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Health and Fitness File, Oct. 17

Posted: October 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm


Chays Tae Kwon Do

CARDIO KARATE & CAGE FITNESS: Cardio Karate is based on kickboxing, cardio, strength and core training. Cage Fitness maximizes fat burning and muscle toning in 30 minutes. Free trial classes available through Oct. 27 for all fitness levels. Cardio Karate times, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday.; Cage Fitness, 6:05 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Chays Tae Kwon Do, 2720 Old Mill Drive. Call (262) 633-7090 to reserve a time slot.

Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association

FLU SHOTS: The fee is $32 and payable by cash, check or charge. Medicare Part B, WEA and Select Humana Plans accepted. For more information, call (262) 656-8400.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, third floor, 600 52nd St., Kenosha.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 31, Sentry 5740 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant.

City of Racine Parks & Cultural Services Department

ZUMBA FITNESS: These fitness classes cost $1 and runs through the end of 2012:

Dr. John Bryant Center, 601 21st St., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Tyler-Domer Center, 2301 12th St., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays or 6-7 p.m. Fridays.

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Gaiam Inks New Deal With Fitness Icon Richard Simmons

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NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Gaiam, Inc., the leading distributor of lifestyle media, today announced an exclusive, multi-year relationship with renowned fitness personality Richard Simmons. The deal includes the production of a new infomercial for 2013, the right to produce new content for both DVD and digital distribution and the re-release of classic Richard Simmons workout programs.

With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry, Simmons continues to motivate and inspire others with his enthusiastic personality and passion to help individuals lose weight and take control of their health and well-being. The new infomercial will focus on fun, dance inspired weight loss workouts choreographed to hit music, a digital version of his very successful FoodMover and healthy meal plan.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Richard in the past and am thrilled to have the opportunity to build a partnership with him," said Bill Sondheim, president of Gaiam.

"Richard works tirelessly to help both men and women of every demographic reach their fitness goals. In fact, he is one of the few leaders in the fitness space to address the 'new to exercise' consumer by offering a weight loss system that is simple and non-intimidating, and of course, fun," he adds.

"It is an honor to be partnering with Gaiam," said Richard Simmons. "For all these years I have been trying to help people take better care of themselves. Our country's health and well being is at a low. People are having trouble dealing with their weight and self esteem. It is not surprising that the danger of obesity in adults and children continues to rise. With these new programs I want to bring H.O.P.E. Health. Optimism. Passion. Energy. These are elementspeople must have in order to achievetheir goals and I will work for the rest of my life to helpthem get there."

"The opportunity to partner Richard Simmons with Gaiam brings together two of the world's most recognized brands in fitness and well being," said Richard's longtime manager Michael Catalano. "We look forward to many years of great programs."

About GAIAMGaiam, Inc. (GAIA) is a leading producer and marketer of lifestyle media and fitness accessories. With a wide distribution network that consists of over 60,000 retail doors, close to 15,000 stores within stores, 5,600 media category management locations, a digital distribution platform and more than 10 million direct customers, Gaiam is dedicated to providing solutions for healthy and eco-conscious living. The company dominates the health and wellness category and releases non-theatrical programming focused on family entertainment and conscious media. For more information about Gaiam, please visit http://www.gaiam.com or call 1.800.869.3603.

Media Contact:Lauren Aboulessan Krupp Kommunications (212) 886-6710 LAboulessan@kruppnyc.com

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Charter Fitness Raises Over $1,200 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Fitness raised $1,210 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during their St. Jude Fitness Challenge. The eight-week fundraiser ran from August 6 to September 28, 2012 to benefit the hospital's programs for finding new treatments for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Club members set their goals for weight lost, time worked-out, miles run or walked or weight lifted over the eight-week period. Friends and family monitored member progress online and pledged a monetary donation for each fitness milestone reached.

"We want to thank all the club members who participated in the St. Jude Fitness Challenge. It was a success thanks to their dedication to personal fitness and their community," said Dan Collins, Director of Sales, Charter Fitness.

For more information on memberships and upcoming events held by Charter Fitness, visit http://www.charterfitness.com.

About Charter Fitness Franchising LLC

Based in Orland Park, IL, Charter Fitness Franchising LLC is a health club franchise with over 40 locations. Charter Fitness health clubs offer members a clean, comfortable and convenient workout experience with best-in-class fitness equipment for as low as $10 per month. The Company is now the largest health club business in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area, and expects to hire 200 employees over the coming months. Charter Fitness strongly believes in community involvement and is a member of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). For franchising information or to find a club near you, visit http://www.CharterFitness.com

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Health officials drawing blood from Yosemite employees to better understand deadly mouse virus

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FRESNO, Calif. - Health officials are set to draw blood from hundreds of Yosemite National Park employees as part of a research project that aims to help scientists better understand a potentially deadly virus carried by deer mice that killed three park visitors and sickened six others this summer.

More than 300 year-round employees will provide blood and answer an extensive questionnaire, as park epidemiologists and doctors with the California Department of Public Health try to determine how many workers might have been exposed to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome over the years, and why some people get sick and others don't.

