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Jessica Alba’s Healthy Living Tips – OK!

Being a successful actress and owner of the beauty store The Honest Company can be a daunting task for a mother of three, but Jessica Alba shares her nine tips on how to get ahead in life and health.

Start Strong

The 39-year-old star fuels up for the day ahead with a healthy and hearty breakfast. She alternates between avocado toast with poached eggs (her fav!) and smoothies.

Recently I started making this shake using vegan protein powder, matcha green tea powder, a banana, coconut water and ice, shared Alba. I drink it before a workout, and it doesnt make me feel too full.

Make A Playlist

The right tunes help you get and stay in the zone. For Alba, that means lots of Drake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

And I have some new artists that Ive been listening to a lot, she noted, adding, I like any kind of West Coast rapper usually more hip-hop and rap and less pop music.


Cut Back On Carbs & Sugar

With exercise, I get a little more toned and I definitely feel stronger, but my diet is much more important if Im trying to slim down, she explained. The Honest Company founder avoids dairy, gluten and processed foods. I try to stick to a diet thats low in sugar and carbs and high in lean proteins and vegetables.

Keep It Interesting

Variety is the spice of life for the actress, who mixes up her workouts, so she never gets bored. Her go-to classes include yoga sculpt (which combines traditional hot yoga with light weights and cardio) and spinning. I like high-intensity workouts and I like moving around a lot, she confessed. I dont like a lot of repetition.

Snack Away

When shes hungry between meals, Alba noshes on light-but-tasty fare like veggies with hummus and popcorn. I love popcorn, she gushed. I eat that at the office every day. I make it with Himalayan sea salt and coconut oil. Yum!

Get Some Me Time

At the end of a long day, Alba relaxes and centres herself with some good old-fashioned self-care. After some quality time with her kids, I enjoy a bath with a glass of wine and a book, she shared. The Sin City star caps things off with some serious beauty pampering. I often add a face mask and a hair mask as part of my weekly wind-down routine, she added. When youre doing something for yourself, its a nice reminder that you matter.


Know Yourself

Alba said that the benefits of exercise are [more] mental than physical for her. But that doesnt mean she doesnt appreciate what her bodys capable of. If I want to go on a hike or a bike ride or go for a swim, she said, I know my body will do everything I tell it to.


How does she get that glow? I think staying hydrated is really important, said the L.A.s Finest actress, whos a huge fan of coconut water.

Be Practical

Alba is totally dedicated to fitness. But the busy mom of three she shares Honor, 12, Haven, 8, and Hayes, 2, with husband Cash Warren is also realistic about what she can squeeze into her hectic schedule. If I work out four times, I consider it a successful week, she said. But its typically more like two to three days a week because thats what I have time for. Its cleverly working!

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Stemsation(TM) Third Product – StemFlex(TM) Now in Distribution Enters the Fast-Growing $9 Billion CBD Market – Press Release – Digital Journal

BOCA RATON, FL / ACCESSWIRE / August 4, 2020 / StemSation International, Inc. (OTC PINK:STSN) - a pioneer in the emerging category of dietary supplements called Stem Cell Nutrition, announces that its third product, a fast-acting and exclusive topical formula with CBD named StemFlex for joint and muscle health is through production and inventory is now for sale in the United States through its Independent Wellness Advocates.

A synergistic companion product to the recently released ProStem PSPTM dietary supplement for joint and muscle health, this topical formula in combination with ProStem PSP brings a novel "inside out" wellness system unmatched in the marketplace. StemFlex is expected to be available for sale in Europe in September.

Developed by Dr. Mira Gadzala, a highly respected PhD and board-certified Alternative Medical Practitioner, this innovative product utilizes the most recent research advancements of all-natural, organic plant and essential oil extracts to create a fast-acting, highly absorbable, non-greasy, safe, and powerful formula. Dr. Gadzala is StemSation's Chief Scientific Officer.

Dr. Mira Gadzala commented, "We are excited to offer our third innovative, fast-acting, and exceptional quality natural product - a topical formulation, that supports joint and muscle health in a multidimensional way. The combination of powerful polyphenolic compounds, antioxidants, glyconutrients, MSM, fatty acids, and other natural compounds in StemFlex forms a unique nutritional platform and provides powerful natural support and nourishment for the connective tissue and overall joint and muscle function and mobility. With CBD included, it also helps to support special receptors present in your body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved in a great number of important functions and processes in the body, including pain perception, bone and joint health, inflammation, and stress responses, sleep, and much more. Recent studies have intriguingly suggested the existence of a functional ECS in the skin and implicated it in various biological processes. We follow these new and exciting research findings."

The global market for cannabidiol (CBD) is growing rapidly, estimated to reach $9.2 billion in 2020. The market has consistently grown over the last several years and is expecting to exceed more than $23.6 billion by 2025 at an impressive CAGR of 22.2% in the given forecast period, as reported by Grandview Research December, 2019 ( Hemp-derived CBD-infused personal care products are rising significantly in demand.

Bone health has become a major public health concern across the globe. According to statistics, about 75 million people in the United States, Europe, and Japan have bone health concerns, and the population with bone and joint health issues is growing at alarming rates, as more baby boomers enter their 60's and early 70's globally. Joint health used to predominantly be associated with older people, but not anymore. Baby boomers of today, as well as younger generations, are concerned about their physical fitness, mobility, and joint and muscle health.

All ingredients in StemFlex are backed by strong science, have been extensively studied, and clinically proven for efficacy and safety. They come from all-natural and organic sources found in nature. StemFlex has been made according to high organic standards, in a US facility that is certified to the best organic standards: USDA NOP and NSF ANSI/305. StemFlex does not contain any synthetic additives or preservatives.

Its unique combination of ingredients works as a team and helps to nourish, support, and maintain joint and muscle health, flexibility, mobility, while soothing aches and stiffness from overexertion from everyday activities, exercise, and aging.

StemSation is a company with a long-term 'health mission', ambitious research goals, and innovative, holistic approaches to health & wellness, and healthy longevity. Our product line shows a new pathway to wellness.


