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Fitness Coalition, LI Law Firm Spearhead Lawsuit Against Cuomo

SYOSSET, NY —Two weeks after Michigan’s Supreme Court overturned the continued emergency executive orders of Gov. Whitmer, a coalition of business owners on Long Island are hoping their own lawsuit will achieve the same result in New York.

The New York Fitness Coalition, an advocacy group of gym owners who came together during the coronavirus pandemic, is leading the class-action lawsuit. A news conference to announce the lawsuit is being held Wednesday at the Sysosset office of The Mermigas Law Group, P.C.

Charlie Cassara founded the New York Fitness Coalition, which sued Gov. Cuomo in July, seeking an injunction of Cuomo’s orders in order for gyms to reopen. This lawsuit, Cassara, says is a broader effort to declare the extended emergency executive orders that Cuomo uses to mandate the COVID-19 business and school regulations as unconstitutional and illegal.

“This wasn’t his job,” Cassara told Patch. Once the original aims of the state of emergency were fulfilled in the early months of the pandemic, the unilateral executive authority of the governor’s emergency powers were no longer needed, or legal, he says.

Cassara owns a health club, SC Fitness, with two Long Island locations. He tells Patch that the regulations his industry has to operate under are “unsurvivable.”

“33 percent capacity is a joke, and then you add six feet, contact tracing—We can’t live under these orders.”

Representatives from other industries including restaurant owners, as well as teachers and parents concerned about the impact of the mandates on education, are also involved in the suit, Cassara says.

“Now regular citizens of New York can jump on board. Cuomo keeps saying he is going to give the authority back to the state [legislatures] and local executives, but every week there is a new excuse.”

A similar legal challenge was raised against Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf, which initially was won before being overturned in federal appeals court.

This article originally appeared on the Syosset Patch

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Zoom is releasing a new tool to let paid users charge for admission to online events like conferences or fitness classes



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  • Zoom is introducing OnZoom, a new way to host events — free and paid — using the popular videoconferencing tool.
  • Zoom has come to be used to host all kinds of events amid the pandemic, from board meetings and conferences to fitness classes and concerts. The new OnZoom platform includes the ability to charge for tickets, as well as a directory of public event listings.
  • Zoom is also launching a new kind of app integration, called a Zapp, that can bring information from productivity tools like Dropbox, Slack, or Asana directly into a video chat.
  • Facebook launched its own features for paid videoconferencing events over the summer.
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As the pandemic drags on, Zoom is releasing a new way to host online events — importantly, now including paid events — as well as new types of apps that integrate outside business and productivity tools like Slack, Dropbox, and Asana directly into Zoom meetings, the company announced Wednesday. 

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Zoom has become a household name amid shelter in place and social distancing mandates, with users turning to the videoconferencing app to host events from board meetings and conferences to yoga classes and concerts. It’s led Zoom’s business to skyrocket, but also forced the company to rethink its ambitions beyond its original enterprise approach. 

The online event platform, called OnZoom, adds features to Zoom that make it easier to host online events — notably, by allowing event organizers to sell tickets for paid events on Zoom, thanks to an integration with PayPal. There will also be an event marketplace, where people can find and sign up for public events, free and paid.

At launch, the events platform is only available to US users, but will be available more globally next year. There’s no additional fee for paid users to try out OnZoom through the end of 2020, but Zoom says that it plans to revisit the possibility of taking a cut of ticket sales next year. 

Notably, Facebook announced something similar earlier this year, allowing businesses, creators, educators and media publishers to host paid events on Facebook Live or its Messenger Rooms app. Facebook has said it won’t collect fees from tickets sales until at least August 2021.

The catch is that you will have to be a paid Zoom user to set up events with OnZoom, with a capacity ranging from 100 attendees, up to 1,000 for enterprise users. For anything larger, users can livestream the event with a Zoom Webinar license. 

OnZoom is actually getting its first public test right out in the open: Zoom is using it to host its annual Zoomtopia user conference this week. The company bills it as being well-suited for other companies to host their own conferences, for fitness instructors to hold paid lessons, for nonprofits to set up fundraising events

Khloe Kardashian’s fitness schedule kept her ‘sane’

Khloe Kardashian’s fitness schedule kept her “sane” during lockdown.



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The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star admits there have been some “crazy times” in the world because of the coronavirus pandemic but she has turned to exercise to keep her going and keep her mental state positive too.

