Here’s the No. 1 Gift to Get Your Fitness-Obsessed Friends This Year

  • Value: 16/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Quality/Ease of Use: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Comfort: 18/20
  • TOTAL: 93/100

Ever since Bala Bangles debuted on Shark Tank back in February, they’ve been flying off the shelves. Nope, I’m not exaggerating; the chic wrist and ankle weights were initially backordered for months, and retailers are still having trouble keeping them in stock now, almost 10 months later.

What makes the workout accessory so popular, you ask? Well for starters, they’re way more stylish than your standard wrist and ankle weights. So stylish, in fact, that the first thing I did when I got mine was admire how cool they looked wrapped around my ankles.

Speaking of which, Bala Bangles don’t have annoying ties or hook-and-loop closures, making them super easy to put on and take off. I can secure the velcro closure in about two seconds (even one-handed), which makes me more likely to actually use them during a workout. And when they’re on, my Bala Bangles feel like a comfortable chunky bracelet or anklet. They never get loose or slide up and down mid-workout like my old wrist weights did.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a total Bala Bangles convert. Which is why I’m naming them the gift to get all of your fitness-obsessed besties this year. They enhance the toning benefits of literally any workout, so you really can’t go wrong. Your best friend who won’t stop talking about how Pilates “changed her life”? Yup, she’ll totally freak out when she unwraps them. Your roommate who runs 30 miles a week? She’ll appreciate the added resistance during her morning jogs. Honestly, even your mom might like a pair to wear around the house while she vacuums.

Word to the wise though? These are definitely going to sell out by December, so I recommend stocking up on a few pairs ASAP. Right now, you still have options. The two-pound variety is currently 25 percent off at Olivela. Looking for the one-pound version? Check out Revolve, where you’ll get free shipping, or Verishop, which has an impressive color selection in stock. Whatever you decide, just don’t wait too long, or you’ll likely have to wait until January or February to get your hands on a pair.

Oh and while you’re at it, you might as well treat yourself to some too. It’s incentive to continue your at-home workout routine, right? That’s how I justified it.

Buy It ($65; $49)

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Quidel Corporation Joins Global Lyme Alliance as Sponsor for the GLA ‘Fight Lyme With Avril Lavigne and Friends’ Virtual Concert Oct. 24

As part of its commitment to help educate Americans on the perils of Lyme disease, Quidel Corporation announced today that it will be one of the sponsors of the inaugural Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) “#FightLyme With Avril Lavigne & Friends” concert being held on Oct. 24. Quidel is the diagnostic health care manufacturer behind the industry’s most rapid and reliable in-office test for Lyme disease, the Sofia 2 Lyme FIA test.

“The Global Lyme Alliance has been a passionate and important partner for Quidel in our fight against Lyme disease,” said Judi Tilghman, Ph.D., vice president of technology assessment at Quidel. “Over the years they have helped fund the most urgent and promising research in the field, while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians. We’re honored to be their partner for this wonderful upcoming event.”

Being held in lieu of its annual gala, GLA will be presenting the inaugural #FightLyme With Avril & Friends virtual concert featuring Avril Lavigne, Rob Thomas, OneRepublic, Alessia Cara and host Wilmer Valderrama. The concert is designed to raise awareness and funds for GLA and The Avril Lavigne Foundation in support of their fight to conquer Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases through research, education, awareness and patient services. Both Lavigne and Thomas have experienced Lyme disease on a personal level, and Lavigne is also a GLA board member who has been extremely vocal about the fight against Lyme disease.

The Oct. 24 concert will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets can be purchased and more information is available at More information on the Global Lyme Alliance can be found at

Lyme disease afflicts as many as 400,000 Americans every year and can lead to a number of serious, life-threatening problems if not caught early. Leading the way in Lyme disease testing is Quidel’s innovative Sofia® 2 Lyme FIA test. This test provides a patient as well as his or her physician with indicative results within minutes as opposed to days, which has historically been the norm. Performed in the privacy of a doctor’s office or local clinic, it is also the only test that can get results from a simple finger prick of blood. Given that the vast majority of patients tested are negative, not having to wait days for test results allows physicians and nurse practitioners to more rapidly treat those patients with positive results while more quickly pursuing other diagnosis and treatment for those who test negative.

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Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq: QDEL) is a leading manufacturer of diagnostic solutions at the point of care delivering a continuum of rapid testing technologies that further improve the quality of health care throughout the globe. An innovator for over 40 years in the medical device industry, Quidel pioneered the first FDA-cleared point-of-care test for influenza in 1999 and was the first to market a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test in the U.S. Under trusted brand names Sofia®, Solana®, Lyra®, Triage® and QuickVue®, Quidel’s comprehensive

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As COVID-19 cases soar, many Americans plan indoor Thanksgiving with friends or extended family

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As United States COVID-19 cases climb toward a new peak and hospitalizations increase across most of the country, more than a third of registered voters (34 percent) plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends or family from outside their households, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — and nearly all of them plan to gather indoors.

Another quarter (25 percent) say they’re still not sure how they will spend the Thanksgiving holiday, meaning that right now, amid a worsening pandemic, a majority of American voters are at least considering joining friends or family indoors on Nov. 26.

The survey, which was conducted from Oct. 16 to 18, reveals just how challenging it may be to contain America’s latest COVID-19 surge. New daily cases recently topped 70,000 nationwide for the first time since July; hospitalizations are on the rise in 39 states, with 16 approaching or exceeding all-time highs. Colder weather is making outdoor gatherings impractical in many places. And the big, garrulous, close-knit indoor meals with friends and family that define the holiday season are precisely the stuff that superspreader events are made of. 


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, told Yahoo News last week that he would not celebrate Thanksgiving with his children because they are concerned about spreading the deadly virus. “I have three children that I would love to see over Thanksgiving,” Fauci said. The 79-year-old doctor noted that he falls in a vulnerable age group.

Yet many Americans won’t be following Fauci’s lead. Beyond the 30 percent of respondents who plan to gather indoors with friends or extended family and the 25 percent who haven’t ruled it out — percentages that could represent tens of millions of people, or more — 9 percent of respondents say they plan to travel for Thanksgiving. Another 9 percent are considering it. And just 21 percent of those who plan to gather with friends or extended family members say they would be willing to cancel their Thanksgiving plans if COVID-19 cases surged in their area. 

One month later, it’s Christmas. 

The point isn’t to shame Americans into skipping the holidays. We’re all weary of the virus. We all want to hit pause for a special day. We’re all desperate to eat, drink, relax and watch football with loved ones. And we all care about keeping our friends and family safe. There are no satisfying choices here. 

But America will face a test on Thanksgiving, and it’s basically just a supercharged version of the test we have faced throughout the pandemic: How much normal is OK right now? 

The problem is that it’s a test we have failed time and again in circumstances far less tempting than Thanksgiving — which in turn is why Thanksgiving itself has suddenly become a far more dangerous temptation than it had to be. 

According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, a majority of American voters are at least considering joining friends or family indoors on Thanksgiving. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photo: EyeEm/Getty Images)

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