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Malawi: Nation Shifts Focus to Nutrition and New Crops to Tackle Food Crisis

Posted: September 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm


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Westgate Resorts To Join Forces With Up-And-Coming Fitness Camp

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PARK CITY, Utah, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fitness resorts have become a very profitable trend due to the success of popular NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser." What many of these resorts have been lacking is an attention to detail in the realm of location and staff expectations. Since partnering with Westgate Park City Resort and Spa, One Fitness Camp seems to be ready to fulfill all the desires that had once been left untouched by other fitness resorts.

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Westgate Park City Resort and Spa is located in the secluded mountain town of Park City, a town where the seasons change seamlessly, so fitness activities are easily varied year round. The founders of One Fitness Camp decided upon the location so that participants in the camp were able to not only lose weight and get fit, but to also custom-tailor fitness plans to be most beneficial to the personal routines and desires of each person that attends. Westgate Resort presented the perfect location for their goals as a fitness resort. The varying fitness activities that are often based around the weather ensure that participants never even have a moment to think about getting bored or complacent with their routine.

One Fitness Camp, a weight loss camp, has also put a great deal of thought and research into their staffing requirements. Their aim is to make an impact on not only a person's health and fitness goals, but to understand and overcome any psychological, medical or other health-related issues that may be attributing to difficulties in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, their staff includes fitness instructors, nutritionists, chefs, counselors, chiropractors and spa specialists. This gives One Fitness Camp the "Best All Around" award for fitness camps worldwide.

"Our purpose with One Fitness Camp is to put all the pieces together to form the number ONE weight loss camp," says Wayne Larsen, Partner & Fitness Director at One Fitness Camp. "Aside from the beautiful surroundings, and lavish accommodations, OFC has the programming and education component that changes lives. Our intent is to help people adopt a more healthy lifestyle, not just eat well and exercise while they are at camp, but teach and inspire them to be healthy, and feel better both physically and mentally."

In addition to everything One Fitness Camp offers for their regular every day packages, they do have a promotion going on: 10% off their weekly price for the first fifty people that sign up for the ultimate get fit get away.

Media Contact: Diana Gonzalez One Fitness Camp, 888-592-2267, diana@onefitnesscamp.com

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Devon Fitness Club of Berwyn PA raises money for BreastCancer.Org in October 2012

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BERWYN, Pa., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Devon Fitness Club (http://www.devonfitness.com) is pleased to announce its fundraising activities for Breastcancer.org because we believe in their commitment to education and prevention through lifestyle changes that focus on exercise and nutrition. Link: Breastcancer.Org on exercise Link: Breastcancer.Org on nutrition

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Many of our members remember and know Rita Lusen, who, 5 years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer. Back in 2008 we raised over $17,000 for breast cancer's Race for the Cure with Team Devon Fitness for Rita.

We are happy to report that Rita is doing very well! Since then she resigned from her corporate job and joined BreastCancer.Org in September 2011 as their Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing.

Rita chose to work for BreastCancer.Org because of the invaluable help, information and support she received from them while she was going through her diagnosis and treatment. They were so essential to her education and recovery that she decided to join their team to help others going through the same experience.

Devon Fitness Club is proud to partner with this wonderful organization!

JOIN US IN SUPPORTING BREASTCANCER.ORG WITH A DONATION OF ANY AMOUNT:

All donations collected by 10/31/12 will be donated to BreastCancer.Org

Throughout the month we will host various seminars and events:

10/8/127pm: Nutrition Seminar with Erin Andersen (free) Learn about cancer-fighting foods! 10/18/12: ZUMBA Class with Dr. Weiss founder and President of BreastCancer.Org 10/26/12: BreastCancer.Org's annual Rock the Ribbon Event & Concert at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets available at Rockforbreastcancer.org

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New Life Fitness Report Links Technology to Workout Success

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SCHILLER PARK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Life Fitness, global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, today released its 2012 Fitness and Technology Survey, which found nearly three-quarters of regular exercisers use some type of technology device during their workouts. More than half of respondents consider themselves more successful at achieving their weight and fitness goals because of technology. The new survey evaluated the habits of exercisers from seven countries who own smartphones or tablets and exercise at least twice a week.

Technology is integrated into so many aspects of our lives today, but this report is the first time weve been able to show just how plugged in exercisers are today and what access theyd like to have tomorrow, said Chris Clawson, president, Life Fitness. This is vital intelligence for fitness facilities around the world to help them understand what tech tools motivate their members to continue exercising, as well as retain their memberships.

A sampling of results is listed below. To view the full report and methodology, visit http://www.LifeFitness.com/Survey.

Exercisers already plugged in

Tuned in and toning up

Keeping pace with young, tech-savvy exercisers

For more information on Life Fitness visit http://www.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).

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Crunch Fitness Names Hemet, CA As Newest Franchise Location

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NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Crunch Fitness, the health club chain known for making serious fitness fun announces Hemet, CA as its newest location. Set to open for workouts in December 2012, Crunch Hemet marks the brand's 24th franchise club and joins Upland and Riverside as the third city in Southern California's Inland Empire to outpost a Crunch Franchise.

