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HEALTH AND FITNESS: Getting tricked by treats | Features

Boo! Since Halloween is this weekend, it’s a good time to think about what can make this holiday so scary. It’s not the ghosts or zombies that come to your door in the evening that you should be scared of, though. In fact, you don’t even need to wait until dark to get spooked. You are likely to see the scariest “costumes” on your breakfast table on Halloween morning – candy and soda dressed up as healthy food! Here are three common examples:

Fro-yo dressed as healthy yogurt

Most people would consider yogurt to be a healthy breakfast. And it is, provided you aren’t getting tricked. Low-fat and fat-free flavored yogurt is almost always sweetened with sugar. This is true for the yogurt tubes that kids love and much of the Greek yogurt that is so popular. Sure, it contains protein and potentially beneficial bacteria, but the added sugar makes it equivalent to frozen yogurt or ice cream in terms of calories and sugar. Some of these yogurts even come with toppings, like bits of chocolate, just like fro-yo.

Soda dressed as fruit juice

Many “fruit” drinks contain less than 5% juice but plenty of added sugar, so they are essentially soda without bubbles. For example, the orange drinks like Hi-C or Sunny D are a popular substitute for orange juice, but they are far from a nutritional equivalent. The same is true for other drinks, including juice boxes and pouches, which are commonly part of breakfast, lunch or snacks. Even scarier is the fact that these drinks are much sweeter than real fruit. Children may develop an expectation that oranges or orange juice should taste as sweet as soda and prefer the sugar-sweetened version over the real fruit.

Candy bars and cookies dressed as cereal and breakfast bars

Many popular breakfast foods targeted at children include sugar-sweetened cereals, pastries and bars. Some breakfast bars and cereals that seem healthy are really candy bars in disguise. Some even skip the disguise and actually look like candy or dessert. Pop Tarts and some granola bars are covered in chocolate or frosting, and favorite cereals often contain marshmallows or are shaped like cookies. No surprise that these foods are as high in calories and sugar as cookies or some candy bars. Worse, a child who is used to breakfast or snack foods that taste like candy or cookies may resist real food when it is offered. Now that’s scary.

While the focus here is on food for kids, it really isn’t much different for adults. Breakfast foods like donuts and pastries are almost always topped with icing and it would be difficult to distinguish many muffins from cupcakes. For many people, coffee isn’t just coffee anymore, but a drink that contains as much sugar and as many calories as a milkshake, sometimes with whipped cream on top. What’s really scary is that this is how many people eat every day.

Worried about the big bags of candy that get brought home on

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs. Fitbit Sense: Health, fitness and smartwatch features compared


The Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense are top smartwatches that can help keep an eye on your fitness levels and act as a phone alternative on your wrist. Both also have an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG — Apple uses ECG) app, track workouts, sleep and blood oxygen levels, but they’re different in the way they go about doing these things. To help you decide which is right for you, I’ve compared them on everything from fitness tracking to battery life and overall performance.


If you have an Android phone, the Fitbit is your only option, but both work with iOS devices, making the decision trickier if you have an iPhone. After two weeks of wearing these watches, I can tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all option. If you want the best overall smartwatch, with seamless fitness tracking and safety features, get the $399 (£379, AU$599) Apple Watch. If you want the most robust sleep tracking, temperature sensor and the best battery life, get the $329 (£299, AU$499) Fitbit Sense.

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The latest Apple Watch has a robust set of fitness tracking features, an FDA-cleared ECG, blood oxygen tracking and all the responsiveness you could want from a smartwatch. It’s also the better option if you need built-in LTE to use your watch without your iPhone nearby.

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The Fitbit Sense also offers an FDA-cleared ECG, strong sleep tracking, a temperature sensor and a stress tracking sensor. Unlike the Apple Watch, it also works with Android, has plenty of third-party watch faces to choose from, and offers the better battery life of the two watches.


Both are comfortable to wear, with familiar designs


The Series 6 looks like every other Apple Watch that has come before it, with a square face available in two sizes (either 40 or 44mm) plus a digital crown and side button. The Sense looks like a higher-end Versa and comes in just one 40mm size with a stainless steel rim around the square face, but instead of a physical button, it has an indentation on the side that vibrates when pressed and can be used to control the screen. While the Fitbit is physically larger than the 40mm Apple Watch, the actual screen size is only a hair bigger than the Apple Watch because of the bezels. The Apple Watch also has bezels around the screen, although they’re slimmer than those on the Sense.


Each watch has a color, always-on screen that’s easy to see in broad daylight, although I found the Apple Watch takes the edge for overall brightness when glancing down at my wrist during an outdoor workout. 


