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Sep 26

Gallstones: What they are, how to prevent them – Morton Times-News

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Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder, an organ on the right side of your abdomen that holds bile to be released into your small intestine.

Gallstones range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some people develop just one gallstone, while others develop many gallstones at the same time.

People who develop gallstones and experience symptoms (caused when gallstones lodge in a duct, resulting in a blockage) often require surgery to remove them. Those without symptoms, however, usually dont require treatment.

Symptoms include:

Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen and/or the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone Back pain between your shoulder blades Pain in your right shoulder Nausea or vomitingPain associated with gallstones can last several minutes to a few hours.See a doctor if you experience pain so intense that you cant sit still or find a comfortable position, yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice), or high fever with chills.Possible causes of gallstones: Your bile contains too much cholesterol. Normally, your bile contains enough chemicals to dissolve the cholesterol excreted by your liver. Your bile contains too much bilirubin, a chemical produced when your body breaks down red blood cells. Certain conditions cause your liver to make too much bilirubin, including cirrhosis, biliary tract infections and certain blood disorders. Your gallbladder doesnt empty correctly. Possible risk factors: Being female Being 40 or older Being a Native American Being a Mexican American Being overweight or obese Being sedentary Being pregnant Eating a high-fat diet Eating a high-cholesterol diet Eating a low-fiber diet Having a family history of gallstones Having diabetes Having certain blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia or leukemia Losing weight very quickly Taking medications that contain estrogen, such as oral contraceptives or hormone therapy drugs Having liver diseaseTo reduce risk of gallstones: Dont skip meals or fast. Try to stick to your usual meal times each day. Lose weight gradually, a maximum of 1-2 pounds per week. Eat more high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Maintain a healthy weight.

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Sep 26

PERRY BUCHANAN: Avoid the pitfalls that threaten your fitness program – The Albany Herald

Fall is here! Its an exciting time of year. I personally like it because of the cooler weather, and its before life gets too hectic, as it sometimes does over the holidays. Although fall is known as the season for change, with all we have had to face this year with COVID-19, we are praying to soon return to some normalcy.

I felt it fitting with the change of seasons, to analyze how we can change our ways to succeed with our fitness programs. It is said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This quote has been attributed to Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein and others. It has been repeated by coaches, athletes, dieticians, psychologists, and most recently, political commentators. Regardless of who coined the quote originally, I know I often relate to it. Can you?

Do you set your alarm every morning to work out, but hit the snooze button five times before getting up? Do you give up your sugar addiction every Monday, only to fall off the wagon by Wednesday? Short of giving you an early morning wake-up call, I cant keep you from hitting that snooze button. However, I will outline the major mistakes I have seen over the years of why many fall short in succeeding with their fitness plans. After all, it was Einstein who once said, Knowledge is power and knowing is half the battle.

Mistake No. 1: Unable to decide and act. I see so many people get excited about getting in shape who read, watch, buy and analyze every program pitched to them, but they never act. They so want to find that perfect diet, perfect workout, and the perfect time to start that they become overwhelmed and fall victim to the paralysis of analysis. Think ready, fire, aim! Just pick a plan and begin. You can always tweak things and improve as you go through the process of experiencing and learning what works for you. Just decide on your plan of action and dont procrastinate.

Mistake No. 2: Starting too aggressively. Its good to be motivated, but when we change too many things too drastically, we have a hard time sticking to it. Going from couch potato to exercise nut takes a longer transition. Dont fall victim to the terrible toos: too soon, too much, and too often. Try picking only one or two habits to change at a time. When you master those and have sustained the habit for at least two to three weeks, then pick another habit to change. With your exercise program, dont feel it has to kill you the fist few weeks in order to work. You will not be any further ahead than if you had eased into the program. Make gradual progressions in your regimen as your body adapts. You will also be far less likely to relapse or be injured.

