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Tourists, some wearing a mask, queue to enter the Louvre museum Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in Paris. . The world is scrambling to get on top of the new coronavirus outbreak that has spread from its epicenter in China to most corners of the planet. Governments and doctors are presenting an array of approaches as the virus disrupts daily routines, business plans and international travel around the world (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. With new coronavirus cases being announced every day, Americans with spring break excursions, upcoming business trips or those thinking about summer travel have one thing on their mind: Should I travel? AAA cant make that decision for its members, but is providing information on travel safety and insurance to help travelers make the decision that is right for them.

While the decision to travel is a personal one that must be made by the individual, we recommend that you stay informed before making your trip which should always be the case regardless of coronavirus concerns, said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. We encourage everyone to follow the Center for Disease Controls recommendations and heed all official advisories.

Currently, the United States recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. Traveling anywhere else is a personal decision you have to make based on all facts available.

First and foremost, if you are feeling sick, dont travel. Even if you are not sick, talk to your health care provider about their medical recommendations, especially as it may relate to your age and personal health.

For travelers considering a cruise vacation, AAA advises that the decision whether to go is a personal one that must be made by the individual. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the adoption of new screening policies for its member cruise lines, including denying boarding to anyone who has traveled in South Korea, Iran, China, and parts of Italy within 14 days prior to embarkation. Additionally, cruise lines are conducting enhanced illness screenings for many passengers prior to departure.

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One of the most common questions I am asked by women every single day is 'how do I stay motivated?' Even though I love exercising and have a passion for fitness, the truth is I am not motivated to workout everyday. Motivation is often temporary it is hard to be motivated all the time, but there is so much power in the realisation that you can still work out and move your body even when you don't feel like it. In fact, it is most rewarding when you accomplish something that you know is good for you, especially when you didn't want to do it.

When I started out on my fitness journey five years ago, I had actually never exercised regularly in my adult life until after the birth of my son, Anderson, and I held massive misconceptions around health and fitness. Like many women, I viewed exercise as the ultimate chore and something you did if you wanted to change how you looked, or as punishment if you ate "too much" I now know this could not be further from the truth.

Over the past few years what I've come to realise is that it's not about motivation, when it comes to fitness it's about understanding your why and knowing that you are worth taking care of. Trust me when I say that the more you look after yourself and your health, the easier it will become. You will never enjoy every single second of your workout, but what you will enjoy is the benefits that you're gaining mentally, emotionally and physically.

For me, working out is something that I prioritise each and every day as a way to relieve stress, show gratitude for my body, and empower myself. Understanding this and shifting my mindset surrounding my health and fitness journey from being aesthetically driven to being health and empowerment driven, changed everything for me.

The longer I stuck with it the more motivated I became as I could feel and see the benefits of my efforts. I was doing better mentally and emotionally, uncovering my strength from the inside out and growing a foundation of self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self-love that I had always longed for. The positivity that began filling my life and the way fitness empowered me to see and be my best self was, and still is, my ultimate motivation. Now on days where my motivation is low, thinking back to the reason why I'm being active and moving my body really helps me prioritise getting my PWR workout sessions in.

So ladies workout to take care of your health. Workout to celebrate your body, not because you need to change or punish it.

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March 07, 2020

LUMBERTON A local health-care leader recently was elected president of the Sandhills Healthcare Executives Forum.

Jason Cox, Southeastern Health vice president and Southeastern Regional Medical Center chief operating officer, will serve a two-year term in his position with the forum, which is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and encompasses a 13-county region.

Im excited by the opportunity to serve as president of the Sandhills Healthcare Executives Forum for the next two years, Cox said. Im also humbled by the opportunity to serve the regions health-care executives in their professional growth and development.

Cox joined Southeastern Health in 2016. He received a masters degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University and a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Southeastern Health, he served in management roles in health care for 14 years and spent several years in the United States military.

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March 07, 2020

LUMBERTON Southeastern Healths chief Nursing officer recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regents Award.

The award was presented to Renae Taylor on Feb. 19 at the North Carolina Healthcare Associations Winter Meeting in Raleigh.

The award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of health-care management excellence and the achievement of ACHEs goals.

Members are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth in stature in the community, contributions to the development of others in the health-care profession, leadership in state, local or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, participation in ACHE activities, and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

A native of Bladenboro, Taylor received an associate degree in Nursing from Robeson Community College in 1991 and a bachelors degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2008. She received a masters degree in Health-Care Administration from Independence University in 2012 and is certified as a critical care registered nurse. Before stepping into her current role in 2013, Taylor served as director of critical care services and as unit manager of the intensive care unit. She is an ACHE fellow and also holds a Nurse Executive-Advanced Certification.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 48,000 health-care executives who lead hospitals, health-care systems, and other health-care organizations. The societys mission is to advance its members and health-care management excellence. The American College of Healthcare Executives offers its prestigious FACHE credential, signifying board certification in health care management. For more information, visit http://www.ache.org.

Renae Taylor is presented the Regents Award by Southeastern Health Vice President and SRMC COO Jason Cox, left, and NC Regent and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital COO Brian Canfield.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/web1_Award.jpgRenae Taylor is presented the Regents Award by Southeastern Health Vice President and SRMC COO Jason Cox, left, and NC Regent and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital COO Brian Canfield.

March 07, 2020

At the monthly Robeson County Board of Health meeting on Feb. 27, Tillie Clark, regional state dental hygienist, provided CDC Water Fluoridation Quality awards to the townof Fairmont and the city of Lumberton. Accepting the awards for Fairmont were Town Manager Katrina Tatum and Water Department employees Ronnie Seals and Kevin Taylor. Accepting for Lumberton was Corey Walters, assistant Public Works director.

As Clark noted, fluoridation is considered one of the 10 great public health achievements in the 20th century in the United States and we are a fortunate community to have it provided in most areas.

So what else is in the top 10 list? The others are vaccinations, motor vehicle safety, recognition of tobacco use as a hazard, family planning, healthier mothers and babies, safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, safer workplaces and decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke. It is safe to say that all of these are still works in progress in the 21st century.

The importance of these awards being handed out at the board meeting was that last year Robeson County was faced with the prospect of not adding fluoridation to the water because of chemical and equipment issues. Like many other places, the equipment goes back 50-plus years in fact fluoridation has been occurring for 75 years so repairs are not an option. The Health Board had been approached about providing a resolution to discontinue fluoridating, as this was required before any action could be taken by the county. An alternative plan was developed, but this decision was not required and fluoridation continues. Needless to say, it would be very difficult for a board whose sole consideration is public health to advocate for the removal of one of the great accomplishments.

What has changed over the years is the amount of fluoride that is available through toothpaste. However, community water fluoridation remains the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver fluoride to everyone in a community irrespective of their age, income or education. The goal is to prevent cavities and there has been a 25% reduction of this condition because of fluoridation.

