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U.K.’s Film and TV Charity Launches Two-Year Program For Better Mental Health in Film and TV

The U.K.’s Film and TV Charity has launched the Whole Picture Program, a two-year initiative designed to to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the 200,000 people who work behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema.

The Film and TV Charity has now secured £3 million ($3.87 million) in funding from Amazon Prime Video, Banijay U.K., BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, IMG, ITV, Sky, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia to deliver the program that is supported by the BFI and backed by U.K. mental health charity Mind. The charity estimates that mental health problems, including staff turnover, cost the sector at least £300 million ($387 million) in losses each year.

The program will deliver a toolkit for mentally healthy productions; enhanced professional and peer support for freelancers; people skills and training guides; industry actions to improve behavior; and anti-bullying services and resources.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film and TV Charity said: “It has been a devastating year for many people in our industry, and it’s clear we cannot afford to return to ‘business as usual’. Our 2019 research showed a mental health crisis in the industry, which has only been exacerbated by the terrible effects of the pandemic.”

More than 9,000 people took part in the research last year, sharing their experiences and stories confidentially, which identified a mental health crisis within the industry. The findings revealed issues including self-harm and bullying. Since then, the pandemic has meant increased isolation and anxiety for many, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the industry have identified the effect systemic racism and discrimination has on mental health.

“The case for improving the mental health of the industry has never been stronger or more urgent,” added Pumfrey. “This program of work is designed to turn the tide on poor mental health by enhancing the available support, changing behavior and improving ways of working; but this will need to be an industry-wide effort to create sustainable change.”

The project has been on hold for six months whilst the charity has dedicated all of its resources to responding to COVID-19, raising £6.4 million ($8.2 million), and supporting thousands of workers with grants and financial and mental wellbeing services.

Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, said: “Unfortunately, self-employed people, freelancers and those in the film and TV industry are among those hit hardest by coronavirus. That’s why we’re pleased to be supporting the Whole Picture Program, which will provide much-needed resource and support to the many experiencing poor mental health in the sector.”

Industry leaders are part of the program’s mental health taskforce and they will work collaboratively to adopt and champion the work both within their own organizations and widely across the sector.

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Advocates Stand Up Against AstraZeneca to Save Drug Discount Program for Vulnerable Populations

Wilmington Protest, Wed., Oct. 14th – 12 noon – 1:00 pm ET

Dozens of concerned healthcare advocates from across the northeast region protest AstraZeneca, one of five U.S. based pharmaceutical companies that have cut back on the number of drugs they provide through the 340B federal drug discount program

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DELAWARE PROTEST: ADVOCATES STAND UP AGAINST ASTRAZENECA TO SAVE DRUG DISCOUNT PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

Wilmington Protest, Wed., Oct. 14th – 12 noon – 1:00 pm ET

Dozens of concerned healthcare advocates from across the northeast region protest AstraZeneca, one of five U.S. based pharmaceutical companies that have cut back on the number of drugs they provide through the 340B federal drug discount program.

Healthcare advocates from across the northeast region will protest the recent actions of AstraZeneca, in cutting back the number of critical life-saving drugs provided at discounted rates to non-profit healthcare providers, through the federal 340B drug discount program.

WHAT:

Protest against AstraZeneca

 

 

WHERE:

AstraZeneca’s Corporate Office

 

1800 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

 

NOTE: The protest will take place at the intersection of Powder Mill Road & Route 22

 

 

WHEN:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14, 2020

 

12noon – 1pm (EDT)

 

 

WHO:

Healthcare advocates from across the Northeast Region

The federal 340B Drug Discount Program is a lifeline that allows safety net providers, including HIV/AIDS clinics receiving funding through the Ryan White program, to obtain prescription drugs at below-retail prices. The program was established with bipartisan support as part of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992. With 340B savings, Ryan White clinics are able to stretch their grant funds, offer a wider range of services, and improve the quality of care persons living with HIV/AIDS receive. The program also benefits qualified 340B covered entities such as non-profit rural health facilities, community clinics and children’s hospitals that serve vulnerable populations.

Tomorrow’s protest, led by healthcare advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), follows a lawsuit filed by Ryan White Clinics for 340B Access (RWC-340B) against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to require the HHS secretary to take action against AstraZeneca and three other pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly, Novartis and the U.S. division of Sanofi-Aventis which are illegally withholding drugs they are required to sell through the 340B program. With tomorrow’s protest, AHF is demanding that these greedy pharmaceutical companies stop their bullying tactics that will have a devastating impact on the healthcare and well-being of our most vulnerable populations (see LITIGATION PRESS RELEASE). RWC340B also recently released a study on the potential adverse impact of policies reducing resources to Ryan White clinics, see WHITE PAPER, PRESS RELEASE, and FACT SHEET.

