HIV & AIDS in the United States Update: National HIV Testing Day June 27

Each year on June 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) observe National HIV Testing Day. On this day, the agency unite with partners, health departments, and other organizations to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. You, too, can help to encourage HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day and every day by ensuring people get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to the proper care and treatment services.

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This year, Act Against AIDS Instagram will launch the week of June 22 in support of National HIV Testing Day. Act Against AIDS (AAA) is an initiative launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The White House to combat complacency about HIV and AIDS in the United States. Launched in 2009, Act Against AIDS focuses on raising awareness among all Americans and reducing the risk of infection among the hardest-hit populations – gay and bisexual men, African Americans, Latinos, and other communities at increased risk.

Act Against AIDS consists of several concurrent HIV prevention campaigns and uses mass media (TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet) to deliver important HIV prevention messages. All campaigns support the comprehensive HIV prevention efforts of CDC and the nhtd_profile_logoNational HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Act Against AIDS also supports the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), a network of national-level organizations that focus on African Americans, black men who have sex with men (MSM), and the Latino community.

National HIV Testing Day is a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners. An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and that number grows by almost 50,000 every year. One in seven people who have HIV don’t know it. That means they aren’t getting the medical care they need to stay healthy and avoid passing HIV to others.

The CDC has found that more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in the United States could be prevented by testing and diagnosing people who have HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Early linkage to and retention in HIV care is central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV. HIV medicines can keep people with HIV healthy for many years, and greatly reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to their sex partners.

But before we can stop any epidemic, we first have to recognize the magnitude of the disease. HIV is still a threat across the United States. And even though there are treatments to help people with HIV live longer than ever before, AIDS is still a significant health issue. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.

No safe and effective cure currently exists, but scientists are working hard to find one, and remain hopeful. Meanwhile, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is often called antiretroviral therapy or ART, which can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can have a nearly normal life expectancy.

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HIV affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS. Learn more about the stages of HIV and how to tell whether you’re infected.

Getting an HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV. Getting tested can give you some important information and can help keep you—and others—safe. For example,

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and that people with certain risk factors get tested more often. People with more than one sex partner, people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and people who inject drugs are likely to be at high risk and should get tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from even more frequent testing, depending on their risk. To protect your own health, you should also get tested if you have been sexually assaulted.

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If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the CDC recommends HIV testing with each pregnancy, both for your own benefit and to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to your baby.

The immune system usually takes 3 to 8 weeks to make antibodies against HIV, but tests differ in how early they are able to detect antibodies. Although most HIV tests look for these antibodies, some look for the virus itself. The period after infection but before the test becomes positive is called the window period.

Deciding when to get tested therefore depends on when you may have been exposed and which test is used. You can ask your health care provider about the window period for the HIV test you are taking. If you are using a home test, you can get that information from the materials included in the packaging of the test.

A few people will have a longer window period, so if you get a negative antibody test result in the first 3 months after possible exposure, you should get a repeat test after 3 months. Ninety-seven percent of people will develop antibodies in the first 3 months after they are infected. In very rare cases, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibodies to HIV.

Knowing your HIV status gives you the power to control your health and your future. And getting tested has never been easier. You can ask your health care provider to test you for HIV. Many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer HIV testing. Testing is often free of charge. You can also:

  • Visit GetTested and enter your ZIP code.
  • Text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948), and you will receive a text back with a testing site near you.
  • Call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) to ask for free testing sites in your area.
  • Contact your local health department.
  • Get a home testing kit (the Home Access HIV-1 Test System or the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test) from a drugstore.

See Basic Testing Q&As for more information.

Ultimately, HIV testing is only one step. We can all do something to help stop HIV. Here are some ideas about how you and your friends can get involved.

