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Oct 17

Strengthen Your Shoulders, Arms, and Abs With This 20-Minute, Equipment-Free Workout – POPSUGAR

You don't need to work out for hours with lots of equipment to get stronger. In fact, you can get in a quality strength workout in under 30 minutes without any equipment. Don't believe us? Try this 20-minute workout by Kelsey Wells, an NASM-certified trainer and creator of the PWR programs on the SWEAT app.

This upper-body workout was inspired by her 10-week PWR Zero Equipment program and "can help strengthen your shoulders, arms, and core with a combination of stabilization exercises and dynamic upper-body movements," Wells told POPSUGAR. You won't use any weights, but your arms are going to be shaking once it's over! Grab some water, because it's time to get to work.

Equipment needed: a yoga mat.

Directions: Before getting started, Wells recommends doing three to five minutes of cardio, such as jogging in place or skipping, to increase your heart rate and warm up your muscles for your workout. After the cardio warmup, Wells recommends performing dynamic stretches such as leg swings, arm circles, and torso twists. These movements will help increase your range of motion and reduce your risk of injury.

This workout is broken up into three parts: a superset, a circuit, and an optional burnout. You'll complete three rounds of the superset, taking little to no rest in between each exercise. After the superset, you'll advance to the circuit. Each exercise should be completed for 50 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Take 30 seconds of rest after each round, completing a total of four rounds. Take one minute of rest after the circuit, and either cool down or complete the optional burnout.

Be sure to cool down after the workout with three to five minutes of walking to lower your heart rate to normal levels. Wells also recommends completing static stretches, holding for 20 seconds or longer to increase your flexibility, provide relief from potential cramping, and reduce soreness and your risk of injury, she said.

Complete three rounds, then take one minute of rest before advancing to the circuit.

Take 30 seconds after each round of the circuit and one minute of rest after completing four rounds of the circuit.

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Oct 17

FITFOREVER Launches Wellness App Created By Medical Experts For Consumers Of All Fitness Levels – Club Industry

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Dr. Jeremy James Customized Fitness Platform Assesses Each User and Addresses Variables in Age, Goals and Pre-existing Injuries.

ASPEN, CO (Oct 15, 2020) -- The burgeoning interest in at-home training has led to a dramatic spike in the popularity of fitness apps and equipment. With gyms and fitness studios either no longer accessible or appealing for consumers, nearly one-third of young Americans have turned to digital training options, according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Sales of fitness equipment in the U.S. has shot up 55% in the first half of this year.

Noting a lack of options for those who demand more specific guidance or who have pre-existing injuries or physical limitations, renowned wellness expert Dr. Jeremy James today announces the launch of FITFOREVER. This new customized at-home fitness app was created by Dr. James and his team of medical professionals for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

FITFOREVER offers personalized programs and is based on Dr. James years of experience treating and training Olympic and professional athletes, CEOs and clients from all walks of life, as director of the renowned Aspen Club Back Institute in Aspen, Colorado. The focus is on form and technique -- helping users develop highly functional bodies. The programs video-based learning uses simple, safe, non-intimidating exercise routines consumers can do from the convenience of their home.

Ive witnessed so many patients in my practice with injuries that could have been avoided, says Dr. James. I saw a need to provide consumers with an educational foundation for greater mobility and healthy living. My goal for FITFOREVER is to create a fitness platform backed by and with access to medical professionals so consumers of all ages feel good and remain healthy and fully functional.

The same study that showed a sharp uptick in virtual fitness by young adults also noted a smaller percentage of older Americans utilized fitness and wellness apps: 22% of those aged 30-49 and only 12% of adults 50-64. Recognizing that many are underserved in the rapid fitness industry evolution, Dr. James created a platform that steers clear of high impact, potentially dangerous fitness routines to focus on flexibility, core strength and long-term health.

Instead of the typical one size fits all approach, the FITFOREVER plan is customized for each individual and is progressive. At sign-up, clients undergo a personal assessment to analyze their current fitness level, potential pain points and which fitness equipment they have access to. Based on these findings, Dr. James and his team of doctors, certified trainers and physical therapists create a customized plan that guides each user through a progressive series of workouts.

Following the personal assessment, members are put into a customized program to best meet their goals, with daily workout videos to build a strong foundation and progress with the member as they move through the program. Most are shot outdoors against the scenic backdrop of Aspen Mountain.

If someone wants to opt out of their program, they can alternatively utilize any of the 430+ available videos, each ranging from 5 to 30 minutes. With the launch of the app, five additional videos will be posted each week providing continuously new content.

