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Barnabas Health Teams Up With Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot To Launch “Life Is Better Healthy” Cooking Video Series

West Orange, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

Barnabas Health, the state’s largest not-for-profit health care system, today announced the launch of a new healthy cooking video series starring celebrity chef Sam Talbot. Talbot, a season two semi-finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, teamed up with Barnabas Health to showcase recipes and dishes that promote wellness and healthy living. In support of the series, Barnabas Health is also re-launching an enhanced Wellness Website and the videos will be showcased on social media.

“Building healthier communities is a crucial part of Barnabas Health’s mission,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health. “As we become more intimately involved with our communities’ wellness in places where people work, live, and play, we will be providing education programs that will yield measurable behavior changes and health outcomes. This video series is another way for us to impact the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Diagnosed at a young age with Type 1 Diabetes, Talbot lives with a deep understanding of the impact food can have on a person’s life. This perspective has allowed him to develop unique recipes highlighting the importance of eating right and cooking healthy.    

Talbot is featured in 11 videos with Barnabas Health dieticians combining the science of nutrition as it relates to healthy eating and wellness with the art of cooking.

“Partnering with a health care system like Barnabas Health has been a wonderful opportunity to fulfill my mission to showcase the special blend of science and the art of cooking while promoting health and wellness, said Talbot. “The videos and unique recipes were designed to make cooking enjoyable and help educate families on the importance of nutrition and eating healthy.”

The “Life is better healthy cooking series with Sam Talbot” was designed to help educate families on how to eat healthier in a fast paced, fast food environment. The series also highlights the importance of making healthy choices of fruits and vegetables instead of highly processed, fast and convenient foods. These recipes are simple, quick, nutritious, and inexpensive.

The 11-episode series includes videos on breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacking, fast food, processed food and balanced diet as well as episodes featuring seasonal foods and recipes.

Content for the videos were developed by Talbot in conjunction with Barbara Mintz, RD, Vice President of Healthy Living and Community Engagement for Barnabas Health.

In addition to the ‘Life is better healthy’ cooking videos, the enhanced Wellness Website also features healthy recipes, health quizzes, diet and exercise tips, age-specific guidelines for appropriate health screenings and tests, as well as health blogs and an A to Z health library.

“This website and the new, interactive content featured were developed to promote healthier eating habits and healthier living,” says Ms. Mintz. “Our goal is to help the community become more informed about the importance of healthful eating and the positive impacts it can have on their overall health and wellness.”

“At Barnabas Health, ‘Life is better healthy’ is not just our motto – it’s our way of life. We incorporated that philosophy into this website redesign and truly made it all about the people we serve and gave them access to resources they can use to achieve optimal health,” added Ms. Mintz.

For more information or to explore the new website, visit http://www.BarnabasHealth.org/Wellness.

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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.







KC HiLiTES Teams Up with Action Sports Icon Brian Deegan


(PRWEB) November 05, 2014

Press Event: SEMA 2014

12:30 WEDNESDAY @ KC Booth #23735

KC HiLiTES has been the leader in performance automotive lighting for almost 45 years and has always supported the biggest names in the sport. Legends such as Rob MacCachren, Larry Roeseler, Walker Evans, Rod Hall, Larry Ragland and Ivan Stewart have all used KC HiLiTES to give them a competitive advantage in the darkest of deserts. Now, KC HiLiTES opens a new chapter and is proud to announce a partnership with 6-time Lucas Oil Off Road Championship winner and 16-time X-Games medalist Brian Deegan. Deegan joins an already stacked team of elite KC drivers and teams. Brian brings a host of talents and will not only use KC’s line of performance lights, but also has a direct hand in developing a complete line of Deegan 38 brand lights and accessories that will be designed to outperform.

“To say we are excited is an understatement,” said KC HiLiTES owner and CEO, Michael DeHaas. “There’s a reason why this guy is the biggest name in action sports and his passion to be the best and succeed is what KC HiLiTES is all about. It is a great fit for us and the brand not to mention giving him a competitive advantage when the sun goes down.”

2015 will start a deliberate development process as the two powerhouses work together to develop new products and possibly even evolving existing ones. With a self imposed, early spring deadline for the first batch of products to enter the production phase, these new lights with a dramatic Deegan look, combined with KC’s superior optics, legendary performance and quality will be ready for a summer 2015 release. This will bring a new level of engagement for the iconic brand and give our distribution a new line to support the younger demographic that Deegan attracts.

“I am so excited to get started playing with these new lights. The new product they have is amazing, and I cannot wait to unleash some Deegan flavor on these LED’s,” said Brian. “It is exciting to see what they have done with the FLEX and Gravity technology that allows their LED’s to outperform any other LED in the market,” he added. With Brian competing on motorcycles, off road trucks, rally cars, monster trucks and anything else that requires precision control, KC HiLiTES will have something for every adventure at any level. Check us out at http://www.kchilites.com or http://www.briandeegan.com to keep track of the progress as well as the fun.

About Brian Deegan

Motocross legend, 2014 LOORRS Pro 2 Champion and six time overall LOORRS series Champion, and 2013 DirtSport’s Driver of the Year, Brian “The General” Deegan is one of the most decorated action sport athletes to date. He is the only rider to compete in at least one event each year since the X Games’ inception, including his Gold Medal run in X Games 17 RallyCross. His 2013 accomplishments include a top five finish in the GRC series, LOORRS Pro Lite Champion and he continues to test the limits in numerous racing categories including Freestyle Motocross, Pro 2 and Pro Lite Short Course, Rallycross, Frozen Rush, and Monster Jam. Deegan is powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, Ford Motor Company, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Makita Industrial Power Tools, FRAM Filtration, DVS Shoe Co., Deegan 38, ODYSSEY® Battery, Gibson Exhaust Systems, 4 Wheel Parts, KC HILites, Alpinestars, Motegi Wheels, Fathead, Feld, Ronin-Syndicate, Atomik R/C, PPG, Brembo, Fortin, VP Racing Fuels, Fox Shocks, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, MSD Ignitions, FK Rod Ends, Eibach Springs, McKenzies, Fiberwerx, JE Pistons, QTM, Roush Yates Engines, G2, Dailey Engineering, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ARP and AZ Driveshafts. For more information, visit http://www.briandeegan.com, Follow on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/MMGeneral, Instagram via BrianDeegan38, or visit on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/mmdeegan.

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