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New Fitness Trade Show Hits Chicago This November Expecting Attendance From Throughout Midwest

Posted: August 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mundelein-based fitness equipment distributor, Direct Fitness Solutions(DFS) is excited to announce the arrival of FitFest 2012 this November to Chicago's Swissotel. FitFest will feature the industry's latest fitness equipment, drawing attendance from throughout the Midwest. Numerous manufacturers, including Precor, Schwinn, Keiser, Stairmaster, Fitness on Request, FreeMotion, Interactive Fitness and Tag will be in attendance showcasing their equipment.

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A convenient replacement for Club Industry, FitFest 2012 will boast an Oktoberfest theme on a smaller scale, allowing attendees the opportunity to get a close look at all product lines. "We knew we couldn't replicate Club Industry," says Tim Green, DFS co-owner. "Our aim was to create a small, but accommodating show that appealed to fitness professional throughout the region. We're confident we'll be able to accomplish that."

The three day show will also offer several CEC/CEU workshops from ViPR and WERQ, ideal for Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors with an interest in fulfilling professional education requirements.

Show dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 1: 11am - 5pm Friday, Nov. 2: 11am - 5pm Saturday, Nov. 3: 9am - noon


FitFest 2012 is complimentary for attendees. All attendees are required to register for the event. Attendees can register through this link: http://fitfest2012.eventbrite.com.

About FitFest

FitFest, presented by Direct Fitness Solutions, is a new equipment-driven trade show based in Chicago catering to the Midwest. The inaugural show, hosted at the Swissotel Chicago, will feature the industry's most popular equipment manufacturers as well as educational workshops for fitness practitioners.

Media Contact: Traci Mitchell DM Nutrition & Fitness, 773-655-9500, traci@tracidmitchell.com

New Fitness Trade Show Hits Chicago This November Expecting Attendance From Throughout Midwest

Truven Health Analytics to Host Conference Call Discussing Quarterly Results

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Truven Health Analytics Inc., a leading provider of healthcare data and analytics solutions and services to a broad range of constituents in the healthcare industry, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, became a separate company on June 6, 2012.

Bondholder Call

Truven Health Analytics management will host a conference call beginning at 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time on September 6, 2012 to discuss the company's quarterly results. Bondholders and prospective bondholders wishing to listen to the call should contact the company to obtain details of the call.

About Truven Health Analytics

Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies have relied on us for more than 30 years. We combine our deep clinical, financial, and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better by collaborating with our customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. With more than 2,000 employees globally, we have major offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. Advantage Suite, Micromedex, ActionOI, MarketScan, and 100 Top Hospitals are registered trademarks or trademarks of Truven Health Analytics. For more information, please visit http://www.truvenhealth.com.

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Health Outcome Liaisons Improve Decision Making for Pharmaceutical Industry Challenged by Reform and Compliance Issues

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --As healthcare outcomes data gains more influence with decision makers, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device executives are increasing their attention to the Health Outcomes Liaison (HOL) function.

A new Best Practices, LLC study found that HOLs are emerging as invaluable "information conduits" that have the potential to guide and refocus healthcare decision makers, delivering services that help payers and other groups determine which medicines, therapies, diagnostics and tests to support and reimburse.

The report, Health Outcomes Liaison Excellence: How the HOL Function Drives Value across the Healthcare Industry, explores how leading companies provide exceptional HOL services in an ever-changing business environment. The research also examines best practices in HOL management and differentiation of HOLs from other positions that serve diverse customer groups such as physicians, patients, payers, and advocates.

Christopher Bogan, chief executive officer of Best Practices, LLC, and Daniel Pascheles, Ph.D., vice president at Merck & Co., Inc., underlined the growing value of health outcomes services in a jointly-authored an article, "The Ultimate Business Model: Planning that Thousand Year Future." The full text is published in the August 2012 issue of Pharmaceutical Executive, a leading trade journal for the pharmaceutical industry.

In their article, the authors suggest how HOLs can help biopharma reinvent itself in this struggling economy: "Health outcomes represent a large frontier of opportunitiesall that may lead to greater insight regarding which therapies produce the most desirable and measurable results."

Likewise, the study found that although the HOL function is still in its infancy, it must be considered as an area of expansion, as its ultimate value and potential has yet to be realized. Given the expanding role of HOL groups and the challenging environment they face, it's critical for organizations to continually improve their HOL activities and services to ensure they are creating value for diverse customer groups. Some of the key topics covered by the research include:

To access the full report or to download a complimentary summary containing insights from this research, click on the following link: http://www3.best-in-class.com/rr1174.htm.

For more information on this study or other recent primary research studies, contact us at 919.403.0251 or at bestpractices@best-in-class.com.


