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Get Into Better Shape in 2021 With This AI-Enhanced Fitness Program

For entrepreneurs, it’s important to break a physical sweat from time to time as well as a mental one. Working out can help you stay energized, focused, and motivated to do your best work every day. But going to the gym during a pandemic is inadvisable and running in winter simply isn’t for everybody. There’s a better alternative now that Fitness Ally Premium AI-Powered Workouts are on sale for 66 percent off.



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Fitness Ally is a mobile fitness app centered around Allie, a fitness AI that makes fitness-on-demand approachable and accessible for people of all levels. Fitness Ally uses your device’s camera to watch your workout in real-time and provide coaching with instant, effective feedback and motivation. It’s like having a personal trainer on your phone. Allie is enhanced by world-renowned fitness trainers so that she fully understands proper technique and exercise psychology.

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Best of all, Fitness Ally doesn’t require any additional equipment. All exercises are completely bodyweight-based so the only thing you need is yourself. The dynamic, customizable workouts are developed by industry-leading fitness experts and include strength, weight loss, HIIT, and more styles. Plus, Fitness Ally doesn’t record, share, or store any user videos, audio, or health data ever.

Fitness Ally has earned 4.7 stars on the App Store for good reason. Get in the best shape of your life through this pandemic winter with help from an ally. Normally $59, you can get a one-year subscription to Fitness Ally Premium AI-Powered Workouts for 66 percent off at just $19.99.

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As 75 Hard fitness program trends on TikTok, experts raise red flags

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and quarantine orders are being extended, people have turned to new places to get workout inspiration at home.

Fitness videos on TikTok have grown exponentially since the pandemic began, as many looked for new ways to stay in shape. Fitness challenges like #DragonFlag, #OneMinuteFitness and #PlankChallenge have gone viral in recent months, and celebrities like Carrie Underwood have even joined in.

Experts urge those just starting out to take it slow before jumping into some of the advanced moves seen in popular TikTok videos, and the intense program called 75 Hard that’s trending on the platform is no exception.

The 75 Hard program, created by entrepreneur and podcaster Andy Frisella and described as a “mental toughness” program, outlines rules users must follow for 75 days. They are:

  • Do two 45-minute workouts a day, one of which must be outside
  • Follow a healthy diet with zero alcohol or cheat days
  • Take a progress picture every day
  • Drink one gallon of water daily
  • Read 10 pages a day of a nonfiction book
  • If you fail, you must start over again at Day One
  • 75 Hard found life on TikTok during the pandemic after 22-year-old Rylee Ollearis documented her journey doing the program from May to July. Her first video about it has racked up more than 4 million views.

    “I decided to post on TikTok for my five followers at the time… ‘Hey guys, I’m doing this crazy challenge, this crazy program,’ and the video started to blow up,” Ollearis told “GMA.”

    “I’ve almost given up myself a few too many times in the past,” she explained about what drew her to the intense program. “I wanted to prove to myself for this time that I could be tough enough to complete something that I set my mind to.”

    Ollearis’ audio from her Day One video is now used in more than 500 TikTok videos of other users trying out the program for themselves. The hashtag #75Hard itself has over 126 million views on the platform.

    The recent college graduate is now a wellness coach and said many people have reached out to her about the program since finding her videos. While she recognized that the program is a major commitment, she said she chose to do it the middle of quarantine because she could put the majority of her daily focus on making sure she was being mindful with her workouts and recovery.

    “Understanding that two 45-minute workouts every single day is a lot. You’re pushing your body, but you also have to ensure that you’re getting the right recovery, that you’re including active rest into those days to make sure that you’re not hurting yourself in any way,” she said.

    Experts raise ‘red flags’ about 75 Hard

    One of the concerns about 75 Hard, according to many experts, is many may opt to ignore the 75 Hard recommendations and begin the workout plan without seeking advice from a physician first, and this can be

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    Lethbridge fitness studio offers rent-a-bike program during COVID-19 restrictions



    a person sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Kelleen Tait follows along with a virtual spin class at UNITE YQL during Alberta's second wave of COVID-19.


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    Kelleen Tait follows along with a virtual spin class at UNITE YQL during Alberta’s second wave of COVID-19.

    Kelleen Tait relies on her weekly workout sessions to keep grounded and manage her stress.

    “During the first lockdown, I didn’t know what to do.”

    With new Alberta gym capacity restrictions in place, she’s found a way to keep moving: a rent-a-bike program and virtual spin classes from local studio UNITE YQL.

    Read more: Alberta enacts 2nd COVID-19 state of public health emergency. Here’s what it means

    “It’s way harder than I would work out on my own and it really keeps me going,” Tait said.

    For her, it’s not just about getting a sweat in. She says it allows her to still feel connected with instructors and a community she loves.

