Saturday, May 29, 2004

Active Health Solutions, Inc. of San Francisco Appoints New Member of the Board of Directors

Active Health Solutions, Inc. of San Francisco Appoints New Member of the Board of Directors

Jeffery D. Stein has been elected to the Board of Directors of Active Health Solutions, Inc.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2007

Active Health Solutions, Inc. (www. activehealthsteps. com) of San Francisco, California has announced today that, to enhance its effort to provide this solution to the crucial national problem of rising heal care costs, has added Jeffery D. Stein, an experienced entrepreneur and business consultant, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stein brings many years of experience in start-up businesses to the Board and adds knowledge of Internet technology that will be utilized by the Company.

Mr. Stein is currently CEO of Peyton Investments, Inc. (www. peytoninvestments. com) and has years of experience in working with emerging companies. Mr. Stein has spent most of his professional career as founder and CEO of two information technology companies, On-Line Business Systems, Inc. and Convene. com. Peyton Investments provides advisory services to private emerging companies in areas of fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, mentoring, interim project assistance, and board membership.

Active Health Solutions, Inc., a privately held company based in San Francisco, has developed protocols designed to assist business in implementing Wellness Programs to the end of lowering skyrocketing health care costs, raising morale and increasing productivity. The Company, which developed its protocols in conjunction with several faculty members at the University of California San Francisco, has launched an aggressive marketing program designed to convince managements that the cost of health care has reached a level requiring proactive prevention through implementation of vigorous Wellness Programs rather than just talking about wellness.


Jarrow Formulas, Inc. Launches Re-Designed Website With All-New "Treasure Chest of Wellness" Contest!

Jarrow Formulas, Inc. Launches Re-Designed Website With All-New "Treasure Chest of Wellness" Contest!

Jarrow Formulas® has launched an all-new comprehensive website at www. jarrow. com that includes a "Treasure Chest of Wellness" Contest. Site visitors can register at www. Jarrow. com to get a virtual key that could open an animated Treasure Chest filled with $300 worth of Jarrow Formulas’ leading products. The contest ends March 1, 2010.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2010

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas®, a nutritional supplement formulator and marketer, announced today it has launched an all-new comprehensive website at www. jarrow. com that includes a "Treasure Chest of Wellness" Contest. Site visitors can register at www. Jarrow. com to get a virtual key that could open an animated Treasure Chest filled with $300 worth of Jarrow Formulas’ leading products. The contest ends March 1, 2010.

The redesigned website has the following new or improved features:
Product Videos YouTube Channel Links All-new Interactive Surveys Jarrow Nutrition News Features Science News Feed "Did You Know" Consumer Information Feed The website also has an all-new, expanded consumer sampling program. Jarrow Formulas now offers samples of its best-selling products free for customers to try. These product samples reflect some of Jarrow's leading formulations and latest nutritional breakthroughs, including its award-winning Bone-Up® and industry-leading Jarro-Dophilus EPS®, as well as breakthrough products, such as clinically tested QH-absorb®.

The website also provides complete information on Jarrow Formulas’ more than 345 products, including vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes and enteral nutrition formulations.

Additionally, Jarrow Formulas has a comprehensive line of sports products, as well as specialty formulations.

The new site design and contest are the brainchild of Jarrow Formulas' Marketing's Ara Soghomonian and Rory Lipsky and the IT Department's Javier Martinez who together have crafted a user-friendly and graphically-enhanced stroll through product showcases, nutrition news, health and wellness education, video product features and Jarrow Formulas' corporate highlights.

"The objective was to create a website that is user-friendly, easy to navigate and educational,” says Bang Nguyen, for Jarrow Formulas. “This was accomplished by incorporating efficient search capabilities, providing educational tools and offering useful reading and viewing material. The website will continue to evolve with dynamic and interactive content."

"The website redesign reflects what we believe the customer wants – more relevant content in a pleasing format that helps visitors make better and more educated choices about the nutritional products that they select to enrich and improve their quality of life," says Trish Mahon, Director, Marketing for Jarrow Formulas.

Jarrow Formulas is a nutritional supplement formulator and marketer founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1988. The company markets its products throughout the United States and internationally in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Israel and Latin America. The company offers a complete line of nutritional products that includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes and enteral nutrition formulations. Jarrow Formulas, Inc. is active in regulatory affairs, helping to maintain American’s rights to free access to dietary supplements. Its products are manufactured by Jarrow Industries Incorporated, a pharmaceutical quality facility located in Santa Fe Springs, CA. For more information, contact Mark Becker, Director, Advertising/Communications toll free at (800) 726-0886 or access the Jarrow Formulas Web site at www. Jarrow. com. For a free Jarrow Formulas' sample, access www. Jarrow. com/sample (http://www. Jarrow. com/sample).


Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases New DVD on Preventing Falls

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Releases New DVD on Preventing Falls

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently released “Preventing Falls: Practical Steps to Reduce Fears and Risks,” the latest DVD in AFA’s “Your Time to Care” series of educational programs for family caregivers, in the hopes of helping caregivers reduce their own risk of falls and prevent their loved ones from falling.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2010

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently released “Preventing Falls: Practical Steps to Reduce Fears and Risks,” the latest DVD in AFA’s “Your Time to Care” series of educational programs for family caregivers, in the hopes of helping caregivers reduce their own risk of falls and prevent their loved ones from falling.

Falls are a very common and life-threatening occurrence and are particularly worrisome for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that primarily affects people older than 65. In fact, according to federal government statistics, one out of three individuals over the age of 65 will experience a fall, resulting in 20,000 deaths annually.

“What's really important to know is that a fall is preventable,” said Laura N. Gitlin, Ph. D., one of the experts featured in the DVD and director of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

With this in mind, “Preventing Falls” provides insight into why dementia intensifies the incidence of falls and offers practical strategies from experts and family caregivers on how to reduce risk factors, including communication techniques, home modifications and lifestyle changes.

Among the caregivers who share their concerns, Judy Earnest provides care for her 85-year-old mother who has Alzheimer’s disease; she is worried that her mother’s gradual loss of coordination and balance will lead to a devastating fall and that that may prompt Earnest to break her promise to keep her mom at home.

“She's never really been steady on her feet, but more so I think is, is her not realizing she can't do all the things she ever did,” said Earnest. “I just don’t want her to get hurt.”

In the DVD, P. Murali Doraiswamy, M. D., co - author of “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan,” noted that dementia very often affects coordination and balance as it progresses. “Cognitive impairment substantially increases the risk for falls anywhere from about two to eight fold,” he said.

The DVD, which was funded in part with a grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, is available on AFA’s E-store at http://www. alzfdn. org (http://www. alzfdn. org) or by calling 866-232-8484. Other topics in the “Your Time to Care” DVD series include wandering and medication management.

Alzheimer’s disease results in loss of memory and other cognitive functions, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated one to four caregivers care for each person with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families, and unites 1,400 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line with counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine, and National Memory Screening Day. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www. alzfdn. org (http://www. alzfdn. org). 

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Friday, May 28, 2004

Canadian Hospital Selects Advanced Pharmacy Automation System

Canadian Hospital Selects Advanced Pharmacy Automation System

Hospital near Montreal selects Swisslog's PillPick system for automatically packaging, storing and dispensing bar coded unit dose medications.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 9, 2005

In their pursuit of providing patients the highest level of safety and efficiency in medication distribution, the Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Le Gardeur, located near Montreal, Quebec, is installing an advanced automated drug management system. The PillPick® system, as it is named, is built by Swisslog, a leading producer of pharmacy automation systems.

The PillPick system will automatically package, store and dispense solids, injectables, cups and syringes in bar-coded, unit dose bags. These packages will be stored in a high-density pharmacy robot that can hold up to 22,100 unit doses. Unit doses are then pulled from the robot onto a conveyor to be entered into a cassette module drawer when ready for cart fill operations. The hospital will use the PillPick system to automate central pharmacy packaging and dispensing to cart fill, a method that is currently used to distribute 5,500 doses each day.

Under the terms of the agreement, Swisslog will provide training for two pharmacy technicians in the operation and basic maintenance of the system. The PillPick system will be installed in May 2005.

About Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Le Gardeur

Centre Hospitalier Pierre-Le Gardeur is recognized for the quality of its short-term and ambulatory services at its new 283-bed facility located in Lanaudiere, which is located several miles northeast of Montreal. The hospital facility, completed in April 2004, offers patients advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities. More than 285 full and part-time physicians serve the hospital center.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers including SwisslogÂ’s software, in-house logistics solutions for hospitals as well as software and consulting services in the field of supply chain management. SwisslogÂ’s solutions optimize the customerÂ’s production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase their flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service, while minimizing logistics costs. Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs around 1,850 staff in 23 countries worldwide.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division in North America is headquartered in Denver, Colo. Swisslog is a world leader for healthcare logistics automation having installed material transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 2,000 hospital and pharmacies around the world. To learn more about SwisslogÂ’s healthcare solutions, visit our website at www. swisslog. com and click on Healthcare Solutions.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Search Tool Exposes An Internet That Most People Are Amazed To Discover

Search Tool Exposes An Internet That Most People Are Amazed To Discover

Search expert transfers his skills and tricks into a new search tool to help the average searcher uncover tips, tricks, ebooks, guides, checklists, images, audio, videos, and more... all related to their query - whatever it may be.

Bloomington, IN (PRWEB) January 23, 2006

Today, Simply Brilliant Inc. announces the launch of Search Automator Pro, a search tool that turns an average searcher into an expert searcher - a skill that's becoming increasingly important.

"With search now being the #2 activity online, there's never been a greater need for a tool like this than right now," says Derek Franklin, the creator of Search Automator Pro.