"When it comes to physical fitness, age is truly just a number, says Dr. James. Ive seen 40-year-olds move like theyre 80, and I work with 80-year-olds who move like theyre 40. Commit to the right exercise program, and youll feel your best for decades to come.

Dr. James is also co-author of the bestselling Younger Next Year Back Book. He has teamed up with his other Younger Next Year authors and renowned spine surgeon Todd Albert MD, Chief Surgeon Emeritus of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, to bring FITFOREVER to consumers who want to safely reach their fitness goals.

Our method is simple, says Dr. James. At FITFOREVER our focus is on building a highly functional body that feels great. Looking good is just a wonderful side effect.

Consumers can access the FITFOREVER app at https://fitforever.com/ as well as streaming services Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Google Play for $14.99 per month or $99 for an annual subscription.

FITFOREVER is the smart digital fitness platform that provides customized programs for men and women of all ages, skills and levels of fitness. Designed by leading doctors and biomechanical experts, FITFOREVER provides users with in-depth video routines that reset how they understand, move and develop their bodies. Founded in Aspen, Colorado by Jeremy James DC, CSCS - a leading specialist in chronic back pain and the co-author of the Younger Next Year Back Book - this research-based program uses a comprehensive self-assessment to create a curriculum unique to users' bodies and goals. At FITFOREVER, our focus is on a highly functional body that feels great. Looking great is just a wonderful side effect. For more information, please visit FITFOREVER.COM.

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Oct 17

Parks Department Survey: Would You Attend Indoor Programs This Winter? – ARLnow

The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation is asking residentsif they would attend indoor programs and classes this winter.

In an email sent yesterday, the parks department announced that as staff prepare for winter, they are exploring opportunities for safe indoor classes and programs.

The survey asks whether residents are comfortable attending or sending children to indoor programming, or whether they would rather stick with virtual activities.

Its really to take folks temperature, spokeswoman Susan Kalish said.

Whether the department hosts programs this winter isnot up to us its up to the guidelines, she said, referencing state health guidelines.

One guideline in Phase 3 of Gov. Ralph NorthamsForward Virginiaplan, initiated in August, tells establishments to keep 10 feet of distance between attendees when exercise activities, singing or cheering are involved. In all other settings, the minimum distance required is six feet.

Program sizes will besmaller and in some cases, due to constraints, particular classes may not be viable, Kalish said.

Community centers will have one-way entrances and exits, be reconfigured and cleaned more frequently, the email said.

Options for physical activities range from gymnastics to therapeutic adapted services, and other suggested topics for programming include history, music, science and discovery, languages and nature.

The parks department continues to offer virtual programsfor people of all ages, abilities and interests. For now, the department said outdoor spacesare open and it continues to run Programs in the Park(while the weather is good).

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Oct 17

Oakville suspending indoor fitness classes and team sports until further notice – inhalton.com

In response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Halton, Oakville will beputting indoor fitness classes and sports/team gameplay on hold beginning Saturday, October17.

The move is based on the recommendation of the Region's Chief Medical Officer of Health, who has updated public health guidelines for fitness classes and team gameplay. The update recommends a temporary pause to all indoor group exercise programs as well as all indoor teamgameplay.

The town has numerous pre-registered programs and classes set to begin this Saturday and Sunday. However, in our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of residents and staff, the Town of Oakville is now cancelling all town-run drop-in and pre-registered fitness classes along with indoor team game play effective midnight tonight, according to a statement from Oakville onFriday.

All user groups with indoor rental permits are being notified that all game play must end as of midnight Sunday, October 18. Individuals impacted by these cancellations will receive a full credit placed on theiraccount.

The following services will continue to beavailable:

"As we see cases in our Region rise, we must continue to follow the advice of Halton Region Public Health to slow the spread of coronavirus, and do what we can to help keep residents safe," said Mayor RobBurton.

Burlington has similarly placed restrictionson sports and fitness activitiesto help curb the spreadofCOVID-19.

The town says the pause will be evaluated frequently and will be lifted once Halton Region Public Health deems it safe to resume these activities in townfacilities.

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Oct 17

6 Dumbbell Exercises Wasting Your Time and What to Do Instead – LIVESTRONG.COM

If you can't keep your hips level during the renegade row, you're better off doing bent-over rows instead.

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Using dumbbells to score an intense workout is a no-brainer. They can help you pack on the muscle and crush even more calories. Trainers love them too, because "you can perform many variations of exercises while also progressing in load," Darren Ross, CPT, owner of P13 Fitness tells LIVESTRONG.com.

