Monday, October 31, 2005

Nutritional Products International Announces U. S. Launch of BetterYou Magnesium Oils

Nutritional Products International Announces U. S. Launch of BetterYou Magnesium Oils

Through a joint partnership with BetterYou Ltd, NPI will initially launch three Magnesium Oil spray products nationwide with additional lines to follow. All products are suitable for use by those on a vegetarian, vegan, coeliac and diabetic diet.

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 17, 2009

Nutritional Products International (NPI), a worldwide leader in bringing consumer products into the US marketplace, announced the company has signed an agreement to launch BetterYou Magnesium Oils in the United States following a year of record sales in the UK. Through a joint partnership with BetterYou Ltd, NPI will initially launch three Magnesium Oil spray products nationwide with additional lines to follow. All products are suitable for use by those on a vegetarian, vegan, coeliac and diabetic diet.

Magnesium is a fundamental mineral, needed for over 300 bio-chemical operations including skin integrity, brain health, immune system and energy production in the body. While awareness of its importance as an essential nutrient is widely accepted in many parts of the US, especially for heart health and joint and muscle relaxation, it is believed over two thirds of the population will be deficient. For the great majority it supplementation is still only taken in powder form orally using sources often poorly absorbed by the body.

BetterYou's Magnesium Oil formulations offer a unique transdermal application for faster and more efficient absorption. Transdermal application delivers this essential mineral directly into the skin where it is directly absorbed by the body. With a suite of three products in BetterYou's Magnesium range there are formulations to suit every audience and a diverse range of conditions.

The source of this exceptional mineral is from an ancient sea which once existed over 250 million years ago. Found in Northern Europe and one mile below ground a seam of the most pure magnesium chloride has been found, condensed and purified and uncontaminated by man-made pollutants.

The three products soon to be available in the US through NPI include:
 Magnesium Oil Original Spray - Delivered in its most pure and absorbable form, Magnesium Oil helps to rejuvenate and ease muscular and joint pains. Magnesium is a natural and effective muscle relaxant, helping to reduce tension, tightness and pain related to muscle and joint strain. It is also essential to help the body better absorb calcium.  Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray - This formulation incorporates essential oils and is ideal for promoting a peaceful sleep and providing relief from night time cramps and restless leg syndrome by working to relax joints and muscles. The pure salt form is quickly absorbed relaxing and calming muscles and nerves and helping to regulate melatonin, the hormone essential for normal sleep cycles.  Magnesium Oil Sports Formula - Magnesium is a vital mineral for sports nutrition and aerobic energy production. The instant spray formulation, incorporating lemon, camphor and black pepper essential oils works to invigorate, repair and strengthen muscles while increasing energy, beating fatigue and aiding waste removal. It is ideal for athletes and has even been tested with great success by international sportsmen and women, in particular the Romanian National Football team and The Royal Ballet.

Andrew Thomas, founder of BetterYou Ltd said, "It's been a great year for both our portfolio and distribution network which are expanding quickly and very positively here in the UK. This partnership with NPI is a truly exciting next step in the development of our business and we very much look forward to both continued growth in sales but also growth in the range itself".

According to Mitch Gould, Director of Global Operations for Nutritional Products International, "We are very excited to have the opportunity of being the exclusive marketer for BetterYou's innovative line of Magnesium Oil spray products here in the US. Given the record year of sales the company has enjoyed in the UK and the fact that there is no other product on the market like it, I believe we'll see the same level of success with US consumers."

BetterYou's Magnesium Oil spray products will soon be available on Amazon. com and at retailers throughout the United States. For updates and more information, visit www. nutricompany. com.

About Nutritional Products International (NPI):
Headquartered in Delray Beach, FL, Nutritional Products International (NPI) is a privately held company staffed with a complimentary team of market professionals that specializes in retail and practitioner distribution of Nutraceuticals, Dietary Supplements, Functional Beverages, and Skin Care Products. NPI offers a proprietary, turn-key approach for both Domestic and International product manufacturers seeking to launch or expand distribution of their products in the U. S. market. For more information, visit www. nutricompany. com.

Contact: Brian Gould


Best Friends, PetSmart Charities Team Up to Help Shelter Pits

Best Friends, PetSmart Charities Team Up to Help Shelter Pits

Generous Grant Will Fund Pilot Programs to Help Pit Bulls in Five U. S. Communities

Kanab, UT (Vocus) October 18, 2010

Presentation of a $240,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to Best Friends Animal Society highlighted Friday’s activity at the society’s annual No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas.

The grant will support pilot programs at shelters in five cities to encourage responsible guardianship and reduce euthanasia of pit bull-type dogs, as well as strive to improve the perception of the breed.

The “Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls Project” will create partnerships between Best Friends and shelters in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Baltimore, Md., Washington, D. C., Carlsbad, Calif. and Tampa, Fla. The programs will be based on the very successful partnership between Best Friends and Salt Lake County Animal Services that began in July 2009, a program that resulted in a 10 percent drop in euthanasia of pit bull-type dogs in its first year, as well as doubling the number of these dogs adopted from the previous year.

The Salt Lake program, which will serve as a model for the new pilot projects, offers community education and free/low-cost resources such as training and spay/neuter for pit bull-type dogs to help guardians keep their pets in the family in order to reduce the number of dogs coming into the shelter as strays or as victims of abandonment/owner relinquishment.

The program benefits from a strong volunteer base, called the “Pit Crew,” which showcases dogs for adoption through outreach events, photos and descriptions online and also fosters dogs whose time is up in the shelter. There also is emphasis on creating frequent media opportunities to portray pit bull-type dogs in a positive light--to counter the image of the breed often presented in the news.

The program’s cities were selected from 20 applicants for the year-long pilot program. The participating shelters will be Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Services Department, BARCS – Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Washington (D. C.) Humane Society, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services – Carlsbad Shelter and Hillsborough County (Fla.) Animal Services.

Funds provided by PetSmart Charities and additional funds from Best Friends will be used to create a work plan in the five selected cities, pay for a shelter coordinator in each city, support marketing/ public relations and other media opportunities in those markets, and pay for a Best Friends program manager to oversee implementation and reporting in the five shelters. There also will be funds to pay for training for staff at one of our training partners and media and legal training to take place on site.

“As with any dog that is spayed or neutered, properly trained, socialized and treated with love and kindness, pit bull-type dogs can be well adjusted, happily balanced, and affectionate members of the family,” says Jamie Healy, Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls manager. “It’s the person on the other end of the leash who decides how their dog interacts with others and who sometimes put these dogs at the wrong side of the law.”

Best Friends Animal Society works to help pit bulls through its national campaign, Pit Bulls: Saving America’s Dog, which helps dogs who are battling everything from a sensationalized reputation to legislation designed to bring about their extinction. The campaign’s goal is to end discrimination against all dogs–because they are individuals and should be treated as such.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation.

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.3 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities. org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

Contact for more information:

Temma Martin
Best Friends Animal Society

John Polis
Best Friends Animal Society

Kim Noetzel
PetSmart Charities


Academy of Art University Accepting Jewelry Donations for Ethical Metalsmiths' Radical Jewelry Makeover -- Through September 11th

Academy of Art University Accepting Jewelry Donations for Ethical Metalsmiths' Radical Jewelry Makeover -- Through September 11th

Don't know what to do with your old, unwanted jewelry? How about Radical Jewelry Makeover!

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2008

Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings and gold bands from past relationships sitting at the bottom of jewelry boxes around the Bay Area are exactly what jewelry artists participating in Radical Jewelry Makeover - San Francisco want to get their creative hands on. For the next month the non-profit Ethical Metalsmiths is accepting donations of old, unwanted jewelry at several Bay Area locations, including the Academy of Art University.

"American households are a clean and transparent source of precious metals and jewelry that is waiting to be recycled. Ethical Metalsmiths is bringing together a skilled workforce of volunteer artists who will act as miners, smelters, refiners, designers, silversmiths, goldsmiths, chainmakers and stonesetters to transform your hoard of old jewelry into unique and innovative hand-made items," says Christina Miller, Radical Jewelry Makeover Project Director.

The Academy of Art University's School of Fine Art (http://www. academyart. edu/fine-art-school/index. html) Sculpture is honored to have its metal arts BFA and MFA students participating in the 2008 Radical Jewelry Makeover. "This event is an exciting and spectacular way to make all artists deeply aware of the vital importance and responsibility of recycling in our profession," says Academy of Art University Director of Graduate Fine Art Sculpture Charlene Modena.

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) offers its host communities a fun, informed, and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production. As a traveling awareness project for community mining, creative art education, and recycling, RJM teaches artists how to produce contemporary, innovative jewelry from recycled sources and proudly places responsible jewelry in the hands of consumers. The overall project raises awareness of the complicated connection between mining and metalsmithing, as well as showcasing innovative artistry.

