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Liquid Nutrition Appoints Evan Brown as new Chief Financial Officer

Posted: October 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm


TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (Liquid Nutrition or Company) (TSX-V: LQD.V and LQD.WT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Brown to the role as Chief Financial Officer effective immediately.

Brown brings a wealth of international accounting experience to his new role. Most recently, he served as Assistant Controller of York Capital Management in New York. Previously Brown held the role of vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co., and has worked out of both the Toronto and Cayman Islands offices.

He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from Royal Roads University.

The management team and Board of Directors would like to thank outgoing CFO Mark OHara for his valuable contribution to the growth of Liquid Nutrition.

About Liquid Nutrition Group Inc.

Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (LNGI) (TSX-V:LQD.V and LQD.WT) is a functional beverage, vitamin and supplement store brand committed to bringing healthy and delicious eating to communities around the world. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Liquid Nutrition Franchising Corporation, LNGI is currently the franchisor of nine stores located in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Oakville with franchise commitments and expansion opportunities throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East as well as license opportunities internationally. For store locations, business opportunities or more information, please visit http://www.liquidnutrition.com. Please join Liquid Nutrition on Facebook and follow us on twitter @liquidnutrition.

About Team Liquid

Comprised of pro-athletes and experts in the world of sports, fitness and nutrition, members of Team Liquid were selected based on their personal and professional dedication to healthy active living. To learn more about Team Liquid and view the full roster, visit http://www.liquidnutrition.com/en/team_lq.php. What Team Liquid has to say about Liquid Nutrition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da785AGWQqk

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Alfred U. improving fitness center

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Alfred University will acquire several new pieces of exercise equipment for its fitness center, including a lease of 10 treadmills, four elliptical machines and four adaptive motion trainers, to be installed at the Gibbs Fitness Center, located at the McLane Center. The equipment is being leased from Advantage Sports and Fitness Inc., of Ithaca, for three years and will be delivered and installed this week. The equipment will cost $30,000 per year to lease, and replaces items that are as old as 15 years. Last year, Alfred University spent $14,000 to repair and maintain equipment in the fitness center; maintenance and repair costs for the new equipment are covered under the lease terms. Advantage Sports and Fitness will take most of the old equipment as part of the lease agreement. When the new equipment is installed, the fitness center will have six elliptical machines, 10 treadmills and four adaptive motion trainers. The adaptive motion trainers will have flat screen television monitors mounted on the equipment; wireless receivers controlling a bank of televisions will be included with the new treadmills. The fitness center is available for use by students, faculty and staff of the University as well as members of the surrounding community. Each month, while school is in session, thousands make use of the equipment at the fitness center. For the 13-month period from September 2011 to September 2012, there were 23,271 visitors to the fitness center. Despite usage typically dropping during the summer months, the fitness center still had averaged nearly 1,800 visitors per month since the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year. Kathy Woughter, vice president of Student Affairs at Alfred University, pointed to those numbers in discussing the need for acquiring the new equipment. Every year, thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members use the fitness center, said Woughter. The machines have been put to hard use and have served us well, but theyre showing their age. New and updated equipment will mean fewer breakdowns, quicker repairs, less wait time, and assurance that state-of-the-art equipment will arrive each year to take the place of older machines. Alfred University has made it a priority to pursue initiatives aimed at promoting physical fitness and wellness. Ground was broken this summer on the McLane Center Annex, a 33,000 square foot facility that, when completed in September 2014, will include an indoor track, an all-purpose court, two locker rooms with restroom facilities. A support wing located on the west end of the annex will house a multi-purpose room for community-oriented activities like yoga, Zoomba and martial arts, along with an office and some room for storage. Our wellness philosophy is multidimensional one that incorporates a holistic and education-based vision of mental and physical wellbeing, Woughter said. Studies show over and over that if students are physically fit and well, they will perform better in the classroom. Any initiative that supports that fits in with AUs efforts to graduate not just academically qualified, but also holistically healthy and well students. Because the equipment is being acquired on a three-year lease, there will be a guarantee that every student, during his or her time at AU, will be able to use brand new fitness center equipment. Thats a solid selling point to offer to prospective students, and not just prospective student-athletes. The fitness center is a stop on the tours not just for varsity athletes but for all students, Woughter said. We all know that its not just varsity athletes who work out in the fitness center. In fact, Id even say that recreational athletes will be more positively impacted by this new program than our varsity athletes, since often the fitness center is their primary venue for working out.

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Roy: No concerns on Carroll fitness

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England boss Roy Hodgson has no worries about the fitness of striker Andy Carroll.

The West Ham forward has only just returned from a hamstring injury but such is the high regard Hodgson has for the 23-year-old, he has named him in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland on the back of that single substitutes' appearance at QPR on Monday.

"Andy played 23 minutes including injury-time on Monday and I am expecting him to play more minutes on Saturday against Arsenal, either from the start or coming on," said Hodgson. "He has another week after that so I don't think there is any reason for me to question his fitness."

