Day: November 15, 2020


Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine helps patients prioritize their own health care: Season of Sharing 2020

In the 21 years since Miriam Patino Sanchez came to Oregon, things haven’t always been easy.

The mother of four, who emigrated from Mexico at 26, is a full-time caregiver for her daughter with special needs and has faced health problems herself. It wasn’t always possible to address her own issues.

A few years ago at the urging of a friend, she applied to Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic in Oregon City.

For the first time in years, she found she was getting her health needs met without worrying about getting turned away or encountering a language barrier.

“I’ve found that no matter where you’re from, there’s no discrimination — that’s not a factor in receiving treatment,” Patino Sanchez told The Oregonian/OregonLive through an interpreter.

Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine is a beneficiary of The Oregonian/OregonLive’s 2020 Season of Sharing holiday fundraising campaign.

>>To donate: Season of Sharing GoFundMe page

In the five years that Patino Sanchez, 47, attended the clinic, she got treatment for her hyperthyroidism and fibromyalgia, and a free inhaler for her asthma.

The clinic also took its own measures to help Patino Sanchez, offering her services before she even asked for them. After she had hemorrhoid surgery, Patino Sanchez was still in a lot of pain. A doctor from the clinic determined that the surgery had not been done well, and called in a specialist to fix the problem.

“If I hadn’t had anyone to go to, I would have been suffering — I’d have been in a world of hurt for who knows how long,” she said.

Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine’s development director, Rebekah Singh, said many patients, like Patino Sanchez, are in a position where it’s difficult to prioritize their own health care.

“Most of our patients are $15-per-hour wage workers, who are sometimes holding multiple jobs,” Singh said. “Their employers hold them under 32 hours (a week) to avoid having to provide benefits.”

Many also have chronic health issues like hypertension or diabetes, which could be easily managed with proper care.

The Volunteers in Medicine organization has clinics nationwide, but the Clackamas branch, the first in Oregon, opened in 2011. It was started by local doctors with the goal of providing health care to those who couldn’t get it elsewhere.

The clinic is staffed by about 200 volunteers and five paid employees. Volunteers include doctors, some of whom are retired, as well as lab technicians, nurses and nurse practitioners. There are five paid administrative staff members. The clinic serves about 700 people a year, many of whom don’t have health insurance, or earn just above the rate to qualify for the Oregon Health Plan for low-income earners.

The organization operates on a budget of $400,000 annually, with 60% of its revenue coming from grant funding. About 40% comes from community funds, including donations and a yearly fundraiser.

Although Patino Sanchez received health insurance this year through Project Access NOW, which helps insure Oregonians, she has urged friends to seek out Clackamas Volunteers

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Reinventing Fitness with Jubilee Ace Sports Academy

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Las Vegas, USA, Nov. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the coronavirus pandemic going on globally, health and fitness clubs are forced to close down and implement a new set of rules to adhere to the current global crisis. But this hasn’t stopped Jubilee Ace Sports Academy from providing premium health and fitness support to expats in Singapore. 

Jubilee Ace Sports Academy was founded in 2019, to help expatriates achieve their fitness goals while being away from home. It is a 24/7 sports and fitness club in Singapore and currently expanding its service in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. The main focus of this sports academy is to provide a premium one-stop health and fitness club for all expats, providing them with a place to call their home away from home. This academy vows to give the extra support and guidance you need in every step of your fitness journey. 

Jubilee Ace Sports Academy has high-end facilities that will help expats achieve their fitness goals. From its gym that has advanced equipment—from free-weight, selectorized to cardio machines—to its Olympic size pool that will help achieve cardio workouts, yoga facilities that will relax and center your mind and body, to top-end sports facilities such as badminton, tennis, squash, and futsal; this sports academy got everything covered. 

“Our facility aims to provide premium services to expats in Singapore and other countries as well. Our team helps people in making their condition the happiest, healthiest, and motivated version of themselves. In Jubile Ace Sports Academy, we believe that every person deserves to be fit, strong, and healthy,” says Bobby Low, Founder of Jubilee Ace Sports Academy.

Through this luxurious sports academy, members and future members can now achieve their health and fitness goals, track their stamina level, recover from their busy and stressful daily lives, and grow their strength. Jubilee Ace Sports Academy will be there to support its clients throughout their fitness journey. Whether new or experienced fitness enthusiasts, you can enjoy the premium facilities of this sports academy, while tracking your progress and activity. 

About Jubilee Ace Sports Academy

Jubilee Ace Sports Academy was founded in 2019 as a 24/7 premium one-stop sports & fitness club for expats. Jubilee Ace Sports Academy is an exclusive 24/7 sports & fitness club for expats in Singapore. The team is currently setting up locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. Get motivated, track your stamina, recover, and access your strength in this premium sports academy. Our fitness facilities will help you in a way better to achieve your dream. Whether you are new or experienced you can have our premium offers to enjoy your progress and always track your activity with us.