Despite living and working in the same environment as the tourists who fell ill, no park employees were among those sickened by the virus that kills one-third of those infected.

"This disease hasn't been around for a long time, and there's a lot we don't know about it," said Barbara Maternal, chief of the occupational health branch of the health department.

Meanwhile, federal epidemiologists are still amassing data as they try to decipher what caused the most concentrated outbreak of the disease recorded since its first detection nearly two decades ago.

All of the tourists who fell ill stayed in the "Signature" tent cabins in Yosemite's family friendly Curry Village lodging area. Investigators later determined that deer mice, the most common carrier of the illness, were nesting inside the insulated, double walls of the new tents and likely were drawn by food guests brought with them.

Deer mice that live in areas with natural predators rarely carry the virus, said Danielle Buttke, a veterinary epidemiologist with the National Park Service. The infection rate for mice trapped in and around Yosemite Valley, where most of the park's 4 million annual visitors spend time, has been about 14 per cent, which is the California average.

The virus is transmitted on airborne particles of mouse urine and feces, but researchers say little else is known about it.

The park has initiated an aggressive trapping program as researchers try to determine whether human intervention can mimic the results shown by natural predation.

"We need to do further research to see if we can influence that," Buttke said.

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Illinois hospital integrating payor, provider data to improve employee, community health

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Edward Hospital & Health Services of Illinois is supporting care delivery for its 4,300 employees and the surrounding Naperville community using a new solution from the Premier healthcare alliance and Verisk Health integrating payor and provider data.

With PopulationAdvisor, Edward Hospital can monitor clinical and financial performance across the continuum of care an essential capability needed to provide coordinated, accountable care.

The solution combines Premiers comparative provider database, containing 1 in 4 U.S. hospital discharges, 2.5 million real-time clinical transactions daily and nearly $43 billion in annual purchasing data, with Verisk Healths risk-based payor analytics that are used by more than 450 healthcare and employer organizations.

PopulationAdvisor offers a complete picture of patient care with a better understanding of outcomes and total cost, including care provided outside the hospital. With most health systems at risk for the cost and quality of their own employees, the solution also helps manage employee health.

Focusing on better coordinating care within our employee population will allow us to replicate what is working to improve our communitys health, said Brent Smith, DO, MMM, vice president of clinical integration and chief medical officer at Edward Hospital, a Premier owner. This solution bridges the gap between claims and provider data, which supports a range of clinical decisions. More informed predictions and customized decision making means that patients will receive the most effective treatments possible for their unique needs. It also means we can keep the people in our community healthier, so they dont become patients. That is true healthcare.

Edward Hospital is taking the needed steps to support their data-driven, risk-management initiatives in improving their communitys well-being. Treating sicknesses is an expensive way to do things. Enabling health and preventing illness is not only whats best for the individual, it saves money as well, said Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of healthcare informatics for Premier, which ranked 30th overall and third for healthcare companies on this years InformationWeek 500 list.

Premier is a provider-owned improvement alliance of 2,700 hospitals and 90,000 other care sites including 400,000 physicians. The alliance partnered with Verisk Health, a global leader in healthcare risk management solutions, to create PopulationAdvisor so health systems can:

It is essential that hospitals and health systems monitor clinical and financial performance across the continuum of care if they want to be an effective accountable care organization, said Nathan Gunn, chief operating officer of Verisk Health. This initiative will equip Edward Hospital with the tools necessary to understand both quality and efficiency, enabling Edward Hospital providers to more effectively support emerging care-delivery models.

Edward Hospital also uses other Premier solutions, which integrate and compare outcomes information to support care delivery, such as:

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Sexual health clinic at uni shuts

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17 October 2012 Last updated at 09:54 ET

A sexual health clinic at Aberystwyth University has closed until the end of the year due to a lack of staff.

The decision by Hywel Dda Health Board has angered students, who have started a petition demanding it is reopened immediately.

The weekly service was launched at a campus welfare centre in February 2010, but it shut in August.

The health board said town GP surgeries provided sexual health clinics.

A spokeswoman said every effort was being made to recruit new staff for the university.

Students have also complained that health officials closed the service without consulting them. The health board has been asked to respond to this accusation.

The clinic offered them advice about contraception, sexually-transmitted diseases and check-ups.

Regrettably, the sexual health clinic at Aberystwyth University has been temporarily suspended until the end of the year due to staff shortages

The health board spokeswoman said: "Regrettably, the sexual health clinic at Aberystwyth University has been temporarily suspended until the end of the year due to staff shortages.

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Arizona Integrated Physicians Selects New Century Health for Oncology Management

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BREA, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Century Health (NCH), a leader in specialty care quality and cost management services, announced today that Arizona Integrated Physicians, a leading medical group nationally recognized for improving healthcare quality, selected New Century Health's Care NavigatorSM program to manage medical oncology and radiation therapy for AIP's Medicare members.

