Wellness Program Rewards Healthy New Year’s Goals

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As we start the New Year, we have thoughts and make plans about resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions will head to the gym for a workout, turn to a weight-loss program or swap soda for water.
While these are worthy steps, it can be hard to maintain enthusiasm over time, leaving you short of your goals. In fact, more than half of the people who make resolutions will break them in less than six months.
Here are a few tips for meeting and keeping your health goals: set personalized and achievable milestones, incentivize yourself and get rewarded for your progress. Programs such as Go365, a wellness and rewards program by Humana, make getting and staying healthy, fun.
Go365, which launched Jan. 1, 2017, motivates members to make positive lifestyle changes by tracking simple wellness achievements. Members are able to choose their level of engagement and participate in personalized activities tailored to their specific health needs and interests.
The program is designed for everyone, so members can benefit whether they are training for a marathon or just getting up off the couch. When they reach a goal, such as running a 5K or participating in a sports league, they get rewarded. Go365 awards its members “Bucks” that can be redeemed for items such as gift cards, movie tickets and compatible fitness devices.
“We want members to stay engaged in their health. Wellness programs such as Go365 make it easier to start with healthy activities each and every day,” says Joe Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Go365. “Go365’s special features make healthy choices and working towards personal health goals rewarding.”
Go365 is available with most Humana commercial insurance plans, and employers can even purchase it as a stand-alone wellness program. Ask your employer to explore Humana programs and you could reap the benefits.
To learn more, visit www.go365preview.com

New Medical Supplement Offers Advance in Bladder Control

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Bladder control is something few people want to talk about, but urinary incontinence is a huge and underreported problem. Studies show that 50 to 84 percent of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from unwanted urine leakage. In addition, younger people, especially women, are affected too. Seven to 37 percent of women aged 29 to 39 report some degree of urinary incontinence.
Sometimes urine leaks out when physical stress is put on the abdominal cavity (and, therefore, the bladder) from laughing, sneezing, coughing, or climbing stairs. In other cases, urine flows out before people can act on their sudden urge to go, a condition called overactive bladder. Incontinence can also be the result of other medical conditions, such as psychiatric disorders or urinary infections.
Overall, urinary incontinence affects 26 million Americans, while 33 million suffer from overactive bladder, according to the Simon Foundation and the National Association for Continence.
To prevent or control urine leakage, people can try exercises that strengthen the muscles that control urination. They can opt for drugs that calm overactive bladders or that allow the bladder to be emptied more easily. They can wear absorbent underwear or insert a disposable plug in the urethra. They can even have surgery to keep the urethra closed with a pelvic sling or an artificial valve.
But now there’s a more natural approach to solving this problem — a dietary supplement called UriVarx from Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV). UriVarx contains Cratevox stem bark, Horsetail herb, and Lindera strychnifolia root — ingredients shown both to strengthen the connective tissue that supports the bladder and to relax the muscles in the bladder, thus allowing it to hold more urine.
And unlike most dietary supplements, UriVarx has proven results from rigorous clinical trials that show reductions of up to 50 percent in urinary incontinence and feelings of urgently needing to go.
“UriVarx is a real medical advance for bladder health,” says Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovus Pharma. “For the first time, people can confront this enormous problem of bladder control with a natural solution.”
For more information, visit www.urivarx.com

