ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — My Team Fitness is proud to announce the launch of MyTeamFitness.com, a website and program that is focused on providing everyday fitness for every body.
My Team Fitness is a collaborative effort created by three Saint Louis-based and fitness-inspired business men who had a vision about changing the lives of average people and brought it to life. Ken Cox, Brian Montgomery Jr. and Dustin Oder noticed the fitness world was lacking a consistent program that could be achieved by all fitness levels. With a little determination and creativity, the three designed a personalized and accessible program called My Team Fitness. This unique program includes daily, fun, and low-impact 10-minute videos sent directly to the customer’s inbox, as well as a detailed nutrition guide to help users throughout their fitness journey. Led by experienced fitness trainers, the program provides fitness for every level. My Team Fitness invites people of every shape, size, experience, and location to join the My Team Fitness Community.
“The overall goal of My Team Fitness, in this weird isolated world that we are living in, was to bring the community feeling to a workout, even though you are in your own environment,” Oder said.
In the midst of local gyms closing due to COVID restrictions, the team felt that they had a responsibility to motivate people of all fitness levels to continue improving their physical health.
“Exercise has literally changed my life for the better,” Cox said, “I realized the impact that fitness has on other lives as well. Helping someone else on that journey is so critical.
This collective of fitness-lovers realized that they could combine their individual impact and create a supportive, team-centered environment for those who don’t already have one. Each of their own physical results came because they were surrounded by a supportive team, much like a family.
“There are a lot of people that want to exercise but they don’t have the confidence or motivation to do it. They just need the support. We want to be that community for them,” Montgomery said.
The My Team Fitness website is set to launch on Dec. 1, 2020. As a grand opening gift, the team is offering 50% off of the My Team Fitness program for the first 50 users who join. Users should apply the coupon code “Founder” at checkout.
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An interdisciplinary team from Commonwealth Medicine, the UMass Medical School IT Department and the Massachusetts Executive Offices of Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs received a 2020 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance from the state of Massachusetts for its creation of the COVID-19 long term care facility staffing intake portal. The award recognizes state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.
The UMMS team, directed by Leanne Winchester, included Lisa Marschke (project manager), Louise Gorham (project coordinator), Michael Lamson (manager, IT engineering), David DeForest (senior software engineer), Swathi Kandula (senior business systems analyst), Susan Girard (business systems analyst) and Bakul Sakhrekar (test automation engineer). Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Senior Director of Healthcare Workforce Policy Patricia Yu were also honored as part of the team.
The intake portal was developed in response to Secretary Chen’s urgent request at the height of the COVID-19 surge last spring. The state needed to recruit qualified health care professionals and volunteers across Massachusetts to staff a network of more than 300 care facilities designated to help relieve overcrowded hospitals and stabilize COVID-19 patients.
According to Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, Winchester and her team developed and launched the staffing portal in less than a week. Information about the initiative and portal was shared at Governor Baker’s COVID-19 press conferences, through the COVID-19 text alert system and social media.
“I am so impressed with how quickly this group of individuals pivoted to create a team that developed and stood up the staffing portal without any glitches,” said Dr. Colombo. “I know everyone worked long days, nights and weekends and utilized prior experience from a similar portal to stand this up in short order.”
“This portal’s ongoing success is a true testament to the continued collaboration and commitment of furthering our mission for the good of the commonwealth. In doing so, this outstanding group demonstrated Commonwealth Medicine’s ability to build, develop and deliver support to a client in new and innovative ways, the foundation of our strategic plan that emphasizes collaboration, client satisfaction, and growth. Congratulations to this extraordinary team!”
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Topu said they are over 90% geared up while fitness coach Razlog also found the fitness condition positive in short preparation time
Only a couple of days left for the first official Bangladesh game in almost eight months.
Defender Topu Barman said they are over 90% geared up while new fitness coach Ivan Razlog also found the fitness condition positive in short preparation time.