  • Share your knowledge of HIV or your personal HIV story with others. One of the best ways to increase awareness is through a personal connection with others. Participants featured in CDC’s HIV awareness campaign Let’s Stop HIV Together, shared their voices and personal stories to raise HIV awareness, reduce stigma, and champion the power of relationships in the personal and public fight to stop HIV.
  • Use social media to increase HIV awareness. Follow @TalkHIV and tweet about National HIV Testing Day using ‪ #‎NHTD. You can also like Act Against AIDS on Facebook and create your own Let’s Stop HIV Together meme. Share your ad and encourage others to do the same.
  • Support people living with HIV. Have an open, honest conversation about staying safe and healthy. Listen to the challenges that people living with HIV face and provide support for their special needs.
  • Volunteer in your community. The first step to getting involved in HIV prevention is to contact your local AIDS service organizations and/or community health departments. These groups can help identify opportunities or other organizations that may need the support of volunteers .

In addition, CDC’s Act Against AIDS (en Español ) campaign materials promote HIV awareness and testing in high-risk populations.

CAST AND CREW OF MAGNOLIA PICTURES’ TANGERINE TO CELEBRATE TRANS PRIDE AT NYC PRIDE MARCH

Sean Baker, James Ransone, Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Special Guests to Ride TANGERINE-Themed Float at NYC Pride on Sunday, June 28th 

The cast and crew of Sundance Film Festival sensation TANGERINE are about to let their transgender flags fly high and proud. TANGERINE director Sean Baker, cast members James Ransone (TV’s “The Wire”), Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, and special surprise guests are confirmed to celebrate TANGERINE at the 45th Annual NYC Pride March on Sunday, April 28th. At NYC Pride, the cast and crew of TANGERINE will celebrate trans pride, a movement that is getting its overdue public acknowledgment. Spinning on the float will be trans DJ Mursi Layne.

Actors Mya Taylor, James Ransone and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez; Photo Courtesy of OUT

Actors Mya Taylor, James Ransone and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez; Photo Courtesy of OUT

TANGERINE premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim and the stars of the film, Taylor and Rodriguez, are trans actresses playing trans characters.  The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote about TANGERINE, “the most astonishing thing about this perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie is the tenderness with which he foregrounds marginalized characters.”

Ingeniously shot on the iPhone 5s, Rolling Stone has called TANGERINE  “a visually innovative knockout that grabs you from the first frame.” Buzzfeed calls the film “riotous, daring and crackling with vitality.

The TANGERINE float will be in the first half of the March, which starts at noon on Sunday, June 28th; that evening, TANGERINE will make its New York debut as the closing night film of BAMcinemaFEST. It opens in theaters July 10th. 

About the TANGERINE float, Baker says, “We’re excited, honored and ‘proud’ to be part of NYC Pride! Party time!

Jere Keys of NYC Pride says of TANGERINE’s participation, “We’re thrilled to have TANGERINE join with over 350 groups who will be marching in this historic year, especially as the film further highlights the amazing diversity of people and issues represented by NYC Pride.”

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

 

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART PRESENTS ANYWHERE IN TIME: A CONLON NANCARROW FESTIVAL JUNE 17–JUNE 28, 2015

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Since his death in 1997, the music of Conlon Nancarrow, which borrowed both from boogie-woogie and the atonal avant-garde, has grown in influence and infamy. This landmark festival will include a retrospective of Nancarrow’s complete Studies for Player Piano and performances by Alarm Will Sound, Steve Coleman, and others, as well as a dance performance presented by the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Conlon Nancarrow’s custom built punching machine in his studio. The scale shows the pitches of the notes. Courtesy the artist’s estate

Conlon Nancarrow’s custom built punching machine in his studio. The scale shows the pitches of the notes. Courtesy the artist’s estate

