8 Fitness Gift Cards For Your Virtual Workout Crew

The new year is so close we can taste it. Only thing is, we’re not so sure how 2021 is going to satiate our annual wellness-resolution cravings. If you’re also missing good-old-fashioned group fitness classes (you know, the overpriced ones awash in dim lighting and bumpin’ tunes), then we’ve got a sweaty stand-in for you and your workout crew — one that also happens to make A+ holiday material: the virtual-fitness gift card.

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Since 2020 has shifted life as we know it, we’ve swapped cramped studio rooms and nearly-impossible-to-book classes for streaming computer screens and down-dogging it in our living rooms. And, you know what? We are actually feeling our new in-house workout clubs where the classes are never overcrowded and the subway never stops us from making it on time. So, in celebration of continuing to get physical come 2021, we’ve rounded up every awesome virtual-fitness gift we could dig up ahead — including everything from Classpass to trendy resistance-based training and beyond. Grab your sculpting leggings and tell Alexa to put on Olivia Newton-John.

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Disc Medicine to Present at the Virtual 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Disc Medicine, a biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel therapeutic candidates for serious and debilitating hematologic diseases, today announced that preclinical data from two pipeline programs that modulate the hepcidin pathway will be presented at the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held virtually December 5-8, 2020.

Details of the presentations are as follows:

Abstract Number: 1690
Title: DISC-a, the First in a Novel Class of Potent and Selective Matriptase-2 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Hematologic Disorders Characterized By Low Hepcidin
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM EST
Session: 102. Regulation of Iron Metabolism: Poster II
Presenter: Vu Hong, PhD, Director and Project Leader

Abstract Number: 2599
Title: DISC-0974, a Novel, First-in-Class, Anti-Hemojuvelin Monoclonal Antibody Decreases Hepcidin and Increases Transferrin Saturation in a Non-Human Primate Model of Cytokine (IL-6) Induced Hypoferremia
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM EST
Session: 102. Regulation of Iron Metabolism: Poster III
Presenter: Maria Beconi, PhD, SVP of Translational Research and Development

Full abstracts are currently available through the ASH conference website: www.hematology.org/Annual-Meeting/Abstracts/.

About Disc Medicine
Disc Medicine is a hematology company harnessing new insights in hepcidin biology to address ineffective red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) in hematologic diseases. Currently focused on the hepcidin pathway, the master regulator of iron metabolism, Disc is developing a portfolio of first-in-class therapeutic candidates to transform the treatment of hematologic diseases. For more information, visit www.discmedicine.com.

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How to Be Part of Men’s Health’s Next Major Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Men’s Health’s virtual event, MH Weekenders, is coming soon, and it’s going to be big.

We don’t want to give much away yet, but throughout the whole of January some of the world’s biggest and most respected athletes and personalities will be taking part. From Saturday night cook-alongs, to in-depth interviews and discussions as well group workouts and challenges to take part in, this festival has something for everyone.

We’re going big with this, and we want you to take part. This is your chance to reach out to our digital audience of over 5 million people.

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What Are Men’s Health Virtual Events?

Unfortunately, getting together to get sweaty and debate the pressing issues in the world of health and fitness is not an option at the moment, which is why we’ve gone virtual.

Our events will take place over the last four weekends of January 2021 – Saturday 9th to Sunday January 31st – with each day comprising of four structured events that will be hosted on the Men’s Health YouTube channel. These videos will also be featured in digital articles and posted across menshealth.com/uk, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.

How You Can Get Involved

Of course, the line-up is not all we’re shouting about. We recognise that with such an event, this is a great opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience. So, we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.

Register your brand

MH Weekenders Marketplace

The MH Weekenders Marketplace will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend the online marketplace where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite health brands.

MH Weekenders E-Zine

As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine ­– a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.

If you’re a brand looking to get involved, sign up via the registration from below.

