Don’t let pool chemicals ruin summer swims

ATLANTA -- School is out and neighborhoods all across Georgia are opening their swimming pools for the season. To protect consumers, eye care experts are asking swimmers to be aware that an imbalance of chemicals in the water may put their vision and eye health at risk.

The Georgia Optometric Association is urging people to take simple steps that will protect the health of their eyes and help them avoid problems such as chemical conjunctivitis and chemical keratitis.

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. 

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:

Gold
* 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

Gainesville man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Gainesville man pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The owner of a Hall County pediatricians' office has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.

David Brannon was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service. He must also pay a $2,000 fine.

Georgia Attorney General's spokesperson Lauren Kane said Brannon fraudulently billed Georgia Medicaid for almost $150,000 while operating Brannon Pediatrics in Gainesville.

Brannon Pediatrics was enrolled in the state Medicaid program to provide mobile therapy services to children. Kane said Brannon billed Medicaid from a scheduling sheet without checking to see if the scheduled services had been performed.

A former Brannon Pediatrics therapist reported Brannon to the state after discovering someone had submitted claims under her provider number for services she did not give. She also said Brannon continued to bill Medicaid under her provider number after she left the company.

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.'