Omron, Oprah personal trainer Bob Greene release four fitness videos
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — To help Americans walk more, Omron Healthcare and Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer and author of the book "20 Years Younger," on Friday teamed to create four new videos to encourage Americans to put a spring in their step and start tracking their progress daily.
"Exercise doesn’t have to require a huge time commitment and can actually fit into your daily routine — all it takes is adding a few extra steps throughout the day," Greene said. "It’s very helpful to have a simple tool to keep you accountable as you work toward your fitness goals, which is why I recommend having an Omron pedometer as a partner to help motivate you and remind you to make every step count."
"Many people don’t realize how close they are to achieving the 10,000-step daily goal," stated Ranndy Kellogg, Omron VP marketing and product development. "Omron pedometers provide the extra motivation and are accurate, easy to use and cater to anyone’s needs."
Greene suggested working up to the goal of 10,000 steps per day by walking for 30 to 60 minutes straight, or even in 10-minute increments over the course of the day. Research shows that using a pedometer can increase physical activity by about 2,000 steps — or an extra mile — each day.
The motivational videos can be found at the Omron Facebook page at Facebook.com/OmronFitness. On the company’s Facebook page, Omron also is sponsoring the "Make Every Step Count Sweepstakes" between March 5 and April 2 for a chance to win a four-day, three-night stay for two at Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Weekly prizes include gift cards, Omron products and autographed Bob Greene books.
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CDC’s latest weekly flu report: Still no season to speak of to date
ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued its latest update on the influenza season to date, or rather the lack thereof. For the week ended Feb. 25, visits for influenza-like illnesses have yet to crack the national baseline of 2.4% this season.
Over the past two seasons, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, reports of ILI activity reached levels approaching 8% and 5%, respectively, after crossing over that 2.4% threshold — an indicator that the flu season is well under way.
According to the CDC, 1.9% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network were due to influenza-like illness. ILI is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F or greater) and cough and/or sore throat.
Alabama, Missouri and Oklahoma experienced high ILI activity, and both Illinois and Kansas reported moderate activity. A total of 39 states reported minimal activity, however.
For the CDC’s full weekly report, click here.
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Newtritious to unveil new foods at Natural Products Expo West
LOS ANGELES — A California company plans to debut a series of health foods that it said would raise the bar on efficacy.
Newtritious will debut samples of its products at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., between March 9 and 11.
The products include HHice Cream Probiotic Defense, a fortified soft-serve ice cream based on the kinds given to hospital patients who have difficulty swallowing; Kherb Appeal, a snack that suppresses appetite and provides vitamins, minerals and fiber; Instant NEWtrition, soup that provide one-third of a person’s nutritional needs; Alpha Omega, an unflavored mix that adds one-third of a person’s nutritional needs to any food or beverage; and Haute Tomato, a vitamin supplement that tastes like a virgin bloody mary, the company said.
To find more information about Michael Arlen, or to purchase, or distribute NEWtritious™ products, like Kherb Appeal™, Instant NEWtrition™, HHice Cream™, Alpha Omega or Haute Tomato™, you can contact Michael Arlen through: http://www.MichaelArlen.com