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During National Nutrition Month and Beyond, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Everyone to 'Eat Right, Your …

Posted: February 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm


Newswise CHICAGO Food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all affect our food choices. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month 2013, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.

Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This years theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.

There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods, said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman. Our Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes.

The Academy strives to communicate healthy eating messages that emphasize a balance of food and beverages within energy needs, rather than any one food or meal. To this end, it is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating. Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity.

Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, National Nutrition Week became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitians as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of each March is celebrated as Registered Dietitian Day. This year marks the sixth annual Registered Dietitian Day, which will be celebrated March 13.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics vision of optimizing the nations health through food and nutrition is strengthened each March as we celebrate National Nutrition Month. As registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, we are able to translate sound science-based research into helpful information that people can understand and apply to their everyday lives, Bergman said.

As part of this public education campaign, the Academys National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day theme.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the worlds largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nations health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at http://www.eatright.org.

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Use Nutrition Month to get back on track

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Q: I know National Nutrition Month is coming up in March, and I want to use the occasion to jump-start my resolution to eat better this year. But Ive done this kind of thing before and Im out of new ideas. Where can I find some good ones?

A: This is a great plan. Its not unusual for New Years resolutions to wane by now. But using National Nutrition Month to revive your resolve is a shrewd move: There will likely be an abundance of nutrition-related information out there for the taking, and youre bound to find new ways to get back on track.

You can take the bull by the horns and search out ideas yourself. A great place to start is the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). As the sponsor of National Nutrition Month, the organization offers a dozen two-page tipsheets on a variety of topics at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/handoutsandtipsheets/.

Here are just a few pointers from some of the tipsheets:

To reach a goal of eating 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day, try adding sliced pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumber and tomato to your sandwiches. (Find more ideas in the tipsheet 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables.)

For a kid-friendly healthy snack, peel a banana, dip it in yogurt, roll it in crushed cereal and freeze it. (More in 25 Healthy Snacks for Kids.)

Add some variety to your salad by adding corn, peas, sugar snap peas, water chesnuts or a variety of other vegetables. (More in Color Your Plate with Salad.)

Trying to lose weight? Slow down: It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your body is getting food. Dont wait until you feel full before you stop eating. (More in Eating Right for a Healthy Weight.)

On days when youre planning a dinner out, plan ahead. Have a light breakfast and lunch. (More in Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips.)

If youre tired of the same old breakfast options, make your own morning sandwich with a toasted whole-grain English muffin with lean ham and low-fat Swiss cheese. (More in Power Up with Breakfast.)

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Nutrition Myths and Common Sense

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David Katz

Bamboo is notoriously poor in nutritional value. And yet, it is not only adequate sustenance for giant pandas, it is the one and only food they can eat. Were there no bamboo, there would be no giant pandasat least not as we know them.

Similarly, eucalyptus leaves would make a very poor dietary choice for a human being marooned on a desert island. We couldn't hope to survive on them. But koalas do, and they couldn't survive on anything else.

Nor need we go nearly so far afield as the mountain forests of China or arid woodland of Australia to establish the remarkable links between food and those it feeds. I routinely marvel at the power of my horse, Troubadour, particularly when those magnificent muscles are engaged in full gallop or leaping fences with me on his back. I marvel all the more at the alchemy that turns a diet of grass, hay, oats, and very little else into a horse, and all that horse power.

There are creatures requiring sustenance on this planet only because there is sustenance to be had here. Were there no food on earth, there would be no lifeat least not life as we know it. That is the general case.

The more specific case is that there is no animal on earth, now or ever, that requires any particular food not found on this planet. I trust that assertion is so self-evident as to require neither embellishment, nor defense. But consider then what follows: All creatures on earth are specifically suited to survive on the food found here.