Fitness has always been a concern since the national footballers started training from October 24 ahead of the two Fifa international friendlies against Nepal Friday and Tuesday after a long hiatus.
“We are 90 to 100% ready to play on the 13th. Everybody’s fitness level has developed much more than before, along with mental growth,” said Bashundhara Kings’ Topu after Wednesday’s practice session at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
“Football is a team game. If we avail 100% performance as a team then we can cover that 10%. It may look like gap (10%) but it wouldn’t have any impact in the game,” the center-back added.
Saif Sporting Club full-back Rahmat Mia also seemed content with the improvement in 19 days.
He said, “The condition is much better now than at the beginning. We followed the training schedule properly during corona break. That is why we passed all tests in practice.”
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It’s been four days since Razlog joined the camp and introduced GPS technology in training.
He told the media, “I’ve been collecting GPS data which is good so far.
“They have been training well. It’s been very positive considering the short period of time. It looks very good. We just have to wait for the game day to see how good they are.”
With experience of working at professional clubs in Australia, Razlog was hired following recommendation of Human Performance Strategist and Sports Scientist Dr. Craig Duncan.
Jamie Day was earlier pleased to have Razlog among the coaching staff.
This is the first time he is having GPS facility in Bangladesh team after two years in charge.
The new technology wouldn’t only help compare his disciples with other teams in the world, but also pick the playing XI for the upcoming friendlies.
Press release from The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center:
Nov. 10, 2020
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater has named Jessica Kichura as Fitness Director at the JCC’s JFit Club, it was announced by Laura Friedman, JCC Executive Director. Ms. Kichura replaces Joy McIntyre who relocated out of the area. In addition to Ms. Kichura, the JFit Club senior fitness team includes Assistant Fitness Director Aviv Wagner and Assistant Fitness Director Elisa Bowser (recently promoted from Fitness Manager).
In making the announcement, Ms. Friedman stated, “We are fortunate to have this exceptional leadership team at JFit Club. Jessica, Aviv and Elisa are passionate about the role they play in enhancing the lives of our members and working with them in maintaining their health and wellness. Our mission is to provide our members and the community the most current equipment and innovative programs in health and wellness. Furthermore, during Covid, we maintain a full schedule of virtual fitness options, including group fitness classes and personal training, for those members who prefer to workout out at home.”
Ms. Kichura first joined the JCC in 2012 as a fitness instructor and was later promoted to Fitness Manager in 2018. As a team, they are certified in Personal Training, Sport/Fitness Nutrition, Health Coaching, LesMills, and additional Group Fitness Programming.
In accepting her new role, Ms. Kichura states, “JFit is committed to enhancing our member’s quality of life. We are centered on the whole-health and well-being of our community”. Using the motto, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”, Ms. Kichura’s goal is for the JFit Club brand, and all that it offers, to be recognized throughout the community as the premiere fitness facility in the area. Ms. Kichura is excited to work closely with the dedicated JCC staff, members, and the community to provide an exceptional, high-quality experience at JFit Club through three key elements: innovative and personalized exercise programs and group fitness classes; foster social connection among members to build a family through fitness; and a professional staff to support and inspire.
The JFit Club facilities, which span over 7,500 square feet, include a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Cardio Theater, Strength and Conditioning Studio, Group Fitness Studio, Spin Studio, Gymnasium, two salt-based filtration pools and Indoor and Outdoor Functional Training areas. The JFit Club offers over 65 weekly indoor, outdoor and virtual classes, as well as, Personal Training (indoor, outdoor and virtual). Group Fitness classes include: LesMills, Zumba, Yoga, Spin and Water Fitness. Sports such as Basketball and Pickleball are available in the Gymnasium. JFitClub membership is not required to participate in Group Fitness classes or sports offerings. (Ala carte pricing applies.)
