Men’s Health’s virtual event, MH Weekenders, is coming soon, and it’s going to be big.
We don’t want to give much away yet, but throughout the whole of January some of the world’s biggest and most respected athletes and personalities will be taking part. From Saturday night cook-alongs, to in-depth interviews and discussions as well group workouts and challenges to take part in, this festival has something for everyone.
We’re going big with this, and we want you to take part. This is your chance to reach out to our digital audience of over 5 million people.
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What Are Men’s Health Virtual Events?
Unfortunately, getting together to get sweaty and debate the pressing issues in the world of health and fitness is not an option at the moment, which is why we’ve gone virtual.
Our events will take place over the last four weekends of January 2021 – Saturday 9th to Sunday January 31st – with each day comprising of four structured events that will be hosted on the Men’s Health YouTube channel. These videos will also be featured in digital articles and posted across menshealth.com/uk, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.
How You Can Get Involved
Of course, the line-up is not all we’re shouting about. We recognise that with such an event, this is a great opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience. So, we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.
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MH Weekenders Marketplace
The MH Weekenders Marketplace will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend the online marketplace where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite health brands.
MH Weekenders E-Zine
As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.
If you’re a brand looking to get involved, sign up via the registration from below.
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Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.
Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…
Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.
This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.
What are WH Virtual events?
While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.
In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Dianne Buswell, Simone De La Rue and Jessica Skye straight into our readers’ living rooms for a series of thought-provoking interviews and star-studded workouts.
In our next virtual event – WH Weekenders – we’re looking to build on this incredible success.
What’s new this time?
We mentioned bigger, right? Instead of a two- or three-day event, our next virtual event will last four weeks.
Over the course of four weekends, we’ve scheduled in workouts with some of the world’s hottest trainers and celebs – but WH Weekenders is not all about getting sweaty.
Our audience will also be able to tune into fascinating panel talks with some of WH‘s editors and the UK’s top experts in fitness, health and wellness. We’re also spicing things up with several cook-alongs by top chefs, foodies and brands.
The line-up WH Weekenders will be announced in the coming weeks (and we can’t wait!)
Of course, the event length and line-up is not all we’re building on. We recognise that a big part of our in-person Women’s Health Live event was the opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience – so we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.
1. WH Weekenders Marketplace
The first, our WH Weekenders Marketplace, will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend our the online marketplace, where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite wellness brands.
2. WH Weekenders E-Zine
As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.
REGISTER YOUR BRAND
When + where is it happening?
The event will take place over the last 4 weekends of January 2021 – that’s Saturday 9 – Sunday 31 Jan.
The workouts, panel talks and cook-alongs will all be hosted on Women’s Health’s YouTube channel.
How to get involved
If you’re a band looking to get
Dinner table chats with her scientist-parents and hospital ward rounds with her Puncha, these were what inspired her, says Dr. Maheshi N. Ramasamy, Principal Investigator for the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial, in this interview with Kumudini Hettiarachchi
Totally relaxed, she comes on Zoom on Wednesday – at the appointed hour of 12 Greenwich Meantime Time (GMT) in Oxford, England, and 5.30 p.m. in Sri Lanka.
No one would imagine that pretty Dr. Maheshi N. Ramasamy, who is quick to smile and chats leisurely, has been having a “crazy” time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.
For, 43-year-old Dr. Ramasamy is the Principal Investigator for the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. Dubbing these “exciting” times, she promptly reiterates that the very promising potential vaccine in the Oxford University/AstraZeneca pipeline is “very much a product of teamwork”. The Oxford vaccine will be manufactured by the British pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca which has made a commitment to making the vaccine on a non-profit basis throughout the pandemic so that it could be distributed globally.
As the Oxford Vaccine Group hopes to put out another strong research paper on their vaccine trials in a week, the Sunday Times looks at the life of this eminent Sri Lankan who loves to come back to her motherland to spend time with family, mainly her four “lovely” cousins who are like her siblings and her ‘Puncha’ (mother’s sister) who is well-known Consultant Physician Dr. Anula Wijesundere.
