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Bikini fitness – Tanya Tveit hos X-life (Kinoversjon) – Video

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Bikini fitness - Tanya Tveit hos X-life (Kinoversjon)
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ATSA Fitness – Video

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Things You Wouldn’t Hear on a Fitness DVD – Mock the Week – Series 12 Episode 3 – BBC Two – Video

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Things You Wouldn #39;t Hear on a Fitness DVD - Mock the Week - Series 12 Episode 3 - BBC Two
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7 Ways to Increase Your Energy, Fitness, and Life Force! – Video

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7 Ways to Increase Your Energy, Fitness, and Life Force!
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Fitness Tracking Apps: Not Just for Exercise Anymore

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mankind historically finds alternative uses for any tool. The mobile Endomondo Sports Tracker, downloaded by 16 million people worldwide, is not excluded from this historical fact. And for fun, creators of the free app asked users how they utilize the service beyond exercise. The responses were enlightening and, at times, comical.

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Because Endomondo's smartphone app tracks, maps and shares an individual's outdoor fitness activities, many people use the "live" tracking feature as a safety tool. They simply switch on the app before leaving home or work so loved ones can follow travel progress and potentially recognize emergency situations. Parents, too, seem to be using the technology to follow the whereabouts of children.

The public safety sector has also found secondary uses for Endomondo. Some police officers use the app to record patrol routes, and share that information with citizens as a form of accountability at day's end. Search and Rescue teams have also used the tracking and mapping features to record the progress of searches. The technology has even been used to map a wildfire burn perimeter.

Additional feedback from users can be viewed at Endomondo's Facebook page. Other unique uses include:

- Remembering where car is parked.

- Remembering how to get back to hotel.

- Tracking cat/dog daily activities.

- Mapping useful shortcuts.

- Measuring the speed of a train/plane.

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Fitness First awards MPLS network contract to Telstra and Easynet

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Jack Loo | June 28, 2013

The two vendors will manage and run communications for more than 275 fitness centres globally.

Gym specialist Fitness First has awarded a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network and services contract to Telstra Global and Easynet Global.

Under the US$4.6 million multi-year agreement, the two vendors are connecting Fitness First's some 275 fitness centres worldwide.

"Our success is underpinned by our ability to communicate efficiently both internally and to our members. The new unified communications solution Telstra and Easynet are providing will improve cohesiveness, collaboration and integration across the business allowing us to provide a superior service as we grow and develop," said Fitness First Programme Manager Mark Radley. He is also looking to the new MPLS service to support his organisation's growth in emerging markets

Telstra Global will manage over 100 sites across Asia while Easynet will manage the delivery of integrated services to 160 sites across Europe and the rest of the world.

Telstra Global owns an IP network in the Asia Pacific region and has an extensive solutions portfolio including voice, mobile, broadband, IP, MPLS and managed services. Easynet offers a variety of network, hosting and cloud solutions. The collaborative approach between the two companies to offer a single integrated solution was crucial to Fitness First as part of its decision-making process.

"We have removed layers of complexity delivering a complete end-to-end solution, which includes a streamlined and cost effective network. This network comes with the peace of mind that behind the infrastructure is the local support they require, regardless of whether that is within Asia or further afield," said Tom Homer, Telstra Global Head of EMEA and the Americas.

"Fitness First is an amazing global success story experiencing rapid growth. Our solutions will help Fitness First retain its position as the most successful health club group in the world," said Easynet Global Services Chief Technology Officer Justin Fielder.

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Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Seeks Nominations

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

For Miami resident and 2012 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award winner Cecil Daniels, the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program wasnt just a life-changing exercise program designed for older adults it represented a new, healthier lifestyle that met his social needs. For award finalist Jacquelyn Gardner, it was healthy exercising to avoid a painful shoulder surgery and a lengthy recovery period. For these inspiring members, and every SilverSneakers member, there is a story a story of determination, strength, camaraderie and fun.