Whereas Carroll is returning to the England fold, Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is included for the first time.

The rare - in recent times - example of someone based in the Scottish Premier League being selected for the Three Lions is overshadowed by the introductions of Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and a recall for Aaron Lennon, plus a promise that Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson is being looked at very closely.

Gibbs already has two caps from Wembley friendlies against Hungary and France in 2010. Shawcross received his only previous call-up from Fabio Capello a couple of months before, but was never picked again by the Italian.

Hodgson said: "Jenkinson was a player we thought a lot about but decided we didn't have quite that many places. He is certainly a player we will think about for the future. Gibbs, Lennon and Shawcross are players we need to see at closer hand.

"There has to be some sort of rejuvenation process with the England team when a new coach comes in. I am very much aware that Brazil is two years down the road if we are good enough to get there. And in two years maybe these lads will be real stars in the Premier League."

Hodgson has retained a core of experience though. With Steven Gerrard suspended, Frank Lampard seems certain to skipper England against San Marino next Friday, and there are plenty of others Hodgson feels are capable of shouldering the burden of responsibility.

"We have enough leaders," he said. "Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the captain and vice-captain. One can only hope there will be one or two who at the moment are in the early stages of their careers, who will emerge and show the same leadership qualities as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard."

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Regence and Healthways Partner to Offer SilverSneakers® Fitness Program to Regence Medicare Advantage PPO Plans …

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PORTLAND, Ore. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Regence is partnering with well-being improvement leader Healthways (HWAY), to offer the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to its Regence Medicare Advantage PPO members. SilverSneakers is the nations leading exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy. The three-year partnership will provide the program to more than 100,000 members in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah through 2015. Regence Medicare Advantage PPO members can join the award-winning program at no additional cost.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity is essential to healthy aging. Further information from the CDC states that exercise not only helps strengthen muscles in older adults, but it can also prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with aging. Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs.

While regular exercise is a crucial part of healthy living for people of all ages, it is particularly effective in preventing or managing chronic diseases for older adults, said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. We look forward to partnering with Regence to provide this time-tested program to their Medicare Advantage PPO members in the Northwest and Intermountain states.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program engages participants in active behavior change through access to a variety of physical activity venues and programming specifically for older adults that incorporates physical fitness and social experiences. The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide. In addition to the national network, Regence members have access to more than 500 fitness and wellness facilities across their four-state service area.

Regence is committed to improving the health of our members at any age or fitness level. Our experience with wellness programs has shown that a more physically active lifestyle can make a measurable difference in our members overall health and well-being. We believe our Medicare Advantage members will enjoy the benefits of SilverSneakers friends and fun model and most importantly, they will reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, said Lisa Brubaker, senior vice president of Government Programs for Regence.

More information on the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, including a list of available fitness centers, is available on the programs website at http://www.silversneakers.com. Medicare beneficiaries may enroll in a Regence Medicare Advantage PPO plan during the ongoing Medicare annual election period, which runs from October 15 through December 7, 2012.

About Regence affiliated companies

The Regence affiliated companies serve more than two million members through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each health plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Regence affiliated companies are committed to improving the health of its members and communities and to transforming the health care system. For more information, please visit http://www.regence.com or follow us on Twitter.

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24 Hour Fitness and POWERADE Host Free Boot Camp Class Led by Ashton Eaton, Team USA Decathlete and 2012 Olympic Games …

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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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Peak Health Solutions Acquires Health Data Essentials

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Peak Health Solutions, a leading provider of end-to-end health information management services to health plans and healthcare facilities, today announced its acquisition of the assets of Health Data Essentials (HDE).

The move enables Peak to offer advanced analytics and services built around risk adjustment, quality improvement, utilization measurement, STARS quality measurement and HEDIS. The combined entity allows customers to organize and access integrated quality and risk adjustment data to make it meaningful and actionable. Coupled with business process improvements and available consulting services, payers will be able to use the data to positively impact overall performance.

Founded in 2004, Peak offers full-service retrospective and prospective risk-adjustment coding services to healthcare providers and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Expertise contributed by HDE, along with their flagship product EssentialStars, will further assist MA plans in obtaining accurate payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) State Medicaid programs, and in meeting criteria for quality bonuses defined in the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Peak, backed by Atlanta-based private equity firm EDG Partners, anticipates aggressive product development in upcoming months to extend their services to Medicaid managed care organizations, issuers operating in state-based Exchanges, and to commercial healthcare payer markets. Exchanges in particular will benefit greatly from the Peak consultants as they navigate new financial, quality reporting, and regulatory challenges.

The healthcare landscape is changing dramatically and these changes have a significant impact on the revenue stream, notes Steve Roberts, president and CEO of Peak Health Solutions. The risk adjustment and quality reporting services we offer health plans can help to strengthen both the bottom line and overall performance.

