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Rack Pulls Exercise – Fitness Tips – Video

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Rack Pulls Exercise - Fitness Tips
Directors Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/fitnesspageforall build a big upper back. The Rack Pull is now available! Watch this video and try it in your ...

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TRIPLE FITNESS! – Video

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TRIPLE FITNESS!
Many of you recognize I try and maintain an active lifestyle, in addition to the Triple-X films you see here on Youtube. After running across Michael Kory #39;s ...

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Hey Leute! Zurzeit bin ich sehr viel unterwegs um neue Erfahrungen im Trainingsbereich zusammeln. Seit es in der Kampfkunst oder im Fitness. Mario *rotes Shi...

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Jeff Hardy Gives an Overview New TNA Always Evolve Fitness App – Video

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Jeff Hardy Gives an Overview New TNA Always Evolve Fitness App
SoCal Val sits down with Jeff Hardy to talk about the features in the brand new fitness App called TNA Always Evolve featuring Hardy himself, available in bo...

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How to find an online fitness community

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Confession: A large reason I've been able to stick to my fitness routine is due to friends.

While that may not sound shocking, to me it is.

By nature I'm an extremely extroverted person: I like to meet new people, I like to hear people's life stories, I would make friends with a blade of grass if I thought I'd get anything out of it.

That said, making fitness a social endeavor has been wildly helpful to me because as a mom who works full time I have to pack many things in to what seems like very few minutes of time to myself.

Take running. I love to run (duh, right?) But I also love to see my friends and family. In order for me to not feel like I'm missing key family time, I decided I needed to combine friend and fitness time. Mark this revelation as reason 946 under "why running dates are awesome."

With me so far? I bet you are. And I bet right about now is when you are saying outloud: "That's great for you, Elizabeth, but I don't run." Or "I run, but I don't know anyone else who does."

Not all of my friends run. Actually a large percentage of them have told me they think what I do is crazy. So, I had to find people who run. Or want to run. With me.

Here's where I found them:

Clubs Not the kind of club where you pay a cover charge to listen to bad music and drink a $12 beer... the kind of club that meets weekly or monthly to DO something. Something like running. Or swimming. Biking. Triathlons. Walking. Heck, this quick search even turned up a meetup for badminton and frisbee. If someone does it for fun/fitness chances are good there's a group for it. Read bulletin boards at sandwich shops and local libraries, find out what groups the YMCA has going. You can find these people -- trust me they are out there.

Regular routes People are creatures of habit, and so if you're anything like me, you likely have some favorite and regular routes you do at least a few times a week. If you go at the same time and same day each week I'd be willing to be you'll start seeing the same cast of characters regularly if your route isn't completely isolated from everything and everyone. Take my Sunday morning running buddy for example: She and I passed each other with a smile and wave each Sunday morning around 10 am -- she was headed one direction and I the other. After the fourth smile and nod I stopped her and said asked if she'd ever like company since we were doing the same route, just in reverse directions. The worst that could have happened was that she would say no.

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Refinery Fitness Check Should Cover Pending EU Laws

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The U.K. called on the European Union to assess the impact of pending laws on the regions struggling oil refineries before setting new rules such as fuel-quality standards.

The European Commission said in April it plans to complete a fitness check for the regions 500 billion-euro ($654 billion) refining industry in September 2014, assessing existing EU policies and laws including taxation and carbon emissions that affect competitiveness versus companies operating in other regions. U.K. Minister of State for Energy Michael Fallon said that may be too little, too late, risking further refinery closures.

Decisions will be taken on implementing legislation before the fitness checks are completed, Fallon said in a letter dated June 24. There is a risk that additional burden will be added to the sector without understanding the cumulative impact.

Seven oil refineries operate in the U.K., down from nine in 2008. More plants could be forced to close as refiners will need to spend an additional 11.4 billion British pounds ($17.6 billion) in capital and operating costs by 2030 to comply with U.K., EU and global regulations, IHS Inc (IHS).-owned energy consultant Purvin & Gertz said in a May report, sponsored by the U.K. Petroleum Industry Association, an industry group.

