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‘Happier to be free:’ Abuse survivor cries for joy after dentist fix broken teeth for free

A Lantana woman had always been strong and independent.

When she finally walked away from her five-year abusive relationship, she noticed she had briefly lost many of her hardworking assets.

The 32-year-old, who wants to be identified as Jane, is rebuilding her life and is using her experience to help others realize they can live a life they’re proud of and deserve.

“I knew his behavior was wrong. I knew the situation was wrong. I was trying to get out of it, but they trap you,” she said. 

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The most recent done at the hands of the man Jane thought she knew and loved left her bloodied and bruised, with horrible marks on her face.

“He punched me in the face and knocked me cold to the ground,” she said. “Thankfully, I’ve never seen his face again.”

Jane broke her silence about her abusive relationship while in the hospital that night. Jane says victims don’t deserve to have their world unraveling on the inside, they need to tell someone.

“I felt like I put myself in this position and that I needed to get myself out of it, so I was honestly working to try to get myself out of it,” she said. “You need to ask for help, you need to tell people your situation, you need to accept the help.”

In this season of giving, dentists at Spodak Dental Group in Delray Beach want to turn her tragedy to triumph. For them, that’s helping to boost her self-esteem and sense of self-worth with a restored smile at no cost.



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“My sincere hope is that her confidence and her strength, sends a message to someone at home who is in an abusive relationship to not take it anymore,” said Dr. Craig Spodak of Spodak Dental Group. “To take care of their family and leave a relationship like that.”

“I have a great view on life. I am so happy right now, I never felt happier to be free. I won’t let this define me in anyway shape or form,” Jane said. “I had no idea of the resources that were out there.”

There are several resources available in Palm Beach County, including Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, or AVDA, with a team working around the clock to get survivors shelter and transitional housing. Right now, they’re getting between 180 to 200 calls a month, a significant climb.

“We’re finding unfortunately that the violence level, the lethality level of these situations, is very high, guns are involved, multiple children,” said Jennifer Rey, Program Services Director at Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

While it’s high, she says rooms are available and safety measures are in place for those who want to reach out and escape.

“We have PPE for everybody. We have a cleaning regime that’s making the place wiped down every 8 hours, so we’re going a lot to make it safe

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Free fitness classes for anyone who’s lost their job or income

J

ust because you’ve been made redundant, you shouldn’t have to give up your daily dose of endorphins. In fact, that living room HIIT class has never been more needed for those who’ve lost their jobs or homes from the fallout of Covid-19. 

Thankfully, London’s top fitness heroes have come to the rescue, offering free workouts for frontline workers, job seekers and struggling artists amid lockdown 2.0. 

From BLOK gym’s complimentary online membership for out-of-work creatives to Frame’s free hero hotline, these are the studios offering free fitness support for those who need it most.

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The platform offers more than 170  on-demand video classes, from yoga to HIIT to boxing to dance, with new content released every week. Each week, there are also 60 live classes. 

Co-Founder and CEO of BLOK, Ed Stanbury says: “BLOKtv is more than just a temporary solution to lockdown – it’s an online community for creative thinkers who want to maintain a healthy mind and body. Community has always been at the heart of BLOK, and it’s our aim  to provide a platform which both our instructors and creative communities can really feel part of.

“As we continue through the second lockdown, it feels like now more than ever we need to keep our community moving. We believe that fitness fuels creativity, allowing people to learn new skills, build strength, flexibility, and ultimately have fun. BLOK is not just about getting fitter, it should make you feel better in every part of your life.”

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It features over 400 different workouts of various levels, classes and advice to help anyone maintain both physical and mental health during this second lockdown. Just download the PureGym app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started.

Stephen Rowe, Chief Marketing Officer of PureGym, says: “As the days shorten and the weather turns, exercising outdoors isn’t feasible for the majority of people. Therefore, we have made the decision to make the PureGym app and the hundreds of workouts available on the platform free, to help as many people as we can, whether you go to PureGym, to another gym or no gym at all, this app is now for everyone and we hope it’ll help people to keep fit throughout November and beyond”.

