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  The upcoming IHRSA event in San Diego will feature Chip Heath, author, with his brother Dan,  of Made to Stick and their newest book Switch. Heath is a great speaker and his books are even more enjoyable. His latest book is an interesting forray into how change occurs. It involves an elephant, a rider and the path. This is a very topical speaker for IHRSA and the industry as changing is something every industry, and most of all fitness and wellness, needs to be quite on top of. Hats off to IHRSA leadership for having Heath at the event. See the book review below. ... (more)

CDPHP Expands CafeWell to Full Membership

ALBANY, N.Y. and DENVER, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CDPHP® and WellTok®, Inc., today announced that following a successful pilot in 2011, CDPHP is rolling out the CafeWell™ social health network to its full membership of 350,000 and integrating its Life Points® wellness rewards program. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cdphp-expands-cafewell-to-full-membership-146901205.html "As the first and only health plan in the region to offer this unique social wellness tool, we're seeing a great response," said John Demers, vice president of public affairs at CDPHP. "Combined with our Life Points rewards program, this is an exciting new tool for members to not only take charge of their health, but get paid for it!" added Demers. Slipping employee engagement numbers are the biggest challenge for... (more)

Extended-Stay Hotel in Chattanooga Receives TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 06/06/12 -- A hotel is only as good as the guest experience, which is why the Residence Inn Chattanooga Near Hamilton Place, offering hotel suites in Chattanooga, TN, was recently awarded the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award by TripAdvisor. The award, given to hotels that receive the highest praise from travelers, recognizes the 4.5 rating of this extended-stay hotel in Chattanooga, TN. Past guests have not only enjoyed their experiences at the hotel, but have made the effort to go online and share their feedback with the TripAdvisor community, one of the most popular user-generated travel sites and a constant resource for those planning trips. A visit to this Chattanooga hotel near Amazon offers you the opportunity to experience what so many others have enjoyed. At the core of this extended-stay hotel is the service, giving lo... (more)

Hotel Near Gettysburg Teams Up With Kellogg's to Feed Hungry Kids

HARRISBURG, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but nearly one in five kids starts their day without it each morning. TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey is teaming up with Kellogg's to help feed hungry kids with the Kellogg's Share Breakfast™ program. Guests at this hotel near Gettysburg can contribute to Kellogg's goal of sharing one million breakfasts with kids in need with something as simple as a signature. Each morning at this hotel's complimentary continental breakfast, guests can sign a dedicated poster board. For every signature, Kellogg's will donate one breakfast. This Harrisburg hotel, along with the entire TownePlace Suites brand, is aiming to collect 15,000 signatures from guests, staff and members of the community. And for those who share Kellogg's mission through social media, the company will donate mo... (more)

WeatherBug 3.0 iPhone App Packs Lightning Alerts, Neighborhood-Level Conditions, and Better Local Forecasts from the World’s Largest Real-Time Weather Network

Spring brings warmer temperatures and longer days, but it also means more rain and the start of severe weather season for most of the U.S. Just in time, WeatherBug® is launching its totally redesigned iPhone app to help people stay safe and informed. Featuring forecasts and alerts from the largest real-time weather network – plus Spark™ by WeatherBug, the only tool that delivers minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike information – the new WeatherBug for iPhone app gives you vital weather insight with a quick swipe and a glance so you can plan your day and Know Before™ -- especially when the weather turns for the worse. The newly redesigned WeatherBug for iPhone app features forecasts and alerts from the largest real-time weather network - plus Spark(TM) by WeatherBug, the only tool that delivers minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike information. ... (more)

OPA Challenges "Natural" Plastic Additives

LONDON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association is challenging the effectiveness of a recently-developed class of plastics containing additives described as "natural", "enzymatic" or "microbiodegradable". These additives, which are not oxo-biodegradable, are being marketed as promoting biodegradation of a host of polymers within a few months to several years, even when buried deep in landfill. An OPA statement (http://www.biodeg.org/) said: "It seems reasonable to believe that the additives themselves will biodegrade, but will they make the plastic biodegrade? It is difficult to believe on the published scientific evidence that incorporation of these additives into a polymeric matrix will render the resultant plastic article biodegradable at all, and on the basis of known scientific principle it is hard to see how it can. Biodegradat... (more)