This is how it works: The public is asked to "mine" their homes, "uncovering" gold, silver, and other jewelry, that is no longer used and deposits their "lode" at designated places in the Bay Area. Teams of volunteer jewelers and metalsmiths working at schools and studios in several locations will reconstruct and transform the donations into exciting new jewelry designs. The resulting fresh, unique, handmade, 100 percent recycled jewelry will be exhibited and sold at San Francisco's renowned Velvet da Vinci Gallery. Donors will receive discount coupons, which will be available and redeemable at the gallery during the exhibition. Sale of "makeover" jewelry will benefit Ethical Metalsmiths' efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials.

San Francisco knows the consequences of mining. As a result of gold mining that took place more than a century ago, the San Francisco Bay is lined with several feet of sediment from hydraulic mining while its waters are contaminated with dangerous levels of mercury. Today, mining is this nation's most toxic industry according to the EPA. Earthworks reports that an estimated 80% of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and a single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste. Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist run non-profit organization seeks to galvanize mining reform efforts by staging this "alternative supply chain."

Participants from several organizations, studios and schools are lined up to transform donations into inspiring new work. Coming together for the largest Radical Jewelry Makeover to date are the Academy of Art University, California College of Art, City College, the Crucible, Metal Arts Guild - San Francisco, Revere Academy, Richmond Art Center and Scintillant Studio. The "makeover" jewelry will be exhibited and sold at Velvet da Vinci Gallery.

Jewelry donations will be accepted from now through September 11, 2008 at all of the participating schools. Donors will receive a dollar discount for their donation (based on material and quantity), which can be used toward the purchase of a "Makeover" piece. Donation forms are available online here (http://www. academyart. edu/assets/pdf/RJM_SF_donationform. pdf). One completed donation form must accompany each donation (not each object, but what a particular individual is giving as a whole). Place your donation in a bag along with the completed form at the collection box located at the Academy of Art University School of Fine Art Sculpture, 410 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.

General Timeline:
Drop off donations will be accepted from August 11 to September 11, 2008 at each school (except the Richmond Art Center, which is a MAIL IN site only). Schools will transform the donations between September 22 and October 15, 2008. The Academy of Art University will be hosting an Open House while Radical Jewelry Makeover is in progress on Saturday and Sunday, September 27th and 28th, from 1:00 to 4:00PM. It will take place at the AAU School of Fine Art Sculpture, 410 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. The exhibition at the Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco (on Polk between Broadway and Pacific) will take place October 22 through November 9. There will be a reception on Friday October 24, 2008.

Academy of Art University
School of Fine Art Sculpture
410 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
AAU Radical Jewelry Makeover Coordinator:
Charlene Modena, Director of Graduate Fine Art Sculpture, (415) 618-3631
Brandy Esparza, Administrative Assistant, (415) 618-3636

About Ethical Metalsmiths
Ethical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of stimulating demand for responsibly sourced materials as an investment in the future. We stand for social responsibility, a healthy environment and materials that are consistent with these values. Our website www. EthicalMetalsmiths. org describes our goals, activities, and accomplishments, as we raise awareness, provide information and promote ethical sourcing among jewelers, metalsmiths and the public.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
With nearly 12,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BFA, M. Arch and MFA programs, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design (http://www. academyart. edu/graphic-design-school/index. html), cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information visit www. academyart. edu or call 1-800-544-2787.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Open Source Intelligence Expert Jeff Bedser To Deliver Keynote Address At HTCIA Asia Pacific Training Conference

Open Source Intelligence Expert Jeff Bedser To Deliver Keynote Address At HTCIA Asia Pacific Training Conference

Corporate Security Professionals to Learn about Open Source Intelligence Tools and Methods

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) December 5, 2008

Internet Crimes Group, Inc. (ICG) announced today that Jeff Bedser, President/COO of ICG, would deliver one of the keynote addresses at the High Technology Crime Investigation Association's Asia Pacific Training Conference (http://www. htcia. org. hk/ (http://www. htcia. org. hk/)). The conference takes place on December 10-12, 2008, in Hong Kong, China.

The theme of Mr. Bedser's talk is how open source intelligence tools can be incorporated into the workflow of corporate security departments.

Mr. Bedser is a recognized authority on cybercrime and threat intelligence. He currently serves on the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Council, has served on the board of directors for the Joint Council for Information Age Crime and is a former chairman of the Cyber Threats Taskforce for ASIS International. In addition, he is on the editorial board for The Security Journal, and as a volunteer leader of ASIS International has orchestrated several highly appraised education programs on Cybercrime.

ICG recently announced the addition of Stratfor analysis into ICG's iThreat® Global Intelligence Monitor (http://www. ithreat. com (http://www. ithreat. com)). The iThreat® Global Intelligence Monitor (GIM) is a customizable Web application that displays threat information and analysis from multiple sources on a map alongside an organization's assets.

About Internet Crimes Group and iThreat

ICG (http://www. icginc. com (http://www. icginc. com)) is the premier provider of Internet intelligence and threat management solutions to Global 2,500 companies and leading law firms. The iThreat® Global Intelligence Monitor and Global Trade Monitor subscription products are open source intelligence Web applications that uncover threats to an organization in the form of weather and health alerts, extremist group activities, and counterfeit goods trafficking. ICG combines proprietary threat intelligence with technology and methodologies for threat monitoring, analysis and reporting.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Obama Spokeswoman, Dr. Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, to Speak at the DC Health Summit on Oct. 29

Obama Spokeswoman, Dr. Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, to Speak at the DC Health Summit on Oct. 29

An audience of 100 health insurance, health care, and business leaders will learn more about the Obama / Biden health care plan.

Gaithersburg, MD (PRWEB) October 25, 2008

Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin Ph. D. will speak at the 2008 DC Health Summit, a meeting that is bringing together 100 of the top minds in the health care industry on Oct. 29 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington, DC (www. dchealthsummit. com).

Dr. Buntin is a health economist and researcher who focuses on health insurance benefit design, health insurance markets, provider payment, and the care use and needs of the elderly. Her current projects include a study of the effects of consumer-directed health care on health care access, costs, and quality and a study of the effects of Medicare payment changes on post-acute care costs and outcomes.

She has also worked on projects and published in the areas of disease management, the market for individual health insurance policies, Medicare physician payment rates, the financing of end-of-life care, and Medicare managed care plan design and payment.

Dr. Buntin graduated from the Ph. D. Program in Health Policy at Harvard University where she concentrated in health economics and specialized in the economics of the Medicare program, and is currently a volunteer surrogate speaker for the Obama campaign, and says she's excited to participate in the Oct. 29 DC Health Summit.

Although a representative from the McCain campaign was also invited to attend the DC Health Summit, Amber Johnson, director of scheduling for the campaign, declined due to an overwhelming number of events surrogates need to attend at this time.

The Obama / Biden Plan

Among the many ideas that Senator Barack Obama has for health care, should he be elected President of the United States on November 4, include:
Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions so all Americans regardless of their health status or history can get comprehensive benefits at fair and stable premiums. Create a new Small Business Health Tax Credit to help small businesses provide affordable health insurance to their employees. Lower costs for businesses by covering a portion of the catastrophic health costs they pay in return for lower premiums for employees. Prevent insurers from overcharging doctors for their malpractice insurance and invest in proven strategies to reduce preventable medical errors. Make employer contributions fairer by requiring large employers that do not offer coverage or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees to contribute a percentage of payrolls toward the costs of their employees' health care. Establish a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress that will allow individuals and small businesses to buy affordable health coverage. Ensure everyone who needs it will receive a tax credit for his or her premiums.

He also hopes to reduce Costs and Save a Typical American Family up to $2,500 as reforms phase in:
Lower drug costs by allowing the importation of safe medicines from other developed countries, increasing the use of generic drugs in public programs and taking on drug companies that block cheaper generic medicines from the market Require hospitals to collect and report health care cost and quality data Reduce the costs of catastrophic illnesses for employers and their employees. Reform the insurance market to increase competition by taking on anticompetitive activity that drives up prices without improving quality of care.

According to the Obama-Biden healthcare website (http://www. barackobama. com/issues/healthcare (http://www. barackobama. com/issues/healthcare)) the plan will also promote public health by requiring coverage of preventive services, including cancer screenings, and increase state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Plus, it makes a commitment to fiscal responsibility. "Barack Obama will pay for his $50 - $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level," his website reports.

Discussing the future of health insurance

Before Dr. Buntin speaks, the audience will hear a keynote address from Dr. Steven Aldana, a nationally recognized scientist and teacher on the topic of health promotion in the workplace, Dr. Aldana's keynote, "The Truth About Return on Investment and Worksite Health Promotion Programs," will serve as an introduction to a broader discussion among Summit panelists and attendees about the future of health insurance in the United States.

Following Dr. Buntin's remarks, the Summit's moderator / futurist Andy Hines will take questions from the audience.

He will also ask questions of an all-star health care panel including:
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Population Care Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips -- Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips is an internist and the physician director of Population Care at Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC). She has served in several positions within Kaiser Permanente, including chief of Internal Medicine, running medical offices, and since 2003, being responsible for the design and implementation of Wellness, Prevention, and Disease Management activities for the organization.

