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Regatta Travel Solutions Joins Forces with LeisureLink to Connect Destinations with Vacation Rental Properties


Charlottesville, Virginia (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

Regatta Travel Solutions announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership with LeisureLink. The new alliance will allow both companies to present a more complete solution to certain Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) that represent both hotels and vacation rentals.

“With so many DMO clients in the Caribbean, we have known for a long time that we need to find a solution in order to work more closely with villa and vacation rental properties,” said Ashwin Kamlani, Founder & CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions. “LeisureLink has the leading private label solution for multi-property villa and vacation rental sites, so it was a natural fit. I have known their leadership team for several years now and like their way of doing business.”

“Our solutions are truly complementary,” said Jim Barsch, COO of LeisureLink “We look forward to collaborating on a variety of projects where the combination of LeisureLink’s villa and vacation rental solution and Regatta’s hotel and attractions solution will create opportunities for DMOs to serve all of their suppliers with best-in-class technology.”

The first joint project will be in Barbados, Regatta’s flagship DMO project. LeisureLink will step in to power the villa and vacation rental component of the project, allowing visitors to VisitBarbados.org and BookBarbadosNow.com to easily book, hotels, villas, vacation rentals, attractions and bundled packages online at a much lower cost to suppliers than other third party travel websites.

About Regatta Travel Solutions Inc.

Regatta Travel Solutions offers a patent-pending booking solution for hotels and attractions that incorporates booking capability never seen before in the industry. The system is widely used by independent hotels and hotel chains to increase direct booking volume. Regatta also provides a private label Online Travel Agency platform, used by DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) across the globe, as well as a sophisticated sports housing platform. Visit http://www.regattatravelsolutions.com for more details.

About LeisureLink

Salt Lake City-based LeisureLink empowers destinations and vacation property suppliers to optimize revenue through central reservations and lodging distribution. LeisureLink Reservation Services allows partners the ability to utilize the robust reservation platform and call-center to book vacation rentals and other travel products on their own sites and to offer their customers complete travel planning services. The LeisureLink network can also easily distribute supplier’s inventory through top online travel agencies like Expedia, Booking.com, Vacation Roost, Orbitz and all major GDS’s and many top travel tour operators. LeisureLink enables partners to manage their distribution from one platform – optimizing rates, availability, specials, and content changes, while consolidating all accounting, payables and receivables with a single, reliable source of payment. For more information, visit LeisureLink.com







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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.







Seattle-area Seniors Show Great Interest in Naturopathic Solutions


SEATTLE (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Bastyr University and Era Living are collaborating to enhance the health and well-being of older adults with a year of free workshop offerings at Era Living communities located throughout the Seattle metro-area.

Topics range from nutrition and supplementation to movement and alternative therapies to combat inflammation, stress, pain, moodiness, weigh issues and more with the desired result of a more educated older population.

“Part of the goal of naturopathic medicine is to prevent problems from happening before they start,” says Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “Studies have shown that by taking a proactive approach to one’s own health can lead to not only a longer life but one filled with better quality as well.”

This collaboration is savvy for both Era Living and Bastyr; seniors are the fastest growing segment of the American population, yet often have little knowledge of natural medicine and its benefits. Since the partnership began one year ago the presentations have been welcomed by seniors from throughout the Seattle area.

“Lectures by Bastyr professors at Era Living communities have received some of the highest attendance of all the classes offered as part of our lifelong learning program,” says Era Living Programs Development Manager, Tina Hall. “Era Living residents, their families, friends and neighbors all want to learn more about natural ways to be and stay healthy. Bastyr and its team of wellness focused practitioners are helping our residents feel great in mind, body and spirit.”

Dates, times, lecture titles and locations include:

Thursday, March 19, 10:30am – 12noon

Just Breathe (tips to reduce stress) with Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB

Ida Culver House Ravenna

2315 NE 65th Street

Seattle, WA 98115

RSVP: 206-523-7315

Friday, April 7, 2pm – 3:30pm    

Herbs for Immune Health with Dr. Natalie Walsh, ND, MS    

Aljoya Thornton Place

450 100th Street

Seattle, WA 98125

RSVP: 206-306-7920

Tuesday, May 5, 2pm – 3:30pm     

Better Health at Any Age (Say Yes – tips for better nutrition and exercise) with Dr. June Kloubec, PhD

Aljoya Thornton Place

450 100th Street

Seattle, WA 98125

RSVP: 206-306-7920

Tuesday, September 15, 2pm – 3:30pm

Survivor Nutrition (tips for diabetics, cancer survivors, kidney health) with Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD    