Mistake No. 3: Buying in to every new gimmick, fad and infomercial. Marketing is written to get you to buy, not to educate you to what works. Exercise and proper nutrition can be boring and tedious at times, especially when were just beginning to break bad habits and develop new healthier ones. Its easy to be swayed by the latest, newest thing that promises things too good to be true. Aside from being ineffective and possibly harmful, by constantly jumping from program to program, you never give anything time to work. Consistency and persistence are your keys to success with a sound fitness program.

Mistake No. 4: (probably the biggest hurdle for most) Trying to shape up without shaping up your diet. You do need to expend more calories through exercise, but you cant outrun your fork. If your goal is weight loss, youre always going to be fighting a losing battle if you try to succeed without any modifications in your diet. I assure you, you can eat more calories in five minutes than you can possibly burn in 30 minutes of intense effort.

So, whats your reason for not changing your ways and accomplishing your fitness goals? To quote another saying, Hope springs eternal. So maybe this time you finally will change. Happy Fall!

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Sep 26

5 Top Luxury Health And Wellness Trends To Look Out For – Upscale Living Magazine

Between personalized exercise programs or exclusive, eco-friendly wellness retreats, there are so many ways to improve your wellbeing mentally and physically.

We take a look at the top five luxury health and wellness trends that you might want to try out:

The popularity of wellness retreats is continuing to rise with people looking to travel further afield for experiences and treatments to transform and detox their body and mind. As more of us find ourselves living and working in urban areas, theres a trend towards reconnecting with nature and escaping busy lives.

Retreats around the world are offering everything from holistic treatments, yoga, and meditation, to wellness programs designed to improve sleep, fitness, and relieve stress. And more often than not, retreats are eco-friendly, trying to reduce their environmental impact at the same time as improving wellness.

With easy access to streaming services, online instructor-led classes, and interactive workouts theres no excuse not to fit in a home workout into your daily routine.

And these classes involve far more than a few lunges in your living room. You can invest in professional gym equipment like indoor bikes to join virtual spin classes, hire personal trainers for remote sessions, and join exclusive fitness programs designed to deliver an effective workout within your home.

More traditional fitness classes are also changing alongside a rise in boutique fitness studios. There are classes that focus on working out in pairs to build friendships or use the latest high tech gym equipment. And, for something a bit more extreme, there are Extinction Training classes.

Sometimes you need a little help and guidance when it comes to your wellbeing, and it can be worthwhile turning to a coach for this outside support. Whether its to achieve a specific personal or professional goal, or more general guidance, breakthrough coaching is one such coaching method that offers a way to transforming and improving your life. Working with a coach often provides accountability, resources, and reassurance to keep you on track.

This health and wellness trend covers a broad range of things, but it all comes down to the idea of altering your body to improve your physical and cognitive performance. Its completely personalized to each individual and can start by looking at genetic, blood, and allergy testing.

While there are some simple biohacking tricks that can be tried at home, the treatments offered at exclusive biohacking clinics include anything from electric muscle stimulation training and light therapy to stem cell injections.

A little less futuristic, but still innovative, is the trend towards personalized health and fitness programs. Many places will now offer DNA and blood testing, as well as analyzing your body type and other fitness considerations to create a nutrition and exercise plan thats designed exclusively for you. And regular multivitamins are being superseded by the rise of bespoke supplements based on thorough consultations and testing.

If youre looking for new ways to improve your health and wellness, with cutting edge technology and professional help, these luxury trends are a good starting point.

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Sep 26

Carroll County Health Department: National Council on Aging gives tips on preventing falls – Baltimore Sun

Make your home safer. Use a home safety checklist, like the one at, to find out what changes you can make to help prevent falls. STEADI is a program by the National Centers for Disease Control that identifies modifiable risk factors, and offers steps you can take at home to avoid falling, such as: keep your home free of clutter, use non-slip mats in your bathtub or shower, avoid walking in socks, and eliminate throw rugs.

