Healthy Fitness Guru Worries about Effect of Illegal Steroids on Teenage Boys

According to the website of the Canadian Mounted Police, although Mexico is a notable supplier for diverted anabolic steroids, the majority of shipments that make their way to Canada do so through the United States. The under-reported result is that “Teenage boys on both sides of the border are falling victim to the lure of steroids,” says Anthony Ellis. “More victims in the war on drugs.”

Like many others, Ellis is concerned about America’s southern border crisis. Unlike others, however, his primary concern is neither immigration nor the trafficking of “hard core” substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Ellis is focused on getting the word out that “steroids must be stopped, too.”

Ellis is the creator of Gaining Mass, a program designed to help people who have trouble gaining weight add lean muscle. The regimen puts the emphasis “on health, not magic pills,” says Ellis who has used the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation to transform his own body.

An Overwhelming Task

Ellis is sympathetic to the challenge of customs agents who enforce hundreds of laws for dozens of Federal agencies. “Steroids are just one of a growing list of contraband that overwhelmed inspectors are asked to flag,” he acknowledges. And although intercepting narcotics is a top priority, “Steroids get less attention than drugs like marijuana and cocaine.”

Once across the border, steroids are reaching younger consumers, and are especially attractive to teenage boys. “Young men who use steroids are at the greatest risk for serious side effects and problems,” Ellis says. “Because of their hormonal makeup, young boys who use steroids are cause irreversible damage to their health.”

Ellis points to data from the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2005. The report finds that in 2004 steroid use “fluctuated, but continued to rise overall among adolescents, ” says Ellis who notes, “On top of that, kids perception that using steroids is risky is dropping.” He calls it a crisis.

An Answer in Education

“I know what happens with steroids,” he says referring to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems associated with abuse of the drug. “And I know what’s possible without steroids. I also know that a key component to combating illegal steroid use is a program that provides the same results, without the risk.” Gaining Mass, he points out, was created “to work, not sell. But then I realized that what worked for me would work for other people, and I suddenly was able to turn my personal passion into my career.”

Based in nature not chemistry, Gaining Mass is written for beginners, but contains cutting-edge information that will benefit even the most experienced fitness follower. It’s appropriate for athletes trying to get their game on, for armchair quarterbacks who want to look and feel better and, says Ellis, “It’s for anyone who has ever felt the pain of being skinny and thought that illegal drugs were the only answer.”

Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa

Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa











Port Hope, ON (PRWEB) September 25, 2006

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Hillcrest Valenova, an overnight wellness spa in Port Hope, Ontario, launches wellness retreats 3 nights in length that help breast cancer survivors and their supporters choose healthy responses to the stress of critical illness. During the retreat, guests participate in a customized workshop and individual stress management session delivered by Robin Dines, Stress and Wellness Consultant certified by The Canadian Institute of Stress.

“By helping women understand their unique ‘stresstype’, or way of responding to stressful situations, they can take action to build a healthier response to everyday stresses. The physical benefits are immediate — deeper breathing, increased mental focus and a more confident, optimistic outlook on life, even during the most critical of illnesses,” comments Dines.

The Strength Through Wellness spa retreat is built upon twenty years of clinical research on the Body Age which is conducted across the globe. The Body Age studies, founded on the principles of Dr. Hans Seyle and carried out by Dr. Richard Earle of The Canadian Institute of Stress, showed that of 3000 participants, body age was reduced by 11 years on average. In addition, participants increased their “Vitality Quotient”, which indicates the extent to which one enjoys optimal health and participates in a full life.

Sonja Shepherd, of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa, Ontario remarked after a visit to the Spa, “The nurturing atmosphere at The Hillcrest Valenova allows women in all stages of cancer recovery to seek wellness on new levels. Cancer friendly treatments such as massage, reiki, and aromatherapy promote relaxation and help heal the body and soul, while the tranquil surroundings of the elegant overnight spa allow the spirit to be refreshed.”

The Hillcrest Valenova wellness spa employs mature, experienced staff, each of whom has a friend or family member touched by breast cancer. Spa Manager Simone Beitler explains, “We have the utmost regard for our guests’ dignity and privacy. The one-to-one ratio of staff-to-guest allows us to truly be ‘daymakers.’ This could be as simple as taking a reflexology treatment to a guest’s suite so they can be tucked into bed immediately following. We look for whatever might heighten the well-being of the person in that moment.”

