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ActiveForever’s December Donation to Charity

cropped-cropped-icon.jpgAt ActiveForever we feel fortunate that we are able to give back to the people of our community—who we love and appreciate.

That’s why we were so excited last weekend when our own Patricka Fletcher presented Katie Wade, of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), with a check.

“The ceremony was very patriotic and jam packed full of AMAZING ladies,” Patricka said. “One elderly woman in particular talked about how she just went sky diving. Her only regret was forgetting to yell “Geronimo!” as she jumped from the airplane.”

L to R: Patricka Fletcher presenting Davette Bulloch of DAR, with a check.

L to R: ActiveForever’s Patricka Fletcher presenting Katie Wade of DAR, with a check.

The DAR is a lineage society that is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for under-served children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.

Proceeds for the donation were collected through ActiveForever’s “Charity Check-out.” Each month, ActiveForever selects a new charity or nonprofit as the  program’s recipient.

The way it works is pretty simple: After making a product selection on the ActiveForever website, customers are informed about that month’s charity and invited to add a donation to their shopping cart total. ActiveForever presents the proceeds to the charity at the end of the month.

ActiveForever, founded in 1993, is the world’s first, and the nation’s top online resource for fitness, safety and medical supplies and innovations. Their prime objective is to improve the lives of their customers through their carefully selected, very affordable product lines.

Their Charity Check-out is part of their growing efforts to make a positive impact in the community.

ActiveForever is currently accepting donations throughout the month of January on behalf of United Blood Services.

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Revelations

aflogo-96x96Let’s face it. These days, weight loss tops the list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Of course many also hope to get a new job, better education, etc., However it seems that all but the conviction to shed a problematic fat suit is engulfed in the wake of the post-holiday surrender to reality.

Not that we are lazy or that we give up easily, it’s just that continuing on with the same job or level of education does not increase our risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, along with a whole host of serious health issues that are part of and parcel of being—and staying— overweight. (In other words, your physician will not peer at you from behind a furrowed brow of concern in response to your modest salary.)

Many of us view the debut of a new year as a solid, tangible break from the past that translates into a “break” from our old, unhealthy habits. It’s a whole new paradigm; another chance.

As we should. Depending on your disposition, you can either view the American obesity epidemic as discouraging or an opportunity for growth; *not* in the physical sense of course.

Percentages of Overweight Americans Ages 20+


  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
  • Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
  • About 8 percent of women are considered to have extreme obesity.

Source: Weight-control Information Network

Yesterday we wrote about some healthy weight findings that we found to be a little unorthodox: A recent study claims that those who carry a few extra pounds around have a lower risk of premature death than that of their healthy weight counterparts. The article does not address obesity however. A person is obese when their BMI (body mass index) is 30 percent or above.

This is a different story. An article in USA Today “weighs” in on the topic with the help of a few reputable physicians. The piece is a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post. Plus it includes links to diet and exercise tips and information on how to lose weight by forming healthier habits.

Need help sticking to your resolutions? We do too!

 

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Shockers

aflogo-96x96Perhaps prompted by all the hyper-idealistic discussion about resolutions (which always inevitably revolve around diet and weight loss,) the Los Angeles Times recently reported that a few extra pounds is fine for your health.

I don’t know about you, but this news prompts in me a rare reaction of simultaneous shock and comfort. It evokes the former because it flies in the face of virtually everything else I’ve heard regarding weight and health for ohhh… my lifetime; a.k.a., more than the past thirty years.

It’s comforting because I am—like many of you I’m sure (hey, we’re Americans)—a few pounds overweight. I’m working on it though. My meticulously planned resolutions are on track now for three days and counting.

Regardless, the story is worth a gander. Plus the page features a Dr. Oz “Real Age” calculator. It’s smack dab in the middle of the story in the form of a Google Ad, but as far as ads go, you have to admit, it’s a good one. If you’ve never calculated your real age, it’s worth a go. It can be a real eye opening experience; and depending on your lifestyle, that can be either good or bad. You’ve been warned.

If this short series of bombshells are not enough for you, take heed. Solace comes in the form of another article listed off to the left of the page under “RELATED.” There is a link to a bit of news that ran in late December. It reports that running is actually a more effective way to shed pounds than weight training.

