Monday, February 28, 2011

NPR's On The Media Corrects Report on The Infinite Mind: Apologizes for 'Lapse of Journalistic Judgment'

NPR's On The Media Corrects Report on The Infinite Mind: Apologizes for 'Lapse of Journalistic Judgment'

"NPR's "On The Media" has corrected and apologized for a report it aired last fall accusing the executive producer of "The Infinite Mind" public radio series of having known about ethically questionable behavior by the program's host, Dr. Fred Goodwin.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) March 22, 2009

NPR's "On The Media" this week corrected its November 28, 2008 report that accused the executive producer of "The Infinite Mind" public radio series of having known that the show's host, Dr. Fred Goodwin, had received $1.2 million in fees for giving marketing lectures on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, while he was hosting the program.

In its on-air correction (http://onthemedia. org/transcripts/2009/03/13/05 (http://onthemedia. org/transcripts/2009/03/13/05)), "On The Media's" host, Brooke Gladstone, apologized for what she called the "lapse of journalistic judgment" in the report, which relied on an unnamed source to corroborate Goodwin's claim that Lichtenstein was aware of the speaking fees. In its correction, "On The Media" acknowledged that, contrary to what was originally reported by the show, the anonymous source says she has "no first-hand evidence that (Lichtenstein) knew of any fees." Gladstone added that "The Infinite Mind" says it "had always adhered to standard journalism practice in vetting guests and disclosing conflicts of interest."

"On The Media" also apologized for failing to seek a comment or response from Lichtenstein, who has maintained that he first learned about Goodwin's speaking fees from a November 22, 2008 article in the New York Times, and that Goodwin's activities violated the strict conflict of interest agreement Goodwin had with "The Infinite Mind." Gladstone said "On The Media's" failure to present Lichtenstein's and "The Infinite Mind's" side of the story was "a mistake, it wasn't fair and it didn't serve our listeners."

Despite "The Infinite Mind's" protests at the time of the broadcast, "On The Media" corrected the story only after the anonymous source came forward to say "On The Media" had incorrectly reported what she told the program. The source said she told "On The Media" that in 2003 "The Infinite Mind" was aware that host Goodwin gave educational lectures, but said she had no knowledge or evidence to support Goodwin's claim, as reported by "On The Media," that Lichtenstein or "The Infinite Mind" was aware that Goodwin was being paid to give marketing talks on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. 

"On The Media's" report, which aired a week after the New York Times article was published, attracted wide attention as it represented the sole evidence that "The Infinite Mind's" producers were aware of the reported $1.2 million in speaking fees received by Goodwin. 

Since the publication of the New York Times article in November 2008, Goodwin has shifted his position from stating that "The Infinite Mind" was aware of his activities, to maintaining in interviews with the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and other publications that he did not believe there had been, in fact, a conflict of interest. "I frankly do not see these things as a conflict of interest. . . I always thought that if you have multiple relationships they sort of cancel each other out," Goodwin told the student newspaper at George Washington University, where he is on the faculty.

"The Infinite Mind" had previously announced it would, after 10 years, be ceasing production at the end of 2008. The Infinite Mind was independently produced and distributed to public radio stations, and NPR aired the series on its Sirius Satellite channel.

For a decade, "The Infinite Mind" was public radio's most honored and listened to health and science program, examining all aspects of the mind and the biology of human behavior. The program featured the leading names in neuroscience and mental health, along with appearances by renowned authors, musicians and actors, and was the recipient of 30 major broadcast journalism awards.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Hole In One Putting Competition with Cash Prize at the Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

New Hole In One Putting Competition with Cash Prize at the Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa

Seaview Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, has gone far beyond a mint on the pillow and now offers numerous golfing options for all skill levels - from beginner to advanced. Guests can participate in everything from lessons to cash prize competitions such as the Hole In One Putting Competition which is held daily.

Galloway Township, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 27, 2005

Seaview Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, has gone far beyond a mint on the pillow and now offers numerous golfing options for all skill levels - from beginner to advanced. Guests can participate in everything from lessons to cash prize competitions such as the Hole In One Putting Competition which is held daily.

Seaview’s brand new Hole In One Putting Competition is held on the putting green adjacent to the hotel. The contest consists of a 9-hole putting competition with the winner proving their accuracy as they shot from 50 yards away and attempt win a fabulous prize. The entrance fee is only $30 per person, runs around 1-2 hours in length and has categories which range throughout skill levels.

The Hole In One Putting Competition is a great way to warm up for an afternoon on the links or to take a nice break from a long day at the office. The contest is designed to be a fun way for guests to compete for a cash prize, regardless of their golfing experience. Anyone who has swung a golf club with some precision before has a legitimate chance to win and is strongly encouraged to participate.

Seaview Resort & Spa is situated on 670 pristine woodland acres and offers 36 holes of championship golf on two of New Jersey’s oldest and most prestigious courses - The Bay Course and The Pines Course. The Donald Ross-designed Bay Course is home to the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The Pines Course was designed by Toomey and Flynn and was the site of the 1942 PGA Championship. Seaview’s golf facilities also include a Faldo Golf Institute and beautifully groomed natural-grass practice facilities.

Beyond golf, Seaview Resort & Spa is southern New Jersey’s only full-service resort with a historic landmark luxury hotel, indoor swimming pool, health club, tennis courts, an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, gourmet and casual dining options. The Resort is also home to Marriott Vacation Club International’s Fairway Villas.

Seaview Marriott Resort and Spa is located minutes from Atlantic City’s casinos, beaches and boardwalk and is an easy from Philadelphia, Baltimore or New York City. The resort is also fully-staffed and equipped for weddings, banquets, special events, meetings, seminars and other corporate functions.

For more information, or to make room reservations, call 609.652.1800 or visit the Seaview Marriott Website at http://www. seaviewmarriott. com (http://www. seaviewmarriott. com).

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Discover Skilled Freelance Copywriters at AWAI DirectResponseJobs. com Job Fair 11/14/08, Delray Beach Marriott Hotel

Discover Skilled Freelance Copywriters at AWAI DirectResponseJobs. com Job Fair 11/14/08, Delray Beach Marriott Hotel

American Writers & Artists, Inc. helps business owners hire freelancers to save time, money and hassle

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 28, 2008

What: 
Meet hundreds of qualified freelance copywriters in one location at American Writers & Artists, Inc. (AWAI) DirectResponseJobs. com Job Fair, http://www. awaionline. com/jobfair/marketers/ (http://www. awaionline. com/jobfair/marketers/).

Why: 
"Through the DirectResponseJobs. com Job Fair, business owners can save time and money with skilled freelancers and avoid the hassles of hiring full-time employees," says Katie Yeakle, AWAI Executive Director. "Plus, marketers can use spec assignments to test drive the best direct-response copywriters and get fresh marketing ideas at no extra cost."

Register now and attend AWAI's 2008 FastTrack To Copywriting Success Bootcamp, http://www. awaionline. com/bootcamp/learnmore/ (http://www. awaionline. com/bootcamp/learnmore/), at no additional charge (a $1,995 value).

"We got so many writers for my online publishing business at the 2007 Job Fair, we found one for every project we had available," says Bob Bly, owner of CTC Publishing.

Who: 
American Writers & Artists, Inc. is an accredited Better Business Bureau publisher of direct-response copywriting and graphic design home-study programs, https://www. bbb. org/online/consumer/cks. aspx? ID=1040827537944639 (https://www. bbb. org/online/consumer/cks. aspx? ID=1040827537944639). Since 1997, AWAI has helped business owners find qualified copywriters and freelancers quickly and easily. Join other marketers participating in the DirectResponseJobs. com Job Fair:

ABILITY Awareness
Advanced Bodycare Solutions, LLC
Advanced Financial Services
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)
Agora Travel
Americorps VISTA
AWAI
AWAI Travel
Benevolence Farm
Best Life Herbals
Cabot Heritage Corporation
Camp Fire USA West MI Council
Casey Research
Center for Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement (CSUDH)
Central MN Re-Entry Project (CMNRP)
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC)
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
Connections-Lutheran Social Services of IL (LSSI)
Dr. Sears
Early to Rise
Everybody Wins! South Florida
Everybody Wins! Vermont
First 5 San Mateo County Services Corps
Golf Dreams
Healthier You
ILeap: The Center for Critical Service
James DiGeorgia & Associates, LLC
National Association of Hobby Farmers
Newsmax
Nightingale-Conant
NPE, LLC
Platinum 7, LLC
Powernet of Dayton
Providence VIII, Inc. Teen Group Home
RSB Publishing
Schaeffer's Investment Research
Single Parent Alliance & Resource Center (SPARC)
Stansberry & Associates Investment Research
The Kern Organization
The Motley Fool
The Oxford Club
The Provident Corporation
The Publisher's Guru
The Servant Center
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Washington DC (SVDPWashDC)
Transperience Network, LLC (Healthy, Wealthy 'n Wise & Small Business CEO Magazine)
Trinity Outreach Ministries (TOM)
Wellington - The Magazine
Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (WRLP)

How: 
Share your job opportunities in person at the fair or send them to AWAI in advance.

When: 
Friday, November 14, 2008, 2:00 p. m. - 6:00 p. m.

Where: 
Delray Beach Marriott Hotel, 10 North Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, Florida 33483, (561) 274-3200

Cost: 
Learn more about prime job fair locations and sponsorships at http://www. awaionline. com/jobfair/marketers/ (http://www. awaionline. com/jobfair/marketers/)!