The Valenova Wellness Spa is North America’s first and only Dr. Hauschka Destination Spa. Using this biodynamic product line imported from Germany, the Valenova spa menu is customized for breast cancer survivors.

The new Strength Through Wellness retreats at The Hillcrest Valenova Wellness Spa help breast cancer survivors to deal positively with the stress of a critical illness. Retreats run Tuesday-Thursday weekly, and include workshop, private consultation, all meals, spa treatments and overnight spa accommodations. Breast cancer survivors save by mentioning the Pink Ribbon Club.

About The Hillcrest — A Valenova Inn & Spa

Situated on 15 serene acres with panoramic views of Lake Ontario, this CAA/AAA 4-Diamond wellness spa is truly a private retreat. Guests are offered a variety of invigorating and healing spa treatments. The organic, biodynamic skin care products of Dr. Hauschka are used throughout the spa, offering guests an experience not available at any other destination spa in North America.

Guests of The Hillcrest are treated to organic meals, fine dining, mid-day tea, fitness facilities, outdoor seasonal saline pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, full-service spa, outdoor spa gazebos, forest walking trails and more. Web site: http://www.thehillcrest.ca

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Sam’s Club® Helps Members Fulfill Their Healthy Living Resolutions This January — Sam’s Club to Launch The Prevention Plan™











The Prevention Plan


Bentonville, AR (Vocus/PRWEB) January 06, 2011

January is the month when many Americans look to turn over a new leaf when it comes to their health. This year Sam’s Club will give Business, Advantage and Plus members across the country tools to help them achieve their health goals including free monthly in-club health screenings and access to a new health management benefit, The Prevention Plan from U.S. Preventive Medicine.

“Through our member insights, we know our members want to stay in control of their health,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. ”We’re proud to offer these simple health solutions, including free health screenings along with great products like The Prevention Plan, so our members can maintain control of their health decisions, minimize health risks and keep health care costs low for their families, employees and themselves.”

The Prevention Plan*

Exclusively priced at $ 99 for our members, Sam’s Club will now offer The Prevention Plan, a personalized, step-by-step health management program designed to help people take control of their individual health. Via an online health assessment and at-home blood test, Sam’s Club members can take the first steps in identifying potential individual health issues. From there, a personalized plan is created to address risks. Personal health coaching, ongoing support, a variety of tools and a plan-wide health challenge are provided through The Prevention Plan to keep members motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“America is moving from the reactive treatment of illness to the proactive preservation of health,” said Christopher Fey, chairman and CEO, U.S. Preventive Medicine. “The Prevention Plan provides the knowledge and tools to help individuals improve their health and wellbeing. A recent study in Population Health Management shows The Plan has been successful in helping people significantly reduce important risk factors including blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and many others. We are pleased to make this program available to Sam’s Club members.”

For more information on The Prevention Plan, customers can call 866-713-1180, or visit http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

January In-Club Health Screenings

All Sam’s Club members across the country can participate in the free monthly health screenings beginning in January. Throughout the year, each monthly event will offer different screenings, including:


Personal consultation from a licensed pharmacist on their prescription drug medications
Blood pressure checkups
Bone density scans
Body mass index assessment
Cholesterol and glucose tests
Hearing and vision screening

For more information, times and locations of health screenings of participating Sam’s Club locations, members can visit http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

Additional Healthy Living Products and Services Available

Sam’s Club is committed to lowering the costs of health care for our members. Those members with Plus-level memberships who pay with cash can save 40 percent on generic medications and 8 percent on name brand medications in our pharmacies nationwide.** As always, Sam’s Club pharmacists are available to answer questions about the program.

Sam’s Club is also a leading provider of affordable health products and services for all its members including:

$ 4 Prescriptions — Sam’s Club pharmacies offer 30-day generic prescriptions for $ 4, or people can save even more with 90-day prescriptions for only $ 10.
Free Rx check up — Sam’s Club’s licensed pharmacists provide advice on how to take medications to maximize effectiveness, including when and how to use them. Our pharmacists also conduct a comprehensive assessment of all prescription medications to determine possible interactions, no matter where the prescriptions were filled by the customer.
ePrescribing — Sam’s Club pharmacies accept electronic prescribing to improve prescribing accuracy and patient safety.
Auto Fill — Sam’s Club offers an automatic refill program so that prescriptions are ready at the same time every month so customers never have to worry about running out of important medications.
Ready Reminder — Sam’s Club pharmacies offer free automatic phone or text messages about the status of a customer’s prescription.
EZPay — By placing a credit card number on file with a Sam’s Club pharmacy, EZPay allows customers to speed up their pharmacy visit by having the cost of their prescription medications automatically charged to their specified card.