The Peak platform captures a wealth of information via medical record reviews and in-home patient assessments, enabling compliance with a wide range of quality ratings such as STARS and HEDIS measures. This information and the analytics that result from it, combined with advanced technology, will allow Peak to support both care coordination efforts and provider engagement activities.

Joining our analytic proficiencies and consulting capabilities with Peaks services creates a valuable resource for the healthcare community, says Richard Lieberman, CEO of HDE. The services and strengths of the two companies are complementary, and will allow us to extend the benefits each would be able to offer the market.

HDE is an exceptional strategic addition for Peak as both payers and providers recognize the need to deploy advanced data analytic tools to meet the increasing requirements to proficiently manage and report quality and care management initiatives. Both Peak and HDE are fortunate to have partnered with EDG which has proven itself as an insightful private equity firm with a rich history of guiding and building industry-leading healthcare companies, states Keith Devantier of Falcon Capital Partners, who represented both Peak (in its prior transaction with EDG) and HDE.

This acquisition represents an exciting opportunity, Roberts adds. Were bringing people, information and technology together in a way that will effectively meet existing and emerging demands of the market.

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SeeChange Health Insurance to Provide Emmi Solutions Health Management Tools to Members

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STUDIO CITY, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers insured by SeeChange Health Insurance (www.SeeChangeHealth.com), the leader in value-based benefit design solutions for small and mid-sized employers, will gain access to cutting-edge health management and treatment decision support tools through a new partnership with Emmi Solutions (www.emmisolutions.com). Emmi Solutions, a pioneer in patient engagement technology, provides interactive online programs that empower patients to take action around a health care event or condition.

Both SeeChange Health and Emmi Solutions encourage members to be more involved with their health and wellness in order to make smarter health care decisions. "This partnership with Emmi Solutions gives our members powerful educational tools to manage health conditions outside of the clinical setting," said Martin Watson, CEO of SeeChange Health. "It's another step in our efforts to make it easy for members to engage in and better manage their health, ultimately improving their health and reducing medical costs over the long-term."

Emmi Solutions' multimedia programs give members the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to take a central role in the management of a chronic condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. They are also given the tools needed to participate in important treatment decisions in partnership with their physician, a process known as shared decision-making."Healthcare providers, employers and insurers are focused on finding solutions that improve quality while also reducing costs but they have historically struggled with member engagement," said Bob Tavares, Vice President of Care Management at Emmi Solutions. "SeeChange Health is changing the game by making it easy and enjoyable for members to become involved in their health while also incentivizing them to do so. We are pleased to be partnering with a company that shares our values around empowering patients."

About SeeChange Health, LLC SeeChange Health delivers plans, technology and services aimed at creating better health and quality of life for employees, increasing workforce productivity, and lowering health care costs by encouraging individuals to play an active role in managing their health to prevent, detect and treat serious health conditions. Its SeeChange Health Insurance division provides value-based benefit plans to fully insured employer groups in California and Colorado. The SeeChange Health Solutions division provides 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. For more information, visit http://www.SeeChangeHealth.com.

About Emmi Solutions, LLCEmmi's proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to members via multiple modalities including computers, mobile phones and tablets at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi's ability to connect with people in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform tracks the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of member engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems.

For more information, visit http://www.emmisolutions.com.

Contact:Susan Cotton 818.824.9164 scotton@SeeChangeHealth.com

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Health insurer Highmark asks court to block West Penn deal talks

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(Reuters) - Health insurer Highmark Inc wants a state court to block any possible deal talks with rivals involving Pennsylvania's West Penn Allegheny Health System, which last week ended a planned $475 million alliance with Highmark.

One of the 10 largest U.S. health insurers, with 4.9 million people on its rolls, Highmark said in a news release on Tuesday that it had asked a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for a temporary restraining order to keep West Penn from pursuing affiliation or acquisition talks with third parties.

Pittsburgh-based Highmark, which is readying for major shifts in healthcare funding under U.S. reforms by assembling an integrated health-delivery network, and West Penn struck an affiliation agreement last November.

In ending the planned alliance, non-profit West Penn said Highmark had not lived up to the terms of the affiliation agreement and had insisted that financially strapped West Penn restructure its debt through bankruptcy.

The lawsuit also asks that West Penn immediately repay $200 million in grants and loans provided by Highmark.

A spokesman for Highmark was not immediately available to comment. The company has denied violating the terms of its affiliation and described a possible financial restructuring as just one potential route for improving West Penn's finances.

Last Friday, after West Penn announced the termination of the alliance, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings warned they may cut credit ratings on West Penn, a regional operator of five hospitals and other healthcare and research facilities.

Moody's placed its Caa1 bond rating for West Penn on review for a downgrade. Fitch also put the system's B-plus rating on rating watch negative. About $737 million in outstanding revenue bond debt issued by the Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority in 2007 is affected by the actions.