The eleven-day Anywhere in Time Festival is a comprehensive reflection of Nancarrow’s music, bringing together leading artists whose practice is directly or indirectly informed by his work. It marks the first complete retrospective of Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano in the United States, performed on a renovated 1921 instrument identical to the composer’s own. One of the most innovative interpreters of Nancarrow, Alarm Will Sound, is in residence for two days, playing existing and new arrangements plus a fascinating selection of related works by other composers. Percussion virtuoso Chris Froh leads a day of percussion, playing seemingly impossible solo Nancarrow arrangements and discussing and dissecting the works. Dancers from the Merce Cunningham Trust Fellowship Program present reconstructed performances of Cunningham’s seminal dance Crises (1960), which famously brought Nancarrow’s music to its first international audiences. Jazz composer and saxophonist Steve Coleman, with his ensemble Five Elements, brings his own M-Base rhythmic principals to the proceedings. Guitar improviser Henry Kaiser and composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti share a bill exploring the deep influence of Nancarrow on their own innovative practices. Virtuoso of the Player Piano, the definitive film made about Nancarrow, will screen twice during the festival.

Anywhere in Time offers opportunities to hear the player piano firsthand and up close, as visitors to Nancarrow’s studio would have experienced it. In sessions entitled Nancarrow Deconstructed, the architectural nature of the compositions is exposed and explained by a combination of the featured artists, festival co-curator Dominic Murcott, and special guests including Charles Amirkhanian, the producer of the most important Nancarrow recordings; Kyle Gann, journalist, composer, and author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow; and James Greeson, director of Virtuoso of the Player Piano. The Whitney will also welcome Yoko and Mako Nancarrow, the artist’s wife and son, who will take part in discussions and share their experiences of the composer’s life.

Conlon Nancarrow next to one of Juan O’ Gorman’s murals at his studio, circa 1980s. Courtesy the artist’s estate

Conlon Nancarrow next to one of Juan O’ Gorman’s murals at his studio, circa 1980s. Courtesy the artist’s estate

In the eighteen years since his death, the music of composer Conlon Nancarrow has steadily grown in influence and infamy. Viewed as a fascinating anomaly during much of his lifetime, Nancarrow created staggeringly complex pieces with rhythmical structures—borrowed from boogie-woogie and the atonal avant-garde, and, eventually, formed in his own unique language—that he achieved through highly unusual means.

After fighting in the Spanish Civil War against Franco’s fascist regime, Nancarrow returned to the United States but was refused a passport renewal on the basis of his political beliefs. He responded by relocating in 1940 to Mexico City, where he lived for the remainder of his life. Working in near isolation, Nancarrow ceased writing music for live performers and instead turned to the only means of realizing his musical vision in the precomputer era: composing for the player piano.

The eventual patronage of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Györgi Ligeti, and others ensured that Nancarrow’s oeuvre was ultimately recorded and distributed. By the 1980s, a new generation of highly skilled players took an interest in his work, and his ensemble pieces crept into the canon. Heroically difficult instrumental arrangements of his player piano music have become increasingly popular. But while the recordings of his works are relatively familiar, player pianos themselves have all but disappeared.

Anywhere in Time: A Conlon Nancarrow Festival is co-curated by Dominic Murcott and Jay Sanders, Curator and Curator of Performance. Tickets are required for select events in this performance series. Check the full schedule below for further information and ticketing.

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CONLON NANCARROW: PLAYER PIANO ON VIEW, WED, JUNE 17, 2015  10:30 AM–3 PM

An ongoing installation of a 1921 Marshall and Wendell Ampico upright player piano identical to Nancarrow’s own will be on view along with the piano roll for his Study #36. Periodically throughout the day, various Nancarrow Studies will be played and also discussed at 1 pm in the program: Nancarrow Deconstructed.
Player piano on view
Wednesday, June 17Thursday, June 18Monday, June 22Wednesday, June 24Thursday, June 25 – Throughout the day. Free with Museum admission