Info.:
Contact Tammy Lawman at 561-860-8257, tlawman@awaionline. com.

About American Writers & Artists Inc.
American Writers and Artists Inc. (AWAI), www. awaionline. com, has been publishing direct-response copywriting and graphic design home-study programs since 1997. Their mission is to help people develop the critical skills to acquire financial security, independence, and freedom. AWAI equips members with the tools and connections necessary to land clients, start working professionally and earn money fast. And through their www. DirectResponseJobs. com site, businesses can find and hire skilled AWAI members quickly and easily. For a complete list of programs and more information about AWAI, please visit www. awaionline. com or call 1-866-879-2924.

Media Contact: Melanie Rembrandt, Rembrandt Communications®, LLC, info@rembrandtwrites. com, 800-771-0116

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Quadion and BackBone, Inc. Partner to Provide Custom-Developed iPhone/iPad Apps for Healthcare Vendors

Quadion and BackBone, Inc. Partner to Provide Custom-Developed iPhone/iPad Apps for Healthcare Vendors

Healthcare communications firm partners with prominent software developer to help healthcare vendors extend functionality and communications to iPhones and iPads.

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) July 29, 2010

BackBone Inc. (http://www. backboneinc. com (http://www. backboneinc. com)), a marketing communications, public relations, and business development firm specializing in Healthcare and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), today announces a partnership with Quadion, an application development company (http://www. quadion. com. ar/ (http://www. quadion. com. ar/)), to develop business-to-business and consumer-based iPhone and iPad apps for healthcare vendors and providers.

With app sales at approximately $4.5B in 2010 (projected to reach $21.6B by 2013), the iPhone has emerged as a broadly used business productivity device, application platform for consumers, and potent marketing vehicle. The Quadion/BackBone program enables customers to turn an iPhone into a biometric device, design an app that enables users to monitor and manage their behaviors, or provide business users with remote control of an in-the-cloud application or service. A branded app distributed across a fast-growing base of business customers using iPhones (and iPads), also gives vendors an effective, low-cost marketing vehicle, and a highly effective means of communicating with users.

"Healthcare vendors are looking to add value to their core offerings to differentiate themselves in the market," said Charles Epstein, BackBone's President. "Considering their popularity and everyday business and recreational use, the iPhone (and, now the iPad) can extend your reach, whether you're looking to improve your ability to engage users or add remote functionality and service. We look forward to working with Quadion in developing mobile apps for healthcare vendors looking to extend their solutions and marketing messages to the growing mass of people using the iPhone as an indispensible business tool."

Quadion, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has an extensive iPhone applications portfolio, which includes an app that allows health plan affiliates to look for drugstores, health centers, doctors, and any other entity affiliated to the company; SAP EcoHub, a solution marketplace that allows customers to discover, evaluate, and buy SAP ecosystem solutions; and ESPN Linebacker, a game that has been among the top 15 sports apps in the Apple Store since it went live earlier this year.

With offices in South Florida and Connecticut, BackBone will act as Quadion's U. S.-based marketing arm and liaison between the healthcare customer and Quadion's development team, making sure communications are fluid and applications are completed, validated, and published on time. BackBone will also assist healthcare customers in the early design stage, helping make each application as engaging and interactive as possible in order to maximize its value as both a functional and communications tool.

"BackBone brings a deep understanding of the healthcare space; they know the issues and industry trends, and are well-versed in all the different business models and technologies," said Javier Delgado, CEO of Quadion. "Their experience and creative communications are a perfect complement to Quadion's proven ability to deliver high-performing iPhone and iPad applications. The program combines three essential elements: healthcare and technology savvy courtesy of BackBone, Quadion's world-class application development capabilities, and the cost savings associated with off-shoring."

For a portfolio of Quadion iPhone applications, visit http://www. quadion. com. ar/about/portfolio/ (http://www. quadion. com. ar/about/portfolio/).

About BackBone, Inc.:
Since the company's founding in 1995, BackBone has helped some of the industry's most innovative and dynamic software and IT vendors to successfully position, pitch, and sell their solutions and services. BackBone provides "next-generation" public relations (combining traditional PR with social media initiatives), marketing communications, and business development--all geared to assisting emerging technology companies raise their profile, gain market-share, and fast-track profitability. BackBone has worked with a broad range of innovative healthcare vendors, practitioners, and consultants--including those offering wellness services, behavioral health programs, disease management solutions, health risk assessment technologies, and population healthcare management (PHM). For more information, visit www. backboneinc. com, or e-mail micheler@backboneinc. com.

About Quadion

Quadion, headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with satellite offices in Miami and New York, is a software development company that utilizes Scrum methodology--an iterative, incremental framework for project management and agile software development--and leverages the capabilities of cross-functional teams to deliver dynamic solutions. For more information visit http://www. quadion. com. ar/ (http://www. quadion. com. ar/), or e-mail info (at) quadion (dot) com. ar.

Contact:
Michele Rubin
Senior Account Manager
BackBone, Inc.
Micheler (at) backboneinc (dot) com
860-887-5589
Http://www. backboneinc. com (http://www. backboneinc. com)

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New Segment on “Skin Protection and Maintenance” to be Featured on Vision Media’s “Health & Medical Solutions” Television Program

New Segment on “Skin Protection and Maintenance” to be Featured on Vision Media’s “Health & Medical Solutions” Television Program

Vision Media will produce a segment on “Skin Protection and Maintenance” as part of their “Health & Medical Solutions” television program. “With summer weather coming on soon, we need to continue to send the alarm regarding skin health,” explained Duane Merchant. “Sun damage is probably the most preventable and obvious immediate concern for skin health, but it’s certainly not the only one,” he added.

Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 8, 2006

Vision Media will produce a segment on “Skin Protection and Maintenance” as part of their “Health & Medical Solutions” television program. “With summer weather coming on soon, we need to continue to send the alarm regarding skin health,” explained Duane Merchant. “Sun damage is probably the most preventable and obvious immediate concern for skin health, but it’s certainly not the only one,” he added.

There will be several topics addressed on the series as a whole, and distinct programs will be distributed to public television, covering a wide spectrum of areas, such as Treatment of The Spine, Dealing With Stress, Cosmetic Surgery, Foot Health, and Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment.

“Because the sun’s rays are absorbed over the years in a cumulative fashion, we have to respect our skin as having a ‘memory’ of burns from the sun that greatly increase our chances of developing some form of skin cancer as we age,” Duane Merchant said. “And this all makes protecting our children that much more important”, he added. We have had a wealth of information about this issue come to the surface over the past generation, meaning that we now have no excuse for not being vigilant in this area. Now, Health & Medical Solutions will present the latest solutions, and their inspirations, to its viewing audience.

Health & Medical Solutions is an issue-oriented, educational program, and is independently produced and distributed by Vision Media directly to public television stations in all 50 states. Health & Medical Solutions strictly follows the standards and practices of public television.

For more information contact:

Duane Merchant

561-338-7475

Www. vmediatv. com

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Take Back Your Time Campaign Encourages 'Getting Back to the Table' This October 24th

Take Back Your Time Campaign Encourages 'Getting Back to the Table' This October 24th

October 24th is Take Back Your Time Day, the annual national series of events calling attention to the epidemic of time poverty and what can be done about it.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 16, 2006

The family dinner table stands empty. The card table collects dust in the closet. Cafes serve their drinks to go. In response, the US/Canadian Take Back Your Time campaign is calling for Americans and Canadians to “get back to the table!” this October 24th. October 24th is Take Back Your Time Day, the annual national series of events calling attention to the epidemic of time poverty and what can be done about it. Take Back Your Time is also partnering with Panera Bread® on a campaign called Reclaim Dinnertime.

“Due to increasing time pressures and a fast, stressed-out pace of life, Americans are neglecting relationships – not taking enough time for family, friends, community, and civic engagement,” explains Take Back Your Time national coordinator John de Graaf. “So this year for Take Back Your Time Day we are reminding people about the joys and benefits of gathering around the table – from the dining room table to the card table to the picnic table, the ping pong table and the restaurant table.”

October 24th will be the fourth annual Take Back Your Time Day. The date was set nine weeks from the end of the year to represent the nine more weeks (350 hours) the average American works compared to the average Western European. Events and activities are planned across the country, highlighting the importance of getting back to the table and reclaiming free time.

Take Back Your Time representatives point to research that shows strong, caring bonds are the primary ingredient for well-being. Yet recent studies report that Americans have fewer and fewer intimate friends, partly due to excessive work and other demands on their time.

“‘Having people over’ has been reduced by nearly half in the last forty years. Instead, we're eating fast foods alone in our cars, bringing a crisis in health and obesity and loneliness,” says Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful.

“It puts our democracy at risk,” adds Take Back Your Time program director Gretchen Burger. “Who has the time to gather around the discussion table hashing over the ideas and events of the day? Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, notes that the culture in which people talk with each other is the culture in which people vote. Educator John Dewey said that democracy begins in conversation.”

On October 24th, Take Back Your Time members will be engaged in various activities encouraging a return to the table. Some activists plan to set up tables in public places encouraging passersby to “Save Our Suppers.” Joe Robinson, leader of the effort, warns that “if current trends continue we may soon be seeing the Last American Supper.”

In support of Take Back Your Time Day, Panera Bread, with bakery-cafes nationwide, is joining the call to get back to the table. Panera Bread will be launching a new website: www. reclaimdinnertime. com on October 18, 2006 to coincide with Take Back Your Time Day and the release of its new handcrafted pizza, Crispani®, which will be available exclusively at participating Panera bakery-cafes after 4pm. The Reclaim Dinnertime website will offer additional tools and strategies for getting families back to the table.

