IBS Diet Cheat Sheet Celebrates 1 Million Downloads by Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients

IBS Diet Cheat Sheet Celebrates 1 Million Downloads by Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients



Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient-support site HelpForIBS. com features an IBS Diet Cheat Sheet that's seen 5 years of success and over one million downloads.



Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 9, 2009



If you're new to the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, learning what you can and can't eat without triggering painful symptoms can be an even more painful process.



To help IBS patients avoid this unnecessary struggle, best-selling author and HelpForIBS. com founder Heather Van Vorous (Eating for IBS, The First Year IBS) designed the IBS Diet Cheat Sheet - a free patient/doctor handout that provides the perfect way to keep critical IBS dietary information at hand.



"The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet uses an easy visual reference of red light, yellow light, and green light foods for IBS," says Van Vorous. "Red light foods are triggers to be avoided, yellow light foods should be eaten but only with caution, and green light foods are safe to eat. The lists are concise and easy to read at a glance, but also quite comprehensive."



The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet also includes the 10 Commandments of Eating for IBS, which explain how to eat, not just what to eat. Commandments such as "Practice creative substitution, not deprivation," "Always eat soluble fiber first," and "Minimize your fat intake to 25% of your diet, max" are among the quick tips that help ward off IBS attacks.



Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects up to 20% of the population and symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating and gas are can either be triggered or prevented through diet. The IBS Diet Cheat Sheet gives patients the dietary information they need to avoid problems and gain control.



The free cheat sheet is downloadable here http://www. helpforibs. com/diet/heathersibscheatsheet. pdf (http://www. helpforibs. com/diet/heathersibscheatsheet. pdf) and is meant to be carried, taped to the fridge, or kept in the car for traveling. Just five years after its creation the IBS Diet Cheat Sheet has reached over one million people and counting.



About HelpForIBS. com

HelpForIBS. com is the largest IBS community on the internet, with over 5 million visits per year and a membership of over 90,000 subscribers. HelpForIBS. com is dedicated to serving people with IBS, by offering education, support, and products that allow people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome to successfully manage their symptoms through simple and safe lifestyle modifications. HelpForIBS. com was founded by Heather Van Vorous, an IBS author and a sufferer since age 9. Heather's groundbreaking work in the IBS dietary field has led to her inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, has been licensed by Novartis pharmaceuticals, and has been publicized worldwide by physicians, IBS organizations, and patients.



Contact:

Heather Van Vorous

CEO, Heather's Tummy Care

+1-206-264-8069

Http://www. helpforibs. com/ (http://www. helpforibs. com/)



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If History Repeats, Tough Times May Spur Start-Ups; Relax The Back Offers Advice For a Healthy Home Office

If History Repeats, Tough Times May Spur Start-Ups; Relax The Back Offers Advice For a Healthy Home Office



As Wall Street careens and unemployment rates exceed 6 percent, there may be some good news: economically troubled times are often good for entrepreneurs and may be the best time to start a new business. Healthy home offices are crucial to prevent pain and control a new company's medical costs.



La Palma, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2008



As Wall Street careens and unemployment rates exceed 6 percent, there may be some good news: economically troubled times are often good for entrepreneurs. In fact, USA Today recently advised: "A recession may be the best time to start a new business." Indeed, given that Disney and Microsoft were founded during recessions, there is plenty of reason to hope.



As entrepreneurs don new hats (i. e. HR Director, Chief Purchasing Officer, CFO and CEO), they should become fluent in the language of ergonomics and the creation of a healthy home office. Good ergonomics prevent pain, repetitive stress injuries, strain and fatigue.



Ergonomics also help control a new company's medical costs. "The kitchen table and chair were designed for a 20-minute meal, not seven hours of work," says April Vance, a licensed physical therapist and owner of two of the 120-plus Relax The Back stores operating nationwide. "Ergonomic research shows us that with proper equipment, we work more efficiently so more tasks get done."



"Most people don't give one thought to a chair they are sitting in while they work, yet they will spend years of their lives molded to that piece of furniture," says Dr. Mark McLaughlin, MD, of Princeton Brain and Spine Care. McLaughlin adds that a "well-balanced, ergonomic chair at work is one of the best preventative interventions one can do for their spine."



With that in mind, Relax The Back offers this checklist for creating a healthy home office setting, from choosing the right chair to lighting the space correctly:

 Technology has eliminated the need to get up and walk about, but the body still needs activity. Choose an office chair (http://www. relaxtheback. com/office-chairs-subcategory-6389769) that encourages movement. Chairs should also recline slightly and feature adjustable settings. Quality office chairs can cost $700 or more, a worthy investment for the entrepreneur often facing seven long workdays each week.



 Position computer monitors correctly. Position the top of the monitor so the topline of your text is at or slightly below eye level. Notebook (or laptop) users need to position monitors correctly to avoid "laptop slouch." Ergonomists also advise against working on notebooks while reclining on a sofa or chair.



 Avoid pressure points. Focused pressure on specific points of the body can cause circulation problems, and even nerve damage. Achieve the right keyboard position - the source of many pressure point problems - with an adjustable keyboard holder (http://www. relaxtheback. com/humanscale-keyboard-tray-with-clipon-mouse-platform-product-6388929) that offers negative tilt adjustability.



 Light it right. Poor lighting can lead to eye strain (the #1 office complaint) and also leads to back and neck pain. Rather than using an overhead light, install lighting (http://www. relaxtheback. com/zbar-high-power-led-desk-lamp-product-6591088) that can be adjusted to each task.



About Relax The Back

Relax The Back is North America's largest specialty retailer of ergonomic and comfort products. The company operates over 120 franchise locations throughout North America; franchise services are provided from a Southern California-based headquarters. Relax The Back offers a comprehensive line of products to prevent and relieve back pain through proper spinal support and alignment including ergonomic office chairs, Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows, back and neck supports, massage chairs, fitness and therapy products, and Zero Gravity recliners. Information about the company and its products can be found at www. relaxtheback. com.



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Get Your Child Involved in Conservation with ECHO Fund’s Free Polliwog Puddles Kids Club

Get Your Child Involved in Conservation with ECHO Fund’s Free Polliwog Puddles Kids Club



Getting kids involved in conservation for a healthier environment through Educational, Entertaining and Inspiring activities.



Antioch, CA (PRWEB) January 5, 2006



ECHO Fund’s Polliwog Puddles Kids Club is a free program designed to get kids and their parents involved in conservation while providing facts and activities to make learning about nature fun and exciting.



An extension of the Polliwog Puddles Educational Outreach Program, the kids club enhances the current online learning experience (which allows parents and kids to explore wildlife and habitats) and sends members a quarterly Exploring Our Planet Handbook filled with ideas, tips, tools, games and hands-on activities directly to their mailbox.



In addition to the activity handbook, members receive a variety of other great items and can participate in Conserve & Earn. Conserve & Earn inspires stewardship by giving children opportunities to get involved in conservation, respond to thought provoking questions, complete activities and earn points for prizes. ECHO Fund believes “Kids Learning & Caring About the Environment Today are Tomorrow's Good Earth Citizens!”



To learn more about ECHO Fund and Polliwog Puddles or sign your child up for the Free Polliwog Puddles Kids Club, please visit http://www. echofund. org (http://www. echofund. org).



Polliwog Puddles and ECHO Fund are dedicated to providing a safe, fact filled, inspiring, and entertaining place for your kids to experience all that nature has to offer.



ECHO Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the education of individuals on the necessity of conservation while advocating and working for the preservation of plants, animals, and their natural communities for an ecologically sound future.



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Tranquil and Toned Personal Best KarateÂ’s unveils Hatha Yoga Program - A Low Impact Contrast to Kickboxing

Tranquil and Toned Personal Best KarateÂ’s unveils Hatha Yoga Program - A Low Impact Contrast to Kickboxing



Personal Best Karate, with locations in Norton, Foxboro and South Easton, has recently unveiled their latest adult program, Hatha Yoga, which emphasizes body posture and breathing techniques.



(PRWEB) June 22, 2001



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Tranquil and Toned



Personal Best KarateÂ’s unveils Hatha Yoga Program -



A Low Impact Contrast to Kickboxing



DATELINE: NORTON, EASTON AND FOXBORO, MA, ISSUED JUNE 22, 2001Â



Personal Best Karate, with locations in Norton, Foxboro and South Easton, has recently unveiled their latest adult program, Hatha Yoga, which emphasizes body posture and breathing techniques. Personal Best Karate, serving the Southeastern Massachusetts area since 1991, encourages the participation of women, men, children, parents, and grandparents because all can benefit from the study of Martial Arts.



Reduce Stress and More



As a low impact contrast to Personal Best KarateÂ’s Te Geri Kickboxing program for adults, Hatha Yoga consists of stretching, breathing, yoga poses and guided meditation. Not only can Hatha Yoga reduce stress through these relaxation techniques, in Western medicine it has been touted as an effective way to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and increase circulation. But thatÂ’s not all. Hatha Yoga also builds strength and endurance while increasing muscle tone.



Novices Welcome



Personal Best Karate offers the Hatha Yoga Program on Fridays, from 9:30 a. m. to 10:30 a. m. and walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $11 per class. Participants also have the option of registering for upcoming sessions at a reduced rate. Beginners Yoga is now running through June 22nd. An Aerobic Yoga session will begin July 6th and run through July 27th. Participants should bring a blanket, towel and sticky mat (available for purchase at Personal Best Karate).



Certified yoga instructor (and Reiki Master Teacher) Mary Whelton, who has studied yoga for greater than 20 years, will be leading the classes at Personal Best Karate. WheltonÂ’s primary Hatha Yoga approach is to bring awareness of spinal alignment to participants while relaxing the mind and body through conscious breathing.