National Rehabilitation Hospital's VP Dr. Paul Rao -- Dr. Paul R. Rao is the vice president of Clinical Services and Quality Improvement, and Corporate Compliance at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC, and has been a member of the NRH Bioethics Committee since its inception. He wears a number of other hats, including being the Privacy Officer Liaison / HIPAA Coordinator, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland; and sitting on the editorial board of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and Advance for Directors.

Neurosurgeon Dr. James Melisi -- Dr. Melisi has been in private practice since 1993. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He graduated magna cum laude in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981 and received his medical degree from State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine in 1986. He completed a seven-year Neurosurgery residency at George Washington University Hospital in 1993.

Maryland's former Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer -- In June 2003, Al Redmer was appointed by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., to be the Maryland Insurance Commissioner where he oversaw an annual budget of $21 million. He worked to foster a balanced marketplace that allowed for vigorous consumer protection while promoting healthy competition among insurance carriers. During his tenure, he served as the Co-Chair for the Government Affairs Task Force for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), was a Board Member of the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) and was a Board Member of the Maryland Health insurance Plan.

UnitedHealthcare's Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sanford Cohen -- Dr. Sanford Cohen is the Northeast regional Chief Medical Officer for United Healthcare for health plans in the Mid-Atlantic States and northeast. After spending time in private practice, serving as medical director for a medical group and director of performance improvement for a large hospital system he joined Oxford Health Plans in 1999 as Vice President in Medical Affairs and then joined United Healthcare in 2004.

Virginia Senator George Barker -- Prior to taking office last November, Senator George Barker worked for 30 years for the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia where he helped contain skyrocketing health care costs, promote quality of care, and ensure access to medical care for all Northern Virginians.

Impetus for Change

Understanding more possibilities about the future of health care is fundamental to improving the system, insists Stephanie Cohen, CEO of the health benefits firm Golden & Cohen, who is hosting the Oct. 29 event.

"My goals for the Summit was to get all the players into one room at the DC Health Summit -- from futurists like Andy Hines to insurance company executives, doctors, hospital administrators, pharmaceutical companies, and politicians," says Cohen. "All these people have their own ideas, war stories, and agendas about what needs to be done to get health care insurance rates back in check -- but never before have they sat down together and talked it through. The Summit is the first step to get this important conversation going."

To attend the event, please register online www. dchealthsummit. com/rsvp (http://www. dchealthsummit. com/rsvp), or call Lisa Garlena at Golden & Cohen at 301-330-5300 x230.

Direct questions and media inquiries to Hope Katz Gibbs of Inkandescent Public Relations, hope @ hopegibbs. com/ 703-346-6975.


Allsup Helps Break Through the Disability Backlog

Allsup Helps Break Through the Disability Backlog

Allsup reissues top 10 tips to help people with disabilities as applications for Social Security disability benefits soar to 2.8 million

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) February 8, 2010

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications reached an unprecedented 2.8 million claims in 2009, signaling the continuing challenge for applicants. Allsup, the nation's leading Social Security disability representation company, is releasing 10 tips to help Americans with disabilities break through the backlog of more than 700,000 claims now waiting for a hearing before the Social Security Administration.

"Based on Allsup's extensive experience completing and getting awards for thousands of SSDI applicants, we've compiled this list of 10 tips to break through the disability backlog]," said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims. "These are some of the key steps that individuals can take to speed up their process as much as possible, knowing that it can take two years or more to receive benefits."

The Social Security Administration now expects 340,000 more disability claims in fiscal year 2010 than anticipated one year ago. By the end of this year, the estimated pending SSDI backlog will be 964,000 for initial applications.

SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals under full retirement age (65 or older) who can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for at least 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible. More details are provided in the SSDI Overview on Allsup. com.

Allsup's Top 10 Tips for Breaking Through the Disability Backlog

1. Determine eligibility. To be eligible for SSDI benefits], claimants must have been disabled before reaching full retirement age (65-67) and meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled, which generally means being unable to work due to a medically determinable mental or physical impairment expected to result in death or last for at least 12 months. Individuals also must have worked and paid into the program for five of the last 10 years. (Obtain a free evaluation to determine eligibility by visiting: https://www. allsup. com/about-ssdi/free-ssdi-evaluation. aspx])

2. File immediately. If an initial claim is denied, Allsup notes that the national average wait for an appeals hearing is 491 days. There is no time to lose.

3. Obtain doctor's agreement. Claimants need written medical confirmation of their qualifying conditions when they apply. According to Allsup, not having a doctor's support when filing could delay the process a month or more.

4. Get help. Filing for disability benefits is a complicated process akin to preparing a difficult income tax return. Allsup emphasizes that the earlier applicants seek help, the more support they can get to help put them back on the right track.

5. Prepare an accurate medical record. A comprehensive factual record is required to convince the government to provide benefits.

6. Establish your work history. Compile records of dates and tenure of previous employment. As noted above, individuals must have worked for five of the previous 10 years to qualify for benefits. A 15-year work history is needed.

7. Meet deadlines. If benefits are denied at any stage of the process, claimants have only 60 days to file an appeal. If the deadline is missed, the process starts over from the beginning. In addition, there is a risk of reducing the amount of retroactive benefits to which someone is entitled.

8. Reduce spending. The long wait for benefits means that people lose their savings, possessions and sometimes their homes. Eliminate unnecessary spending as quickly as possible and prepare for the long haul. And don't use credit cards. Allsup reminds applicants that high-interest debt will add to long-term problems. There may be other, more affordable options for handling expenses. More resources are available to you on the Personal Finance section of Allsup. com.

9. Maintain health insurance. There will be a temptation to cut spending on insurance, but Allsup notes that even after individuals begin receiving disability benefits there is a two-year waiting period for Medicare eligibility.

10. Don't give up. The Social Security Administration denies more than 60 percent of all initial applications, but two-thirds of the people who appeal eventually will receive their disability benefits. By the time applicants reach the hearing level of appeals, about 90 percent are receiving representation assistance.

To find out if you may be eligible to apply for SSDI benefits, contact the Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 279-4357 and ask for a free evaluation.

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and workers' compensation services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 600 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www. Allsup. com.

Gail Rucker
(800) 854-1415, ext. 8504
Rebecca Ray
(800) 854-1418, ext. 5065

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa Opens Door to a Luxurious Manicure and Pedicure Salon in the Peninsula

Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa Opens Door to a Luxurious Manicure and Pedicure Salon in the Peninsula

Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa celebrates with 3-day grand opening festivities and fundraiser benefiting American Cancer Society

San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2005

Providing luxury spa-like treatments for hands and feet, Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa has announced its grand opening in San Mateo beginning Saturday, June 11, 2005.

Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa will kick off this event with a 3-day celebration with special prizes and giveaways as well as donating 50% of the spaÂ’s sales to the American Cancer SocietyÂ’s Relay for Life, an annual relay designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society.

“Since the opening of my skin care clinic, I have received endless requests from my clients to offer the same superior service and treatments in the caring of their hands and feet,” said Simone Nguyen, owner of Simone European Skin Care Clinic and Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa. “It is with their encouragement and my dream that I was able to expand my business – I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to give back to my community both with the opening of the spa and our 3-day fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society.”

“We are excited that local businesses like Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa want to get involved and become a sponsor,” said Magda Jisrawi, community development manager, Relay for Life of American Cancer Society. “It’s opportunities like this that help raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.”

Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa will feature various one-on-one manicure and pedicure treatments in its French-influenced décor setting with customized moisturizer kits created onsite from Le Hydration Bar and topped off with our signature hand and foot massage. Prices for services will vary from $28 to $68; however, all tools used during manicures and pedicures, such as buffers and nail clippers will either be discarded after a single use or sterilized in our surgical-grade autoclave in order to adhere to our strict standards of service and cleanliness. In addition, the spa will only use bacteria-free crystal bowls for pedicures and hospital-grade disinfectant to ensure proper sanitation and reduce the chances for cross-contamination.

The 3-day grand opening celebration and fundraiser will begin on Saturday, June 11, 2005 and last through, Monday, June 13, 2005 at Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa. Morever, information to participate in the American Cancer SocietyÂ’s Relay for Life will be available during the grand opening at the spa and can also be found by contacting the American Cancer Society at (408)688-0117 or by visiting www. cancer. org. For more information on the grand opening or to book an appointment, please call Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa at (650)347-8088.

About Relay for Life

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event. It is an overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community. It is the largest, nonprofit fundraising event in the world, with over 4,100 Relays scheduled to be held this year across the United States.

About Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa

Simone Nguyen first established Simone European Skin Care Clinic in 2000 in a small office in San Mateo before moving to the current location, 304 East 4th Ave. With the support and encouragement of her existing clientele, Simone felt it was time to expand her extensive European training in the skin care industry and offer the same superior service and setting for manicures and pedicures.

Founded in 2005, Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa offers spa-like treatments to rejuvenate and beautify hands and feet while addressing the daily health and conditions of your hands and nails with customized pedicure and manicure packages from Le Hydration Bar. Simone European Pedi-Mani Spa is located at 333 East 4th Ave and opened daily from 10 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. For information call 650-347-8088. For information regarding Simone European Skin Care Clinic, please call 650-347-8070.