Interactive TV Apps Are In Full Bloom

DALLAS, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you're beach-bound or hosting a party at home, two new interactive TV applications from AT&T* U-verse® will have you ready for Spring Break. U-verse Jukebox is a U-verse Enabled application that allows you to play songs from your mobile device on your U-verse TV. The "Party" feature allows you to invite up to six friends to contribute songs to a dynamic playlist. Party guests can open the app on their own device, select "Join Party" and share tunes instantly through your home theatre system. Download the app here. Get your body ready for the beach with the Interactive Workout App. The interactive TV app turns your U-verse TV into your own personal trainer and allows you to create a customized workout. You can select a target area or do a full-body workout and track your progress as you go without setting foot inside a ... (more)

Microsoft Introduces Imagine Cup Competition for Young Students

REDMOND, Wash., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge, a new Microsoft Imagine Cup competition that offers aspiring game developers, ages 9 to 18, the opportunity to learn coding by developing a video game with Kodu, an easy-to-learn, game-creation toolkit and programming language available for free download on Windows-based PCs. Microsoft has drawn on the expertise of Mercy Corps and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop to launch this new challenge as part of Imagine Cup, Microsoft's student technology skills development program and competition. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130319/SF79319) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) "Microsoft developed Kodu to transform programming from a skill perceived as overly difficult to grasp to one that is fun and ... (more)

Adopt a Performance Lifestyle With Respect Your Universe's Spring 2013 Collection

PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 04/01/13 -- The spring 2013 collection from Respect Your Universe, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RYU) (OTCQB: RYUN), a performance lifestyle apparel brand, offers rigorous performance, convenient comfort and fashion-forward style to outfit an athlete's workout and everyday wardrobe. "Choosing what to wear is an important decision we make every day, and so often this choice can either limit or enhance our daily activities," said Kofi Brown, Respect Your Universe chief marketing officer. "Whether you're hitting the gym or checking errands off your list, your wardrobe should be as dynamic as your lifestyle. Respect Your Universe's spring 2013 line will give our customers the confidence they need to focus on the task at hand -- trusting that their attire will support them wherever the day leads." The spring collection boasts specialized fabrics and co... (more)

CE Week to Feature Digital Health, Ultra HD, Connected Car, 2nd Screen, Digital Fashion and More

CE Week, the consumer electronics and technology industry’s annual mid-year event, today announced the addition of several new events and conferences to the CE Week 2013 line-up. These additions, combined with the return of popular events from year’s past, will make CE Week 2013 the largest and most robust CE Week to-date. CE Week will bring together global companies and innovators for a week of conferences, exhibitions, workshops and networking events, June 24-28, 2013, in New York City. The ever-popular CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits, CE Week’s official show headquarters, is scheduled for June 26-27 at the Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion. Events and conferences for CE Week 2013 include: Engadget+gdgt Live: For the third consecutive year, the innovative event series that brings technology brands and gadget enthusiasts together from around the country, w... (more)

Adjusted Rates Proposed and Life Extension Projects Commenced to Promote Cost-Effectiveness - Research Report on DTE Energy, SCANA, Alliant Energy, FuelCell Energy, and Hawaiian Electric Industries

NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Editor Note: For more information about this release, please scroll to bottom. Today, Wall Street Reports announced new research reports highlighting DTE Energy Company (NYSE: DTE), SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL), and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below. DTE Energy Company Research Report On June 4, 2013, DTE Energy Company (DTE Energy) filed an amended renewable energy plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that proposes to lower the monthly surcharge paid by residential customers to $0.43 from the current $3. The Company's energy plan focuses on an overall reduction of all c... (more)