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Mary Fink: Avid volunteer, 104, said secret to longevity was helping others

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 7:41 am


At a party celebrating her 100th birthday, Mary Fink was asked about the secret to her longevity.

"She said, 'Helping others,' " recalled her son, Free Press attorney Herschel Fink. "I think it was also her remarkable outlook on life. She was a glass half full, not empty, person."

Ms. Fink, 104, of West Bloomfield died Monday at the Lakeland Center nursing facility in Southfield. She had been in remarkable health until a stroke late last week, her son said.

"I often asked people to guess how many pills a day she took. The answer was none, although she did take a baby aspirin every day," Fink said.

One of nine children, Ms. Fink was born in 1909 in a village near Bucharest, Romania. Her tenacity and independence showed at an early age, when her family hid in a cellar as bombs fell during World War I.

"She was probably, at that time, maybe around 9 or 10. ... She (told) about crawling out of the cellar and going to soldiers and asking for food for her family. And they would give her potatoes and things like that she would bring back," Fink said.

Ms. Fink and her family moved to the U.S. when she was 12. She later married a man named Harry Katz, who died while she was pregnant with Herschel. She got married again a few years later to Irving Fink, a widower with two children.

Ms. Fink worked for years as a bookkeeper, first at Hudson's in Detroit and later at a dental supply company in Royal Oak. Ms. Fink was in her 50s when she decided to finish high school so she could receive her diploma. She enjoyed working.

"She even lied about her age so she wouldn't be forced to retire too soon," Fink said. "She worked into her 70s."

In retirement, Ms. Fink spent much of her time helping others. She volunteered in an intensive care unit and then as a chaplain at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

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Man in Black Food and Nutrition Safety – Video

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Nutrition Support Systems – Are They Really Beneficial? | Day #30 WellFit 365 – Video

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Nutrition Support Systems - Are They Really Beneficial? | Day #30 WellFit 365
If you #39;re choosing to take part in a nutritional support system, here aa few things to think about prior to starting. Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com We do not directly advise clients to be on these meal plan systems but It #39;s good to know what to look for. A couple of the key benefits i discuss in this video are. 1) Great starting point. 2) focuses on healthy behaviours. 3) Keeps you within a calorie range. Things to avoid. 1) Shake diets. 2) Low calorie . 3) taken special supplements or sprays. 4) quick fix options.

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Pfizer 4th-Quarter Profit Surges Amid Gain From Nutrition Unit Sale

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Pfizer Inc. (PFE) reported a surge in fourth-quarter profit on a gain from the sale of its nutrition unit, while generic competition for cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor contributed to a 7% sales decline.

The drug maker's quarterly results exceeded Wall Street expectations, and Pfizer issued an initial 2013 financial forecast that roughly bracketed analysts' current estimates.

Pfizer shares rose 66 cents, or 2.4%, to $27.50, in recent trading and earlier touched a multi-year high. The stock is up 28% over the past 12 months.

Pfizer is trying to bounce back from the late 2011 loss of U.S. exclusivity for its cholesterol-lowering pill Lipitor, which triggered generic competition that eroded sales of what was once the best-selling prescription drug in the world.

The company has tried to overcome the Lipitor loss by expanding sales of other drugs that remain patent-protected, such as the pain drug Lyrica, as well as introducing new products with sizeable market potential.

These include Xeljanz, a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November, and Eliquis, an anticlotting drug co-developed with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) that was cleared by FDA in late December. Analysts expect the drugs to eventually generate billions of dollars in annual sales.

At the same time, Pfizer has taken steps perceived to be "shareholder friendly" over the past two years, including share buybacks, spending cuts, as well as the divestitures of certain non-pharmaceutical assets. Pfizer sold its nutrition business to Nestle for $11.85 billion cash in November, and it will soon stage an initial public offering of up to a 19.8% stake in its animal health unit, Zoetis, with the potential to shed its remaining stake at a later date.

The Zoetis IPO is expected Friday in what would be the largest IPO from a U.S. company since Facebook Inc.'s (FB) last May.

