Monday, November 14, 2011

Contac’s eConcierge to Enhance Crystal Ball Experience

Contac’s eConcierge to Enhance Crystal Ball Experience

Contac Services Inc., Canada’s largest direct marketing, print and fulfillment company, is proud to be one of the Production Sponsors for the 23rd annual Crystal Ball, benefiting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. eConcierge™ is a revolutionary platform that offers guests of Vancouver’s premier fundraising gala a convenient, customized forum to interact with the charity event.

Vancouver, Canada (Vocus) November 6, 2009

Contac Services Inc., Canada’s largest direct marketing (http://www. contacservices. com/), print and fulfillment company, is proud to be one of the Production Sponsors for the 23rd annual Crystal Ball, benefiting BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. eConcierge™ is a revolutionary platform that offers guests of Vancouver’s premier fundraising gala a convenient, customized forum to interact with the charity event.

For each Crystal Ball guest, eConcierge generates a personalized website (PURL™) containing information tailored to the guest’s needs.

Through the PURLs, guests are able to review event details, such as venue information and the evening’s program, in real time. These dynamic pages are updated as new information becomes available, ensuring that guests have all of the details necessary for a wonderful evening.

“With eConcierge, events such as Crystal Ball are able to reach out to their guests in a way that is both unique and personalized,” says Riaz Pisani, Contac President and CEO. “PURLs provide a convenient platform for Crystal Ball to share all manner of event and fundraising information with their guests in a dynamic online environment.”

“Contac’s generous contribution to the 23rd annual Crystal Ball is adding wonderful value to our guests’ experience. We are very fortunate to have their support and are excited about this partnership,” said Diane Norton, Chair of the 23rd annual Crystal Ball.

Guests can forward their PURL to family and friends, upload photos, create personalized photo albums, and share event details on social networks such as Facebook. PURLs also assist guests in planning their evening, offering limousine rentals and exclusive hotel rates. For those who wish to further explore Vancouver, PURL users can link directly to Contac Entertainment to purchase local event tickets and tours.

“This is simply one application of the eConcierge platform and it showcases its incredible diversity,” adds Pisani. “Our goal here is to add to the overall Crystal Ball experience and to help raise money for a valuable cause – the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.”

Crystal Ball will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, December 3, 2009, where guests will enjoy a martini reception followed by a four-course dinner. The 23rd annual black-tie event has grown to become the premier fundraising gala for child health in British Columbia and one of the most exclusive holiday events in Vancouver. Fundraising activities will include a silent and live auction and the ever popular Cartier Raffle.

About Contac Services Inc.:
Contac is Canada’s largest direct marketing, print and fulfillment company specializing in personalized 1to1 communications that build brand and customer loyalty. Originally founded in 1978 as a third party logistics company for the travel industry, Contac expanded its services to become the only single-source solution in North America to seamlessly create, produce and deliver personalized 1to1 marketing (http://www. contacservices. com/en/marketing. html). Today, the company provides the highest quality production, lowest cost and fastest distribution of marketing collateral to major brands around the world. Headquartered in Vancouver, B. C., Contac has facilities in Toronto and Montreal, and regional locations in Miami and London. For more information, visit www. ContacServices. com].

About BC Children’s Hospital and Foundation:
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 72,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 120,000 people last year and had revenues of over $61.3 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information please visit www. bcchf. ca].

Media Contacts:

Contac Services Inc.
Elise Duncan
Contac Services Inc.
604.688.5523

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Stephen Forgacs
Director of Communications
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
604.875.2338 or 1.888.663.3033

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Take Your Golf Game To A New Level With A Free Fitness Tune-up in Jacksonville, FL

Take Your Golf Game To A New Level With A Free Fitness Tune-up in Jacksonville, FL

HIT Center, Golf Pro, Heartland Physical Therapists offer free golf swing analysis June 23.

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) June 13, 2007

Heartland Rehabilitation Services and the HIT Center of Jacksonville are hosting a free golf swing analysis and golf fitness assessment on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. at Heartland Rehabilitation & Pilates @ The Avenues, located at 9446 Phillips Highway Suite 1 in Jacksonville.

The golf swing assessments will be performed by David Glynn, a PGA professional from the Champions Club at Julington Creek. Licensed professionals from Heartland Rehabilitation and the HIT Center will complete the golf specific physical assessment.

