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Sierra College CACT with U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Will Offer Training on June 8 to Help Firms Save Money and Become Certified


Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

To support companies in saving money, becoming more sustainable and getting certified, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) will offer Zero Waste training on June 8 in Lincoln, CA, near Sacramento.

Register at http://www.uszwbc.org/; the rate for the full day is $ 199 and morning session with lunch is $ 99; add $ 50 to the registration fee after May 15. There are other discounts for USZWBC members and for more than two people per organization attending.

USZWBC developed the Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) training to help businesses achieve Zero Waste, and to guide them in achieving facility certification according to the USZWBC Scorecard Certification System.

The training begins with an introduction to Zero Waste, tour of the sustainability programs at Rogers Family Coffee Company in Lincoln CA, and a hands-on waste audit exercise. The afternoon session will provide information on USZWBC certification for individuals and facilities. The full day class is a requirement for qualifying for Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) certification.

Participants will learn how USZWBC Zero Waste certifications work according to trainer, Gary Liss. “During the workshop, attendees will see the steps they can take right away to start eliminating wasteful practices and save money,” said Liss. “Companies will benefit from this proven approach to guide their organization beyond recycling to Zero Waste.”

Zero Waste is an approach being used successfully by manufacturers, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College. “Businesses can reduce expenses and generate revenues by handling waste more effectively as well as become better corporate citizens,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Globally competitive companies benefit from making their processes more efficient and working toward Zero Waste as part of sustainability plans.”

For registration, please visit the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website: http://www.uszwbc.org/.

About Sierra College CACT

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Additional information is available at http://www.sierracollegetraining.com/.







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Healthy Hispanic Living Renews Its Mission as CDC Issues Report on State of U.S. Hispanic Health


Irvine, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

As Healthy Hispanic Living (HHL) launches a new education and awareness campaign around the Diabetes and Obesity epidemic that is hitting the Hispanic community especially hard in this country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results on May 5th of its first national study on the health risks and leading causes of death amongst U.S. Hispanics. The study confirms heart disease and cancer as the leading causes of death in the Hispanic population, and higher death rates from diabetes and chronic liver diseases than non-Hispanic whites. As HHL has also written about since it started publishing in 2013, Hispanics are woefully uninsured – almost three times as less as non-Hispanic whites, according to the study.

HHL was launched in response to the health and lifestyle needs of the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic community, which is on track to be the minority-majority population (54%) by 2050, and already represents almost one out of every six people. This demographic cultural shift™ is changing the business of health, from genetic research and the need for more culturally competent patient care to the critical need for Hispanics to become more educated about preventive care, treatment options, and self-advocacy in general.

“When tackling the most important health issues, we need to remember first and foremost that we don’t treat diseases, we help to care for people, said Dr. Joseph Alvarnas, Director of Medical Quality at City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. “We can create the best medications and laboratory tests imaginable, but they are of no use unless we understand how to fully engage people at a human level. It is culture that inspires people toward their highest achievements; it is only by listening carefully and engaging people at a cultural level that we can ever impact the diabetes and obesity epidemic.”

The CDC study points out the challenges that Hispanics face in gaining access to health care, especially for those lacking English skills, living in lower socio-economic conditions, or achieving lesser education levels than non-Hispanic whites. It includes a list of recommendations for health care professionals seeking to prepare for the cultural demographic shift – many of which are already being practiced at City of Hope and have been addressed on HHL – such as: accommodating cultural and language preferences with Hispanic and/or Spanish-speaking doctors and clinicians; educating Hispanic patients about their risks and preventative measures they can take; smoking cessation programs; and utilizing “promotores de salud” (Hispanic health workers situated within the community) to provide “in-culture” and language appropriate outreach and communication.

The CDC study shows that Hispanics are high risk for chronic disease, particularly high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. CVS Health has been confronting this challenge head-on with its CVS/pharmacy Project Health free screening events, which bring health care services and insurance education directly to the underserved multicultural communities where their stores are located. The last Project Health campaign, which ran from November 2014 to February 2015,offered more than 1,000 free screening events in 27 cities across the U.S., bringing the number of Hispanic consumers Project Health has served since its inception in 2006 to nearly 500,000. This translates into nearly $ 50 million worth of free medical services enabling people to know their numbers and how to take preventative action if necessary, whether they needed to start a diet and exercise program, stop smoking, talk to a pharmacist about medications or learn about insurance options, or find a doctor for follow-up consultation and examination.

