Get Into Better Shape in 2021 With This AI-Enhanced Fitness Program

For entrepreneurs, it’s important to break a physical sweat from time to time as well as a mental one. Working out can help you stay energized, focused, and motivated to do your best work every day. But going to the gym during a pandemic is inadvisable and running in winter simply isn’t for everybody. There’s a better alternative now that Fitness Ally Premium AI-Powered Workouts are on sale for 66 percent off.



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Fitness Ally is a mobile fitness app centered around Allie, a fitness AI that makes fitness-on-demand approachable and accessible for people of all levels. Fitness Ally uses your device’s camera to watch your workout in real-time and provide coaching with instant, effective feedback and motivation. It’s like having a personal trainer on your phone. Allie is enhanced by world-renowned fitness trainers so that she fully understands proper technique and exercise psychology.

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Best of all, Fitness Ally doesn’t require any additional equipment. All exercises are completely bodyweight-based so the only thing you need is yourself. The dynamic, customizable workouts are developed by industry-leading fitness experts and include strength, weight loss, HIIT, and more styles. Plus, Fitness Ally doesn’t record, share, or store any user videos, audio, or health data ever.

Fitness Ally has earned 4.7 stars on the App Store for good reason. Get in the best shape of your life through this pandemic winter with help from an ally. Normally $59, you can get a one-year subscription to Fitness Ally Premium AI-Powered Workouts for 66 percent off at just $19.99.

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As 75 Hard fitness program trends on TikTok, experts raise red flags

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and quarantine orders are being extended, people have turned to new places to get workout inspiration at home.

Fitness videos on TikTok have grown exponentially since the pandemic began, as many looked for new ways to stay in shape. Fitness challenges like #DragonFlag, #OneMinuteFitness and #PlankChallenge have gone viral in recent months, and celebrities like Carrie Underwood have even joined in.

Experts urge those just starting out to take it slow before jumping into some of the advanced moves seen in popular TikTok videos, and the intense program called 75 Hard that’s trending on the platform is no exception.

The 75 Hard program, created by entrepreneur and podcaster Andy Frisella and described as a “mental toughness” program, outlines rules users must follow for 75 days. They are:

  • Do two 45-minute workouts a day, one of which must be outside
  • Follow a healthy diet with zero alcohol or cheat days
  • Take a progress picture every day
  • Drink one gallon of water daily
  • Read 10 pages a day of a nonfiction book
  • If you fail, you must start over again at Day One
  • 75 Hard found life on TikTok during the pandemic after 22-year-old Rylee Ollearis documented her journey doing the program from May to July. Her first video about it has racked up more than 4 million views.

    “I decided to post on TikTok for my five followers at the time… ‘Hey guys, I’m doing this crazy challenge, this crazy program,’ and the video started to blow up,” Ollearis told “GMA.”

    “I’ve almost given up myself a few too many times in the past,” she explained about what drew her to the intense program. “I wanted to prove to myself for this time that I could be tough enough to complete something that I set my mind to.”

    Ollearis’ audio from her Day One video is now used in more than 500 TikTok videos of other users trying out the program for themselves. The hashtag #75Hard itself has over 126 million views on the platform.

    The recent college graduate is now a wellness coach and said many people have reached out to her about the program since finding her videos. While she recognized that the program is a major commitment, she said she chose to do it the middle of quarantine because she could put the majority of her daily focus on making sure she was being mindful with her workouts and recovery.

    “Understanding that two 45-minute workouts every single day is a lot. You’re pushing your body, but you also have to ensure that you’re getting the right recovery, that you’re including active rest into those days to make sure that you’re not hurting yourself in any way,” she said.

    Experts raise ‘red flags’ about 75 Hard

    One of the concerns about 75 Hard, according to many experts, is many may opt to ignore the 75 Hard recommendations and begin the workout plan without seeking advice from a physician first, and this can be

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    Lethbridge fitness studio offers rent-a-bike program during COVID-19 restrictions



    a person sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Kelleen Tait follows along with a virtual spin class at UNITE YQL during Alberta's second wave of COVID-19.


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    Kelleen Tait follows along with a virtual spin class at UNITE YQL during Alberta’s second wave of COVID-19.

    Kelleen Tait relies on her weekly workout sessions to keep grounded and manage her stress.

    “During the first lockdown, I didn’t know what to do.”