The fitness check should take into account the cumulative impact of both existing and forthcoming EU legislation, Fallon said in the letter addressed to commission Vice President Antonio Tajani. Before finalizing new regulations such as the Fuel Quality Directive Article 7A, the commission should use the fitness check to help inform decision making by Member States, he said.

The EU refining industry generated a turnover of 497 billion euros in 2010, the commission said in its draft mandate for consultation, citing Eurostat data.

U.K. and other European refineries face increased international competition from the Middle East and Asia and, increasingly, the growth of the U.S. shale oil and gas sectors, while the plants geared toward producing gasoline are out of balance with the regions demand for diesel, according to Fallon.

New closures in Europe, where 15 plants have already been shut since 2008, would probably make the continent more dependent on overseas supplies, according to the International Energy Agency.

Once the second-largest regional refining center in the world, Europe will relinquish its place to China, the Paris-based energy adviser said in May in its medium-term oil market report.

Of the approximate 100 refinery facilities in Europe, 10 will shut permanently by 2020 from France to Italy to the Czech Republic, a Bloomberg survey of six European refinery executives showed in April. That survey includes some non-EU states and excludes Russia.

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Town Sports International (TSI) Adds Fitcorp Private Fitness Division

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NEW YORK, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Town Sports International (TSI), the owner and operator of New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs, today announced the launch of its new Fitcorp Private Fitness Division designed to manage private fitness centers for both large and small companies.

The announcement comes on the heels of TSI's May 2013 acquisition of Boston-based Fitcorp, which, for more than forty years, has managed private fitness centers for companies such as Fidelity Investments, Biogen Idec, Gillette, Raytheon, Boston Scientific, PTC and Bingham McCutchen. This partnership allows the successful Fitcorp wellness model to expand beyond the Boston area and into New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Gary Klencheski, the former Founder and CEO of Fitcorp, will be the President of the Fitcorp Private Fitness Center Division.

"We are very excited about the addition of the Fitcorp Private Fitness Division to TSI and the nearly four decades of experience they have designing, developing and managing corporate fitness centers," said Bob Giardina, CEO of Town Sports International. "Additionally, all of the Fitcorp Private Fitness Division gym members and their families can now use our 159 clubs, which creates a very attractive product for consumers."

"Our fitness and wellness programs have a positive impact on a company's bottom line," said Klencheski. "Employees that improve their fitness have lower healthcare costs, better productivity, fewer medical claims and reduced absenteeism. The result is a win/win for both the employee's personal health and the company's financial health."

"Corporations are discovering the benefits of developing private fitness centers," added Bob Giardina. "What was once seen as a luxury, or an executive perk, has become a necessary component for forward-thinking organizations."

About Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.: New York-based Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (CLUB) is a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 159 fitness clubs as of March 31, 2013, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs, 17 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. These clubs collectively served approximately 512,000 members. For more information on TSI, visit mysportsclubs.com.

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Brunswick Corporation : Life Fitness Personal Trainers To Watch Final Judging Event To Be Held At Nuffield Health London

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Top 10 Finalists to Compete for Global Title in Live Judging Event At Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre St. Albans, London

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., June 27, 2013 - Today, Life Fitness, global leader in fitness equipment manufacturing, announces that Nuffield Health, the U.K.`s largest healthcare charity, will serve as the global stage for the Personal Trainers to Watch live competition, where the world`s top personal trainer will be selected. The event, to be held on Sept. 27, 2013, at St. Albans Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, will bring together the competition`s top 10 finalists who will compete and be judged based on training technique using the Life Fitness Synrgy360 personal training system.

Global Competition Takes on a Global Stage Life Fitness will host the first ever live global judging event for Personal Trainers to Watch, which is now in its third year. Located just outside of London, the St. Albans Centre provides a unique venue with both state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading healthcare services across health and fitness. The Fitness and Wellbeing Centre`s Life Fitness Synrgy360 personal training system serves as a hub for performing dynamic, state-of-the-art, total-body exercises.

