USA Network revives ‘The Biggest Loser’

May 13, 2019

The following is a press release from USA Network:

USA Network, cable’s #1 entertainment network, announced today that it will reboot THE BIGGEST LOSER, one of the most popular and longest-running unscripted franchises in television history. The 10-episode season from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is expected to debut on USA Network in 2020.

USA’s THE BIGGEST LOSER will feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America’s lifespans and waistlines. The revamped version of the iconic NBC hit competition series will feature men and women competing to not only lose weight, but to improve their overall wellbeing. Each episode will feature a team of experts including a trainer, chef and life coach, who will help guide the contestants as they embark on the biggest transformations of their lives. Experts to be announced.

“At NBCUniversal, we know the power of impactful content that connects with audiences on an emotional level, and USA is the perfect home for an iconic franchise like THE BIGGEST LOSER which does just that,” said Mark Miller, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, NBCUniversal. “We are confident that these incredible stories of transformation will resonate with viewers and advertisers alike.”

“We’re re-imagining THE BIGGEST LOSER for today’s audiences, providing a new holistic, 360-degree look at wellness, while retaining the franchise’s competition format and legendary jaw-dropping moments,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA Network & SYFY. “USA’s recent reboot of TEMPTATION ISLAND brought both new and younger viewers to the network, and we’re excited to add another big, buzzy show to our growing unscripted lineup.”

In addition to reboots, USA is building on the successes the network has had in unscripted, with popular family docu-comedies like CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST and its spinoff GROWING UP CHRISLEY, and WWE-inspired series like the hit MIZ & MRS. Docu-comedy THE RADKES joins the schedule this summer, while second seasons of freshman series TEMPTATION ISLAND, GROWING UP CHRISLEY and MIZ & MRS were recently announced.

THE BIGGEST LOSER is produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Georgie Hurford-Jones serve as executive producers for Endemol Shine. THE BIGGEST LOSER is based on the format created by David Broome. Todd Nelson, JD Roth and Broome also are executive producers.

About USA Network:

USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division. USA’s award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Watch USA Network anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.

About Endemol Shine North America:

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.

Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Brasil and newly launched studio Endemol Shine Boomdog, which produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, and 51 Minds Entertainment.

Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series such as Big Brother (CBS), Ink Master (Paramount Network), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), MasterChef Latino (Telemundo), Swamp People (History), Mira Quien Baila (Univision/Televisa), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Below Deck (Bravo), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Page Six TV (Syndicated), Trading Spaces (TLC), Deal or No Deal (CNBC), LOL (Amazon) and the upcoming launch of Utopia (Amazon), Family Food Fight (ABC), Big Bounce Battle (FOX), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV) and The Biggest Loser (USA).

About Universal Television Alternative Studio:

Launched in 2016, Universal Television Alternative Studio is a leading supplier of hit unscripted content and alternative formats, and creates, develops and produces a diverse slate of original series domestically and internationally. The studio’s most recent breakout hits include athletic competition show “The Titan Games,” starring and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson; “Making It,” from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; and the #1 new series of 2017, “World of Dance,” starring and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. Additionally, the studio is responsible for the high-stakes game show “The Wall,” which has been sold into 27 territories internationally and has become the highest-rated game show in multiple territories around the world. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” has been remade across 21 territories and recently completed production on its sixth season. Last year the studio debuted “In Search Of” with Zachary Quinto for History. Upcoming series include the songwriting competition series “Songland” from executive producers Adam Levine, Dave Stewart and Audrey Morrisey and the comedy competition series “Bring the Funny,” starring judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy with host Amanda Seales. Additionally current projects include, the miniature game show “Small Fortune,” “Blind Date,” the return of “Who Do You Think You Are?” to NBC and Jimmy Fallon’s “That’s My Jam.” Universal Television Alternative Studio is a division of NBCUniversal.