Simone Nguyen

Skin Care Clinic: 650.347.8070

Pedi-Mani Spa: 650.347.8088

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OVLG Calls for Debt Relief Companies to have a Clear Refund Policy for Consumers

OVLG Calls for Debt Relief Companies to have a Clear Refund Policy for Consumers

OVLG calls for Debt relief companies to have a clear money back policy for consumers and strictly adhere to it in order to maintain corporate social responsibility.

(PRWEB) September 9, 2010

Debt relief is not only about getting distressed people out of huge debt obligations, but also about preventing them from acquiring further debts. A client may not be able to continue with the program due to several unavoidable causes. But, the company cannot avoid its corporate social responsibility towards the client. Therefore, provision for a clear refund policy is absolutely important for firms offering debt relief services. However, debt relief companies are found to often evade the question of fee refunds when their clients discontinue with their services for unavoidable reasons. This increases the client’s hardship.

Recently, a similar incident happened with Oak View Law Group (OVLG), where a client named Mrs. KW (name hidden for privacy) wanted to discontinue with the service due to her poor financial condition and health. She requested a partial refund of the payments that she had made up until that date. On Aug 12, 2010 she wrote, “I have an autoimmune disease that has caused my body to attack healthy tissue and organs. The most emergent symptom caused me several heart attacks that have not only caused much physical pain, limitations, and anguish, but the financial disaster that goes along with many, many medical expenses.”

She enrolled with OVLG on Oct 27, 2009, in order to get rid of her overwhelming debt of $7,000. She acknowledged the firm’s initial efforts, saying, "I don't believe your company’s initial efforts should be free...I believe that $250 would be a fair amount to pay your company for setting my debt."

OVLG assured her of the refund and wished that she would get well soon. On Aug 13, 2010 Mr. Nick Denton, OVLG’s Customer Relation Team Head, even assured her that the amount of her refund would be increased. "I will try to increase the refund amount if possible."

After receiving assurance of the refund, Mrs. KW was overwhelmed, "I will sleep soundly tonight knowing I have made a good start on my way to relief from the creditor harassment I've been suffering. I wouldn't be surprised if my blood pressure is WAY down when I make my doctor visit on Monday!"

OVLG refunded $1,082 in total, including $250, the amount Mrs. KW wanted to give OVLG for its initial services.

This is a rare instance of humaneness - a virtue which is rare in the contemporary corporate world, especially in the debt relief industry. However, if all firms in the debt relief industry have a clear 100% money back policy, and strictly adhere to it, it will be a sincere attempt to uphold corporate social responsibility. It will help to win back the faith of all those distressed people who have been victims of debt relief scams and collection agencies.

About ‘Oak View Law Group’

Oak View Law Group (http://www. ovlg. com/), is a California State Bar Association registered law firm that will help you with Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy and other debt relief options.


8421 Auburn Blvd. #145, Suite B
Citrus Heights, CA 95610-0394

Toll free phone numbers: For clients: 800 530 OVLG (6854)
For opposing party counsel: 800 952 OVLG (6854)
For all other questions: contact(at)oakviewlaw(dot)com


New Online Calculator Shows Potential Injury Prevention Savings for Healthcare Facilities

New Online Calculator Shows Potential Injury Prevention Savings for Healthcare Facilities

A new online calculator has been launched for risk managers and safety officials at hospitals and healthcare facilities. The calculator provides an estimate of potential “Return On Investment” (ROI) from the implementation of a safe lifting program and to help justify the investment of time, training, and capital equipment. It is available at SafeLiftingPortal. com/calculator.

Franklin, MA (PRWEB) August 3, 2006 -–

A new online calculator has been launched for risk managers and safety officials at hospitals and healthcare facilities. The calculator provides an estimate of potential “Return On Investment” (ROI) from the implementation of a safe lifting program and to help justify the investment of time, training, and capital equipment. It is available at www. SafeLiftingPortal. com/calculator (http://www. SafeLiftingPortal. com/calculator).

The R. O.I. Calculator is part of the Safe Lifting Environment injury prevention campaign that is sponsored by Liko, Inc. and designed to promote the use of safe lifting and patient handling practices at healthcare and hospital facilities.

Entering basic facility data such as the number of beds at the facility and the number of full time employees produces a customizable report that provides basic savings information. The report can then be used to support the creation of a facility-wide safe patient handling program. The R. O.I. Calculator utilizes industry-average cost and injury rates to provide an accurate representation of potential cost savings. Formal, more detailed R. O.I. estimates, including life-cycle cost savings, are also available by request through the Safe Lifting Portal site.

The Safe Lifting Portal serves as a clearinghouse for injury prevention information with presentation aids, educational resources, and links to related websites. With recent legislation in many states aimed at reducing caregiver injuries, information availability is key for the communication of successful strategies between lift committees, risk managers, safety directors, and occupational health professionals.

Free Safe Lifting Environment starter kits which include healthcare injury statistics, Safe Lifting Environment decals, and graphic elements are also available at the portal. For more information, visit http://www. SafeLiftingPortal. com (http://www. SafeLiftingPortal. com) or call 888-545-6671.

About Liko

Liko is one of the world’s leading suppliers of patient lift and transfer solutions. The company’s products include mobile lifts, overhead ceiling mounted systems, and a variety of injury prevention solutions. For more information on Liko’s sponsorship of the Safe Lifting Portal, contact Liko Inc., 122 Grove Street, Franklin, MA 02038; telephone (888) 545-6671 or (508) 553-3993; fax (508) 528-6642; or visit the Liko website at www. liko. com/NA (http://www. liko. com/NA )


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions and MayoClinic. com Web Sites Awarded Seven 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions and MayoClinic. com Web Sites Awarded Seven 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions recently won awards in seven classifications of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading industry publication.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (PRWEB) January 19, 2007

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions recently won awards in seven classifications of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading industry publication.

Mayo Clinic's consumer health information, www. MayoClinic. com (www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/ (http://www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/)), won three gold awards: one each in the "Best overall Internet site," "Best site design" and "Best health content" categories for consumer general health sites.  

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions' eHealth Package, a suite of Web-based population health management tools (www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/ (http://www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/)) that employers and member groups can customize for their populations, won four awards: two platinum awards for the "Best overall Internet site" category in the corporate business improvement and business/process improvement applications or products classifications, as well as platinum and gold awards in the "Best health content" and "Best site design" categories, respectively, for the business/process improvement applications or products classification.  

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program recognizes the best Web sites and business improvement initiatives of a wide range of organizations. Judges looked at how sites compared with others in their classification and reviewed sites based on a proprietary multi-point standard of Internet excellence.

The 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from online health companies, business improvement/vendor sites, large and small health care organizations, and pharmaceutical companies, according to eHealthcare Strategy & Trends.

"Mayo Clinic Health Solutions is pleased to receive these awards," says Brooks Edwards, M. D., medical director for Mayo Clinic Health Solutions www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/ (http://www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/)), the parent organization for

Www. MayoClinic. com (www. mayoclinic. com/ (http://www. mayoclinic. com/)). "These awards recognize our efforts to provide quality information and tools to help people lead healthier lives."

About Mayo Clinic Health Solutions

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions (www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/ (http://www. mayoclinichealthsolutions. com/)) extends Mayo Clinic's expertise to people throughout their lives. By drawing upon the experience of teams of Mayo Clinic experts, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions develops and provides solution-oriented products and services designed to improve people's health. Its broad array of offerings includes solutions for population health management (health risk assessment, behavior change programs and self-care tools), consumer health education (www. MayoClinic. com), books and newsletters, health benefits administration (third-party administration, health savings accounts and pharmacy benefit management), pharmacy services, and medical supplies. Additionally, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions transfers medical expertise, intellectual property, and innovation into medical devices and products that help people across the globe. For more information, visit www. MayoClinicHealthSolutions. com.

To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to www. mayoclinic. org/news (http://www. mayoclinic. org/news). MayoClinic. com (www. mayoclinic. com) is available as a resource for your health stories.


Monday, October 24, 2005

Software M&A Specialist Corum Group Counsels Entrepreneurs at Houston Meeting

Software M&A Specialist Corum Group Counsels Entrepreneurs at Houston Meeting

At this educational event in Houston scheduled for June 24, Jeff Brown, Vice President of global M&A advisory firm Corum Group, will meet with software and technology entrepreneurs and investors. According to Ward Carter, Chairman of the Corum Group, Mr. Brown will present the firm’s insights on M&A in the global technology sector.

Seattle, WA (Vocus) June 17, 2010

Jeff Brown (http://www. corumgroup. com/Jeff-Brown. aspx), Vice President of global software M&A (http://www. corumgroup. com/our-approach. aspx) specialist firm Corum Group Ltd. will be speaking in Houston on June 24 at a meeting of software and technology entrepreneurs and investors. A veteran software industry and software M&A advisor, Brown will bring both his own and the firm’s insights to this event at the Hilton Post Oak Hotel. Mr. Brown manages Corum’s Gulf Coast area practice and also leads the firm’s concentration in energy technology. Technology executives interested in attending this event can learn more at Corum's website, can contact Corum or register here for this Software M&A event: (www. corumgroup. com/EventDetails. aspx? id=177 (http://www. corumgroup. com/EventDetails. aspx? id=177)).