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Adults who participate in daily physical activity are 20 to 30 per cent less likely to experience depression so fizzy fitness chain Frame has introduced a hero hotline to offer its daily dose of endorphins for

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Local dentist leads resurgence of Pocatello Free Clinic dental program | Local

Brandon Call ran the Pocatello Free Clinic’s dental department for two years as his college job while he earned his undergraduate degree at Idaho State University.

Call was tasked with ordering supplies, scheduling patients — and mostly recruiting local dental professionals willing to volunteer their time.

He’s now known as Dr. Call, and he hasn’t forgotten the Pocatello Free Clinic. For the past year, the 32-year-old dentist has volunteered at the clinic on a monthly basis, providing free care for locals who can’t afford it. He’s been a central figure in the resurgence of the clinic’s dental program, which was greatly diminished when he made his return.

“It was kind of full circle to come back and participate in the program I’d spent a few years getting other dentists to volunteer for,” said Call, who graduated from dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2019.

A few weeks ago, ISU dental residents started donating time at the clinic. Furthermore, Meg Long, a dental hygienist who serves on the clinic’s board of directors, recently retired from teaching dental hygiene at ISU and plans to start volunteering regularly at the clinic after the first of the year. Long, who still works in private practice, also hopes to recruit some recently retired colleagues to help with cleanings at the clinic. 

“If we could get one hygienist in there an afternoon or a morning a week that would be great,” Long said. 

Students with ISU’s dental hygiene program have provided care for the clinic as part of their clinical rotations for several years. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they’re offering the free service on campus instead. Long said there are also some dentists in town who have agreed to see a patient or two from the clinic for free at their own facilities. 

“We have to rely on volunteers and sometimes that’s just the holdup,” Long said.

The clinic is now outfitted with modern dental equipment procured with grant funding from the Portneuf Health Trust. 

 Long said most local dentists don’t accept Medicaid due to the poor reimbursement rate. She said there’s a huge need for free dental care in the community.

“Oral health is the start of general health and we have so many people who just can’t afford private practice dental care,” Long said. 

During Call’s Nov. 19 session at the Pocatello Free Clinic, Long witnessed him extracting seven teeth from a patient who had been to the hospital emergency room twice due to the infection caused by his tooth decay. She explained the emergency room could only give him antibiotics to treat his symptoms. 

“(Dr. Call) has always had a heart for it and he said, ‘Someday I’ll come and I’ll  give back,’ and he’s doing that,” Long said. 

Call had his first experience with helping people in need improve their oral health when he was just 12 years old. His Eagle Scout project involved collecting dental supplies. He took them to Peru, where

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Try Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise For Free With New Switch eShop Demo

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A free demo has launched on the Switch eShop for Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise, an upcoming fitness title from Nintendo and developer Imagineer.

The demo will give players the chance to try out the Daily Exercise and Free Training modes available in the full game. You can play these alone or with a friend to see how you get on before the main course launches on 4th December.

Earlier today, we shared our early hands-on impressions with the full game, noting that it’s essentially a case of ‘more of the same’ after the original game’s release almost two years ago. If you’re interested in learning more about it, we’d urge you to check that out.

For now, though, we’ll leave you with this official description. You’ll find the demo available on the Switch eShop as we speak.

Jab, uppercut, and dodge along with the rhythm of three original songs to score as many points as possible. Players can start their daily boxing routine in Daily Exercise mode for a guided workout, or build their own session from scratch in Free Training mode. The six original instructors from the first Fitness Boxing game are back, and three new instructors are joining the ring: Karen, Hiro and Janice. These personal trainers will be here to support and encourage players during their workout sessions. Friends and family members can each use one Joy-Con for a two-player training session, working out together.

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Planet Fitness Opens “Judgement Free” Gym in Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (Nov. 10, 2020) – Planet Fitness – one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand – has opened in Downtown Seattle at 601 Pine St., Seattle WA 98101.

As Planet Fitness’ 24th club in the Seattle area, the 16,364-square-foot Downtown Seattle club offers state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more in a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment.