"We are delighted to partner with Life Fitness in the Personal Trainers to Watch program," said Rick Crawford, National Fitness and Wellbeing Lead, Nuffield Health. "At Nuffield Health we believe that making small positive changes to lifestyle is the best way to ensure lifelong good behaviors, so people are as fit and healthy as they can be. Our aim is to improve the health of the U.K. and through joined up health and fitness services we are able to improve people`s wellbeing. Personal training is a key element of helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals, we`re proud to support the profession through working with Life Fitness to bring the expertise of the world`s most elite personal trainers to our staff and members."

"To date, we`ve received more than 1,000 nominations for this year`s program, from 39 countries spanning the globe," said Chris Clawson, Life Fitness president. "Bringing together world-class trainers in one place at Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre is a milestone, which signals the growing importance of this profession`s role in creating healthier lifestyles globally."

Last Call for Nominations The Personal Trainers to Watch program recognizes and rewards trainers around the world that embody the same passion and commitment to healthy lifestyles on which Life Fitness prides itself. Nominees are judged on dedication to enhancing client experiences and pursuing continuing education for mastery of the profession, as well as leadership, client motivation, inspiration and previous recognitions.

Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2013. To nominate a personal trainer who supports a powerful vision and exemplary commitment to the field, exercisers, personal trainers and gym owners alike can visit http://www.LifeFitness.com/PersonalTrainers. View the nomination video at http://www.LifeFitness.com/PTTW2013.

The Personal Trainers to Watch program is held in partnership with the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), an international partnership between exercise professional registration bodies around the world, and the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), the European Union approved industry standards setting body for the European health and fitness sector.

About Life Fitness Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing. 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).

About Nuffield Health Nuffield Health provides expert, joined-up healthcare defined by and created for UK health consumers. We are the largest healthcare charity in the UK, providing health services for over 50 years. We are independent of Government, have no shareholders and reinvest our surplus to improve our facilities or provide public health education. We provide access to 15,000 health experts through our 31 hospitals, 65 fitness & wellbeing centres, 200 corporate facilities and 20 medical clinics to help people get healthy, and stay healthy. Nuffield Health is an award-winning not-for-profit, having won Health Investor Social Enterprise of the Year in 2010 and Private Hospital Group of the Year in 2011. We provide fitness and wellbeing services in England and Scotland. We have 65 clubs open to the public and nearly 200,000 members. We hold more than 650 Meet Our Experts free events for the public each year, have more than 1,000 personal trainers to support and motivate our clients and offer each member clinical advice through our 12-point Health MOT. Last year we provided more than 95,000 of our Health MOTs and found that nearly two-thirds of our members reduced their cholesterol, three-quarters improved their blood pressure, and around two thirds lost more than three per cent of their body weight.For more information about Nuffield Health, visit http://www.nuffieldhealth.com

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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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Lebanon: Syrian Refugees In Harsh Living Conditions, With Growing Health Needs – Video

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Lebanon: Syrian Refugees In Harsh Living Conditions, With Growing Health Needs
For many Syrian refugees in Lebanon, just getting a roof over their heads and keeping their families fed is a struggle. On World Refugee Day, June 20, Doctor...

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Waste to Energy a Health Hazard? – Video

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Waste to Energy a Health Hazard?
Do you know where your trash goes? Some goes to a plant, where it #39;s burned for energy. But some say that may not be a good idea.

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2nd Annual Ohio Health Data Symposium (Part 2) – Video

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2nd Annual Ohio Health Data Symposium (Part 2)
Health Information Exchanges June 5, 2013 Presented by: Case Western Reserve University Ohio Department of Health.

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Fresh Carrot Juice – Best Bang for the Buck to Build Your Health – Video

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Fresh Carrot Juice - Best Bang for the Buck to Build Your Health
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Key to Super Joint Health! – Video

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Key to Super Joint Health!
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Health officials say it’s OK to eat spotted sea trout from portions of Galveston Bay

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Among other revisions to fish consumption advisories, the Texas Department of State Health Services has removed a warning about eating spotted sea trout caught in a portion of Galveston and Trinity Bays and all of East and West Bays.

That area is south of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five-Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point.

Testing of spotted sea trout from these areas indicates that concentrations of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have fallen to acceptable levels and no longer pose a significant health risk.