“AstraZeneca has launched an assault on a federal drug discount program essential to the safety net of our nation’s health care,” stated John Hassell, AHF’s national director of advocacy. “They are messing with the numerous health care centers

Broadway Icon Jennifer Holliday’s 60th Birthday Virtual Concert to Support National Affordable Housing Program

As a part of her 60th birthday celebration, Broadway’s Original Dreamgirl has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) to produce a 2-hour virtual concert event that will support the Healthy Housing Foundation

In recognition of her 60th birthday, Broadway’s original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday, has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) to produce a 90-minute virtual concert event, scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020, starting at 8:00pm (EST). Tickets, which can be purchased at stellartickets.com, are $20 and $60 for VIP tickets, which includes a virtual meet & greet. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Healthy Housing Foundation, and their critical work in helping individuals and families move from homelessness to housing and providing truly accessible affordable housing for low-income families.

Joined by a six-piece band, Holliday will perform hits from the musical Dreamgirls, a tribute to her childhood idol, Aretha Franklin, and original songs from her diverse repertoire of recordings. The concert will also feature special messages from an array of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey, Loretta DeVine, Sheryl Lee Ralph and many more.

“Our country is experiencing an affordable housing crisis at epidemic proportions. The Healthy Housing Foundation is committed to using innovative strategies to not only move individuals and families from homelessness to housing, but to also increase truly affordable housing for our most vulnerable population,” stated Anita Castille, AHF Vice-President, “AHF and the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition is so pleased to partner with the original Dreamgirl to not only celebrate her 60th birthday, but to have a party with a purpose.”

Most recently seen by audiences from across the globe in her earth-shattering portrayal of Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, two-time Tony and Grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Holliday landed her first big role on Broadway in 1979 at age 19, in the production of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God the same day she auditioned for the show. Only two years later, at age 21, she would land the iconic role of Effie White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which introduced her soul-stirring vocal abilities to audiences across the globe. Having originated the role of Effie, she remained with the show for nearly four years after its December 20, 1981 opening. During this time, Holliday’s sweep of awards included the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Grammy Award and Drama Desk and Theater World awards for her acting performance. Since winning the Tony in 1982 for her performance in Dreamgirls—as well as a Grammy for her pop cover of the anthem “And I Am Telling You”—Holliday has gone on to reprise her performance as Effie White numerous times, including on tour and at the Muny in 2012. Over her extraordinary career, spanning four decades, she has performed in the touring company of Sing, Mahalia, Sing, starred

New Analysis Shows Contract Pharmacies Financially Gain From 340B Program With No Clear Benefit to Patients

New Analysis Shows Contract Pharmacies Financially Gain From 340B Program With No Clear Benefit to Patients

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) published an analysis of historical trends in 340B contract pharmacy arrangements. The findings conclude that the growth in the number of these arrangements is fueling explosive growth in the program at large and driving the 340B program farther and farther away from its original intended goal of providing discounted medicines to safety-net entities treating uninsured and vulnerable patients. 

New Analysis Shows Contract Pharmacies Financially Gain From 340B Program With No Clear Benefit to Patients
New Analysis Shows Contract Pharmacies Financially Gain From 340B Program With No Clear Benefit to Patients

Congress created the 340B program to help safety-net providers, including certain qualifying hospitals and federally-funded clinics, access discounts on prescription medicines for low-income or uninsured patients. In 2010, a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) policy opened the door to allow all 340B entities to contract with an unlimited number of for-profit retail pharmacies (e.g., CVS, Walgreens) to dispense 340B medicines. While this policy may have been intended to improve patient access to needed medications, it had the misguided effect of creating an opening that allowed for-profit vendors, pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers to exploit the program and make a profit on 340B sales – sales intended to benefit low-income and vulnerable patients.

“It is clear that contract pharmacies have leveraged market power to drive unprecedented program growth and siphon money out of the program and away from vulnerable patients,” said Stephen J. Ubl, president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). “I urge lawmakers to consider the results of this analysis and pursue policies that ensure the 340B program benefits vulnerable patients rather than just line the pockets of for-profit corporations.”

Key findings from the analysis show that many retail pharmacies and other third parties have taken advantage of and financially benefited from the 340B program’s contract pharmacy arrangements:

  • 340B covered entities and their contract pharmacies generated an estimated $13 billion in gross profits on 340B purchased medicines in 2018, which represents more than 25% of pharmacies’ and providers’ total profits from dispensing or administering brand medicines.