Dr. Mira Gadzala has three decades of experience in formulating natural dietary supplement products, and is the founder of BioCell Rejuvenation, a consulting, research and development company in the field of alternative health and vitamins. Her most recent work involves researching and formulating advanced stem cell nutrition products. Dr. Gadzala holds a PhD degree in Holistic Nutrition, a Master of Sciences (MSc) in Cell Biology and pursued a doctoral degree in Cell Biology. She has been granted a full Board Certification as an Alternative Medical Practitioner (AMP) by the American Alternative Medical Association and holds two prestigious designations: Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) and Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner (RNCP). Dr. Gadzala is a member of several health organizations, including the American Alternative Medical Association and International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (Canada, USA), and has served on the Advisory Board of the "Cellular Health Communication" magazine (US), Stemtech's Scientific Advisory Board, and as a primary member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at a California-based vitamin research company.


StemSation International, Inc. (OTC "STSN") develops, manufactures and distributes natural wellness products that support the stem cell and endocannabinoid systems in the human body through using a direct selling model in which Independent Wellness Advocates ("IWAs") advertise and sell its products directly to consumers. StemSation is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and its website can be located at


This press release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by terminology such as "believes," "expects," "potential," "plans," "suggests," "may," "should," "could," "intends," or similar expressions. Many forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results implied by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to continue to enhance our products and systems to address industry changes, our ability to expand our customer base and retain existing customers, our ability to effectively compete in our market segment, the lack of public information on our company, our ability to raise sufficient capital to fund our business, operations, our ability to continue as a going concern, and a limited public market for our common stock, among other risks. Many factors are difficult to predict accurately and are generally beyond the company's control. Forward-looking statements speak only as to the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.


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Nine Cambridge researchers among this year’s Royal Society medal and award winners – Mirage News

He is one of the 25 Royal Society medals and awards winners announced today, nine of whom are researchers at the University of Cambridge. The annual prizes celebrate exceptional researchers and outstanding contributions to science across a wide array of fields.

President of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, said:

The Royal Societys medals and awards celebrate those researchers whose ground-breaking work has helped answer fundamental questions and advance our understanding of the world around us. They also champion those who have reinforced sciences place in society, whether through inspiring public engagement, improving our education system, or by making STEM careers more inclusive and rewarding.

This year has highlighted how integral science is in our daily lives, and tackling the challenges we face, and it gives me great pleasure to congratulate all our winners and thank them for their work.

Sir Alan Fersht FMedSci FRS, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry and former Master of Gonville and Caius College, is awarded the Copley Medal for the development and application of methods to describe protein folding pathways at atomic resolution, revolutionising our understanding of these processes.

Most of us who become scientists do so because science is one of the most rewarding and satisfying of careers and we actually get paid for doing what we enjoy and for our benefitting humankind. Recognition of ones work, especially at home, is icing on the cake, said Sir Alan. Like many Copley medallists, I hail from a humble immigrant background and the first of my family to go to university. If people like me are seen to be honoured for science, then I hope it will encourage young people in similar situations to take up science.

As the latest recipient of the Royal Societys premier award, Sir Alan joins an elite group of scientists, that includes Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin, and more recently Professor John Goodenough (2020) for his research on the rechargeable lithium battery, Peter Higgs (2015), the physicist who hypothesised the existence of the Higgs Boson, and DNA fingerprinting pioneer Alec Jeffreys (2014).

Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS, from the Department of Psychology and former Master of Downing College, receives the Croonian Medal and Lecture for research which has elucidated brain mechanisms of motivation and applied them to important societal issues such as drug addiction.

Professor Everitt said: In addition to my personal pride about having received this prestigious award, I hope that it helps draw attention to experimental addiction research, its importance and potential.

Professor Herbert Huppert FRS of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a Fellow of Kings College, receives a Royal Medal for outstanding achievements in the physical sciences. He has been at the forefront of research in fluid mechanics. As an applied mathematician he has consistently developed highly original analysis of key natural and industrial processes. Further to his research, he has chaired policy work on how science can help defend against terrorism, and carbon capture and storage in Europe.

In addition to the work for which they are recognised with an award, several of this years recipients have also been working on issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Julia Gog of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and a Fellow of Queens College, receives the Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture for her achievements in the field of mathematics. Her expertise in infectious diseases and virus modelling has seen her contribute to the pandemic response, including as a participant at SAGE meetings. The STEM project component of her award will produce resources for Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) maths pupils and teachers exploring the curriculum in the context of modelling epidemics and infectious diseases and showing how maths can change the world for the better.

The Societys Michael Faraday Prize is awarded to Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS, of the Winton Centre for Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication and a Fellow of Churchill College, for bringing key insights from the disciplines of statistics and probability vividly home to the public at large, and to key decision-makers, in entertaining and accessible ways, most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full list of Cambridges 2020 winners and their award citations:

Copley Medal

Alan Fersht FMedSci FRS, Department of Chemistry, and Gonville and Caius College

He has developed and applied the methods of protein engineering to provide descriptions of protein folding pathways at atomic resolution, revolutionising our understanding of these processes.

Croonian Medal and Lecture

Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS, Department of Psychology and Downing College

He has elucidated brain mechanisms of motivation and applied them to important societal issues such as drug addiction.

Royal Medal A

Professor Herbert Huppert FRS, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and Kings College

He has been at the forefront of research in fluid mechanics. As an applied mathematician he has consistently developed highly original analysis of key natural and industrial processes.

Hughes Medal

Professor Clare Grey FRS, Department of Chemistry and Pembroke College

For her pioneering work on the development and application of new characterization methodology to develop fundamental insight into how batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells operate.

Ferrier Medal and Lecture

Professor Daniel Wolpert FMedSci FRS, Department of Engineering and Trinity College

For ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of how the brain controls movement. Using theoretical and experimental approaches he has elucidated the computational principles underlying skilled motor behaviour.

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication and Churchill College

For bringing key insights from the disciplines of statistics and probability vividly home to the public at large, and to key decision-makers, in entertaining and accessible ways, most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Milner Award and Lecture

Professor Zoubin Ghahramani FRS, Department of Engineering and St Johns College

For his fundamental contributions to probabilistic machine learning.

Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture

Professor Julia Gog, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and Queens College

For her achievements in the field of mathematics and her impactful project proposal with its potential for a long-term legacy.

Royal Society Mullard Award

Professor Stephen Jackson FMedSci FRS, Gurdon Institute, Department of Biochemistry

For pioneering research on DNA repair mechanisms and synthetic lethality that led to the discovery of olaparib, which has reached blockbuster status for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancers.

The full list of medals and awards, including their description and past winners can be found on the Royal Society website:

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Nutrition Check: Want to feel great? It’s all in the plate! – Florida NewsLine

By Kristen Hicks-Roof PhD, RDN, LDN and Marissa Schwam

Wanting to obtain a healthy lifestyle has become quite popular over the last decades; however, there is a lot of misleading information that people have been utilizing in order to obtain their goal of becoming healthier. There are countless fad diets that promise quick fixes, rapid weight loss, and even detoxification. The truth is, obtaining a healthy lifestyle doesnt mean you need to restrict food groups or starve yourself to lose weight. Its all about how you build your plate. Every plate we make is a building block for a healthier lifestyle, so it is important that we include all food groups as a part of our meals and snacks. Here are some easy steps to help you build your plate and obtain the goal of a healthier you.

1. Aim to make half of your plate full of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients that support healthy functioning of your brain, cells, skin, and everything in between. Try to include all different colors such as orange, red, purple, white and green.

2. Dont forget whole grains. Try to make at least half of your grains whole. Whole grains are a great source of B vitamins and natural fiber, which helps reduce cholesterol and helps keep you regular. Try some ancient whole grains including barley, bulgur, quinoa, sorghum, or wild rice.

3. Protein should take up the last quarter of your plate. Choosing lean or plant proteins will help you reduce your intake of saturated fat, which has been shown to increase your risk for heart disease and strokes. Lean or plant proteins include chicken, turkey, nuts, beans, tofu, and even some cuts of beef such as flank or strip steak.

4. Switch it up by trying to add in some new foods to your regular routine. Keep mealtime fun by picking out foods you or your family have never tried before like chia seeds, lentils, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, or edamame.

5. Dont ignore your cravings. If you have a sweet tooth, you can always satisfy this craving in a healthy way. You can always do fresh fruit parfait with whipped topping, yogurt or some mini white chocolate morsels. If you like hot desserts, then you can try baking apples or peaches.

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I Tried ‘All Out’ for Two Weeks and I’m Canceling My Gym Membership – Men’s Health

I'm not gonna lie, once lockdown hit I traded-in dumbbells for Doritos. And slowly but surely, I watched those lockdown el-bees stack-up on the scale. I never thought I'd say this, but I really do miss the gym. It was a tough adjustment going from working out 3-5 days a week at the gym to suddenly, um, well... not. Now, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I was a total gym rat B.Q. (before quarantine). My world has never revolved around fitness, but I'm all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You see, I'm a content creator so I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk writing and editing various projects. The gym was a place where I could get up, get out, throw on a juicy true-crime podcast, and sweat my stress away. Without it, I felt I had really fallen out of my fitness flow but after trying out some sessions on Men's Health's new app, All Out Studio, I'm convinced that I won't be going back to the gym.

There are a ton of different fitness apps out there, and yes, Ive tried quite a few from the gimmicky, make me look like [insert superhero name here] in 60 days to the overpriced (and underwhelming) trendy fitness apps Ive been there, done that. And they are either too expensive or they just really didnt hold my interest. Alas, I decided to give All Out Studio a shot.

The app gives you access to an entire library of premium workouts and fitness programs designed by experts and developed by Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World, and Prevention. It's divided into different sections so you can choose to "Go Hard," "Go Light," or even "Go All Out."

It also allows you to browse programs curated through specific brands like Men's Health, Runner's World, Women's Health, Cosmo, and Prevention. And these aren't just one-off classes they've got full-blown programs that are structured to provide proven results. It's like having your pick of personal trainers right at your fingertips. You can tailor the experience to fit your #bodygoals. While skimming the app for the first time, some of the programs that stuck out to me were:

While I was all about the clutch buffet of content, I'm the type of person that's all about the price tag. There are two subscription routes you can take both of which come with a free one-week trial. Option one allows you to go month-to-month for $14.99/month equaling out to less than 50 cents per day.

Option two is an annual subscription for $89.99. Let's break down that annual figure, shall we? At $89.99/year, that's approximately $7.50/month, and TBH I spent more than that on my coffee and breakfast sandwich this morning. But wait, if we break that number down even further, $7.50/month comes down to approximately 25 cents per day. Um, excuse me. What?! I've met gumballs more expensive than that.

For most of the sessions, it appears that a mat and dumbbells will do the trick so a fully equipped at-home gym isn't necessary. Theres no need here to splurge on expensive pieces of exercise equipment thatll probably end up becoming a dusty catch-all for your dirty clothes.

The app is available for download on iOS and Android, but it can also be streamed via Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV which I liked because you can watch it on the big screen and really immerse yourself in the class. Plus, it's a rather seamless transition from your phone to TV so if you start a class on one device, you can easily pick up right where you left off on the other.

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Now that I had done all the preliminary leg work [pun sorta intended], it was time to stop procrastinating and actually get to working-out. Since the gyms have been closed for a few months now, I was a little anxious to really get back into it, so I decided to start out light and ease my way back into beast mode I hate that I just said that, but you get the idea.

I quickly discovered that the app provides a wide selection of quality fitness content at a bargain bin price.

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I decided to check-out "Anarchy 10" in the Men's Health section and did a chest & back session with Andy Speer. There are four videos under this program each hovering around the 10-minute mark and they're designed to give you brief yet intense workouts. I knew the following day my chest was going to feel it, and, yeah, I was right. Speer came, conquered, and delivered with his "little" ten-minute session. It was a good way to get my feet wet.

What next?

As a consequence for the mass intake of pizza and wine I have consumed during this lockdown, I decided that a program called All Out HIIT sounded like the proper punishment. And it was. The program consists of six videos that focus on 15-minute high-intensity interval training workouts that combine cardio conditioning and a strength workout in one. For the total-body session, jumping jacks, burpees, squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks were all present.