Best Practices, LLC is a leading benchmarking, consulting and advisory services firm serving biopharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide. Best Practices, LLC's clients include the top 50 global healthcare companies. The firm conducts primary research and consulting using its comprehensive proprietary benchmarking tools and analysis. The operational insights, findings and analysis form the basis for our reports, database, and advisory services to support executives in commercial and R&D operations.

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Fremont-Rideout Health Group is Now Rideout Health

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Rideout Health is the new name and umbrella brand for the Fremont-Rideout Health Group, the largest healthcare provider and non-government employer in Northern Californias Yuba and Sutter counties.

The naming re-alignment comes as the non-profit is midway through construction of an expanded regional medical center in Marysville, anchored by Rideout Memorial and the just expanded Cancer Center it operates in partnership with UC Davis Health System.

Rideout, the family name of the founder and benefactor of the original 1907 hospital, was the clear winner in a series of community and stakeholder surveys conducted in late 2011. We were gratified to see how important the Rideout legacy is to the community, said CEO Terri Hamilton. The name keeps us rooted in our history and mission, while the streamlined brand is more easily paired with both clinical and business partners to expand healthcare resources for our patients.

During the transition, the legal name of the non-profit corporation will remain as before, with DBAs established for its various components, most of which will be renamed with the Rideout brand: Feather River Urology, for example, becomes Rideout Urology; Feather River Pain Management, Rideout Pain Management; Sierra Health becomes Rideout Medical Equipment & Supplies, etc. Fremont Medical Center, which in future will be converted into offices for primary care physicians and support services, will become known as Fremont Medical Plaza, by Rideout Health. As new joint ventures and affiliations are developed Rideout will be included in the primary or secondary names of each.

The familiar quails, the California state bird appearing in the healthcare groups logo for more than two decades, remain part of the new brand, growing from two to three in number to represent the young, adult and senior patients served by Rideout Health. A print, online and TV advertising campaign featuring the new brand will begin running in early September. TV spots will include the anthem, I See Your Spirit, newly commissioned by Rideout, to complement its new brand and statement of organization values. The transition to the new name and logo will take place over the course of the next year; to conserve both money and the environment, branded materials will be replaced only as existing supplies are depleted.

Rideout Health is the independent, non-profit, community-based healthcare organization that operates Rideout Memorial Hospital, Fremont Medical Center and other medical facilities around the Yuba-Sutter region. It also is the areas largest non-government employer. In fulfillment of its mission to provide quality healthcare to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, in 2011 the organization provided more than nearly $50 million in unreimbursed or free medical care to uninsured or under-insured patients.

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Mission Health Chief Nursing Officer Expands Role to become Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Mission Health today announced that Kathy Guyette, RN, MSN, previously Chief Nursing Officer, will expand her role to become Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services for the Mission Health system. In that role, she will support the optimization of care across Mission Health in partnership with Chief Medical Officer Dale Fell, MD. Guyette's expanded responsibilities will include identifying best practices both internal and external and guiding the implementation of those practices on a system wide basis in support of Mission Health's BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, without harm, without waste and with an exceptional experience.

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Across the region, Guyette will be working with each clinical service area to identify ways to enhance care through improved quality, higher reliability and greater efficiency. Working side-by-side with other Mission Health leaders and clinicians, she will guide the propagation of those best practices and processes across the system. Among other responsibilities, Guyette will be working on the following:

"Mission Health has been recognized as a regional and national leader in care quality and efficiency, including a Thomson Reuters designation as a Top 15 Health System," said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. "To maintain that leadership position and to prepare for an increasingly challenging future we must fully develop and exploit our 'system-ness.' As we have grown over the past several years, we need to increasingly leverage our economies of scale, in terms of both resources and care knowledge. Kathy is a terrific leader, who has a unique combination of leadership skills and care model design experience with a deep understanding of what's involved in delivering world class care to real patients every day. She is the right person and a great person to assume this important responsibility."

"I look forward to my new responsibilities and recognize the significant impact that this role can have on the improved health of the communities we serve," said Guyette. "Mission Health's emphasis on improving both the quality of healthcare and the efficiency of its delivery is critical to being able to continue to deliver high-quality, affordable healthcare in the future."

Guyette brings more than 18 years of experience in nursing leadership. Prior to Mission Health, she served as Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill for seven years. In this role, she led multiple clinical information technology initiatives, developed advancement and leadership opportunities for nurses, and was instrumental in a number of clinical and business improvements throughout the organization. Prior to joining UNC Hospitals, Guyette served in multiple capacities at VIA Health, Rochester General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, all in Rochester, New York. Guyette holds a Master of Science in nursing administration from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the State University of New York at Brockport.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state's sixth-largest health system and the region's only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. In 2012 Mission Health was named one of the nation's Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.

Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, and the region's only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children's Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women's Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system's flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. It also includes Mission Children's Hospital the region's only children's hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina.

