Agent Newsletter - May 2011

Special Needs Group

May 2011

 
 

 

HOW THE RISE OF OBESITY IN AMERICA IS INCREASING DEMAND FOR BARIATRIC EQUIPMENT FOR TRAVEL AND MORE
 
It's a fact: 93 million Americans are overweight. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three Americans is overweight. Another one-third is obese, meaning they are at least 20 percent heavier than their ideal body weight. Approximately one in 20 people is morbidly obese, or 50 to 100 percent above his/her ideal body weight.
 
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of acquiring serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease and much more. Carrying extra weight puts increased stress on the body, especially the bones/joints of the legs, making it difficult to walk. In addition, breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma can result from being overweight or obese. Read More.   
   

 SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP NAMED FINALIST FOR TWO 2011 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS

Special Needs Group was recently named a finalist for two nationwide 2011 American Business Awards (also known as the "The Stevie Awards"): Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - Up to 100 Employees, and New Product or Service of the Year - Health Products & Services. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

In 2010, Special Needs Group won the Stevie for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - Up to 100 Employees.

The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and businesspeople worldwide. They are presented in over 40 categories each year, with more than 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes, and in essentially every industry.        

Special Needs Group has also been nominated for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products or Service under the category Health Product or Service. Vote Here to show your support!  

 CITY OF HIGHLIGHT: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

Boston, Massachusetts is rich with history and one of America's most interesting cities. The city is crammed full of things to do, from viewing magnificent architecture in Copley Square and viewing the country's richest selections of bookstores in Harvard Square to shopping on Newman Street in Back Bay and cheering for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Boston has plenty to charm visitors with special needs including some of the following iconic, and wheelchair accessible, things to do:

Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walking trail that leads you through downtown Boston to 16 historic sites. Beginning at the Boston Common Visitors' Center and ending in Charlestown at the USS Constitution, the trail is a unique collection of locations including the Boston Massacre Site, Paul Revere's House, Bunker Hill, the Charlestown Bridge, the Massachusetts State House and several other locations. Historic markers along the way tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Most sites are free or suggest donations. Old South Meeting House, Old State House and Paul Revere's House have small admission fees. The route is fully accessible but it does not include some steep inclines that can be challenging for slow walkers. Read More.  

Interesting Fact: The Boston Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

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Quote of the Month:
"The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are."
- Samuel Johnson, essayist, poet & speaker 


   

 
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UPCOMING WEBINARS

Making Travel Accessible: Tapping Into the Special Needs at Slow Walker Market
Join us as you learn about:
- The importance of the disabled, elderly and slow walker market
- Strategies for assisting the special needs market
- Special needs equipment information

Wednesday, June 1 at 12:00PM EST
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About Special Needs at Sea and Special Needs Group...

Special Needs Group, Inc. is a one-stop resource for special needs travel around the world. We offer a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase and rental including wheelchairs, scooters, power chairs with capabilities to support 500 pound or more; oxygen (liquid, cylinder, and concentrator); hearing impaired equipment, Braille printing, baby cribs and more. Recommended by the world's major cruise lines and hotels for superior service and value, we also provide consultation services regarding special needs policy and new-build design. Special Needs Group, a U.S. company, is not a travel agency; we do not compete in any way with travel agents.