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After dipping my toe into a few of the offerings, I decided I wanted to fully commit to a program, so I landed on Six Week Sweat. There are ten classes led by Sean Garner. Each one lasts about 30-minutes, and I must say, the program lives up to its name. By the end of a session, I am usually drenched and totally feeling it. There is also a handy workout guide that breaks-down the classes into an actionable schedule. Lets just say, Mr. Garner is now my new trainer, and I fully intend to see the full six-week program through.

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After losing 235 pounds, Houstonian commits to the marathon of healthy living – Houston Chronicle

Amer Ismail could hold the excess skin on his stomach like a swaddled baby.

The skin weighed more than 15 pounds, and it threw off his balance when he exercised. When he was training for his first marathon, his stomach flap would routinely hit his torso and left him feeling sore.

Finding clothes that fit was the hardest part for the 27-year-old Houstonian who has dropped 235 pounds in four years.

There are no clothes for loose skin either you have your pants under your belly or you have to tuck the skin under your pants, Ismail said. It got caught, and it was constantly pinched. I ended up with lots of cuts and scrapes. It was unavoidable.

After loose-skin surgery in May, Ismail can finally see the progress he has made since he began his healthy lifestyle. The surgery didnt change the amount of work he had done, but he could finally see the results.

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He now fits in a Large size T-shirt. And when he puts the shirt on, it falls straight down rather than getting caught on the skin around his belly. He cant grab his stomach at all anymore.

Standing at 6 foot 3 inches and 235 pounds, Ismail remembers what it was like to be close to 500 pounds in his early 20s. All the jokes and unfriendly looks are gone, and he feels just like everyone else.

Hes just a guy whos half the guy he used to be.

Its not typical for a person to lose so much weight they require skin removal unless they had bariatric surgery or another type of weight loss procedure, said Dr. John LoMonaco, a plastic surgeon based in Clear Lake who performed Ismails surgery.

These people have great stories to tell; its the reason I do what I do, LoMonaco said. If youre into these peoples journeys to fight the disease that was destroying their quality of life, you know its not a vanity surgery. He just wanted to be normal, and hes still fighting to keep that weight off.

The last year has been full of incredible highs and unexpected lows for Ismail.

After months of training, he ran his first Chevron Houston Marathon in January, finishing in 6 hours, 8 minutes and 6 seconds.

He hated the act of running while he was doing it. He had never really run before, so every week was a new unlocked achievement. For months, he ran four times a week and lifted weights on off days; some weeks, he pulled two-a-day workouts at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute.

He went from barely being able to run two miles to finishing a full 26.2 miles within six months of training. It was a slow, but constant progression.

The hardest part was surviving all the weather conditions; it would be so hot, I felt like I was drowning in the humidity, Ismail said. It was tough because I felt like there were weeks with no progress, and that I was stalling. But if you keep doing it, keep trusting yourself, eventually you see how far youve come.

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Ismail took the high of his marathon finish into his next athletic endeavor: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In February, he tore his ACL during a regular takedown move while sparring with another person.

The injury has pushed back his running goals for 2020. But he hopes to get the OK to start running again soon. He has been exercising twice-a-week with Blaine Schmidt, strength and conditioning coach with Athlete Training in Health, an affiliate of the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute.

To go through all the stuff he went through and to keep the same attitude he had thats something you dont see a whole lot nowadays, Schmidt said. He had his skin surgery all set before he had that injury and that was a little setback. But he was still straightforward on his goals. Nothing was going to stop him.

This was Ismails second ACL surgery in the last four years. He has also had a spleen rupture, which needed to be surgically repaired and resulted in a hernia. Then, he had the first part of his skin removal surgery in May; hell have another surgery next year.

I am so done with surgeries; I want to retire, he said.

The knee surgery coincided with the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which gave him a much-needed reason to slow down and recover.

Thats where his commitment to healthy eating or as he calls it, boring eating comes into play.

During the pandemic, Ismail stuck to the same four or five dishes, usually including lean chicken, rice with sweet potatoes and a salad mix. Sometimes, he opts for ground turkey or steak. Every now and then, he eats a slice of chocolate cake or buys a chocolate bar.

He estimates that he eats about a pound of meat every day, especially on the days he works out. Lean protein satisfies his hunger, he said, after years of a carbohydrate-loaded diet of pizza, cheese burgers and fatty junk food.

Plastic surgeons have to figure out whether a person has overcome his negative relationship with food before committing to a weight-loss or skin-removal surgery, LoMonaco said. Plastic surgery does not cure food addiction, he added.

Many times, patients will develop a new addiction to exercise or a healthy lifestyle and they can be compulsive about their routine, LoMonaco said. (Ismail) had done a ton of research and slowly and steadily progressed on his weight loss. He wasnt doing a fad diet or a quick pill.

The doctor agreed to perform Ismails surgery after he described his lifestyle, which is regular exercise and healthy eating habits. LoMonaco said he does not operate on 20 percent of the people seeking skin removal because they havent found a stable program to maintain their rapid weight loss.

When he first started losing weight, Ismail knew how to pour a bowl of cereal and make scrambled eggs. He bought pre-packaged foods that were often full of preservatives.

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Now, he buys fruits, vegetables, dairy and a lot of lean protein. He drinks a fair amount of coffee and admits to a slight Coke Zero addiction.

I am less restrictive on my diet than I used to be, and I learned from my mistakes in the past, he said. I was so serious about losing weight that I gave myself no freedom. Now that I know I can eat healthy 95 percent of the day, I can have ice cream or a cookie.

A healthy lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. It took Ismail a while to understand that, though. The work is nowhere near done, he said.

Its just putting in the work, its like second nature now, he said. I can do anything as long as I put the hours into it. Mentally, its a weird feeling because after doing all this, everything is relaxed now. I dont worry about weight loss I dont have to think about it anymore.

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How creativity can help us navigate COVID-19: Lessons from the 19th century – Fast Company

Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation.

One thing is certain, though: In response to daily headlines of devastating illness, suffering and death, the need for creative expression and meaningful reflection on loss remains essential.

