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Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. to Present at the Jefferies 2012 Global Healthcare Conference

Posted: May 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm


SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Schiff Nutrition International, Inc., (WNI), is scheduled to present at the Jefferies 2012 Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, June 6th at 3:30 p.m. ET in New York City. Presenting from management will be Tarang Amin, chief executive officer and president; and Joseph Baty, chief financial officer and executive vice president.

A live webcast will be available at the following link and available for a period of 90 days. http://www.schiffnutrition.com/press_webcasts.asp

About Schiff Nutrition

Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. is a leading nutritional supplement company offering vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and abroad. Schiffs portfolio of well-known brands includes Move Free, MegaRed, Airborne, Tiger's Milk, Sustenex, Digestive Advantage and Schiff Vitamins. Focused on quality for 75 years, Schiffs headquarters and award-winning manufacturing and distribution facility are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. To learn more about Schiff, please visit the web site http://www.schiffnutrition.com.

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F3™ Nutrition Announces Sponsorship Of New World Record Holder Of 2012 CrossFit Games Central East Regionals Dan …

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Deerfield Beach, Fla., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Mark Post, President, F3 Nutrition, LLC today proudly announced the sponsorship signing of the "2012 CrossFit Games Central East Regionals" new world record holder Dan Bailey. A world-renowned CrossFit athlete, on day one Bailey completed the "Diane" exercise, a 225-pound dead-lift and handstand pushup rotation in 1:35, shattering the previous record by nearly 20 seconds. On day two Bailey completed 4 rounds of One Arm 100lb Dumbbell Snatches in 3:22, breaking the previous record of 3:40. That record though was beaten only weeks later by Neal Maddox at the time of 3:18. Dan had a tremendous Regional weekend finishing 2nd overall in the Men's competition.

"We are very proud to have Dan Bailey as one of our elite athletes on Team F3 Nutrition," said Mark Post, President of F3 Nutrition. "As a new world record holder from the 'CrossFit Games Central East Regionals' in just his second year of competition, Dan exemplifies everything that F3 stands for in its Fit, Form and Function formulations. Dan's level of commitment and his success in so many aspects of fitness make him the ideal athlete to represent the F3 Nutrition brand."

Bailey said, "I'm excited to be sponsored by F3 Nutrition for the performance and health benefits their products have to offer, as well as the commitment of their management team to providing the best nutritional supplements on the market."

CrossFit, which has been defined as "The Sport of Fitness," puts its athletes through a wide variety of athletic challenges that may include Olympic lifts, gymnastics movements, running, powerlifting, rowing, rope climbs, swimming, kettle bell swings, obstacle courses, and much more. Only the most well rounded athletes succeed as CrossFit Games competitors.

Dan is currently a Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Tennessee Tech University. He competed in Track & Field and Cross Country at Ohio University. In addition to competing in CrossFit, he also is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, backpacking and white water rafting. He is highly selective about the foods he eats and as a result, he chooses to follow the Paleo Diet for 80 percent of his meal choices.

Post said, "The goal in launching F3 Nutrition is to offer premium performance products for every facet of training and competition. CrossFit is among the fastest growing sports in the world and I'm looking forward to continue working with Dan's nutritional supplement program as he trains for The CrossFit Games July 13-15. We are supporting him 100% as he strives to win the title as "The Fittest Man in The World."

"I am looking for F3 Nutritional products to supplement my healthy diet in order to allow my body to perform at the highest possible level," Bailey said. "I choose to work with F3 Nutrition because of the proven scientific research done with each product, and also because they taste wonderfully," said Bailey."

For more information on F3 Nutrition, email info@f3nutrition.com. Please visit us online at http://www.F3Nutrition.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/f3nutrition or twitter @f3nutrition.

For more information on Dan Bailey, please follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bailey9.

About CrossFit, Inc. CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman in 2000. The sport of CrossFit is exploding, and as of 2012, there were approximately 3,400 CrossFit-affiliated gyms worldwide. The 2012 season kicked off with the Open, with nearly 70,000 competitors participating online and at CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide. The top athletes and teams from the Open will move onto the 17 worldwide Regionals. The best athletes and teams at Regionals will compete at the finals of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, where a male and female champion are named and awarded $250,000 each.

