My Team Fitness Launches “Everyday Fitness for Every Body”

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — My Team Fitness is proud to announce the launch of, a website and program that is focused on providing everyday fitness for every body.

My Team Fitness is a collaborative effort created by three Saint Louis-based and fitness-inspired business men who had a vision about changing the lives of average people and brought it to life. Ken Cox, Brian Montgomery Jr. and Dustin Oder noticed the fitness world was lacking a consistent program that could be achieved by all fitness levels. With a little determination and creativity, the three designed a personalized and accessible program called My Team Fitness. This unique program includes daily, fun, and low-impact 10-minute videos sent directly to the customer’s inbox, as well as a detailed nutrition guide to help users throughout their fitness journey. Led by experienced fitness trainers, the program provides fitness for every level. My Team Fitness invites people of every shape, size, experience, and location to join the My Team Fitness Community.

“The overall goal of My Team Fitness, in this weird isolated world that we are living in, was to bring the community feeling to a workout, even though you are in your own environment,” Oder said.

In the midst of local gyms closing due to COVID restrictions, the team felt that they had a responsibility to motivate people of all fitness levels to continue improving their physical health.

“Exercise has literally changed my life for the better,” Cox said, “I realized the impact that fitness has on other lives as well. Helping someone else on that journey is so critical.

This collective of fitness-lovers realized that they could combine their individual impact and create a supportive, team-centered environment for those who don’t already have one. Each of their own physical results came because they were surrounded by a supportive team, much like a family.

“There are a lot of people that want to exercise but they don’t have the confidence or motivation to do it. They just need the support. We want to be that community for them,” Montgomery said.

The My Team Fitness website is set to launch on Dec. 1, 2020. As a grand opening gift, the team is offering 50% off of the My Team Fitness program for the first 50 users who join. Users should apply the coupon code “Founder” at checkout.

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Commonwealth Medicine team honored with citation for outstanding performance

An interdisciplinary team from Commonwealth Medicine, the UMass Medical School IT Department and the Massachusetts Executive Offices of Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs received a 2020 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance from the state of Massachusetts for its creation of the COVID-19 long term care facility staffing intake portal. The award recognizes state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.

The COVID-19 long term care facility staffing intake portal was developed in response to Secretary Chen’s urgent request at the height of the COVID-19 surge last spring.

The UMMS team, directed by Leanne Winchester, included Lisa Marschke (project manager), Louise Gorham (project coordinator), Michael Lamson (manager, IT engineering), David DeForest (senior software engineer), Swathi Kandula (senior business systems analyst), Susan Girard (business systems analyst) and Bakul Sakhrekar (test automation engineer). Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Senior Director of Healthcare Workforce Policy Patricia Yu were also honored as part of the team.

The intake portal was developed in response to Secretary Chen’s urgent request at the height of the COVID-19 surge last spring. The state needed to recruit qualified health care professionals and volunteers across Massachusetts to staff a network of more than 300 care facilities designated to help relieve overcrowded hospitals and stabilize COVID-19 patients.

According to Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, Winchester and her team developed and launched the staffing portal in less than a week. Information about the initiative and portal was shared at Governor Baker’s COVID-19 press conferences, through the COVID-19 text alert system and social media.

“I am so impressed with how quickly this group of individuals pivoted to create a team that developed and stood up the staffing portal without any glitches,” said Dr. Colombo. “I know everyone worked long days, nights and weekends and utilized prior experience from a similar portal to stand this up in short order.”

“This portal’s ongoing success is a true testament to the continued collaboration and commitment of furthering our mission for the good of the commonwealth. In doing so, this outstanding group demonstrated Commonwealth Medicine’s ability to build, develop and deliver support to a client in new and innovative ways, the foundation of our strategic plan that emphasizes collaboration, client satisfaction, and growth. Congratulations to this extraordinary team!”

