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The Kids and Parents Guide to Back to School Wellness


With a new school year, there’s often a lot of change. Families need to adjust their bedtimes and encourage new homework habits. Parents are also looking for nutritious food to fuel their family’s day. Here are some easy wellness tips and ideas to manage the back-to-school season.

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Eat healthy even with a busy back-to-school schedule:

Most families find that eating healthy with a packed schedule can be tough. But if you plan ahead by having healthy items ready to go, it’s much easier.

One avocado product that should be at the top of your list is from GoodFoods, and it’s a great example of how convenience can give you lots of healthy options.

They have 4-pack single serves of guacamole and avocado mash that you can instantly pull from your fridge or put in the kids’ lunchbox. They don’t brown, and they also don’t have added sugar or artificial ingredients. You can make an easy breakfast with the avocado mash on toast while you make the kids’ lunches.

And the ready-to-eat guacamole is full of flavor with huge avocado chunks in every bite — you can use it as a healthy dip for quinoa-and-rice crackers or carrot sticks.

Have a wellness routine to help stay healthy:

It can be easy to run out the door to school without properly brushing your teeth. One product that might help motivate your child to brush better is from Oral B, the #1 Dentist Recommended brand worldwide. It’s their Kids Vitality Rechargeable Toothbrush. It has a built-in timer that can help your child brush for the dentist-recommended full two minutes. Also, its extra-soft brush head gently brushes your child’s teeth and cleans better than a manual toothbrush.

Help your children’s immune system stay strong:

You can fill up on colorful fruits and veggies for a natural immune booster which can also help fight off viruses — examples are oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, and strawberries.

You can also try to get elderberries in your diet as one of our wellness tips. Elderberry is a superfruit which can help keep immune systems in tip-top shape.

And if you’re looking for an elderberry option for kids — Dimetapp has new Children’s Immune Support Elderberry Gummies. These are a medicine-free option for kids to get their everyday immune support — they taste great and kids love gummies, of course. And they help support a healthy immune function for children ages 2 and over. Here at SMG we might also say “it’s a child-approved way” to fuel your kids with Vitamins C, D, E, and Zinc.

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Robins & Morton, St. Joseph’s Hospital Celebrate Expansion Topping Out


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St. Joseph’s Hospital patient tower expansion team celebrated the project’s topping out on Sept. 10.

“We look forward to completing this exciting addition, ensuring BayCare and St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to provide superior healthcare services to the Tampa community.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Robins & Morton, HOK Architecture, Carastro Engineering and honored guests joined together to celebrate the structural topping out of the St. Joseph’s Hospital patient tower expansion located in Tampa, Florida, on Sept. 10.

The expansion project will include a new six-story patient tower that will house a two-story lobby, waiting and on-call rooms and three patient care floors with 90 private patient rooms. A new bridge will connect St. Joseph’s Hospital to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, allowing for patient transport from one facility to the other.

“Robins & Morton is proud to partner with BayCare and St. Joseph’s Hospital on this exciting project,” Robins & Morton Senior Superintendent Steve Williams said. “The scope of this project connects St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, providing safe and efficient pedestrian paths between all three facilities. We look forward to completing this exciting addition, ensuring BayCare and St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to provide superior healthcare services to the Tampa community.”

The patient tower expansion is scheduled to be completed in mid-2020.

About Robins & Morton

Robins & Morton is a privately-held, innovation-driven construction firm committed to Building with Purpose®. Since 1946, the firm has built a reputation as a trusted advisor to clients nationwide by cultivating a high-performing team that values integrity, safety, and innovative thinking. Robins & Morton consistently ranks among the Top 100 U.S. Builders in Engineering News-Record. Robins & Morton is based in Birmingham, Alabama, with additional offices in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Miami and Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at http://www.robinsmorton.com.

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Ideal CU Combines 5-Week Step Challenge with Prep for Successful MN Brain Tumor 5K


Ideal CU’s Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a 5-week step challenge to focus on the importance of daily exercise & prep participants for the MN Brain Tumor 5K.