These days, people get online to do research and look for everything from how to's, health answers, and info about their favorite hobby, pet, sport, and so on, but they're often selling themselves short if they do nothing more than go to their favorite search engine, enter their query, and hope for the best.

"Many search engines want you to believe that if you enter your query into their search box, and you press Return, that's the magical answer for finding what you're looking for. In my opinion and vast research experience, that's simple not the case," says Franklin.

Using an incredibly intuitive interface, which is strictly engineered to help average searchers easily become experts at finding anything they want, Search Automator Pro (http://www. searchautomator. com (http://www. searchautomator. com)) exposes a mostly unknown world of quality, relevant content to the user at the click of a button - no matter what they're looking for.

Easily discover a Web you never knew existed Quickly increase the quality of content you find online Make searching online a blast!


"It's such a pleasure to buy a product that over-delivers like Search Automator. I still haven't used all the features it offers, but it has dramatically reduced my research time, and revealed things I never would have found. A truly great product." - Darrell Wilhelm

"I purchased Search Automator yesterday and to be completely honest I find it absolutely 'incredible', in fact 'awesome'. I have Cervical Spondylosis and have searched for hours on the Internet for help and guidance. Your program has enabled me to find the required information in seconds. I am completely 'Gob-smacked.' Well done and thank you." - Brian

About Derek Franklin

Derek Franklin is a best-selling Macromedia Press author, having sold over 200,000 books worldwide in dozens of languages. Derek has been online since 1995, and in addition to being an expert in Flash, he is a widely respected search expert and creative consultant. His company, Simply Brilliant Inc. is based in Bloomington, Indiana.

Contact Derek Franklin for more insights into this topic.

Direct line: (812) 345-3429

Email: info@derekfranklin. com

Other helpful information regarding the this product or service can be found at: http://www. searchautomator. com (http://www. searchautomator. com).


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bargainbug is Online

Bargainbug is Online

An online service providing you with a large variety of bargains and discount offers from across the Internet

(PRWEB) December 1, 2004

Bargainbug is a service that burrows through a large amount of bargains and discounts across the Internet, finding the most suitable offers available.

Signing up to Bargainbug will enable you to receive our weekly newsletter informing you on new offers, also by signing up you will be entitled to a free £5 voucher as one of the benefits made exclusive to members.

There is a wide selection of bargains that have been selected and put into the following categories: Communications, Electronics, Food and Drink, Gifts, Health and Beauty, Home and Garden, Motoring, Music and DVD.

The bargains offered from this service are hand picked from across the Internet, just by simply selecting the category you like you can receive weekly updates on bargain and discounted offers in that section.

You can sign up to receive newsletter on our latest bargains by clicking on http://www. bargainbug. co. uk (http://www. bargainbug. co. uk)

Bargainbug was designed and created by Big Idea Media who are UK online publishers based in Plymouth.

James Bray

Press Officer

Big Idea Media

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The Sugarless Chefs a New Low Carb Cooking Show

The Sugarless Chefs a New Low Carb Cooking Show

The Sugarless Chefs is a magazine style cooking show that will travel to locations around the world featuring Low Carb and Sugarless chefs. This new style of a cooking show will help millions of Americans suffering with diabetes and obesity learn how to cook delicious and healthier cuisine.

(PRWEB) June 20, 2004

A new food show, premiering this September, which focuses on ways to help millions of Americans suffering from diabetes and obesity with healthier approaches to eating and diet. The show is called: The Sugarless Chefs.

We'll travel around the world to meet imaginative chefs who'll show how easy, delicious and beneficial preparing healthy cuisine can actually be. The Sugarless Chefs provides an alternative to "Supersizing" with wonderful ways to take control of your health through diet.

16 million diabetics in America - 5 million undiagnosed. A nation faces an epidemic with serious, life-altering ramifications. WhatÂ’s significant and different about this scourge? IT CAN BE MANAGED AND CONTROLLED! Through diet, exercise, and the simple empowerment of EDUCATION, the tide can be turned. Enter, THE SUGARLESS CHEFS, a half-hour of informative, creative, and enlightening alternatives to the way we live and eat.

The previous notions of sterile, clinical and boring diets have been smashed. Our approach to a healthy and life-saving diet is one backed by the idea that we can still have FUN, as we teach the viewer new and innovative ways to taste life.

Each episode of THE SUGARLESS CHEFS is brimming with powerful information along with vibrant and delicious food, and an undeniable “Are we having fun yet?” attitude that separates us from anything ever attempted in this area. We will help millions re-invent the culinary wheel. And for those who think they can’t cook, or don’t want to, we will help to give them a survival guide for the market and often-frightening food-jungle that is America. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Our mission is to arm the masses with the ammunition they need to not only survive, but also live well while doing it!

Shows will be both shaken and stirred by a variety of guests from celebrities to chefs specializing in low carb and sugarless cuisine, as we travel the world in search of THE SUGARLESS CHEFS. We’ll visit Cayo Espanto a private Island in Belize that features healthy cuisine then travel to meet the executive chef at The Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff Canada to prepare a low carb dish. Nutritional breakdowns for each prepared dish will help the viewer to better understand the “what’s” and “whys” behind each recipe. Learn how to read food labels. Come see what happens when imagination and education collide.

The prime focus of THE SUGARLESS CHEFS is a show for anyone and everyone who wants to take control of their health, while maintaining pleasure in the process. Our processed, fast food culture has taken a toll on the health of millions. ItÂ’s time to tune in and turn on to the amazing possibilities within our reach. THE SUGARLESS CHEFS will guide you there and make you love every bite!

This weekly half hour program is a new twist for a magazine style show. We will have in the field segments from Low Carb Cafes, Healthy Spa Cuisine, Sugar Free Bakeries, Health & Fitness Tips, Exotic Locations, World Famous Restaurants where Chefs will be cooking up simple and delicious dishes along with Dining Out Tips and a whole lot more.

The Sugarless Chefs will deliver a national audience with a higher awareness of health and diet. In our world, obesity in ourselves and with our children has risen to its highest ever. Prevention of obesity starts with nutrition and itÂ’s the first step in gaining back our health.

For information regarding sponsorship and this show contact

Monday, May 24, 2004

The Not So Happy Happy Meal

The Not So Happy Happy Meal

Take control of your child's nutrition one kids meal at a time. View kids meal nutrition guides for fast food meals.

Denver (PRWEB) March 26, 2008

The combination of fast food and cheap toys create a near universal appeal for kid's meals in America. With many children (pre-teen) raised on the appeal and instant gratification promised by the all powerful kid's meal, it's easy to see how small choices can impact your child's health.

Take the most popular meal of all - the McDonald's Happy Meal. With the hamburger variety topping out at about 600 calories and many families opting for 2-3x per week, parents struggle to balance the benefits of convenience with real world nutrition. With incidence rates of childhood obesity and diabetes at record levels, it's clear parents need to step up their control of food choices that can be habit forming at an early age.

Add in the standard soda and you've just super sized your child's waistline too. Consider the following popular choices marketed to children by the leading fast food chains:

· Burger King Kids Meal (Cheeseburger, Fries, Sprite): 670 calories
· McDonalds Happy Meal (6 piece nuggets, Sm Fries, Sm Coke): 610 calories
· Wendy's Kids Meal (Hamburger, Kids Fries, Sm Coke) 570 calories

With USDA and Institute for Medicine Dietary Reference estimates for moderately active kids (age 4- 13) range from 1,400 - 2,200 calories a day. That makes the choice for the throw-away toy and convenient lunch about half of junior's daily calorie quota. That's rough.

Behind the empty calories the nutritional outlook looks even worse. The buns rank high on the GI scale, loaded with sugar and 'enriched' flour and salt. Many parents have been reluctant to apply the same insight into types of fats and carbohydrates when it comes to our kids food selections - in short, convenience tends to win.

For many parents with children, making even a small change can be beneficial. Wayne Becker of GlycemicEdge. com and publisher of the glycemic index table (http://glycemicedge. com/glycemicindextable. html) adds "The temptations of convenience foods as mass marketed are everywhere. Start by making smaller, incremental changes - including smaller, more frequent meals with modest portions. Finding lower and moderate GI foods can be done - even at the fast food emporiums - including salads and some soups."

While permanently avoiding fast food choices may not be realistic for many, planning ahead can provide tangible benefits and limit the damage. Becker recommends:
· Plan ahead - Bring snacks and healthier choices for mobile trips packed from home
· Glycemic Index (http://www. glycemicedge. com) friendly - Look for whole grain foods and limit high GI choices (high & hidden sugar foods)
· Smaller portions - portion control offsets even poor food options
· Break the habit - avoid the expectation for fast food. Once a month is a treat. Once or twice a week can be habit forming.

"Let's face it - tackling the millions of advertising dollars and recurring messages adolescents face is a tall order. Kids are inundated with guilty, unhealthy food choices at nearly every turn." Becker recommends parents make informed choices - even a small improvement can help your child and reduce the incidence of future heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments.

While the occassional convenience detour or treat is at times undeniable, limiting the frequency for trips to McDonald's and other fast food convenience options is key to taking control of your child's nutrition and preventing a super sized headache.

About http://www. glycemicedge. com (http://www. glycemicedge. com)

Glycemic Edge is an information, research, and knowledge sharing site focused on nutrition plans related to the Glycemic Index Diet (http://www. glycemicedge. com).