Revitalize Your Health and Spirit



Previously captivating an entire generation of youngsters with the “Karate Kid” movie, martial arts have come full circle and back to parents, grandparents and other grown-ups looking to revitalize their health and spirit. Personal Best Karate’s fun and challenging adult programs such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Te Geri Kickboxing have experienced an unparalleled surge in participation.



Personal Best KarateÂ’s martial arts, Exec-U-Fit programs and Running Club are geared toward anyone looking to gain the fitness for life with high energy, good health and increased stamina as well as weight loss and increased muscle tone.



For further information about Exec-U-Fit or other Personal Best Karate programs, please visit the website at www. personalbestkarate. com or contact Personal Best Karate at (508) 285-5425.



Harmony of Community and Martial Arts



From the “Turkey Brigade” which helps feed over 500 families each Thanksgiving to raising over $7,500 for Chuck Norris’ “Kick Drugs out of America” to providing nearly 1,000 toys annually for “Toys for Tots”, Personal Best Karate has made it an integral part of its mission to make a positive impact on the community. Personal Best Karate embraces this philosophy and several charitable events are planned at the locations in the near future.



Control, Confidence and Strength



Personal Best Karate encourages the participation of women, men, children, parents, and grandparents because all can benefit from the study of martial arts. Personal Best Karate centers feature a wide range of classes including a Karate Ranger program for young children (3-6) and Martial Arts programs for Young Adults (7-12), Teen (13 and up) and Adult (13 and up). With something for everyone, Personal Best Karate also offers Exec-U-Fit, Kickboxing, Yoga and Family programs.



Personal Best Karate centers are conveniently located at 250 East Main Street, Norton, MA, 36 Commercial Street, Foxboro, MA and 594 Washington Street, South Easton MA. For more information about programs and scheduling, please call (508) 285-5425 or visit www. personalbestkarate. com.

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Bio-Terrorism Act Mandates New Recordkeeping Rules For Grain and Feed Handlers

Bio-Terrorism Act Mandates New Recordkeeping Rules For Grain and Feed Handlers



Just five months are left for grain handlers to put in place an approved recordkeeping process in order to comply with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.



Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 8, 2006



Those grain elevator operations that receive, hold, and ship raw agricultural commodities, such as corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa meal, and other crops, are mandated by the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 to register all their facilities, wherever food grains are received, cleaned, stored, blended, and processed, and then shipped. This mandate to keep records of all grain received and shipped through the facilities is required to help prevent acts of contamination either by terrorists or by natural contamination.



Feed mill operations that receive raw agricultural commodities and manufacture them into animal and pet feed also are required to comply with this law. Even the delivery truck and its drivers have to be recorded.



The recordkeeping process must be in place by June 2006. After this date, all records must be available to the FDA as soon as possible, and no longer than 24 hours after a request is made if an act of contamination is tracked to a grain handling operation.



Www. ScoringAg. com provides all necessary records, including location records for all PIDCs (Premise IDentification Codes) and other premises codes. Traceback is available in just seconds.



ScoringAg's Point-to-Point Traceback™ traceback system keeps the crop ID from the field through the elevator or storage, and the transporters log through every processing stage, from the grower to the table. ScoringAg adds value to every crop and crop product for just pennies.



ScoringAg. com and its traceback and traceup system for agriculture products, featuring Site-Specific Recordkeeping™ and PIDC location code, is one of the many divisions of ScoringSystem, Inc. Located in Sarasota, Florida USA, the company specializes in providing solutions with mobile data, via wireless PDAs, laptops, and Semacode-programmed Nokia, Siemens, and Sony Ericsson cell phones. With the use of RFID and barcodes for traceup and traceback of livestock and crops, or tracking transport containers or perishable meats and other food consumer goods, www. ScoringAg. com makes managing data easier – and does it in an extremely cost effective manner from “Field-to-Fork.”



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Women's Leadership Organization Searches for Candidate Scholars

Women's Leadership Organization Searches for Candidate Scholars



Founded in 1988 as a not not-for-profit (501c3), Leadership Illinois offers unique professional development opportunities for women who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their professional fields and civic endeavors. The organization is taking applications for the Class of 2005.



(PRWEB) October 29, 2004



The Leadership Illinois Board of Directors announced today that it would accept applications for admission to the Class of 2005 until January 31, 2005. Women leaders from the private and public sector are invited to apply for this yearlong program designed to increase their resources and skills as leaders.



As of 2004, 275 women leaders, from across the state, have completed the Leadership Illinois program. Participants are selected to create a class that reflects a diversity of ethnic and geographic factors, as well as political, career and volunteer experiences.



Upon selection, members of the Class of 2005 will participate in three multi-day conferences: “Power of Government,” “Power of the Individual” and “Power of the Marketplace.” Conferences are held in Springfield, Bloomington and Chicago, respectively.



Topics covered include ethics, public will to public policy, technology in the healthcare marketplace and women entrepreneurs in the global economy. IllinoisÂ’ most respected leaders in government, corporations, and non-profit associations serve as presenters. With each conference the class members enhance their ability to contribute more effectively to their own organization and take a more active role in shaping civic, state and national public policy. The Leadership Illinois program includes networking opportunities, team building and co-mentoring.  



Eligible candidates must complete the application and provide three letters of recommendation for consideration. The class is selected by the nominating committee and approved by Leadership Illinois board of directors at the board meeting on March 15, 2005. Upon Board approval, new class members must register for all three sessions.



Applications are available at www. leadershipillinois. org or candidates may contact the Leadership Illinois Office, at (877) 532-3451 for more information.



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Tropical Hotspot Panama Investment Less Straightforward Than It Looks

Tropical Hotspot Panama Investment Less Straightforward Than It Looks



Panama is becoming a hot retirement, vacation, and investment destination, but a lack of quality written information on the country often leads to a bevy of mishaps and mistakes. As a result, new resources are becoming available to educate investors that might otherwise blindly buy into the hype.



Panama City, Panama (PRWEB) August 20, 2007



The Republic of Panama is rapidly becoming the buzzword among savvy investors, inspired travelers, and retirees looking for a place to hang their boots. But as is so often the case in a trendy developing destination, the rush for luxury condos and stunning beach front real estate does not come without a catch.



A lot of Panama investors from the United States (specifically cities like Miami, Houston, Atlanta, and LA) are motivated to invest abroad due to rising housing costs, natural disasters, taxes and expensive, unreliable health care. For the most part, the Panama hype has traveled by word-of-mouth and a national marketing campaign to attract such investors. When looking for real facts and figures about Panama's work force, bargain prices and great health care, investors have been forced to listen to the stories of those who have come before them.



When New Yorker Adam Strauss came to see for himself, he and his wife Leslie bought into that "hype" and purchased a home at a beach project called Malibu, just 45 minutes outside of cosmopolitan Panama City by car.



"I don't know where in the USA we could find a three-bedroom home within walking distance of a beautiful beach for $145,000" Strauss said, laughing.



"Our new home will have access to a sports club, rivers for fishing, cabanas on the beach, high-end restaurants, and a giant supermarket only five minutes away. Those kinds of deals simply don't exist anymore where we come from."



San Francisco resident Matthew Semmelhack seems to agree. "When I first invested in Panama back 12 months ago, it was almost the kind of thing that seemed too good to be true," he said.



"Four acres in the mountains of Pedasi, water, electricity, roads, full title, 15-minute walk to the beach. And all that for only $27,000? But sitting here today, having sold that ocean view property for nearly triple, it definitely made me a believer."



Semmelhack echoes the feelings of many expats in Panama today. "Panamanians thought I was paying too much for my property. I thought I was paying far too little. Looks like we both came out ahead!" he said.



But with such a modern day gold rush, times are a changing and such deals are becoming more and more difficult to find. Properties like the one Semmelhack bought are now upwards of $100,000. Of the hoards of agents and developers, the need for honest and objective information is quite hard to come by and as noted by prominent organizations such as England's Investment Property Forum (IPF), there is a desperate need for today's international investors to improve their "awareness, understanding and efficiency of property as an investment." They warn that too many investors try to hit the ground running, before they learn how to walk.



Potential buyers are learning how to tell the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly in Panama through resources like the recently released Panama Real Estate Report (http://www. thepanamareport. com/real-estate-report/panama-real-estate-report-439.html (http://www. thepanamareport. com/real-estate-report/panama-real-estate-report-439.html)), an uncensored guide detailing the dos and don'ts of buying real estate. Similar to the IPF, The Panama Real Estate Report is meant to educate investors and promote responsible investment practices in a country where so much of the press is handled by developers and real estate agents themselves. In addition, as the environment in Panama becomes more and more familiar to Americans, with Subway sandwich shops and the like, it can be easy for them to get too comfortable and let down their guard.



Report author Matt Landau admitted: "I was amazed by the void of well-researched, in-depth reports about the country." After trying his hand at real estate, Landau decided he better stick to the sidelines and took on the role of consultant to numerous clients that find him through his tell-all website The Panama Report (http://www. thepanamareport. com (http://www. thepanamareport. com)), which has developed a small following in its few years of existence.



"Which bank is the only one in Panama that doesn't work with American affiliates and is thus the ultimate place to hide your money? How do you invest big while still maintaining a low profile on the tax radar? In finding a broker or a lawyer, which ones do you trust and which ones do you kick to the curb? These are the types of questions people come to me with on a daily basis," Landau said, "none of which is mainstream information these days in Panama."



What you can find on the internet is a wealth of helpful information regarding investment incentives, available properties, residency and visa applications, as well as other investment-enabling tidbits, as provided by law firms and real estate agencies. In researching sound investment opportunities in the country, these resources are being updated daily with new information but rarely do they point out truly dangerous traps.



"The main key in this gold rush is researching the reputation of any agency you intend to entrust your money with to avoid becoming a negative example of careless investment," purports Landau. And whether it's the $99 Panama Real Estate Report or a million dollar home, today's Panama investors are hungrily searching for options.



