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Houston Mother Gives ‘Inside Look’ at Staying Connected to the Internet During the Pandemic

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HOUSTON, TX — A Houston mother is one of the millions of low-income Americans who will now be able to get free, fast and reliable Comcast broadband service, thanks to the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) — a federally-funded program that gives eligible households a credit of up to $30 per month towards the cost of broadband service. “When the pandemic first happened, that’s when everything got pretty chaotic,” Jamila Byrd, a Houston mother of two, said. “You don’t really think about how important the Internet is until you don’t have it anymore.” According to the White House, an estimated 42 million Americans are in the same or similar situation as Byrd; they don’t have access to high-speed internet at home. The hardship, often referred to as the “digital divide”, was exacerbated by the pandemic when families had to virtually learn and work from home. “We had to go to friends’ houses, my sister’s house, so my kids could do assignments,” Byrd said. “It takes away a lot of time from us being together as a family. It’s tough for everybody.” The goal of the program is to help low-income households connect and stay connected to high-speed internet for work, school, healthcare and more. Eligible households that enroll in the program get up to a $30 monthly credit ($75 for eligible Tribal land households). Customers can use the monthly credit towards Xfinity Internet and mobile services. Eligible households are those that qualify for programs like the Federal Pell Grant, National School Lunch Program, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance and other government programs. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Comcast is proud to actively support,” Houston Regional Vice President of External Affairs Toni Beck said. “As a company and society, it is imperative that we work together to help people connect to the transformative power of the internet both at home and on the go. At Comcast, we’re doing just that.” In response to the ACP, Comcast introduced a new plan called Internet Essentials Plus that offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of the traditional Internet Essentials service, a cable modem and a WiFi router for $29.95 per month. With the $30 ACP credit, Internet Essentials Plus is effectively free for qualifying families. Customers who are looking for home internet and top-rated mobile service can now have both at an affordable price. Internet Essentials customers paying $9.95 per month can add one line of Unlimited Xfinity Mobile ($45 per month) for $24.95 per after applying the ACP credit. In February, during a White House event, Vice President Kamala Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, and Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu announced more than 10 million households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, the nation’s largest-ever broadband affordability program. Byrd was recently approved for the ACP credit. “I’m grateful for this program,” Byrd said. “If I had to use one word to describe our household environment right now, it’s unity. It brings us together. It helps us to be able to do the things that we need to do, and then we have more time for family time.” To learn more about the ACP, eligibility or to apply go to Xfinity.com/acp or call 1-844-389-4681. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Foti Kallergis +1 832-986-0196 Foti_Kallergis@comcast.com Company Website https://houston.comcast.com/

March 23, 2022 07:02 AM Central Daylight Time

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Petition Urging Tom Brady's Return a Huge Success After Brady's Initial Retirement