(Reporting by Michael Connor in Miami; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Alliance Health Networks and Life Line Screening Launch New Social Network for Baby Boomers Interested in Health …

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SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Alliance Health Networks and Life Line Screening today announced the launch of Lifelong Health, a new online social network that aims to empower the growing population of people over 45 seeking to maximize their health as they age. The new site is available at http://www.LifelongHealth.com.

As the newest addition to Alliance Healths growing portfolio of more than 50 condition-specific social networks, Lifelong Health is a dynamic online community where people start conversations, share experiences, read and post product recommendations, and discuss health related topics. The new Lifelong Health network offers proactive, health-conscious individuals a place to communicate with others who share their interest in preventive health and wellness. According to Edison Research, Americans age 45 and older represent the largest percentage increase in social media usage in the past year, now up to 38 percent (from 31 percent in 2011).

We are thrilled to add Lifelong Health to our family of social networks, said Dan Hickey, senior vice president of products at Alliance Health Networks. Our goal is to create online communities that provide consumers with information and personal connections that measurably impact their well-being. Lifelong Health creates an environment for people who aspire to good health over their entire lifespan. Our partnership with Life Line Screening provides tremendous value to members as they navigate their personal health journey.

The new social network aims to educate health care consumers about the value of preventive medicine and a preventive lifestyle, including how services provided by Life Line Screening, such as vascular ultrasound and laboratory screenings, can be incorporated into a general wellness approach. Life Line Screening conducts nearly 1 million community-based screenings annually at over 15,000 locations nationwide.

The Lifelong Health community is an important new resource for any person looking to interact with others with similar mindsets online, said Colin Scully, Chairman and CEO of Life Line Screening. Having worked so hard throughout their lives, our community members are focused on enjoying life to the fullest, and we share that goal. By paying attention to our health, we all hope to live the longest, healthiest lives possible. Lifelong Health will support this goal by allowing all of us to engage in online health conversations with supportive peers, community advocates and medical professionals.

About Alliance Health Networks

Alliance Health Networks is building a free and independent social engagement platform that gives people the power to navigate their personal health journey. The company owns and operates more than 50 social networks and 20 mobile versions serving over 1.5 million registered members. Alliance Health leverages social networks to help consumers more actively manage their care through personal connections, powerful tools, and deeper insights. The company's investors include New World Ventures, Physic Ventures, Highway 12 Ventures, EPIC Ventures and Voyager Capital. For more information, visit: http://www.alliancehealthnetworks.com.

About Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nations leading provider of community-based vascular screenings. Ultrasound teams are on staff across the nation to bring preventive screenings to convenient locations in local communities for area residents. These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless, ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.

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Health Net to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Results

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Net, Inc. (HNT) expects to hold its quarterly conference call to discuss third quarter 2012 earnings results on Monday, November5, 2012, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (8:30 a.m. Pacific time). Earningsresults are expected to be announced before the market opens on the same day.

The live conference call should be accessed at least 15 minutes prior to its start with the following numbers:

The access code for both the live conference call and replay is 35473774. A recording of the call can be heard from November5, 2012 (12:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 9:30 a.m. Pacific time) through November10, 2012 (12:00 Midnight Eastern time) by dialing one of the following replay numbers:

A live webcast and replay of the conference call also will be available at http://www.healthnet.com under Investor Relations. The conference call webcast is open to all interested parties.

Anyone listening to the companys conference call or webcast will be presumed to have read Health Nets Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March31, 2012 and June30, 2012, and other reports filed by Health Net from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.5million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Part D), Medicaid, U.S.Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Nets behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.8million individuals, including Health Nets own health plan members. Health Nets subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Nets website at http://www.healthnet.com.

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Longevity Global Inc. Launches Their New Elite Series of Welding Helmets for Extra Safety During the Welding Jobs

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Longevity Global Inc. has launched a series of welding masks for extra safety during welding operations. This time Longevity has added their newly designed elite series of welding helmets which can further increase the safety of the welders during performing any welding job. These superlative quality welding helmets are meticulously designed to create a protective layer on the face and eyes which let the welders to accomplish even the riskiest of the welding job safely.

Hayward, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012

Longevity Auto-Darkening elite series of Welding Helmets are ideal safety accessory for Tig welding, Stick welding,Mig Welding and plasma cutting. These welding masks offers a Perfect, light weight, sleek design for every day metal fabricating eye and face protection. These protective helmets also offer an unique feature called grinding mode, which gives these masks the ability to dim just enough to where welders can still see what they are grinding and still protect their eyes from sparks and bright arcs off the material. The response time for each one of Longevity's welding helmet is unsurpassed. Solar welding mask technology makes it possible for these helmets to operate solely on the light from weld. Welding becomes less of a task when applying one of these welding helmets to any welding application.