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Five Ways to Find Your Fitness Motivation

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MISSION, KS--(Marketwire -05/31/12)- (Family Features) Even the most dedicated exercise enthusiast can hit a workout rut, but there are a few ways you can stay motivated, whether it's adding a new class into your routine or ensuring you're outfitted in the right gear. Read on for the latest trends in staying on track:

1. Set goals, track progress - One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set goals, track progress, and share results. A great way to keep your goals and successes top of mind is keeping a visual chart on your fridge or bedroom wall. Not only will you feel accomplished when you check off the days you worked out, but it is also an easy way to track your progress and celebrate milestones.

2. Add variety - One reason people tend to quit an exercise program is boredom, so make sure you are challenging yourself. A great way to do so is mixing up your routine with the latest fitness workouts like TRX Suspension Training or Crossfit. Not only does a varied workout regimen prevent boredom, it also ensures you're working different muscles and areas of your body. And speaking of mixing it up, downloading a new playlist can give you the right heart-thumping boost to keep your energy levels up.

3. Buddy up - Another way to combat boredom is working out with a friend. Scheduling a workout in advance ensures you're more likely to stick to your fitness commitments. As the old adage says, time passes much more quickly when you're having fun.

4. Get the right gear - Whether you're a seasoned fitness pro, or you're just starting a new regimen, it's important to sport the right apparel to keep you looking and feeling your best. For women, this means finding the perfect the sports bra.

"There really is no getting around it," states LaJean Lawson, Ph.D. and Champion's sports bra expert. "Having the right sports bra is key to fitness success! Make sure that you have a style that both fits properly and is appropriate for your activity level -- you're not going to get a good workout if you aren't comfortable."

Now it is even easier to find the perfect sports bra with the launch of ChampionSportsBras.com. This site offers active women educational tools and tips, such as a Bra Finder that finds the right sports bra for your active lifestyle, a Blog with healthy living tips, even a Bra Registry that will remind you when it's time for a new sports bra.

5. Reward yourself - It's important to reward yourself when you reach milestones -- both big and small. In fact, if you set only major goals, you're more likely to get frustrated and quit before you make much progress. Instead, set small, achievable goals for specific time parameters, as well as an overall goal. Don't let setbacks get you down, and make sure you celebrate each time you reach a new level with something special, such as an ice cream cone, trip to the movies, or a massage.

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Research and Markets: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.: Consumer Packaged Goods Company Profile, SWOT Report – 2012

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mjfgzm/icon_health_and_fi) has announced the addition of Canadean Ltd's new company profile "ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.: Consumer Packaged Goods Company Profile, SWOT Report" to their offering.

Canadean's "ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.: Consumer Packaged Goods Company Profile, SWOT Report" report utilizes a wide range of primary and secondary sources, which are analyzed and presented in a consistent and easily accessible format. Canadean strictly follows a standardized research methodology to ensure high levels of data quality and these characteristics guarantee a unique report.

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- Examines and identifies key information and issues about "ICON Health & Fitness, Inc." for business intelligence requirements.

- Studies and presents the company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities (growth potential) and threats (competition). Strategic and operational business information is objectively reported.

- The profile also contains information on business operations, company history, major products and services, prospects, key employees, locations and subsidiaries.

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- Quickly enhance your understanding of "ICON Health & Fitness, Inc."

- Gain insight into the marketplace and a better understanding of internal and external factors which could impact the industry.

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Fitness centre in rec facility is a must

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Mitt Romney: Out of Touch and Harmful for Women’s Health – Video

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30-05-2012 06:39 When women hear about Mitt Romney's plans for women's health -- in his own words -- they are appalled. Mitt Romney is out of touch and harmful for women's health in America. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will be making sure voters know exactly where Mitt Romney stands and will be mobilizing our more than 6 million strong network to fight for women's health come November. Tell him you're watching, take the pledge:

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Health Dialog’s Shared Decision Making® Tools Recognized for Excellence

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Dialog today announced that its Shared Decision Making patient support tools received eight awards at four major competitions in the month of May. The Worldfest Remi Awards, the ClearMark Awards, the Communicator Awards, and the Hermes Creative Awards all recognized Health Dialog for developing clear, creative, and effective decision aids that provide patients with the information and confidence needed to make the healthcare choices, big and small, that are right for them. Health Dialogs industry-leading patient decision aids have earned the company more than 100 awards in total.

