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Jul 20

Azumio Acquires Mobile Health and Fitness Developer SkyHealth, Makers of the Number-One Ranked Fitness Buddy and …

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire -07/20/12)- Azumio, a pioneer in mobile biofeedback technologies and personal health applications, announced today that it has acquired SkyHealth, the award winning developer behind Fitness Buddy, the number-one ranked Health and Fitness paid app on iTunes, and Glucose Buddy, the most downloaded diabetes app in the world. The acquisition will bring SkyHealth's product portfolio of more than 15 leading mobile Health and Fitness applications to the Azumio platform, and provide the company with key developer talent. As part of the acquisition, SkyHealth CEO Tom Xu will join Azumio as a partner and head of product development.

Azumio is one of the fastest-growing mobile health developers in the world, offering users a one-stop-shop for health, wellness and fitness applications. As the leading developer of mobile biofeedback technologies, Azumio's mobile technology solutions enable smartphones and tablets to gain valuable, user-specific information through utilizing the existing sensors and hardware found within current and next-generation smartphones.

"The future of bringing mobile health applications to a wider audience is here, and starts by creating a single source for the best mobile health and fitness solutions," said Xu. "Consumers can now use their phone to monitor heart rate, stress level, improve workout routines and sleeping behaviors, and even control blood sugar levels. Now, with Azumio, we have the resources and experience to create a mobile health and fitness platform that will impact hundreds of millions of consumers."

"Smartphones are playing an increasingly important role in helping people improve their health and wellness, but success pivots around ease of access to new solutions -- mass adoption will only result from building apps that catalyze motivation and increase user commitment to their health and fitness goals," said Bojan Bostjancic, Azumio CEO. "Both Azumio's and SkyHealth's mobile apps have seen massive adoption because we have been among the first to provide a simple solution to live a more healthy lifestyle, directly from your smartphone."

Azumio's Instant Heart Rate, Stress Check, Stress Doctor and Sleep Time apps, along with Fitness Buddy and Glucose Buddy, will see new features and integrations rolled out in the coming months.

To Read More About Azumio's Product Offerings, Please Visit the Following Links: Instant Heart Rate: http://www.azumio.com/apps/heart-rate/ Stress Check: http://www.azumio.com/apps/stress-check/ Stress Doctor: http://www.azumio.com/apps/stress-doctor/ Sleep Time: http://www.azumio.com/apps/sleep-time/ Fitness Buddy: http://fitnessbuddyapp.com/ Glucose Buddy: http://www.glucosebuddy.com/

About AzumioAzumio is a leading developer of consumer health applications with more than 25 million downloads to date. Azumio is dedicated to improving people's health and wellness by motivating and influencing behavior through the development and use of innovative biofeedback technologies.

Azumio's innovative mobile technology solutions enable smartphones and tablets to gain valuable, user-specific information through utilizing the existing sensors and hardware found within current and next generation smartphones. The venture-backed company is at the forefront of the rapidly growing mobile health app movement, which is expected to impact more than one-third of smartphone users by 2015.

For more information, visit Azumio.com or follow http://twitter.com/azumioinc.

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Jul 20

LA Fitness Remodels Ten San Diego Clubs

IRVINE, Calif., July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LA Fitness is pleased to announce that it will be remodeling ten of its clubs in San Diego County this year.The remodels are intended to complement the features already in place at each location and are part of LA Fitness' ongoing commitment to ensure that all LA Fitness members have the best workout experience possible.

"San Diego has always been a great market for our clubs and the community has been incredibly supportive with our growth," said Bill Horner, Senior Vice President/Chief Real Estate Officer of LA Fitness. "Members of these clubs will have access to other clubs in the area so that they do not experience an interruption in their normal routine. With more than $5 million slated for our San Diego remodels, we are looking forward to providing our members new amenities and features with the same great LA Fitness experience."

The following San Diego County LA Fitness locations will receive upgraded amenities:

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Encinitas

201 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas

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Jul 20

Weight Loss Trends of 2012

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Jul 20

Avoid These Diet Mistakes

Who hasn't thrown their diet rules out the window on the weekend or gone crazy with a super-rich and gooey chocolate dessert? Of course it's fine to splurge every once in a while, but over time these seemingly minor violationsin addition to some other not-so-small diet sinscan add up to a big number on your scale.

To the rescue: our guide to the most common diet mistakes that even smart women makeand straightforward advice on how to fix them.

