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Mark Maccaroni began his role as fitness manager at Seabrook, an Erickson Living managed community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, in June 2020. Although he started his job during a challenging time amid the pandemic, Maccaroni was up for the task.
“One word that sums up the past few months is adaptability,” says Maccaroni.
“In order to be successful, my team and I must adapt to all situations, and I think we’ve done a great job so far.”
In order to comply with social distancing requirements to keep residents safe, they must now call ahead to reserve a specific time slot to use the fitness and aquatics centers or participate in group fitness classes.
“My schedule can vary from day to day, but my desire to have a positive impact on our community each and every day is a constant,” says Maccaroni. “Whether I’m teaching a group fitness class, cleaning the aquatics center, or sanitizing and setting up equipment for residents coming in for the next appointment, that is my guiding principle, and I put my all into my work.”
Teammates assure a warm welcome
He credits his colleagues in Resident Life with ensuring he had a smooth introduction to the community.
“Everyone comes together as one team to provide the highest quality of service to our residents,” says Maccaroni.
As a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength Conditioning Association,
Maccaroni draws from a broad base of fitness and wellness knowledge. With a passion for football, basketball, and baseball, he has trained and coached student athletes and has worked with clients from “all walks of life” throughout his career, but Maccaroni finds working with the senior population at Seabrook to be most gratifying.
“I love helping others become better versions of themselves and guiding them to embrace wellness in every area of their lives,” says Maccaroni. “My favorite part of my job is seeing a resident accomplish something they didn’t think they were capable of.”
To learn more about Seabrook’s active retirement lifestyle, visit SeabrookCommunity.com.
About Seabrook: Seabrook, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 98-acre campus in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,400 residents and 750 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Seabrook can be found at
Florida State University’s College of Medicine is being recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a recipient of the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
The College of Medicine, in Tallahassee, is but one of 46 health-professions programs in the country being honored, and this year marks the fourth consecutive year it has landed the coveted award.
This latest award and other accolades are certain to get a mention Friday evening as the college celebrates its 20th anniversary with a virtual celebration. It begins at 7 p.m.
“This medical school was created with a goal of helping to meet health care needs in communities that have traditionally struggled to provide adequate access to care,” College of Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty said in a news release.
“As we are celebrating our 20th anniversary, this award affirms that we are true to our mission and we are succeeding in producing the physicians Florida – as well as the rest of the U.S. – needs most. That includes our record of producing numerous alumni who now practice in rural parts of the state, especially in Northwest Florida.”
A history of training
The college – located on the western edge of campus – was established in 2000 by the Florida Legislature, and accepted its first class of 30 students in 2001. It was the first new medical school in the nation in more than 20 years.
It has since graduated more than 1,500 physicians, physician assistants and doctoral students who now work throughout the state and across the country.
The actual training of future physicians started years before the university’s own medical school was given birth.
In 1970, the university enrolled the first students in its Program in Medical Sciences, commonly known as PIMS. The program was a collaboration with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.
Under that arrangement, students took their first year of courses at FSU and transferred to the University of Florida to complete their studies.
It proved to truly be a collaborative arrangement among Tallahassee’s academic expertise, as faculty at Florida A&M University – which was a partner in the PIMS program – taught pharmacology classes, according to the college.
PIMS was funded by a National Institutes of Health grant and was designed to meet the need for more physicians in rural Northwest Florida. That vision is central to the colleges mission today of training healthcare professional who will serve elder, rural, minority and underserved populations.
Honoring a legend
Friday night’s event will honor Professor Emerita Myra Hurt, the college’s acting dean when it was created, along with members of the college’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
In September, FSU President John Thrasher
Learn six exercises from MFF’s COVID Reboot program.
BWW x MFF Health and Hotness Help with Mark Fisher Fitness’s Steward of Strength Harold Gibbons is here to show you six exercises that are the basis of our “COVID Reboot” program at MFF, and they’re sure to help you rebuild your fitness as you head back to the gym.
-The Kettlebell Deadlift represents our hinge pattern, perfect for strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, core, and back.
-The Dumbbell Floor Press is a push pattern that works the shoulders, chest, and arms.
-Goblet Squats represent our squat pattern, and help target the core, thighs, and hips.
-The TRX Row is a plank that moves and helps strengthen the upper back, shoulders, and arms.
-The Split Squat develops hip stability and control as your legs coordinate pushing you up and pulling you back down.
-The TRX Fall Out uses your core muscles to resist extending your spine, or opening your ribs away from your hips.
Each of these exercises should allow for quick adjustments and easy progression so that you can fine tune the challenge based on how you’re feeling and plan to get stronger over time!
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is pleased to announce that Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP, has been elected president during its annual meeting, ACEP20, the world’s largest emergency medicine conference.
Through his leadership role Dr. Rosenberg will focus on pandemic readiness—including the ongoing battle against COVID-19—improving health equity, and the expansion of telehealth. Reflecting on his upcoming presidency and the future direction of the college, Dr. Rosenberg said:
“Our lives are forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as a country and medical specialty. The fight against this virus has revealed the commitment and courage of emergency physicians like few other events in our lifetime. The nation has witnessed what ACEP members have known all along: emergency physicians provide incredible value to our patients and health care system.
Now, under my leadership, we will create a stronger framework for the future that focuses on improving patient access to care and empowers and protects emergency physicians’ ability to do their job.