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DVIDS – News – Super Soldiers! Army Combat Fitness Test team primes Alaska Guardsmen for physical fitness excellence

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The year is 2020 and with each new month comes a plethora of changes for civilian and military personnel alike. Policies and regulations fresh off the press come with the morning cup of coffee and Soldiers across the country adjust and adapt to meet their mission. Despite this ever-changing landscape, Soldiers can look to one steadfast constant: the Army’s standards for superior combat readiness.

True to the year’s theme, this autumn brings yet another development. This season, Soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard will find themselves in the first testing cycle of the Army’s newest method for evaluating a Soldier’s combat capability, the Army Combat Fitness Test. For this transition, Soldiers depend on the Alaska Army National Guard’s own Army Combat Fitness Test team, led by Capt. Jessica Miller, the ACFT coordinator. The ACFT team has a total of five members, each with a range of experience in health and fitness. Following in suit, Miller is a registered nurse and Master Fitness Trainer course alum.

“The ACFT is very different from the APFT,” said Miller, referring to the Army Physical Fitness Test which has been completely phased out as of Sept. 30. “Everything from the surface requirements to the equipment involved, the ACFT is a more physically challenging test.”

In an effort to transform the Army’s fitness culture, the ACFT incorporates movements and exercises a Soldier would apply while out in the field. Soldiers will find themselves contending with challenging new tests such as the sprint-drag-carry and standing power throw hand release. The ACFT team has been facilitating and assisting Soldiers for over a year in training for the heightened standards.

“Alaska is unique in that we have several units spread all over the state, many of which are not accessible by road,” Miller explained, “and our team has strategized how to best implement this test to maximize efficiency. Although we’ve made decisions, like identifying testing locations and future construction plans, this test is still evolving and we have to be flexible.”

Instituting changes during the COVID-19 climate has presented the team with some significant obstacles. Training facilities, fitness equipment and education were needed to ensure a successful testing season.

“COVID-19 has brought unique challenges and it has affected almost every aspect of the ACFT implementation,” said Miller. “Safety is of the utmost importance and we have been very thoughtful about how to best ensure our Soldiers are prepared.”

To meet social distancing guidelines, the team organized virtual meetings and workout sessions for Soldiers stationed in the eight locations throughout the state that received the equipment and training required to meet the testing criteria.

State Command Sgt. Maj. James Nyquist, a regular participant in ACFT training, witnessed for himself the team’s efforts to ensure the test’s execution was in accordance with the Army’s new standards for “building physical lethality and mental toughness.”

“The ACFT team has done an outstanding job in facilitating and taking on the projects related to the test,” said Nyquist.

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Fabletics and Hydrow Team up to Deliver Immersive Fitness Experience in Retail and Beyond

Fabletics and Hydrow Team up to Deliver Immersive Fitness Experience in Retail and Beyond

The World-Renowned Active Lifestyle Brand and Hydrow, the Live Outdoor Reality (LOR) Rower, Launch 360° Brand Partnership in Time for the Holidays

Fabletics today announced a strategic, long-term partnership with Hydrow, the immersive at-home rower with live and on-demand athlete-led workouts. With this partnership, the Fabletics community of more than two million VIP Members and guests of the brand’s 51 retail stores gain unrivaled access to the Hydrow experience.

As part of the Fabletics x Hydrow partnership, Fabletics members will be able to purchase a Hydrow at members only pricing, plus an exclusive accessories and gear package. Additionally, Hydrow is creating unique content and fitness milestone rewards specifically for the Fabletics VIP community. Hydrow plans to further enhance their offerings for Fabletics VIPs throughout 2021.

In addition, Fabletics will now serve as Hydrow’s official apparel partner. Fabletics will design and produce all Hydrow apparel, and Hydrow’s world-class trainers will exclusively wear Fabletics within all of Hydrow’s workout content.

