Saturday, December 13, 2008 General News
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1. FITNESS: THIS NEW YEAR, DITCH THE GYM FOR A HEALTHY OUTDOOR WORKOUT. KARINRICHARDS, professor and director of the fitness and health management programand the health sciences program at UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES IN PHILADELPHIA:"Getting in shape is a common New Year's resolution, and a misconception isthat you have to stop your outdoor exercise in winter weather. Whileexercising in the cold may take getting used to, with the right precautions,it can be a great boredom buster. To be sure you're safely working toward yourgoals and getting the most out of your outdoor exercise this winter, warm upbefore, dress appropriately, stretch after, stay hydrated, and considerenvironmental factors such as wind chill and shorter winter days. Don't beafraid to exercise outdoors in the winter." News Contact: Marisa Olson, Phone: +1-215-596-8788 (12/12/08)

2. HEALTH: DISAGREEMENT OVER MORE NAPS FOR YOUNG DOCTORS. KEN BRAXTON, healthcare attorney at Dallas' STEWART STIMMEL: "The Institute of Medicine hasissued a report calling for reducing the workload of doctors-in-training,recommending an uninterrupted five-hour break for sleep after any 16-hourshift. Despite regulations passed in 2003 that limit workloads to no more than80 hours per week, the report indicates that medical residents are still tooexhausted, with a corresponding negative effect on patient safety. But I don'tthink further limiting their hours will make a significant difference. Wehaven't seen an increase in legal claims or error reports associated withresident physicians during the past five years. We have seen a decrease in thenumber of cases they handle during residency, so hospitals have to morethoroughly screen these physicians for their specific abilities when applyingfor credentials." News Contact: Barry Pound, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (12/10/08)

3. HEALTH: NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION IMPROVES SLEEP, HEALTH AND LIFE. DR. CAROLASH, sleep expert and medical director of the SOMERSET MEDICAL SLEEP FOR LIFECENTER in Hillsborough, N.J., one of the largest licensed sleep labs in theU.S.: "As medical facts and recent research show, the quality of sleep aperson receives dramatically affects their overall health, lifestyle andlongevity. Making a New Year's resolution to achieve the proper amount ofsleep, and to get tested if concerned about a sleep disorder, is a resolutionthat will result in positive changes on the short- and long-term." Ash canspeak to a number of sleep improvement-related tips and tricks, as well asprovide insight into the most recent medical studies and statistics pertainingto American citizens' sleep. News contact: Vickie Cullen, Vcullen@randjpr.comPhone: +1-908-722-5757 Web site: (12/10/08)

4. HEALTH: PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND TACKLING OBESITY IN THEWORKPLACE. CHRIS BOYCE, CEO, VIRGIN HEALTHMILES in Framingham, Mass., aleading provider of employee health programs that pay people to get active:"Last week, the annual 'America's Health Rankings' report listing America'sfittest and fattest states was released. We are an increasingly fat nation,with more than 60 percent of us falling into the 'overweight' category and onein three in the 'obese' category. However, some companies and stategovernments are taking a proactive approach to this epidemic. They arecreating partnerships with their employees to promote personal sustainabilitythrough activity, good health and fiscal responsibility to reduce thelikelihood of developing obesity-related conditions such as heart disease,hypertension and type-2 diabetes that strain the U.S. healthcare system. I canshare the strategies these forward-looking companies are taking to reduceobesity and contain healthcare costs in an increasingly consumer-drivenmodel." News Contact: Kathy Wilson, Phone: +1-781-652-0499 Web site: (12/12/08)

5. LIVING: HOLIDAY REMINDER FOR HOSTS: NOT ALL GUESTS DRINK. BRENDA ILIFF,director of the HAZELDEN WOMEN'S RECOVERY CENTER AT HAZELDEN, Center City,Minn., and author of "A Woman's Guide to Recovery": "As you prepare forcelebrations with friends and family this holiday season, remember that someof your guests may not drink alcohol -- either because they are in recoveryfrom addiction, or for other health or personal reasons. A thoughtful hostknows holiday celebrations don't have to center around alcoholic drinks andwill plan ahead to ensure an enjoyable event for everyone." Iliff can discusstips for hosts and reminders to be sensitive to non-drinkers, especially atthis time of year. News Contact: Colleen Moran, cmoran@webershadwick.comPhone: +1-503-552-3739 (12/12/08)

