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Insight Announces Launch of On-Site Health Center

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading worldwide technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has opened an on-site health center at its corporate headquarters location in Tempe.

At the Insight Health Center, teammates can receive annual exams, immunizations, blood tests, generic drug prescriptions, urgent care and other screening procedures. These new clinical services are offered to teammates on an Insight sponsored health plan, with plans to expand to all teammates and teammate dependents.

Insight recently celebrated the grand opening of the health center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a large number of teammates.

“We are thrilled to offer the convenience of an on-site health center to our 1,400 Tempe-based teammates,” said Jen Fernandez, vice president, human resources. “We all lead busy lives and the Insight Health Center is one way we’re helping our teammates achieve some additional work-life balance.”

Additionally, Insight’s existing wellness program, which has been in place for the past five years, has been relocated to the health center. This program assists teammates with managing their health through improved nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation and more.

For more information on Insight visit www.INSIGHT.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

Michael A Cordier

Michael Cordier Named Partner at Murphy Karber, Firm Gets New Name


Murphy Karber, a Phoenix construction, real estate and business law firm, announced it has added a third partner, Michael A. Cordier.

The firm also announced its new name, Murphy Karber Cordier PLC and unveiled a new logo. The firm will also use the trade name “MKC Law,” taking advantage of the State Bar of Arizona’s recent rule change.

In the late 1990s, Murphy and Cordier were partners at the former Phoenix firm of Robbins & Green, P.A.

“We are thrilled to add Michael and his legal skills and business acumen to the firm,” said Richard B. Murphy, founding partner of Murphy Karber Cordier PLC. “He will allow us to expand the firm’s services to areas we have not traditionally served.”

Cordier most recently served as the managing shareholder of the Phoenix office of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

“Richard and I have known Michael since our undergraduate school days at the University of Arizona,” said Robert M. Karber, co- founding partner, Murphy Karber Cordier, PLC. “We are so pleased to have our long-time friend and respected colleague join the firm.”

Cordier represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals in commercial matters and often serves as an outside general counsel for businesses. His areas of focus include business and corporate law, employment and labor law, intellectual property, real estate and commercial transactions and litigation.


Heliae Algae

Heliae Gets $15 Million Investment

Heliae, an Arizona-based algae technology solutions company, announced a capital raise of $15 million in funding from international conglomerate Salim Group’s agribusiness company, PT. PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Agri Investments Pte. Ltd.

Frank Mars, co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Heliae, stated, “I am personally pleased to welcome the Salim group into the Heliae family. As one of the most prominent equatorial-based food businesses in Southeast Asia, their Chairman, Anthoni Salim, recognizes the need to develop new and sustainable sources of nutrition and agricultural inputs to support the region’s growing demands.”

This new round of investment will support tangible steps toward creating an international presence for Heliae’s technology by funding continued research and development at Heliae’s demonstration facility in Arizona and taking steps toward operating an R&D center in Indonesia that will serve the region. Both of these near-term efforts will support the development of large commercial facilities in both regions in the next few years.

“Frank and I are of one mind on developing the solutions to address today’s issues with soil fertility, fresh water, growing demand for fish and animal feeds and ultimately sustainable fuel,” declared Anthoni Salim. “Our two families are committed to impacting the world’s future in a positive way. Both the large impact we see with algae and Heliae’s comprehensive approach to developing algae technology solutions formed our rationale for this strategic investment.”

This marks a total of close to $50 million in funding that Heliae has received since launching in 2008. As a start-up venture spun out of Arizona State University with the support of Science Foundation of Arizona, Heliae’s mission is to develop and validate technology solutions for the commercial production of algae for a variety of potential uses including food & feed, fertilizer, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and fuel.

“The recognition and support of the Salim Group delivers a sense of validation to our work,” said Dan Simon, President and CEO of Heliae. “These additional funds will help us broaden our reach and allow us to build a presence in Southeast Asia. Of equal importance to Heliae is the strategic relationship we have developed with Salim’s team and alignment of both groups – we look forward to the large impact we’ll be able to make collectively.”

For more information on Heliae, visit Heliae’s website at heliae.com.