 

TNT announces ‘Chasing the Cure’ health program starring Ann Curry

April 19, 2019

Ann Curry
Ann Curry (Photo by David Turnley)

The following is a press release from WarnerMedia Entertainment:

WarnerMedia Entertainment today announced the premiere date and showrunner for “Chasing the Cure” (formerly known by its working title “M.D. Live”) from TNT and Lionsgate Television. This is a groundbreaking enterprise anchored and executive produced by award-winning journalist and humanitarian Ann Curry. It brings together a weekly live two-hour television broadcast with a 24/7 global digital platform in an effort to help patients who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. This enterprise will harness the full power of both television and a multi-platform experience in order to break down medical barriers in service of patients. Additionally, this initiative will foster and empower people across the globe on all screens to become medical detectives.

Debuting Thursday, July 25, “Chasing the Cure” will be simulcast on TNT and TBS from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Joining “Chasing the Cure” as showrunner is Kim Bondy, an award-winning journalist who held top positions at CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera America before becoming Head of Content at Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group in 2017.

Through a 24/7 digital experience and interactive components including live, second-screen experiences, suggestions, along with highly accredited doctors, will be able to share their experiences, advice and recommendations on what’s happening during the broadcast in real time – all toward helping find cures for people with mysterious conditions.

Additionally, “Chasing the Cure” will cultivate an online community for everyone to dive deeper into each case, not only empowering every one of us to become medical detectives, but also creating a space for people to provide support to people dealing with undiagnosed conditions. Everyone will have the unique opportunity to submit their own cases via an in-take process to be cared for by an around-the-clock engaged community and considered for the live broadcast.

“How could I not want to be part of this project, given the real chance that it will help people suffer less? This collaboration of physicians, journalists and television creators is not only groundbreaking, it could potentially help encourage new ways for people to access care,” says Ann Curry.

“Leveraging the power of a global digital community to help real people solve their medical mysteries is our mission on ‘Chasing the Cure,’” says Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT. “With Ann and Kim’s leadership and dedication to powerful, honest storytelling, we plan on delivering significant results to those who are in need of answers or a path to wellness. This is not just a one-dimensional live television experience.”

“The audience will have a chance to proactively make a difference when we launch ‘Chasing the Cure’ this summer, a project that takes a groundbreaking approach to tackling people’s unsolved medical mysteries,” says Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president and head of worldwide unscripted television for Lionsgate. “It is one of those rare initiatives that seeks to inspire with a larger humanitarian purpose, and it couldn’t be in the hands of a better network partner or a more brilliant and respected team.”

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the series from Lionsgate Television.

“Chasing the Cure” is produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media in association with Lionsgate Television with Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz, Brian Lee and Eric Ortner serving as executive producers along with Curry and Bondy.

2019 Popsugar Play/Ground: Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, Mandy Moore headline event

March 6, 2019

The following is a press release from PopSugar:

On June 22 and June 23, powerhouse global lifestyle brand PopSugar, along with event partner Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer, will return to Pier 94 in New York City to present the second annual PopSugar Play/Ground, an experiential wonderland for women. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, the event will provide experiences both playful and grounding, bringing together a large and engaged community of women with today’s most compelling leaders, experts, and artists.

PopSugar Play/Ground celebrates dreams, no matter what they may look like, and provides the tools to achieve them. Festival-goers can expect one-of-a-kind programming that has something for everyone, with an emphasis on wellness, career advancement, activism, self-care, and self-love. The Main Stage will feature uplifting and inspiring panel conversations with headliners Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, and Mandy Moore, among others, cutting-edge workouts, and much more to be announced. Further highlights this year include immersive villages:

  • The Playground: a space where attendees can tap into their inner child and experience pure joy
  • Sugar Studios: a fitness dome programmed with back-to-back workouts from today’s leading influencers and most highly sought-after studios
  • The Samsung Soul Space Village: a dedicated wellness space offering expert workshops and classes focused on spirituality, stress relief, crystal healing, and more
  • The Beauty Carnival: a beauty hub that aims to gamify beauty in the most luring, eye-catching, and experiential way
  • The Mall of the Future: a shopping space with numerous brands that everybody will love, from all-time favorites to the up-and-coming. This village will also include The Pop Shop, an area curated by PopSugar editors that will feature exclusive collaborations and an entire PopSugar product range