1. Caution: Gulping down food

If you make a habit of rushing through meals, you could end up eating more than you intend toor even realize. Your brain takes at least 15 minutes to register fullness, so if you shovel food into your mouth at a frantic pace, your stomach could become overstuffed before you actually know you've had enough.

The fix: Make a conscious effort to savor the flavor. Try to dedicate more chews to every mouthful. You can also place your fork on your plate between bites and pick it up again only after you've swallowed. This will double the time it takes to eat. The payoff: In a recent study from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, women were told to eat a pasta dish slowly by pausing between bites and chewing each mouthful 15 to 20 times. As a result they consumed about 70 fewer calories during the meal than when they consumed the same dish at a fast pace. __________________________________________________

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Jul 20

New fitness center’s machines customize, monitor workouts

By Jacob Kanclerz

The Columbus Dispatch Thursday July 19, 2012 6:49 AM

Technology is in our phones, homes and cars. Now its in your gym, telling you how to work out, how well you work out and whether youre making progress.

Koko FitClub, a fitness franchise focused on a technology-assisted workout, opened its first location in Ohio near Powell on July 9.

Koko doesnt have dumbbells, mats or fitness balls, but five machines known as smart trainers that set customized workouts for people. The smart-trainer machines, which are capable of 93 exercises, also calculate the effectiveness of the workout and track the participants overall progress.

At most gyms, people dont have those resources, said Brad Root, co-owner of the local Koko.

They dont know what to do, they dont know how to do it, they really have a hard time measuring any type of success or gains theyre getting, said Root, who runs the gym with his wife, Kathleen. We solve every one of those issues.

Not everyone is on board with the automated concept.It removes most of the human element from personal training, which personal trainer Scott Hayes said might not be safe, particularly for people with specific orthopedic concerns.

We look at it from a medical point of view, Hayes said, who runs Columbus Fitness Consultants and Exercise Equipment Experts and has been a personal trainer since 1994. It would be like going to your doctor and having it be automated. Its trying to replace a professional.

But Koko is capitalizing on the larger trend of technology use in the fitness industry, said Bryan ORourke, a New Orleans-based fitness-industry expert who is involved in several fitness-related enterprises. Companies such as Snap Fitness and Anytime Fitness, both of which have locations in central Ohio, are adapting technology to allow members to track progress online or lead fitness classes.

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Jul 20

Life Time Fitness Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

CHANHASSEN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Life Time Fitness, Inc. (LTM), The Healthy Way of Life Company, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Second quarter 2012 revenue grew 12.3% to $288.3 million from $256.7 million during the same period last year. Total revenue for the first six months of 2012 grew 11.9% to $556.8 million from $497.3 million during the same period last year.

Net income for the quarter was $30.3 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to net income of $24.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for 2Q 2011. Net income for the first six months of 2012 was $56.0 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $45.8 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, for the prior-year period.

I am pleased with our second quarter operating results, which included strong top-line and in-center revenue expansion, and net income growth, said Bahram Akradi, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Our results also reflect the ongoing progress weve made in driving our member experience and connectivity objectives. Our focus remains on growing our Healthy Way of Life Company and brand by providing our members and customers with programs and services both inside and outside of our centers that help them achieve their goals. Our business model is strong and the investments we are making further position Life Time for long-term growth and success.

During the quarter, Life Time opened new centers in Tulsa and Atlanta, marking its first and sixth locations in Oklahoma and Georgia, respectively. The Company also continued the integration, remodeling and rebranding activities associated with the acquired Lifestyle Family Fitness facilities in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina. Life Time now operates 105 centers in the United States and Canada.

Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012, Financial Highlights:

Total revenue for the second quarter grew 12.3% to $288.3 million from $256.7 million in 2Q 2011. Total revenue for the first six months of 2012 grew 11.9% to $556.8 million from $497.3 million during the same period last year.

(Period-over-period growth)

2Q 2012 vs. 2Q 2011 (in millions except revenue per membership data)

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Jul 20

Doctor K: Determine calorie total to drop weight – Thu, 19 Jul 2012 PST

July 19, 2012 in Features, Health

Anthony L. Komaroff Universal Uclick

DEAR DOCTOR K: Im trying to lose weight. How can I figure out how many calories I should be eating everyday?