[See Why I Learned to Grow My Own Food, and 4 Tips for Starting Your Garden]

Food came first All of usyou, me, Troubadour; the koalas and pandas; anteaters, mackerel, and polar bearsfollowed. And we followed with adaptations to make use of the food we found in our particular ecological niches. Physiology adapted to burn some variation on the theme of available fuel, and no other kind of physiology ever existed. No machines of any kind run on power sources that don't exist.

This is the context in which all of our considerations, and fundamental conclusions, about diet and health should occur. The context is no substitute for the detailed content generated by modern science, of course, any more than it is for the culinary arts. All of the specific culinary talent practiced in the world's kitchens is bound by the food earth provides, but that talent has much to do with how delightfully those provisions are put to use. Similarly, scientific insight helps us know how best to apply the available foods to the promotion of health.

But whenever those insights seem to carry us outside the bounds of context, they inevitably prove wrong. Such are the follies of our nutritional history.

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SFC Fitness League 2013 "WOD 5" – Video

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Wellness Studio M – Fitness Promo by CINESTYLE – Video

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The Lisa Coors Show — Women Pioneers in Fitness 2 – Video

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5 of the most unusual fitness classes

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Sometimes sweating it out at the gym just isnt how you want to spend your evening. If youre getting a tad bored, or if youve found that youve fallen into a fitness rut, then its time to find out which one of these top 5 fitness classes is the one for you.

SoulCycle is a bizarre fitness concept. It resembles a spinning class, yet theres an element of yoga and meditation to SoulCycle that makes it a truly unique fitness class. Riders cycle in candlelight and are encouraged to clear their minds whilst working their core and upper bodies using weights. This all happens while spinning, so if you want to attend youll need to be a good multitasker.

Classes last for 45 minutes, so this is not a class for those who have recently decided to ditch their couch potato ways. Yet for those wanting more of a challenge, you can join the SoulSurvivor class, which lasts for a whopping 60 minutes. Sadly, for now most of the SoulCycle classes are in New York, but were sure this fitness philosophy will be sweeping the globe before long.

If youre a new parent you know how hard it can be to find the time to exercise. Yet at the same time, a new baby can signal an increase in takeaways, snacking and of course the weight from the pregnancy. This hit to your health and fitness can easily spiral out of control, which is why stroller fit is such a good fitness class.

Parents (normally moms) pack their little ones into their strollers and meet up with an instructor outside; typically in a park. The class members do a warm-up before heading on a three to five mile course, which can be ran or walked. Individual exercises are also performed along the route, which are aimed at improving and strengthening your post-baby body. Instructors tend to be fully trained personal trainers who have knowledge of prenatal and antenatal fitness.

Never thought youd ever step into a tutu again? Even if you feel youre far too old for ballet, you should at least look into Ballet Beautiful. Mary Helen Bowers, a professional ballerina, developed Ballet Beautiful. It is a series of exercises and stretches that do wondrous things for your body; from sculpting to strengthening. Mary Helen Bower claims that even after just a few weeks, class members feel tighter and stronger.

Even though Ballet Beautiful is based in New York you can get online and take part in a live class. The instructor can see the students and you can see them. You can even ask the Ballet Beautiful instructor questions. Plus you dont have to leave the comfort of your own home, which saves you time, money and can give you added motivation to attend.

Want to ride the waves but live inland? Well, SurfSet Classic sounds ideal for you and enables you to get on a surfboard without even touching a wave. Class members each get their own machine-like surfboard called an RSX machine and have to balance in response to the boards wobbles and movements. The bare-footed class members are challenged to their limits. The class works your small stabilizers as well as all the major muscle groups, meaning that SurfSet Classic will help you achieve a leaner, stronger and more toned physique.

Students get to experience all aspects of surfing, from paddling (using resistance bands that attach to the board) to pushing oneself up to stand and ride a wave (push-ups and yoga-like poses). Who knows, this class might just reveal the true gnarly surfer within you.