“Time for family meals has disappeared as parents work long hours and kids scurry to activities intended to beef up their college applications,” says William Doherty, a professor of family studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Doherty, spokesperson for the Reclaim Dinnertime campaign, also points out that “shared family meals are a leading predictor of how well students do in school.”

“From the homespun ideal of ‘kitchen table wisdom’ to the religious ideal of ‘table fellowship,’ gathering around the table has a long tradition,” says Bonnie Michaels, a Take Back Your Time board member. “Coming together with others brings us feelings of security, belonging, and self-respect. We feel more cared for and we become more caring and healthier.”

Take Back Your Time (www. timeday. org) has a team of experts available to answer all media questions about these issues. Contact John de Graaf at 206-443-6747, or Bonnie Michaels at 847-308-0919.

About Take Back Your Time

Take Back Your Time is a national organization addressing the issues of overwork, overscheduling and time poverty. Offering a range of solutions from personal to cultural to workplace to policy, Take Back Your Time supports reclaiming time for family and relationships, health and exercise, and volunteering and community. October 24th is Take Back Your Time Day, an annual event to create a national dialogue about the costs of overwork and overscheduling and to celebrate slowing down and taking back time. "Let's get back to the table!" is the theme for this year's Take Back Your Time Day celebration. Take Back Your Time is an initiative of the Simplicity Forum and a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University. For more information, visit www. timeday. org.

About Panera

Panera Bread serves fresh baked, handcrafted artisan breads, sweet and savory baked goods, hand-tossed salads, wholesome soups, and signature sandwiches in a distinctly warm and welcoming environment. Panera Bread is committed to using high quality ingredients in the food they offer, and making a lasting contribution to the neighborhoods in which their customers and employees live and work through programs like Operation Dough-Nation. Headquartered in Richmond Heights, MO, Panera Bread operates 939 bakery-cafes in 37 states as released in the July 25, 2006 earnings statement. For more information, visit www. panerabread. com.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance Offers Award Winning Cover

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance Offers Award Winning Cover

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance is urging winter holidaymakers to make sure that before they hit the slopes, they have their European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) and comprehensive travel insurance.

(PRWEB) December 24, 2008

The Bank's analysis of medical expenses paid on winter sports related insurance claims reveals that they increased by 25% between 2006 and 2007 and by 11% between 2007 and 2008(2).

In 2008, the average value of a winter sports injury related claim from America and Canada was £2,991, the highest received, compared to £604 in Bulgaria, for example(2).

Sam Marrs, Sainsbury's Travel Insurance Manager said: "When travelling abroad in Europe, you need to make sure you have both your EHIC and travel insurance. However, your EHIC will only provide you with access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting so it should not be solely relied upon. You need travel insurance to pay for any private medical treatment or for example to be airlifted from the slopes or repatriated back home. An air ambulance alone can cost up to £20,000 in Europe and as much as £60,000 in The USA and Canada."

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance research(2) reveals that the most common travel insurance claim related to winter sport activity is knee ligament injuries (30%) followed by fractured legs (12%) and shoulder injuries (10%).

To obtain a Sainsbury's Travel Insurance quote you can log onto www. sainsburysbank. co. uk or call 0845 300 3190. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am - 7pm Saturday and 9am - 5pm on Sunday.

Sainsbury's Finance provide Travel Insurance (http://www. sainsburysbank. co. uk/insuring/ins_travelinsurance_trv_skip. shtml), Pet Insurance (http://www. sainsburysbank. co. uk/insuring/ins_petinsurance_pet_skip. shtml), Life Insurance (http://www. sainsburysbank. co. uk/insuring/ins_lifecover_life_skip. shtml) and more.

For further information, please contact:
Georgiana Varey / Max Duddy
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
020 7638 9571

Notes to Editors:
(1) Named Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2008 by consumer magazine, Your Money
(2) Research commissioned by Sainsbury's Bank and carried out by FirstAssist Services Limited, November 2008

Sainsbury's Bank:
To find out more about Sainsbury's Bank and see the latest press releases, product rates and photographs, please visit the Sainsbury's Bank online media centre at www. sainsburysbank. co. uk/media (http://www. sainsburysbank. co. uk/media).
Sainsbury's Bank offers a range of quality, competitively priced, award-winning products. Sainsbury's Bank opened for business on 19 February 1997 as a joint venture with Sainsbury's and HBOS.

Sainsbury's Bank offers the following products:
Insurance: Car Insurance, Life Insurance, Home Insurance, Travel Insurance and Pet Insurance
Borrowing: Personal loans, credit cards and Drive car purchase scheme
Saving: Internet Saver, Instant Access (branch equivalent), Direct Saver account (telephone) and Child Trust Fund

For further information and general Sainsbury's Bank enquiries customers can call the freephone number on 0500 40 50 60 or visit www. sainsburysbank. co. uk
Sainsburys Bank Travel Insurance is arranged and administered by FirstAssist Insurance Services Limited on behalf of the insurer, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC.

FirstAssist Insurance Services Limited (FISL) has five key areas of insurance expertise: travel, protection, budget health, legal protection and small business, covering over 2m people in the UK. Driven as a specialist business by an entrepreneurial, commercial management team, FISL operates without (corporate) distraction in providing a unique range of products and marketing solutions for Corporates, SMEs, Banks, Insurers and Affinity Organisations.

Majority owned by Barclays Private Equity, FISL has re-engineered its business in the last two years to provide focus and expertise in its core activities. This has included the sale of its private medical insurance business to Standard Life and a de-merging of its assistance, counselling and wellbeing business unit FirstAssist Services Limited (FSL).

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Court certifies class action against The Hartford

Court certifies class action against The Hartford

On July 7, 2008, an Illinois Circuit Court certified a class action case against Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest and Hartford Fire Insurance Company. The case covers medical providers and policyholders who accuse the company of implementing a third-party biased computer auditing program to reduce payouts under the medical payments coverage of property and casualty insurance.

Wood River, IL (PRWEB) July 11, 2008

On July 7, 2008, an Illinois Circuit Court certified a class action case against Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest and Hartford Fire Insurance Company. The case covers medical providers and policyholders who accuse the company of implementing a third-party biased computer auditing program to reduce payouts under the medical payments coverage of property and casualty insurance. Hartford Fire Insurance Company adjusts the medical bills of its affiliated Hartford companies, which include Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company, Twin City Fire Insurance Company, Pacific Insurance Company Limited, Hartford Insurance Company of Illinois, Trumbull Insurance Company, Hartford Lloyd's Insurance Company, Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, Hartford Insurance Company of the Southeast, Nutmeg Insurance Company, Sentinel Insurance Company Ltd., and Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford.

The case is pending in the Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois (Cause No. 00-L-0720). The court certified the following class:
"All insured persons, or licensed medical providers by assignment, who from August 8, 1990 to the date of this Order: (a) submitted a first-party claim for payment of a medical bill to an Affiliated Hartford Company; (b) had their claim submitted to computer review by Hartford Fire; (c) received or were tendered an amount less than the submitted medical expenses by Hartford Fire; and (d) received or were tendered an amount less than the stated policy limits."

The class includes the residents of all States except Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Utah.

Brad Lakin, President of The Lakin Firm (http://www. lakinlaw. com) said, "This is the first step to successfully litigating this case. Hartford and other insurance companies have targeted medical providers and their legitimate billing practices by implementing a computer program that unilaterally and improperly reduces bills to a pre-determined percentage that Hartford selects. Unfortunately, these tactics lead to substantial losses for medical providers, out of pocket expenses for Hartford's own policyholders and record profits for the insurance company."

A recent report released by the American Association of Justice identified the "Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America (http://www. justice. org/docs/TenWorstInsuranceCompanies. pdf)". They were: Allstate, UNUM, AIG, State Farm, Conseco, WellPoint, Farmers, United Health, Torchmark and Liberty Mutual. The Lakin Law Firm has similar class actions against five of the top ten, including Allstate who was named the #1 worst insurance company in America. The Lakin Law Firm, P. C. regularly represents medical providers and consumers in class action litigation.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Holiday Season Means Getting Fatter for Many

Holiday Season Means Getting Fatter for Many

Joy loses to anxiety as the holidays close in, but is it necessary?

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) November 23, 2005

What are you getting for the holidays… fat, embarrassment, low self-esteem and guilt? People have grown to accept weight gain as a holiday prerequisite, meanwhile increasing low self-esteem and health problems. The annual cycle of pain and doom has become as anticipated as snow on Christmas but there is a safe and easy solution for prevention… no pills, potions or “magic bullets.”

Sadly, weight gain has become an “epidemic” in our society, children included. And with a conditioned instant gratification mentality, people risk health and illness for a “quick fix”, creating a recipe for disaster. But is it necessary? Apparently not…

“People need to know the truth. Comfortable and effective weight loss and management begins in your mind, not your body,” says 3 time award-winning NGH Board Certified Hypnotist, author, speaker and Certified Instructor, Tom Nicoli. “Imagine the holiday feast while making healthy choices with confidence and ease… and not gain a pound,” Sound impossible? It’s not, according to Tom Nicoli.

 Dateline NBC reported the amazing results of Nicoli’s hypnosis weight management program during 2003 – 2004 with a pastry chef losing 40 lbs.  Shape magazine, October 2005 issue: Harvard Medical School Hypnosis Instructor Jean Fain rated Tom’s hypnosis audio system as the best of the bunch!  Nicoli elaborates in his recently published book, D. E.P. T.H. of Behavior – The Truth About Weight Loss. 

