Home Fitness Innovator FORME Life Launches Nationwide Retail Rollout With Westfield Shopping Centers

Designed by Yves Béhar, the elegant at-home wellness solution curates workouts based on users’ ability, goals, and lifestyle. To suit a range of personal preferences, the retail stores will display two distinct offerings: Studio, a mirrored display that transforms to offer live and on-demand content, and Studio Lift, which includes resistance training equipment that conveniently tucks away when not in use.

This retail launch marks the first time customers will be able to purchase FORME Life in person, having garnered significant interest since announcing pre-orders in May of this year. Customers will now be able to experience the stylish equipment and world class content before placing an order. The stores and kiosks will feature both the Studio and Studio Lift, empowering customers to select the best option for their lifestyle. Flagship locations will measure approximately 1,000 square feet and Kiosks will be around 400 square feet, both featuring clean lines and minimalist design to complement FORME Life’s aesthetic. In addition, retail stores will feature an exclusive fragrance partnership with Virtuvi and custom artwork by Anoushka Mirchandani.

“We are delighted to welcome FORME Life to some of our most affluent centers across the country,” said Colin Shaughnessy, EVP, US leasing. “Their new-to-market stores are an exciting addition to our lineup of wellness boutiques, fitness offerings, and cutting-edge technologies that aim to revolutionize the modern shopping experience. Now, more than ever, home fitness is an important category as our guests look to access workouts and build a fitness routine from the comfort of their own home.”

“We are so excited to see FORME Life out in the world and have been waiting for this since we began to create our Studios. We love that people can finally experience what we believe to be the very best in home fitness. For this reason, Westfield Shopping Centers have purposefully placed FORME Life within their luxury lifestyle stores and experiences.” – Trent Ward, Founder and CEO

About FORME Life

Designed by Yves Béhar, FORME Life delivers an unparalleled at-home fitness experience. The Studios uniquely transform to host a variety of workouts and activities, returning to an elegant, full-length mirror when not in use. What’s more, an ultra-high definition touch-screen display is the closest thing to a one-on-one interactive experience with a personal trainer.

To suit a range of user preferences, FORME Life offers two distinct models: Studio ($2495 or as little as $69/month for 36 months) and Studio Lift ($4495 or as little as $125/month for 36 months), which includes resistance training equipment that uniquely tucks away when not in use. FORME Life’s ever-evolving original content can be experienced by everyone in the household for a $39/month multi-user membership.

To learn more, please visit formelife.com and on Instagram.

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What to Know About California’s Vaccine Rollout

What are the challenges to rolling out a vaccine?

The two vaccines announced last week shattered all records for speed of development. “We’d be lucky in normal circumstances if we were able to develop vaccines in three years,” said Brad Pollock, associate dean for public health sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.

The vaccines work by using the host’s own immune system to form a defense against the virus.

Even with the historic development, there are some challenges ahead. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses given weeks apart, meaning people will have to remember to get their second follow-up dose.

There’s also the matter of storage. Both of those vaccines must be stored at low temperatures, although Moderna said that its vaccine had a longer shelf life under refrigeration and at room temperature than previously reported. State health officials said they are working to improve their cold chain storage capacities.

The state also needs an adequate supply of needles and syringes, alcohol, pads, bandages, masks and personal protective equipment to safely administer the vaccine.

Once the vaccine is widely available, there might be some resistance to taking it, studies have shown. But there is now reason to believe that more people will be willing to take a vaccine than previously thought. A Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed that 58 percent of the adults who were surveyed were willing to be vaccinated, up from 50 percent in September.

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Is there a timeline?

Mr. Newsom said he expected the vaccine would be widely available in the middle of next year. A number of variables will become more clear in the coming months. Dr. Pollock said that people who participated in the Moderna and Pfizer trials will still need to be followed for a few more months in order to monitor potential side effects.

The Moderna trial did not include children but there are plans to include them in the coming months. However, since children seem to be spared from the harshest effects of the virus, it’s unlikely that they will be included in the first few phases.

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Senators Want to Halt Army Combat Fitness Test Rollout

Two senators are asking other lawmakers on Capitol Hill to support a push to pause implementation of the new Army Combat Fitness Test, which they say sets unrealistic standards for some soldiers.

Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders Tuesday, asking them to keep a measure in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would halt the rollout of the long-awaited ACFT. Military.com obtained a copy of the letter, which was first reported on by The Washington Post.

Gillibrand, of New York, and Blumenthal, of Connecticut, say an independent study is needed to examine whether the test is fair to both men and women. They also say the ACFT lowers standards for young male soldiers while setting unrealistic requirements for those serving in fields with few physical demands, such as medical personnel, judge advocates or cyber warriors.

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“Since the Department of the Army has initiated the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), significant concerns have been raised regarding the data used to develop the test, initial test scores, and logistical issues,” the letter states. “The ACFT will determine the career path and success of all soldiers currently serving, yet many information gaps and unknowns remain.”

Army officials did not respond to questions about the letter. Units were authorized to begin taking the ACFT on Oct. 1 after the test was delayed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The scores soldiers receive on the new test won’t count until 2022, however, and will be for data collection only.

Still, Gillibrand and Blumenthal say the ACFT rollout is “premature.” They point to gender and age gaps in the Baseline Soldier Physical Readiness Requirements Study, which the Army conducted to identify fitness requirements that best measure demands of combat.

“The average participant was 24 years old and male,” the letter states. “During Phase II, only 14.3% of test participants were female, and in Phase III, only 10.5% of participants were female. This is not even representative of the total Army force.”

And while the study determined the leg tuck is not a “significant predictive variable,” the letter adds, it was still chosen to be one of the ACFT’s six events. The leg tuck leads to the most test failures, they wrote, yet the Army “has failed to show [it] has any nexus to the skills necessary for combat.”