Longevity Global Inc. is the leading cutting and welding equipment manufacturer in the whole USA. The company is also know to deliver the most advanced models of portable generators to fulfill the power back-up needs. The unbeatable price range and paramount quality have always been core principles of the company. Longevity Global Inc.'s comprehensive 5 years of warranty on all their offered is also a factor which differentiates this company from all the other ordinary welding machine manufacturers.

Longevity Global Inc. is providing its dedicated service since 2001. It is growing at a phenomenal pace with high customer satisfaction, new and used welders, cutters and efficient industrial production for welding purposes. It works in different parts of world with distributors in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, and multiple other countries. Longevity Global Inc. serve globally with manufacturing facilities with its logistic companies to effectively distribute products in a punctual and effective manner.

To know more visit http://www.longevity-inc.com.

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Scholar on aging argues people can now live to 1,000

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Some people alive today will live to be at least 1,000 years old, according to Aubrey de Grey, a leading scholar in the study of anti-aging methods. In a lecture Wednesday, de Grey presented research-based support and an ethics-based argument for a near future in which aging no longer exists and people live forever.

The seminar, called The Science and Ethics of Eliminating Aging, was sponsored by the Universitys Center for Human Values and chaired by bioethics professor Peter Singer. De Grey presented his research on anti-aging therapy, promoted his vision for a world in which humans do not experience the negative effects of aging and evaluated the benefits of and objections to this future society.

De Grey is currently the chief science officer of the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Foundation, a non-profit devoted to anti-aging research that he founded, and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Rejuvenation Research.

In an interview before the seminar, de Grey said he hoped to use the lecture to educate people that the defeat of aging is both feasible and desirable.

De Grey began his presentation by defining aging. He said his foundation does research on ways to limit damages done to the human body by natural metabolic processes and that he hopes the research will allow them to identify a physical state in which one could perpetually look and feel and function like a young adult.

There are seven specific types of damage aging does to the body, de Grey noted. Although solutions to these have not been reached, he described a scientific breakthrough his group achieved several months ago; a study they had performed showed increased viability of cells in a culture, which he said could have implications for stopping the damage that causes cardiovascular disease.

De Grey then described the feasibility and societal benefits of successful development of anti-aging technology. He said his research suggests a 50-50 chance of developing these therapies within the next 25 years to a level of sophistication that will confer ... robust human rejuvenation.

On a slide comparing two pictures, de Grey simply summarized his views on the positives and negatives of anti-aging: one of young people at play labeled Fun and another of a sickly senior citizen labeled Not Fun. Therefore, he argued that everyone from biologists to journalists to ordinary citizens practicing advocacy should work to achieve successful anti-aging solutions.

Finally, de Grey suggested that a society in which people live indefinite life spans would have a higher quality of life. He noted that critics argue that indefinite life spans would lead to overpopulation and that living forever might not be desirable. However, those are not reasons to halt research into anti-aging solutions and those are ethical questions best decided by future generations, he said.

Even if we did have a problem [arising from anti-aging development] and humanity had a choice to make ... thats a choice humanity of the future is entitled to make for itself rather than having that choice imposed on it by our not choosing to develop these therapies, de Grey said.

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Spokesperson/Resource Availability Alert – Looking for a health and nutrition, lifestyle or culinary resource? Loblaw …

Posted: October 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm


BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - (TSX:L) - Healthy living is something many Canadians strive for, but between eating the right foods, exercising and being mindful of health risks, it can feel like a daunting endeavor. Loblaw banner stores offer one of Canada's leading assortments of fresh offerings* along with a broad range of services to empower Canadians to make healthier choices including the presence of 21 dietitians in 44 Loblaws store locations across Ontario. If you're looking for new ideas or need a trusted opinion, Loblaw has a panel of media-savvy specialists for print or broadcast opportunities across the province to help support your audience in their journey towards achieving healthier lifestyles.

Dietitians

Alexis Williams , Registered Dietitian, Health and Wellness Director, Loblaw Companies Limited Alexis develops health and wellness services and programs for Loblaw banner stores including the in-store dietitians program offered at selected Loblaws store locations that offers personalized grocery store tours and more to customers. Alexis also has experience as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition counsellor.

Tina Stewart , Registered Dietitian, President's Choice Product Development, Loblaw Companies Limited Toronto-based Tina works with the President's Choice product development team. As a busy mom of two, including one child with food allergies, Tina has great tips to offer for choosing healthier foods and filling your grocery cart with them.

Susan MacFarlane, In-store Registered Dietitian, Loblaws store in Kanata, Ottawa , Ontario Ottawa-based dietitian Susan MacFarlane leads grocery store tours, food demonstrations, cooking classes, educational seminars and 1:1 nutrition consultations, specializing in vegan/vegetarian diets. In addition, Susan consults on nutrition-related chronic disease management such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome and has facilitated numerous talks relating to infant feeding and picky eaters.

