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Cancer, Caregivers, and Comedy: Two Chicago Women Bring Their Story of Survival to New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 12, 2015

BeeFAB Productions, a Chicago-based theater company, is bringing its new show, “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” to Chelsea’s Magnet Theater for its New York debut on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Written and performed by Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman, “Tales” is a collection of satire, comedy, and touching stories about the brutal strength of newlyweds facing the daily grim realities of The Big C – softened by the humor of the unexpected bittersweet revelations.

“Anyone who has been affected by cancer in any way will relate to this show,” says Fabjance. “We’ve had doctors and nurses come to our show and tell us that they now have a better understanding of what their patients go through.”

When Fabjance produced her first one-woman show, “Are You There, Judy? It’s me, Cancer” in 2011, she was already a three-year survivor after a right mastectomy. Last year she married Beeman, who became her primary caretaker.

Beeman calls “Tales” a love story. “So many people feel like they are trapped in this depressing, scary story. We want to help them find the humor, find the lighter side; find the release.”

Through sketches, songs, and monologues, Beeman and Fabjance tackle everything from restrictive diets to their sex life to the questionable motives of cancer’s so-called “Big Pink” industry.

Their satirical perspective is rooted in their training at the Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, where Fabiance has been an instructor since 1999, where she worked and studied with Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, and many other comedic luminaries who have supported Fabjance through every step of her arduous journey. Colbert even provided an autographed book for a silent auction as a fundraiser for the cause, listing the book’s actual value as “priceless.”

Beeman writes and performs in training sketches for Lambda Legal, Personal Pac, and Motorola, where she also has a day job as a reliability engineer.

Monday, May 4th

Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer

Magnet Theater : http://www.magnettheater.com

254 West 29th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)

Box Office (212) 244-8824

Showtime: 8:30PM

Tickets: $ 7

For more information contact:

Judy Fabjance / 773-988-2289 / gfabjance(at)gmail(dot)com / http://www.beefabproductions.com/media

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State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program Teams Up With the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to Bring Health Solutions to State Workers


Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The first group of 20 State of Colorado (State) employees lost an average of 8.59% of their body weight while participating in the 16 week State of Slim pilot program, offered through the employee wellness program. Overall the group of lost 282.1 pounds, with some of the individuals losing as many as 34 pounds.

The University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s research-based, results-oriented weight-loss program State of Slim, was offered through the State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program, which encourages State employees to live healthier lives through incentives and innovative programs. The wellness program empowers employees to take action by creating long-term healthy behaviors and routines, and supports Gov. John Hickenlooper’s goal to make Colorado the healthiest state in America.

All interested employees completed a voluntary application and signed a commitment to the State of Slim expectations. CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center experts selected 20 employees for the program based on the center’s criteria and participants’ level of readiness.

The employees met with a State of Slim transformation coach for 16 weeks of curriculum-based, face-to-face group sessions. To promote engagement, employees paid a small fee, and if employees met the expectations and promises for the program they earned their contribution back.

In terms of weight loss, the program teaches employees how to get outside their comfort zone and have the right mindset and motivation to transform themselves. Unlike typical weight loss programs, State of Slim teaches participants not only how to get the weight off, but how to keep it off.

“State of Slim class participants often come to us for weight loss but soon learn they are in for a lifelong transformation,” said program creator Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and co-author of the book State of Slim. “The information we teach is based on 30 years of scientific research, which showed us that changing your mindset is just as important as diet and fitness when it comes to taking weight off and keeping it off long-term. We are thrilled to partner with the State of Colorado in its organizational wellness journey as it offers the State of Slim program to its employees. It truly demonstrates the State’s commitment to walking the talk and the importance of a healthy workplace.”

Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) employee Greg Mechem lost 20.6 pounds by changing eating behaviors, habits and patterns. “I love the way this whole concept has been introduced,” said Mechem. “The explanations of how we’ve gotten to where we are ring true. The insight as to what needs to be done to change the cycle and that this is not just a temporary change but a permanent one, is profound.”

Another DPA employee, Sabrina D’Agosta, dropped 18.2 pounds she had previously struggled to lose. “As a lifelong vegetarian, I thought I was eating really well, and exercise alone wasn’t helping me accomplish my weight loss goals after I had kids. State of Slim made me re-examine my food choices and fundamentally changed the way I think about not just my diet, but my overall health and well-being. I’m thrilled with how much I lost, how quickly I lost it and how confident I am that I can keep it off. I’m hugely appreciative that the State offered this program and hope that many others will participate.”

Moving forward, the State plans to offer additional State of Slim programs to select departments in a phased approach. One of the State’s health plan partners, UnitedHealthcare, sponsored the cost of the first phase of the program.

“State of Slim is an innovative and exciting way to get State employees to make healthy choices a part of their everyday life,” said Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado. “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support this program and help Coloradoans live healthier lives.”