Dumbbells are also incredibly challenging, since you have to work to stabilize them throughout your movements, celebrity trainer Ashley Borden, creator of the Hot at Home dumbbell training program, tells LIVESTRONG.com

For all the good dumbbells can do, though, getting the most out of your training sessions means selecting a challenging yet doable weight, performing the right exercises correctly and steering clear of moves that aren't in your best interest.

Here, top trainers share their thoughts on what you need to know about training with dumbbells safely and effectively.

Avoid These Dumbbell Exercise Mistakes

When it comes to what to avoid, many trainers offer varying opinions based on what they feel is inefficient, ineffective or just downright unsafe if you're not experienced.

Still, Borden sums it up best: "The worst dumbbell exercises are the ones where you are using weight that is too heavy and your form is totally compromised," she says. That's because these two things often lead to injury. To help keep you from getting sidelined or wasting your time, here are a few moves that give trainers pause.

Named after the Terminator himself (Arnold Schwarzenegger), this shoulder move is better left to experienced lifters. In fact, this and even regular overhead presses put the shoulder at risk.

"The majority of people do not have the shoulder mobility to properly extend and press overhead," Ross says. As a result, shoulder impingement could occur. He goes on: In order to be cleared for the exercise, you should get a perfect score on the reaching pattern portion of the Functional Movement Screen, which not many people do.

Instead: Do lateral raises, so you take out the rotational transition from biceps curl to overhead press and avoid the overhead pressing motion altogether.

Ross says this move is simply inefficient. "[They're] a difficult exercise to get full range of motion, hard to increase the weight and also puts the elbow in a compromised position, risking injury."

Le Sweat Founder Charlee Atkins, CSCS, isn't a fan either, noting that they're more for aesthetics (think bodybuilders) than being a truly functional exercise.

Instead: Try triceps push-ups, even if you need to do them on your knees. This brings your core into the move and allows you to modify or progress based on your strength.

3. Dumbbell Walking Lunge

"Due to the forward movement of a walking lunge, it is very easy for a beginner to execute this movement with poor posture," Courtney Paul, CPT, creator of Courtney Paul in the House Virtual Training tells LIVESTRONG.com.

"Too often, I have witnessed people rush through this movement and lose balance or overextend the knee, which can pull ligaments and strain the muscles that surround the knee." Add resistance to this move, and an exercise that's already challenging to those who lack balance and stability becomes even more difficult.

Instead: Perform weighted lunges from a stationary position. These are a great substitute for dumbbell walking lunges and still 100-percent effective, Paul says.

Rotate the shoulders back and directly over the hips, with dumbbells directly at your side secures your center of gravity, to give you less chance of losing balance or injury, Paul says.

According to Paul, this exercise is notorious for being done improperly, especially when fatigue sets in.

"Due to lack of core strength, the hips will rise, rock side to side, and the pressure of the body weight due to the raising of the hips go into the shoulders, making this core and back movement more of a shoulder destroyer," he says.

Ross agrees that the difficulty level of this move is high. "People do this exercise incorrectly by not stabilizing the hips on the row and not fully extending their arm back for a proper row."

Instead: Swap in bent-over rows. Most exercise programs lack "pulling" exercises, and the row, which helps train the posterior (back) muscles and is one of Atkins' favorite posture exercises, does just that.

Though loved by many, Atkins says that she'd prefer people steer clear of this core exercise, which finds you in a partial sit-up position for the duration of its execution.

"These are terrible for your lower back, especially when done under load," she says.

Instead: Perform farmer's walks. When done properly, Ross says this move "helps with posture by maintaining scapular retraction throughout the walk."

Also handy: It's a great way to build grip and forearm strength as well as work on core stabilization. Ross also notes that the farmer's walk is a "very underrated exercise when it comes to increasing heart rate."

You'll definitely look like a pro if you can nail this move. The key word, however, is if.

Angela Manuel Davis, co-founder and chief motivation officer of AArmy would rather you skip this explosive movement which is essentially a very complex mixture of a deadlift, biceps curl and shoulder press because of its advanced nature. (Unless, of course, you have a coach present to ensure proper execution.)

Instead: Opt for goblet squats. Not only does this mobility and strength move "help counterbalance the squat position to help train proper squat mechanics," explains Atkins, but it also closely "mimics real-life scenarios," such as picking up a heavy box from the ground.

Watch Your (Dumbbell) Weight

Whether you're building muscle and toning up or working to increase your strength and/or size, the weight rack can be one of your greatest assets. Before you start tossing the pounds around, though, evaluate your current fitness level. Not a regular lifter? Start sans weights first.

"You can build on the basics while building stability, mobility, and strength," Davis says."Start light and as you are able to move correctly, add weight as needed."

