How Do Movies Affect Society?

If you are a certified fan of movies, it certainly had influenced you a lot in your decisions, thinking, mood, views, and etc. Movies are one of the best choices of recreation. There are currently thousands of movies produced by different film industries today.

A romantic movie will give you romantic influence. It may give you some tips on how to persuade and please your partner or the person you love. It may give you a hint about doing sex or some affectionate scenes that couples or even youngsters may emulate once they saw it. Public displays of affection became popular because of the influence of romantic movies. There are scenes that feature a boy and a girl holding hands while walking in a crowd, kissing and hugging each other.

As scientists and doctors have proven through careful studies and research, the impact of violence really depends on the personality and character traits of young adults and children. A child or teenager who has been brought up in an abusive family and has been hit as a child is more likely to dash out at other people especially if they have just seen a very violent films.

Film stars have eventually got a huge number of fan followers and the attitude portrayed by the heroes in a film will be followed by some of them also in their real-life situations. Unfortunately, not only the educated groups of viewers tend to follow the inappropriate mannerisms that these heroes portray in the screen. The worst part is the fans will copy the stunts performed albeit they will risk their lives. Nowadays, we usually notice that the winning formula for a successful cinema today is about bandit or rebellion, gangster, rowdy and other movies doing sinful actions unlike before that winning entries are about good manners, legends, ancient characters, cultural attractions and etc.

On the other hand, there are films that will serve as your sources of information and knowledge. Research-based movies give you influence of research and inventing new things. A historical movie tells about the ancient times and their lifestyle which urges man to adopt or in some manner, influence from them. Classic movies give classic arts and lifestyle. These films are usually the sources of students for research purposes and it also serves as a means of broadening their knowledge about different things because it is more lively and perhaps, entertaining.

How do people interpret history? One of the main sources of history are movies because authors knew that people watch and believe those featured in these films. But the sad part is some data presented are not absolutely factual. That is the reason why youth are not that good in interpreting histories because they sometimes grasp the wrong information from films.

Thus, what is the purpose of requiring a rating system for movies and television programs? It is to raise awareness among the parents and adults if a film incite violence among teenagers and young children. However, there are still questions whether ratings like Rated “R” or Parental Guidance (PG) have been the best way to remind older people of their responsibilities to guide the young ones since we cannot ignore the fact that movie influences are really widespread and if this continues, it will even encourage children to play video games that are violent and abusive. Ratings are nonsense if people revolving around the movie industry do not know the right track of entertaining people considering that children might as well imitate some actions in movies that are too sensitive and improper.

Almost everybody had experienced circumstances wherein their minds are influenced by what they see on horror films. According to James Ranel of brown University, the best ways to deal with horror and violent films that teenagers and young children have seen is by also having parents or guardians talk with their children because it allows them to understand what they have just seen and that the film is not real. Some children think that shooting guns are cool. Parents must talk with their children to make them understand that it is not cool at all and in fact, very dangerous.

Movies portray reality yet reality portrays movies. Moreover, we should bear in mind that the world is the stage itself. All of us are merely players and we have our own exits and entrances. Now, how can we make happy endings if we continue to ruin each episode of our lives with fear, violence and anger? Like actors or actresses in movies, we should therefore be an exemplary model in the real world.

Watching movies is not that bad yet we have to know our own limitations. Why don’t we play the reality right instead?

Wellness for all: The fight for medical care wages on with Action Wellness leading the charge | News

Around this time last year, the non-profit organization Action Wellness, formerly known as ActionAIDS, underwent a rebrand.

“Today, the reality is that people with AIDS can achieve wellness.” That was the message delivered by Kevin Burns, the organization’s executive director. “We didn’t want this rebranding and renaming process to make people with HIV feel that we were abandoning them. We want to expand and provide more services for them as well as for other people with chronic illness.”

Now as the LGBT+ community celebrates pride month, Kevin Burns and his team at Action Wellness, continue the fight to provide medical care to those suffering from HIV/AIDS and chronic illnesses.

“We have to celebrate what we have accomplished, but then recommit to resisting and continuing to stand up for what we know is right,” said Burns, who has been with the organization on one capacity or another for the past 28 years.


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Kevin Burns, executive director of Action Wellness which provides care to those with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. 

Founded in 1986, Action Wellness serves approximately 4,000 people per year and has a range of free medical and social services available for those living with or predisposed to HIV/AIDS as well as other chronic illnesses. Services include: case management, medical and pregnancy care, emotional support, employment and educational resources, and a prison program for those incarcerated or released.

One of the latest programs is Club 1509, which focuses on providing men and transgender people of color preventative medication against HIV, as well as  educational, housing, and employment resources.