During a conference call Tuesday morning, Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read reiterated comments suggesting the company could conduct further splits. He said Pfizer was evolving toward two business models, each with separate management: one with patented, innovative drugs and the other with off-patent drugs. He said Pfizer would eventually have to decide whether shareholders want to invest in these as two distinct companies, but that such a decision wasn't a near-term priority.

Mr. Read also said he expected the company to continue to pursue "bolt-on" acquisitions and other business-development deals to supplement the company's internal research-and-development efforts. He didn't, however, set a maximum value for potential deals, and said the company wouldn't rule out any deal that adds to shareholder value.

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Pfizer Q4 net jumps on sale of nutrition business

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Drugmaker Pfizer Inc.'s fourth-quarter results easily beat Wall Street expectations, driving up its stock, as profit more than quadrupled, due to tighter spending and a $4.8 billion gain from selling its nutrition business.

Those boosts offset competition from generic drugs hurting sales of Lipitor and other medicines.

The world's biggest drugmaker said Tuesday that its net income was $6.32 billion, or 85 cents per share, up from $1.44 billion, or 19 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding the windfall from selling its nutrition business to Nestle SA for $11.5 billion on Nov. 30, and a total of $888 million for restructuring, legal and other one-time items, the Viagra maker would have had a profit of $3.51 billion, or 47 cents per share. That's 3 cents more than analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting.

In afternoon trading, the New York-based company's shares rose 87 cents, or 3.2 percent, to $27.71.

"It was certainly a good quarter," said Edward Jones analyst Judson Clark. "They continued to execute on their short-term business model," of controlling costs while making progress on the development of new drugs.

Revenue fell 7 percent to $15.1 billion, mainly due to generic competition to cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor. Analysts expected $14.35 billion.

"Overall, a good quarter driven by the revenue beat," BernsteinResearch analyst Dr. Timothy Anderson wrote to investors, calling Pfizer's 2013 financial forecast "a bit underwhelming."

Pfizer said it expects 2013 earnings per share of $2.20 to $2.30, excluding one-time items, and revenue of $56.2 billion to $58.2 billion. Analysts are expecting $2.28 per share and revenue of $57.55 billion.

Lipitor, which had reigned as the world's top-selling drug ever for nearly a decade, got U.S. generic competition in December 2011 and now has generic rivals in many major markets. The pill had been bringing Pfizer nearly $11 billion a year before then, down from its peak of $13 billion a year.

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The Caisse invests $12.9 million in Quebec-based Bariatrix Nutrition Inc.

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MONTREAL, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec announced today an investment of $12.9 million in Bariatrix Nutrition Inc. (BNI), a manufacturing company active in the Qubec food industry.

"Bariatrix Nutrition Inc. has carved out an enviable position in its industry, particularly through the vision of its management team and its great ability to innovate," said Normand Provost, Executive Vice-President, Private Equity at the Caisse."Today the Caisse is acting on an opportunity to contribute to BNI's growth, and the company's success will benefit Caisse depositors."

Bariatrix Nutrition has its head office and main plant in Lachine and additional facilities in Vermont.

"We are pleased to know that the Caisse will be by our side and will participate in the growth of BNI over the coming years," said Roderick Egger, President of BNI. "Being able to count on such a solid partner is a great asset for our development."

ABOUT BARIATRIX NUTRITION INC. Since 1978, Bariatrix Nutrition has been the leader in the field of protein-rich foods and supplements for medically-monitored weight-loss diets. Bariatrix Nutrition products are developed by a multidisciplinary team of biochemists, nutritionists and scientists whose goal is to develop healthy, practical and flavourful food. The company has its primary production site in Montral, Qubec (Canada) and a logistics site in Vermont (United States). http://www.bariatrix.com

ABOUT THE CAISSE DE DPT ET PLACEMENT DU QUBEC The Caisse de dpt et placement du Qubec is a financial institution that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2011, it held $159 billion in net assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, the Caisse invests in major financial markets, private equity and real estate. For more information: http://www.lacaisse.com.