Now through Nov. 18, members can join for $1 down with no commitment for Classic membership – which includes unlimited access and free fitness training at Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle – or PF Black Card® membership – which includes the ability to bring a guest every day at no additional charge, access to all 2,000+ Planet Fitness locations in all 50 states, plus access to massage beds and chairs and tanning, among other benefits which vary by location and local restrictions. Registration is available in person or online at www.planetfitness.com/gyms/sea….

As with all Planet Fitness clubs, the Downtown Seattle club operates with enhanced protocols for working out in the safest way possible including: required facemasks, increased sanitation, employee temperature checks, touchless check-in featuring COVID-19 wellness questions for all members and guests, signage promoting Social Fitnessing™ throughout the facility, and Crowd Meter on Planet Fitness’ mobile app that allows members to check club capacity before coming into the gym.

“Planet Fitness believes fitness is essential to the physical and mental health of Seattle residents who are eager to get out of the house and resume their active lifestyles. Fitness also plays a critical role in building a stronger immune system, helping protect against severe COVID-19,” said Victor Brick, co-owner of PF Growth Partners, a franchise division of Planet Fitness. “Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle aims to do its part in combatting this ongoing pandemic by providing access for people to exercise and stay healthy.”

The pandemic has taken a physical and mental toll on the nation. State lockdowns led to a 32 percent reduction in physical activity among individuals who were physically active. Washington State already suffers from high obesity rates, with 28.3 percent being considered overweight. This makes access to exercise now even more vital as physical activity provides numerous health benefits including the ability to maintain weight, strengthen muscles, and prevent chronic illness.

Regular physical activity is also known to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This takes on even more significance in light of a July poll conducted by the Kaiser Foundation which found that more than half of U.S. adults reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up 32 percent from March.

Planet Fitness Downtown Seattle is currently open and staffed Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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UAE’s Aster offers free fitness sessions, giveaways, discounted health check-ups

Dubai: Free fitness sessions, rewards, giveaways and discounted health check-ups on select days — a UAE-based health care group is going all out to promote fitness, health and wellbeing as the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020 gets underway.

The move comes in the wake of the health care group – Aster Hospitals & Clinics UAE – becoming the official Hospitals and Clinics partner of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020.

The group, which has a network of four hospitals and 90 clinics in the country, said it is supporting the vision of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, to boost a healthy lifestyle through a simple task of performing 30 minutes of activity for 30 days straight, and thereby tackle the rising levels of obesity.

As official partner of DFC 2020, Aster said it will put all hands-on-deck to help residents do their part towards an active lifestyle. In order to achieve this objective, the group has launched a #LiveBetterwithAster campaign for residents of Dubai that will consist of free sessions with fitness experts and health checks at the Fitness Villages in Quranic Park and Kite Beach. In addition, residents can work on their own fitness and get rewarded for it through participation in contests and giveaways where they can win gift hampers and vouchers. Residents will also be able to avail special discounts in health check-ups, between October 30 and November 28, and avail them at any of the Aster hospitals and clinics in UAE before December 31, 2020.

Dr Sherbaz Bichu, CEO of Aster Hospitals & Clinics UAE, said, “As leading healthcare providers in the region, the objectives of the Dubai Fitness Challenge work in symbiosis with our long-term goals to improve quality of life of the residents of the country. As official partners, Aster Hospitals & Clinics will be working on various initiatives to help motivate residents of Dubai to inculcate fitness regimes as part of their daily lifestyle. We have also launched several initiatives to motivate our own employees to participate in this campaign.”

Aster has also launched the Aster Wellbeing Programme, a group-wide campaign to drive employee wellbeing through individual and group initiatives during the month of November. Various fitness sessions are being conducted in various Aster hospital and clinic units for their employees, as well as employees based in Aster units across seven countries. Fitness challenges and activities have also been introduced for employees to participate in and support their own overall wellbeing.

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Kentwood dentist office to offer free dental services to veterans

For the 4th consecutive year, Partners in Dental Care is offering free dental care to Veterans who served and are currently serving our country.