A detail from Abbott Thayers 1887 painting Angel, in which his eldest daughter appears as a heavenly figure. [Image: Smithsonian American Art Museum/gift of John Gellatly]For the past several years, Ive been researching the impact of disease on late 19th century American artists. At the time, medical science was ill-equipped to manage rising rates of communicable disease, leaving art to help fill a need to comprehend and process illness.

One of the artists featured in my forthcoming book on art and disease is the painter Abbott Thayer, whose life and work underwent dramatic change following the death of his wife from tuberculosis. For the grieving painter, art functioned as a kind of medicine.

In the late 18th century, tuberculosis started to be tinged with romanticism; it was thought of as an illness that could lead to elevated consciousness, creative insight and intellectual acuity. The poet John Keats and the pianist Frdric Chopin both died young from tuberculosis, cementing its reputation as an affliction of artists.

An early biographer of Robert Louis Stevenson argued that tuberculosis enhanced the writers talent, and in a sculptural relief depicting Stevenson during a stay in New York City, Augustus Saint-Gaudens portrays the bohemian writer with long hair and a cigarette in hand, looking alert and productive, despite being propped up by a stack of pillows in bed. As one critic observed, the relief captured Stevensons picturesque unfitness, as though illness heightened his allure.

If the effects of the disease were poorly understood, so too was the way in which it spread.

For hundreds of years, the cause of disease was believed to be miasmas, or foul-smelling air. Eventually, in the 1880s, medical science realized invisible microorganisms were the source of contagion, and that germs could be quietly passed from person to person. Unlike miasmas, which could be identified through smell, germs moved undetected through crowded cities. They were everywhere.

By the time the wife of painter Abbott Thayer succumbed to the disease in 1891, germ theory was widely accepted and would have been familiar to the artist, who was the son of a physician and public health expert. Fearing his three young children would be next, he sought out a healthy environment a place with plenty of fresh air and surrounded by nature, where the family could eat nutritious meals, roam freely outdoors and get plenty of rest.

The Thayers werent the only family looking for therapeutic settings. The 1870s marked the start of the sanatorium movement, in which individuals who had tuberculosis, or thought they might, were able to steel themselves against the illness in medically supervised, open-air compounds often near the mountains, desert or the sea. At the time, tuberculosis was the cause of roughly one in seven deaths in the U.S.

The life Thayer created for him and his children in Dublin, New Hampshire, was modeled on this type of facility. Their home, at the base of Mount Monadnock, gave the family ample opportunities to be immersed in fresh mountain air, which was then thought to be the purest type of air.

On a typical day, Thayer spent his morning painting and then climbed Monadnock or took long trail walks with his family. These outdoor activities encouraged the kind of deep breathing believed to free toxins from contaminated lungs.

The Thayers also slept outdoors in individualized lean-tos a three-sided shelter that allowed them to breathe fresh air throughout the night. Thayer also invented a breath catcher a device worn around the nose and mouth, not unlike the protective masks of today which prevented the bodys noxious exhalations from freezing onto bedding at night, according to the thinking of the time. He also wore a special kind of wool underwear marketed for its protective qualities against disease in a further attempt to avoid germs.

While Thayer was working to protect the health of his family, his art underwent a shift.

Early in his career, Thayer mostly painted landscapes and portraits. But following the illness of his wife Kate, Thayer turned his own children Mary, Gerald and Gladys into the primary subjects of his work.

In the first of these, Angel, he painted his eldest child Mary as a heavenly creature, whose pale, chalky skin underscored by her white robe and wings conveys a fragility evoking the effects of tuberculosis.

The painting brings together the contradiction of a healthy daughter and sickly mother, collapsing the promise of wholesome youth and the fear of bodily disintegration.

Abbott Thayers A Virgin of 1892-3. [Image: Smithsonian/Freer Gallery of Art]In A Virgin of 189293, Thayer depicted all three children standing outside. The clouds, which emerge from Marys shoulders as wings, allude to Thayers earlier depiction of her in Angel and thus to her role as a stand-in for his late wife.

Given the way in which Kates illness focused the familys attention on nature and health, it seems significant, too, that the children, shown barefoot and windswept, walk vigorously and purposefully. Their classical clothing pays tribute to the ancient Greeks, celebrated in Thayers time for their commitment to physical fitness and outdoor living.

Immersed in a therapeutic environment while perhaps on one of their treks up Monadnock, Thayers children embody the life their father embraced. They become models of healthy outdoor living in an era of contagious disease.

The image may look antiquated, but it resonates today.

Both tuberculosis and COVID-19 target the lungs. Symptoms for both diseases include shortness of breath and coughing. There was no effective way to treat tuberculosis until the development of streptomycin in the 1940s, so prevention and perseverance during Thayers time as with COVID-19 often involved good hygiene and healthy living. Like Mary, Gerald and Gladys, we are still taking walks in nature in an effort to escape the psychological and physical limitations of quarantine.

Today, filling our lungs with fresh air remains a reassuring sign of health just as it did more than a century ago.

Elizabeth Lee is an associate professor of art history at Dickinson College. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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The Power and the Glory of Comics A Review of "Green Lantern: 80th Anniversary" | A Comics Column – Nation Valley News

Cover by Liam Sharp 2020 DC Comics (used for review purposes only)

by Patrick R. Burger

Comics are the very real inheritors of the pulp fiction legacy, and the first appearance of the original Green Lantern in 1940, four years after pulp fiction master Robert E. Howards death, owes a lot to the pulp fiction heritage in general and, I believe, to Howards signal success in creating larger-than-life super-heroic characters (essentially proto-super-heroes). It seems self-evident that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (creators of Superman), Bob Kane (creator of Batman) and Martin Nodell, the creator of the original Green Lantern, were influenced by the pulps. The supernatural-weird fiction pulp influence was apparent in the 1940 Green Lanterns magical powers, as was the detective-crime fiction pulp heritage in the flavour of the stories. With the 1959 re-boot of Green Lantern we were introduced to Hal Jordan as Green Lantern, but wooden art and a 10-year-old reading level, and the whites-only world that existed at that time in DC comics1resisted the emotional resonance of the revolution in comics storytelling that was going on at Marvel at the same time. But DC, and Green Lantern in particular, made up for lost time with the classic Denny ONeil and Neal Adams game-changing relevance stories of the early seventies, especially with this classic sequence:

Green Lantern by Neal Adams 1970 DC Comics (used for review purposes only)

Since then, Green Lantern comics have twinned a social conscience with the hallmark of the pulps and the comics that succeeded them epic adventure and action.