Like everything else, there is an anti-group that opposes this healthful addition. Their argument revolves around fluorosis (white or dark spots on the teeth because of overexposure of chemical), excessive intake (most children use too much toothpaste so this exacerbates the problem), violates informed consent, doesnt prevent 100% of cavities, health concerns in various tissues, misinformation spread through the internet and it is counter to holistic health. Recognizing those concerns, nearly all public health, medical and dental organizations recommend water fluoridation. Those entities still providing it in Robeson County are applauded for doing so.

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Fairmont Water Department employee Kevin Taylor, left, Town Manager Katrina Tatum and Water Department employee Ronnie Seals, right, accept a CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award from Tillie Clark, regional state dental hygienist.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/web1_Smith-Fairmont.jpgFairmont Water Department employee Kevin Taylor, left, Town Manager Katrina Tatum and Water Department employee Ronnie Seals, right, accept a CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award from Tillie Clark, regional state dental hygienist.

Corey Walters, assistant director of Lumbertons Public Works Department, accepts a CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award from Tillie Clark, regional state dental hygienist.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/web1_Smith-Lumberton.jpgCorey Walters, assistant director of Lumbertons Public Works Department, accepts a CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award from Tillie Clark, regional state dental hygienist.

February 29, 2020

LUMBERTON Two Southeastern Health employees walked away from the companys annual service awards banquet on Tuesday with top honors.

Health Lab Analyst I Heather McQueen was named the 2019 winner of the John D. Drake Distinguished Service Award, Southeastern Healths highest employee honor, during the event in Southeastern Regional Medical Centers cafeteria. and SeHealth Chief Process Design Officer Steve Elgin was named the 2019 winner of the W. Reid Caldwell Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award.

Heather is well-known and respected throughout the organization and community for her compassion, enthusiasm, and energy, said Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson, who made the surprise presentations. Her combination of high ethical standards and vast experience enables her to be an excellent mentor to other employees.

McQueen, who has been with Southeastern Health for 18 years, is the 33rd person to be named winner of the Drake Award, which was established by the Southeastern Health board of trustees in 1988 to recognize exceptional service by employees. The Drake award was named in honor of the late John D. Drake, who retired as head cook in 1984 after 38 years of service.

To qualify for the Drake award, a Southeastern Health employee must demonstrate high standards for personal performance on the job, loyalty and dedication to the organization, an excellent attendance record, respect by fellow workers, leadership skills, and a caring attitude to fellow employees and guests of the organization.

To qualify for the Caldwell award, a Southeastern Health leader must serve at the director level or higher with five or more years of service and must exemplify the fulfillment of the mission, vision, values and standards of behavior of the organization while serving as a mentor to other leaders, removing barriers and contributing to a learning and advancing organization.

Steves leadership has been described as professionally relentless as he is consistently focused on helping Southeastern and its patients achieve the best outcomes possible in the most effective and efficient manner, Anderson said during the presentation.

The Caldwell award was established in June 2016 in honor of Southeastern Health Government Affairs Officer Reid Caldwell. Since joining the organization in 1981 as a vice president, he has led by example by exhibiting integrity, honesty and ethical behavior throughout his career.

McQueen and Elgin were awarded a framed certificate and an engraved watch as part of their respective awards. Their names also will be added to plaques that are permanently displayed in SRMCs main corridor.

McQueen lives in Whiteville with her husband, Aaron, and their two children, Gabriel and Noah.

Elgin, originally from Grundy, Va., lives in Florence, S.C., with his wife, Tebie, and their three children, Savannah, Stephen and Heather.

Previous winners of the Drake award were: 1988, Julia Harris; 1989, Addie Mae Caple; 1990, Beatrice Leggett and Vashti Pittman; 1991, Thelma Jean Reeves; 1992, Paula McLean; 1993, Shirley Thompson; 1994, Sonya Oxendine; 1995, Terry Carter; 1996, Vera McDowell; 1997, Jimmy Page; 1998, James E. Jones; 1999, JoAnn Falls and Myrtle Oxendine; 2000, Patricia Davis; 2001, Sherri Hayes; 2002, Doris Madden; 2003, Mary Catherine Buie; 2004, Noel Bounds; 2005, Cynthia George; 2006, Rhonda Carter; 2007, Anne Marie Hendren; 2008, Myrtle Wilcox; 2009, Audrey Cox; 2010, Bryan Hilbourn; 2011, Merry Hardin; 2012, Gerard McRae; 2014, Jeff Edge; 2015, Lisa A. Hunt; 2016, Lori Corbett; 2017, Jeanine Lawson; and 2018, Phillip Knecht.

Previous winners of the Caldwell award were Elizabeth Kirschling, 2016; Cynthia George, 2017; and Jonathan Everson, 2018.

Heather McQueen, right, is pictured after the Drake Award presentation with Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/web1_SeHealth-McQueen.jpgHeather McQueen, right, is pictured after the Drake Award presentation with Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson.

Steve Elgin, right, is pictured after the Caldwell Award presentation with Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/web1_SeHealth-Elgin.jpgSteve Elgin, right, is pictured after the Caldwell Award presentation with Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson.

February 29, 2020

LUMBERTON Because March is National Nutrition Month, Southeastern Regional Medical Centers Maternal Child Health unit is reminding the public that the best nutrition for babies is found through breastfeeding.

Southeastern Health is part of the Enrich Carolinas Breastfeeding Initiative, which aims to improve maternity care and breastfeeding rates in underserved communities in the Carolinas. As part of that initiative, most of SRMCs Maternal Child Health nurses have completed 20 hours of didactic online coursework through the University of Virginia and five hours of clinical time with international board-certified lactation consultants to further develop their breastfeeding education skills. All of the units nurses are expected to complete the training by April 30. Also, all of the Maternal Child Health providers will complete three hours of online education.

This training will help us to better sever the nutritional needs of the smallest members of our community, said Matilda Cooper, Maternal Child Health manager. Not only are we providing women with breastfeeding support during their hospital stay, we are also working to educate women before their babies are born about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to receive support to breastfeed successfully through breastfeeding classes with expectant moms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months with continued appropriate complementary foods for one year or longer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions 2018 Breastfeeding Report Card, only 27% of infants in North Carolina are exclusively breastfeeding through six months.

Southeastern Health reminds mothers that the best nutrition for babies is found through breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/web1_SeHealth-Maternal.jpgSoutheastern Health reminds mothers that the best nutrition for babies is found through breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months.

February 29, 2020

LUMBERTON One hundred and one employees were honored Tuesday at Southeastern Healths annual service awards banquet.

SeHealths administrators presented service pins during the after-dinner ceremony held in Southeastern Regional Medical Centers dining room. Those in attendance made dinner selections from a variety of delicious entrees prepared by SeHealths Food and Nutrition Services staff. Entertainment was provided by Musician Michael Hulett.

Employees celebrating a five-year anniversary milestone of 15 or more years were honored at the ceremony by receiving service pins. More than 2,200 employees work on Southeasterns main campus and affiliated agencies.

Henry L. Stephens was recognized for 45 years of service.