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Explaining about her fitness regime, she said: “I definitely think because of my fitness journey and already having such a regimented schedule when it comes to working out, it kind of kept me sane during these crazy times. I had to learn to adapt by doing mommy-daughter workouts. [True] is obviously not working out, but it’s things like me putting her in a wagon and sprinting up a hill. I belted a wagon to my waist because I don’t have any help. We’re all just trying to figure it out.”

And the 36-year-old reality television star wants to set a good example for her daughter True when it comes to her exercise regime and she hopes her daughter will be “active and take care of herself” like her mom.

Speaking to Refinery29, she added of her lifestyle: “I want to show my daughter, by example, that there are healthy ways to be active every day.

“You don’t have to be so rigid in the gym. I like to work out early, it just sets the tone for the rest of my day, it makes me want to eat better and be active and healthy. By her seeing me like this, I hope she’s active and takes care of herself.”

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The best fitness watches you can still get on sale for Prime Day

We’ve also added a few fitness watch accessories for you!

Fitness trackers are on sale for Amazon Prime Day.

Fitness trackers are on sale for Amazon Prime Day.

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More now than ever before, Americans are focused on their wellness. We have finally become more mindful of the quality of foods we eat, our daily water intake, the amount of exercise we do, and how much sleep we get.

And, in typical modern fashion, we can rely on technology to keep track of it all – right on our wrists. Fitness watches are not new to the worlds of fashion or wellness, but they’re cheaper than they’ve ever been. For less than $150, you can easily track your heart rate, workouts, sleep, calorie consumption, blood pressure, and even catch up on the latest news.

As always, your Chron Shopping team has done a little digging through thousands of products on sale for Amazon’s Prime Day and found the best deals on fitness watches and accessories for you.

Fitness Watches on Sale for Prime Day

Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-In – amazon.com

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Fitbit Versa 2 on sale for $127.95.

ANBES Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor – amazon.com

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ANBES Smart Watch on sale for $26.99.

Garmin 010-02064-00 Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS – amazon.com

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Garmin Rugged Outdoor Smart Watch on sale for $149.99.

Smart Watch, UMIDIGI Uwatch 2S Fitness Tracker – amazon.com

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UMIDIGI Uwatch 2S on sale for $23.99.

LETSCOM Smart Watch – amazon.com

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LETSCOM Smart Watch on sale for $31.99 plus an extra 5% off when adding to your cart.

Fitness Watch Accessories on Sale for Prime Day

Wepro Replacement Bands Compatible with Fitbit Versa SmartWatch, Versa 2 and Versa Lite SE Sports Watch – amazon.com

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Wepro Bands in black on sale for $4.79.

2 Pack Screen Protector Case for Fitbit Versa – amazon.com

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Screen Protector available in 7 colors on sale for $5.59.

REDOVER-Bluetooth Body Fat Scale with Smartphone App, Smart Wireless Digital Bathroom Scale – amazon.com

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Redover Smart Scale on sale for $18.89.

Moonooda Watch Band Compatible with Fitbit Versa/Fitbit Versa 2/ Versa Lite Edition/Versa SE Smart Glitter Sparkling Watch – amazon.com

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Moonooda Sparkle Band on sale for $9.58.

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Micolette Davis is a Local Deals Curator for Hearst Newspapers. Email her at micolette.davis@hearst.com.

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Planet Fitness, Round1 will bring changes to local malls

MOORESTOWN – New tenants coming to South Jersey malls show the changing face of shopping centers.

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A Planet Fitness gym will open Thursday at Moorestown Mall, occupying more than 22,000 square feet in a complex that’s lost several big retailers in recent years.

And Round1, a “family entertainment center” based in Japan, will debut Oct. 24 at Deptford Mall. The new arrival will offer 12 bowling lanes, five billiards tables and 250-plus arcade games — will occupy more than 50,000 square feet vacated by the struggling Sears chain.



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Shoppers pass Round1, a family entertainment center opening Oct. 24 at Deptford Mall.

Mall operators say they’re eager to diversify their tenant mix in the face of a harsh retail environment, particularly for traditional brick-and-mortar chains.

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“Overall, what we’re doing is providing people with more reasons to visit our property,” said a statement from Macerich, a California firm that owns Deptford Mall.

It noted an interest in attracting “exciting entertainment concepts, immersive technology experiences (and) a variety of dining options.”

The statement also pointed to “international brands that are expanding in the U.S. market.”

