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USU on a mission for Weber nutrition

Posted: September 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm


By Thomas Alberts September 4, 2012.

Weber State Universitys Nontraditional Student Center is sponsoring a nutrition workshop on the Ogden and Davis campuses. The center is working with the Utah State University extension to teach a series of classes entitled Nutrition on a Mission.

We try to come up with certain workshops that will benefit students, said Cathy Barrow, the secretary for the Nontraditional Student Center. And we decided to do something more on the healthy side.

The classes will be held from Sept. 5 until Oct. 18. They will be taught on the Ogden campus in the Shepherd Union Building, Room 321, on Wednesdays from noon until 1 p.m. The Davis campus will also hold classes on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.

Each class will include a cooking demonstration of various recipes, with samples of food being given after the classes. Lessons will focus on healthy eating, eating on a budget, how to make quick meals and ideas for snacks.

Students who enroll in the class will also be placed in a drawing to win a free cheese grater. At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion from the workshop that can serve as a personal reminder of their accomplishment and the need to eat healthy at home. Students must attend every class in order toreceivethe certificate of completion.

The aim of the class is to help people learn to cook from scratch, eat healthy at home and save money while doing it. Normally, the workshops, which USU extension faculty teach, are taught to people within their own homes as part of the programs aim to encourage people to cook in their own homes as opposed to going out to eat. However, the classes will be taught on WSU campuses for the fall semester in partnership with the Nontraditional Student Center.

We teach in the Ogden area, said Lisa Morby, the instructor for the workshops. And students at Weber State University are our target audience of people we teach our program to.

Morby is an Expanded Food and NutritionEducationProgram nutrition education assistant working for the USU extension. The workshops are part of the EFNEP, which is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. The program aims to assist audiences across the country inutilizingthe resources available and changing behavior in order to facilitate healthy diets.

Thus far, 25-30 people have signed up for the classes, including the WSU womens basketball team, which has been encouraged by its coach to eat healthier.

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24 Hour Fitness Launches Free My24™ App for iPad

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SAN RAMON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Today, 24 Hour Fitness announced the availability of its My24 App for iPad, which has been enhanced to take advantage of the iPads large, high-resolution Retina display. The app includes a new dedicated navigation panel that allows users to conveniently access 24 Hour Fitness resources; including a club locator, schedule finder, workout tracker and more. With the optimized My24 App for iPad, 24 Hour Fitness is giving both members and fans an even easier way to manage their health and fitness goals.

The My24 App is another way 24 Hour Fitness continues to make fitness accessible for everyone, said Bill Quinn, chief marketing officer, 24 Hour Fitness. Our mission is to help everyone succeed in fitness. Whether users are on-the-go or in a club, we want to provide them with the best fitness tools to support their journey to good health.

In addition to the new dedicated navigation panel, the My24 App for iPad allows users to:

In addition to accessing 24 Hour Fitness specific information, My24 users can also:

The My24 App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

ABOUT 24 HOUR FITNESS

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health club industry pioneer, serving nearly four million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. Since the first club opened in 1979, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment - 24 Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.

Through its support of the United States Olympic Committee and many U.S. National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport, 24 Hour Fitness is one of the largest supporters of amateur athletics in the country and serves as the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. The company is committed to being a good neighbor in its communities via charitable and in-kind donations to groups focused on both helping Americans get healthy and improving youth fitness. The companys national accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, which includes A+ ratings for all club locations across the U.S., demonstrates the organizations ongoing commitment to member satisfaction. Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com for more information and to find the club nearest you.

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China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd. announces change to investor relations services

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TSX-V:CHO OTCQX:CHLBF

http://www.chinahealthlabs.com

TORONTO , Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd. (" China Health" or the "Company") (CHO.V); (CHLBF) announced today that the term of its contract for investor relations service with Langda Consulting ("Langda") ended August 31, 2012 and the Company will not be renewing this contract. Langda provided strategic investor relations services to the Company since September 2011 that focused on communities and investors that have an interest in China-based companies.

"I would like to express my appreciation to Langda and its principals for their service and dedication provided to the Company," said Mr. Shiping (Wilson) Yao, President and CEO of China Health.

About China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd.

China Health, operating in China as the Biochem Group, is a leading diagnostic lab solution provider for the public healthcare industry in China . The Company develops and sells Biochem Group branded and third-party medical diagnostic products and services to diagnostic facilities in China . Customers include large urban hospitals, rural hospitals, Chinese military and rescue operations, the Beijing government and third-party distributors.

In 2011, China Health had revenue of approximately $45.6 million , and intends to expand its business by focusing its efforts on expanding its sales network in three areas where it provides proprietary solutions, has limited competition and that are supported by Chinese government policy and budgets: BK Clinlab total lab solutions for rural hospitals and clinics, POCT solutions for military and emergency rescue services, and food safety solutions for large cities in China .

