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Photo Booth: Laugh for the Cure at The Punchline Comedy Club benefiting Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta

B98.5’s Laugh for the Cure at The Punchline Comedy Club benefiting Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta featuring comedian Lace Larrabee and Jamie Bendall, hosted by Tad, Drex and Kara from Tad & Drex Mornings

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta presents GET UP Fitness Challenge

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is presenting its GET UP Fitness Challenge, an initiative that encourages Atlantans to get active while also raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Research indicates that regular exercise can lower breast cancer risk by 10 to 20 percent, so being active is important in the fight against breast cancer. The GET UP Fitness Challenge is great way to fit exercise into the busy lives of our supporters.

Don’t miss the Komen Atlanta GET UP Fitness Challenge wrap up event at UrbanTree Cidery® on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature trivia games and other entertainment, and is open to the anyone! UrbanTree Cidery® is located at 1465 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Visit www.komenatlanta.org/GETUP to find out how to participate in the GET UP Fitness Challenge.

Your age, lifestyle and family play role in prevention 

Provided by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute 

There is no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. 

Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan. 

Most people don’t realize that about 80 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a relative who had the disease. 

That is why it’s so important to get yearly check-ups and mammograms for anyone over the age of 40. 

Two easy ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer

  • Eat healthy
  • Stay fit

Because breast cancer has been associated with obesity, watching your diet and exercising are great lifestyle changes anyone can make (and they have benefits for other aspects of women’s health as well!) 

Family History 

If a woman does have a family history of breast cancer, her risk may be increased so she has several options to learn more. 

Genetic counseling and testing can help women understand how their family history impacts their odds of developing breast cancer and learn about options for increased screening or even surgery to reduce their risk. 

A simple blood or saliva test can determine if a person carries a mutation in a gene that increases the chance of developing breast, or other cancers. 

The most well-known examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes; however additional breast cancer genes have been discovered as well. 

A harmful genetic mutation can be inherited from a mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 in 2) of also inheriting the mutation. 

Therefore, genetic testing is not just information for one person, but a whole family. 

Anyone considering testing should first speak with their doctor who can refer them to a genetic counselor, so all of the implications of testing can be discussed. 

Age is an important risk factor

The time for average risk women to begin having yearly mammograms is age 40, but some doctors recommend beginning earlier depending on certain factors, like family history.

Although mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, statistics show that by screening for breast cancers and detecting them at the earliest possible point, they can lower the risk of a woman dying of breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50. 

For more information about mammograms, genetic counseling or your risks for breast cancer, visit northside.com/cancerinstitute or call 404-531-4444.

Atlanta Pride Festival at Piedmont Park

Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest pride festival in the Southeast, returns to Piedmont Park October 13 and 14. 

Celebrate diversity and community during this two-day Atlanta gay, lesbian and transgender extravaganza that includes live entertainment, cultural exhibits, the famed Pride parade and the Pride Marketplace featuring more than 200 vendor booths, as well as tons of restaurant and bar promotions.  

Come hang out with us at the 48th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival and celebrate the largest Pride event in the southeast! We will be in Piedmont Park on October 13-14 with games, prizes, the B98.5 photo booth and more. 

We can't wait to celebrate with you!  

Get more info at AtlantaPride.org

B at the Movies: Trick or Treat

It's time for more free family movies under the stars! Join us for a spooky edition of B at the Movies on October 27 at Brook Run park in Dunwoody! Get there early for costume contests, prizes, tricks and treats. We will be showing It's a great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and then Coco on the BIG SCREEN in the park at dusk. 

B98.5 would like to thank our sponsors:

LGE Community Credit Union, and LOUD Security.

Hotels in metro Atlanta filling up fast ahead of Super Bowl LIII

Atlanta’s Super Bowl host committee has released the occupancy rates for the big game, and even with 129 days to go, it does not look good for anyone who has not already booked.

One local news source checked dozens of hotels close to Mercedes-Benz Stadium and they are already sold out. Some hotels as far away as Lawrenceville already have limited availability.

MORE INFO HERE.

National Public Lands Day 2018: Get free admission to national parks Saturday

Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

>> See a list of participating parks here

Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.

Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.

>> Read more trending news 

Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.

Read more here or here.

Photos: Music Midtown 2018

Here are some more photos from Music Midtown. (Photo by Nelson Hicks/wsbtv.com)

Listen for your chance to win: Atlanta Greek Festival

Every morning this week, Tad & Drex have your chance to win a four pack of tickets and food vouchers to the Atlanta Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  

For over four decades, the Greek Orthodox Christian community has opened its doors to host one of Atlanta’s landmark cultural events, The Atlanta Greek Festival. 

This signature celebration welcomes you with philoxenia and kefi. Come experience our warm hospitality, exuberant dancing, sumptuous wines, unique artisan jewelry and apparel, rich history, deep faith and some of the most delicious food in Atlanta.

Get tickets at AtlantaGreekFestival.org!

Listen for a chance to win: Kelly Clarkson

Every morning this week, Tad & Drex have your chance to win a $100 Marlow’s Tavern gift card and two tickets to Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Tour on March 28 at Infinite Energy Arena.

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