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The Makers of Hydroxycut Focus on Important Data on Nutrition Labels

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - The nutrition labels on foods are important for dieters who are planning their meals and making healthy choices. For this reason, the makers of Hydroxycut have shared some tips regarding which details provided on nutrition labels should be of particular interest to dieters. These tips are in response to an article, which breaks down what a registered dietitian looks for when choosing her meals.

The article reveals that paying special attention to serving size, grams of saturated and trans fats, and the ingredients are crucial. Serving size is important because portion control is one key to weight loss and many foods measure their nutritional content based on a serving size that is much smaller or even larger than the average person would consume. Saturated and trans fats are substances that should be limited, so instead of looking at how many grams of total fat a food has, people should choose foods that have low saturated and trans fats (as other fats in moderation can be important to a balanced diet). Additionally, by looking at the ingredients, people are able to emphasize whole ingredients in their diet. As such, they can cut down on other unwanted substances. The article explains that people should not always put special emphasis on grams of fat, as discussed, or on daily percentage value.

The makers of Hydroxycut encourage dieters to take the advice set forth in the article, because it provides a great deal of insight into choosing the right foods. In a recent press statement, the makers of Hydroxycut announce: "We are always looking for new ways to help individuals achieve their weight loss goals. In this article, we discover great information regarding how to read a nutrition label so that it can benefit one's dietary efforts. By looking at the right details, people can create a well-rounded, healthy meal plan that fits their individual needs."

ABOUT: Hydroxycut is the number one, best-selling weight-loss supplement brand in America. The key weight-loss ingredients in Pro Clinical Hydroxycut are lady's mantle extract, wild olive extract, komijn extract, and wild mint extract. These ingredients have demonstrated the ability to help reduce BMI and encourage weight loss for participants involved in two clinical studies. In the first study, the average weight loss with these key ingredients was 20.94 pounds over a 12-week period. In the second study, the average weight loss was 16.50 pounds over an 8-week period.All groups involved in these studies followed a reduced-calorie diet.

Hydroxycut is available in several formats, including Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Caffeine Free, Hydroxycut Herbal, and more.

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

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Nutrition Wellness Center of Sarasota Considers the Impact of Toxins on Newborns

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SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Environmental toxins are present in nearly everything that people come in contact with, from the air they breathe to the food they eat and the products they use. As such, these toxins have the potential to cause a wide range of illnesses and other medical conditions in the people who are most vulnerable to them. A recent article published by Philly.com reveals a surprising demographic that can suffer tremendously from toxic exposure: newborn babies. The professionals at Nutrition Wellness Center Sarasota explain how children are vulnerable to these toxins before they even enter the world.

According to the article, 10 newborns tested positive for over 200 different synthetic chemicals. Ken Cook, who gave a reportedly passionate speech to a Senate subcommittee on the matter and is the president of a national advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group, comments regarding these children: "Their chemical exposures did not come from the air they breathed, the water they drank, or the food they ate." He continued by saying, "Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals."

The odds of this happening may seem slim at first glance, as infants enjoy the protection of the womb before entering the world; however, the professionals at Nutrition Wellness Center understand that the womb is not foolproof and a long list of toxic substances can make its way to a child before it is born.

"Unfortunately, many toxins are passed through the umbilical cord from a mother to her unborn child that have the potential to impact a long list of the body's systems, including the immune system, the endocrine system, and, most importantly, the brain and the rest of the nervous system," comments Dr. James Martin of Nutrition Wellness Center of Sarasota. "Once a child is born they drink more, eat more, and breathe faster than adults by weight, which results in them experiencing heavier exposure to certain toxins. Babies cannot store toxins in their fat cells or excrete them as adults can, and the blood-brain barrier is not fully developed until they are six months of age. As such, infants are much more vulnerable to the ill effects of toxins because their defense systems are not fully developed. The exposure to too many toxins can mean that newborns suffer from developmental delays in virtually all areas of their total growth, as well as hormonal issues."

Dr. Martin and his team encourage individuals to learn more about toxicity and how they can address the specific and non-specific illnesses that such exposure can cause. Screenings for toxic exposure, Dr. Martin asserts, are a great way for individuals to determine if they have come into contact with dangerous substances that could be causing medical concerns.