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

This press release contains forward-looking statements and information that are based on the beliefs of management and reflect China Health's current expectations. When used in this press release, the words "estimate", "project", "belief", "anticipate", "intend", "expect", "plan", "predict", "may" or "should" and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release includes information relating to the expansion of the Company's business through its sales network in areas where it has proprietary products, limited competition and strong government support. The forward-looking information is based on certain assumptions, which could change materially in the future, including the assumption that the Company will be able to expand its sales network and business. Such statements and information reflect the current view of China Health with respect to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the risk that the Company may not be able to expand its business as expected through its sales network in any of the areas in which it has proprietary products, limited competition and strong government support. China Health cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on China Health's forward-looking statements and information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. China Health has assumed a certain progression, which may not be realized. It has also assumed that the material factors referred to above will not cause such forward-looking statements and information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.

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Gentiva® Health Services Acquires Washington Home Health and Hospice Provider

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ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (GTIV), the largest provider of home health and hospice services in the United States based on revenue, today announced the acquisition of the home health and hospice businesses of Family Home Care Corporation based in Spokane, Washington.

Founded in 1966, Family Home Care is recognized as one of the leading providers of home health and hospice services in the Washington and Idaho markets.

"The combination of Family Home Care and Gentiva enables us to increase our market density in eastern Washington and northern Idaho and provides us significant long-term growth opportunities as we leverage our home health and hospice capabilities in these markets," said Gentiva CEO Tony Strange. "We look forward to working with Family Home Care's dedicated associates and welcoming them to the Gentiva family."

The transaction will be funded from Gentiva's cash reserves and is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's results.

About Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. is the nation's largest provider of home health and hospice services based on revenue, delivering innovative, high quality care to patients across the United States. Gentiva is a single source for skilled nursing; physical, occupational, speech and neurorehabilitation services; hospice services; social work; nutrition; disease management education; help with daily living activities; and other therapies and services. GTIV-G

Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this news release, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "assumes," "trends" and similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current plans, expectations and projections about future events. However, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others, the following: economic and business conditions; demographic changes; changes in, or failure to comply with, existing governmental regulations; the impact on our Company of healthcare reform legislation and its implementation through governmental regulations; legislative proposals for healthcare reform; changes in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payer reimbursement levels; the outcome of any inquiries into the Company's operations and business practices by governmental authorities; effects of competition in the markets in which the Company operates; liability and other claims asserted against the Company; ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; ability to access capital markets; availability and terms of capital; loss of significant contracts or reduction in revenues associated with major payer sources; ability of customers to pay for services; business disruption due to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, or terrorist acts; ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquisitions the Company may make and achieve expected synergies and operational efficiencies within expected time-frames; ability to maintain compliance with its financial covenants under the Company's credit agreement; effect on liquidity of the Company's debt service requirements; and changes in estimates and judgments associated with critical accounting policies and estimates. For a detailed discussion of certain of these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in this news release, please refer to the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Financial and Investor Contact:Eric Slusser 770-951-6101 eric.slusser@gentiva.com or John Mongelli 770-951-6496 john.mongelli@gentiva.com

Media Contact: Tony Herrling Brainerd Communicators 212-986-6667 herrling@braincomm.com or Kathleen Hopkins Brainerd Communicators 212-986-6667 khopkins@braincomm.com

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Health eVillages Welcomes Devin Paullin to Its Advisory Board

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MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire -09/04/12)- Today, Health eVillages announced the addition of Devin Paullin, executive vice president of Physicians Interactive (PI) to its Advisory Board. A distinguished industry leader in the life sciences sector, Paullin was recognized as one of the "Top 100 Most Inspirational Healthcare Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry" by PharmaVOICE in 2010. Paullin is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare marketing and strategic product development, helping life sciences companies better understand and adapt to medical professional needs in the wake of national healthcare reform, and advancing mobile technologies and the growth of electronic healthcare technology, including ePrescribing.

Paullin has been a driving force in PI's transformation into a leading healthcare professional resource for medical information, medication sampling, patient benefits and mobile decision support. His work includes several innovative first-to-market products with well-known healthcare companies such as Allscripts, as well as many of today's top life sciences companies. These solutions help life sciences companies and clinicians better connect and raise the quality of care for patients in today's physician workflow.

"Health eVillages is an inspirational example of what we can do on our best day, providing the tools and the information so critical to patient care, yet so largely unavailable for those in need around the globe," said Paullin. "I am humbled and honored to be joining the Advisory Board alongside so many other accomplished executives in the healthcare industry, and am fully committed to contributing to Health eVillages's development."

Health eVillages was founded in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and PI in 2011 to empower clinicians to deliver safe and efficient medical care in the most challenging clinical environments, anywhere in the world, by providing the latest in mobile healthcare technology. The program provides handheld devices, such as iPod Touches or iPads, to healthcare professionals in developing countries, which include specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools powered by Skyscape. Health eVillages also provides training and support for the clinicians in these areas so they can provide higher quality care to their patients.

"Devin has been working closely behind the scenes with Health eVillages from its inception in 2011 and has been an integral part of its success to date," said Donato Tramuto, CEO and vice chairman of Physicians Interactive and founder of Health eVillages. "He has a proven track record of successful growth in a competitive marketplace, which makes him an incredible asset to our Advisory Board as we expand into new regions."

Additional members of the Health eVillages Advisory Board include:

For more information about Health eVillages, please visit http://www.HealtheVillages.org.