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Celebrity fitness trainer Gina Lombardi joins Kiwaii as brand ambassador

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Premium Healthy Spring Water, Inc., is pleased to announce that celebrity fitness coach and personal trainer Gina Lombardi has joined Kiwaii 100% True New Zealand Spring Water as a brand ambassador.

Lombardi, the 2003 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year, is one of the most sought-after fitness experts in the world. A television and radio host, the author of Deadline Fitness and an MSNBC contributing editor, Lombardi has worked with numerous actors, musicians and executives, including Kevin James, Kirstie Alley, Beck and Leah Remini.

Ive built my career on exercise and fitness, and both require staying properly hydrated, Lombardi said. Kiwaii 100% True New Zealand Spring Water makes hydration easy. Its the purest, best-tasting water Ive ever had, and I can feel good about drinking it because I know its sustainable and 100 percent natural, with zero additives and BPA-free bottles. I whole-heartedly endorse Kiwaii not only for myself, but for my family and my clients, as well. Its what water is supposed to be.

Kiwaiis artesian spring wateris sourced from the pristine Blue Spring, in Putaruru, New Zealand. Kiwaii is bottled in a state-of-the-art facility undercertified organic and kosher conditions validation of the care and purity that goes into every bottle, as well as the companys commitment to providing consumers with the healthiest, most natural water on the market.

Were thrilled to partner with Gina, a true legend in the fitness industry, Premium Healthy Spring Water President and CEO Lou Savant said. She recognizes the health value of drinking the purest and best tasting water available.At Kiwaii, we admire Ginas contributions to promoting lifelong wellness through proper nutrition and dedication to fitness. She inspires people to be healthy and provides credible and practical advice for people of all ages and with different fitness goals.We areexcited to work with Ginain our mutual interest of promotinga healthy lifestyle.

About Kiwaii 100% True New Zealand Spring Water

Kiwaii originates from the Blue Spring, an abundant artesian spring on the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand is well known for its diverse natural beauty, pristine ecosystems and strong protection of natural resources. Only a small fraction of the springs daily 13 million gallon output is permitted for bottling. Eco-conscious consumers can be confident Kiwaiis bottling operation has zero downstream impact on the local environment, and the spring is indefinitely renewable and sustainable.

Kiwaii is bottled in a state-of-the-art, certified organic and kosher facility. The natural properties and purity of the Blue Spring give Kiwaii a smooth, clean taste unlike any other water. For more information call 1-877-4KIWAII or visit http://www.kiwaii.com.

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Lost Decades—Longevity Gains Decline for Blacks, Latinos and Less Educated

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CHICAGOThe longevity gap between two Americas has widened since 1990, says a new study. One America is mostly white and well educated, and the other is ethnic or undereducated and dying about decade sooner than their more affluent counterparts.

The gap between college-educated whites and African Americans who did not complete high school is simply unbelievable, stated S. Jay Olshansky, lead author of the extensive new analysis published in the August issue of the prestigious health policy journal Health Affairs.

The researchers, who crunched mortality numbers in key databases from 1990-2008, found that white men in the United States with 16 years or more of schooling had life expectancy at birth 14.2 years longer than African American males with fewer than 12 years of education. The gulf between well-educated white women and black women with low educational levels was 10.3 years.

The research study is published with the stark title, Differences in Life Expectancy Due to Race and Educational Differences Are Widening, and Many May Not Catch Up. It is the latest publication by a the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, a roster of 15 leading academic experts in aging and longevity.

Low Education Shortens Life for All Groups

The report shows that lower educational levels marked declining life expectancy within every demographic group examined.

The gap between black women of high versus low educational levels was 6.5 years, and for Latinas the difference was 2.9 years. For males the longevity gaps were 12.9 years among whites, 9.7 years among blacks and 5.5 years for Hispanics.

Whats more, the picture for those with fewer than 12 years of education has grown notably worse for whites, says the study. In terms of educational status whites at the bottom are losing ground at a faster pace than those at the top.

The gulf between white women is especially wide, says the report. Those with 12 years or less of education were living just over a decade (10.4 years) less than white American females with at least 16 years of schooling.

The two Americasthose with very high versus very low educationare in a longevity time warp, Olshansky asserted.

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Mead Johnson to Present at Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference

Posted: August 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm


Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (MJN) announced today that it will present at the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on September 6, 2012. The presentation by Stephen W. Golsby, president and CEO and Peter G. Leemputte, executive vice president and CFO will begin at 2:15 p.m. EDT and will be webcast live on the Internet. To access the webcast go to meadjohnson.com and click first on the Investors tab, then the Events and Presentations tab. A replay will be available approximately four hours after the conclusion of the live webcast at meadjohnson.com under the Investors tab, Events and Presentations tab.

About Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 countries worldwide. The company's mission is to nourish the worlds children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company's "Enfa" family of brands, including Enfamil infant formula, is the world's leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. For more information, go to http://www.meadjohnson.com.