“The free, comprehensive health screenings offered at our Project Health events can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, for CVS Health. “By addressing health care challenges, such as ethnic disparities and lack of access to preventive care, we can make a difference in the health and well-being of our customers. It’s just one more way we are living out our company’s purpose – helping people on their path to better health.”

As HHL has maintained and the CDC report confirms, how Hispanics proactively tend to their healthcare needs and that of their families will demand a strategic and highly collaborative effort amongst Hispanic patients, medical institutions, corporations and government leaders that influence the business of healthcare. As such, HHL provides a platform where Hispanic patients and families, medical institutions, retail-healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, STEM educators, financial and insurance service providers and consumer brands can come together, be actively involved in the conversation, and become part of the solution.

For more information, please visit http://www.healthyhispanicliving.com and/or contact Annette Prieto Llopis, Vice President of Client Relations at annette(at)healthyhispanicliving(dot)com or call 949-387-2609.







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Cubic Recognized as a Superior Supplier to the U.S. Army by the U.S. Department of Defense


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (PRWEB) February 11, 2015

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced today it has been recognized as one of the top performing defense contractors under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program (SSIP). The ranking of the top 25 supplier units within the contracting industry is part of a continuing effort to improve the government’s largest procurement operations by curbing costs and professionalizing the workforce. Cubic ranked as a tier 2 supplier for the U.S. Army.

The ratings are based on an internal data system known as the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). The SSIP uses performance data to rate the largest companies doing business with each of the three services, based on contract obligations, and categorizes by company business segment into one of three performance tiers.

“Cubic is honored to be recognized as a superior supplier by the U.S. Department of Defense. It’s our mission to remain focused on meeting the needs of the defense industry and this ranking validates our hard work and efforts on behalf of our most important customers,” said Bradley H. Feldmann, president and chief executive officer of Cubic. “We believe it’s our company culture to win the customer by delivering superior value through early delivery, providing the best people, being absolutely responsive and innovating what’s next with our customers.”

Cubic Defense Systems and its affiliates are leading providers of realistic combat training systems and secure communications for national military and security forces. Its primary focus is to design, develop, manufacture, integrate, innovate and sustain advanced technologies responsive to mission requirements of U.S. and allied forces. Infantry troops, aircrews, and security forces all draw upon the realism gained from using Cubic’s training systems to help them effectively perform their mission.

Cubic Mission Support Serves is a recognized industry leader in training and exercise support. The scope of mission support includes training and rehearsal for both large and small scale combat operations; developing highly realistic immersive training solutions for government and industry; highly specialized special operations, peacekeeping, and consequence management training; and humanitarian assistance operations worldwide.

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, see the company’s web site at http://www.cubic.com.







U.S. Schroth Method Expert Speaks on Non Surgical Scoliosis Treatment


Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 12, 2015

Dr. Moramarco discussed the goals of three-dimensional treatment for scoliosis according to the newest Schroth Method protocols at the XIX Russian National Congress of “People and Health,” in St. Petersburg, Russia on orthopedics, rehabilitation and prosthetics. Goals of Schroth methodology include improving spinal function, vital capacity and postural appearance, educating and empowering the scoliotic patient, and decreasing pain – if present. Dr. Moramarco also presented the growing evidence in support of scoliosis bracing–specifically the benefits of asymmetric bracing, and of scoliosis-specific exercise as a treatment option for adolescents and adults. Components of the multi-faceted, Schroth Best Practice program® were highlighted. The program includes add-ons to the ‘original Schroth method’ exercises for the sagittal (side-view) plane. These new exercises promote mobilization of the spine and concur with recent evidence (van Loon et al. 2008) which shows that correction forces initiated in the sagittal plane help promote improvement of scoliosis in the frontal plane. 