Conlon Nancarrow. Courtesy Charles Amirkhanian

Conlon Nancarrow. Courtesy Charles Amirkhanian

Screening: Virtuoso of the Player Piano
CONLON NANCARROW: VIRTUOSO OF THE PLAYER PIANO (2012), WED, JUNE 17 & JUNE 22, 2015 4 PM, (2012) by James Greeson. Running time: 57 minutes.
Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
A biographical overview of Nancarrow’s life and times, from his beginnings in Texarkana, Texas, and his years in Boston through his fighting in the Spanish Civil War and his emigration to Mexico. The film features interviews with his family members and those who were closest to Nancarrow during his career, including Yoko Nancarrow, Charles Amirkhanian, Kyle Gann, and Trimpin, among others. It also presents performance footage of his first published piano pieces, as well as a newly discovered set of two-part inventions he composed in his first years in Mexico performed at the Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland by pianist Helena Bugallo. Other highlights include “live” performances of his powerful Studies #25, 3a, 37, and 21, his famous “Canon X.” Filmmaker Jim Greeson will be present for the screening.
Tickets for this program are required, and include the cost of admission ($22 adults, $18 seniors, free for members). Due to limited capacity, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase. 
Wednesday, June 17; Monday, June 22, 4 pm. Tickets required

Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

 

Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Thursday, June 18, 8 pm. Tickets required
STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Jazz composer Steve Coleman has cited Conlon Nancarrow as an important influence and one of his favorite composers. In his own singular music, Coleman has explored the complexities of rhythm and time in utterly unique ways. In most music, there is an agreed-upon groove. Other music uses syncopation to suggest other rhythms. Finally, there comes a point where the glue dissolves and the separate rhythmic entities have more and more tenuous relationships. Coleman’s dense, mysterious musical structures tip over into something else, as his rhythmic work is often both polyrhythmic (one rhythm with a number of grooves), and he is one of the very few players working with polytempo (completely different tempi).
Steve Coleman and his ensemble Five Elements include: Steve Coleman (alto saxophone), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Miles Okazaki (electric guitar), Anthony Tidd (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums).
Tickets for this program are required, and include the cost of admission ($22 adults, $18 seniors, free for members). Due to limited capacity, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Continue reading

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Special Gifts For Special Dads

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be complicated – there is no denying this fact. Every individual wants to buy their father something he can enjoy – not something he’s just going to act like he likes and toss to the side behind your back. If you are still stumped on what to get dad this Father’s Day, forgo the annual socks and tie- buying ritual and give the gift of better grooming. Below you will find the best men’s hair, skin, and body gifts: Gifts that he will appreciate–and use–every day.

Gifts For The Sporty Dad
Molton Brown was founded as a hair salon in 1973 and has become one of the UK’s leading upmarket cosmetic firms. Molton Brown’s products such as shampoos, shower gels and lotions are sold in many of the world’s most exclusive department stores. The company also owns its own network of retail stores with locations around the world and is known for making its products in England, with its main production facility based in Hertfordshire in the UK. The Molton Brown Sports Collection is perfect for the active man, pre- and post-exercise.

The following pieces are a good starter kit for Dad’s gym bag:
Molton Brown 4 in 1 Sports Wash for Body, Face, Hair & Shave ($24.00, moltonbrown.com): This men’s 4-in-1 shower gel, face wash, hair wash and shave gel is a cleansing powerhouse. A refreshing 4-in-1 sports wash, blended with cassia bark and zesty lime (to refresh and deodorise), ultra-shine complex for hair, skin conditioners and guar gum to help soften stubble for a closer shave. It’s the perfect all-rounder men’s grooming product to slip into a gym bag when you don’t have much time to spare. (When using this Sport 4-in-1 as a hair wash, face wash and body wash, lather up and massage across damp skin and into the hair. When using as a shave gel, lather up a little longer for a richer foam.)
Molton Brown Anti-Perspirant Sportstick ($22.00, moltonbrown.com): A refreshing anti-perspirant stick blended with cassia bark and andiroba oil for happy skin, this sprightly scented antiperspirant stick gives 24-hr protection while soothing your skin.
Molton Brown Sport Body Hydrator ($26.00, moltonbrown.com): A hydrating body moisturizer blended with cassia bark and zesty lime, this sport body hydrator is the ideal body lotion for active men as a pre and post exercise men’s grooming tool.