  • Following HRSA’s expansion of the contract pharmacy program in March 2010, contract pharmacy participation grew a staggering 4,228% between April 2010 and April 2020.

  • While over 27,000 distinct pharmacies participate in the 340B program today, over half of the 340B profits retained by contract pharmacies are concentrated in just four pharmacy chains – Walgreens, Walmart, CVS Health and Cigna’s Accredo specialty pharmacy.

Analysis after analysis shows there is explosive growth in the program, but there is little to no clear evidence that this growth has benefited low-income and vulnerable patients. Even the New England Journal of Medicine found no evidence that expansion of the 340B program has resulted in improved care or lower mortality among low-income patients.

These new findings build upon a mounting body of evidence from the Government Accountability Office

Knopp Biosciences NIH-Funded Pain Program Advances to Second Year of HEAL Award to Discover Non-Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain

Knopp Biosciences LLC today announced that it entered the second year of research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to utilize its Kv7 platform to discover and develop non-opioid therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. The project is funded by the NIH program called Helping to End Addiction Long-term (the NIH HEAL Initiative), which aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder and overdose, and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

Knopp has developed a discovery platform of proprietary molecules directed to a non-opioid biological target linked to chronic pain caused by damage to nerves. The drug target is a cellular membrane potassium channel called Kv7.2/7.3, which regulates the flow of electrically charged ions required to modulate the excitability of cells. Growing scientific evidence suggests that selectively activating key Kv7 channel subtypes can control nerve-cell hyperexcitability associated with chronic pain.

“Knopp is pleased that the achievement of year one milestones positioned the company to continue research on solutions for this public health crisis,” said Michael Bozik, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Knopp. “In year two, we expect to identify a molecule from our Kv7 platform that is suitable for further development as a potential non-opioid treatment for patients suffering from certain types of chronic pain.”

The grant funding of as much as $8 million is contingent upon the attainment of milestones over five years. Knopp’s HEAL award was one of 375 grants made across 41 states in fiscal year 2019 to apply scientific solutions to help reverse the national opioid crisis.

Knopp’s Kv7 research is supported in part under Award Number U44NS093160 and Award Number U44NS115732 of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the NIH. The content of this announcement is solely the responsibility of Knopp and does not necessarily represent the views of the NIH.

ABOUT KNOPP BIOSCIENCES LLC

Knopp Biosciences is a privately held drug discovery and development company focused on delivering breakthrough treatments for immunological and neurological diseases of high unmet need. Knopp’s clinical-stage oral small molecule, dexpramipexole, is in Phase 2 clinical trials in moderate-to-severe eosinophilic asthma. Knopp’s preclinical Kv7 platform is directed to small molecule treatments for developmental and epileptic encephalopathies, other rare epilepsies, neuropathic pain, and tinnitus. Please visit www.knoppbio.com.

ABOUT THE NIH HEAL INITIATIVE

The Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM, is an aggressive, trans-NIH effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Launched in April 2018, the initiative is focused on improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction, and enhancing pain management. For more information, visit: https://heal.nih.gov.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements relating to planned regulatory filings and clinical development programs. All forward-looking statements are based on management’s current assumptions and expectations and involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, specifically including the uncertainties inherent in clinical trials and product development programs, the availability of funding to support continued research

Try This Free 30-Minute Workout From Kate Upton’s Strong4Me Fitness Program

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  • Women’s Health’s new series of WH LIVE+ events feature appearances from your favorite trainers, celebrities, and experts.

  • If you missed it live, you can still tune in to watch model and actress Kate Upton’s session with Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser.

  • The free event was powered by Epic Bar as part of its Hack Your Health Routine powered by Epic series.

Model and actress Kate Upton loves a good sweat session: She even developed her own Strong4Me Fitness program with co-creator and elite trainer Ben Bruno.

In the latest WH Live+ Event Stronger, Stat: Energy Hacks powered by Epic, Kate chatted with Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser about workout tips, body confidence, and how she stays so energized

Right after their chat, you can do a free 30-minute full-body strength workout lead by Srong4Me ambassador Kaitlin Monsalve with an intro from Bruno. (Get excited, Bruno has a strict no-burpee policy.)

The routine, which starts around the 45-minute mark, includes a circuit of no-equipment-required moves. It’s all about building strength, just like the name says, and boosting your energy vs. completely exhausting you.

Think walking lunges, squats, deadlifts, and more. This workout, like the rest of the Strong4Me program, combines powerful, low-impact exercises in a deliberate sequence to tone and strengthen.