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"With five parks throughout the city and a bevy of athletic facilities within them, the residents of Hemet have an obvious passion for leading healthy and active lifestyles," said franchisee, David Harman. "I can think of no better place to introduce Crunch's cutting edge fitness offerings and unique gym experience than to the already fitness-friendly community of Hemet."

Located at 1287 South State St., Hemet, CA 92543, Crunch Hemet will be 16,000 sq. ft. of fitness and fun, with state-of-the art cardio and weight training equipment, senior specific programming, tanning, top-of-the-line selectorized machines, full-service locker rooms, and expert personal trainers to help members reach their individual goals. An expansive group fitness studio will house Crunch's signature group fitness classes including, Zumba, Cardio Tai Box and BodyWeb with TRX, to name a few. In addition to the premier amenities of Crunch Hemet, members will also enjoy convenient and spacious parking access.

"We are thrilled to have experienced operators, David Harman and Conny Gordeau working with us as we expand throughout California and the rest of the country," said Crunch franchise president, Ben Midgley.

Owners Harman and Gordeau are industry veterans with over 40 years of health club experience between them, and plan to add even more Crunch franchise locations across the Southern California area in the future. A mobile presale office, currently open next to the club space at 1129 South State St., Hemet, CA 92543, and dedicated website, http://www.crunchhemet.com are offering exclusive membership deals, including a special $0 enrollment offer for a limited time. Call 951-327-0202 for more information. To find out more about Crunch franchising opportunities go to http://www.crunchfranchise.com.

Crunch is a gym that believes in making serious exercise fun by fusing fitness and entertainment and pioneering a philosophy of No Judgments. Headquartered in New York City, and co-owned by New Evolution Ventures (NeV) and private-equity firm Angelo Gordon, Crunch serves over 200,000 members with 53 gyms worldwide, including 24 franchise locations CT, FL, TX, WA, OR, CA, NJ, VA, NY and Australia, and is rapidly expanding across the U.S. and around the globe. Go to http://www.crunchfranchise.com for more information.

About New Evolution Ventures (NeV) Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures (NeV) is a private equity firm focused on the acquisition, development and operations management of fitness, media and sports interests both domestically and internationally. Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley and Mike Feeney, and following a strategic partnership with Vision Capital in 2011, the current team of NeV professionals is shaping the world of fitness, media, and sports one brand at a time. With a foundation representing over a century of business experience, NeV currently has operations and investments in more than 20 countries worldwide representing over 800+ facilities. For more information, visitwww.nev.com.

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Sabra Health Care Acquires Asset

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Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. (SBRA), a real estate investment trust (:REIT), recently acquired a 249-unit independent living facility in Frankenmuth, Michigan for $26.5 million. The transaction was funded with available cash.

In addition to the deal, Sabra Health Care also entered into a triple-net lease agreement with the affiliates of Unified Acquisitions & Development, LLC under which the tenant will pay all taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs for the property, in addition to rent. The 10-year lease agreement includes annual rent escalation of 3.0%, or the rate of change in the Consumer Price Index whichever is greater.

The strategic move aims to expand its presence in the living facilities sector. The acquired facility provides supportive services similar to an assisted living facility, although it is classified under independent living. The lease agreement further ensures value addition and is expected to be accretive to the companys earnings.

The companys strategy of diversifying its portfolio is further backed by a dedicated management team. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, Sabra Health Care acquired six skilled nursing facilities for $55.6 million.

Based in Irvine, California, Sabra Health Care owns and invests in real estate for the healthcare industry. The company leases properties to tenants and operators throughout the United States. As of September 21, 2012, Sabra Health Care's properties were located in 26 states and included 11,689 licensed beds.

Sabra Health Care currently retains a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a short-term Hold rating. We also have a long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock. One of its competitors, Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) also holds a Zacks #3 Rank.

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Health Care Equipment & Supplies: Global Industry Guide

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NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Health Care Equipment & Supplies: Global Industry Guide

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Health Care Equipment & Supplies: Global Industry Guide is an essential resource for top-level data and analysis covering the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. It includes detailed data on market size and segmentation, textual analysis of the key trends and competitive landscape, and profiles of the leading companies. This incisive report provides expert analysis on a global, regional and country basis.

Scope of the Report

* Contains an executive summary and data on value, volume and segmentation

* Provides textual analysis of the industry's prospects, competitive landscape and profiles of the leading companies

* Incorporates in-depth five forces competitive environment analysis and scorecards

* Covers the Global, European and Asia-Pacific markets as well as individual chapters on 5 major markets (France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US).

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Capital Health Plan Tops the Charts Again

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

Capital Health Plan is once again recognized among the very best plans in the nation. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has been releasing national rankings since 2005 and every year Capital Health Plan has been among the highest-ranked. According to The NCQAs Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013, CHPs commercial plan was ranked third overall in the published results and the top ranking HMO in the nation.

Capital Health Plan is extraordinarily proud to be ranked again among the top plans in the country, said Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, Capital Health Plan chief medical officer. We are constantly working to improve the quality of our programs, and being recognized by NCQA seven years running is a tremendous honor. The NCQAs rankings reflect the dedication and hard work our staff and medical community exhibit every day.