Once you're ready to load up, choose a weight that's challenging from the very beginning of your set and also makes you work to complete the last couple of reps. "If you are able to do the last 3 to 5 reps easily, that means it's time to increase the load," Ross says. That said, you should still be able to handle your chosen dumbbell without sacrificing your form.

The amount of weight you lift should also be determined by the body part you'll be working. Typically you'll go heavier if you're tackling, say, the glutes, which are a powerhouse muscle, versus something like your triceps.

A good rule of thumb: "If performing a move that requires 10 or fewer reps, select a pair of dumbbells that leave you breathless after said move," says Borden, who notes that if you're not, increase the weight by 5 pounds.

If you find yourself unable to isolate the muscle or you feel the load in other areas than in the targeted muscle (think: feeling it in your back when performing a biceps curl), chances are you need to lower the weight.

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Oct 17

NSSCs Online Programs: The Next Best Thing to Being There! – Patch.com

A few months into the pandemic it was time for a change in my daily routine. Sheltering in place, while necessary, was getting to me as I suspect it was for many of you. I was ready to try something new and a recent email reminded me to register for an online Lifelong Learning class.

The next week I was connected via Zoom with more than 250 North Shore Senior Center (NSSC) learners participating in the session "15 Greatest President Decisions," presented by Gary Midkiff. On a personal note, my clicking on the Zoom link to join the presentation turned out to be a great decision. But why?

I asked Mary Staackmann, Director of Lifelong Learning, to explain what makes the online session experience meaningful to learners. "When participating in a class," Mary explained, "you feel connected to the instructor and participants, much more so than just watching a recording of a presentation. It's live, and the instructor will respond to questions in real time."

Mary added that there are different ways to interact, "whether we have people type questions and comments in 'Chat' and the moderator reads them to the instructor, or we have participants 'Raise their Hand' and the moderator will unmute participants to ask their questions or participate in the discussion."

It turns out thousands of Center members and others have found the online learning experience the next best thing to being in the seminar room. The first few weeks, many of the online classes were attended by the maximum of 300 participants.

Mary pointed out that "our overall enrollment for the summer term was greater than it had been in past summers when classes were all in person at the Center. We also attracted many new people. We were the first organization of our type, including other senior centers, libraries, and other community organizations, to offer their classes online once the stay-at-home order began, and we attracted many new people looking for things to do at that time."

NSSC Online Learners Discover Multiple Benefits

Kiki Richman and her husband, Bob, found accessing online sessions was just one more challenge during the pandemic. "I had never done a Zoom session, but it turned out to be very orderly . . . a 1-2-3 step process," Kiki said. "The Lifelong Learning staff was incredibly helpful with their telephone support to assist me in accessing the Zoom system," she added.

While she misses being at the Center, there is a different intimacy with online learning. "I always thought you had to be there in the lecture room, but you get up close and personal with the instructor with Zoom. "You can see the instructors' faces and non-verbal and verbal communications in how they get across their information, unlike when you're sitting in the back of the auditorium," Kiki explained.

"The faculty becomes familiar to you," she continued. "Turns out I watched a webinar on Zoom and actually liked the speaker more on Zoom versus live in person." Through the online experience "I was also able to meet instructors as well as interesting new educational topics," she added.

Patrick Krohn started with a negative attitude toward online learning. "I was dragging my feet but was encouraged by my wife and granddaughters. I do feel like I've 'broken the technology barrier' in accessing Zoom sessions."

While he misses the feeling of being in the classroom, there have been additional benefits to Zoom classes. It has encouraged Patrick to learn how to use his computer for email. "It is like learning a new language, one step at a time," he explained. "I'm still listening and learning from others. I also got a Fitbit for tracking my steps, so I'm moving along with the benefits of using technology in my life."

Patrick remains passionate about taking his in-person NSSC mask to mask art classes on Tuesdays. "I would not sit at home doing art alone, so the mask to mask experience is fine to be among friends," he said.

Through engaging on online learning and visiting the Center (as well as walking eight blocks every day and seeing neighbors), "it keeps me sleeping soundly at night," Patrick said.

NSSC Staff Adaptability Encourages Learners

Anne Essex had no reluctance at all in participating in Zoom online learning. "I not only had confidence in the moderator, I was amazed at how rapidly the NSSC staff had adapted to the COVID-19 rules of engagement society now requires," she explained.

The basic rules of participation were simple. "I had to learn to navigate prompts to open and unmute. Other participants clued me in before it was necessary to call the office," Anne said. "Using an iPad or laptop computer can quickly determine the setting, and as for personal appearance, Zoom dress rules apply only above the waist . . . wearing shorts and sandals is fine."