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New Study Shows Home Care Nurses Drive More Miles For Their Job Each Week Than The Average UPS Driver

New Study Shows Home Care Nurses Drive More Miles For Their Job Each Week Than The Average UPS Driver



A study released today by the Washington D. C.-based National Association for Home Care and Hospice shows that the nurses, therapists, home care aides and others who serve elderly and disabled patients in their homes drive, on average, more miles annually than many driving professionals including UPS drivers.



Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 28, 2008



A study released today by the Washington D. C.-based National Association for Home Care and Hospice shows that the nurses, therapists, home care aides and others who serve elderly and disabled patients in their homes drive, on average, more miles annually than many driving professionals including UPS drivers.



"Caring for over seven million patients annually with 428 million visits, these dedicated providers of home care and hospice are feeling the same pain at the pump as other consumers, but they carry the added burden of the Administration's deep cuts into Medicare and Medicaid benefits, says Val J. Halamadaris, President of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC*). "These draconian cuts ignored the cost of living increases, chief among these is the rising price of gasoline -- a commodity most essential for these traveling 'road warriors' of mercy. Home care patients are homebound - they are so sick, so chronically ill, they cannot leave their homes without assistance. If nurses do not get in their cars to visit them, there is no way to reach them. What will be precipitated is a full-scale national emergency," added Halamadaris.



The study shows that the number of miles driven by healthcare providers in the home care industry reached 4.8 billion miles in 2006. (Compared with 2 billion for UPS annually) With the expansion in the use of lower-cost home care services as the average age of the U. S. population rises, the need for these services will continue grow exponentially.



While health care costs, in general, continue to rise, increasing gasoline costs have led to accelerating transportation costs for those caregivers traveling to their homebound patients. The study reviewed the number of miles driven by home health agencies, hospices, and other providers of in-home health care services. Most of this care is funded through Medicare and Medicaid programs, where fixed payment rates have not been adjusted to accommodate the increase in the cost of gasoline.



The study also found that in all areas of the country, those home care providers have curtailed service areas to reduce driving, closed off care access in remote parts of a state, lost care giving staff that cannot afford commuting costs, and reduced face-to-face visits to patients to conserve limited resources. At the same time, these providers report that their patients cannot travel to physician offices or diagnostic testing sites for needed care beyond that provided in their homes. These changes in patient services make home care providers even more essential when they are the primary caregivers.



Increases in other expenses, such as insurance, salaries and supplies, have also been on the rise. Further, in January 2008, the Administration imposed a regulatory cut of 2.75 percent on Medicare home health payments -- nearly negating the market-based inflation update for this year. Additionally, similar cuts to home health payments in 2009, 2010, and 2011 are planned. The findings underscore the need for a series of actions to address the growing crisis in home care. Halamandaris recommends that Congress take action now through the following steps:



1. Recognize home telehealth interactions as bona fide Medicare home health services; if home care nurses can do more monitoring of patients over the Internet, it will cut back in the number of miles they need to travel each week to visit patients and save those visits for critical care situations rather than routine monitoring

2. Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to revise the method for calculating annual market-based inflation updates and establish a temporary fuel cost add-on to 5

3. Commit to preserve the annual inflation updates for home health and hospice as provided under the Medicare law

4. Reinstate the 5 percent rural add-on for home health services delivered to patients residing in rural areas



The National Association for Homecare and Hospice is the world's largest trade association advocating for homecare and hospice care. The association, founded in 1982 and headquartered in Washington, DC, encourages development and delivery of the highest quality medical, social and supportive services to the nation's frail, disabled and aged. Home health and hospice services range from high-tech skilled nursing and therapy to personal care management available by visit or around the clock.



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HeartFirst Cardiologist and Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgeon Named in “D Magazine’s” Best Doctors in Dallas for 2010

HeartFirst Cardiologist and Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgeon Named in “D Magazine’s” Best Doctors in Dallas for 2010



James Rellas, MD., PA, MSMM, FACC and William Wallace, D. O., FACOS, FCCP; are named in D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas 2010 list.



Dallas, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) December 21, 2010



HeartFirst is proud to announce the recognition of Dr. James Rellas and Dr. William Wallace in the list of 2010 Best Doctors in Dallas from “D’s Magazine”. The Best Doctors list is comprised of votes from local doctors with valid Texas medical licenses. The doctors are asked to think of where they would send a relative when casting votes for the publication.



“We are honored to be recognized in D Magazine’s Best Doctors list. Both Dr. Wallace and I strive for excellence in our practice and patient care,” says Dr. James Rellas, founder of HeartFirst. “We are fortunate to have established a well rounded team of physicians which includes Dr. David Engleman, Dr. Brian Blatt, and our two newest associates, Dr. Shruti Boorla and Dr. Shailja Parikh, whose special focus is on women’s cardiovascular health.”



HeartFirst MD is equipped to handle all of a patient’s cardiovascular needs. Services at HeartFirst include the “Gold Standard” of stress testing known as Cardiac PET as well as 128 slice CTA that allows cardiac CTA with minimal radiation, great quality pictures and no need for any premedication to slow the heart rate. This CTA machine also allows a patient to receive a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score in less than 10 seconds and with minimal radiation.



About HeartFirst



Dr. James Rellas, the founder of HeartFirst is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular diseases, and cardiovascular computed tomography (coronary and vascular CTA). He is also certified in vascular interpretation, clinical hypertension and clinical Lipidology. Dr. William Wallace is board certified in general surgery, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, and surgical critical care.



For more information about the doctors and services at HeartFirst, visit http://www. heartfirst. md.



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Benefits Outweigh Costs of EMR Implementation

Benefits Outweigh Costs of EMR Implementation



According to a new report by Millennium Research Group, the US market for fully integrated EMR systems is expected to increase more than fourfold.



Toronto, ON (PRWEB) November 3, 2005



By allowing practitioners across the health care continuum to store and share a patient’s entire medical history, electronic medical records (EMRs) will dramatically improve the delivery of health care in the US. According to a new report by Millennium Research Group, the US market for fully integrated EMR systems is expected to increase more than fourfold.



Over the years, many health care facilities had adopted components of an EMR system incrementally in order to alleviate the heavy investment burden. As a result, the market for integrated systems was still relatively small in 2004, generating only $900 million in revenue. Care facilities have, however, begun to recognize that the full benefits of EMRs can only be realized with the full implementation of all parts of the system. Facilities, therefore, have slowly started planning the integration and re-engineering process necessary to achieve this, and by 2009, the market is expected to reach nearly $4 billion.



EMRs promise to facilitate the storage, transfer, and sharing of medical information among various institutions throughout the life of a patient. The technology could also support clinical, financial, and administrative decision-making processes. The ability to automatically cross-check new prescriptions with a patient’s electronic record would eliminate harmful drug interactions and thus greatly reduce the almost 100,000 deaths that occur each year in the US due to medical error.



The implementation of an EMR system is, however, a long and onerous process. Because this task entails the automation of a facility’s entire care delivery process, larger organizations require up to 5 years simply to plan the adoption of an EMR system. Despite such delays, the penetration of EMR systems among hospitals, physician offices, and long-term care facilities will more than double over the next 5 years.



MRG’s US Markets for Electronic Medical Records 2005 examines the ambulatory, acute, and long-term care markets and covers over 20 of the leading competitors, including Cerner (CERN), McKesson (MCK), Siemens Medical Solutions (SI), Epic Systems, and Eclipsys (ECLP).



A leading source of competitive intelligence, MRG is now the largest provider of medical device market research in the world. Located in Toronto, Canada, MRG covers global markets and has pioneered reporting of numerous emerging products.



Contact Information:



Chris Bondarenko



Millennium Research Group Inc.



+1 (416) 364-7776 ext.160



Www. mrg. net



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Weekly Venture Capital Activity Week April 25, 2005 through May 1, 2005

Weekly Venture Capital Activity Week April 25, 2005 through May 1, 2005



This reporting period companies based in California operating in the Software industry and that have raised their Series A round of financing led the pack in the amount of venture financing raised. Also, there was one IPOs this reporting period. New to www. capitalHunter. com, submit your business plan for a free review by our experienced staff of analysts and see if you qualify for investment capital. Also, if you would like to access our database of investors and newly financed companies please visit our website and receive a 20% discount by using the discount code VC Weekly Venture Capital Activity Week April 25, 2005 through May 1, 2005



(PRWEB) May 8, 2005



www. capitalHunter. com was able to verify that $238 million of venture capital was invested in 33 U. S.-based companies during this weekÂ’s reporting period. The average deal size was approximately $7.22 million. The amount of venture capital invested this period decreased by 35% compared to last periods $364 million.



Geographically,12 California companies raised $121.20 million in venture financings which represents 51% of the total venture capital invested this reporting period. The largest private venture financing in California this period was into Receptor Biologix. Receptor Biologix raised $33.6 million and is a San Bruno biopharmaceutical company developing protein therapeutics to treat cancer, autoimmune, metabolic and other diseases.



The software sector raised 49% of the venture capital this period. Thirteen software companies raised $116.6 million in venture financing. The largest private venture financing in the software sector this period was into WhenU. com. WhenU. com raised $20 million and is a New York, NY based provider of software-based contextual online advertising which allows consumers to make superior purchasing decisions.



Companies raising their Series A round of financing led this weekÂ’s venture capital activity. Series A financings represented 38.7% of the total venture capital deployed this period. The largest private venture financing in Series A stage financing this period was into Receptor Biologix. Twelve companies raised $92.27 million in their Series A round.