    With new Alberta gym capacity restrictions in place, she’s found a way to keep moving: a rent-a-bike program and virtual spin classes from local studio UNITE YQL.

    Read more: Alberta enacts 2nd COVID-19 state of public health emergency. Here’s what it means

    “It’s way harder than I would work out on my own and it really keeps me going,” Tait said.

    For her, it’s not just about getting a sweat in. She says it allows her to still feel connected with instructors and a community she loves.

    “As we’re all kind of shutting our doors and going into a bit more of an isolation mode, being able to generate that community is such a wonderful thing to be a part of and to support,” Tait said. “Especially when it’s [a local business] and it’s right in our downtown core.”

    Owner of UNITE YQL, Vanessa Bishop, said it’s been a lifeline for her business and the supportive community they’ve worked to build over the last few years.

    “The virtual program has allowed us to keep moving even though our physical space is temporarily closed.”

    Although the decision to rent out expensive equipment was difficult, Bishop says it’s brought the studio’s high-energy barre and spin classes directly into clients’ homes. 

    “[We can keep] giving hollers and encouraging the riders, because that’s the whole experience with us… It’s a fun atmosphere.”

    Read more: Some businesses feel singled out as Alberta brings in stricter COVID-19 measures

    The Lethbridge YMCA will also be offering virtual classes for members starting next week.

    “There’s going to be fitness classes, yoga classes, wellness classes and all sorts of other items that will serve our community the best possible,” YMCA of Lethbridge Interim General Manager Scott Boyd said.

    “We realize that everyone is dealing with this in all different ways.”

    Boyd said a new gym space is now open on the facility’s main floor for those looking to move around safely.

    Read more: Lethbridge gyms consider what reopening could look like

    Tait says she plans to continue riding out the pandemic while supporting local business.

    “I’m actually moving and I keep motivated,” she said. “It’s been great from a mental health aspect.”

    She encourages others who might be interested in upping their at-home workouts to give it a spin.

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    New program is launched for safe medicine disposal

    The Medication Education & Disposal Project has launched a statewide program to offer free services to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicines.

    Safe Medication Return is operated by MED-Project, which is the Washington State Department of Health’s approved program operator.

    Drug manufacturers fund the program at no cost to taxpayers.

    MED-Project provides state residents with year-round medicine drop-off locations such as at pharmacies, medical facilities and law enforcement offices. Along with existing operations in several counties, MED-Project has activated about 150 additional drop-off sites.

    Residents who prefer mailing back unwanted medicine for disposal can request free prepaid and preauthorized packages. Information is at med-project.org, or people can call (844) 633-7765.

    MED-Project also is launching a public awareness campaign about safe disposal of unwanted medicine. A mobile-friendly website provides drop-off location information and instructions, as well as downloadable educational materials.

    “We want to encourage Washington state residents to take their medication as prescribed, store it safely and dispose of unwanted or expired medicine securely,” said Dr. Victoria Travis, MED-Project’s national program director, in a news release.

    For more information about the MED-Project drug takeback program and available services in Washington state, including accepted types of medication, call (844) 633-7765 or visit the website.

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    CSUSB Palm Desert Street Medicine Program Receives $50K Grant

    Press release from CSUSB Palm Desert:

    Nov. 23, 2020

    The Desert Healthcare District & Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus to support its Street Medicine program.

    Grant funds will be used to improve access to healthcare for traditionally underserved populations, increase mobile medical clinics, improve health-related infrastructure in the Coachella Valley and strengthen engagement of nurses and nursing students with the homeless, unsheltered and vulnerable populations in the Coachella Valley.

    The Street Medicine program is a collaborative partnership between the CSUSB Department of Nursing at the Palm Desert Campus; the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine; Desert Regional Medical Center; Well in the Desert; and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine.

    “The funds from the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation will provide support for us to continue our efforts to grow our Street Medicine program,” said Diane Vines, street medicine program coordinator and CSUSB nursing faculty member. “We are providing much-needed healthcare services for homeless and unsheltered people in the Coachella Valley, and preparing our future nurses to understand the needs of this vulnerable population.”

    “Through the Street Medicine program, nurses and nursing students provide an invaluable service, taking medical care to Coachella Valley residents who may not receive it any other way,” said Carole Rogers, an RN and Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board director. “Their work directly supports the District’s mission ‘to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents,’ and we’re happy to support them.”

    Also, visit the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation website at www.DHCD.org to learn more about its programs.