(Huh?) What is going on in this bizarro world of ours?

Personally, I’m happy about this one too. I like lifting weights, but through the years I have found a shortage of things in this world that that offer a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being than a good, hard, sweat-inducing, mind-wandering, run.

Not only does it promote a leaner body and a stronger heart, but it just as equally results in clarity of mind and an overall sense of calm.

Ahhh… 2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.

Ooohhh…. Jackpot.

 

Hemorrhoids Among Most Widely Searched Terms in 2012

aflogo-96x96Yes, that’s right. At the top of the list, accompanying Whitney Houston, Hurricane Sandy, Presidential Election, Kate Middleton, etc., as the most frequently searched terms this year, were “hemorrhoids,” according to Google’s annual “zeitgeist” report.

Analysts speculated that this could be due to the personal nature of the condition people prefer to cure hemorrhoids at home, rather than talk to their physician about it.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that are found in and around the anus and lower rectum. They can be internal, which means inside the anus. Or, they may be external, which means they are found outside the anus.

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What are the causes and risks of the condition?


Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels, but the reasons why they occur are not always clear. Some types of hemorrhoids run in families.

Other factors that increase a person’s risk for hemorrhoids include:

ActiveForever’s Patricka and Rocky Complete the Iron Girl 5k!!

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever is very proud of their own Patricka Fletcher and Raquel, (Rocky) Johnson for committing to, and completing, the annual Iron Girl 5K run this past weekend. Rocky’s daughter Kira joined in the fun too.

Go Patricka GO!!

All three women braved brutally early, pre-dawn hours and what felt like Subarctic temperatures to give it their all. This was Patricka’s fifth year participating in the run. It was the third year for both Rocky and Kira.

Although Patricka admits she did not train as often as she would’ve preferred, she remains consistently committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise and was able to finish a thoroughly impressive 24th in her age group!

CONGRATS PATRICKA, ROCKY and KIRA!!

Iron Girl was launched in 2004 as a way to celebrate and promote the idea of healthy living for women. They use their Web site as a resource with training and nutrition tips as well as health-oriented columns. The annual run serves as a platform by which fitness-focused women can display all the progress they’ve made toward a healthier lifestyle.

Participants choose between the 5k run and the 10 mile run.

SUCCESS!!!

Are you a happy ActiveForever customer? We want to see you!

aflogo-96x96Here at ActiveForever there’s only one thing we love more than getting to know our customers. That is when we actually get to see our customers with BIG happy smiles on their faces.

So you can imagine how thrilled we were to receive this lovely greeting from Jacqueline and her father in California–two loyal and happy ActiveForever customers just saying “Hi!”

We love it! And we want to see more!! In fact, we want to see YOU! Send a pic of yourself using our products and we’ll feature them on our blog.

Send the pics to media@activeforever.com along with your name, location, the product you are using and anything else you want to tell us about yourself.

We can’t wait to see you!!

Jacqueline and her father saying “Hello” to ActiveForever from California!

Activeforever Now Provides Easy International Shipping

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever is like a caring and protective mother, always on the lookout for your health, safety and well-being. Their fervent dedication to this mission solidifies their place on the cutting edge of all the newest products, developments and solutions for wellness.

For some time now, ActiveForever has had to resist a persistent demand to fully expand their operations to regular international shipping. They feared high incidences of fraud and complications in reconciling with international banks.

As the oldest and most trusted provider of health, fitness and safety products in the United States, ActiveForever offers very high service levels. They feared that would be diminished a bit with their international customers.

All that has changed, and they are thrilled to announce their new partnership with Bongo International. By joining forces with this industry leader in intelligent, eCommerce transactions, ActiveForever is properly equipped to provide their worldwide customers with a seamless, intuitive shopping experience.

“In the past, the international check-out process was convoluted and disparate,” said ActiveForever CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Erika Feinberg. “The user had to visit a different website, create a separate account and allow a third-party company to place the order on their behalf.”

Now, regardless of whether an ActiveForever order is placed from France or Ohio, the check-out process is completed with little more than the click of a button.