About Physicians InteractivePhysicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that help medical professionals, anytime, anywhere, provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of Healthcare Professionals and Life Sciences Companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions. Physicians Interactive is a division of Skyscape.com, Inc. For more information about PI, visit http://www.physiciansinteractive.com.

About Health eVillagesHealth eVillages is a not-for-profit organization, providing medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments, anywhere in the world, via the latest in mobile healthcare technology. Health eVillages is comprised of an all-star consortium of leading United States and international healthcare advocacy organizations, mobile healthcare solutions providers, health information technology companies, communications providers, and public health foundations. Through in-kind contributions and fundraising, Health eVillages is able to empower medical professionals with tools that improve the quality of patient care in the poorest, most remote and underserved areas on the globe. For more information about Health eVillages please visit http://www.healthevillages.org/.

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Health Net Federal Services Call Centers Earn Center of Excellence Recognition from BenchmarkPortal

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (HNT) that operates within its Government Contracts segment, today announced its call center operations were certified as a Center of Excellence by BenchmarkPortal.

This certification is a demonstration of our dedication to servicing the health care needs of our nations military, said Thomas Carrato, president of Health Net Federal Services. We are proud to have earned this recognition, as it demonstrates our commitment to operational excellence and our unwavering effort to provide quality service to our beneficiaries, health care providers and customers.

BenchmarkPortal awards the Center of Excellence designation to customer service call centers that rank in the top 10 percent of those surveyed and are judged against a balanced scorecard of metrics for both efficiency and effectiveness.

A contact center that seeks and achieves the Center of Excellence Certification from BenchmarkPortal demonstrates a noteworthy commitment to service excellence, said Bruce Belfiore, BenchmarkPortals chief executive officer. The obvious beneficiaries of this commitment are the centers customers and employees.

The certification included audits of call center operations jointly operated by Health Net Federal Services and PGBA, LLC, which serve TRICARE North beneficiaries. TRICARE is the uniformed services health care program for active duty, retired, Guard and Reserve, and their families provided through the Department of Defense.

About BenchmarkPortal

According to the BenchmarkPortal website, BenchmarkPortal was founded in 1995 and is a global leader in the contact center industry providing benchmarking, certification, training, consulting and industry reports. BenchmarkPortals mission is to help contact centers reach peak performance in operational effectiveness and efficiency so that the centers will realize increased levels of agent and customer loyalty while containing costs and building enterprise value.

For more information on BenchmarkPortal, please call (800) 214-8929 or visit http://www.BenchmarkPortal.com.

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Health Management to Present at the Robert W. Baird & Company 2012 Health Care Conference

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NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) announced today that its management will present at the Robert W. Baird & Co.'s 2012 Health Care Conference to be held September 5 - 6, 2012, at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City.

Health Managements senior leaders will present on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM EDT. The presentation will be webcast live over the Internet via Health Management's website (http://www.hma.com). Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations section of Health Management's website approximately five minutes prior to the event to register and download any necessary media player software.

Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 70 hospitals, with approximately 10,500 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States.

All references to "Health Management," "HMA" or the "Company" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," intends, "plans," may, continues, should, "could" and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events or developments that Health Management Associates, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to incurrence of indebtedness, projections of revenue, income or loss, capital expenditures, earnings per share, debt structure, bad debt expense, capital structure, repayment of indebtedness, the amount and timing of funds under the meaningful use measurement standard of various Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) incentive programs, other financial items and operating statistics, statements regarding the plans and objectives of management for future operations, innovations, or market service development, statements regarding acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and other proposed or contemplated transactions (including but not limited to statements regarding the potential for future acquisitions and perceived benefits of acquisitions), statements of future economic performance, statements regarding legal proceedings and other loss contingencies, statements regarding market risk exposures, statements regarding the effects and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and regulations, statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements, and other statements which are other than statements of historical fact, are considered to be "forward-looking statements."

Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.'s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Health Management Associates, Inc.'s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update its risk factors or to publicly announce updates to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect new information, future events or other developments.

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Center for Productive Longevity Announces an Excellent Line-Up of Speakers for the Baby Boomers Entrepreneurship …

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BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire -09/04/12)- The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL), which serves as the bridge between people 55 and older and opportunities that enable them to continue in productive activities, has just increased its maximum number of participants from 125 to 150 because the topic has such fundamental importance, with unemployment high and economic growth low for the foreseeable future.

"New-business creation is the backbone of the U.S. economy, as well as the engine for increased employment and economic growth," said William Zinke, President of CPL.

The meeting at Babson College on September 14, titled "Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers," has an outstanding line-up of speakers:

There will be two breakout sessions focused on how to become an entrepreneur, with topics ranging from the risks and rewards to developing strategies for recognizing potential business opportunities to developing a business plan.

With 30 years added to longevity during the 20th century and the average age of retirement at 62, new-business creation is an important path to consider for older people who either want or need to continue working. It provides an opportunity for people with experience, expertise, seasoned judgment, proven performance and some accumulated wisdom to be their own boss and "march to their own drummer."