Out of the ordinary has been only-child Maheshi’s childhood, as her scientist-parents Prof. Ranjan Ramasamy and Prof. Manthri Samaranayake Ramasamy crisscrossed the globe. Born in Colombo, her early years had been spent in Saudi Arabia and Kenya, then back in Sri Lanka and onto California, United States of America, when the country was gripped by communal violence in 1983, then to Brisbane in Australia and finally back to Colombo in 1989.
Dr. Ramasamy says that her mother and aunt were both proud stalwarts and Head Girls of Visakha Vidyalaya, but she was there only briefly, just 10 months, as soon as she began her formal school education. When she returned from Brisbane, she joined Stafford International School – as her “Sinhala was not good enough” to attend Visakha – and did both her OLs and ALs from there. She was awarded the Felix R. de Zoysa Memorial Academic Scholarship and was also the Head Prefect at Stafford International.
“I had a great time at Stafford, with its wonderful teachers and amazing Principal Noreen Welikala,” she says, while her family in Colombo was also very close. She and her cousins would be dropped off at school by her aunt in the mornings and they would all go to their grandparents’ home for lunch after school. Family dinners were also a regular occurrence, usually ending on a high note
A Welsh athlete has successfully carried a full-sized piano up Garth mountain in Wales. Extreme adventurer and fitness coach Max Glover hauled the 400-pound musical instrument up the 2-mile ascent on Sunday to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Charity.
The 33-year-old former Marine is no stranger to intense challenges, running a marathon in 2019 with a 1.7 ton car attached to his back. Having completed such a grueling test of endurance, he decided to take on another unconventional feat this year. “I have always been a bit different, I guess,” Glover told Runner’s World UK.
Determined to pursue his goal and to raise money for the hospital that supported his close friend, he began a strength training program last year. The strict plan entailed “squats, Romanian deadlifts, farmers walks, weighted step-ups and other similar compound exercises.” When lockdown restricted access to gyms, Glover relocated his training to outdoor spaces.
“I just carried heavy things in a backpack and just kept increasing the weight and walking up hills,” he reveals. “I bought a bergen (infantry rucksack) as I know they can handle a lot of weight and put dumbbells in there to take to the field or park.”
Glover was faced with a series of obstacles throughout this training period, including injury and illness. His preparation was thwarted by Achilles pain in July and a sudden onset of poor health in the two weeks prior to the event.
Rather than demotivating him, these adversities only pushed him harder to accomplish his goal. “I think being in the Marines was the foundation for having the strength of mind and determination to complete something like this,” he says.
Accompanied by a small group of supporters called “Team Lungs,” he reached the summit in 3 hours and 45 minutes. After removing the weight from his back and gulping down a well-earned coffee, the victorious athlete and his crew were treated to a beautiful piano performance from a little girl.
“It was one of those magic moments,’ Glover says. ‘How many kids can say they played a real piano on the top of a mountain?!” To support Glover’s cause, you can donate here.
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The way most people were exposed to or became involved in fitness in the past was pretty cut and dry. Physical gyms and classes were the primary drivers of the industry. Sure, there were niche apps and home programs that worked for some, but arguably only a fraction. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, I believe the industry has changed not only significantly but permanently.
Earlier this year, I wrote an article titled “Putting Your Fitness Business On The Digital Road Map,” and over the last six months, there has been a veritable explosion of digital growth in this sector. From banner brands all the way down to small-town gyms, fitness professionals have had to get smarter and more agile to deliver the kind of digital fitness experience consumers are demanding during this unprecedented time in our global history.
Big Players Making Moves In The Digital Fitness Market
The way I see it, there is no bigger signal of this seismic shift than a company like Apple entering the marketplace. Apple is one of the largest companies in the world, and it carries on its back a metric ton of consumer influence, choice and perception. The company recently launched its virtual fitness application, Apple Fitness+, available on the Apple Watch and iPad products.