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Norwegian Snowboard Great Terje Haakonsen and Incrediwear to Create Full Line of Socks and Braces Using Incrediwear …

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CHICO, CA--(Marketwire -08/30/12)- Star Nutrition, Inc. (STAU), a California-based diversified health and wellness industry firm, has brought on Norwegian snowboard champion Terje Haakonsen to create a new line of socks and braces for snowboarders and skiers, called The Shredder line. The popular Avalanche Incredisocks will be renamed "The Shredder" and become the first product in the line.

"Ask any snowboarder about Terje and their eyes light up," says Jackson Corley, CEO of Star Nutrition. "He is very well known around the world as a pioneer in the sport. He's developed products with other companies, including the T6 board, so he's no stranger to knowing what consumers need. We can't wait to combine our revolutionary technologies with his knowledge of the industry and the sport as a whole."

Haakonsen dominated the world of freestyle snowboarding in the 1990s. He won the ISF World Championships three times in a row in half-pipe and five more European Championships in the same event. He also won the U.S. Open half-pipe three times, as well as seven victories in the Mt. Baker Banked Slalom. Additionally, he's the creator of the aerial snowboard maneuver known as "The Haakon Flip."

"It wasn't long ago that I was introduced to Incrediwear products," says Haakonsen. "After trying them, I knew right away I wanted to work with Star Nutrition to develop a signature line of products specifically designed for snowboarders and skiers. I'm really excited about our initial concepts and I know everyone who tries them will see the benefits that I experienced."

Incrediwear products, including Incredibraces, Incredisocks, Increditec, and Incredisoles, couple proven benefits such as increased blood flow, reduced inflammation, accelerated recovery and aiding pain relief to injured body parts. Incrediwear products can also regulate temperature, wick away moister and are antimicrobial.

About Star Nutrition, Inc. California-based Star Nutrition is a publicly traded company (STAU) that prides itself on providing innovative, over-the-counter health care products. Its mission is to focus on producing products that will enhance the lives and wellness of its customers.

For more information visit Incrediwear.com or BuyIncrediwear.com.

Join the Incrediwear community at Facebook.com/Incrediwear and @Incrediwear.

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RSP Nutrition is Nominated for 2012 New Brand of the Year by Bodybuilding.com. Vote for RSP Nutrition Now!

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RSP Nutrition, the creators of Sports Performance Nutrition, was recently nominated for New Brand of the Year for 2012 by Bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com is the Internets most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements. Nominees were determined based on 2012 sales volume.

According to Victor Davanzo, RSP Nutritions Managing Director, We are honored to receive this nomination as it is a testament to the quality of our brand, products and team. Every day we strive to add value to the lives of our customers and help them lead healthier, more active lifestyles. Nominations such as this reinforce our efforts and continue to grow our presence on an international level.

The Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards have set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry. Last year, over one million votes from across the world helped decide what products would become instant top-sellers out of the 8,000+ products Bodybuilding.com carries. Being nominated for a Bodybuilding.com Supplement Award is quite an accomplishment! Since the public chooses the final winners, winning this award positions a company to be one of the most trustworthy out there, explains Bodybuilding.com CEO Ryan DeLuca.

Winners will be decided by customer vote via an online voting system running July 13, 2012 to August 31, 2012 on Bodybuilding.com and from a top health and nutrition industry panel. Winners will be announced live on the Olympia Main Stage as part of Joe Weiders Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 28-29, 2012. Please cast your vote for RSP Nutrition as New Brand of the Year at: http://www.bodybuilding.com/awards

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Libreeze Digital Library Program Adds Major Fitness Partners

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Libreeze Digital Library, announces a growing number of bloggers into their recently launched Fitness Blogger Program (FBP). Fitness bloggers who have implemented Libreeze include women focused fitness bloggers SarahLearns.com, MilesToRun.com, and beyondheavy (http://beheavy.wordpress.com). In addition, JCDeen (http://jcdfitness.com,) a well-known authority in the fitness blogging community, has also joined the roster of fitness bloggers using Libreeze. They join a FBP roster that includes Crossfit Endurance.com, CrudeFitness.com, FinishingStrong (http://fitstop-lab.blogspot.com) and others.

We are extremely pleased with the reception that we have had from the fitness blogger community thus far. We are excited that so many high-level blog partners are joining the fold, and were looking forward to the many new blog partnerships well be announcing over the next few months. We can hardly wait until they are all sharing their Libreeze libraries with the fitness community, said Steve Pelletier, Libreeze Senior Vice President. Libreeze and our partners have a common goal-- to make high quality health and fitness information easy to find and readily available.

Bloggers already signed up in the FBP have a combined audience of more than 1.5 million fitness enthusiasts. See Libreeze.com | Partners for a more complete list of our blogger partners and access to their Libreeze libraries.