The Stylish Dad
The stylish dad is alwys one step ahead of the pack when it comes to looking good; so Philip B. Hair Care, a variety of luxurious botanical products that restore and maintain hair’s health, shine and manageability, is just the gift to give him and one he will use and enjoy going forward.


Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo ($35.00, philipb.com): A gentle daily shampoo that’s perfect for normalizing an oily scalp or soothing a dry one, it’s loaded with natural antibacterial botanicals that wash in softness and shine, offering a gentle deep clean, for skin and hair that’s irresistibly soft and touchable.
Philip B Lovin Pomade ($26.00, philipb.com): A texturizing and shaping lightweight pomade that beautifully defines any style, and dries to a soft, semi-matte finish, it is perfect for fine to medium hair types; keeping hair in place.
Philip B Scent of Santa Fe Balancing Shampoo ($26.00, philipb.com): Nourish and cleanse hair while evoking the uplifting scent of the Sangrê de Cristo Mountains.

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Avon’s Untouchable Strength Eau de Toilette Spray ($26, avon.com): A powerful, inspiring blend of energizing mandarin, cool cedar leaf oil and masculine patchouli, it has already developed a following among fragrance connoisseurs across the board.

The All Natural Dad
Burt’s Bees knows how to treat a man. This line of natural skin care will revolutionize your dad’s grooming routine. Burt’s Bees manufactures their products (0ver 197 and growing) with natural ingredients using minimal processing such as distillation/condensation, extraction/steamed distillation/pressure cooking, and hydrolysis to maintain the purity of those ingredients. In addition, every product has a “natural bar” which gives a percentage of natural ingredients in that product, often with detailed ingredient descriptions.


Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap, ($4, burtsbees.com): Intensely clean, our energizing and purifying soap is made from an all-natural vegetable soap base featuring Lemon, Orange and Petitgrain Oils.
Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash, ($8, burtsbees.com): A natural, wake me up, this invigorating natural body wash cleanses and moisturizes.
Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream, ($8, burtsbees.com): This shave cream combines the skin’s calming effects of Calendula and Linden Extract with the hydrating effects of Chamomile resulting in a close smooth shave
Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant ($8.00, burtsbees.com) Made from an odor-fighting botanical, this powerful natural deodorant harnesses energizing Citrus Oils, woodsy Cyprus and Warm Fir.

Spa Treatments With An International Twist

Too busy for your seasonal spa vacation outside of the United States? Never fear, you can retreat to one of these US spas for a luxe treatment inspired by an exotic international destination. These services will ensure your mind is whisked away to an exotic vacation, even if your body is still here in the states.

 Exhale Spa at Gansevoort Meatpacking (New York City)

Exhale Spa at Gansevoort Meatpacking (New York City)

Japan: Shiatsu Massage at Exhale Spa at Gansevoort Meatpacking (New York City)
Finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques come together to send you into a new state of wellbeing. This ancient therapy encourages the proper flow of Qi, or life energy, which in turn improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress. Exhale’s Shiatsu Massage is inspired by Japanese bodywork that is actually based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. (60 minutes; $150). Bookable via ALICE app or by phone at 212.660.6733. (http://exhalespa.com/locations/new-york-meatpacking)

 Spa Toccare at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (New Jersey)

Spa Toccare at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (New Jersey)

Egypt: Egyptian Milk and Honey Cocoon Float at Spa Toccare at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (New Jersey)
Pamper yourself like that famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. This deep moisturizing treatment guarantees velvety smooth skin and a new level of relaxation. Skin is rehydrated with a sugar scrub. High-quality oils and goat milk based moisturizing crème cover the body from head to toe as you float weightlessly cocooned in the warmth of their soft pack bed. (http://www.theborgata.com/spas/spa-toccare, 50 minutes; $140)

