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THE PICKLR PARTNERS WITH US SPORTS CAMPS TO RUN NIKE PICKLEBALL CAMPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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KAYSVILLE, Utah /PRNewswire/ — The Picklr, a premiere indoor pickleball facility with over eighty locations across the United States, is partnering with US Sports Camps to run Nike Pickleball Camps at various Picklr facilities nationwide. The partnership will enable campers to learn from some of the pickleball industry’s best professional players and coaches. This collaboration elevates the sport by fostering an environment where athletes can come together, learn, and improve regardless of skill level. The first camp will be for adults age 18+ and is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2024. 

”It’s always been about bringing pickleball to as many players as possible, and this partnership between two industry leaders will ensure that even more people can participate in this wonderful sport,” said James Hurlock, Chief Brand Officer at the Picklr. 

“At US Sports Camps, we’re focused on delivering best-in-class experiences for campers, and this exciting partnership with the Picklr helps us achieve that,” said Jack Davis, USSC Director of Tennis and Pickleball Camp Management and Partnerships. “We look forward to helping pickleball players of all abilities elevate their skills by working with great coaches at the amazing facilities the Picklr is famous for.” 

Nike Pickleball Camps offer three-day experiences highlighting critical pickleball skills and strategies such as the third shot drop, playing in the transition zone, and much more. Camps are designed to address specific needs, increase game knowledge, and help players improve in a fun and friendly environment. 

ABOUT THE PICKLR:
At The Picklr, pickleball is more than just a sport; it’s a lifestyle that fosters community, competition, and fun. With over eighty state-of-the-art facilities, professional coaching, and a vibrant atmosphere, The Picklr offers an unparalleled pickleball experience for players of all skill levels. All locations provide state-of-the-art professional-grade outdoor surfacing, onsite snacks and drinks, and access to free leagues, tournaments, and clinics. Follow The Picklr on Instagram, XLinkedInFacebook, and TikTok for news on locations and contests, or visit www.thepicklr.com to learn more about owning a franchise. 

ABOUT US SPORTS CAMPS:
US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., is America’s most prominent sports camp network and the licensed provider of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high-quality sports education and skills enhancement. USSC is part of the Youth Enrichment Brands (YEB) network, which aims to help every kid discover and develop lifelong passions. YEB does this by connecting and serving a network of companies that deliver best-in-class youth camps, classes, music education, and sports leagues. Other brands in the YEB network include School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education; i9, the nation’s largest multi-sport provider of youth sports leagues; and Streamline Brands, the world’s largest operator and franchisor of swim schools. 

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Light up your run with the Garmin Forerunner 165 Series, easy-to-use GPS running smartwatches with vibrant AMOLED displays

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OLATHE, Kan., Feb. 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Garmin (NYSE: GRMN) today announced the Forerunner® 165 Series, affordable GPS running smartwatches that help athletes of all skill levels meet their goals with personalized adaptive training plans plus popular health and fitness metrics—all on a bright AMOLED display. Available in two models, Forerunner 165 and Forerunner 165 Music, the latest additions to Garmin’s pace-setting lineup of running smartwatches boast easy-to-read full-color displays, responsive touchscreens and a traditional 5-button design. With fast and easy access to everyday health features, advanced training metrics, recovery insights, smart notifications and more, runners can track their progress without sacrificing battery life; both models get up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 19 hours in GPS mode.

The Garmin Forerunner 165 Series GPS running smartwatches are packed with signature health, fitness and connected features to take training to the next level — all on a vibrant AMOLED display.

“Whether you’re looking to complete your first 5K or set a new PR, the Forerunner 165 Series is here to help you through every step of your running journey. With personalized training plans, advanced running and recovery metrics, and 24/7 wellness monitoring, these user-friendly smartwatches include impressive tools to help you cross the finish line.” –Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales

Features to love on the Forerunner 165 Series

Packed with Garmin’s signature health, fitness and connected features, the Forerunner 165 Series is ready to take training to the next level.