The JCC is currently waiving the Joiner Fee on new JFit Club memberships through November 29, representing savings of up to $150 (some restrictions apply). To schedule a personal tour, contact Sarah Pollak, JCC Membership Director at 908-443-9015 or [email protected] For additional information please visit ssbjcc.org.
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Go Insurance and Indiana University School of Medicine Team Up to Boost Car Safety for Kids
App-based auto insurance company launches car seat giveaway for Indiana families in need, as report finds Indiana is the fourth least safe US state for child passengers
Go Insurance, an auto insurance company revolutionizing insurance by using data analytics to make roads safer and save customers time and money, announced today that it is teaming up with Indiana University School of Medicine to provide free car seats for families in need. This giveaway is part of Go Insurance’s newly launched national child passenger safety program, which works to ensure every caregiver in America is equipped with the best tools to safely transport the children they care for in a secure, properly installed car seat.
Go Insurance is launching the program in collaboration with child passenger safety experts in three states with high rates of injuries and fatalities for child passengers. The company is granting a total of $40,000 to Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX, to distribute brand new car seats to local families in need.
To kick off the giveaway, there will be a car seat distribution event on Saturday, November 7 in Hobart, IN, at Hobart Fire Station #1, 401 East Tenth Street — the first of two in the state this month. Car seat distributions will continue in Indiana into 2021.
Go Insurance’s child passenger safety initiative was created in response to a report released by the nonprofit Go Safe Labs, showing that Indiana is the fourth least safe state in the nation for children traveling in passenger vehicles. Between 2015 – 2018, Go Safe Labs found that 383 children were injured or killed in traffic accidents in the state, with 73 percent of accidents occurring in rural areas and 27 percent in urban areas. The group analyzed publicly available data from government sources involving over 300,000 people involved in fatal accidents to find the top states with the most child injuries or fatalities.
“Providing car seats to families in need is part of Go Insurance’s commitment to keeping everyone safe on the road in Indiana and across the nation,” said Kevin Pomplun, Co-Founder and CEO of Go Insurance. “Car seats save lives. Every family should have access to a properly installed, high quality car seat to keep their kids safe. Go Insurance is thrilled to work with Indiana University School of Medicine to advance our shared goal of increasing safety for kids in cars.”
“The Automotive Safety Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine works to keep families safe across the state of Indiana. With Go Insurance’s support, we will be able to get car seats to hundreds of families,” said Marsha French, Director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Automotive Safety Program. “Our work is especially important now as the weather is worsening and families are preparing to travel by car this holiday
DVIDS – News – Super Soldiers! Army Combat Fitness Test team primes Alaska Guardsmen for physical fitness excellence
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The year is 2020 and with each new month comes a plethora of changes for civilian and military personnel alike. Policies and regulations fresh off the press come with the morning cup of coffee and Soldiers across the country adjust and adapt to meet their mission. Despite this ever-changing landscape, Soldiers can look to one steadfast constant: the Army’s standards for superior combat readiness.
True to the year’s theme, this autumn brings yet another development. This season, Soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard will find themselves in the first testing cycle of the Army’s newest method for evaluating a Soldier’s combat capability, the Army Combat Fitness Test. For this transition, Soldiers depend on the Alaska Army National Guard’s own Army Combat Fitness Test team, led by Capt. Jessica Miller, the ACFT coordinator. The ACFT team has a total of five members, each with a range of experience in health and fitness. Following in suit, Miller is a registered nurse and Master Fitness Trainer course alum.
“The ACFT is very different from the APFT,” said Miller, referring to the Army Physical Fitness Test which has been completely phased out as of Sept. 30. “Everything from the surface requirements to the equipment involved, the ACFT is a more physically challenging test.”
In an effort to transform the Army’s fitness culture, the ACFT incorporates movements and exercises a Soldier would apply while out in the field. Soldiers will find themselves contending with challenging new tests such as the sprint-drag-carry and standing power throw hand release. The ACFT team has been facilitating and assisting Soldiers for over a year in training for the heightened standards.
