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Campbell, Wheeler High Students "Pay It Forward" to CHOA Nurses

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Two Cobb County high school juniors recently did some good for the nurses at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Sophie Polakowski, a student at Campbell High School in Smyrna, and Kevin Enners of Wheeler High School in Marietta are Teen Ambassadors for the Fragile Kids Foundation. Inspired by 11Alive's "Random Act of Kindness" campaign, they paid a visit to the Intensive Care Unit to thank the nurses for their work caring for medically fragile children.

The students handed out "pass it on" cards, T-shirts and $100 gift cards to Ray's on the River.

Read more on the CCSD CobbCast.

Rite Aid to Hold Free Diabetes Clinics

ATLANTA -- November is American Diabetes Month, and a number of Atlanta-area Rite Aid pharmacies will hold free Diabetes Solutions Days during the week of Nov. 1.

An annual tradition, these clinics are a great chance for patients and caretakers alike to brush up on the latest information from Rite Aid's clinical pharmacy team and the American Diabetes Association, a Rite Aid national strategic partner.

Clinics will take place at the following locations from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:

Tuesday, Nov. 2
* 2498 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta (Vinings), 30339
* 2710 Highway 92, Douglasville, 30135
* 4815 Canton Road, Marietta, 30066

Wednesday, Nov. 3
* 12155 Houze Road, Alpharetta, 30004
* 4283 Wade Green Road NW, Kennesaw, 30144
* 12075 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188

Thursday, Nov.

Cobb County Hosting Second Medication Disposal Day

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Due to the overwhelming success of the first prescription drug take-back event, Keep Cobb Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente of Georgia are offering another Medication Disposal Program for the public.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Government Offices at Powder Springs Station (1150 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, 30064).

This is the perfect opportunity for Cobb County residents to safely dispose of their outdated or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications.

We Run So That Others May See

SMYRNA, GA -- Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a Smryna-based non-profit, is dedicated to assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired so they may function independently in their homes, schools, workplaces, houses of worship and so on.

Charyn Darby, a former VRS board chair, dedicated her life to this mission. After she passed away in 2009, her fellow members decided to honor her legacy by making her the title sponsor of the annual 5K/1K race benefiting the programs created by VRS.

The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. It is a certified qualifying run for the Peachtree Road Race and takes participants through downtown Smyrna, beginning and ending near Cobb Park, across from Campbell High School (5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, 30080).

"Charyn Darby served as board chair for VRS for seven years and was an active member of the VRS board for more than 20 years," said Joan M.

Atlanta Abilities Expo This Weekend

ATLANTA -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

Admission is free, and the show hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, political forums and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between.

Visitors will also get on board the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour and receive six essential health screenings: cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and more, all for free. Complimentary rental scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.

Start! Walking for Better Heart Health

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb residents will take steps to improve their heart health on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they participate in the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk.

The signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association since 1994, the Start! Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. Last year, more than one million walkers raised over $106 million in 425 Start! Heart Walks across the country.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers in the country, respectively. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease; that's an average of one death every 37 seconds.

A leading risk for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has also found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

Cobb County's Start! Heart Walk will take place at Marietta Square.