Sunday, May 23, 2004

Groundbreaking Health and Fitness Website Gives Away Expert Advice for Free

Groundbreaking Health and Fitness Website Gives Away Expert Advice for Free

A new health & fitness website known as Boeafitness. com opened its doors with one goal in mind and that was to offer free health & fitness information, that would be easily accessible to anybody, anywhere, 24 hours a day, every day of the week by using the Internet.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) February 27, 2006

In 2003 a new health & fitness website known as Boeafitness. com opened its doors with one goal in mind and that was to offer free health & fitness information, that would be easily accessible to anybody, anywhere, 24 hours a day, every day of the week by using the Internet.

And since living up to its commitment of doing so, the process of providing free health & fitness information has helped to become the driving force behind the success of Boeafitness. com, which helps motivate people all over the world into getting into shape and maintaining it.

But the true marvel is where Boeafitness. com gets its information, which is from everyday health & fitness enthusiast, and experts in particular fields that operate health & fitness websites from around the world who share there information with Boeafitness. com for free.

Which allows an open process of obtaining information that is derived from different perspectives of various individuals that is unique and interesting to the audience of Boeafitness. com.

Which range form topics pertaining to weight loss information, weight training, & various other health & fitness oriented areas. Which has not only created a process that has changed the way people receive there health & fitness information on the Internet, but also allows a wide spectrum of individuals to participate in the process.

That has not only allowed Boeafitness. com to grow over the years, but also take great interest in creating individual sections that cater to particular areas of fitness, for example yoga, Pilates, nutrition, weight loss information, workout routines, & even vitamins & supplements information including various other dedicated sections which has truly created a website that supplies free health & fitness information for those who seek it.

The Boeafitness. com website is available online at the following Internet address - www. boeafitness. com - contact the webmaster of Boeafitness. com for more information.

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Author Exposes the Systematic Racism in Rikers Island

Author Exposes the Systematic Racism in Rikers Island

Author’s advocacy for social change, detailed in his new book

Brooklyn, NY (Vocus) November 19, 2010

Working in the largest correctional facility in the world, author and Mental Health Clinician Evan Baker’s task is to administer psychotherapy to those incarcerated. However, in the course of his duty, he has witnessed the hypocrisy of his agency’s intention, as well as his role as a social worker. In his book, Rikers Island, he attempts to create change through awareness of a human crisis that is understood in less than humane terms.

“I was not hired to make a positive impact. It is only intended that I do my job having the clients sign treatment plans on time and see that they remained medicated,” says Baker as he recalls an incident of institutional racism that he has encountered in the workplace. This inspired him to address the issues of systemic racism, starting with this book.

Through a case study approach, Baker implements the Art of War as a tool in understanding the conditions which allow prisoners to overcome the largest jail in the world. Rikers Island allows the reader to understand the individual incarcerated from a more human perspective, advocating education as a tool for empowering a jail population that is ninety-eight percent Black and Hispanic.

A true social worker, Baker encourages the rest of his peers to go beyond their job description and start acting as agents for social change. Through this book, he invites everyone to join him in this advocacy. For more information on Rikers Island, interested parties may log on to Xlibris. com.

About the Author
Evan Baker works in Rikers Island as a Mental Health Clinician administering psychotherapy to those incarcerated. He earned his Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University and holds his license in Social Work in the State of New York. Baker himself struggled with homelessness, unemployment and welfare while achieving his credentials in academia. He has since stridden toward tackling the problems of racism and class discrimination that affect those persons struggling with poverty. In this way, his own life story is an inspiration to many who seek to overcome poverty, unemployment and addiction. His connection to the population he serves is established through the experience of being amongst this important and oftentimes misunderstood group.

RIKERS ISLAND * by Evan Baker
Theories of Racism
Publication Date: March 22, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 183  pages; 978-1-4415-6960-8
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Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit http://www. Xlibris. com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.


Friday, May 21, 2004

Charting the Future of the Asia-Pacific Spa Industry Leadership Forum in Bali

Charting the Future of the Asia-Pacific Spa Industry Leadership Forum in Bali

Asia-Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC) marks its first anniversary with an Invitation Only Strategic Planning Forum to actively promote the Spa & Hospitality Industry. Leaders from luxury resorts and prestigious companies will participate in March 9 - 10, 2007.

Bali, Indonesia (PRWEB) June 23, 2006

As the Asia-Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC) marks its first anniversary, "we have been greatly encouraged by the interest we have received from industry and the media", says Samantha Foster, Chairperson of the amount of recognition and support received thus far. "We're now seeking to take regional cooperation to the next level".

APSWC council members who represent 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East will form the back bone of the leadership forum. Senior management of large companies that influence the industry through their regional presence, individuals or companies that lead the industry through innovation and fresh approaches. Some of the hand picked invited industry leaders including Dieter Buchner (MSPA), Carina Chatlani (Body Bistro/APSWC Media Relations), Donald Cha (Nepal Spa Assn), Mary Darling (Bali Spa Assn/APSWC Vice Chair), Samantha Foster (Chivasom Resort/APSWC Chair), Vanessa Gay (ASPA), Brian Hathaway (Four Seasons Resorts), Norman Jones (Sensara), Julie & Stu Garrow (Intelligent Spas), Andrew Gibson (Raison d'Etre), Jacqueline Le Sueur, Michael Loh (Spa Asia Magazine), Sheila McCann (Spa Botanica), Joy Menzies (Chivasom Resort), Kate O'brien, Rhett Pickering (Marriott International), Susan Stein (Jari Manari), Judith White (Judith White Organics), Sue Yoon (Korea Spa Assn).

Media are invited to work together to actively develop a long term vision and plan for the industry. Our aim is to proactively position the robust Asia-Pacific spa & wellness industry in the global environment.


The inaugural meeting of the Asia-Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC) convened at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand on May 2, 2006. Delegates representing Australia, Bali /Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand attended and presented updates on the status on the growth of this Industry within their respective countries.

Representatives from ISPA (International Spa Association), including Chairman Kate Mearns and President Lynne McNees, Becky Brooks, and Sharilyn Abbajay, participated in an interactive discussion expressing bilateral support and a willingness to assist in various ways. Intelligent Spas' Julie & Stu Garrow were also included with a view to providing the Asia-Pacific region with much-needed reputable, reliable, and confidential market research data from surveys supplied to regional Asian countries. They are also able to gather reliable data to further assist this Council in their efforts to identify and recommend appropriate standards, implement a streamlined code of ethics and best practices to be adopted throughout the region.

The meeting was an important first step on the road to improved, consistent professionalism within the industry. In addition to gathering and communicating market information and resources, some of APSWC's planned activities for the region include: identifying and recommending appropriate standards, Training Resources, and Performance Benchmarks and establishing a Code and Best Practices Format to be adopted throughout the region. It's important that local representation becomes a focus while looking at the region guides in it's entirety including a range of topics relevant to Asia-Pacific countries.

The aim is to have an effect at the grass roots level, and yet it is difficult for any one regional organization to meet the specific needs of every country. Therefore the Council will act behind the scenes - establishing, guiding and supporting national associations so that they can provide maximum benefit to their members. Council members are already actively seeking to establish national associations in HK/China, Korea, the Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand and Vietnam.

"The desired objective is to enhance collaboration, professionalism and growth of spa and related industries through the sharing of knowledge and resources", reveals APSWC Chairperson, Samantha Foster. "Our mission is to act as a bridging mechanism between countries to promote, protect, educate and develop the industry in the Asia Pacific region."

Even the more established and experienced associations will have something to gain, as the Council network may create opportunities for trade, training and other resources, and assist in overcoming some of the cultural barriers. "Most spas join an association because of the resources that it can provide, however, cost can be prohibitive in the Asia Pacific area, therefore we need to look at what is applicable and cater to this region specifically", advises APSWC Vice Chairperson, Mary Darling.

APSWC is a highly active, non-profit working group run by volunteers. Currently the group has representatives from 14 countries, all of whom are experienced industry professionals with a vision to improve, develop and protect their local industry. Although initial participation has come from spa associations, the Council also welcomes associations from related industries, including holistic therapies, health/medical, fitness and beauty. The aim is to create a united network that understands and meets consumer's total health and wellness needs.

The Council is developing strong partnerships with like-minded industry leaders, and plans to use this united voice to educate consumers, regulators and industry professionals, and thereby create positive force for change. The Council will operate as a group of interested parties and will actively seek input and guidance throughout the Industry at all levels while working on various assignments


APSWC Officers: Samantha Foster (Chairperson), Mary Darling (Vice Chair), Apichai Jearadisak (Treasurer), Carina Chatlani (Media Relations).

Communication: http://spawellnesscouncil. com/ (http://spawellnesscouncil. com/)

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 22nd in Thailand.

For more information please contact:

Asia-Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC)

Carina Chatlani | t/ +1 818-789-2020

Jason Yeh | t/ + 886 2 8780 5688

Www. spawellnesscouncil. com


Thursday, May 20, 2004

Ad Council Announces Partnership With New Age Media Conceptsto Bring PSAs to Movie Theaters and Retail Locations Nationwide

Ad Council Announces Partnership With New Age Media Conceptsto Bring PSAs to Movie Theaters and Retail Locations Nationwide

The Advertising Council, the nationÂ’s largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs), and New Age Media Concepts, Inc., a premier national media placement company, announced today an unprecedented partnership that will bring the Ad CouncilÂ’s PSAs to movie theater lobbies and retail locations throughout the country.

(PRWEB) March 4, 2004

NEW YORK (PRWEB) March 4, 2004 – The Advertising Council, the nation’s largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs), and New Age Media Concepts, Inc., a premier national media placement company, announced today an unprecedented partnership that will bring the Ad Council’s PSAs to movie theater lobbies and retail locations throughout the country.