“Texas and the Gulf Coast are important to us, as is the energy sector. We have been very active in Houston within its energy and other technology sectors. Houston's wide range of vertical sector software companies has provided unique opportunities for buyers to enter verticals," said Mr. Brown, who also mentioned Houston's world-leading healthcare ecosystem as a source of M&A opportunities for buyers. "In fact, during 2009 alone, Corum led the sale of four software companies whose North American headquarters were in Texas. Each of these innovative, growing software companies was able to command strong attention and first rate deals in a difficult economy, including our Houston client Petrospec Technologies, Inc. (http://www. petrospec-technologies. com), whose special expertise in real-time pore pressure and rock property analysis software drove its successful acquisition (http://www. prweb. com/releases/SoftwareMergers/PetroleumDrillingSoftware/prweb2760144.htm) last summer. We will continue to focus on innovative companies, using educational events like this one in Houston to help prepare technology entrepreneurs for M&A.”

Corum’s international perspective has become a critical asset to the company’s clients in Houston and the rest of Texas, as deal composition has increasingly moved across international borders. In fact, Corum’s analysis shows that approximately 60% of all technology M&A transactions are cross-border, a metric that matches closely with Corum’s own M&A transactions.

In his briefing, Mr. Brown will cover many of the reasons behind this trend and strategies for harnessing it. Currency differentials, dissimilar paces of technology adoption in different markets, fluctuations in the IPO and capital markets, and labor cost arbitrage have all combined to drive buyers across borders for acquisitions.

Ward Carter, Chairman of the Corum Group commented, “It is always gratifying to conduct conferences and spread the message of Corum’s best practices in Software and IT Services M&A, developed over 25 years and with more than 225 successfully completed transactions. During this Houston event, attendees will particularly benefit from Jeff’s personal experience as a former software company CEO himself and M&A advisor.” There is no charge to qualified executives, entrepreneurs and investors who pre-register for the Corum event at http://www. corumgroup. com/EventDetails. aspx? id=177 (http://www. corumgroup. com/EventDetails. aspx? id=177).

About Corum Group
Corum Group Ltd. is the global leader in merger and acquisition services for software and information technology companies worldwide. With offices worldwide, "Experience makes the difference" after the completion of hundreds of software M&A transactions (http://www. corumgroup. com/transaction-tombstones. aspx) spanning six continents, enabling the firm to deliver a proven business process for its clients. Corum also educates the industry with its conferences and sponsors the industry's monthly Tech M&A Webcast. Corum's principals are highly experienced former tech CEOs, supported by the industry's leading researchers, writers and valuation experts on software and IT M&A (http://www. corumgroup. com/Software-IT-MA-Briefings. aspx). The company has spent more than US $20 million to build the world's largest and most comprehensive buyer database. This knowledge base, Corum's experience and its dealmakers' uniquely pertinent expertise, consistently ensure unequaled success in Corum's client engagements.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

LifeCare® and Adoption Institute Announce Partnership To Enhance Corporate Services and Best Practices

LifeCare® and Adoption Institute Announce Partnership To Enhance Corporate Services and Best Practices

This release shares details about a new partnership between LifeCare and the Adoption Institute to enhance services and best practices delivered to and used by employers nationwide.

Shelton, CT (PRWEB) June 18, 2009

Two highly respected national organizations --LifeCare® (http://www. lifecare. com/), Inc. and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (http://www. adoptioninstitute. org/index. php) -- today announced a unique partnership to enhance service offerings to and best practices by corporations throughout the United States relating to adoption, foster parenting and diversity in family life.

LifeCare is the country's leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers; the Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Their combined knowledge and resources promise to provide unparalleled support and guidance to people seeking to adopt or who are already touched by adoption or foster care.

To launch the partnership, the Adoption Institute is training/updating LifeCare's team of professional Adoption Specialists on the most current research and information on best practices in adoption. The two organizations will also develop a variety of educational resources, seminars and webinars that are expected to be available to clients later this year.

"We've always prided ourselves on providing the highest quality, market-leading services in every discipline we touch," said LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki. "This partnership with the Adoption Institute ensures that our adoption services are second to none and that the parents who reach out to us have the benefit of the latest research, education and advocacy initiatives. We're delighted to be working with such a highly esteemed organization."

"Encouraging employer support for adoption is critical to our mission of improving the lives of everyone touched by adoption," said Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Institute. "By partnering with LifeCare, we now have the potential to reach employers of every type and size nationwide and the millions of people who work for them. We look forward to making significant progress with LifeCare and the families it helps to build."

This partnership brings together two highly effective organizations with nearly four decades of combined experience in family issues. The Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, works to improve the lives of everyone for whom adoption is part of everyday life by shaping better laws, policies and practices -- including those in the workplace. LifeCare was founded in 1984 with a strong focus on child care, literally helping to launch the work/life industry.

LifeCare provides 24/7 adoption counseling, education and referrals to clients through its team of professional Adoption Specialists, who are trained to educate individuals on the adoption process; help them navigate the often complicated legal and financial processes related to adoption; provide personalized referrals to adoption agencies and other resources nationwide; and provide related educational materials and follow-up as needed.

The Adoption Institute's mission is to provide leadership to improve laws, policies and practices -- through sound research, education and advocacy -- to enhance the lives of everyone touched by adoption. Its award-winning website is www. adoptioninstitute. org. For more information or to schedule an interview with Executive Director Adam Pertman, call 617-332-8944.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions (http://www. lifecare. com/services/total_health/index. html) for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness (http://www. lifecare. com/services/total_health/index. html) issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit www. lifecare. com.

Notes to Editors

LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.


Jeffery Leving to Deliver Keynote Speech at Fathers & Families Coalition of America Conference

Jeffery Leving to Deliver Keynote Speech at Fathers & Families Coalition of America Conference

Fathers & Families Coalition of America is having its annual conference in Tucson, AZ on July 8 & 9, 2008. Mr. Leving is to deliver the keynote speech and is among several distinguished facilitators at the conference.

(PRWEB) July 2, 2008

'Dads Make A Difference' is the theme of the 2008 annual conference hosted by The Fathers & Families Coalition, Inc.'s Get F. I.T. (Southwestern Fatherhood Institute Training). The conference will be held July 8 & 9 in Tucson, Arizona. The mission of the FFCA is to enhance the capacity of service providers throughout the nation, so they will be better equipped to effectively serve fathers, mothers and children. In doing so, the FFCA is able to improve the outcomes for children, through healthy father and family interaction. Chicago attorney Jeffery M. Leving will deliver the keynote speech at the conference on Wednesday, July 9th, at 12 pm.

"Any man's loss of a child diminishes mankind," commented Leving, "we must educate the public on the vital importance of the relationship between father and child, he added. The theme of this year's conference is 'Dads Make A Difference'. A father's absence hurts. The lack of a father's presence in the life of a child is linked to substance abuse, teen pregnancy, promiscuity and a host of other issues that greatly lessen the child's chance at a successful and prosperous life.

Mr. Leving has long held the belief that fathers who are armed with the proper parenting tools and resources will raise healthier children. Leving is the author of "Fathers' Rights", co-authored The Illinois Joint Custody Law, and has been a tireless crusader of the advancement of fathers' rights in America's courtrooms. The Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. represents fathers across the globe, ensuring that fathers remain strong and vital influences in the lives of their children. For more information about fathers' rights, please visit www. dadsrights. com.

In addition to Mr. Leving, some of the other facilitators of the conference will include;
Richard Claytor - Director of Fatherhood Initiatives for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division (CSE). Juanita Mendez, Ph. D., of San Francisco, CA; completed a qualitative study entitled "The Meaning of Fatherhood to Long-Term Incarcerated African-American Men". Garry A. Mendez Jr. Ph. D. is the founder and director of the National Trust for the Development of African-American Men, in the DC area. Dr. Mendez authored a significant study of Incarcerated Men and Their Children. He is a nationally recognized force in the field of African-American men, incarceration, criminal justice and health as it effects those populations. Newt McDonald, M. Ed.-Newt is an instructor in the Child Development Department at Merritt College in Oakland, CA. He is co-director of the Preschool Lab School. A longtime member of the Bay Area Male Involvement Network (BAMIN), he has developed male involvement programs for a number of community-based agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pamela Wilson, MSW - Ms. Wilson has consulted with Public/Private Ventures on their Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project. Ms. Wilson consulted with P/PV (Public/Private Ventures) on their Young Unwed Fathers' Pilot Project and co-authored Fatherhood Development: A Curriculum for Young Fathers', among other numerous positions with non-profits.

The conference will host professionals and fathers from 15 different states, showing the growing presence of organizations committed to the education and uplifting of fathers in America and the effect they are having on men, women and children across the U. S. There is limited seating still available. For more information about the conference, please visit www. axffc. org. Press inquiries should contact Carrie Klepzig at 312-730-5864(mobile) or 312-807-3990.