Joining Capital Health Plans commercial plans among the nations elite are the Capital Health Plan Medicare Advantage HMO plans, which were ranked fourth in NCQAs Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013 national assessment.

NCQA uses scores from HEDIS, CAHPS and NCQA Accreditation standards to calculate plan rankings. These scores reflect the results of consumer surveys and the plans success in prevention and treatment compared to other plans. Health plans voluntarily report their scores to NCQA using data from HEDIS and CAHPS in categories related to overall satisfaction, access to care, prevention and treatment.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQAs Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. For more information on NCQA ranking visit http://www.ncqa.org.

For more information about Capital Health Plan please visit http://www.capitalhealth.com.

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Malawi: Focus Shifts to Nutrition, New Crops to Tackle Food Crisis

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File photo of refugees at Dzaleka camp in Malawi waiting in line to collect their monthly food rations which were cut by half in March 2012 due to a funding shortfall

Lilongwe A nutrition act and new crops are at the centre of the Malawi government's latest attempts to overcome the effects of annual food shortages that affect more than 10% of the population.

From October, President Joyce Banda's government says it will give away 60,000 goats to needy families on condition that they pass on the goats' kids to designated neighbours. The landlocked south-east African country is also drafting a nutrition act that will ban the sale of non-fortified basic foodstuffs.

Senior civil servants claim the moves mark a departure from farming policies that simply aimed to fill people up with staple maize in lean times. Food shortages affect 1.6 million people every year, and an estimated 47% of children have stunted growth because of undernutrition, making them more vulnerable to illness and learning difficulties.

Mary Shawa, the principal secretary for gender, said the nutrition act will send a signal that Banda, in power since April, considers food security a high priority. "Childhood stunting has a direct impact on the economy. It is clear that nutrition needs to be tackled across several sectors, including agriculture, education, local government and academia, and that is what we are doing," she said.

Jeffrey Luhanga, principal secretary for agriculture and food security, said stabilising food supply was his priority. Subsidies will increasingly focus on encouraging farmers to grow protein-rich crops and crops that can be exported or processed in the country, he said. "In maize, you have starch but you also need lots of protein." Malawi, whose economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, has become something of a laboratory for food policy since 2004, when former president Bingu wa Mutharika defied resistance from donors and introduced a generous seed and fertiliser subsidy programme. After years of relying on food aid, in 2005 Malawi produced a grain surplus of more than 500,000 tonnes. The country repeated the feat in 2007 and increased its surplus in 2008.

At the UN general assembly in 2008, Mutharika proclaimed that his "green revolution" was a recipe for "Africa to feed the world". To prove his point, he sent 150 tonnes of rice to Haiti after the earthquake there in January 2010.

But Mutharika died halfway through a second term during which the country was almost bankrupted by nepotism, corruption and his highly personalised "green revolution". He was replaced by his deputy, Banda.

"The subsidy programme was producing too much maize," said Luhanga.

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Simone Development Companies Signs LA Fitness to 43,000 SF Lease for Fitness Center at Metro Center Atrium

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NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Simone Development Companies announced today that LA Fitness, one of the nation's leading fitness center operators, has leased 43,000 square feet of space at Metro Center Atrium, Simone Development's new mixed-use project. Metro Center Atrium is a 370,000-square-foot office, retail and hotel complex that Simone Development Companies is constructing as the latest phase of its 42-acre, multi-building Hutchinson Metro Center campus.

LA Fitness will open its new state-of-the-art fitness center one of its first in a non-suburban location in November 2013, providing a high-end facility in keeping with Metro Center Atrium's stature as the Bronx's new magnet commercial property. Earlier this month, Marriott agreed to open a Residence Inn-branded hotel at Metro Center Atrium.

"With LA Fitness on board, and Marriott committed a few weeks ago, Metro Center Atrium has quickly taken shape as the Bronx's leading mixed-use property, offering the best package of amenities in its market," said Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development. "We are off to a fast start and anticipate tremendous demand for the remaining Class A office, medical, and retail space, particularly given the strong performance of previous phases of our development at Hutchinson Metro Center. These are exciting times for the Bronx and we're very proud to be a major contributor to the economic renaissance underway in the Borough."

Located within Simone Development's highly successful Hutchinson Metro Center complex in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, Metro Center Atrium features three floors of Class A office and medical space, as well as further retail and restaurant opportunities. The architecturally distinctive building will feature a spectacular glass atrium and lobby and is set in a beautifully landscaped suburban-style campus setting. Abundant parking is provided on-site with more than 1,100 spaces. Approximately 212,000 square feet of office and medical space is available for lease. For leasing information, call (718) 518-8600.

"Metro Center Atrium has already attracted national-level companies like Marriott and LA Fitness, and we expect that this project will continue to draw high-caliber office, medical, and retail users," said James MacDonald, director of leasing for Hutchinson Metro Center. "Among other things, Simone Development's ongoing expansion of Hutchinson Metro Center provides medical and business tenants with flexibility for their future plans because we can readily accommodate their growth needs within the Simone Development portfolio. Also, we're offering stellar design quality and modern space, and an incredibly central location with easy access to five major hospitals, three airports, and a host of transportation arteries."