The three largest venture deals this period are as follows:



1 Receptor Biologix Biotechnology 33.6



2 WhenU. com Software 20



3 ChannelAdvisor Software 18



The following thirteen and other unnamed investors funded the above mentioned top three venture capital investments for $71.6 Million:ABS Capital Partners, Advanced Technology Ventures, BlueSky Ventures, Domain Associates, eBay, Essex Woodland Health Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, MedImmune Ventures, Northwest Technology Ventures, Skyline Ventures, Southern Capitol Ventures, Takeda Research Investment, Tri-State Investment Group.



A total of 71 equity financings of private and public companies occurred during this reporting period. Each of the 71 equity financings are profiled in a weekly report which include venture financings, private placements, secondary offerings, PIPEÂ’s, and IPOÂ’s.



About www. capitalHunter. com



Www. capitalHunter. com is a web-based financial information company that identifies, preserves and electronically disseminates worldwide data on venture capital and other equity financings. Customers utilize the www. capitalHunter. com searchable database to research newly and historic financings and to identify active investors.



Please visit www. capitalhunter. com and get immediate access. New subscribers can request a free investor analysis.



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HealthForumOnline CE Course Author Dana Gionta, Ph. D. to Appear on Coping with Caregiving Radio Show

HealthForumOnline CE Course Author Dana Gionta, Ph. D. to Appear on Coping with Caregiving Radio Show



HealthForumOnline’s course author, Dr. Dana Gionta, will be interviewed on the Coping with Caregiving Internet radio program on Saturday, July 24th. Dr. Gionta, a psychologist and health consultant, will draw upon personal and professional experiences to discuss the emotional and practical demands of caregivers. Dr. Gionta is a blogger for Psychology Today on workplace wellness and a contributing author of the CE course entitled Enhancing Provider-Patient-Family Communication: Theoretical, Ethical, Clinical and Sociocultural Considerations, available at Health Forum Online, a nationally-approved provider of online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals. In addition, her textbook, Medical Staff-Family Health Communication in Cancer: Psychometric, Model and Mediational Testing, was recently published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. This radio appearance is a natural fit for Dr. Gionta who as a psychologist, life coach and consultant specializes in individual and organizational health and co-chairs the Connecticut Psychologically Healthy Workplace committee for the American Psychological Association. The radio program features four healthcare professionals and is heard live worldwide from 3-4:00 pm Pacific Time.



Philadelphia, PA (Vocus) July 20, 2010



Dana Gionta, Ph. D., psychologist, life coach and consultant will appear on the Coping with Caregiving Internet radio program on Saturday, July 24th. Dr. Gionta will be discussing the many emotional and practical demands of caregivers. This radio appearance is a natural fit for Dr. Gionta who combines her own personal experience of caring for mother along with her professional expertise in the field as a mental healthcare provider and published author. Specifically, Dr. Gionta blogs for Psychology Today and is the author of Enhancing Provider-Patient-Family Communication: Theoretical, Ethical, Clinical and Sociocultural Considerations, a continuing education course available at HealthForumOnline, a nationally-approved provider of online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals. Her book Medical Staff-Family Health Communication in Cancer: Psychometric, Model and Mediational Testing, was recently published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.



In Dr. Gionta’s radio interview she will elaborate on the emotional world of caregivers. While the financial and physical demands caregiving involves may place a significant burden on caregivers, the greatest challenge may be the emotional effects on the caregiver and the family – aspects of caregiving that may be less obvious and publically discussed. The range and intensity of emotions, especially guilt, fear, anticipatory anxiety and grief, anger, sadness, joy can feel overwhelming and frightening, particularly because they may occur simultaneously. The unexpected nature and rollercoaster experience of such feelings add to the challenge of coping effectively. It is essential to nurture the nurturer. With regard to supporting caregivers, it is important to normalize the experience of their range of feelings, to reinforce they are not alone in this experience, and to strongly encourage them to make their own self care a priority.



Further, Dr. Gionta notes that, “a significant stressor often contributing to a caregiver’s emotional distress is difficulties in medical staff-patient-family communication around the illness.” Factors such as medical staff/provider accessibility, use of medical jargon, and health-related attitudes and fears can contribute to this. Among the several self care tips that Dr. Gionta recommends to caregivers is the importance of getting their communication needs met with medical staff.



The challenges that caregivers face must be understood and addressed to directly facilitate the health of the caregiver, but also to positively influence the health of the system that is composed of the patient, provider, and caregiver. For these reasons HealthForumOnline’s resource library incorporates continuing education courses that reflect a sensitivity to caregiver demands and an understanding of the importance caregivers play in a patient healthcare across the disease continuum -- whether it be in promoting health-related behaviors to prevent disease (e. g. adherence to cancer screening, weight management, smoking cessation), assisting with long-term management to improve adjustment to disease as is the case with illnesses such as diabetes, MS, or Alzheimer’s Disease, or facilitating coping with end-of-life issues and bereavement. Specifically, HealthForumOnline’s extensive library provides health professionals with nationally-approved online CE courses that are easily accessible and cost-effective, enabling them to assist patients and their caregivers in coping with illness. Specifically, in addition to Dr. Gionta’s course, HealthForumOnline’s CE library includes courses such as Anticipatory Mourning in Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers, Bereavement: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals, Cancer in the Couple: Clinical and Ethical Considerations within the Dyad, Experiencing Infertility: The Psychological Care of Individuals and Couples, Facilitating Adjustment in Families with a Chronically-Ill Child, Preparing Young Patients and Their Parents For Medical Procedures: Strategies To Reduce Distress And Promote Coping, and Self Care for Professional Alzheimer’s Caregivers.



The Internet-based radio program Coping with Caregiving, hosted by Jacqueline Marcell an international speaker and author of the bestselling book Elder Rage, features four healthcare professionals and is heard live worldwide from 3-4:00 pm Pacific Time. To listen in, simply click on the appropriate On Air Listen Live button at the top of the web page. If you miss the live broadcast you can listen-on-demand to the archive anytime after July 26th.



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US Department of Veterans Affairs Awards $2.5 Million Contract for HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint

US Department of Veterans Affairs Awards $2.5 Million Contract for HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint



HiSoftware to provide governance solution for multiple VA Microsoft SharePoint Server farms



Nashua, NH (PRWEB) September 8, 2010



HiSoftware Inc. (www. hisoftware. com), a leading provider of Web content and social computing compliance solutions, today announced the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a $2.5 million pilot program for the integration of HiSoftware Compliance Sherriff® for SharePoint® at multiple VA Microsoft SharePoint Server farms.



The VA provides a wide range of websites and Web-enabled applications that assist the agency in managing its diverse business. All of these applications must be accessible in accordance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and comply with regulations governing privacy. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff will be used to address compliance issues related to Section 508 and the management of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) within the VA’s Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) environment. HiSoftware will also create a plan to address the VA’s enterprise-wide deployment of the solution.



“The pilot program will provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with the software and services to support the compliance issues the agency has outlined,” said Jeff Butts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, HiSoftware. “We look forward to helping the VA build a best practices program to help ensure compliance across their entire infrastructure.”



HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff provides users with a means to analyze content contributions for compliance issues across SharePoint websites, intranets, document libraries, email and social computing portals – keeping information safe, within regulatory guidelines and appropriate. HiSoftware will provide the VA with all necessary services, materials, products, licenses, training and travel to install, implement, configure, customize and validate Compliance Sheriff in seven (7) pilot MOSS farms. This will include identification and correction of 508 compliance deficiencies associated with these seven (7) sites, an analysis of the MOSS sites, configuration of the software to address both accessibility and privacy (PII and PHI) scenarios and the creation of a tailored plan to address enterprise-wide deployment of the HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for SharePoint solution.



HiSoftware has provided the VA with Section 508 compliance solutions since 2002.



About HiSoftware

Founded in 1998, HiSoftware (www. hisoftware. com) is a leading provider of Web content and social computing compliance software that monitors risk management across disperse e-Content environments – keeping information safe, appropriate and within regulatory guidelines. The company’s solutions provide a Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) platform for automating effective business processes for confidentiality, privacy, brand integrity, site quality, accessibility and inappropriate content for public websites and intranets. HiSoftware’s customers consist of many of the world’s largest public and private intranet and public facing sites including US and international government agencies and Global 2000 companies.



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Yearly Living Trust Check-Up

Yearly Living Trust Check-Up



Estate Planning: Living Trust Solves Problems



(PRWEB) January 9, 2005



Some time ago, Congress made certain changes to the estate taxes. As a result of the changes, effective January, 2004, the tax free amount increased to $1,500,000. (Back in 1997 it was $600,000.) This allows a married couple to leave a minimum of $3,000,000 tax free.



Your Living Trust does not need to be changed to incorporate these changes.



However, there are other developments which might be appropriate to consider.



1) You might want to consider a Dynasty Living Trust. The advantage of using the generation skipping tax exemption is greater during the grantorÂ’s lifetime. Once property is transferred to a dynasty Living Trust, all appreciation and accumulated income generated by the property until the grantorÂ’s death will be exempt from estate tax as long as it remains in the Living Trust. Basically, this is a grown-up Minor's Living Trust.



2) Another more recent development is worth considering. Since after one spouse dies, the Survivor has full control of the Surviving Spouse's Living Trust, including the right to change the beneficiary (through the General Power of Appointment), it is important to insure that the children from the first marriage inherit their deserved portion.



This is what could happen. You die. Your Living Trust divides into two or three shares. Your wife, who has control of the Living Trust, spends your half of the estate, remarries, and leaves her half to the new spouse (not your intention). You may discuss this now with your spouse and decide that the assets you have acquired during your lifetime together belong to both of you. While you still want your spouse to be happy and maybe even remarry, you want your joint assets to be inherited by your children, not the new spouse.



It is possible with the standard A - B - C Living Trust held by most married couples, which allows the Survivor's half (the A Living Trust) to be changed, to incorporate an instruction that the A Living Trust (the SurvivorÂ’s half) will be locked. With this feature, the surviving spouse may spend everything, but whatever is not spent must be left to your family rather than the new spouse.