We understand that there is nothing quite as personal and important to people as their health, said Peter Goldbach, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Health Dialog. Finding the right answers to difficult health questions can often be confusing and overwhelming. We are honored to be recognized for our tools and take great pride in our role as a trusted, unbiased source that patients can turn to for the expertise and resources to take control of their health and healthcare decisions.

Health Dialogs DECISION DialogTM program is an industry-leading decision support offering that guides members through a Shared Decision Making process. Powered by sharp analytics that identify individuals at critical points along the care pathway, it matches patients in need with tools and support, including decision aids and 24/7 health coaching, so they can find their voice in matters so deeply personal and unique to them. The winning content this month includes a full interactive decision aid, three short videos, and the entire HD Care Compass website, designed to inform patients after a screening, testing, or surgical decision has been made, so they know what to expect before, during, and after a procedure:

About The ClearMark Awards

The ClearMark Awards honor the best in clear communication and plain language, celebrating documents and Web sites from government, non-profits, and private companies that succeed in communicating clearly. For more information, visit http://centerforplainlanguage.org/awards.

About The Communicator Awards

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) and are an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. For more information, visit http://www.communicatorawards.com.

About the Hermes Creative Awards

The Hermes Creative Awards are an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. For more information, visit http://www.hermesawards.com.

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LONGEVITY TIGWELD 160 SX 160AMP AC/DC TIG STICK WELDER REVIEW 110V/220V $649.99 – Video

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29-05-2012 15:13 The LONGEVITY TIGWELD 160 SX is a super simple AC/DC TIG welder with stick capability. In this video, Tim shows off how his settings and setup of the TIGWELD 160 SX. You can order the model here: Here is the link to the product spec sheet:

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Longevity the mark at school

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VEEDERSBURG, Ind. Teachers retiring at Fountain Central High School have enjoyed their time with the students and staff.

Dan Halladay, Phil Rash and Dorie Johnson are leaving with more than 30 years at the school. And while Brad Smiths time at Fountain Central is much shorter, he has been in education for 40 years.

I wanted to teach since I was in elementary school, Halladay said. I liked grading, and I liked teaching other kids.

Halladay was involved in coaching, including 10 years with girls basketball, one year in baseball, three years in girls track, 10 years as a football assistant and 10 years with junior high football.

I have really enjoyed it, Halladay said. We have very good community support. We have tons of great people.

He will continue to work with a football officiating crew and umpire girls softball. He also sells sports cards on eBay.

Halladay is proud that four of his former students are now school superintendents.

Many others are pillars of their community, he said. I have lots of friendships from teachers and coaches.

Halladay estimated that 60 percent of his students now are second generation from local families.

Halladay took students to Russia in 1995 and has taken students to Germany four times, a program that continues annually at Fountain Central.

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Boston Scientific Increases Longevity Projections for Its U.S. Defibrillators

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NATICK, Mass., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved revised product labeling for the Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) INCEPTA, ENERGEN, PUNCTUA, COGNIS and TELIGEN implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds), to reflect increased longevity projections for these devices. The longevity projections are based on data submitted to the FDA and vary for each device dependent on the model type and settings.

Projected device longevity exceeds 10 years for some models of Boston Scientific ICDs, and approaches eight years for its CRT-D devices, and nearly double that of comparable competitive device models (1,2,3). The company backs these devices with warranties of up to 10 years* in the U.S. and many other international markets. Depending on the model, the device warranties are also up to twice as long as other currently-marketed comparable devices.