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Salut raises $1.25M for its virtual fitness service

This morning Salut, an app-based service that allows fitness trainers to host classes virtually, announced that it has raised $1.25 million in a new financing event. The round was led by Charles Hudson, an investor at Precursor Ventures.

Founder Matthew DiPietro, formerly of Twitch, told TechCrunch that Salut soft-launched in mid-September, with a wider release coming today.

DiPietro thought up the concept behind Salut before the pandemic hit, he said during an interview, but after COVID-19 appeared the idea took on new urgency. The company put together what DiPietro described as a no-code alpha version of the service in May to test the market, allowing the then-nascent startup to validate demand on both sides of its marketplace — it’s famously difficult to jumpstart two-sided marketplaces, as demand tends to follow supply, and vice-versa.

The test allowed the company to get to confidence on demand existing from both trainers and exercise fans, and in its initial economic model.

With the new round in the bank and its product now formally launched, it’s up to Salut to scale rapidly. The company currently has 55 registered trainers on its platform, a reasonable start for the seed-stage startup. It will need to grow that figure by a few orders of magnitude if it wants to generate enough revenue to reach an eventual Series A.

But Salut is not focused on early-revenue generation, taking no cut of trainer revenue today. Indeed, per an email the company sent out to its users this morning, the startup is passing along 100% of post-Apple income that trainers generate, or 85% of the gross.

Currently users can donate to, or tip, trainers that host classes. DiPietro told TechCrunch that subscription options are coming in a quarter or two. The startup also announced today that trainers can now allow their classes to be replayed, what the startup called one of its “most requested features.”

Anyone familiar with Peloton understands why this matters; only a fraction of classes on the Peloton ecosystem are live at any point in time, but the bike comes with a library of content that users can simply load up whenever they like. This also allows Peloton to release more niche content than it otherwise might, as even the heavy metal-themed rides can accrete a reasonable ridership over time (something they might not be able to manage if all classes on the platform were only live once and then gone forever).

DiPietro is bullish on building income streams for trainers, especially during a pandemic that has locked many gyms, leaving fitness processionals with little to no income in many cases.

There’s some early signal that users are willing to pay, the company said, with early users willing to pay $5 or $10 for an hour of fitness training. And with a focus on the long-tail of trainers who can’t attract 10,000 fans to a single class, Salut thinks there are a large number of trainers who have enough pull to generate more income from

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Be Part of Women’s Health’s Next Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.

Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…

Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.

This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.

What are WH Virtual events?

While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.

In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Dianne Buswell, Simone De La Rue and Jessica Skye straight into our readers’ living rooms for a series of thought-provoking interviews and star-studded workouts.

In our next virtual event – WH Weekenders – we’re looking to build on this incredible success.

What’s new this time?

We mentioned bigger, right? Instead of a two- or three-day event, our next virtual event will last four weeks.

Over the course of four weekends, we’ve scheduled in workouts with some of the world’s hottest trainers and celebs – but WH Weekenders is not all about getting sweaty.

Our audience will also be able to tune into fascinating panel talks with some of WH‘s editors and the UK’s top experts in fitness, health and wellness. We’re also spicing things up with several cook-alongs by top chefs, foodies and brands.

The line-up WH Weekenders will be announced in the coming weeks (and we can’t wait!)

Of course, the event length and line-up is not all we’re building on. We recognise that a big part of our in-person Women’s Health Live event was the opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience – so we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.

1. WH Weekenders Marketplace

The first, our WH Weekenders Marketplace, will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend our the online marketplace, where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite wellness brands.

2. WH Weekenders E-Zine

As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.

REGISTER YOUR BRAND

When + where is it happening?

The event will take place over the last 4 weekends of January 2021 – that’s Saturday 9 – Sunday 31 Jan.

The workouts, panel talks and cook-alongs will all be hosted on Women’s Health’s YouTube channel.