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Sep 26

Everyone is invited to a drive-by birthday for this Orange resident; shes 104 – New Haven Register

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

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Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Helen Koziel pictured on her birthday drive-by parade invitation being organized by a friend.

Everyone is invited to a drive-by birthday for this Orange resident; shes 104

ORANGE Helen Koziel didnt get to her 104th birthday this month by being careless through the years, so the milestone will be celebrated Saturday like you should in a pandemic: with a drive-by parade planned by friends.

In Koziels case, however, the guest list is anyone and everyone from anywhere and they are being encouraged to drive by High Plains Community Center on Orange Center Road Saturday between 1 and 1:45 p.m.

According to a release notifying folks of the bash, Koziel will be in front of the community center. Friend Barbara Schmidt put out the call for participants in an event she calls, Honk for Helen.

Schmidt said Koziel closely follows pandemic safety protocols, keeping in virtual contact with her family and friends through technology and virtual hugs.

Koziel has avoided large birthday gatherings and other events for others and learned to Zoom during the pandemic, according to Schmidt.

Helen often comments that she feels blessed to have a close, loving family and supportive, true friends, Schmidt said in her release. She would like all of them to know that, although they are well-missed, the memories of lively conversations and fun times together make her smile and help her to have a positive attitude during this pandemic.

Koziel participates in live-streamed exercise programs and walks for exercise, reads voraciously and keeps busy playing computer games, Schmidt said, noting her friend is a volunteer for many causes.

Schmidt conveyed in her release that Koziel has a few birthday wishes.

She hopes that people act with patience, empathy and respect toward each other always, but that we all make a special effort during these challenging pandemic times. Helen asks that we strive to trust in God, unconditionally love our families and friends, help the less fortunate and SMILE even if it has to be behind a mask.

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Sep 26

Five items on business for Sept. 25, 2020 – News – Norwood Bulletin – Wicked Local Norwood

Send news about your local business to We're interested in news about business people, expansions, openings and community involvement by MetroWest businesses and business people. Follow Daily News Business Editor Bob Tremblay on Twitter @Bob Tremblay_MW.

MutualOne awards $10K to support Framingham Police program

Mark R. Haranas, president and CEO of MutualOne Bank and chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, this week announced that the foundation awarded $10,000 to support Framinghams Jail Diversion Program that pairs specially trained crisis clinicians with police officers to respond to mental health related calls for service and 911 calls. According to Acting Police Chief Ronald Brandolini, there are currently three clinicians available to provide immediate on-the-scene de-escalation, assessment and referrals for individuals in crisis assigned to the three shifts. This grant will support adding a fourth clinician to the program for an even more extensive coverage of the three shifts and weekends. The grant was among awards totaling $92,000 in the foundations most recent round of funding. Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the Framingham-based foundation has since donated more than $4.9 million to charitable, educational and civic initiatives designed to improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick and surrounding communities.

New social model adult day program to open in Natick

The Elder-Well Adult Day Program, a new social model adult day franchise program, is scheduled to open in Natick in mid-October under the direction of co-founders Kara and Ken Harvey. The Harveys previously ran an adult day program in Wayland at The Constance Rose House. Services at Elder-Well will be provided daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will include group and individual therapeutic and educational activities; health and wellness monitoring; community outings and presentations; nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack; gentle exercise programs; and more. Additionally, support for activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) will be provided, as will specialized Alzheimers and dementia supportive services for clients and their family caregivers. Elder-Well Adult Day Program is at 12 Washington St. For more information, visit

MetroWest Business Referral Group to meet Sept. 28

The MetroWest Business Referral Group holds a virtual meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, from 8 to 9 a.m. The group is a member-driven, non-exclusive business referral network and there are up to three seats available per profession (i.e. BNI allows 1 seat per Realtor, financial adviser, mortgage broker, etc.). This group is an accelerated environment where business referrals are at the center and one-on-one networking is structured into the meeting. Its meetings are normally held on the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless noted otherwise by the Group Leadership Committee). At this time meetings will be held virtually. Membership in the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce is NOT required be a regular member of the group. Not-Yet Members allowed to participate in group free of charge no more than twice. Membership is $100 for a one-year investment in the group (non-refundable) for chamber members, $200 (non-refundable) for a one-year investment for non-members. For more information, call the chamber at 508-879-5600. The chamber is based in Framingham.