"We're pleased with the new labeling for our U.S. defibrillator products which provides doctors and patients with additional assurance about the longevity and reliability of these devices," said Kenneth Stein, M.D., chief medical officer of Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management Group. "Boston Scientific ICDs and CRT-Ds benefit from our proprietary advanced battery technology. The new battery was first introduced in the COGNIS and TELIGEN devices in 2008 and has now been incorporated into our newest devices with up to a 10-year warranty."

"The Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT) long-term follow-up study results, which were recently presented at the Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting in Boston, demonstrates that ICD therapy continues to benefit patients for a median follow-up of 11 years. Particularly in New York Heart Association Class II patients, it appears that an ICD may prolong a patient's life for at least a decade by rescuing the patient from sudden cardiac death," said Jeanne Poole, M.D., director, Arrhythmia Service and Electrophysiology Laboratory at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. "By helping to mitigate the frequency of replacing an ICD or CRT-D device, this technology provides us with the potential to reduce the complications associated with replacement procedures and to reduce healthcare costs. Not only does the patient benefit from fewer surgeries, but the financial benefit can be significant."

*INCEPTA & ENERGEN VR ICD: 10 years; INCEPTA & ENERGEN DR ICD: 8 years; PUNCTUA & TELIGEN ICD: 7 years; INCEPTA & ENERGEN CRT-D: 6 years; and PUNCTUA & COGNIS CRT-D: 5 years.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: http://www.bostonscientific.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "anticipate," "expect," "project," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "intend" and similar words. These forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and estimates using information available to us at the time and are not intended to be guarantees of future events or performance. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding, regulatory approvals, clinical trials, clinical outcomes, financial savings associated with the use of our products, product performance and competitive offerings. If our underlying assumptions turn out to be incorrect, or if certain risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. These factors, in some cases, have affected and in the future (together with other factors) could affect our ability to implement our business strategy and may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements expressed in this press release. As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements.

Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: future economic, competitive, reimbursement and regulatory conditions; new product introductions; demographic trends; intellectual property; litigation; financial market conditions; and future business decisions made by us and our competitors. All of these factors are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of them are beyond our control. For a further list and description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we may update in Part II, Item 1A Risk Factors in Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q we have filed or will file hereafter. We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.

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Practical Nutrition: Eating for two

Posted: May 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm


If you've ever been pregnant, you may have thought "I feel fat!" While pregnant women become larger, they're growing a baby, not just packing on the pounds.

Weight gain associated with pregnancy has very real components. On average it's made up of about 7.5 pounds baby, 7 pounds maternal stores of protein, fat and other nutrients, 4 pounds extra blood, 4 pounds other body fluids, 2 pounds uterus growth, 2 pounds breast tissue, 1.5 pounds placenta, and 2 pounds amniotic fluid.

Healthy weight gain is based on pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index, or BMI. A woman who is underweight (BMI less than 18.5) would need to gain 28 to 40 pounds. Those at a healthy weight, BMI 18.5 to 24.9, should gain 25 to 35 pounds.

An overweight woman (BMI 25 to 29.9) should gain 15 to 25 pounds, but if she's obese (BMI higher than 30) only 11 to 20 pounds.

Women expecting twins or triplets may need to gain 35 to 55 pounds depending on their BMI.

To determine your BMI, go to http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi.

Unfortunately, many women take the old saying "eating for two" too seriously and gain extra weight. It can lead to health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. And it can be difficult to lose that extra weight after delivery, which can add up between pregnancies.

For most women, a mere 300 extra calories per day is all that's needed to achieve the desired weight.

Calcium is important for mom's bone health as well as the baby's. Select three to four servings of dairy products daily to meet these needs. One serving equals 8 ounces milk, 8 ounces yogurt, or 1.5 to 2 ounces of cheese.

Pregnant women need to consume iron-rich foods daily. Include enriched and fortified grains and cereal, red meats, liver, fish, chicken, dried beans, nuts, dried fruits and leafy green vegetables throughout the day.

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Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. to Change its NYSE Ticker Symbol to SHF

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SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Schiff Nutrition International, Inc., (WNI) is scheduled to change its NYSE ticker symbol and, effective June 11, the stock will begin trading under the symbol SHF.