“Those are populations that experience a lot of stigma and have a lot of historical issues trusting medical providers as well as social service providers,” Burns said. “So it is a population that has been traumatized, if you will, so they need more support to first off, feel entitled to services.”

A noble concept considering the CDC reported that in 2015, Black and African American gay and bisexual men made up the largest number of HIV diagnoses (10,315) in the United States. HIV can still be a deadly disease, especially if people are not able to access the care needed, a message that Burns admitted could be better publicized. In the CDC report, 1.1 million Americans are estimated to be living with HIV, and 1-in-7 are unaware of their HIV positive status. According to the report, HIV directly caused 6,721 deaths in 2014.

Burns described the services Action Wellness provides to combat the spread of HIV as a “holistic” approach to treating patients.

“Most of our clients are living significantly below the poverty level,” Burns explained. “Finding safe, affordable housing for people is a top priority for us, because if they are living on the streets or in shelters, they are not likely staying connected with primary care, they are not likely taking their medications. Poor people with chronic illness, they are also more disproportionately represented with HIV. A lot of folks, who keep me awake at night, are HIV positive and don’t know it, because they are not getting treatment and they are not going to achieve that chronic illness sort of status with HIV.”

Another thing keeping Burns awake at night are the proposed budget cuts the Trump Administration have made to federally fund these types of services. Action Wellness lobbies congress 2-3 times a year with CAEAR Coalition, a national advocacy organization for emergency AIDS relief. While the organization usually heads to Washington, D.C., this summer they will lobby congress members when they are back in Philadelphia on break. Now, their main goal is to secure level funding from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a federal fund for HIV-related services.

But to that, Burns responded:  “We are holding our breath.”

According to Burns and Sarah DeLaurentis, director of development and communications, Action Wellness has focused on supplementing from government contracts with grants from private foundations and pharmaceutical companies. DeLaurentis explained that they accept individual donations and their biggest fundraising event is Dining Out For Life, a citywide event where participating restaurants donate a third of their proceeds from the day. The projected amount from the annual April event seems to be around $200,000, in line with what they have raised in the past.

When asked what motivated Burns to work in this career field, he said, “Very early in the epidemic and all through the early years, I lost a lot of very dear friends to AIDS.” Before becoming an employee, he volunteered in the buddy program, which provides one-on-one emotional and practical care, to “memorialize” those he lost. “When I was a case manager [at Action Wellness], it was not unusual to have two or three clients a week die…[but] we are not about to give up. We are not about to fold.”

Action Wellness will have an information table at the Philly Pride Parade on Sunday. For more information about the organization and its various locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, visit actionwellness.org.

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The Problem Is ‘Wellness,’ Not Gwyneth Paltrow, Part II – The Forward

So Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a silly-sounding, outrageously-priced, somewhat disorganized-sounding health event. So what?, you might ask. The stakes are the highly profitable wellness industry, of which this event was a high-profile part. Most obviously, where there is “wellness,” all too often, there is pseudoscience.

In the New York Post, Maureen Callahan describes what happened when Dr. Habib Sadeghi spoke at the event, referring to himself (!) as “‘probably one of the most authentic human beings you will ever meet’”:

About 50 women, most exasperated, streamed out during his lecture, and it’s not hard to see why: By middle age, most everyone has had an experience with catastrophic illness, and there’s no reconciling Sadeghi’s nonsense with that.

Indeed. While people dealing with serious illness can be vulnerable to promises of miracle cures, experience in that area can also make a person skeptical bordering on furious at a certain type of pseudo-medical snake oil pitch.

But there are other, more intersectional, issues with “wellness.” For these, I return to Lindy West’s Guardian story:

You can’t honestly address “wellness” – the things people need to be well – without addressing poverty and systemic racism, disability access and affordable healthcare, paid family leave and food insecurity, contraception and abortion, sex work and the war against drugs and mass incarceration. Unless, of course, you are only talking about the wellness of people whose lives are untouched by all of those forces. That is, the wellness of people who are disproportionately well already.

This is both a comprehensive and correct list of progressive concerns circa now, and maybe a strange criticism of a daylong celebrity lifestyle-blogger event costing “between $500 and $1500.” The event didn’t promise to “honestly address ‘wellness,’” or not in any meaningful sense. If it had – if panelists had discussed “food insecurity” and “mass incarceration” – the only way anyone would have paid up is if there were a liberal arts degree at the end of it.