Obviously, something’s missing from diet programs as the $38 Billion weight loss industry continues to expand. By now people know how to eat, what to eat and the recipe for weight loss, but can’t seem to stick to it. So what’s the problem?

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Power Marketing Partners To Lead Larry King Cardiac Foundation Sponsorship

Power Marketing Partners To Lead Larry King Cardiac Foundation Sponsorship

Power Marketing Partners will coordinate the Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) marketing sponsorships, nationwide events, and community outreach programs, that are designed to raise monies to fund cardiovascular care for the uninsured.

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) September 16, 2007

Power Marketing Partners (PMP) has been selected by the Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) to coordinate the nonprofit organization's marketing sponsorships, nationwide events, and community outreach programs, that are designed to raise monies to fund cardiovascular care for the uninsured.

As part of the agreement, PMP will be instrumental in carrying out national and local corporate sponsorships that enhance the public's awareness of the LKCF's mission to fund cardiac care for the uninsured in the U. S. The ultimate goal is to raise $20million over the next three years via national and local efforts that give hope to the uninsured across the country.

Larry King Jr., president of the LKCF, said, "We are excited to have the assistance of Power Marketing Partners to support our sponsorships and marketing efforts as we raise awareness that can help more people. With Power Marketing's expertise, we will be able to save even more lives and get closer to achieving our mission of 'saving a heart a day.'"

Earlier this year, PMP spearheaded The American College of Cardiology Foundation's (ACCF) partnership with the LKCF in a panel discussion at the College's 56th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.07) in New Orleans. The panel, moderated by Larry King, was a who's who of cardiologists and scientific researchers that commented on the future of cardiac care, the rise in heart disease and the complicating factor that fewer cardiologists are currently in training. The panel included King's own cardiologist, who has cared for the hard-hitting newsman after his quintuple by-pass in 1987.

"As one of the more than 60 million people in the U. S. who suffers from heart disease, I am lucky that I have the resources readily available to me," King said. "I started the foundation to help the people who cannot afford quality cardiac care get the care that they need." The LKCF and PMP partner with the worlds top Cardiology Centers of Excellence in achieving this goal, e. g. Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian, Cedar Sinai to name a few.

PMP has extensive high-level public opinion on its side as it looks to implement its programs for the LKCF. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the most recent census made public this month, revealed that there are currently 47 million uninsured Americans, an increase of 2 million people since the last report.

John Hopper, PMP's managing partner, said, "So far this year, the LKCF has helped arrange for cardiac care, surgery, and rehabilitation for more than 100 patients across the U. S. Power Marketing Partners is honored to provide marketing efforts that can add even more resources that would not otherwise be available to help so many deserving people."

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation is an ideal client for PMP as the Stamford, Connecticut-based marketing firm has a tremendous record of success in both the not for profit arena as well as with celebrity experiential campaigns. "It is a combination of two of our specialty services," Hopper explained. "Using a non-traditional marketing approach to educate and promote physician-patient dialogue within 'at risk' populations, and finding relevant ways for not-for-profits to develop programs attractive to corporate sponsors. PMP assists many not for profit and for profit organizations alike with sponsorship opportunity programs."

Two immediate programs for PMP will be community events scheduled with the LKCF in Cleveland and Los Angeles, partnering with the National Institute of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sister to Sister - a women's health outreach organization. Locally, PMP will help manage community outreach programs to inform the public about free heart health screenings, distribution of proactive heart-healthy information, resources for gaining healthcare access, and consultations with physicians. PMP is coordinating national, as well as local, corporate sponsors to aid the services in each city.

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation joins the list of organizations that have reaped the benefits of relationship with Power Marketing Partners, including the American College of Cardiology, AstraZeneca, GMAC, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Speaking of Women's Health, Merck, WPP, and The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. among others. For additional information, please visit www. powermarketingpartners. com

ABOUT POWER MARKETING PARTNERS:
Founded in 2004, Power Marketing Partners, based in Stamford, Connecticut, is a marketing consulting and communications firm that discovers unique ways for its customers to leverage the "power" of a company's assets. PMP's innovative marketing efforts are evidenced in its achievements as the first Healthcare Experiential Marketing Agency and the first Environmental Health Marketing Agency. The company partners are noted with creating the first Celebrity Direct-to-Consumer Experiential Marketing Campaign; the first Major Sports Sponsorship for the Pharmaceutical Industry; and a proprietary African-American faith-based health outreach infrastructure, which launched the most successful HIV, outreach marketing campaign in the USA.

ABOUT THE LARRY KING CARDIAC FOUNDATION:
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) was established in 1988 to provide funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means or no insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they so desperately need. The Foundation works in conjunction with hospitals throughout the nation to ensure that such patients receive proper medical attention. Doctors performing these surgeries do so at no charge. Hospitals are compensated only for the materials used. Hearts are repaired. Families are given another chance. Lives are saved. The LKCF is a non-profit organization funded from the proceeds of Mr. King's books, speaking engagements, and from entertainment galas conducted in New York City, Washington D. C. and Los Angeles. The LKCF is affiliated with eight premier Cardiac Centers: Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D. C., Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Los Angeles County + USC in Los Angeles, California, New York Presbyterian: The University Hospital of Columbia and Weill Cornell University Medical Center in New York, NY, St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. LKCF also works in conjunction with Venice Family Clinic in Venice, California. For more information, visit www. lkcf. org

For Power Marketing Partners, Business Information, Contact:
John Hopper, Managing Partner; T: 203-324-2900; johnh @ powermarketingpartners. com

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

MResult Healthcare and PatientOS announce new approach for cost-effective Electronic Medical Records

MResult Healthcare and PatientOS announce new approach for cost-effective Electronic Medical Records

MResult Healthcare and PatientOS announced today a new cost-effective solution for implementing Electronic Medical Records. Based on the Open Source Healthcare Information System PatientOS EMR and MResult Healthcare's Design, Build Validate methodology, this approach will allow healthcare institutions to implement tailored Electronic Medical Record systems for a fraction of the cost of traditional EMR systems.

East Walpole, MA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009

MResult Healthcare and PatientOS announced today a new cost-effective solution for implementing Electronic Medical Records. Based on the open source healthcare information system PatientOS EMR and MResult Healthcare's Design, Build Validate methodology, this approach will allow healthcare institutions to implement tailored Electronic Medical Record systems for a fraction of the cost of traditional EMR systems.

"Most companies look at Electronic Medical Records as a software purchase," says Yann Beaullan-Thong, CEO of MResult Healthcare. "We see EMRs as an exercise in process engineering. Most Health Information Systems are rigid in their design. They either dictate that you follow their pre-defined clinical workflows, or charge exorbitant prices for customization. We want to leave the practice of medicine in the hands of physicians, not software designers. Technology should support how they want to practice medicine. As a company, MResult Healthcare is focused on providing our customers with practical, cost effective solutions. The PatientOS software is the perfect platform to implement our solution on."

"We developed PatientOS with an advanced modern software architecture to allow for easy customization." says Gregory Caulton, Principal at PatientOS Inc. "Everything from forms to workflow to the entire user interface can be configured through easy to use admin screens, with no coding involved. From that standpoint, we look at the PatientOS software as a rapid development platform rather than a static product. We made the decision to release the product as open source because we want to get it into the hands of as many people as possible. It has been a personal dream to deliver to healthcare what Linus and Red Hat delivered to the world with Linux."

"Customer empowerment is what makes our solution different." Says Beaullan-Thong. "Our Design, Build, Validate approach was created to encourage knowledge transfer. At the start of an engagement our professional services group is heavily involved in helping our clients define their specific business and clinical goals, map out the desired clinical workflows and determine the true costs in time and resources involved. As we move to build out the solution we typically begin the knowledge transfer process in earnest, with the hospital's IT staff often sharing in the actual development of the solution. "

"Having the combination of the right implementation team and product is key." says Caulton. "Our clients and partners such as MResult Healthcare will see tremendous savings and ROI as they roll out PatientOS solutions without exorbitant licensing costs associated with traditional commercial systems."

About PatientOS

PatientOS, Inc. provides development and implementation services for hospitals and clinics who wish to tailor the Open Source PatientOS EMR to fit its workflow and specific system requirements. For more information about PatientOS, call 888.NBR.1EMR or visit http://www. patientos. com (http://www. patientos. com). The open source community can be found at http://www. patientos. org (http://www. patientos. org).

About MResult Healthcare

MResult Healthcare specializes in providing hospitals with cost effective portals, electronic medical records and clinical decision support tools. Clients include leading hospitals and Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies. Call 860.614.6618 or visit http://www. mresulthealthcare. com (http://www. mresulthealthcare. com) to learn more.

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Professional Basketball Star Grant Hill Coaches Parents in MRSA Defense

Professional Basketball Star Grant Hill Coaches Parents in MRSA Defense

Stop MRSA Now Coalition Member Focuses on Disinfecting Sports Equipment and Other Shared Items to Help Prevent the Spread of MRSA

Washington, DC (Vocus) September 23, 2010

Skin infections like MRSA, which spread through skin to skin contact as well as contact with equipment and shared items, are the cause of 56 percent of all outbreaks of infectious diseases in competitive sports in the U. S.1,2 - but simple steps parents can take can help prevent the spread. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a potentially life-threatening antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria that has increasingly been found in community and youth sports settings.3

The Stop MRSA Now Coalition in partnership with The Clorox Company and SwapMeSports. com, has teamed up with Grant Hill to launch Equip them Well, a program to help teach families and sports teams about practical MRSA prevention steps, such as washing hands and disinfecting equipment with a bleach solution. Like so many others who have been affected by the threat of MRSA, seven-time NBA all-star Grant Hill understands the importance of prevention, both in the locker room and on the court.

