Take Back Your Health as Health Clubs Open Their Doors to the Public in May

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and member health clubs across the nation announced today the upcoming start of the 7th annual Get Active America!, IHRSA’s national health promotion program. From May 3-9, participating IHRSA-member health clubs will open their doors to the public to encourage and inspire Americans to take control of their health by becoming more physically active. Find a participating health club near you.

Get Active America! is part of an ongoing effort by the health club industry to change the direction of the nation’s health by making exercise more accessible to millions of Americans and by helping them take the first step toward healthier lifestyles.

“As obesity levels associated with chronic diseases increasingly burden our health care system and interfere with our quality of life, one thing is clear: Americans urgently need to take control of their health,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “This year’s program theme, ‘Take Back Your Health,’ is a reminder to all Americans that they have more control over their health than they realize. Better health management begins with a commitment to daily exercise, and Get Active America! is the jumpstart people need to get on track.”

Now its seventh year, Get Active America! takes place every May, during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which is coordinated by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The purpose is to challenge Americans to get moving for better health and to get more active and fit during the Month of May.

“May is an ideal time and Get Active America! is a great program for helping people maintain the momentum of their New Year’s fitness goals,” said Moore. “As warm weather approaches, people become more aware of their physical appearance. We want to remind people that exercise is more than just a way to look better. It is also an effective way to feel better and live better. Get Active America! provides the kind of support people need to both achieve their fitness goals and maintain them year-round.”

As part of Get Active America!, many clubs will be educating their local communities about disease prevention and healthy living through exercise. And clubs will be offering programs to benefit the wide array of people in their communities, all with diverse health and fitness goals. Clubs will also be encouraging their members to sign up for the Woman Challenge, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This eight-week physical fitness challenge encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. It’s part of National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 9-15, 2010. Participants will be able to track their steps online at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/woman.

Important Information

May 3-6, 2010: Bring a Friend

Participating health clubs nationwide invite current members of their clubs to bring in their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers so they, too, can experience the health and quality-of-life benefits of exercise!

May 7-9, 2010: Open House

Health clubs nationwide open their doors to their communities free of charge to help Americans learn how they can live more physically active and healthier lives.

Find a Club

To join Get Active America!, find a participating health club near you, at http://www.healthclubs.com/active.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. The association’s membership includes over 9,000 clubs in 75 countries, along with over 650 industry suppliers. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

Ottawa General Contractors’ Initiative with Habitat for Humanity

Ottawa General Contractors’ Initiative with Habitat for Humanity











During the month of July, Ottawa General Contractors will donate $ 250 on behalf of all home owners signed with Ottawa General Contractors.


Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) June 08, 2011

Ottawa General Contractors recently announced the creation of a new program to help support Habitat for Humanity. During the month of July, the company will contribute $ 250 to Habitat for Humanity on behalf of each homeowner who signs for a renovation project of over $ 10,000. Homeowners who have been considering hiring a contractor to make renovations or additions to their homes can ensure that Habitat for Humanity will receive the donations when they sign with Ottawa General Contractors for those renovations before the end of July.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization with a mission to activate volunteers and partners in the community for the purpose of breaking the poverty cycle by building reasonably priced housing and supporting home ownership. The organization has a vision of a world in which all people have a decent and safe place to live, and its members believe all human beings have worth and dignity. Their mission is to provide everyone with a safe, decent and affordable place to live.

“As the leader of OGC I believe that the underpinning of our humanity has always been the community, starting with the family unit”, says Ottawa General Contractors owner, Moe Abbas. “We are in a position to give and because we are in that position it then becomes our mantle of responsibility. Our campaign is not about renovating homes, its about building communities”.

Renovations booked with Ottawa General Contractors during July will serve as a means to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and help provide decent housing for less fortunate people in the community. Habitat for Humanity provides a valuable service for people who cannot afford to buy new homes, and Ottawa General Contractors are happy to assist the organization in those efforts. The company has always focused on helping the community and keeping families unified, and giving a portion of their profits to Habitat for Humanity is one way for them to give back to those in the area. They plan to do even more work with Habitat for Humanity in the next few months.