Assisted Living and Eldercare Now Easier to Find with Launch of ElderCarelink from LongRun Strategies

Assisted Living and Eldercare Now Easier to Find with Launch of ElderCarelink from LongRun Strategies

Free Internet Service Helps Match Consumers with Qualified Providers of Elder Care Services and Products

Ashland, Mass. (PRWEB) October 28, 2004

Robert F. Brooks and Kenneth E. Housman, Founders of LongRun Strategies, formally announced the launch of ElderCarelink (http://www. eldercarelink. com), a free, internet-based referral service for individuals and families in search of elder care solutions. The new website supports families in finding everything from assisted living, nursing homes, and adult day care to home health care, care management, and other in-home products and services. With participating providers across the U. S., ElderCarelink identifies qualified elder care service providers and product suppliers who meet the specific needs for each familyÂ’s individual situation.

“Finding the right elder care provider for an aging loved one is not an easy process,” said Brooks. “Families all over the country are struggling, and, in turn, are looking for assistance in locating and choosing providers. That’s where ElderCarelink steps in. We take some of the burden off of the family by matching them with providers who are qualified to meet their specific needs.”

ElderCarelink contracts and manages a network of providers who sell products and services to seniors – primarily in the area of elder care. All of the participating providers are carefully screened prior to joining the network to ensure that they meet participation standards. In addition, each provider pays fees to participate, thereby allowing LongRun to provide the ElderCarelink service to consumers at no charge.

ElderCarelink employs proprietary needs matching technology and marketing techniques that seek out consumers in need and match them with providers who can deliver solutions. “Thousands of people are searching the web for elder care services and related products everyday,” added Housman. “Our job is to make that search process more efficient and effective by eliminating unqualified providers from the mix.”

The ElderCarelink provider network is currently open to new applicants and the company is recruiting high quality facilities and service providers nationally. “We are constantly looking to broaden access and give more choices and options for people in need”, added Brooks. “We are inundated with inquiries on a daily basis from all over the country, and our goal is to be able to match each and every one of these individuals with an elder care service provider or facility that can meet their particular needs.” Providers who are interested in becoming part of the network, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health care providers, can apply on-line at the company’s website.

ElderCarelink is owned and operated by LongRun Strategies, LLC, a privately-held consulting and strategic marketing company based in Massachusetts. Prior to founding LongRun, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Housman, who collectively have nearly 50 years experience in health care and technology, served as CEO and CFO, respectively, at Seniorlink, a national elder care company that provides full-service care management solutions to families, employers, and insurers across the U. S.

For more information about the new website, call 508-881-0830 or visit ElderCarelink (http://www. eldercarelink. com).


SurePayroll Offers Accountants Free E-Book on How to Grow Their Practices Using Social Media

SurePayroll Offers Accountants Free E-Book on How to Grow Their Practices Using Social Media

Free download available to accountants who visit the SurePayroll Website.

Glenview, IL (PRWEB) October 4, 2010

SurePayroll today announced the release of its e-book, Using Social Media to Grow Your Practice, written by marketing expert Bill Brelsford — a Duct Tape Marketing coach who focuses on helping accountants grow their businesses with simple yet cost-effective methods.

The book illustrates the benefits accountants can obtain from using social media to spread their message and engage in two-way conversations with prospects and customers. Created for firms of all sizes — large to sole proprietors — the book offers accountants tips on:
 Networking through LinkedIn  Maximizing awareness to Facebook users  Using Twitter to reach new audiences  Getting their firms high reviews on relevant sites

Accountants can access a free copy of the e-book by visiting http://www. lps. surepayroll. com/socialmedia_ebook

SurePayroll has partnered with accountants for more than 10 years, providing hundreds of accounting program partners with solutions to resell or refer online payroll services to small business clients as a way of increasing their client base, revenues and retention. The company gives their accountant partners a robust set of tools to assist them in marketing payroll. The e-book is an essential and timely addition to their marketing toolbox.

“I work with accountants on their marketing strategy every day and know that there’s a huge need for this type of information,” says author Bill Brelsford. “One of the biggest challenges for accountants is that they’re busy serving their clients and don’t have the time to focus on marketing. Many don’t realize that social media offers a fast and easy way to reach prospects and customers, and this SurePayroll e-book gets that information to them.”

In addition to the e-book, SurePayroll offers accountants a variety of other free tools to help them succeed, including CPE-accredited webinars on a variety of topics and the “Practice Management Insights” e-newsletter, a monthly communication that focuses on strategies for practice development and growth.

Accountants can visit http://www. surepayroll. com/webinars to sign up for a webinar and http://www. surepayroll. com/pminewsletter to sign up to receive the newsletter.

For more information on SurePayroll’s accountant programs, call 877-868-8012.

About SurePayroll
The online alternative to ADP® and Paychex®, SurePayroll is dedicated to providing a simple, convenient and accurate online payroll service at a price small business owners can afford. Tens of thousands of customers rely on SurePayroll to process payroll on demand in as few as two minutes. In addition, SurePayroll offers efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening and more. For accountants and banking partners, SurePayroll provides private-label and co-branded services that enable them to offer payroll processing to their small business clients. Every month the company releases the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard, which aggregates hiring and compensation data from more than 30,000 small businesses regionally and nationwide, and includes overall optimism levels among small business owners. Founded in 2000, SurePayroll has received numerous prestigious awards for its innovative technology and outstanding customer service, including recognition from PC Magazine, Inc. 500, Accounting Today, the American Business Awards and many others. For more information, please visit http://www. SurePayroll. com.

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TruKid™, the Award-Winning Line of Natural Products for Children, Gives Kids a Rhyme and Reason to Stay Safe in the Sun

TruKid™, the Award-Winning Line of Natural Products for Children, Gives Kids a Rhyme and Reason to Stay Safe in the Sun

TruKid Makes Healthy Habits Fun with Silly Songs Music CD and other Educational Tools

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2010

Parents hoping for cheers instead of struggles while helping their tots get ready for a day in the sun need look no further. TruKid™, the award-winning line of safe, natural skin and hair care products for children, is helping parents make getting ready for playtime a breeze with their “Sunny Days” song and NEW TruKid's Sunny Days SPF 30+ sunscreen.

Known for good-for-your-kids skincare and sunscreen products that are natural, Phthalate, SLS, BPA, Gluten & Paraben free, and offer excellent UVA/UVB SPF protection, TruKid also values the importance of teaching healthy habits at a young age. In fact, along side of the product line, the brand has created an educational component for parents and kids including a “Toxic Bad Guys List,” “Healthy Habits checklists,” and a “Silly Songs Music CD” to make learning healthy habits fun and informative.

Jennifer Adams Bunkers, the creator and owner of TruKid, has another incredibly important title – serving as Chief Mom to six adoring children. Her mission? It’s personal. “I constantly struggled to find products for my children - especially sunscreens - that were safe, natural and also had a good scent and texture that my kids liked and would actually use,” says Ms. Adams Bunkers. “My next step was to create a positive experience that made boring routines fun, while using the products. I am thrilled to help share my secrets and tools to make healthy habits happen with other parents and families through TruKid.”

The Sunny Days SPF 30+ sunscreen is available in an easy to apply moisturizing lotion available in 2 sizes (3.5 oz. Tubes and 2.0 oz Tubes) and a kid-friendly, fun-tested, family-approved, water resistant Sunny Days SPF 30+ Face Stick. The mineral based, non-greasy stick stands strong against the summer sun and will have your kids singing for joy.

TruKid has a dual-commitment to parents and children to deliver beneficial natural products, while helping to teach their children healthy habits that will last beyond the beach and boogie board – and hopefully a lifetime. This commitment is proudly displayed on the brand Web site, www. trukid. com, in the “Just for Kids” section, where kids and parents can search through songs, rhymes, product application guides, lifestyle tips and even a printable daytime/bedtime checklist rewards program.

The most popular tool is the TruKid music CD, “Silly Songs for Healthy Habits,” offering eight original songs written by Jessy Ginnan and recorded by none other than Ms. Adams Bunkers children. “I worked with Jessy to develop the CD, because I know from experience that kids learn when they’re having fun,” says Ms. Adams Bunkers. “My family has always had a tradition of singing in shower and the Silly Songs teach good skincare habits while reinforcing a healthy message. My kids thought it would be fun to sing along and share their songs with friends.”

TruKid original songs make boring routines fun and easy and are set to the tune of popular children’s songs, such as “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat” and “On Top of Ole Smokey.” Sample songs can be downloaded directly from the brand site www. TruKid. com. One of the most popular sun protecting and playful tunes is “Sunny Days,” teaching children the steps to correct sun block application.

Sunny Days : To be sung while using TruKid Sunny Days SPF 30+ sunscreen. It helps distract them for the chore of “sunscreening” up for a day of play!