Conveniently located off the Hutchinson River Parkway, Metro Center Atrium is easily accessible to major highways, bridges and airports. Manhattan is less than 20 minutes away and Westchester County is 10 minutes away. LaGuardia, JFK, and Westchester County airports are less than 30 minutes from the site.

The Metro Center Atrium is also less than a mile from five major hospitals Montefiore Medical Center, Calvary Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center and Westchester Square Medical Center making it an ideal location for medical practices and healthcare companies.

For retail tenants, the Metro Center Atrium provides a tremendous market of potential customers, with over 4,000 people working at the Hutchinson Metro Center. Another 800 employees are expected to be added to the area with the completion of New York City's 911 Call Center on a site directly north of the Hutchinson Metro Center.

Metro Center Atrium is another chapter in the continuing success story of the Hutchinson Metro Center. The 42-acre suburban-style campus offers the finest Class A office space and a host of first-class amenities never before offered in this market. Existing amenities include the full-service Metro Caf and Tower Cafe, fitness center, state-of-the-art teleconferencing center, on-site child care facility, attended gatehouse with 24/7 security, landscaped courtyards with gardens and seating/dining areas, full service bank branch, on-site executive car wash and detailing center, dry cleaners, sundry shop and ATM. The complex also offers abundant free parking and a complimentary shuttle service to nearby subway lines.

1200 Waters Place, the 460,000-square-foot first phase of Hutchinson Metro Center, was fully leased in less than two years. The next phase of the project, known as Tower One (1250 Waters Place), features 280,000 square feet of Class A space on nine floors, with four floors of covered parking. The building is fully leased and occupied by a prestigious roster of tenants that includes Montefiore Orthopaedic Surgery, CenterLight Healthcare, Westchester Square Physical Therapy and numerous medical, dental and law practices. An additional 280,000-square-foot tower, known as Tower Two, is planned for construction adjacent to 1250 Waters Place. The announcement of a major tenant for Tower Two is expected shortly.

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Total Rehab and Fitness: Changing Lives of People Living With MS One Work-Out at a Time

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PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - Sep 25, 2012) - Total Rehab and Fitness (TRF) will be hosting an open house on September 27, 2012 from 12-2 p.m. to showcase their multiple disciplinary models of care for patients with multiple sclerosis. Two current patients will be at the open house to share their success stories.

The Greater Delaware Chapter of the National MS Society has been able to provide funding for TRF to continue providing life-changing treatment. TRF provides their patients with tailored programs with services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy and speech therapy.

Congressman Jon Runyan will be there to show his support for members of the National MS Society, as well as his chief of staff, Stacy Palmer-Barton. TRF staff members who will be in attendance include founder and Director of Therapy Services John Marmarou, Director of Behavioral Services John Armando and Medical Director Marshall Lauer. Chapter President Tami Caesar, Vice President of Advocacy Karen Mariner and Client Services Manager Melissa Bruno will also be at Friday's open house. The open house will take place at TRF's headquarters located at 1111 Marlkress Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

There are more than 14,000 members of the Greater Delaware Valley community that are living with MS, and TRF is the first facility to provide diverse and individualized care for these members of the community. More testimonials about TRF can be found on their website: totalrehabandfitness.com/testimonials.php.

About Total Rehab and Fitness Total Rehab and Fitness was founded by John Marmarou, DPT, in 2009, to provide medically-based exercise programs and rehabilitation services to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic disease. The goal of Total Rehab and Fitness is to reduce patient hospitalizations; to help patients with disabilities and impairments through a multidisciplinary team approach to care; and to increase longevity, improve function, and lower health care costs for patients with chronic illness. For more information, please visit totalrehabandfitness.com or call (856) 424-5552.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by funding more MS research, providing more services to people with MS, offering more professional education and furthering more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org or by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS.

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Adventure to Fitness Launches New Entertainment Site to Battle Childhood Obesity

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NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Adventure to Fitness has announced the launch of their new website (www.adventuretofitness.com), which they say will make their program even more accessible for the 45,000-plus network of teachers already using the program, plus reveal some never-before-seen-features. The new site is part of the company's ongoing initiative to reach more kids in more schools, and to develop an at-home fitness program that will complement the in-school components.

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Adventure to Fitness is a children's entertainment company that streams free 30-minute interactive educational fitness videos into classrooms nationwide, and provides free games for kids, plus recipes and blog articles for parents. In each episode children go on an adventure to an exotic global destination that is designed to integrate physical activity with both health-education and general academia. Since 2010, the program has ballooned to include schools in all 50 states, reaching more than 3.5 million kids during any given week.

That success, plus an overwhelming demand from parents and teachers, has motivated the company to expand its role in the fight against obesity and become a full-service health brand for kids.

"We see Childhood Obesity Month as the ideal moment to raise awareness about the important health challenges facing today's youth. We want to get people excited about jumping on-board with our program and the many ways we offer children to take on those challenges. Our new website is the central hub of our motivational resources and educational fitness tools. The adoption of these resources and tools continues to grow at staggering rates," stated Michael Rhattigan, CEO of Adventure to Fitness.