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Nutrition Wellness Center Sarasota is a healthcare center that offers several services to its clients, including weight loss and detoxification solutions. Through the leadership of Dr. James Martin, Nutrition Wellness Center of Sarasota individualizes the procedures it offers to clients who reside across the United States. The goal of Nutrition Wellness Center of Sarasota is to provide tailored, effective weight loss and detoxification solutions that address the root causes of issues that clients face, such as toxicity.

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Liquid Nutrition Issues $1.3 Million of Convertible Debentures

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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Liquid Nutrition Group Inc. (LQD:TSXV) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously-announced (see news release dated January 17, 2013) private placement of 5% unsecured convertible debentures due December 31, 2013 (the Debentures) in the aggregate principal amount of $1,320,000 (the "Offering"), $1million of which has been subscribed for by a company controlled by Mr. David Bellisario, the new Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation and $20,000 of which has been subscribed for by Darren Stark, Director of the Corporation. The Debentures are convertible into common shares of Liquid Nutrition (the Shares) at a conversion rate of $0.80 per share. The Debentures are unsecured. Liquid Nutrition did not pay any commission or finders fee in connection with the closing of the Offering.

Pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 61-101 ("MI 61-101"), the subscription by Mr. Bellisario and Mr. Stark is a "related party transaction". Liquid Nutrition is exempt from the formal valuation requirement of MI 61-101 in connection with the subscription in reliance on sections 5.5(a) and 5.5(b) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the subscription does not exceed 25% of Liquid Nutritions market capitalization and no securities of Liquid Nutrition are listed or quoted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Stock market or a stock exchange outside of Canada and the United States. Additionally, Liquid Nutrition is exempt from obtaining minority shareholder approval in connection with the foregoing subscription in reliance on section 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the subscription does not exceed 25% of Liquid Nutritions market capitalization.

As required by applicable securities legislation, the Debentures, as well as any common shares issuable upon the conversion thereof, are subject to a hold period expiring on May 29, 2013.

To receive Company news via email, contact erica@chfir.com and mention Liquid Nutrition news in the subject line.

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

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Fitness trends for 2013 signal a return to the basics

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Out: Pilates.

PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH LARA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Exercise physiologist and trainer Nick Manoy, above, supervising lunges by Janet Liggio, a member of Holy Name Hospital Fitness in Oradell. Right, Manoy overseeing sit-ups by Adam Degand, 17, of Oradell.

In: the basics.

January marks the annual release of the American College of Sports Medicine's Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends and 2013 looks like the year that people will go back to tried-and-true workout methods.

Group personal training and programs combining exercise and calorie-restriction diets both cracked the top 10 list, while body-weight training made the list for the first time at number three. Once popular workouts like Zumba and Pilates have either dropped in rank or fallen off the trend list altogether, according to the survey, which included input from fitness directors and physiologists.

Richard Cotton, national director of certification at the ACSM, cites the economy as a reason for the growth in body-weight training, which doesn't require a gym membership, and group personal training a lower-cost alternative to individualized training.

Local fitness experts weighed in on the ongoing and emerging trends, and offered tips on how to make the most of these simple but effective fitness methods.

Group personal training

The ACSM survey explains that this continuing trend expands personal training to groups of two to four people, "offering potentially deep discounts to each member of the group."

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Planet Fitness Returns to 'The Biggest Loser' With Bigger Presence

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NEWINGTON, N.H., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Planet Fitness, the gym franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone atmosphere and friendly prices,has returned to primetime on NBC as the national gym sponsor of The Biggest Loser, which premiered on Sunday, January 6th. The NBC reality-show airs Monday nights at 8pm ET/PT through March 18.

This season, viewers will continue to see contestants transform themselves using Planet Fitness equipment at the gym located at The Biggest Loser ranch. Additionally, Planet Fitness will be in the show storyline and sponsor a show challenge. In some episodes, show contestants will work out at Planet Fitness gyms near their homes.

Planet Fitness also released a new TV ad campaign shot by Red Tettemer + Partners, titled "Gymtimidation," running nationwide and appearing during episodes of The Biggest Loser throughout the season.