The company has proven their ability to provide quality products worldwide, and are pleased to benefit their global customers with Bongo’s smart, simple, Check-out Solution.

“There is no longer a goofy process,” said Feinberg. “Now location is a non-issue, our customers simply check-out with no middleman and the order is received.”

Feinberg added that so far, the response has been remarkable.

“Our international customers seem thrilled that we’re making our product offering freely available to them with this easy process.”

ActiveForever’s Charity Check-out Success!

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever would like to thank everyone who donated and helped make the inaugural month of our Charity Check-out such a wonderful success.

ActiveForever selected Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) as the recipient of their Charity Check-out for the month of November. As part of this effort, shoppers were given the option to add a donation to their purchase total. The proceeds went to benefit DAR’s Project Patriot program.

This project helps fulfill the holiday “wish-lists” of overseas servicemen and women. These lists include everyday items such as Top Ramen, peanut butter, Campbell’s Soup, Slim Jims, “Extra” gum, Pop Tarts, etc., They are purchased directly for the troops with 100 percent of the donations received and shipped in time for the holidays.

On January 4, 2013, ActiveForever will present DAR with a check along with a supply of ActiveForever catalogs. The meeting-luncheon will be held at McCormick Golf Club in Scottsdale.

ActiveForever was so thrilled with the outcome of the Charitable Check-out that they’ve decided to keep it going. The charity for December is Honor House — a transitional home for wounded veterans which helps them heal and reintegrate back into society.

We hope you join us in supporting this worthy cause.

ActiveForever Mobility Aids featured on Stroke-Network.com

ActiveForever-logoActiveForever has teamed up with Stroke-Network.com to address the issues surrounding Stroke recovery.

This week we discussed mobility aids for the different steps of the rehabilitation process. After all, you’ll never reach your recovery goals if you don’t keep moving.

The Carex Ultra Ride Rollator Transport Chair is versatile enough to accompany you through each step of the recovery process. $127.32

We carry an extensive line of Carex mobility products at the best prices in our Stroke and Neuro Rehab line. These products are smart, adaptable for different phases of progress, and created with the goal of progress in mind.

According to to the American Stroke Association, Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Although in recent years there have been increasing occurrences in younger adults as well.

Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. There are different types of Strokes, however a commonality is the fact that likelihood for survival and speedy recovery is increased exponentially with timely detection and treatment.

That’s why we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms, effects and issues, surrounding Stroke.

ActiveForever supports “Project Patriot” with our “Charitable Check-out.”

‘Tis the season for charitable giving. And it’s no wonder. It’s a time-tested truism that people tend to hit their philanthropic peaks when they are at their happiest.

Yes, you are busy and yes, you are frazzled with a to-do list twice the size of  Santa’s. But you are talking to your beloveds more frequently, and everyday exchanging cards and gifts with friends.

Your hideous Christmas sweaters are now in style and what is normally a dismal block of pavement is adorned in twinkling garland and bows. Hot cocoa and candy are a dietary staple and once bitter kids are well-behaved. So naturally we can shell-out a dollar or two for the storefront Santa.

We have a lot of people to thank for these happy times, starting with the troops; especially those overseas.

In honor of these brave men and women, ActiveForever has joined with Daughters of the American Revolution to support “Project Patriot.”

This project makes the holidays a little brighter for our overseas servicemen and women by fulfilling their holiday “wish-lists.” These lists include everyday items such as Top Ramen, peanut butter, Campbell’s Soup, Slim Jims, “Extra” gum, Pop Tarts, etc.,

They are purchased directly for the troops with 100 percent of the donations received. D.A.R. packages and ships them in time for the holidays.

ActiveForever is thrilled about this wonderful cause and we thought you might be too, so we created our “Charitable Check-Out.” This makes donating to Project Patriot very easy and fast.

After you have made your selection and pressed the check-out button, you will be given the option to make a donation. The amount you choose will be added to your purchase total. That’s it!

This is just our way of remembering some very important people at this special time of year.

There are so many great ways to give this holiday season and this is just one of them. We know that no matter how you choose to be charitable, you will be making someone’s season very bright.

Happy  Holidays!