As one of the leading contractors in Ottawa, Ottawa General Contractors was a finalist in marketplace trust for the Better Business Bureau Torch Award in 2010. They strive to remain worthy of the trust their clients place in them and believe that people are more important than company profit.

Homeowners can help make a difference in the lives of some of the area’s needy people when they schedule their renovations with Ottawa General Contractors in the month of July. People who do not sign for renovations during July can still benefit Habitat for Humanity by visiting Ottawa General Contractors’ Facebook page. The company will donate one dollar in behalf of each person who clicks the “like” button on the page.

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Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President

Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President











Canadian Tulip Festival Presents Tulip to American Embassy

Ottawa (Vocus) February 18, 2009

– U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first foreign visit as President on Thursday, February 19, spending the day in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Short videos of Ottawans welcoming the President and giving him advice on what he should see in Ottawa and know about Canadians have been posted at http://www.ottawatourism.ca (direct link is http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/multimedia-a-images/video).

To celebrate the occasion, the local tourism industry has created several Obama-themed offerings, including:


    The Obama BeaverTail, also known as an ObamaTail. A BeaverTailTM is a hot pastry treat born in Ottawa. It’s made of wholewheat dough stretched into the shape of the tail of one of Canada’s national symbols–the beaver–then float cooked in canola oil and served hot with a variety of delectable toppings. Usually Canadians choose from a topping of cinnamon and sugar, chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or apple cinnamon but on February 19, the ObamaTail will be served with cinnamon and sugar, then a whipped cream “O” topped with chocolate sauce and a splash of maple. They’re $ 3.75 each at the flagship store in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, or $ 4 each at kiosks along the Rideau Canal Skateway. ObamaTails were also served to 1000 guests of the Canadian Embassy in Washington during President Obama’s January inauguration. http://www.beavertails.ca
    A five-foot tulip painted (see photo at right) with President Obama’s likeness by Ottawa artist Jill Alexander will be presented to the Embassy of the United States by the Canadian Tulip Festival. This annual event in Ottawa is the world’s largest tulip festival and runs May 1-18, 2009. Similar large painted tulips decorate the major festival sites. http://www.tulipfestival.ca
    A non-alcoholic Obama Hawaiian Punch will be served to all guests at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ottawa Airport on February 19. http://www.hieottawa.com
    An Obama-themed menu will be offered on February 18 and 19 at Graffiti’s Italian Eatery at the Holiday Inn Select in Kanata (west Ottawa). The menu features the Senator Obama Chicago-Style Omelette, the Barack Burger, the Inaugural Dinner Washington-Style and the Obamatini! http://www.hisottawa.ca
    And “Claudio the Soup Guy” at Muffins Plus in the World Exchange Plaza’s food court downtown continues to sell out of his President Obama Chili Soup. He’s been making it–and selling out–since President Obama’s election in November.

Ottawa is a city brimming with internationally renowned museums, cultural attractions, a thriving culinary scene and a four-season outdoor paradise for those who like to bike, kayak, canoe, jog, or skate! President Obama’s visit comes just before the final weekend of Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, which features skating on the frozen Rideau Canal, snow and ice sculptures, outdoor concerts, children’s snow playgrounds, and all types of outdoor activities. http://www.winterlude.gc.ca

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. For events, restaurant listings, maps, hotel packages and more, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca

For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten    

Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism

613-237-5150, ext. 116

613-866-4955 (mobile)

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Ottawa Tourism Launches Demonstration Vacation

Ottawa Tourism Launches Demonstration Vacation














Ottawa, ON (Vocus/PRWEB) April 01, 2011

Ottawa Tourism today launched a new getaway package, called the Demonstration Vacation, to encourage Canadians and others to visit and exert their freedom of speech while in Canada’s capital.

The package includes two nights’ accommodation at one of a variety of hotels, a permit, two blank placards, two one-inch wooden sticks and a Sharpie (black only).

“We’ve done the research,” says Noel Buckley, the President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “There’s a real demand for people to express themselves peacefully on Parliament Hill. If we can make it easier for them to book their stays through our website, it’s a win-win situation!”