How to get involved

If you’re a band looking to get

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After 41 years of practice, Mendota Heights doctor finds renewed purpose in virtual medicine

Dr. Carolyn Borow has delivered more than 3,500 babies in her 41 years as a family doctor. But she hasn’t delivered one since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Instead Borow, like many medical professionals, has gone virtual, doing all those appointments about pregnancy complications, sore throats and COVID fears via computer and FaceTime. In fact, the only time she’s been in a hospital recently was when she herself had surgery.

“I am definitely going through baby withdrawal,” said Borow, who works out of Allina Health in West St. Paul and Eagan. “I’d never planned that at some point I’m not going to be doing this. Only a pandemic would keep me from it.”

At a time when a growing number of veteran doctors are suddenly considering retirement, Borow is finding renewed purpose in her work.

A 2020 survey of 2,300 U.S. physicians by the nonprofit Physicians Foundation reported that 37% of doctors said they would like to retire within a year. Many expressed fear for their personal health, including 28% who had “serious concerns” about catching COVID-19.

Borow, though, sees value in her shifting work experience.

“I thank everybody who is making these appointments,” Borow said. “Because it has allowed me to still feel meaningful. Because I had no intention ever of not continuing to serve people.”

Initially, to cut down on coronavirus exposure, Allina limited the number of its doctors going in and out of United Hospital in St. Paul, where Borow has worked. So, Allina hired doctors to serve full time in the hospital.

Secondly, because of her age and medical risks during the COVID crisis, Borow decided to curtail her in-person contact with patients. She went virtual on the fly.

“It was all new to me,” she said of distance doctoring. “But in my motivation to serve people, I just learned it quickly.”

Borow is as busy as ever. An empty nester with a retired husband, she dons her scrubs every morning — in the clinic, she used to wear streets clothes and a lab coat — and sits at an Allina-issued computer in her son’s old bedroom in their Mendota Heights home. Her two cats sometimes scratch at the door. But Borow is diligent and determined, officially working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (actually, two nights until 6) and on-call every other weekend. Of course, that doesn’t include the two or three hours every night of paperwork and the pre-shift prep for her appointments.

She also spends a half-day per week in the clinic signing forms, wearing a mask and shield over her glasses.

With a different virtual patient scheduled every 20 minutes, the doctor is much more punctual than in her days at the clinic, where an assistant could warn an impatient patient that the physician is running late.

“I have openings every day, people can get right in, which was never the case before,” Borow said. “Although before, we could work someone in with double booking.”

She’s now able to see patients

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No-frills, at-home virtual workouts can get fitness done | Latest Headlines

Fitness centers have an ample supply of dumbbells, free weights and circuit training equipment – as well as a far greater social outlet – Black said, but in a pinch, “you’re basically doing the same major movements you would at home, but you have a cable machine versus you’re just doing pushups.”

Kupferman said he lost 10 pounds in three months when the pandemic stopped his travel and he started eating healthier at home. He regained 6 pounds of mostly muscle and feels better overall.

“I’ve done that by spending less time running, more time in the pool and more time in strength training with Connor,” he said.

Despite less time jogging the streets of his neighborhood, he also is running 8-minute miles, nearly two minutes faster than before the pandemic.

Kupferman is hardly alone when it comes to online exercise training.

Michael Antkowiak, manager of G&G Fitness Equipment stores in Amherst and Orchard Park, said business has doubled since the pandemic began. He has since doubled his staff, to six.

Customers have paid $1,500 to $7,000 for treadmills, functional trainers and home gyms, as well as another $100 to $400 for assembly and installation.

“Many people are saying, ‘We don’t even want to even go back after the vaccine comes out or the whole pandemic ends. We’re invested on staying at home and working out,” Antkowiak said.

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Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health Provide Virtual Preventive Care Services for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

First collaboration of virtual care provider and national laboratory provider features self-collected at-home specimen collection and mental health care support to empower diverse workforces to access health care safely

Clinical encounter also evaluates patients for risk of COVID-19

SECAUCUS, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and Catapult Health, the leading national provider of employer-sponsored Preventive Checkups, have formed a collaboration designed to help organizations facilitate virtual (telehealth) access to clinical services for their employees and adult dependents, with emphasis on reducing risks related to preventable chronic diseases.