DEAR READER: Since your weight is influenced both by the number of calories you eat and by the number of calories you burn during your daily activities, lets assume that your daily activities wontchange.

To figure out how many calories you should consume each day to lose weight, you first need to know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. The math issimple.

First, multiply your current weight by 15. This calculation tells you the number of calories per day you need to maintain your current weight (weight-maintenancecalories).

Lets say you weigh 155 pounds. If you multiply 155 by 15, you get 2,325, which is your weight-maintenance calorie total. To lose weight, youll need to reduce your daily calories belowthat.

To lose 1 to 2 pounds a week a rate that experts consider safe you should consume 500 to 1,000 fewer calories per day than your total weight-maintenance calories. That means you need to eat between 1,325 calories per day (2,325 less 1,000) to 1,825 calories per day (2,325 less500).

However, dont consume fewer than 1,200 calories per day if youre a woman or fewer than 1,500 calories per day if youre a man, except under the supervision of your doctor. Eating too few calories can endanger your health by depriving you of needednutrients.

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Jul 19

Vegans tout their diet

Some children are picky eaters, some are obese and some are both. But none of Onile Ngozi's three children falls into those categories.

Ngozi, 45, of St. Louis, became a vegan 18 years ago and has raised her children, ages, 7, 17 and 19, on a vegan diet.

Vegetarians eliminate meat, poultry and fish from their diet but eat eggs and dairy products. Vegans go a step further. Their diets are plant-based and don't allow for dairy, eggs or any animal products.

Yes, Ngozi admits, some people think she's crazy.

"They say, 'What do you mean you're not feeding your children any meat? What do you mean you're not giving them dairy? They need iron. They need protein.' They're amazed that they're so healthy, active and intelligent. And they're amazed that they want food that's good for them."

Earlier this year, the children's book "Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action," by Ruby Roth, a vegan mother, hit store shelves. Reaction to it was mixed. Many meat-eaters found it preachy and graphic from an animal rights standpoint. And some health experts worried that children eating such a diet wouldn't get proper nutrition.

Nicole German, a dietitian/blogger in Atlanta, wrote that "it could easily scare a young child into eating vegan, and, without proper guidance, that child could become malnourished."

Vegans say the opposite is true.

Lee Ferrenbach, a sales associate at Golden Grocer Natural Foods in the Central West End and a vegan, believes babies prefer a vegan diet.

"If you put meat and fruit in front of a baby, they'll choose the fruit," he says.

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Jul 19

Jessica Simpson – Jessica Simpson: Working Hard To Lose Weight

Weight Watchers ambassador Jessica Simpson is ''working very hard'' to lose weight.

Jessica Simpson is ''working very hard'' to lose weight.

The 'Fashion Star' mentor gave birth to her first daughter named Maxwell Drew on May 1 and signed a $4 million contract with weight-loss brand Weight Watchers to become a representative for them.

Now, even though she knows her image change will not be drastic, Jessica is excited about the expected transformation.

A friend told People.com about the star: ''She understands it's a process. [She is] working very hard and she's excited.''

After welcoming her child with Eric Johnson to the world, she said; ''For me, I really want to do something that is a lifestyle. In the past I've been known to yo-yo diet.''

The 31-year-old actress has instead been focused on losing weight gradually.

She has denied that there is a deadline for her to lose her post-baby weight and a representative for the company backed up her claim recently.

A spokesperson previously said: ''Weight Watchers is in it for the long haul. We're with her 100 percent as she develops a whole new relationship with food and activity.''

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Jul 19

Jessica Simpson works hard on weight

Jessica Simpson is 'working very hard' to lose weight.

The 'Fashion Star' mentor gave birth to her first daughter named Maxwell Drew on May 1 and signed a $4 million contract with weight-loss brand Weight Watchers to become a representative for them.

Now, even though she knows her image change will not be drastic, Jessica is excited about the expected transformation.

A friend told People.com about the star: 'She understands it's a process. working very hard and she's excited.'

After welcoming her child with Eric Johnson to the world, she said; 'For me, I really want to do something that is a lifestyle. In the past I've been known to yo-yo diet.'

The 31-year-old actress has instead been focused on losing weight gradually.

She has denied that there is a deadline for her to lose her post-baby weight and a representative for the company backed up her claim recently.

A spokesperson previously said: 'Weight Watchers is in it for the long haul. We're with her 100 percent as she develops a whole new relationship with food and activity.'

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