“As we continue to advance the employee wellness program, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local partners who offer wellness solutions that not only engage State employees in their health, but help them make positive lifelong changes,” said Nate Sassano, wellness manager for the State. “The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s State of Slim program brings training and education on-site and supports our vision to build a work environment where it is easy to engage in healthy activities.”

State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program:

In 2012, the Governor’s Office released the State of Health Report: Colorado’s Mission to become the Healthiest state in the Country. The plan outlined ways to support Coloradans in their efforts to achieve their optimal health, promote prevention and care management, expand coverage, and improve health system integration and quality. As the second largest employer in Colorado, the State recognized the opportunity to improve the health of more than 31,000 classified State employees and lead the way as a wellness-focused employer. The State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program was launched on July 1, 2013. The goal is to create a worksite environment that inspires, encourages and supports employee health and well-being through programs, policies and culture. The program is offered to all State of Colorado employees. Employees on a State-sponsored benefit plan are eligible to receive up to $ 20 off of their monthly benefits premium if they 1) take an annual health assessment through their carrier and 2) earn 400 coins monthly on CaféWell, an online Health Optimization Platform™ of resources and programs that drives consumer engagement through a novel combination of social, gaming and personalized activities. For more information on the employee wellness program, visit colorado.gov/dhr/wellness.

State of Slim:

The State of Slim program was created by Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and medical director for the ABC-TV hit show “Extreme Weight Loss”. Wyatt’s revolutionary 16-week transformational weight loss program is based on the book State of Slim she co-authored with CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Executive Director James O. Hill, PhD. The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is now offering a corporate version of the State of Slim program to employers dedicated to improving the well-being of their employees. State of Slim is unlike traditional weight loss programs, transforming lives and empowering employees through behavior-change and sustainable health solutions.

University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and consumer care facility located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through the Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center.







Inc.com and Americas Mojo Maven Join Forces to Bring The Magic Of Mojo to Small Businesses Everywhere


Asheville, NC (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

You just never know what can happen in a chance meeting. Such a fortuitous event happened last May when Ariana Ayu found herself engaged in a delightful conversation with Jim Ledbetter, Editor of Inc. Magazine and website. They were both attending a dinner at Inc.’s GrowCo Conference in Nashville, TN and found themselves naturally discussing small business and entrepreneurship. Jim Ledbetter, formerly of Reuters (as well as The Village Voice, Time Inc. and Fortune Inc,) became the Editor of Inc. in January of 2014. He asked Ayu if she’d be willing to contribute a few articles to Inc. com, and her column, “Business Mojo” was born.

What is Business Mojo, you ask? Ariana Ayu says, “I always define mojo as the creative power behind success, and that’s true whether referring to a person or a business. Mojo is an internal factor that shines through the outside structure (i.e. a human being or a business entity). As an individual, mojo makes you magnetic, attracting people to you who want what you offer. As a business, mojo does the same; attracting talent as well as customers.”(1)

Inc.com, which turned 35 this year, is one of the leading print and online publications for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is the perfect fit for Ariana Ayu’s cutting edge business savvy, and an ideal forum for her sassy and topical writing style. Inc. had a lot of peer recognition in 2014, with the American Society of Magazine Editors singling Inc. out with its 2014 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, AdWeek readers picking Inc. as a Readers’ Choice on the AdWeek Hot List, and Ad Age naming Inc. to its sought-after A-List. Inc. was also nominated as a 2015 finalist in two categories of National Magazine Award, including General Excellence. (2)

“People think business is all business, but it’s not. Business is about people,” says Ayu. “When we honor the human factor within business we improve our bottom line, the economy, and the lives of all those we touch.” This applies to large corporations as well as small businesses. Ayu has worked as a high-level executive and board member for a multimillion-dollar consulting company as well as working for and with companies ranging from 1 person to more than 10,000.

“Small businesses are the driving force of the economy and create 70 percent of the jobs in America,” Eric Cantor, R-7th, said in a Nov. 25 news release.(3) Small businesses matter. They are instrumental to the American economy and are the building blocks of the largest corporations. Today, 2 out of 3 new jobs are created by small employers, which employ about 120 million people from the private sector workforce. More than 40% of the high technology workers in America are employed by small firms who also produce 13 times more patents per employee than larger firms. (4)

Ariana Ayu, CEO and founder of several companies, including Ayutopia International, which develops profitable collaborative corporate cultures, personal celebrity brands, and custom branded websites has written a number of informative and entertaining articles for Inc., including “Is Your Management Style Scaring Your Employees?” “The Enormous Cost of Unhappy Employees” and “Business Mojo: 4 Ways to get More Mojo into Your Company Culture.” Her full repertoire of Inc.com articles can be found at http://www.inc.com/author/ariana-ayu.