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"AIP is committed to delivering the highest quality care to our patients," said Rick Rock, chief operating officer. "New Century Health has a strong track record of partnering with physicians to provide evidence-based specialty care. NCH's ability to provide a comprehensive, clinically advanced oncology program on a capitated basis demonstrates a shared commitment to care delivery solutions that improve quality, increase physician practice efficiencies and reduce the cost of care," he said.

The Care NavigatorSM oncology quality management program enables oncologists to partner with health plans to improve quality and provide evidence-based care. Designed to meet the needs of oncologists and practice support staff, New Century Health's Care NavigatorSM integrates evidenced-based clinical pathways with automated processes and innovative clinical decision support tools.

"We welcome Arizona Integrated Physicians as a partner in serving their physicians and Medicare members," said Atul Dhir, MD, PhD, chief executive officer of New Century Health. "AIP's physicians will now have the next generation of medical oncology and radiation therapy clinical support resources needed deliver quality-focused, cost effective-cancer care. We look forward to collaborating with AIP to achieve their clinical and cost management objectives," he added.

About Arizona Integrated Physicians (AIP)

AIP is a physician-owned Phoenix-based organization comprised of more than 700 physicians, including approximately 175 primary care physicians and 525 specialty care physicians. AIP was founded in 1994 and has evolved to become a nationally recognized leader in implementing comprehensive quality and care management programs, pay-for-performance models, outcome improvement measures and tiered provider reimbursement models tied to quality measures and patient outcomes. As a physician-owned and governed organization, AIP is dedicated to becoming a virtual medical group and clinically integrated physician network that enhances the viability and sustainability of independent physicians. Please visit http://www.arizonaphysicians.com for more information.

About New Century Health

New Century Health (NCH) is a national specialty care quality and cost management company. NCH provides comprehensive technology and clinical solutions to enhance the quality and efficiency of patient care. Its customers include health plans and physician practices providing specialty care management services to Medicare, Medicaid and commercial members. New Century Health, an official licensee of the NCCN Drugs & Biologics CompendiumTM, is also collaborating with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association to promote guidelines-based treatment for oncology and cardiology. To learn more about New Century Health, visit http://www.NewCenturyHealth.com.

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Longevity Global Inc. Upgrades Its Inventory With A Completely New And Advanced Range Of Welding Machines

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Longevity Global Inc., USA's leading cutting and welding equipment manufacturer and supplier has yet gain introduced some of the most advanced welding and cutting machines to the world. Their newly launched ForceCut series of PLASMA CUTTING MACHINE will now be available for sale on the e-commerce website of Longevity Global Inc. Along with the introduction of most powerful and efficient cutting tools, the welding market leading company has also extended its offered product range by staging some of its self manufactured futuristic models of STICK WELDING MACHINE.

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President Longevity Global Inc., Simon Katz talked about his company's product updates during a press conference. He said, Industrialists and professional welders often make mistakes while choosing a welding machine and very often get annoyed after using the manual and inefficient welding machines after some time. Since, there is very less margin for error while performing a welding job, welders should only rely on machines which can perform versatile operations and are embedded with mechanism control features. We at Longevity Global Inc. have used our modern engineering standards to manufacture some new and the most advanced models of Stick, MIG and Tig welding machine. And I can confidently claim that these new welding tools will outperform all the other similar devices which you have used so far.

Longevity Global Inc. has not abstained from giving discounts even on their newly launched series of Mig welding machine and other welding devices. Longevity Global Inc. offers a full line of welding equipment for both Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and professional welding purposes. All of these equipment comes with an unmatched warranty of 5-Years on both parts and labor. Through innovation, experience, and engineering, they provide customers with affordable and reliable welding machines in all ranges of production from the garage users, to pipe welders, and ship builders. The warranty they provide is tailored to the end users and their customer support is unmatched.

About The Company

Longevity Global Inc. is providing its dedicated services 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. serves 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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"Anti-Aging" Pill Steals Show at International Obesity Conference

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SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --It started out as just another hot and balmy September afternoon in sunny San Antonio, Texas. More than 500 of the most highly respected scientists from around the globe gathered to discuss the latest research at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the prestigious Obesity Society. Ordinarily, not too many people outside this elite group of experts would have cared. But then something extraordinary happened. The once-silent room began to buzz as the results of a double-blind clinical trial were made public for the first time... An orally administered capsule made up of a novel amino acid complex was shown to increase mean serum growth hormone levels by more than 600%. Had the proverbial fountain of youth finally been discovered?

Both medical experts and HGH users have long believed that increased HGH levels can help reduce wrinkles, decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, strengthen bones, boost mood, improve sex drive, and make users look and feel decades not years, but DECADES younger.

Claims of increased growth hormone levels from a simple pill would have ordinarily been dismissed by this elite group of experts. However, because the paper was being presented by some of this country's most respected scientists, even the most skeptical of attendees was in a hurry to get their hands on a sample of the active substance for their own personal use. And for good reason... the results of the study were, quite simply... groundbreaking.