Ottawa Tourism already offers a variety of packages for people looking to rest and recharge (Sip, Savour and Spa) learn more about Canada (Get to Know Your Canada) or enjoy the Canadian Tulip Festival in May (Tulip Celebration) and the Demonstration Vacation simply adds to the mix.

“The announcement of a federal election just days ago was a happy coincidence,” says Buckley. “We feel there is a definite market among advocates of free speech for the one-stop-shopping experience Ottawa Tourism is offering with the Demonstration Vacation.”

This is just the latest creative venture from Ottawa Tourism, which earlier this year revamped its website and partnered with the City of Ottawa and local developer Purple Forge on the Discover Ottawa app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Visit Ottawa Tourism at their attached website.

For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten

Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism

613-237-5150, ext. 116

cell: 613-866-4955

media(at)ottawatourism(dot)ca

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Ottawa General Contractors — Renovations Made Affordable

Ottawa General Contractors — Renovations Made Affordable











(PRWEB) February 25, 2011

While economic times may be tough, an Ottawa contracting company is making it easy for home owners to renovate their homes. For a limited time, Ottawa General Contractors is offering free financing with no payments, no interest, and no penalties for six months.

Ottawa General Contractors services are focused on home renovations that will improve the estate value – kitchen renovation, basement renovation, bathroom renovation, and Home Additions.

The new financing option will make it easier to do renovations in Ottawa as it allows home owners to renovate their home without a dollar of their own money for six months, and then either pay the minimum monthly payments or pay it off completely with no penalties. A kitchen renovation or basement renovation is great for a short and long term investment in a home. The house value goes up substantially without any risk or payments from the owner for six months. So for example, Home owners considering putting their house on the market in the near future, Can finance major renovations to their house which would add value beyond the costs incurred, and pay off the costs upon the sale of the property, increasing their net profit substantially.

With free consultation and estimates, very quick response time, competitive pricing and great service, and now a financing option with over 90% approval rate, Ottawa General Contractors make it easy and effortless for Ottawa residents to improve and protect their most important asset – their home.

Ottawa General Contractors is a member of many professional organizations including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, The Better Business Bureau, and the Ottawa Renovators Council.

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DomainTools Revitalizes DailyChanges.com, Improving End-user Consumability

DomainTools Revitalizes DailyChanges.com, Improving End-user Consumability











Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011

DomainTools, the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring, today launched a revamped DailyChanges.com website that features graphical user interface changes that improve overall navigation and usability. Still offering the same powerful daily DNS changes and web hosting activity, the freshly polished DailyChanges.com now provides data and statistics in a way that is easier for consumers to understand and digest.

DailyChanges.com has been serving DNS information since 2002. The site reports daily activity in 6 TLD’s, including .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ & .US, and the associated name servers based on changes reported in Registry Zone Files. DailyChanges.com offers an inside look at the most popular name servers, reporting details of TLD composition, the number of domains that use a specific name server as its primary name server, and the hosts each name server uses. Additional insight specific to each of the most popular name servers is available with details of new, deleted and transferred domains. DailyChanges.com stores this data and makes it available with a permanent link for future use.

DailyChanges.com provides multiple data sets for use in discovering Internet activity trends so users can:

-Discover which name servers change the most

-Find out which name server had the most new domains registered

-Look for trends in transfers between name servers

-Retrieve the name servers of the top 50 popular websites

-Search by domain or IP for associated name server information

The information on DailyChanges.com is made freely available to any visitor. The site statistics, such as report hosting, name server and domain trend data, are often referenced in various publications and media. In addition, domain portfolio owners and advisers find it useful for researching market opportunities.

Says Jamie Zoch, Owner, DotWeekly.com, “The premium and unique domain name server data provided by DailyChanges.com easily provides competitive advantages to any company or business, and I like that it is easy to use and navigate. In fact, I use it daily.”

For nearly 10 years, DomainTools has provided users with the most comprehensive data about domain names. Individuals, small business owners, and many large enterprises use the breadth of tools to do everything from finding a good domain for a new business to verifying DNS and WHOIS information on corporate portfolios of thousands of domains.