Sunny Days and I’m gonna play I'm gonna play all day
Ill sing my song so sing along while the sunny day we’ll play

Start with your face!
Squirt plop rub rub rub
Squirt plop rub rub rub
That’s how I use my sunscreen
Squirt plop rub rub rub

Down to your arms and chest!
Squirt plop rub rub rub
Squirt plop rub rub rub
That’s how I use my sunscreen
Squirt plop rub rub rub

Now onto your belly!
Squirt plop rub rub rub
Squirt plop rub rub rub
That’s how I use my sunscreen
Squirt plop rub rub rub

Down to your legs and toes!
Squirt plop rub rub rub
Squirt plop rub rub rub
That’s how I use my sunscreen
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“Songs, checklists, guides and more allow kids to interact with our brand while associating healthy behavior with a positive experience,” says Ms. Adams Bunkers. “We want kids to be proud of feeling clean and cuddly, while learning good habits from playtime to bedtime.”

To officially celebrate being a “clean kid,” kids are invited– after receiving approval from their parents - to become an honorary TruKid Team Member. As a member, kids are declaring to the world that they are a healthy and active kid who loves to eat right, be kind to others and take care of the planet. TruKid offers a printable Honorary Team Member badge that can be colored and worn proudly.

“Each of our programs is designed to inspire favorable routines, while using products that parents and kids can feel great about using,” says Ms. Adams Bunkers. “If I can assist one family in maintaining a safe, fun, skincare regimen, I will consider my mission a success.”

About TruKid
TruKid was developed by Jennifer Adams Bunkers, CEO and mother of six, who utilized her fifteen-plus years of experience in sourcing, product development and manufacturing. TruKid is committed to providing quality products and education to consumers in a safe, fun and effective manner, while encouraging a healthy, well rounded lifestyle. TruKid: Our product is skincare, our business is healthy living™. For more information, visit www. TruKid. com.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Unfaithful Medical Professionals Admit Reasons For Cheating

Unfaithful Medical Professionals Admit Reasons For Cheating

Over 600 medical professionals have confessed their reasons for cheating, in a study conducted by IllicitEncounters. com.

(PRWeb UK) January 5, 2010

An extra-marital dating site in the UK has compiled a Top Ten of the main reasons medical professionals choose to have extra-marital affairs.

IllicitEncounters. com, which has in excess 400,000 members UK-wide, surveyed over 600 men and women to compile the list.

There are just over 8,000 people on the website who describe themselves as working in 'Healthcare or Medicine'. All major professional denominations were represented in the sample, from surgeons to staff nurses.

The sample were asked the question, “What were the three main reasons you decided to pursue an extra-marital relationship?”. The IllicitEncounters. com research team analysed each individual answer, and the 10 most common themes are illustrated in the table below.

1st: To Feel Loved - The NHS has always had a difficult relationship with the public. Doctors certainly feel the weight of this. Having an affair guarantees them a space where they can recieve some much needed TLC.  
QUOTE : "My work enviroment is pretty hostile. It's great to be able to retreat to someone who wants to see me!" M32*7**

2nd: Because They Are Estranged From Their Spouses - Unsociable hours mean that many medical professionals are not able to spend quality time with their partners. As a results, it seems common that many feel estranged from their partners.
QUOTE : "My husband and I work crazy hours. We really only see each other when we get into bed" M4**67

3rd: Because 'Life's Too Short' - Of all the professions we quizzed, this response was most common amongst doctors. Many said because of their profession they were very aware of their own mortality, and felt it important to grab any opportunity that came their way, no matter how risky.
QUOTE : "Life's too short. I hate seeing exciting opportunities go to waste." M67*43

4th: To Relieve Stress - Sex is a very effective stress reliever. Some respondents explained that things had gone stale in the bedroom with their current partner, and in desperation, they had turned to infidelity.
QUOTE : "My job is sooo stressful. My husband just doesn't provide the right amount of 'relief'!" M25*45*

5th: For The Thrill - Men and women who work in hospitals are used to taking risks - in fact, some find this feeling more than a little addictive. This inclination can easily transfer to their personal lives.
QUOTE : "I must admit, the fear of getting caught actually makes it more addictive" M56**3

6th: They Are More Able To Detach - Medical professionals often have to make decisions which can impact severly on a patients life. Detachment is an important coping mechanism for them. However, this ability to detach also makes it easier for them to evade the guilt that accompanies an affair.
QUOTE : "To be honest, I don't feel that guilty. I love my husband but when I'm with ___ don't think about him at all." M2*4*69

7th: They Receive More Attention - Doctors and nurses are well-known for featuring in the nation's fantasies. As a result, they receive a great deal more ivitations to stray than other professionals.
QUOTE : "I've always received a lot of attention in my white coat. It seems to be an turn-on for so many ladies." M56**4

8th: Opportunity - Some of our more honest respondents said they took a lover simply because they could. Several doctors recalled that being 'on-call' gave them a great excuse to slip away.
QUOTE : "Bceuase I can! I love women. I want to have as many as I can." M12*67*

9th: To Feel Cared For - Medical professionals spend their lives looking after other people. Out of hours, they are looking for someone who will look after them. If things are cold at home, they may seek something extra-marital where they can secure some comfort.
QUOTE : "I guess I feel entitled to a little tender loving care, seeing as I spend my days dishing it out." M67**4

10th: Because They Are More In Touch With Their Physical Needs - Many respondents talked of their affair the way they would a prescription. They decided to have one to fulfill a need. Doctors in general were suprisingly unemotional when discussing their extra-marital relationships, seeing them more as practical arrangements.
QUOTE : "I require more sex. It's that simple. I feel like I've discussed it enough with my partner. If he is not interested, I will go elsewhere." M3*65

Spokesperson for IllicitEncounters. com, Sara Hartley, comments, "Affairs are all about escapism. And there are few professionals who face a grimmer reality than those who work in hostpitals or surgeries. They deal with pain and emotional trauma on a daily basis."

"But opportunism also plays a role, especially for those working higher up as surgeons and heads of department, who can finacially afford to keep a mistress. And of course, unpredictable timetables offer a perfect alibi for cheating doctors and nurses."

IllicitEncounters. com is the UK's largest extra-marital dating site, and has been running since 2003.


MiamiCondoShop. com, A Real Estate Portal Designed to Help Buyers Find Distressed Miami Area Condos, Celebrates Launch

MiamiCondoShop. com, A Real Estate Portal Designed to Help Buyers Find Distressed Miami Area Condos, Celebrates Launch

Miami Area Real Estate Portal, MiamiCondoShop. com, is helping condo buyers capitalize on the downturn in the housing market. The site helps buyers navigate through a difficult market by putting sales data, market trends, and news items at the buyers fingertips, as well as connecting them with a knowledgeable Realtor.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 24, 2009

Recent research has shown that 90 percent of home buyers start their search for a property online. In the Greater Miami Area, the majority of condo buyers are looking for a great deal on a distressed property or a new construction unit. The recent weakness in the dollar combined with the sharp fall in condo prices, has made owning a Miami condo an attractive opportunity for many Europeans and Latin Americans. However, the market for distressed and new construction condos is is plagued with a lack of transparency and many potential pitfalls.

Miami Condo Shop (http://www. miamicondoshop. com) was designed to help buyers locate properties, and also educate them about the market by putting historical sales data, market trends, and news items at their fingertips. Once on the new site, visitors can connect with a knowledgeable Realtor to answer their questions or to arrange a property showing.

Marc Knight, creator of Miami Condo Shop, says "Miami and Miami Beach remain one of the most desirable areas in the world to live. The condo crash has provided a great opportunity for individuals looking for a second home or investment property. The majority of inventory is still overpriced, but there are many great deals to be had. The challenge is to find those condos that are priced well. It is also important to understand the health of the condo association and the characteristics of the overall market."

Miami Condo Shop employs an interactive Miami Condo Map Search (http://www. miamicondoshop. com/miami-condo-map-search) using Google Maps that allows visitors to locate and search over 200 condo buildings spread throughout Miami, Miami Beach, and Sunny Isles Beach. Visitors also have access to extensive listing information on over 10,000 properties that contain detailed neighborhood content (provided by WalkScore), property price estimates (provided by Zillow), and sales price history graphs.

In an effort to interact with and provide relevant condo news to its visitors, Miami Condo Shop provides condo market reports as well as a real estate blog. Using data provided by Altos Research, visitors can access graphs of condo median prices, inventory levels, and days on market for specific zip codes. If they want to remain updated on the market, they can opt to receive a weekly email. The Miami Condo Shop Real Estate Blog (http://www. miamicondoshop. com/blog) contains posts about the latest condo news in the Miami area. Miami Condo Shop also connects with users via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

For more information about Miami Condo Shop, please visit MiamiCondoShop. com or contact Marc Knight (http://www. miamicondoshop. com/contact).

About Marc Knight

Marc Knight is an independent Realtor specializing in distressed and new construction Miami condos for sale (http://www. miamicondoshop. com), Miami Beach condos for sale (http://www. miamicondoshop. com), and Sunny Isles Beach condos for sale (http://www. miamicondoshop. com). He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked on Wall Street as a derivatives trader for several years.


Thursday, October 20, 2005



(PRWEB) November 5, 1999

—They’ll Go One-on-One with Gore/McCain/Others at New Interactive Town Hall and Election 2000 Area on iVillage. com—

New York, NY, November 3, 1999—Presidential candidates interested in closing the gender gap have started lining up for no-holds-barred exchanges with women starting November 11. That’s when iVillage. com, the leading women’s network online, launches a new area and interactive Town Hall dedicated to Election 2000.