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The Best Indoor Fitness Bikes For At Home Workouts

Stationary bikes are among the best and most popular holiday gifts of 2020. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, sales of models from Peloton, Echelon, Nordic Track, Schwinn, Bowflex, Technogym and many more have been through the roof. Gyms, health clubs and fitness chains remain closed in many places, and in some spots they are closing yet again in the current wave of infection. The work from home (WFH) and stay at home lifestyle has made many people more aware of the advantages and conveniences of fitness gear in their home, with no commute, no strangers and an easy way to squeeze in a workout at lunch, before or after work, without going anywhere.

If you think it is too early to be holiday shopping for a bike, you are wrong, and delay may leave you empty handed. Industry leader Peloton is currently running 10 weeks on delivery for its hot new Peloton Bike+  model, though you can still get the original Peloton Bike faster or wrap a gift certificate for the new model and expect delivery around late January. In any case, there are plenty of great options at many different price points. There are basically two styles of stationary bikes, those that have followed the popular model invented by Peloton and offer a subscription to “live” and recorded classes, like being in an indoor cycling studio but at home, along with lots of other kinds of instructor led class workouts, and bikes aimed more at do it yourself rides, for those who prefer to just pedal to TV shows or read or do their own heartrate zone based workouts. I’ve rounded up the best examples of each kind for your holiday gift shopping.

Need a Holiday Gift for a Golfer? Check out the Best 2020 Golf Gear options here.

Peloton Bike & Bike+: Peloton revolutionized home fitness with its virtual cycling class participation model, which has since been expanded to over 10,000 classes (and growing daily) in nearly a dozen indoor and outdoor fitness disciplines including Bike Bootcamp (mixing cycling and strength training), yoga, strength training, indoor and outdoor running, and many more. While other manufacturers have replicated the hardware, and there are even more advanced bikes out there, Peloton is still far in the lead when it comes to the quality, variety and sheer quantity of class offerings. I’ve had a Peloton bike for years and love it – the instructors are great, the little bells and whistles like being able to search by playlists or even specific musicians is great, and innovations just keep coming. If having an endless choice

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Qatar’s leadership in field of precision medicine lauded

Qatar is in a position to translate the efforts in precision medicine for the last five years into clinical implementation, noted experts at a panel discussion on *Precision Medicine – One size doesn’t fit all, on the first day of WISH 2020.

“Qatar’s leadership has taken several measures for the last five years to set and create data for precision medicine through various programmes and research,” said Dr Said Ismail, director of the Qatar Genome Programme, at the panel discussion.
“We spent a lot of time and efforts to introduce data for researchers and for programmes for universities to pave the way for precision medicine,” he said. “Now it is the right time to harness on what we have achieved and produced over the last five years. It is the time to shift from producing data to implement the outcomes at the clinical side.”
“This will basically show the patients that this can impact their life or the healthcare they are receiving,” he explained. “You also have to choose your models where you want to start to show the impact.
“The Qchip we are producing is another example as it consists of summary of variants that we have studied in the Qatari population and they are related to wide array of diseases.”
The panel discussion was also accompanied by the launch of a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), titled *Doing Well? Fulfilling the Promise of Precision Medicine.
The report, sponsored by Qatar Foundation, discusses the promise of precision medicine, what it is currently delivering, and challenges associated with its wider application in large health systems.
The report notes that precision medicine, while still work-in-progress, has shown promising potential, particularly in areas like oncology and rare diseases.
It has allowed better understanding of tumour genetics resulting in more effective treatments – particularly for lung and breast cancer.
For rare diseases, genomic sequencing has drastically reduced diagnosis times from years to a matter of months, sometimes even weeks.
David Humphreys, global head of Health Policy at EIU, said: “Our focus with the study was really looking at that long talked about promise of better, more targeted care for patients and ongoing basis.
“It really focused on two critical aspects that we consider to be important.
“The first is integration into the patient centricity movement, and the second is the concept of return on investment and value demonstration.
“Much has been said about precision medicine generating savings, and there is also evidence.”
The report hints that perhaps the biggest challenge will be developing a workforce capable of delivering precision medicine, including integration of specialists – notably geneticists, genetic counsellors, and data into the existing healthcare system.
“When we look at the policy briefs we have drafted, we wanted to make sure that it addresses strategy as well as policies, and one aspect of that is to harmonise the activities among the different players,” said Walid Qoronfleh, director of Healthcare Research and Policy at WISH.
“Another important aspect is the integration of

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AMA Must Work Harder to End Racism in Medicine, Delegates Say

The American Medical Association (AMA) needs to work harder to help rid the medical profession of racism, several AMA members said at a special meeting of the AMA’s House of Delegates.