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Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility

Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility











Summit

Ottawa, Ontario (Vocus) September 29, 2010

When one door closes, another one opens. Merlot Rooftop Grill, Ottawa Marriott Hotel’s renowned special-occasions restaurant will be closing its doors on Sunday, October 31st, after 38 successful years in business. The popular revolving restaurant opened in 1972 as La Ronde, when the hotel was previously a Holiday Inn. Offering stunning views of Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills, Merlot sells out annually on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and Canada Day.

The Ottawa Marriott is now pleased to announce the opening of Summit, a new Ottawa event facility. Summit, opening Monday, November 1st, will be the Ottawa event venue of choice for upscale, prestigious events hosting between 10 – 300 guests. As Ottawa’s only revolving banquet facility, Summit will offer spectacular views of downtown Ottawa (including Parliament Hill and Ottawa River) and the Outaouais. Due to the unique circular shape and layout of the room, several improvements will be made to enhance the room’s adaptability for various event types. First, modern and multi-functional dividers and blinds will play a dominant role in the overall décor. Second, multi-use LCD TV screens and cameras can be utilized to provide guests with a sightline to all areas of the room.

Summit will be suitable for non-traditional Ottawa weddings, private dinners, holiday parties, corporate launch events, high-profile government receptions, media lunches and press conferences. Guests can expect unforgettable events with unique culinary creations, superior service and spectacular views. For more information about booking your next Ottawa meeting or special event, call Marco Borsato, Director of Catering Sales, at (613) 783-4243 or visit http://www.ottawamarriott.com.

About Ottawa Marriott:

Welcome to the Ottawa Marriott Hotel in downtown Ottawa, a short stroll from Canada’s Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa Congress Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa on business or pleasure, you’ll appreciate our free WiFi in public areas. Stay in one of our 480 comfortable and luxurious guestrooms with 37″ LCD TVs, the REVIVE® bed and WiFi ($ ) or try our newly enhanced Concierge-level guestrooms with contemporary decor and access to our private lounge. Experience Spin Kitchen + Bar, our new day/night bar and restaurant featuring comfort food and your favourite North American fare. Plan a corporate or social function in our 32,000 sq. ft of meeting space including Summit, Ottawa’s only revolving event space. Relax and unwind with our indoor pool, sauna, and exercise facilities featuring treadmills, bikes and ellipticals with personal viewing stations. Please children of all ages in our KIDS’ Zone with activity centre, video games, pool table, and indoor mini-putt. Grab a Starbucks® coffee to go and begin your Capital adventure from the Ottawa Marriott.

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Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada Launching New ?Summer in the City? Promotion

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada Launching New ‘Summer in the City’ Promotion










Toronto, Ontario (Vocus) May 8, 2010

Gearing up for the long-awaited summer, Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada is launching an exciting new summertime promotion. The promotion, “Summer in the City” offers guests a chance to explore popular local attractions, museums and cultural activities in destinations across Canada. The Summer in the City offer includes luxurious accommodation for two weekend nights, breakfast daily for two adults and two children, and two city attraction passes to discover multiple attractions in a given destination.

Participating Toronto hotels are offering a CityPass, valid for admission to five popular attractions including the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Ontario Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo. Hotels in Ottawa and Montreal are offering passes to local museums and cultural sites, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Montreal Biodome, respectively. Two of Marriott’s Niagara Falls properties are also participating, offering a pass to visit multiple attractions in the popular Clifton Hill area. Lastly, Edmonton hotels are offering a pass to West Edmonton Mall attractions and rides.

The Summer in the City offer is valid weekends (Thursday – Sunday) from May 6 to September 6, 2010. Packages start at only $ 149 per night, based on double occupancy. For more information or to book the Summer in the City offer today, visit:

http://www.marriott.com/specials/mesOffer.mi?marrOfferId=514349&displayLink=true or call 1-888-236-2427 and reference promotional code CUE.

About Marriott International:

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,100 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $ 13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com.

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So-Mine Launches Pocket Change Design Contest

So-Mine Launches Pocket Change Design Contest










Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 12, 2011

So-Mine, a consumer products company based in Alpharetta, Georgia, is announcing a national contest to create the next Pocket Change design. The Pocket Change line of fashion accessories are fabric patches that girls can clip to the pockets of their jeans, pants, shorts or skirts to add a designer look without the designer price. The Pocket Change line is available now for a limited time in all Rite Aid stores.