The company plans to drive a message of wellness and inspiration into homes that has thrived in school. Education is no longer just for the classroom; they say they will make fun, educational fitness and personal growth a 360-degree, comprehensive experience for America's students that gets them on track to form healthy habits.

The company reports that many families have already signed up for the exercise program prior to launch as "VIPs": Very Important Parents. The site includes games and activities that reinforce the in-school adventures, plus healthy, kid-friendly recipe pages. It also delivers content intended to inspire families to live and play together like a section called "Kidspiration," which features wellness-related art and writing from kids who use the program. And in the very near future Adventure to Fitness will give parents access to its library of episodes previously only available in schools for their own use at home.

About Adventure to Fitness (www.adventuretofitness.com): Known as America's #1 Healthy Network, Adventure to Fitness is an entertainment brand focused on getting and keeping kids fit. The program not only addresses health and fitness, but also promotes cognitive development, both in school and at home. While teachers nationwide are streaming Adventure to Fitness interactive episodes in their classrooms to engage in exercise while reaching math, science, social studies and language arts objectives, so too are parents teaming up with their kids to become Fit Families. As a leader of the Ed-Tech revolution, Adventure to Fitness is trail blazing a path to childhood fitness and education that kids around the world are following. Even with a teacher network of over 45,000 and an audience of over 3.5 million children, the Adventure to Fitness craze is just beginning.

For more information contact: Colleen Henckels VP Sales & Marketing colleen.henckels@adventuretofitness.com 40 Elizabeth Street, Suite 408 New York, NY 10013

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Fitness Industry Technology Council Issues Caloric Burn Data RFP

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

The Fitness Industry Technology Council (FIT-C), a non-profit membership organization of leading organizations in the fitness industry, has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) related to its Caloric Burn Data standards work. The group also announced its schedule of activities at the upcoming Club Industry show in Las Vegas.

FIT-C's mission is to grow the fitness industry by improving the fitness equipment user experience and maturing the collection of real-time wellness data through the creation of interoperability standards for technology-based fitness devices. Membership in FIT-C is open to all interested organizations.

With its Caloric Burn Data RFP, FIT-C is seeking to establish a quality metric for fitness equipment based on metabolic equivalents (METS, or kcal/min) and is requesting bids from all qualified institutions and individuals to provide a validation process for any equipment that reports caloric burn. The qualification process proposed must be repeatable, easy to implement and scientifically accurate. The deadline to submit a response to the RFP is Thursday, November 1, 2012; the full RFP can be downloaded from the organization's website.

"Its a well-known problem in the fitness industry that similar pieces of equipment from different manufacturers yield very different caloric burn readings even if the effort expended is identical, said FIT-C President Bryan O'Rourke, CEO of Integerus. This RFP is the first step toward assuring fitness equipment users worldwide that calorie burn readings can be trusted, regardless of the make or model of that equipment."

FIT-C invites the public to learn more about its RFP as well as its other technical projects underway, including efforts to share trusted fitness data across all layers of the fitness value chain, during an open Meet & Greet being held from 3 to 4 p.m. on October 11, in conjunction with the Club Industry 2012 conference in Las Vegas. Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

FIT-C is also sponsoring a fitness technology roundtable for Club Industry attendees from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, October 12, entitled "Influence of Technology A Glimpse at Tomorrow's Health Club." FIT-C President ORourke will lead a panel that includes Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness; Graham Melstrand, VP of Corporate Affairs for the American Council on Exercise (ACE); and Kevin Laferriere, CEO of Personal Training Academy (PTA) Global.

About FIT-C

Launched in 2012 by a group of industry-leading organizations, the Fitness Industry Technology Council (FIT-C) seeks to grow the fitness industry, improve user experience and improve the collection of real-time wellness data through the creation of interoperability standards for technology based fitness devices. Members of FIT-C include the American Council on Exercise, ClubCom, Core Performance, Dynastream Innovations, FitLinxx, FitPro, Green Fitness Equipment Company, Integerus, Intel, Koko Fitclub, Nexersys, Polar, Precor, Triumph Group Management, and True. More information is available at http://www.fit-c.org.

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Sanford Health, WebMD And Discovery Education Launch Dynamic Stem Initiative To Promote Children's Health And Prevent …

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SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanford Health, WebMD and Discovery Education announce today the launch of fit 4 the classroom, a unique program for elementary educators, students and their families to encourage healthier food choices and more physical activity among children. Supported with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based learning materials for teachers, the program connects balanced eating and activity with sleep and a healthy emotional life for a more holistic approach to wellness.

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According to recent reports by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. From 2009 to 2010, almost 17 percent of children were reported obese. Educators and schools can play a key role in preventing childhood obesity by providing an environment where children can develop the good habits of a healthy and active lifestyle. fit 4 the classroom is designed to give educators the resources they need to create that healthy environment while also meeting STEM Common Core Standards.