But West is right to criticize Goopian “wellness” in systemic terms. I’d push that point further: The concept of “wellness” – the industry, so to speak – extends far beyond the sort of people whose lives are so blissfully problem-free that they can afford to worry about pseudo-health concerns. (Nor is pseudoscience automatically innocuous when practiced by the rich. See: anti-vaxxers.)“Wellness” – in its incarnations more affordable than a Gwyneth event – becomes an imagined substitute for health care. For a food system with affordable and available produce. For walkable and bikeable communities. “Wellness” is about holding the individual solely responsible for his or her wellbeing, such that if you get sick, surely it’s your own damn fault for choosing a soda over a green juice, or for refusing to pay up for cosmetics promising “clean” ingredients. It is, in sum, about blaming poor people for getting sick, while treating the consumption habits of the rich as something for which they should be congratulated. (See Minh-Ha T. Pham on the stigmatization of fast fashion.)

Actual wellbeing and “wellness” are two different things. “Wellness” is for California beach Instagram. It’s model Camille Rowe – like Paltrow, an admitted smoker — starring in a series of videos called “What On Earth Is Wellness?” for British Vogue. You’re “well” if you have long, shiny blond hair (is there maybe a racist component to this?) and a certain physique. That is, that’s whose face gets plastered on wellness marketing.

Where I part ways from West is that I don’t much would change if Paltrow were to ritualistically acknowledge her frankly rather hard-to-miss and deeply capitalized-upon whiteness and privilege. She would still have these traits, and would go on profiting from them. A society where being thin, white and born to well-connected parents were not advantages would be a better one, yes. But the place to start is not by expecting someone who benefits more from these factors than most — and who, yes, also seems plenty hard-working — to have all that much interest in that fight.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at [email protected] She is the author of “The Perils Of ‘Privilege’”, from St. Martin’s Press. Follow her on Twitter, @tweetertation

‘A Cure For Wellness’ Composer Benjamin Wallfisch on Hans Zimmer’s Advice and Embracing Technology

Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Benjamin Wallfisch is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation, with a career spanning over a decade and 60 feature films. He has composed music for such legendary film makers as Steven Spielberg, Rupert Wyatt, Gore Verbinksi and Lars von Trier, and has worked on scores that have been recognized with awards and nominations at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and World Soundtrack Awards.

Wallfisch fit us into his extremely busy schedule and we were happy to have any time with this dynamic composer. We asked him about Verbinski’s thriller A Cure For Wellness and the sensational Hidden Figures — both now on Blu-ray/VOD — as well as insight into how he works.

The Film Stage: I first heard your name when your music was featured on a friend’s film score radio show: Tim Burden’s Movie Magic. In short, “Conquest 1453” just blew me away. It’s a tremendous score – where did that come from and how was the feedback from it?

Benjamin WallfischThank you! A sound designer friend of mine was working on this very ambitious indie movie about the fall of Constantinople — he called me up to see if I’d be interested in meeting the director. He described it as an old-school epic war movie and was a lot of fun — the brief was to bring the grandeur of one of my favorite scores, Miklós Rózsa’s genius Ben-Hur, into the 21st Century. I had a great time and it led to some other interesting projects.

Which of your scores do you feel most closely represents you as an artist? 

For me (and I think for many of my colleagues) it’s your last score that best represents you at any given moment. I say that because writing over the years is a constant process of creative discovery, challenging everything you did last time so your music evolves and there’s always something new and vivid to say.

A Cure for Wellness had a sort of out-of-tune music box and young girl lullaby that was a prominent instrument in the score. In any genre, it seems there are certain things you can’t get away from using. So do you look at music from the standpoint of what the studio expects, or what the audience expects?

Early on in the movie Lockhart’s mother gives him a small music box, with a handprinted ballerina that sits atop it — the first time we hear Hannah’s theme is in fact played by this music box on screen, as his mother winds it up and plays the tune for him, just as she tells him he won’t come back from his trip to Switzerland. Then later in the film, when we first meet the mysterious young girl called Hannah, she is humming the same melody; it’s her voice that you hear in the score — first heard on screen. It’s mysterious to Lockhart that she knows the tune, and he asks her where she learnt it… a question that remains unanswered. Hannah’s theme is something in the air that ties the key characters together, both onscreen through the music box and Hannah’s own singing, and also under the surface of the story. It was important for that melody to have a strange ‘false smile’ about it — a perfection of form in terms of symmetry, but always performed in a way that’s not quite right. It creates an interesting tension between the ideas of purity and malevolence, and how in the wrong hands there is sometimes a fine line between the two.

In terms of which standpoint I adopt when writing, all musical decisions are driven by story. The only expectations I try to fulfill are those of the film-makers, and the first stage in the process for me is always to try to absorb all I can about the director’s point of view and start to figure out how can I contribute to it musically.