Consumption of spotted sea trout from Upper Galveston Bay, however, continues to pose a health risk, due to concentrations of dioxins and PCBs that exceed health guidelines.

Upper Galveston Bay includes the portion of the Galveston Bay estuary north of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five-Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point.

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NZ and Canadian health research collaboration gets funding

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The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has announced funding for a research collaboration in which New Zealand and Canadian researchers will work together to explore ways to better care for older people with high health needs in the community.

This joint research project is being led by Professor Toni Ashton at The University of Auckland in New Zealand and by Dr Walter Wodchis at the University of Toronto in Canada. The research will be carried out over five years and will seek to identify and implement innovative integrated community-based primary health care models that address the health and social needs of older adults with complex care needs.

The HRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will jointly fund the research project, with the HRC investing $1.2 million and the CIHR investing $2.5 million. This joint funding partnership builds on the existing history of partnering and collaborative work between the two organisations.

The overall objective of this funding initiative is to develop innovative solutions to improve the delivery of community-based primary health care, with a focus on key areas such as chronic disease prevention and management, and access issues for vulnerable populations.

The HRC component of this research partnership is funded through the HRC Partnership Programme. The Canadian component of this research partnership is part of the CIHRs wider transformative community-based primary health care initiative, which seeks to fund community-based primary health care with a range of external partners, both within Canada and internationally.

Go to http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/47018.html to view the Canadian Institutes of Health Research media announcement about this collaboration.

Implementing models of primary health care for older adults with complex needs

60 months, $1,199,925 Principal Investigator: Professor Toni Ashton, The University of Auckland

Project summary: This research programme addresses the question: What are the steps to implementing innovative integrated community-based primary health care (CBPHC) models that address the health and social needs of older adults with complex care needs? The programme is directed at 4 levels of analysis: policy, organisation, provider, and patient and family/caregiver and will be conducted in 3 phases. Phase 1 identifies and describes successful integrated CBPHC models; phase 2 involves in-depth case studies of exemplar models and creates a framework to explain conditions that lead to successful implementation; phase 3 evaluates the implementation of innovative CBPHC models.

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Health Insurance Exchanges Gear Up for Action

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Circle October 1 on your calendar. If you're under 65, you may be less than three short months from a whole new outlook on your health, wealth and retirement security.

October 1 marks the start of open enrollment on the new state-based health insurance exchanges created under the 2010 health care overhaul law. And it will give many older consumers their first opportunity to sign up for health insurance plans that guarantee comprehensive coverage regardless of health status, in many cases subsidized by tax credits. Coverage will begin January 1, 2014, when most people are required to have insurance or pay a penalty.

People who have long been charged hefty premiums because of their age, denied coverage for preexisting conditions or rejected completely will suddenly find multiple insurers competing for their business. For people in their fifties and early sixties who are not yet eligible for Medicare, the health law provisions taking effect in the coming months "really are a game-changer," says Sara Collins, a vice-president at the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research group in New York. "People won't have to make career decisions based on whether or not they have health insurance through a job," she says. That dream of entrepreneurship or early retirement could become a reality.

The launch of the exchanges should reverse a troubling decline in insurance coverage among older adults not yet eligible for Medicare. In 2012, 20% of people 50 to 64 did not have insurance for the full year, up from 15% in 2005, according to the Commonwealth Fund. A previous survey found that cost concerns caused 75% of people in this group to skip needed health care, including avoiding doctor visits when they were sick.

A decline in workplace coverage and rising long-term unemployment among the age 50-to-64 group have contributed to the coverage gaps. "Even someone with hefty savings and a lot of retirement income could find themselves in a lot of trouble in the individual market today," particularly if they have a chronic condition such as diabetes, says Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Even if you do get a good rate when you're healthy, if something happens to you, kiss it goodbye."

People with employer coverage should pay close attention to the exchanges, too. Workers and early retirees offered only skimpy employer plans can shop for their own coverage on the exchanges.