3) Because time has passed since your Living Trust was first written, formerly young children are not so young anymore, and the successors you selected to make your decisions may no longer be appropriate because they are too old. Please review these designations listed in your Living Trust and Powers of Attorney (financial and Health Care).



Furthermore, the inheritance age threshold designated for minor children at the time you made your Living Trust may no longer be appropriate. At the time, you were guessing about what these minors would be like, say, when they became 25 years old. Maybe you now think it is necessary to adjust that age restriction.



4) Be certain that the people you appointed still have their copies of your Health Care Power of Attorney. They should have a copy handy because in an emergency they may need to make medical decisions quickly.



5) Make it easy for the people you Living Trusted to deal with your financial matters.



1. Make sure they know where to find your advisors.



2. If you have your own business, make a plan to deal with your death, beginning with the first day after your death.



3. Make a list of investments (name of institution, account numbers) so your assets can be found. (Bank / stock accounts, retirement plans, life insurance, safe deposit box, etc.)



4. If all the information is in your computer, make sure that an appropriate Living Trustworthy person has access to the password.



6) Make sure that your assets which have any form of registration are properly titled in your Living Trust. These assets include bank accounts, stock, and real estate. Now is a good time to verify that all such assets are held properly.



You also will receive Forms 1099 showing interest or dividends received during the past year, and K-1s for Partnerships. Check each real property tax bill, Form 1099, and K-1 to ensure that it reads something along the lines of:



John and Mary Doe, Trustees of the Living Trust of John and Mary Doe, dated January 1, 2004.



There may be other property which should also be in the Living Trust but may not provide annual reporting, such as stock which does not pay dividends and, therefore, no 1099 is provided. You should also verify that Pension Plans, IRAs, and Life Insurance beneficiaries are properly designated.



Creditors (such as your mortgage holder and credit cards) do not need to know about the Living Trust. Only those holding your property should have notice.



If you inherited any property or received a substantial gift since formation of the Living Trust, you should consider its status and your plans for it. Likewise, the ramifications of a change in your marital status since formation of the Living Trust should be considered.



If you refinanced your property since doing the Living Trust, bought new property, or opened new investment accounts, you should verify that the property is back in the Living Trust. As a good idea to remove all uncertainty with regard to the current and up-to-date nature of the information in your Living Trust, you might want to sign a statement each year informing that all personal property is listed in the Living Trust.



Also, review your estate plan yearly to make sure that you still trust the people you have chosen to act on your behalf after your death.



Note that Legal Helper Corp. http://www. legalhelpmate. com/living-trust-online. aspx (http://www. legalhelpmate. com/living-trust-online. aspx) - provides an easy-to-use, quick, and economical online method for creating completed revocable living trust.



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The OfficeMax Portal – Transforming the Corporate Culture: IHRIM Webinar Scheduled for November 8 to Feature Unique Transformation Strategy

The OfficeMax Portal – Transforming the Corporate Culture: IHRIM Webinar Scheduled for November 8 to Feature Unique Transformation Strategy



SAP Portal and Microsoft Sharepoint played key roles in transforming the corporate culture at OfficeMax. Attendees at IHRIM’s November 8 webinar will take the journey that OfficeMax has traveled this year in support of the company's culture transformation, including how OfficeMax’s 40,000 associates utilize the portal.



Burlington, MA (PRWEB) September 27, 2007



Jacqueline Kuhn, senior director, Corporate and Administrative Services for OfficeMax will present "The OfficeMax Portal – Transforming the Corporate Culture" on November 8, 2007 at 11:00 a. m. Central. Visit http://www. ihrim. org/events/Webinars/webinarNov07.asp (http://www. ihrim. org/events/Webinars/webinarNov07.asp) for registration. This webinar takes you on the journey that OfficeMax has traveled this year in support of the company’s culture transformation.



OfficeMax, a leader in business-to-business and retail office products, serves mid-size and small businesses globally through direct sales, catalogs, the Internet and at nearly 1,000 superstores. OfficeMax has more than 40,000 employees (associates) and this webinar will describe how their associates use the portal, and more importantly, want to use the portal. Equally important, you will be shown the enhancements made to support the company culture transformation and how the SAP Portal and Microsoft Sharepoint play roles in this transformation.



This webinar covers varied topics and will be of special benefit to HRIS Generalists and Specialists, HRIS/HRMS Managers and Administrators, Corporate Communications Professionals, Web Masters, Designers and Administrators. The program has been approved for 1.50 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).



Jacqueline Kuhn is responsible for the IT Finance, HR IT, and SAP Portal at OfficeMax, and has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of Consulting, Healthcare, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, and other Corporate Environments in HR systems. She has spoken at IHRIM events and conferences and is published in the IHRIM. link. She is a longtime IHRIM volunteer and currently serves as the IHRIM Board Chair. 



About IHRIM

The International Association for Human Resource Information Management is the resource that HR technology professionals turn to for industry news, knowledge, and networking. Formed in 1980 from informal gatherings when HR and IT professionals found themselves needing mediators, IHRIM has become the world’s leading clearinghouse for the HRMS (Human Resource Management Systems) industry. Today, IHRIM is a community of experts – a dynamic group of practitioners, vendors, consultants, students, and faculty that continues to grow, not just in numbers, but in its scope of knowledge and information. For more information about IHRIM and its many services, visit www. ihrim. org.



This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.



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KidBean. com Announces New Organic Cotton Nursing Dolls

KidBean. com Announces New Organic Cotton Nursing Dolls



Vegan Family Superstore KidBean. com now offers organic cotton nursing dolls made with fair labor in the USA. The nursing dolls, or breastfeeding dolls, are made by a work-at-home mom (WAHM) using only organic cotton. The dolls are an exciting addition to the company's large selection of organic cotton dolls and stuffed toys.



Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 8, 2007



With increased public awareness of the environmental triggers for asthma, allergies, and chemical sensitivities, more people are seeking organic cotton plush toys and dolls for their children. As an online retailer that specializes in earth-friendly, labor-friendly, vegan products (http://store. kidbean. com/veandsuli. html#vegan), KidBean. com is proud to offer one of the largest collections of dolls and stuffed toys made from pure, certified organic cotton, all made with fair labor and most made in the USA.



Owner and founder Melissa Zenz recalls "When my daughter was about two years old, we bought her a nursing doll as a gift. I believe firmly in the benefits of breastfeeding for health and environmental reasons, and wanted her to have a doll that she could use to role-play this loving and routine aspect of our lives that was so unfamiliar to most of the people we knew."



Zenz's daughter adored her nursing doll and it certainly helped start some positive conversations at playdates, the park, and family gatherings. As a committed environmentalist and a member of a family with sensitivities to a variety of allergens, Zenz was disappointed, however, that it was made with conventional cotton and filled with polyester. She searched but could not find an organic cotton breastfeeding doll.



"As I searched, I also noticed that organic cotton stuffed toys were difficult to find in general. Few options were available, and even fewer were made in the USA," adds Zenz. Over the next 6 years, she steadily worked to increase her company's offering of stuffed toys and dolls that met 3 criteria she considered vital: first, only natural, organic fibers could be used; second, the products must be made in the USA with fair labor; and third, no animal ingredients could be used (the products must be vegan).



The nursing dolls took awhile in development, and are now available. As with all of KidBean. com's other dolls, only organic cotton is used to make the nursing dolls. The dolls are available in a variety of skin tones, hair colors and eye colors. Each doll comes with a nursling and a baby sling.



Today KidBean. com's selection of labor-friendly organic cotton dolls (http://www. kidbean. com/orcodo. html) and stuffed toys (http://www. kidbean. com/orcostanto. html) is one of the largest available. This collection of natural fiber dolls includes Waldorf-style dolls, fairies, mermaids and breastfeeding dolls, with more styles in development. All are available in a variety of skin tones and many offer options for hair and eye colors, so you can select a doll that matches your child's features, if desired. Custom orders are also available with quick turnaroud times for no additional fee. For added play value, most dolls come with removable clothing.



A variety of organic stuffed animals are also offered, including manatees, rabbits, mice, and the traditional teddy bear. "Our organic cotton teddy bears are a popular first birthday gift," notes Zenz.



In keeping with the company's dedication to support small, home-based businesses in the USA, most of KidBean. com's organic cotton plush toys are made in Maryland by work-at-home mom Diana Yun. With her background in botany and food chemistry, and her lifelong love of sewing, Diana uses her talents to create many of the toys for KidBean. com. She uses only soft, pure organic cotton for all components of her dolls and stuffed animals, including the fabric, thread, stuffing, lace, and yarn. Colors are typically hand-dyed, with many dyes coming from roots and flowers in her own garden. These are works of art that are made with love and designed to be

Treasured for years.



Once KidBean. com's organic cotton dolls became popular, customers began asking for additional doll accessories. KidBean. com quickly answered these requests with the addition of handmade wooden doll cradles (http://www. kidbean. com/wodofu. html), organic cotton doll beds (http://www. kidbean. com/orcodobe. html) and other organic doll accessories--all made in the USA.



"I recently found a line of plush toys certified as 'asthma friendly'," says Zenz. "As a parent of children with sensitivities to allergens and a concerned consumer and business owner, I was intrigued. But when I researched them further, I found they did not meet our criteria." Just like the 'asthma friendly' certified plush toys, however, all of KidBean. com's organic cotton plush toys are machine washable. KidBean. com's toys also have the added benefit of being made solely of organic, natural fibers.



From natural fiber Waldorf dolls to organic teddy bears (http://www. kidbean. com/1104805.html) to organic cotton doll beds and wooden cradles, KidBean. com has something for all the special children in your life.



KidBean. com is based in Asheville, North Carolina and operates on the web at http://www. kidbean. com/ (http://www. kidbean. com/).