"With a few simple stretches and exercises many golfers can improve their golf score. Repeated stress that stems from a golf swing can be alleviated by proper body-mechanics and improved overall fitness levels," said Ward Daron, Physical Therapist with Heartland Rehabilitation Services. "At this clinic, we will give the golfers specific tips to improve their game and prevent injury -- improvements they just won't get with the latest gadget or by following the latest fad."

The golf swing assessment includes assessing the golf club head speed, balance, core strength, grip strength, flexibility and will include a 5-minute fitness test.

"Most people don't have very good balance when they swing," said Glynn. "They fall over the ball instead of making a turn with their body. Additionally, whatever swing they have, a lot of times it isn't correct, and they keep doing it over and over. We will help them get back into the right position and into a muscle memory that is correct."

Each participant will take home specific recommendations as well as an individualized home fitness and exercise program devised by licensed athletic trainers, physical therapists and exercise physiologists.

A limited number of time slots are available for the free consultations. Golfers can R. S.V. P. by calling 904-262-7460. For more information, please contact Ward Daron of Heartland Rehabilitation at 904-382-1217.

About Heartland Rehabilitation Services
Heartland Rehabilitation Services is a leader in providing unique, rehabilitative therapies in a patient-friendly setting. Heartland offers a variety of services at many of its free-standing clinics including aquatic, occupational and traditional physical therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy, Pilates and Pilates-based rehabilitation, and more. In Florida, Heartland Rehabilitation has 12 clinics in Jacksonville, four in Orange Park, and one each in Augustine, Fernandina Beach and Middleburg.

Manor Care, Inc., through its operating group HCR Manor Care, is a leading provider of short-term post-acute and long-term care. The company's nearly 60,000 employees provide high-quality care for patients and residents through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and hospice and home health care agencies. Alliances and other ventures supply high-quality pharmaceutical products and management services for professional organizations. The company operates primarily under the respected Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names. Manor Care is committed to being the preeminent care provider in the industry. Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HCR.

About HIT
Founded by nationally known exercise physiologist Dr. Terry Shepherd in 2003 and headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, HIT Centers Inc. offers combined programs in sports enhancement, weight loss, human performance and visual training in a scientifically designed exercise environment. Dr. Shepherd and the HIT Centers staff have crafted the scientific principles into learning modules that comprise the unique HIT Center core programs.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

St. Mary’s College Junior, Jaclyn Fiackos, Wins $2,500 Environmental Studies Scholarship Funded by KBE Building Corporation

St. Mary’s College Junior, Jaclyn Fiackos, Wins $2,500 Environmental Studies Scholarship Funded by KBE Building Corporation

Larry Vote, acting president of St. Mary’s College, recently awarded an Environmental Studies Scholarship funded by KBE Building Corporation to Jaclyn Fiackos of Ellicott City, MD.

S City, MD (PRWEB) May 14, 2010

St. Mary’ Larry Vote, acting president of St. Mary’s College, recently awarded an Environmental Studies Scholarship funded by KBE Building Corporation to Jaclyn Fiackos of Ellicott City, MD (see accompanying photo). This award, which is funded for four years, provides a $2,500 scholarship to a different student each year who satisfies the following criteria:
  1) a rising senior;
  2) enrolled in Environmental Studies or Education Studies in the field of environmental work;
  3) demonstrates financial need;
  4) involved in the James P. Muldoon River Center project at St. Mary’s College (which KBE Building Corporation constructed for the College)
  5) demonstrates compassion toward others through community service; and
  6) maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the period of the scholarship.

Ms. Fiackos is a junior majoring in human studies. She is on the Dean's List, participates in Habitat for Humanity, and the St. Mary's River Project Education Team. She is also the editor of the "Dove" yearbook and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. Jaclyn plans to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at St. Mary's College and become a teacher. She would like to teach math or become a math specialist at an elementary school.

About KBE Building Corporation
Regionally located in Columbia, Maryland and Farmington, Connecticut, KBE Building Corporation is a $300 million full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U. S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the corporate, educational, seniors, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. The firm is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. Visit the company’s Web site at www. kbebuilding. com.