"Online exercise classes have made it possible for me to maintain a healthy routine, since I felt my presence in the gym not advisable at this time. I believe there were 21 participants when I joined the online exercise provided by the Fitness Center."

Anne feels fortunate to be in a group (art and sculpture classes which can meet safely) that allows the social interaction with others not available with remote contact. She advised: "Try it. It is amazing how simple it is to join in with a discussion, interchange opinions and offer suggestions."

The Instructor's Viewpoint

Jeff Mishur is an art historian who has taught online at the university level for 20 years. As a online and live seminar instructor, he finds several advantages to online presentations. With high-resolution images, "I can hone-in on image details for the student. This makes the student experience even better than in person," Jeff pointed out.

"I think the sound quality is also better, which is important for the hearing impaired," he added. "I've found that I get more questions and interactions via Zoom then I do in person. I think this is because everyone feels comfortable typing a question, even those who might be shy or might have been socially conditioned to not speak up."

Jeff observed, "Online programming will also be ideal for snowbirds or those who move out of state but still want to support and be connected to North Shore Senior Center."

Ready to Zoom?

As of now, during the pandemic, Mary said that most of the Lifelong Learning programming will be online through Zoom. "Hopefully, soon, we'll be able to offer programming in person at the Center, but we will continue online programming as well. "

NSSC Lifelong Learning Staff Ready to Help You Zoom

The Lifelong Learning staff is available Mondays through Fridays by phone (847.784.6030) or email (LifelongLearning@nssc.org) to help anyone who requests it. This fall term Lifelong Learning is offering a class on-site called "How to Zoom" to provide in-person instruction on how to take part in online Zoom classes. In addition, Some classes are live streamed at NSSC in Northfield for those who don't want to or unable to view Zoom programs at home, or may simply wish to view the program at the Center.

Click here for the complete selection of online learning opportunities and register for the November 16th "How to Zoom" class today!

For more information contact NSSC's Lifelong Learning at 847.784.6030 or LilfelongLearning@nssc.org

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Oct 17

OpGen Provides Business and Pipeline Update and Announces Preliminary Unaudited Revenue and Cash Position for the Third Quarter 2020 – GlobeNewswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPGN, OpGen), a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics to help combat infectious disease, announced today that total preliminary unaudited revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was approximately $1.0 million, up from $648 thousand in the third quarter of 2019. The preliminary financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2020 reflect the consummation of our business combination with Curetis GmbH on April 1, 2020. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 will be included in the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and earnings release for the third quarter of 2020. OpGens cash as of September 30, 2020 was approximately $10.4 million. The company also expanded its capacity under its ATM program by an additional $6.4 million, and continues to have access to an additional EUR5.0 million tranche of non-dilutive debt financing for COVID-19 related R&D programs from the European Investment Bank.

In addition, the company announced details regarding a strategic reprioritization of its product portfolio, platform pipeline and priorities going forward. This reprioritization was based on feedback from extensive market research, a customer survey of 150 stakeholders in the decision making on new diagnostic platforms, and key opinion leader interviews conducted by an independent market research firm over the past two quarters. Following a review of this research, OpGen and its Board decided to consolidate the companys product portfolio on its proprietary Unyvero platform and unique bioinformatics capabilities. As a result of this change in priority, the company anticipates the following key impacts:

The company also announced accomplishment of the following key milestones in the third quarter of 2020 and year to date:

Oliver Schacht, President & CEO of OpGen commented, OpGen reported a solid third quarter given the persistent challenging environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to announcing the CE mark certification for our SARS-CoV-2 Kit, we also highlighted the publication of several peer-reviewed studies. We believe that following the portfolio consolidation and strategic product pipeline decisions taken by the board, OpGen along with its subsidiary companies Curetis GmbH and Ares Genetics GmbH has a focused molecular diagnostics platform strategy and growing emphasis on bioinformatics offerings that will further generate shareholder value. I am truly excited about the future prospect of this company and I am convinced that our strategic initiatives will provide strong growth opportunities and secure our future as a global leader in infectious diseases and AMR diagnostics.

The preliminary financial results are estimates prior to the completion of OpGensfinancial closing procedures and review procedures by its external auditors and therefore may be subject to adjustment when the actual results are available.

About OpGen, Inc.

OpGen, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD, USA) is a precision medicine company harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics to help combat infectious disease. Along with subsidiaries, Curetis GmbH and Ares Genetics GmbH, we are developing and commercializing molecular microbiology solutions helping to guide clinicians with more rapid and actionable information about life threatening infections to improve patient outcomes, and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant microorganisms, or MDROs. OpGens product portfolio includes Unyvero, Acuitas AMR Gene Panel and Acuitas Lighthouse, and the ARES Technology Platform including ARESdb, using NGS technology and AI-powered bioinformatics solutions for antibiotic response prediction.