"We're excited to be back on The Biggest Loser and helping to transform these contestants lives," said Dawn Sullivan, Director of Marketing, Planet Fitness. "Our product is a tool that can be used by anyone. We love watching that happen both in our gyms and week after week on The Biggest Loser."

The Biggest Loser, which debuted on NBC in 2004, attracts nearly 7 million viewers a week.

About Planet Fitness

Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is now the fastest-growing gym franchise in the United States, and has revolutionized the industry with a combination of extremely low prices and a unique, friendly, and hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone.

Planet Fitness, which opened its 600th location December 27th, 2012, has grown to 3.8 million members and opened more than 100 new locations in 2012, topping 2011.

Planet Fitness prides itself on giving people an unbeatable value top-notch facilities at extremely low prices, and an atmosphere that focuses on the needs of occasional or first-time club members, rather than hard-core fitness fanatics. All Planet Fitness gyms feature a huge selection of brand-name cardio and strength equipment, and provide unlimited fitness instruction with all memberships.

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Brunswick Corporation : Life Fitness Expands Its Synrgy360 Training System With New Configurations For Smaller …

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SCHILLER PARK, Ill., Jan. 28, 2013 - Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, is making its pioneering multi-purpose training system Synrgy360(TM) more accessible with three new customizable, modular configurations. The expansion to the Synrgy360 line offers more scalable solutions for facilities pursuing synergy training, a unique and connected fitness experience.

"The Life Fitness Synrgy360 and synergy training model that we introduced drew interest from facilities of all types around the world," said Dan Wille, vice president of global marketing and product development for Life Fitness. "To accommodate the demand for equipment that would suit both large and small facilities, we`ve continued to develop new configurations that will support ranging training needs."

Synrgy360`s newest line of smaller configurations comes on the heels of the successful Synrgy360X (now Synrgy360XL) and Synrgy360S, which were launched in March 2012. Synrgy360 serves as a hub for performing dynamic, state-of-the-art, total-body exercises in one efficient space, giving personal trainers and individuals a platform to experience unlimited training possibilities. The comprehensive system includes attention-getting equipment, accessories, flooring and education to offer facilities a complete solution.

The new models continue Synrgy360`s original commitment to accomplishing a wide variety of training goals through one system, such as endurance, improved balance, coordination, speed, agility, flexibility, power and strength. To achieve these goals, the system combines several popular exercise trends including core training, body-weight training, reaction training and sport-specific activities.

New smaller configurations include the Synrgy360XM which gives facilities a bold option including six available training spaces that can accommodate multiple users per space. The Synrgy360XS, features four distinct training spaces and the Synrgy360T configuration is the smallest and allows for placement against a wall.

The new configurations offer the same integrated storage for accessories and support training variety with space options that include a battle rope attachment, cable station, suspension chin bar, heavy bag, rebounder, adjustable height dip handles and step platform, among other features.

All the Synrgy360 models have the ability to be connected to each other with the new cable cross-over boom, which gives facilities new flexibility in product layout and creates additional training options between units with an overhead bar that supports suspension training.

For more information about existing and new Synrgy360 products, visit http://www.lifefitness.com/NewSynrgy.

[Editor`s note: To obtain the image that accompanies this story, contact Lauren Kamm at lauren.kamm@lifefitness.com]

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

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Natalie Minh Reveals Hollywood's Fitness Modeling Secrets in Tell-All Book

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In its first week launch and presale at the LA Fit Expo, models, photographers, casting directors, and talent bookers were buzzing about the "The Insider's Guide To The Business of Fitness Modeling" - the go-to resource for fitness entertainment industry professionals.

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Conceived by 3x European physique champion, internationally published fitness model and photographer Natalie Minh (MBA, MS Finance), "The Insider's Guide To The Business of Fitness Modeling" is a comprehensive resource for anyone who is looking to work within the fitness industry. Throughout her professional fitness career, Minh received daily questions about how to break into fitness modeling, who the market makers were, how to be published on a magazine cover, etc. As she studied the journeys of these aspiring models, Minh realized that there was a large disconnect between what models believed was the path to success and what her fitness corporate clients were actually seeking in models for hire.