“We need to get more kids in the game with youth sports – but I also know firsthand that MRSA is a tough opponent that many young athletes may face,” said Grant Hill, MRSA survivor and Stop MRSA Now Coalition member. “That is why I am excited about the Equip Them Well program to inform parents and coaches that we all play a part in MRSA prevention.”

Donate Used Sports Equipment and Score a Chance to Meet Grant Hill

In addition to educating parents about MRSA prevention, the Equip Them Well program is committed to providing the resources necessary for kids from all communities to take part in youth sports. Parents can collect, disinfect and donate used youth sports equipment to communities in need through the Equip Them Well page on StopMRSANow. org.

Each family that visits StopMRSANow. org and enters the sweepstakes will score a chance to win a trip to Phoenix for a Suns game and exclusive “meet-and-greet” with Grant Hill.

Equip Them Well – With Simple Equipment Wellness Steps

MRSA is generally spread by skin to skin contact and by touching surfaces that have come in contact with a person’s infection. The following steps can help prevent the spread in community settings:
 Scrub up – Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer.  Wipe it down – Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 gallon of water or as directed on label)  Cover your cuts – Keep any nicks or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.  Keep to yourself – Do not share personal items, like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.  Use a barrier – Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.  Don’t play dirty – Wash children’s athletic clothing after each use, using the warmest wash recommended and adding bleach when appropriate.

All teams know that sports equipment is often shared among teammates. That makes “equipment wellness” another important part of preventing the spread of MRSA in youth sports settings. It is important to:

 Regularly clean and disinfect sports equipment like balls, racket grips and bats.  Pay particular attention to disinfecting or properly laundering sports equipment that comes into direct contact with the skin of the players, such as headgear/helmets, mats, and body armor.3,4  Avoid using tape to wrap gripping areas of rackets, bar bells, or to repair rips and tears on other sports equipment. This may provide an environment for germs to thrive and may interfere with the disinfectant process.

Parents can read and download practical prevention steps online at www. stopmrsanow. org.

About STOP MRSA NOW

STOP MRSA NOW is a coalition of community members who have experienced first-hand the threat of MRSA and MRSA experts who are committed to working together to reduce the spread of MRSA in community settings and to educate community members on MRSA prevention.

MRSA is a potentially life-threatening antibiotic resistant Staph infection. The MRSA bacteria is carried by up to 5 percent of the population, especially in younger people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005, nearly 19,000 Americans died from MRSA infections. During the same year, there were 134 cases of MRSA in children.

About SwapMeSports. com

SwapMeSports. com is a free community website that allows parents to buy, sell, trade or donate used sports equipment. The organization facilitates the donation of equipment to organizations, schools and leagues through its community giving program. All donated equipment benefits the many children who would like to participate in sports but cannot afford to. SwapMeSports. com’s sponsorship of Equip Them Well encourages families and teams to collect, disinfect and donate used sports equipment, while educating them on MRSA prevention. For more information, visit www. swapmesports. com.

About The Clorox Company

The Clorox Company is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, with fiscal year 2010 revenues of $5.53 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers' most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Green Works® natural home care products; Brita® water-filtration systems; Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Fresh Step® and Scoop Away® cat litter; and Armor All® and STP® auto-care products. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $80 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal 2010 alone, the foundation awarded $3.5 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $8.8 million. For more information about Clorox, visit www. TheCloroxCompany. com.

1 Turbeville, S. D., Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Competitive Sports. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2006: 34(11):1860-5.

2 Zinder, S. Z., National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Skin Diseases. Journal of Athletic Training. 2010;45(4):411-428.

3 http://chfs. ky. gov/NR/rdonlyres/DAE9D31C-E9C5-4038-8406-E6B41F70A716/134186/MRSAGuidelinesFinal2_Nov14.doc (http://chfs. ky. gov/NR/rdonlyres/DAE9D31C-E9C5-4038-8406-E6B41F70A716/134186/MRSAGuidelinesFinal2_Nov14.doc)

4 http://www. cdph. ca. gov/healthinfo/discond/documents/camrsainfectionsguidelineathleticsdepartment. pdf (http://www. cdph. ca. gov/healthinfo/discond/documents/camrsainfectionsguidelineathleticsdepartment. pdf)

5 “Defend Against MRSA,” GoErie. com (PA). July 20, 2008.

6 “Puzzling threat; Tough infection challenges doctors,” Cox News Service. July 29, 2008

7 Klevens, R M, Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in the United States. JAMA. 2007;298(15):1763-1771.

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ZESPRI® Kiwifruit Announces Winner of Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps Wins Grand Prize of $2,500

ZESPRI® Kiwifruit Announces Winner of Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps Wins Grand Prize of $2,500

ZESPRI® Kiwifruit announced today the winner of the $2,500 grand prize for its Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest www. kiwiforlunch. com. The competition asked bloggers to create an original recipe using kiwifruit as an ingredient, which would also travel well in a kids' lunch box and appeal to children's sometimes finicky taste buds.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Launched on June 26th, the Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest ran for six weeks with a semi-finalist chosen each week and advanced to the finals with the chance to win the grand prize of $2,500. The six semi-finalist recipes were judged by Charlie Ayers, former Google chef, author of Food 2.0 and owner of Calafia Café and Market A-Go-Go, Palo Alto, CA; Deborah "Biggie" Hamilton who writes about creative, fast, and delicious lunches on her popular blog, Lunch In a Box; Zespri's North America Manager, Karen Brux; and the ultimate taste testers of all - a junior panel of neighborhood children.

Ultimately, the winning recipe was a simple solution - a kiwifruit salsa created as a dessert - Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps. The grand-prize winner, Natalie Perry, mixed diced green kiwifruit with diced mangoes and shredded coconut to create a delicious dip for imaginative sugar and cinnamon-coated crisps made from flour tortillas.

"We were impressed by the variety of the recipes," said Chef Charlie Ayers. Deborah Hamilton agreed, adding, "Selecting the winner was not easy as every recipe was delicious and used kiwifruit in creative ways."

Karen Brux commented, "What our expert judges liked about this recipe was its taste, kid appeal, and the ability to be packed in a reusable container for a child's packed lunch for school. Some of our junior judges liked the tangy-sweetness of the green kiwifruit, while others liked how the mango softened the tartness and the coconut added a bit of crunch."

ZESPRI sponsored the contest to educate parents about the health benefits /www. zesprikiwi. com/10reasons/ (http://www. zesprikiwi. com/10reasons/) of the mighty kiwifruit. Kiwifruit was rated as the most nutritious fruit, bite for bite, in a Rutgers University study of the 27 most popular fruits. Awarded Super Food status, one serving of kiwifruit contains more potassium than a banana, the vitamin C of two oranges, and all the fiber in a bowl of bran cereal.

Congratulations to our winner Natalie Perry, a stay-at-home mom to two little girls who writes about food and recipes on her blog Perry's Plate.

And while kiwifruit is delicious in all kinds of recipes, it's also perfect for kids to enjoy as is - just cut and scoop! ZESPRI created the Spife for exactly this reason.

For the winning recipe, click here. www. kiwiforlunch. com/winners. htm (http://www. kiwiforlunch. com/winners. htm)
For a video of our judging panel, click here. www. youtube. com/watch? v=4QmV_z19eu4 (http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=4QmV_z19eu4)

ABOUT ZESPRI® KIWIFRUIT

Read about the remarkable story of how ZESPRI Kiwifruit got its start at the turn of the 20th century here www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-history. html (http://www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-history. html).

With people around the world taking a greater interest in where products come from and the impact of their purchases on the planet, climate change and carbon footprints are becoming increasingly important factors for consumer industries to consider.

ZESPRI has been leading the way in the world's horticultural sector, working in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry to create a comprehensive carbon footprint of New Zealand Kiwifruit to determine its impact on the environment. Learn about ZESPRI's sustainability practices and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Carbon Footprint Study here /www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-sustainability/carbon-footprint. html (http://www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-sustainability/carbon-footprint. html).

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Still Growing Strong: Announcing the Kick-Off of Marrakech's 6th Annual Gala & Auction

Still Growing Strong: Announcing the Kick-Off of Marrakech's 6th Annual Gala & Auction

Marrakech Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of educational, employment and housing programs and services to children and adults throughout Connecticut, will host its 6th Annual Fall Benefit Gala & Auction at the Woodbridge Country Club in Woodbridge, Connecticut at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 4, 2006.

Woodbridge, CT (PRWEB) October 13, 2006

Marrakech Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of educational, employment and housing programs and services to children and adults throughout Connecticut, will host its 6th Annual Fall Benefit Gala & Auction at the Woodbridge Country Club in Woodbridge, Connecticut at 6:00pm on Saturday, November 4, 2006.

This year’s Gala, which coincides with Marrakech’s 35th anniversary, is a black-tie optional event, and will feature a cocktail reception, dinner dance and live and silent auctions. With the goal of raising much needed funding to support its programs, proceeds from the Gala will go towards respite, summer camp and education, as well as other programs provided by Marrakech that are unfunded.