Schiff has been nourishing life through nature and science for over 75 years, stated company CEO Tarang Amin. We are focused on building premium brands and leading innovation in heart health, joint care, immune support, digestive health and other key nutritional supplement conditions. We are excited to begin trading under a new ticker symbol NYSE: SHF that more closely reflects our company name.

The company was first listed on the New York Stock exchange in 1997 as Weider Nutrition International (WNI). In 2005, the company changed its name to Schiff Nutrition International.

About Schiff Nutrition

Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. is a leading nutritional supplement company offering vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and abroad. Schiffs portfolio of well-known brands includes Move Free, MegaRed, Airborne, Tiger's Milk, Sustenex, Digestive Advantage and Schiff Vitamins. Focused on quality for 75 years, Schiffs headquarters and award-winning manufacturing and distribution facility are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. To learn more about Schiff, please visit the web site http://www.schiffnutrition.com.

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Latest Fitness Craze: Lose Weight While Talking on the Phone

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Office workers are getting fatter, not fitter, according to recent reports showing obesity rates skyrocketing.

But a new wireless phone headset can help office workers lose weight simply by walking around when talking on the phone. The average person who adds 1,500 steps a day can lose up to 500 calories a day, which translates into 1 pound a week or 50 pounds a year when they use the OfficeRunner Wireless Headset System from Sennheiser.

"The less you sit, the happier and healthier you'll be," said Mike Faith, president of Headsets.com, America's leading provider of office telephone headsets for large companies and small businesses. "The Office Runner makes staying in shape simple and natural for people who use the phone every day."

To see Mike exercising effortlessly with the Office Runner, check out this video.

"If you're like me, you find it hard to go to the gym every day. But it is easy to walk around and lose weight if you aren't chained to your desk by a corded phone. With the Sennheiser Office Runner, you can make and receive calls up to 400 feet from your desk -- and the battery lasts 12 hours, so you can walk around wherever you want in the office," he said.

Many people say they get bored by exercising at the gym, but nearly everyone finds walking easy. And most people have to talk on the phone. By combining both of these fun activities, people stand a fighting chance to lose weight, improve posture and be more productive, he said.

Headsets.com is sponsoring a contest with winners receiving a Fitbit Ultra, the market-leading wireless all-day fitness tracker that also monitors sleep. The Fitbit Ultra monitors all-day activity to provide real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed to encourage people to walk more and be more active.

"We want to find -- and reward -- the fittest office worker. This gives new meaning to people who can walk and talk at the same time," he said. "For people who want to lose weight, this is a chance for them to walk their talk."

Having an office staff that is physically fit can also lead to a healthy bottom line.

A research report by Richard Yonge, Ph.D. entitled "Movement in the Workplace -- Ideas for Boosting Health and Profits" shows, "There is increasing evidence that prolonged physical inactivity is not just bad for health it is also bad for the bottom line."

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Clint Dempsey in fitness race to face Brazil

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Clint Dempsey might not be fit enough to start for the United States against Brazil in an international friendly Wednesday night. The Fulham attacker, who scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season, missed the last day of the season with a groin injury. The injury isn't a concern anymore, but fitness levels after several weeks out are.

"I'm lacking a little bit of match fitness, but [I] continue working hard," Dempsey said. "I felt OK. As far as getting on the ball I felt confident. But I lacked a little bit of fitness getting around the field and being able to pressurize defensively."

The 29-year-old sat out Saturday's friendly with Scotland. Landon Donovan, who scored a hat trick, and Jose Torres started in the wide attacking positions for the 5-1 win. They might get the nod against Brazil as well if Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't feel Dempsey is ready to start.

"We'll look at him tomorrow we have another training session and then we'll take it from there," Klinsmann said. "We're not stressing out about it."

Klinsmann did note the other 22 players are all fit, a good situation for me the coach to be in.

The other player to miss the Scotland game, Jozy Altidore, should be ready to start. The AZ Alkmaar striker praised Dempsey's season, which saw the Texan become the first American to score a hat trick in the Premier League as well as become the all-time top scoring American in England.