Rooted in the four pillars of fit mood, move, food and recharge fit 4 the classroom helps promote healthy habits among students through dynamic, up-to-date cross-curricular lesson plans that span across STEM subjects and videos aligned to national education standards. The lesson plans reinforce the interconnectivity of the four pillars and encourage insightful conversations between educators, students and their families, covering topics such as the effect of music on mood, the benefits of stretching, understanding how much sugar they consume, and how sleep affects the body and mind.

"We are excited about our partnership with Discovery Education on fit 4 the classroom," said Dave Link, Senior Executive Vice President of Sanford Health. "We believe teachers play such an important role to educate, motivate and inspire children to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle. With the engaging and helpful fit 4 the classroom resources, we hope to make it easier for educators to promote healthy choices that lead to lifelong healthy habits and behaviors in children and families."

"As the leading source of health information for consumers and professionals and a free source of trusted information on children's health and wellness, WebMD is proud to collaborate with Discovery Education and Sanford Health to support teachers and help families make healthy choices," said Dr. Hansa Bhargava, WebMD's expert pediatrician medical editor for pediatrics. "Children need a balanced lifestyle based on a holistic approach that considers food and exercise and also incorporates the need for rest so that kids have the energy to move and eat right."

"Discovery Education is pleased to partner with Sanford Health and WebMD to bring the fit 4 the classroom lesson plans and videos to schools nationwide," said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. "We know that educators play an integral role in providing students with practical knowledge that extends beyond the classroom and into their everyday lives. The resources available through this program can help students become stakeholders in their own health and empower educators and families to encourage healthy habits."

The partnership also includes a national sweepstakes for elementary school teachers, awarding one grand prize winner a school assembly, a $5,000 prize and $5,000 in funding for the teacher's school to extend programs that benefit student health and wellness education. Second and third place winners will each be awarded a $1,000 prize and $1,000 in funding for their school. Homeschool teachers can use the school funding toward a local non-profit. The deadline for entries is Feb. 14, 2013.

For more information, visit fit4theclassroom.com.

About Sanford HealthSanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico. Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencingdynamic growth and developmentin conjunction withDenny Sanford'snearly $700 million in gifts,the largest ever to a health care organizationin America. These giftsare making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.

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Health Information Technology Cyber Security Advances in Michigan

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EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), the state level designated entity to improve health care quality, cost, efficiency, and patient safety through electronic exchange of health information, today announced an agreement with HT Systems, a healthcare technology leader that provides the latest innovation in patient identity management, to provide the PatientSecure biometric identification solution for healthcare providers in Michigan as part of MiHIN's growing Health Information Technology (HIT) Cyber Security Program. The agreement reduces the barrier for healthcare providers in Michigan to receive the lowest price available for PatientSecure and sets the stage for integration with the Statewide Health Provider Directory and planned Patient Directory Services.

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PatientSecure scans a patient's palm vein pattern and links the patient to their unique medical record, providing accurate identification of every patient, preventing fraud and human errors, and reducing administrative cost of healthcare providers

MiHIN's evolving HIT Cyber Security program currently consists of the ability to conduct vulnerability assessments and continuous threat monitoring for health care networks. The offering allows organizations pursing the top level of vigilance when sharing data electronically to have high confidence their systems are achieving best practice levels of performance.

"As MiHIN continues to develop a robust HIT Cyber Security Program aligned with our mission as the State of Michigan designated entity, it is clear that solutions designed to raise everyone's confidence that individuals doing business over the network are who we think they are is increasingly essential," said Tim Pletcher, Executive Director of MiHIN. "As more organizations in Michigan adopt the PatientSecure solutions by HT Systems our state will see similar benefits in decreased medical and administrative errors related to identity as those major health systems in other states have already."

HT Systems' flagship solution PatientSecure is a biometric patient identification management system that captures an image of palm vein patterns and automatically links patients to their unique medical record providing accurate identification of every patient, improving patient safety, guarding against medical identity theft and insurance card fraud, reducing human errors and reducing cost associated with registration issues such as duplicate medical records and overlays. PatientSecure is currently adopted by over 160 hospitals and hundreds of affiliated clinics and physician's practices across the country. 5,000,000+ patients are currently enrolled in the PatientSecure system and tens of thousands of those same patients are successfully authenticated on a daily basis on return visits.

"The PatientSecure technology provides Michigan healthcare providers with an extremely accurate way to identify patients as they move within and between healthcare systems. It is non-invasive, easy to use and universally accepted with a 99% patient adoption across the country," said Carl Bertrams, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HT Systems/PatientSecure. "We are extremely enthusiastic about the MiHIN-HT Systems agreement because it takes the technology to a whole new level, placing Michigan at the national forefront of positive patient identification across disparate healthcare organizations".

MiHIN announced the agreement when participating at the HIMSS Michigan Chapter Fall Conference - HITECH Status in Michigan Navigating for the Future of Electronic Health Records, September 25-26 at Detroit-Novi Crown Plaza, Novi, Michigan.

About Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHINSS) (www.mihin.org) MiHIN is dedicated to improving the healthcare experience, increasing quality and decreasing cost for Michigan's people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making accurate and timely health care data available at the point of care. MiHIN is the official state designated entity for health information exchange across Michigan and the future integration with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). MiHIN is a Michigan nonprofit entity, functioning as a public and private collaboration between the State of Michigan, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, payers, providers, and patients.