Ida Culver House Broadview

12505 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle WA 98133

RSVP: 206-361-1989

Thursday, October 15, 2pm – 3:30pm

Acupuncture for Aching Joints with Dr. Kathleen Lumiere, LAOM, MAc, LAc

Ida Culver House Broadview

12505 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle WA 98133

RSVP: 206-361-1989

Tuesday, November 3

Survivor Nutrition (tips for diabetics, cancer survivors, kidney health) with Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD    

University House Wallingford

4400 N. Stone Way

Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP: 206-545-8400

Tuesday, December 8, 10:30am – 12noon

Just Breathe (tips to reduce stress) with Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB

University House Wallingford

4400 N. Stone Way

Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP: 206-545-8400

Since 1987, Era Living has been dedicated to fostering a healthy and engaging environment of whole body wellness, culture, warmth, and social fulfillment – providing premier healthcare services and enriching activities at all eight of its communities. Era Living communities are Aljoya Mercer Island, Aljoya Thornton Place, Ida Culver House Broadview, Ida Culver House Ravenna, The Gardens at Town Square, The Lakeshore, University House Issaquah, and University House Wallingford.

Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience in 2013. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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Real Capital Solutions Announces Hire of New President

Louisville, Colorado (PRWEB) February 06, 2015

Real Capital Solutions, a nationally focused investor of workout and value-add real estate, announces the addition of a new President.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Shaun O’Connor as President, effective January 2, 2015,” indicates Real Capital Solutions founder and CEO Marcel Arsenault.

Shaun’s appointment as President comes as part of a planned leadership transition for RCS over the next three to five years. With the expectation that Marcel Arsenault will move to Chairman of the Board, and former President Sharon Eshima (now COO) will transition to the Arsenault Family Foundations and the Arsenault Family Office, it is anticipated that Shaun will ultimately be promoted to Chief Executive Officer, under Marcel’s and Sharon’s leadership.

Mr. O’Connor began his real estate career in 1997 with GE Real Estate and over the next 11 years he progressed through a series of roles including earning a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and was ultimately promoted to CFO of US Equity Real Estate. During the market crash in 2008, Shaun was recruited by CB Richard Ellis Investors as Global Chief Finance and Risk Officer. In 2011, Shaun was recruited by Tourism Development and Investment Company as CFO. TDIC is a master developer of major tourism destinations for both the public and private sectors in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arsenault adds, “The addition of Shaun to the Real Capital Solutions team is truly a great opportunity for RCS, its employees and investors. Shaun will help RCS continue its rapid expansion, both nationally and internationally. With Shaun at the helm, and with new capital partners, RCS has the opportunity to grow its business from our current $ 1.3 billion assets under management, to an exciting company with assets exceeding $ 5 billion.”







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HeartMath


(PRWEB) December 17, 2014

HeartMath® Inc., recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on stress, heart rate variability (HRV), heart coherence and the physiology of emotions, is now licensing its extensive HRV databases and algorithms to chipset manufacturers and consumer electronics companies. The licensing opportunities will enable HeartMath’s partners to offer its HRV solutions, tap into its HRV sensor knowledge, extensive research, as well as its normative HRV databases and algorithms for developing consumer products.

HRV is a powerful biometric that reflects the health of the autonomic nervous system and an individual’s mental and emotional flexibility and ability to handle stress challenges without getting overwhelmed. Accumulated stress can lower HRV and reflects accelerated aging.

Partner manufacturers can now integrate HeartMath’s library of current stress and chronic stress algorithms and solutions into their own chips, which are then used by consumer electronics manufacturers for licensing the functionality from HeartMath. The company’s platform technology can be used for a wide range of applications including the reduction of anxiety and stress, as well reaching optimal performance, and mental and emotional composure in high stress environments.

Major brands including Samsung, Qualcomm and Red Bull Media are already working with HeartMath, due to its expertise and depth of data for HRV assessments, monitoring and stress reduction training. Samsung is licensing HeartMath’s proprietary HRV database for its integrated mobile health S-health platform, which will provide users with the ability to assess stress levels, plan workouts and help with healthy eating choices.

As a world leader in HRV, HeartMath Inc. and its sister research organization, the Institute of HeartMath, have spent over two decades researching and educating health professionals and consumers about HRV feedback and its vital role in stress management, emotional self-regulation and optimal performance training, as well as increasing vitality and resilience.

HeartMath clinical studies have demonstrated the critical link between stressful emotions, heart function, and cognitive performance. This work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that include the American Journal of Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology among many others. HeartMath is also well-versed in the consumer products space. The company’s latest consumer product, Inner Balance™ trainer, is designed to reduce the negative effects of stress and increase personal performance and mental clarity. The app and HRV sensor train users to synchronize their breathing with their heart rhythms. This combined with a highly specialized emotion regulation technique trains users how to increase their HRV and access a high performance state called heart coherence. 58 percent of HeartMath technology users indicate utilizing the technology three to five times a week, even after owning the product for two years or more.