“This year’s Gala celebrates an important milestone for Marrakech, as we celebrate thirty-five years of providing support to people with disabilities and others throughout Connecticut,” stated Marrakech Executive Director, Frank McCarthy. “The Gala is not only an important fund-raising event, but also an ‘awareness raising’ event, as we continue our commitment to our mission of raising expectations and changing lives for our 1,600 children and adults.

The Gala will feature a live and silent auction with a host of items to be up for bid. This year’s auction items include wines from around the world, jewelry, small appliances, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, signed sports and celebrity memorabilia and more. Additionally, a raffle for a variety of items including a mountain bike donated by Quantum Financial Partners will be held during the Gala.

Over 200 guests, including title sponsor Citizen’s Bank, as well as guests from Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Orange Fence & Supply Company, Inc., and Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC are expected to attend.

This year’s honorary Gala chairs, Emma and Joe Cuzzocreo, family owners of Orange Fence & Supply Company, Inc., and the parents of two Marrakech consumers, have experienced first hand the multitude of programs and services that Marrakech provides. “Marrakech was there for our sons and our family when we needed them, and now we are here for Marrakech and are willing to give back in any way we can,” said Emma Cuzzocreo. “The Gala is an ideal way for the local community to share in a festive evening while supporting programs that assist children and families of disabled children and others in need.”

About the Gala:

The Marrakech 6th Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the Woodbridge Country Club at 50 Woodfield Road, Woodbridge. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a preview party and open wine bar for sponsors, benefactors and patrons, followed by cocktail reception at 7:00pm and dinner at 8:00pm. Jazz band, Lot 49 will be the musical guest for the preview party. Tickets for the Gala are $150.00 per person. All guests will be able to enjoy a martini bar hosted by Grey Goose and will dance to the music of The Bernadettes after dinner.

Patron tickets are available for $200.00 per person and patron tickets include admission to a preview party and open wine bar for sponsors, benefactors and patrons, beginning at 6:00 pm. To purchase Gala tickets or for further information, contact Lindsay Foster at 203- 389-2970, ext. 1060. For media passes and interviews, please contact Debbie Koke at 914-536-7557. 

About Marrakech:

Marrakech, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of human services to children & adults throughout Connecticut. Founded in 1971, Marrakech established the first halfway house in Connecticut for women with mental retardation. They have continued developing programs and services which are located throughout the State of Connecticut encompassing support to people with a wide range of disabilities, families with complex needs, youth who are at risk, and people without disabilities who are economically disadvantaged.

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River Network, Busch Beer Conservation Partnership Protects Northwest Rivers

River Network, Busch Beer Conservation Partnership Protects Northwest Rivers

River Network and Busch beer are partnering to protect rivers in Oregon and Washington. As environmental concerns continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important to maintain the health of the region's rivers, which are a major source of water for drinking, industry, agriculture, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. To celebrate outdoor recreation on our rivers, River Network and Busch beer will award 12 lucky winners with rafting adventure trips. As part of this partnership, River Network will also award a $5,000 grant to a conservation organization working to protect rivers in the Northwest.

Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) July 15, 2009

For the fourth consecutive year, River Network and Busch beer are partnering to protect rivers in Oregon and Washington. As environmental concerns continue to rise, it becomes increasingly important to maintain the health of the region's rivers, which are a major source of water for drinking, industry, agriculture, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. With a grant from Busch beer, River Network will provide services and technical training to nearly 100 grassroots organizations in the Northwest to help improve local water protection and restoration efforts in hundreds of communities in both states.

To celebrate outdoor recreation on our rivers, River Network and Busch beer will award 12 lucky winners with rafting adventure trips on the Wenatchee and White Salmon rivers in Washington, and the Deschutes and Upper Klamath rivers in Oregon, plus offer a guided fishing trip on the Columbia River. From now through August 15, 2008, adults 21 and older may register online for a chance to win these premium Northwest adventures (http://www. buschwhitewater. com). Anheuser-Busch wholesalers and retailers throughout both states are supporting the program with Busch in-store displays that direct adult consumers to the web site to register.

As part of this partnership, River Network will also award a $5,000 grant to a conservation organization working to protect rivers in the Northwest. The winning group will be decided by online voting. Anyone can vote for a favorite or local group (http://www. rivernetwork. org/news/win-river-trip-and-vote-5000).

When people drink water from a river or reservoir, pull a fish or two from their favorite fishing hole or enjoy a river float on a hot summer day, they might not give much thought to the challenges communities face to protect these resources.

"River Network believes that strong community-based groups are our best opportunity to protect and restore our rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries and watersheds," says Ezra Milchman, president and CEO of River Network. "We are grateful that Anheuser-Busch and Busch beer continue their support to help preserve our precious waters for all people, wildlife and future generations, and we strongly believe this financial investment will pay great long-term dividends to the citizens of Oregon and Washington."

"We are pleased to work with River Network to create awareness about the importance of protecting our water resources and particularly proud to support community-based projects on these amazing rivers," said Charlie Hodges, Busch beer product manager for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "For more than 100 years, our company has had a rich tradition of protecting the environment, including our water resources, so that future generations will be able to enjoy them just as we do."

About River Network
For 20 years, River Network has provided organizational, technical and networking assistance to people working for watershed protection at the local, state and regional levels. In addition, River Network serves as a catalyst and coordinator for major projects, such as this one, that require national leadership and collaboration among widely separated organizations and agencies. With more than 700 partner groups in all 50 states and beyond, River Network is helping build a powerful new watershed protection movement in the United States. To learn more about River Network, visit http://www. rivernetwork. org (http://www. rivernetwork. org).

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 49.2 percent share of U. S. beer sales. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Global Companies list in 2009. Anheuser Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world's largest recyclers of aluminum cans. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit http://www. anheuser-busch. com (http://www. anheuser-busch. com).

For additional information on this partnership, or to schedule an interview with River Network, please call Matt Burke at 503-542-8383.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Businesses of All Sizes Can Now Afford a Way to Bring New Senior Customers to Their Businesses

Businesses of All Sizes Can Now Afford a Way to Bring New Senior Customers to Their Businesses

Today's Senior Magazine, with its unique format, is a way for businesses of all sizes, and advertising budgets, to get their message to thousands of fifty plus mature adults throughout Northern & Central California.

(PRWEB) March 27, 2005

Today's Senior Magazine is now available to businesses that have found that magazine advertising is beyond their budget. Using a unique format that allows Today's Senior Magazine to minimize operating costs, we can offer any size company an effective way to reach thousands of fifty plus mature adults throughout Northern & Central California. Our advertisers are raving about how effective an ad in Today's Senior Magazine is in bringing new customers to their businesses. We offer advertisers a way to target-market their product or service to the largest growing segment in America today, seniors. These are consumers that have disposable incomes to buy things like homes and cars, like to gamble, are concerned about health issues, prescription drugs and health insurance, and are seeking ways to enjoy life through travel, dining, entertainment, vacationing, etc.

We feel that many small businesses have an important service or product to offer our readers, but many don't have the financial ability to afford advertising in expensive print media. So we designed our magazine in such a way to minimize printing and overhead costs, and to pass the savings on to our advertisers by offering advertising space that will meet any budget. We also include in the cost of an ad; ad design by our graphic designers, a full-color ad, and ad placement on our popular #1 ranked web site, with a link to the advertiser's web site.

For further information please contact Rick Priolo at: 1-877-739-1022 (toll-free)or by e-mail at todayssenior@sbcglobal. net. You can also get additional information off our web site at: www. todaysr. com.

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DogBeds4Dogs Opens its Doors to Provide High Quality Dog Beds

DogBeds4Dogs Opens its Doors to Provide High Quality Dog Beds

DogBeds4Dogs announced the launch of its e-commerce store today. Pet Owners who are looking for high quality and durable dog beds can now browse and purchase dog beds according to their dog’s size, breed, ailment and price.

Warner Robins, GA (PRWEB) December 31, 2010

http://www. DogBeds4Dogs. com announced the launch of its e-commerce store featuring High Quality Dog Beds today. Pet Owners who are looking for high quality and durable dog beds can now browse and purchase dog beds according to their dog’s size, breed, ailment and price.

When a consumer accesses the site, the dog beds are broken down into dog beds by price for those within a budget, dog beds by size for consumers shopping with the size in mind, dog beds by shape for consumers who only want a certain shape of dog bed to fit in their living room, dog beds by breed and dog beds by ailment.

If you own a dog and have gone to a local store or a chain to buy a dog bed that is of high quality and wanted some guidance you would agree that it is hard to find proper guidance as to what bed would be the right choice for your dog. DogBeds4Dogs eliminates that frustration by giving you the resources needed and support over the phone and email.

The navigation of the site is very user friendly and the store accepts all cards and even PayPal to make the shopping experience as easy as possible. The store carries designer and very high quality dog beds that are made in the USA and some collection have lifetime guarantee.

About http://www. DogBeds4Dogs. com - is dedicated to providing dog owners and all dogs with high quality dog beds and educating the pet owners the importance of having a good bed for their dogs to keep their pets healthy and well rested.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Telemedicine: The Next Investment In Consumer Health Care

Telemedicine: The Next Investment In Consumer Health Care

ENotes Systems Plans to Enable Health Care at a Distance – Just What the Doctor Ordered

Pacific Palisades, Calif. (PRWEB) July 20, 2006

When it comes to consumer health care, technology will never replace the human factor such as the maverick medical genius of Dr. Gregory House depicted on FOX TV’s House or the friendly general practitioner at a medical center near you. But, telemedicine (http://www. enotesystems. com) has the potential to extend the human touch and transform the way health care is delivered.