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Nashua Software Company IntelliSoft Group Partners with Florida Software Company Enroll DR

Nashua Software Company IntelliSoft Group Partners with Florida Software Company Enroll DR

IntelliSoft Group acquires Enroll DR's customer base for growth and expansion, while providing excellent customer service

Nashua, NH (PRWEB) January 29, 2009

ISG Group, doing business as IntelliSoft Group has recently partnered with Florida based Enroll DR to offer customers a suitable alternative as Enroll DR is ceasing business operations. Both IntelliSoft Group and Enroll DR provide medical credentialing software and services to the healthcare industry.

Access to this new customer base will support IntelliSoft Group's directive for expansion and growth for 2009. "We promise to offer Enroll DR customers access to the same industry leading program our current customers enjoy and make the transition to our IntelliApp product seamless," stated Michael Melville, president of IntelliSoft Group. Data conversion and implementation of software services from Enroll DR began as of January 5, 2009.

Enroll DR is a software program similar to IntelliSoft Group's IntelliApp product, that automates credentialing applications in order for healthcare providers to accept patients under additional payer programs. In business, since 1996, Enroll DR has a customer base of over 350. "We wanted to pursue other ventures. In looking at companies' with a mission and values similar to ours, IntelliSoft Group was the best choice in taking over our customer base," stated Thomas Ferguson, President of Enroll DR. "I am confident that Michael Melville and his staff, will provide our customers with same high quality of service and support that they had with Enroll DR."

Recognized as an industry leader since 1997 with over 450 customers in the U. S. and Puerto Rico, IntelliSoft Group is a nationwide supplier of automated credentialing and provider management solutions. IntelliSoft Group's state-of-the-art software streamlines the medical credentialing process, with ease of use and cost effective features and benefits. For more information, please contact us at 888-634-4464, or online at www. intellisoftgroup. com.

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Pure H20: The Purest Water on the Planet ... In Your Kitchen

Pure H20: The Purest Water on the Planet... In Your Kitchen

The Pure H2O Company launches Aqualite RODI, the most technologically advanced water purifier for your home. The Aqualite is the only water purification system that takes literally everything out of tap water other than hydrogen and oxygen.

(Vocus) October 16, 2008

The Pure H2O Company launches Aqualite RODI, the most technologically advanced water purifier for your home. The Aqualite is the only water purification system that takes literally everything out of tap water other than hydrogen and oxygen.

Fitting neatly under the sink and with only its sleek stainless steel tap visible, the Aqualite RODI is a must have for today's green and health conscious households.

Nick Simpson, Sales and Marketing Manager for Pure H2O explains the significance of pure drinking water: "We are all becoming increasingly aware about what is in the food we eat and how it's produced. We want the best for ourselves, our families and the planet, but when it comes to water, how many of us realise exactly what we are drinking? Permitted impurities in tap water include metals, chemicals, hormones, herbicides, pesticides, nitrates, fluoride and chlorine. Bottled waters contain minerals that your body simply can't absorb and do not contribute nutritionally as organic minerals are obtained from a balanced food diet. Impurities and excess minerals essentially clog-up the body and impede bodily functions. Water that's been purified by the Aqualite RODI contains just hydrogen and oxygen, so it helps enable your body to function at its best."

It goes further than water filtration systems by putting ordinary tap water through a process known as RODI, (reverse osmosis and de-ionisation) using patented technology to remove the heavy metals, in-organic salts and micro organisms which jug filters and other systems fail to filter out. This produces pure water which contains only hydrogen and oxygen. It can be used for drinking, cooking, washing fruit and vegetables as well as making crystal clear ice cubes and will leave no limescale in your kettle or scum on your tea and with the capacity to deliver up to seven litres per hour the system is suitable for even large families.

The system is green as food miles are reduced to zero, and with no need to buy bottled water there's no plastic or glass waste generated at all.

It's easy to maintain too, with just one annual service, there's no need to replace filters, and you can be sure of the purest possible water year after year.

The Aqualite RODI costs £1795 inclusive of installation and VAT.

For more information go to www. pureh20.co. uk

NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson for Pure H2O, please contact:

Isobel Cooley
Spotlight Communications
075252114 or Isobel@spotlightcomms. co. uk

Sarah-Jayne Douglas
Spotlight Communications
07909546104 or sj@spotlightcomms. co. uk

About The Pure H2O Company
Founded in January 1991, The Pure H2O Company is the sole UK distributor for Aquathin Corporation USA. Specialising in patented RODI systems and award winning Reverse Osmosis systems -- a mechanical duplication of how plants produce water in nature -- The Pure H2O Company uses the world's most technologically advanced purification equipment originally developed for NASA, and is protected by over 60 patents.