The Loblaw team of dietitians have a wealth of advice to offer on healthy living such as:

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Tom Filippou, Executive Chef and National Director, President's Choice Cooking Schools, Loblaw Companies Limited You may know Chef Tom from many of the commercials featuring President's Choice products, serving up great food alongside Galen G. Weston. Chef Tom is also responsible formore than 200 President's Choice Cooking Schools across Canada . He can provide a variety of recipe ideas and inspiration for entertaining that's sure to make an impression on your guests.

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Australian healthcare company Rapid Nutrition to invest $20 mn in India

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Australia's Rapid Nutrition, one of the world's largest natural healthcare companies, is to invest $20 million in India for rolling out its globally successful scientific and holistic weight loss programme Leisa's Secret and also setting up a manufacturing facility in this country.

"Rapid Nutrition brings out India's only scientific weight loss programme built around 12 years of extensive research in Australia. It is Rapid Nutrition's serious objective to deliver sustainable results to consumers and demonstrate it by commitment," said Simon St Ledger, Rapid Nutrition's founder and chairman, at a news conference here.

"This is coupled with cutting-edge technology and endorsement from medical professionals."

Rapid Nutrition will initially invest $10.6 million by March 31. It plans to set up a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad and also acquire a healthcare marketing firm in India soon, St Ledger said.

The roll out of Leisa's Secret aims to cover south India first, followed by west, north and later east and central India.

"Leisa's Secret weight loss programme offers the combined benefit of four products which will be supplied directly to the customer. The individual is entitled to nutritional support by a team of qualified nutritionist and motivational support to be provided by trained para-medical team to improve compliance," a company statement said.

"We wish to grab 50 percent of our business through type 2 and smaller cities so that this programme reaches a larger base. We would do this by continuous empanelment of doctors and nutritionists in our programme across the country. We are starting with metro cities, but soon we will be there across the nation," said St Ledger.

In the pipeline are premium weight-loss snacks to address the between-meal snacking pattern among Indians.

India is reeling under a huge nutrition debt as nearly 570 million consume sufficient or excess calories but lack adequate intake of nutrients. In fact, 60 percent of this section consumes higher than normal calories, with a disproportionately high fat intake making hypertension and diabetes as the India's crowning glory.

"Middle-aged housewives and working women are the target for many debilitating lifestyle disorders. Current weight loss patterns are not sustainable, resulting into yo-yoing of weight. With growing awareness, people display a prophylactic intent rather than curative. Leisa's Secret caters to this growing need with scientifically proven holistic weight loss programme," said Amit Srivastava, CEO, India and APAC, Rapid Nutrition.

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MusclePharm Wins Three Bodybuilding.com Awards Upon Fitness Enthusiasts' Votes

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DENVER, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --MusclePharm Corporation (MSLP.OB), a nutritional supplement company focused on active lifestyles, announced today that it won three of the 23 top honors at the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards, awarded on September 29-30th at the 2012 Joe Weider's Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bodybuilding.com indicated that the awards reflected Internet votes casted by consumers, with each category being represented from the over 500 brand names and over 8,000 health and fitness products sold on Bodybuilding.com. The original 70 nominations this year were based on sales, and consumers voted from July 13 August 31, 2012 in picking this year's final winners. There were a record-breaking number of votes 2.4 million.

The three MusclePharm awards were for

"MusclePharm is especially gratified to receive these prestigious awards, because workout enthusiasts cast the votes for what they feel are the best products," said MusclePharm Chief Executive Officer Brad Pyatt. "We were honored to win these three awards, and with a field of over 8,000 supplements235 different pre-workout products challenging our Assault pre-workout alonewe are proud to be a standout brand in the eyes of the consuming public. To our customers, a big thanks from the entire MP Team!"

ABOUT MUSCLEPHARM CORPORATION

MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures Informed Choice approved nutritional supplements. The products are formulated through a six-stage research process involving the expertise of leading nutritional scientists and field tested using a pool of up to one hundred elite professional athletes from various professional sports leagues including the National Football League, Mixed Martial Arts and Major League Baseball. The Company's products address active lifestyles, including muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen. MusclePharm's products are also sold to consumers in more than 120 countries and available in over 10,000 U.S. retail outlets, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, Bally Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness. MusclePharm products also are sold through more than 100 online stores globally, including bodybuilding.com, Amazon.com and Vitacost.com. For more information, please visit http://www.musclepharm.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. Statements, along with other known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company's control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the Company's current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity. Readers are encouraged to read the Company's reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011, for a description of forward-looking statements and related uncertainties. MusclePharm assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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Best Fitness Trends to Try

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Trying something new keeps you motivated to exercise. But which current fitness craze is worth your time, money, and energy? Real Simple asked health experts to weigh in.

TRX Suspension TrainerThe trend, explained: This piece of workout equipment was developed by a Navy SEAL as a way to stay fit in the field. The TRX, made up of nylon straps and handles, anchors over a door or some other stationary object and adjusts to different heights so you can do head-to-toe movespush-ups, lunges, pull-upsusing your body weight. The equipment costs about $200 (trxtraining.com) and comes with how-to DVDs. Fans say that the TRX engages more muscles than the same moves performed on solid ground.