The American Telemedicine Association defines telemedicine as the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. Whether telemedicine is defined using layman’s terms—(the transmission of still images, video, and other forms of medical data between rural and urban areas) or tech-speak—(the use of advanced telecommunications technologies for the delivery of clinical care), telemedicine is a, multi-billion dollar market that is destined to improve consumer health care around the globe.

The application may be as straightforward as two healthcare professionals talking about a case over the phone or as intricate as using satellite technology and video-conferencing equipment to conduct a real-time consultation between medical specialists in two different states or even countries.

As telemedicine technologies continues to experience rapid growth, with companies like AT&T, Intel Corporation-Digital Health Group, and Sony Electronics providing the bandwidth and hardware, it allows innovative companies such as Los Angeles-based eNotes Systems (OTCBB:ENSY (http://www. enotesystems. com)), which is currently developing their product suite, to make telemedicine a reality, enabling physicians and other health care providers to examine, treat and monitor patients remotely without compromising standards of care.

"Simply stated, telemedicine is about enabling providers of healthcare services to deliver quality care to individuals who are remotely located from the specialty health care they need. Whether it's allowing physicians to examine patients via the Internet from miles away or continuing education for rural health practitioners who may not be able to take part in professional meetings or educational opportunities, telemedicine is experiencing rapid expansion around the globe," said Jeff Flammang, CEO of eNotes Systems.

For stock investors and early shareholders looking for high growth investment opportunities, their next investment opportunity may be in developmental stage telemedicine technology companies. Whether an investment in telemedicine benefits radiology--so specialists can read and interpret x-rays on-line--or cardiology—so reports such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) can be readily transmitted from an EKG machine for reading and interpretation—it’s evident to eNotes Systems that these kind of technologies in the health care (http://www. enotesystems. com) industry are needed and are here to stay, reaching doctors and patients alike in all corners of the globe.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SEMA Action Network: Slammin' Virginia

SEMA Action Network: Slammin' Virginia

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) of Diamond Bar, California has won this month's "Noisy Dozen" award from Noise Free America for secretly lobbying state legislators to change vehicle exhaust codes. SEMA member companies have flooded the United States with noisy exhausts that are illegal for cars in most states by using the deceptive phrase "50-state legal." SEMA protects its members' ill-gotten gains at the expense of the health, safety, and security of American communities.

(PRWEB) January 1, 2004

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Action Network of Diamond Bar, California has won this month's "Noisy Dozen" award from Noise Free America for secretly lobbying state legislators to change vehicle exhaust codes. SEMA member companies have flooded the United States with noisy exhausts that are illegal for use on cars in most states by using the deceptive phrase "50-state legal." SEMA protects its members' ill-gotten gains at the expense of the health, safety, and security of American communities.

SEMA represents the $27 billion automotive aftermarket industry and has 5,222 member companies. SEMA works at the federal level through the 74-member Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsport Caucus. The SEMA Action Network lobbies state legislators via 6,500 car clubs and individual enthusiasts in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Mark Huber, Noise Free America's Communication Director, stated that "in October 2002, California Governor Gray Davis signed SEMA's pro-noise legislation into law. Since then, it has managed to get its legislation passed in Washington, Maine, and New Hampshire, and has killed peace and quiet legilation in Massachusetts." Huber also noted that "when private citizens make their case against noise pollution, they are often targeted by members of car clubs. In fact, several proponents of peace and quiet in the Richmond, Virginia area have been threatened and harrassed by members of the Central Virginia Mustang Club."

Huber also notes that "the exhaust noise legislation that SEMA sponsors uses the dB(A) metric, which does not measure low frequencies. Popular exhaust companies such as Flowmaster and GREddy market their products as having a 'deep, aggressive rumble.' In fact, GReddy describes its exhausts as 'complaying with 95 dB(A) limis' and as having a 'low frequency sports sound.' The truth is that a measurement of 95 dB(A) 20 inches from a car's exhaust pipe will be heard and felt in people's homes at a great distance. SEMA's legislation makes about as much sense as boom car legislation which does not account for thumping BASS."

A loud exhaust "enthusiast" who calls himself "Slammaster" wrote to SEMA's newsletter, Driving Force, "I see where California recently passed a gearhead-friendly law for cars equipped with after-market exhaust systems. That rocks! My only question is how do we get something similar passed in my state" of Virginia? The writer notes that "I used to be a thug and the minitruckin' hobby helped me pull out by giving me something positive and creative to do with my time." The editor responded, "I think everyone in the vehicle hobby would agree that owning, customizing, and caring for a minitruck is a damn site better than thuggery."

Ted Rueter, Noise Free America's Director, commented that "SEMA claims to be fighting to 'preserve the rights of enthusiasts to use and enjoy their vehicles.' SEMA also claims that noise terrorists have 'constitutional rights' and are being 'victimized' by law enforcement authorities. In reality, SEMA violates the right of average citizens to be undisturbed in their homes. SEMA is part of America's massive noise industrial complex, which is responsible for the destruction of peace and quiet."

According to Mark Huber, a resident of Richmond, Virginia, "Retailers that sell noisy exhausts that are illegal for use on Virginia roads are everywhere in Richmond, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County. They drain the resources of our underfunded police forces and drive away other businesses. The Comfort Inn of Richmond cannot fill the rooms on the Broad Street side because of the constant roaring and booming of 'rice rockets,' 'muscle cars,' and 'boom cars.' These products belong on race tracks, not on our streets and in our neighborhoods."

Huber also states that "it is hard to believe that SEMA can get away with promoting legislation that diminishes the public's ability to detect terrorism by selling dangerous, illegal, noisy products--especially after President Bush told us that America must 'rely on the eyes and ears of alert citizens.' So far, none of Virginia's key elected officials--Governor Warner, Attorney General Kilgore, or Commonwealth Preparedness Secretary Hager--have spoken up against this threat to domestic security. It is time for them to take action."

Noise Free America is a national lobby group dedicated to opposing noise pollution. Past "winners" of the Noisy Dozen award include Flowmaster, Governors Gray Davis and Jesse Ventura, and the Massachusetts Department of Education. Noise Free America's web ste is http://www. noisefree. org (http://www. noisefree. org).

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Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry and Allen Communication Win the Gold at Brandon Hall Awards

Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry and Allen Communication Win the Gold at Brandon Hall Awards

New training courses for improving the treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receives prestigious award for Best Custom Content.

Salt Lake City (PRWEB) November 23, 2010

Brandon Hall Research has awarded their esteemed Excellence in Learning 2010 Gold Award for Best Custom Content to The Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry (CPI), the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH), the New York State Offices of Mental Health (OMH) and of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and Allen Communication Learning Services (http://www. allencomm. com).

CPI and its partners are being recognized for their exciting new Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT) training courses. The FIT courses are for mental health and substance use disorder professionals who treat people coping with Co-Occurring mental health and substance use Disorders (COD).

COD is when a person has both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. One of these disorders is hard enough for a person to cope with. The occurrence of both at the same time, while very common, makes it more difficult for the person to get effective treatment.

Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health said, "Making health care better and more efficient requires specific actions, like helping providers to improve their practices. Using research-proven treatments is one approach, but traditional training is expensive in terms of travel time and taking people away from their duties. FIT offers an alternative: an internet based approach that provides access to national experts and can be used at any time. For this to work, training content must be high quality. This award--along with participation by over 1,000 people in this learning program--proves that FIT is meeting our high expectations."

The FIT course, a series of web-based-training modules designed by Allen, in collaboration with CPI, OMH, OASAS, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, and FireDancer Productions, is training mental health professionals on how to integrate the treatment of COD. This eases the burden on mental health and addictions care providers and improves the quality of care for the person seeking help.

Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, said, “Clinicians, supervisors and administrators who take part in this state-of-the-art, online learning are helping us provide critically needed treatment to New Yorkers with co-occurring disorders. We are very fortunate to have such outstanding partnerships to create and support the Focus on Integrated Treatment model. With it we are saving resources, enhancing our services, and most importantly, improving the lives of those who need these services.”

The need for this type of training was very significant. National data show that half of the people with COD don’t receive treatment. A third of people with COD get only mental health or addiction care. Only about one in ten get treatment for both disorders, and only about two percent get care that is evidence-based and integrated. CPI and its partners are using FIT to bridge these divides by training practitioners how to provide effective combined COD treatment.

“We’re very pleased to have this particular course honored with such an esteemed award,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen. “This course is important, not only because it’s a fine example of video technology use in instructional design, but because it is being used to remedy a challenging issue in the mental health profession.”

The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards program is in its 16th year of recognizing the best in innovative learning content, technology, and initiatives in workplace learning. The Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards are owned and operated by Brandon Hall Research.

The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. (RFMH), a not-for-profit membership corporation, optimizes the research and training objectives of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene and its component agencies. Since 1952, RFMH has promoted the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for people.

The Office of Mental Health (OMH), New York State’s mental health authority, plans and delivers high-quality, consumer and family focused treatment and rehabilitative services to adults and children with severe mental illness or emotional disturbance. OMH works closely with government and community mental health services to provide assistance and education that promote recovery and hope.

Columbia Psychiatry is ranked among the best departments and psychiatric research facilities in the nation. Their distinguished clinicians and researchers are renowned for their outstanding contributions in clinical and research advances in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, suicide, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and childhood psychiatric disorders. Visit http://columbiapsychiatry. org/ for more information.

