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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.

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.

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health has awarded SHAPE grants to 15 schools across Georgia.

The money, which is presented through the Governor's SHAPE Initiative, will be used to develop nutrition and physical activity plans for students.

"These grants will go a long way toward improving childhood fitness and nutrition," Georgia DPH commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said in a statement. "We must teach our children the importance ot physical activity and the lifelong benefits of healthy eating, lessons they hopefully will carry with them throughout their lives."

Each school will receive $3,000. The recipients include:

Piedmont to host Freedom from Smoking class

Piedmont to host Freedom from Smoking class

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Piedmont Fayette Hospital will host a six-week class designed to help people quit smoking.

Freedom from Smoking begins Jan. 7 and will be held at every Tuesday at 6 p.m. through Feb. 11. It will meet in the hospital's East Lobby Conference Room.

The cost is $25. Visit piedmont.org for more information and to register.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital is located at 1255 Highway 54 West in Fayetteville.

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. 

Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

(WXIA) -- Piccadilly Restaurants has joined MasterCard's Stand Up To Cancer movement by contributing to the Dig In and Do Good campaign.

Dig In and Do Good gives restaurants the opportunity to donate a portion of proceeds to the fight against cancer.

Through Sept. 28, Piccadilly customers who spend at least $10 will have $0.01 of their checks donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

"We are thrilled to be participating in the Dig In and Do Good campaign benefiting Stand Up To Cancer this year," Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman said in a statement. "We hope that with Piccadilly's support, we can add to the dollars raised and increase the awareness needed to fund research and save lives."

MasterCard Worldwide hopes to raise $4 million through Dig In and Do Good.

Piccadilly has restaurants in Atlanta, College Park, Conyers, Fayetteville and Tucker.

5K to raise money for breast cancer research

5K to raise money for breast cancer research

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville will host a 5K for the 2-Day next month.

The race, which raises money for breast cancer research, will be Saturday, Sept. 14 at Heritage Christian Church.

Registration is $20, with all proceeds benefiting the 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Visit active.com for more information and to sign up.

Heritage Christian Church is located at 2130 Redwine Road.