    The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,600 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

    For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at [email protected] or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the PDC website at www.csusb.edu/pdc.


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    Producer Franco Porporino (‘American Chopper’) Launches COVID Certification Program For Non-Scripted TV

    American Chopper executive producer Franco Porporino (coordinating producer, Regular Heroes) is starting a business called COVID Film Certification to educate production crews and talent on set as Hollywood resumes production.

    He’s calling it a one-stop shop for non-scripted television, the area he knowns best. It offers – alone or in combination — industry-specific safety exams for production personnel, crew and talent on CDC guidelines and other best practices on set; compliance officer training; EPA approved PPE; consulting services by experienced showrunners to create customized budgets; and nurses who can also be trained as compliance officers.

    “Many producers are facing significant hurdles in light of all the complications and challenges posed by COVID-19. Production companies need to get back to work but must do so in a way that prioritizes health and safety for all personnel,” Porporino said.

    He started to explore the idea after hearing colleagues complain about expensive consultancies and inexperienced compliance people that were ripping productions off and possibly putting them in danger.

    The COVID Film Certification program features training modules that include online exams covering industry specific COVID-19 protocols and best practices for all pre-production and post-production personnel. They get a certificate valid for a year if they pass, although Porporino said the company is not aligned with any official organization.

    “I am hearing production companies are getting price gouged. People are selling them [costly] PPE and consulting fees. Or one colleague said they sent her a compliance officer who was her former PA. I heard from multiple people in the business that they are getting … people who are going on set playing with their phones,” said Porporino.

    He worked closely on the concept with a friend Lori Rothschild Ansaldi, producer and CEO of Big City TV, who is on his advisory board.

    “Big City TV, along with my partners at the Content Group, were not satisfied with simply ‘meeting protocols’ for our shows,” Ansaldi said. “Our goal is to always go above and beyond for our clients and talent to ensure that we create and maintain safe and healthy work environments.” She’ll be using the tests for crew and talent across Big City’s portfolio of projects.

    Each exam costs $99. Porporino said he’s currently contracted with three productions that he can’t name because they haven’t been announced yet.

    The program has partnered with a VIPrivate Care, a healthcare company based in New York, to provide medical personnel and testing and with another company for PPE.

    The advisory board also includes Ra Kumar of United Talent Agency, Lucilla D’Agostino of Big Fish Entertainment, Hans Schiff, formerly a partner at Creative Arts Agency, Darin Frank, a partner in the entertainment law firm of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, and NYU Professor Peter Rajsingh.

    Porporino it so happens also owns Fresco Da Franco, an Italian restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey, which was a whole other headache with COVID. Trying to reopen there gave him some ideas.

    COVID Film Certification is 72.5% funded by Porporino and 27.5% by

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    Fitness Innovator Dragon Door Releases ‘Get Strong’ Exercise Program by Al Kavadlo & Danny Kavadlo, exclusively for the TriadXP Fitness App

    LITTLE CANADA, Minn., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dragon Door Publications, Inc. and Triad Fitness Group, LLC, creator of the TriadXP fitness platform, announced the upcoming release of an in-app version of Al Kavadlo and Danny Kavadlo’s ” Get Strong” exercise program. “Get Strong” is the ultimate 16-week transformation program for gaining muscle and strength—using the power of progressive calisthenics. Al and Danny Kavadlo, two exceptional personal trainers, specialize in bodyweight training as a singular method to build an impressive physique, increase strength, and improve athletic performance, mobility, and flexibility. Plus, the new TriadXP in-app version makes it easier and hassle-free for users to perform their workouts and track their results anywhere, anytime.

    “If you want to get as strong as possible, you need intelligent progression,” said John Du Cane, CEO of Dragon Door Publications. “That’s why ‘Get Strong’ is such a phenomenal program, and using the TriadXP fitness app to perform it and track your results makes it even more effective.”

    The Kavadlo brothers’ plan starts with building a proper foundation. From there, it gradually progresses you through four phases of strength, giving you the proper progressions and programming details to take you beyond what you ever thought possible. The brothers have also outdone themselves with incredible exercise visuals. Users will find this in-app exercise program packed with well-thought-out, clearly delivered guidance, and beautiful imagery.