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Shape Up The Nation Shapes Up the Holidays

Shape Up The Nation Shapes Up the Holidays



Leading Corporate Wellness Company Launches "Fit ‘n’ Festive" Holiday Wellness Challenge



Providence, RI (PRWEB) October 28, 2010



Shape Up The Nation, the innovative provider of social networking-based online corporate wellness services, today announced the launch of a fun social gaming challenge designed to help participants maintain their body weight during the holiday season. Called "Fit 'n’ Festive," this wellness challenge encourages balance between fitness activities and festive, but often unhealthy, holiday habits.



A New England Journal of Medicine study found that the average adult American gains one pound of weight during the short holiday season and never loses it. The pounds quickly add up, as do the associated health problems and financial costs. Ongoing weight gain during adulthood has serious health consequences and is a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other weight-related co-morbidities.



"The holidays are a tough time for everyone," said Mike Zani, chief executive officer of Shape Up The Nation. "Time commitments and stress rise dramatically, and unhealthy food and drinks that are readily available often become an easy but unwise source of comfort.”



To combat nationwide holiday weight gain, Shape Up The Nation designed its Fit ‘n’ Festive challenge to encourage mindfulness during the holiday season. Participating employers will encourage their employees to team up using Shape Up The Nation's online social wellness platform, where they can track their actions, engage in friendly competition, and motivate each other to pursue a healthy holiday season.



“We developed this initiative to encourage awareness of what we consume during the holidays and to help participants balance that with healthy activities like exercise and relaxation,” said Rajiv Kumar, Shape Up The Nation’s founder and chief clinical officer. “Our goal is to empower people to harness motivation and accountability from their trusted social network so they can survive holiday temptations and emerge in the new year healthier than before.”



Employers interested in offering Shape Up The Nation's Fit ‘n’ Festive wellness challenge to their employees can visit http://www. shapeupthenation. com/fnf to learn more.



About Shape Up The Nation

Shape Up The Nation is the first corporate wellness company focused on leveraging the power of trusted social networks to promote healthy living. Founded in 2006, Shape Up The Nation has pioneered an innovative approach to behavior change that uses social networking to reduce health care costs by improving the health of large populations through peer motivation, support, and accountability. Shape Up The Nation’s evidence-based online wellness platform is used by more than 120 leading self-insured employers and health plans. For more information, visit http://www. shapeupthenation. com/.



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NBC's "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" Show Features Mom Corps and Maid Brigade Who Help Mother of Struggling Family Find a Job

NBC's "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" Show Features Mom Corps and Maid Brigade Who Help Mother of Struggling Family Find a Job



Thanks to Mom Corps, Marie Stengler is Now Working as a Consumer Health Advocate for Maid Brigade Balancing Work and Family While Contributing to her Household Bottom Line



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 5, 2010



NBC’s new reality series, Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, aired its second of six series shows on Tuesday, August 3rd, featuring a struggling couple on the verge of foreclosure and divorce after investing their life savings in a start up company that never got off the ground. Faced with extreme financial challenges and personal stress, Tony Robbins invited the couple to be part of his show and coached them into getting their life back on track, including finding new jobs for the couple. Through a series of challenges, Ron and Marie Stegner regained their confidence and, after eight years at-home, Marie was able to find a flexible job with Maid Brigade as a Consumer Health Advocate, thanks to help from Allison O’Kelly, CEO and Founder of Mom Corps. Today, the Stegners have recharged their lives, and Marie is helping contribute to her family finances while balancing work, home life and her three children.



“Going back to work after you have been out of the workforce for some time can seem daunting for so many people,” says Mom Corps CEO Allison O'Kelly. "And the recession hasn’t made it any easier, putting extra pressure on at-home moms like Marie Stegner to help contribute financially. As a national staffing company that finds challenging jobs for professionals looking for alternative work schedules, Mom Corps provides candidates like Marie expert resume advice and the tools they need to regain confidence in themselves and find meaningful work.”



Last year, Mom Corps joined forces with Maid Brigade, a national cleaning company and pioneer of the green house cleaning movement, to help its members achieve a better sense of balance while juggling career, family and household management. When the Tony Robbins Show called Mom Corps, O’Kelly immediately reached out to Maid Brigade knowing the new Consumer Health Advocate position they were creating would be a great fit for Stegner, who was already one of their candidates. Stegner’s previous professional experience included working as a licensed practical nurse and corporate health and wellness manager.



“When we interviewed Marie, her previous work and at-home mom experience lined up beautifully with our job description,” says Cloud Conrad, Vice President of Brand Strategies at Maid Brigade. “We hired Marie to educate families on the impact of common household chemicals on our health and the environment and advocate for increased awareness and the use of green cleaning alternatives. Today, Marie is flourishing in her virtual job and has exceeded our expectations. She blogs daily for Maid Brigade daily, writes articles, creates educational videos, and appears at local events – all geared toward helping busy women lead healthier lives and create healthier homes.”



For other professionals out there who need to go back to work or recharge their careers, Mom Corps (momcorps. com (http://www. momcorps. com)) finds challenging work arrangements for those who are looking for alternative work schedules. Headquartered in Atlanta and with 12 new franchises opened in major metropolitan markets around the country, Mom Corps is growing, despite the recession. As more and more companies are using part-time, contractual and interim employees to meet their fluctuating business needs, Mom Corps provides companies with on-demand access to over 50,000 experienced candidates, not available through traditional employment channels. Studies show that professionals who have flexibility in their jobs are more productive, creative, loyal and happy with their lives.



Maid Brigade (maidbrigade. com (http://www. maidbrigade. com)) facilitates work/life balance for working women by giving them back what is arguably their most precious commodity – time. For over 25 years the cleaning company has provided reliable, consistent housecleaning services that help to maintain a clean and healthy indoor environment. With over 400 service areas located in 38 states, Maid Brigade is the first national house cleaning service to develop its own green cleaning system, patterned on Green Seal’s standard for the commercial cleaning industry wherever applicable. Maid Brigade’s consumer advocacy web site, GreenCleanCertified. com contains numerous articles and videos, and even an interactive quiz on green living.



Mom Corps partnered with Maid Brigade last year recognizing how reducing housework for working parents can be elemental in creating time for family and promoting a stronger work-life balance. According to a survey of 1,337 participants, the two organizations conducted together last year, 72% of the respondents (women between 25-54) felt they work a "second shift" trying to keep up with household chores, almost 75% responded they did not feel they could manage all the cleaning details and maintain proper balance, and 98% said that the use outside household cleaning providers gave them better balance.



For Mom Corps media inquiries, contact Kristi Perry at kperrypr (at) gmail (dot) com or Caroline Evans at caroline (at) momcorps (dot) com and for Maid Brigade media inquiries, contact Cloud Conrad at CConrad (at) maidbrigade (dot) net.



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Career Fair for Military Veterans Coming to Home of Pittsburgh Steelers on September 25

Career Fair for Military Veterans Coming to Home of Pittsburgh Steelers on September 25



Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 11, 2008 -- The military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will present a free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds in Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25. This event, the RecruitMilitary Career Fair, will take place from 11 a. m. until 3 p. m. at Heinz Field, home of the Steelers. RecruitMilitary and the Steelers urge all job seekers who have military backgrounds to attend--veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.



Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 3, 2008



The military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will present a free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds in Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25. This event, the RecruitMilitary Career Fair, will take place from 11 a. m. until 3 p. m. at Heinz Field, home of the Steelers. RecruitMilitary and the Steelers urge all job seekers who have military backgrounds to attend--veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.



The event will be the 79th of 102 RecruitMilitary Career Fairs scheduled for 2008. RecruitMilitary will produce two additional events on the same day--at Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, in Newark; and at Nauticus - Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center in Norfolk, Virginia.



In Pittsburgh, an all-star team of veteran-friendly organizations will conduct one-on-one interviews with the job seekers -- organizations that will include corporate employers, law-enforcement agencies and other government employers, educational institutions, franchisors, veterans service agencies, and veterans associations. Already in the line-up are AFLAC, Allegheny General Hospital, Comdoc, Consol Energy, DeVry University, Domino's Pizza, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Elliott Company, Highmark, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, Roto Rooter, Snap-On Tool Company, The Dwyer Group, UPMC Health System, the United States Border Patrol, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the Veterans Business Outreach Center.



RecruitMilitary will produce the career fair in cooperation with The American Legion; HireVetsFirst, a unit of the United States Department of Labor; and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN).



More than 500 organizations attended 45 RecruitMilitary Career Fairs in 2007. At those events, an average of 30-plus organizations interviewed an average of over 325 job seekers. RecruitMilitary Career Fairs conducted in 2006 and 2007 generated television coverage by CNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN; radio coverage by ESPN and numerous regional stations; and articles in metropolitan and local newspapers.



The American Legion is an association of veterans who served during times of war. The Legion has 2.7 million members in nearly 15,000 posts throughout the world. The National Commander of The American Legion is Dave Rehbein, an Army veteran, of Ames, Iowa. The Commander of the Department of Pennsylvania is W. J. "Sandy" Sandell, a Navy veteran, of Erie. Congress chartered The American Legion in 1919. HireVetsFirst was created by Congress in 2002 to develop awareness among employers of the outstanding attributes of men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life. The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network was founded in 2004 to provide career opportunities and job portability for military spouses. The organization is made up of military spouses, caregivers to war wounded, and retired military personnel.



RecruitMilitary, based in Cincinnati, connects employers with job seekers who have military backgrounds. All of the company's account executives and retained search consultants are either veterans or active or former reservists. The President of RecruitMilitary is Drew Myers, formerly a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. The company was founded in 1998. In August 2008, RecruitMilitary acquired Landmark Destiny Group (LDG), a military-to-civilian recruiting firm based in Norfolk.