“PopSugar Play/Ground is going to be even bigger and better this year,” said Lisa Sugar, founder and president of PopSugar. “We were thrilled with the community that joined us in year one, and this year we plan to build on our success to bring together women who are ready and excited to learn, play, and be inspired by the incredible talent and experiences we have lined up. PopSugar has always celebrated the multihyphenate woman, and Play/Ground is a place where she can embrace and connect with new friends while treating and celebrating herself.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a part of PopSugar Play/Ground this June because it’s a festival that celebrates all aspects of the modern-day woman — playfulness, politics, health, wellness, and fearlessness,” Mandy Moore said. “It’s about celebrating her potential and speaking to all sides of her. It’s a weekend dedicated to learning, being inspired, and creating your path to happiness — whatever that may be.”

Immersive retail is a cornerstone of PopSugar Play/Ground. In the shopping bazaar, guests will be able to purchase exclusive items curated by both PopSugar editors and Play/Ground celebrity headliners, as well as limited-edition product collaborations with PopSugar’s favorite brands. Samsung, one of Play/Ground’s presenting sponsors, will partner on the Samsung Soul Space Village, focused on holistic health, spirituality and more. Wendy’s will return to PopSugarPlay/Ground as a premiere sponsor for the second year in a row. CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Nair, Physicians Formula, Tropicana, and many other brands will also activate at PopSugar Play/Ground, producing highly experiential and Instagram-worthy activations that are unique to PopSugarPlay/Ground.

“PopSugar Play/Ground is a leader in the experiential event space, and we are thrilled to bring the festival to NYC for the second year,” said Ron Walden, group vice president of ReedPOP West, a division of Reed Exhibitions. “We can’t wait to build off last year’s success and share the evolution of PopSugar Play/Ground in June with our audience.”

The two-day festival is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees. Tickets are on sale now and begin at $55 for GA and $200 for VIP. More guests, brand partners, and exhibitors will be announced in the following months.

For more information on PopSugar Play/Ground and to purchase tickets, please go to www.popsugarplayground.com.

Health magazine unveils redesign, beginning with January/February 2019 issue

December 13, 2018

Connie Britton
Connie Britton on the cover of Health’s January/February 2019 issue (Photo courtesy of Meredith Corporation)

The following is a press release from Meredith Corporation:

Meredith Corporation’s  Health magazine, the trusted authority in wellness, reaching an audience of nearly 29 million, announced today that its January/February issue marks the debut of an updated design with a cleaner look and bolder typography. The issue’s cover features actress Connie Britton, photographed by Peggy Sirota. It is on newsstands next week, with more information and content online at Health.com.

Since joining the Health team in June 2018, Editor in Chief Amy Conway has led the brand’s creative team to provide the magazine’s audience with inspiring and empowering information that speaks to the way people think about wellness today. The new design, overseen by Executive Creative Director Agnethe Glatved, aims to strike a balance between science-based content and healthy living—to be warm and inviting to the reader. The magazine’s sections are delineated with vertical tabs for a workbook-like effect, and the overall design is clean, organized and modern, letting the photography shine.

“Being healthy has become a way of life. We provide the answers and inspiration that our readers need to take charge of their health in every way, every day,” said Conway. “This new look is strong, intelligent and pretty. It brings our readers into our pages and conveys a positive and motivating tone—whether we’re presenting a new way to work out, the latest in skin care, nutritious dinners, or even information about conditions and challenges our readers may face.”

In addition to Conway, the Health brand has new leadership on the advertising side. Brendan Smyth, a magazine media veteran, is now Publisher of Health.

“There’s been a lot of excitement about this brand in the marketplace, and the advertising community has been extremely receptive to the redesign,” says Smyth. “I’m thrilled to be leading this team and excited about what is to come for the Health brand.”