Additional meetings will be held at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management in Chicago on October 11, and the University of Denver-University College on November 15. One goal of these four meetings in different parts of the country is to contribute to the growing wave of entrepreneurship throughout the U.S. For more information on CPL and the senior entrepreneurship meetings, visit http://www.ctrpl.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

About the Center for Productive LongevityThe mission of CPL is to stimulate the substantially increased engagement of people 55 and older in productive activities, paid and volunteer, where they are qualified and ready to continue adding value. Visit ctrpl.org for more information. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CTRPL.

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Dining services adds nutrition facts to daily menu

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Written by Alyssa Morlacci Monday, 03 September 2012 18:24

With nutrition facts now available for Dining Services daily menus a health initiative thats new this semester its easier than ever for campus diners to choose which food items to stock up on and which to leave behind.

Before classes began, Kent State executive chefs compiled nutrition facts for the menus that change daily at Eastway Cafe and Kent Market, and the facts are listed at those locations, said Dining Services director Richard Roldan. Nutrition facts for more locations and items that are served every day are available on the Dining Services website.

We talk about nutrition and people wanting to understand what they eat, Roldan said. So for us it was important that everything was out there and the information was available.

On average, students gain three to 10 pounds during their first two years of college, and most students gain that weight during their first semester, said nutrition outreach coordinator Tanya Falcone.

There is a misconception that eating healthy on campus is impossible, she said, but with the facts, students have more choices than they might realize.

1. Keep meals at a maximum of 500 calories and 15 grams of fat. This is based on the 2,000 calorie diet that plans for three meals and two smaller snacks.

2. Split meals that have larger amounts of calories and grams of fat with a friend or eat half and save the rest for later.

3. Look for items that are grilled instead of fried.

4. Eat healthy foods during a craving. For example, instead of eating three pieces of pizza, have one piece and a salad.

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Parents Failing To Make Informed Decision About Right Nutrition For Children

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September 04, 2012 18:08 PM

Parents Failing To Make Informed Decision About Right Nutrition For Children

By Wan Shahara Ahmad Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- A child needs proper nutrition for a healthy and adequate development as well as strong physical growth.

A child's normal development and physical growth are crucial, particularly during infancy and up to the time he or she is around seven years old.

Hence, healthy nutrition is vital for a growing child and parents should ensure that they play an instrumental role in this aspect.

A recent study indicates that in the bid to ensure that their child gets all the essential nutrients, young mothers resort to using formula milk or growing up milk (GUM) for meeting the nutritional needs of their infants.

STUDY INDICATORS

The Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM), in collaboration with Abbott Nutrition, carried out a recent study, which included 300 mothers who have children below three years of age.

The study shows that several factors influence a young mothers' choice of GUM.

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New Website Resource for Law Students to Address Emotional Health Issues on Campus

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NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --As we enter a new school year,students not only face academic challenges, but must also be prepared to deal with emotional and mental health issues. In particular, law students find themselves at greater risk for such issues. To help address this, LawLifeline.org has been launched as a resource for law students providing information about a wide range of emotional health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress. It offers a free anonymous, confidential web-based resource center allowing students to not only search for information, but to learn how to go about seeking help if they need it. LawLifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, the nation's leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among America's college students, and The Dave Nee Foundation, which works to fight depression and prevent suicide among law students.

"Law students can face significant academic and financial pressures, but they may also struggle, or know someone who is struggling, with emotional health issues," says John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. "We are proud to partner with The Dave Nee Foundation on LawLifeline and are committed to helping support the emotional well-being of law students by providing them with a confidential resource they can use to get the assistance they may need."

LawLifeline content covers a wide-range of emotional health topics relevant for law students in their daily lives. In addition, the site features a Self Evaluator, a confidential mental health screening tool created in collaboration with Duke University to assess the issues for which a student may need to seek help. It also includes a special Counselor section that provides counseling professionals with information, ideas and tools for supporting student health and preventing suicide.

"We are incredibly honored to partner with The Jed Foundation to help bring LawLifeline to law schools across the country," says Wynne Kelly, Esq., President of The Dave Nee Foundation. "Our hope is that it will serve as both an informational resource and useful tool for law students who think they might be experiencing mental health issues."

The Jed Foundation recently relaunched ULifeline.org, a similar resource for all college and university students that is provided to schools free of charge. Both LawLifeline and ULifeline have been developed with input from leading experts in mental health and higher education. Law students and campus mental health professionals can visit LawLifeline at http://www.LawLifeline.org.

About The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation (TJF) is the nation's leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. TJF materials and tools are available to all colleges and universities throughout the United States. Founded in 2000 by parents who lost a son to suicide while he was attending college, the organization has developed numerous programs including ULifeline, an online resource that gives students access to campus-specific resources and allows them to take an anonymous emotional health screening; the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU, which uses online, on-air and on-campus programming to decrease stigma around mental illness and encourage help-seeking; Love is Louder, a movement online and in communities to build connectedness and increase resiliency; Transition Year, an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition; and a portfolio of nationally-recognized tools, resources and training programs that help campuses effectively promote mental health and protect at-risk students. Learn more by visiting http://www.jedfoundation.org, http://www.ulifeline.org, http://www.halfofus.com, http://www.loveislouder.com and http://www.transitionyear.org.