In addition to participation in career fairs, RecruitMilitary offers subscriptions to two databases of self-registered job seekers who have military backgrounds. The database at www. recruitmilitary. com currently numbers more than 230,000, and the database at www. destinygroup. com numbers over 300,000.



RecruitMilitary also offers retained hiring services as well as advertising space in online and print media. The company obtained Search & Employ, a bimonthly print magazine, in the LDG acquisition. In October, RecruitMilitary will mail more than 32,000 copies of the magazine to over 230 military bases throughout the world for distribution to transitioning personnel. Employers, educational institutions, and franchisors advertise in Search & Employ.



Contact:

Drew Myers

President

RecruitMilitary LLC

800-226-0841



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Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI) Awarded Professional Services Contract by Disease Management and Service Line Development Company

Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI) Awarded Professional Services Contract by Disease Management and Service Line Development Company



Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI)is pleased to announce that HSI was chosen by Televisual Communications, Inc (TVC) as the consulting firm of choice to implement their “Best Practices” service line development programs in cardiology, orthopedics, women’s health, imaging and oncology on a national basis.



(PRWEB) July 19, 2005



Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI), the leading healthcare consulting provider of innovative implementation strategies for service line development and emerging technology, is pleased to announce that HSI was chosen by Televisual Communications, Inc (TVC) as the consulting firm of choice to implement their “Best Practices” service line development programs in cardiology, orthopedics, women’s health, imaging and oncology on a national basis.



TVCÂ’s award-winning programs have been implemented in over 400 hospitals in the United States and around the world. TVC was originally created in 1990 by a successful orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Barrett, as he set out to create customized patient-education videos for physician offices and hospitals that focused on increasing physician efficiency and enhancing patient satisfaction.



“We are very excited about this opportunity to be the implementation specialists for TVC solutions on a national level”, states Tim Polley, President of HSI. “Their programs have been recognized by hospitals, trade publications, teaching institutions, and leading medical professionals as the industry standard in product development, marketing and disease management programs. Their solutions and our implementation skills as healthcare consultants are an excellent fit for both organizations and client hospitals.”



About Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI)



HSI was formed to assist healthcare organizations create and implement successful, innovative strategies surrounding the early adoption of emerging medical technology and multi-discipline service line development. The HSI approach results in customized solutions that are clinically responsible, financially sound and strategically appropriate. For more information about Healthcare Strategic Insight, LLC (HSI), contact the office at 2021 Midwest Road, Ste. 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523, 800-332-9436.



About TVC



TVC creates award winning service line development solutions and assists hospitals and healthcare organizations enhance their community image, market share and patient information. TVC partnered with “best Practices” in orthopedics, cardiology, women’s health, oncology and other specialties to create products and systems for service line development in hospitals. For more information on TVC, contact the office at 800-741-3877 to speak to your local representative.



For more information about TVC, please contact the office at 300 S. Duncan, Ste. 112, Clearwater, FL., 33755, 1-800-741-3877.



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ELLIANCE ADDS STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH

ELLIANCE ADDS STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH



(PRWEB) November 7, 1999



Contact: Carrie Lekse, Marketing Director



Phone: 888-926-6262



PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 1999: Responding to clientÂ’s growing service needs, Elliance, a full-service eCommerce, database integration and web development firm, has increased its staff by five to accommodate its 60% growth and is looking to hire additional staff by the end of the year.



Elliance strengthens its staff to meet the demands of the electronic marketplace. According to Abu Noaman, President of Elliance, “We have seen our customers’ eCommerce needs steadily increase over the past year. And with Forrester Research’s projection that Internet commerce will reach the one trillion mark by the year 2001, we are gearing up to solve our customers’ eCommerce application needs and prepare them for this eBusiness revolution.”



The following employees who have recently joined the staff at Elliance bring a vast range of information technology, web design, marketing and other experience:



Jeff Herald, Systems Administrator, has over 10 years of experience in Information Systems. Previously employed with Carnegie Mellon University, Jeff held a variety of information technology positions including systems administrator and programmer and currently resides in Shadyside, PA.



Mark Kuchta, Systems Administrator, has over 20 years of experience in Information Systems. Previously employed with the United States Department of Energy, Mark held a variety of information technology positions there including senior applications programmer and systems, network and database administrator. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Indiana University of PA and has obtained post-graduate training from the University of Pittsburgh in Accounting, Computer Science and Engineering and resides in Pleasant Hills, PA.



Carrie Lekse, Marketing Director, has more than 8 years of marketing, communications and advertising experience. She was previously employed as an account supervisor at the advertising agency of Saifman, Richards & Associates in Cleveland, OH. Carrie has held past positions as Director of Marketing Communications for major high technology firms and has extensive experience in business-to-business, high technology, non-profit and healthcare marketing and public relations within both corporate and agency environments. Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and resides in Pleasant Hills, PA.



Renata Mastrofrancesco, Internet Marketing Coordinator, has more than 10 years of advertising and copywriting experience. She was previously employed as an advertising communications coordinator at Delta International Machinery Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA and has extensive consumer copywriting experience. Renata is a graduate of the Journalism and Communications department at Point Park College and resides in Aliquippa, PA.



Leslie Tarquinio, Office Administrator, has over 20 years of experience in business education and administration. A former teacher of Business Education, Leslie has taught a variety of business subjects at the high school, business school and community college level. Leslie holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and resides in Mars, PA.



Elliance is a full-service eCommerce, database integration and web development firm providing advertising agencies and their customers with strategic eBusiness technology and Internet solutions designed to expand and enhance their businesses. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elliance has regional offices in Cleveland, OH and Minneapolis, MN.



A subsidiary of Internet Services Corporation, Elliance was formed in 1997 to provide companies with information technology resources and back-end programming expertise essential for eBusiness development.



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Vivica A. Fox, Shirley Murdock, Shanice, Hosea Chancez, and Flex Alexander Supported Oakland Black Expo At The Coliseum

Vivica A. Fox, Shirley Murdock, Shanice, Hosea Chancez, and Flex Alexander Supported Oakland Black Expo At The Coliseum



In Oakland California, the official 19th Annual Bay Area Black Expo took place at the Oakland Coliseum to help promote, business, organizations, and individuals catering to the African-American Communities. Several celebrities came out to show their support including Vivica A. Fox, Shirley Murdock, Shanice, Hosea Chanchez, and Flex Alexander. More information can be found at BayAreaBlackExpo. com



Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2010



With over 100 vendors, gorgeous actress Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), R&B singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”), and actor Flex Alexander (UPN’s “One on One”) excited the crowd with laughter and encouraging words during the official Bay Area Black Expo at the Oakland Coliseum. This past Saturday, over 3,000 people showed up at the Oakland Coliseum to see the entertainment, participate in a Home Buyers Auction and receive information on Loan Modifications. In addition, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation held a blood drive to help find donors who can make a difference and Kaiser Permanente had a Wii Fitness Pavilion where they promoted nutrition and health prevention.



“I was able to get information on how to save my home during the ‘How To Prevent A Loan Default’ workshop” stated Daphne Lopes, an attendee who was attending the Black Expo at the Oakland Coliseum.



Prior to Saturday, a Pre-Black Expo dinner gala, the Diamond Diversity Awards, was held at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. The awards show was hosted by CW’s Talk Show Host Dr. Brenda Wade and KTVU Channel 2’s anchor Dave Clark. A Caribbean-style dinner was served while $10,000 in scholarship dollars was given to deserving students planning to enter into college this coming fall. The Diamond Diversity Awards ended the night with a powerful performance by R&B singer Kenny Lattimore.



“Congratulations on bringing the Black Expo back to Oakland,” stated Oakland Vice Mayor Jean Quan to the new Co-Executive Producers, Laura Wright and Rose Lyles during the Diamond Diversity Awards.



On Sunday, another 2,000 people arrived and the Bay Area Black Expo kicked-off the celebrations by partnering with The Oakland Raiders to host Raiders Family Day which included appearances from several Raiderettes and Raiders players together with Line Backer, Sam Williams. More than a few prized NFL ‘Hall Of Fame’ memorabilia items were given to winners during the Raiders competition and trivia.



“The Oakland Raiders are happy to support the Bay Area Black Expo and are glad the expo is being held at the Coliseum,” said Monica Tucker, Marketing Representative for The Oakland Raiders.



In addition to sports enthusiast activities, the expo featured a 40 minute performance by R&B/Gospel singer Shirley Murdock and appearance by actor Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game). Lastly, the expo has a cooking contest, “Top Chef,” hosted by Nikki Shaw, where Ribs-N-Things BBQ was crowned ‘Top Chef’ of the Bay. More information can be found at www. BayAreaBlackExpo. com or by calling 510-786-6075.



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IRS Section 125 Audit Disasters Await Many Small Employers

IRS Section 125 Audit Disasters Await Many Small Employers



Employers nationwide are routinely ignoring IRS and DOL compliance requirements for properly establishing and maintaining IRS Section 125 and HRA plans to deduct insurance premiums, medical expenses, and dependent care assistance. The consequence: deductions may be disallowed back to the beginning; assessment of back taxes with interest and penalties; and, possible daily DOL fines. Are you one of these employers?



Bradenton, FL (PRWEB) October 27, 2005



As the President of Core Documents, Inc., one the nation’s leading providers of IRS and DOL compliant plan documents for establishing Section 125 Cafeteria Plans and Section 105 HRA plans, I continue to be amazed at the number of small employer groups who are completely unaware of IRS and DOL requirements regarding their pre-taxed benefit offerings. This leads me to believe the number of small and medium-sized businesses blissfully unaware and routinely ignoring these compliance requirements is huge.



The Section 125 or Section 105 HRA infractions are normally discovered by an astute insurance agent, and rarely by the company owner, corporate attorney, CPA or bookkeeper. I emphasize the word astute because most insurance agents, as well as most accountants, are also blissfully unaware when it comes to this subject.