Media-Influenced Weight Loss, Nutrition: Make Informed Decisions

“I really don’t eat that badly.” If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that, I’d be retired. If you’re seeking advice on nutrition there’s something about your body you want to change that your current eating habits are not satisfying.

Your nutrition

What is the basis for your nutritional guidelines? Are you following food industry principles and sponsored studies or independent PhD research? Most of the reliable information isn’t new; it has just been overshadowed by business propaganda.


According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, obesity in the U.S. has increased dramatically since 1985; currently one-third of adults are in this category. And the 1980 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans supported a major shift to double the recommended servings of carbohydrates, including starches, whole and enriched grains, as well as a greater reduction in fats. The effort was to reduce the risk of chronic diseases ― but it’s not working. 
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer percentages are all on the rise. Furthermore, food is big business, and all major industries have lobbyists influencing government agencies. As food companies’ profits expand, so does your waistline. So whose standards are you following?

More Confusion

Spend this weekend counting how many ads you view in any media for diet/nutrition programs. Now, think back through the last 10 years. Atkins®, Sugar Busters®, Zone®, South Beach®, Weight Watchers®, Nutrisystem®, etc. Which one is the best?

All are based on reasonable medical facts. Try any one and follow the program strictly, no exceptions, and you will lose weight. And then what? Whether it’s because you reach your goal weight or quit during the program, they are all banking on the fact that you will stop.

They are all companies seeking profits, and they have statistics predicting when you will gain the weight back and return to the program or try another one. It’s a vicious cycle that wreaks havoc on your body physically, mentally and emotionally.

What do I do?

Stop focusing on weight loss. This is a short-term goal with little concern for more important factors. Reducing your total body weight doesn’t improve your body. Focus your efforts on improving your overall health ― blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, sleeping better, sustained energy, elevated mood, mental clarity, and so on. The side effect? Long-term fat loss; you won’t be merely losing weight, but losing fat. Remember, it’s possible to stay the same weight while also lowering body fat.

Try this logic. Would Mother Nature provide anything to deliberately harm you? Is she focused on profit? All-natural means you can chase it, pull it out of the water, dig it out of the ground, or pick it off of a plant. Then you can eat it as is (or with minimal cooking because we’re not cavemen anymore).

Ever try Natural Cheetos? Tell me where I can find the Cheetos tree so I can pick a fresh bag. Remember that on your next trip to the grocery store. There are programs such as Paleo or Gluten-free living that are a bit extreme, but they do teach you to make better selections.

Nothing worthwhile is easy

Remember why and how badly you want this. It takes effort, discipline and desire. If it was easy everyone would look and feel great!

Educate yourself to make proper choices for your body and your lifestyle. Are you expected to maintain these choices all the time? Yes! That’s what a lifestyle change means ― for the rest of your life.

And although clean eating can put more demands on your budget, ask yourself this: would you rather spend now on better food or later on increased medical bills?

Green-Tara Spirulina Crunchies

’Green Tara,’ An Arcadia Business, Turns Pond Scum Into A Satisfying Snack

Green Tara’s Spirulina Crunchies, Spirulina Energy Bites and Spirulina Kale Chips has everybody talking and flashing a green smile. All Green Tara products are raw, vegan and gluten-free – no preservatives, nothing artificial, just pure and delicious.

What is spirulina? Created naturally in lakes, ponds and streams, many people refer to fresh water algae as “pond scum,” however, very simply, spirulina, is one of nature’s healthiest, most nutritious superfoods.

Green Tara’s unique spirulina is grown on a sustainable family farm in Costa Rica, in small pristine pools of water supplied by a deep well of pure, high-alkaline water. Absolutely no artificial chemicals, additives or preservatives are used at any time during its production.

Spirulina is a true superfood – some of its many health benefits include nature’s richest source of vitamin B-12, beta-carotene and iron (in a form easily absorbed by our bodies). It is also an extremely high source of (vegetable) protein, containing 400 times more protein than even beef. Dr. Mehmet Oz, the renowned Columbia University professor, touts spirulina as one the most important anti-aging nutritional supplements in existence.
Paul Torok came upon spirulina granules while spending time in Costa Rica. After meeting and becoming friends with the grower and his family, he began bringing back this special spirulina in his luggage to stock up between trips to share with friends and family.