The very next day headlines around the world screamed: "Fountain of Youth Discovered!" and news reports about a miracle anti-aging, anti-obesity breakthrough filled the airwaves.

Could It All Be True?

Frankly, this is where the real story begins. As with so many "new" discoveries, the science behind human growth hormone was actually decades old. Since the 1980s, experts have understood that human growth hormone plays a crucial role in the healthy functioning of many of our bodily systems, and many believe it's the key to staying lean, young and vital. However, despite years of research and body. The study was groundbreaking, because it showed that the proprietary combination of amino acids contained in the SeroVital formula increases endogenous HGH levels SIX FOLD not only in young athletes, but for 'ordinary' men and women of all age ranges. That means this oral formula encourages the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone naturally, without injections."

The Miracle of SeroVital-hgh

The real miracle of SeroVital is that the many touted benefits of healthy HGH levels increased energy, reduced wrinkles, increased sex drive, weight loss, muscle gain, improved mood are no longer restricted to the uber rich and famous. This is huge news for consumers, because it means you no longer have to visit a doctor and shell out thousands of dollars a month to increase your HGH levels.

So What's the Catch?

Well, there are three. First, as with HGH injections, SeroVital-hgh is not a "magic bullet" but one part of a healthy lifestyle choice including a sensible diet and exercise regimen. And, just like HGH injections, you have to remember to renew your monthly supply.

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Nutrition advocates putting heat on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Posted: October 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm


CHICAGO On a recent sunny fall afternoon, students from Lake View High School streamed out of a nearby convenience store munching after-school snacks.

Some bought cookies and snack cakes. Others got soft drinks and candy. But the majority walked out of Touchdown Food Mart with crinkly orange bags of Flamin Hot Cheetos sometimes with warm cheese sauce poured on top of the fiery red curls.

Once you start eating them, they are kind of addicting, and you cant help it, said sophomore Zian Garcia. Personally I have been eating them for years, and I cannot stop. I just have this urge to eat them.

In the 20 years since Frito-Lay launched Flamin Hot Cheetos as a snack aimed at urban convenience stores, the product has inspired dozens of spicy competitors, multiple Facebook fan pages, a viral rap video and legions of loyal young fans.

But for many school administrators and public health advocates, the wild popularity of Flamin Hots inspires concern. To many, theyve become shorthand for everything that is wrong with the diets of American children, whose obesity rates have tripled since 1980.

While its true that Flamin Hots, also known as Hot Cheetos, deliver high levels of salt, fat and artificial colors with little nutrition or fiber in return, the same can be said for similar snacks.

Yet there is something about Flamin Hot Cheetos that inflames critics in a way that other snacks including regular Cheetos never did. Some schools and districts, including Illinois Noble Street Charter School Network and the entire Rockford school district, have banned Flamin Hots by name, citing nutritional concerns.

We dont allow candy, and we dont allow Hot Cheetos, said Rita Exposito, principal of Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena, Calif. We dont encourage other chips, but if we see Hot Cheetos, we confiscate them sometimes after the child has already eaten most of them. Its mostly about the lack of nutrition.

Its not hard to find kids who say they eat Flamin Hots or similar products every day, sometimes even for breakfast. If that sounds like an addiction, some scientists say it may not be far from the truth.

Emerging research on food addiction suggests that processed salty, fatty or sweet foods of any kind also called hyperpalatable foods can trigger brain responses similar to those created by controlled substances in addicted individuals.

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The Secret Reason Schiff Nutrition International's Earnings are Awesome

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It takes money to make money. Most investors know that, but with business media so focused on the "how much," very few investors bother to ask, "How fast?"

When judging a company's prospects, how quickly it turns cash outflows into cash inflows can be just as important as how much profit it's booking in the accounting fantasy world we call "earnings." This is one of the first metrics I check when I'm hunting for the market's best stocks. Today, we'll see how it applies to Schiff Nutrition International (NYSE: SHF) .

Let's break this down In this series, we measure how swiftly a company turns cash into goods or services and back into cash. We'll use a quick, relatively foolproof tool known as the cash conversion cycle, or CCC for short.

Why does the CCC matter? The less time it takes a firm to convert outgoing cash into incoming cash, the more powerful and flexible its profit engine is. The less money tied up in inventory and accounts receivable, the more available to grow the company, pay investors, or both.

To calculate the cash conversion cycle, add days inventory outstanding to days sales outstanding, then subtract days payable outstanding. Like golf, the lower your score here, the better. The CCC figure for Schiff Nutrition International for the trailing 12 months is 90.2.

For younger, fast-growth companies, the CCC can give you valuable insight into the sustainability of that growth. A company that's taking longer to make cash may need to tap financing to keep its momentum. For older, mature companies, the CCC can tell you how well the company is managed. Firms that begin to lose control of the CCC may be losing their clout with their suppliers (who might be demanding stricter payment terms) and customers (who might be demanding more generous terms). This can sometimes be an important signal of future distress -- one most investors are likely to miss.