Health’s refreshed look is a celebration of print and what it does best: drive discovery and engagement through carefully curated, well-researched content. The magazine has added an Advisory Board of experts—renowned doctors, nutritionists, trainers, and other professionals—who will collaborate with the editors and lend their expertise to the brand. Additionally, updates in the issue include a revamp of Health’s magazine’s main sections, including:

  • BEAUTY: Whether covering skin care, hair care or makeup, Health offers smart stories about the latest and greatest, going beyond simple recommendations to explain why and how products and procedures work.
  • BODY AND MIND: This section will deepen the reader’s understanding of her body so she can care for herself with confidence.
  • FOOD: Health offers a roadmap for eating well, solving problems, offering shortcuts and strategies, and navigating all confusing/contradictory advice out there about what to eat.

ABOUT HEALTH
With 9 million monthly readers, Health has been the trusted source for all things relating to wellness for more than 30 years. Offering solid, science-backed advice on physical and mental health, exercise, skin care and beauty, nutrition, and much more, Health consistently empowers readers with information. With a total reach of nearly 29 million, Health attracts a wide, multi-generational audience across platforms. Additional information can be found at Health.com.

ABOUT MEREDITH CORPORATION
Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) (www.meredith.com) has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms—including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video—to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith’s National Media Group reaches nearly 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month, including 80 percent of U.S. millennial women. Meredith is a leader in creating content across media platforms and life stages in key consumer interest areas, such as celebrity, food, lifestyle, home, parenting, beauty and fashion. Meredith also features robust brand licensing activities, including more than 3,000 SKUs of branded products at 4,000 Walmart stores across the U.S., and The Foundry, the company’s state-of-the-art creative lab and content studio. Meredith’s Local Media Group includes 17 television stations reaching more than 11 percent of U.S. households.

Ann Curry signs on to anchor and executive producer ‘M.D Live’ series for Turner

October 15, 2018

Ann Curry
Ann Curry (Photo by David Turnley)

The following is a press release from Turner:

On the heels of the 10-episode series order of “M.D. Live” (working title), the groundbreaking, live, factual series that seeks solutions worldwide for people with medical mysteries and crises who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, Turner today announced that renowned, award-winning journalist Ann Curry has signed on to anchor and executive produce. The innovative show that will tap into the worldwide phenomenon of medical crowdsourcing is co-produced by Turner and Lionsgate Television.

The two-hour weekly, multiplatform event airing over 10 weeks is set to premiere in 2019 and will feature Curry (“Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline NBC,” PBS’ “We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry”) reporting true stories of medical mysteries and crowdsourcing for doctors and people experiencing similar symptoms in the search for diagnoses.

“Real good could come of this. We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor,” said Ann Curry. “This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people.”

“With a distinguished career as a trusted journalist and reputation as a humanitarian, Ann Curry is the perfect partner to lead our charge crowdsourcing hope and helping our patients solve their medical mysteries,” said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT. “Ann is among the most trusted storytellers of our time who will motivate viewers, connect communities and inspire hope. And by leveraging the power of WarnerMedia’s reach we will be able to engage our viewers and really help them wherever they are.”

“We’re delighted to have an award-winning, globally recognized journalist helm our new series about crowdsolving medical crises,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president and head of worldwide unscripted programming for Lionsgate. “Ann has inspired millions of people worldwide through her humanitarian acts, impeccable journalism, and positivity, which makes her the perfect anchor for the series and who audiences can trust.”

Curry, an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, is known for her war and humanitarian reporting and interviews with the most powerful and influential as well as the most disenfranchised and forgotten. She has been awarded seven Emmys®, in addition to numerous others in Journalism, as well as humanitarian awards, including a “Medal of Valor” from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She currently also reports for and is an Executive Producer of “We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry” for PBS.

The series (working title) “M.D. Live” is produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media in association with Lionsgate Television, with Ann Curry, Eric Ortner, Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz, and Brian Lee serving as executive producers. Ann Curry is represented by Ethan Cohan at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano and Eric Ortner at The Ortner Group.

About Turner

Turner, a WarnerMedia company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult SwimBleacher ReportBoomerangCartoon NetworkCNNELEAGUEFilmStruckGreat Big StoryHLNiStreamPlanetSuper DeluxeTBSTurner Classic Movies (TCM)TNTtruTV and Turner Sports.