KENTWOOD, Mich. — With Veterans Day approaching, a Grand Rapids dentist office is once again offering free service to veterans.

Partners in Dental Care in Kentwood is hosting it’s “Serving Those Who Served” event on Friday, Nov. 6.

“It’s been a popular event and that’s why we bring it back every year,” said Dianne Groendyk, Treatment Coordinator at Partners in Dental Care. “Just like past years, it’ll be first come, first serve.”

This year’s event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The dental services that will be offered free of charge include cleanings, fillings and extractions.

There will also be a registered nurse available on site for medical screenings and to answer any health-related questions veterans may have.

“We ask that veterans come to the office and pre-register on the 6th,” added Groendyk. “They can let us know at registration whether they want to see a doctor or a hygienist for a cleaning. We will take them in cue as far as order of which they came.”

Everybody will be required to wear a mask and to socially distance while waiting.

“If we are at full capacity, we will ask people to wait in their car and then we’ll call them on their phone to let them know when we’re ready to see them,” said Groendyk.

This is the fourth consecutive year Partners in Dental care has honored area veterans with this event.

“Our Veterans have sacrificed a lot,” said Groendyk. “Dental hygiene is important to healthy living, so this is our way to give something back to them.”

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Get a free Krispy Kreme donut, Planet Fitness workout plus a McDonald’s freebie Tuesday

Free food and discounts are up for grabs this Election Day regardless of whether you have an “I Voted” sticker.

Krispy Kreme is giving away glazed doughnuts to all along with a special voting sticker while supplies last Tuesday. Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the stress of the election with a free workout and massage Tuesday through Nov. 8.

With more mail-in ballots and early voting this year, fewer people will have the “I Voted” stickers as proof to show they voted. According to federal law, it technically is illegal to offer freebies in exchange for votes and businesses typically skirt this by offering the deals to all. 

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Election Day also is National Sandwich Day and several restaurants are offering discounts and specials on subs Tuesday.

Free and discounted rides to the polls

A popular Election Day discount is a ride to the polls. Aside from ride-sharing apps offering deals, several cities and communities are providing free rides on Election Day including Los Angeles and Indianapolis, Indiana. Check with your local transit system to see if they have an offer.

Hertz: When you book a rental car for two or more days Monday or Tuesday, get a free day “to perform your civic duty,” the car rental company said. This offer is valid at participating neighborhood locations and a 24-hour advance reservation is required. Learn more at www.hertz.com.

Lyft: Get 50% off one ride up to $10 Tuesday to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE. Lyft also is including its network of bikes and scooters in select cities in this offer.

The North American Bikeshare Association: The association’s Roll to the Polls industry-wide campaign offers “free or reduced-cost transportation to voters” Tuesday. Learn more here.

Uber: Get 50% off roundtrip rides to the polls, up to $7 each way or up to $14 for the two trips. Uber says the discounts will be “automatically applied when you request your ride by using the polling finder,” which is an in-app feature. Terms and conditions apply and this offer is not available in California and Michigan. 

Election Day freebies and deals

Here are the deals available Tuesday at participating locations unless otherwise noted. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.

Biggby Coffee: The chain will have a buy-one-get-one free or $1 off any drink up to 24-ounces at participating locations. 

Bobo’s: The brand is offering 2,000 coupons for free oat bars Tuesday to those who voted. Register to get a coupon mailed by filling out a form at www.eatbobos.com/vote. It’s optional to share a photo of your “I Voted” sticker, the website says. 

Boston Market: From 9 p.m. to close at all locations nationwide Tuesday, get one free slider. No purchase is necessary.

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More US patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency.

Many health systems are opening up records Monday, the original deadline. At the last minute, federal health officials week gave an extension until April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Britta Bloomquist of Duluth, Minnesota, has been reading her clinical notes for years, first struggling through red tape and more recently clicking into a secure online patient website.

“It means information about your care can no longer be hidden from you. And you have a say in your care,” said Bloomquist, 32, who has a rare type of arthritis that took years to diagnose.

WHAT’S CHANGING?