For more information, please visit http://www.opgen.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements regarding OpGens third quarter 2020 results, the companys strategic portfolio and product pipeline priorities, the ongoing integration of OpGen with its acquired subsidiaries, Curetis GmbH and Ares Genetics GmbH, and the impact of COVID-19 on the company and general market conditions. These statements and other statements regarding OpGens future plans and goals constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict, are beyond our control, and which may cause results to differ materially from expectations. Factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described include, but are not limited to, our ability to successfully, timely and cost-effectively develop, seek and obtain regulatory clearance for and commercialize our product and services offerings, the rate of adoption of our products and services by hospitals and other healthcare providers, the realization of expected benefits of our business combination transaction with Curetis GmbH, the success of our commercialization efforts, the impact of COVID-19 on the Companys operations, financial results, and commercialization efforts as well as on capital markets and general economic conditions, the effect on our business of existing and new regulatory requirements, and other economic and competitive factors. For a discussion of the most significant risks and uncertainties associated with OpGen's business, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

OpGen:Oliver SchachtPresident and CEOInvestorRelations@opgen.com

OpGen Press Contact:Matthew BretziusFischTank Marketing and PR matt@fischtankpr.com

OpGen Investor Contact:Megan Paul Edison Groupmpaul@edisongroup.com

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Oct 17

Tivity Health : SilverSneakers Opens the 2020 Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period with Virtual Fitness Solutions for Seniors -…

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tivity Health (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of health improvement solutions, announced today that in 2021 it will provide SilverSneakers members with more virtual options than ever before, along with a variety of class types for seniors at every fitness level and access to a network of more than 17,000 fitness locations nationwide. All seniors who receive Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, or group retiree plan that offers SilverSneakers will be eligible to join (at no additional cost) and have access to SilverSneakers LIVE virtual workouts, social events, and SilverSneakers On-Demand, a collection of 200+ classes, video library of workouts, wellness videos and fitness programs designed by top instructors.

The Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period (AEP) begins Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7, 2020. During this time, people eligible for Medicare can choose a Medicare Advantage plan for the upcoming year that includes SilverSneakers.

COVID-19 has restricted many seniors from visiting their favorite fitness facilities and gathering places. SilverSneakers provides virtual exercise options with energizing instructors to support their fitness and social connections. A recent survey of SilverSneakers members found that about half of all respondents have participated in virtual SilverSneakers classes and that almost 80 percent of all respondents will continue to use SilverSneakers virtual offerings along with visits to their gym when it is safe.

"Physical activity is a critical component of senior health, especially as we move into flu season and the winter months," said Richard Ashworth, president and CEO of Tivity Health. "We encourage all seniors to find enjoyable and safe ways to stay active by exploring our digital fitness options. A fitness routine can be vital for seniors to stay challenged both physically and mentally while supporting a healthy immune system. Regular exercise has also been shown to improve balance and strengthen muscles to prevent falls."

SilverSneakers continues to maintain an outstanding Net Promoter Score of 81 a measure of how likely SilverSneakers members are to recommend the program to their friends. SilverSneakers is available in all 50 states and is offered through more than 70 health plans nationwide.

"SilverSneakers is more than a fitness program. It's an opportunity to improve your health, gain confidence and make new friends in a whole new way," said SilverSneakers member and Florida resident, Pat McCormick. "Before COVID caused a halt to activities, we had parties, field trips, jewelry making, quilting, book club, French and Spanish classes you name it! Along with our classes, we look forward to resuming the hugs, laughter and activities that keep our SilverSneakers members active and challenged. Our motto is "Grow bolder, not older."

Tivity Health provides a range of benefits for all SilverSneakers members:

SilverSneakers On-Demand - online instruction for fitness and well-being

SilverSneakers members can access hundreds of workout and nutrition programs On-Demand, available 24/7. Options include flexibility/mobility, balance, cardio, strength, and more:

Balance and Strength Yoga

31-Day Fit for Life Challenge

Healthy Back and Core

Jump-Start Your Cardio

Stress Management Education

And more!

SilverSneakers LIVE - New virtual classes and workshops in your home or on the go

From the comfort of your home, enjoy virtual classes and workshops directly through the SilverSneakers website. SilverSneakers LIVEoffers virtual classes and workshops via Zoom. Almost 90 percent of SilverSneakers members surveyed plan to exercise in the next three months, and a full third plan to use virtual in addition to other fitness activities. Among current users of our LIVE offerings, 95 percent of participants surveyed anticipate attending 2+ live virtual classes weekly.