    “As we’re all kind of shutting our doors and going into a bit more of an isolation mode, being able to generate that community is such a wonderful thing to be a part of and to support,” Tait said. “Especially when it’s [a local business] and it’s right in our downtown core.”

    Owner of UNITE YQL, Vanessa Bishop, said it’s been a lifeline for her business and the supportive community they’ve worked to build over the last few years.

    “The virtual program has allowed us to keep moving even though our physical space is temporarily closed.”

    Although the decision to rent out expensive equipment was difficult, Bishop says it’s brought the studio’s high-energy barre and spin classes directly into clients’ homes. 

    “[We can keep] giving hollers and encouraging the riders, because that’s the whole experience with us… It’s a fun atmosphere.”

    Read more: Some businesses feel singled out as Alberta brings in stricter COVID-19 measures

    The Lethbridge YMCA will also be offering virtual classes for members starting next week.

    “There’s going to be fitness classes, yoga classes, wellness classes and all sorts of other items that will serve our community the best possible,” YMCA of Lethbridge Interim General Manager Scott Boyd said.

    “We realize that everyone is dealing with this in all different ways.”

    Boyd said a new gym space is now open on the facility’s main floor for those looking to move around safely.

    Read more: Lethbridge gyms consider what reopening could look like

    Tait says she plans to continue riding out the pandemic while supporting local business.

    “I’m actually moving and I keep motivated,” she said. “It’s been great from a mental health aspect.”

    She encourages others who might be interested in upping their at-home workouts to give it a spin.

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    New program is launched for safe medicine disposal

    The Medication Education & Disposal Project has launched a statewide program to offer free services to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicines.

    Safe Medication Return is operated by MED-Project, which is the Washington State Department of Health’s approved program operator.

    Drug manufacturers fund the program at no cost to taxpayers.

    MED-Project provides state residents with year-round medicine drop-off locations such as at pharmacies, medical facilities and law enforcement offices. Along with existing operations in several counties, MED-Project has activated about 150 additional drop-off sites.

    Residents who prefer mailing back unwanted medicine for disposal can request free prepaid and preauthorized packages. Information is at med-project.org, or people can call (844) 633-7765.

    MED-Project also is launching a public awareness campaign about safe disposal of unwanted medicine. A mobile-friendly website provides drop-off location information and instructions, as well as downloadable educational materials.

    “We want to encourage Washington state residents to take their medication as prescribed, store it safely and dispose of unwanted or expired medicine securely,” said Dr. Victoria Travis, MED-Project’s national program director, in a news release.

    For more information about the MED-Project drug takeback program and available services in Washington state, including accepted types of medication, call (844) 633-7765 or visit the website.

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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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    CSUSB Palm Desert Street Medicine Program Receives $50K Grant

    Press release from CSUSB Palm Desert:

    Nov. 23, 2020

    The Desert Healthcare District & Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus to support its Street Medicine program.

    Grant funds will be used to improve access to healthcare for traditionally underserved populations, increase mobile medical clinics, improve health-related infrastructure in the Coachella Valley and strengthen engagement of nurses and nursing students with the homeless, unsheltered and vulnerable populations in the Coachella Valley.

    The Street Medicine program is a collaborative partnership between the CSUSB Department of Nursing at the Palm Desert Campus; the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine; Desert Regional Medical Center; Well in the Desert; and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine.

    “The funds from the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation will provide support for us to continue our efforts to grow our Street Medicine program,” said Diane Vines, street medicine program coordinator and CSUSB nursing faculty member. “We are providing much-needed healthcare services for homeless and unsheltered people in the Coachella Valley, and preparing our future nurses to understand the needs of this vulnerable population.”

    “Through the Street Medicine program, nurses and nursing students provide an invaluable service, taking medical care to Coachella Valley residents who may not receive it any other way,” said Carole Rogers, an RN and Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board director. “Their work directly supports the District’s mission ‘to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents,’ and we’re happy to support them.”

    Also, visit the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation website at www.DHCD.org to learn more about its programs.

    The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,600 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

    For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at [email protected] or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the PDC website at www.csusb.edu/pdc.