“Alaska is unique in that we have several units spread all over the state, many of which are not accessible by road,” Miller explained, “and our team has strategized how to best implement this test to maximize efficiency. Although we’ve made decisions, like identifying testing locations and future construction plans, this test is still evolving and we have to be flexible.”
Instituting changes during the COVID-19 climate has presented the team with some significant obstacles. Training facilities, fitness equipment and education were needed to ensure a successful testing season.
“COVID-19 has brought unique challenges and it has affected almost every aspect of the ACFT implementation,” said Miller. “Safety is of the utmost importance and we have been very thoughtful about how to best ensure our Soldiers are prepared.”
To meet social distancing guidelines, the team organized virtual meetings and workout sessions for Soldiers stationed in the eight locations throughout the state that received the equipment and training required to meet the testing criteria.
State Command Sgt. Maj. James Nyquist, a regular participant in ACFT training, witnessed for himself the team’s efforts to ensure the test’s execution was in accordance with the Army’s new standards for “building physical lethality and mental toughness.”
“The ACFT team has done an outstanding job in facilitating and taking on the projects related to the test,” said Nyquist.
Fabletics and Hydrow Team up to Deliver Immersive Fitness Experience in Retail and Beyond
The World-Renowned Active Lifestyle Brand and Hydrow, the Live Outdoor Reality (LOR) Rower, Launch 360° Brand Partnership in Time for the Holidays
Fabletics today announced a strategic, long-term partnership with Hydrow, the immersive at-home rower with live and on-demand athlete-led workouts. With this partnership, the Fabletics community of more than two million VIP Members and guests of the brand’s 51 retail stores gain unrivaled access to the Hydrow experience.
As part of the Fabletics x Hydrow partnership, Fabletics members will be able to purchase a Hydrow at members only pricing, plus an exclusive accessories and gear package. Additionally, Hydrow is creating unique content and fitness milestone rewards specifically for the Fabletics VIP community. Hydrow plans to further enhance their offerings for Fabletics VIPs throughout 2021.
In addition, Fabletics will now serve as Hydrow’s official apparel partner. Fabletics will design and produce all Hydrow apparel, and Hydrow’s world-class trainers will exclusively wear Fabletics within all of Hydrow’s workout content.
“We sought out a partnership with Hydrow because we believe they offer one of the most exciting workout experiences available today,” commented Adam Goldenberg, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group. “We know that 73% of our two million VIP Members are working out more than three times per week, and that they love trying something new. With Hydrow, we are bringing them the best workout they can get in 20 minutes – demonstrably more effective than cycling or running. We are thrilled to kick off this collaboration and bring Hydrow to our community.”
“Hydrow is committed to breaking barriers in rowing and making the sport accessible to everyone. Our partnership with Fabletics will help us continue to advance our mission,” commented Bruce Smith, CEO of Hydrow. “By collaborating with Fabletics’ loyal and expansive community, we will be able to bring the Hydrow experience to millions of people who are in search of a workout that not only pushes their body, but focuses their mind. We look forward to this meaningful partnership with Fabletics and to bringing them on board as our exclusive apparel partner.”
The Fabletics x Hydrow partnership goes live with the launch of a dedicated Hydrow experience on Fabletics.com and in-store Hydrow pop-up shops in seven Fabletics retail locations across the country on November 4th. The pop-ups will offer Fabletics members and guests the opportunity to experience Hydrow’s immersive concept and unmatched workout performance via demonstrations with Hydrow experts.
Hydrow’s patented immersive technology and 22-inch HD screen allow users to travel the world, no passport required. Hydrow users get the feel of being right on the river as they are transported from their living rooms to waterways around the globe. This unique immersive experience is coupled with game-changing workout performance – Hydrow users receive an unsurpassed full-body workout, in half the time as other cardio machines.