Ideal CU’s Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a 5-week step challenge to focus on the importance of daily exercise & prep participants for the MN Brain Tumor 5K.

Our goal with the challenge was to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in the office and at home, and to encourage staff to make a long-term commitment to improving their overall wellbeing, as well as prepare them for the MN Brain Tumor 5K. – Ideal CU President./CEO Brian Sherrick

Knowing a healthy workplace is a happy workplace, Ideal Credit Union’s first-ever Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a five-week step challenge, designed to focus on the importance of daily exercise, while also encouraging many of the participants to walk with a greater purpose at the 10th Annual MN Brain Tumor 5K, which was held on May 19, 2019.

Each week the Wellbeing Committee shared helpful tips, recipes, motivational messages and more to inspire and encourage employees to work toward a healthier lifestyle. Ideal provided employees with a tracking device to measure their daily activity. Participants would submit their average weekly steps for a chance to win great prizes and were encouraged to increase the number of steps and build upon the previous week’s results. A total of 78 Ideal employees signed up to take part and 49 completed the five-week step challenge.

“Our goal with the challenge was to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in the office and at home, and to encourage staff to make a long-term commitment to improving their overall wellbeing, as well as prepare them for the MN Brain Tumor 5K in May. We were very pleased with the results,” said Ideal CU President/CEO Brian Sherrick.

Ideal CU has been a major sponsor of the MN Brain Tumor 5K for the past nine years. Ideal employees serve on the planning committee and volunteer at the event to ensure its success. Organizers recently announced the MN Brain Tumor 5K hit a new milestone in 2019, raising $114,608 in donations to bring total fundraising to $779,765.60 since the event’s inception in 2010. All proceeds benefit the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc.

“The MN Brain Tumor 5K is an important event for Ideal and we are proud to take the lead to ensure its success,” Sherrick stated. “This disease has touched many people within our credit union family. The support, comradery and dedication shown by everyone involved is incredibly inspiring. I am grateful to our employees for volunteering their time to help at such an important event and thank all of the participants, donors and sponsors for their selfless generosity.”

Ideal CU employees involved in this event have given their time, which exceeds over 250 hours, in pre-planning meetings, securing sponsors, ongoing marketing, website and social media efforts, event logistics and more. The amount of 250 hours at the average hourly rate of those involved totals over $12,500 of “in-kind” giving just this year alone. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, dedicated to the 700,000 Americans living with a brain tumor and the estimated 79,000 who will be diagnosed this year, according to the National Brain Tumor Society.

Ideal CU’s Wellbeing Champions Committee is busy planning a Financial Fitness Challenge for employees that will kick off in late October. Committee members include Alisha Johnson, Emily Kelly, Faith Tholkes, Tria Her, Crystal Currier, Shannon Butler, Jackie Day and Jennifer Foss.

Founded in 1926, Ideal Credit Union is a member owned financial institution that is dedicated to providing financial services driven by a sincere and personal interest in the needs of our employees, members and community. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including a full suite of digital banking products, savings, checking, loans, mortgage products, exclusive VIP member payback, business services, investment services and more. Offices are located in Eagan, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, North St. Paul, Stillwater and Woodbury. Visit idealcu.com for details and directions. Ideal has been voted “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” three years in a row by readers of the Stillwater Gazette and was named a 2018 Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace. Equal Housing Lender.

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Navigating Cancer Appoints Dr. Ethan Basch as New Scientific Medical Advisor


Navigating Cancer, the leading provider of oncology patient relationship management software, is pleased to announce that Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, has joined as the company’s new Scientific Medical Advisor. Dr. Basch is a medical oncologist and distinguished professor in the School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC) and a professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Basch is a world-renowned patient-reported outcomes researcher and his work has been instrumental in bringing the patient’s voice to the forefront of cancer care through patient-reported outcomes (PROs). As a Scientific Medical Advisor, Dr. Basch will work with Navigating Cancer on strategy and implementation of their PRO and remote monitoring solutions in the market, as well as consult on real-world evidence-based national studies on Navigating Cancer’s remote monitoring and PRO solutions.