A hub where women’s issues reach more than 7.3 million women every month, iVillage is gearing up to be the nerve center of national political dialogue for women during the upcoming presidential election.

“We now have critical mass to make a difference in this presidential election,” said Nancy Evans, iVillage. com co-founder and editor-in-chief. “It will be to every candidate’s advantage to pay attention to our robust community.”

Town Hall Tuesdays

A veteran journalist and editor, Evans will lead the iVillage charge into national politics by hosting a series of live, online chats with the major

Presidential candidates. For these events, called Town Hall Tuesdays, Evans will incorporate questions submitted by women in the iVillage community in her exchanges with the candidates. The interviews will be broadcast live to women around the world via streaming audio.


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“Any candidate wondering what women want will get the answers when they appear on iVillage,” Evans said. “And any woman wanting to know which candidate will deliver on the issues most important to her will find out through iVillage.” Already confirmed are Vice President Al Gore, November 16, 5:00 p. m. (EST) and Senator John McCain, December 7, 10:00 p. m. (EST). Other major candidates and key women in politics will also participate in future chats.

Issues Women Care Most About

Women’s attitudes on issues and candidates will be tracked weekly via the Women’s Opinion Polling Center—another key element in Election 2000 at iVillage. Tracking will continue right up to November 2000, making iVillage the daily go-to place for those needing accurate readings of women’s pulse on the candidates and issues.

“Women are constantly telling us how deeply they care about this election, and they have powerful ideas for political change,” Evans said. She noted that women now constitute 53% of the U. S. population and outvoted men 55.5% to 52.8% in 1996. “The gender gap has decided the past two presidential elections and that’s why the candidates need to pay attention to this forum.”

Other major components of the iVillage Political Area are:

· Candidate Match-O-Matic—users having a hard time deciding which candidate is right for them can answer an interactive quiz and then be matched with the candidate that best matches the users stance on key issues.

· Candidate Info Finder—a tool that allows easy comparison of candidates’ positions on major issues.

· C-Span/Virage Campaign Video Search—video search engine allows users to search for issues in candidate speeches and view them as video clips from the C-SPAN archives.

Other major components of the iVillage Political Area are (cont’d):

· Voter Education—candidate information, voting guides, how-to’s for getting involved, money in politics, and women running in 2000 (content from major nonprofit voting sites like the Center for Responsive Politics, the League of Women Voters, the Center for the American Woman in Politics, Democracy Net).

· Participation and Community—lively political discussion for women on message boards, personal home pages, weekly chats, "Debate of the Week" graffiti boards.

“All that iVillage has come to represent—providing a place where women together help one another find solutions—is now being brought to bear on Election 2000,” Evans added. “This is one of the most exciting endeavors we've ever launched.”

About iVillage. com:

IVillage. com: The Women's Network (http://www. ivillage. com (http://www. ivillage. com) and AOL keyword: ivillage) is the leading online destination targeted at women, providing practical solutions and everyday support for women between the ages of 25 and 54. iVillage. com is organized into branded communities that focus on issues of most importance to women and provides interactive services, peer support and online access to experts through 14 content specific channels and a shopping area. Content channels include Parent Soup, allHealth, MoneyLife, Career, Work from Home, Relationships, Diet & Fitness, Click!: Where Computers Make Sense, Pets, Travel, ParentsPlace, Food, Book Club and

Astrology, and are complemented by stores such as iBaby, iMaternity and Shopping Central. Established in 1995 and headquartered in New York City, iVillage Inc. (Nasdaq: IVIL) is an online media company, recognized as an industry leader in developing innovative sponsorship and commerce relationships that match the desire of marketers to reach women with the needs of iVillage. com members for relevant information and services.

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Providence Hospital to Kick-Off Yearlong 150th Anniversary Celebration at Basilica

Providence Hospital to Kick-Off Yearlong 150th Anniversary Celebration at Basilica

Providence Hospital will be kicking-off its 150th anniversary celebration with a mass and reception at the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm with guests including, elected officials, community leaders, medical staff, and Hospital administrators. The main focus of the 150th is to, as a major healthcare organization, address three top health disparities affecting the greater metropolitan area – obesity, infant mortality, and behavioral health (mental health and addiction). This will be accomplished through a series of community events and educational seminars such as the Health and Fitness Day on Saturday, July 17th from 10-2 at Providence Hospital where we will be unveiling our community weight loss challenge “Providence 150,000 Pound Challenge.”

Washington, DC (Vocus) June 23, 2010

In 1861, as the first shots of the Civil War were fired and the bloodiest and deadliest armed conflict on American soil began, President Abraham Lincoln showed unwavering concern for the health of the citizens of the nation’s capitol as he signed the charter for a new site to care for the sick and infirmed – Providence Hospital. It is in that spirit that Providence Hospital, the oldest continuously operating hospital and health ministry in Washington, DC, will mark its 150-year anniversary with a variety of commemorative programs, community activities, and outreach events through 2011. The Hospital’s 150th Anniversary celebration will kick-off on June 27, 2010, at 4:00 p. m., with a special mass and reception at the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Following the service, celebrated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, a dedication and recognition ceremony will honor those who have been influential in the Hospital’s past and present, including other elected officials, community leaders, medical staff, and Hospital administrators.

“There is no more beautiful and significant backdrop for this historic event than one of Washington’s most revered landmarks, the Basilica,” said Amy Freeman, President/CEO of Providence Hospital. “Like the Basilica, the citizens of Washington, DC have looked to Providence Hospital for healing and comfort in times of pain and in times of joy. This mass will mark an important milestone in the evolution of health care in the District of Columbia, and it will also serve as a spiritual call for continued compassionate and dignified care for the city’s most vulnerable and needy.”

The yearlong celebration of Providence Hospital’s 150th Anniversary will also include an upcoming Health and Fitness Day on July 17, 2010, on the Hospital campus. Free and open to the public, the event will offer participants a day of healthy fun and learning, featuring “Mad Jams” exercise demonstrations; nutritional discussions promoting healthy, yet delicious food alternatives; a Farmer’s Market with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale; a raffle and a host of other activities for the entire family to enjoy. An exciting component of the Health and Fitness Day activities will be the announcement of the Hospital’s 150,000-Pound Weight-Loss Challenge. An interactive, online contest, the Challenge will be supported by a website that will serve as the “go-to destination” for enrollment and instructional and motivational messages, as well as updates on cumulative pounds lost among all participants and a protected area for Challenge participants to post their progress.

Other events planned for the coming months include the Providence Golf Classic in August, Tom Joyner’s Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day health fair in September, and a series of Fall community programs highlighting Obesity, which will culminate with an Obesity Forum in Spring 2011. The Providence Hospital 150th Anniversary Gala and “Born at Providence” reunion next summer will round out the calendar of anniversary events. Additional information will be available on these and other anniversary activities in the coming weeks and months.

Founded by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul and chartered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, Providence Hospital is the oldest continuously operating hospital and health ministry in Washington, DC. A member of Ascension Health – a Catholic, mission-focused organization, and the nation’s largest non-profit health system, this 408-bed community hospital serves residents throughout the region with specialties including maternal/infant health, surgical services, geriatrics, orthopedics, behavioral health, oncology, and primary care services. Providence Hospital is committed to providing spiritually-centered, holistic care, serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.


University Central, LLC to Use the Anderson & Anderson of Los Angeles Anger Management Model

University Central, LLC to Use the Anderson & Anderson of Los Angeles Anger Management Model

University Central, LLC, (UCL) a private educational firm in Cincinnati, OH, has developed a Training Program in both their Collegian and Life Institutes to train professionals and Fellows–in–Resident for services to the community in Anger Management to help combat the public health crisis of RAGE in America.

(PRWEB) July 25, 2005

University Central, LLC, (UCL) a private educational firm in Cincinnati, OH, has developed a Training Program in both their Collegian and Life Institutes to train professionals and Fellows–in–Resident for services to the community in Anger Management to help combat the public health crisis of RAGE in America.

“Domestic violence is the #1 health problem in women’s health and violent assault of the job in the #1 problem facing the healthcare industry," says Dr. Rhoda Zione Alale, UCL’s Dean (a victim of child abuse and domestic violence).

UCL is developing networks with other community organizations such as businesses, schools and churches to launch two programs to help combat this problem. They are SING!™ an empowerment conference that focuses on helping people heal after they have been victimized by violence and “TEACH · PEACE”™ a violence prevention educational program. Both programs will be powered by the Anger Management Constructs of Anderson & Anderson of Los Angeles (featured in the Los Angeles Times – July 31st, 2005).

“They are the world leaders in this field and their materials are written on a 6th grade level and easy to implement. For the future of America…we must heal ourselves and we must find ways to live in peace!" says Dr. Alale. SING! will be launched from Wilmington College, October 28th, 2005. “TEACH · PEACE”™ will be launched in January 2006.

For further information contact: uclprograms @aol. com or 513 . 792 . 9996.

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