Dr. Moramarco also reviewed new Level I evidence regarding the efficacy of scoliosis rehabilitation therapy from a randomized control study validating the use of self-correction (Monticone et al. 2014). Three-dimensional self-correction is an essential element of Schroth Best Practice® scoliosis exercises. This approach helps promote pelvic recompensation, addresses thoracic and lumbar rib prominences and helps restore the sagittal profile. Dr. Moramarco became the first U.S. physician to be certified in the original Schroth Method, 2007, and is currently the only U.S. Schroth Best Practice® Advanced Instructor.

The presentation highlighted recent evidence on the efficacy of scoliosis bracing, including the benefits of asymmetric (Cheneau) braces versus symmetric braces. The latter, which includes the widely used Boston Brace, have been found to be ‘satisfactory’ at halting curve progression. In contrast, the Chêneau-Gensingen® brace raises the bar when it comes to scoliosis bracing because the asymmetric brace attempts to improve curvature and postural appearance via overcorrection. The scoliosis brace, created by Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss (grandson of Schroth Method originator, Katharina Schroth), has a high rate of success, is Schroth compatible, addresses the sagittal profile, and is front-closing and lighter weight for improved comfort and independence. The brace has strategically placed voids which allow for corrective rotational breathing. In the U.S., Dr. Moramarco is the exclusive provider of the Chêneau-Gensingen® brace. 

While abroad, Dr. Moramarco also spent four days in Germany, working with Dr. Weiss, and meeting with Christa Lehnert-Schroth, PT, author of Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis. The three discussed the upcoming publication of Schroth Therapy: Advancements in Conservative Scoliosis Treatment, a book the three spent the past year collaborating on. This new Schroth Method book is an updated guidebook for professionals about the cutting-edge Schroth developments by Weiss. These updated protocols use fewer props than the original Schroth exercises which results in easier learning. Drs. Moramarco and Weiss also assessed 3D scanning systems to be utilized in brace measurement for use with the CAD/CAM system used to custom-design each Gensingen brace®.







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Cubic Awarded $51 Million in Contract Orders to Support Home-Station Training for the U.S. Army


San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) November 24, 2014

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced today that it was awarded two new orders with a combined value at more than $ 51 million for its Tactical Vehicle System (TVS) and Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Individual Weapon Systems (I-MILES IWS) from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). These solutions are instrumental to the quality of home-station training by providing significant improvements to training realism.    

The orders come as part of a $ 4.3 billion Department of Defense reprogramming package presented to the U.S. Congress for critically needed defense equipment and services. This collaborative, bipartisan effort between the executive and legislative branches depicts our nation’s commitment towards national security readiness and the ultimate preparedness of our men and women who serve in our armed forces.

In a recent letter to Army Secretary, John McHugh, San Diego Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, expressed strong support for the reprogramming stating, “Cubic’s TVS and I-MILES solutions are crucial for warfighter training because they enable soldiers to rehearse combat skills and learn from their mistakes safely in a battlefield setting. These devices are used during live, force-on-force training events and provide the critical feedback for our forces to achieve and sustain mission readiness.”

I-MILES IWS uses laser emitters that attach to military weapons and on-body sensors to replicate combat and records data for later review. I-MILES TVS, the vehicular adaptation of Cubic’s man-worn Individual Weapons System (IWS), equips Army wheel vehicles and other tactical vehicles with lasers, sensors and electronics used during force-on-force combat training exercises. It employs Cubic’s wireless MILES technology to provide real-time casualty assessment necessary for MILES tactical engagement training in direct-fire instrumented training scenarios. It delivers superior performance because of its weapon simulation and casualty assessment accuracy for vehicles and fixed structures.

“Cubic is proud to provide I-MILES IWS and TVS training equipment and to support the U.S. Army’s relentless focus on training. We believe our systems play a critical role for the development and sustainment of our warfighters,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Applications. “It is our goal to provide the most effective and affordable training solutions, and to do so by driving innovation into the areas most critical to our customers.”

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic Defense Applications is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, see the company’s Web site at http://www.cubic.com.