    The “Get Strong” in-app exercise program will be available in both the Dragon Door and TriadXP online stores. Exercisers can perform it with the free TriadXP fitness app, which provides workout guidance, tracking, and portability; it can be streamed to a mobile device or downloaded to a user’s device for offline performance in remote training areas. TriadXP’s in-app exercise programs provide users with audio and visual workout cues and tracks duration, reps, distance, and resistance while exercising. This premium fitness program from the Kavadlo brothers has been delivering extraordinary results for years but hasn’t been available on mobile devices…until now!

    About Dragon Door Publications
    Dragon Door Publications is a publisher of innovative fitness content that offers effective, safe, and proven methods for maintaining a high level of health and physical performance over the longterm. The company is best known for having launched the modern kettlebell movement in 2001. Learn more at www.dragondoor.com

    About TriadXP.com
    TriadXP.com, a fitness content platform from Triad Fitness Group, provides services and technology to allow content providers to convert text-based programs and related exercise imagery and videos into in-app exercise programs to be performed and tracked with the TriadXP mobile app. The app is free and compatible with iOS and Android devices. TriadXP is making workouts better for everyone. Learn more at www.triadxp.com

    Contact: John Du Cane
    Tel: +1 651-487-3828
    Email: [email protected]

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    Central Ohio nonprofit’s ‘Farmacy in the City’ program in South Linden to combine diet, medicine

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the number of patients served by the Charitable Pharmacy and which government agency gave it $1.5 million to renovate the building where it is opening a second location.



    a sign on the side of the road: Site of the former Eagle Supermarket, 1464 Cleveland Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio and Community Development for All People will open a pharmacy and fresh-food market at the site of the former South Linden carryout, which the city shut down in 2016. The "Farmacy in the City" will open in Spring 2021.


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    Site of the former Eagle Supermarket, 1464 Cleveland Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio and Community Development for All People will open a pharmacy and fresh-food market at the site of the former South Linden carryout, which the city shut down in 2016. The “Farmacy in the City” will open in Spring 2021.

    The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio will open a second location addressing low-income Franklin County residents’ food and pharmaceutical needs with its “Farmacy in the City” program. 

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    The nonprofit’s new site, co-located with Community Development for All People, will feature a pharmacy and fresh food market under one roof. Here, vulnerable Franklin County residents can receive non-narcotic prescription medicine, pharmacy services and healthy food at no cost. 

    “Our patients may not have access to healthy food and other resources that you need to stay in those healthy habits to reduce your disease burden,” Charitable Pharmacy executive director Jennifer Seifert said. “We’re really excited now that when someone says, ‘I don’t know what to eat,’ we can bring some resources around them.”

    Since 2010, CPCO has contributed $50 million in pharmacy services and prescription medicine, today serving over 7,000 Franklin County residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

    More: Charitable Pharmacy sees more patients, more costs due to COVID-19

    CPCO’s model is different from that of free clinics. Pharmacists spend time with patients to understand their medical history, explain the impact of their prescribed medicine and create an action plan for the future, development director Melanie Boyd said.

    Despite this decade of positive impact, it’s clear that sometimes medicine isn’t the most pressing need when patients walk through the pharmacy’s doors. Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing often take precedence. 

    After receiving a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in 2019, CPCO began exploring communities where its support could have the most impact and identified South Linden as a place where it could help the neighborhood achieve better health outcomes.



    A rendering of the completed renovations for the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio's fresh market. Slated to open spring 2021, the "farmacy" will be located at 1464 Cleveland Ave. in South Linden in a former Eagle Market.


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    A rendering of the completed renovations for the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio’s fresh market. Slated to open spring 2021, the “farmacy” will be located at 1464 Cleveland Ave. in South Linden in a former Eagle Market.

    The unfortunate truth is that one’s ZIP code often determines the quality of their health care.

    “You go to the suburbs and look at how many pharmacies you have per capita — it’s a real different story in some other sections of the city,” Boyd said. “We know that coming in (to South Linden) as a charitable pharmacy to work with the existing pharmacies, we’re going to be able to meet

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    Sanofi, GSK to provide 200 million Covid vaccine doses to WHO immunization program

    A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

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    European drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline will provide 200 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine to the World Health Organization’s global immunization partnership COVAX, which seeks to ensure coronavirus vaccines are distributed equitably across the world, the companies announced Wednesday.

    Global health organizations including the GAVI vaccine alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the WHO are leading the COVAX effort, which is focused on first vaccinating the most high-risk people in every country. The deal is contingent on the vaccine winning regulatory approval, the companies said in a statement.