The upcoming changes remove some big question marks from the retirement planning process, reducing the risk that you'll have to go uninsured and limiting the premiums you can be charged as you grow older. That should bring relief to people like Ray Swartz, 61, a retired public speaker in San Francisco. The premium on his individual health plan, now about $600 a month, has climbed roughly 10% year after year. Health care, he says, "is the number one expense I have, by far." He's planning to look for other coverage options when the exchanges open later this year.

There are still big challenges ahead for consumers seeking affordable coverage. A 62-year-old who is eligible for tax credits on the exchange, for example, could still spend as much as 27% of his income on premiums and out-of-pocket costs if he incurs a very high level of health care charges, according to a Commonwealth Fund report. Consumers may also find that plans on the exchange don't include the broader provider networks they're used to seeing.

The details of insurance offerings are not available yet, but you don't have to wait until October to start exploring your health care choices. Here are answers to some key questions that will help prepare you for the new health care marketplace.

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Health issues facing rural communities prioritised

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Key health issues facing rural communities were identified and prioritised at the inaugural council meeting of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHANZ), held in Auckland last week.

"If we reduce the burden of chronic disease on rural communities they can maintain their productivity and contribute to the economic welfare of New Zealand," says the newly elected RHANZ executive chairperson Dr Jo Scott-Jones.

The council agreed that securing equitable and effective access to health care services - particularly primary health care services - reducing poverty levels and improving health literacy within rural communities are central to achieving this goal. Improving ease of access to services such as after-hours, mental health and maternity are also seen as important underlying factors to address.

The council identified a number of practical steps needed in the next 12 months: Research to determine the extent of the shortfall in funding for rural health services in NZ.

A strategy for healthy rural communities 2013-2018.

A shared repository of rural health information.

Strong rural regional networks.

"It was great to see some concrete ways forward were agreed. Bringing together a number of organisations to identify common goals and actions is not easy," says Dr Scott-Jones.

" I am really looking forward to our planned conference workshop day in March next year when I hope lots of people from the member organisations will have a chance to debate and develop the work the council will be doing now." There was strong recognition by all participants that if RHANZ is to be successful in achieving its goals, rural people must have a significant say in the organisation. There also needs to be a greater degree of information sharing and networking between national organisations and government departments if a coordinated rural voice is to become a reality, he says. RHANZ was established in March 2013 and brings together health, social and political agencies with a rural focus to provide a unified voice and resource to help find solutions for the health problems facing rural communities. RHANZ defines "rural" and "health" in their broadest sense:

Rural is any area which is not a main urban area as defined by Statistics NZ; and Health is more than the absence of illness. It is a process of engaging social, mental, spiritual and physical well-being. Health is seen as a fundamental resource to the individual, community and to society as a whole and is a basic human right. Council members were joined in Auckland by representatives from Federated Farmers, Dairy Women NZ, AgResearch, FMG Insurance; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Primary Industries; Rural Support Trusts; Hokianga Health; Southern PHO; Hauraki PHO and individual rural primary and secondary clinicians. At the conclusion of the meeting Dr Jo Scott-Jones, a rural GP in Opotiki, was elected chairperson through until the 2014 AGM. The next council meeting is scheduled for 5 July, 2013.

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Health research partnership with Canada

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Health Minister Tony Ryall welcomed todays announcement that New Zealand and Canadian researchers will work together to explore ways to better care for older people with complex health needs in the community.

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) will jointly fund the research project, with the HRC investing $1.2 million and the CIHR investing $2.5 million.

"Like many other countries around the world the demand on health services in New Zealand and Canada continues to grow," says Mr Ryall.

"More people are living beyond the age of 85 but have multiple long-term health conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, dementia or cancer, and need additional health and disability support services.

"Keeping these people healthy in the community is a priority in New Zealand.

"This National-led Government is investing more in home-based services to help older New Zealanders live in their homes longer. We are investing more in the prevention of diseases including cancer screening. And we are investing more in programmes supporting patients with long-term conditions.

"Both New Zealand and Canada recognise the importance of providing personalised healthcare closer to home. This joint research project will explore innovative community-based health care service models that address the health and social needs of older adults with complex care needs.

The research will be carried out over five years and will be led by Professor Toni Ashton at the University of Auckland and Dr Walter Wodchis at the University of Toronto.

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