New Age Media began placing the Ad CouncilÂ’s PSAs on plasma screens and television monitors in movie theater lobbies last November. Initially, as a result of the partnership, the ads will appear in over 300 theaters nationwide. New Age, along with its business partner Limelight Media Group, also plans to place the public service ads in over 2,000 retail locations as well as various other outlets throughout the country this year. New AgeÂ’s commitment is preliminarily valued at $290,000 per month and approximately $3.5 million annually.

“This exciting partnership has the potential to bring our critical messages to millions of Americans,” said Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of the Ad Council. “We are incredibly grateful to New Age Media Concepts for recognizing the importance of our PSAs and expanding the reach of our campaigns to their customers.”

New Age Media is also working with Limelight Media to place the Ad CouncilÂ’s PSAs in 30-minute programs that content developer Mandalay Entertainment is developing for the digital theater lobby system. These programs will include segments such as behind-the-scenes, music videos, lifestyle pieces, health moments, action sports clips and automotive segments. Ad Council PSAs will be placed either at the beginning or at the end of segments that correspond to issues that are being discussed.

“New Age is 100% behind the Ad Council and their work. As new campaigns and PSAs are created, we’ll put them into our rotation,” said Lou Victor, Executive Vice President, New Age Media Concepts, Inc. “This is a long-term partnership. If we see any opportunity to place a PSA into the rotation, we’ll do it. We urge other companies in this industry to do the same.”

The Ad Council develops PSA campaigns for approximately 50 significant public issues. All of the organizationÂ’s PSAs, across all media, are run and aired in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

Victor added, “Anything we’re involved in, we’ll bring the Ad Council right along with us because the organization is doing a service to the community and we have the ability to help. The more people who see the messages, the more of an impact they will have. This is something that New Age Media and Limelight Media stand behind.”

New Age Media Concepts

New Age Media Concepts is one of the premiere and most innovative advertisement placement companies in the United States that has focused it's efforts in theater lobbies, theater screens, sports venues and retail outlets. New Age Media has teamed up with Limelight Media Group as their exclusive ad placement company for their entire network, which includes Theaters, retail stores and malls. This network is revolutionizing the advertising industry through the use of a managed digital advertising network that is centrally located and supports any site through the use of broadband services. Limelight Media has also teamed up with Mandalay Entertainment, a well-known and established entertainment company to become their content developer for the networks programming. More information on New Age Media Concepts can be found at www. namct. com.

The Advertising Council

The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www. adcouncil. org.


Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Zrii Launches NutriiVeda New Year as Weightloss Resolution Solution

Zrii Launches NutriiVeda New Year as Weightloss Resolution Solution

Company posted increased sales in December thanks to its revolutionary Ayurvedic weight management product

Draper, UT (PRWEB) January 11, 2010

Zrii LLC (http://www. zrii. com (http://www. zrii. com)) is changing lives and waistlines around the world with the company’s NutriiVeda™ New Year “Thicker Wallet, Thinner Waist, 90 days” promotion focused on helping people reach their weightloss resolutions for 2010. Zrii continues to benefit from the momentum created by the launch NutriiVeda and posted positive sales growth in December.

“Almost everyone uses the new year to mark the beginning of their weight loss regimen, so we launched a campaign focused on helping others understand the benefits of using NutriiVeda to reach their goals,” explains Kevin Larson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Zrii. “Since its initial launch, NutriiVeda has not slowed down in momentum, as proven in our December sales. Most companies don’t do well in December, but we proved that it is possible. NutriiVeda is inherently a superior product because of its proprietary ingredient blend backed by real science. It was developed by world renowned doctors and is the second product ever to be endorsed by the Chopra Center for Wellbeing™ (next to Zrii, the Original Amalaki™).”

The NutriiVeda New Year is promoted by January weekday conference calls featuring NutriiVeda Success Stories (10 am MT, 712-338-8196, passcode 234577#), ongling promotions, the continued NutriiVeda Challenge, and social media interaction on Zrii YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter sites (all accessible via http://www. zrii. com (http://www. zrii. com)).

Because of its foundation in Ayurvedic principles, natural ingredients, and nutritional content, NutriiVeda truly stands alone in sea of weight management products and offers hope to thousands looking for a healthier lifestyle. More details about the NutriiVeda New Year can be found on Zrii’s product website (http://www. zriiproduct. com (http://www. zriiproduct. com)) or by calling Zrii Executive Support at 1-866-349-9911.


Bedding That Brings Guests In ... And Back Again

Bedding That Brings Guests In... And Back Again

United Feather & Down offers bedding products specifically designed to help the hospitality industry bring in repeat customers, with the comfort and luxury needed for a good night's sleep. United Feather & Down offers Borghese brand luxury bedding, spa and travel accessories to create an unforgettable impression on your guest.

Des Plaines, Ill. (PRWEB) October 18, 2009

Experts in consumer satisfaction declare that in this market, more strongly than ever before, customers demand value that exceeds the price they're paying along with a level of service that rises above their expectations. One way to ensure that their stay at your establishment creates a lasting, favorable impression is the type of bedding proudly displayed to create comfort and provide the best, most luxurious night's sleep possible. Bedding that distinguishes and differentiates you from the competition--new branded, Borghese bedding, gifts and accessories for the hospitality industry created by United Feather & Down.

United Feather & Down invites you to an exciting new product introduction during this year's International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 8-10, 2009 in their private New York showroom conveniently located just across from Bryant Park. "Our showroom appeared as the best venue for an intimate, personal display of this unique opportunity to create a lifestyle impression within the hospitality industry," says Stephen Palmer, Co-President of United Feather & Down. "In addition, this is a first within the hospitality industry--a product line that truly marries the concept of beauty with sleep, to offer your customers an experience that differentiates your hotel from the competition in a fresh, unique way."

Borghese, a name recognized internationally for creating new standards in beauty and personal care teamed up with United Feather & Down, two dynasties with their origin in the European tradition for excellence, to introduce a luxury line of bedding, spa and travel accessories, the Villa Di Borghese Hospitality & Spa Collection. Currently, Borghese's luxury line of spa products, skin care, hair care, nail care, fragrances and cosmetics are sold through national retailers including Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and other specialty stores and spas around the world.

In September during NY Home Fashions Week, United Feather & Down and Borghese announced the creation of a consumer line of bedding products that will launch in Bloomingdale's stores across the country October 15th. This line features luxury bedding including a bed pillow and comforter, spa pillow, booties and spa body wrap. All items are crafted with beautiful 300-thread-count Italian Tile Dobby Cotton in either white or Borghese's signature ivory, finished with a natural aloe vera treatment, and embroidered with the Villa Di Borghese crest.

The product fill features either Botanical Down™, a blend of natural TENCEL® lyocell fibers and Freshness Assured® down, or a Botanical Down Alternative™ , a blend of micro fiber down alternative and TENCEL® lyocell fibers. TENCEL® lyocell is a natural, eco-friendly fiber produced from sustainable Eucalyptus forests. TENCEL® lyocell offers increased insulating and moisture wicking properties.

All of the Villa Di Borghese items correspond with a Borghese skin care product.

"These are not only beautiful to look at, they pamper the skin with their luxurious feel," said Palmer. "The natural aloe treatment and natural fibers and fill combine to create a spa experience you can recreate within your guest room, for a lasting impression of comfort and value exceeding the expectations of your clientele."

Showroom Hours
The United Feather & Down showroom will be open for special viewing Sunday, November 8th and Monday, November 9th, from 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. EST, and Tuesday, November 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. The New York product showroom is located at 1071 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 200, New York, N. Y. Appointments are welcome. For more information please contact Tracy Miller at (847) 296-6500.

About United Feather & Down
Founded in 1797, United Feather & Down is a family-owned manufacturer and marketer of innovative bedding products for the consumer and hospitality industries. The company's unparalleled experience as a premier purveyor of quality down, and reputation for value and innovation is evident in its wide array of home products and filling materials. For more information about United Feather & Down, log on to http://www. ufandd. com (http://www. ufandd. com), or call 847-296-6500.

About Borghese
Headquartered in New York, NY, Borghese is a worldwide leader in premium skincare and cosmetics. Built on a heritage that dates back to the 14th century when people first sought the healing waters of the Tuscan Earth, Borghese was the first to respect the synergy between health and nature, luxury and science. Offering the consumer products that allow them to create their own sanctuary, a place to relax and feel revitalized, Borghese derives inspiration from the lush mountains and aromas of Tuscany for a soothing atmosphere in your own private enclave. It's the beauty of Borghese. With its rich Tuscan heritage attuned to all the pleasures of nature, all the luxury of total pampering. For more information please visit www. borghese. com.

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Monday, May 17, 2004

AIAG Announces Global Materials Management Guidelines - Unified Guidelines Help Streamline, Standardize Supplier Assessment

AIAG Announces Global Materials Management Guidelines - Unified Guidelines Help Streamline, Standardize Supplier Assessment

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Odette International Limited announced the availability of a single set of global guidelines for materials management.

SOUTHFIELD, MI and LONDON (PRWEB) April 9, 2004 -

— The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Odette International Limited announced the availability of a single set of global guidelines for materials management.

The “M-7: Global Materials Management Operations Guideline Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE)” guidelines were developed to reduce the time and work required by suppliers and customers to determine materials process compliance. Improving these processes can lead to reductions in cost, cycle time and inventory.

“The MMOG/LE guidelines give manufacturers the ability to build supplier development programs that contribute to lean operations,” said Andrew J. Cummins, executive director of AIAG. “The guidelines will help all companies in the supply chain to identify performance gaps and achieve benchmarks that are accepted throughout the industry.”

AIAG's MMOG/LE document serves as a common materials management guide for all of North America and Europe.

Incorporating AIAG's Materials Management Operations Guidelines and Odette's Logistics Evaluation documents, as well as work group recommendations, the new guide sets a global logistics evaluation standard for gauging an organization's capabilities for materials processes.