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,

Los fanU+00E1ticos de todo terrenos se preocupan por los caminos

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociaciU+00F3n con 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition y Off Road Business Association.
Los clubs y sus caminos nominados son:
–Club Mile-Hi Jeep: camino Sidewinder, Colorado.
–Ohio River Four Wheelers: Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky.
–Club Grand Mesa Jeep: 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado.
–Club Piston’s Wild Motorsports: camino Hagen Creek, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington.
El programa Outstanding Trails, ahora en su 11 degree aniversario, fue creado para promover la conservaciU+00F3n y responsabilidad del manejo de los todo terreno. El programa invita a los clubes de todo terreno de toda América del Norte para nominar caminos locales que necesitan mantenimiento o mejoras. Un panel de jueces selecciona a los clubes y caminos ganadores, los cuales son elegidos según características únicas, el terreno y el apoyo el club.
Los cuatro clubes de todo terreno elegidos cada año reciben $ 4 000 cada uno, para utilizarlos en los esfuerzos locales de preservaciU+00F3n y protecciU+00F3n de los caminos de sus comunidades. AdemU+00E1s, algunos representantes de BFGoodrich Tires asistirU+00E1n a los eventos del club que estén relacionados con los caminos ganadores, para destacar las características únicas de cada ubicaciU+00F3n y para educar a los conductores de todo terreno en cuanto a la responsabilidad del uso de los caminos.
“El dicho dice así, ‘cuando la teoría se pone a prueba’, y en
BFGoodrich, no solo nos lo tomamos en serio, sino que también creemos que ‘cuando el camino se pone a prueba’ es igualmente importante y que inicia con los neumU+00E1ticos todo terreno T/A KO2”, dice Oscar Pereda de
BFGoodrich. “En nuestros primeros diez años con el programa Outstanding Trails, hemos ayudado a mejorar, reparar, mantener y proteger cerca de 50 caminos en 17 Estados y dos provincias canadienses”.
Cada uno de los clubes ganadores tiene planes para mejorar y mantener sus caminos locales. Uno en particular ha tomado un paso mU+00E1s allU+00E1 en la conservaciU+00F3n del camino en sí mismo, para incluir animales que viven allí. El Club Grand Mesa Jeep “ha adoptado el camino de la Ruta 21 y otros caminos locales y estU+00E1 comprometido con su protecciU+00F3n y mantenimiento,” según el presidente del club, Jeff Bates. Sin embargo, el club no solo ha adoptado la vía, sino también al sapo de espuelas de la Gran Cuenca (también conocido como el “sapo de la Ruta 21”), una especie en peligro de extinciU+00F3n en el U+00E1rea. “El club se ha comprometido a proteger el hU+00E1bitat de los sapos en por lo menos tres U+00E1reas a los largo del camino, con postes y cables”, dice Bates.
Visite bfgoodrichtires.com para obtener mayor informaciU+00F3n.

Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We’ve all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there’s usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.
This happens more than you may think. Asurion surveyed over 1,000 consumers and found that 64 percent of people have received a tech gadget for the holidays that they didn’t know how to work. And it’s not just the older generations that are having problems; 75 percent of millennials admit they’ve been stumped by a new device, compared to 53 percent of boomers.
“While the benefits of connected devices are virtually endless, the devices have become increasingly complex, and we’re finding that even the most tech-savvy consumers are being outsmarted,” says Bettie Colombo, spokesperson for Asurion. “We have a team of thousands of tech experts on standby to help consumers avoid the pitfalls and frustrations of setting up new technology so they can get back to enjoying the holidays with friends, family and their new tech.”
The struggle to set up new technology has become such a challenge that 41 percent of people avoid buying their older friends and family members tech devices altogether just to avoid the hassle of helping them set them up. This process can become time-consuming, with 62 percent of millennials spending an hour or more helping friends or family with their devices over the holidays. In fact, six in 10 millennials would be willing to shell out their hard-earned cash to never have to answer a tech question again!
Asurion’s tech experts help users avoid the frustrations of device setup this holiday by making it quick and easy to get help with technology issues regardless of brand or platform. Asurion’s support and protection services are available through most wireless carriers.
“The smartphone has become the remote control for all of your tech,” Colombo says. “Enrolling in your carrier’s support and protection program not only provides you with peace of mind that your smartphone is covered for loss, theft and damage, but also provides you with one-click access to a live U.S.-based tech expert to answer all your questions.”
Ask your wireless carrier about Asurion support and protection, or learn more here: https://www.asurion.com/soluto-service/features

Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater

(NewsUSA) – As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."Although today’s water heaters are expected to operate for an average of 13 years, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends shopping for a new water heater if your current unit is more than seven years old. This allows an adequate amount of time for homeowners to research and select a water heater that best meets their needs instead of waiting until their heater breaks down and selecting the cheapest quick fix for cold showers.Consumers are increasingly turning to high-efficiency water heaters when replacing older units or during remodeling and building projects. While these models may cost more initially, savings in water and energy usage continue throughout the lifetime of the appliance, offsetting the price difference. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that these units use 10 to 50 percent less energy, benefits to both your budget and the environment.A recent study by the Gas Technology Institute simulated the residential performance of high-efficiency water heaters and conventional units. The Vertex from A. O. Smith, a hybrid, gas-condensing, residential unit incorporating tank-type and tankless technology, provided the best overall performance at average and high-volume hot water usage, which is the consumption of 64-gallons or more per day of hot water.Endorsed by long-time environmental champion Ed Begley Jr. of the HGTV series "Living With Ed," the Vertex provides sufficient quantities of hot water for shower after shower and operates at 90 percent thermal efficiency. Additionally, it is designed to meet the demands that modern lifestyles require."Using more efficient combustion to produce hot water at lower operating costs and 90 percent thermal efficiency, the Vertex is a good choice for customers who want to save energy without skimping on hot water," said David Chisolm, A. O. Smith Water Heater brand manager.For more information on the A. O. Smith Vertex model, visit hotwater.com/resources/energy-star-qualified-products/.