"You can see the difference between the now and the first year he came [to Europe]," Altidore said. "The first year he was a bit raw, second year he was getting the hang of it, playing. He fell out of the lineup, he got back in it a testament to his personality, his character. I think these five years say what he is as a person a fighter."

The United States will miss that tenacity and goal-threat if Dempsey can't play. However, Klinsmann may use his star off the bench.

"I'm not 90 minutes fit but I'm ready to go in whatever capacity the coach wants to utilze me," Dempsey said.

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Highmark Extends Relationship with Healthways to Continue to Offer SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Through 2013

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

As part of its long-standing commitment to improving the health and well-being of older adult members, Highmark Inc. has agreed to a two-year extension through 2013 to offer the Healthways (HWAY) SilverSneakers Fitness Program to eligible members. SilverSneakers, an exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy, is offered to more than 460,000 eligible Highmark Medicare Advantage members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs. The program engages participants in active behavior change through access to a variety of physical activity venues and senior-specific programming that incorporates physical activity, nutrition and cognitive and social experiences.

In some of our service areas, Highmark is the only health insurance provider to offer SilverSneakers, and this relationship provides a value-added benefit that ultimately keeps our members healthy and happy, said Cindy Dellecker, senior vice president of Highmark Senior Markets.

Recent findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicate that older adults participating in SilverSneakers enjoy significantly higher overall well-being despite the increasing disease burden that comes with old age. A study in a recent edition of Population Health Managementalso indicates that respondents with higher well-being scores demonstrate lower utilization and hospital admittance rates.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index findings demonstrate that we are on the right track by addressing the well-being among older adults in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as lower well-being directly influences health status and utilization of health services, said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. By continuing to offer SilverSneakers to its Medicare Advantage members, Highmark is demonstrating their ongoing commitment to their older adult members through a time-tested, proven solution that provides a unique combination of exercise and social support to improve not only the physical health of their members, but also their overall well-being.

Highmark has provided SilverSneakers access to eligible Medicare Advantage members since January 1, 2004. In 2011, more than 50 percent of new Highmark enrollees stated that their SilverSneakers membership was their first fitness center membership, with 70 percent citing personal health concerns as their reason for joining.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and serves more than 9 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to 14,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.

About Highmark

Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Highmark serves 4.9 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware through the company's health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue plans in the nation. Highmark has 20,000 employees across the country and provides a broad range of health and wellness related services through subsidiary and affiliate companies. For more information, visit http://www.highmark.com.

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CKO Kickboxing Health Fitness Franchise Continues Rapid Growth with New Jacksonville, NC Gym Opening on June 2

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CKO Kickboxing, one of the fastest growing health fitness franchises, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its newest cardio kickboxing gym on Saturday, June 2, at 1368 Piney Green Road #9, Willis Plaza in Jacksonville, NC. The gym will serve the military and their families stationed in Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point Air Station, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

The high-quality cross training gym provides a family-friendly setting to residents of Jacksonville who are looking for an alternative to Pilates, yoga, martial arts, cross-fit and spinning classes.

Grand Opening festivities are in the works for Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to CKO Kickboxing of Jacksonville owner Sarah Bentley, a former Marine Corps Sergeant who had once been stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Plans include a live broadcast from 99.5 the X and a big party atmosphere with refreshments, raffles, venders, balloon clown and demonstrations of kickboxing.

CKO Kickboxing, whose franchisees include many former military members, is offering a 10 percent discount to current and former service personnel as well as police and fire personnel.

For Ms. Bentley opening a CKO Kickboxing franchise was a dream come true.

"Like many other CKO Kickboxing franchise owners, I was a member first. I loved the workout. When my husband was transferred to Camp Lejeune, I found out that they didn't have kickboxing. They do have martial arts, but they don't focus on the exercise portion the way CKO Kickboxing does," she said.

While talking with CKO Franklin and CKO Augusta owner Darlene Palley, she found out how she could move to North Carolina and still do kickboxing the CKO way.

"Iheard about the news report on Fox News about CKO Kickboxing wanting to expand their franchise. I spoke to Joe Andreula, president of CKO Kickboxing, and everything worked out great," she said.