Honored for 40 years of service were: Rhonda L. Carter; Anna M. Cooke; Lucinda H. Locklear; and Catherine Smith.

Receiving 35 year pins were: Deborah L. Ayers; Bonnie; Fay M. Blanks; Tina L. Bullard; Tammy M. Coleman; Anna M. Hammonds; Thomas V. Pratt; and Teresa C. Vanderford.

Recognized for 30 years of service were: Gwendolyn G. Blue; Ramona Bradley; Joshua B. Buie; Lora M. Dietrich; Linda M. Gerald; Laura Sissy Grantham; Diane H. Liles; Regina O. McGirt; Melanie G. McKee; Ethel M. Piggott; Sheila Slaughter; Tronda B. Sturdivant; Leslie W. Tyner; and Shelia F. Williams.

Honored for 25 years of service were: Julie R. Atkinson; Cheryl A. Chavis; Christine E. Eason; Deborah A. Fagan; Ardie M. Gilchrist; Kenneth B. Hilbourn; Phyllis Jacobs; Donna B. Kinlaw; John McKoy; and Joyce D. Slate.

Recognized with 20 year pins were: Susan G. Bass; Michelle M. Blair; Doris L. Britt; Sharon D. Campbell; Sandra K. Chavis; Murrell L. Dockery; Aundrea R. Emanuel, FNP; Carolyn R. Graham; Miranda I. Graham; Chris C. Guess; Billy C. Hammonds; Mary E. Ivey; Don R. Jacobs; Teresa S. Jones; Cassandra King; Cathlene Locklear; Jeffery Locklear; Kimberly Locklear; Ruth J. McAlister; Emily D. Parnell; Elaine L. Pate; Marilyn R. Reaves; Phillip W. Richardson; Christy P. Rogers; Mark Ross; Sudie B. Smith; Pamela S. Ward; and Judy L. Williams.

Honored for 15 years of service were: Jennifer R. Altman; Katie R. Atkinson; Annette D. Baxley; Karen D. Blackmon; Meredith G. Britt; Tammy L. Bullard; Anthony M. Cabatu; Lorna A. Clothier; Lamont Collins; Sabine M. Cox; Dianne L. Cummings; Rebecca S. Davis; Karen L. Dent ; Vonda W. Edwards; Lavonda S. Foley; Bruce A. Gilliard; Roderick S. Graham; Mildred E. Hammond; Patrick K. Hester; Sonja R. Hilburn; Nancy W. Huggins; Wendy R. Hunt; Carrie E. Jacobs; Garry Johnson; Richard L. Jones; Jeffery H. Labbe; Tammy R. Locklear; Yvonne O. Locklear; Virginia J. Lowery; Glenda M. Monroe; Donna L. Odum; Jane A. Pitman; Lisa M. Rozier; Dr. Dennis O. Stuart; Rachel L. Vasquez; and Myra P. Williams

Henry L. Stephens, of St. Pauls, was recognized by SeHealth President and CEO Joann Anderson for 45 years of service.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/web1_Honors.jpgHenry L. Stephens, of St. Pauls, was recognized by SeHealth President and CEO Joann Anderson for 45 years of service.

February 22, 2020

LUMBERTON Southeastern Radiology Associates has received reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology in computed tomography scan for adult and pediatric patients, and achieved ACRs designation as an ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center.

We are very blessed to have leadership and staff who strive to make this and other accreditations possible here at Southeastern Health, said Jeff Inman, Southeastern Healths Technical Operations supervisor. Our community will be better served knowing they are getting the best in imaging standards.

The accreditations, which last for three years, were given after the computed tomography services of Southeastern Radiology Associates were surveyed by the American College of Radiologys Committee on Computed Tomography Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety.

Southeastern Radiology Associates is located at 209 W. 27th St. in Lumberton.

Southeastern Radiology Associates recently received reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology in computed tomography scan.

https://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/web1_Radiology-pix.jpgSoutheastern Radiology Associates recently received reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology in computed tomography scan.

February 22, 2020

This past week at Hard Road CrossFit, my coach had us working on handstand skills. For most people this is not too exciting but for me it was a big deal.

As athletic as I am, gymnastic skills have always frustrated me. I cannot really even do a somersault without having to sit five minutes to get over being dizzy. Because of this, I have avoided the handstand portion of CrossFit for four years now. This past week, however, I decided as I am not getting any younger it was time to master at least one gymnastic skill. I am proud to say that at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, I did my first-ever handstand at the age of 56! I did it after class and off in a corner but as soon as I got up I heard cheers coming from all around the gym.

My daughter Nikki was grinning from ear-to-ear and my coach, David, gave me a hug. My fitness family had seen me conquer my fears and were there to support me. That, my friends, is why group fitness can be so special.

Here are some of the benefits of getting fitness on with your people:

Coaching: When you exercise together with other people around you, there will be a qualified fitness expert that will lead the whole group. They can answer questions, cheer you on and act as a personal trainer to modify your workout to make it the most beneficial.

More bang for your buck: Joining a gym that offers group exercise will give you more bang for your buck. You can enjoy many more fitness benefits when you are in the right group of people. You can encourage each other, have fun and hold each other accountable for making it to class. When you are going solo, it is easier to skip a workout and stay home because no one is expecting you.

Lower risk of injury: Having a group of people around you that have the same goals as you is very helpful and can decrease the risk of getting injured. This is because when you are doing a certain routine or a workout the wrong way, the folks that you are with during the exercise will help you correct your form and positioning. A coach or group leader can also keep an eye on you to make sure your form is correct.

Higher endorphin output: When you exercise in groups, you will feel lighter, happier, and calmer even after an intense workout session. Exercising in a group increases the production of your endorphins or happy hormones. This is a great opportunity to share a laugh and make new friends.

Camaraderie between participants: Group exercises are not only meant to provide you benefits on your fitness goals alone, but they are pretty great for building your social life. You can meet a lot of people and gain new friends! And when this happens, youll be more excited every time your group is scheduled for a class.

So whether its CrossFit, Zumba, Spin or even a Running Club, exercising with other people can be a great way to keep your fitness routine fresh and develop some lifelong friendships. And who knows, for those of us single folks, we just might meet someone special who shares our love for fitness!

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February 21, 2020

LUMBERTON Residents who are 55 years and older are being offered the chance to discuss health issues that affect them with people who can make a difference in the community.

The Healthy Robeson Community Conversations event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 24 at St. Joseph MRC Solid Rock Church in Red Springs.

Ongoing conversations like these guide Healthy Robeson to focus its efforts on topics that are most relevant to the community. St. Joseph MRC Solid Rock Church is located at 305 E. Sixth St. in Red Springs. Breakfast will be served.

People interested in attending need to call Community Health Services intern Jada Walker at 910-671-5000, Ext. 7410, by March 16.

February 15, 2020

LUMBERTON Physicians at Southeastern Regional Medical Center have elected new officers to lead the medical staff.