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Petition by the Group “Brady in 2022” Gave Tom & Gisele Brady the Only Simple Resolution That Would Allow Brady to Continue Playing While at the Same Time Making Gisele Very Happy Only by reading this emotionally-charged petition can anyone clearly understand the depth of Brady’s decision to return to the NFL with Gisele’s blessing A petition, posted at www.bradyin2022.com on February 27 th (2 weeks before Tom Brady un-retired), as an " Open Letter to Tom & Gisele Brady” may likely have influenced the NFL star’s return to the game, according to the petition creator, Stephen Marks. The petition had been sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers PR Department who were very excited about it and promised to pass it along to Brady. The petition, expressing Marks’ and many other NFL fans opinions on the situation, first explained to Gisele that she was “ 100% correct that Tom had been unfair to her all these years as an absentee husband and father by keeping his football life so strongly separated from his family life. ” The petition explained to Tom how he can now easily share his football life with his family life, giving him a closer and happier family while at the same time continuing to play football at its highest level. The petition urged Brady to take Gisele with him on road games to finally share that special part of his football life that he had never before shared; the love and comradery with his teammates and coaches during practices as much as during games; while at the same time spending every single night with Gisele. To share that sheer joy of his football life will make Tom a better husband. Same for his kids. who can easily fly to his road games on Friday after school and also share that same joy of Tom’s football life on the weekends. A joy that they too have never before experienced, making his family closer than they've ever been. The petition also explained to Brady how by retiring, he would be “ haunted every day for the rest of his life at how his last game against the Rams ended. How after performing his Brady magic once again, bringing his team from a 24 point deficit in the closing minutes of the 3 rd quarter to tie the game with 40 seconds left in the game, he nonetheless never had the chance to touch the ball again, which was just plain wrong. His defensive teammates and coaches want so very badly to make it up to Tom for their horrible coverage of Cooper Kupp, and the horrible play-call blitz that left Kupp so wide open, ” leading the Rams and not the Buccaneers to become Super Bowl champions. The petition closed by telling Brady that “ the pain he is still feeling over retiring is also being felt by all his teammates, coaches and fans.” Since the reason Brady gave for his un-retiring mirrored what was written in the petition, either Brady was indeed influenced by the petition, or the petition’s writer, Stephen Marks of south Florida, knew after Brady’s retirement announcement exactly how to resolve the problems between Tom and Gisele before Tom & Gisele figured it out themselves. Must See Petition at: www.bradyin2022.com Petition creator Stephen Marks, is a nationally-known political consultant; authored the highly-acclaimed book “ Confessions of a Political Hitman (Sourcebooks); has written about political corruption for Penthouse Magazine (yes, folks really read it for the articles); and has written and produced successful SuperPac ads for presidential elections. Marks has also written music for the nationally syndicated “ Dr. Demento ” program. With extensive media experience appearing on over 100 TV and radio programs, including CNN, FOX News, and PBS, Marks is available for interviews and can be contacted at (305) 900-7747. Source: BradyIn2022 Contact Details Brady in 2022 Stephen Marks +1 305-900-7747 stephenqmarks@gmail.com Company Website https://www.bradyin2022.com/

March 23, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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SleepX applies to the Helsinki Committee for approval on its clinical trial with the SleepX PRO smartphone application

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SleepX, a subsidiary of AppYea (OTC: APYPD) focusing on the development of accurate wearable monitoring solutions to treat sleep apnea and snoring, announces it has applied to the Helsinki Committee for approval to begin its planned clinical trial on the SleepX PRO application. This follows the company’s recent update that it intends to test the SleepX Pro application at a hospital sleep lab. The trial is the first step towards applying for an FDA approval under the first-of-its-kind medical device category for contactless detection of sleep apnea to be performed through the Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis of breathing during sleep. As the request is submitted under a medical device category and the trial is touchless, the company expects the process to be quick and take up to a few months. SleepX Pro which is designed to diagnose sleep apnea using only a smartphone, requiring no physical contact with the subject. The global sleep apnea devices market size is valued at USD 3.7 billion as of 2020 with a 6.2% CAGR, reaching USD 6.1 billion by 2028, according to Grand View Research’s report. “Poor sleep is associated with the compromised immune system, heart problems, reduce physical and mental performance, mood problems, obesity and many other health problems”, said Neil Kline, Founder & former CEO of the American Sleep Association, and a SleepX Board Member. “Unfortunately, most people with sleep disorder breathing problems, like sleep apnea, are undiagnosed and untreated. Our goal in this unique technology is to raise the awareness to the problem and to improve people’s awareness that they can live healthier and more fulfilling lives.” “SleepX PRO makes for a unique, quick and friendly diagnosis tool that will prevent subjects from having to spend nights at sleep labs while saving the healthcare system and insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars”, said Boris (Bary) Molchadsky, President and CEO of SleepX, and Chairman at AppYea. “We plan to make our diagnosis solution highly accessible, so people get tested easily. SleepX is an Israeli research and development company recently acquired by AppYea. The company had developed a unique product for monitoring and treating sleep apnea and snoring. The technology is protected by several international patents and the company plans to start serial production in 2022. The company currently focuses its activities on the development and commercialization of its flagship product DreamIT. Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This release includes forward-looking statements. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth herein. No statement herein should be considered an offer or a solicitation of an offer for the purchase or sale of any securities. Although APYP believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements, which involve assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies, and expectations, are generally identifiable by use of the words "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "intend," or "project" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to adverse economic conditions, intense competition, entry of new competitors and products, adverse federal, state and local government regulation, inadequate capital, unexpected costs and operating deficits, increases in general and administrative costs, unanticipated losses, financial condition and stock price, inability to carry out research, development and commercialization plans and other specific risks. APYP does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement. Neither APYP nor SLEEPX are subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 as amended. Contact Details Asaf Porat info@appyea.com Company Website http://www.appyea.com