Marmara Park Avenue - Wellness Center

Marmara Park Avenue – Wellness Center

Turkey: Wellness Center at The Marmara Park Avenue (New York City)
Set to open in mid-August, The Marmara Park Avenue will debut a wellness center that features a “clarity chamber” where guests will be able to enjoy traditional Turkish hammam treatments or simply unwind. The wellness center will be exclusive to hotel guests and included within the room rates but the treatment will be well worth the staycation.
The Marmara Park Avenue (http://park.marmaranyc.com/, 114 East 32nd, St New York, NY 10016) occupies a 21-story building that dates back to 1927, and is an up-and-coming landmark defined by a subtle elegance that uplifts the ordinary. Pairing impeccable style with unmitigated comfort, It honors New York City’s history while constantly evolving the very meaning of hospitality. Each of the 128 suites and guestrooms, including three penthouses, boast vast, spacious ceilings that capitalize on the location’s natural light, providing uninterrupted and unparalleled views of the New York skyline. Inside, the rooms feature massive guest beds topped with mountains of pillows, wetbars /fully-equipped kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors. And you don’t have leave the hotel to step into the city: 40 suites come equipped with private terraces.  Continue reading

The BodyHoliday Launches Pioneering BodyScience Program with DNA Testing

In the beginning, A spa is a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes sea water) is used to give medicinal baths. But, as with everything else in life, the concept of a spa has changed and continue to do so at seemingly breakneck speed.

The BodyHoliday Resort Spa in St. Lucia (Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

The BodyHoliday Resort Spa in St. Lucia (Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

Situated on a private cove in the northwest tip of St. Lucia, The BodyHoliday, an award-winning health and wellness resort, provides a luxurious and relaxing getaway experience in an idyllic setting.  Owned and managed by the Barnard family, the 155-room all-inclusive wellness resort sits directly on Cariblue’s crescent beach and is surrounded by 42 acres of lush tropical gardens.

A destination resort spa with a wide range of personal care treatments, The BodyHoliday offers unparalleled services and amenities including: a 30,000 square-foot wellness center, five unique food and beverage venues, scuba school, tennis and golf academies, archery, fencing, T’ai Chi, yoga, pilates, an array of watersports and recreational activities, and personalized “lifestyle consultation” services. The resort now also boasts a luxury open-plan Penthouse Suite complete with private Hammam, Kinesis Gym equipment and a steam room. And now, it’s taking personalized health, fitness and nutrition programs to the next level with the introduction of  DNA testing in the pursuit of optimal wellness.

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

(Photo courtesy of The BodyHoliday)

The ground-breaking program, BodyScience, launched after nearly 2 years of hard work, research and development, will allow the experts at The BodyHoliday to customize highly individual programs for their guests, thus allowing them to truly maximize their visit.

Ahead of their arrival guests will be asked to provide a series of home-based tests, DNA samples and answer an extensive questionnaire that will be sent off and analyzed by BodyScience experts. On arrival, guests will receive a consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor who will perform on-site tests that provide further information about the guest’s state of health and wellness to complement the initial results.  These tests include assessing heart rate, blood pressure, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, cardio and arterial fitness, body fat analysis, lung capacity, 3D heart mapping and Iridology, among others.

The combined regiment of tests will establish the patient’s body type – whether they are a natural endurance runner, sprinter or weightlifter, for example – to ensure they are exercising to their full potential and to avoid potential injuries. The tests will also clarify specific food types that are good and bad for the guest’s body, enabling them to create a positive, preventative nutrition plan that will help combat existing ailments and avoid those that they may be more likely to contract at a later stage. Guests can start their meal plan with immediate effect. The resort’s own wellness chef will cook personalized dishes to be served at any one of the restaurants at any time, allowing families or friends to enjoy their vacation without any constraints on where they can eat.