Recent arrivals at Deptford Mall include two Australian retailers, Lovisa and Cotton On.

Lovisa is described as a “woman’s fast-fashion jewelry and accessories concept,” while Cotton On sells casual clothing, accessories and homewares.

PREIT, a Philadelphia-based firm that owns Moorestown Mall and other shopping centers, wants to attract “healthcare providers, food markets, fulfillment and logistics operators,” Joseph Coradino, the firm’s CEO, said earlier this year.

Both PREIT and Macerich also want to develop housing and hotels at some properties.

“We think of our well-situated properties, like Deptford Mall, as ‘town centers’ for the wide range of activities people enjoy,” said Macerich.



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Planet Fitness plans to open Oct. 15 at the Moorestown Mall.

Similarly, Coradino has said PREIT’s properties could evolve into “commerce districts.”

The mall operators are attempting to ease financial strains that have worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

PREIT in August reported a net loss of $49 million for first-half 2020. That compared to a year-before deficit of $33.9 million for the firm, which also owns the Cherry Hill Mall and Cumberland Mall in Vineland.

Macerich had a first-half net loss of $17.6 million. It reported net income of $23.5 million a year earlier.

The Moorestown location is the first in a mall for Billy Olson, who operates 19 Planet Fitness gyms in South Jersey.

“The mall does provide advantages including space, parking, and visibility,” he said Tuesday. “We were able to build a state-of-the-art facility and not be confined by the amount of space to use.”

Planet Fitness occupies six former units at the Route 38 shopping center, which saw closings for a Lord + Taylor department store in January and a Sears store in

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COVID fuels eating disorders, family stress

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Pediatricians and public health experts predict a potentially dramatic increase in childhood obesity this year as months of pandemic eating, closed schools, stalled sports and public space restrictions extend indefinitely.

About one in seven children have met the criteria for childhood obesity since 2016, when the federal National Survey of Children’s Health changed its methodology, a report out Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found. 

While the percentage of children considered obese declined slightly in the last 10 years, it is expected to jump in 2020.

“We were making slow and steady progress until this,” said Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, a Northwestern University economist and professor. “It’s likely we will have wiped out a lot of the progress that we’ve made over the last decade in childhood obesity.”

The trend, already seen in pediatric offices, is especially concerning as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week expanded its definition of those at elevated risk of severe COVID-19 disease and death to include people with a body mass index of between 25 and 30. Previously, only those with a BMI 30 and higher were included. That could mean 72% of all Americans are at higher risk of severe disease based only on their weight.

Obesity is a top risk factor for nearly all of the chronic health conditions that make COVID-19 more dangerous, including diabetes, hypertension. heart disease and cancer. And childhood obesity is a leading predictor of obesity later in life.

BMI factors in weight and height to measure body fat. It can, however, overestimate body fat in people with muscular builds and underestimate it in those who have lost muscle, according to the National Institutes of Health. 

Children are “gaining not insignificant amounts of weight,” said Dr. Lisa Denike, who chairs pediatrics for Northwest Permanente in Portland, Oregon. “We’ve seen kids gain 10 to 20 pounds in a year, who may have had a BMI as a preteen in the 50 or 75th percentile and are now in the 95th percentile. That’s a significant crossing of percentiles into obesity.”

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Denike said one 11-year-old patient at his recent physical was found to have gained 40 pounds. Type 2 diabetes rates in children are rising, and even though the boy doesn’t have it now, Denike said, “I suspect he will in the coming years as his parents already have it.”

“He’s home in an environment struggling with parents with same issues rather than learning in health class and having activity outside,” she said. “Kids are reflections of what their parents do.”

Racial, socioeconomic disparities  

Disparities in childhood obesity rates have existed for decades and now mirror the disproportionate way COVID-19 is affecting people of color and those with low incomes, said Jamie Bussel, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu credits physical fitness and ‘desi’ food for his speedy recovery



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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has credited his speedy recovery from Coronavirus to his physical fitness, mental tenacity and desi food. In a long blog posted from his facebook account, the Vice President said that he firmly believed that it was his physical fitness and strict adherence to traditional food which ensured his recovery from the disease despite his old age and him being a diabetes patient.

“I could overcome COVID-19 infection because of my physical fitness, mental tenacity, regular physical exercise like walking and yoga, apart from eating only desi (traditional) food,” the Vice President wrote in his blog. He also said that he always preferred to eat traditional food and continued the practice during the quarantine period as well.

