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  • Playing God, a Funny Proposition

    Posted on October 11th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Only a month or two after my father passed away (it’s all a blur to me now), I went in for some lighthearted humor in Hermosa Beach, California at the Comedy and Magic Club where Jay Leno does his thing almost every Sunday night during the summer months. Read the rest of this entry »

  • A Step-By-Step Approach To Promoting Programs

    Posted on July 17th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    What consumers want and what they need can be totally different things. You may have an incredible health promotion program that is designed to improve the health needs of participants, but if it is not what your target market wants, potential participants will not sign up. On the other hand, advertising appeals to the wants of consumers, like fad diets and body beautiful programs, but it is not based on what consumers need. The solution is to give consumers what they need in the way thatthey want it. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Celebrities, Heroes and Role Models?

    Posted on July 4th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    There’s always more that we can learn about ourselves and our businesses, and one way we learn is by observing what others do. At the turn of the millennium we are blessed (or is it cursed?) with communication technologies that give us glimpses of different kinds of people in many different circumstances. What we do with what we see makes all the difference. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Pediatric Asthma Wellness and Prevention

    Posted on April 3rd, 2012 Patricia No comments

    The severity of a child’s asthma and his/her overall health will greatly influence the prescribed asthma management plan. A child may have to undergo additional testing to evaluate the severity of the disease and rule out other possible diagnoses that have similar symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Family! Part 2

    Posted on February 8th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Shii Ann said to the cameras (and I’m already concerned about how much screen-time she’s getting), “When I got here, it was like breathing for the first time. Or just, it just felt so good to make friends. It felt so nice to just meet new people who didn’t judge you.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • Family! Part 1

    Posted on February 1st, 2012 Patricia No comments

    When everyone got to their new home, they put their hands together and gave the same family cheer as Chuay Gahn did on their first day. They then saw grapes and and apples and noodles and cheese and crackers and wine and much rejoicing was done through the lands.

    You know, it would really suck to be on a Reality TV show for people such as myself who can’t stand the taste of alcohol. Everything seems to be centered on wine or some other alcohol as the centerpoint for celebration. Big Brother, there always seems to be alcohol. The Mole serves only wine at dinner. Amazing Race – more wine. I’d be like, “Crap. Can I just get a Coke?” Read the rest of this entry »

  • 8 Steps to a Cleaner Facility, Part 2

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Make cleanup as easy as possible for your members. Posting signs is a simple way to do this. “Make sure everything is clearly marked so the members know exactly where you want them to put the dirty towels,” says Glassford.

    Make feedback easy. “Complaints are opportunities for you to improve,” says Glassford. Maintaining two-way communication between members and management about cleanliness is important. Suggestions enable you to better your facility while satisfying your customers. Put suggestion boxes in locker rooms and at the front desk, or set up a comment phone line. “We installed a button on our phone system so members can leave their comments about cleanliness in a voice mail box,” says Glassford. “We check it twice a day so we can address member problems immediately.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • 8 Steps to a Cleaner Facility, Part 1

    Posted on December 5th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Five different owners share eight tips for keeping things clean and fresh and keeping members from turning up their noses.

    By Jill Higgins

    The cleanliness of your facility can make or break your bottom line. If customers walk into your facility and smell stale sweat, there’s a good chance that they’ll walk right back out. If members jump into the shower and end up with athlete’s foot, they may rethink their membership. You can avoid such incidents by maintaining a strict cleaning schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

  • What is Feng Shui, Really? Part 2

    Posted on September 5th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Ok, you don’t own your own business, so you’re not buying an office space. You live in an apartment, so you don’t have a garden. You’re not a millionaire, so you don’t have the money to renovate your house. Regardless, there are still ways the feng shui can improve your life. Read the rest of this entry »

  • What is Feng Shui, Really? Part 1

    Posted on August 25th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Of all the mystical practices of Oriental healing, feng shui is probably the most easily grasped. While the pronunciation of its name has been slaughtered in various American ways, the actual execution of its principals is easier than you may think. Here’s a quick and practical guide to the concept of feng shui. Read the rest of this entry »