“We sought out a partnership with Hydrow because we believe they offer one of the most exciting workout experiences available today,” commented Adam Goldenberg, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group. “We know that 73% of our two million VIP Members are working out more than three times per week, and that they love trying something new. With Hydrow, we are bringing them the best workout they can get in 20 minutes – demonstrably more effective than cycling or running. We are thrilled to kick off this collaboration and bring Hydrow to our community.”

“Hydrow is committed to breaking barriers in rowing and making the sport accessible to everyone. Our partnership with Fabletics will help us continue to advance our mission,” commented Bruce Smith, CEO of Hydrow. “By collaborating with Fabletics’ loyal and expansive community, we will be able to bring the Hydrow experience to millions of people who are in search of a workout that not only pushes their body, but focuses their mind. We look forward to this meaningful partnership with Fabletics and to bringing them on board as our exclusive apparel partner.”

The Fabletics x Hydrow partnership goes live with the launch of a dedicated Hydrow experience on and in-store Hydrow pop-up shops in seven Fabletics retail locations across the country on November 4th. The pop-ups will offer Fabletics members and guests the opportunity to experience Hydrow’s immersive concept and unmatched workout performance via demonstrations with Hydrow experts.

Hydrow’s patented immersive technology and 22-inch HD screen allow users to travel the world, no passport required. Hydrow users get the feel of being right on the river as they are transported from their living rooms to waterways around the globe. This unique immersive experience is coupled with game-changing workout performance – Hydrow users receive an unsurpassed full-body workout, in half the time as other cardio machines.

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A Canadian research team conducts first global study of COVID-19 and Celiac disease

Canadian Celiac Association partners with McMaster University

TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers from McMaster University—in partnership with the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)—sought to determine if people with celiac disease were at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. This is the first large-scale global study of its kind and was led by Dr. Maria Pinto Sanchez at McMaster University.

“Early in the pandemic, every patient in our clinic was asking if their risk of contracting COVID-19 was increased due to their celiac disease. Initially, with the help of student Jamie Zhen, we developed a survey intended to be used just in our clinic, but we saw the potential to bring/take it to a wider audience when my international colleagues expressed interest. After getting the approval of the McMaster ethics board, we brought it to the CCA to help us get the word out to celiacs across Canada,” says Dr. Pinto Sanchez.

While the research started in Canada, it quickly expanded to include 18,000 self-reported celiac disease sufferers from across the globe. The survey, which was live from March to June 2020, was conducted with participation from 10 countries (Canada, Argentina, US, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia) and was also translated into Spanish and Italian. 

“Despite numerous previous studies that have suggested celiac disease is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections, the research revealed patients with celiac disease were no more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than non-celiacs,” says Dr. Pinto Sanchez. “What this means is celiacs need only take the same precautions as the general public: wearing of masks in public, physical distancing of at least 2 metres and adopt a thorough hand-washing protocol.”

The results have been published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

For more details or an interview with the CCA or Dr. Pinto Sanchez, please contact Melissa Secord.

About the Canadian Celiac Association

The Canadian Celiac Association / L’Association canadienne de la maladie coeliaque, a volunteer-based federally registered charitable organization, empowers people who are adversely affected by gluten. It was founded in 1972 and continues to be a source of science-based information, fostering research and encouraging mutual support among the gluten-free community. The association serves people with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten disorders through its affiliated chapters across Canada.

Media Contact: Melissa Secord, Executive Director

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Political adviser sparked COVID-19 outbreak on VP Pence team

By Alexandra Alper and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is suspected of sparking an outbreak of the coronavirus on his team that sidelined a senior official days before the presidential election, according to a current White House official and a former official familiar with the matter.

Marty Obst, a political strategist for Pence, was determined by contact tracers from the White House Medical Unit to be the likely origin of the outbreak, the two people said.

Obst did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Obst, who does not draw a government salary, accompanied Pence to rallies in Bangor, Maine and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Monday, Oct. 19, the White House official said.

