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Equilibrium Health Launches Health, Fitness, Wellbeing and Weight Loss Website

Leeds, West Yorkshire UK (PRWEB UK) 27 November 2013

Fitness Training and Pilates specialists at Equilibrium Health in Leeds, have launched an online version of their studio-based business, The EQ Plan.

Founded by Jon and Claire Wray, Equilibrium Health has provided one to one fitness and Pilates training from its exclusive studio in the heart of Leeds for over 10 years.

A chance remark from a client was the inspiration for The EQ Plan. “A long-standing customer was leaving to work in Australia for three months and she mentioned how she wished she could pack up the studio in her case and take us with her,” explained Claire. “That chance remark led to what has become The EQ Plan. We offer all the services of the studio and more. Were now accessible from anywhere and at any time.”

The EQ Plan features an extensive video library, with Claire Wray teaching Pilates, Yoga and Barre Technique. Former Rugby League professional and Sports Science lecturer, Jon Wray, provides strength and fitness training videos and TVs Paul Darby – Everyman, Big Brothers Little Brother, The Salon and Housebusters – teaches positive breathing, meditation and Qi Gong.

In addition, The EQ Plan offers a 14 day weight loss programme, delivering 10 minute workout videos and eating plans for each day of the plan.

Jon Wray explains “The weight loss plan works on controlling appetite hormones and blood sugar levels through eating specific natural, whole foods. There is no calorie counting, supplements or shakes. Its all natural and not at all difficult to fit into daily life. We even recommend bacon, egg and mushrooms for breakfast! Combined with short burst of regular exercise, the weight loss plan really does produce fast fat burn. One of our participants lost sixteen pounds and four inches from his waist in a fortnight and the average weight loss is just under ten pounds.”

Further details of The EQ Plan can be found at The site offers a free trial, providing a day of full access to all EQ Plan resources.

Transforming Medical Practice through Electronic Health Records

NEWARK, NJ (PRWEB) March 10, 2014

About 15 years ago, an eye-opening report by the U.S. Institute of Medicine starkly quantified the impact of medical errors, concluding that as many as 100,000 lives are lost each year to preventable mistakes. In the ensuing debate over systemic reforms, paper medical records cumbersome at the best of times and illegible and poorly maintained at the worst emerged as one of the health care systems principal vulnerabilities.

Medical practices in New Jersey are now making substantial progress, however, in eliminating deadly mistakes such as dangerous medication interactions and gaps in disease screenings, by replacing their paper charts with electronic health record (EHR) systems. One of the key drivers of the states success on this front is an NJIT-led, federally funded organization, New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) that is working with more than 8,000 Garden State providers to collect, digest, and use their electronically stored patient data.

Since it was founded in 2010, NJ-HITEC has been one of the top-performing regional extension centers, or RECs, established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the federal agency responsible for advancing health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

As of this month, NJ-HITEC has more advisees 4,750 primary care physicians and specialists able to demonstrate they are using their systems in a meaningful way than any other REC in the country. The federal government defines meaningful use as the collection and storage of key data such as symptoms, vital signs, and other health metrics that the system can then act on intelligently, as in calculating a body mass index or creating a growth chart, among other measures. By inputting this data, as well as the treatment course they followed, doctors are also able to evaluate their patients performance on key clinical measures against national guidelines the EHR system provides.

Our mission is to transform the health care delivery system in New Jersey by implementing technology that will enhance the delivery of high-quality, timely care, says William OByrne, NJ-HITECs executive director. Electronic health records help us monitor drug interactions, speed up the delivery of medications through e-prescribing, reduce the time it takes to refer patients to specialists and to receive reports back from them, and, importantly, to eliminate redundant tests and treatment.

Physicians say that electronic medical records are particularly helpful in caring for patients with chronic health problems, allowing them to keep close tabs on recommended testing.

I can follow patients who have diabetes and check if they have had an HBA1C, (a key hemoglobin test) prior to them coming into their appointments. If not, I will contact the patient and send him or her to the correct lab so the result can be discussed during the visit. This only takes a minute and would have taken up to a half-hour on paper charts, says Douglas Ashinsky, M.D., an internist in Warren. This allows me to take better care of my patient during their visit.

By creating patient registries a patient population data set that allows population management Ashinsky said he is able to compare his performance to regional and national guidelines for clinical care to ensure that we are following these guidelines and giving patients the best possible care.

My EHR system has helped me catch both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer in the early stages by identifying patients at risk by age group and family history who had never been screened, says Paulo Pinho, M.D., an internist in Milburn. I may be treating that patient for a cold, but the system enables my staff to check for outstanding screenings and make necessary referrals.