In 2017 Dr. Basch presented a groundbreaking study at ASCO which found that cancer patients who used a web-based survey to report symptoms to their care team during treatment experienced increased overall survival, as well as improved quality of life, longer time on therapy, and fewer ER visits and hospitalizations. Navigating Cancer will leverage Dr. Basch’s work and implement studies with his support to prove the same positive impact of PROs on cancer care can be reproduced in a real-world, community oncology setting in rural and diverse patient populations.

“Dr. Basch’s research on the use of patient-reported outcomes has been revolutionary in cancer care and we believe that the effective use of PROs in the real world is pivotal to success in value-based care,” said Gena Cook, founder and president of Navigating Cancer. “We are looking forward to leveraging Dr. Basch’s expertise and research in making patient-reported outcomes a routine part of cancer care throughout our network.”

Dr. Basch said, “Navigating Cancer’s comprehensive patient platform is associated with reduced ED visits and improved symptom management, and their ability to scale PROs into clinical workflow will continue to enhance this value. Common challenges when incorporating PROs into clinical care are uptake and sustained use by providers. Navigating Cancer directly addresses these challenges with their triage system. I’m excited to help them extend their PRO solution and to ensure that it is leveraging scientific research.”

Navigating Cancer’s Health Tracker remote monitoring solution allows cancer patients to self-report side effects and oral medication adherence between clinic visits, ensuring their care team can monitor and manage side effects promptly to keep patients on track with their treatment. Dr. Basch will work with Navigating Cancer’s team to provide strategic insights on product development and testing.

About Navigating Cancer

Navigating Cancer is the leading Patient Relationship Management technology and solutions company focused on improving the patient experience, delivering more effective care management and enabling oncology care innovation. With over 1,700 providers adopting the Navigating Care platform, it is the most broadly deployed patient management solution in oncology. The company’s products combine clinical workflows, oncology content, and data insights to empower personalized patient care for cancer patients inside and outside of the clinic. For more information, please visit http://www.navigatingcancer.com or follow Navigating Cancer on Twitter @navcancer.

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Macy Gray Releases “Buddha” Video, Advocates for Mental Health


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Cover art contest winner by Jonathan Caustrita

“To everybody struggling with something, it’ll be okay, just don’t let it beat you. Buddha says ‘concentrate the mind in the present’ – and that’s where it’s at all the time.”

Legendary R&B/soul singer Macy Gray has released the official music video for “Buddha” (featuring blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr.) from her latest album, RUBY, following an exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone. The video was directed by the multi-talented Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor.

“Buddha” finds Macy reflecting on her 20+ years in the music business, the disorienting nature of fame, and her quest to find her center and stay grounded.

As Macy told Rolling Stone,

“Underneath the Gary Clark solo, the incredible production by Johan Carlsson, and the Teyana Taylor-directed video is a little story about my battles with mental health. Though it has held me up and set me back many times, I was able to write this song because I am winning my war with it. And I’m able to celebrate my present and look forward to my future because of it. To everybody struggling with something, it’ll be okay, just don’t let it beat you. Buddha says ‘concentrate the mind in the present’ – and that’s where it’s at all the time.”

Leading up to the video release, Macy hosted a cover art contest on Instagram and received over 300 submissions from artists hoping to win the $500 prize and have their art featured as the official “Buddha” single artwork. The winnerwas created by Jonathan Caustrita (@jonathancaustrita), an illustrator from Dallas, TX.

“Macy Gray’s RUBY is named for more than just a jewel: it describes her polish, passion and the rich, regal countenance she’s absorbed since reclaiming her focus and artistry.” – Soul Tracks

“With stunning production and Gray at her most charismatic, [RUBY] is a showcase of an artist in her prime.” – Atwood Magazine

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“I love the gem ruby,” Macy explains. “It’s so regal. I really wanted a title that would stick. The stone is also red of course, which is my favorite color. It’s rich and has history. It’s classic — and so is this album.”

That unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul, and funky spirit ensured her status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum album On How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million albums globally, winning a GRAMMY® Award and two BRIT Awards, collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and selling out venues in nearly every corner of the globe two decades into her storied career. Macy’s talents resound beyond music as well. She starred in Tyler Perry’s Black Reel Award-winning For Colored Girls and would grace the screen everywhere from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House. Moreover, she made a now legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy® Award winner Denzel Washington one of many on-screen hallmarks.

Now, her tenth full-length album, RUBY [Artistry Music/Mack Avenue], reaffirms and reasserts that signature rarity millions continue to treasure.

Channeling the spirit of the “grimy” R&B and smoky jazz closest to her heart, Macy made a leap forward by looking back to formative inspirations. However, she updated those elements with enriched, entrancing, and enigmatic soundscapes brought to life by producers Johan Carlsson [Michael Bublé, Maroon 5], Tommy Brown [Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Travis Scott], and Tommy Parker Lumpkins [Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber].

“They’re all stellar producers, and they helped me craft an incredibly rich project,” she goes on. “They were brilliant in integrating horns and strings. There are so many complex layers. I wanted something that never got boring in terms of the music.”

RUBY canvases a wide spectrum for the songstress. Raucous horns that feel ripped from a classic seventies flick augment the grit on “Cold World” as “Jealousy” spins a covetous narrative that soars as it seduces. Gary Clark Jr. adds six-string firepower to “Buddha.” Everything culminates on the reggae-inspired “Witness,” which shuffles between mainland soul and island grooves as she croons, “I wish I was Jesus. I would make sure to fix it. Can I get a witness?”

“I think my sound reflects where I am,” she exclaims. “I’m a little older…just a little [laughs]. I’ve had more experiences and influences. I want my sound to feel fresh and relevant. I feel that I was able to achieve that, and I’m extremely proud of this album.” Audiences will feel that, too as she brings the record to life nightly in North America, the UK, and Europe on her 2018 tour.

In the end, RUBY represents Macy Gray at her most passionate, poetic, and powerful. “I hope audiences can feel connected to the record,” she leaves off. “I hope that I can make them smile and make them reflect. I love when fans reach out with stories of how I’ve inspired, influenced them, or helped them get through a moment in their life. I want them to take away sincerity, honesty and authenticity. I’m hopeful that I am providing them with something that is meaningful and thoughtful. I’m still looking at how I can contribute more artistically and as a human. This is one way.”

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Surgery Can be a Pain, But Opioids Not Always Best Elixir


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Dr. Alejandro Badia

Today, we have many proven, opioid-sparing options, including minimally invasive operative techniques and pre- and post-surgical uses of advanced nerve-blocking agents and long-lasting local anesthetics like EXPAREL® to resolve both pain and inflammation.

Innovative pain management alternatives during and after surgery can significantly reduce the number of patients becoming chronic users – and abusers — of opioid drugs, says noted orthopedic surgeon Alejandro Badia MD, founder and chief medical officer of the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNOW®, who has successfully paired standard anesthesia during surgery with a new, opioid-sparing analgesic.

Called EXPAREL®, from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the non-narcotic drug is injected as a single dose at the site of the regional block (nerves that deaden extremity) and often directly into the surgical site as well to help produce postoperative pain relief. The medication incorporates technology that encapsulates it in liposomal particles, allowing release of the drug’s pain-inhibiting properties for an extended period, Dr. Badia explains.

“In a recent case with a patient Dr. Amy Chappell, a neurologist and prominent lifestyle medicine physician who sustained a massive rotator cuff tear requiring double row repair, a procedure that can be particularly painful, the patient only required an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to mitigate discomfort following administration of EXPAREL® during surgery,” says Dr. Badia. According to Dr. Chappell, “I never had pain after the surgery and the only real issue was having to wear the protective abuction pillow and sling”!