Healthways is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, which pays tribute to a SilverSneakers member whose healthy behavior has made a difference in his or her own life while motivating others. The Swanson Award is in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swansons father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed fitness program. The award honors five finalists across the U.S., and one of the five is selected as the national award recipient. The Swanson Award winner and finalists will be recognized during Active Aging Week, September 22-28, 2013. Active Aging Week is observed nationally to highlight the diverse health and wellness opportunities available to older adults.

SilverSneakerscontinues to be the nations leading fitness program for older adults, saidJoy Powell, Market President Healthways. Itsfun, engaging formatshelpmembers achieve their fitness and health goals. Whether its a story of weight loss, increased mobility or someone who brings a group together for monthly social luncheons, we are continually moved by the hundreds of inspiring health journeys that are shared through the Swanson Award nominations.

Using proven methodologies based upon more than 17 years of science and outcomes, the SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower health care costs. Physical activity can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, may relieve symptoms of depression, helps to maintain independent living and enhances overall quality of life.

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

SilverSneakers changed my health and my life, said Cecil Daniels, national recipient of the 2012 Swanson Inspiration Award. I found a home with my SilverSneakers family, and I was inspired to be a better person, in control of my health.

Just two years ago, Daniels was spending five hours every day at his local barber shop to fill his need to connect with friends. Today, Daniels has reinvigorated his life and health by joining a group of friends three days a week at Golds Gym to participate in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. A renewed emphasis on health and exercise has replaced greasy foods and provided the motivation that continues to help him overcome diabetes and high blood pressure. Now in control of these conditions, Daniels receives fantastic reports from his physicians and has inspired other barber shop friends to join him in turning around their health.

Members can nominate themselves or someone they know. Submissions must include a story about why the nominee should be considered, along with a signed nomination form. The completed form must be returned to Healthways by August 2, 2013. Submissions are accepted by mail to Healthways, Attn: Swanson Award, 1445 S. Spectrum Blvd., Ste. 100, Chandler, AZ 85286, by fax to 800-327-9151 and on the web at silversneakers.com/swansonaward or facebook.com/silversneakers.

For more information about the Swanson Award, visit http://www.silversneakers.com/swansonaward.

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Healthways Announces Partnership with Fitness 19 For SilverSneakers And Prime Fitness Programs

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

Healthways, Inc. (HWAY) today announced a partnership with Fitness 19 centers to offer the award-winning SilverSneakers Fitness Program and the Prime Fitness Program at Fitness 19 facilities in 24 states. Effective immediately, SilverSneakers and Prime are available at more than 125 Fitness 19 locations in the following states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Fitness 19 is known for its knowledgeable, friendly staff, local management and family-friendly facilities.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program engages participants in active behavior change through access to a variety of physical activity venues. The program is available to Medicare beneficiaries through many Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. Prime Fitness is Healthways commercial well-being fitness program, inspiring participants to take charge of their own health and fitness by providing tools, resources and incentives they need to stay motivated and active. Based on years of proven science and outcomes, the programs result in members adopting more active lifestyles.

Any increase in physical activity levels can improve overall health. Physical activity guidelines suggest that in order to achieve health benefits, American adults should try to accumulate 2 hours per week of moderate physical activity (or 1 hours of vigorous activity) and engage in activities that strengthen the major muscles of the body twice per week1. Physical activity can also mitigate health-related risks and improve the quality of life for those who already have chronic conditions.

Fitness 19 is an important addition to our network of fitness centers, and this collaboration will provide our members with greater access to a supportive and inspiring fitness environment, stated Bruce Jerde,Vice President, Provider Network and Data Administration at Healthways. Our members appreciate the quality experiences and the fitness amenities our extensive network provides.

The Healthways fitness center network offers convenient access to more than 15,000 participating fitness and wellness facilities nationwide.

About Healthways

Healthways (HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participants health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 45 million people on four continents. Learn more at http://www.silversneakers.com or http://www.healthways.com.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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Malaria Prevention and Community Connections with a Health Volunteer in Zambia – Video

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Malaria Prevention and Community Connections with a Health Volunteer in Zambia
Peace Corps Health Volunteer David Berger shares how engaging with the locals and gaining trust has been an important aspect of his work in malaria preventio...