John Canvin, general manager of Odette International added: “By being able to bring together two well - respected and established recommendations into one even more powerful tool for our industry, we have made a significant advancement towards globalization of business practices.”

Automotive OEMs and suppliers can use this document for internal assessments, benchmarking current state best practices, driving continuous improvement, supplier development, evaluating supplier performance and improving supplier performance. MMOG/LE can lead to improvements in shipping and receiving, inventory control, material handling, scheduling, supply systems and document control.

Through implementation of the global standard, suppliers potentially could see up to an 85 percent reduction in premium freight and an 80 percent reduction in obsolete material. With the potential to decrease needed inventory space, suppliers could reap a 43 percent reduction in inventory carrying costs and a 20 percent reduction in data entry time.

Using the guidelines, suppliers complete a self-assessment and receive "A", "B", or "C" ratings based on their compliance. While deficiency in one or more critical areas automatically earns a "C" rating, the MMOG/LE guide automatically develops an action plan to allow companies to achieve the "A" rating. An optional section lets companies explain plans for future systems to meet customer requirements.

AIAG, Odette, Ford Motor Company, Odette Sweden (VOLVO), DaimlerChrysler Corporation, GALIA (PSA), The Gates Rubber Company, SMMT Industry Forum, American Axle & Manufacturing and VDA (Robert Bosch GmbH) participated in the joint work group to establish MMOG/LE content.

Materials suppliers who implement MMOG/LE also can use the guideline as a common self-assessment tool for multiple customers, allowing for new business opportunities from companies that require the global MMOG/LE, such as Ford and DaimlerChrysler.

MMOG/LE content is aligned with the ISO/TS 16949:2002 quality standard, including consistent numbering and terminology that make the guide useful as a materials planning and logistics auditing tool for manufacturers seeking continuous improvement, defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.


“M-7: Global Materials Management Operations Guideline Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE)” is available from AIAG's customer service department at (248) 358-3003. The cost is $10 for members and $50 for non-members. AIAG members will be able to download the document at no charge from the members-only portion of the organization's Web site at www. aiag. org.

AIAG will hold training on MMOG/LE beginning in April. To register for the course: Using the Global MMOG/LE as a Continuous Improvement Tool Training, contact AIAGÂ’s customer service at (248) 358-3003.

About AIAG

Founded in 1982, AIAG is headquartered in Southfield, Mich. Its member companies include 1,600 North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry with combined annual sales of more than $600 billion. A not-for-profit association, AIAG's primary goals are to reduce cost and complexity within the automotive supply chain and to improve speed-to-market, product quality, employee health-and-safety and the environment. Additional information is available on the Internet at www. aiag. org.

About Odette

Odette International is a not-for-profit organization, formed by the automotive industry, for the automotive industry. It sets the standards for electronic communications and logistics processes that link the 4,000 plus businesses in the European motor industry with their global trading partners. The members of Odette are national automotive associations, which in turn represent European motor manufacturers and suppliers.


Contact: John Piscopink 

Automotive Industry Action Group 

Phone: + 

Email: jpiscopink@aiag. org 

Stéphanie Bioux

Odette International Limited

Phone: +44.20.7344.9227

Email: sbioux@odette. org

Dan Criscenti

AutoCom Associates

Phone: +1.248.647.8621

Email: dcriscenti@usautocom. com 


Carnie Wilson Blogs On The Fresh Diet

Carnie Wilson Blogs On The Fresh Diet

Actress, singer and television hostess, Carnie Wilson, will host a blog on The Fresh Diet, chronicling her quest to whittle her weight down to 160 pounds. Fans can catch up on Carnie’s progress at Carnie’s Corner at blog. thefreshdiet. com where the daughter of the legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, will discuss details of her daily weight loss as well as answer emails about her progress.

Miami Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2010

Actress, singer and television hostess, Carnie Wilson, will host a blog on The Fresh Diet, chronicling her quest to whittle her weight down to 160 pounds.

Carnie, who is the official spokesperson for the daily, gourmet diet delivery service, The Fresh Diet, was recently given a “wake-up” call when Dr. Oz informed her on national TV that unless she got her weight under control, she could be looking at serious health issues such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as diabetes.

So the reality show star and host of The Newlywed Game quickly turned to The Fresh Diet for help.

“I’ve already lost seven pounds,” says Carnie, who weighed in at 218 pounds on the January 13, 2010 episode. “It’s such an easy, accessible program that I’m confident I will reach my goal.”

Fans can catch up on Carnie’s progress at Carnie’s Corner at blog. thefreshdiet. com (http://blog. thefreshdiet. com) where the daughter of the legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, will discuss details of her daily weight loss as well as answer emails about her progress.

Carnie will also post comments on The Fresh Diet’s Facebook (http://www. facebook. com/pages/The-Fresh-Diet/11851562323) & Twitter (http://www. twitter. com/freshdiet) Pages, says Zalmi Duchman, CEO of The Fresh Diet.

“Carnie wants her fans to know that this will not be an easy journey,” says Duchman. “She is doing this to lose the weight she put on due to her second pregnancy and with our help and a supportive network we are going to help her reach her goal.”

By providing clients with fresh, daily hand delivered, gourmet meals, which unlike other diets are not frozen, freeze-dried or vacuum packed, Fresh Diet (http://www. thefreshdiet. com) has developed a loyal clientele. Their unique menus are mouth-watering as well as healthy; including such delectable breakfast meals such Hawaiian macadamia nut whole wheat waffles for breakfast.

The Fresh Diet is a system of nutritionally balanced and delicious meals that are made fresh and hand delivered to your door daily. Headquartered in Southern Florida since 2005, The Fresh Diet -- http://www. thefreshdiet. com (http://www. thefreshdiet. com) -- now serves clients daily in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City Tri-State area, Washington, D. C., Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, South and South West Florida from company-operated kitchens in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.


Sunday, May 16, 2004

Walking Safely with SPIKYS

Walking Safely with SPIKYS

When winter brings the snow and ice it yields a landscape that is both picturesque yet potentially deadly. Slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to automobile fatalities, and icy surfaces are a major cause of this.

(PRWEB) December 4, 2004

Foothealthcare. com have got their hands on a revolutionary Occupational Health and Safety product that will change the lives of those that live, work or play in environments that are potentially dangerous due to ice and snow.

SPIKYS are rubber straps that fit over shoes or boots to prevent slipping. The ingenious device provides reassurance at all times during those icy months, as SPIKYS can be worn over any shoe or boot, including dress shoes.

SPIKYS are manufactured from 76% natural rubber and 24% high-grade synthetic rubber, which give them the ability to stretch to 6.5 times their original length and allowing them to accommodate a limitless variety of footwear.

There are a number of small perforations in the rubber, which help to increase the elasticity of the SPIKYS. This innovative feature allows for optimum comfort and permits the SPIKYS to be worn all day without pinching or squeezing the foot.

SPIKYS don't feature buckles or straps, but instead, an easy to use heel tab allows the SPIKYS to be put on or removed quickly and without fuss. The SPIKYS can be worn whilst driving and can be neatly folded into their compact pocket size Zip-Loc bag, so you can take your SPIKYS anywhere.

The actual spikes are made from hardwearing widia steel, and tests have shown that after six years of constant use the spikes have only worn down to less than a millimetre, so SPIKYS will give you safer footing and reassurance time after time.

SPIKYS are ideal for those experiencing slippery surfaces caused by ice or snow such as postal workers, construction workers, farmers, winter walkers, early bird commuters or even Ice Rink workers, all of which will find these shoe grips an irreplaceable asset.

There are two different SPIKYS to choose from: - the SPIKY which covers the sole of the shoe, and SPIKY PLUS which covers the sole AND heel for extra safe treading.

Foothealthcare. com is the consumer retail division of A Algeo Ltd.

A. Algeo Ltd (also known as Algeos) is a professional footcare and orthopaedic supplies company based in Liverpool, England.

For further information on this range please contact Foothealthcare. com on 0151 280 4555, email sales@foothealthcare. com or visit us online at http://www. foothealthcare. com.


Saturday, May 15, 2004

InsuranceSpecialists. com Adds New Area of Focus: Health Care and the Internet

InsuranceSpecialists. com Adds New Area of Focus: Health Care and the Internet

In keeping with a nine-year reputation for delivering comprehensive insurance data, free rate quotes, and honest advice to consumers, the industry writers and researchers at InsuranceSpecialists. com are pleased to announce a new focus on the convergence of the Internet with health care services and coverage. This timely and relevant material, combined with the site's complete overhaul early in 2008 to include medical, auto, homeowners, and life insurance data makes InsuranceSpecialists a premier resource for discerning consumers.

San Jose, Ca (PRWEB) May 1, 2008 -

By continuing to evolve since its 1999 debut, Insurancespecialists. com (http://www. insurancespecialists. com/) has remained current with changes in the industry as well as monitoring the shifting needs of the consumer. Based in San Jose, California, the site has won a reputation for delivering trademark, in-depth data packaged in a functional, well-designed site structure. The company is pleased to announce a new area of focus with its in-depth research; the rapidly emerging convergence of affordable health insurance (http://www. insurancespecialists. com/health-insurance/) and the Internet.

"Okay, let's face it. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, likes to go to the doctor," said Jon Davidson, InsuranceSpecialists. com CEO. "Apart from issues of physical or psychological discomfort, the number of doctors in this country has dropped 7% since 1995. Doctors' offices are overloaded and often inefficient in how they move people through the pipe. The whole thing can just be a hassle and emergency rooms are even worse."