Dare to Pair Pinot and Plover on Vacation

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Wine lover? Nature enthusiast? Both? Argentina and Chile, with unparalleled biodiversity and distinguished wines, are ideal journeys for you! The two countries share the majestic Andes, the longest natural border in the world. Weave through these mountains, which connect diverse ecosystems, and relish the geographic extravaganza of contrasts. Opportunities to see native, even rare, bird species abound, as does exploring vineyards and wineries. Wildlife and plants fill your senses and extraordinary wines fill your glasses, making each day amazing.
There’s Mendoza, for example. You’ll find exquisite olives, fruit and cheese here, too, but it’s mainly about the wine. Imagine yourself sampling Argentine Malbec or Pinot Noir in a vineyard perched over 4,250 feet in the foothills of the Andes. You may even spy a massive Andean condor soaring overhead.
East of Mendoza, the vast scrub plain of the Monte Desert boasts unique crested and sandy gallitos, endemic Steinbach’s canastero, and cinnamon warbling-finch.
On the other side of the Andes from Mendoza lies Chile’s Maipo Valley, famed for its Cabernet Sauvignons and Carméneres. Wind through the verdant landscapes of Chile to sample its distinctive wines and indulge your inner naturalist. Don’t miss the vineyards of Concha y Toro, producing some of the New World’s best Cabernet Sauvignon. Explore its mythic Casillero del Diablo, or Devil’s Cellar. Legend has it that a former landlord started the rumor that the devil himself was seen there, thus salvaging his personal wine inventory from theft and creating one of the most powerful legends in the wine world.
Take in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. Its name is from the native Mapuche word, colcahuala — “nesting place of the sacred Huala bird.” Nestled here are premium wine properties ripe for exploring and tasting.
At Altos de Lircay Nature Reserve, be on the lookout for woodland birds such as owl, woodpecker and hawk species, plus white-throated treerunner and the quasi-endemic chestnut-throated huet-huet.
Further south, a trip to Patagonia will leave no doubt as to why it’s one of the prime spots in the world for whale watching, hiking and horseback riding.
This region is teeming with natural splendor — in lush landscapes, along coasts and desert, and in a protected breeding colony of Humboldt penguins. Sophisticated Buenos Aires and Santiago round out the journey.
Travels are enhanced by expert guides and like-minded aficionados. Distinct options for immersive tours to Argentina and Chile are offered by International Expeditions. IE is a pioneer in imaginative, sustainable experiences within the confluence of ecotravel and luxury travel. Their naturalists and enologists enrich your days with knowledge about the region’s wine, wildlife, avifauna, history, folkways and foodways. Start to immerse yourself in Argentina and Chile, and other destinations combining adventure, nature and cuisine at ietravel.com.

Initiative Transforms Libraries into Early Learning Centers for Families

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Remember your first library card? For many children, the library opened up doors to other worlds and was a haven to study, learn, and explore. And it still is.
While most libraries around the country offer summer reading programs and story time to engage families, one organization is encouraging libraries across the country to do more.
The Family Place Libraries initiative is a national program that advocates the idea of the library as a community center for early childhood and family development.
“Family Place gives the librarians a comprehensive framework,” Kathleen Deerr, national coordinator for Family Place Libraries told Publishers Weekly in an interview last year. “It’s about connecting people with everything they need to build healthier, better families.”
The point, Deerr told the magazine, is to “empower librarians and families.”
The program began as a collaboration between New York’s Middle Country Public Library and the now-defunct, nonprofit Libraries for the Future. The Family Place Libraries model features interactive, hands-on spaces within libraries that focus on the early learning and literacy of children from birth to three years old, while also supporting the needs of parents and caregivers.
“When we can share the research about how the program can build strong brains and that children learn through play, people begin to understand that we are creating a rich environment where children can explore and discover, and adults can meet friends and get support,” Deerr told the magazine.
Currently, the Family Place Libraries network includes more than 450 sites in 29 states, and continues to grow. With its national impact clear, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has thrown its considerable weight behind the program and awarded a $450,000 National Leadership Grant to Middle Country to demonstrate the value of Family Place. With this added support, 25 libraries in eight states have established new Family Place sites.
Stacey Aldrich, former state librarian for the California State Library, says that she was introduced to the Family Place Libraries concept through Libraries for the Future and was impressed, adding that, “to watch the model flourish in California has been immensely satisfying.”
“To see a grown man sitting in a kids’ chair, playing with his child, or a grandparent doing a puppet show — it’s special. It’s gratifying to provide this kind of space, where people can meet, talk to other parents, and learn and grow with their kids.”
For more information, visit www.familyplacelibraries.org.