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Six iCoreConnect Products Selected for the Missouri Dental Association Perks Dentist Business Ally Program

Windermere, FL – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 07, 2020 – iCoreConnect, Inc. (OTCQB: ICCT) announces the Missouri Dental Association’s (MDA) acceptance of six iCoreConnect SaaS products into the association’s Perks Dentist Business Ally Program: iCoreRx, iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreIT, iCoreCodeGenius.

The MDA is a non-profit, professional organization with more than 2,000 members statewide, representing all areas of dentistry. “These six, interconnected products set up dental practices to increase operational speed, gather in-depth analytics for business growth and incorporate managed IT services specific to the dental industry,” explains iCoreConnect President and CEO Robert McDermott.

Members and consumers call on the Missouri Dental Association because they need help finding a resource for a specific situation. “We initially looked at iCoreRx for its integrated e-Prescribing functionality,” states MDA Treasurer Dr. Jon Copeland, DDS. “Once we understood the depth of services offered by iCoreConnect, we wanted to expand the offerings to make each of these resources accessible to our members.”

The MDA Perks Program Dentist Business Ally partnership includes:

–       iCoreRx: Electronic prescribing software

–       iCoreExchange: HIPAA-compliant email 

–       iCoreDental: Practice management system 

–       iCoreHuddle: Practice revenue optimizer

–       iCoreIT: Managed IT services

–       iCoreCodeGenius: Dental medical cross-coding 

iCoreConnect’s entire platform of enterprise software solutions are cloud-based, designed to solve specific business problems and drive revenue. iCoreConnect builds and improves all of its software based on the feedback of currently-engaged healthcare providers. 

iCoreConnect recognitions include:

– Top 25 IoT Solution Providers 2019 by CIO Applications Magazine

– Top 10 Encryption Solution Providers 2018 by Enterprise Security Magazine

– Top 10 Dental Solutions 2018 by Healthcare Tech Outlook

– Top 50 Products of 2017 by Dental Products Report Magazine

iCoreConnect’s unequivocal commitment responding to the market has resulted in agreements with the following organizations:

–       Colorado Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Florida Dental Association Crown Services (iCoreExchange, iCoreDental)

–       Georgia Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Louisiana Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Maine Medical Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD)

–       Michigan Dental Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       Mississippi Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       Missouri Dental Association (iCoreRx, iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreIT, iCoreCodeGenius)

–       Montana Dental Association (iCoreRx, iCoreDental, iCoreExchange, iCoreHuddle)

–       New Orleans Dental Association (iCoreDental)

–       New York State Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       North Carolina Dental Society (iCoreRx, iCoreExchange)

–       Oklahoma Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       Oregon Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       South Carolina Dental Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       StartUp Health (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD, iCoreDental, iCoreCodeGenius, iCoreHuddle, iCoreFlex, iCoreRx, iCoreIT)

–       Texas Dental Association Perks Program (iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreRx)

–       Virginia Dental Association/VDA Services (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       Wyoming Medical Society (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD, iCoreCodeGenius)

About iCoreConnect

iCoreConnect is a cloud-based software and technology company focused on increasing profit and operational speed in high-compliance industries. iCoreConnect is most notably known for its innovation in solving healthcare business problems. The company’s philosophy is built on a high level of customer feedback, allowing iCoreConnect to respond to the market’s needs. iCoreConnect touts a platform of more than a dozen SaaS enterprise solutions and more than 40 agreements with state or regional healthcare associations. iCoreConnect is a member

Aboriginal leaders criticise $39m budget funding to non-Indigenous program for boys

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Indigenous groups and Labor have criticised the Coalition for allocating more than $39m of extra funding to a non-Indigenous sport-based initiative for boys, but failing to adequately fund Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to meet the new Closing the Gap targets in its budget.



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The government has set aside only $46.5m over four years to support capacity-building in Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to meet targets set out in the new Closing the Gap agreement.

But a decision to allocate $39.8m of extra funding to a non-Indigenous sports-based initiative for boys has drawn the ire of Labor.

The Clontarf Foundation has been awarded the sum over four years from 2020 to expand and extend its program, “which supports the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men”, according to last night’s budget papers.



a close up of a flag: Labor’s Tanya Plibersek has criticised the Morrison government for not providing funding for Indigenous girls after the Clontarf Foundation received $39.8m for boys.


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Labor’s Tanya Plibersek has criticised the Morrison government for not providing funding for Indigenous girls after the Clontarf Foundation received $39.8m for boys.

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Labor’s education spokesperson, Tanya Plibersek, criticised the Coalition for not including funding for Indigenous girls.