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Mental Health Minute: Drugs and the Brain – Video

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Mental Health Minute: Drugs and the Brain
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Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill – First Reading – Part 12 – Video

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Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill - First Reading - Part 12
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Project Zoo Part 13 – Low Health – Video

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Project Zoo Part 13 - Low Health
For some part of this video we have extremely low health. The first baby is saved in the aqua part of the world. Then we gather up some gold tokens to waste ...

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Health care in danger – The human cost. – Video

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KX for Men’s Health UK: Gideon Remfry – Big Olympic Lifts. – Video

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KX for Men #39;s Health UK: Gideon Remfry - Big Olympic Lifts.
In the second of our monthly video series exclusively for Men #39;s Health UK, Fitness Manager, Gideon Remfry, runs through a simple barbell workout that will bo...

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Our Outlook for Health-Care Stocks

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The sector's performance has been robust despite the macro challenges, and with demand gradually returning, growth prospects look better, buoyed by emerging markets. A few investment opportunities are still available, particularly in the managed-care industry. With plenty of cheap debt available, acquisitions and share buybacks are likely to remain the preferred strategies for cash deployment.

Developed World's Health-Care Spending Improves, but at a Slow Pace Health-care utilization has not been immune to weak aggregate demand in the United States, but we're finally starting to see slow recovery in the pace of health-care spending in the United States. Granted, the overall economy's slow pace of improvement and the looming sequestration cuts guarantee some road bumps in 2013, but we anticipate the overall demand to recover as the U.S. economy strengthens and unemployment levels continue to decline. We believe the pace of health-care expenditure growth should exceed that of the overall economy, with pent-up demand for health-care services, lower unemployment levels, and rising commercial insurance membership bolstering the sector, aided by the waning generic wave.

The magnitude and duration of negative impact from sequestration on health-care spending remains unknown, as Medicare spending cuts are likely to be spread over a period of years. There are still a few question marks surrounding the sustainability of certain Medicare-related revenue streams, particularly Medicare reimbursement of dual eligibles. There are also still unresolved issues with the sustainable growth rate, unrelated to sequestration issue, but arguably more important for the long-term trajectory of health-care spending in the U.S.

Offsetting some greenshoots from the U.S., the European demand situation remains bleak. Austerity measures and an even slower pace of recovery (assuming there is one) made Europe a difficult market in 2013, and there are few indications that the situation could improve down the road. For now, health-care companies continue to view this marketplace as challenging, particularly in light of ongoing pricing cuts on both branded and generic drugs.

The good news is that health-care companies are relying less and less on the developed world for growth, as emerging markets are featured prominently in the strategic positioning going forward. Pharmaceutical and to a lesser degree device companies have made significant inroads into emerging markets over the past few years, and with revenue from these geographies becoming meaningful (in some cases emerging markets contribute nearly a quarter of total sales), the pace of the health-care spending growth there will become an equally important indicator.

Valuations in the Sector Are No Longer Very Appealing Health-care stocks continue to defy expectations, and, year to date, health care is the top-performing sector, gaining 23%. Despite the worse-than-expected performance throughout the recession, the sector's five-year growth now stands at 13%. Outside the medical instruments and supplies industry, other areas of health care all delivered north of 20% gains so far in 2013, with biotech (40%) and medical care (49%) in particular outperforming the overall market by a significant margin. With two years of stellar returns behind us, our expectations for 2013 are more muted. We think the investment community has recognized the many sector headwinds but has settled on a positive long-term outlook. Our coverage universe is now considered largely fairly valued, with a few exceptions, most notably in medical devices and managed care.