Before dipping into the stories, a comment about the character2and his (her and its) longevity is in order. The interesting thing about the Green Lanterns, particularly Hal Jordan, is that their super-power is essentially willpower. The Green Lantern power rings channel the willpower, but without willpower the rings can do little on their own. While it is a trope of super-heroes (and the pulp fiction heroes they descend from) that their willpower allows them to overcome great obstacles, this is even more significant in Green Lantern stories. Just as Robert E.Howards pulp heroes exhibit a Nietzschean will to power, the Green Lantern concept is essentially founded on that philosophy.

The 80th Anniversary celebration edition opens with a tale of the original Green Lantern from the 1940s, engineer Alan Scott, who survives a sabotage-induced rail disaster thanks to a mysterious green lantern. The story requires knowledge of the original Green Lanterns origin going in, as it is a sparse human-interest moment about Scott visiting the mother of the crash victim who pointed out the mysterious lantern to Scott before dying. The mothers speech wherein she resents Scott for surviving while her son had to die reveals, in perhaps a metaphoric way, that her dying son was the source of the light that saved Scott. James Tynion IVs writing is a bit abrupt, and Gary Franks art is somewhat static but this nod to the original Green Lantern has dignity and gravitas.

Last Will (featuring Hal Jordan for many of us the real Green Lantern) is a powerful and dramatic piece where Green Lantern crash lands on a planet and his malfunctioning power ring cannot tell him where the desolate moon-scape-like place he has landed is. To make matters worse, the ring only has enough energy to send three SOS messages. Heartfelt calls to the Green Lantern Corps, Batman (who Green Lantern reveals is a role model to him) and to Jordans long-time love interest, Carol Ferris, precede the moment where his ring fails and can no longer protect him from the atmosphere. Which he discovers he can breathe! It turns out hes been in the Nevada desert all along and his Justice League of America buddies end up having a laugh at his expense. Although the joke ending is a bit of a let-down, you totally buy the emotional lead-up to the joke-reveal and only then do you start thinking of logical problems: the existence of some vegetation should have tipped Hal off, and an experienced space explorer should have been able to recognize the constellations as being what youd see from Earth. But writer Geoff Johns effort is still commendable while Ivan Reis art is the best in the whole collection, with his flawless anatomy and great perspectives.

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) by Ivan Reis 2020 DC Comics (used for review purposes only).

Of course, no Green Lantern anniversary issue could be without Green Lanterns greatest enemy, and The Meaning of Fear captures Sinestros brilliance, cowardice and cruelty. As he speaks to a dying Green Lantern about fear and willpower, Sinestros explanation about how his willpower is fuelled by his fear has a tragic logic that explains much in our world. When the dying Green Lantern refuses to feel fear, Sinestro kills him, and here writer Cullen Bunn brilliantly uses a trope of Green Lantern stories: how the power ring of a dying Green Lantern will find the nearest worthy recipient. The story ends with Sinestro taking off into space after the ring and we understand now that he has been killing every rookie recipient of that ring before they can amass the experience needed to defeat someone like Sinestro. Doug Mahnkes feathery art style leads to some beautiful panels but his anatomy does not have the perfection and robustness of Reis although his layouts are quite powerful.

The next story was a treat for those of us who bought Green Lantern comics in the 70s, for it teamed the legendary writer Denny ONeil with another DC great, artist Mike Grell. Touted as ONeils last story for DC, Time Alone revisits the early 70s Green Lantern and Green Arrow on their on-the-road discovering of America. For a time in the mid-70s it looked like Grell would be the artistic inheritor of Neal Adams: despite occasional issues with anatomy and perspective, his art was dynamic, sexy and often hit the bullseye. ONeils farewell story captures the hippie flavour of the early 70s Green Lantern stories by foregrounding Green Lanterns reading of Walden by Thoreau, while Grell provides some nice layouts (and a tribute to the 1969 Mercury Cougar), but anatomy issues make one cringe from time to time (especially in comparison to Reis and Mahnke).

Legacy, a story featuring Kyle Rayner, the fourth human to be given a Green Lantern power ring, is a solid, bit run-of-the-mill story with a teamwork message. The script by Ron Marz reminds Green Lantern fans of Kyle Rayners pivotal role in upholding justice when the Green Lantern Corps temporarily disbanded, and Darryl Banks art is capable, with dynamic lay-outs, but with some stiffness in characters bodies and faces. The teamwork message is undercut by the fact that Rayner wills his ring to duplicate the other human Green Lanterns to help him overcome his foe. While this is revealing of Rayners thoughts on teamwork, there is, in fact, no real teamwork, so the story falters on that level.

Heart of the Corps is a story that features the rough-housing, wise-cracking Guy Gardner the third human to receive a power ring and a Green Lantern Corps favourite, Kilowog. This Peter J. Tomasi tale is a classic DC birthday surprise story, with the kicker being that after Guy Gardner has led the morose Kilowog through some Dionysian fighting Kilowogs birthday is the same day that his planet was destroyed. The cheesiness of a birthday story is overcome by the magnitude of the gesture and its healing intention, and Fernando Pasarins art is cosmic and impressive.

Of all the Lanterns, John Stewart the black Green Lantern created by Denny ONeil as a corrective to the whites-only DC world up until the late 60s gets the shortest shrift by being featured (alongside Hawk Girl) in a story by hip comic creators Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie and Chriscross. The stylized retro-kind of art seems very cool at first glance, but the story is also retro to the 10 year-old-aimed, wooden story-telling of the early 60s. Sparse, corny and stilted dialogue mars the story, as does an artistic lapse at the climax where the reader doesnt really get what is happening. The least impressive story of the collection.