Families for Depression Awareness to hold Evening of Hope

Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA), a nonprofit organization based in Waltham, holds its seventh annual Evening of Hope and Discovery virtually on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. As MetroWest families and others around the country grapple with their mental health amidst the COVID-19 crisis, FFDA will hold a special event to encourage dialogue about family mental health, share inspirational testimonials from real families, and raise funds for its upstream suicide prevention work with families caregivers of those living with depression or bipolar disorder. Funds raised from the event will directly support the delivery of programming to family caregivers including educational webinars, online screening tests and publications. To be held virtually, the event will feature a video presentation, mingling in topic-driven breakout sessions, and personal stories from the organizations leadership and volunteers. Susan Weinstein, co-executive director, and Janet Kuser, president of the Board of Directors, will be among the speakers. For more information and tickets visit

Waltham's Radius Health establishes a new group

Radius Health Inc. has established a new group: Capital, Strategy, and Transactions (CST). This cross functional team will integrate several important and related functions, including financial modeling and analytics, capital structure and balance sheet management, investor relations, banking and analyst interactions, business development, and alliance/project management. The Company expects to add a select number people to this group with skill sets that extend its current capabilities. Based in Waltham, Radius is a science-driven fully integrated biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative endocrine therapeutics. For more information, visit

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Sep 26

Talking fall prevention in older adults through physical activity with U of M – UMN News

This year, September 21 to 25 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week to bring awareness of reducing falls which can cause life-changing injuries in older adults through preventative practices.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in four adults age 65 and older, report falling each year. About 37% of those who fall reported needing medical treatment or restriction in activity afterward. Siobhan McMahon, Ph.D., MPH, with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing explains how physical activity in older adults can help prevent falls and related injuries.

Q: What are the risk factors for injurious falls among older adults?Prof. McMahon: There are several risk factors for injurious falls that can be modified, some more significant than others. For example, changes in walking gait, and balance and strength are significant, interrelated risks. Other risk factors include pain, visual changes (e.g., cataracts), the use of medications that increase fall-risk, osteoporosis, postural hypotension, and environmental hazards (e.g., poor lighting, thick carpet).

Q: How does physical exercise help prevent falls in older adults and related injuries?Prof. McMahon: According to a 2019 study, physical exercise that focuses on strength and balance is the one intervention that has been found to reduce injurious falls on its own. Performing these physical exercises at least three times per week helps to build and maintain a persons balance and leg strength. In turn, better balance and leg strength make it easier to walk on uneven surfaces and to correct slips, trips or stumbles.

Q: What can friends, family, health care providers and caregivers do to help prevent or reduce the risk of falls?Prof. McMahon: Partner to do four things on a regular basis. The first and most effective thing to do is to encourage and support movement and the inclusion of leg-strengthening and balance-challenging movements into everyday life and adjusted according to personal ability and preferences. There are many videos and programs (e.g., Silver Sneakers) available online to help people get started at home. Many people do these exercises with others, but remotely, such as over the phone or through Zoom. Second, get annual eye exams. These are important because they enable an eye doctor to identify and help people manage eye problems that are associated with falls (e.g., cataracts). Third, regularly check and ensure that environmental hazards are minimized (e.g., correct dim lighting, clear clutter) and that aids are readily available when needed (e.g., bathroom grab bars). Finally, self-assess risk factors for injurious falls and discuss that assessment with primary care providers. The CDC has a brochure that guides this assessment titled Stay Independent.