March 23, 2022 07:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Ripken Baseball Partners with Sheetz to Bring Free Baseball Clinics to Youth Across Six States

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Ripken Baseball, the leader in youth sports events, announced they have partnered with Sheetz, a major Mid-Atlantic restaurant and convenience chain, to bring 12 free baseball clinics to children ages 7 to 14 in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Starting this April and continuing through June, the “Sheetz Community Clinics presented by Ripken Baseball” will teach the fundamentals of baseball for players of all levels. The clinic schedule will include the following cities and dates: Thursday, April 14: Arlington, Va. Thursday, April 14: Frederick, Md. Friday, April 15: Richmond, Va. Friday, April 15: Hagerstown, Md. Wednesday, April 27: Harrisburg/York, Pa. Wednesday, May 4: Morgantown, W.Va. Tuesday, May 31: Greensboro, N.C. Tuesday, May 31: Columbus, Ohio Wednesday, June 1: Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday, June 1: Pittsburgh, Pa. Thursday, June 2: Cleveland, Ohio Wednesday, June 15: Charleston, W.Va. “Ripken Baseball is thrilled to team up with Sheetz to bring the game of baseball to communities where Sheetz is a staple for families,” said Amanda Shank, Vice President of Business Development for Ripken Baseball. “We encourage parents to register their children and enjoy a fun baseball environment in their hometowns.” Players can expect to work on fielding, hitting, and throwing with Ripken Baseball instructors. Participants will receive a Sheetz Treat, fruit, and a giveaway. “As a family-owned and operated company, we strive to give back and be the best neighbor we can be in every community we serve,” said Nick Ruffner, Public Relations Manager at Sheetz. “We’re excited to be partnering with Ripken Baseball to provide free clinics to kids located throughout our six-state footprint. These camps will provide valuable training and experiences as well as lifelong memories.” Parents can preregister for the “Sheetz Community Clinics presented by Ripken Baseball” by going to www.ripkenbaseball.com/sheetz. The exact timing and locations will be confirmed in the coming weeks via the website. About Sheetz, Inc. Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 23,000 employees. The company operates over 640 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook ( www.facebook.com/sheetz ) and Instagram ( www.instagram.com/sheetz ). About Ripken Baseball: Ripken Baseball brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big-League Experiences, while teaching the values of the game, and how to play it the right way – the Ripken Way. Recently expanding the best experience in youth sports to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments, Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience™ Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience™ Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), and The Ripken Experience™ Pigeon Forge (Tennessee). Contact Details Eric PR & Marketing, LLC Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://www.ripkenbaseball.com/

March 22, 2022 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Centre for Neuro Skills California Facilities Awarded a Three-Year Accreditation by CARF International