Determined to bridge this gap, Minh has opened the doors to the exclusive and glamourous world of fitness modeling with the release of "The Insider's Guide to the Business of Fitness Modeling".

Discussion topics include:

Testimonial from actual customer, Doug Ritter of Envision Photography:

"I am a commercial photographer shooting a lot of fitness athletes, many of which areinterested in moving on to a fitness modeling career, and your book is a wealth of information, both for myself as a photographerand these aspiring models. The information is accurate and lays out everything they need to get started in their careers. I will be doing a presentation to a group of fitness athletes next month, and with your permission I would like to pass the link to your book on to them. I don't know of anywhere else where they could find this information in a down to earth, no nonsense package such as what you have provided."

Listen to the Physique Star Radio interview with author, Natalie Minh discussing her newly released book.

About Natalie Minh

Natalie Minh has worked professionally as an agency model as well as a professional photographer in both the European and North American Markets and her works have been published with most of the fitness magazines that are seen on today's newsstands; she's an agency approved photographer with a number of fitness and commercial lifestyle modeling agencies; she has developed up and coming fitness talent with FMI (a Fitness talent educational conference); she's produced Hollywood model competitions judged by the industry market makers; she's worked at casting fitness models for fitness photo/video productions; she built a sponsored fitness athlete team for the world's bestselling plate-loaded home gym brand; and she has acted as a celebrity judge for Operation Fitness, Fitness Universe, and Global Physique organizations.

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Health reform will leave out nearly 400,000 Coloradans

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Health insurance reform, the Medicaid expansion and new government subsidies mean that in a few short months, everyone will be covered, right?

Not exactly.

Health reform leaves out some on purpose, and others by financial or cultural chance, meaning nearly 400,000 Coloradans will be without health insurance when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect next January.

Efforts to draw nearly everyone into the system for better and more cost-effective care will still leave out undocumented residents, those between jobs, young adults who don't see the point and won't care about penalties, and those with too much income for Medicaid but too little to afford their own policy.

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"It's not a static group of people," said Gretchen Hammer, director of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. Some Coloradans may qualify for Medicaid for three months, then get more hours at work, and fall out of eligibility. Others will ignore the mandate to buy insurance until they get sick.

"The answer one month is not the same as the answer next month," Hammer said.

Next Jan. 1, health care reform is meant to expand insurance to more Americans by forcing insurance companies to accept preexisting conditions; mandating everyone buy insurance unless premiums would exceed 8 percent of their income; subsidizing low- and middle-income people with tax credits on state exchanges; and expanding Medicaid coverage to those making up to 138 percent of poverty wages.

The most exhaustive study of Colorado health so far estimates the number of uninsured will drop from about 830,000 state residents. But the following groups will make up about 390,000 still uninsured, according to a study by an MIT economist commissioned by the state benefits exchange:

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The Affordable Care Act to Drive Growth Within the Health Care Sector in 2013

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Health Care stocks have been on an impressive run to start 2013. The Affordable Care Act will provide millions of Americans with access to healthcare, creating new revenue streams for companies across the sector. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Health Care Sector and provides equity research on Aetna Inc. ( NYSE : AET ) and WellPoint, Inc. ( NYSE : WLP ).

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The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires every American to acquire health insurance by 2014 or be subjected to a tax. For those who can't afford health insurance they will be offered subsidies or Medicaid. Statistics from the Census Bureau show that approximately 50 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2009.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services total health care spending is projected to grow from an estimated $2.8 trillion last year to $4.8 trillion by 2021, an increase of 70 percent. "There's just a lot more money flowing into health care and we're seeing the markets react accordingly," says Invesco portfolio manager, Derek Taner.

Research Driven Investing releases regular market updates on the Health Care Sector so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at http://www.RDInvesting.com and get exclusive access to our numerous stock reports and industry newsletters.

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. The company has recently announced that they will begin offering individual health insurance plans to Costco members in California. Aetna is scheduled to release fourth quarter and full year 2012 results on Thursday, January 31st.