    This press release was produced by CSUSB Palm Desert. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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    More Seniors Turn to The Silver&Fit Program During Medicare Open Enrollment for Broader Choices of Virtual Home Exercise and Fitness Solutions

    The Silver&Fit program’s virtual, online home-based options and gym-based options are designed to accommodate all levels of fitness and workout preferences. Features include: 

    • 1,700+ Digital Fitness Videos. The Silver&Fit online video library provides a broad collection of workout options, allowing members to customize their own at-home exercise routines including cardio, strength, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and many others.
    • At-Home Fitness Kits. For those who want to create or enhance their own workouts at home, the Silver&Fit program offers home fitness kits. Kits may include a yoga mat, resistance bands, dumbbells, or wearable fitness trackers.
    • Live Telephone Coaching. Members seeking help with fitness goals or lifestyle improvements can work with a live coach over the phone to obtain advice on fitness, social isolation, sleep, and other healthy living habits.
    • Access to Social and Community Connections. Silver&Fit members can browse information and links to more than 120,000 social organizations ranging from chess, painting, and classic car clubs, to nature organizations. This resource encourages members to join in on club video programs or socially distanced meetings to safely connect with other like-minded individuals.
    • In-Person Gym Access. As gyms are permitted to open, members who feel comfortable returning can use their subsidized gym benefit to get back on their fitness track. With the Silver&Fit program, seniors can choose from a nation-wide network of more than 15,000 fitness centers, YMCAs, and fitness studios.

    For information about whether your Medicare plan includes the Silver&Fit program, contact your health plan or 1-800-MEDICARE. Visit www.SilverandFit.com for more information about the program.

    About American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc. (ASH Fitness):
    ASH Fitness, a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH), provides no-cost and low-cost fitness and exercise programs for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees (through the Silver&Fit® program), and for commercial health plan members and employer groups (through the Active&Fit®, Active&Fit DirectTM, and ExerciseRewardsTM products). ASH is one of the nation’s premier independent and privately-owned specialty health services organizations. For more information, visit www.ashcompanies.com or call 800-848-3555. Follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter at @ASHCompanies.

    About Silver&Fit’s Daily Free, Publicly Available Facebook Live and YouTube Workouts:
    Silver&Fit also offers four daily free older-adult workouts for the public on Facebook Live or YouTube. Anyone can join these popular exercise classes tailored to the needs of older adults. These half-hour classes premiere Monday through Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube at 9 AM PT, 10 AM PT, 11 AM PT and Noon PT. Participants may also use the workout videos later, since they remain available on YouTube for two weeks after they premiere. Classes include cardio, yoga, strength, flexibility, and others taught at various levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. All classes are taught by certified instructors with experience creating classes. To participate in a free exercise class, follow Silver&Fit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit or view the classes at

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    A program to improve health in Twin Cities’ Black community begins with healing power of soul medicine

     

    Years ago, when the medical community asked why so many Black babies were dying, Atum Azzahir asked a different question: Why are some babies living, even thriving, despite poverty, health care disparities and other challenges? Azzahir already knew the answer but she set forth to prove it. For nearly 25 years, Azzahir, lovingly called Elder Atum, has been executive director of the Cultural Wellness Center. The Minneapolis center partners with counties and health care providers to tap into the resiliency of the Black community to improve health and financial stability. In 2021, the center will launch a new collaboration drawing on the wisdom of community elders, known as “soul medicine.”

     

    Q: Soul medicine: How do you describe it?

    A: In short, soul medicine is reconnection to the wisdom of Black culture and thought. It’s rooted in African ways of thinking and being. In African tradition, many people studied the journey of the soul. Take soul food; you immediately think about Black people. Soul music? You know when you put it on, no one can sit still. Soul mates are people you connect with at such a deep level. That’s what soul medicine is like.

     

    Q: And its efficacy is backed up by research.

    A: Our research shows that the more social cohesion and social support a person has, the healthier they are. You must have community to be healthy and well. Every area of development, from health care to economics, will be richer with the inclusion of soul medicine. We see soul medicine as an extension of our work with entrepreneurs as co-owners of the Midtown Global Market.

     

    Q: How might soul medicine look in practice?

    A: Let’s go back to 1994 when, with funding from Medica and Allina Health Foundation, we researched why a number of babies lived. We found that babies born in ways that honored African cultural traditions, such as doulas, birthing teams, elder guides and breastfeeding, thrived.

     

    Q: So, it’s the antidote to what you call the “People’s Theory of Sickness”?

    A: We believe that individualism, the loss of culture and community, makes us sick. We’re seeing it in the Black community in increasing rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, food insecurity, homelessness, drug addiction, domestic violence. On top of that, we’re dealing with COVID-19 and George Floyd’s killing. We are grieving, mourning and looking for ways to heal. Reclaiming culture through soul medicine is a path to health and healing.

     

    Q: There is healing for the healers as well, I’m guessing.

    A: We see soul medicine as an example of mutual aid in community health promotion. While our elders and community healers provide much-needed guidance and support, they also find purpose in their work.

     

    Q: You’ll be partnering with Allina Health and Medica Foundation on this project for about one year. What do you hope to accomplish?

    A: We’re documenting now what soul medicine looks like and specifically how our soul medics will provide guidance and support. This is largely experientially based. Elders will be

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    Green Bay’s first residency program for family medicine draws over 150 student applicants

    GREEN BAY – The city’s first residency program for family physicians has already attracted over 150 student applicants with interviews starting this week.



    a man wearing glasses: President and CEO of Prevea Health Ashok Rai.