Chosen to serve a two-year term that started in January were Dr. Robin Peace, president; Dr. Eric Breitbart, president-elect; and Dr. Kailash Chandwani, secretary/treasurer. Dr. Dennis Stuart is immediate past president.

Dr. Vanesh Khetpal and Breitbart will serve two-year terms as chairs of the departments of medicine and surgery, respectively.

Peace, a family practitioner who is a native of Granville County, has been practicing in Robeson County for 21 years, and with Southeastern Health since 2015 at the Southeastern Medical Clinic North Lumberton. She is also a medical provider for Southeastern Hospice. A graduate of East Carolina University School of Medicine, she completed her residency at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville in 1998. Before joining Southeastern Health full-time, Peace practiced with Robeson Health Care Corporation for 17 years, serving as chief medical officer for 11 of those years. During that time, she also served as a hospitalist with Southeastern Regional Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

I was honored to be asked to serve as medical staff president, Peace said. I look forward to representing Southeastern Health and the medical staff.

Breitbart is an orthopedic surgeon who has specialized in sports medicine at Southeastern Healths Southeastern Orthopedics since 2015. A native of New Jersey, Breitbart received a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark in May 2009. He completed an orthopedic residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in June 2014 and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in July 2015. He received specialized training in both adult sports medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and pediatric sports medicine through the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

Chandwani is an interventional pain physician who joined Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in 2013. He received his medical degree from Sindh Medical College in Pakistan in 2001 and completed a residency in anesthesiology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 2009. He also completed a fellowship in interventional pain management at University Hospitals, Case Medical Center in Cleveland in 2010. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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TURNERSVILLE, N.J. -- One look at Christina Briggs tells you a lot about her fitness journey and work ethic. However, her ripped arms and sculpted muscles won't tell you that she started with giving birth to four boys, including a set of triplets.

With a full house of boys to take care of, she did not want to take the slippery slope down to an unhealthy lifestyle.

The 51-year-old was always shy about putting herself out there, but has decided that 2020 is her year of saying, "Yes." She competed in her first powerlifting competition, sponsored by USPA Northeast, earlier this year.

It was a pretty good showing for her first try. She walked away with three unofficial state records, granted her scores hold up after further review. 8 weeks of training netted her scores of 220 pounds in squats, 120 pounds on the bench, and 286 pounds deadlifting. She tells us there was roughly a 30-year age gap between herself and the next female competitor.

Not only did she exceed her expectations, but she also failed once on the platform. It's teaching her how to get back up and try, try again... and also teaching other women her age that it is never too late to start setting and achieving goals.

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At least once a week for the past four months, my inbox has gotten some variation of this press release:X Brewery is partnering with Y athlete to launch Z low-calorie (or low-alcohol)beer.Its gone from a trend to a movement at this point.And the volume of pitches for these brewsis so remarkable, I couldnt ignore it.

On January 2just in time for resolutionsDelaware-based Dogfish Head announced it was starting a virtual running club led by none other than four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan. Dogfish has competition, though. That same month, San FranciscobasedSufferfest BeerCompany partnered with ClassPass to do studio takeovers in tencities across the country. In March, Michigans New Holland is launching its Lightpoint Functional White Alewith a 5K at its brewpub. Meanwhile, Devils Backbone is pitching a keto-friendly option, and Breckenridge Brewery has an isotonic offering. Platform Beer Companyjust went straight to the point and named its beer Gymday.

According to Market Watch, people throughout the world are spending$4.2 trilliona year on nutrition, personal-care products, fitness, and other sectors of the health and wellness industry. Brewers want a piece of it.But thats just one part of the puzzle. There are three other factors to consider, too. First, things are slowing in the beer industry. Total sales by volume are down, says Bart Watson, economist for the Brewers Association, but the numbers look much better in dollar sales terms, i.e., Americans are drinking less beer, but when they do drink it, theyre generally drinking the more expensive stuff.Next, their most loyal patrons, millennials,are getting older. And finally, the athletic set has proven to be incredibly devoted to post-workout beer.

While craft-beer sales arestill very much kicking ass, brewers are also starting to realize that the growth trend wont be up, up, and away forever.

Which brings us to the genius of low-calorie brews. Heres a stat that will blow your mind: the fastest-growing beer brand in America is Michelob Ultra. Its also the second-best-selling beer in sales by dollar. The company has produceda smash hit by making a beer thats under 100 calories and tastes better than other popular light beers, thenmarketing it toconsumers within the health and wellness space. If youve participated in a big-city marathon in the past five years, chances are the races beer sponsor was Michelob Ultra. In August 2019, the brand unveiled partnerships with Newton Running and Alchemy Bicycles, and its most recent Super Bowl commercial showcasedanextremely relatable Jimmy Fallontrying to get back in shape.

All over the country, craft and independent brewers are wondering: Could this formula work for us?

This is tricky, because craft brewings hallmark has been big flavorsand, often, as a result, big calorie countsfor years and years. Theres a danger of creating the McDonalds salad effect: where the company offers a healthy option but itjust doesnt sell, because who goes there for a salad?Sam Calagione, founder ofDogfish Head, says thathas not been a problem for his company, which recently released two low-cal options that maintain the characteristics customers expect from microbrews.

While I love seeing more beers offering low-cal and low-ABV options, this feels like the time to remind everyone that alcohol will never be a health food. And dont think that wellness can come from doing a few 12-ounce curls. However, if yourelooking for the perfect post-run slightly alcoholic beverage, here are our six favorite lighter-beer offerings.

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Itsshocking that this only has 86 calories per can. Id drink this as a regular beer on a hot day. The hints of honey and orange peel are just rightmostly on the nose and not at all too sweet. At 3.7 ABV, its perfect for a weeknight or after a run when you dont want to get accidentally tanked off a single beer.

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Gonna be honest: the word gym does not bring to mind the best flavors. Butthis IPA tastes nothing like the gym smells. Its surprisingly hoppy for a 98-caloriebeer, but not in that obnoxious we dry-hopped the shit out of this because we dont know any other way to make beerway. Its balanced and easy to drink,with a perfect 3.8 percent ABV.

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This is another shockingly good low-cal IPA. Brewers used monk fruit to build flavor in thisbeer without adding a ton of calories. Ittherefore feels surprisingly heftybut still comes in at under 100 calories. Its 4 percent ABV, a fact you would not believe if the brewers hadnt printed it on the can.

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There is no beer style I like more after a workout than a Klsch. Its just so crisp and clean. Sufferfests version has added bee pollen. This one is95 calories and has a 3.5 percent ABV.

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For gluten-free gym rats, this sparkling (as in bubbly) alehits the dry notes well, though its definitely on the lighter side of the flavor spectrum. Hints of tangerine make this a great choice for anyone who loves fruity or tart beers. It has just 90 calories and a 4 percent ABV.

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A lot of light pale ales taste, well, light. But this one never lets you forget its Northwest roots. It has plenty of hoppy bite from Simcoe, Citra, Cashmere, and Callistahopsand body from the addition of chicory root, of all things. It works. With just 100 calories and a 4 percent ABV, it feels like honest-to-goodness craft beer.