Expert opinion: The main benefit of using the TRX is that it forces you to use your core to stabilize yourself, says Scarsdale, N.Y.based exercise physiologist Brad Schoenfeld, the author of Women's Home Workout Bible. For example, to do a plank pose on the ground, you only have to keep your body straight and lifted, using your abdominals for support. For a plank pose with the TRX, in which your ankles are held up by the nylon straps, you need to engage your chest, back, shoulders, and abdominals to ensure that you dont fall over.

The TRX is also convenient, because you can rig it up at home and adjust your positioning to increase or decrease the difficulty level, says Schoenfeld.

The bottom line: The TRX is worth it for almost anyone, especially for people who want a challenging way to exercise different muscle groups but may not want to sign up for a gym membership. _______________________________________________

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)The trend, explained: HIIT turns a regular cardio workout into a super-efficient one: You alternate between 20- to 30-second bursts of all-out effort and easier recovery periods. HIIT works with any cardio activity, including walking, running outdoors, and using the elliptical or stair-climber. The approach is said to strengthen the heart, the lungs, and large muscles, and devotees love it because of its purported fat-burning abilities. Plus, HIIT workouts are short20 to 30 minutes on average. To try it: Start with a slow five-minute warm-up, then increase your pace (or resistance or incline) until youre breathing heavily. Keep going for 30 seconds, then drop your pace, resistance, or incline down for two to four minutes; repeat three to four times. Because of the intensity, most experts recommend HIIT a maximum of three times a week.

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Florida Blue Partners with Healthways to Offer SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Through 2015

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

As part of its mission to help people achieve better health, Florida Blue, Floridas Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan, today announced a three-year partnership with well-being improvement leader Healthways (HWAY) to offer the award-winning SilverSneakers Fitness Program to 50,000 eligible members in Florida.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013 SilverSneakers, the nations leading exercise program designed to keep older adults active and healthy, will be available to members of the Blue Medicare HMO statewide, and members of the Blue Medicare Regional PPO in Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Lake, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, and Sumter counties.

At Florida Blue, we believe that regular physical activity is important for good health, and its even more important as we age. That is why we have partnered with Healthways to introduce the SilverSneakers Fitness Program to our Medicare members, stated Elizabeth Strombom, vice president, Medicare Solutions at Florida Blue. Achieving lifelong fitness will help our members in their pursuit of health.

Using proven methodologies based upon more than 16 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs. Physical activity can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, relieve symptoms of depression, help maintain older adult independent living, and enhance overall quality of life.

Strength training is recommended as part of a comprehensive physical activity program among older adults and may help to improve balance and decrease risk of falls.1 SilverSneakers engages participants in more frequent strength training, aerobic, and flexibility exercise through access to a variety of venues and programming designed specifically for older adults that incorporates social experiences.

Healthways has a long track record of helping people of all ages and abilities overcome barriers to care.

Healthways is proud to partner with Florida Blue to improve the health and well-being of its older adult members through the SilverSneakers Fitness Program, providing access to a proven solution that integrates a unique combination of exercise and social support, said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. We congratulate Florida Blue for offering a program that their members will find to be user-friendly, highly rewarding, and enjoyable.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program was founded in 1993 and serves more than 9 million eligible members. The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.

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Fitness Consulting Group Now Partnering with Smart Group Training

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Fitness Consulting Group, the organization which offers fitness business advice through FitBusinessInsider.com, is now partnering with Smart Group Training. Smart Group Training is an organization dedicated to improving the quality and reputation of group training.

Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

Founded by renowned personal trainers Steve Long and Jared Woolever, Smart Group Training provides personal trainers with tools and systems designed to improve their experience with group training.

Fitness Consulting Group has been the gold standard in the fitness industry when it comes to helping fitness businesses grow, Long says. Jared and I are proud to bring Smart Group Training to the FCG family and bring our knowledge of group training to personal trainers everywhere.

While Long is making his first foray into the fitness business coaching world, he has a storied career in the fitness industry. Having trained clients from ages 6 to 80 over the past 8 years, Long has won many awards and accolades for his achievements in the field of personal training.

Known for his practical approach to personal training, Long has specialized in functional fat loss, sports performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and lifestyle coaching.

When it came time to forming and promoting Smart Group Training, I knew that I could use my experiences as a trainer to help other fitness professionals, Long says. My skills in combination with Jared Woolevers knowledge and insight will provide trainers with the systems necessary to take group training to the next level.

Dedicated to bettering himself through evidence based research and continuing education, Jared Woolever helps his clients with everything from weight management, improving strength and flexibility to cardiovascular fitness.

We believe that you can run semi private personal training sessions and still have a personal feel, Woolever says. Of course, it requires more than just showing up and watching people exercise. You have to get involved and engaged with your clients even in a group setting.