I wish Id taken time with all the reading Ive done on strength training and fitness over the past couple of years to save it all somewhere. It's great to finally have a space to save all of my research and writing in one place.. And Ill share my new findings once a week (or so) with my readers, said Dana McMahan, owner of beyondHeavy (http://beheavy.wordpress.com/) and fitness writer featured in Elle and other top publications. Whats also helpful is that when travel keeps me from blogging, I can still keep filing great stories in my Libreeze.

You can visit the beyondHeavy digital library by clicking here. Access more fitness libraries at Libreeze.com | Partners

Founded by a team of tech industry veterans with deep experience in language analytics, library science and search as well as advertising, media and publishing, they uniquely understand the needs of bloggers. The blogger partners using Libreeze quickly adopt it as a key technology platform for providing a solution to managing their quality content and offering additional revenue.

About beyondHeavy

Im a food writer who, with zero previous interest in anything athletic, was lured into powerlifting and found a love of getting strong. On this blog I chronicled my year-plus long experience of transforming from a couch-loving writer with a penchant for macarons to an athlete, a record-holding powerlifter, with a truthful look at the moments of glory, despair and a whole lot of work along the way. My powerlifting career ended with an injury and surgery in winter 2012 but the power I discovered didnt vanish when I hung up my weight belt. Im on a quest for my next adventure now. To find a new passion Im learning one new sport a month for a year. I had (and still have!) a lot to say about heavy lifting for women. I have written for Elle magazine, Experience Life Magazine, blisstree.com, xojane, and local Louisville publications on fitness topics.

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Three Common Fitness Myths Busted!

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire -08/29/12)- Health and fitness has become an integral part of today's culture with more and more people hunting for recommended personal trainer courses to whip them into shape, and to help others achieve their fitness potentials. With the increased interest in health and fitness come rumours surrounding exercise that many people swear by, but just how much truth is in them?

Here are three fitness myths you need to forget:

This is a common misunderstanding. Research has shown that exercise has no effect on your food needs, with the exception of endurance athletes who exercise for around two hours or more a day. To the contrary, studies have shown that exercise can suppress hunger both during and after a workout, so don't stuff your face as soon as you've done a workout - you're only undoing all your hard work.

Wrong! Different food types have different effects on your blood sugar. Refined carbohydrates (white bread, fruit drinks and biscuits) will raise your blood sugar levels incredibly, which can encourage fat storage and weight gain. Fibrous foods like apples and protein will raise blood sugar less. Foods that contain a lot of water, like vegetables and soup will fill you up on fewer calories.

If you diet and don't exercise, there is potential to lose calories in the short term, but experts say that it's exercise that will keep the pounds off for good. Exercise builds muscle, which takes up less space than fat. Muscle tissue requires more calories to sustain it than fat tissue, so effectively the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you'll burn at rest. So if you're thinking of really trying to get in shape for good, don't just diet, exercise too and check out personal trainer courses if you want to make the most out of your fitness.

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Brunswick Corporation : Life Fitness Teams With Power Systems To Offer Branded Fitness Accessories

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SCHILLER PARK, Ill., Aug. 29, 2012 - Life Fitness, global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, announces a collaboration with Power Systems, manufacturer of the largest line of sport and fitness accessories, to bring customers a complete offering of fitness equipment and complementing accessories.

Through the relationship with Power Systems, Life Fitness will develop and sell Life Fitness- and Hammer Strength-branded fitness accessories - including kettlebells, medicine balls and stability balls - to support personal and group training.

"Our relationship with Power Systems comes at a pivotal time for Life Fitness. We are committed to delivering small group training solutions through new products like Synrgy360, an all-in-one personal training system which comes with a wide range of accessories to support simultaneous workouts for up to 16 exercisers," said Dan Wille, vice president of global marketing and product development for Life Fitness. "It`s crucial that we`re able to offer customers high quality products and Power Systems helps us to deliver the complete workout solution that our customers demand."

"Power Systems` partnership with Life Fitness is an example of our efforts to align with significant industry leaders, the best of the best," stated Julie Pauletto, president, Power Systems. "We are proud that Life Fitness has put its trust in Power Systems. This partnership truly validates our dedicated customer focus and highly efficient and reliable order processing and fulfillment capabilities."

Available now, this premium range of workout accessories addresses the new ways people train, giving the exerciser more options to meet their fitness goals.

For more information on Life Fitness and Hammer Strength accessories, visit http://www.LifeFitness.com.

[Editor`s note: To obtain an image to accompany this story, contact Lauren Kamm at lauren.kamm@lifefitness.com]

About Life Fitness Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment. The company manufactures and sells strength and cardiovascular equipment under the brand names Life Fitness and Hammer Strength and distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Schiller Park, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (BC).