“By deploying our platform solutions to a multitude of licensing partners, HeartMath is able to take its normative databases, algorithms and technologies for helping individuals manage their health and wellness to the next level,” said President and CEO of HeartMath, Dr. Deborah Rozman. “Our extensive research into the powerful HRV biometric can play a vital role in helping consumers manage their health, and we are excited to see major brands recognizing the value of HRV in our everyday lives.”

For more information about HeartMath, please visit http://www.heartmath.com.

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About HeartMath®

HeartMath Inc.,is a cutting-edge performance company providing a range of unique services, products, and technologies to improve health and wellbeing, while dramatically reducing stress and boosting performance and productivity. For more than 20 years, HeartMath and its sister nonprofit research organization, the Institute of HeartMath, have demonstrated through clinical studies the critical link between emotions, heart function, and cognitive performance. These compelling solutions for stress and performance have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. HeartMath Inc., organizational clients include Duke Medicine, Stanford Business School, Stanford Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sutter Health, the Gottman Institute, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, the US Army and Navy, Cisco Systems, and Boeing. Dozens of school systems and over twenty thousand health professionals around the world are also utilizing these solutions for stress and overwhelm. To learn more, please visit http://www.heartmath.com

HeartMath is the first recipient of the American Institute of Stress (AIS) Award for Distinction and Innovation. This award is granted to products and services that have been formally evaluated and validated as effective by AIS.







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The Next Level Fitness Solutions For Personal Trainers

The Next Level Fitness Solutions For Personal Trainers

Personal trainers now have a way to learn how to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and stand out in the fitness industry and dramatically improve their business and increase their income. They now have a different alternative to the same old marketing schemes and old school business building ways that are available to them. There is now a company that is cutting edge, using techniques that been proven and used by the most successful people in the fitness industry as well as many other fields as well.

That company is The Next Level Fitness Solutions.

The Next Level Fitness Solutions is a company that specializes in teaching personal trainers and other fitness professionals how to dramatically increase their business focus, client retention, repeat business, income and recognition. But The Next Level Fitness Solutions is certainly not another marketing company that teaches the same old tricks of the SEO trade. They take a different approach altogether.

The Next Level Fitness Solutions focuses on the personal trainer as an individual as well as his or her business within the fitness industry. They work with personal trainers to first help them determine their individual idea of success and build their individual goals based on that idea. They show them how to stay laser focused on those goals daily. Personal trainers and other fitness professionals also learn how to create their niche, their specialty, which will separate them from the hundreds of thousands of other fitness trainers in the industry and, therefore, dramatically increase their marketing efforts and flood them with the type of clients they desire.

The Next Level Fitness Solutions also teaches personal trainers how to create not only a web presence, but also a web presence that dramatically increases leads and profits by defining them as the expert in their field. Once the personal trainers have clearly defined themselves, their business vision and their ideal client they then learn how to effectively market themselves as THE Fitness Professional of choice.

Darrin Nicoli formed The Next Level Fitness Solutions to help dramatically impact the results being obtained by personal trainers and other fitness professionals in the fitness industry. He has combined his knowledge, expertise and proven experience as a fitness professional, business consultant and personal development trainer. Darrin has a passion for helping others and brings an entirely new approach that is much needed in the fitness industry.

Darrin Nicoli has designed individual programs as well as a comprehensive Personal Trainer Mentoring And Coaching Program for The Next Level Fitness Solutions that incorporate personal development training, leadership building, defining a business niche, defining your perfect client, defining yourself as the expert in your field, creating a web presence to dramatically increase your leads and profits, effective marketing, adding additional streams of passive income within your current business and much more.

With proven leadership skills from the US Army, 13 years of proven success building business in the corporate world and utilizing personal development techniques that have dramatically improved his life as an individual as well as the lives of his clients, Darrin Nicoli and The Next Level Fitness Solutions is a breath of fresh air for personal trainers across the fitness industry who want to dramatically improve the results they have been achieving with “conventional” marketing and have a true desire to take their business to The Next Level.

Be sure to visit the main web site for much more information on how The Next Level Fitness Solutions can change you from just another personal trainer into a specialized expert in your field who is sought after by the clients you want to train. From there you can also join their free fitness networking community where you can gain more fitness, nutrition and business building insight from The Next Level Fitness Solutions as well as other personal trainers and fitness professionals. It is a place you can invite all of your clients to which will give you one place to market to all of your clients at the same time. Also sign up for The Next Level Fitness Solutions e-newsletter series to gain insight on the programs used to dramatically increase your business results.

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