WellPoint has approximately 36 million people in their affiliated health plans, and approximately 66 million people are served through their subsidiaries. The company reported a net income of $464.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a net income of $335.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Shares of WellPoint have gained over 8 percent year-to-date.

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Gorman Health Group Convenes the First Forum to Address Integrated Strategies Across Multiple Government Health Care …

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gorman Health Group (GHG), the leading solutions provider in government health care programs, announces today the release of the 2013 GHG Forum preliminary agenda. The GHG Forum will convene hundreds of decision makers from payer and provider health care organizations participating in government health care programs.

"The GHG Forum brings together decision makers from leading health plans and delivery systems precisely because Government Programs as payers are at a crossroads," said John Gorman, Executive Chairman of Gorman Health Group. "Integration of Medicare and Medicaid, health reform subsidies and marketplaces, and accountability for performance will challenge payers and providers like never before. The most vulnerable, complex and potentially profitable patients in the entire US health system are being entrusted to our industry. Each year, strong attendance at our Forum makes for intense discussion and meaningful best practice sharing among true pioneers and leaders in government health programs. With health reform implementation upon us, health care organizations that want to participate in the tremendous opportunity before them have to make fundamental changes in the way they do business. The rules and the operating environment in government programs have changed. Forever."

The 2013 GHG Forum promises to deliver new session formats, including workshops, case studies and multiple panel discussions. The event's design encourages organizations to send leadership teams to attend, as the five concurrent tracks address key challenges in everything from compliance and model of care to operational performance and product strategy in the new health insurance marketplaces.

"Last year over 200 executives joined us, and several of our clients took advantage of the group flat rate, and sent more than ten key decision makers. We ensure ample time for discussion and collaboration between attendees, so these teams benefitted tremendously," said Gorman. "The team approach supports discussion and brainstorming among executives, making it that much easier for the organization to take what they learn here, break down silos, and put it into action when they get back to the office."

To learn more about the GHG Forum, visit Gorman Health Group's website: https://www.gormanhealthgroup.com/what-we-do/education/the-2013-ghg-forum.

About Gorman Health Group | http://www.gormanhealthgroup.com

Gorman Health Group is a national health care professional services and software company staffed by subject-matter experts, former health plan executives and seasoned regulators. For 16 years, hundreds of clients serving millions of beneficiaries have leveraged the strategic counsel and technology solutions of GHG to maintain compliant operations, improve market position, and advance growth objectives. Learn more at gormanhealthgroup.com.

For more information: Kristin Rodriguez Gorman Health Group, LLC 510.861.8047 krodriguez@gormanhealthgroup.com

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Health Net Stays in Neutral Lane

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We have retained our Neutral recommendation on Health Net Inc. (HNT) as the declining membership and deteriorating Government Contracts segment results are expected to weigh on the positives of the company. This managed healthcare company carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Why Reiterate?

We remain concerned with the rate of customer attrition in Health Nets health plans in the recent years. Revenues from the Government Contract segment have also been declining due to changes in the TRICARE and Military and Family Life Consultant contracts.

Nevertheless, Health Net had a strong capital and liquidity position with total cash and investments of approximately $2.0 billion at the end of Sep 2012. Additionally, the investment portfolio of the company is strong, with an average rating of A+ and A1 as per Standard & Poors and Moodys Investor Service of Moodys Corp. (MCO), respectively.

Moreover, Health Nets total expenses have been declining since 2010. Lower expenses can significantly improve the companys margins as well as bottom-line results. Further, the company has been slowly disposing of its non-profitable businesses to improve its bottom line.

Health Nets third-quarter 2012 operating income, which includes combined net earnings from the Western Region and Government Contracts segments, came in at 38 cents per share, declining substantially from the year-ago level of 84 cents per share. The company expects operating earnings per share between $1.00 and $1.10 in 2012. The Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04 per share lies within this guidance range.

The company is scheduled to release its fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results before the opening bell on Jan 30, 2013. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth quarter stands at 37 cents per share, down 61% year-over-year.

Other Stock to Consider

Although we have a cautious stance on Health Net, other stocks like American Caresource Holdings, Inc. (ANCI) and Molina Healthcare, Inc. (MOH), both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), are worth considering.