Q: How has education on fall prevention changed with the pandemic?Prof. McMahon: During the pandemic, the need for prevention efforts have not changed they are still critical. However, several programs have paused because they rely on gatherings of six or more individuals in one location. Fortunately, education and fall prevention efforts can be done independently and at home. Also, some programs have successfully shifted to delivery via telephone or computer. For example, Juniper and Fairview have shifted the Tai Ji Quan balance program to Zoom. Hopefully, more fall prevention programs and efforts will adapt to COVID-19-related restrictions so they are accessible to all older adults with fall risk.

Q: How is your research working towards improving fall prevention in older adults?Prof. McMahon: My research builds on the evidence that balance and strength physical exercises reduce falls. This evidence provides healthcare professionals with knowledge about which physical exercises to promote. However, despite efforts to disseminate this knowledge, most older adults do not perform these physical exercises. One reason for this is that little is known about which strategies motivate older adults to exercise regularly. Due to this, my research focuses on developing and identifying strategies that can be used by nurses and other healthcare professionals to help older adults stay motivated and include fall-reducing physical activities into their everyday life.

Siobhan McMahon is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and a cooperative member of Adult and Gerontological Health. Her research focuses on promoting health and wellness in older adults, especially those at risk of falling. McMahon develops community-based physical activity and fall prevention interventions for older adults. Her current study assesses the relative effects of behavior change strategies on older adults physical activity.


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Sep 26

Athletico Physical Therapy Opens in Grandview – PRNewswire

Athletico is committed to keeping employees and patients safe during COVID-19 and has taken several measures including additional screening procedures, enhanced cleaning practices and appropriate distancing of patients during treatment sessions. In addition to in-clinic treatment at the Grandview clinic, Athletico is also offering telehealth virtual treatment options where patients can connect with a Physical Therapist through a secure online video chat.

"I am excited for the opportunity to treat in Grandview! This opportunity allows me to reconnect with the city that I grew up in and provide exceptional patient experience at Athletico," said Aaron Meyers, PT, DPT, and Clinic Manager of Athletico Grandview.

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Athletico Grandview12404 S US Highway 71Grandview, MO 64030Phone:[emailprotected]

ABOUT ATHLETICOAthletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in over 500 locations throughout twelve states with more than 5,000 employees. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement.Athletico was named #1 Workplace in Chicago, "Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation" by ADVANCE magazine, Top Workplace in the Nation and has been recognized as a leader in employee volunteering and charitable giving.Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers' compensation, women's health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. For more information, or to schedule a free assessment in-clinic or now online with our virtual free assessments, visit and follow us on Twitter at @athletico.

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Sep 26

Athletic programs adapt to challenges in wake of pandemic – Alpena News

News Photo by James AndersenAlpenas Kate Skiba, far right, hits a ball over the net during a volleyball match against Traverse City Central. Athletes in sports such as volleyball and soccer have had to adjust to wearing masks during games and practices in efforts to deter the spread of COVID-19.

ALPENA No matter what her teams record is at the end of the year, Melissa Doubek knows the 2020 season will be a memorable one.

Alpena High Schools longtime volleyball coach has been involved with the program for nearly 30 years, but its doubtful that any amount of ups-and-downs or wins and losses could have prepared Doubek for the challenges of this season.

This is one of those years were always going to remember, Doubek said. Were going to look back on it. Were going to count our blessings that we got to play. Even if everything changes tomorrow, we got to play.

This is the fall sports season in Northeast Michigan and in countless other districts around the state; a season where coaches, administrators, and athletes have had to adapt to continuous changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most athletes have to wear face coverings at all times during practices and games. Equipment is sanitized before and after practices and during games. Crowds are smaller because of social distancing guidelines, and those in attendance must also wear face coverings. Schedules have been changed and then changed again, including the football season, which was postponed to spring 2021 in mid-August and then reinstated in early September to happen this fall.