Fabletics x Hydrow will celebrate their new partnership throughout the quarter with a series of surprise-and-delight moments, which will
Canadian Celiac Association partners with McMaster University
TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers from McMaster University—in partnership with the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)—sought to determine if people with celiac disease were at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. This is the first large-scale global study of its kind and was led by Dr. Maria Pinto Sanchez at McMaster University.
“Early in the pandemic, every patient in our clinic was asking if their risk of contracting COVID-19 was increased due to their celiac disease. Initially, with the help of student Jamie Zhen, we developed a survey intended to be used just in our clinic, but we saw the potential to bring/take it to a wider audience when my international colleagues expressed interest. After getting the approval of the McMaster ethics board, we brought it to the CCA to help us get the word out to celiacs across Canada,” says Dr. Pinto Sanchez.
While the research started in Canada, it quickly expanded to include 18,000 self-reported celiac disease sufferers from across the globe. The survey, which was live from March to June 2020, was conducted with participation from 10 countries (Canada, Argentina, US, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia) and was also translated into Spanish and Italian.
“Despite numerous previous studies that have suggested celiac disease is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections, the research revealed patients with celiac disease were no more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than non-celiacs,” says Dr. Pinto Sanchez. “What this means is celiacs need only take the same precautions as the general public: wearing of masks in public, physical distancing of at least 2 metres and adopt a thorough hand-washing protocol.”
The results have been published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
For more details or an interview with the CCA or Dr. Pinto Sanchez, please contact Melissa Secord.
About the Canadian Celiac Association
The Canadian Celiac Association / L’Association canadienne de la maladie coeliaque, a volunteer-based federally registered charitable organization, empowers people who are adversely affected by gluten. It was founded in 1972 and continues to be a source of science-based information, fostering research and encouraging mutual support among the gluten-free community. The association serves people with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten disorders through its affiliated chapters across Canada.
Media Contact: Melissa Secord, Executive Director
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By Alexandra Alper and Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is suspected of sparking an outbreak of the coronavirus on his team that sidelined a senior official days before the presidential election, according to a current White House official and a former official familiar with the matter.
Marty Obst, a political strategist for Pence, was determined by contact tracers from the White House Medical Unit to be the likely origin of the outbreak, the two people said.
Obst did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Obst, who does not draw a government salary, accompanied Pence to rallies in Bangor, Maine and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Monday, Oct. 19, the White House official said.
“If you had to pick a patient zero it was Marty and he brought it in from the outside,” the White House official said, declining to be named since he was not authorized to speak on the matter.
A spokesman for Pence said Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, had tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. Pence, who has faced criticism for keeping a busy campaign schedule despite being considered a close contact of Short, has tested negative in the days since.
The outbreak on Pence’s team, which follows closely on the heels of a flurry of cases in President Donald Trump’s inner circle, comes as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are surging across the country.
That has kept Trump’s handling of the virus in the headlines ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Polls show Trump trailing Democratic rival and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is consistently seen by likely voters as better able to handle the pandemic.
In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Short defended the decision to keep Pence, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, traveling in the final days of the campaign despite his possible exposure.
He noted the White House had encouraged other essential workers, such as ‘blue collar’ meat packers, to keep working even if they had close contact with someone later diagnosed with COVID-19, so they had set the same example.
“I think we’re actually following the guidelines that we established,” Short said, noting that he had experienced symptoms akin to a head cold but now felt good.
While Short was not deemed a close contact of Obst and continued with his regular schedule following Obst’s positive tests, three junior staffers who have since tested positive for the virus were already in quarantine due to exposure to Obst, a third person familiar with the matter said.
The person, who declined to be named, added that Pence has introduced new safety protocols, like wearing a mask on Marine 2, the helicopter that carries the vice president. The source said Pence remains masked and in his cabin during flights on Air Force 2, the name given to any plane carrying him.
“We have canceled regional interviews. He goes straight from the plane onto the stage. He