“Why do Indigenous girls miss out? There are many groups doing terrific work with Indigenous girls that would love extra funding so they can help extra people. I’ve seen this work firsthand and it’s changing lives – more girls finishing year 12, and more going on to Tafe and university,” Plibersek said.

“Given the trillion dollars of debt, I think Australians would have expected the Liberals to do much more to support Indigenous kids – both boys and girls.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education pointed to lower retention rates for Indigenous boys in years 10 to 12 than Indigenous girls, saying that “additional support from the Australian government for the Clontarf Foundation will help to enhance the school education experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and young men, which will contribute positively to engagement and retention to the end of year 12.”

The Clontarf Foundation, launched in 2000, operates 119 academies nationally, using a mix of state and federal government funds, philanthropic donations and powerful corporate partnerships – including Fortescue Metals Group, Wesfarmers, Glencore, AMP, and the Ramsay Foundation.

Clontarf plans camps, excursions and other activities with a focus on wellbeing, life skills and sport. In order to remain in the program, students must stay at school and “embrace the objectives of the foundation”, according to its website.

But questions have arisen over the years about its effectiveness.

A 2016 New South Wales Department of Education evaluation of Clontarf’s performance in the state found the program was having a “modest” impact.

The study found that it had a “positive attendance effect for

U.S. vaccine program head Slaoui expects Pfizer, Moderna vaccine data readouts in November-December

(Reuters) – The chief adviser for the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 vaccine program, Moncef Slaoui, on Tuesday said efficacy data readouts are expected from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc between next month and December.



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Speaking at a symposium conducted by the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington, Slaoui said data readouts from leading vaccine developers are expected to come in three waves over the next several months.

The first wave would be coming from Pfizer and Moderna, both of which are developing mRNA-based vaccines for the coronavirus, he said.

Slaoui said efficacy data on one or two vaccines will be available within the next month or two, for which there will be enough doses to immunize 30 million people between November and December.

Commenting on AstraZeneca’s vaccine program, Slaoui said while the company’s U.S. study remains on hold, data readouts on the vaccine’s effectiveness may be expected somewhere in late October or November from ongoing studies in the UK, Brazil and South Africa.

“At that time, we will have very few doses to be able to, if the decision was to approve the vaccine, immunize,” he said, adding that efforts are in place to scale up manufacturing and stockpiling of the vaccine.

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Blink Fitness Launches Virtual Training Program

New flexible personal training options provide members with enhanced experiences from anywhere

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blink Fitness today celebrates the launch of a new virtual training program through a platform powered by FlexIt technology. The platform allows Blink to continue to put its community first by providing current and prospective members with a simple way to schedule personalized, one-on-one virtual personal training sessions.

The seamless, feel-good experience will provide members who may not be able to visit a physical Blink location with the opportunity to continue their fitness journeys from anywhere by scheduling live personalized virtual training sessions on their own time, wherever they feel most comfortable. The platform’s superior video conferencing technology has been specifically designed for personal training, with unique features built directly into the website to help members get the best results.

“Blink is committed to prioritizing the member experience throughout this ‘new normal’ by continuing to provide innovative digital solutions,” said Blink Fitness CEO, Todd Magazine. “We are excited to introduce this program to further support our members and encourage them to reach their goals, even if that’s from the comfort of their own home.”

The affordable, fun, and personalized program features Blink Fitness Certified Personal Trainers. Users can select sessions based on specialty and availability, as well as individual training styles to fit their current needs such as Tough Love, Slow & Steady, Teamwork, No Excuses, and Cheerleader. Trainers will build an experience tailored to member goals, abilities, and available equipment to keep members engaged, encouraged and empowered at every step.

Users can access the program and schedule sessions on Blink’s website, here.

Connect with Blink:

Instagram:   @BlinkFitness
Facebook:   BlinkFitness
Twitter:   @BlinkFitness

About Blink Fitness

Blink is challenging conventional fitness stereotypes through its revolutionary philosophy of Mood Above Muscle® by celebrating how exercise makes you feel versus how it makes you look. Blink is the first gym to showcase body diversity and engage people who have been disenfranchised by the clichéd advertising images that feature unrealistic and unattainable bodies. Blink Fitness—a premium and affordable fitness brand—celebrates the positive feelings exercise elicits, along with the physical benefits. Blink has 140 locations open or in development throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts and Texas. Blink has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list four times, was recognized as one of the top health clubs by Club Industry, and was selected as the best budget chain by Men’s Health.

Blink Fitness has franchise opportunities available nationwide with a focus on the following markets: Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Raleigh, Las Vegas and Kansas City. For more information about Blink, visit blinkfitness.com. Franchising details are available on blinkfranchising.com.

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