About The Dave Nee Foundation

The Dave Nee Foundation was created in the wake of the 2005 suicide of Dave Nee, a brilliant individual who struggled silently with depression for many years. The Dave Nee Foundation's innovative and unique program, Uncommon Counsel, fights depression and works to prevent suicide by educating law students about depression, its prevalence in the legal profession, and the availability and effectiveness of treatment. The Dave Nee Foundation also administers a grant-giving program that includes an annual grant awarded to a deserving organization whose mission is to support those with depression and/or prevent suicide.

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SeeChange Health CEO Martin Watson to Present at Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference September 10, 2012

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STUDIO CITY, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --SeeChange Health, LLC (www.SeeChangeHealth.com), the nation's leading provider of value-based benefit insurance plans, technology and services, announced today that its chief executive officer, Martin Watson will provide an update on the company and answer questions from attendees of Morgan Stanley's Global Healthcare Conference at 3:35 EDT on September 10, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

The session will be webcast live and can be accessed from the news section of http://www.SeeChangeHealth.com. Slides for this session will be posted for viewing shortly before the event begins and will be archived. The webcast will be available for replay on SeeChange Health's website for 90 days after the event.

Value-based benefit plans go beyond traditional medical coverage by offering financial rewards to members taking steps to improve and manage their health. This approach has been shown to reduce the rate of growth of health care costs through early detection of previously undiagnosed chronic conditions. SeeChange Health Insurance provides fully-insured value-based medical plans in California and Colorado including Consumer-Directed Health Plans. SeeChange Health Solutions delivers consumer engagement and health incentive technology platforms to employers, health plans and third party administrators delivering the cost-controlling advantages of value-based benefit plans. Currently SeeChange Health Solutions' platform delivers these services to over one million consumers.

SeeChange Health was launched in 2008 and has been capitalized with investments from Psilos Group Managers, LLC and Maverick Capital Ltd.

For more information on SeeChange Health, please visit http://www.SeeChangeHealth.com.

Contact: Susan Cotton (818) 824-9164 SCotton@SeeChangeHealth.com

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BELLUS Health Announces Partnership for the Development of BLU8499

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- Asclepios Bioresearch to fund Phase IIa study in Alzheimer's disease -

LAVAL, QC, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - BELLUS Health Inc. (BLU.TO) ("BELLUS Health" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Asclepios Bioresearch (UK) Limited ("Asclepios") for the clinical development of BLU8499 (formerly named NRM8499), BELLUS Health's drug candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Asclepios will fund all Phase IIa enabling activities immediately and has committed to a second tranche of additional capital for the conduct of a Phase IIa clinical trial in mild Alzheimer's disease patients. The total investment and commitment by Asclepios towards the development of BLU8499 is at least US $4 million .

"We are very happy to be working with Asclepios Bioresearch to pursue the development of BLU8499 into a proof of concept study," said Roberto Bellini , President and Chief Executive Officer of BELLUS Health. "This collaboration allows us to use non-dilutive capital while retaining significant upside for our shareholders."

"Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that affects both patients and their families," said Simon Conder , Director of Asclepios. "We are excited to partner with the team at BELLUS Health to advance BLU8499 into a Phase IIa study and hope that this compound will make a difference in the lives of those affected by this condition."

The Phase IIa study is expected to be initiated in the second half of 2013. The trial will focus exclusively on Alzheimer's disease patients with an apoE4 positive genotype, which is the subgroup where the greatest level of treatment effect was seen in a previous Phase III study conducted with tramiprosate, the parent compound of BLU8499.

BELLUS Health will form a joint steering committee with Asclepios to oversee the program's development efforts. Under the terms of the agreement, BELLUS Health will earn study management fees equal to 15% of the capital invested by Asclepios over the life of the partnership. According to the agreement, it is expected that the two parties will share the overall proceeds from the future monetization of BLU8499 approximately equally.

About BLU8499 Formerly named NRM8499, BLU8499 is a prodrug of tramiprosate, a candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. In January 2011 , BELLUS Health announced the results of the phase I clinical trial for BLU8499, which investigated the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of BLU8499 as compared to tramiprosate in a group of 67 young and elderly healthy subjects. The phase I clinical trial data demonstrated that BLU8499 was safe and well tolerated at the intended therapeutic dose. Moreover, the gastrointestinal tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of tramiprosate were meaningfully improved with BLU8499.

About Asclepios Bioresearch (www.abioresearch.com) Asclepios Bioresearch, a life sciences company based in the city of London (UK), provides private equity, pharmaceutical advisory and capital raising services for early-mid stage pharmaceutical candidates, medical devices and diagnostic technologies. Asclepios Bioresearch's multi-talented team is driven by the objective to increase the value of meaningful and credible technologies that advance human science. Since its inception in October 2009 , Asclepios Bioresearch has successfully fundraised in excess of $100 million to advance trials for a number of clinical-stage candidates for Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 Diabetes and chronic wound healing.

About BELLUS Health (www.bellushealth.com) BELLUS Health is a development-focused healthcare company focusing on products that provide innovative health solutions and address critical unmet medical needs. KIACTA, the Company's lead program, is a novel drug candidate currently in a Phase III Confirmatory Study for the treatment of AA amyloidosis, an orphan indication resulting in renal dysfunction that often rapidly leads to dialysis and death. KIACTA is partnered with global private equity firm Celtic Therapeutics Inc. AA amyloidosis affects approximately 35,000 to 50,000 individuals in the United States , Europe and Japan .