SilverSneakers GO - Mobile access to guided workouts

SilverSneakers GOoffers access to a free library of guided workout programs created by trained SilverSneakers instructors wherever a member may be. We've updated the experience to make it easier for members to find classes, schedule activities and start moving. New this year, we have added SilverSneakers LIVE classes to the SilverSneakers GO app. Now, members can RSVP, receive reminders of class start times, and join classes from their SilverSneakers GO app on their phones and tablets. SilverSneakers GO is available for download through Apple and Google Play.

Innovative programming in 2021

SilverSneakers continues to expand the variety of exclusive wellness programming and curriculum to meet the diverse needs of its members. 2021 will bring new content focused on our pillars of physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in the areas of brain and cognitive health, stress relief, and chronic condition management through fitness and healthy eating. Classes are designed for all levels led by dedicated fitness professionals trained in senior fitness instruction, and more than 70 class formats are offered outside of traditional gym locations through SilverSneakers FLEX.

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SilverSneakers, by Tivity Health, is the nation's leading community fitness program for older Americans. The program was founded in 1992 and is available to more than 16 million Americans through many Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and group retiree plans. For more information, to check eligibility or to enroll in the program or sign up for a SilverSneakers newsletter, go to silversneakers.com.

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Tivity Health (Nasdaq: TVTY) is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, including SilverSneakers, Nutrisystem, Prime Fitness, Wisely Well, South Beach Diet and WholeHealth Living. We are actively addressing the social determinants of health, defined as the conditions in which we work, live and play. From improving health outcomes to reversing the narrative on inactivity, food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness, we are making a difference and are transforming the way we do health. Learn more at TivityHealth.com.

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Oct 17

Its Time To Fix Diversity Training, Part 1 – Forbes

Let's reset diversity training.

At this point, its clear that traditional diversity training programs are a source of controversy. This is probably both a cause and an effect of the September 2020 Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The order states that, training that promotes race or sex stereotyping or scapegoatingpromote[s] divisiveness in the workplace and distract[s] from the pursuit of excellence and collaborative achievements in public administration.

The executive order raises real questions. Is diversity training divisive, as charged? If so, is the executive order the right way to solve the problem? And more fundamentally: Do diversity training programs as they are currently designed work? If not, why not? In a two-part post, well take a deep dive into diversity training and think through these challenges.

Is diversity training divisive?

If the only goal of diversity training programs were to get people to stop using racial epithets and slurs, no one would object. After all, nearly everyone recognizes that an environment where people run roughshod over the feelings and sensitivities of their colleagues isnt good for anyone.

The parts of traditional diversity training that some people find objectionable stem from critical race theory. Critical race theory, a term that used to be only encountered on college campuses, has broken through to the mainstream and is now being invoked by the White House. But, what does it mean? As it happens, a few years ago, I asked a colleague who teaches critical race theory to explain it in laypersons terms. He generously complied and wrote the following in an email:

It is a theoretical perspective which sees race and racism to be always tied together. That is, the construction of race is very much tied to racism and racist structures. Race, per Critical Race Theory is always about inequality and domination. As a theory it also argues that race cannot be simply understood as a "variable" or in colorblind perspectives, rather it is a construction meant to preserve white dominance over people of color (institutional racism, lack of access to resources, micro aggressions, etc..) while making it seem like life is about meritocracy.

So, if I had to sum it up, I would say that critical race theory argues that the construction of the concept of race must be always understood as a tool of domination, as opposed to reflecting "diversity" of people. So it really distinguishes between ethnicity and race and advances a social justice perspective.

Objections to this theoretical perspective usually come in two forms. The first is an objection to the implication that social problems like disadvantage and access to opportunity should be understood primarily or exclusively through the lens of race, as opposed to through factors such as socioeconomic status, which is sometimes, but not always, correlated with race. The second objection is more subtle. In order to see racism as ever-present in the way the theory posits, the presence of racism has to be decoupled from racist intent. Taking this position means arguing that intent is irrelevant and only outcomes matter. Both of these assertions are taken as given in many traditional diversity programs.

So, is the programming divisive? The answer is: It can be. Consider the following example:

A friend was recently describing a diversity training he attended at his former job. He said the facilitator handed out a sheet of paper. On the paper were statements similar to those in Peggy McIntoshs piece White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. These included assertions like, I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time, I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me, and Whether I use checks, credit cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability. Participants in the training were asked to rate how much they felt the statement applied to them, where 1 was the least and 4 was the greatest. They were then told to add up their points.