  • AMOLED Display: View training stats, recovery insights, smart notifications and more on a vibrant, 1.2-inch AMOLED display.
  • Race Adaptive Training Plans: Receive training tips, personalized daily suggested workouts and completion time predictions based on race details entered into the Garmin Connect app.
  • Wrist-Based Running Power and Dynamics: View real-time power and measure crucial running metrics, like cadence, stride length and ground contact time – all from the wrist – to help improve running form.
  • Training Effect: See how workouts are affecting fitness and understand benefits from training runs and workouts.
  • Courses: Create or find existing courses in the Garmin Connect app and from third-party platforms, then sync them directly to the watch.
  • Additional Activity Profiles and Workouts: Stay active with more than 25 activity profiles, including trail running, open water swimming, pickleball, tennis and more, plus new workouts for strength, HIIT, cardio, yoga and Pilates.
  • Morning Report: Start the day off right with a customizable report that provides an overview of last night’s sleep1 and the day’s training outlook, alongside HRV (heart rate variability) status and weather.
  • Pulse Ox: Track blood oxygen saturation while awake or asleep2.
  • Sleep Monitoring and Sleep Score: Every morning, receive a personalized score for last night’s sleep, view the different sleep stages and gain insights for improved sleep quality.
  • Nap Detection: Automatically track or log naps to see how they may benefit the body and the suggested time and duration they should be.
  • Music Storage: Download songs and playlists from Spotify®, Deezer or Amazon Music accounts3 for phone-free listening with wireless headphones4 (available only on Forerunner 165 Music).
  • Audio Prompts: Follow guided workouts or hear performance alerts with wireless headphones connected to the watch (available only on Forerunner 165 Music).
  • Garmin Pay Contactless Payments: Breeze through select checkout lines and transit systems through participating providers5.

VIDEO: See how the Forerunner 165 Series can help you light up your running goals.

Race day ready

No matter the distance, the Forerunner 165 Series has the tools to help runners crush their next PR by monitoring pace, distance, wrist-based heart rate1, VO2 max and more. Those training for their next race can take advantage of several different adaptive training plan options: Either enter the race information into the Garmin Connect calendar and receive race training plans that adapt after every run to match performance and recovery, or use free Garmin Coach 5K, 10K and half-marathon plans created by expert coaches. Runners can also take advantage of personalized daily suggested workouts that adapt after every run to match performance and recovery. And to prepare for their ideal race day strategy, PacePro provides runners with grade-adjusted pacing guidance based on course elevation and personal pacing preferences.

Around-the-clock wellness tracking

Before, during and after a workout, the Forerunner 165 Series is designed to track overall well-being 24/7. Keep track of heart rate right from the wrist, plus sleep and stress tracking, and more. Body Battery™ energy monitoring can help track the body’s energy levels to find the best times for activity and rest, and even provide insights on how sleep, naps, activities and stress impact energy levels. Fitness age can estimate how fit runners are compared to their actual age—acting as a helpful reminder to stay active and make healthy choices. The Forerunner 165 Series also includes women’s health tracking features, letting users track their menstrual cycle and pregnancy while also getting exercise and nutrition education.

Stay connected

For life on the go, the Forerunner 165 Series lets users receive emails, texts and alerts when paired with their compatible iPhone® or Android smartphone. Safety and tracking features can help provide peace of mind; for example, when the watch is paired to the Garmin Connect smartphone app, a message with the user’s name and location (if available) can be sent to pre-selected emergency contacts if an incident is detected6. Users can also download apps, watch faces and more from the Connect IQ™ Store right on the watch, or find more options in the smartphone app.

Available now, the Forerunner 165 has a suggested retail price of $249.99 while the Forerunner 165 Music is $299.99.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for runners, cyclists, swimmers and athletes of all levels and abilities. Committed to developing technology that helps people stay active and elevate performance, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. Visit the Garmin Newsroomemail our media team, connect with @garminrunning on social, or follow our blog.

1 Activity tracking accuracy.
2 This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
Premium subscription required.
4 Not included.
5 View current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information.
6 When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble. For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see Garmin.com/safety.

About Garmin International, Inc. Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and Forerunner are registered trademarks and Garmin Connect, Garmin Pay, PacePro, Body Battery and Connect IQ are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0001-411180). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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6 Tips to Improve Sleep Quality for Overall Well-Being

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(Family Features) Despite a rising number of people searching for the term “sleep” in 2023, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults report not getting enough of it, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a foundation for overall well-being, getting quality sleep is key to achieving goals and being present in daily life. Without it, you’re more likely to lack the stamina and energy to follow through on your ambitions.