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Mar 7, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of OneSpaWorld Holdings Ltd earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 3:00:00pm GMT

* Leonard I. Fluxman

* Stephen B. Lazarus

Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division - MD and Senior Analyst of Gaming, Leisure & Lodging

William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner & Group Head of Consumer

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD of Equity Research and Gaming & Leisure Research Analyst

Thank you for standing by. This is the conference operator. Welcome to the OneSpaWorld Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to turn the conference over to Jessica Schmidt with ICR. Please go ahead.

Thank you. Good morning, and welcome to OneSpaWorld's Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 Earnings Call and Webcast. Before we begin, I'd like to remind you that certain statements and information made available on today's call and webcast may be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect our judgment and analysis only as of today, and actual results may differ materially from current expectations based on a number of factors affecting our business.

Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. For a more thorough discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with the forward-looking statements to be made in this conference call and webcast, we refer you to the disclaimer regarding forward-looking statements that is included in our fourth quarter 2019 earnings release, which was furnished to the SEC today on Form 8-K.

We do not undertake any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition, the company may refer to certain adjusted non-GAAP metrics on this call. Explanation of these metrics can be found in the earnings release filed earlier today.

Joining me today are Leonard Fluxman, Executive Chairman; Glenn Fusfield, Chief Executive Officer and President; and Stephen Lazarus, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Leonard will begin with his highlights of our fourth quarter and fiscal year and then discuss the key priorities we are focused on in fiscal 2020. Then Glenn will discuss our service offering innovation, followed by Stephen, who will provide more details on the financials and share our outlook as well as the impact on our business from the coronavirus.

And I'd now like to turn the call over to Leonard.

Leonard I. Fluxman, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - Executive Chairman [3]

Thank you, Jessica. Good morning, and welcome to OneSpaWorld's Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 Earnings Conference Call. The year was a milestone for the company. We successfully entered the public markets. We grew sales and after-tax free cash flow conversion. We initiated our first-ever quarterly dividend. And importantly, we increased training our staff by 20% to prepare for a record number of new vessels in 2020.

Indeed, the year saw several accomplishments towards our strategy to leverage our robust operating platform to grow our market share at sea. We are pleased to deliver financial results in line with our updated guidance despite absorbing increased public company costs and an unprecedented number of ships temporarily taken out of service.

In total, for the fiscal year, net revenues increased 4% to $562.2 million; adjusted net income grew by 4% to $32.5 million; adjusted EBITDA of $58.2 million increased from 4% from 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $55.8 million, inclusive of comparable public company costs; and unlevered after-tax free cash flow increased 2% to $54.1 million compared to $52.9 million in the prior year.

Highlighting some of our accomplishments made during the year. We commenced cruise ship contracts and extended existing agreements for health and wellness at sea, including extending agreements with Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises, Windstar Cruises and Crystal Cruises; commencing services on Costa Venezia, Spectrum of the Seas, Sky Princess, Norwegian Encore, Carnival Panorama and Costa Smeralda; being named Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises' official partners to operate spa and wellness centers on their entire fleet; being named Virgin Voyages' official partner to operate health and wellness centers on their first-ever cruise offering; and being named Celebrity Cruises' official partner to operate health and wellness centers on their entire fleet, increasing the Celebrity vessels operated on in 2020 by 9.

We introduced new services in medi-spa and fitness while making it easier and more efficient to schedule spa visits with expanded online and pre-booking options. This field increases in average weekly revenue per ship and in average weekly revenue per staff -- shipboard staff per day for the fourth quarter and fiscal year.

I would like to thank our entire team and attentive staff for their dedication, commitment and contributions to the year. We are entering fiscal 2020 with the highest market share, highest vessel count and largest vessel additions in our history. This, along with strong free cash flow and a robust operating platform, will continue to drive the company's successful expansion in the years ahead.

For fiscal 2020, we are focused on the following priorities for the business. First, to efficiently and effectively introduce our health and wellness programs across 27 new vessels, have already begun service on 4 Oceania and 1 Regent vessels in late December 2019. At the same time, we remain focused on maintaining excellent service levels across our entire fleet.

Second, to expand our treatment, products and services to our customers as we seek to grow onboard revenue. Glenn will discuss this activity in greater detail, but let me share some of the highlights. We are introducing new recovery treatments beyond acupuncture and exclusive fitness programs, while adding medi-spa services to new vessels. This year, we will introduce medi-spa on 14 new ships as well as enhance our product offering on new and existing vessels with additional body contouring and the advanced Thermage FLX amongst other new services. Overall, we will continue to build on our capabilities to reinforce our market position and -- as the preeminent health and wellness provider by redefining these experiences.

Let me now turn the discussion on the coronavirus and its impact on our business. The outbreak of the coronavirus continues to dominate headlines, and we are closely monitoring the situation to, first and foremost, ensure the safety of our employees as well as plan for business continuity. Currently, we can confirm there are no suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases for any of OneSpaWorld employees.

Our guidance includes only the known impact from this health crisis to our first quarter performance as the situation remains fluid and continues to evolve. Therefore, we are unable to determine the full impact on guidance to fiscal 2020 beyond the first quarter. The coronavirus has also negatively impacted and increased the volatility of our stock price, and as such, the underlying trading value of our warrants. Our significant progress had been made on our warrant retirement plan. The Board of Directors determined it was prudent to put this program temporarily on hold.

And now I'll turn the call over to Glenn to provide details regarding other operational highlights, including an update on our medi-spa initiatives, fee book and dynamic pricing initiatives. Glenn?

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Glenn J. Fusfield, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - President, CEO & Director [4]

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Thank you, Leonard. As Leonard mentioned, we remain committed to enhancing and expanding our services and product offerings that deliver superior experiences and choices to our guests. We are increasing investment in our medi-spa business this year to accelerate growth by expanding medi-spa to new vessels as well as offering a whole new breadth of treatment options. We will also continue to experience prepaid and prebook initiatives, which drive incremental sales to OneSpaWorld as well as our cruise partners.

I would like to provide a few operational highlights to demonstrate the progress we are achieving. In medi-spa, we have seen an average spend increase to $1,400, helping to drive year-over-year growth in our business. On average, prebooked and prepaid guests average spend within the OneSpaWorld platform is over 30% more than a walk-in guest.

Across cruise ships with prebooking platform, 16% to 24% of service revenue is prebooked, and over 80% of our fleet continues to offer prebooking, of which 65% is through the dynamic OneSpaWorld platform.

I would also like to highlight a few financial metrics that demonstrate the success we are delivering with our service enhancements. Average weekly revenue per ship count increased 4% in Q4 compared to the prior year, and average revenue per shipboard staff per day increased 2% in Q4 compared to the prior year.