Rowing is a great sport. It helps to shed pounds as it conditions the muscles and it therefore also increases your metabolism. Also, although a strenuous workout, rowing is low impact on the joints, so if you are recovering from an injury, rowing provides the perfect cardiovascular and muscle toning workout with minimal impact.

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Tax Tip: Children's Fitness Tax Credit

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) -

Did you know?

Whether your child dreams of a career on hockey skates,racing down the slopes on a snowboard, orperforming for a famous ballet company, paying for lessons to make those dreams a reality can be costly. Save your receipts to claim your children''s fitness tax credit at tax time this year.

Important facts

For more information on the children''s fitness tax credit go to: http://www.cra.gc.ca/fitness.

The Canada Revenue Agency''s (CRA) online services make filing even easier

The CRA''s online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund and more. Sign up for direct deposit too! Your refund and any benefit or credit payments owed to you will be deposited directly into your account, putting your money into your pocket faster. For more information, go to http://www.cra.gc.ca/getready.

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Hotels take fitness amenities to the great outdoors

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - From sightseeing city runs and nature hikes down country trails to surfing sessions, hotels are luring leisure and business clients outside their climate-controlled rooms for outdoor activities to keep fit while traveling for business or pleasure.

Morning runs, afternoon power walks and bicycle rides are fast becoming standard fare for hotels in urban centers, with the cityscape dictating the route.

"Since most of our hotels are urban, we like our guests to get outside in the neighborhood," said Mike DeFrino, executive vice president of hotel operations at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

In cities with a strong running population, he said, managers or assistant managers at the chain of boutique hotels will lead the morning run.

Many U.S. hotels also offer bicycle borrowing, particularly in cities such as San Diego, California, and Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Studies have shown that exercising outdoors can offer advantages over indoor, gym-based fitness routines. British researchers found that natural environments may increase activity levels with less perceived exertion, reduce stress and improve mood.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, in California wine country, offers bike tours to local wineries, walking tours to local purveyors and a hike to a 2,000-year-old Redwood Tree, as well as treks of varying levels of difficulty and water yoga classes in thermal mineral pools.

"The hikes sell out almost every morning," said Michelle Heston of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which has 60 hotels around the globe.

Business travelers, who make up about half of Fairmont's clientele, work out to a schedule different from the tourist.

"The business traveler has different habits. Early 6 a.m. offerings are popular with them, those on holiday are much later," she said.

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Crunch Fitness Announces White Plains, NY As Newest Franchise Location

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NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through unique programming and cutting-edge training, announces the opening of its newest franchise location at One North Broadway, White Plains, New York. Set to open in March, Crunch White Plains will bring its 'No Judgments' philosophy and fusion of fitness meets entertainment to the White Plains community and be the first fitness center to open in the area offering free parking for its members.

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Crunch White Plains will be timed perfectly to help people continue with their New Year fitness goals. Residents will be able to kick off their New Year's Resolutions with the club's diverse and innovative group fitness classes, the very ones that have helped make Crunch famous in the industry, including, BodyWeb w/TRX , BOSU Bootcamp, Zumba and more.

Our goal is to offer an amazing fitness experience in a fun, inspiring and supportive environment," said Crunch franchisee, Steve Viscardi. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the revolutionary Crunch brand into the Westchester County market and beyond."

Crunch White Plains will boast an expansive 22,000 square foot facility featuring top-of-the-line cardio equipment, and a 4,000 square foot free weight area complete with brand-new, state-of-the-art weight training equipment. The club's sprawling group fitness studio will house over 250 of Crunch's unique classes per month, including, BodyWeb w/TRX, Bosu Bootcamp, Zumba, Yoga Body Sculpt, and more. Expert personal trainers, an online fitness and nutrition program, tanning, Drywave Massage beds, and full-service locker rooms, complete with shower facilities and changing rooms will also be among the facility's premier amenities.