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The Sense has many more watch faces to choose from than the Apple Watch, including third-party ones. However, you can further customize some Apple Watch faces to include complications, which are similar to shortcuts: They can display

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Trainerize Launches New On-demand and Live Video Coaching Features, Empowers Personal Trainers and Clubs to Lead the Next Wave of Digital Fitness

Video coaching features keep human connection at the heart of online training, proving a must-have for fitness businesses during the pandemic and beyond

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Trainerize launches new on-demand and live video coaching features designed to help fitness clubs and personal trainers engage their clients in new ways both during the pandemic and beyond.
Trainerize launches new on-demand and live video coaching features designed to help fitness clubs and personal trainers engage their clients in new ways both during the pandemic and beyond.
Trainerize launches new on-demand and live video coaching features designed to help fitness clubs and personal trainers engage their clients in new ways both during the pandemic and beyond.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the leading client engagement app for personal trainers, studios, and clubs, Trainerize is upping the virtual training game with two all-new video features: on-demand video workouts and live 1-on-1 video call appointments.

In the face of gym closures in early 2020, Trainerize moved the fitness industry online, setting up trainers and gyms to train clients and engage members remotely. As the pandemic continues, fitness businesses need to continue to evolve to ensure long-term success, and Trainerize will be there to help make that happen.

With all-new video training features, Trainerize continues to elevate the human connection central to the platform and emphasize their focus on client engagement. Trainers can now provide video training, on-demand classes, and one-on-one video calls within the Trainerize ecosystem.

These new video features offer the most human experience possible, says Trainerize co-founder and Managing Director, Sharad Mohan. “To me, video is the most engaging medium available beyond face-to-face interactions. For us, the relationship between a trainer and their client, and the personalization, accountability, and motivation it enables, is a crucial part of a successful fitness journey.” With these new features, trainers and coaches can provide face-to-face interactions to their clients, safely and conveniently.

On-demand video workouts

With on-demand video workouts, Trainers and studios can transform their clients’ fitness routines by building libraries of video content—accessible by paying clients anytime, anywhere. Perfect for instructor-led workouts or classes, clients get to feel like their trainer is right there with them, whether they’re at the gym or working out in their living room.

For trainers looking to build on-demand, subscription-style business models, on-demand video will power a self-selecting experience for their clientele. The client can browse through the trainer’s offering and choose the workout that appeals most to them.

1-on-1 live video call appointments

Thanks to 1-on-1 video call appointments, trainers can move consultations and assessments to a virtual format, allowing convenient, efficient check-ins that keep trainers and clients connected. This feature also enables 1-on-1 video coaching sessions. Remote sessions, where clients can receive personalized instructions and real-time feedback, will drive accountability and spark motivation. Video calls are hosted in-app, removing the need for another software, accessible from phone, tablet, and desktop.

Monetizing video training

While these new features will undoubtedly shake up online programs, they’ll also change the way trainers and studios structure their businesses and monetize services, providing a new source of revenue. As the industry continues to reel

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Findit Features Members ClassWorx, Chef Paul Gerard, and Fitness Trainer Regan Patterson

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / October 14, 2020 / Findit, Inc. a Nevada Corporation (OTC PINK:FDIT) owner of Findit.com, a full service social networking management platform which provides online marketing services, is featuring three members on Findit: ClassWorx, Chef Paul Gerard, and Regan Patterson, all of whom have claimed their name(s) on Findit with Findit URLs that match their name, or the products or services that they offer.

Findit offers a Claim Your Name feature where you can reserve a single URL or as many URLs that you want on Findit. Findit URLs index in Findit search and all content posted within these URLs can be crawled and indexed by outside search engines. By claiming Findit names that match the name of yourself, brand, or business as well as the products or services that you offer, you can help improve your overall indexing in search engines. All three featured Findit members have claimed their name(s) using this tool.

Our first featured member, ClassWorx, is the leading virtual instructor directory that helps connect instructors with students using existing video conferencing software. ClassWorx caters to a wide range of professors, instructors and coaches. Any instructor of nearly any skill can use ClassWorx to reach the students looking to learn these new skills or activities. Providers of personal instruction services can include: yoga, pilates, “spin” classes, music and art lessons, athletic coaching, cooking lessons, educational classes such as learning a new language and more. These types of classes traditionally were done in person at physical locations, but as more and more people turn to remote learning from the home or office, Classworx helps connect instructors with students worldwide.

Visit ClassWorx on Findit and Follow Them On Instagram

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Our second featured member, Chef Paul Gerard, is a father, a chef, a writer, a designer, a New Yorker and a restaurateur that is keeping the fire burning at Antique Bar and Bakery. Chef Paul’s love of food is evident in his unique eats that he brings to the Hoboken Community at Antique Bar and Bakery which is located at 122 Willow Avenue, Hoboken New Jersey 07030 which serves up fresh salads, great meats and fish in an inviting atmosphere with delicious desserts.