News Photo by Jonny ZawackiAlpena running back Charlie Williams (4) tries to avoid a Cadillac defender during a Big North Conference football game in Cadillac. To deter the spread of COVID-19, many football teams, including Alpena, have been wearing protective face shields during games.

Its been a rollercoaster ride in a lot of ways, but athletic directors, coaches, and players say its all necessary if it gives athletes a chance to play.

There are things youve got to do to make sure kids have a chance to play, but its the job, Alpena Athletic Director Jon Studley said. Its a lot of work and a lot of hours, but, when you can sit and watch an athlete compete, its all worth it. Were excited to be playing again, and the kids are following all the rules.

Its been nearly six months since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michiganders to stay home unless absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season. Whitmer loosened restrictions for northern Michigan by Memorial Day, and has gradually begun lifting many other restrictions throughout the state.

The effects of COVID-19 have manifested differently, but every sport was affected in some way. Athletes were forced to work on their own and adapt different training regimens. Some went for runs around their communities. Some used home workout equipment to stay in shape.

But, without a proper training regimen, no summer camps to take part in, and no coaches on hand to offer guidance or encouragement, local coaches knew some athletes risked falling out of their rhythm or losing interest, no matter the sport.

Alpenas Austin Townsend (13) battles for control of the ball during a soccer game at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium.

Some chose not to play because of their own personal concerns about COVID-19 while others took up different sports because some seasons, such as football, were in limbo until early September.

I think you (potentially) lose a lot of them, Alpena cross country coach Joy Bullis said. They kind of lose interest because theyve lost momentum I feel like that definitely contributes to the lower numbers in all of our sports. Being a coach is so much more than being at practice. Its offering encouragement. Its frightening to think of someone with so much potential losing that heart.

Even with increased safety measures, coaches and athletes are aware that an increase in the number of coronavirus infections could throw a monkey wrench into their seasons. Still, theyre happy to be competing, no matter how different it looks or feels.

Athletes arent taught to play sports with face coverings such as masks and, for many of them, playing with a mask on has been an adjustment.

While many football teams have ordered face shields players can wear on their helmets to keep players safe, other athletes, such as those in volleyball and soccer have had to get used to playing physically demanding sports with face coverings on.

Alpena boys soccer coach Tim Storch watches his team from the sidelines during a tournament. Coaches like Storch are required to wear masks on the sidelines during games.

Wearing a mask while trying to do any form of exercise is challenging, let alone running and jumping for long periods of time, Alpena senior volleyball player Allie DeRocher said. Almost every aspect of the game looks different, from not slapping hands with the other team before and after games to not being able to embrace teammates when we celebrate points. It adds another element to the game that you have to adapt (to) and overcome.

After the disappointment of missing out on softball this spring, DeRocher said she expected to miss volleyball, as well. When the MHSAA gave the go-ahead for volleyball to start last month, DeRocher and her teammates were determined to make the most of their chance to play, knowing that sports are helping to bring about a sense of normalcy in communities around the state.

Overall, these past several months have really taught me not to take anything for granted, DeRocher said. I wouldve never guessed that a pandemic would have cancelled so many important events so quickly. Everything is so uncertain nowadays, and were super fortunate to be able to return back to sports.

Some of the effects of COVID-19 changing schedules and enforcement of social distancing guidelines have been immediately evident. But other effects, such as an athletes development and a teams ability to be competitive, may take longer to manifest, especially next spring, when many coaches may have to make up for lost time.

Ultimately, time will tell what the long-term effects of COVID-19 are on athletics.

Fans are pictured during a soccer game at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium.

There could be a gap, Alpena tennis coach Charlie Giordano said. Theres going to be a gap in education, just like theres going to be a gap in athletics.

Alpena High School volleyball coach Melissa Doubek instructs her team during a timeout.

Alpena volleyball player Jade Gray waits on the opponent to serve during a volleyball match at Alpena High School.