Forward Looking Statements Certain statements contained in this news release, other than statements of fact that are independently verifiable at the date hereof, may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements, based as they are on the current expectations of management, inherently involve numerous risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, many of which are beyond BELLUS Health Inc.'s control. Such risks include but are not limited to: the ability to obtain financing immediately in current markets, the impact of general economic conditions, general conditions in the pharmaceutical and/or nutraceutical industry, changes in the regulatory environment in the jurisdictions in which the BELLUS Health Inc. does business, stock market volatility, fluctuations in costs, and changes to the competitive environment due to consolidation, achievement of forecasted burn rate, achievement of forecasted clinical trial milestones, and that actual results may vary once the final and quality-controlled verification of data and analyses has been completed. Consequently, actual future results may differ materially from the anticipated results expressed in the forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance, if any, on any forward-looking statements included in this news release. These statements speak only as of the date made and BELLUS Health Inc. is under no obligation and disavows any intention to update or revise such statements as a result of any event, circumstances or otherwise, unless required by applicable legislation or regulation. Please see the Company's public fillings including the Annual Information Form of BELLUS Health Inc. for further risk factors that might affect the Company and its business.

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IDC Health Insights Releases IDC MarketScape on Social Media Analytics Vendors for Pharmaceutical Companies

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

IDC Health Insights today released a new IDC MarketScape report that helps end users evaluate the leading social media analytics software and service vendors currently addressing the pharmaceutical industry. The comprehensive study, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Social Media Analytics 2012 Vendor Assessment (Doc #HI236520), shows the increasing interest in these software applications and profiles the following nine vendors: Brandwatch, Cognizant, Genpact Social and Digital Transformation Services, Indegene, ListenLogic, Meltwater, Radian6, Semantelli, and Visible Technologies.

The IDC Health Insights research found that while spending on outbound social media marketing is lagging, investment in social media analytics software and services is growing rapidly and expected to increase significantly for the next several years. Pharmaceutical companies are seeking new ways to measure brand perception, keep tabs on end-consumer sentiment around products and therapeutic categories, and gain insight into competing brand strategy, pricing, promotions, and other relevant competitive information. As such, companies are looking for vendors with industry-specific expertise, strong customer references, and proven experience delivering measured value to pharmaceutical organizations.

"The pharmaceutical industry has been slow to embrace social media marketing, largely due to the lack of guidance currently available from the FDA. Uncertainty around proper procedure, coupled with potential liability related to tracking adverse events reported in social media settings, is keeping pharmas from utilizing this marketing channel as much as desired," said Eric Newmark, Program Director of IDC Health Insights. "Despite those challenges we have received an increasing number of client inquiries on social media analytics as pharmaceutical companies realize the potential impact social media channels can have on brand perception and marketing execution."

IDC MarketScape criteria selection, weightings, and vendor scores represent well-researched IDC judgment about the market and specific vendors. IDC analysts tailor the range of standard characteristics by which vendors are measured through structured discussions, surveys, and interviews with market leaders, participants and end users. Market weightings are based on user interviews, buyer surveys and the input of a review board of IDC experts in each market. IDC analysts base individual vendor scores, and ultimately vendor positions within the IDC MarketScape, on detailed surveys and interviews with the vendors, publicly available information and end-user experiences in an effort to provide an accurate and consistent assessment of each vendor's characteristics, behavior and capability.

For additional information about this study, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Eric Newmark please contact Julie Crotty at 978-877-0053 or Julie@attunecommunications.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email Julie@attunecommunications.com.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendors position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About IDC Health Insights

IDC Health Insights assists health businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the payer, provider and life sciences industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the worlds leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit http://www.idc-hi.com, email info@idc-hi.com, or call 508-935-4445. Visit the IDC Health Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/health.

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Net Health Systems Announces Acquisition of Wound Care Strategies and TPS™ EMR Software

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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Net Health Systems, the leading provider of clinical information systems for the rapidly growing field of wound care, announced today the acquisition of Wound Care Strategies, Inc. developers of the TPS Electronic Medical Record software for wound care providers. This acquisition is an early realization of the intention to leverage the company's recent investment by Spectrum Equity as a means to build on Net Health's market leadership. The combined companies support the clinical information systems of more than 50% of the wound clinics in the United States.

Wound Care Strategies Founder and President, Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, will join Net Health Systems as Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience in wound care to the Net Health management team. Net Health CEO Anthony Sanzo commented, "Cathy's experience in various acute-care, long-term care, and outpatient wound clinics is impressive and positions Net Health to offer our clients an expanded base of knowledge. We're excited to have this industry veteran on our team as we continue to grow." Cathy Thomas Hess added, "Our companies combine to create the best possible solution in the industry. I've always had a great deal of respect for their team, product offering, and the positive impact they have made in the industry. I am delighted to join the team, and I know that TPS EHR customers will be well-pleased with this opportunity."

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Net Health was advised by Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. WCS and selling shareholders were advised by Smigel, Anderson & Sacks, LLP.