In a similar vein, Lululemon — a company that has largely operated as a clothing business — recently purchased the at-home fitness company Mirror, which sells smart mirrors that stream home workout classes. The company has already upped its projections for Mirror’s profits in this fiscal year, from $100 million to $150 million.
Spin giant Peloton has seen sales explode in the fourth quarter, 172% over last year, with subscriber numbers up 113%. Demand for at-home and digital-ready fitness is high, and its supply chain is struggling to keep up. When companies of this size are driving digital innovation at this level, it’s a clear signal that we’ve crossed into new territory.
Spikes In Mergers And Acquisitions
Anytime we see increased activity around mergers or acquisitions in an industry, it’s a sign that things are shifting. Perhaps it is consolidation because everyone is running out of money. Or, more likely to be the case right now, it’s the breakneck speed of growth — everyone is buying each other up in the hopes of being the one to lead the pack.
In 2019, Mindbody, a technology platform for health and fitness companies, was acquired for just under $2 billion. And earlier this year, Eric Roza, a tech entrepreneur with extensive experience in the software and digital space, acquired CrossFit. I believe this acquisition will bring a renewed focus on increasing digital developments in a company that was already trending up before the pandemic began.
Another company in this space, Zwift, allows runners and bikers to exercise in a simulated 3D world via its online
Dubai brings together world football’s biggest stars for friendly match as part of Dubai Fitness Challenge
(MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI, 21st November, 2020 (WAM) — Some of international football’s biggest stars came together in Dubai this weekend for a friendly match that took place on the pitches at Dubai Sports World, inside the air-conditioned halls of Dubai World Trade Centre as part of Dubai Fitness Challenge 30 x 30.
The match was organised jointly by Dubai Sports Council and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The players who took part in the match have won every possible title in the world of football, including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, UEFA Champions League as well the Best Player of the Year awards.
The star-studded line-up included Portugal legend Luis Figo, the 2000 Ballon d’Or and 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year winner, who is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game; Carles Puyol, the former Spain captain and winner of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships, and Dutch Clarence Seedorf, who is the only player to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs – once with Ajax (1995), once with Real Madrid (1998) and twice with Milan (2003 and 2007).
Seedorf’s Dutch compatriot, Patrick Kluivert who holds the record for being the youngest player to score in the final of the main event on the European continent also took part in the match. He was only 18 years, 10 months and 23 days when he came off the bench to score Ajax’s 85th-minute winner against AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League final.
Frenchman Eric Abidal, the winner of two Champions League titles with Barcelona, also took the pitch alongside the likes of former Spain and Real Madrid star Michel Salgado, Italian goalkeeping legend Walter Zenga, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari and Frenchman Ibrahim Ba.
Mikael Silvestre, former France, Manchester United and Arsenal defender, was also present, cheering his former teammates and rivals from the sidelines as an injury prevented him from playing.
Saeed Hareb, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary-General of the Council, were present at the game along with Omran Al Jasmi, Manager of External Relations at the Council.
The stars thanked Dubai for providing them with this opportunity to come together and meets friends they had not met for a long time. The players who took part in the match all share a common love for Dubai and are either residents here or regular visitors. A number of them own properties and have plans to invest in Dubai’s growing sports sector.
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Walter Isaacson, a professor at Tulane, is the author of “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” to be published in March.
“Look me in the eyes,” the doctor ordered, staring at me from behind her plastic face guard. Her eyes were blue, almost as blue as her hospital mask. Yet, after a moment, I started to turn and face the doctor on my left, who was jabbing a long needle deep into the muscle of my upper arm. “No!” the first doctor snapped. “Look at me!”
Then she explained. Because I was part of a double-blind clinical trial of an experimental covid-19 vaccine, they had to make sure that I didn’t get any clues about whether I was being injected with a real dose or merely a placebo made of saline solution.