Telemedicine, the delivery of medical care over the phone or via the Internet is a promising avenue to address these problems and actually get people to seek preventive care. "It's not so much that people aren't getting help when they're really sick or hurt," said Davidson. "Even the most hard-headed soul will admit they need a doctor when there's blood involved. Medical care analysts are in agreement that what's really missing in this country is preventive medicine."

Patients who are seeking medical advice or have a simple ailment like the common cold can often be dealt with outside the traditional office setting as can individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes who just need to report in periodically. "The rapid evolution of online technology is making telemedicine something of a no-brainer," said Davidson. "Broadband has proliferated to the point that pretty much anyone can be set up for video or audio conferencing and there's still a lot that can be accomplished over the phone."

Two major insurance companies, Aetna and Cigna, have embraced this concept and now offer insurance coverage for some forms of telemedicine. "All it takes is for key players in the industry to embrace a concept like this and other insurers will follow suit," said Davidson. "We're going to see greater strides in the area of telemedicine with insurance coverage keeping pace with that development."

Technology companies have also begun to deliver much better home-based equipment for monitoring bodily functions like blood pressure and blood sugar levels. "As these devices get more sophisticated, you're looking at a situation where a patient will be able to plug a module into their home computers and the machine's sensors will automatically delivery the data," said Davidson. "When you really think about it, this is exciting stuff."

Informing consumers about developments like the growth of telemedicine is a key function of InsuranceSpecialists. com's commitment to keep its content and news (http://www. insurancespecialists. com/news/) constantly updated and current with the industry. The editors welcome and invite your questions, comments, and ideas. Send email to: editor(at)carinsurancelist. com.

Corporate Summary

InsuranceSpecialists. com, based in San Jose, California, offers in-depth information and insurance quotes (http://www. insurancespecialists. com/) to consumers seeking coverage in the areas of health, automotive, homeowner's and life insurance. Since its initial launch in 1999, InsuranceSpecialists. com has stayed abreast of the latest developments in the insurance industry and packaged that information in an easily accessible and useful format for its readers.

Contact Information

Jon Davidson, CEO and President
InsuranceSpecialists. com
Santana Towers
3031 Tisch Way, 7th Floor
San Jose, CA 95128
Ph. 408 516 4544
Email: editor(at)insurancespecialists. com


Friday, May 14, 2004

Healthcare Intelligence Network Launches HIN Blog

Healthcare Intelligence Network Launches HIN Blog

The Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), the most comprehensive web-based resource for healthcare news, trends, and analysis, now invites its online community to engage in dialogue about issues impacting the healthcare industry via the HIN Blog. The HIN Blog can be viewed at http://www. hin. com/blog/blogger. html. A blog (sometimes referred to as a web log) is essentially an on-line journal that offers news, perspectives, opinions, and insights, and even links out to other sites, creating a new avenue of communication and community. According to Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive Vice President, the HIN Blog is a natural addition to the Healthcare Intelligence NetworkÂ’s current online offerings: healthcare news and analysis, a comprehensive health management bookstore, audio-conferences on healthcare-related issues, free trial subscriptions to electronic newsletters, a Health Management Career Center, and more.

Wall Township, NJ (PRWEB) July 19, 2004

The Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), the most comprehensive web-based resource for healthcare news, trends, and analysis, now invites its online community to engage in dialogue about issues impacting the healthcare industry via the HIN Blog. The HIN Blog can be viewed at http://www. hin. com/cgi-local/link/news/pl. cgi? blogrel (http://www. hin. com/cgi-local/link/news/pl. cgi? blogrel).

A blog (sometimes referred to as a web log) is essentially an on-line journal that offers news, perspectives, opinions, and insights, and even links out to other sites, creating a new avenue of communication and community. According to Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive Vice President, the HIN Blog is a natural addition to the Healthcare Intelligence NetworkÂ’s current online offerings: healthcare news and analysis, a comprehensive health management bookstore, audio-conferences on healthcare-related issues, free trial subscriptions to electronic newsletters, a Health Management Career Center, and more.

“The HIN Blog’s purpose is to keep our users better informed about resources and services at HIN and the healthcare industry in general,” Ms. Matthews said. Matthews launched the HIN Blog with a mention of the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of HMOs in patient lawsuits at the state level, and invited reader commentary on the subject. Future HIN Blog commentary will react to developments in behavioral healthcare, compliance, disease management, ehealth, HIPAA, managed care and regulation.

Matthews also views the HIN Blog as a conduit for feedback on HIN programs and offerings.

“We are planning several new audio conferences, including childhood obesity, predictive modeling, and pay for performance programs, and welcome ideas for audio conference topics or speakers. The HIN Blog is a place where our users can communicate these suggestions.”

The Healthcare Intelligence Network is the first health content provider on the Internet to provide its online community of with access to more than 45 of the nation's leading healthcare publications, covering a range of healthcare-related topics. Located at http://www. hin. com (http://www. hin. com), the Healthcare Intelligence Network presents the most comprehensive source of news and analysis for healthcare professionals currently available in one place, in electronic form.

The Healthcare Intelligence Network Online Bookstore provides a complete selection of health management resources for healthcare executives. Visitors to the site can browse the resources by category or can conduct key word searches. In addition to the comprehensive online health management bookstore, the Healthcare Intelligence Network offers weekly headline news, an online conference planner, free email newsletters, a Buyer's Connection featuring products and services for healthcare professionals, free trial subscriptions to electronic newsletters and a Health Management Career Center.

For more information on any of the features available at www. hin. com, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 292-3073, e-mail info@hin. com, www. hin. com.

Contact: Patricia Donovan

Phone: (732) 528-4468

Fax: (732) 292-3073

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Smarter Solutions CEO, Forrest Breyfogle, Receives Crosby Medal at the ASQ World Conference

Smarter Solutions CEO, Forrest Breyfogle, Receives Crosby Medal at the ASQ World Conference

Forrest Breyfogle was honored for his cutting-edge approach to traditional Six Sigma methodologies in his book, (ISBN 0-471-26572-1) Implementing Six Sigma, 2nd edition (ISS2) at the 2005 American Society for Quality (ASQ) World Conference. ISS2 referred by many as the "how to" book recommended by ASQ, and is now receiving the coveted Phillip B. Crosby Medal.

(PRWEB) May 26, 2005

Forrest Breyfogle was honored for his cutting-edge approach to traditional Six Sigma methodologies in his book, (ISBN 0-471-26572-1) Implementing Six Sigma, 2nd edition (ISS2) at the 2005 American Society for Quality (ASQ) World Conference. ISS2 referred by many as the "how to" book recommended by ASQ, and is now receiving the coveted Phillip B. Crosby Medal. This honor is presented to the individual who has authored a distinguished book contributing significantly to the extension of the philosophy and application of the principles, methods, or techniques of quality management.

ISS2 has become one of the most recognized and widely used texts for Lean Six Sigma education and training. This award winning book has been adopted as the standard text for numerous universities and large business entities throughout the world. Various professionals in the industry hold Mr. Breyfogle and his book with the highest regard as illustrated with the following quotes:

"Â… [Implementing Six Sigma] would make an excellent text for a technically oriented course for Black Belts or Master Black Belts. It is the most complete compilation of Six Sigma tools on the market." Six Sigma Forum Magazine, February 2004, page 42, by Roger Hoerl, manager of the applied statistics lab a General Electric's global research center.

"[This book] illustrates how most organizations can become more competitive, reduce defect levels, and improve cycle times. It consolidates not only the traditional Six Sigma process measurements and improvement tools, but also many other useful methodologies into one easy-to-understand text." Bill W. Wiggenhorn Past-President - Motorola University, Chief Learning Officer - CIGNA Healthcare (Retired)

"Forrest's work (Implementing Six Sigma 2nd edition) is the most significant text for developing and successful implementation of Six Sigma business strategies today." Keith Moe - General Manager & Executive Vice President of 3M Corporation (Retired).

Forrest Breyfogle is no newcomer to Six Sigma and quality management. He has been working with Six Sigma methods since its introduction in 1986. Mr. Breyfogle founded Smarter Solutions in 1992, after a 24-year career with IBM. Over the past decade Mr. Breyfogle has proven his expertise and built incredible credentials in the field. In 2001, he was selected as the Subject Matter Expert for APQC's Six Sigma Benchmarking Study. He serves as Quality Digests', "Ask the Six Sigma Expert and has been interviewed by media forums, including CNBC Power Lunch and CNNfn. Mr. Breyfogle has also authored or co-authored five other books on Six Sigma and Lean methods.

Press Contacts:

Cristi Burton

Smarter Solutions, Inc.


Cristi. b@SmarterSolutions. com

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Forget Taking Pills and Herbal Capsules, The Patch is The All Natural, Convenient and Effective Alternative

Forget Taking Pills and Herbal Capsules, The Patch is The All Natural, Convenient and Effective Alternative.

Patches are fast becoming the delivery method of choice for consumers. Body and Sole Patches, LLC. has developed a unique line of herbal patches that are all natural, convenient, and effective.

(PRWEB) June 28, 2004

PROVO, UT (PRWEB) June 28, 2004 – – Patches are fast becoming the delivery method of choice for those who use many pharmaceutical medications. Body and Sole Patches LLC. produces several types of patches and formulas that meet strict standards of safety and effectiveness.

Patch products are designed to address many major health issues including detoxification, weight management, allergies, muscle aches, backaches, and diminishing wrinkles.

Company founder, Mark Dayley, explains, "Our purpose is to integrate this new and advanced delivery system technology for the natural health care industry. Our unique products are making a significant impact in the way this industry will offer health solutions to consumers in the future."

This method of taking herbs allows the patch wearer the freedom of not having to think about swallowing herbal capsules several times a day. Just apply the patch once a day and then forget about it. Each patch is formulated using all natural and potent ingredients that support the bodyÂ’s ability to heal itself.