Long and Woolever firmly believe in the transformative power of group personal training. They note that such training requires trainers to give hands on assessment and corrective exercises, to truly understand the bodies and needs of their clients.

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Evive Health COO Addresses HERO Annual Meeting on Ways to Increase Engagement in Health and Wellness Programs

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Prashant Srivastava, chief operating officer of Evive Health, was one of the featured speakers at this years Health Enhancement Research Organizations (HERO) annual meeting, October 2 4, in Minnesota. Evive Health is one of the nations leading innovators of technology solutions that provides individuals with personalized health and wellness tools that improve their health decision making.

Joining Srivastava in the presentation was Lisa Shu, visiting assistant professor of management and organization at The Kellogg School of Management. Shus teaching and research focuses primarily on ethical decision making over the long term in order to identify moral nudges that can be effective across cultural settings. Together, Srivastava and Shu discussed how personalized messaging can be the key to increasing employee engagement in preventative health and wellness programs.

More and more employers across the country are recognizing that offering employee health and wellness programs isnt enough if their employees dont participate due to real or perceived barriers, said Srivastava. Through our presentation we shared with attendees some insights into the newest engagement tools that make it easier for individuals to take action and which have been proven to greatly enhance participation and results.

Unhealthy workers are collectively costing corporate America more than $153 billion in lost productivity annually. Attendees at the Evive presentation learned the secrets to dramatically increasing member/employee participation in health and wellness programs, including understanding the barriers to participation and how to effectively overcome them.

They also discovered the road-tested techniques that diverse industries have successfully used to increase direct response to their communications and how those same practices can be applied to enhance engagement in health and wellness programs.

The key is personalized messaging, Srivastava told the attendees. By getting away from simply sending generic messages and by smartly nudging people in the right way and through the right interactive tools we have seen response rates 3-5 times that of traditional healthcare communications. In fact, in the first year alone, our communications techniques have raised member adherence an average of 21 percent.

Evive Health has been part of the HERO think tank, which brings together a select group of executives from around the country to exchange ideas, expertise and recommendations in order to solve problems and react to opportunities concerning employee health management national policy and strategy.

Founded in 2007, Evive Health is the leading innovator in designing personalized communication tools that motivate individuals to engage in health and wellness enhancement activities that improve their health, lower healthcare costs, and lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Earlier this year Evive was recognized with an award of excellence at the 11thAnnual Patient Adherence Forum in Philadelphia. Evive was also presented with a Gold Aster Award for the direct mail program it created on behalf of the state of Nebraska to educate its employees on their cost-savings Wellness Health Plan options and other health and wellness decisions.

Further information on Evive may be obtained at http://www.evivehealth.com/.

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Kenya: Doctors strike over poor health care

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Doctors in Kenya's public hospitals on Wednesday spent their 17th day on strike to protest the dilapidated state of public health care. Emergency rooms in some of Kenya's public hospitals frequently don't have gloves or medicine, and power outages sometimes force doctors to use the light from their phones to complete a procedure.

Kenya's government fired 1,000 of the 2,000 striking doctors last week despite a shortfall of skilled medical practitioners. The government had promised to implement reforms in health care last year after doctors walked off the job and held protests.

At least two patients have died due to lack of treatment since the strike started, union officials say, but the government claims health facilities are coping well without the striking workers.

Attempts to hold talks this week with officials from the Ministry for Medical Services failed, prompting the doctors to flood social media with tell-all stories about deplorable conditions in public hospitals.

"Tuberculosis patients meant to be isolated yet they are sharing beds in the corridors meant for walking which have been converted to wards," Dr. Stanely Aruyaru said in a Twitter posting.

"It is a pity for someone to survive an accident but die in hospital because there is no blood, no Intensive Care Unit, no cervical collar, no splints and now no doctor," said Dr. Allan Kochi from the Nyeri provincial hospital in the Central Kenya. Dr. Nelly Bosire, the union representative, confirmed that the postings were authentic.

Dr. Fredrick Oluga, told The Associated Press how in mid-August he was called in to help remove the placenta from a woman that was stuck after she had just given birth. Oluga said that that when he arrived there was no electricity at the Vihiga district hospital in western Kenya and the standby generator did not have fuel. And the hospital did not have gynecological gloves for the procedure, he said.

"The patient was bleeding profusely and I had to act quickly so the nurse pointed light from her phone for me to conduct the procedure," Oluga said. He said twice this year he had to use light from a mobile phone and that such incidents are fairly common across the country.

Health care has been in a deplorable state in Kenya for a long time, but the country's poor and many in Kenya think the state of health care is the norm, said Bosire, the Nairobi branch chairwoman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacist and Dentist Union.

Bosire said middle class and rich Kenyans do not realize the problems in public health facilities until they are forced to seek treatment there when treatment in private hospitals becomes too expensive. Public hospitals charge far less than private hospitals, where politicians and top government officials seek treatment, Bosire said.

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