Pure H2O supplies purification systems for commercial and domestic use and is listed as a supplier of excellence by the Royal Institute of British Architecture. Clients include Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, Great Fosters Hotel and Southampton University with the construction of the Mountbatten Building, a world leading Research and Development centre.

For more information visit www. pureh2o. co. uk.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Renowned Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season

Renowned Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season

Maintain a heart-loving lifestyle throughout the holiday season

Dallas, TX (Vocus) December 11, 2009

Renowned Plano, TX cardiologist Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC, author of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Heart Health], offers heart healthy tips for the holidays! Eat, drink and be merry and still maintain a heart-loving lifestyle.

Holiday Heart Healthy Tips:
 Try cranberries! They are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, and are a heart smart holiday treat as long as the sugar is kept to a minimum. Think about combing with orange juice for a healthier shot of sweetness.

 Think outside the (marshmallow) box when it comes to sweet potatoes, too. They are a fabulous source of fiber, and their naturally orange color means they are super rich in anti-oxidants. Roasting sliced sweet potatoes with a little olive oil and spices will bring them to life!

 A Mediterranean-type diet high in vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts, whole grains, fish and seafood, and healthy fats is delicious and filling without guilt!  Enjoy a glass of Red wine!

 Keep stress at bay by taking a 20-30 minute walk or have a spin on the exercise bike at least 5 days a week.

 Santa knows if you’re asleep, and he knows if you’re awake. Be good for goodness sake, and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Named as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council of America, as well as a “Texas Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly magazine, Dr. Samaan is widely recognized as an expert on cardiovascular disease in women. She practices cardiology at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, Texas and at the Baylor Heart Hospital, where she is a co-director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Institute

For more information visit: http://www. smartwomanshearthealth. com.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

First Four Teams of world renowned scientists answer starting gun for competition to win the Muthuselah Mouse Prize

First Four Teams of world renowned scientists answer starting gun for competition to win the Muthuselah Mouse Prize

Serious race to Postpone and Reverse Human Aging begins. The "Methuselah Mouse" Prize (MMP) is designed to stimulate serious anti-aging research and intervention leading eventually to aging so slow that it is not measurable.

(PRWEB) September 27, 2003

Methuselah Foundation

Company Information:

Methuselah Foundation

9131 Stone Garden Drive

Lorton, VA 22079

Fairfax

Ph. 202-306-0989

Fx. 202-429-2015

David. gobel@dhs. gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First Four Teams of world renowned scientists answer starting gun for competition to win the Methuselah Mouse Prize

Serious race to Postpone and Reverse Human Aging begins

WASHINGTON, DC/EWORLDWIRE/September NN, 2003 --- The first four teams of world renowned scientists have announced their entry into the competition for the Methuselah Mouse Prize by registering with the Methuselah Foundation, which takes its name from the man reputed in Biblical records to have lived the longest in human history (969 years).

The "Methuselah Mouse" Prize (MMP) is designed to stimulate serious anti-aging research and intervention leading eventually to aging so slow that it is not measurable.

To compete for the Methuselah Mouse Prize, each team must secure their own financing from government, commercial or private sources. The prize is structured as a series where many winners are expected, each leap frogging the other as the ages of the mice grow longer and longerÂ…all along the way, serious, repeatable research of significant value to reversing human aging will be discovered and applied.

The first winner of the Methuselah Mouse Prize, Dr. Andrzej Bartke was announced in Baltimore on June 3rd for the mouse that lived nearly 5 years – around 180 – 200 years in human terms His team discovered the surprising effect of gene modifications on the mouse’s lifespan. Future awards will acknowledge living mice that surpass the previous "age goal post" established by the first pioneering prize recipient” said Aubrey de Grey, architect of the Methuselah Mouse Prize, and Senior Science Advisor to the Methuselah Foundation.

The Methuselah Mouse competition, the first-ever life extension competition, follows in the footsteps of historical prizes which prove that the impossible can be done thru the right incentives, human genius and the support of visionary financiers. From the Longitude Prize of 1714 to find longitude at sea, to the Orteig Prize that moved Lindbergh to fly the Atlantic – to the X Prize to incent private space transportation, performance prizes have a near 100% track record of solving near impossible problems in unexpectedly short timeframes.