“It is imperative that we pause implementation until all questions and concerns are answered,” the senators said. “Soldiers’ careers depend on it and the continued lethality of our force requires it.”

Last year, slides leaked on social media showing female soldiers were failing the ACFT at much higher rates than men. About a third of male soldiers were failing the test at the time, while 84% of women were failing.

Maj. Gen. Lonnie Hibbard, commander of the Center for Initial Military Training, told Military.com shortly after the leak

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CVS adding 15,000 employees ahead of flu season, coronavirus vaccine rollout

CVS Health announced Monday that the company would hire thousands of workers to fill positions ahead of an anticipated rise in coronavirus and seasonal flu cases this fall and the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The company said in a statement that the hirings would take place across the fourth quarter of 2020. Many of the positions are temporary with the potential of being extended to full employment.

“Additional team members typically are needed every flu season,” said Lisa Bisaccia, the company’s top HR official. “However, we’re estimating a much greater need for trained pharmacy technicians this year given the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities.”

“These jobs offer a rewarding career opportunity, with flexible hours, advancement potential and a supportive environment while helping people on their path to better health,” Bisaccia added.

CVS executives added in the news release that the company was advocating for regulations to be amended to allow for pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines under the supervision of a certified pharmacist, a move CVS argued would “help fill the urgent need to safely and quickly scale distribution of a vaccine and extend the capacity of the health care workforce to address the pandemic.”

“By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we can help get more Americans back to work from the convenience of their own homes, where they can contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, CVS’s vice president of talent acquisition.

More than 8 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began. The White House launched Operation Warp Speed, a program aimed at providing funding and cutting red tape for companies working to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, earlier this year but it remains unclear if a workable vaccine will finish development this year.

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CVS to hire thousands of pharmacy techs as it prepares for more Covid-19 cases, rollout of vaccine

  • CVS wants to immediately hire 15,000 employees to prepare for an expected rise in Covid-19 and flu cases this fall and winter.
  • More than 10,000 of those will be full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians who can help dispense medications and administer Covid-19 tests.
  • The expanding staffing could also help CVS prepare for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, if federal officials allow pharmacy technicians to administer it.



a man holding a sign: A sign advertising free flu shots is seen at a CVS Pharmacy on October 14, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.


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A sign advertising free flu shots is seen at a CVS Pharmacy on October 14, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

CVS Health said Monday that it wants to immediately hire 15,000 employees to prepare for an expected rise in Covid-19 and flu cases this fall and winter.

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More than 10,000 of those will be full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians who can help dispense medications and administer Covid-19 tests.

Public health officials have warned that Covid-19 cases will likely rise in the months ahead, as more Americans spend time indoors during colder weather. Cases are already growing. Average daily new cases of the coronavirus were up by at least 5% on a weekly basis in 39 states on Thursday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There were more than 63,600 new cases reported in the U.S. on Thursday, pushing the seven-day average of daily new cases up more than 13% compared with a week ago.

The larger workforce could also help CVS prepare for another major phase of the pandemic: The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, once it’s available. Federal officials will need to give authorization to companies, including CVS, for pharmacy technicians to administer the vaccines under the supervision of an immunization-certified pharmacist.

CVS has advocated for the change, saying pharmacy technicians could help expedite the vaccine’s widespread distribution.

The health-care company has expanded its staffing and services during the pandemic. It has more than 4,000 Covid-19 drive-thru testing sites and has done nearly 5 million tests. In March, the company announced plans to fill 50,000 jobs for roles from delivery drivers to store associates to keep up with growing demand for over-the-counter medications, early refills of prescriptions and more at its approximately 10,000 pharmacies across the U.S.

Since then, CVS has hired about 76,000 full-time, part-time and temporary employees, company spokesman Joe Goode. It has about 300,000 employees.

Along with recruiting pharmacy technicians in the latest hiring effort, CVS is looking for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and distribution center employees. The company said many of the new positions are temporary, but could become permanent.

Pharmacy technicians have less training and make lower pay than pharmacists. They’re required to have a high school diploma or GED and sometimes a license, compared with pharmacists, who must attend years of graduate training.

The pandemic has increased demand for the flu shot, a tool that public health officials are advocating to keep Americans healthy and reduce confusion between Covid-19 and the flu’s similar symptoms.

CVS expects to administer 18 million flu shots

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Britain Changes Vaccine Rollout Measures for COVID and Flu | Top News

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it had changed its rules around administering and distributing vaccines to make the speedy rollout of any COVID-19 vaccine easier and increase the number of people able to give jabs.

The change comes into force after a consultation on the plans, which include giving Britain’s medical regulator the ability to grant temporary authorisation for any coronavirus vaccine that meets safety and quality standards but before it has received a full licence.

The new rules also allow more healthcare workers to give COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

“These legal changes will help us in doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to roll out a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it has passed clinical trials and undergone rigorous checks by the regulator,” health minister Matt Hancock said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday there were some hopeful signs that a vaccine would be secured for COVID-19 but he warned that the country must be realistic because it could not be taken for granted.

A report on Thursday said the National Health Service (NHS) was in talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) which represents doctors, and others around mobilising the rollout of a potential COVID-19 vaccine from December, estimating there was around a 50% chance of a vaccine being available at that time.

Asked about the report, a spokesman for the health ministry said there were no certainties in the development, production or timing of a vaccine.

“We are working at pace for the delivery of any potential COVID-19 vaccination programme as quickly as possible, but the scale of what is rolled out and when will depend on a safe, effective vaccine being available,” he said.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout, additional reporting by Rebekah Mathew; editing by Stephen Addison)

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