Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eating Disorder Triggers High During Back to School Transition

Eating Recovery Center Urges Parents to be Vigilant for Eating Disorder Signs

Denver, CO, August 29, 2012 - Research has shown that life changes, such as the transitions to middle school, high school or college, can serve as triggers that may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. For this reason, Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, encourages parents of children and adolescents making these life transitions to be vigilant for early signs of eating disorders.

“Children and adolescents who are high-achieving, perfectionists and who have highly sensitive temperaments are generally at a higher risk than other children for developing an eating disorder,” said Julie Holland, MHS, certified eating disorders specialist and chief marketing officer of Eating Recovery Center. “For these individuals, unhealthy coping mechanisms may be utilized to manage the stressors associated with significant life changes.”

A 2012 study from the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that significant transitional events, as well as a lack of support following traumatic life events, could serve as eating disorder triggers. Researchers identified school transitions as one of the six main factors that triggered eating disorders among the individuals who participated in the study.

School transition experiences such as adapting to a new environment, meeting increased academic demands, struggling with social pressures and grappling with the physiological changes that occur during adolescence can create a perfect storm in which an individual with a highly sensitive temperament or a genetic predisposition for an eating disorder may turn to disordered eating behaviors as an anxiety management tool or coping mechanism.

To help parents manage their children’s transitions to new school environments, Eating Recovery Center highlights five back to school tips to help parents promote healthy attitudes about food and body shape and size.

1. Look for discreet warning signs. Although weight loss can be an indicator of disordered eating, it may not be immediately apparent. A child may be displaying signs of an eating disorder if his or her schoolwork and grades begin to suffer, if he or she becomes socially withdrawn and increasingly anxious, tired and lethargic. Parents should also be aware if their child begins wearing roomier or layered clothing, even on warm days.

2. Avoid comments about your child’s body shape or size. When shopping for new school clothes avoid commenting on your child’s weight or body size and instead focus on his or her preferences regarding color, style, etc.

3. Have an honest conversation about peer pressure and the dangers of replacing food calories with alcohol calories if your son or daughter is getting ready to make the move to college. Discuss the physical consequences of disordered eating and drinking behaviors, such as liver damage from excessive alcohol consumption or the significant internal damage poor nutrition can cause.

4. Remind your teenage athlete not to overdo his or her training in an effort to make a high school sports team. Watch for signs of over-exercise, such as sports preparation when he or she is injured or sick, or exercise that significantly interferes with daily activities and schoolwork.

5. Be a positive body role model. When helping an adolescent recover from the body-focused bullying that can sometimes accompany going back to school, a parent who has positive body image will have far more credibility than one who consistently criticizes his or her own looks.

“It is important to remember that what triggers an eating disorder may not be what perpetuates it,” said Holland. “Though school transition pressures may have precipitated an eating disorder, the factors that enable its continuation are often complex. Early intervention and treatment from qualified eating disorders professionals are essential to maximize opportunities for lasting recovery.”

To help parents learn more about helping their children more effectively deal with pressures that could lead to the development of an eating disorder, Eating Recovery Center has launched a free Community Education Series for parents. In the first seminar in this series, “Helping Your Kids Deal Effectively with Back to School Stressors: Opportunities for Parents,” parents will learn about being a healthy role model, communicating effectively and identifying steps to intervene when they are concerned about their child’s eating behaviors. The inaugural seminar is Thursday, September 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Eating Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents, 100 Spruce Street, Suite 200, Denver, Colo. 80230. To RSVP for the event, please contact Emili Coringrato by Tuesday, September 4, at or 720.258.4014.

About Eating Recovery Center:
Eating Recovery Center is an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. Under the personal guidance and care of Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez, programs provide a full spectrum of services for children, adolescents and adults that includes Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. Denver-based facilities include the Behavioral Hospital for Adults, the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents, the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services for Adults, and the Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. In an effort to increase patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center partners with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento, Cali., and The Moore Center for Eating Disorders in Bellevue, Wash. Summit offers Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Services as well as Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services in Fresno and Roseville. The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. For more information, please contact us at 877-218-1344 or or confidentially chat live on our website at

Shannon Fern
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 433-7020

Janus Tax Planning Campaign Designed to Head off Coming Crisis of Inaction

New Advisor Guide Recommends Targeted Strategies To Lessen The Impact Of ”Fiscal Cliff”

Denver, CO, August 29, 2012 - Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) recently rolled out a campaign to help financial advisers address the pending "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year.

Barring action by Congress, $7 trillion worth of spending cuts and tax increases are set to go into effect on New Year’s Day. Among the important changes, the so-called Bush tax cuts that have been in effect since the early 2000s are set to expire, automatically raising income tax rates, capital gains rates, and the qualified dividend rate for all taxpayers. A new Medicare surtax on high-income households is also set to kick in under health reform.