We continue to roll out the following initiatives across the majority of our fleet as well as accelerate our investments to expand our offering to new products, services and vessels. In 2020, we will launch our medi-spa on 14 new ships, add body-contouring capabilities to 13 new vessels, expand our Thermage by 20 vessels. We will test IV therapy with a new cruise line partner. We will add micro-needling to our menu of medi-spa services.

We will test an expansion of our detoxifying and recovery capabilities with a state-of-the-art specialty treatment table and add stable in-cabin wellness programs to one of our cruise lines. Selectively enhance our fitness offering with the world-renowned F45 training program that provides an exclusive fitness experience.

We're going to launch our CBD product line in the first half of 2020, which will initially be limited to selected patients in the United States as well as e-commerce platform. And we are excited to update you on our Celebrity Cruises and ambassador-led women and wellness program, leveraging industry-leading influencers to highlight key areas of wellness and fitness.

We are also beginning to test a number of other exciting initiatives and programs within health and wellness, which we'll update you on in future quarters. This year, we will launch an unprecedented number of new ships for OneSpaWorld, and we will remain acutely focused on appropriately training our staff by leveraging our robust platform to ensure we deliver exceptional services to cruise line guests.

With that, I will turn the call over to Stephen, who will provide additional information on our fourth quarter financials and guidance.

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Stephen B. Lazarus, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - COO & CFO [5]

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Thank you, Glenn. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I'll begin with a review of the fourth quarter and full year and then update you on our 2020 guidance.

Total revenue for the quarter were $139 million, which was right at the midpoint of our Q4 guidance and a 4% increase compared to the fourth quarter last year. The increase from last year was driven primarily by 7 incremental net new shipboard health and wellness centers added to the fleet of cruise line partners, a continued trend towards larger and enhanced shipboard health and wellness centers and increasing collaboration with cruise line partners.

The split of revenue growth between service and product revenue was as follows: service revenue increased 5% to $107 million and product revenue expanded 1% to $32 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

Average weekly revenue per ship was $60,965, up 4% from $58,636 in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Average revenue per shipboard staff per day increased 2% year-over-year to $461. Average weekly revenue per land-based resort decreased 11%, which was expected due to the larger number of managed spas in our mix during the quarter, which generate less revenue per location.

Cost of service increased $5.2 million or 6% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to the increase in service revenue and the noncash impact of purchase accounting adjustments related to the fair value step-up of fixed assets in connection with the business combination. Cost of products increased $2.1 million or 8% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to the noncash impact of purchase accounting adjustments related to the inventory step-up in connection with the business combination.

Administrative expenses increased $1.6 million to $4 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, driven primarily by expenses incurred in connection with the business combination and costs associated to support our operations as a newly publicly traded, stand-alone company. Salary and payroll taxes decreased $200,000 to $3.9 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, as lower incentive compensation expense was offset by an increased headcount to support our operations as a newly publicly traded, stand-alone company.

Adjusted net income was $6.3 million, and adjusted EBITDA was $12.5 million in the fourth quarter, slightly below the midpoint of our guidance due to higher training costs incurred in preparation for the large number of vessels that we will serve in 2020. Adjusted net income per diluted share totaled $0.08 on 75.1 million diluted shares. Cash at December 31 was $14 million, and total debt net of deferred financing costs at the end of the quarter was $221 million. We had repaid $5 million of debt during the fourth quarter. Unlevered after-tax free cash flow for Q4 was $54.1 million.

Turning briefly to the full year. Total revenue for the year was $562 million, a 4% increase compared to prior year. The increase from last year was primarily driven by 7 incremental net new shipboard health and wellness centers added to the fleet of cruise line partners, the continued trend towards larger and enhanced shipboard health and wellness centers and the ongoing collaboration and improvement with cruise line partners. The growth was partially offset by the negative impact of an unprecedented number of ships temporarily taken out of service in 2019.

The split of revenue growth between service and product revenue was as follows. Service revenue increased 5% to $431 million and product revenue expanded 1% to $131 million compared to fiscal 2018. Adjusted net income increased 2% to $32 million, and adjusted EBITDA rose 4% to $58.2 million when including public company costs in fiscal 2018. Adjusted net income per diluted share totaled $0.44 on 74 million diluted shares for the year.

Moving then on to the guidance. As it is related to guidance, Leonard mentioned, we have included the known impact of the coronavirus in our first quarter fiscal 2020 guidance. However, given that there are still too many variables and uncertainties to reasonably forecast the full fiscal year for 2020, we are not yet able to determine the impact on guidance for the first -- full fiscal year beyond the first quarter.

For the Q1 we have experienced thus far, the known impact related to the coronavirus, including 141 canceled and modified itineraries, lower resort revenue associated with our land-based destination resort spas across Asia and associated expenses. Combined, these measures have an estimated impact on Q1 revenue of approximately $5 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $2 million.

This known impact is included for our full year 2020 guidance, which is as follows. We expect revenue for the full year in the range of 100 -- sorry, for the first quarter, I apologize. For Q1 of 2020, we expect revenue of $142 million to $147 million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected between $11 million and $13 million. This obviously includes the negative impact of the aforementioned $2 million from the coronavirus and compares to last year's first quarter adjusted EBITDA of $15.3 million, which did not include expenses associated with being a stand-alone and public company. As you recall, we went public in the latter part of March.

Adjusted net income is expected between $5 million and $7 million or between $0.07 and $0.10 per diluted share based on 75.1 million shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019. CapEx is expected in the range of $1 million to $3 million, and our forecast assumes 176 ships at the end of the period with an average ship count of 163. Average ship count reflects the ships that are expected to be in and out of service during the quarter. It also assumes 68 resorts at the end of the quarter with an average resort count for the period of 68.

For fiscal 2020, we expect revenue between $620 million and $630 million, with adjusted EBITDA expected between $58 million and $64 million. This compares to 2019 adjusted EBITDA of $58.2 million or $53.8 million, including comparable public company costs and excluding the $2.8 million reversal of incentive compensation expense in 2019.

Adjusted net income is expected between $31 million and $36 million, and adjusted net income per share is expected between $0.43 and $0.48 per diluted share based on 75.1 million diluted shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019. For the full year, we expect CapEx to be between $5 million and $10 million.

Our forecast assumes 191 ships and 69 resorts at the end of the year, with an average ship count of 175 and an average resort count of 68. Excluding the impact of coronavirus on our 2020 guidance, it is in line with the guidance that we previously indicated for 2020.

And finally and importantly, as we noted in our press release this morning, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 10, 2020, which is payable on May 29, 2020.

And with that, we'll open up the call to questions. Claudia, if you could take the questions and pass them on, please.

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question is from Sharon Zackfia with William Blair.

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Sharon Zackfia, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner & Group Head of Consumer [2]

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I was hoping to get some more clarity on kind of current trends in your business outside of the voyage cancellations. I guess, first, could you remind us for the contractual minimums that you have to pay the cruise lines, how that might work? I assume you would not be on the hook for voyages that are canceled, but if you could kind of clarify that. And then secondarily, is there any -- are you sensing or seeing any reluctance of passengers to utilize the spa? Are you having to do any kind of incremental discounting? And the sourcing of staff, any kind of issue at this point?

