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Newnan Shoney's reopens

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David Davoudpour

David Davoudpour, chairman/CEO of Shoney’s, is inviting Newnan to come preview the newly revamped Shoney’s, which recently reopened in its Bullsboro Drive location.

“I believe Shoney’s is an iconic, American brand,” said Davoudpour. “The biggest change the customer will see is the quality and freshness of our food. From fresh squeezed orange juice to our hand-cut steaks, we aim to provide the best food possible at an extraordinary value for our customers. We don’t want to be the cheapest, but simply the best value with an emphasis on quality and freshness.”

Shoney’s had temporarily closed its doors recently to renovate and create its new interior which now boasts a new breakfast, coffee and cocktail bar — hosting specialty drinks such as the Shonjito and the Natural Mimosa, made from freshly squeezed orange juice.

“Our emphasis is on quality and freshness,” said Davoudpour. “Shoney’s is a casual, family dining establishment that we want the entire community to feel at home inside. We invite everyone to come see just what we’re so excited about.”

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Publix rolls out 'higi' stations

Publix customers can now use higi Stations at pharmacies in 920 Publix stores.

The higi Station measures weight, BMI pulse and blood pressure, which can then be incorporated into the higi app, along with the lifestyle and community functions.

“Our main goal is to help regular people play an active role in their personal health and well-being. Through the unique three pillar higi Score, we want to increase awareness that health isn’t just your body mass index or blood pressure: complete wellness is also dependent on lifestyle and community factors," said Dr. Khan Siddiqui, president and chief technology officer for higi. "By making all three components easy to track, we hope the higi Score inspires people to make small, everyday lifestyle improvements that can add up to better overall wellness.”

The stations are designed to encourage people to approach personal health from a broader perspective by focusing on lifestyle choices and community interactions along with standard aspects like diet and exercise. The tools produce a higi Score between one and 999, generated by a proprietary algorithm that measures a person’s body stats, social engagement and personal interactions. In addition to engaging with their Score at higi Stations, higi users can also use the mobile app and higi website, which provide wellness-related content and activity tracking tools.

“Through our partnership with higi, we will promote a holistic approach to wellness to our customers and associates alike,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix. “Our commitment to improving the overall health and wellness of our customers and associates can be seen through this new relationship.”

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Chamber taking nominations for Prosperity Awards

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications and nominations for its 2013 Prosperity Awards.

Businesses can nominate themselves or anyone can nominate a deserving company.

The deadline is Dec. 20. Awards are announced at the 2014 annual meeting, on Jan. 30.

For more information contact Valerie Ward at 770-253-2270 or valerie@newnancowetachamber.org .

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Piedmont WellStar enrolls 2,000 in Medicare Advantage plans

Piedmont WellStar Health Plans has recently reached a milestone of enrolling 2,000 people in its new Medicare Advantage Plan.

Available Jan. 1 to Medicare-eligible individuals, Piedmont WellStar Medicare Choice is an HMO designed to give seniors access to the same high-quality healthcare at a lower cost than traditional fee-for-service Medicare. It is a partnership between Piedmont Healthcare and WellStar Health System, who came together earlier this year in a joint venture to tackle the rising costs of healthcare for the local community.

Enrollment opened Oct. 15.

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