About Power Systems Power Systems is the fitness and sports accessory equipment industry leader committed to making a Real Difference in the health, fitness and performance needs of people at every level of experience. Since its founding in 1986, Power Systems has been recognized for its standards in customer service, product selection and on-time delivery. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. For additional information about Power Systems, visit their website at http://www.power-systems.com.

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World Faces Rising Oral Health Care Crisis, Says Leading International Dental Organization

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FDI World Dental Federation Releases Report to Combat Oral Health Inequity by 2020

HONG KONG, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The world is experiencing a large and growing crisis in access to oral healthcare that, if left unchecked, risks an unmanageable explosion of oral disease, especially in developing countries, according to a report issued today by Geneva-based FDI World Dental Federation, the principal representative body for more than 1 million dental practitioners worldwide.

Oral disease affects already most adults globally and as many as 90% of the world's schoolchildren, according to FDI, which released the report, called Vision 2020, at its annual Congress, being held this year in Hong Kong. Oral disease, which includes everything from cavities and periodontics to oral cancer, is the fourth most expensive disease to treat and also one of the most preventable.

In an effort to marshal global public opinion to address this crisis, FDI has set a date of 2020 to respond to the crisis. In the Vision 2020 report, FDI offers for the very first time a five-point blueprint that delineates the challenges facing oral health and oral health care.

"Oral health is an essential component of overall health, and there is a growing realization of the connection between oral disease and other chronic and potentially fatal diseases," said Dr. Orlando Monteiro da Silva, the president of FDI and an oral physician based in Lisbon. "Risk factors for oral diseases are the same as for many of the most common non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. As oral disease escalates, we can expect to see a greater incidence of all the associated diseases, at great cost to society. We must act now if we hope to deal with the crisis by 2020."

FDI's five-point plan includes the following: 1) Expanding access to care; 2) Expanding the role of existing oral health care professionals; 3) Closing the gap between dental education and medical education; 4) Mitigating the impact on oral health care from variations in economic growth; and 5) Improving the implementation of oral research findings into daily practice.

The disparity in access to oral health care is stark. In Croatia, for example, there is one oral health care professional for every 560 people, and in the United States, one for every 2,200 people. But in China, there's just one oral health care professional for every 82,000 people, and in Ethiopia, one for every 1.3 million people. The location of FDI's annual Congress in Hong Kong highlights in particular the increased incidence of oral disease in Asia, where rising wealth creates the conditions that often lead to increased oral disease.

"Major inequalities in oral health care exist both within and between countries, and it is urgent that the worlds of oral health and overall medical health come together to address a crisis that is compromising our quality of life and costing us far too much money at a time when national budgets are strapped," said Dr. Michael Glick, the dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo and the leader of FDI's Vision 2020 Task Force. "These numbers highlight how far we have to go to provide basic oral care to most of the world."

The Vision 2020 report represents an evolution in the mission of FDI, which was founded 112 years ago. As the oral health care crisis mounts, FDI increasingly is shifting its role to serve as a public policy advocate for oral health care, beyond its more traditional role as an organizer of industry meetings and congresses. Coincident with the organization's 100th Annual Congress, FDI is devoting more of its resources to developing health policy and speaking as a unified voice for the promotion of oral health care worldwide.

While the dental associations of individual nations have taken steps to combat oral health inequity, the Vision 2020 effort represents the first time the international dental medicine community, under the auspices of FDI, has come together to set a direction for addressing these issues.

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Health costs more worrisome than reform

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By Allison Linn, NBC News

Republicans and Democrats have made their political and ideologicalstance on President Obama's health care law a key part of their respective campaigns. But recent data suggests that Americans are preoccupied with the more practical matter of how much it will cost them to get the care they need.

Experts saythe focus on pocketbook issues reflects both the nations preoccupation with household finances amid the difficult economy, and the fact that the Affordable Care Act is poorly understood.

People dont think about the nations health care costs, said Mollyann Brodie, senior vice president for public opinion and survey research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Theyre not thinking about the total amount the nation is spending on health care. What they think about is the price they pay, the price coming out of their paycheck.

Brodie noted that its been hard for either opponents or proponents of the Affordable Care Act to explain how the big health care reform program will affect peoples individual health care costs.

That's partly because the effect will be very different depending on what kind of health insurance, and health care needs, you have. And it's made more complicated because many provisions of the law arent set to take effect until 2014 or later.

Also, although people may have deep partisan feelings about whether such a plan is necessary, in their everyday lives theyre more concerned with how they can afford the health care they need.

When you ask them what bothers me, what bothers me is I cant afford the premium, she said.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted this month finds that even among Republicans, health care costs are a bigger health-related concern than any issues they might have with "Obamacare."

The Kaiser survey of about 1,200 Americans found that 67 percent of Republicans said the cost of health care and health insurance was either extremely or very important when choosing a president, while 61 percent said Medicare was the top health care issue in choosing a president.