Another case involved Nick Mendez, the CEO of OrthoNOW®, an innovative orthopedic care delivery company, who underwent combined labral repair and insertion of the Regeneten® patch to his rotator cuff for a partial tear. Mr. Mendez stated, “I had slight discomfort but never pain that required me taking anything other than some Motrin and I was able to even continue working via my mobile phone the same day of the outpatient procedure”.

The recent launch of a national education campaign underscores Dr. Badia’s comments. The campaign encourages patients to discuss non-opioid options for pain management with their doctors prior to undergoing surgical procedures. Campaign sponsors cite data indicating that only a 10% reduction in the number of physician-written prescriptions for opioid drugs following surgery would mean 300,000 fewer patients becoming “persistent opioid users.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that common prescription opioids like hydrocodone (Vicodin®), oxymorphone (Opana®), codeine and fentanyl are chemically similar to heroin. In fact, nearly 80% of Americans using heroin say they turned to the drug after initially misusing prescription opioids, the Institute states.

Dr. Badia points to a 2017 study in JAMA Surgery indicating that patients often receive prescriptions for a month’s worth of opioid pills and that some 6% of them are still taking the drugs three months or longer after their procedures. Even more alarming, he says, is a March 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that as many as 13% of patients who received prescriptions for a week’s supply of opioid drugs were still taking them a year later.

“Surgery, including orthopedic surgery which is sometimes associated with a higher level of postoperative pain, does not – and should not – require use of narcotics for pain management,” Dr. Badia says. “Today, we have many proven, opioid-sparing options, including minimally invasive operative techniques and pre- and post-surgical uses of advanced nerve-blocking agents and long-lasting local anesthetics like EXPAREL® to resolve both pain and inflammation at the surgical site for at least the first 72 hours following surgery – when postoperative pain is the most acute.”

Other opioid-sparing alternatives are explored in an educational report for pharmacists, entitled “Multimodal Analgesia in Orthopedic Surgery.” The report advises that use of two or more medications “with different mechanisms of action” during surgery can have an “additive analgesic effect,” obviating the need for opioids to quell postoperative pain.

Dr. Badia uses Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols as part of his practice to reduce reliance on opioids for pain management. ERAS are designed to improve a patient’s overall surgical experience, including eliminating narcotic prescriptions after surgery.

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine determined that ERAS decreased patient opioid use one month postoperatively following elective spine and peripheral nerve surgeries, Dr. Badia says.

He emphasizes, however, that any equation for stemming the opioid epidemic must also include patient education.

As an example, he cites a 2018 Johns Hopkins Medicine study in Anesthesia & Analgesia where authors report only “a very small percentage” of patients are choosing to use common, readily available anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to avoid sole reliance on opioids for pain control. Patients surveyed for the study had undergone orthopedic surgery, specifically spine and joint surgery.

Other research has associated use of opioid-sparing anesthesia during surgery with lower morbidity and mortality rates, Dr. Badia says.

He offers patients these tips:

  • Before undergoing surgery, ask your doctor about opioid-sparing alternatives to manage pain.
  • Change your mindset. Narcotics are not the only option for maintaining comfort. Lower-cost, over-the-counter medications can prove just as effective, particularly if used in a combined, synergistic mode.
  • Follow prescriptions exactly. If you still experience pain when the prescription is ended, seek your doctor’s advice about next steps.

Heed your doctor’s or pharmacist’s instructions regarding proper disposal of leftover opioid pills. Don’t store them for “possible future use.”

Bio: Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, internationally renowned hand and upper-limb surgeon and founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNOW®, a walk-in orthopedic care clinic. He is a member the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a specialist in treating all problems related to the hand and upper extremity including trauma, sports injury, joint reconstruction, nerve injuries and arthroscopic surgeries. http://www.OrthoNOWcare.com and http://www.drbadia.com.

