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Consumer Newsletter May 2011

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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"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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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.

 

 

 

Official News Releases

November 13, 2015
SNG announces Certification Milestone
SNG announces Certification Milestone

2,500 Travel Professionals successfully complete Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® program!

July 17, 2014
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion

Gloria Hallick, ACC of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alberta, Canada is the lucky winner of the SNG Certification promotion that resulted in SNG celebrating over 2,000 Certified Accessible Travel Advocates.

July 1, 2014
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel

Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel at National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

May 16, 2014
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk

Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk, Empowering Individuals with Special Needs to Explore Popular Tourist Destination

April 16, 2014
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education

Offers Free Cruise for SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® Certification Promotion

Articles

April 29, 2015
SNG Donates a Powerchair to ARC Broward Client

August 25, 2014
Sun Sentinel's Top Work Places for People on the Move Honors Andrew Garnett, President/CEO of SNG

May 6, 2013
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald Business Monday

Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald

May 6, 2013
Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility
Special Needs Group Featured in The Sun Sentinel

Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility

May 9, 2011
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing

As more people with disabilities and special needs opt to take a cruise, businesses are rushing to meet growing demand for ship-board mobility devices.