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Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a premier provider of treatment for traumatic and acquired brain injury, announced that its California facilities have been accredited for a period of three years by CARF International (formerly Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served. The accreditation extends through Dec. 31, 2024. CARF-accredited organizations identify leadership that embraces the values of accountability and responsibility while demonstrating corporate social responsibility. “What sets CNS apart from other rehabilitation facilities is our focus on brain injury and/or stroke, and individualized treatment for each patient, with the end goal of maximizing independence and quality of life,” said David Harrington, president and chief operating officer of CNS. “The CARF accreditation process is very rigorous, and the report truly captures the heart and culture of CNS – the dedication, inspiration, integrity and innovation toward our patients, their families, our colleagues, and the field of rehabilitation. CNS is honored by the high praise in the surveyors’ accreditation report.” During the rigorous on-site peer review process, CNS demonstrated to a team of surveyors its dedication and commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. Areas of strength noted include: CNS has an extraordinary discharge process with a level of detail and coordination throughout, incorporating all disciplines, resources, and coordination of appointments and ongoing areas of need in all California locations. All locations in California quickly adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing telehealth and developing protocols consistent with government guidelines, with capacity for rapid testing on-site for both staff members and patients. CNS’ facilities are well designed, spacious and nicely furnished. At the clinics, patients are happy with the opportunities for rehabilitation, while those in the residential treatment enjoy desirable neighborhoods with easy access to shipping, restaurants, banking and public transportation. All the apartments are in a gated, secure community, with access to a pool and fitness center. The Bakersfield location was praised for its compassion and support for its clinician teams, who have demonstrated incredible longevity, dedication and compassion for the jobs that they do. Patients, family members and referral sources report a very high level of satisfaction with the quality and intensity of services in both the residential and outpatient settings. Their comments include: “It’s a good feeling in my heart when I refer to them,” “I would choose CNS for myself,” “They have changed my life,” and “No one else could do all of this for our family.” Programs awarded accreditation to CNS’ California facilities include: San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) Residential Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults) Residential Rehabilitation: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) Bakersfield Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) Los Angeles Area (Woodland Hills) Residential Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults) Residential Rehabilitation: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) Los Angeles Area (Tarzana) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Children and Adolescents) Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) About Centre for Neuro Skills Centre for Neuro Skills is an experienced and respected world leader in providing intensive rehabilitation and medical programs for those recovering from all types of brain injury. CNS covers a full spectrum of advanced care from residential and assisted living to outpatient/day treatment. Founded by Dr. Mark Ashley in 1980, CNS has seven locations in California and Texas. For more information about Centre for Neuro Skills, visit: www.neuroskills.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube. ### Media, please note: Visual assets, including photos, are available. To request an interview with CNS leadership, clinical staff or patients please contact Robin Carr at (415) 971-3991 or CNS@landispr.com. Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-971-3991 cns@landispr.com Company Website https://www.neuroskills.com/

March 22, 2022 06:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Breeze Airways Joins NACA

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The National Air Carrier Association is pleased to announce that Breeze Airways, Inc. (“Breeze”), has joined as NACA’s 20th airline member. “NACA is delighted to welcome Breeze as a full member,” said NACA President and CEO George Novak. “David Neeleman and his team present the flying public with affordable, eco-friendly flight options, with 77 routes between 28 cities in 18 states. With Breeze onboard, we now provide a more unified voice in Washington, D.C., for the nation’s low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. airline industry. Our continued growth demonstrates the strength of our advocacy on behalf of our members.” “The National Air Carrier Association provides their airline members with a valuable opportunity for discussions of consumer, economic, safety and security regulations with Members of Congress, and DOT, FAA, and TSA staff,” said Breeze CEO David Neeleman. “We look forward to working with NACA on addressing key issues facing the air transportation industry.” NACA’s low-cost and ultra-low-cost airline members include Allegiant Air, Avelo Airlines, Breeze, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. This segment is leading the airline industry recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, as leisure travel quickly returned to pre-pandemic levels. About NACA Founded in 1962, NACA is the leading voice for airlines that provide affordable transportation of passengers and cargo, with its 20 U.S. airlines serving six continents. NACA members fill a unique niche in the air carrier industry, providing scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services to meet the ever-changing demands of the traveling public, businesses, and the U.S. military. For more information, please visit https://NACA.aero. About Breeze Airways Breeze is a U.S. Part 121 domestic flag airline flying a mix of Embraer 190, 195 and Airbus A220 aircraft. The airline provides scheduled nonstop passenger service between 28 cities across 18 states. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze is a low fare carrier offering “new, nice and nonstop flights” between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to improve the travel experience. For more information, please visit www.flybreeze.com. Contact Details National Air Carrier Association Dan Stohr +1 703-517-8173 dnstohr@naca.aero Company Website https://naca.aero/

March 21, 2022 11:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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EVERY BITE COUNTS