Naidu also urged his followers to include some form of physical exercise in their daily regimen like walking or Yoga in addition to advising against the consumption of junk food. Being a workaholic, Naidu, who had been under home quarantine for about a fortnight, kept busy with reading loads of books on India’s freedom struggle. A regular writer for a number of India’s dailies, Naidu also posted two articles every week on the same issue on facebook to apprise his followers of the role of many unsung heroes of the independence movement.

VP Naidu had contracted the disease on September 29 after which he went under home quarantine. After conducting the RT-PCR test, the team of doctors attending the Vice President declared him recovered after his report came negative on October 12. Naidu in his blog thanked the team of doctors and other staff members for taking care of him. He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

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Fitbit and Garmin best fitness watch deals

Fitbit, Garmin and more of the best fitness watch deals (Photo: Reviewed.com)

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If you want to get more active—whether that means taking a few extra laps around the block each day or, say, completing a triathlon—one of the best ways to motivate yourself is with a fitness watch. And, today, that motivation may come at a more affordable price than usual. It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means Prime members can score great deals on some of our favorite fitness watches, including the Garmin 645, Fitbit Versa 2 and more. (If you aren’t a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial.) 

The best fitness watch deals of Prime Day

  • Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch for $127.95 (Save $72): We love this smartwatch-adjacent Fitbit that automatically detects sustained activity from walking, running, biking and more. It also has built-in Amazon Alexa, so you can check the weather and set timers and alarms with your voice.
     
  • Fitbit Versa 2 with Health Rate SE Smartwatch for $127.95 (Save up to $72): This special-edition version of the Versa 2 comes with an additional band and a three-month free trial of personalized Fitbit Premium guidance. 
     
  • Garmin Forerunner 645 Music for $219.99 (Save $230): This excellent running watch monitors your performance from your heart rate and distance to more advanced metrics like contact time balance and stride length. It also allows you to download up to 500 songs or sync with streaming services and connect with Bluetooth headphones so you can go on long runs without lugging your phone along.
     
  • Garmin Vivoactive 4 for $199.99 (Save $150): This fitness tracker has a seemingly endless selection of activity modes—including running, swimming, yoga and more—which makes it a great option for a multi-sport athlete. When we tested this watch, testers liked its sleek and professional look and large watch face, which allows you to see your stats at a glance.
     
  • Garmin Instinct Rugged Watch with GPS for $149.99 (Save $150): This is an older Garmin model, but it has great features that never feel outdated to its thousands of happy reviewers. These include a GPS that works in remote locations, a build that can withstand tough conditions, and multiple training options to make your workouts count.

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Best fitness tracker deals for Prime Day 2020: Garmin, Fitbit and more



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(Pocket-lint) – If you’re in the market for a new tracker or smartwatch, then you’re in the right place, as we’re covering the top offers on some of the best fitness devices out there.

There great savings are from well-known and popular brands such as Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung, and with Prime Day 2020 soon to be on us, we’re expecting a lot more deals over the coming weeks.

US Prime Day Garmin deals 

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, now $349.99, was $749.99 (save $400): Garmin’s Fenix gives you 2 weeks of battery life and will track all your sports, while delivering smartwatch functions like Garmin Pay and music too. It’s an older model, but it’s still great. Click here to see this deal.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT, now $169.99, was $279.99 (save $110): An older watch, but thie multi-sport master has long been the choice of many triathletes. See the offer here.

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, now $219.99, was $300.52 (save $80.53): Adding music to this mid-range model means it suits most budding athletes. See the deal here.

• Garmin Vivoactive 4, now $199.99, was $349.99 (save $150): The Vivoactive 4 offers all the skills of Garmin fitness tracking, but in a slightly more lifestyled design. Click here for the deal.

US Fitbit Prime Day deals

Fitbit Versa 2, now $127.95, was $179.95 (save $52.00): The Fitbit Versa 2 is a smartwatch with great fitness tracking skills. See the deal here.

Fitbit Aria Air, now $34.95, was $49.95 (save $15.00): Fitbit’s connected scales will keep you on track with weightless. View the deal here.

UK Prime Day Garmin deals 

Garmin Fenix 6, now £356, was £428.94 (save £72.94): Garmin’s top device gives you 14 days of battery life and will track all your sports, while delivering smartwatch functions like Garmin Pay and music too. Click here to see this deal.

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