“Numerous publications have demonstrated how racism affects housing, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and more,” said Anna Heffron, a medical student from Wisconsin, speaking on behalf of the Medical Student Section at a meeting of the AMA’s Reference Committee on Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws. “The Board of Trustees has noted that it’s vital that medicine play a critical role in eliminating racism, but the AMA only has two policies using the word ‘racism.'”

Heffron was speaking in support of a resolution authored by the Medical Student Section that calls for the AMA to “recognize racism, in its systemic, cultural, interpersonal, and other forms, as a serious threat to public health” and to “identify a set of current best practices for healthcare institutions, physician practices, and academic medical centers to recognize, address, and mitigate the effects of racism on patients, providers, and populations.”

Support for the Resolution

“I support this wholeheartedly,” said Alan Klitzke, MD, of Buffalo, New York, a delegate for the American College of Nuclear Medicine who was speaking for himself and the Section Council on Radiology. “I hear people say that the time for racism should be past, but racism and bias exist … It is the duty of us as professionals and leaders in medicine to recognize this and create structural mechanisms to eliminate divisive and demoralizing practices. Racism is a public health threat that we must recognize and combat.”

Stephen Taylor, MD, a delegate from the American Society of Addiction Medicine who was speaking for himself, also praised the resolution “as someone who has to think twice when a police officer stops me when I’m driving my car, and recognizes that I’m at a real risk any time I go anywhere because of the way I look,” said Taylor, who is African American. “People in the community I serve suffer similar aggressions … I strongly support this action.”

While the vast majority of speakers at the reference committee were in favor of the resolution, there were a few critics. The Louisiana delegation recommended removal of the first two parts of the resolution — which acknowledge that racist healthcare practices have harmed marginalized communities and that racism is a serious threat to public health — “in order to focus the resolution on the action items” that would be left, said Jeff White, MD, of Shreveport, Louisiana, representing the delegation.

The remaining parts of the resolution recommending specific actions “can be approved and actualized without the debate that may be engendered by the first two resolves.” The delegation also objected to the resolution’s call for the AMA to “support the development of policy to combat racism and its effects,” calling it “very expansive” and recommending its removal.

The Florida delegation initially objected to part of the resolution referring to “historic and racist medical practices.” “I’ve been in

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Dentist turns Pilgrim to fill Thanksgiving food baskets

SHELTON — While it’s been a family tradition for the past 34 years, Bruce Sofferman said he knows the Valley needs him more than ever this year.

Wednesday, as he has done for decades, the Shelton dentist will don his Pilgrim clothes and friend Brendan Carey of Carey and Guarrera Real Estate will be dressed as a turkey.

Together they’ll stand in the Smile Dental Center parking lot, 1000 Bridgeport Ave., accepting donations of money, canned goods or frozen turkeys that will be handed over to the Valley Food Bank.

They’ll be out there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I want this to be our best year ever,” said Sofferman, who started the tradition with his wife, Deborah, and their infant daughter, Sophia, now 33, at their original practice in Derby. “I’d like to have enough food for 750 meal baskets.”

That’s about 250 more than normal.

But 2020 has not been a normal year. The COVID-19 pandemic that brought illness, shutdowns and layoffs made certain of that.

“Donations are down and needs are up because of the pandemic,” said Susan Agamy, the executive director of the Spooner House and its Valley Food Bank which will be distributing the meals Sofferman collects. “I’m glad they’re doing it again this year.”

Things will be different this year. For the first time Sofferman’s wife and daughter won’t be participating because they are away. Taking their place will be Chaz from WPLR’s Chaz and A.J. show.

Donors are asked to stay in their cars, pack the food in a bag or a box and place it in their trunk for Sofferman to retrieve.

And this, unlike previous years, may be the Valley’s only pre-Thanksgiving food collection to benefit Spooner House and Valley Food Bank.

“It’s the biggest one we have confirmed,” Agamy said.

Last week, the Seymour Police Department canceled a planned food collection out of health concerns to donors and its officers because of rising COVID-19 rates. All the Valley municipalities are red listed by the state because their rates of infection are more than 15 per 100,000 people and rising.

“Some of the churches that used to ask parishioners for donations of turkeys are requesting gift cards this year,” Agamy said.

Sofferman will take those also.

“We’ll use them to buy frozen turkeys,” he said. “During this pandemic, people are no longer just living paycheck to paycheck. Times have gotten worse. We want them to know people care.”

In addition to frozen turkeys, Agamy suggests people donate canned fruits, vegetables and soups, stuffing, cake, brownie and cornbread mixes, powered potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, tea and coffee. She also said there is a need for pancake mixes and cereals.