About Lionsgate

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris unveils new Le Spa

July 9, 2018

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

The following is a press release from Four Seasons:

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris officially unveils its new Le Spa this 9 July, offering a sanctuary of haute couture tailor-made, results-driven treatments in the bustling heart of the city.

The brand new Spa, spread over 720m², includes a 17-metre (55-foot) swimming pool, vitality pool with hydro-massage water experience circuit heated to 34°C, a 90 m² cutting-edge fitness room, and a stylish hair salon. In addition to the five single treatment rooms, two luxury hammams for men and women and a Spa Suite for couple treatments.

“We are delighted to introduce Le Spa, a contemporary space of style and serenity in the heart of the city. A place where Parisian elegance meets caring Four Seasons service, delivered by our team of passionate therapists who are dedicated to making you look and feel your best”, says Jean-Claude Wietzel, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.

Renowned Parisian interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has created a space that is at once bright, modern and elegant drawing on ancient spa traditions, with a colour palette of light grey and silver tones. Inspiration from Greek, Roman and Turkish mosaic patterns lies alongside carefully curated pieces of modern art and spectacular floral compositions designed by Jeff Leatham. “We meticulously selected materials, furniture and pieces of art that embody the spirit codes and harmony of the hotel, both classic and resolutely contemporary” comments Rochon.

Key features of Le Spa include:

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

Swimming Pool
The 17-metre (55-foot) mosaic-lined swimming pool is the perfect spot for poolside relaxation, complemented by a 34°C vitality pool experience.

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

Fitness Centre
The 90 m² fitness centre offers a selection of the latest cutting edge cardiovascular equipment specially designed by Technogym for Le Spa, with chrome-plated equipment, including treadmills, bikes, ascent trainers, elliptical, and a rowing machine. A 7-metre long screen transports guests to the great outdoors with an interactive movie about nature bringing the four seasons into the very heart of the Hotel.

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

Hair salon
With two hair dressing stations, the hair salon offers complete high-end hair treatments for women and men leaving guests guaranteed to turn heads as soon as they step outside.

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

A tailor-made, results-driven approach 
In the city of haute couture, what could be more fitting then a menu of treatments tailor-made to provide the best results from the most reputable French and international brands? Le Spa will offer personalized experiences addressing the needs of all skin types, using a hand-picked collection of products and techniques developed in conjunction with globally recognized Spa and beauty experts.

A selection of brand new Signature Experiences has been developed to harness the core spirit of the Spa, providing bespoke sensory journeys that deliver tangible results. Highlights include a Kobido traditional Japanese facelift, an Alaena organic certified bio anti-ageing treatment, and a Dr Burgener escape designed especially for the Spa.

Kobido: a rare, traditional Japanese facelift created by Dr. Shogo Mochizuki
In Japanese, Kobido means “the ancient way of beauty”, and is the oldest facial tradition in Japan, following a lineage that dates back to 1472. Tradition states that this therapy was reserved exclusively for imperials and nobility for centuries. Le Spa is proud to bring this tradition to modern-day Paris, with Dr. Shogo Mochizuki having come personally to Le Spa to share his expertise with the team of therapists.

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris)

Breath of Life by Alaena: an organic treatment signed by Dr Sylvie Peres from France
This body and face treatment is inspired by Tui Na, a therapeutic art of Chinese Medicine, using patented active ingredients to boost cells rejuvenation and impart an anti-ageing effect.

George V Escape by Dr. Pauline Burgener, Switzerland
Created exclusively for Le Spa, this luxurious customised antioxidant treatment combines a Chardonnay body scrub, a massage with Champagne oil, and a facial harnessing the antioxidant power of gold, Chardonnay and green caviar. A sweet treat of a Four Seasons Hotel George V macaron and a glass of Champagne complete this uniquely Parisian experience.

Amazon is buying online pharmacy PillPack

June 28, 2018

The following is a press release from Amazon:

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and PillPack today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire PillPack. PillPack is a pharmacy designed to provide the best possible customer experience in the U.S. for people who take multiple daily prescriptions. PillPack delivers medications in pre-sorted dose packaging, coordinates refills and renewals, and makes sure shipments are sent on time.