Franchise team, Mike Lamparski, Fred Maudsley and Steve Viscardi are industry veterans with Fitness Holdings, LLC, and have more than 40 years experience in the fitness and health club industry. They plan to add additional facilities to serve Westchester county further.An enrollment center is now open near the club space, located at One North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601. Visit http://www.crunchwhiteplains.com or call 914-328-3311 for more information on exclusive membership opportunities. For more information about Crunch franchising opportunities go to http://www.crunchfranchise.com.

Crunch is a gym that believes in making serious exercise fun by fusing fitness and entertainment and pioneering a philosophy of No Judgments. Headquartered in New York City, and co-owned by New Evolution Ventures (NeV) and private-equity firm Angelo Gordon, Crunch serves over 200,000 members with61 gyms worldwide, including 34 franchise locations CT, FL, TX, WA, OR, CA, NJ, VA, NY and Australia, and is rapidly expanding across the U.S. and around the globe. Go to http://www.crunch.com for more information.

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

Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. is a privately held limited partnership founded in November 1988, and currently manages approximately $23 billion. The firm's investment focus centers on core competencies of real estate, credit, and private equity. Angelo, Gordon has over 200 employees (approximately half of whom are investment professionals) and is headquartered in New York, with associated offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., London, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Sydney. For more information, visit http://www.angelogordon.com.

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Center for Transforming Healthcare, SCHA Team Up to Make Health Care More Reliable

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) today announced the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment, a multi-year engagement that will strengthen participating hospitals' processes, systems, and structures, resulting in patient care that is consistently excellent and consistently safe.

The initiative, which is the first of its kind for the Center, includes 20 hospitals from seven health systems located throughout the state. CEOs and other executives from participating South Carolina hospitals will meet regularly to collaborate on processes to move health care toward the same highly reliable performance seen in industries such as aviation and nuclear power.

Success will be measured through the results of safety culture survey assessments, evidence that improvement activities have produced significant reductions in patient harm, and associated cost savings. In addition, the South Carolina hospitals will utilize a Web-based electronic application created by the Center to identify critical practices leading to high reliability in health care and help hospitals assess their performance in these areas.

The collaboration between SCHA and the Center is part of the Center's efforts to solve health care's most critical safety and quality problems by creating solutions for progressing toward high reliability in health care. High reliability is defined as consistent performance at high levels of safety over long periods of time.In other words, highly reliable health care is care that is dependably excellent, every time, for every patient.

"South Carolina hospitals are already involved to great effect in a number of projects that target individual safety issues such as preventable infections. This engagement is different because it offers the potential to transform hospitals into far safer providers of health care in a permanent way," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. "We applaud the courage of the South Carolina Hospital Association and its participating hospitals for daring to strive for high reliability and aiming to achieve the ultimate goal of zero patient harm."

"We at SCHA are very proud of our member hospitals' exemplary collaborative work in the realm of quality improvement," says Thornton Kirby, president and CEO, The South Carolina Hospital Association. "With the launch of South Carolina Safe Care Commitment, we are ready to move to the next level of patient safety. We look forward to working closely with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health Care along this exciting journey to achieve high reliability."

Beyond the hospitals initially participating in the project, the collaboration between the Center and SCHA is designed to improve safety and quality in health care organizations across the state. The lessons learned about identifying the underlying causes of specific breakdowns in care and creating targeted solutions at participating hospitals will be spread to other health care organizations. This focus on offering targeted, tested solutions has been a hallmark of the Center, which has through its Targeted Solutions Tool provided a step-by-step process to assist accredited health care organizations in measuring performance, identifying barriers to excellent performance, and implementing the Center's proven solutions that are customized to address specific barriers.

For more information on the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment please contact Rick Foster, M.D., senior vice president for Quality and Patient Safety, South Carolina Hospital Association, at rfoster@scha.org, or Coleen Smith, R.N., M.B.A., CPHQ, director, High Reliability Initiatives, Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, at csmith@jointcommission.org. For media inquiries please contact Elizabeth Eaken Zhani at ezhani@jointcommission.org.