As word started to spread and requests for the spirulina granules meant quantities exceeded the two-bag weight limit allowance of most airlines, he decided it was time to turn a labor of love into a business. In 2010, his better half, Annette Berk, joined the endeavor; they trademarked “Spirulina Crunchies,” formed Green Tara LLC, and opened shop in the Valley of the Sun.

Working together, they began sending samples far and wide to introduce this incredible superfood to one and all. Their passion for making scrumptious healthy food and getting folks to try new foods they wouldn’t ordinarily eat, led to creating treats made with spirulina – especially ones that are kid-friendly.

Green Tara’s products can be found online at Amazon.com, Eco-Bold, Open-Sky and Spencer’s Market, to name a few. In addition, their healthy, tasty products can be purchased directly from their website: www.greentara.biz/Shop.html.

Eat healthy, eat super foods

Start Your Transformation By Eating The Right Foods: Super Foods

While many take on the challenge of losing weight as a New Year’s resolution, some scour the web for quick and easy fixes such as diet pills or fasting. Who really has patience anymore in this era of instant gratification, right?Protect your body, increase your health!

But, the first step to losing weight is learning how to eat right. This means changing one’s eating habits and, of course, knowing which foods are best for you. This probably comes to no surprise, but it’s astonishing how many people are unable or unwilling to maintain the healthy way of dieting, which sometimes takes weeks, even months, to see noticeable results.

For those of you who are determined to cut the calories and become a healthier version of yourself, start your transformation by focusing within — repairing damaged cells and keeping your immune system strong.

How do you go about doing this? One way — one of the easiest ways — is consuming antioxidants and all of the necessary vitamins and minerals found within super foods. (But don’t forget to combine this with an active lifestyle and exercise.)

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals — harmful molecules in the body. These molecules are so harmful, the damage caused by them could lead to chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries), arthritis, heart disease and even cancer.

Antioxidants also fight off damage to your immune system, making it stronger, which will help you ward off colds and other infections.

So why wouldn’t you start healing and protecting your body now?

It’s time to start fighting back! Here’s a list of some super foods that will help you on your quest to a healthier life, attitude and body.


Pomegranate, Flickr, ahisgett

Pomegranate / Pomegranate Juice

What it Has: polyphenols (antioxidants)
Intake: try to drink it daily; studies show no negative effects to drinking this powerful juice
How it Helps: improves blood flow; stops plaque from building up in vessels; helps prevent heart disease

Fat-free Yogurt, Flickr, QuotableKidney

Low-fat/Fat-free Plain Yogurt

What it Has: protein, potassium, vitamin D
How it Helps: provides a healthy balance of bacteria in your stomach; aids in achieving total nutrition


What it Has: 12 vitamins and minerals
How it Helps: eating eggs at breakfast means you may eat fewer calories during the day and possibly lose weight; aids in brain development and memory; nutritious


What it Has: protein, heart-healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants
How it Helps: in small doses, can help lower cholesterol levels and promote weight loss


What it Has: antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin E
How it Helps: one of few foods that provide vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects body tissue from damage caused by free radicals

Quinoa, Flickr, avlxyz


What it Has: protein, fiber, iron, zinc, vitamin E, selenium
How it Helps: helps control your weight and lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes


What it Has: fiber (insoluble and soluble), protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids
How it Helps: helps lower cholesterol; fills you up and helps rid your body of waste



What it Has: omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron
How it Helps: helps protect heart health



What it Has: vitamins A, C and K, fiber
How it Helps: helps build bones; helps control weight

Sweet Potatoes, Flickr, NatalieMaynor

Sweet Potatoes

What it Has: vitamin A, potassium
How it Helps: helps reduce the effect of sodium on blood pressure and reduce bone loss

Acai Berries, Flickr, gurucrusher

Berries (including Acai)

What it Has: antioxidants, phytonutrients, water, fiber
How it Helps: helps control blood sugar, keeps you full longer (potentially leading to weight loss); the best source of antioxidants







































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