It was early August, and I had enlisted in the clinical trial for the vaccine that has just reported very promising results: the one developed by Pfizer with the German company BioNTech. It is a new type of RNA vaccine that has never before been deployed.
Vaccines work by stimulating a person’s immune system. One traditional approach is to inject a weakened version of the dangerous virus. That’s the way we now fend off measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox. Another method is to use a version of the virus or a part of the virus that has been totally killed.
The success of the Pfizer vaccine means that the plague year of 2020 will be remembered as the time when traditional vaccines began to be supplanted by genetic vaccines. Instead of delivering tiny and safe doses of the virus itself, these new vaccines deliver a piece of genetic coding that will instruct human cells to produce, on their own, components of a targeted virus. These safe components can then stimulate the patient’s immune system.
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It is another wondrous miracle from a biotech revolution in which knowledge of genetic coding will become as important as digital coding and molecules will become the new microchips.
I enrolled in the trial at Ochsner Hospital in my hometown of New Orleans partly to be a good citizen but also because I’m writing a book about the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, and the star molecule in the book is RNA. The vaccine that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech makes use of the most basic functions that RNA performs: serving as a messenger RNA (mRNA) that carries genetic instructions from DNA, which is bunkered inside a cell’s nucleus, to the manufacturing region of the cell, where it directs what protein to make. In the case of the covid-19 vaccine, the mRNA instructs cells to make a version of the spike protein that is on the surface of a coronavirus. That spike protein can then stimulate our immune system to create antibodies that will protect against the real coronavirus. In addition to the Pfizer version, the
Oct. 25 (UPI) — Federal health officials in a scrapped $250 million promotional campaign offered professional Santa Claus actors early access to a vaccine for COVID-19 in exchange for participating in pro-vaccine public service announcements, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.
Santa Claus actors, as well as those playing Mrs. Claus and Christmas elves, were to be hired as part of a cancelled celebrity campaign to promote getting vaccinated, an HHS official told the New York Times.
The campaign was envisioned by President Donald Trump’s then-appointee Michael Caputo, a former HHS assistant secretary, who has been on medical leave since September after being diagnosed with cancer and posting conspiracy theories on his Facebook page, including a video accusing the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention of harboring a “resistance unit” seeking to undermine Trump.
The office of HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar said this week that the program had been cancelled. The Santa “collaboration will not be happening,” a spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
In late August, as the coronavirus pandemic peaked across parts of the United States, Caputo and the agency approached Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, to ask if members would participate in TV, radio, social media and podcast ads and live events in 35 cities.
The campaign was titled “Covid 19 Public Health and Reopening America Public Service Announcements and Advertising Campaign” designed to “defeat despair, inspire hope and achieve national recovery,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Santa group agreed to participate and asked to be given the vaccine early, as Santa actors had been vaccinated early in 2009 for H1N1.
The actors who play Santa are in an “at risk” category because of their “advanced age” and “underlying health issues,” Erwin wrote in a newsletter for Santa actors.
“Furthermore, health care officials all concurred that our high rate of interpersonal contact with young children (who are notorious vectors for disease dissemination) further highlighted our need for the vaccine,” he added.
Christmas seasonal workers are watching their livelihoods disappear as stores like Macy’s have cancelled in-person visits with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Some tech-savvy Santas have offered a Zoom alternative or pre-recorded video messages.
Caputo told Erwin in August that the vaccine was likely to be approved in the late fall and that Santas and other seasonal workers would have it by Thanksgiving, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“If you and your colleagues are not essential workers, I don’t know what is,” Caputo said on a call, which was recorded by Erwin. “I cannot wait to tell the president,” Caputo added. “He’s going to love this.”
Tanzania giants Young Africans (Yanga SC) have parted ways with fitness coach Riedoh Berdien.