Nathan Jaynes, M. H., head of the research and development department of Body and Sole Patches, LLC. points out, "poultices have been used by healers for thousands of years. They have proven themselves to be an effective way to use herbs. The problem with using poultices has always been one of convenience. Herbs had to be ground, applied to the skin, and then held in place. Because this process was so time consuming and messy, most people have resorted to taking all their herbs as tea or in capsules. Body and Sole Patches LLC. has made using herbs easier than ever. The patch takes seconds to apply and delivers its rejuvenating formula while you play, work, or even sleep. At Body and Sole Patches LLC. each of our unique patches are designed around powerful herbal formulas that use traditional wisdom and modern science to bring miraculous results."

Body and Sole Patches contain all natural herbal ingredients and use one of three basic delivery systems:

The reservoir patch: contains the ingredients in a base that performs two functions. First, it releases herbs into the skin. Second, the base absorbs toxins and waste matter from the body.

The thin layer release patch: suspends the herbs in a thin layer where they are steadily released into the skin over time.

The aromatherapy patch: can be placed on clothing and releases natural fragrances for the benefit of the user. The aromatherapy patch can be regenerated for extended use.

The patch delivery system is proving to be the most effective method for administering many natural ingredients. This is because with a patch the active ingredients are not destroyed in the digestive process. In addition, patches can reduce or eliminate missed doses from complicated dose schedules, nausea, upset stomach, and difficulty with swallowing. Also, there is not the mess and inconvenience of topical creams and lotions that can rub off before they are absorbed. Body and Sole Patches, LLC. products are backed by extensive research and experience with the historical uses of herbs.

Body and Sole Patches, LLC. also offers contract manufacturing for private label development and production.

Patches are not only becoming a popular way to take herbs but are often more effective and convenient than capsules and teas. As a leader in the industry, Body and Sole Patches, LLC. produces several types of all natural patches to fit the various needs of their clients.

Contact us today for additional information, samples or a media kit.

Internet Address http://www. bodyandsolepatches. com (http://www. bodyandsolepatches. com)
Phone: 801-361-4336

Fax: 253-461-4202

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The Perfect Gift For The Person Who Has Everything –The Gift Of Time!

The Perfect Gift For The Person Who Has Everything –The Gift Of Time!

February 2003 – As Valentine’s Day approaches, and you are trying to figure out what to get your loved one who has everything – your mother, best friend, boss, client or neighbor – a Personal Chef Service is the perfect answer. It’s like giving the gift of time! By answering the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?,” you’ve succeeded at giving the best gift possible – time saved planning, shopping for and cooking a delicious, healthy meal. A Personal Chef Service answers this question at an affordable price. Personal Chefs – individuals who come into the home and cook tasty, nutritious meals – ease the burden of busy people faced with the stress of running a household or conducting a business. A Personal Chef answers the nagging question, “What’s for dinner?,” by offering the convenience of menu creation, grocery shopping, meal preparation and storage with complete reheating instructions, and kitchen clean up. “As one of more than 5,000 Personal Chef Service businesses in operation across the United States, I offer a convenient, affordable method of saving time for busy couples and singles alike,” said Brandy Hackbarth. “As people get busier and busier, they are always looking for effective timesavers. And, my service offers the quality of restaurant fare in the convenience of one’s own home.”

(PRWEB) February 1, 2003

The Perfect Gift

Costs for Personal Chef Services vary, depending on specific dietary needs of clients, special food requests, and the number of people for whom the Chef cooks. Most Personal Chefs also offer custom-designed gift certificates to meet any unique situation.

“A Personal Chef Service is the perfect gift for almost anyone because it offers a personalized opportunity to save time and energy in the kitchen,” said David MacKay, who founded the Personal Chef industry and serves as executive director of the United States Personal Chef Association. “Everyone has to eat, and our Chefs can create wonderful meals around just about any dietary needs a client might have, from diabetics and weight conscious individuals to those who crave heart warming home cooking.”

For more information about Dining by Design, call (208) 562-0653.

The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA), located in Rio Rancho, NM, was founded in 1991. It is the only worldwide, open membership organization providing support services to Personal Chefs. USPCA created the United States Personal Chef Institute (USPCI) in 1996 as its educational division, and the only organization dedicated to ensuring the credibility of the Personal Chef designation through an industry-wide implementation of Educational Standards of Knowledge.


Corporate Voices Responds to Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding”

Corporate Voices Responds to Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding”

Employers need tools and resources to close the implementation gap

Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) January 20, 2011

Corporate Voices for Working Families has issued a response to the U. S. Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding,” emphasizing the need for creating a broader awareness of the tools and resources that are available to both employers and employees to effectively support nursing mothers at work.

Read Corporate Voices’ response online at: http://www. corporatevoices. org/system/files/CV_Response_SG_Call_2011.pdf

Although the Affordable Care Act now requires employers to provide support for nursing mothers, Corporate Voices believes there is still much to be done to make tools and resources available to employers to help them implement successful and sustainable lactation programs.

Making high-quality tools, like Corporate Voices' workplace lactation toolkit, widely available to the business community will be a critical step in removing a significant barrier to breastfeeding for many mothers, helping employers comply with federal law, and in helping employers adopt successful management strategies for 21st century success.

Stephen M. Wing, President of Corporate Voices, said, “Employers that provide time and space for mothers to pump milk at work are embracing a progressive management strategy that will enhance their bottom line. Research has shown that lactation programs help improve employer recruitment and retention, and reduce absences and health care costs. Employers that recognize the business benefits of breastfeeding play a critical role in promoting economic self-sufficiency among lower-wage working families—especially vital during these tough economic times.”

Corporate Voices’ workplace lactation toolkit gives employers the practical tools they need to establish successful workplace lactation programs-- particularly to meet the needs of hourly and lower-wage workers. Corporate Voices plans to launch an updated, online version of this toolkit in early 2011, which will offer an expanded selection of free, practical, high-quality resources and information in multiple languages, as well as success stories showcasing best practices from Ernst & Young, PNC Financial Services, LifeCare, Marriott International, Inc., and McGladrey, among others. The current toolkit is available online at: http://www. corporatevoices. org/lactation.

While 75 percent of U. S. mothers initiate breastfeeding, less than 14 percent are exclusively breastfeeding six months later. Although breastfeeding promotes optimal infant health and can help protect women from breast cancer and other illnesses, one of the most common reasons mothers stop breastfeeding is that they must return to work. This is especially true for hourly or lower-wage workers, who may lack access to private and sanitary spaces to pump milk at work, flexibility in their schedules to take pumping breaks and who may have unsupportive managers and co-workers. More than 50 percent of the American workforce is composed of hourly workers, and they are the backbone of many industries on which our economic prosperity and future competitiveness depend.

Corporate Voices’ workplace lactation toolkit was made possible with generous support from Abbott Nutrition.

About Corporate Voices for Working Families
Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we create and advance innovative policy solutions that reflect a commonality of interests among the private sector both global and domestic, government and other stakeholders.

We are a unique voice, and we provide leading and best-practice employers a forum to improve the lives of working families, while strengthening our nation’s economy and enhancing the vitality of our communities.

Publications, research studies and toolkits on a host of workforce readiness, workplace flexibility, family economic stability and work and family balance issues are available online at http://www. corporatevoices. org.

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Sea Change Design Consortium Launches at Sustainable Brands '09 with Comprehensive, Cross-discipline and Integrated Design Process

Sea Change Design Consortium Launches at Sustainable Brands '09 with Comprehensive, Cross-discipline and Integrated Design Process

Experts Design Life-Sustaining Solutions by Collaborating with Corporations, NGOs, Non-Profit Organizations, Academia, and Governments

Monterey, Calif. (PRWEB) June 1, 2009

The Sea Change Design Consortium debuted at the Sustainable Brands Conference with inaugural members in the disciplines of design thinking, business strategy, consumer research, branding, public relations, interactive design, organizational development, and sustainability. The tightly-knit web of consultants is committed to designing life-affirming solutions to serious economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world today.

Design is the common language for collaborating in an integrated and iterative fashion, with each Consortium member combining mastery in his or her own area of expertise with a working knowledge of the Sea Change Design Process(sm). This creative, generative methodology embraces a whole-system, whole-business point of view while recognizing the necessity of drawing from a deep authentic core. In use for over a decade, the process has helped build corporate innovation capabilities, search for new ways to protect human rights, inspire ocean conservation, and form global alliances around emerging technologies. Projects currently under consideration by the Sea Change Design Consortium include corporate governance, water, diversity, caring economics, local food systems, urban revitalization, and women and children's issues.

According to Lauralee Alben, creator of the Sea Change Design Process and founder of the Consortium, "We believe that design is uniquely suited to help solve a wide range of challenges. That's because we define design differently. We assert that design is the conscious planning of meaningful acts that influence our relationship to humanity, the future, the sacred, and the natural world. By designing with our clients and their stakeholders we can do together what no single entity can do alone: create a continuum from sustainable products and services to social movements to a global consciousness."

Sea Change Design Consortium members believe that today's formidable challenges require the combined experience and honed skills of people from wildly differing fields of expertise. Strong bonds need to be forged, connecting business with sustainability, science and industry with health and spirituality, politics with human rights, and communications with art and technology. A core tenet of the Consortium's design approach is this: crises can be resolved and opportunities realized only when looking at the interdependencies and interrelationships of problems and their potential solutions.