The next story, Four is one of the most powerful of the collection as it flash-forwards to Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner meeting up as old men to joke and reminisce, especially about Guy Gardner and his self-sacrificing style of heroism. Dialogue between the ex-Lanterns and the waitress make the reader think that Guy Gardner is simply late, like every year, but the final panel has the three gathered before Gardners tombstone. It is a nice homage to the Guy Gardner character, written by Robert Venditti, and Rafa Sandovals art varies between impressive and basic.

The next story features the sixth human Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz. The story begins with Cruz battling an anxiety attack, thus addressing a real concern of modern life. Cruz reveals the horrific origin of her anxiety and as befitting the great tradition of the Green Lanterns she is able to call on her willpower to overcome her anxiety and her monstrous foe. She helps, and is helped by, her partner Green Lantern, the fifth human with a power ring, Simon Baz. Writer Mariko Tamaki does a fine job humanizing the cosmic willpower theme at the core of Green Lantern stories, while artist Mirka Andolfo shines in depicting Cruz as both athletic and waif-like.

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) by Ivan Reis 2020 DC Comics (used for review purposes only)

The final story, Homegrown Hero, features the afore-mentioned Simon Baz. This Muslim characters very existence shows DC addressing the social reality of American (and North American) life, and writer Sina Grace makes sure we see him interacting with with his hijab-wearing aunt and sister in the normalcy of day-to-day life. DC walks an interesting line with this character as he is frequently partnered with Jessica Cruz, whose skin-tight Lantern garb expresses the inherent sexiness of costumed female super-heroes (which aesthetic has for decades now been worn by women throughout the western world). That Baz can accept and co-exist with both liberal western and orthodox Muslim social conventions is a positive signal that DC is emitting with this character. Ramon Villalobos art is capable and has a bit of a European-Heavy Metal feel and it brings across the seediness of the terrorist attempts by white supremacists to shoot up a Muslim art exhibit and a mosque. Baz speech to one of the terrorists is reminiscent of the game-changing speech of the black man in the early 70s Green Lantern cited above: This ring is a lot like my faith. I fight for compassion. It doesnt make me the judge thats HIS job. Being a Lantern, a Muslim its about oneness.

Just as the pulps before them, comics embody an important social function. Just as Robert E. Howards characters and stories pushed against societal norms whether it was Solomon Kane allying himself with an African shaman, or Conan accepting the authority of the female pirate captain Blit we see that same socially-progressive agenda in the Green Lantern comics. Each of the stories in this Green Lantern: 80th Anniversary special carries this tradition forward. The highlighting of willpower in the concept behind the Green Lantern characters is a message about how human will can make change for the better. In a world where nature is being destroyed at a catastrophic rate due to human will, it will take an enormous act of willpower to change course and protect the planet instead of destroying it.

Finally, this collection has something for everyone. For the Green Lantern newbie, this is a perfect introduction to the universe of characters and stories that have emerged from the 80 year tradition of Green Lantern. For the current up-to-date reader, this is a celebration of all that is Lantern in comics today. And for the older reader who grew up with Green Lantern in the 60s, 70s and 80s, it is a wonderful refresher on what has gone before and where the concept is going today.

1In street scenes in Gotham City, Metropolis or Central City all the citizens were depicted as white; in other words, black Americans simply did not exist in the DC comics world.

2Green Lantern is a misleading term, as there are 7,500 Green Lanterns in the universe and no less than six on Earth!


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How AI is bringing the dark matter of nutrition to light, unlocking the power of plants – The European Sting

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Author: Jim Flatt, CEO & Co-founder, Brightseed

The COVID-19 pandemic didnt just transform how we work and communicate. It also accelerated the need for more proactive health measures for chronic health problems tied to diet. Such problems have emerged as a top risk factor for coronavirus and people with poor metabolic health accounted for half of COVID-19 hospitalizations in some regions around the world. The resulting high numbers led the authors of a report in The Lancet to issue a call for more resources to tackle metabolic health to avoid needless deaths.

Thankfully, new tools have been developed to offer comprehensive understanding of nutrition. This expertise and technology wont just help us tackle metabolic health it could help us finally fully realize the power of plants to improve health and wellness outcomes.

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The first global pandemic in more than 100 years, COVID-19 has spread throughout the world at an unprecedented speed. At the time of writing, 4.5 million cases have been confirmed and more than 300,000 people have died due to the virus.

As countries seek to recover, some of the more long-term economic, business, environmental, societal and technological challenges and opportunities are just beginning to become visible.

To help all stakeholders communities, governments, businesses and individuals understand the emerging risks and follow-on effects generated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Marsh and McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, has launched its COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and its Implications a companion for decision-makers, building on the Forums annual Global Risks Report.

Companies are invited to join the Forums work to help manage the identified emerging risks of COVID-19 across industries to shape a better future. Read the full COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and its Implications report here, and our impact story with further information.

We know that plants are critical for health, but do not fully understand why. Humans have not mapped the breadth of what plants offer, nor have we pinpointed the specific biological mechanisms of action triggered in our bodies when we eat them. This knowledge gap exists at the molecular level, with a need to understand how phytonutrients tiny plant molecules with anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and neuroprotective properties work in our bodies. In fact, the scientific community refers to the vast world of phytonutrients as the dark matter of nutrition because less than 1% of these molecules have been catalogued to date. The opportunity to learn more about phytonutrients and further tangibly connect their impact to health is massive.

Technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, are helping researchers learn more about the biological connections between plants and humans. For instance, Brightseed has created a powerful artificial intelligence called Forager, which coupled with advanced metabolomics instrumentation, systematically identifies unknown plant compounds and predicts their likely roles in human health. Thus far, the technology has predicted beneficial phytonutrients for many important health conditions.

Recently, in collaboration with leading biomedical researchers, Brightseed discovered a powerful phytonutrient with the potential to improve metabolic health. This phytonutrient helps restore proper function of a central metabolic regulator, including maintaining healthy lipid and sugar levels in the bloodstream and key organs such as the liver, whose function is impaired by a poor diet. Brightseed will start clinical studies on this phytonutrient before the end of this year.