In this series, I'm most interested in comparing a company's CCC to its prior performance. Here's where I believe all investors need to become trend-watchers. Sure, there may be legitimate reasons for an increase in the CCC, but all things being equal, I want to see this number stay steady or move downward over time.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Dollar amounts in millions. FY = fiscal year. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Because of the seasonality in some businesses, the CCC for the TTM period may not be strictly comparable to the fiscal-year periods shown in the chart. Even the steadiest-looking businesses on an annual basis will experience some quarterly fluctuations in the CCC. To get an understanding of the usual ebb and flow at Schiff Nutrition International, consult the quarterly-period chart below.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Dollar amounts in millions. FQ = fiscal quarter.

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Avon school fitness grant about to expire

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Students at the middle-high school flock to the fitness room after school for martial arts. But the school may need to put up a fight of its own to keep the fitness class going.

The grant that helped stock the high schools fitness room with equipment and paved the way for the after-school martial arts program is in its third and final year, leaving Principal Sharon Hansen to look for new ways to keep fitness classes going once that grant money runs out.

We had a room when I arrived but there was nothing in it, Hansen said Monday. Eight years later, we have equipment in it and we have a fitness room.

The room now boasts resistance weights, motorized equipment such as elliptical machines and stationary bikes, as well as space for after-school martial arts and weight training courses, offered for free Monday through Thursday to the 7-12 graders.

The funding for a lot of that came from a grant the school received in 2010 through the Rockland-based North River Collaborative program known as STRIDE (Students Taking Responsibility for Individual Diet and Exercise).

Grant money in the amount of $749,479 was split up among 22 schools throughout southeastern Massachusetts, made available for three years through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, a federal grant offered annually to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.

Part of that grant money, Hansen said, also goes toward hiring certified staff from the Old Colony YMCA to teach the after-school fitness programs.

But come June, that funding is up. And the classes offered for free to class sizes averaging about 15, may be dropped, or offered for a fee, just as athletics and clubs are now.

Were talking about ways to sustain the programs we have, but I dont know that well be able to extend the grant, Hansen said. So were looking at, this being the final year, ways that we can extend our programs, or go for other grants that give us the opportunity to do things in physical fitness.

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Decision soon on future of Fitness Studio gym

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The future of the Fitness Studio gym at the SBS Centre should be known within weeks.

Membership of the gym has halved in the last six months. About 200 people still have memberships but that number was "trending consistently downwards" according to district council community services manager Sharon Matson.

The actual number using the gym was accepted as being a lot less than 200 although no exact numbers were available. Mrs Matson said the swipe card system which members had previously used when entering the gym was no longer operating, and members had differing views of what regular usage was - with some using the gym once every couple of weeks and others making several visits a week.

It was also unclear how many of those 200 people were using both the Fitness Centre and CBay Fitness as membership covered both facilities.

Back in April, membership of the Fitness Studio was put at around 400, the same as 12 months earlier.

Many of the classes at the Fitness Centre were attracting only three or four participants with those classes also being offered at CBay Fitness.

There has also been a steady loss of staff from the Fitness Studio to positions at CBay Fitness and elsewhere.

There was now only one part time fitness instructor employed at the Fitness Studio.

When the council took over the running of the SBS Centre from the Aorangi Stadium Trust late last year, it undertook to retain the existing level of services, (including staffing and operating hours) at the Fitness Centre until January 31, 2013 subject to adequate patronage.

Yesterday's community development committee went into committee to discuss the future of the Fitness Centre, but chief executive Peter Nixon later said Mrs Matson would prepare a report on the future of the gym by mid November.

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Health Care Service Corporation And Loveisrespect Announce Initiative To Educate One Million Teens On Teen Dating …

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CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation's largest customer-owned health insurer, and Loveisrespect, the ultimate source of support for young people to prevent and end dating abuse, announce an initiative to educate one million teens on teen dating abuse and prevention.

HCSC, operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and Loveisrespect's new collaboration will reduce the growing epidemic of teen dating violence with tailored, on-the-ground outreach and awareness programs that will better equip our schools, families and communities with the information and resources needed to respond to this issue. According to multiple studies, one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence and nearly 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

Through this alliance, communities in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will learn to identify the warning signs and better respond to teen dating violence through the creation of school-based initiatives such as "Loveisrespect Institutes." As many as 1,000 free toolkits, the largest single distribution of its kind, will be sent out and will include a curriculum which leverages technology to provide teachers with web-based activities and methods for creating a supportive community.

"As a result of HCSC's support, our innovative service-learning programs will help young people develop healthy definitions of positive relationships. We're creating, conducting, evaluating and distributing a comprehensive dating abuse prevention program that will lead to measurable successes," said Cristina Escobar, director of Loveisrespect.

"We are honored to have an opportunity to team with other organizations who share our commitment to creating pathways for teenagers, their families and friends to build relationships of warmth, mutual respect and love," said Conway McDanald, chief medical officer, behavioral health, HCSC. "In our initative with Loveisrespect, we have tailored the program to our states to spread awareness and provide support to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. The collective impact creates a safe space for teens to talk about things that may be difficult and helps them decide when and where they want to do it, at any time, using any mode of communication they choose."