The pandemic also adds urgency to efforts to eliminate health disparities and improve health equity in this country. Many people rely on emergency physicians because we are the best or only option for care. We are often first to confront the consequences of gaps in care and barriers to access, so it is imperative that we seize the opportunity to factor prominently into the solutions. Emergency physicians must make sure that patients of all backgrounds have more opportunities to access treatment they need.
Further, it is time to use telehealth to extend the footprint of emergency medicine beyond hospital walls. Emergency physicians are finding new ways to deliver appropriate medical attention to patients when, and where, it is necessary. We must encourage a favorable regulatory environment that welcomes more comprehensive and better-connected care.
ACEP members are leading efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, improve mental health care, and enhance the way we treat our older and most vulnerable patients, among many other initiatives to confront the nation’s most pressing health care challenges. It is the honor of a lifetime to lead ACEP as we forge the future of our specialty and build on the remarkable value of emergency medicine to make a difference in millions of patients’ lives.”
During his one-year tenure as ACEP president, Dr. Rosenberg will move from chair to chair emeritus of emergency medicine at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson and Wayne, New Jersey, where he is known as the innovator behind the nation’s first Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) program.
Dr. Rosenberg was first elected to the ACEP board of directors in 2015 and has served on the board of directors of the Emergency Medicine Foundation, and on the National Pain Management Task Force of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to ALTO, Dr. Rosenberg has long been a champion for advances in palliative and geriatric care, including the ACEP
Several thousand years ago, a young adult moved barefoot across a muddy landscape. A toddler was balanced on the adult’s hip. There were large animals — mammoths and ground sloths — just over the horizon. It was a perilous journey, and scientists reconstructed it by closely studying an exceptional set of human and animal footprints found recently in the southwestern United States.
“This is an amazing trackway,” said Neil Thomas Roach, an anthropologist at Harvard University, who was not involved in the research, which was published online this month in Quaternary Science Reviews. “We rarely get tracks as well preserved as these are.”
It is one of the most extensive Pleistocene-age trackways found to date, and studying it highlights how ancient sets of fossilized footprints can reveal more than even fossilized bones. It’s rare for bones to reveal behaviors, but tracks can shed a lot of light on animal interactions, said Sally C. Reynolds, a paleoecologist at Bournemouth University in England and an author of the study.
The round-trip journey of the prehistoric young adult and the toddler was spotted in 2017 in White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico. The sequence extends more than a mile and includes at least 427 human prints. The out-and-back journey was probably completed in no more than a few hours, the researchers suggest. (The gypsum sand that records the prints doesn’t hold water well, so the muddy conditions that captured the prints would have been short-lived.)
Most of the human footprints were made by a barefoot adolescent of either sex, or a young adult female with roughly size 6 feet, the team determined. But about every 100 yards or so, a few much smaller human prints suddenly appear within the northbound set of tracks.
“We have many adult tracks, and then every now and again we have these tiny baby tracks,” Dr. Reynolds said.
A toddler-aged child was being carried and periodically placed on the muddy ground as the caregiver readjusted his or her human load, the researchers surmised, based on the three-dimensional digital models they had assembled. There are no toddler footprints within the southbound set of tracks, so the child probably wasn’t carried on that journey.
It’s likely that the child rode on the young person’s left hip. There’s a slight asymmetry between the left and right tracks on the northbound set of tracks. That’s consistent with someone carrying extra weight on that side, Dr. Reynolds said.
She and her collaborators estimated that the young person was moving at just shy of four miles per hour. That’s a good clip: “Imagine running for a bus,” Dr. Reynolds said. “It’s not a stroll.”
The urgency of the journey might have had something to do with the toddler, Dr. Reynolds suggests. “Why else would you travel so fast but encumber yourself with a child?”
There was another reason, however, for making haste over the landscape — the presence of large and potentially dangerous animals. Both a giant sloth and a mammoth ambled
By Anurag Maan
(Reuters) – Europe surpassed 150,000 daily coronavirus cases on Friday just a week after reporting 100,000 cases for the first time, according to Reuters tally, with countries such as France, Germany reporting record daily numbers of infections this week.
Much of Europe has tightened curbs including measures such as shutting or ordering early closing of bars, but now the surging infection rates are also testing governments’ resolve to keep schools and non-COVID medical care going.
Globally, cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase.
As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. The increase is partly explained by far more testing than was done in the first wave of the pandemic.
The United Kingdom, France, Russia, Netherlands, Germany and Spain accounted for about half of Europe’s new cases this week, according to a Reuters tally.
France, which is reporting the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 21,210 infections per day, reported a record 30,621 cases on Thursday, according to the tally.
In the past seven days it has registered nearly 142,800 new infections, more than the 132,430 registered during the entire two-month lockdown from mid-March to mid-May.
French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a third of France’s population be put under nightly curfew on Wednesday, with the measure taking effect from Saturday.
The United Kingdom is reporting a seven-day average of 16,228 new cases per day, and has introduced a tiered system of tougher restrictions in some areas.
Germany has reported new daily records three times this week, reporting more than 7,000 daily cases for the first time on Thursday. It reported a record 7,830 new cases on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.
By European standards, Germany has experienced relatively low infection and death rates so far during the pandemic, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned there could be 19,200 infections per day if current trends continue.
Europe currently has recorded over 17% of total global coronavirus cases and nearly 22% of deaths worldwide.
The five countries reporting the most deaths in Europe are the United Kingdom (43,429), Italy (36,427), Spain (33,775), France (33,134) and Russia (23,723), according to a Reuters tally.
(Reporting by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Frances Kerry)