OASAS oversees one of the nation's largest addiction services systems dedicated to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, with more than 1,550 programs serving over 110,000 New Yorkers on any given day. Addiction is a chronic disease, but New Yorkers can know that help is available by calling the state's HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY. Please visit OASAS at http://www. oasas. state. ny. us.

The Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) conducts interdisciplinary research on services for individuals who have mental illness. The PRC specializes in developing effective interventions under research conditions, then translating these interventions into actual mental health service practices and evaluating their effectiveness in routine practice settings. PRC research incorporates scientific perspectives, including clinical, economic, and ethnographic.

FireDancer Productions is a multi-award winning television production company located in Carbondale, CO. FireDancer provides a wide range of services that will smoothly guide a video production from creative concept to successful program. FireDancer is intensely committed to superior quality productions that are “challenging, compelling, and unquestionably effective." Visit FireDancer on the Web at http://www. FireDancer. tv.

For three decades, the learning and development experts at Allen Communication Learning Services have helped many of the world’s largest companies sharpen their organizational performance. Allen expands their client’s capabilities by using progressive approaches in custom training, e-learning, and blended learning development, as well as learning portal development and technologies that help improve ROI.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

AP9 YourSavingsClub Offers Tips for Proper Sun Care

AP9 YourSavingsClub Offers Tips for Proper Sun Care

AP9 Your Savings Club provides members significant savings on sun care needs and entertainment for days under the sun.

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) May 16, 2007

Behold pale-looking skin! Summer is coming, and people are ready to go from colorless to colorful, with a tan to show off from head to toe. Members of AP9 YourSavingsClub (http://www. yoursavingsclub-program. com/), a leading discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, can use their membership to get discounts on all the things they need to enjoy the sun while protecting their skin.

The worst consequences of excess sunbathing (skin cancer, coarse skin and more) tend to build up over time and show up years down the road, when there's little or nothing a person can do. That's why AP9 Your Savings Club (http://www. yoursavingsclub-program. com/YourSavingsClub_qanda. html) reminds consumers about the importance of taking safety measures before, during and after any kind of exposure to the sun --but especially during summer.

Before
Eat right. Good eating habits and maintenance will not only help the skin look good but also prevent skin cancer, sun damage and other skin conditions, notes AP9 YourSavingsClub. Sun lovers must include antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, zinc and selenium in their diet, since these nutrients can help the body and skin produce melanin (pigment that's the primary determinant of human's skin color) and fight against the damage produced by free radicals and all UV rays.

Baby Steps. It's wise to "prep" the skin with deep moisturizing lotions and weekly exfoliation to remove dead cells. Start with short exposures to the sun -- 15 minutes, max -- so the skin gets used to the sun all over again.

During
Use sunblock or sunscreen. The skin will react to the sun no matter what, so it's better to play safe and disregard tanning lotions. A healthy color and glow can be achieved using sunblock or sunscreen, which form an invisible barrier in the skin against the sun. Sunblock is usually thicker and doesn't have SPF because it protects against all types of UV rays. Sunscreen, on the other hand, is SPF rated -- the lower the number, the less protection the sunscreen offers, reports AP9 Your Savings Club.

Set limits. The best hours to be under the sun are before 10 am and after 3 pm. For those who are going to be exposed to the sun all day long, sunblock is a must, and it should be reapplied at least every 80 minutes. It's also important to take breaks under the shade and drink lots of water.

After
Moisturize. Nurture the skin with after-sun lotions that contain moisturizers and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera is a key ingredient to look for.

Keep the color. Avoid peeling by maintaining a hydrated the skin. Apply lotions with seaweed or aloe vera, and exfoliate at least every 10 days.

Like a good day under the sun, discounts are always welcomed. And when it comes to looking tanned for less, consumers can enjoy members-only prices every day of the year through AP9 YourSavingsClub.
About AP9 YourSavingsClub

AP9 Your Savings Club (http://www. yoursavingsclub-program. com/) is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing (http://www. adaptivemarketing. com/) is a category leader in membership programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at YourSavingsClub. com (http://www. yoursavingsclub. com/). With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as AP9 YourSavingsClub.

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"One of the Most Important Women in the American Labor Movement" You Haven't Heard Of

"One of the Most Important Women in the American Labor Movement" You Haven't Heard Of

A Labor Day story about Regina V. Polk and her life as a Teamster

Chicago (PRWEB) August 18, 2009

Labor Day, when Americans honor the sacrifices and successes of the American worker. It is also a day to recognize this country's working heroes and labor pioneers. Many feel that among the pantheon of names in the history of the labor movement including Eugene Debs, John L. Lewis and Booker T. Washington should be added Regina V. Polk.

"If she were alive this Labor Day, there's no question she would be working to end the injustices that still exist in the workplace today," according to author Terry Spencer Hesser.

Regina Polk was a Teamster. One of the first women on the professional staff in the quintessentially male-dominated organization, she used pluck and determination to fight for the rights of the overworked and underpaid. Whether on the playground as a child or on the picket lines Regina never shrank from a fight for right. Ahead of her time, she took up the cause against sexual harassment in the workplace, job security and healthcare. She was a rising star in the labor movement until she was killed in a plane crash at the age of 33.

Hesser has now captured Regina's life story in her book, "I Am a Teamster: a short, fiery story of regina v. polk, her hats, her pets, sweet love, and the modern-day labor movement."

"This book was written to allow Regina to continue to inspire people," says Hesser, who once met Regina long before she knew she was to be the one to tell her story. "After speaking with so many who knew her, it was clear she made a lasting and profound impression on each person she met. This book is a tribute to her and her impact on the American labor movement."

The book is filled with stories about Polk's personal and professional life, from growing up as a headstrong girl who was able to "throw the ball farther than many of the boys" to becoming the persuading crusader for workers' rights as a business agent for Teamsters Local 743 in Chicago.

"Regina was only a Teamster for seven years but it amazed me how much she accomplished and how much groundwork she laid for the future," continues Hesser.

Finally recognized in a book, the story of Regina Polk can't help but inspire young women and young men by showing them anyone can make the world a better place for their having lived.

To receive a review copy or schedule an interview with author Terry Spencer Hesser, please contact Melissa Harman at (312) 422-1333.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Promises Treatment Centers to Hold Spirit Journey Retreat for People in Recovery

Promises Treatment Centers to Hold Spirit Journey Retreat for People in Recovery

The Spirit Journey retreat offers a day of reflection, connection, and discovery during which participants can tap into their spirituality through creative expression, healing, and ritual.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) February 3, 2010

Promises Treatment Centers, a leader in addiction treatment (http://www. promises. com), will hold a recovery workshop at its outpatient clinic in West Los Angeles on Sunday, February 21, 2010. The focus of the retreat will be to enhance the recovery process as participants learn how to access their intuition and exercise their creativity.

“With the many challenges we are faced with, it can be easy to lose sight of our belief in and connection to a higher power,” said Keith Arnold, Vice President of Operations of Elements Behavioral Health and Promises Treatment Centers (http://www. promises. com). “The journey of recovery from addictions is a stressful one, and starts with this connection to something greater than ourselves. Maintaining this connection is so important to help us overcome challenges as well as build resilience and gratitude during challenging times. This one day workshop is designed to help participants regain access, clarity and purpose with our spiritual connection.”

Spirit Journey participants will learn how to access their own intuition; connect with their ancestors through prayer, song, and ritual; and creatively express themselves through experiential learning. Participants will also discover cross-cultural traditions to enhance their recovery process, exercise their creativity through Mandala work, and experience healing ceremonies such as Talking Circle, White Bison 12-step Teachings, Potlatch, and meditation.

The retreat is facilitated by Sonnee Weedn, Ph. D, a clinical and forensic psychologist from Novato, California, whose desire to broaden her view of the many ways people make contact with a higher power led her to study the faiths and spiritual practices of many indigenous groups worldwide. Dr. Weedn’s retreats and trainings are designed to assist people in finding and walking their own spiritual path with an eye to the practicalities of modern life.

Also lending her expertise is Dana Patterson of Tucson, Arizona, an Intuitive who uses her unique abilities to see into the core of what is happening in a client’s life at a subconscious level. Ms. Patterson facilitated thousands of Transformation Sessions at Miraval Resort, and currently co-facilitates Quality of Life Workshops and World of Wisdom Retreats for a number of clients, including Dr. Weedn and Sierra Tucson.

Spirit Journey is also facilitated by Albert Sombrero, MS, a counselor and Navajo Spirit Guide from Tucson, Arizona, who was born and raised on the Navajo Nation Mr. Sombrero holds a Master of Arts in American Indian Policy and a Master of Higher Education, and has served the urban Native American Community as a counselor and case manager. He is also a Navajo Spiritual Leader at Large and is a certified Native American Church Roadman.

Keith Arnold will also be lending his knowledge to the retreat. Mr. Arnold has long been a leader in the movement for the treatment of chemical dependency, addiction, and trauma recovery, and is a con-initiator of educational and inspirational programs and workshops.

Spirit Journey takes place on Sunday, February 21st, 2010, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tuition is $89 plus an optional boxed lunch, or $79 if paid and registered by February 16th. To register, please visit www. promises. com and click on February 21st Retreat, or call Amy Van Landingham at 310-390-2340.

Walk-in registration begins at 8:30 am the day of the retreat. The retreat takes place at Promises Outpatient Center, 2045 Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA. Street parking is available.

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