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/ag0S9pD2VB8 March is National Nutrition Month, a perfect time to highlight the food, meals, and behaviors that impact our overall health and wellness. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a healthy dietary pattern can help people achieve and maintain good health while reducing the risk of chronic diseases—like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer—throughout their lifetimes. Regardless of age, race, or ethnicity, a proper nutrition and wellness plan often requires different food and beverage choices during the various stages of life. Some changes are accomplished by making simple substitutions, while others require more thought and effort to achieve significant benefits. Whether creating a plan for an individual or family, it’s important to consider foods and beverages that are nutrient-dense, rich in plants, and contain few added sugars. Syn has a few tips to help enhance any nutrition and wellness plan throughout 2022. GET PERSONAL: When it comes to customizing a nutrition and wellness plan, it’s important to understand our body’s unique needs. Syn admits, “Food is confusing, and everyone has an opinion.” That’s why she recommends eliminating uncertainty with a personalized nutrition program that helps people understand exactly how to eat for their own body and gut bacteria— so they can feel healthier, lose weight, and have more energy without dieting or counting calories. Syn likes ZOE’s personalized program. The ZOE journey starts with an at-home test created by top scientists as a part of the largest nutrition study in the world. The results power the ZOE app and show members which foods are best for them and how to combine foods to reach their health goals. ZOE members learn to stop restricting foods and eat abundantly. For more information, go to joinzoe.com. Direct link: https://joinzoe.com/how-it-works Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joinzoe1/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Join_ZOE SNACK SMART: According to the USDA—over the last 30 years­, the average number of snacks consumed per day doubled. As a registered dietician nutritionist, Syn is on the lookout for ways to snack without feeling guilty, adding, “We’re a nation that loves snacking, it’s important for me to help people make heathier choices when it comes to eating and drinking.” One brand she turns to is Lundberg Family Farms. Their Organic Rice Cake Minis are an ideal bite-sized snack. They are made from organic whole grain brown rice and are perfectly thin, with a subtle crunch. “Variety and taste are two things I consider when snacking, and these come in five standout flavors—Ginger Seaweed, White Cheddar, Sea Salt, Apple Pie, and Buffalo Ranch,” says Syn, “They’re a better-for-you snack option with ample nutritional value. You can also pair them with a light dressing, your favorite cheese, or cut up some fresh Roma tomatoes as a topping.” The Rice Cake Minis are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Certified, 100% Whole Grain, and Certified Gluten Free. For more information, go to Shop.Lundberg.com. Direct link: https://shop.lundberg.com/ Social media handles: Facebook: @lundbergfamilyfarms Instagram: @lundbergfarms Twitter: @lundbergfarms CUSTOMIZE & GO: When customizing a plan, it’s important to consider foods and beverages that are nutrient rich, low in fat, and contain little added sugars. Syn says it’s important to search for foods and drinks that are packed with nutrients. Another brand that she recommends is Almond Breeze Almondmilk—a nutritious plant-based milk that’s a good source of vitamin A and an excellent source of calcium and vitamins D and E. Almond Breeze’s Unsweetened Vanilla and Unsweetened Original Almondmilk flavors are ideal for those looking for delicious sugar-free options, and the new Almond Breeze Extra Creamy Almondmilk has a rich, creamy mouthfeel at only 80 calories per cup that is a perfect swap for dairy milk in any recipe. Syn also likes the convenience of almonds, adding, “They’re easy to grab and go, and pair perfectly with vegetables and dips.” Blue Diamond Almonds are packed with five grams of plant protein per serving (28 almonds) and are an excellent source of antioxidants, Vitamin E and magnesium—making them the perfect, healthy, super-flavored superfood snack. For more information, visit bluediamond.com. Direct link: https://www.bluediamond.com/ Social media handles: Facebook Blue Diamond Almonds Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Instagram @bluediamond @almondbreeze Twitter @bluediamond @almondbreeze Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 18, 2022 12:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Silent, Undetected Cause of Early Heart Disease