About the Joint Commission Center for Transforming HealthcareLaunched in 2009, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to transform American health care into a high-reliability industry that ensures patients receive the safest, highest quality care they expect and deserve. The Center's participants -- the nation's leading hospitals and health systems -- use a proven, systematic approach to analyze specific breakdowns in care, discover their underlying causes and then develop targeted solutions for health care's most critical safety and quality problems. The Center is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, which shares the Center's proven effective solutions with its more than 20,000 accredited and certified health care organizations. Learn more about the Center at http://www.centerfortransforminghealthcare.org.

About the South Carolina Hospital Association Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state's hospitals and healthcare systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state's hospitals and healthcare systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide.

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CieloStar Launches the Nation’s Broadest Private Health Exchange

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

CieloStar announces the launch of the markets broadest private health insurance and benefits exchange, leveraging 25 years of best-in-class technology and programs to navigate the full range of health care and other benefits. The new one-stop exchange is called CieloChoice.

CieloChoice allows employers, associations, affinity groups and brokers to offer employees and members a one-stop online marketplace to shop for insurance. Similar to travel websites that allow consumers to shop for airfare, hotels and rental cars in one place, CieloChoice offers a variety of insurance plans for consumers to choose from, including health, dental, Medicare, vision and more. Coupled with competitive price comparisons, employees can create a plan based on their specific needs and budget.

Combining a market-leading technology platform with its depth of health care benefits experience, CieloStar is uniquely able to simplify enrollment, engagement and administration of health care and other benefits for both administrators and consumers.

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, employers have been steadily migrating to defined contributions plans, rather than shifting more costs, assessing annual health care spending, and evaluating plan utilization, said Dr. John Reynolds, CieloStar CEO. The CieloChoice private exchange product allows employees to manage benefit and health care plans themselves.

Using CieloChoice, employers dont have to put together plans or create enrollment technology - a centerpiece used in exchange, Reynolds added. Our exchange tools help educate people to make the most informed and beneficial decisions when it comes to selecting health insurance and other benefits, which is a must for the growing number of large and mid-sized groups offering defined contribution and other benefits.

About CieloStar CieloStar (formerly OutsourceOne) empowers better health care decisions by facilitating health insurance exchanges, enrollment, administration and engagement. Celebrating its silver anniversary in 2013 with 25 years of best-in-class technology and benefits administration services, the company welcomes additional thought leadership and growth with new CEO John Reynolds, a significant facility expansion, and launch of a suite of new products and clients. Its recent expansion extends beyond administration into dependent audits, wellness, private exchanges, defined contribution health plans, consumer directed health and benefits choices, payment processing, provider management and demand management. Visit cielostar.com for more information.

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Avita Health System Establishes Enterprise-Wide Meaningful Use Attestation Strategy Leveraging QuadraMed

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RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

QuadraMed Corporation announced that Avita Health System has established QuadraMeds electronic health record (EHR) as a critical component of its Stage 1 Meaningful Use attestation blueprint for its hospitals. To launch this strategy, Avita Health System leveraged best practices from Galion Community Hospital, the first hospital in its network to achieve Stage 1, as it attested while also streamlining administrative processes, better tracking performance measures, and setting more targeted quality care and reporting goals for the future.

Galion Community Hospital rolled out QuadraMeds Computerized-Patient Record (QCPR) EHR last year to support its Stage 1 efforts. During implementation, Avita Health System worked with the hospital to develop an attestation strategy, which included:

All of these measures helped the hospital quickly attest to Stage 1 by eliminating paper-based clinical recordkeeping and implementing certified physician order entry, patient problem lists, and a controlled medical vocabulary.

It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to prepare a hospital for Meaningful Use, which is why we worked closely with QuadraMed. Galion Community Hospital relied on QuadraMed to help develop specific implementation and provider training methodology for the EHR, said Andrew Daniels, Chief Operating Officer at Avita Health System. We are happy to report that, by using this process, Galion Community Hospital successfully demonstrated that using an EHR improves the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care, while also reducing health data disparities. Were excited to continue our partnership with QuadraMed to tackle future Meaningful Use initiatives in our system.