About Net Health Systems Net Health's WoundExpert platform is a certified Electronic Health Record ("EHR") system utilized by over 20,000 physicians across over 1,000 facilities throughout the United States. Outpatient wound clinics, long-term care and home health facilities, traveling physicians and other healthcare providers use Net Heath's fully integrated SaaS platform to record clinical procedures and document financial results in order to improve patient care and outcomes, as well as to comply with regulatory requirements. WoundExpert specifically allows providers to assess wounds and document care planning; schedule, receive and track insurance authorization; record and track coding and billing; benchmark facility performance, and provide telemedicine services. In addition, Net Health's database of over 6 million patient encounters represents the largest independent source of chronic wound benchmarking data in the industry.

About WCS Founded in 1995, Wound Care Strategies' services and solutions improve clinical care, patient outcomes, and process efficiency. WCS helps clients optimize care models and business models across the continuum of care settings. WCS Meaningful Use certified TPS EMR software, DAaaS (data analytics), business intelligence tools, and strategic clinical consulting are each built on a platform with deep clinical wound care expertise. This intuitive command of ever-evolving industry best practices, combined with clinical guidance technologies, assists clients to thrive clinically and financially.

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Spread Thin Britain – Health Care Workers Increasingly Stretched

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LONDON, September 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

British health care professionals are working harder than they were one year ago according to research carried out by Randstad, the UK sector specialist recruiter.

In a survey of over 2,000 British employees[1], Randstad found that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals feel they are performing the job of 1.5 people meaning they are covering 50% more work than one person should be - the equivalent of two and a half additional work days every week. In contrast, British employees across all sectors feel they are performing the job of 1.3 employees - an additional day and a half.

While just over a quarter (27%) of those in health care and nursing jobs feel their workload is suitable for one person, nearly a third (33%) feel that in an ideal world their role would need one full time and one part-time member of staff. 28% believe their role needs two full-time people to manage the level of work and 4% feel their role really needs at least two full-time members of staff as well as an additional part-time person.

VickyShort, operationsdirectorof RandstadCare, said:"It's clear thatpublic austeritymeasures areexerting more and more pressure onlocal authorities and the NHSto keep their workforces as lean as possible.Healthcare professionals are facinggreater workloadsandreduced capacityasfundingrestraintsarecausing job cuts.While this will help manyemployersnavigate thesqueeze on funding,it isn't sustainable.

"Spreading the workforce too thin leads to burnout, mistakes and lower productivity in the long-run. It's vital that heavier work burdens for health care professionals do not lead to the erosion of the quality of service provision."

Workload taking its toll

The rise in workload is taking its toll on Britain's health care workforce. One in four workers (25%) feel more stressed now than they did six months ago, nearly half (49%) said it takes longer to switch off at the weekends than it did six months ago and one in ten (11%) are consistently sleeping badly because of work.

Holidays unable to ease pressure

Rising stress and work worries also mean that holidays are unable to provide suitable respite. 10% of health care respondents feel unable to take holiday this summer because of work pressure. And while one third (34%) of employees have been able to take two or more weeks off work for their main holiday this year, one in nine employees (11%) will be checking emails or calls, with a further 13% worrying about what is happening at work in their absence.

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Search on for a paragon of fitness

Posted: September 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm


The Asia Fitness Convention (AFC) is being held for the fourth consecutive year in Thailand and will, for the first time, provide a platform for aspiring fitness trainers to fast-track their careers by participating in a contest.

The AFC Fitness Idol contest is open to all current or aspiring fitness trainers.

In line with this year's theme, "Inspiration + Passion = Transformation", the AFC Fitness Idol 2012 competition will offer a chance to personal fitness trainers, amateur or professional, to be presenters at next year's convention.

The competition is only open to AFC 2012 participants who can apply online (to http://www.asia-fitness.com) until Sept 15. Simply forward a five to 10-minute YouTube video which shows you teaching any type of fitness class (cardio, strength, flexibility, performance or fusion) in English.

Co-organised by Kenes Asia (Thailand) and Fitness Innovations (Thailand), AFC 2012 will be held from Oct 19 to 21 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya.

The names of those who have made it through to the semi-finals will be announced on Oct 1. Each semi-finalist will be required to prepare a four-minute audition piece to be delivered on Oct 19 (6pm to 7pm) in front of the other AFC delegates and a panel of distinguished, world-class fitness professionals.

Five finalists will be selected, and will be invited to give an instruction presentation on stage, again before AFC delegates, on Oct 20.

The fee for attending AFC 2012 for one, two or three days is 8,290, 11,190 or 12,990 baht (respectively). The deadline for registration is Sept 30.

For more details, visit http://www.asia-fitness.com.

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HHS takes steps toward protecting transgender people under health-care law

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In a recent letter hailed by advocates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, the Department of Health and Human Services clarified that provisions in the Affordable Care Act prohibiting sex discrimination in health insurance apply to transgender people.

With HHS declaring that it would be discriminatory for employers, insurers and others to deny health insurance coverage or benefits based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity, advocates hope that transgender people those who identify with a sex other than the one they were born as will take another step toward achieving equality in health care.

This is a population thats very underserved and in need of a lot of health care, says M. Dru Lavasseur, a transgender rights attorney at Lambda Legal, an advocacy group based in New York. This HHS letter sends a message that we need to address its problems.

