PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years

PACE Fitness Adds Nutrition Program to Offer Health Clubs and Members a Total Wellness Package in Time for New Years










Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2010

PACE Fitness has been marketing its hydraulic circuit training equipment to women’s fitness centers and coed health clubs for over 20 years. PACE has now joined with the Medical/Weight Management Industry’s leader in the development of weight management products to offer an extensive line of meal replacements and protein supplements which have been scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of the Low Calorie dieter just in time for New Year’s Resolution memberships.

PACE President Rande LaDue states, “We have always suggested our health club customers offer some type of nutrition program to their members, but up until this point, we have never offered anything. We are happy to introduce our comprehensive program to help facilitate faster results for members and increased profits for the clubs. Exercise alone is only half of the wellness equation; now our health customers can offer a complete package.”

“January is typically the busiest month of the year for health clubs; however, it is even busier for weight loss centers because of the intimidation factor. Overweight people typically are too intimidated to join conventional health clubs. Our non-intimidating hydraulic equipment has helped many clubs overcome this hurdle; however, without a nutrition program, clubs are not offering what these people want and need as well as missing out on a great deal of profit.”

“Simplicity has always been a key factor to the success of our hydraulic circuit program. The same holds true with our new nutrition program. Our turn-key start up package for clubs includes staff training, marketing and program manuals as well as a start up supply of products for immediate sales.”

PACE Nutrition products will be available direct to the consumer through its website pacefitnessandnutrition.com for those areas without a PACE club nearby.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals











Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) March 13, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina today announced an extensive new program aimed at helping employers and individuals understand and act on their health risks.

Your Health Profile, BCBSNC’s confidential health risk assessment (HRA), helps employers quantify the health risks that exist in their employee population. Using an aggregate summary report that comes from the HRA, employers can design and promote programs that target the specific needs of their workers — such as managing diabetes or increasing physical activity.

“Employers tell us they want more information to help them take specific, measurable actions toward containing rising medical costs,” said Bob Greczyn, BCBSNC president and CEO. “Your Health Profile can be one of the first and most important steps to creating a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce not only affects direct health costs such as medical claims, it also cuts down on the indirect costs of absenteeism and disability.”

Your Health Profile helps individuals who fill out the HRA to better understand their own health risks. Upon completion of the confidential questionnaire, BCBSNC members receive personalized assessments of their health status, complete with tips on developing an action plan for maintaining and improving their health.

BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile through an agreement with Summex Corp., a unit of WebMD Health Corp. that provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to employers. The HRA becomes available to BCBSNC employer groups in early June.

Cook Endoscopy in Winston-Salem offered Your Health Profile to employees in January as part of a pilot program. “The HRA is a big part of our plans to promote workplace wellness,” said Maryann Atkins, Human Resources Benefits Specialist at the maker of medical devices. “It’s giving us some insight into the health issues our workforce is facing that we couldn’t have gained through any other means.”

How It Works

Your Health Profile consists of an online or paper questionnaire designed by Summex and administered by BCBSNC. Questions involve such health behaviors as physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use, as well as self-reporting of height, weight and medical history. The questionnaire takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, individuals receive their personalized health report outlining health status and risks. The report may suggest actions to take to improve health. Individuals are encouraged to share their report with their physician.

Individuals whose reports show risks for certain health conditions — and who indicate a willingness to improve their health — will be enrolled in BCBSNC’s Member Health Partnerships. The program offers customized support and education to members with one or more health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, asthma or unhealthy weight. Also, members taking the HRA may access BCBSNC’s Online Healthy Living program for help with such lifestyle issues as weight loss and stress reduction. These tie-ins with existing BCBSNC programs enhance Your Health Profile, extending its reach beyond information and giving members the support they need to maintain and improve their health.

Employers with 50 or more employees completing the survey receive an aggregate summary report that includes suggested steps for addressing health issues within their employee population. The employer does not receive individual questionnaire results.

Who Is Eligible

Employer groups with coverage from BCBSNC, including self-funded employers who pay a fee to BCBSNC to administer their health plan, may use Your Health Profile. Workers at those employers who have chosen a BCBSNC plan will be given the opportunity to take the HRA. BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile at no additional charge to employers and individuals when the survey is taken online.

Customers of BCBSNC’s Blue Advantage individual coverage also may take the HRA and receive a confidential health report. Blue Advantage customers should visit http://www.bcbsnc.com and click on “Member” to log into My Member Services, where Your Health Profile is available.

About BCBSNC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.4 million members, including approximately 749,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 73 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at http://www.bcbsnc.com

Contact: Kyle Marshall or Heidi Deja

BCBSNC Media Line: 919-765-3005    

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Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers

Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers










Newburyport, Mass. and Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 20, 2007

Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.com), the nation’s leading non-profit mental health organization, and Psych Central® (http://www.psychcentral.com) today announced that the two organizations are partnering to create a comprehensive online mental health social and information network. Planned for launch later this year, the partnership will create the nation’s leading network to provide consumers with the most credible, trustworthy and high-quality mental health information and community on the Internet.