Avita Health System will use its attestation blueprint to help other hospitals in its network attest to Stage 1. Bucyrus Community Hospital, for example, will begin the formal attestation process this spring, which Avita Health System anticipates will take half as long as Galion Community Hospitals preparations.

Throughout our long partnership, Galion and Bucyrus Community Hospitals have been leaders in providing high-quality, cost-efficient care to patients, said Duncan W. James, CEO at QuadraMed. We applaud Galion Community Hospital for this significant achievement and were looking forward to working closely with Avita Health System as they continue to grow their network and look for innovative ways to improve care delivery.

Galion and Bucyrus Community Hospitals, two of QuadraMeds longest-standing customers, have used QuadraMed products for more than 10 years to improve care quality and efficiency for their respective communities.

For more information about QuadraMed, visit http://www.quadramed.com or visit the QuadraMed booth (#4141) at HIMSS13 March 37, 2013, in New Orleans.

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Health Implications in Early Spay and Neuter in Dogs

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RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - Recent results from research funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation have the potential to significantly impact recommendations for spaying and neutering dogs in the United States. Most dogs in the United States are spayed or neutered, and for years the procedures have been completed prior to maturity. The study, published in the prominent, open access journal PLOS One, suggests that veterinarians should be more cautious about the age at which they spay and neuter in order to protect the overall health of dogs.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart at the University of California, Davis has completedthe most detailed study performed to date that evaluates incidence of cancer diagnoses and joint problems in one breed -- Golden Retrievers -- by neuter status: early (before 12 months old), late (12 months or older), and intact. Consistent with previous studies on the topic, the results showed increased likelihood of hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture in neutered dogs.

The most profound observations were in hip dysplasia in male dogs when comparing early and late-neutering. The risk of development of hip dysplasia doubles, and disease occurs at a younger age in the early-neuter group compared to both the intact and late-neuter group. No occurrence of CCL disease was observed in intact male or intact female dogs, or in late-neutered females. In early-neutered dogs, the incidence of CCL was 5.1 percent in males and 7.7 percent in females, suggesting that neutering prior to sexual maturity significantly increases a dog's risk of developing CCL disease. With respect to cancer, cases of lymphoma were 3-fold greater in the early-neutered males. Interestingly, incidence of mast cell tumors (male and female dogs) and hemangiosarcoma (female dogs only) were highest in the late-neuter group.

"Dr. Hart's landmark study is the first to provide evidence for when to spay or neuter dogs. For years the veterinary community has been aware that early-spay and neuter may impact orthopedic health in dogs. Through a very detailed analysis and inclusion of body condition score as a risk factor, Dr. Hart was able to show that timing of spay and neuter does indeed have health implications," said Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer for the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

"CCL disease is painful, debilitating, and costs dog owners $1 billion annually to treat. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is committed to funding research, like Dr. Hart's study, that can lead to evidence-based health recommendations. Armed with prudent guidelines for when to spay and neuter dogs we will have a significant impact on the quality of life for dogs," continued Dr. Nordone.

Importantly, the task at hand is now to determine if the observations in this study are indeed true across all breeds and mixed breeds of dogs. Dr. Hart is interested in continuing his work by studying Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Dachshunds. Additionally, gaps in knowledge continue to exist concerning the complex relationship between sex hormones and cancer.

Last summer the AKC Canine Health Foundation released a podcast interview with Dr. Hart on his early-spay and neuter research as part of a series dedicated to the health of the canine athlete. To listen to the podcast visit http://www.akcchf.org/canineathlete.

The publication "Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers" is available online through the open access journal PLOS One.The work was funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation with sponsorship from the Golden Retriever Foundation, Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky Club of America, and the Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation.