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AAAAI Addresses What Patients and Their Families Need to Know About Oral Immunotherapy (OIT)


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“We are another step closer to having the first FDA approved therapy for peanut allergy; this is truly a groundbreaking development. Patients and their families have been waiting for this for many years and will be eagerly awaiting the FDA’s final decision.” – David M. Lang, MD, FAAAAI

The Allergenic Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met today and voted, based on the available safety and efficacy data, to recommend approval of a standardized oral immunotherapy (OIT) product for peanut allergy. The brand name is expected to be Palforzia, but it was previously referred to as AR101.

The FDA would require a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to be developed to help ensure the benefits of Palforzia outweigh the risks, and to put additional safeguards in place for patients. The REMS would be in addition to a “black box” warning, the FDA’s most stringent label, in the prescribing information.

While the FDA still needs to complete its review of the product and announce a final decision, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) seeks to share important information about OIT to help patients and families understand the current state of this therapy.

“This is the first potential treatment for any type of food allergy to be recommended for FDA approval,” said AAAAI President David M. Lang, MD, FAAAAI, who is also Chair of the Allergy/Immunology Department in the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “After today’s meeting, we are another step closer to having the first FDA approved therapy for peanut allergy; this is truly a groundbreaking development. Patients and their families have been waiting for this for many years and will be eagerly awaiting the FDA’s final decision.”

As everyone awaits the FDA’s final decision, here are some factors peanut allergic patients and their families should be aware of when considering OIT:

How OIT Works

OIT refers to feeding an allergic individual an increasing amount of an allergen with the goal of increasing the threshold that triggers a reaction.

For example, Palforzia or AR101 is a capsule filled with peanut powder and can be mixed into food. By taking it, patients are exposed to controlled doses of peanut protein, with the dose gradually increasing over time. Ideally the higher doses will eventually induce a level of tolerance sufficient to prevent severe allergic reactions after accidental exposure to peanut.

A Treatment, Not a Cure

OIT is not a cure. It is likely that most allergic patients receiving OIT must remain on it indefinitely, and patients must continue to avoid dietary exposure to the allergen and continue carrying auto-injectable epinephrine.

Shared Decision Making between Patients, Families and Physicians is Crucial

OIT will not be right for every patient. It is not a “one size fits all” approach. How to predict which individuals will respond to OIT and which individuals will be at highest risk of side effects has not been clearly determined, and there are many other important questions about OIT that require ongoing study.

The AAAAI encourages patients and families to engage with an allergist/immunologist to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives of OIT and all other emerging treatments for food allergy. Ultimately, the choice of treatment, including that of active non-intervention, will be based on individual and family factors after careful discussion with one’s physician.

“Patients and their families will need to understand the realities of these new therapies. As physicians, we must invest the time to explain the potential for benefit compared with the potential for harm/burden, and permit patients and families to express their values and preferences, allowing them to participate in the medical decision making process to determine whether they desire to proceed with food oral immunotherapy,” said Dr. Lang.

Learn more about the current state of oral immunotherapy at the AAAAI’s website, aaaai.org.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has nearly 7,000 members in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries. The AAAAI’s Find an Allergist/Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.

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ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres Opens NUUP Spa® to the Public, Offering an Integral Wellness Experience in Extraordinary Facilities


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NUUP Spa® covers a surface area of 3,600 m2 (38,750 sq ft) distributed on three floors that offer a hydrotherapy circuit, 18 treatment cabins, beauty salon, bridal suite lounge and areas for personalized consultations

ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres, the new luxury “All Suites Resort” of the Mexican ATELIER de Hoteles hotel chain, announces the opening of the NUUP Spa®, a refined and relaxing wellness center designed to offer its visitors transforming experiences with an ample menu of services.