Even with major headwinds swirling through the managed-care industry, we believe players with economic moats will churn out strong long-term profits. Narrow-moat firms UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint are our top picks in the space. We think a large and diverse membership base is the key driver in economic moat creation, as it allows managed-care organizations, or MCOs, to more effectively leverage fixed costs, gain population management expertise, diversify risk, and gain negotiating power over providers. With the bulk of the PPACA set to come on line in 2014, the operating environment will be pressured, but there are a few opportunities on which, in our opinion, top MCOs will capitalize.

Buybacks and Acquisitions, Not Deleveraging, Are Part of Key Cash Deployment Strategy Reducing debt hasn't been the greatest point of emphasis for most health-care firms, considering their strong cash flows and manageable leverage. Buybacks remain the preferable cash deployment strategy outside of acquisitions and reinvestments, although their pace has decelerated as of late. With growth prospects still uncertain given the macro environment in the U.S. and Europe, cheap debt remains the key source of capital to fund growth strategies, particularly acquisitions. We believe Big Pharma firms will probably continue to rummage around biotechnology for their next targets, and our top five biotech takeout targets all offer the combination of highly sought factors: pipeline potential, therapeutic area attractiveness, collaborative fit, and digestible size. Our top biotech picks are Onyx (ONXX), Regeneron (REGN), Incyte (INCY), Biomarin (BMRN), and Seattle Genetics (SGEN).

Valeant (VRX) made the biggest acquisition splash over the past few months, acquiring Bausch & Lomb for ~$9 billion. In our view, significant reinvestment opportunities make Valeant's moat extremely valuable. The firm's ability to continually reinvest all of its cash flows has been the key driver of the performance. Valeant's aggregator strategy is a risky one, but the company has been successful not just effectively integrating and extracting synergies from companies it acquires, but also continually identifying right targets.

Top Health-Care Sector Picks Data as of 6-24-13.

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REACH Health Secures $7.4 Million in Funding

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

REACH Health, Inc., the leading provider of telemedicine software solutions, announced today that it has secured $7.4 million in funding. The investment firms of Buckhead Investment Partners, Council Capital and C&B Capital participated in a $4.4 million equity financing. In addition, REACH Health secured up to an additional $3 million in debt from Silicon Valley Bank.

The funding from these nationally recognized healthcare investors will enable REACH to maximize growth opportunities as more health systems implement REACHs comprehensive telemedicine solutions to improve outcomes and reduce costs. The capital will also support the companys continued rollout of the REACH Access platform for specialties such as neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, psychiatry and stroke.

Clinically driven REACH Health telemedicine solutions integrate real-time audio/video technology with vital patient information, images, workflow and documentation. The companys multidiscipline workflows meet the needs of a wide range of specialties while allowing healthcare systems to invest in a single technology platform.

We are pleased to complete this round of funding and believe that the commitment of our financial partners further validates the significant growth opportunities ahead for REACH Health, said Richard Otto, President and CEO of REACH Health. Telemedicine is playing an increasingly important role for healthcare systems, hospitals and accountable care organizations that need to deliver timely, quality care to their patients in a cost-effective manner.

REACH Health was a pioneer of telestroke, and today remains at the forefront of the industry, with technology solutions that help health systems achieve measurable improvements in their clinical, operational and financial performance. By providing better access to physicians and specialists regardless of location or time health systems can increase patient satisfaction and quality of life while significantly impacting outcomes.

About REACH Health

REACH Health technology powers many of the nations largest, fastest growing and most successful telemedicine networks, helping health systems and accountable care organizations achieve measurable improvements in their clinical, operational and financial performance. REACH Health best-in-class software solutions combine real-time audio/video technology with vital patient data, clinical workflow and documentation to overcome the traditional obstacles of time and distance. By securely connecting physicians anytime, anywhere, REACH Health technology enables remote consultations, connects patients with specialists, and supports collaboration by clinical care teams. Physicians and clinicians embrace the ease of use of a single, intuitive platform tailored to multiple specialties. REACH Health pioneered one of the nations first telestroke programs and remains the innovation leader, providing the most advanced clinical solutions to improve population health and address todays demanding healthcare mandates. For more information, visit http://www.reachhealth.com.