So what are the consequences to these unsuspecting employers? Any, or all of the following:



all pre-tax deductions may be disallowed back to the beginning; IRS assessment of unpaid back taxes plus interest and penalties; and possible daily Department of Labor fines.



A common misconception is, “my Payroll Company or Professional Employer Organization (PEO), take care of these issues”. Don’t count on it. Ask them a few questions about your plan from the list of compliance issues below. My experience tells me they’ll have as many infractions as most small employers. My best advice is you should maintain your own formal plan document, SPD, election forms, and annual testing.



Is your company out of compliance with a possible IRS Section 125 audit disaster in your future? Here are a few of the more common compliance issues we address daily:



Employers are required by the IRS to establish and maintain a formal plan document before pre-tax benefits can be offered, Employers are required by the Department of Labor to distribute a Summary Plan Description or SPD to every employee initially and at predetermined intervals, Annual salary reduction election forms should be on file and available for possible IRS audit, Discrimination testing should be done at least once a year and proof of testing should be available for possible IRS audit, Medical expense reimbursement plans with more than 100 participants are required to file IRS Form 5500 annually, Failure to update and maintain the plan document for new IRS provisions and laws regarding COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, USERRA, protected health information, over-the-counter prescription drugs, new definitions for dependents, deductions for domestic partners, mid-year qualifying events to make election changes, Failure to enforce twelve month irrevocable deduction rules during the plan year, Refunding unused funds back to the employee from medical and dependent care assistance FSA plans at the end of the plan year, Companies establishing simple reimbursement plans for dental, vision, or deductible and co-payment expenses without a written plan and SPD, Reimbursing medical and insurance expenses to only certain key employees, Discriminating within a class of employee, Basing benefit limits for reimbursement on seniority or a percentage of pay, S Corporation owners and family members pre-taxing benefits, Owners participating illegally, Highly compensated and key employee deductions total more than 25% of group deductions, Professional groups, normally physicians, setting up elaborate insurance and medical expense reimbursement schemes without a formal plan while excluding hourly employees, Pre-taxing health savings account bank funds through the Section 125 Premium Only Plan without proper plan documentation addressing HSA administration, Not limiting Medical Expense Reimbursement FSA plans offered in combination with HSA plans.



These are just a few of the compliance issues we address daily. If you believe your plan may be out of compliance, call today for a free no obligation consultation. You’ll speak with a professional, fully accredited and Certified in Flexible Compensation, (CFC), by the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.



Core Documents, Inc. has been providing plan documents, starting at only $99, since 1997 for: Section 125 Premium Only Plans (POP), Medical Expense Reimbursement Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Dependent Care Assistance Plan FSAs, Health Savings Account Modules (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), Section 105 for Sole Proprietor Spouse/Employee arrangements, and Section 132 Commuter Transit Plans.



See more information about these fringe benefit plans at Core Documents’ website: http://www. CoreDocuments. com (http://www. CoreDocuments. com), or call toll free 1-888-755-3373.



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Messaging Architects Continues Its Commitment to Technology and Innovation at Novell's 2008 Advanced Technical Training Conference

Messaging Architects Continues Its Commitment to Technology and Innovation at Novell's 2008 Advanced Technical Training Conference



Messaging Architects' trainers demonstrate how M+Archive leverages the new GroupWise 8 Stubbing API, co-developed by Novell and Messaging Architects, for seamless compliant access to the GroupWise archives.



Montreal, QC (Vocus) December 10, 2008



Messaging Architects (http://www. messagingarchitects. com), the experts in email risk management and compliance, today announced its sponsorship of Novell's Advanced Technical Training Conference (ATT Live). ATT Live is a three-day event of intensive hands-on technical training where Messaging Architects' technology trainers will offer email administrators, system integrators and key channel partners in-depth instruction on the M+Platform for GroupWise Security and Compliance.



A highly-anticipated component of the training will be a practical demonstration of how M+Archive, Messaging Architects' policy-based email archiving and discovery solution (http://www. messagingarchitects. com/mplusarchive), leverages the new GroupWise 8 Stubbing API to improve email system management and eliminate the risks of email retention non-compliance. The Stubbing API was co-developed by Novell and Messaging Architects to enable third-party organizations to better integrate their email archiving products with GroupWise.



Due to the overwhelming interest from participants, this year's ATT Live sessions will be delivered twice, from December 10 to 12 and from December 15 to 17. Over 65 topics and certifications on system and resource management, collaboration, identity and security, and SUSE Linux are on the agenda. For details and an updated list of sessions, visit the conference website (http://www. novell. com/training/attlive/).



Systems engineers and integrators unable to attend Novell's ATT Live Conference are invited to register for on-demand access of Messaging Architects' technical presentations by submitting an email (info at messagingarchitects dot com) to with Subject: M+Platform-Novell ATT Live 2008.



About Messaging Architects:

Founded in 1995, Messaging Architects specializes in email lifecycle management solutions across numerous sectors including government, education, healthcare and corporate. Our software and services provide 100% email uptime and compliance by addressing the need for policy-driven, email risk management (security, content filtering, archiving and e-discovery). Used daily by thousands of enterprise clients worldwide, our solutions are compatible with Novell GroupWise (NOVL), Microsoft Exchange (MSFT) and IBM Lotus Notes/Domino (IBM). www. messagingarchitects. com.



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Chairman of P&G, A. G. Lafley, and President of MIT, Dr. Susan Hockfield, Awarded Prestigious Edison Achievement Award™

Chairman of P&G, A. G. Lafley, and President of MIT, Dr. Susan Hockfield, Awarded Prestigious Edison Achievement Award™



Annual Award Recognizes Leaders That Have Made Significant & Lasting Contributions to Innovation, Marketing and Human-Centered Design Throughout Their Careers



Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 16, 2009



The Edison Awards, recognized as one of America's leading innovation awards, today announced A. G. Lafley, the Chairman of Procter and Gamble (P&G), and Dr. Susan Hockfield, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be awarded the prestigious Edison Achievement Award™ on April 29, 2010 at The Capitale in New York City. The annual Award honors leaders who have displayed the persistence, collaboration, and creativity necessary to advance successful innovation in their respective organizations.



“Being recognized with the Edison Achievement Award is an honor and an inspiration,” said Mr. Lafley. “It’s an inspiration because I love innovation—trying to find better brands, better products, and better services, that in a small, but important way, make everyday life a little bit better for people and their families around the world.”



"The Edison Achievement Award call out the enormous value of discovery and innovation, and it is a great honor to have been chosen as a recipient. At MIT, our driving purpose is to generate the transformative innovations and innovators that will improve human life around the globe -- a mission

Perfectly in tune with the animating spirit of the Edison Awards,” said Dr. Hockfield.



A sample of past award winners who have made similar significant and lasting contributions to innovation, marketing and human-centered design include:

 David Kelley, Founder and Chairman IDEO  Dr. Susan Desmond Hellmann, President New Product Development Genentech  Ted Turner, Vice Chairman Time Warner  Reuben Mark, Chairman and CEO Colgate-Palmolive  Martha Stewart, Chairman Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, LLC.  J. W. Marriott Jr. Chairman and CEO Marriott International  Nolan Archibald, Chairman and CEO Black and Decker  Arthur Martinez, Chairman and CEO Sears, Roebuck and Company



“We’re pleased to bestow this year’s Edison Achievement Award to A. G. Lafley and Dr. Susan Hockfield for their vision, leadership and perseverance in not only keeping the spirit of research and innovation alive in America, but also by inspiring others to do the same,” said Frank Bonafilia, Managing Director of the Edison Awards.



In addition, the Edison Awards are currently accepting nominations now through December 11, 2009. For more information or to view the nomination form, visit www. EdisonAwards. com.



About A. G. Lafley:

A. G. Lafley, who served as P&G’s CEO from 2000 to 2009, is Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. Lafley led the transformation of P&G during the nine years he served as CEO. He focused the Company on core businesses and brands, faster-growing and higher-margin beauty, grooming and health care businesses, and winning in developing markets. He made P&G a more consumer-driven and externally focused company. And, he helped shape a more diverse, open and collaborative culture in which innovation is the primary driver of business and financial growth. To read more of A. G’s biography, click here [http://phx. corporate-ir. net/External. File? item=UGFyZW50SUQ9OTQzOHxDaGlsZElEPS0xfFR5cGU9Mw==&t=1 (http://phx. corporate-ir. net/External. File? item=UGFyZW50SUQ9OTQzOHxDaGlsZElEPS0xfFR5cGU9Mw==&t=1)].



About Dr. Susan Hockfield:

Dr. Susan Hockfield has served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since December 2004. A strong advocate of the vital role that science, technology, and the research university play in the world, she believes that MIT can best advance its historic mission of teaching, research, and service by providing robust and sustained support for the ideas and energies of its faculty and students.



A noted neuroscientist whose research has focused on the development of the brain, Dr. Hockfield is the first life scientist to lead MIT and holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience in the Institute's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. To read more of Susan’s biography, click here [http://web. mit. edu/hockfield/biography. html (http://web. mit. edu/hockfield/biography. html)].



About The Edison Awards:

The Edison Awards recognize the persistence and excellence Thomas Edison himself personified: qualities which have allowed America to remain at the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. For more information about The Edison Awards, visit www. EdisonAwards. com.



The Thomas Edison Papers is the Guarantor of the Edison Awards. As a globally recognized research network dedicated to the study of innovation and its application in the 21st century, we are uniquely positioned to authenticate the innovative spirit of the Edison Awards, which highlight Edison’s innovation model. This model can serve as a platform to engage and inspire tomorrow’s inventors, and modern-day innovators. For more information on The Edison Papers, visit http://edison. rutgers. edu (http://edison. rutgers. edu)



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