The name NUUP Spa® means “cosmic connection” in the Mayan language, reflecting the goal of this facility, which is to unify and balance body, mind and soul through an integral relaxation experience. All services include the hydrotherapy circuit, as well as the personalized guidance of a Spa Butler who is constantly available to give advice to guests and outside visitors on treatments that suit their lifestyle and personal needs.

“In ATELIER de Hoteles we are excited to offer both our guests and visitors an experience featuring reconnection and renewal, available in the spectacular NUUP Spa®. This innovative wellness center has an extraordinary menu of services, as well as first class facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, which is why we are sure the ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres resort will, in the short term, be a reference point for health care, harmonizing of the senses and body relaxation, not only in the destination, but also in the entire Caribbean.”, commented Oliver Reinhart, CEO of ATELIER de Hoteles.

The 3,600 m2 (38,750 sq. ft.) surface area of the NUUP Spa® is distributed on three floors featuring contemporary architecture which is complemented by state-of-the-art technology. On the first floor there is a gym with free weights and cardio machines, a hydrotherapy circuit with separate areas for men and women, as well as a mixed zone. The second floor has 18 treatment cabins, both for individuals and couples, and on the third floor the Spa’s reception, consultancy, an elegant beauty salon and an exclusive bridal suite lounge are located.

The hydrotherapy circuit is ideal for starting the relaxation process, which lasts approximately 1.5 hours, during which time muscles and blood circulation are stimulated to detox the body. This circuit has a sensorial shower that sprays mist in chromotherapy and aromatherapy surroundings, a play pool with a bubble bed, a cervical massage jet and a pressurized water geyser. There is also a plunge pool with cold water between 17ºC (63ºF) and 18ºC (64ºF), a Jacuzzi heated to 38ºC (100ºF) and a steam bath with eucalyptus salts.

The 18 treatment rooms include 4 for couples, two of them with a luxury bath, and the rest individual. All have a private shower and special MAIA® and Celesta® tables by OakWorks Spa, that allow the body to lie ergonomically to make it easier to give massages and treatments. These beds use the ABC® system that eliminates pressure on the breast for women who lie face down, as well as allowing men and women to release tension on the cervical area when lying face up. It is noteworthy that the NUUP Spa® of the ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres is the only place in Latin America where these beds can be found.

Guests can choose from 8 types of massage for their pleasure, 10 facial and 4 body treatments, as well as special packages, rituals for the bride and beauty services such as manicure, pedicure, depilation, hair styling, haircuts and make up.

The NUUP Spa® of the ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres has a special service designed exclusively for weddings: the Bridal Dress-Up Lounge®, that consists of a private suite for the bride, where she can relax while having her hair and make-up done, along with her bridesmaids and family, for a period of up to 5 hours before the wedding.

Each of the facilities and services of the NUUP Spa® of the ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres

is designed with luxurious details so the mind of each client is freed from stress and awakens in a state of consciousness in “the here and now”. Thanks to the exclusive formula of aromas, textures, art and personalized service, the NUUP Spa® experience becomes something more than just a unique and exclusive service. It is, without a doubt, an experience that creates a positive transformation.

All services at the NUUP Spa® are available for guests of the ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres from the age of 16 years, and for outside visitors 18 years of age and over. In order to fully enjoy the services of the Spa a reservation must be made at least 4 hours in advance, subject to availability.

NUUP Spa® has selected all of its “Artelier” therapists based on their quality and vast knowledge. All are certified in the specialty service they offer.

ATELIER – ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres follows the guidelines of the conceptual cornerstones of Handmade Hospitality®, Addictive Service® and Surrounding Technology® with the innovate service features offered in the NUUP Spa®, set in the relaxed luxury and elegance of Contemporary Mexican Art that can be appreciated throughout the resort.

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ATELIER de Hoteles is an innovative and ground-breaking Mexican hotel chain born in 2015, with contemporary Mexican art setting it apart and acting as the common denominator in its concepts, which include strategy, passion and commitment. ATELIER de Hoteles offers in its four brands, ATELIER, ESTUDIO, ÓLEO and MET, relaxed luxury with the highest in service standards in its properties, currently located in the Hotel Zone and Playa Mujeres, both in Cancun, Quintana Roo, and with openings planned in the near future for the most important beach and business destinations in Mexico.