Three Innovative Twists to Our Favorite Sandwiches

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – However you stack ’em or slice ’em, everyone loves a good sandwich — especially when it incorporates healthy ingredients. Americans everywhere are looking for quick solutions on making healthy diet choices, and many will be happy to hear that this doesn’t require a whole meal overhaul. In honor of National Sandwich Day on November 3rd, here are some fun twists on sandwich classics that can help you incorporate easy ingredients for guilt-proof lunch solutions.* PB&J Quesadilla: PB&J’s are an American favorite. To cut down on the high fat, calorie and sugar counts in typical peanut butter and jelly, sub in almond butter paired with fiber-full fresh strawberries and bananas. Wrap it all up in a whole wheat tortilla to cut carbs, throw it on a skillet and make your taste buds sizzle.* Wild Turkey: According to a recent study, turkey takes the cake for America’s most popular sandwich, but can sometimes get a bad rep if it’s piled up with fatty toppings. For a healthy new take on the classic club, ditch the fattening mayonnaise and bacon and trade it with almond butter and apple slices instead. This healthy upgrade also lends some crunch and sweetness to your sandwich.And remember: not all meats are created equal. Look for turkey that is lower in sodium and fat, without sacrificing flavor. Simply Delicious Slow Roasted Turkey Breast from Land O’ Frost is a great option and certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program, making it the perfect option for you and your family.* Green Grilled Cheese: Get your daily dose of greens and dairy with this healthy spin on everyone’s greasy, guilty pleasure. Pack your grilled cheese with avocado, spinach, pesto and parsley for a substantially more nutritious and flavorful sandwich. Better yet, substitute your go-to, boring deli cheese, with goat cheese, which is extra creamy and surprisingly low-cal. Feel free to experiment with any of your favorite veggies — it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?This National Sandwich Day, try out any of these creative transformations with your family, or use your imagination to invent a new, unique concoction of your own. For coupons and healthy recipe ideas for the whole family, visit www.landomoms.com

Businesses, Athletes Are Getting in on Game Apps

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – There are few topics that cause as much heated debate and passion as sports — especially football. And in this digital age, mobile technology only enables such zeal — which is probably why sports apps are arguably one of the most popular ways to keep up with a beloved team, as well as help diehard football fans decide who will win a matchup on any given Sunday.Consider this: according to the NFL, 70 percent of fans use a second screen while watching football, use apps to allow for easy access to player stats and analysis, and keep in touch with other fans who are watching the game.1One company that is making itself known as the premier place to go for NFL predictions is Pick Factor (www.pickfactor.com). Why? Because it helps gridiron enthusiasts by analyzing thousands of predictions from top sports websites, blogs, radio, and newspapers such as ESPN, Fox Sports, and CBS Sports, finally coming to a consensus prediction for every game.Think you can pick like a pro? Now Pick Factor has launched its new Pick ’em app that allows everyone to test their own predictions. The app not only helps those entrenched in football warfare (be it recreational, an office pool, or various leagues), but now users can also create their own leagues with friends or compete in public leagues.Jim Omer, president of Pick Factor, says that retired NFL players and sports bars have partnered with the company to create their own leagues in order to have their "own game experience.""Famous athletes and businesses are constantly looking for new ways to engage their fans and consumers. This is a way for them to do that," Omer says."I like to think of it as an innovative sports app that’s fun for football fans, and provides our partners with a unique way to promote themselves."For more information, visit www.pickfactor.com or Jim Omer at jim@pickfactor.com