Silver&Fit Expands Free Senior Exercise Classes to 54 Per Week

(NewsUSA) – For those seeking new exercise options in 2021, the Silver&Fit® program is expanding its free, public Facebook Live and YouTube senior exercise classes from four classes a day to nine, including Saturdays, for a total of 54 classes a week. These half hour classes include cardio, strength/bodyweight, yoga, dance, tai chi, mixed formats, and flexibility and balance at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Additional daily free workouts feature an international location and a ‘my favorites’ option. The new roster of free exercise classes will premiere Monday, January 4th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For added convenience, classes can be replayed at any time on Facebook or YouTube for two weeks after the premiere date."So many people have lost access to their gyms, and this is especially hard for older adults who look forward to their structured classes and social interactions," said Jaynie Bjornaraa, PhD., MPH, PT, and AVP of Digital Fitness Solutions with the Silver&Fit program. "Our new, expanded fitness class schedule offers more classes, more variety of exercise options, and world-renowned instructors who have exceptional experience developing classes tailored to older adults."The Silver&Fit roster of elite instructors include Master Trainers like June Kahn, celebrity trainers like Andrea Marcum, fitness program founders like Aileen Sheron, and entrepreneurs and authors like Adita Lang. In total, Silver&Fit is bringing more than 20 senior fitness experts to its free, public online workout experience.Since launching its first free public classes on Facebook and YouTube in March, in response to the pandemic, Silver&Fit’s senior exercise classes have been viewed more than 1.5 million times, and the program has gained over 20,000 social media followers."The thousands of people taking our classes have told us how much they appreciate the variety of classes, the expertise and warmth of our instructors, and the online community that connects them to other like-minded individuals and helps them overcome social isolation," added Dr. Bjornaraa. "The new schedule is arranged to encourage people to try various types of workouts for different fitness benefits. For example, on a Saturday, someone finishing the 8 a.m. advanced cardio class may want to follow that with intermediate yoga at 9 a.m. Workouts that focus on different components of fitness offer better overall physical health improvement opportunities.""These classes are my lifeline," said Silver&Fit Facebook follower Rose L. "I have lost 20 pounds since August. I do two classes every day. I am surprised how much energy I have after my workout!""The workouts have boosted my balance and strength," said Silver&Fit class participant Bonnie P. "I am so thankful…!"Anyone can participate in the free workout classes by following Silver&Fit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SilverandFit or by visiting YouTube at www.youtube.com/silverandfit. Class videos can be replayed any time after they premiere by viewing the Videos tab on Facebook or the Home page on YouTube.For more information about the Silver&Fit program’s Medicare Advantage options, visit www.SilverandFit.com.

Channel Your Body’s Natural Health With Quantum Energy

(NewsUSA) – Self-care has never been more important as part of a strategy to manage the ongoing stress of the Covid-19 pandemic.Strategies for self-care include paying attention to sleep, nutrition, and physical activity, but channeling the power of quantum energy offers an additional opportunity for self-care and self-healing.Quantum energy and frequencies have a long history of use in alternative medicine, and some individuals have developed class-based wellness practices that are designed to channel quantum energy.Devaya Smith, a self-described energy psychologist in Taos, New Mexico, for instance, uses the power of quantum energy to teach individuals to connect with themselves in a way that relieves tension and restores peace of mind.Quantum energy technology also has been adopted into self-care products for use in the safety and comfort of home.Products developed by Leela Quantum Tech are designed to promote physical and mental health by channeling quantum energy. According to the company website, the health benefits of its products include increased energy, relief from pain and muscle soreness, improved concentration, increased resistance to stress, and greater ability to relax and live in the moment.As the Leela Quantum Tech website explains, "[You will be able to] Dive deeper into your own self. Realize your potential. Support your health.""Our products can help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be," says Leela Quantum Tech president Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling."You can improve your physical and mental fitness as well as positively influence your environment," he explains.Leela Quantum Tech products have been scientifically certified by two independent institutes, and the variety of personal products make self-care easy. Hats, shirts, and hoodies infused with quantum energy and high-quality silver fabrics are designed to keep you relaxed and comfortable. In addition, coasters charged with quantum energy cushion your favorite beverage and are engineered to promote peace of mind and positive feelings.Other products include energy-infused cards and capsules that can be kept and carried in a pocket, as well as bracelets and necklaces.And don’t forget your furry friends. Pets can enjoy the restorative benefits of quantum energy with infused collars.Visit leelaq.com for more information about quantum energy products for more information about the potential and benefits of quantum energy. 