This program is in conjunction with Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF), a three-year initiative with a goal of improving the health and wellness of at least one million children in four states, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The HKHF initiative invests in and partners with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in four pillar categories including supporting safe environments, nutrition education, physical activity, and disease prevention and management. Overall, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative reflects HCSC's commitment to make a meaningful difference across all of the areas we serve. Within the first year, the HKHF initiative granted more than $6 million to more than 90 community partners across the four states it serves. Currently in the second year of the initiative, funding decisions and new partnerships are being identified across our four states. Additional "Healthy Kids, Healthy Families" pillar partners include:

About Health Care Service Corporation Health Care Service Corporation is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall, with more than 13 million members in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A Mutual Legal Reserve Company, HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit http://www.HCSC.com, visit our Facebook page or follow us at http://www.twitter.com/HCSC.

About Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments by Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The initiative will invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in areas of nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. To learn more about Health Kids, Healthy Families, please visit http://www.healthykidshealthyfamiles.org.

About Loveisrespect Loveisrespect helps teens and young adults, ages 13-24 navigate the spectrum of healthy relationship behaviors. From the program, young people learn there are options, answers and support available to them every hour of every day. Forming the national partnership to end dating abuse, Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline designed the new loveisrespect specifically for young people, emphasizing confidentiality and trust to ensure teens and 20-somethings nationwide feel safe and supported online and off. Find out more at http://www.loveisrespect.org.

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MMG Partners with Remedy Health Media to Bolster Clinical Trial Enrollment

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ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MMG (www.mmgct.com), a global health communications company specializing in clinical trial patient recruitment and retention, has formed an exclusive partnership with Remedy Health Media (www.remedyhealthmedia.com) to deliver unique access to a larger pool of qualified potential clinical trial participants. Remedy Health Media (Remedy) is America's fastest growing health information and technology company, which produces a variety of clinical and wellness resources including Remedy's Healthy Living and Diabetes Focus and maintains publishing partnerships with globally recognized institutions such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

This partnership offers significant value to MMG's clients by effectively reaching their desired audiences through Remedy's community of more than 150 million health-information-seeking patients and caregivers. Remedy's 28.4 million unique monthly visitors (comScore, September 2012) proactively seek treatment options for therapeutic areas that match MMG's category coverage.

Additional benefits for MMG's clients include:

"We were drawn to this partnership with Remedy because we want to be able to provide information to patients faster while offering our clients even higher value for their investment," said John Benbrook, CEO of MMG. "We look forward to leveraging MMG's unique presence within Remedy's expansive network of trusted health resources to deliver even greater measurable results."

Michael Cunnion, CEO of Remedy Health Media, said, "We're thrilled to partner with MMG because this is a perfect opportunity to provide better information, tools and connectivity to patients who are actively seeking clarity in the trial enrollment process."

About Remedy Health MediaRemedy Health Media is a privately held health information and technology company with tools that help millions of patients and caregivers live healthier, more fulfilled lives. Remedy Health Media aims to empower lives with the information and applications needed to efficiently navigate the healthcare landscape, and as a result, to permit better health outcomes through use of our products and services.

About MMGMMG is the premier global health communications organization specializing in patient recruitment and retention. With experience in more than 70 countries and across a vast range of therapeutic areas, populations, and study types, MMG provides strategies specially crafted for study teams and patient populations while delivering the best return on investment for the sponsor. MMG, a Ketchum company, is a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc.

About Diversified Agency ServicesDiversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing communications disciplines. DAS includes over 200 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

About Omnicom Group Inc.Omnicom Group Inc. (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations, and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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Conifer Health Solutions to Present at Patient Financial Services Conference on October 18

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FRISCO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Conifer Health Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC) and a leader in business process management solutions for healthcare providers, announced two of its leaders will be presenting at the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Managements (AAHAM) 2012 Annual National Institute (ANI). Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Lea Fourkiller and Associate Vice President of Clinical Revenue Cycle Services Rhonda Bankester, RN, CPUR, CMAS, IQCI, will be speaking at the conference for patient financial services professionals on Oct. 18 in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Fourkiller will present Creating an In-House Compliance Team: Basic Principles for Getting the Job Done on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11:00 a.m. During her session, she will explain how to effectively establish a compliance program that supports the goals of a hospitals revenue cycle process, protects the financial and reputational welfare of the hospital, and maintains an organizations compliance with the law. Fourkiller has served as Conifer Healths Chief Compliance Officer since 2009 and previously served as a Regional Compliance Director for 13 Tenet Healthcare hospitals. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and became a member of the Oklahoma Bar in 1988.