"I was going to go into nursing because I like helping people. Then I realized that I wanted to help people before they got to that point of needing a nurse," she said. "I love the energy in a kickboxing workout. You can definitely see the improvement. You can see their moods change. You can see their bodies change. Cardio kickboxing creates healthier, happier people."

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Fitness regime sends youth to Glow camp

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Health: Okotoks woman radiating resilience and healthy glows

May 30, 2012 11:33 am | By April Ip

Left Debbie Slapman, Vicki Stride and Lisa Mahar get ready for endurance exersizes at the Holy Trinity Academy School outdoor track.

Feeling good and looking good go hand-in-hand for a group of local ladies and they want to send this message to the younger generation.

The mantra has been circling the minds of countless woman since Okotokian Vicki Stride put her fitness company Inspired Fitness and Personal Training and her fitness challenges to the test.

Stride said the Building a Legacy challenge means more than just losing weight. She recommends losing weight the healthy way and her program pushes the importance of good self-esteem and body image.

So many moms dont want to create a stigmas for their young daughters, Stride said.

Constantly stepping on a scale and trying to lose weight wasnt the image she wanted to portray to her family.

Society has so much of that already, she said.

The fitness leader said shes already experienced a lot of positive feedback from mothers involved in her fitness program.

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Life Time Fitness to Present at the 32nd Annual Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference

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CHANHASSEN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Life Time Fitness, Inc. (LTM), The Healthy Way of Life Company, today announced that Michael Robinson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will present at the 32nd Annual Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference. John Heller, senior director of investor relations and treasurer, also will attend on behalf of the Company.

The Conference will be held June 5th and 6th at the Le Parker Meridien in New York City. The Life Time presentation will occur on June 6th at 12:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will be webcast and may be accessed via the Company's Investor Relations section of its website at lifetimefitness.com. A replay of the presentation will be available through Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

About Life Time Fitness, Inc.

As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest or discovering new passions both inside and outside of Life Times distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Companys Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of May 30, 2012, the Company operated 105 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC(SM) brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.

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Remedy Health Media Partners With Crucial Interactive

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire -05/30/12)- Crucial Interactive Inc. has just announced that they will be exclusively representing Remedy Health Media's advertising business in Canada.

Remedy Health Media influences more than 150 Million consumers annually through point of care publications, digital, health and wellness properties, and compliance technology. With over 23 Million unique visitors per month, and 1.9 Million unique visitors per month in Canada (ComScore, March 2012), Remedy Health Media is the second largest online health information provider in North America.

'Remedy is focused on providing information and tools that can help people around the world make better health and wellness decisions. We are rapidly growing our international footprint through our digital assets and compliance technology and are very excited to be working with Crucial Interactive as our representatives in the Canadian marketplace,' says CRO, Jim Curtis.

He continues, 'Crucial's knowledge and expertise will be great assets for us as we look to provide Canadian advertising partners with the premium content, integration opportunities and exceptional service, our partners have come to expect.'

Damian Cristiani, CEO of Crucial Interactive, adds 'Representing Remedy Health Media in Canada will provide our agency partners significant opportunities to increase their clients brand awareness. Remedy Health Media has a high level of engagement with its visitors, and can offer extensive custom integrations. We are delighted to form this partnership with Remedy Health Media, as this is exactly what our clients have been asking for.'

About Remedy Health Media:

Remedy Health Media is a health information and technology company with tools that help millions of patients and caregivers live healthier, more fulfilled lives.

Our mission is to empower lives with the information and applications needed to efficiently navigate the healthcare landscape and as a result, to permit better health outcomes through use of our products and services.

Based in New York City, Remedy Health Media is a privately held company. For more information about Remedy Health Media, visit http://www.remedyhealthmedia.com.

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AssureRx Health Raises $12.5 Million Series C Financing

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MASON, Ohio, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --AssureRx Health, Inc. today announced the closing of a $12.5 million Series C financing. The personalized medicine company, which provides clinically-relevant information to help physicians select the right drug for individual neuropsychiatric patients, will use the funds to increase commercial activities for its two flagship pharmacogenomic products, GeneSightRx Psychotropic and GeneSightRx ADHD, as well as next generation product development activities.