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Health Care REIT Enters Into Triple Net Lease With Emeritus Senior Living on Seniors Housing Portfolio

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TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) announced today that the company has agreed to enter into a triple net lease with Emeritus Senior Living (ESC) on a portfolio of 38 high-quality seniors housing communities currently owned in an 80%/20% joint venture between Health Care REIT and Merrill Gardens. Health Care REIT will acquire Merrill Gardens 20% equity interest in the joint venture for $173 million, which includes pro rata mortgage debt of $82 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter upon receipt of regulatory and lender consents.

This transaction reflects the flexibility of our business model and the power of our relationship investing platform, said George L. Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Health Care REIT. We are excited to grow our long-time relationship with Emeritus. Their strong existing footprint in the markets where this portfolio is located will allow for a seamless transition and value creation over the long-term. Merrill Gardens has made the decision to concentrate its efforts on new development projects. Merrill Gardens will continue to be a strategic partner for Health Care REIT.

Transaction Highlights

Predictable, Attractive Rent Growth with Upside Potential

This high quality, well-located portfolio broadens and strengthens our service offerings in key markets, allowing us to create significant long-term value, said Granger Cobb, CEO and President of Emeritus. We are very pleased to welcome these Merrill Gardens communities to our family and to expand our relationship with Health Care REIT.

Emeritus has an excellent reputation for quality and a proven track record of success that will benefit our residents, said Bill Pettit, CEO of Merrill Gardens. We are proud to have created such a strong portfolio of communities and will assist Emeritus to ensure a smooth transition. We are focused on our development strategy and continuing our nearly 20-year partnership with Health Care REIT.

About Health Care REIT, Inc. Health Care REIT, Inc., an S&P 500 company with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is a real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of seniors housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of March 31, 2013, the companys broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 1,133 properties in 46 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

About Emeritus Senior Living. Emeritus Senior Living, based in Seattle, Washington, is the nations largest assisted living and memory care provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents. More than 30,000 employees support nearly 480 communities throughout 45 states. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its experts provide insights on senior living, care, wellness, brain health, caregiving and family topics.

Forward-Looking Statements. This document may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When the company uses words such as may, will, intend, should, believe, expect, anticipate, project, estimate or similar expressions, it is making forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. The companys expected results may not be achieved, and actual results may differ materially from expectations. This may be a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, including, among other things, the obtainment of certain lender consents; the parties performance of their obligations under the transaction agreements; the receipt of applicable healthcare licenses and governmental approvals; unanticipated difficulties and/or expenditures relating to the transaction; the companys ability to enter into new joint venture agreements and management contracts; the cooperation of joint venture partners; the status of capital markets, including availability and cost of capital; changes in financing terms; competition within the health care and senior housing industries; negative developments in the operating results or financial condition of the operator/tenant, including, but not limited to, its ability to pay rent; operator/tenant bankruptcies and insolvencies; governmental regulations affecting Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates and operational requirements; liability or contract claims by or against the operator/tenant; issues facing the health care industry, including compliance with, and changes to, regulations and payment policies, responding to government investigations and punitive settlements and the operator/tenants difficulties in cost-effectively obtaining and maintaining adequate liability and other insurance; and changes in rules or practices governing the companys financial reporting. Additional factors are discussed in the companys Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements.

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Health Management Associates Releases Communication Urging Shareholders Not to Respond to Glenview Consent Solicitation

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

Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) today released a communication intended to update shareholders about issues regarding its Board of Directors.

Dear Fellow HMA Stockholder,

As you may be aware, Glenview Capital Partners, L.P. (Glenview)an investment vehicle controlled and managed by Larry Robbinshas commenced a process seeking to remove all of the current members of the Board of Directors (the Board) of Health Management Associates, Inc. (the Company). Glenviews plan is to replace the current Boardall of whom are independent except the CEOwith individuals selected solely by Glenview.