    The initiative aims to deliver 2 billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021, though it’s now competing for scarce doses of promising vaccines with some wealthy countries like the United States that didn’t join the COVAX facility and procured hundreds of millions of doses on their own.

    “Since we started working on the development of COVID-19 vaccines, GSK has pledged to make them available to people around the world,” Roger Connor, president of GSK Vaccines, said in a statement. He added that “this has the potential to be a significant contribution to the global fight against COVID-19.”

    More than 180 countries have so far joined COVAX, the companies said. WHO says at least 78 higher-income countries, including China and the United Kingdom have signed on.

    The WHO has previously acknowledged that there won’t be enough vaccine doses for everyone in the world once one candidate is authorized for use. The UN health agency has published allocation principles that countries can use to craft a plan for who would first receive the immunization when the country receives doses.

    The WHO says it intends for all countries to receive enough doses to vaccinate 20% of their population, excluding countries that request fewer doses than that, before any country receives more doses.

    Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president and global head of Sanofi Pasteur, said their provision of doses demonstrates the company’s “commitment to global health and ensures our COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and accessible to those most at risk, everywhere in the world.”

    Sanofi and GSK’s vaccine is further behind in clinical development than some of the front-runners like Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, which are all in late-stage trials. Sanofi and GSK said they anticipate results from their phase two trial in early December and will then launch a large phase three trial. The companies plan to request regulatory approval for the vaccine, if the data supports it, in the first half of 2021.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously said he’s less concerned with acquiring doses of the first available vaccine and more concerned with acquiring a large amount of doses of all vaccines.

    “The first vaccine to be approved may not be the best,” he said last month. “The more shots on

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    Strive Health Partners with Nearly 200 Nephrology Providers Across Multiple States to Implement Innovative Medicare Kidney Care Program

    Strive Health, a national innovator in value-based kidney care, today announced that it has partnered with nearly 200 physicians and advanced practitioners from 20 nephrology groups across several states to participate in Medicare’s Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting options of the Kidney Care Choices model (CKCC).

    CKCC is a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) payment innovation model that incentivizes healthcare providers to manage the care of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 4 and 5 and end stage renal disease (ESRD). Unlike prior value-based kidney care models, CKCC addresses both CKD and ESRD beneficiaries and aligns patients based on nephrology care, not dialysis treatments. The implementation period for the program started on October 15, 2020 and the official launch of the performance period is on April 1, 2021.

    “New payment models like CKCC are putting nephrologists at the center and creating meaningful opportunities to transform care for our patients,” said Gary Singer, MD, a nephrologist who leads Midwest Nephrology Associates in St. Louis, MO. “We looked for a partner whose incentives align with our goal of delaying the progression of kidney disease, and whose model blends technological innovation with high-touch care. We believe Strive is well-positioned to support us in CKCC and beyond.”

    Strive Health provides technology, high-touch care teams, and management expertise that empower nephrologists to participate and succeed in new value-based kidney care models. Physicians partnering with Strive gain access to advanced tools and resources that improve care delivery, such as sophisticated data science models that predict CKD disease progression with greater than 95% accuracy. Physicians also participate in performance-based incentive programs that reward high-quality and low-cost patient outcomes.

    “Our company is the market leader in transformative, value-based kidney care. The new CMMI models take an exciting step in the right direction and create unprecedented opportunities for nephrologists to innovate and be rewarded for high-quality, long-term care goals over individual treatments,” said Chris Riopelle, CEO and co-founder of Strive Health.

    Through partnerships with nephrologists and direct care arrangements, Strive manages thousands of complex CKD and ESRD patients in five states today and will be managing, or supporting the management of, more than 30,000 patients in 12 states by early 2021. The company is actively launching new value-based kidney care arrangements with commercial payors, health systems, and medical groups – most recently announced include Humana and Conviva Health – and engaging local nephrologists as central care providers within these models. Future growth plans include new application opportunities for CKCC and additional government programs.

    About Strive Health

    Strive Health is a national innovator in value-based kidney care and partner of choice for leading healthcare payors and providers. Through a unique combination of high-touch care teams, advanced technology, seamless integration with local providers, and next-generation dialysis services, Strive deploys an integrated care delivery system that supports the entire patient journey from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end stage renal disease (ESRD). Strive partners with commercial and Medicare Advantage payors, Medicare, health systems, and physicians through

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