10 Days, 10 Ways to Spend Remaining 2020 FSA Funds

(NewsUSA) – As 2020 comes to a close, the rush of the holiday season will soon turn into a scramble for flexible spending account (FSA) users who have a December 31 deadline. An FSA is an employer-sponsored, tax-advantaged account you can use to pay for eligible healthcare expenses. However, money left at the end of each plan year (or after any applicable deadline extension) is forfeited back to your employer. And there are hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars left on the line for many American families this year.FSAstore.com believes that using healthcare dollars should be simple and that forfeiting funds shouldn’t happen, especially since there are so many ways to use FSA funds to help manage medical conditions and support daily health and well-being.With less than two weeks until December 31, FSAstore.com has compiled a Deadline Spending Guide for shopping inspiration, along with the following 10 ideas for spending down funds.1. Diagnostic Products. Monitor your health with at-home COVID test kits, blood pressure monitors, thermometers, pulse oximeters and more.2. Over-the-Counter Medicines. Buy everyday over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, decongestants, antihistamines and acne treatments.3. Drug-Free Pain Relief. Looking for drug-free pain relief? Use your FSA to buy products such as acupressure mats, TENS machines, foot rollers, and posture pumps.4. First Aid. Bolster your medicine cabinet or buy a pre-made, first-aid kit that’s perfect for your home, car, boat, and everywhere in between.5. Cold & Allergy. Any season can be allergy season. In addition to over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines, allergy sufferers can buy steam inhalers, saline nose wipes, Neti pots and more.6. Baby & Mom. Use your FSA to buy breastfeeding pumps and supplies, baby health monitors, nasal aspirators and baby sunscreen.7. Skin & Personal Care. FSA users have more opportunities than ever to care for their skin. Keep acne and "maskne" caused by mask usage at bay with eligible acne treatments and light therapy, as well as skin care products used to treat dry skin and eczema.8. Feminine Care. For the first time ever, you can use your FSA to buy tampons, pads, period underwear, menstrual cups and more.9. Sun Care. You may be traveling less, but those UV rays haven’t gone anywhere. Protect your skin from the sun year-round with broad spectrum sunscreen for babies, kids and adults, as well as SPF lip balm.10. Eye Care (Glasses, Contacts, Sunglasses). Need help seeing clearly? Use your FSA to replenish contact lenses or buy a new set of prescription frames, lenses, reading glasses, or prescription sunglasses. FSAs even cover related products, such as lens cleaning wipes, eyeglass repair kits, contact lens cases, and solutions.December 31 is fast approaching, but FSA users are better positioned than ever to fully maximize the potential of their tax-free funds to help treat medical conditions and promote long-term health. 

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Good Financial Planner

(NewsUSA) – In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many people are looking to cut costs and better manage expenses. Some may view financial planners as an unnecessary expense, but in reality, a smart relationship with an experienced financial planner will save you money in the short- and long-term, and will help you weather the challenges of a changing economy.CFP Board, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting professional standards in personal financial planning, emphasizes how the guidance a financial planner can provide goes beyond the surface of stocks and investment advice. Instead it emphasizes the benefits of a long-term plan to help people meet their financial goals. Only individuals who have fulfilled CFP Board’s rigorous requirements can call themselves a CFP® certificant, so be sure your planner is a certified CFP® professional.It’s important to note that not all financial advisors have made a commitment to act in their clients’ best interests. As part of their certification, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals commit to CFP Board to act as a fiduciary — at all times — when providing financial advice to a client."As you begin to consider how best to manage your financial future, you should feel confident knowing that with a CFP® professional, you’re working with someone committed to providing the high standard of financial planning," according to the LetsMakeAPlan.org website.Some of the key benefits of an ongoing relationship with a financial planner include:

Diabetic Patients May Be at Higher Risk for Complications from COVID

(NewsUSA) – Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have identified people living with diabetes at increased risk of complications from coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection, also known as COVID-19.Type 2 diabetes does not cause an elevated risk of infection per se but a greater risk of complications and mortality that arise from COVID-19 infection. Cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, and organ dysfunction, including kidney and eye, all are common issues associated with Type 2 diabetes, and have been seen to be further exacerbated by COVID-19 infection.While doctors still do not have enough evidence to explain all of the ways the virus affects the body, reports from all over the world have identified connections between inflammation and blood coagulation abnormalities and dangerous outcomes from the virus.However, what many have not discussed is the possibility that quarantines, stay-at-home orders and remote working — necessary to prevent the spreading of the virus — may also present additional risk for those who already experience a sedentary lifestyle. A study by the National Institutes of Health shows that people who spend significant amounts of time not being active are subject to a 112 percent greater risk of potential complications, including Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome Coronavirus, and therefore, presents not only risks to those with Type 2 diabetes, but to those already at risk for Type 2 diabetes. Obesity is a key cause of Type 2 diabetes and one that the CDC has long been concerned about as a growing problem in the United States — even before the current pandemic — and the lifestyle changes which tend toward activities which lean toward weight gain rather than weight loss.Health experts are therefore emphasizing the importance of maintaining metabolic health by managing potential risk factors associated with the disease, all while maintaining social distancing and engaging in safe behaviors connected to preventing the spread of COVID-19.A variety of tools have become available in recent years that utilize modern technology, including app-driven diet, exercise and behavior modification plans, but the precision required in order to mitigate diabetes risk has been limited. One recently introduced system, BEATdiabetes, consists of a unique smartphone and/or tablet app comprising a digital version of a successful diabetes weight management program by the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. It provides a suite of life management tools that provide users with personalized coaching driven by a unique, AI-based digital platform that responds to the specific needs of the user."Even in the best of times, people at risk for Type 2 diabetes must be extra vigilant in order to manage their weight, their blood pressure and other potential risk factors," says Faz Chowdury, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of Nemaura Medical, Inc., which developed the system. "It can be a daunting task that requires constant maintenance – especially when trying to manage it alone."In addition, the company has developed the sugarBEAT non-invasive continuous glucose monitor, that adheres to the skin (not pierces it), tracking a user’s glycemic levels throughout the day and providing valuable coaching in response. Nemaura Medical believes that regular use of the system can improve the health of people with Type 2 diabetes who need extra help managing it, prevent diabetes to those at very high risk, such as pre-diabetes, and may even reverse diabetes in some patients.While COVID-19 may pose additional risk for people with Type 2 diabetes, it is especially important to identify solutions to manage Type 2 diabetes while protecting yourself from the virus. 