Berdien joined the Jangwani giants alongside Belgian coach Luc Eymael, who was later fired at the end of the 2019-20 Mainland Premier League season after finishing without silverware.
Despite the exit of Eymael, Berdien remained at Yanga and at one time worked as the assistant coach as the team searched for a successor to replace Eymael.
The team then hired Serbian Zlatko Krmpotic, who worked with Berdien, before he was also fired after only 37 days in charge.
Berdien has exclusively told Goal he has also left the giants, who are now under another new coach – Cedric Kaze – who signed a three-year contract last Friday.
“I would like to thank Yanga supporters, players and sponsors for really making me be part of the Yanga family,” Berdien said in a signed statement obtained by Goal.
“As we come to an end of our journey, I will like to show my appreciation to all those who have supported the team in helping to build the club into the giants they are known to be.
“As we part ways I wish this great club all the best in the future.”
Yanga are currently preparing for their next league match against Polisi Tanzania set for Thursday at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.
The Timu ya Mwananchi are currently enjoying a good run of form in the top-flight as they have managed to win five matches from the six played so far this campaign.
However, the team will miss the services of two players – Mapinduzi Balama and Ally Makame – due to injury and malaria, respectively.
According to Yanga team manager Hafidhi Saleh, both players were in line to play a role in the fixture but have now been ruled out.
“[Balama] is working his way back to full fitness and has started light exercise to make him fit, however, the medical team is yet to confirm his fitness if he can join the first team training,” Saleh told Goal.
“On the other hand, Makame is suffering from a bout of malaria and he has been excused from the squad, we will check him out if he will be available for the next match.”
Balama has become a regular in Yanga’s team where he scored three goals last season, including the game against rivals Simba SC which gave him a chance to be nominated for the goal of the season award.
LONDON — British volunteers will be intentionally infected with Covid-19 as part of an experimental trial that could change scientists’ understanding of the virus.
London is hosting the world’s first coronavirus so-called “challenge trials” in which volunteers are injected with a potential vaccine before being given a nasal-spray dose of the potentially deadly pathogen.
Ahead of the announcement by Open Orphan plc on Tuesday, there has been huge controversy within the scientific community.
Supporters say challenge trials can be far quicker than regular vaccine tests, potentially shortening the wait until the world has access to an effective inoculation.
But critics argue that too little is known about Covid-19 to make challenge trials safe. While young people rarely die of the disease, there is increasing evidence they can be left with long-term debilitating illnesses.
Sue Tansey, a pharmaceutical physician who is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent British watchdog, said that there was still “disagreement among experts” whether it’s appropriate to go ahead with challenge trials. “People are divided because it’s an ethical conundrum,” she said.
“The funding announced today for these ground-breaking but carefully controlled studies marks an important next step in building on our understanding of the virus and accelerating the development of our most promising vaccines which will ultimately help in beginning our return to normal life,” Alok Sharma, the U.K.’s business secretary, said in a statement distributed by Open Orphan.
There are more than 150 vaccines in development around the world, a handful of which have reached phase 3 tests, where large numbers of people — as many as tens of thousands — are given the vaccine, while others get a placebo.
In ordinary studies volunteers are sent out into the world and regularly tested for Covid-19 in the hope that there will be some noticeable difference between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups. However this can take a long time — many of the participants will take months to get infected if they do at all.
A challenge trial could shorten that timeline: All volunteers get the vaccine, and all of them get the virus too. Researchers say a group of just 40 volunteers would likely tell them a huge amount about any vaccine candidate in just a short space of time. Everyone accepts there are risks.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the U.K.’s chief scientific adviser, said in July that two things needed to happen for challenge trials to be considered safe. Scientists need to know the right dose to administer and to have discovered antiviral drugs that can “rescue” patients who become seriously ill.
Asked what the answers to these questions were, he said, “We don’t yet know.”
Although young people aged 18 to 30 — who typically volunteer for medical trials — rarely