Visit Chef Paul Gerard on Findit

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Our final featured member, Regan Patterson, is a Certified Fitness Nutritionist and personal trainer that has been using the Findit platform to share her healthy lifestyle and weightless journey since May of 2018. Prior to sharing her content on Findit, Regan Patterson, found on Instagram under the handle ‘Regan_Patterson”, had about 20,000 followers. Now, the Certified Fitness Nutritionist is up to ~61,000 followers at the time of this release. She has utilized the Findit platform to share her amazing recipes, her health and wellness tips, workouts, favorite workout clothes, grocery hauls and her favorite meals, all of which coincide with her passion for living a healthy lifestyle centered around effective fitness.

Visit Regan Patterson on Findit

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HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hunger games | Features

One of the most powerful motivators we have is hunger. Seeking food when we are hungry is what allowed our ancestors to survive. For most of human history, finding the next meal could be arduous or even dangerous, so a strong physiological drive was necessary to make it happen. Now, though, the problem isn’t usually finding food, it’s having access to too much food. Unfortunately, the regulation of hunger in our brains hasn’t changed.

Hunger is an internal physiological drive to seek and eat food and is usually experienced as a negative sensation. When you are hungry you may be distracted when your stomach growls. Since most of us have a supply of food that is readily accessible, severe hunger is uncommon. But when people diet to lose weight, especially a restrictive diet, hunger can be a powerful signal to eat.

Often when we think we are hungry, it isn’t hunger at all – it’s our appetite. Appetite is a psychological, as opposed to physiological, sensation that drives us to eat. Hunger and appetite can work together, but not always. The sight or smell of food can trigger can increase our appetite even if we aren’t hungry. Appetite tends to be more specific, too. While hunger will drive you to eat pretty much any food, appetite usually pushes you to eat a certain food.

One of the reasons we overeat is because we confuse appetite with hunger. We may think we need to eat when we see a food advertisement on television or smell someone cooking, but we really don’t have a physiological need for nourishment. Think about eating dessert after dinner. You just ate a full meal, so you can’t possibly be hungry. But when you see the dessert tray you develop an appetite for something sweet, even though you don’t need it.

Satiation and satiety are two other factors that influence what you eat. Satiation is the feeling of satisfaction or fullness that signals the end of a meal. Satiety is the effect of one meal, including the amount and type of food you eat, on how much you eat later. You can use these biological factors to your advantage to help you eat less.

For example, if you eat quickly you will eat more food (and calories) before satiation occurs. If you eat more slowly, you may actually eat less before that same feeling of fullness occurs. Additionally, what you eat for breakfast will impact when you feel ready for lunch and how much you eat when you do. It turns out that protein has a greater effect on satiety that either carbohydrates or fat. If your breakfast is juice and a donut you are likely to feel hungry sooner compared to having something with protein, like yogurt or eggs.

Genetics also play an important role in what we eat. Research suggests that how much we eat and even our food preferences are controlled, at least to some extent, by genes. Of course, some of this has

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New Trump ad features multiple clips of president wearing mask

A new political advertisement for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichigan court overturns absentee ballot extension Trump jokes he’ll ‘find a way’ to fire Gov. DeSantis if he loses Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to attempted kidnapping of Michigan governor: ‘What the hell is wrong with this guy?’ MORE includes several video clips of him wearing a mask while a narrator praises his administration’s coronavirus response. 

Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump jokes he’ll ‘find a way’ to fire Gov. DeSantis if he loses Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to attempted kidnapping of Michigan governor: ‘What the hell is wrong with this guy?’ Trump on if Biden wins: ‘Maybe I’ll have to leave the country’ MORE has no real plan to defeat the coronavirus. Just criticize, complain and surrender,” the television spot begins, according to advertising tracker AdMo. “When President Trump shut down traveled to China, Biden attacked him.” 

The ad then pivots, showing several short videos of Trump walking through various medical facilities, wearing a mask, with a team of doctors and aides at his side. 

“President Trump is leading attacking the virus head on, developing a vaccine in record time,” the narrator declares. “Rebuilding our economy under President Trump Way will be careful, but resolute.” 

Trump, who initially downplayed the efficacy on masks, was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month and has since recovered, White House doctors say. 

The president sparked backlash when he removed a mask he was wearing as he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment for symptoms related to the virus, before walking into the White House. 

Leading U.S. health officials agree mask wearing and social distancing are the two most effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

“These face masks are the most important and powerful public health tool we have,” Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Congress earlier this year. “And I will continue to appeal to all individuals in this country to embrace these face coverings. If we did it eight, 10, 12 weeks, we’d bring this pandemic under control. We have clear scientific evidence they work and they are our best defense.” 

Trump has broken with the CDC and members of his own coronavirus task force fighting the pandemic on several occasions.

At the same time, he has also sought to capitalize on the public’s trust in the word of the nation’s leading scientists; a Trump campaign ad released last week showed Anthony FauciAnthony FauciKey coronavirus model predicts nearly 80 percent rise in deaths by February The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel Health experts say ‘herd immunity’ strategy would kill thousands MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, saying “nobody could have done more” to control the virus in America than Trump.

Fauci later pushed back on that ad, saying he felt the Trump campaign was “harassing” him.

Trump has also mocked Democratic presidential

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