Glenviews timing is not in the best interests of stockholders since it comes a) less than two weeks after the Company publicly announced that we have engaged financial and legal advisors in connection with our ongoing consideration of strategic alternatives and opportunities available to the Company, and b) about a month after the Companys 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at which all of the Companys directors were elected by stockholders. In our view, Glenviews actions are an unnecessary distraction to the Companys strategic review process and an attempt to advance its own agenda for the Company with its hand-picked nominees.

Notwithstanding Glenviews actions, we remain steadfastly committed to acting in the best interests of all of the stockholders of the Company. We will continue to discharge our duties in this regard by completing as quickly as possible our evaluation of the strategic alternatives and opportunities available to the Company. In so doing, our focus is on serving the best interests of all stockholders over the narrow interests of one, as well as ensuring that we honor our commitment to provide our patients and communities with vital services of the highest quality. As you would expect, we are considering all strategic alternatives and opportunities available to the Company, including those alternatives suggested by Glenview.

You should not permit Glenview to derail our strategic review process before you have had an opportunity to review the results. Because the written consent process would allow stockholders to act at any time, there is no need to take any action at this time in response to Glenviews consent solicitation.

In addition to evaluating all opportunities available to the Company to maximize stockholder value, we also are actively engaged in addressing the numerous challenges facing the Company and the health care industry.

Accordingly, we strongly urge you to allow us to complete our work for the benefit of all stockholders, and to take no action in response to the Glenview materials until you hear from us about the results of our work so that you can make a fully informed decision. Please do not allow Glenviews efforts to disrupt this process.

We look forward to updating you on our strategic review process over the course of the next few weeks.

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AMC Health’s Telemonitoring Kiosk Helps Independence Residences Inc. Improve the Health and Quality of Life for …

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - AMC Health, a leading provider of end-to-end telehealth solutions, announced today that Independence Residences Inc. (IRI) has deployed its multi-user telemonitoring kiosk solution to provide residents with developmental disabilities with convenient and timely on-site monitoring of key health indicators.The kiosk, which is equipped with a high-definition audio and video console, enables virtual visits with an IRI nurse.Bluetooth-enabled devices attached to the kiosk are used to take biometric readings such as blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose levels, oxygen saturation, weight and temperature, which are then automatically transmitted to a clinical portal. Any findings that fall outside the person specific normal range will alert the nurse who will determine what additional action is needed.

IRI, a not-for-profit human services agency committed to supporting the highest quality of life for adults and children with developmental disabilities, is using AMC Health's technology to reduce disruptive, unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient and outpatient hospitalizations by identifying and addressing minor and potential medical problems before they become serious.

In addition to improving the health and well-being of the residents, the kiosk will also optimize utilization of nursing resources, reduce escalating non-reimbursable costs and prepare the agency for New York's transition from fee-for-service reimbursement for care provided to developmentally disabled individuals to a capitated/managed care model. Providing the kiosk will also generate significant savings for Medicaid by reducing over utilization of expensive healthcare services.

"The availability of these kiosks is a critical milestone in our ability to fulfill our principles of putting people first, working as a team, acting on evidence and doing all that with a sense of urgency," said Raymond J. DeNatale, executive director at IRI. "We selected AMC Health after determining its system would help us achieve these objectives and was the most user-friendly of the different solutions under consideration. Beyond the technology, AMC Health takes the time to understand the developmental disabilities field and the needs of the people it supports.Using AMC Health, our nurses can conduct virtual consultations with medical workers and residents and can access current and trended biometric readings from any location. This eliminates the need to travel to the resident's home whenever a problem is suspected. Not only will this allow our nurses to spend more time on patient care and interactions, but will reduce non-reimbursable expenses incurred when we transport residents to healthcare facilities. It also ensures more rapid identification of serious problems that warrant an ED visit. Soon we will also be able to provide virtual visits with a dedicated physician."

AMC Health's solution will also position IRI to address a fundamental reimbursement change from the fee-for-service model that has been in place for decades to a capitated system that will be piloted beginning Jan. 1, 2014. This transition is aligned with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) initiative that allows providers of residential, medical and other services for the developmentally disabled to voluntarily enroll in a specialized managed care organization called a Developmental Disabilities Individual Support and Care Coordination Organization (DISCO). The Advance Care Alliance, with about 75 member agencies including IRI, has filed a Letter of Intent to become a pilot DISCO along with other similar associations.