“With an increasing number of people turning to online resources for mental health information, there needs to be reliable content supported by established organizations,” said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “This partnership will bring quality content to a growing network of people promoting mental wellness and result in additional clarity for those who seek trusted mental health information online,” said Shern.

The partnership will feature content from both organizations, including daily news articles, research briefs, book reviews, interviews with leading experts, online community forums, and more. The portal will also enable consumers to personalize content based on their needs. For example, if someone is interested in depression, he or she will be able to sign up to receive this custom content delivered daily.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with Mental Health America for this effort,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “For more than 12 years, Psych Central has been helping to break down the stigma related to mental health issues through its online efforts. This partnership is the next step in support of that cause. Together, we’ll integrate the best mental health information and help grow a community while providing new ways for people to connect with each other,” said Grohol.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 25 percent of Internet users search for mental health information online. This increased interest along with the growing number of choices for consumers to receive mental health information, it’s never been so important that sites maintain strong ethical standards and adhere to stringent privacy policies.

Psych Central has been consistently recognized as one of the top resources for mental health and psychology information online serving more than 600,000 visitors each month with more than 10,000 pages of content. Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, has a network of more than 320 affiliates nationwide that support the awareness and support of mental health issues.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet.

Psych Central does not provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

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Online Pharmacies Offer Relief as More and More Americans Fall Into the Donut Hole, says DoctorSolve

Online Pharmacies Offer Relief as More and More Americans Fall Into the Donut Hole, says DoctorSolve










Vancouver, B.C. (PRWEB) August 22, 2006

For more and more seniors and disabled people, the gaping edge of the dreaded Plan D donut hole is in sight. Many have already fallen in.

The donut hole is the point in Medicare Plan D when beneficiaries reach annual drug costs of $ 2,250, including the amount paid by insurance. From here on until their drug costs reach $ 5,100, beneficiaries are expected to pay the full cost of their prescriptions – in addition to paying their monthly premiums.

“Unfortunately because Plan D is so overwhelming and confusing, many seniors didn’t fully understand the meaning of the donut hole when they signed up,” says Dr. Paul Zickler of DoctorSolve online pharmacy services (http://www.doctorsolve.com). “The real ramifications are just beginning to make themselves apparent.”

People with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and mental disorders, or who take several medications are the hardest hit. “Many of them reached the donut hole long ago, and were shocked to discover that after being on the plan only a short time, they had to empty their own wallet to get their medications. At that point, they had to decide between food and their health,” states Zickler.

While Medicare wooed millions of unsuspecting seniors to the D side, it is the donut hole of Plan D that will turn their heads back to the North. “Many patients who gave in to the pressure of Congress and the FDA, and chose not to purchase drugs from online pharmacies will once again realize just how affordable and beautifully uncomplicated it can be,” says Zickler. “With prices 43% cheaper than buying in the U.S., safe products and consistent, attentive service from medical professionals, it is still a better option by far. ”

DoctorSolve, a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC Q37), offers lower-cost, long-term prescriptions. A professionally registered pharmacist fills all prescriptions. A certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, DoctorSolve is ranked as one of the best online pharmacies by PharmacyChecker.com. DoctorSolve has filled more than 200,000 U.S. prescriptions.

For more information, call 1-866-732-0305 or visit http://www.doctorsolve.com

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e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide

e-academy Inc. Joins Forces with ISIC to Offer Microsoft Discounts to Students Worldwide











Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) July 20, 2011

e-academy is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association and Microsoft (MSFT). This new venture aims to provide popular Microsoft titles to students across the globe at discounts of up to 90% off retail price, via the e-academy powered ISIC WebStore. Available titles include Windows 7, Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Expression Studio 4 and more.

“Our partnership with ISIC is the perfect match for e-academy as both organizations are passionate about extending benefits and opportunities to students worldwide. The chance to provide ISIC members with the lowest possible price for essential Microsoft products is certainly an exciting and key milestone for us! We look forward to expanding our relationship with ISIC and seeing how we can help provide great value to students worldwide,” says Gustavo Sanchez, Marketing Manager at e-academy Inc.

“The cooperation with e-academy enables current and future ISIC holders to gain smooth and secure access to Microsoft’s most attractive student offers across the globe. We are pleased to see how our partnership allows students to save money and we will be working closely together on the development of more online offers on a global scale,” says Martijn van de Veen, General Manager at ISIC.

Students around the world who have an ISIC card can visit the new ISIC WebStore and get instant access to Microsoft software products via download today!

About ISIC

The ISIC card is the only internationally-recognised student ID and ISIC card holders are members of a truly global club. Every year more than 4.5 million students from 120 countries use their student card to take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more, worldwide.

About e-academy

e-academy Inc. is the global leader in software delivery solutions for the worldwide education market. Over 30,000 academic institutions trust e-academy to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in over 100 countries and provides customer service in 8 languages.

With an international client base and relationships with leading software providers such as Microsoft and Adobe, e-academy is a trusted source for bridging the gap between many of the world’s largest software companies, the academic institutions as well as the end users they serve.

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