Once they had done so, participants were instructed to line up in ascending order of point totals. Each participants point value corresponded to their level of privilege more points meant more privilege. After lining people up based on their points, the facilitator then told people to return to their seats. He instructed all the white participants to pull out their paper again and change any score where theyd put less than a 4, to a 4, explaining that anyone who had initially provided a number lower than 4 wasnt recognizing their privilege. And the facilitator instructed all non-white participants to change any answer where theyd put higher than a 1 to a 1 on the grounds that a score higher than one meant that they were denying their oppression. He again asked people to separate themselves into groups based on their points. Now, of course, there were only two groups in the room: those with privilege and those without, divided based on race.

Many people find this type of exercise distasteful, and for good reason. In addition to the objections listed above, the first part of the exercise made assumptions about which types of adversity matter (in this exercise, race did and other forms did not), and reduced it to a point system. The second part of the exercise took whatever variation in point totals existed and flattened it into a binary, race-based set of haves and have-nots.

Its difficult to argue that such an exercise is not divisive when there are literally two groups standing on opposite sides of the room. Of course, this doesnt mean that all diversity training sessions are this divisive, either literally or figuratively. And while this particular exercise certainly isnt included in all trainings, many trainings do involve exercises based on assumptions about identity, adversity, opportunity, and power that not everyone agrees with.

Is the executive order the right way to solve the problem?

No, its not. Mandated solutions arent the answer. They have the predictable and understandable consequences of resentment and backlash. In a recent book with UCLA professor John Villasenor, we made a similar argument against mandating viewpoint diversity on campuses. We wrote:

attempting to mandate viewpoint diversity treats the symptom and not the problemAdministrative mandates in relation to viewpoint diversity likely have the unintended consequence of increasing faculty skepticism on this issue, and would therefore be counterproductive. [emphasis added]

The same logic applies here. In the case of the executive order, the attempt to control diversity training falls into the same trap of treating the symptom and not the problem. The skepticism (and resentment) will come in this case from the people who feel the order isnt warranted and its effect will be similarly unproductive. The way forward is to shift the framework in how we think about diversity training, from one that has fallen victim to the assumptions outlined earlier to one that explicitly recognizes the range of perspectives people bring to sensitive and controversial issues.

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Oct 17

Does High-Intensity Training Improve the Quality of Life in Older People? – Gilmore Health News

A recent five-year randomized study suggests that the intensity of physical activity has little impact on mortality risk, but that being active is better for quality of life.

High Intensity Exercise

Physical activity is one of the most important public health measures for maintaining good health. Its many benefits are immeasurable. Among other things, it helps to improve body composition and reduce chronic diseases, to adopt other healthy lifestyles, and to influence the expression of certain genes. All these interactions lead to the consensus that physical activity is the cornerstone of good health at any age and reduces the risk of death. A recent randomized study has just been published in the British Medical Journal. It was conducted over a period of five years by Norwegian and Australian researchers on older people and aimed to answer this question: besides the frequency of sport, does its intensity also play a role in increasing life expectancy?

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In 2012, scientists launched an appeal to people between 70 and 77 years of age in the old Norwegian city of Trondheim, which was founded in 997 by Viking King Olaf Tryggvason. To be included in the study, one did not have to suffer:

Over 6,966 people volunteered. Of course, not all of them were admitted to the study. Exactly 285 people did not meet the criteria, and 5,114 finally decided not to participate. So only 1,567 people participated in the study. They were randomly divided into three groups:

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Participants in the study were monitored every six weeks, and after one, three, and five years, key data and exercise compliance were collected. The researchers first wanted to know how these different types of training programs influence the mortality rate. This was their main goal. Secondly, they decided to record and measure changes in cardiorespiratory health and self-reported quality of life. They considered these two factors as important indicators for predicting longevity.

Finally, a comparison of the three groups at the end of the study showed that the effect on mortality between the groups is not significant. This suggests that intensity is not a decisive factor for longevity. In contrast, the respiratory condition was significantly better and the differences in the HIIT and MICT groups were statistically significant compared to the control group for this endpoint. Similarly, individuals in the HIIT group reported improved quality of life at the end of the study.

However, the study has major shortcomings that it does not hide. First, participants in the control group had a higher frequency of physical activity throughout the study and often performed their tasks by doing HIIT-type exercises. It is possible that this makes some of the differences insignificant if they could have been between groups. In addition, more than half of the people in the HIIT group were unable to follow the program requirements strictly and rigorously. There is also a suspicion of bias in the selection, as the recruited participants were all much healthier than those excluded from the protocol. Finally, the authors suggest that future physical activity guidelines, at least for older adults, should be more specific by requiring that at least part of the exercise be performed with high intensity.

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