“PillPack’s visionary team has a combination of deep pharmacy experience and a focus on technology,” says Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer. “PillPack is meaningfully improving its customers’ lives, and we want to help them continue making it easy for people to save time, simplify their lives, and feel healthier. We’re excited to see what we can do together on behalf of customers over time.”

“PillPack makes it simple for any customer to take the right medication at the right time, and feel healthier,” said TJ Parker, co-founder and CEO of PillPack. “Together with Amazon, we are eager to continue working with partners across the healthcare industry to help people throughout the U.S. who can benefit from a better pharmacy experience.”

Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties expect to close the transaction during the second half of 2018.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About PillPack

PillPack is a pharmacy designed to provide the best possible experience for customers. For people who take multiple daily prescriptions,PillPack offers pre-sorted dose packaging, home delivery, and a commitment to customer service. These features help customers take medications as prescribed, which has been shown to improve health outcomes and lower costs. PillPack holds pharmacy licenses in all 50 states, has URAC and VIPPS accreditation, is an in-network pharmacy with most PBMs, including major Medicare Part D plans, and has built a proprietary set of software systems and tools called PharmacyOS. For more information visit www.pillpack.com.

Urban One announces ‘Represent’ campaign with first initiative focused on health

June 20, 2018

We're the Campbells
“We’re the Campbells” cast members at the Los Angeles premiere of “We’re the Campbells” at Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles on June 11, 2018. (Photo by Earl Gibson III for TV One)

The following is a press release from Urban One:

Urban One announces their new ‘REPRESENT.’ campaign, a company-wide quarterly initiative that offers opportunities for Urban One’s Divisions and radio markets to work collectively in support of various causes in the markets and communities they serve. The first campaign is ‘REPRESENT. Men’s Health’ and will launch on Sunday, June 17 through July 24.  Activated across all of the company’s Divisions and markets’ on-air and digital platforms, ‘REPRESENT. Men’s Health’, is designed to provide information, resources and activities that promote men’s health featuring interviews with healthcare professionals and local market activations.

“We’re the Campbells” TV One’s new docu-series, premiering on Tuesday, June 19 will provide further support for the campaign.  The fourth episode, designated as the ‘REPRESENT’ episode airs on Tuesday, July 10, and highlights this initiative as Erica Campbell discusses the campaign on-air during her daily radio show. Additionally, on Tuesday, July 24, the “Repping for Men’s Health” episode will feature Warryn Campbell’s workout session and hear him speak about the various tenants of the ‘REPRESENT. Men’s Health’ campaign and why he is so passionate about it on a personal level.

“This important campaign honors the purpose and missions our founder, Mrs. Cathy Hughes, which is to amplify, represent and be of service to the African-American community,” says Alfred Liggins,Urban One’s Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t be prouder to bring all of our divisions together to kick it off with a cause like men’s health.  This is just the first of many campaigns as Urban One, through ‘REPRESENT’ is poised to make an impactful difference and raise awareness to effectuate change across many topics.”

An overview of the timeline and topics are as follows:

June 17- June 23

Health/Fitness – Diet & Exercise

June 19

“We’re the Campbells” Premiere

June 24 – 30

Blood Pressure/Cholesterol

July 1 – 7

Prostate Cancer

July 8 – 14

Diabetes

July 10

Episode 104 – “We’re the Campbells- REPRESENT.”

Features Erica Campbell on the air discussing the campaign

July 15 – 21

Depression

July 24

Episode 106 – “We’re the Campbells-Repping for Men’s Health”

Features Warryn Campbell’s workout sessions and an overview of the campaign

To learn more about the organizations, initiatives and facts, please visit:

www.menshealthnetwork.org.

TripAdvisor reveals 2018 list for best wellness travel destinations

June 12, 2018

TripAdvisor

 Four Seasons Maui
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Waleia’s Serenity Pool (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Waleia)

The following is a press release from TripAdvisor:

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the top wellness travel destinations in the U.S. and around the globe. TripAdvisor identified zen destinations where travelers can retreat to focus on well-being, yoga, meditation and self-care based on destinations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms on TripAdvisor.