“If you had to pick a patient zero it was Marty and he brought it in from the outside,” the White House official said, declining to be named since he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

A spokesman for Pence said Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, had tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. Pence, who has faced criticism for keeping a busy campaign schedule despite being considered a close contact of Short, has tested negative in the days since.

The outbreak on Pence’s team, which follows closely on the heels of a flurry of cases in President Donald Trump’s inner circle, comes as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are surging across the country.

That has kept Trump’s handling of the virus in the headlines ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Polls show Trump trailing Democratic rival and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is consistently seen by likely voters as better able to handle the pandemic.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Short defended the decision to keep Pence, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, traveling in the final days of the campaign despite his possible exposure. 

He noted the White House had encouraged other essential workers, such as ‘blue collar’ meat packers, to keep working even if they had close contact with someone later diagnosed with COVID-19, so they had set the same example. 

“I think we’re actually following the guidelines that we established,” Short said, noting that he had experienced symptoms akin to a head cold but now felt good.

While Short was not deemed a close contact of Obst and continued with his regular schedule following Obst’s positive tests, three junior staffers who have since tested positive for the virus were already in quarantine due to exposure to Obst, a third person familiar with the matter said.

The person, who declined to be named, added that Pence has introduced new safety protocols, like wearing a mask on Marine 2, the helicopter that carries the vice president. The source said Pence remains masked and in his cabin during flights on Air Force 2, the name given to any plane carrying him.

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DVIDS – News – BACH Process Improvement team receives coveted Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – A team of Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians were formally recognized Oct. 21 for their innovative process-improvement initiative that streamlined patient access to behavioral health resources enhancing patient outcomes and medical readiness.

U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle and Army Medicine Chief of Staff and Chief of the Army Medical Department Civilian Corps Mr. Richard Beauchemin presented a team from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the coveted Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award during a virtual award ceremony.

“You all should be extremely pleased because there are a lot of entries that go in for the Wolf Pack Award and for you all to receive this extreme honor speaks volumes about the impact you and the entire team are having not just on the installation there, but in the entire United States Army,” said Dingle, over a virtual teleconference.

Created by the 43rd Army Surgeon General and the fourth AMEDD Civilian Corps Chief, the Wolf Pack Award is issued quarterly and recognizes exceptional teamwork by an integrated group of military and civilian team members focused on excellence in support of Army Medicine.

BACH’s team was recognized for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 for their efforts to better incorporate the hospital’s behavioral health consultants within the hospital’s primary care clinics to enhance patient outcomes and medical readiness. During the initiative, internal behavioral health consultants were assigned to each of BACH’s medical homes, where beneficiaries receive their primary medical care. Consultants support healthy behavior changes such as increasing exercise, decreasing work or home stress, quitting smoking, cholesterol and blood pressure management, and weight management. They also help patients develop plans for improving sleep, managing diabetes, managing chronic pain, migraine management, and modifying alcohol use. Prior to the process improvement project, which began in 2018, their services were underutilized.

“Having behavioral health consultants within our primary care clinics is a great benefit for all enrolled beneficiaries to receive behavioral health support, whether immediately following a primary care visit or scheduled at a later time,” said Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, hospital commander. “This system makes the referral process easy for both the patient and the medical team.”

The behavioral health consultants operate within primary care treatment teams, offering behavioral interventions, counseling, and various treatment modalities and work hand-in-hand with primary care teams to improve a patient’s overall health and quality of life.

BACH’s project focused on four main areas: increasing referrals, improving integration into a holistic model of care, increasing self-referral appointments and warm hand-off of patients to behavioral health consultants, and removing barriers to referring patients.

The project more than doubled the number of face-to-face clinical encounters per day and decreased the patient no-show rate by 15 percent. The team instituted multiple revisions and changes that enhanced the overall patient-centered medical experience, and streamlined patient access for numerous behavioral health needs including reformulating their methods as a result of the pandemic.