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Total Health Care Spending Projected Grow 70% by 2021

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - Health Care stocks have been on an impressive run to start 2013. The Affordable Care Act will provide millions of Americans with access to healthcare, creating new revenue streams for companies across the sector. Research Driven Investing examines investing opportunities in the Health Care Sector and provides equity research on HCA Holdings Inc. ( NYSE : HCA ) and Tenet Healthcare Corporation ( NYSE : THC ).

Access to the full company reports can be found at: http://www.RDInvesting.com/HCA http://www.RDInvesting.com/THC

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires every American to acquire health insurance by 2014 or be subjected to a tax. For those who can't afford health insurance they will be offered subsidies or Medicaid. Statistics from the Census Bureau show that approximately 50 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2009.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services total health care spending is projected to grow from an estimated $2.8 trillion last year to $4.8 trillion by 2021, an increase of 70 percent. "There's just a lot more money flowing into health care and we're seeing the markets react accordingly," says Invesco portfolio manager, Derek Taner.

Research Driven Investing releases regular market updates on the Health Care Sector so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us free at http://www.RDInvesting.com and get exclusive access to our numerous stock reports and industry newsletters.

HCA owns and operates approximately 163 hospitals and approximately 109 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and London, England. The company is scheduled to release its fourth quarter 2012 and full year results on Monday, February 4th. Shares of HCA have 25 percent year-to-date.

Tenet Healthcare through its subsidiaries operates 49 hospitals, over 100 free-standing outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers serving more than 500 hospital and health care entities nationwide. The company reported a net income of $40 in the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net income of $6 million in the third quarter of 2011.

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PerfectServe Expands Footprint with Leading U.S. Health Systems

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health systems across the U.S. are continuing to fuel demand for the PerfectServe clinical communications platform, as the company ended 2012 with contracts at five new hospitals within major integrated delivery networks (IDNs). Recent studies show that most 500-bed hospitals lose $4 million annually due to communications waste and inefficiency. With a growing number of health systems recognizing PerfectServes role in driving process improvement, increasing operational efficiency and improving patient outcomes, the company is poised for rapid growth in the year ahead.

Today, with the industry focused on quality metrics, readmissions reduction, payment reform and ACOs, care coordination is more critical than ever before. Yet communication breakdowns among physicians and nurses are still the primary contributor to delays in treatment and other costly and life-threatening errors, said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe president and CEO. Our platform empowers health systems to overcome the industrys most common, problematic and often overlooked issue: clinicians failing to communicate with each other at the moment it matters.

In December of 2012, four of the most innovative and progressive health systems in the U.S. expanded their commitment to the PerfectServe clinical communications platform which accurately and securely routes and delivers all voice, web-based text and page messages to the right physician or nurse based on hospital service line, department, practice work group or individual clinician defined workflows. Each health system was impressed with PerfectServes ability to improve physician satisfaction, streamline processes and achieve a range of quality metrics, including reduced length of stay (LOS) and improved emergency department throughput. These facilities include:

Health systems today face enormous pressures, from deriving value from EMRs to moving to accountable care models to meeting new reimbursement requirements. But what many need to realize is that antiquated communication processes and systems severely restrict or prevent progress in any key strategic area that impacts quality of care, said Dominica Tallarico, Advocate Condell Medical Center president and CEO. PerfectServe understands the increasing complexities of the flow of information within and across healthcare facilities, and that no two hospitals, departments or clinicians work the same way. By evolving our clinical communication processes with one integrated platform, PerfectServe is enabling us to not only improve quality metrics now, but also prepare for the many changes still ahead.

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables health systems improve collaboration, reduce risk and increase patient and clinician satisfaction as health systems move toward new models of care by overcoming common, recurring and costly barriers to clinician-to-clinician communication. With deep technical and clinical expertise, PerfectServe evolves health care communications, providing the process improvements to ensure the right information safely and securely reaches the right clinician at the right time in the way they should be reached both within and outside the walls of the hospital. For more than 12 years, PerfectServe has been connecting clinicians to empower them to improve key quality and efficiency metrics and better coordinate care across the expanding health care continuum.

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