About the Members
Alben Design serves as the hub of the Sea Change Design Consortium. We engage leaders in transformative strategies that foster integrity, innovation, and sustainability. As the source of the Sea Change Design Process, we provide inspiring products and services, workshops, coaching and training programs. These bring about resilient and robust change in lives, corporations, non-profits, professional forums, and academia. Recognized for our thought leadership, we speak and consult on challenges including business strategy, culture changes, human rights, ocean conservation, women's leadership, and a partnership world. http://www. albendesign. com (http://www. albendesign. com)

Communications4Good tells strategic stories that create connections and inspire goodness in a sustainable world. As a triple bottom line public relations agency, we provide businesses, early stage companies and organizations with sustainability communications strategy, media relations and social media program implementation for company launches, product introductions, campaigns, and internal programs. We create messaging and content that matches aspirations, builds consensus, and energizes enthusiasm among all stakeholders. http://www. communications4good. com (http://www. communications4good. com)

Design Uprising integrates human-centered interaction design with emerging technologies to create sustainable solutions. We thrive on trans­forming complex systems into desirable human experiences. We consult with Fortune 100 companies and aspiring start-ups to explore and create new opportunities for products, services and technologies. Through our holistic approach, we design biomedical interfaces that translate physiological data into well-being; enterprise networks that turn data efficiency into energy efficiency; and social networks that transform green concepts into regenerative resources. http://www. designuprising. com (http://www. designuprising. com)

Fit Associates is pioneering the application of research and design methods not only to products and strategy, but also to the social contexts in which those products are created. We combine a deep capability in ethnographic research with a history in product and interaction design, aligned with an intention to seek the greatest impact for the common good. Fit has established long-term relationships with corporate and institutional clients aiming to make a viable, sustainable difference for people and society. Increasingly, Fit is turning its attention to work in sustainability, local development, and cross-sector issues. http://www. fitassociates. com (http://www. fitassociates. com)

Heller Communication Design creates brands that embody a vibrant future and inspire the behavior needed to get there. We apply the principles of sustainability to making businesses more human, humans more innovative, communication more inspiring, and brands more relevant and resilient. We have helped Fortune 100 and start up companies in nearly every industry grow through brand and communication strategy, employee programs, naming, start-up and product launches, identity and interactive design, and complete marketing programs. http://www. hellercd. com (http://www. hellercd. com)

The Murson Group creates innovation leadership capability, connecting leaders and organizations with their inner strengths to address complex business and global challenges. With over 28 years of experience in multi-national enterprises, we understand the challenges faced by large, interdependent organizations striving for triple bottom line growth. We work with consumer products and services firms ranging from start-ups to Fortune 25 enterprises. Our strengths are in the creation of consumer-based business and innovation strategies, organizational design, leadership development and diversity mentoring to enable global transformation.

About the Sea Change Design Consortium
The Sea Change Design Consortium is an association of seasoned consultants who are committed to surfacing viable solutions to the serious economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Our intention is to design a life-enhancing world that ensures the future is worth inheriting. By engaging on individual, organizational, and global levels, we generate sea changes--positive, profound, and lasting transformations. http://www. seachangedesign. com (http://www. seachangedesign. com)


Tuesday, May 11, 2004

President of Health Insurance Agency Advises Businesses on What Type of Coverage is Best

President of Health Insurance Agency Advises Businesses on What Type of Coverage is Best

There are so many types of plans available to small businesses today. Knowing how to chose the right one should not be hard if a logical approach is used, according to Chuck Mondrus, President of American Health Insurance, a top-producing agency in the United States.

Northridge, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2007

Chuck Mondrus, President of top-producing insurance agency, American Health Insurance, says buying quality self employed health insurance coverage that's right for any stage of business growth with an eye to the future, is easy to do.

An employer may be the only employee of the company but still needs the peace of mind provided by a quality insurance plan. Before the employer ask for a self employed health insurance quote, though, look at these three business growth scenarios. Then decide what kind of self employed health insurance coverage and benefits are needed before health insurance is purchased on-line.

1) The employer expects to remain the sole employee of my business.

Solution: simply ask for a self employed health insurance on-line quote.

Shop around and ask for a health insurance on-line quote from reputable insurance agencies that provide quality customer service. Then buy health insurance on-line from the agency that meets the specific needs and budget.

Also read up on and / or consult an accountant to discover how the business can deduct the cost of self employed health insurance coverage. (http://www. wwwebtax. com/adjustments/self_emp_health. htm) The business owner will want to take advantage of every deduction possible without making a costly error in what's allowable.

2) The business expects to hire employees within the next year.

Solution: ask about temporary self employed health insurance coverage and also ask for a group health insurance quote.

Let's say that the owner has gotten a self employed health insurance quote that pleases him/her. There's just one more step to take before the purchase of health insurance on-line. Ask the insurance agent to discuss how will transition from self employed health insurance coverage to group health insurance work once employees are hired.

If the insurance agent is too busy to talk about this, then look elsewhere for a health insurance on-line quote. Also, monitor the dates on the temporary health insurance policy carefully because it shouldn't lapse between the end of the temporary health insurance and the beginning of the group policy.

3) The business is ready to hire anywhere from two to fifty people.

Solution: ask which group health insurance plan provides the benefits that the owner -- and employees -- will need.

Congratulations! The business must be thriving and growing. Discuss this anticipated growth with insurance agents. Compare and contrast the health insurance on-line quote that they give for group insurance policies and choose the one that will treat the employer's your best assets -- the new employees -- right.

Use the group health insurance benefits as a recruiting tool to hire and retain top quality staff that will keep the business moving in the right direction. When a business owner buys health insurance on-line he/she is in fact investing in the company and its assets.

Time for a self employed health insurance quote or for group health insurance? Either way, choose the insurance agent that provides quality coverage and service, no matter what stage of growth the company is in.

Take a good hard look at where the business is headed. Decide whether there is a need self employed health insurance coverage or group health insurance. Then get a self employed health insurance quote and buy health insurance on-line that will keep the owner -- and employees (current or future) -- safe, secure and covered.

Charles Mondrus is the president of American Health Insurance (http://www., an agency selling Blue Cross of California health insurance and Blue Shield of California health insurance plans for individuals and employers. Charles and his team of insurance experts are licensed to sell Blue Cross California health insurance, as well as Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Colorado, Nevada and Georgia. Discover how you can find secure and affordable Blue Cross California coverage at (http://www. html).


Monday, May 10, 2004

Throw Out Your Pack: Help Your Back

Throw Out Your Pack: Help Your Back

In honor of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout (GASO), the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) is distributing a complimentary back pain brochure with smoking-cessation tips. The brochure is available as a download from its website.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 17, 2008

Smoking causes a host of medical problems. Most people know that smoking cigarettes contributes to lung cancer and emphysema, but lesser-known is the causal connection to back pain and spine problems. Recent studies and observations from leading neurosurgeons in Chicago concluded that smoking does play a role in spinal issues. Now there is one more reason to cast away cigarettes.

Physicians at the Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch (CINN) are encouraging Americans to "kick the habit" during the Nov. 20 Great American Smokeout, a national non-smoking day sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Throughout this month, CINN will offer a complimentary booklet for back pain sufferers with tips for "kicking the habit." (http://www. cinn. org/topmenu/request-backbooklet. html)

Recent studies show smokers and former smokers are more likely to have back problems and suffer from chronic back pain than non-smokers. In a study published in the July 2008 "Deutsches Arzteblatt International," it was determined that smokers and former smokers experienced chronic back problems more frequently than non-smokers. Physicians attribute it to the nicotine, which restricts the flow of blood to the discs that cushion the spine.

"I have seen a number of failed spinal fusion procedures that could have been avoided if the patient would have stopped smoking," says Dean Karahalios, M. D., spine neurosurgeon at CINN. "Smoking can also compromise a patient's ability to recover from spinal fusion surgery."

Fifty-two-year-old Sheree Maddex of Chicago, IL, one of Dr. Karahalios' spine patients did get the message and quit smoking. She is genetically predisposed to degenerative disc disease. Her father and son both have severe back problems. She had her first cervical spine fusion in 2001. Her first surgery was successful, but due to further degeneration she had her L4 and L5 disc replaced by Dr. Karahalios in 2002. Then in 2004, she was surprised to learn she had lung cancer. After she had had her upper right lobe removed, she vowed to throw the cigarettes away forever. But she says, it may not have been soon enough.

"After 30 years, I finally quit," Sheree admits. "I realized that I wasn't getting any healthier and it was keeping me from healing after surgeries."

Sheree says her lung cancer is gone, but she continues to struggle with disc degeneration. Her debilitating pain prevented her from going to work at Evanston Hospital, where she was a cancer researcher. She couldn't stand or sit for any prolonged period of time. Dr. Karahalios recently fused four discs in her spine, replaced hardware and implanted a titanium cage around a section of her spine to prevent further compression and to help heal the bone fragments. Presently her pain has subsided and she spends a great deal of time in physical therapy.

Sheree adds, "Dr. Karahalios said it would be a slower recuperation than after my initial surgery, but I listen carefully to everything he says. I look forward to the day when I'm completely pain-free."

"Sheree has strength and determination," says Dr. Karahalios. "She was smart to quit smoking because she wasn't healing properly. My advice for everyone is: don't smoke, and if you are smoking now, please quit."

The back pain/smoking booklet can be obtained by visiting www. cinn. org or by calling 773 250-1009.

About CINN
The Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch medical group (CINN) is one of the nation's leading organizations for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with brain and spine disorders. Originally founded in 1987, CINN is one of the Midwest's largest teams of neurosurgeons known for their pioneering treatments and minimally invasive techniques. The Chicago-based neurosurgery practice has offices in Chicago, Vernon Hills, Elmhurst, Skokie, Tinley Park, Orland Park and Harvey. For more information log on to www. cinn. org.