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Leonard I. Fluxman, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - Executive Chairman [3]

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Sharon, it's Leonard. I'm trying to remember all your questions here. Firstly, from the perspective of have we seen any impact with regard to spending in the spa, the U.S. consumer still remains very robust. And globally, there might be some weak pockets. Obviously, Asia has dropped off relatively to the coronavirus and the fact that most cruises and activities have been canceled in that region. We have not seen a reluctance to come into spa in any of the ships that are cruising here in the United States, Caribbean, et cetera. And quite frankly, it's too soon to even tell that, and I don't think we're presently under a threat and we don't have the visibility to determine what, if any, impact is happening with the cruise lines. Only to the extent that they've reported perhaps any softness in bookings, which some of them have come out and said there is some of that already.

But remember, the most important thing about the way OneSpaWorld platform and our ability to penetrate, we don't need full ships. We just need great passengers. And as long as we can still continue to penetrate at 11%, we're still going to continue to generate decent weekly revenues.

From a staffing perspective, which I think was the last part of your question, clearly, staff in Asia, we're sending home if the ships are out of service. That obviously -- if ships are canceled for voyages for longer than 3 weeks, we'll send them home, and we'll get them back as soon as we can reactivate and the threat of the coronavirus has passed. With respect to sourcing from any other parts of the world, obviously, we're focused on areas where there may be potential risks not to hire from that region. But we have sufficient capacity and bandwidth to hire in other regions, such that it will not put imminent pressure on our ability to staff the number of ships that we're taking on this year.

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Sharon Zackfia, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner & Group Head of Consumer [4]

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I think the other part of the question that maybe wasn't addressed was on your contractual minimums with the cruise companies, and how that -- the market...

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Leonard I. Fluxman, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - Executive Chairman [5]

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Yes. That clearly should not be a factor because our minimums are not on a weekly basis or a quarterly basis. They're based on the prior year's actual, and they've set -- we went into a whole new construct after the financial crisis in 2007, 2009. And I do not expect any of those guarantees to be an issue for us, even with lower passenger count potentially through the year.

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Our next question is from Steve Wieczynski with Stifel.

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Steven Moyer Wieczynski, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD of Equity Research and Gaming & Leisure Research Analyst [7]

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You've obviously quantified the impact around COVID for the first quarter. But hypothetically, let's say things don't get better, we see more cancellations. I mean we just saw that last night at Royal Caribbean. I guess the question is, how should we think about the impact moving forward? I guess what I'm getting at here is most of the cancellations I think you've seen so far for the first quarter have been mostly Asian-based sailings, which there really should probably have less of an impact on your business. And I guess if we start to see more European or North American cancellations, wouldn't the impact be more than what's embedded in your first quarter guidance? I guess I just don't want people to take that number and kind of just push it through the entire year. I assume there might be more of an impact.

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Stephen B. Lazarus, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - COO & CFO [8]

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Yes. Steve, it's Stephen here. So that's exactly right. Remember, our guidance only includes cancellations through March 31. So as you mentioned, even as recently as last night, there were additional cancellations. Because of the fluidity of the situation, we don't know yet. Obviously, nobody knows how many cruises could be canceled before the end of the year. So there will be additional downside to our 2020 numbers as cruises continue to be canceled. And obviously, we'll do whatever we can in terms of driving revenue elsewhere. But the number so far is through March, and cruises canceled subsequent to that will have additional downside to our 2020 number.

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Steven Moyer Wieczynski, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD of Equity Research and Gaming & Leisure Research Analyst [9]

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Okay. Got you. And then I don't know, this might be for Glenn. But wanted to ask about the prebook, prepaid options. And maybe some of the conversations or lack of conversations you've had with other ship partners that don't have that capability, maybe why has that been so slow to adapt? And I guess when you showed on the stats that you mentioned earlier in the call, what's their response to that?

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Glenn J. Fusfield, OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited - President, CEO & Director [10]

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Where did you spend your last birthday? At a club? On a beach, pia colada in hand? Perhaps you were in a bar, doing the Macarena? Or maybe you celebrated turning another year older in a gym or boutique fitness studio, which is how, it turns out, a growing number of us are choosing to spend the one day of the year that is all about us.

Yes, the new way to give good birthday is by boosting your and your guests ailing endorphin supply. While swapping pub crawls for bear crawls might not sound like a sufficiently debauched way to celebrate, it will mean you feel infinitely better the morning after. And really, a good blast of cardio is not so far removed from dancing the night away at the Box is it?

A quick survey of the British Vogue office (and team members extended social circles), revealed just how many people are putting a wellness spin on once alcohol-fuelled events. One colleague described a recent hen weekend that included a group exercise class first thing in the morning (yes, first thing), while another marked their last birthday by running a half marathon and notching up a personal best. Perhaps most notably, British Vogues editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, recently enjoyed a star-studded birthday party at BXR, a boutique boxing gym that offers all the exclusivity of a members club, but with an emphasis on exercising.

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Enninful and his guests took on a VersaClimber session a tough cardio workout that is not for the faint-hearted. When I first started Versa climbing, I was terrible, he says. I just found it fun like dancing. But now Im really into it. I go at 6.45am, six or seven days a week. I thought it would be fun to do before my birthday dinner, and it was I loved looking around and seeing all my friends. We all felt good! Karen Elson was great, and Emma Weymouth, too. I was very impressed.

The evidence for this shift is not just anecdotal. Stats show that more and more young people are choosing to be teetotal (a quarter of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK dont drink alcohol), and opting for exercise and clean living activities over partying. Meanwhile, a report by Mintel shows that membership to private health and fitness gyms has leapt by 15 per cent in the last five years, with 6.1 million of us now fully fledged gym buffs, compared with 5.3 million in 2014.

Millennials and Generation Z are growing up in a world where healthy living is at the forefront of their minds, says Alex Nicholl, managing director and trainer at BXR. They no longer want to be spending their evenings drinking and weekends nursing a hangover. Their priorities are different, and theyre more willing to spend their income on gym classes that make them feel good, than on drinking, which has the opposite effect.

Theres truth in the old adage: healthy body, healthy mind; and limiting the risk of hangxiety in the wake of a birthday celebration is certainly in the interests of our mental wellbeing. Youre also more likely to have a proper conversation with your birthday guests in the gym than when it means shouting over a DJ to be heard. So the benefits to a 45-minute class go beyond simply getting fit. Socially, Sweat by BXR [the non-members only side of the gym] is a great place to meet a friend, or make new ones, or enjoy healthy food and juices in the cafe, Nicholl says. Most of our clients stay at BXR far longer than just their class.

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Fitness studios and clubs do have certain things in common these days, too. Boutique gyms also have mood lighting, bass-heavy music, energetic instructors that can get a crowd going as well as any DJ, and a group of people in tight-fitting clothing (Lululemon leggings or clinging jeans we know which wed prefer), all moving to the same beat. The refreshments might be different, but the rush is the same.