About HT SystemsHT Systems, LLCis a healthcare technology leader, providing the latest innovation in patient identity management.PatientSecure, the company's flagship Biometric Patient Identification Management System, links the biometric palm vein pattern of the patient to their medical record in any HIS registration, EMPI or EMR system. HT Systems is the first to successfully implement a large scale biometric patient identification system in the nation. PatientSecureis currently adopted by over160 hospitals and hundreds of affiliated clinics and physician practices across the country. With over 5 million patients enrolled, our clients report a 99%+ patient adoption rate of our technology. With over 30 years of healthcare and healthcare technology experience, HT Systems partners with healthcare providers to develop solutions specific to the client's environment. For more information please visit: http://www.patientsecure.com.

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Health Management Wins Recognition

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Leading operator of general acute care hospitals, Health Management Associates (HMA) recently reported that 41 of its facilities have been selected by The Joint Commission as leading performers on critical quality parameters in its latest report on safety and quality of care.

The 41 Health Management facilities (out of 64 Health Management facilities that were considered) were a part of the 620 hospitals selected by The Joint Commission. These institutions constitute the upper 18% of over 3,400 recognized entities providing data for 2011.

Of the 35 Health Management entities which made it to the Top Performers list for 2011, as many as 27 were also on this years listing. Three Health Management facilities which made it to this years Top Performers list were also on the list in 2011, prior to their becoming a part of the company. Other than The Joint Commission, Health Management has recently also received accolades from U.S. News & World Report and FORTUNE magazine.

Health Management expects same hospital admissions to decline in the range of 1% to 3% for 2012 whereas, the same hospital adjusted admissions growth is expected to be in the range of -1% to 1%.

For 2012, Health Management maintains its forecast for earnings in the band of 80 cents and 90 cents per share. The forecast excludes about $98 million (or 25 cents per share) of effect from mark-to-market orientation and interest rate swap as well as Medicare and Medicaid HCIT incentive payments in the range of $90 million to $120 million.

Health Management is engaged in the ownership and operation of general acute care hospitals in non-urban communities across the U.S. The company is an active acquirer of underperforming hospitals with a turnaround potential in high-growth markets. Health Managements competitors, in niche markets include Community Health Systems (CYH) and Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT).

Health Management benefits from a gradual growth in admissions largely due to improvement in Emergency Room, sustained physician recruitment and service development. Moreover, it is well placed to expand margins from continuing operations and drive above-industry average earnings growth. While the debt burden remains sizeable, we are somewhat comforted that bad debt is no longer an area of urgent concern.

Health Management, directly or via subsidiaries, operates 10,500 licensed beds in 70 hospitals in rural or semi-urban locations in the U.S.

We currently have a Neutral recommendation on Health Management. The stock currently retains a Zacks #2 Rank, which translates into a short-term Buy rating.

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ATLAS Successfully Completes CDC Sponsored CDA Public Health Pilot Project

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CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Atlas Public Health announced that it has successfully completed the high-profile Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Standards for Public Health Pilot Project. The Company, in partnership with the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and with support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), participated in a pilot project to demonstrate how public health reporting can be automated via an electronic data exchange between clinical Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems and the Companys client, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) using CDA standards. The Health IT (HIT) Standards Federal Advisory Committee has recommended the use of the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) as a future direction for electronic data exchanges between clinical and public health information systems for public health reporting. The Company utilized its WorldCare public health suite of software to facilitate the transmission of public health clinical data to enable San Diego County HHSA to receive critical public health data electronically from hospital electronic health record (EHR) systems by utilizing the Retrieve Form for Data Capture (RFD) and Cross-Enterprise Document Reliable Interchange (XDR) standards as outlined within the IHE IT Standards Framework.

The Companys WorldCare suite provides automated reporting of clinical data from hospitals' EHR applications to the public health department, improving efficiency and reducing errors by eliminating the need to re-enter patient data. WorldCare boasts a highly configurable surveillance and case management system that allows users to receive alerts and take immediate action to protect the public. We are proud to be part of this successful pilot demonstrating the effectiveness of CDA in facilitating the vital communication between hospitals and public health agencies, states Mark Marostica, Atlas Public Health Vice President of Global Business Development. He continues, ATLAS and organizations such as San Diego County HHSA are at the forefront of improving data interoperability between systems, while protecting the patient and community by utilizing our powerful WorldCare solutions.

Due to the success of this pilot project, ATLAS has been invited by PHDSC to participate in an upcoming CDA Pilot involving the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Agencies interested in partnering with ATLAS please contact us at info@atlasdev.com.

About Atlas Public Health

Atlas Public Health provides a state-of-the-art web-based communicable disease tracking, reporting, and case management system. By reducing manual entry and facilitating standards-based communication between healthcare providers and public health officials, Atlas enables agencies to respond to potential threats to the public health rapidly and effectively. Atlas Public Health has over a decade of collaborative public health partnerships at the local, state and federal level, including ten years of mission-critical operation in one of the countrys most complex public health environments. For more information, visit us at http://www.AtlasPublicHealth.com.