The financing was led by Four Rivers Group and existing investors Claremont Creek Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The financing also included participation of existing investors Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, CincyTech, Allos Ventures, as well as new investors jVen Capital and Alafi Capital. New investors Four Rivers, jVen Capital, and Alafi Capital bring to AssureRx Health further expertise and partnering connections to help AssureRx Health continue building its leadership position in psychiatric pharmacogenomics.

"Our goal is to build the leading clinical informatics company providing pharmacogenomic and other treatment decision support products to help physicians individualize the treatment of patients with neuropsychiatric and other disorders," said James S. Burns, president and CEO of AssureRx Health. "Proceeds from the Series C financing will be used to expand sales coverage, sponsor multiple clinical studies, and develop new products to help accelerate our leadership position in psychiatric personalized medicine."

Warren Hogarth, partner at Sequoia Capital, said, "AssureRx products have the potential to change the way physicians select the appropriate medications for each of their patients. AssureRx is at the cutting edge of providing treatment decision support products for a very large global psychiatric market. We believe that AssureRx Health is building a world class company."

John Steuart, managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures said, "AssureRx has enormous potential to lead the transformation of neuropsychiatric care toward personalized patient treatment. GeneSightRx Psychotropic, GeneSightRx ADHD and future pharmacogenomic products hold the promise for faster, better patient outcomes and less costly care. We believe that AssureRx products have the potential for significant adoption by the psychiatric community, leading ultimately to incorporating pharmacogenomics into routine psychiatric practice guidelines."

From a simple cheek swab, the GeneSightRx technology measures and analyzes clinically important genetic variants that determine how a patient's unique genetic make-up affects his or her ability to tolerate or effectively respond to psychotropic medications. Patient-specific genetic information obtained through GeneSightRx can assist physicians in the process of selecting appropriate antidepressant and antipsychotic medications for individual patients.

About Claremont Creek Ventures Claremont Creek Ventures (CCV) is a seed and early stage venture firm. CCV invests in digital healthcare, energy technology, payments/commerce, and online businesses. Utilizing the firm's proprietary life-cycle venturing program, Claremont Creek Ventures also partners with entrepreneurs and institutions, including UC Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Stanford University and UC Davis. Claremont Creek has more than $300 million in capital under management in two funds. CCV's digital healthcare investments in addition to AssureRx Health include Genalyte, GeneWeave, GigaGen, Fluxion Biosciences, Natera, Tibion and Zipline Medical. For more information, visit http://www.claremontcreek.com.

About Sequoia Capital Sequoia Capital provides venture capital funding to founders of startups who want to turn business ideas into enduring companies. As the "Entrepreneurs Behind the Entrepreneurs", Sequoia Capital's Partners have worked with innovators such as Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Bob Swanson of Linear Technology, Sandy Lerner and Len Bozack of Cisco Systems, Dan Warmenhoven of NetApp, Jerry Yang and David Filo of Yahoo!, Jen-Hsun Huang of NVIDIA, Michael Marks of Flextronics, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen of YouTube, Dominic Orr and Keerti Melkote of Aruba Networks, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Omar Hamoui of Admob, Steve Streit of Green Dot and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. To learn more about Sequoia Capital visitwww.sequoiacap.com/us.

About AssureRx Health AssureRx Health, Inc. is a personalized medicine company specializing in pharmacogenomics and is dedicated to helping physicians determine the right drug for individual patients suffering from neuropsychiatric and other disorders. The GeneSightRx analysis is based on pharmacogenomics, the study of the genetic factors that influence an individual's response to drug treatments, FDA approved manufacturers' drug labels, scientific and clinical peer-reviewed publications, and proven pharmacology. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Mayo Clinic are equity holders and technology collaborators. To learn more about pharmacogenomics and GeneSightRx, please click here.

Contacts: James S. Burns President & CEO AssureRx Health, Inc. (513) 234-0510 e-mail: jburns@assurerxhealth.com

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