In anticipation of these expiring tax breaks and new taxes going into effect, Janus has prepared a detailed adviser guide called “Preparing Your Clients for A World of Higher Taxes.” Designed by the firm’s retirement and tax experts, the guide includes a summary of the potential tax changes along with ten specific strategies advisers will want to discuss with their clients.

The information included in the program is geared toward helping investors lessen the impact of higher taxes and potentially improving their overall financial situation by taking action.

“While it’s possible, maybe even likely, some kind of compromise will be reached in Washington, no one knows at all what it will look like,” says Matt Sommer, Vice President and Director, Retirement Strategy Group for Janus Capital. “The earlier advisers and clients start to think through the possibilities, the more prepared they will be at year end if action is required.”

Denver-based Janus Capital has presented the information to hundreds of financial advisers attending invitation-only conferences over the last few months. Based on their feedback, Sommer says these investment professionals believe their biggest challenge right now is dealing with next year’s tax uncertainty.

“It’s not likely that any sort of clarity around the pending tax changes will come until Thanksgiving,” says Sommer, “so investors should be prepared to act quickly. There are a number of definitive, pre-emptive steps to take in the meantime. One way or the other, the biggest mistake investors could make this year is doing nothing.”

Financial advisers can receive a copy of “Preparing Your Clients for A World of Higher Taxes” by calling 1-877-33JANUS (52687) or visiting

About Janus Capital Group Inc.
Janus Capital Group Inc. (JCG) is a global investment firm offering strategies from three individual investment boutiques: Janus Capital Management LLC, INTECH Investment Management LLC, and Perkins Investment Management LLC. Each manager employs a research- intensive approach that is distinct within its respective asset class. This approach enables the firm to provide style-specific expertise across an array of strategies, including growth, value and mathematical equities, fixed income, and alternatives through one common distribution platform. At the end of June 2012, JCG managed $152.0 billion in assets for shareholders, clients, and institutions around the globe. Based in Denver, JCG also has offices in London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Melbourne.

Dan Mahoney
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(970) 405-8060

Acclaimed Singer Songwriter Brandon Mchose Releases New Heartfelt Ballad “Goodbye” Available Now on Itunes!

After the success of his 2012 EP release, Late Night, independent singer/songwriter Brandon Mchose returns to the spotlight once again with his new radio single “Goodbye”.

Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2012 - After the success of his 2012 EP release, Late Night, independent singer/songwriter Brandon Mchose returns to the spotlight once again with his new radio single “Goodbye”. Tugging on his fans heartstrings, Brandon lays it all on the table with this deep ballad “Goodbye” which is now available on iTunes. Accompanying Brandon’s newest single is the official video to the track and which can also be viewed on Brandon McHose’s YouTube Page.

Brandon McHose encompasses the word “multi-tasker” as he continues to tour, promote his recent EP, and prepare for his next EP release set for 2013. Somewhere in his busy schedule he found time to give his fans another single and music video which certainly lives up to his highly regarded reputation. Earlier this year Hellhound Music called Brandon “a bit of an anomaly, equally adept in finger-picking an acoustic guitar or in spanning the breadth and array of music”. Indie Music Digest states “the guitar work from McHose is masterful”. Not taking the kind words lightly Brandon says that it is his goal to continue to surprise his already loyal fans.

Teaming up with fellow musicians Chris Maresh, Wayne Salzmann and David Boyle, Brandon recalls the recording session as relaxing, comfortable and a great place to produce something he is proud of. Taking in the large ceilings, the vintage gear, and the musical energy of previous artists who have recorded there including Gavin Degraw and Justin Timberlake, Brandon was able to create “Goodbye” in just two days. He recalls the two days of recording by referencing the positive vibes of his band mates as well as the feel of an old historic church as the combination that created a touch so magical and special that is embedded into the recording.

A combination of blissful pop and rock guitar riffs and the emotional lyrics behind “Goodbye to You” make the track a memorizing ballad. Drawing the lyrics and emotion behind the song from a personal experience Brandon channels the energy into soaring vocals and hypnotizing harmonies. Shooting the newest video in the Church House Studios shows the more softer side of McHose, with the simple white walls and high vaulted ceilings the video showcases the music and the artist. Countering the deeper emotions of the song, the video has a refreshing feeling with light, space and positive energy. Stripping away the show aspects that often inundate the music industry, McHose shows his fanbase how his music is truly created.

2012 has been a monumental year for Brandon McHose. With the release of Brandon’s EP, “Late Night”, resulted in success from radio, extensive touring opportunities nationwide and industry professionals raving about his latest recordings. called Brandon “an artist to watch” while the Examiner said the “world is ready for a new sensitive singer/songwriter”. Brandon’s upbeat tracks and rocking vocals and consistent nonstop touring around the United States and frequent releasing of new music and singles are factors that set him apart from the traditional singer/songwriters of today and a talented musician and vocalist to be on the lookout for in the future.

For more information about Brandon McHose please visit Brandon’s official website

Watch the video for “Goodbye” on YouTube

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093