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The first-of-its-kind collaboration specifically focuses on helping employers create a highly convenient and safe way for employees to access thorough and guideline driven preventive care and mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows many individuals are reluctant to seek in-person health care due to fear of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, raising the prospect that untreated, preventable conditions will progress to more advanced disease.

“Social distancing and fear of contracting COVID-19 make it difficult for many individuals to access preventive care services from their healthcare providers. At the same time, employers recognize that at-home care, technology enabled options, including preventive care and screening, can be highly effective in enabling prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, supporting better workforce health and lower medical costs,” said Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, and head of the company’s Employer Population Health programs. “Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health have complementary capabilities that, together, will improve the ability of organizations to support their employees’ health by providing a patient-centric service that meets them where they are during the pandemic and beyond.”

The collaboration pairs insights from Quest’s biometric screenings offered at-home via specimen self-collection, at Quest’s Patient Service Centers, and at the worksite with Catapult Health’s new VirtualCheckup™ solution. The VirtualCheckup includes a video preventive care checkup to allow for confidential analysis and consultation with a nurse practitioner. Each checkup covers personal and family health history, Quest’s lab test and biometric data, prescription drug adherence, depression screening (PHQ-9), and concludes with the creation of a personal action plan to include referral into employer health and benefits programs. The consultation also screens for potential COVID-19 exposure, and individuals identified as at-risk may be directed to COVID-19 diagnostic testing services provided by Quest.

Health plans typically reimburse Catapult’s preventive care checkups as a covered annual preventive checkup, reducing medical costs for employers and the need for employees to visit a doctor for the checkup.

“When people skip doctor visits, the consequences can be grave in terms of poorer long-term outcomes and higher medical costs,” said David Michel, CEO of Catapult Health. “Because they sponsor much of the nation’s healthcare, employers end up absorbing these costs to a great degree. Our unique virtual care model is designed to change that by taking preventive care into employee’s homes, thereby solving for access

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PowerUp Fitness keeping students in virtual learning fit during COVID-19 pandemic

PowerUp Fitness is usually in schools, teaching students about shapes, colors and even geometry. But COVID-19 meant they’d have to pivot to online teaching.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Evelyn Price is four years old and serious about two things: drawing pictures of dogs and staying active while learning from home. 

Price’s family is one of more than 2,000 participating in PowerUp Fitness, a school-based physical learning program across hundreds of schools in East Tennessee and throughout the U.S. 

A global pandemic forced what would typically happen in the school gym online.

Evelyn and her mom Alicia use virtual fitness learning videos from Power Up,
a local program helping students learn while being active in school.

“All of our programs are academic, whether it’s ABC’s or geometry,” founder Stacy Baugues said. 

The COVID-19 pandemic means educators need to take different approaches towards keeping kids active. Instead of typical activities, on-demand virtual videos to keep virtual students like Evelyn up and moving.

“Families can pick videos based on age or academic integration,” Baugues said. 

She said that is important to combat learning loss, but it’s also important to keep kids moving in a time when many are learning from home. Experts said that she is not wrong. 

Since the pandemic began, studies everywhere from the University of California to the National Library of Medicine show kids are less active right now and Baugues said there are ways communities can change that.

“They can have lots of fun and get moving and get learning together,” she said.

That is something that is important for Evelyn’s mom, Alicia, too.

“While the pandemic is a very stressful time this helps bring some light to it quite frankly,” she said. 

Power Up Fitness is currently offered in several East Tennessee schools like Oak Ridge and Lenoir City. Families can also find it at the YMCA and Centro Hispano.

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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 https://tinyurl.com/y54dn89a. More information on the Global Lyme Alliance can be found at GLA.org.

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.

About Quidel Corporation

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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