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It’s been said that studios these days don’t want a true “theme.” I find that odd, as I am a fan of big meaningful scores, and not wallpaper music. But since you’re in the industry, what’s the current vibe, and are themes making a comeback?

It’s interesting you say that as to be honest I’ve never come across that attitude in any of the projects I’ve worked on. For all of my scores to date I’ve been asked by the filmmakers and the studio to create strong themes, and it’s something I love to do. It goes without saying that melody is among our most potent tools as composers. Creating a theme or set of themes that feel truly integrated into the DNA of the movie is often the first thing I’ll present to my director — it’s always a great starting-off point. Of course, depending on the movie and what it needs, a theme can be as simple as a two or three note motif, right through to a complex extended melody. But from my own standpoint, thematic writing is very much alive and well.

I’m in architecture, and we can endlessly tweak things because being “done” with something is a matter or perception and personal taste, especially when presenting to a client. So when do you view something as done?

When it’s in theaters! Of course, most of the time the score is done once it’s recorded with live orchestra and mixed. But it’s very important to me to give my film-makers total flexibility throughout the process, right to the very end. No ask is too big, even after we’ve scored with live orchestra. If something isn’t quite working, or there’s a better idea to explore, as long as we are literally not yet in theaters, it’s important to always find a way. For example, in a movie I recently finished, we completely re-crafted an entire set-piece cue in the very last day of our final dub, because of a new idea the director had. It was a case of constructing a new piece of music from various stems of other cues, and re-crafting other sections using samples, and in the end it worked so much better. So whilst that situation is unusual, you have to be open to it. Technology allows us as composers to give our clients total creative freedom and I embrace that as much as possible, within the time-frame we are given.

Tell us about how you like to work. What do you draw from the most on any project: the script, the director, an actor, or a scene, or something else?

It always starts with a blank piece of paper, and a story. But after that the process is unique for each project. Sometimes I’m asked to come on board months before a frame of the movie is shot; other times I’m brought in with literally tw0 weeks before the scoring date with orchestra… and of course there is everything between those two extremes. Scripts are helpful for preparing for a first meeting with a new director, but it’s the film itself that has to guide you. My great hero John Williams famously never reads scripts, preferring to be guided purely by what’s on screen, and that makes total sense.

It can be one or many things that spark an idea: the rhythm of the cut, a particular nuance in an actor’s performance, a huge set-piece sequence that just screams out for a particular type of theme or musical concept, the visual tone/color choices, the list goes on. But what unifies all of this is story. Everything stems from that, and I’ve been lucky to work with some incredibly inspiring directors who each have a unique way of communicating their stories. The blank piece of paper at the beginning of the process is so important as it enables each score to be entirely bespoke and unique – it’s important to have no pre-conceptions, and to live dangerously.

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Talk to us about the importance of orchestration – how through collaboration, an idea can go from notes on a paper to coming alive through a studio orchestra. Also, what parts of the process do you trust to others?

The orchestration process often starts very early on when writing, with the orchestral synth demos we present to the film makers and other collaborators. Everything is mocked up to a very high level using orchestral samples, so we are making key orchestration decisions sometimes many months before we actually get in a room with the live orchestra.

To allow my director and other film makers maximum time for creative changes, I normally only allow around 10-14 days of final orchestration time before the orchestral recordings. With often between 80-100 minutes of music to be orchestrated in that timeframe, it requires a team of highly skilled orchestrators whom I supervise to pull that off. I have a fantastic lead orchestrator who I send my finished demos to, and he has a team around him to make it happen. He’ll send every orchestrated cue to me as a Sibelius file, I’ll change things as needed, and then send off the proof-read score to the music prep team, who then prints everything for the scoring sessions.

I always work solo when composing, unless it’s a co-composing situation like Hidden Figures, but when we come closer to the recordings I have an extensive music production team around me who I’ve now worked with for many years. They make sure everything comes together beautifully for the recording sessions, the preparations for which involving orchestration and copying, preparing extensive stems for each cue, click tracks, mix templates and also making sure everything is conformed to the latest version of the cut.

They say that your first answer is usually your best answer. When writing music, how many times have you or the director come back to what you first came up with? Beyond that, what has changed the most from start to finish?

When a piece of music really works against picture, there is often a kind of instinctive feeling that it’s right — I think as composers we all strive to create scores that somehow feel like they’ve existed ‘from the beginning’ with a particular movie, even if the music comes at the very end of the process. Sometimes that happens straight away, with a theme or musical concept that just undeniably works; other times it can take weeks or even months of iteration before you finally discover ‘the one’ – a musical approach that just feels inevitable to the picture.