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China Health-Care Spending May Hit $1 Trillion by 2020

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By Bloomberg News - 2012-08-29T16:01:00Z

Health-care spending in China will almost triple to $1 trillion annually by 2020 driven by an aging population and government efforts to broaden insurance coverage, according to a McKinsey & Co. report.

China will spend more on drugs, medical devices and hospital treatments as it lifts spending to 7 percent of gross domestic product, from 5.5 percent, or $350 billion, in 2010, McKinsey said yesterday. This will make it the biggest market globally by 2020 after the U.S., which in 2009 spent $2.5 trillion, or 17.6 percent of its GDP, on health care, said the consulting company.

This will be a key priority for China in the coming years. The government is trying to promote social harmony, and closing the gap on health care is a big part of this, Franck Le Deu, a Shanghai-based McKinsey partner, said in an interview. This is a market that is still extremely early in the stage of development, he said by telephone.

Chinas government raised its own spending on health care to 737.9 billion yuan ($116 billion) in 2011, up from 359.4 billion yuan in 2008, the Ministry of Health said in an Aug. 17 statement. It raised medical insurance coverage to more than 95 percent of the population and added diseases including lung and gastric cancer to an insured list, the ministry said.

Global drugmakers including Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Novartis AG (NOVN), and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) have hired more sales representatives and expanded product lines in China, in search of growth to offset losses of patent protection on best-selling drugs elsewhere. Those ambitions are being curbed by Chinese government policies aimed at reducing medical costs.

Back in the early 2000s, it was pretty easy for multinationals to grow 25 to 35 percent a year in China, said Le Deu, who heads McKinseys Greater China Healthcare practice. To some extent those easy days are over. The going is getting tougher in terms of complexity and requirements for success.

Multinational drugmakers that want to expand in China face a more difficult environment amid policy changes such as how drugs are priced and bought by the government, according to the report. They will also need local partners in order to better compete, according to McKinsey.

There will be a string of major deals over the next few years as foreign drug companies rush to partner with Chinese producers, McKinsey said. The days of being able to do it alone in China have ended, the reports authors wrote.

Companies that have announced deals include Pfizer, which said in February it will own 49 percent of a $295 million venture with Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical Co. (600267) to develop off- patent drugs in China, while Merck & Co. (MRK) inked a deal with Nanjing-based Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (SCR) last year to produce cardiovascular medicines.

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University General Health System Announces Refinancing of Senior Living Properties

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HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire -08/30/12)- University General Health System, Inc. (UGHS) (UGHS) ("University General" or "the Company"), a diversified, integrated multi-specialty health care delivery system, today announced the refinancing of two senior living facilities owned by UGHS Senior Living, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of University General Health System, Inc. Trinity Hills, an 87-unit senior living community in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Trinity Shores, a 63-unit senior living community in Port Lavaca, Texas, have both recently been refinanced with their existing lenders for an additional eighteen months.

"These facilities were built and opened in the summer of 2007 under construction and mini-permanent loan agreements," stated Hassan Chahadeh, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of University General Health System, Inc. "Both of these senior living communities have provided outstanding care to their residents and have performed well from a financial perspective over the past five years, and we are pleased with their continued success. Occupancy rates have remained very strong during the last two years. The refinancing of these senior living communities continues to reflect the Company's improving balance sheet. With the refinancing now complete, we can explore the opportunities for a long-term permanent loan."

About University General Health System, Inc.

University General Health System, Inc. is a diversified, integrated multi-specialty health care provider that delivers concierge physician and patient-oriented services by providing timely, innovative health solutions that are uniquely competitive, efficient, and adaptive in today's health care delivery environment. The Company currently operates one hospital, two ambulatory surgical centers, two diagnostic imaging centers, three physical therapy clinics, a sleep clinic, and a Hyperbaric Wound Care Center in the Houston area. Also, University General owns three senior living facilities, manages six senior living facilities, and owns a Support Services company that provides revenue cycle and luxury facilities management services.

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The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon assumptions that in the future may prove not to have been accurate and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including statements related to the future financial performance of the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations or any of its forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause results to differ include, but are not limited to, successful execution of growth strategies, product development and acceptance, the impact of competitive services and pricing, general economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Low-calorie diet not linked with longevity in monkeys, study finds

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In a long-awaited study, underfed monkeys didnt have longer life spans, raising doubts that severe calorie restriction could result in extended lives for most animals and possibly humans.

In research going back more than 75 years, a sharp reduction in caloric intake has been associated with increased longevity. The initial work was done with mice and rats but was later corroborated in other laboratory subjects such as fruit flies and worms, raising hopes that it would apply to humans.

But those hopes are being dimmed by the results published Wednesday online by the journal Nature. The National Institute on Aging study, begun in 1987, involved rhesus monkeys, which are much closer to humans, both genetically and in average longevity, than previous test subjects.