6. PETS: CHOOSING A NEW PET AS A GIFT CAN BE A TRICKY ISSUE. JOAN MAYER,founder of THE INQUISITIVE CANINE, a dog-training service company in SouthernCalifornia, and certified pet dog trainer: "There are many factors to considerwhen it comes to adopting an animal for someone else, even if it's within thesame household. Pet adoptions should always be discussed and planned -- andnever come as a surprise to anyone involved because the recipient not wantingsuch a 'gift' could be an even bigger surprise. There are definitely risksassociated with giving an animal as a present, including traumatizing aninnocent animal that must be 'returned' or unintentionally placing the animalin a neglectful home. If there is any doubt in your mind, consider some of thealternatives to giving an animal as a present, including meaningful gifts thatcould help prepare the recipient for a new pet, like books, virtual-realitypet games, or gift certificates that can go towards adoption fees, petsupplies or health care needs." Editor's Note: Mayer has a profile listed inthe ProfNet Experts Database. To view the profile, go to and, after logging in, click on "Search Expert." NewsContact: Emilia Doerr, Phone: +1-310-709-4620 Website: (12/12/08)

7. SHOPPING: CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE. JEREMY GUTSCHE, founder ofTRENDHUNTER.COM: "The countdown has begun to Christmas, and shoppers aregetting serious about getting the perfect gift for everyone on their list.From excessive luxury gifts, peculiar pop star products and credit-crunchgifts, we've seen it all. There are some really creative ideas of items togive during this recession, such as deodorant. Yes, that's correct, what'swrong with a little hygiene amongst friends? And, personalized gifts areextremely popular this year -- from haute hostess gifts so you won't show upto that holiday party empty-handed, to brag-worthy gifts for that narcissistin your life that will keep them entertained for hours." With the addition ofTrendHunter's online TV show, Gutsche is up on the latest in pop culture,technology, fashion, advertising, and design and shopping. News Contact: SusanHartzler, Phone: +1-818-998-6299 Web site: (12/12/08)

8. SHOPPING: DON'T FORGET CREATIVITY WHILE SHOPPING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. JEANLANDSVERK, gift-card expert at FIRST DATA of Denver, a global technologycompany specializing in information commerce for retailers and consumers, canoffer insight into some of the most creative gift-card ideas and what peoplereally need this holiday season: "Last year, nine out of 10 consumers eithergave or received a gift card. This year, a major trend is to pair a gift cardwith a small item, making it a thoughtful gift while allowing the recipient toget what they want. Recent reports show consumers are expecting to spend lessthis year and are focusing on necessities for the holidays. Gift cards forgas, groceries, restaurants and fast-food places will be among the top giftsthis holiday season. A gift card can be something spectacular and affordable."Landsverk can provide ideas regarding the perfect and practical gift card foranyone, like a grandparent that has everything, the impossible teenager, orthe technology-challenged mother. News Contact: Meredith Powell, Phone: +1-312-255-3081 (12/12/08)

9. SHOPPING: LAST-MINUTE ONLINE SHOPPING TIPS AND TRICKS. ERIN GIFFORD,money-saving blogger at COUPONCRAVINGS.COM and grocery savings expert atSHORTCUTS.COM: "The last day for free standard shipping is Dec. 18, soshoppers are flocking to the Web in droves for those last-minute holidaypurchases. They want to super-size every dollar they spend, and with a feweasy tips and tricks, it's not hard to do so." Gifford is available to speakon last-minute online shopping advice and the best free shipping deals. She isbased in Washington, D.C. (12/12/08)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com1. Fitness: This New Year, Ditch the Gym for a Healthy Outdoor Workout 2. Health: Disagreement Over More Naps for Young Doctors 3. Health: New Year's Resolution Improves Sleep, Health and Life 4. Health: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Tackling Obesity at Work 5. Living: Holiday Reminder for Hosts: Not All Guests Drink 6. Pets: Choosing a New Pet as a Gift Can Be a Tricky Issue 7. Shopping: Christmas Gift Guide 8. Shopping: Don't Forget Creativity While Shopping This Holiday Season 9. Shopping: Last-Minute Online Shopping Tips and Tricks


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