I’m very fortunate to count Hans Zimmer as my friend and mentor, and one of the things he once said that has stuck with me is how you sometimes have to allow a core musical idea to ‘creep up on you.’ I sometimes spend long hours cranking away at a particular idea which I think is going to be ‘the one’ for a particular cue or theme, only to discover that through that process I’ve uncovered something completely different; a concept or motif that would never have occurred to me at the beginning that works so much better than the original concept. So the days of work gets canned in favor of that new discovery, which can be exhilarating. So I guess it’s being open to that sense of adventure when writing – living dangerously and constantly striving and examining what you’re doing, to make sure it really is living intrinsically within the world of the movie and story you are scoring.

A Cure for Wellness and Hidden Figures are now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


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Wellness Takes To The Water

As the travel industry heads full steam into embracing the wellness sector, catering to demand and looking to attract the growing legions of wellness-minded travelers, its giving new meaning to the word “hydrotherapy.” 

The lakefront Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas, for example, launched a new water-focused program, called the Ripple Effect, on Memorial Day weekend. It offers guests a dozen water activities, from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, from meditation on water to wake surfing.

On the seas, too, “wellness on water” initiatives are proliferating. Here are a few new ones:

Uniworld expands partnership with Butterfield & Robinson
This spring Uniworld announced it is expanding its partnership with Butterfield & Robinson by introducing 2018 itineraries along the Rhine River. The new, seven-night “port and pedal” program will run in May, June and September 2018 aboard the S.S. Antoinette, a vessel with 67 uniquely decorated staterooms and suites that Uniworld calls its first “Super Ship.”

The ship will depart from Basel, Switzerland with port stops through France and Germany and daily biking excursions along the 600 miles of river bends and bike trails, exploring terraced wine regions, medieval castles and UNESCO heritage site. The two companies first partnered in 2016 with the offering of the cycling program on Danube and Rhone itineraries.

Oceania Cruises new tours and comp wellness offerings
Earlier this year, Miami-based Oceania Cruises introduced Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch, a series designed to extend the wellness experience from ship to shore. The inaugural tour debuted in April, and 2017 destinations include France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Oceania also has unveiled a wide range of complimentary wellness options aboard six of its ships sailing to more than 370 ports around the globe. Wellness-minded passengers now have access to the complimentary use of the gym and fitness facilities in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, plus complimentary access to more than two dozen fitness and wellness classes with professional instructors.

Wellness instructor on select AMAWaterways sailings
Continuing to expand and enhance existing wellness-focused offerings, AmaWaterways is “testing the waters” on a new initiative that launched in April.

The seven-night program includes a dedicated wellness instructor and four to six scheduled daily fitness activities including group yoga, running and tai-chi classes. Available onboard the 158-passenger AmaLyra, the new initiative is an added feature on select Paris to Normandy itineraries. 

The program expands on existing wellness-type offerings currently available, such as biking and hiking tours on European itineraries throughout the fleet, as well as healthy food options for various dietary preferences, plus a  “healthy corner” for breakfast smoothies.

New cruise line for the active, environmentally-conscious
Billing itself as the “first cruise line for active, environmentally-conscious consumers,” Miami-based Blue World Voyage is looking to make its debut in May 2018.

Company founder and CEO Gene Meehan, a biking and rowing enthusiast, and founder of multiple health clubs and gyms, says the new cruise line will be guided by the principles of sustainable tourism. The leadership team also includes a former fitness pro from Canyon Ranch and a Miami chef known for his farm-to-table cuisine.

According to a news release, Blue World Voyages will introduce a “distinctly different concept focused on wellness, personal health, thinking green and passengers as partners.”  The company is inviting passengers to become owners by purchasing one of 26 onboard suites. Itineraries are still in development. 

Whether on land or at sea, Clapoff points out that “even if getting IN or being ON the water is not your ‘thing,’ then simply looking at the water has healing and medicinal effects that could improve your mental health.”

San Antonio Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 17

San Antonio Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, June 17

News 4 San Antonio, FOX San Antonio, and the CW 35 will hold our fourth annual Health & Wellness Expo on June 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This is free event open to the public.

Our featured speakers will be Jen Rulon, 11-time ‘Iron Man’ Competitor and Triathlete Coach and former NFL running back Priest Holmes!

Our stations are committed to promoting a healthier community by building partnerships with health care providers, businesses, and non-profit organizations in order to motivate consumers to take actions and make healthier living choices.