Said Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of the world famous X Prize – “In 1995 the X Prize started as an idea with no competitors and $5,000 seed money. Today, after only 7 years, we are offering a $10 million purse and have 25 teams from seven nations actively competing to be the first to jump-start the private space renaissance. I fully expect a similar outcome awaits the Methuselah Foundation and its prize to extend the healthy adult lifespan. That is why I have decided to personally support the Methuselah Foundation’s vision. It’s in everyone’s enlightened self-interest to help our lifespan achieve “escape velocity”!

Team Profiles:

Rich Miller has worked extensively in recent years on mice derived recently from the wild. These mice tend to live considerably longer than normal laboratory-bred mice, indicating that one effect of

The Miller Laboratory

Breeding mice for hundreds of generations in captivity has been to make them shorter-lived (at least in the normal lab environment). His work on these mice focuses on discovering how wild mice differ

From normal lab mice genetically, so as to determine which genetic pathways are most important in determining mammalian lifespan.

Rick Weindruch has focused throughout his career on the phenomenon of life extension by caloric restriction (CR). Since his doctoral work in the laboratory of CR pioneer Roy Walford, he has explored

the role of oxidative damage in driving the aging process and the ways in which this damage is resisted by the metabolic changes that CR brings about. He has mainly focused on the role of mitochondrial electron transport (oxidative phosphorylation) as the source and mediator of such damage.

Christian Sell and his group at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Have created a set of 30 mice, called "midi" mice, which carry two copies of a mutation that reduces the amount of an important protein named IGF-1. IGF-1 is a "growth factor", a protein that promotes cell division and enlargement of tissues and of the whole body. Several other genetic modifications of related genes in mice have caused large increases in lifespan -- indeed, the mouse that won the inaugural prize had such a mutation, though in a different gene. Shortly, Dr. Sell's group will produce mice with even lower levels of IGF-1 production, by replacing one of the mutant copies with a version that makes no protein at all. (It is not possible to replace both copies with this non-producing mutation -- such mice die before birth because they cannot grow.)

Dr. Richard Cutler and his colleagues are applying the idea that simple genetic changes could have a large impact on lifespan, by investigating how to up-regulate many of the genes involved in controlling "oxidative stress" status -- the extent to which cells and tissues are constantly bombarded with free radicals, toxic molecules produced as a side-effect of using oxygen. These genes include the thioredoxin redox regulating system and the antioxidant response element (ARE) controlling an array of "phase II" proteins (proteins that are produced by cells when they sense elevated oxidative stress). Dr. Cutler is developing transgenic and pharmaceutical means to enhance expression of such systems to achieve a dramatic decrease in cellular oxidative stress. If this works they will then test the mice for lifespan enhancement.

A cash prize will be awarded in two categories. A Postponement Prize will go to the producer of the world's oldest ever mouse, restricted to the species used in laboratory work, Mus musculus, in recognition of extending healthy lifespan. Starting a year from now, a Reversal Prize will also be awarded to the producer of the world's oldest mouse whose life was extended due to effective late-onset life-extension interventions. Each prize will be awarded from a fund to which everyone who might be aging is encouraged to contribute, initially $5,000 for each prize; the amount won depends on the margin by which the previous record has been broken.

David Gobel, President of the Methuselah Foundation, explains, "The Methuselah Mouse Prize is meant to inspire and encourage serious scientific progress and innovation in extending the healthy human lifespan. We believe the Methuselah Mouse Prize can effectively raise public optimism and enthusiasm about potential human application of successful life-extending interventions used on laboratory mice that have already reached an advanced age."

The Methuselah Foundation also intends to promote public interest and involvement in mammalian life extension research by accepting public donations for future prizes along with corporate sponsorships.

Current prize donors/sponsors are the Methuselah Foundation, HMX Inc., The Maximum Life Foundation, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, The Longevity Meme, Diana Stackhouse of the Animal Health Institute and many others. The prize fund has more than quadrupled in just three months!

For more information about The Methuselah Mouse Prize, the competing teams and how to contribute to the prize fund see www. methuselahmouse. org or contact David Gobel at The Methuselah Foundation via e-mail at david. gobel@methuselahmouse. org

CONTACT: David Gobel

202 306 0989

David. gobel@methuselahmouse. org