Patients have long had a right to their medical records, including doctor notes, but obtaining them could mean filling out requests, waiting for a response and paying fees. A 2016 law said delays and barriers must be removed.

If you already use a patient portal such as MyChart to email your doctor or schedule an appointment, you may soon see new options allowing you to view your doctor’s notes and see your test results as soon as they are available. You may get an email explaining where to look, how to share access with a caregiver and how to keep other eyes off your information.

Many people won’t notice a change. About 15% of health care systems already are letting patients read doctor notes online without charge. That means about 53 million patients already have access to their doctor’s notes.

WILL THIS HELP ME?

Studies have shown that patients who read their notes understand more about their health, take their medications as prescribed more often and feel more in control of their care.

That’s true for Bloomquist. Diagnosed with a rare type of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, she had extensive surgery to straighten her right leg in 2018. She gets regular drug infusions and sees multiple specialists. It’s a lot to remember.

“I’ve become a health nerd,” Bloomquist said. “Reading the notes has kept me on the same page as my providers about what’s going on.”

WILL I UNDERSTAND THE JARGON?

You may have to look up terms. Or ask you doctor to translate at your next visit. And doctor’s notes tend to use abbreviations. “SOB” means short of breath, by the way. “BS” can mean bowel sounds.

And brace yourself if your weight is an issue.

“I’m a heavy-set person, OK? And their favorite word to use is obese,” said Rosie Bartel, 71, of Chilton, Wisconsin. “You have to get used to that. Doctors use that word.”

To Bartel, who became more involved in her care after getting an infection in the hospital, reading notes means she’s doing what she can to prevent errors and stay healthy.

“I don’t have to remember everything said to me in a 15-minute appointment,” she said.

WHAT IF I SPOT AN ERROR?

Patients do find mistakes in their notes and some errors

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More US Patients to Have Easy, Free Access to Doctor’s Notes | Political News

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency.

Many health systems are opening up records Monday, the original deadline. At the last minute, federal health officials week gave an extension until April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Britta Bloomquist of Duluth, Minnesota, has been reading her clinical notes for years, first struggling through red tape and more recently clicking into a secure online patient website.

“It means information about your care can no longer be hidden from you. And you have a say in your care,” said Bloomquist, 32, who has a rare type of arthritis that took years to diagnose.

Patients have long had a right to their medical records, including doctor notes, but obtaining them could mean filling out requests, waiting for a response and paying fees. A 2016 law said delays and barriers must be removed.

If you already use a patient portal such as MyChart to email your doctor or schedule an appointment, you may soon see new options allowing you to view your doctor’s notes and see your test results as soon as they are available. You may get an email explaining where to look, how to share access with a caregiver and how to keep other eyes off your information.

Many people won’t notice a change. About 15% of health care systems already are letting patients read doctor notes online without charge. That means about 53 million patients already have access to their doctor’s notes.

Studies have shown that patients who read their notes understand more about their health, take their medications as prescribed more often and feel more in control of their care.

That’s true for Bloomquist. Diagnosed with a rare type of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, she had extensive surgery to straighten her right leg in 2018. She gets regular drug infusions and sees multiple specialists. It’s a lot to remember.

“I’ve become a health nerd,” Bloomquist said. “Reading the notes has kept me on the same page as my providers about what’s going on.”

WILL I UNDERSTAND THE JARGON?

You may have to look up terms. Or ask you doctor to translate at your next visit. And doctor’s notes tend to use abbreviations. “SOB” means short of breath, by the way. “BS” can mean bowel sounds.

And brace yourself if your weight is an issue.

“I’m a heavy-set person, OK? And their favorite word to use is obese,” said Rosie Bartel, 71, of Chilton, Wisconsin. “You have to get used to that. Doctors use that word.”

To Bartel, who became more involved in her care after getting an infection in the hospital, reading notes means she’s doing what she can to prevent errors and stay healthy.

“I don’t have to remember everything said to me in a 15-minute appointment,” she said.

Patients do find mistakes in their notes and some errors are serious enough to affect their care,

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