The News 4 San Antonio, FOX San Antonio, and the CW 35 Health and Wellness Expo will offer a myriad of exhibits, activities, and demonstrations that entertain, engage, and empower the families of San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Plus, there’s more! One lucky attendee will win a choice of a Florida Beach Experience or Napa Valley Getaway! Each Trip includes round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations!

Yodlee Unveils Personal Financial Wellness Solution Powered by Data Intelligence

OK to Spend

Core to the Personal Financial Wellness Solution is OK to Spend, which synergizes predictive analytics and user feedback to deliver smart financial forecasting. OK to Spend can be consumed as a financial application or a fully RESTful API framework that enables financial service providers to create forward-looking forecasts that organize and predict recurring income and financial obligations along with personalized notifications for financial events and projected balances. OK to Spend analytics is run across the consumers’ primary spending accounts (cash and credit card) regardless of which financial institution they primarily bank with, in order to provide a holistic view of their finances.

Patent-protected machine learning and data analytics enable the OK to Spend algorithms to identify sources of recurring income and accurately predicts future income, accounting for anomalies. Similarly, OK to Spend identifies recurring and forecasted financial obligations, while accounting for fluctuations determined from historic data.

Save for a Goal

The Save for a Goal application allows consumers to easily set and track savings goals. The application facilitates money movement across different accounts at a specific time frequency and allows customers to better track their goals by allowing consumers to allocate multiple goals to a single account, or spread a single goal across multiple cash and investment accounts. Save for a Goal provides visual data and notifications such as progress bars, charts, graphs and alerts, engaging customers with the option to flex and prioritize between goals.

“Relationship-based banking has been the key to success and customer loyalty for financial institutions for years. As more consumers continue to use digital channels, they’re expecting banks to offer personalized user experiences that helps them reach their financial goals,” said Katy Gibson, Vice President of Product Applications at Envestnet | Yodlee. “By using the Envestnet | Yodlee Data Intelligence Platform, our goal is to empower financial service providers to create personalized and actionable insights and recommendations for consumers. Helping consumers meet their financial goals is the best way to build lasting customer relationships.”

For more information on the Envestnet | Yodlee Personal Financial Wellness Solution, please visit www.yodlee.com to learn more about the company’s data intelligence platform for financial wellness.

About Envestnet

Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) is the leading provider of intelligent systems for wealth management and financial wellness. Envestnet’s unified technology enhances advisor productivity and strengthens the wealth management process. Envestnet empowers enterprises and advisors to more fully understand their clients and deliver better outcomes.

Envestnet enables financial advisors to better manage client outcomes and strengthen their practices. Institutional-quality research and advanced portfolio solutions are provided through Envestnet | PMC, our Portfolio Management Consultants group. Envestnet | Yodlee is a leading data aggregation and data analytics platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services. Envestnet | Tamarac provides leading rebalancing, reporting, and practice management software for advisors. Envestnet | Retirement Solutions provides an integrated platform that combines leading practice management technology, research, data aggregation, and fiduciary managed account solutions.

More than 55,000 advisors and 2,500 companies including: 16 of the 20 largest U.S. banks, 38 of the 50 largest wealth management and brokerage firms, over 500 of the largest Registered Investment Advisers, and hundreds of Internet services companies, leverage Envestnet technology and services. Envestnet solutions enhance knowledge of the client, accelerate client on-boarding, improve client digital experiences, and help drive better outcomes for enterprises, advisors, and their clients.

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Older adults invited to thrive with new fitness, wellness program

Thrive, a women’s whole-body program at Get Fit Davis and Get Fit Davis Sport, will launch Thrive Always, a new fitness, nutrition and wellness program for active aging, on Monday, July 10.

Thrive Always is a total-body approach to aging well. This holistic program is for women and men ages 55 and over and features:

* Fitness focused on strength and resistance training, core, balance, flexibility and recovery;

* Nutrient-dense foods to fuel an active lifestyle; and

* Wellness activities to rest, energize and feel better.

Thrive’s simple, sustainable approach includes:

* One-on-one goal-setting plus a full-body assessment;

* Three weekly small-group total-body workouts (learn correct form and proper technique);

* Personalized at-home workouts;

* Weekly tips and recipes featuring nutrient-dense foods to keep your body strong, mind sharp and energy levels high;

* Mindful practices; and

* Weekly coach-athlete check-ins.

The program’s philosophy, “Move well. Feel well. Live well,” will support people new to fitness to seasoned athletes looking to progress to the next level, said Amy Spence, coach and owner.

Thrive Always will kick off its inaugural eight-week session on Monday, July 10. Classes will be offered at 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays, or 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays. All classes are at Get Fit Davis Sport, 1809 Picasso Ave.