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Magic Johnson And Cigna Team Up To Improve Minority Healthcare

LOS ANGELES, CA — Magic Johnson and health insurance giant Cigna have teamed up to fight health disparities in POC communities within Los Angeles. The pair launched an initiative to support minority and female-owned businesses, by providing customized health care plans for issues that disproportionately affect people of color.

The initiative will focus on health issues such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and high-risk pregnancies. Cigna will also invest $3 million in local charities working to improve health equity in Los Angeles.

“Minority and women entrepreneurs and business owners are vital to creating a strong economy and vibrant communities — and we need to do even more to support them right now,” Johnson said. “It’s important for these businesses to survive and be able to employ Black, Hispanic and other employees of color, while offering benefits to combat the health disparities that have taken a toll on our communities. Together with Cigna, we are providing the tools and information needed to improve the health and productivity of their workforce.”

Numerous studies have shown how the coronavirus pandemic has hit Black and Brown communities much harder than others. According to the California Department of Public Health, 48% of people who died from coronavirus were Latino, despite the community being only 38% of the state’s population.

“Today’s intersection of health, economic and racial crises motivated us to take definitive action to partner with these small and mid-size businesses by improving the health and productivity of their workforce — many of whom are from underserved communities,” said Mike Triplett, president of Cigna’s U.S. Commercial business. ‘We are excited to team up with the legendary Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson to bring our new initiative to the market.”

Specialized plans include access to local providers who excel in treating underserved communities, virtual care options and home delivery, and whole-person health services.

City News Service and Kenan Draughorne contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Los Angeles Patch

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‘I Have a Great Team of Doctors and the Prognosis Is Good’

Actor Jeff Bridges, who is 70, took to social media on Monday night to announce that he’s been diagnosed with lymphoma.

“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” Bridges wrote. “I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good. I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”

The seven-time Oscar nominee also thanked his friends and family for their support in his battle against the form of cancer and urged people to vote in the upcoming election. 

Bridges, who is starring in the FX series The Old Man, has had roles in multiple films throughout his career. He’s been in The Big Lebowski, Bad Times at the El Royale, Crazy Heart, The Fabulous Baker Boys, TronTrue Grit, The Giver, Iron Man, Seabiscuit, The Last Picture Show, and much more. 

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Indian women’s hockey team vice captain Savita Punia- The New Indian Express


BENGALURU: Savita Punia, vice captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, has stated they had come prepared for a long camp when they returned to the Sports Authority of India facility following a six-week break in August.

“When we returned to SAI Bengaluru from a six-week break in August, we had come prepared for a long camp. This is good because we will get good continuity in our regime and we are working on rebuilding our game, fitness etc,” Savita said.

“The team is grateful to Hockey India and SAI for ensuring our preparations for the Olympic Games is unaffected despite the on-going battle with the pandemic. As players, we are taking several precautions during practice schedules, following the SOPs and we are taking extra care about ourselves too, in terms of recovery, rest etc in order to avoid injuries,” she added.

The team will begin their Olympic campaign against World Champions Netherlands next year in Tokyo. Though India has not faced the Dutch team in any major tournament in the recent past, they are very aware of how the team plays.

With both chief coach Sjoerd Marijne as well as analytical coach Janneke Schopman from the Netherlands, the duo is well-versed with the playing style of the Dutch national team.

“We have not played Netherlands national team in the recent past but we follow their matches closely and we end up talking to coaches Sjoerd and Janneke about the team’s playing style,” Savita said.

“Since both coaches are from Netherlands, they have a lot of knowledge about how the team plays. Netherlands are undoubtedly aggressive and tactically very sound. Our first match at the Olympics will surely be challenging,” she added.

In the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League matches scheduled for 27 and 29 October in Amsterdam, the Netherlands will take on Great Britain.

“Both are very strong teams and it will be very exciting to watch them in action. I feel both matches will be quite closely fought. It will be interesting to see how both teams fair especially after not having played high-intensity matches in a long time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We as a team will definitely be following these matches closely as it will provide great insights into their game,” Savita said.



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