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One in 5 people worldwide have high Lipoprotein(a) – sometimes referred to as “L-P-little a” – an important genetic risk factor for premature heart disease and stroke. If you have a family history of early heart disease or have been told that heart disease “runs in your family,” but you’ve never been told why, it’s important to know if you have high Lp(a). Recently, founder and CEO Katherine Wilemon and chief medical officer Dr. Mary McGowan from the Family Heart Foundation, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss this silent, undetected cause of early heart disease. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Tl08nDPSy9k Genetic disorders driving early cardiovascular disease are very common, but almost never diagnosed. Elevated levels of Lp(a) increase the risk of inflammation, blood clotting and clogging — or plaque buildup — inside your blood vessels, which can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. Almost everyone gets tested for high cholesterol, but in the U.S. fewer than 1% are screened for Lp(a). It’s important to know that Lp(a) levels are inherited — they’re unrelated to diet, exercise, obesity, and lifestyle. To find out if you’re affected, ask for a simple blood test to check your Lipoprotein(a). An Lp(a) test measures the level of Lipoprotein(a) in your blood. People might be surprised to know that this test is not part of a standard blood test that provides your cholesterol levels, so their doctor will need to order it directly. In order to create awareness worldwide of Lp(a), the Family Heart Foundation established the first annual Lp(a) Awareness Day on March 24. People can join the movement by following the Family Heart Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and sharing our messages about Lp(a) with friends and family. We aim to make a difference for those who have never heard of this common genetic condition. The Family Heart Foundation is addressing gaps in care through research, advocacy and awareness. The Family Heart Foundation aims to save generations of families from early heart disease by helping those at risk get the information they need to protect themselves and their family. For more information, visit MoreFamiliesMoreHearts.org About Katherine Wilemon: A decade ago, founder and CEO Katherine Wilemon created the Family Heart Foundation (formerly the FH Foundation) to improve early diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Katherine had a heart attack at the age of 39, a diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia at 41, and, years later, she found out she also had elevated levels of lipoprotein(a). At the time of her diagnosis, Katherine realized that genetic disorders driving early cardiovascular disease were very common, but almost never diagnosed, leaving 9 out of those affected at high risk for the number one cause of death and illness. She resolved to bridge this enormous gap in diagnosis, because with early and accurate diagnosis, individuals can live decades longer without debilitating cardiovascular disease. She has led the Family Heart Foundation as it became a national catalyst for the research, education, awareness and support needed at every level of healthcare and public policy to prevent the early and devasting impact of genetic causes of heart disease and strokes including Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and elevated Lipoprotein(a). Her vision and the mission of the Family Heart Foundation is to transform the lives of millions of families by assuring that everyone has the knowledge required to fight the early onset of heart attacks and strokes About Dr. Mary McGowan: Dr. Mary P. McGowan is the Chief Medical Officer of the Family Heart Foundation and the Co-Director of the Lipid Clinic at Dartmouth Hitchcock Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. McGowan received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and remained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for both internship and residency. She completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is the author of numerous articles and five books. She has been the principal investigator on more than 30 national and international clinical trials and has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia on cholesterol metabolism. Dr. McGowan has previously served on the alumni board at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the National Lipid Association Board of Directors and the NH Affiliate of the American Heart Association Board. Dr. McGowan lives in Bedford, NH with her husband, and they have three children. About the Family Heart Foundation: The Family Heart Foundation is a non-profit research and advocacy organization. The Foundation is a pioneer in the application of real-world evidence, patient-driven advocacy, and multi-stakeholder education to help prevent heart attacks and strokes caused by familial hypercholesterolemia and elevated lipoprotein(a), two common genetic disorders that have an impact across generations. The Family Heart Foundation conducts innovative research to break down barriers to diagnosis and management of inherited lipid disorders; educates patients, providers, and policy makers; advocates for change; and provides hope and support for families impacted by heart disease and stroke caused by FH, HoFH, and high Lp(a). The organization was founded in 2011 as the FH Foundation. For more information, visit FamilyHeart.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 17, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Opens Wildlife Explorers Basecamp at the San Diego Zoo