A Sam’s Club membership is not required to purchase prescription medication in the pharmacies. For more information, customers can speak with a Sam’s Club pharmacist.

*The Prevention Plan is a service administered solely by U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc., and its designated vendors. The Plan is independent of and not administered by Sam’s Club. More information on the Plan is available at http://www.SamsClub.com/healthyliving or by calling 866-713-1180.

**Savings only for cash purchases based on the dispensing Sam’s Club Pharmacy’s cash price. Discounts not available for purchases covered by health insurance or a state/federal government health care program, on SamsClub.com, or covered by Walmart’s Prescription Program or any Sam’s Club promotion. Restrictions apply. See your local Sam’s Club pharmacy for details.

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club, the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club, offers superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers. Sam’s Club received the highest rankings in Prescription Ordering and Pickup Process in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. National Pharmacy Study. To learn more about savings made simple, visit samsclub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

About U.S. Preventive Medicine®

U.S. Preventive Medicine http://www.uspreventivemedicine.com is leading a global preventive health movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress. The company has developed The Prevention Plan™, an innovative health management program that is based on the clinical science of preventive medicine: primary (wellness and health promotion to keep healthy people healthy), secondary (screening for earlier detection/diagnosis) and tertiary (early evidence-based treatment to reduce complications and disability). The Prevention Plan, which is available to consumers and employer groups, identifies each individual’s top health risks and designs a customized plan of action to reduce those risks, supported by health coaching, robust online tools and plan-wide challenges with incentives. The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by NCQA and disease management by URAC. Follow us on twitter.com/USPM, facebook.com, and youtube.com/moregoodyears.

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Our Health Campus Promotes Healthy Living

Our Health Campus Promotes Healthy Living










Winchester, VA (PRWEB) July 30, 2011

Our Health, a local nonprofit organization, is dedicating their new campus sign on Monday, August 8th at 11:30, to celebrate Dr. Robert G. Kendall and his instrumental support for the Our Health Kendall Community Campus, which houses several area nonprofit and health and human service organizations. Kendall is responsible for the major capital campaign which funded the original Our Health buildings. Their mission is to collaborate with area nonprofit agencies so that they can help them provide efficient services to their clients. The sign dedication is timely as the campus kicks off its first ‘Healthy Living Event’ on campus, Wednesday, August 10th from 9am to 1pm. Campus agencies and area farmers’ markets are hosting an informative session and food sale to promote healthy habits for Kendall Community Campus clients and their community. Valley Health Mobile Health Coach will also be on site with a nutritionist for consultation and free health screenings.

The Kendall Community Campus sign was made possible through many area business partners including Shockey Companies and the ongoing support of Mr. Donald Shockey, Frederick Block, Heritage Garden Club, Advantage Edge and others. Sharen Gromling, Executive Director of Our Health, shares, “The Healthy Living Event is the result of community support, originally led by Dr. Kendall, to appreciate the mission of Our Health and our nonprofit partners. We want to collaborate in any way to promote a healthy lifestyle for our area residents. Without Dr. Kendall’s initial support, we would not be here today to share a team approach on a simple concept, such as providing healthy food for our families.”

Our Health is a non-profit community resource, affiliated with Valley Health, which supports community agencies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Incorporated in 1999, an idea became a reality when a collaborative location became home for several area agencies in downtown Winchester. The campus was further expanded in 2010 when key public service agencies moved into the Snapp Foundry Building. This historic structure was renovated to a Silver LEED-certified standard. Our Health strives to develop collaborative partnerships that encourage community involvement and commitments to meeting the health and human service needs of our region. Its Volunteer Action Center provides viable services to connect volunteers to area needs and nonprofit partners with opportunities to enhance their programs. Our Health is a non-profit community resource, affiliated with Valley Health, which supports community agencies in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

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