The HHS letter, issued by the departments Office of Civil Rights, adds to recent court decisions and a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April that the Civil Rights Acts prohibition against sex discrimination applies to transgender people. The letter says the civil rights office is now accepting and investigating complaints of sex discrimination under the health- care law. If discrimination is found and an organization doesnt act voluntarily to resolve the problem, the office may move to halt federal financial assistance, among other actions.

The letter does not mean that insurers have to cover surgery related to gender transition, according to a statement posted online by HHS, which plans to issue further guidance on the subject.

Many major professional medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, support treatment for gender identity disorder.

Although they are not required to do so, a growing number of employers provide health benefits that address the needs of transgender individuals. In addition to surgery to reconstruct the genitals, reduce or augment the chest or contour the face, transgender patients may need hormone therapy, mental health counseling and short-term leave, among other things.

For the past decade, the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based LGBT advocacy organization, has published an annual corporate equality index that scores large companies, including the Fortune 1000 companies and the countrys 200 top-grossing law firms on how equitably they treat their LGBT employees.

In 2012, the requirements to receive top marks got tougher. Companies have to provide equal health care for transgender employees, without any exclusions for medically necessary care, and the survey for the first time required coverage of gender reassignment surgery. Even with that stringent standard, the number of companies getting a perfect score for transgender-inclusive benefits grew from 85 in 2011 to 207 in 2012.

Getting a perfect score is important not only for the benefits it provides transgender employees but also because it sends a message to job applicants about the workplace environment.

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New Video Training Provides Strategies for Life and Fitness Success with Fitness Experts Todd Durkin and John Spencer …

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New Video Training Provides Strategies for Life and Fitness Success with Fitness Experts Todd Durkin and John Spencer Ellis

Fitness and coaching expert shares his top tips for success in both fitness and life in a new video interview. The video training is now available for free online at http://johnspencerellis.com/todd-durkin-interview-video-training-life-and-fitness-success/.

Durkin is the strength and conditioning coach for both Brees and NFL legend LaDainian Tomlinson as well as a business owner, author and mentor.

Im in the trenches myself, and the same principles Drew Brees uses for success on the field are the same ones we need to use as fitness pros, said Durkin. Sometimes you have to take things that are going on and put them aside so you can really get the job done.

In the video training interview, Durkin and Ellis discuss what makes people rise to the next level, a host of life lessons, several icons in the fitness and personal development industries, the importance of the people you surround yourself with, achieving success on a holistic level, overcoming adversity, nutrition, taking risks and taking advantage of opportunities, the importance of mental training, getting organized in the fitness industry, how to live a life worth telling a story about and much more.

This is truly an all-access, in-depth interview with one of the top coaching and fitness experts in the world, said Ellis, founder of John Spencer Ellis Enterprises, a fitness and personal development solutions company. Todds experience, knowledge and passion are unparalleled, and he offers a wealth of great insights, ideas and inspiration.

The free online video training can be accessed now at http://johnspencerellis.com/todd-durkin-interview-video-training-life-and-fitness-success/.

About John Spencer Ellis Enterprises John Spencer Ellis Enterprises is a solutions provider for fitness and coaching professionals around the world, providing education, turn-key business programs, coaching and resources for new and advanced fitness and coaching professionals. For more information about John Spencer Ellis Enterprises or to watch the free video training with Todd Durkin on success in fitness and in life, please visit http://johnspencerellis.com/todd-durkin-interview-video-training-life-and-fitness-success/

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Ansell Limited and Ramsay Health Care Enter Global Multi-Year Purchasing Agreement

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MELBOURNE , Australia , Sept. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Ansell Limited (ANN.AX), a global leader in medical gloves and healthcare safety solutions, today announced it has entered into a multi-year purchasing agreement with Ramsay Health Care (RHC.AX), one of the largest private hospital groups in Australia and abroad.

The three (3) year agreement appoints Ansell as the preferred supplier for surgical gloves and healthcare safety solutions (Ansell Sandel Medical Solutions). Ansell will supply all hospitals and day surgery facilities Ramsay operates across Australia , and possibly Ramsay's facilities in the United Kingdom , France and Indonesia .

Bill Porter , Group Procurement Manager of Ramsay Health Care, said:

"This new agreement initially provides best in market pricing in any country Ramsay operates in, and will ultimately lead to a Global parity pricing structure across the Group where all Ramsay hospitals will pay a regionally competitive price no matter what country they are in.Ansell is one of the first companies to recognise Ramsay's Global footprint and the potential to grow their business as Ramsay expands into other markets."

"We are very excited about this agreement with Ramsay Health Care group,"said Anthony Lopez , President and General Manager of Ansell's Medical Solutions Global Business. "We are pleased to continue our long standing partnership with Ramsay, and consider the agreement a terrific opportunity to showcase Ansell's ability to leverage its product leadership and global operational capacity to serve the needs of global customers in multiple healthcare segments."

About Ansell

Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human wellbeing.

With operations in North America , Latin America, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the industrial and medical gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and wellbeing category worldwide.

Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Specialty Markets and Sexual Wellness.

Information on Ansell and its products can be found at http://www.ansell.eu.

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