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/O343OcgruC0 There is excitement in the Southern California air as the San Diego for the opening of its newest and most anticipated area of the Zoo – the Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp. Built on the site of the former Children’s Zoo, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp is a 3.2-acre state-of-the-art, multi-ecosystem experience designed to provide guests of all ages with an up-close look at nature and offer fresh, high-tech interactive opportunities that nurture empathy for wildlife and encourage future caretakers of the planet. Inside Basecamp, Zoo guests will visit with a variety of fascinating species and engage on a deeper level by utilizing full sensory and multifaceted elements, including “parallel play” opportunities from climbing and crawling around a massive tree house, to exploring through amazing water play elements; experiencing interactive touch screen games, using microscopes to reveal natural wonders, and specialized animation that utilizes artificial-intelligence (AI), dynamic lighting and whole-room scented environments. Wildlife Explorers Basecamp encompasses eight buildings and habitats dispersed throughout four zones, featuring wildlife that live in these ecosystems: Rainforest, Wild Woods, Marsh Meadows and Desert Dunes. The Rainforest zone is centered around the 10,000-square-foot McKinney Family Spineless Marvels building, where guests will experience invertebrates—including crustaceans, arachnids and insects—such as leafcutter ants, spiders, scorpions, stick insects and more. Inside, there is a pollinator experience with giant beeswax-fragrant honeycombs and an observation pane that gives guests the chance to see the workings of a real-life beehive. The projected migration flyover encounter showcases various insects, including migrating monarch butterflies, grasshoppers and dragonflies as part of a large meadow scene that curves along walls and encompasses a domed ceiling. The Wild Woods area offers guests the chance to visit with unusual wildlife species, such as coatis and squirrel monkeys, which are both native to Central and South America. The space features the striking Prebys Foundation Discovery Bridge and a 20-foot-tall Tree of Dreams—a tree house designed as an ancient oak. This dynamic and detailed nature-play tree provides multiple points of access for guests—from a suspension bridge and net tunnel to a spiral staircase—and a parallel play experience to the squirrel monkeys that live in the adjacent habitat. Water play is another focus of this woodland-themed zone, which includes a waterfall that flows into a gentle meandering stream, an exhilarating splash pad, unpredictable water jets, and a bluff area with a boulder scramble made to encourage exploration. Marsh Meadows aims to evoke a sense of visiting marsh-like habitats, including swamps and estuaries. The pathway through this area was designed to help convey a sense that guests are inhabiting the marsh along with frogs, fish and other wildlife that lives there. The central hub of Marsh Meadows is the Art and Danielle Engel-funded Jake’s Cool Critters building—a two-story herpetology and ichthyology structure with more than 7,000 square feet of immersive environments, digital media, learning opportunities and educational classroom spaces, created to engage wildlife explorers of all ages. The wildlife here includes snakes, amphibians, crocodilians, turtles and lizards, including endangered Fijian iguanas. At the nearby Rady Ambassadors Headquarters, guests will meet wildlife from all over the planet, including a two-toed sloth and a prehensile-tailed porcupine, and learn more about how everyone can help conserve them in their native habitats. Finally, Desert Dunes, a dry desert wash-themed area, offers fun boulder play prospects for climbing, scrambling, hopping and more. Reptile sculptures and petroglyphs can be found among the rocks, while cool caves provide shaded areas where guests can beat the heat, like their desert wildlife counterparts—including the fennec fox, prairie dog and burrowing owl. Conservation is at the forefront in the design of Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, as builders worked to incorporate advanced sustainable materials throughout. A portion of the Spineless Marvels building was made with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)—a fluorine-based plastic that is created to be more resistant to corrosion. The system is 100% recyclable, and consists of a series of custom-sized Teflon multilayered “air pillows”—which, when filled with air, provide solar insulation while also reducing the need for artificial lighting. The Zoo’s talented horticulture team worked to identify more than 100 trees from the previous habitat to preserve and replant within Basecamp. For more information about Wildlife Explorers Basecamp, its many features, the wildlife that lives there and how you can help San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance conserve wildlife and build a world where all live thrives, visit the Wildlife Explorers Basecamp webpage. Wildlife Explorers Basecamp is included with admission to the San Diego Zoo. About San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance supports cutting-edge conservation and brings the stories of their work back to two world-famous wildlife sanctuaries at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park—giving millions of guests in person and virtually the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance extends from San Diego to strategic and regional conservation “hubs” across the globe, where their strengths, via their “Conservation Toolbox,” including the renowned Wildlife Biodiversity Bank, are able to effectively align with hundreds of partners in regions to improve outcomes for wildlife in more coordinated efforts. By leveraging these tools in wildlife care and conservation science, and through collaboration with hundreds of partners, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has reintroduced more than 44 endangered species to their native habitats. Each year, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work reaches over 1 billion people in 150 countries via news media, social media, its websites, educational resources and the San Diego Zoo Kids channel, which is in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. Success is made possible by the support of members, donors and guests to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, who are Wildlife Allies committed to ensuring All Life Thrives. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

March 17, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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