So-Mine is partnering with Rite Aid and calling on aspiring fashionistas to “Be the Next Pocket Change Designer” and submit their very own Pocket Change patch designs. The winning Design will be produced as the latest addition to the Pocket Change line, and the winner will receive all 12 current Pocket Change patch designs, plus a $ 50 Rite Aid gift card.

To enter visit http://www.pocketchangestore.com/contest and upload an original digital design with your contact information by 12:00 a.m. on August 19, 201. So-Mine will accept drawings or sketches in color markers, paint, color pencils, inks, chalks or crayons as well as computer-generated images. The winner will be chosen and announced on Sept. 9, 2011, on the Pocket Change website and the Pocket Change Facebook page, as well as the Rite Aid Facebook page.

For inspiration, aspiring designers can visit So-Mine’s Pocket Change website to view current designs bearing phrases such as “Peace, Love and Sunshine” and “2 Cool 4 School,” which allow girls to express their own personality and mood. Pocket Change is available in 12 unique designs, each handmade from materials including felt, embroidery and other elements including glitter and jewels. One size fits all with a patented clip design made from sturdy ABS plastic that attaches comfortably to the top of a pocket away from contact with the wearer’s seat.

Plaid Pocket Change retails for $ 9.99 including shipping on the Pocket Change website: http://www.pocketchangestore.com.

About So-Mine:

So-Mine is a consumer Products Company located in Alpharetta, Georgia. We specialize in developing innovative and functional consumer products with mass appeal. For more information, please contact customerservice(at)so-mine(dot)net. Visit us at http://www.pocketchangestore.com. Follow us on Twitter @getpocketchange and find us on Facebook.

Contact:

Karen Turner

Marketing Manager

kltwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

678-357-9406    

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Purple Forge Takes the Ottawa Business Journal Mobile With iPhone Application

Purple Forge Takes the Ottawa Business Journal Mobile With iPhone Application










(PRWEB) March 29, 2010

The Ottawa Business Journal (http://www.obj.ca), Ottawa’s leading source for local business, technology and real-estate coverage today announced the release of their iPhone application. The application mobilizes the content of the Ottawa Business Journal, allowing Ottawa’s business leaders to review news stories on-the-go, as well as share, comment and provide survey based feedback on the content.

The Ottawa Business Journal iPhone application was built by Purple Forge (http://www.purpleforge.com), the marketing leading company providing affordable iPhone application services to media organizations, politicians and event coordinators. The Ottawa Business Journal iPhone application can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store (http://ow.ly/1rAqP).

“Our new iPhone app from Purple Forge really will take Ottawa Business Journal to the next level,” said OBJ publisher Michael Curran. “Whether you’re looking to browse our coverage of Ottawa’s business community or share articles, videos, pictures or blog posts with friends and followers, this app is sure to do the trick.”

Purple Forge provides a means for the Ottawa Business Journal to broadcast news, events, pictures, video, Twitter and blog feeds through a touch-friendly mobile application tied into the Ottawa Business Journal web universe. Coupled with a powerful data collection engine linked to social networking, the Ottawa Business Journal can now mobilize their content, and capture business sentiment from the Ottawa community on the fly.    

“Purple Forge is excited to partner with the Ottawa Business Journal, whose commitment to engaging the Ottawa business community on cutting-edge mobile technology sets the right tone for Ottawa’s current and continued leadership in high-technology,” said John Craig, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Purple Forge. “The Ottawa Business Journal’s iPhone app will also double as a great welcoming tool for those looking to do business in Ottawa, providing insights into our communities’ many business advantages.”

About Purple Forge

Purple Forge (http://www.purpleforge.com) sells subscription based services to groups looking to engage their members using the latest mobile application technology and leveraging social networking best practices. Purple Forge is led by seasoned mobile communications and Internet technology veterans dedicated to providing affordable solutions to put the value of mobile applications into the hands of groups looking to engage their members.

About The Ottawa Business Journal

The Ottawa Business Journal is a regional business publication serving Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1995, it is owned by Transcontinental Media and published on a biweekly basis with a circulation of 20,000 copies, alongside Ottawa’s most popular business-related website, obj.ca.

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