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Pennington researchers use soldier data for app

Pennington Biomedical Research Center researchers are bringing 20 years of experience working with soldiers to an app designed to help people improve their health.

Researchers use what they learned from developing the Army HEALTH, or Healthy Eating, Activity, Lifestyle Training Headquarters program. More than 15,000 soldiers have used the HEALTH app, with regular users improving their performance on physical fitness tests and meeting military weight standards.

Unlike other lifestyle apps that may focus solely on weight loss or mental well-being, Army HEALTH takes a more integrated holistic approach to health that includes tools related to weight, nutrition and fitness – all integrated with sleep and stress management as well Mood and mindfulness support. The app offers personalized tools to help users achieve specific goals or just feel better on a daily basis.

Pennington researchers are retooling HEALTH into Z!G for the general population, who struggle with many of the same challenges as active-duty soldiers. This includes first responders and frontline medical professionals, but also anyone living with high levels of stress and uncertainty.

The revamped app includes custom workout generators, meal planning tools with shopping lists, and interactive trackers that encourage incremental changes with a message. Researchers also recently added an artificial intelligence component to allow the app to learn more about its user and better respond to needs and preferences.

Moreau Physical Therapy opens Gonzales location

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Moreau Physical Therapy has a clinic at 577 W. La. 30 opened in Gonzales.

Corey White is the clinical director. White specializes in the treatment of orthopedic injuries including pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, back and neck pain, manual therapy and dry needling.

Moreau has 20 locations in southern Louisiana and specializes in adult and pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and chiropractic care.

Chase opens a store in downtown Baton Rouge

Chase Bank has a new branch on the plaza level of the River Mark Center, 451 Florida St.

The $3 million store modernizes and upgrades an older store that was located in the basement of the office tower. The bank branch was an original tenant of the building, which opened in the mid-1960s.

The 4,200-square-foot branch will offer a range of consumer and corporate banking services, including lending and wealth management.

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