Merry Everything for The Holidays

(NewsUSA) – Celebrate the season with the softest fabrics and festive favorites for every memory-making moment:Holiday graphic tees and distressed jeans with all the details. Buffalo plaid paired with sculpting jeans for all your causal holiday traditions. And super soft jeggings under snuggle-up sweaters.Discover all of our trending holiday favorites at your nearest maurices store and online.Feel-good jeans
Jeans should make you look and feel good every time you put them on. And with so many trending styles, washes and details to choose from, there’s never been a better time to discover your new favorite pair in sizes 0-24.m jeans by maurices™ –everyday amazing jeans that hold up to whatever life brings. Try them in a slim-boot curvy style for a flattering and comfy fit that contours curves without gapping at the waist.Everflex™ jeans — our premium super stretch with linear compression fabric that shapes and lifts where you want it most. They’re an easy choice for getting the tree or running errands.Jeggings — confidence-boosting ultimate stretch that moves with you. Try them in trending plaid or keep it laid back with tried-and-true blues. And for extra comfort, slip on our super-soft jegging with a cozy-brushed inside.Buffalo plaid — the print of the season . It’s the perfect plaid to pair with jeans … and there are so many ways to wear this holiday favorite.The Cozy Sherpa: Just add hiking boots to this snuggly essential for a cute & trendy take on outdoor chic. (Fashion tip: pair over skinny jeans to create a lean silhouette.)The Soft Shacket: It’s a shirt. It’s a jacket. It’s everything! For when you just need a light layer for holiday errands … or a little extra warmth for lounging inside.The Festive Flannel: Take comfort — and fashion — to the next level with soft-as-silk fabric and just a little sparkle. (Tie it up for a fun, waist-cinching kicker!)The Comfy Sweater: A look that goes everywhere … with softness to spare. Dress it up with sparkly jewelry and ankle boots for comfort and style.Inspired yet? Visit your nearest maurices store to try everything on and let our friendly stylists help you create effortless outfits for the holiday season and beyond.Learn more as maurices celebrates feel-good fashion for real life™ in sizes 0-24. For more info on maurices service with style promise and to see what’s new, go to www.maurices.com

Spotting the Signs: Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults

(NewsUSA) – While the holiday season can be a busy and hectic time for many, it presents the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. But with the presence of COVID-19, holiday plans may look different this year as many families host virtual celebrations or small gatherings with increased safety measures.Regardless of how the holidays are celebrated, they are still an ideal time to check in on the health and well-being of older loved ones, especially during this particularly isolating time. Even though many of us may not see our loved ones in person over the holidays, virtual platforms are making it easier than ever to stay connected.While not being able to come together to celebrate holidays and major life milestones isn’t new for 2020, the impacts of isolation and loneliness are still very real, particularly for the aging population. As social distancing remains necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, many are feeling the effects on their physical and mental health. In fact, earlier this year more than half of older adults (56 percent) reported feeling isolated from others compared to 27 percent in 2018, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging."The rise in feelings of loneliness and isolation in older adults over the last several months is alarming," says Lakelyn Hogan, Ph.D., gerontologist and caregiver advocate for Home Instead®. "While home remains the safest place for seniors this holiday season, it’ll be more important than ever to stay connected with your loved ones and pay close attention to any changes to their personality or behavior."So whether you are celebrating the holidays virtually or practicing a socially distant get-together, here are a few signs that could indicate that your loved one may be experiencing the effects of this crisis and could benefit from a helping hand and more consistent companionship:

Yes, COVID-19 May Be Having A Positive Impact on Household Dynamics

(NewsUSA) – Turns out a lot of us actually like certain changes we’ve made in our lives while holed up at home since the coronavirus hit.No, we’re not talking about what turned out to be the not so stop-gap measures experts usually cite in arguing the entire world has been forever transformed due to COVD-19. Telemedicine. Telemeetings. Fist bumps — well, okay, maybe not fist bumps, but (sadly) "handshakes may be one of the last things to come back," the Boston Globe reported.Instead, a new survey of U.S. adults aged 18 and over provides rare insight into what could be the pandemic’s long-term impact on individual household dynamics.Think about it: Fifty-three percent of those surveyed report spending an extra 7.4 hours, on average, at home each day, which works out to be the equivalent of two additional days per week. And what have we been doing with that extra time?We’ve been cooking together more (14 percent, allowing us to infer that nearly 36 million people are spending more time making meals) . . .We’ve been sharing more chores (12 percent, meaning more than 15 million households – and, yes, that includes the 66 percent of that figure who cited doing the laundry) . . .We’ve been exercising or learning new skills together (22 percent), adopting new hobbies like cooking, drawing or painting (16 percent), and — if you’re looking for something truly uplifting — generally getting to feel closer to family and friends."When the world feels chaotic, we often look for shelter and comfort in our homes as somewhere we can control," said Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and New York Times bestselling author. "That’s never been truer than now."The survey was commissioned by home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation, which also launched a new "Improving Life At Home" online hub replete with expert advice on everything from recipes to organizing garages, in an effort to better understand how lives have changed in the last year. "It’s been heartening to see some silver linings as new dynamics and habits emerge in homes everywhere," said Eleanor Reece, the company’s senior director of global campaigns, in noting that 28 percent of those polled want to stick with the positive changes they’ve made.Wiking, himself, is optimistic that many people’s new-found "understanding that happiness is homemade" is here to stay — even if some hobbies don’t last.And the guy the New York Times has called "probably the world’s happiest man" has a few tips to help get us through the rest of this ordeal:

New Data: AP CSP Course is Diversifying Computer Science Pipeline

(NewsUSA) – For too long there has been a shortage of women and a lack of diversity in both computer science classrooms and in the workforce. AP Computer Science Principles, or AP CSP, was introduced by the College Board four years ago to change the invitation to computer science and address the shortage of young women and students of color entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).Now, there is encouraging news about efforts to prepare more students –and a more diverse set of students — for the next generation of computer science jobs. According to new College Board data, students from the class of 2019 who took Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) were three times more likely to declare a computer science major in college, compared to similar students who did not take AP CSP. Differences are similarly large for female, Black, Hispanic, and first-generation college students.New research out today is good news for business leaders looking to hire the next generation of computer science workers. Students from the class of 2019 who took Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles were three times more likely to declare a computer science major in college, according to College Board data.AP Computer Science Principles, or AP CSP, was designed by the College Board four years ago to change the invitation to computer science and address a shortage of young women and students of color entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), long dominated by young white and Asian men."Four years ago, we set out to change the invitation to computer science education," says College Board Global Policy Chief Stefanie Sanford. "This new research provides compelling evidence that AP CSP is doing exactly that.""We are inspired to see how this course is playing a role in students’ high school and college careers just four years after its launch. States, schools, and educators providing access to AP CSP are ensuring a more representative body of students will become our next generation of computer scientists, engineers, and technology leaders."College freshmen who declare a computer science major take a critical step toward receiving the second-highest-paid college degree in the nation, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $88,240 in May 2019. And yet, a code.org analysis of 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds women represent just 24 percent of the 5 million people in computing occupations, while 15 percent are Black or Hispanic.The College Board study also finds AP CSP students are nearly twice as likely to enroll in AP Computer Science A (AP CSA) — a more computer-programming-focused course — compared to similar students who did not take CSP. Black students who take AP CSP are three times more likely to also take AP CSA. Notably, that’s virtually the same share as Asian CSP students, who have long led AP CSA participation.Business leaders such as Shanika Hope, head of the U.S. division of Amazon Future Engineer, are enthusiastic about AP Computer Science Principles and its future economic impact. "At Amazon, we know a high-quality computer science education is key to helping students build their best and brightest future, especially those from underserved and underrepresented communities. We’re excited that today’s research shows further evidence that courses like AP CSP — which we provide for thousands of our Amazon Future Engineer schools across the U.S. — are preparing a more diverse group of students to enter the 21st century workforce."The first year of AP Computer Science Principles in 2016-17 attracted more students than any other AP course debut, and participation is on the rise. Still, not all students have access to high-quality computer science education. Currently, less than half of the nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science. States are working to broaden participation in computer science by passing policies to make computer science a fundamental part of the K-technology12 education system. Students interested in AP CSP can learn more at collegeboard.org/csp

BookBites: Four Titles to Keep You Engrossed During the Holidays

(NewsUSA)"Facade"
by Melody Saleh
What would you do for your best friend? Or, rather, what wouldn’t you do? The lives of Amber and her best friends spiral out of control.

  • Amber sets out to seduce a sexy attorney, but are they meant to be together?
  • Debra tries to rebuild her life, but does she say yes to the wrong man?
  • Fashion designer Zya falls for another woman, but will she let society decide her happiness?
  • Model Dominque wants to get her life on track, and is Mr. Right really just that?