The impact of this discovery could be wide reaching and have profound implications for more than two billion people worldwide at elevated risk of chronic metabolic diseases. Elevated levels of fat in the liver (which are directly caused by chronic overeating) afflict between 25% and 30% of the global population. These individuals with fatty liver disease are 57% more likely to die prematurely and much more like to develop other debilitating metabolic diseases, including diabetes. The discovery of this phytonutrient is a glimpse into the positive change deeper nutritional understanding could bring.

Just as 1918 pandemic led to creation of the modern medicine industry, we now are at a similar tipping point with nutrition, on the precipice of developing a much more complete understanding of how plants are connected to human health.

The first step is improving our foundational knowledge. In the U.S., there is a broad-based effort among leading academic, non-profit and industry stakeholders to create a National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) to accelerate nutrition science and uncover the role of human nutrition in improving public health and reducing disease. The NIN, similar to institutes that exist in other countries, can support and incentivize higher-quality, more rigorous nutrition research at the molecular level. This research will provide a stronger foundation for nutrition recommendations and guidelines, which is essential to developing consensus in both the scientific and consumer communities.

The second step is a mindset shift. Modern food and agricultural systems have largely focused on and solved the problem of food insufficiency. However, preventable diet-driven chronic diseases have emerged instead. We need to pivot from merely increasing the supply of food to leveraging technologies that can help improve the nutritional quality of what we consume.

We need to pivot from merely increasing the supply of food to leveraging technologies that can help improve the nutritional quality of what we consume.

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Healthier food options can be the center of a new proactive health industry and provide the food industry the opportunity to make important contributions to health and longevity, while benefiting economically from the capture of existing healthcare investment that currently is directed to treating chronic disease. Our current treatment-focused healthcare system is increasingly unaffordable and poorly suited to addressing the needs of individuals at heightened risk of developing chronic diseases that are largely preventable through lifestyle modifications, especially those related to diet.

No changes will be possible without forging new collaborations between public and private entities. Through cooperation we can develop more nutritious options and greatly influence policy change. Partnerships are also how well create a more nourished world and maximize our impact.

For the first time, we have the tools to explore the plant kingdom at the molecular level and answer questions such as How does what we eat really affect us? or How can food become medicine?

Technology is exponentially improving our understanding of how plants are connected to health. Together, we can goal shift the healthcare model from one squarely focused on treatment of disease to one that promotes health and natural resilience.

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A Second U Expands Education Platform with Precision Nutrition, Bringing World-Class Nutrition Certification to the Foundation’s Trainers -…

Toronto, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A Second U, a nonprofit foundation that trains formerly incarcerated people for careers in the fitness industry, announces today the expansion of its education program, which will now include nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition, the worlds largest online nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching and certification company. Through the new partnership, A Second U trainers will gain complimentary access to the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification. This will provide A Second U trainers with the ability to integrate nutrition coaching into their personal training programs, while also pursuing new clients as online nutrition coaches.

Jeffrey Korzenik, author of Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community, and chief investment strategist at Fifth Third Bank, N.A., has become an advocate of hiring practice reform that supports the employment of formerly incarcerated individuals. When reacting to the news of this partnership, he stated: The stigma of incarceration compounded by a limited education and a lack of employment history make it incredibly difficult for those with criminal records to find steady employment after re-entry. A Second U helps to remove these barriers and together with Precision Nutrition, can elevate its education offering and help these trainers not only satisfy a need for employment but also a desire for stable and fulfilling careers.

Throughout A Second Us intensive six-week program, participants class work focuses on preparation for a national certification exam, and also teaches a set of soft skills such as interpersonal skills and salesmanship. The Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification is the worlds most respected nutrition education program and provides fitness professionals and those interested in a career in health or nutrition with a deep understanding of nutrition, the authority to coach it, and the ability to turn what theyve learned into results. Combined, these two programs provide these formerly incarcerated individuals with a diversified education to help them secure and maintain employment.

Like so many formerly incarcerated individuals, I struggled to build a career aligned with my newfound passion for fitness upon re-entry and that experience inspired me to build the A Second U program. For me, education has always been key to building my confidence and establishing myself in the fitness industry. Partnering with Precision Nutrition helps A Second U expand our education program by providing myself and all of our trainers with the latest in the science of nutrition, allowing us to coach beyond fitness to better health, said Hector Guadalupe, founder of A Second U.

In addition to the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, each A Second U trainer will gain unrestricted access to Precision Nutritions extensive library of client-facing articles and infographics, as well as the first-hand experiences shared in the Precision Nutrition online communities.

Health and fitness professionals know that without proper nutrition, clients will struggle with weight, body composition, metabolism, and achieving their health goals. That is where Precision Nutrition's Level 1 Certification comes in, bridging the gap between nutrition, sleep, movement and stress management to create a holistic approach coaches can use to help their clients get sustainable results, said Marc Zionts, Executive Chairman of Precision Nutrition. Precision Nutrition is proud to be that bridge for the ambitious and hard-working trainers at A Second U, helping them to continue their investment in themselves and ultimately, their clients, too.

About Precision Nutrition

Precision Nutrition offers a sustainable, practice-based approach to losing fat, building strength, and getting healthy. As a global leader in providing health and fitness professionals the education, tools, and coaching they need, nearly 100,000 coaches in over 140 countries use the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificationalong with ProCoach, the companys proprietary coaching softwareto improve client results, increase operational efficiency, and drive business growth. Precision Nutrition offers the only nutrition certification endorsed by CrossFit, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) also approve Precision Nutrition for its professionals continuing education credits.

In addition, Precision Nutrition Coaching for Men and Women is a personalized, evidence-based healthy nutrition and lifestyle program, which has been validated in multiple peer-reviewed studies and helped over 100,000 people improve their nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. For more information, visit

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A Second U Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate, certify, and secure employment for formerly incarcerated people as certified personal trainers. Through opportunity, empowerment, and community, they aim to eliminate recidivism or the tendency for reoffending. Since 2016, A Second Us program which combines education and mentorship has helped more than 200 individuals get certified as personal trainers. For more information, or to donate, please visit

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