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Written by Jayashree Narayanan | Pune | Published: March 7, 2020 5:30:39 pm Join the fitness bandwagon starting this Womens Day. (Source: File Photo)

A little glance over social media would explain how celebrity fitness is a big draw with names like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Disha Patani and the likes trying out different fitness activities every once in a while.From yoga to Pilates, boxing to strength and conditioning, celebrities, especially women, have shown how to pull off challenging fitness activities and in the process are continuing to inspire millions of other women to take their health, including physical and mental one, on priority. However, it isnt just limited to the crme de la crme.

Urban educated women are taking up various fitness activities and, in the process, creating a change in the mindset around womens health and fitness. This International Womens Day, indianexpress.com spoke to a few women on what made them fitness seriously and what keeps them ticking.

Parul Pushkarna with her trainer at the gym. (Source: Parul Pushkarna)

For 27-year-old Parul Pushkarna who works in the corporate sector, strength and conditioning training was a natural progression once she understood how poignant is muscle strength. I started with aerobics in the first year of college because I wanted to lose weight. I managed to bring down my weight from 75 kgs to 54 kgs within six months. I gradually realised that toning the muscles is also equally important and I then started to lift weights, said Parul, who initially began with lifting 10 kilos and now can lift a mighty 120 kilos with ease.

Looking back at her fitness journey, Parul mentioned, When I started off, I wasnt that confident in my skin. But prioritising my health and fitness has surely improved my confidence levels, has had a calm effect on me. I naturally feel better, more energised, post my one and a half to two hour workout every morning, Delhi-based Parul said.

At all times, women are expected to live for others. I feel fitness is the only thing that we can do for our own selves. Also, here we are talking just not about physical fitness but mental health and happiness too.

I used to hate burpees initially but now they are an essential part of my routine. They help sculpt like none other. Squats and push-ups too.

While 35-year-old Mathangi Badrinathan was always inclined towards a fitness-oriented lifestyle owing to her food and nutrition degree, it was marathon running that the mother to a nine-year-old child longed to take up. It has been five years since I have been participating in marathons. I have liked sports always so going for marathons now a days gives me a sort of happiness as it rekindles my childhood memories of running around with that free spirit, explained an elated Mathangi, who has completed 5K diatnces and now plans to scale up.

While people say that age doesnt matter when it comes to taking up fitness, Mathangi urges women to try and make an early start. Its not just about weight loss, it is about keeping yourself fit. As we reach 35 years of age, by nature our body tends to become weak and lethargic. And since we are living a sedentary lifestyle, it is important for us to involve in some activity or the other, said the Bengaluru-based.

Women have always proved themselves in all fields. Till now, I have not seen or heard of anything that women cant achieve. It applies to fitness as a lifestyle too.

I cycle, do zumba or aerobics alternate days. I have also included yoga for flexibility and daily one hour of badminton.

When photographer Priyamvada Mangal experienced severe levels of stress which caused her immunity to drop down and her productivity took a hit, she decided to join a yoga class once a week. However very soon, she decided to enroll herself for a seven-month Teacher Training Course (TTC) of 900 hours to understand the yogic philosophy in a much nuanced way. Yoga has changed me completely. I am now more mentally sorted and fit which has automatically improved my schedule. There were certain things we learnt in our course like reflection, gratitude and journalling which have really helped me change my perspective about a lot of things, said Priyamvada.

Mumbai-based Priyamvada is currently teaching yoga after her TTC and also goes to learn twice a week at an advanced class. Emphasising that fitness is not only about the physical aspect, Priyamvada said, Your diet, sleep and even how calmly and productively you do things that are important to you is also as important if not more. If you are mentally fit, then youd like to sleep well and even choose the right kinds of foods that show on your overall health.

Everyone does everything for themselves. What is important is to make the right choice, be it a man or awoman. If you are eating a fruit vs eating a chocolate, both are your choices to make. The question is which is better. The same principle applies for spending money to go to a late-night show versus spending money for anearly morning yoga class.

I do at least an hour of yoga, few minutes of meditation and try to eat the right kind of food. For example, fruits, coconut water and home-cooked food.

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Willoughby Public Library did its part to start patrons off on the right path in 2020.

The library hosted its first New Year, New You Health and Wellness Fair Jan. 18.

Presenting high-quality, relevant and free programming to the public is a high priority for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library system, said Assistant Library Manager Travis Fortney. And to that end, each of our four locations have chosen topics that we believe will be of sufficient interest to devote an entire day of programming for our signature programs.

These programs started in December with Eastlake Library's Holiday DIY Day and will continue this year with a Fantasy, Folkore and Fiction Festival at Willowick Library on May 16 and All About Herbs day at the Willoughby Hills branch in the fall.

With the new year, so many of us seek to start or restart better habits for our physical or emotional selves, Fortney said. Our full day of programming includes topics such as goal-setting, decluttering, healthy eating and fitness.

There was a waiting list for an opportunity to hear Dr. Oz show contributor and four-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael Roizen, an internist at Cleveland Clinic, where he is chief wellness officer.

Another popular session was a hands-on class on cardio drumming. It involves a bucket, an exercise ball, drumsticks, lots of movement and, of course, music with a good beat.

A cardio-drumming class was held at Willoughby Library during a health and wellness fair Jan. 18.

It's a very fun, colorful activity that is fast-paced and varied, but accessible to all fitness levels, Fortney said. He noted that the class, presented by Willowick-based Will-Power Nutrition, will return to the library Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and April 21.

The business offers Herbalife Nutrition, fitness classes and a fit camp on Monday nights.

One of the owners, Melissa Dawson, got hooked on cardio drumming after taking part in a class offered by Empower Nutrition of Mentor.

Melissa Dawson leads a cardio-drumming workout at WIlloughby Library.

Dawson said it combines her love of music and movement.

Weve created routines; we only do about four or five moves per song, so its easier to catch onto, she said. Once youve learned it, you push yourself to do exaggerated moves. There are modifications for every level.

I dont like the gym, added fellow class leader Melissa Davidson. So going into a club setting where you can be positive and work out, and not feel self-conscious is a good feeling. Its a good feeling to be around like-minded people.

They insist no drumming background or even rhythm is required to take part.

Helen Drake of Willoughby has some experience playing a hand drum, but shed never heard of cardio drumming before.

Helen Drake enjoys a cardio-drumming workout at Willoughby Library.

This really got my attention because I like drumming and its an interesting way to do cardio, she said.

Dawson said the classes are growing and they are looking for new spaces to hold them.

They have held workouts for various groups in the community, including staff at Wickliffe Schools and football players at North High School.

Were willing to come to you if you want to try it out, she said.

Willoughby Library offered a health and wellness event Jan. 18.

The first class is free, then $5 per person or four classes for $15.

For more information about cardio drumming, visit Will-Power Nutritions Facebook page. For more on Willoughby-Eastlake libraries programming, visit WE247.org or call 440-942-3200.

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