"We believe telemedicine is going to be absolutely essential in the delivery of quality medical care under the capitated rate system New York is adopting," DeNatale said. "When you get a per-member-per-month rate that will decrease reimbursement by 7 to 15 percent, you have to find a way to deliver high quality services at lower cost. Telehealth will do that while positioning us to meet the needs of the people we support more rapidly."

According to Terri Seppala, executive director of Telehealth Associates, Inc., the consulting firm that helped IRI evaluate potential telehealth partners, "We believe that telemonitoring will become a vital component for sustainable programs that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. After a comprehensive review of three companies' options, IRI and I selected AMC Health because the company could provide a complete package of proven, affordable, state-of-the-art offerings and ongoing support backed up by impressive clinical and financial outcomes that have been published in top peer-reviewed journals."

Seppala continued, "IRI has the resources and commitment to establish a model telemonitoring program that similar agencies will want to emulate. For example, after an IRI presentation about using technology to improve the lives of their residents at a recent conference for the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA), many agencies expressed an interest in learning more about this telehealth solution."

"We are proud that a human services agency as visionary, innovative and highly regarded as IRI selected us as their partner," said Nesim Bildirici, president and CEO of AMC Health. "We look forward to working with them to set the highest standard of excellence for the efficient use of telemonitoring to support people with developmental disabilities."

About Independence Residences Inc. Independence Residences Inc. (IRI) is a not-for-profit human service agency founded in 1984 that is committed to supporting the highest quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities, visual and other impairments, by providing innovative residential and community support services in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island, New York.Woodhaven, NY-based IRI ranks among the top 5 percent of agencies statewide that perform consistently better than others, leading the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to invite IRI to become a COMPASS Agency, as part of its efforts to recognize the "high performing agencies" it oversees. For more information about IRI, visit http://www.in-res.org.

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Texas Association of Health Underwriters is Big Winner at National Convention

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AUSTIN, Texas, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) left the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) recent annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia with eight awards including some of the national organization's most prestigious. TAHU's success reinforced why many consider it one of the strongest professional organizations of health insurance agents and company representatives in the country.

Leading the way was TAHU's 2012-2013 president Kelly Fristoe with three awards including the Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary commitment of time, talent and finances to the advancement of the association. Fristoe also received the Legislative Achievement Award for his special service in state legislative affairs during the past year and was also recognized with the Presidential Citation award for his efforts in leading the Texas association to a high level of excellence during his tenure.

Fristoe is a health insurance broker at the Wichita Falls firm Financial Partners.

Trei Wild, Vice President of Sales at SeeChange Health for the Dallas/Fort Worth area, received NAHU's highest honor receiving the Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award as the industry's Person of the Year.

Additionally, TAHU was presented the Landmark Award for the state association's excellence in service to its members, the industry and public. The organization also claimed the Robert W. Osler Award for its exceptional leadership in providing outstanding educational programs and professional development on health insurance to its members, associates and the general public.

TAHU's local Texoma chapter garnered the Pacesetter Award for its outstanding achievements and excellence to its members, the industry and the public. The association's West Texas chapter was recognized for achieving the highest retention rate for its membership.

In reflecting on the association's big day in Atlanta, Fristoe stated, "Our success is a reflection of the quality of health insurance brokers and agents that are members of TAHU. When you join this organization, you're making a commitment to step out in the pursuit of excellence as you serve your customers."

He continued, "TAHU's goal is to provide the support and leadership that our member brokers and agents need to be effective health benefit advisors. I'm proud of all of our chapters and members and especially those who made today's recognition possible."

Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) is a state trade association representing licensed health insurance agents, brokers, consultants and benefit professionals who serve the health insurance needs of employers seeking health insurance coverage. TAHU is a state chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

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