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    President and CEO of Prevea Health Ashok Rai.

    That’s a good sign for organizers from a local health care system and the Medical College of Wisconsin, who say they launched the program to help solve a doctor shortage in northeastern Wisconsin.

    Prevea Health/Hospital Sisters Health System has long identified residency programs as a way to address the shortage. With baby boomers aging, hospital systems nationwide had been working to prepare for a surge in demand for medical services.

    “Recruitment to future positions in Green Bay is very important given the nationwide provider shortage that we’ve seen for many years and will continue to see,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health/HSHS.

    Studies have shown there’s a higher likelihood that somebody will stay in the town where they completed their residency, he said.

    “That’s even more likely than the town that they went to medical school in,” Rai said.

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    As Prevea looks for physicians, primary care is a major concern for the future, and family medicine is one of its largest specialties in primary care. Family medicine residents also have a higher likelihood of working in rural areas as well as suburban and smaller urban communities like Green Bay, Rai said.

    Prevea expects residents to be prepared to work in a variety of fields and settings, including in rural clinics. Training in Green Bay also will allow residents to serve in Prevea’s clinics north of the Green Bay area.

    The residency program will begin July 1, 2021 and will train four family medicine residents per year for three years. A total of 12 physicians will be trained by 2023. The program will accept applicants until Nov. 18.

    The Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with Prevea for the program. The program’s director, Dr. Manal Soliman, is associate professor of family and community medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

    Accreditation and hiring for the residency program happened during the pandemic, and the accreditation process had to be virtual. Rai expressed hope that residents will not need many pandemic-specific skills next July when they start practicing.

    However, residents’ perspective will likely be changed because of the pandemic. He looks forward to hearing about what students have learned during the COVID-19 outbreaks and how they will apply these lessons in their residency and practice.

    “It’s going to be the most unique time in modern history to train to be a physician because of the stresses, both physical and mental, but also the demonstrated resiliency of our profession,” Rai said.

    Contact Nusaiba Mizan at (920)-431-8310 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @nusaiblah.

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    ClubReady Announces Partnership With Factor4 to Provide Gift Card Program to Fitness Studios

    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClubReady, the leading provider of full-suite studio fitness and wellness club management software, today announced it will launch an integration with Factor4, the leading provider of gift card and loyalty solutions, this October. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for gift cards is estimated at $1 trillion this year and is projected to reach a revised size of $2.7 trillion by 2027. This integration will allow fitness studios, and their members, to benefit from this preferred and profitable method of gifting and payment.

    “The ClubReady and Factor4 integration will provide our fitness studios customers access to a new revenue stream while adding value for their members,” said Fred Elias, Vice President of Business Development at ClubReady. “The gift program will also help studios acquire new members,” he explained. Studios can operate their gift card program out of a single management portal to view transaction data and trends. Factor4’s online gift card solution will enable studios to have custom branded pages integrated with ClubReady so members can purchase digital and plastic gift cards seamlessly from their websites. This is especially important considering the number of cards purchased online soared 57% in the first 6 months of this year compared to the first half of 2019, while purchases of digital gift cards jumped 61% comparatively, according to InComm.  

    “We are excited to partner with ClubReady and to provide fitness studios with a new revenue source that will help them recover from the COVID-19 closures that impacted the fitness industry,” said Dan Battista, Factor4 CEO. “Our solution complies with social distancing standards by enabling contactless delivery of gift cards via email and text, as well as the ability for members to pay by phone. Factor4 will help fitness studios use gift cards to attract new members and retain existing members.” 

    This integration provides fitness studios with versatility in developing their gift card programs. ClubReady and Factor4 estimate an implementation period of two to three weeks. With the integration complete, studios can launch their gift card program in time for the holiday season. Gift cards have been the most popular holiday gift to give and receive for 13 consecutive years. Learn more about this solution here.

    Factor4

    Factor4, LLC was formed by four payment service experts to provide the premier gift card and loyalty solution. The founders’ strength comes from their combined industry expertise and extensive network. Factor4’s strength is from its best-in-class, proprietary platform, technology, integrations and team. The RewardOS API provides effortless, feature-rich integration to a wide range of point-of-sale devices. Factor4 boasts the most integrations of all gift and loyalty providers. Factor4 serves over 13,000 customers and growing. For more information, visit https://www.factor4gift.com/.

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    ClubReady is the leading provider of full-suite studio fitness and wellness club management software and services. Founded in 2009, ClubReady has been committed to building the studio fitness business of the future.  The ClubReady Fitness Management Platform provides clients a full membership management and engagement

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