Bankester will present How to Implement an Effective Clinical Denials Strategy on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3:15 p.m. In her presentation, she will provide effective approaches for establishing denial management and recovery processes that lead to enhanced profitability, a reduction of case management workload and denial risk mitigation. Bankester has served as Associate Vice President at Conifer Health since 2010 and leads a national team of revenue cycle clinicians performing retrospective review of clinical denials and appeals and precertification activities. She has held various leadership positions with the company since 2000. She completed her prerequisite nursing curriculum at the University of New Orleans and received her diploma from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, La.

About Conifer Health

Conifer Health Solutions is a healthcare business process management services provider working to improve operational performance for more than 390 hospitals and healthcare entities so they can better serve their communities, communicate effectively with patients, and support patient financial administration. We have a passion for maximizing financial performance, while at the same time improving the patient experience.

We provide comprehensive operational management for revenue cycle functions including patient access, revenue integrity, and patient financial services. We also offer patient communications solutions to optimize communication between providers and patients, including patient education, outreach, scheduling, medical necessity screening and HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and Systems Survey) reporting. In addition to revenue cycle management and patient communications, our service offerings have expanded to support value-based performance through dynamic payment arrangements, ACO (Accountable Care Organization) management, population health management, and clinical integration solutions.

Conifer Health can now offer healthcare clients solutions that address the entire continuum of health administration. For more information, call 1-877-CONIFER or visit http://www.coniferhealth.com.

Conifer Health Solutions, LLC, is a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (THC). Some of thestatements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are based onourcurrent expectationsand could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risksand uncertainties, certain of which arediscussed inTenets filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, includingits annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and periodic reports on Form 8-K. Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated. We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

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Health-care Stocks: J&J, UnitedHealth get a lift from earnings reports

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By Russ Britt, MarketWatch

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) Two health-care giants, Johnson & Johnson and UnitedHealth Group Inc., moved higher Tuesday after the companies reported third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson /quotes/zigman/230812/quotes/nls/jnj JNJ +1.02% got the boost that many investors were looking for, climbing more than a buck at one point as the health-care conglomerate said adjusted third-quarter earnings were $1.25 a share. That was ahead of the FactSet consensus of analyst estimates, which came in at $1.19 a share.

Citigroup Chief Executive Vikram Pandit is stepping down, effective immediately, and will be succeeded by Michael Corbat.

J&J said net income for the quarter was $2.63 billion, or $1.05 per share including one-time charges, compared with $3.2 billion, or $1.15 a share, for the same period a year ago. Sales were $17.1 billion against last years $16 billion. The FactSet consensus called for sales of $17.5 billion, though analysts said the Street consensus was closer to $17 billion, meaning the company came in ahead of forecasts.

J&J also increased its own forecast for full-year results, saying that 2012 earnings should come in at $5.05 to $5.10 a share, up from its earlier prediction of $5.00 to $5.07 a share.

J&J shares should trade higher today in reaction to what we view as a strong, basically clean quarterly beat, Leerink Swann analyst Danielle Antalffy said in a note to clients.

J&J shares were up 78 cents, or 1.1%, to $69.38 in recent action.

UnitedHealth /quotes/zigman/258846/quotes/nls/unh UNH -1.11% , meanwhile, had a similar earnings report but it wasnt as surprising to investors, and so the share boost wasnt as great. UnitedHealth previewed its earnings recently. Shares were up marginally to $57.67 in recent action.

The company said net income was $1.56 billion, or $1.50 a share, compared with $1.27 billion, or $1.17 a share. Revenue for the health-insurance behemoth was $27.3 billion against last years $25.3 billion. Analysts said they had expected the company would earn $1.34 a share.

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Health eVillages and Oakstone Launch Medical Education Initiative for Clinicians in Need

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MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - Today, Health eVillages announced a new educational initiative that will deliver audio and video medical education to clinicians practicing medicine in remote and underserved areas around the world.Launched in partnership with Oakstone Publishing, LLC, one of the foremost providers of non-biased multimedia continuing education materials for physicians, the program will deliver Oakstone's CMEinfo video learning tools to clinicians via Health eVillages' tablets and will serve as another continuing education tool for medical professionals to keep up with the latest clinical procedures to better serve their patients.The tablets with CMEinfo educational activities will include lectures from high-profile medical professionals, institutional and academic partners of CMEinfo, and detailed medical knowledge from over 40 different medical specialties.

"Continuing medical education is critical to the practice of medicine, and Health eVillages understands the inherent challenge involved in staying current on evidence-based research and medical advancements -- especially in developing regions worldwide," said Donato Tramuto, founder of Health eVillages and CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive."Using Oakstone's CMEinfo digital audio and video content will help medical professionals build on their medical skills and knowledge to deliver better patient care."

This new initiative will be introduced in one of Health eVillages' largest pilot locations, the Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, a teaching institution that treats over 10,000 patients each month who travel to the facility from all across East Africa.Kijabe Hospital regularly conducts training sessions for its medical staff of 100, providing a venue to build on medical knowledge for its various in- and outpatient services ranging from general and orthopedic surgery to neonatal and HIV care.