Pinho said he has increased the percentage of patients in his practice with an average risk for colon cancer who have been screened for the disease and the results documented in the electronic record, from 5 percent to 90 percent between 2009 and 2013. The low number, he said, included patients who may have been screened but for whom the office had either no documentation or were untrackable due to mislabeling. The comparable national figure is 53 percent, he notes.

Medicare will begin penalizing practices that cannot certify they are meaningfully using electronic health records by 2015.

Many New Jersey practices have already moved on to the next stage of EHR implementation, defined by health IT regulators as Meaningful Use Stage 2, by exchanging information with other health care providers so their patients transition safely and successfully to other phases of care, and by allowing patients to view their own records electronically through patient portals, notes Balavignesh Thirumalainambi, NJ-HITECs meaningful use director.

In the final stage of the process, Thirumalainambi says, EHR systems will assess providers adherence to evidence-based treatment standards and will assist them in their clinical decision making to improve the quality of healthcare, thereby also reducing the cost of care.

As the system evolves, we will also see more interoperability among providers that will improve both safety and efficiency, says Pinho, who is currently working to create a virtual exam room that will allow patients, their family members, and all of their doctors to review their records to better coordinate care, including cross-checking medications and eliminating duplicative testing.

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Alliance for Workplace Excellence Presents Vocus With the 2014 Health & Wellness Seal of Approval Award

Beltsville, MD (PRWEB) April 15, 2014

Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: VOCS), a leading provider of cloud-based marketing and public relations software, today announced its recognition as the recipient of the Alliance for Workplace Excellences (AWE) 2014 Health & Wellness Seal of Approval Award. This honor is awarded to companies who provide innovative programs for employee health and wellness. Previous award recipients include Booz Allen Hamilton, Marriott International and Verizon Wireless.

The Alliance for Workplace Excellence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping companies become great places to work. Vocus will be recognized during the AWEs 15th annual awards luncheon on May 20, 2014, at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at 12:00 p.m. EST.

At Vocus, were constantly trying to foster the growth of our dynamic work culture by putting our employees health first, said Vocus Chief Human Resources Officer Holly Paul. Winning this award is a great honor because it recognizes us for one of our core values. A healthy workforce plays an integral role in our success, and well continue to find more innovative ways to increase the well-being of our employees.

As part of Vocus health and wellness program, employees have several benefits. At its headquarters, the team has access to a variety of healthy snack options, including free fresh fruit. Employees also enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness facility, which includes a basketball court, weight and cardio machines and fully stocked locker rooms. For Vocus employees interested in team fitness, Vocus provides free daily classes, taught by certified instructors and trainers.

Vocus annual Wellness Fair provides employees with free flu shots and health screenings. At the fair, physicians and health experts educate employees about maintaining a healthier lifestyle during the different information sessions.

To learn more about Vocus, its culture, and current job opportunities, visit


About Vocus

Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS) provides leading cloud-based marketing and public relations software that enables companies to acquire and retain customers. The company offers products and services to help clients attract and engage prospects, nurture and convert customers, and measure and improve marketing effectiveness. More than 16,000 annual subscription customers across a wide variety of industries use Vocus software. The company is headquartered in Beltsville, MD with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit or call (800) 345-5572.

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David Lloyd Leisure Launches DL Flex Health Club Membership Scheme for Companies

(PRWEB UK) 21 November 2013

David Lloyd Leisure, Europes premier health, sports and leisure group, has introduced DL Flex – a discounted health club membership scheme offering UK companies the most cost-effective way to give their employees access to exercise through a payroll scheme.

DL Flex, which aims to enable businesses to help improve the health and fitness of their workforce, can be run as an HMRC approved salary sacrifice scheme either within a flexible benefits programme or as a separate salary sacrifice benefit. Alternatively, companies can choose to run DL Flex as a simple net pay gym loan deduction.

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 23, 2014

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Moreover, Duncan Capicchiano will provide people with 4 instruction books when they order this program. Firstly, people will get the Fatty Liver Solution book that covers treatment strategies to relieve symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, flatulence, vomiting and loss of appetite. Secondly, people will receive the Complete Body Fitness book that provides an overall body fitness plan, and some easy exercises to help them sleep better. Thirdly, Duncan Capicchiano will offer people the Glycemic 101 – How To Effortlessly Control Your Blood Sugar book that instructs them how to lose and control weight, how to prevent or treat diabetes, and how to reduce the risk of heart disease. Finally, people will have the Home Detox book that covers a list of natural and safe remedies for cleansing their body from liver damaging toxins.

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A New Article On The Site Reveals 17 Health Benefits Of Water – V-kool

Seattle, Wa (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

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