Inc. is the only major business magazine edited exclusively to guide CEOs and owners of small-to-midsize companies to success. Inc. provides fresh, insightful analyses to give the major players in the business world the tools they need to excel. Each issue, written by managerial gurus and experts, utilizes real life examples of strategies, case studies, and successes and failures edited specifically to illuminate new ways in which its readers can benefit. Big and small organizations alike turn to Inc. to make sense of ever-changing business world. (5)



ABOUT ARIANA AYU

About Ariana Ayu — Often called America’s Mojo Maven, Ariana Ayu helps businesses grow and succeed with strategic consulting that brings more of their “IT factor” to life. She is a celebrated business and marketing strategist, interpersonal expert, international speaker, executive coach, and entrepreneur. Author of “The Magic of Mojo” series and the column “Business Mojo” on Inc.com, Ariana guides individuals on a step-by-step path to achieve both success and happiness – without sacrificing one for the other. Ariana was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women and is an executive board member of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Learn more at http://www.Ayutopia.com.

(1)    http://www.inc.com/ariana-ayu/business-mojo.html

(2)    Excerpt and quote from http://www.inc.com/eric-schurenberg/inc-a-great-year.html

(3)    http://www.richmond.com/news/article_727be046-0ddd-50e7-9f3e-351b5666d4eb.html

(4)    https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/sbfaq.pdf

(5)    http://www.incmagazine-digital.com/incmagazine/november_2014/Brand.action?lm=1414744262000







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Corona to bring a Snow Storm of Music to Miami with its Electric “Frozen” Beach Event February 7th, 2015


(PRWEB) January 19, 2015

What:    Corona’s Electric Beach is bringing some winter weather for just a few hours in Miami at The Clevelander. Headlining the event will be DJ ICEY, who is making his Corona Electric Beach debut after touring the world playing at some of the biggest and best venues/festivals in the industry. The Clevelander South Beach will provide the perfect atmosphere to bring some flurries to the sunshine state. Nicknaming this event “Frozen Beach”, Corona is set to transform The Clevelander South Beach into a winter wonderland filled with soul shaking house music and ice cold drinks.

When:     Saturday, February 7th, 2015

4-8 PM

Where:     Clevelander South Beach

Pool Patio

        1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

RSVP:     RSVP to info(at)findyourelectricbeach(dot)com for complimentary access.

Website:    For more information, visit http://www.FindYourElectricBeach.com

Social Media:    Instagram: @Findyourelectricbeach

Twitter: @ElectricBeach

Facebook.com/Electricbeach

Hashtag: #FINDYOURELECTRICBEACH

Additional:     This event is 21+

About Corona’s Electric Beach

Known for bringing a fun in the sun vibe to legendary dance clubs, Electric Beach is an EDM focused concert series sponsored by the legendary alcohol brand Corona. In 2014, Electric Beach had weekly residencies in Las Vegas and New York City among other popup events in Los Angeles and Chicago. These events have attracted large followings among dance music enthusiasts and conventional partygoers alike. By creating an authentic on site consumer experience, Electric Beach is a party atmosphere synonymous with the laid back music entertainment. “This is a party experience that is not only about the DJ but also about the ambiance.”

About Clevelander South Beach:

With a history dating back to 1938, the Clevelander South Beach has become a world-renowned icon amongst Ocean Drive hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues as an ultimate one-stop destination experience. Located in the center of Miami’s historic Art Deco District, Clevelander includes a hotel with 60 rooms and five ROCKSTAR suites. Guests have access to two rooftop terraces with sunny oceanfront and city skyline views, daily live entertainment shows on the world famous pool patio stage, and four poolside bars with the tastiest food and thirst quenching drinks on the beach.

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/ClevelanderSouthBeach

Twitter:    @clevelandersobe

Instagram:    @clevelandersobe

About DJ ICEY:

DJ Icey, The Merchant of Boom! For well over a decade Icey’s trademark sound of bass and beats has sound tracked dance floors worldwide. His indie label Zone is a top player in the worldwide Booty Bass / Breaks /EDM scene. Icey’s passion for the music is undeniable and on display in his constant touring from major festivals to intimate club spaces, where his goal is to deliver an booty shaking good time to the people on the dance floor

U.S. based DJ Icey developed his passion for the beat by his steady diet of Miami Bass, 90s Hip Hop, Freestyle and Acid House back in the day. On the strength of his late 90s singles and album output, championed by DJs the world over, Icey burst onto the global scene with his award winning Essential Mix compilation released on FFRR in 2000,. This EDM legend’s dedication to DJ’ing and Producing has earned him high acclaim from music fans to industry professionals.

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/Icey.DJ.Page

Twitter:    @dj_icey

Instagram:    @dj_icey







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