To help people realize the foundational role sleep plays in everyday successes, Natrol – a leading sleep, mood and stress supplement brand based on Nielsen data – alongside Dr. Jess Andrade are working together to help people improve their sleep quality and habits so they can conquer their wellness goals this year and beyond.

“From consistent exercise to eating healthy and even daily journaling, it may seem like all your priorities are in order, but without sleep, you won’t be able to reap the full benefits of your hard work,” Andrade said. “Often overlooked, getting quality sleep is a fundamental piece to improving overall wellness and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Creating small, achievable changes in our daily sleep routines can lead to long-lasting lifestyle habits for the better.”

Consider these tips from Andrade to help improve your sleep quality so you can achieve your goals.

1. Prioritize Movement and Light Exposure in the Morning
Whether you’re a yogi or prefer a simple stretch when your feet hit the floor, movement and light during the day can help stimulate quality sleep later that night.

2. Understand Sleep Gains are Just as if Not More Important Than Gym Gains
If you’re focusing on fitness goals, you’ll need adequate sleep to see successful results. If you’re a morning workout warrior, schedule earlier bedtimes to ensure you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep. For evening workouts, aim to end your sweat session as early in the evening as possible; too much physical activity before bed can keep you up at night.

3. Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary
Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Keep the room dark, noise-free and comfortable with the thermostat set at 65-67 F for better sleep conditions.

4. Set Nightly Rituals to Unwind
Create nightly rituals that activate circadian rhythms and allow your body to unwind. Consider activities that relax you the most, like taking a bath, reading a book, journaling or sipping decaffeinated nighttime tea.

5. Try Incorporating a Drug-Free Sleep Aid
If you follow good bedtime habits but still occasionally struggle to fall or stay asleep, try a low-milligram melatonin supplement, like those from Natrol, that are designed to help you get a good night’s sleep so you wake up refreshed and ready to conquer your goals.†

6. Follow the 10-3-2-1-0 method
To help you fall asleep and wake up feeling revitalized, Andrade recommends the 10-3-2-1-0 method: Decrease caffeine intake at least 10 hours before bed. Avoid eating bothersome foods 3 hours prior to heading to off to sleep. Engage in relaxing activities like reading at the 2-hour mark and cut out screentime with 1 hour to spare. Ultimately, these habits can lead to zero times hitting snooze the next morning.

Find more ways to improve sleep habits by visiting Natrol.com.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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Exploring the Healthiest Communities in the United States: California Counties Shine Bright

Discover how California’s Marin County leads the healthiest U.S. communities, boasting high life expectancy and low obesity rates in a recent study.

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A recent study by MarketWatch has unveiled a list of the healthiest communities in the United States, with California counties claiming top spots. Marin County, nestled across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, emerged as the healthiest county, boasting a remarkable life expectancy of 85, a lower-than-average adult obesity rate, and a mere 5 percent of residents without health insurance.

The study evaluated 576 U.S. counties using 14 key metrics, including food insecurity, healthcare access, life expectancy, health insurance coverage, and environmental factors like water and air quality. Western states dominated the top 10 list, with Colorado, Hawaii, and Montana also showcasing exemplary county health profiles.

The findings emphasized a correlation between community health and wealth, with affluent areas exhibiting lower rates of food insecurity and higher levels of health insurance coverage. The presence of nature parks in many of the healthiest counties underscored the positive impact of green spaces on well-being, aligning with scientific research on the subject.

However, the study also shed light on disparities, highlighting that residents in the unhealthiest counties face challenges such as limited access to grocery stores, higher rates of food insecurity, and inadequate primary care services. Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, was identified as the least healthy county due to high uninsured rates and poor environmental quality.

In California, 37 out of 58 counties were ranked, with Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties clinching top positions. The data revealed a stark contrast in median incomes between the healthiest and unhealthiest counties, with Marin County boasting a median income well above the national average.

This comprehensive analysis serves as a valuable resource for policymakers and healthcare professionals striving to address disparities and promote well-being across communities. It underscores the importance of factors such as access to healthcare, environmental quality, and socioeconomic status in shaping overall community health outcomes.

https://patch.com/california/sanrafael/ca-has-3-10-healthiest-counties-u-s-new-study-says

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