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF at http://www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow CHF on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.

About CHFThe AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF's mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestl Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $35 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org for more information.

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Health Fidelity Collaborates on Bipartisan Policy Center Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Healthcare …

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MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb.25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Health Fidelity, a healthcare big data company and technology leader in clinical natural language processing (NLP), was invited by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Health Innovation Initiative to share its insight on BPC's new report: An Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Healthcare Information Technology. The framework was presented by Former Senate Majority Leader and BPC Health Project Co-Leader Tom Daschle and BPC Health Innovation Director Janet Marchibroda. Farzad Moustashari, National Coordinate for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, also participated in the policy discussion held at BPC in Washington, DC on February 13.

"While innovation is critical to solving global challenges, healthcare requires rigorous and continuous attention to patient safety," said Dan Riskin, M.D., CEO and co-founder of Health Fidelity. "Health Fidelity is honored to be an invited contributor in this important position document, highlighting our commitment to a healthcare system where the patient always comes first."

The report offers principles and recommendations for an oversight framework for patient safety and health IT that is risk-based; reflects shared responsibility among those who develop, implement, and use health IT; is flexible enough to accommodate a rapidly changing health care system, and promotes - not stifles- innovation.

National approaches to healthcare information technology safety and innovation represent evolving areas of policy that heavily influence national efforts in healthcare quality and efficiency improvement. BPC brought together a diverse set of experts and leaders, including those representing clinicians, consumers, health plans, hospitals, and technology companies to inform the development of the framework. Health Fidelity was an invited and named contributor on the report.

In coordination with BPC's Health Project, which is led by Health Project co-leaders and former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN), the Health Innovation Initiative conducts research and collaborates with experts and stakeholders in health care to develop recommendations that promote innovation as well as the use of IT to drive improvements in the cost, quality, and patient experience of care.

About the Bipartisan Policy Center

Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell, BPC is a nonprofit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policy making with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

About Health Fidelity

Health Fidelity, Inc., based in Menlo Park, Calif., is a healthcare big data company providing industry leading cloud-based healthcare natural language processing (NLP) and unstructured data management solutions. Leveraging the longest standing clinical NLP technology with the most peer-reviewed literature and scientific citations, the company's REVEAL product is the world's most accurate, reliable and studied NLP technology in healthcare. It enables application developers and healthcare organizations to utilize vast amounts of unstructured clinical data to improve quality and efficiency of the care delivery process. Health Fidelity draws on its deep domain knowledge and understanding of medical language to unlock actionable information from this unstructured data.

For more information about Health Fidelity and its solution partner program, visit http://www.healthfidelity.com. For more information about REVEAL, please contact Health Fidelity at partnerships@healthfidelity.com.

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Truven Health Analytics Announces 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners

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Truven Health AnalyticsSM, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, today released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993.

The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. The keyto success in a tumultuous environmentis visionary leadershipthat develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. These leaders continue to demonstrate their vision of excellence when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this years winners for their achievement.

For the fifth year, Truven Health Analytics is also recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over five years. This year, there are 16 Everest Award winners.

I am very proud of the contribution that 100 Top Hospitals has made through twenty years of tremendous challenges in the healthcare industry, said Mike Boswood, president and CEO of Truven Health Analytics. And Im pleased to acknowledge Jeans consistent leadership and relentless search for innovation that have resulted in continued expansion of the performance improvement insights provided by the 100 Top Hospitals study.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

Based on the results of this years study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information, please visit http://www.100tophospitals.com.

Here are the winning hospitals, by category, with asterisks indicating the Everest Award winners:

Truven Health Analytics delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies have relied on its solutions for over 30 years. Truven Health Analytics combines deep clinical, financial and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better, collaborating with customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted, proven brands in healthcare such as Micromedex, Action OI and Advantage Suite. Truven Health Analytics employs approximately 2000 people worldwide and has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://www.truvenhealth.com.

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