“We’d like to put together a box that can feed eight to 10 people,” she said.

Local residents seeking food help must apply with the Valley Food Bank for a basket. Applications are based on need and those accepted will be called to pick up the box at the Todd Road facility.

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DMCC Executive Chairman and CEO joins last day of Dubai fitness challenge in JLT Park

Dubai: On Saturday 14 November, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, joined the last set of activities at the DMCC Fitness Hub, in the JLT Park. Along with DMCC employees, JLT residents and visitors, Bin Sulayem took part in forming a huge human symbol spelling out “JLT by DMCC”.

Between 6 and 14 November, DMCC hosted a range of sessions and classes catering to all ages and levels as part of the city-wide Dubai Fitness Challenge. DMCC has been a proud host of the initiative since 2018. Supporting community health and wellbeing initiatives and efforts is inherent in the ethos of the UAE, DMCC and Bin Sulayem himself.

JLT is one of the most dynamic urban districts in Dubai and home to a growing diverse community of over 100,00 who live, work and visit the area.


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S.F. CrossFit is closing. Here’s what Bay Area fitness culture is losing

When San Francisco CrossFit co-founders Kelly and Juliet Starrett reopened their gym outdoors this summer, they had to adapt the handshakes that usually start each class for the pandemic. Handshakes were verboten, of course, but members of the city’s first CrossFit gym — one of the first two dozen or so worldwide — would tap elbows or wave before the workout began, a small gesture that spoke to a larger culture of inclusion and community.

Before people began squatting or sprinting, the ritual was a way of forcing them to see each other. “People are looking for reasons to belong to each other, but they need a catalyst for that,” Kelly Starrett said. “Our gym gave us that opportunity to do that.”

But the challenges of operating in 2020 — the reopening fits and starts, the strict limits on capacity, the dramatic drop in revenue as people left the gym or left town — proved too much for the couple and their business. On Sunday, Nov. 15, the gym will hold its final WOD, or workout of the day, then close permanently.

Before CrossFit was a household name and the CrossFit Games aired on CBS, Kelly and Juliet Starrett started doing deadlifts, burpees and thrusters in their Richmond District backyard. Both are former competitive whitewater paddlers (Juliet was a two-time world champion), and Kelly, a physical therapist,

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Bollywood Actors In Their 60s Who Are Acing The Fitness Game Like No Other

We are blessed with actors in the Indian film industry who don’t look a day older than 40 but are actually in their 60s. Such fitness levels at their age is nothing but phenomenal. 

Anyone who ever dreads ageing can learn a lesson or two from these veteran actors, who are living proof that age is nothing but just a number, and that you’re never too old to start working out and take care of your physical health, and mind you, also your mental health. 

From Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher to Jackie Shroff, all these actors have crossed the age of 60 but are acing the fitness game like no other. Also, when it comes to physical fitness, these actors can easily give people half their age a run for their money and metabolism. Don’t believe us? 

Check out some of the inspiring videos and pics of these actors: 

1. Anil Kapoor 

Of late, Anil Kapoor is making people half his age extremely envious about him on social media. Why, you ask? It’s because he has become an unstoppable force both in terms of acting and fitness. 

“This papa doesn’t preach, just removes his top and walks to the beach,” that’s what he wrote in one of his posts where he’s walking shirtless at the beach. 

At 63, Anil Kapoor looks as good and young as he did during his debut days and the credit entirely goes to his dedication towards fitness and health. 

From running, cycling, doing planks, jumping ropes to weight lifting, the actor is at the top of his fitness game and is giving major fitness goals to his fans and followers in the process.  

2. Rajinikanth 

At 69, Rajinikanth is at his fittest best and gave proof of the same while shooting Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. Remember? The duo went on an adventurous journey through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. 

Earlier this year, his fans flooded social media with pictures of him working out during the shoot of his movie Darbar. In the pictures, the actor was seen flaunting his ripped biceps and toned physique. 

Apart from working out, the actor also practices yoga and swims frequently. Many of his fans might not be aware that he frequents Mt Kailash every year. 

3. Sunny Deol 

The actor-turned-politician celebrated his 64th birthday on October 19, 2020. His father Dharmendra shared pictures from his birthday party, on social media, where Sunny Deol did not look a day older than 40! 

The actor, who is best known for his “dhai kilo ka haath” dialogue told Filmfare, “Fitness is an addiction for me. If I don’t work out, I don’t feel energetic throughout the day. I work out with weights in the morning and play sports in the afternoon.” 

Well, if this doesn’t motivate you, what will?  

4. Amitabh Bachchan

At 78, Amitabh Bachchan is the oldest actor on this list, but his fitness levels are undoubtedly at par with people half

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