Thrive Always is open to the public, and the first class is free. Members of Get Fit Davis and Get Fit Davis Sport receive a price break.

Spence created and launched Thrive more than two years ago to help women of all ages and abilities realize and achieve their fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals. After seeing women’s life-changing journeys through Thrive and listening to the needs of community members, Thrive Always was born.

“Every week our coaching staff receives questions about how to begin strength training, how to progress one’s current programming, or how to eat right to live well amid aging challenges such as decreased core strength, balance, bone density and metabolic function,” Spence said.

“Thrive Always is the answer to not just combatting these challenges, but thriving in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.”

For more information, contact Spence at [email protected] or 530-304-3863 or visit www.thrivechooseyou.com.

Understanding the Mental Health and Mental Illness

Mental illnesses have long been a major cause of death and disability. From 30 to 60 per cent of all patients who consult doctors do so primarily for complaints due to emotional disorders. Many productive persons continuously maintain a chronically neurotic adjustment to life. And most individuals have minor emotional disturbances often not recognized but of medical significance.

In spite of all this, the average person has a curious attitude toward mental health. He admits the importance of physical health, realizes that not everyone who’s up and about is physically well, and may even go so far as to take some elementary precautions against disease. If not exactly intelligent about physical health, he is at least interested and will seek advice from physicians, quacks, or advertisements.

But in regard to his mental health his attitude until recently has been strangely indifferent. If he thinks about it at all, he regards it as something quite foreign to him, much as he might give passing attention to the antics of a foreign bandit. He considers his friends and associates as in perfect mental health; when his attention is forced to this subject by the “sudden” onset of a mental illness in someone he knows, he is surprised and shocked.

If the affected person is a member of his own family, he attributes the disease to overwork, to worry about finances, to physical illness, or to some other socially acceptable factor. If the affected person is merely an acquaintance, he is likely to consider heredity, alcohol, and syphilis as probable causes. Only rarely does he try to think intelligently as to why these things happen or attempt to inform him by reading or by consulting specialists in the field. This attitude seems particularly strange when one considers the horror with which mental illness is generally regarded.

But even when one does try to inform one’s self, one meets with difficulties. In unguided reading, one finds discrepancies and confusion which may seem completely baffling.

Definite instructions for avoiding mental illness cannot be given but a general understanding of the problems and processes involved frequently helps enormously in the handling of minor emotional distresses, the neglect of which is an important factor in the development of graver disorders. Then in addition to the problem of avoiding actual insanity, knowledge of the mechanisms leading to mental disturbance is the best guarantee against inefficiency, failure, and unhappiness in life.

Few realize that the psychiatrist deals not only with the actual insanity but with all those borderline conditions and maladjustment which are not ordinarily regarded as belonging in the category of mental Illnesses.

Types of Mental Disorders

Among the mental disorders are conditions so grave that even trained person recognizes that the patient is insane. These illnesses or psychoses, however, usually go unrecognized until they are so far advanced that treatment becomes exceedingly difficult. No severe mental illness ever comes suddenly “out of the blue.” The symptoms are present for months or years but usually are disguised as nervous breakdown, neurasthenia, or physical illnesses.

A second group comprises persons who are not considered insane by their associates but who present various peculiar symptoms of almost any degree of severity. Morbid fears, compulsions, and obsessions, generally diagnosed as psychoneuroses with some modifying term, are particularly characteristic of this group. With these also might be placed chronic invalidism, when physical examination fails to reveal an adequate basis for the symptoms presented.

The third group consists of individuals who are apparently neither mentally nor physically sick, but who fail to make a socially adequate adjustment. It includes certain types of alcoholics, delinquents, vagrants, and persons of unusual sexual behavior. In this group we might include also those persons who, while apparently making a good social adjustment, nevertheless are tremendously hampered by feelings of inadequacy, emotional instability, fears, and other personality disturbances which interfere with efficiency and happiness.

Problem of children constitute a fourth group

It is now generally recognized that difficulties of training, poor habits, school problems, temper tantrums, enuresis, and childhood delinquencies are evidences of emotional disturbance which may be corrected by proper investigation and treatment.

Feeble mindedness is an incurable congenital deficiency with a strong hereditary basis and, as such has little relation to mental or emotional disorders. It is primarily a problem of eugenics and sociology.

Even such an incomplete listing of psychiatric problems forces us to recognize that we can no longer regard mental illness or insanity as the only field for psychiatric investigation. Emotional disturbances and personality problems, which may be regarded as lesser forms of mental illness, constitute ever-present problems, touching all of us.