The scientists, led by Julie Mattison, were surprised to find that calorie restriction the treated monkeys ate 30percent fewer calories than those in the control group didnt affect life spans.

It did confer some health benefits, reducing the incidence of cancer and diabetes. It slightly raised the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.

The monkeys were started on their restricted diets either when the animals were young or in middle age. Now, more than two decades later, about half the monkeys that were underfed from a young age are still alive the same as in the control group. The scientists calculated, with a probability of 99.9percent, that the calorie-restricted animals will not survive longer than the animals in the control group. The monkeys that were already older when they were put on the diet have all died. The oldest died at 40, the same as for the corresponding control animals.

These results conflict with a 2009 study, conducted at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. Although scientists there did not find that calorie restriction had a significant effect on life span, they did report a trend toward longer life and healthier aging for some of the treated monkeys.

Things were going well for the treated monkeys at the beginning of the National Institute on Aging study, but around the time the Wisconsin researchers published their work, we noticed that for our monkeys, things were not going so well, Mattison said. The treated animals started dying at the same rate as the controls.

Both Mattison and Ricki Colman, the researcher who was the lead author of the 2009 paper, stressed that their studies werent meant to compete with each other and that they had many differences, including diet composition, treatment of diseases and ages of the animals at the beginning of the experiments. Both studies will keep going until all the animals die.

But Mattison acknowledged that the primate research hadnt fulfilled the high expectations of the rodent research. In the rodent studies, you would reduce caloric intake by 10 or 20percent and increase life span by the same amount, she said. But in primates and probably humans, things seem to be much more complicated.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies Partners with Stanford Center on Longevity to Foster Lifetime Financial Security Preparedness

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in risk, strategy and human capital, and the Stanford Center on Longevity, a research center at Stanford University, today announced that the two organizations will collaborate to raise awareness and preparedness around lifetime financial security. As part of its previously announced commitment to fund retirement policy exploration, Marsh & McLennan Companies will contribute $1.5 million through 2013 to support the Stanford Center on Longevitys studies and activities related to financial security.

Marsh & McLennan Companies is eager to advance awareness and education around issues related to retirement and aging populations. Two aspects of those issuesincreased longevity and financial securityare top of mind for governments, businesses and individuals, said Brian Duperreault, President and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Through our Companys support of the Stanford Center on Longevity, we will take part in forward-looking dialogue on these issues and work to be a catalyst for new ideas and perspectives that benefit the greater good of the aging population and of future generations, Mr. Duperreault concluded.

It is a privilege for the Stanford Center on Longevity to receive this support for our programs from Marsh & McLennan Companies, said Laura Carstensen, Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Our Center aims to connect with the best thinkers, business leaders and policy makers, and we look forward to the insights Marsh & McLennan Companies will provide based on its deep expertise in risk, strategy and human capital.

Michele Burns, who previously served as Chairman and CEO of Mercer, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, and was named to lead Marsh & McLennan Companies retirement policy center exploration last year, will serve as Center Fellow and Strategic Advisor to the Stanford Center on Longevity. She will join Founding Director Laura Carstensen, PhD and Deputy Director Thomas Rando, MD, PhD in providing strategic guidance for the overall efforts of the Center and development of the Financial Security Division of the Center.

In exploring how Marsh & McLennan Companies could have the greatest impact in the retirement policy arena, the Stanford Center on Longevity emerged as an excellent partner, said Michele Burns. The Center brings a unique perspective to issues facing our society by rethinking the perceived problems around an aging populationchallenges such as retirement planning and the need to work longerand finding value in the opportunities these challenges present.

The Centers Financial Security Division, in collaboration with Marsh & McLennan Companies, will examine these issues from multiple perspectives, ranging from individual financial capability, the changing nature and role of work, common financial pitfalls such as fraud, and the resulting key policy issues. The goal is to help drive the dialogue forward in order to facilitate a healthier state of long-term financial securityboth for the individual and society. I am very proud to work with the Stanford Center on Longevity on these issues and to contribute to solutions that can make a difference for us all, Ms. Burns concluded.

The two organizations recently collaborated on a conference that brought together contributors from business, academia and government to address retirement planning in the age of longevity. The insights discussed at the conference are being used to inform the Stanford Center on Longevitys financial security agenda as well as recommendations for future policy and research. The Centers Financial Security Division will also launch an expanded web presence this fall that will highlight the Divisions work and will also serve as an information resource for key stakeholders.

About Marsh & McLennan Companies

MARSH & McLENNAN COMPANIES (MMC) is a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking andrisk management; Guy Carpenter is a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; Mercer is a global leader in human resource consulting and related services; and Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. Marsh & McLennan Companies 53,000 colleagues worldwide provide analysis, advice and transactional capabilities to clients in more than 100 countries. The Company prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen and making a positive impact in the communities in which it operates. Visit http://www.mmc.com for more information.

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