Wellness tourism is a growing trend where travelers are seeking health and spirituality on their trips. According to the Global Wellness Institute, international and domestic wellness tourism accounted for $563 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2013, and is expected to grow to $808 billion by 2020. The trend continues, with 25 percent of travelers saying they plan to take a wellness trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent poll of TripAdvisor’s global Facebook community.

“For travelers looking to improve their spiritual or physical health, or just an escape for digital detox, these destinations offer a wide variety of peaceful accommodations and experiences to revitalize the soul,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

To help travelers on their journey to feeling centered, TripAdvisor also surfaced highly-rated spa hotels, wellness experiences and healthy restaurants for maximum mind and body harmony.

Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the U.S.:

1. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is a true oasis, a wellness-seeker’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert, where travelers will find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience in itself.

2. Hawley, Pennsylvania

Hawley is home to a number of notable lakes, making it a peaceful summer leisure destination for reflection. Whether yogis are looking to connect with nature on a horseback riding trail or book luxurious treatments at The Lodge at Woodloch Spa, a wellness trip to Hawley will leave them feeling at ease.

3. Ojai, California

Nestled in a picturesque valley northwest of Los AngelesOjai is brimming with small town charm and creativity. Travelers can get lost in locally owned boutiques and explore outdoor trails with horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. Surrounded by scenic hills and aromatic orchards, Ojai is a perfect place for a rejuvenating retreat.

4. Amelia IslandFlorida

Amelia Island is a timeless destination known for pristine nature, uncrowded beaches and outstanding spas and restaurants. Travelers can choose to unwind seaside – with a kayak excursion or beachside horseback ride – or by finding the freshest, healthiest ingredients at the local Farmer’s Market.

5. Calistoga, California

This renowned spa retreat is built around natural springs in the middle of wine country. Area resorts began promoting geo-thermal water and mud baths more than 150 years ago. Travelers seeking a pathway to wellness can also hike picturesque trails at Bothe-Napa State Park or the Petrified Forest and then reward themselves by tasting the local flavors of nearby Napa.

6. Lenox, Massachusetts

This small town in the Berkshires has been a popular wellness retreat since the 19th century. Travelers can enjoy rejuvenating treatments and pampering, at the well-known Cranwell Spa, all year long, along with outdoor picnics, hiking and biking paths in the Pleasant Valley.

7. Palm Springs, California

With 354 days of sunshine per year, Palm Springs is the ideal place to soak up some rays among natural colors, saturated by the warm desert light. Travelers can relax poolside, visit one of the many area spas or tour fantastic examples of mid-century modern architecture.

8. Park City, Utah

A trip to Park City is perfect for wellness-seekers looking to rejuvenate at one of the area’s world-class spas. Over 100 restaurants and bars, open-air concerts, numerous health clubs and independent film screenings complement Park City’s rugged beauty.

9. Stowe, Vermont

Travelers can hike, paddle, bike or walk for scenic mountain views of Mount Mansfield in this northern Vermont town. Stowe is the textbook place to plan a calming retreat with family and friends and to be one with nature.

10. Wailea, Hawaii

If being pampered is the most strenuous activity on your itinerary, Wailea is your destination. With one of Maui’s best beaches at Keawakapu – with endless opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling – as well as top spas, visitors will have every opportunity to experience ultimate serenity and renewal.

Top 10 Global Destinations for a Digital Detox:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. Rishikesh, India
  3. Sedona, Arizona, U.S.
  4. Hepburn Springs, Australia
  5. Ko Samui, Thailand
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Goa, India
  8. Zermatt, Switzerland
  9. Maldives
  10. Ibiza, Spain  

Methodology
Wellness destinations based on destinations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms on TripAdvisor, such as wellness, spiritual or yoga retreat. Spa hotels and wellness experiences were all highly rated on TripAdvisor with availability to book this summer.

Healthy restaurants based on those highly rated on TripAdvisor and popular for having Farm-to-Table, Healthy, Organic, Vegan or Vegetarian options.

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