Theory of Mental Illness

From the scientific data at hand, we have no reason to conclude that heredity is a major factor in the causation of mental illnesses. In spite of this, heredity is commonly believed to be their most important cause. This belief is unfortunate, for the assumption that mental illness is caused by heredity leads to the conclusion that it cannot be prevented or cured.

To assume that a mental illness is hereditary because it “runs in a family” is erroneous, because it is impossible to separate the effects of environment, or so-called “social heredity,” from those of physical heredity. By social heredity is meant the transference of traits of character or types of behavior by contact with and imitation of those persons with whom one lives, while physical heredity implies the transmission of characteristics or types of behavior through the reproductive cells.

One has only to consider the abnormal environment which exists in a family in which there is a mentally ill person, to realize the great possibility of a child in such a family becoming mentally unbalanced, even though no hereditary factors are active at all. In order to establish the hereditary character of a disease one must demonstrate that the disease was not caused by environmental factors and that it follows recognized laws of inheritance. Neither of these requirements has been met in the case of most mental diseases.

Furthermore, it does not follow that, even if a hereditary factor Were present, the development of the disease could not be avoided by the manipulation of environmental factors. Hence, we shall do well to turn our attention from the heredity theory of mental illness to what may be more profitable approaches.

Certain mental illnesses have a definite physical basis. For example, the psychoses of general paresis, arteriosclerosis, senility, injury, brain tumor, etc., are due directly to destruction of brain tissue.

Furthermore, delinquency, hallucinations, fears, compulsions, or other emotional disorders may be due to disturbances in the functioning of the glands of internal secretion; to infectious processes, the toxins of which give rise to states of delirium; the action of drugs; or to actual destruction of brain tissue. Such conditions may, and do, give rise to strange thinking and behavior. Their prevention and cure are problems of physical health, just as are the prevention and cure of any other physical disease.

On the other hand, ideas and emotional attitudes are more often a product of the social environment than of physical disease. A man may let his hair grow to shoulder length because his thinking has been deranged by the activity of the spirochete of syphilis in the cortex of his brain; or he may wear his hair long because he has been taught a religious belief in which long hair is worn as a symbol of the Christ like life. In the first case, we, explain and treat his unusual behavior on a physical basis. In the second, we explain it in psychological and social terms.

In the investigation and treatment of the abnormal behavior and thinking which constitute the material of poor mental health, it is necessary both to investigate those physical disturbances which may interfere with the complex functions of behavior and belief and to recognize those factors in the environment which may disturb these same functions. There is no real dichotomy or conflict in these approaches. In some cases physical disturbances predominate, while in others mental and social situations are of major importance.

Adams Elementary School wins state wellness award | Local

Nine-year-old Logan Lassiter will finish the third grade having run 200 miles throughout the year during recess at Adams Elementary School.

Lassiter finished those miles Friday during a wellness day at the school.

“I feel like it’s fun to run around and talk with friends,” he said.

Before Lassiter and about 400 other students embarked on a two-kilometer run around the school, representatives from the Oregon Department of Education presented Adams Elementary with a School Wellness Award.

The award, which was created in 2008, recognizes schools for their outstanding efforts to improve child health through the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement, according to the state education department. Three winners are chosen each year. Adams Elementary is the sixth Corvallis School District school to win the award.

“They were just a star,” said Joyce Dougherty, director of Child Nutrition Programs for the Oregon Department of Education.

The state department also presented Adams Elementary with a $2,500 check from the Oregon Dairy Council, which sponsors the wellness awards.

Lynn Roylance, an education assistant at Adams Elementary and a parent of two children who attend the school, leads the Adams Wellness Team. She said the money will help the school expand its current wellness programs, which include a morning yoga class and an after school fitness club, which are volunteer-run and free for kids. Roylance wants to host quarterly family nights with games such as capture the flag. She’d also like to purchase speedometers for the students.

“Without having a well body and mind, you can’t be successful in school,” she said.

The wellness programs are open to staff and parents, some of whom participated in Friday’s run. After the jaunt, students snacked on marionberry parfaits. Roylance said nutrition is also a key part of the school’s wellness efforts.

“We’re trying to have all the pieces of wellness come together,” she said.

To be eligible for the state wellness award, schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program, Dougherty said. The federally assisted meal program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children.

Adams Elementary also spends about 25 percent of its food budget on locally produced grains, produce and meats, said Kathy Adair, operations assistant for food and nutrition services at the school. The elementary school invited many of the farms it purchases food from to a farmers market for students, staff and families on school grounds Friday afternoon.

Ten-year-old Marjetta Haapala, a fourth-grader at Adams Elementary, said the school’s wellness day was to help students “stay healthy and for fun.”