Existing programs at The BodyHoliday such as BodyAware and Stressbuster can be enhanced with this new type of testing, with over 800 nutritional supplements that can be prescribed. The Spa will also offer these six distinctive programs to choose from:

Destress: An individualized nutrition and lifestyle program to help support the body handle stress and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Detox: Scientific laboratory tests to discover your body’s detoxification status. Based on the results, it will provide an individualized nutrition and lifestyle program to help you optimize your detoxification.

Fitness: Appropriate and reliable laboratory tests can give an accurate insight into how your body is genetically predisposed to certain exercise regimes, and highlights any nutritional or functional deficiencies, so that you can redress them, fuel your body appropriately, and get most out of your training. It is also possible from the appropriate tests to get a glimpse at how effectively the body is likely to be recovering and repairing after training. This again can be improved with the right nutrients.

Digestive Health: The Spa will investigate causes of your symptoms and discomfort with the use of state of the art laboratory tests. Based on the results, it will provide an individualized nutrition and lifestyle program with the aim of restoring digestive health and comfort.

Healthy Aging: By identifying where your body needs extra support to slow down the aging process, and to function optimally, laboratory tests are essential to providing this information and the results form the basis of a detailed individualized health program that is designed to support your body to restore more youthful function and age gracefully – with vitality whilst looking great.

Weight Management: Based on laboratory test results, you receive your own personalized dietary and exercise program, which addresses any biochemical imbalances and subsequently influences how you achieve and maintain your healthy weight.

As part of the initiative, guests taking part in BodyScience (with the prices for the testing start from $3,000 per person exclusive of a guest’s stay) will be given exclusive access to a password-protected, personalized web room dedicated to the guest on The BodyHoliday website to access and analyze their results before, during and after their stay.

The BodyHoliday is a five star resort that has become synonymous with health and well-being the world over. The property has earned rave reviews and was recently voted by readers as one of the “Top Hotels and Resorts in the Caribbean” and “Top Caribbean Destination Spas” in the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

Asian Art Museum Continues Summer Celebration of Contemporary Chines Art

The Asian Art Museum continues its summer of contemporary art with an array of public programs mostly exploring the topics addressed in 28 Chinese, on view until August 16.

– On Thursday, July 2, artist and co-founder of The Civic Beat An Xiao Mina will lead a panel focusing on creative forms and expression and host a calligraphy workshop in Memes, Puns and Selfies: A Look at Chinese Digital Culture, which is an interactive program designed to explore the visual culture of the Chinese Internet.

– 7/11 Teacher Workshop: China and the Forbidden City – Learn about the past and present of China’s Forbidden City, then view 28 Chinese and see how the contemporary artists in the show resonate with their cultural identities.

– On Saturday, July 18, the museum co–presents with Asia Society of North California Panel Discussion: Urbanization and Globalization in Chinaa panel discussion with leading scholars on the compatibility of Chinese traditions and global trends, as well two of the major forces agitating change in present day China: urbanization and globalization.

– On Thursday, July 23, the museum’s Artist Drawing Club member Ahree Lee presents Your Piece, which reimagines Korean wrapping cloths bojagi, through a video installation that invites the public to participate in creating a collective wrapping cloth of memories.

In addition, the Asian Art Museum will screen Fang Lu’s No World June 18th. No World raises questions about the process of image making, blurring the line between performance and reality. The film follows six young protagonists residing in an empty house performing their daily activities to rehearse the act of protest and perform violent behavior without actual conflict. The image of struggle seamlessly transforms into an image of youth: free, rebellious and beautiful. However, the question remains – what is an image? How is it produced, mediated and consumed? A conversation with the artist and Herb Tam, director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America Herb Tam, follows.

Artist Fang Lu is featured in the Asian Art Museum’s current special exhibition 28 Chinese.