"Oakstone is thrilled to collaborate with Health eVillages on this initiative," said Diane Munson, President and CEO of Oakstone."Like Health eVillages, our mission is to improve healthcare, and we believe our multimedia programs and the academic excellence of our institutional partners are ideally suited to meet the needs of medical students and healthcare providers working in areas with less than ideal resources."

Health eVillages, founded in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Physicians Interactive in September 2011, provides handheld devices, such as iPod Touches or iPads, to healthcare professionals in developing countries around the world. The devices are loaded with relevant specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools powered by Skyscape.Health eVillages also provides the training and support for clinicians in these areas so they can provide higher quality care to their patients with the devices.

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

About Health eVillages Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world.The Health eVillages Advisory Board is comprised of an all-star consortium of health information technology leaders, human rights and international development experts, healthcare providers, and health policy thought leaders.With the Board's guidance and the support of in-kind contributions, corporate sponsorship and major donors, Health eVillages' mission is to empower medical professionals with mobile health tools and training that help improve the quality of care in some of the poorest, most underserved areas on the globe.For more information about Health eVillages, please visit http://www.healthevillages.org/.

About Oakstone Publishing, LLC Oakstone Publishing, LLC, excels at providing non-biased continuing education and certification materials for physicians and dentists, as well as effective and award-winning wellness resources for organizations interested in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices among their employees.Oakstone has recently been awarded Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), which places them in the top 8% of medical education content providers in the country.For more information about Oakstone, please visit http://www.oakstonepublishing.com.

Oakstone Publishing, LLC, is a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, a leading private equity investor in the information and business services, communications and media sectors.

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Health shift will affect 860,000 Calif. children

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley said she is confident the state can eliminate a health insurance program serving more than 860,000 children from low-income families without disrupting the quality of care.

The state is eliminating its Healthy Families program and moving those children into the state's Medicaid program to save a projected $73 million a year. A state Senate committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to examine the transition.

Dooley said in an interview Monday that the shift will help streamline children's health care and reduce government complexities. But state lawmakers and children's advocates are concerned about the possibility of having children's medical services disrupted.

Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, said he is concerned about the number of doctors willing to accept more Medi-Cal clients. State officials estimate that health providers will receive about 15 percent less under Medi-Cal, which is California's version of the federal Medicaid program for the poor.

"My main concern is that those children continue to have access to the care they need," Pan, a pediatrician, said in an interview Monday. "Ultimately it's about the quality of care."

The Department of Health Care Services has issued a strategic plan that proposes to move all 863,000 children enrolled in Healthy Families into Medi-Cal by Sept. 1, 2013. Families are expected to be moved in four phases, depending on whether their doctors and health plans already accept Medi-Cal. The state plans to start notifying parents next month.

According to the state, eliminating Healthy Families is projected to save the state $13 million this fiscal year and $73 million annually once the transition is completed.

"We recognize these are austere times. The state employees who took a 5 percent pay cut took the pay cut as loyal dedicated public servants," Dooley said. "I believe (health providers) will continue to serve even though there will be a reduction. It does require some sacrifice, not from the children, but will require sacrifice from the people who provide care."

Sen. Ed Hernandez, the Baldwin Park Democrat who is the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said he questions whether the administration can ensure enough health providers and whether the state will receive the federal waiver it needs to make the change.

"What happens if the health plans don't meet network adequacy, but the notification letters go out? Then what?" Hernandez said.

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Longevity Global Inc. Announces Their Exclusive 30 Days Trial Offer On Power Backup Units And Welding Equipment

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Longevity Global Inc. has yet again made an astonishing announcement to the world. This time Longevity global Inc. has shown extreme confidence on their manufactured machines and has come up with amazing policy of 30 days risk free trial period on their offered product lines. The new policy is applicable on all power backup units including portable generators, gasoline generators, diesel generators and other units.

Hayward, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

The offer is very rare and the opportunity is limited, users of heavy duty machine like portable generator and modern welding equipment will not get this amazing offer at any other store except Longevity Global Inc.

Simon Katz, President of Longevity Global Inc. took the dice to speak a few words, He stated, We have come up with 30 day risk free trial on our offer product lines. Now whether a customer intends to buy power backup machines like portable gas generators or buy a highly advance metal welding equipment, our trial period policy is applicable on every offered industrial machine. We always believe in providing convenient and satisfied shopping experience for clients to build a long lasting relationship. Under our new offer, we will bear all costs to replace the damaged and malfunction units if they fail within 30 days. We will pay cover shipping both ways, and provide a replacement ship right away if you happen to receive a damaged or non-functional product. So, do not waste time and utilize this opportunity for a free trial of our best in the class equipment at the earliest.

Longevity Global Inc. is USA's most eminent brand for welding and cutting machines. Time to time introduction of modern tools and high profile industrial machines to the world has always been one of the major factors which makes Longevity Global Inc. the most dominant player in the welding industry. Their review portal and sales records are evident that they have a huge list of satisfied customers who never even look to other welding machine providers after having a single shopping experience at Longevity Global Inc.

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.

Simon Katz Longevity, Inc. 1.877.566.4462 Email Information

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