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Do eunuchs really live longer?

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A study tracking Korean eunuchs during the Chosun Dynasty shows they lived 14 to 19 years longer than their counterparts.

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(TIME.com) -- Talk about a longevity strategy no man wants to pursue. A recent study published in the journal Current Biology finds that Korean eunuchs castrated men lived 14 to 19 years longer than other men, suggesting that male sex hormones play a role in life span.

In the study, the researchers used a genealogy record called the Yang-Se-Gye-Bo that tracked eunuchs who worked in the Korean imperial court during the Chosun Dynasty, which ruled from the 14th to early 20th centuries.

Researchers were able to identify 81 eunuchs, who were castrated as boys, and determined that they lived to an average age of 70, significantly longer than other men of similar social status. Even kings didn't typically make it to age 50.

Three of the 81 eunuchs lived to 100, a centenarian rate that's far higher than would be expected in modern society. The current incidence of centenarians is 1 per 3,500 people in Japan, and 1 per 4,400 people in the United States, for instance; thus, the incidence of centenarians among Korean eunuchs was at least 130 times higher than that of present-day developed countries, according to the paper.

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"Our study supports the idea that male sex hormones decrease the lifespan of men," the authors write.

Based on earlier research, the authors argue that one explanation for this could be that male sex hormones may negatively influence the immune system and "predispose men to adverse cardiovascular attacks." They note further that the theory helps explain why females -- in many species -- live longer than males.

But while animal studies have suggested that castration (which removes the testes, the source of male hormones) results in longer lives, studies in humans have been spotty. In one study of castrati singers, there was no difference in lifespan between them and non-castrated singers; in another study of institutionalized, mentally ill men, however, those who were castrated lived some 14 years longer than those who weren't.

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School nutrition law takes bite out of portion sizes

Posted: September 25, 2012 at 6:12 am


The new federal law governing school nutrition means smaller slices of pizza and possibly higher prices for students in the Central Bucks School District.

To comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, pizza slices are now 2 inches smaller, said Alicia Kent, senior director at Aramark, which provides food service to the districts schools.

Aramark officials reviewed the new law and its impact during a school board meeting on Monday evening.

The 14-inch pizza slices are necessary, Kent said, to comply with the maximum calorie and grain restrictions in the new law, which went into effect this year and will be fully phased in over three years.

In addition, she said, if a student fails to select a fruit or vegetable as part of his or her meal, the cost will be higher than a student who does make that part of the meal. Thus, a student selecting a slice of pizza and milk will pay more than a student purchasing pizza, an apple and milk.

If they dont take a fruit or vegetable they are charged a la cart pricing, Kent said. Theres a little bit of sticker shock when they are coming through the line and learning what the new requirements are.

There may be a monetary impact on the district as well, she said, noting that the district will not receive reimbursement for student meals that do not meet the new U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements.

These are really significant changes of what the students are allowed to eat, she said.

Among the changes required are the use of only fat-free flavored milk, decreased sodium levels and at least half the grains offered must be whole grain. It also requires different nutrient levels for different age groups.

The new rules will be challenging for students, she said, and require education of students and parents.

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Tufts University Offers Master's In Nutrition For Distance Learners

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Newswise The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University today announced a Master of Nutrition in Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program that combines intensive on-campus residencies in Boston with online learning. The blended learning program will enroll its first cohort of students in the fall of 2013. The Friedman Schools blended learning degree is the only masters degree in nutrition in the United States that combines week-long residencies on campus with online learning.

The blended learning format will allow students from around the world to continue living and working where they choose while they study at one of the premier research universities in the United States, said Robin Kanarek Ph.D., interim dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Nutrition is a vitally important field, and the Friedman School is committed to educating and training future leaders who can create new knowledge and apply and disseminate evidence-based information.

For approximately one week each semester, students and Tufts faculty will meet at the Friedman School in Boston for a residency period that includes interactive coursework, lectures, seminars and collaboration among students of diverse backgrounds. These on-campus residencies will facilitate hands-on learning and in-person meetings among students and between students and faculty. Following each residency session, the coursework continues in a highly facilitated online environment, building on the knowledge and relationships developed on campus. Students may attend the program full-time or part-time.

The combination of online and on-campus learning was first developed by the Friedman School to bring graduate-level nutrition education to students in the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries. The experience our faculty members have acquired in blended learning has given us a unique ability to educate students wherever they live and advance the schools mission of improving the wellbeing of persons, communities and populations worldwide, said Lynne Ausman, D.Sc., R.D., MSNP program director and Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor in International Nutrition at the Friedman School.

The Master of Nutrition Science degree is part of the Friedman Schools fully accredited academic offerings and is taught by faculty from the schools campus in Boston, Massachusetts. Admissions, curriculum, and tuition information, as well as a video and downloadable brochure, are available online at http://nutrition.tufts.edu/mnsp.

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The schools centers, which focus on questions relating to famine, hunger, poverty, and communications, are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy. The Schools web site is http://nutrition.tufts.edu

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