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AlayaCare Integrates with Nevvon Enabling Seamless Access to Caregiver Training and Education


AlayaCare, a leading home care software platform, today announced their partnership with Nevvon – an intuitive and user-centric education and training solution for caregivers. The partnership and integration provide agencies and caregivers with a simple and efficient way to continue their in-service education requirements anytime, anywhere.

Nevvon offers a comprehensive education platform exclusive to caregivers, which covers a wide range of subjects including dementia care, respiratory diseases, falls prevention, etiquette, sexual harassment training and many more. With the Nevvon integration, AlayaCare clients now have an efficient and effective way to keep their caregivers educated, certified, and fully compliant with state regulations right within the platform.

“Home and health care software innovation requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs,” said James Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Nevvon. “The partnership with AlayaCare presents a unique opportunity to create optimal customer experiences with better efficiency.”

Neil Grunberg, VP, Strategy and Corporate Development at AlayaCare adds, “Education and training for caregivers is a priority for any home care agency seeking to reduce margins and high turnover of frontline staff. Our partnership with Nevvon presents a substantial benefit to our customers by streamlining and simplifying that process and ensuring they’re well within their respective states’ regulatory requirements.”

About AlayaCare

AlayaCare’s unique platform includes back office, client and family portals, remote patient monitoring, telehealth, and mobile care worker functionality in one integrated, highly robust and secure, cloud-based system. AlayaCare is providing the platform for home and community care organizations to propel towards innovation and home care of the future. AlayaCare was founded in 2014. http://www.alayacare.com

About Nevvon

Nevvon is a global innovative home and health care educational technology company that certifies caregivers for the mandatory annual education they earn online. Everything takes place through our simple, intuitive and user-centric app that lets your caregivers easily educate themselves at their pace and on their schedule. Our platform simplifies and streamlines your regulatory requirements in any state so you can focus on what matters most: running a successful business.

Media Contact Information:

For AlayaCare — Amy Cole, amy@colecomms.ca, 647-287-0025

For Nevvon – James Cohen, james@nevvon.com 1-855-963-8866 ext 3

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AltaPointe’s Mental Health Professionals Want to Help You Cope with Disaster


We are in the peak of the 2019 Hurricane season. Living along the Gulf Coast, we are no stranger to natural disasters. We are all well-rehearsed in what it takes to prepare for say a hurricane. What we might struggle with is how to handle life following a disaster or traumatic event, which can pose tremendous psychological risks to our mental health.

Following a natural disaster, it is natural to experience an array of emotions, such as shock, frustration, and sadness. You may experience nightmares and reoccurring thoughts about the events, or you may not be able to sleep at all. A loss of appetite is normal, and so is overeating. These reactions can have an impact on our physical and mental well-being.

Thankfully, there are steps we can take to better cope with disaster or trauma lessening the psychosomatic impacts.


  • Talk about what happened. By talking with others about the event, you can relieve stress and realize that others may share your feelings.
  • Avoid overexposure to images of the event. Watching or reading news about the event over and over again will only increase your stress.
  • Find time for activities you enjoy. Read a book, go for a walk, or do something else you find enjoyable. These healthy activities can help you get your mind off the disaster and keep the stress in check.
  • Take one thing at a time. Pick one urgent task and work on it. Once you accomplish that task, choose the next one. “Checking off” tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and make things feel less overwhelming.
  • Ask for help. If your feelings do not go away or are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function in daily life, make an appointment with a mental health professional. Do not try to cope alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

If you find you need help coping following a natural disaster or another traumatic event AltaPointe Health wants to help. AltaPointe has 17 outpatient locations across seven-counties in Alabama. For more information, call (251) 450-2211 or (888) 335-3044.

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