A list of rules for spectators is displayed outside the Alpena High School gym.

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This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published 2 Apple Fitness+ trademark filings and more Apple Design Patents – Patently Apple

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published 2 Apple Fitness+ trademark filings and four more Apple Design Patents covering the CarPlay UI and more.

Two 'Apple Fitness+' U.S. Trademark Filings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed that Apple had filed for two Apple Fitness+ trademarks this week. The designs only cover the text version of the logo and not the figurative version(s) with the Apple illustrated. The figurative trademarks are likely to appear in USPTO's database in the coming weeks.

The first Apple Fitness+ trademark filing is under number 90192241. It was filed under three International Classes as follows:

International Class 038: "Transmission of streamed music, audio, video, podcasts, voice, data, images, radio, and multimedia content by means of telecommunications networks; subscription transmission services of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of telecommunications networks; Providing access to websites, databases, electronic bulletin boards, online forums, directories, music, podcasts, and audio and video content programs on the Internet by means of telecommunications networks; streaming audio material on the internet; radio broadcasting."

International Class 041: "Education and entertainment services, namely, an ongoing series featuring health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development provided through webcasts, podcasts, and broadcasts; Audio production services, namely, creating and producing audiovisual and audio content in the fields of health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development; production of audio recordings; provision of information relating to health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development; entertainment services, namely, providing video podcasts in the field of health and fitness; entertainment services, namely, providing podcasts in the field of health and fitness; Personal fitness training services; Conducting fitness classes; Physical education services."

International Class 042: "Providing online non-downloadable software for use in connection with an online subscription service featuring audio, video, data, text, podcasts, webcasts, and multimedia content in the field of health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development; providing online non-downloadable software for use in generating customized recommendations of audio, video, data, text, podcasts, webcasts, and other multimedia content; providing search engines for obtaining data via the internet and other electronic communications networks; providing online non-downloadable software for use in playing, organizing, downloading, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing audio files, video files, and media files; creating indexes of online information, sites and other resources available on global computer networks for others; information relating to computer hardware or software provided on-line from a global computer network or the Internet; electronic data storage services; providing online non-downloadable software for use in the delivery, distribution and transmission of audio, video, data, text, podcasts, webcasts, and multimedia content in the field of health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development."

Apple's second trademark filing for Apple Fitness+ under number 90192275 was filed under a single International Class 009 as follows: "Downloadable digital media, namely, podcasts, images, audio and video recordings in the field of health, wellness, lifestyle, exercise, physical training, fitness instruction, guided workouts, and personal development; Downloadable computer software application for accessing, browsing and searching online databases for audio, video, and multimedia content; Computer software for use in generating customized recommendations of audio, video, data, text and other multimedia content, including podcasts, images, audio and video recordings, and cultural events determined from an analysis of user preferences; computer software for use in connection with an online fitness subscription service; database synchronization software; database management software; computer software for use in playing, organizing, downloading, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing audio files, video files, and media files; computer software for use in the delivery, distribution and transmission of digital music and education-related audio, video, text and multimedia content; computer software for creating searchable databases of information and data for peer-to-peer social networking databases; computer software for accessing, browsing and searching online databases; computer software for setting up, configuring, operating and controlling mobile devices, wearable devices, mobile phones, computers, and computer peripherals, and audio and video players; computer software to enable users to program and distribute audio, video, data, text and other multimedia content, including music, videos, radio, cultural events, and entertainment-related and educational programs via communication networks."

Other Design Patents Issued this Week

On Tuesday Patently Apple covered design patent D896,810 covering Apple Pencil. The others design patents granted to Apple this week, as presented below, cover AirPods, AirPods retail packaging and a series of icons that Apple identifies as "Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface." The first series of icons presented below relate to the "CarPlay" UI. The last design patent covers a 3D star-like icon which I'm unfamiliar with.

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This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published 2 Apple Fitness+ trademark filings and more Apple Design Patents - Patently Apple

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