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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Smart health/fitness devices from $60 – 9to5Mac

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Michael Potuck
– Nov. 24th 2021 1:31 pm PT


Gifting smart health/fitness devices can be really thoughtful but it can also be tough to figure out what to pick. Below we’ve got a roundup of some of the best smart health/fitness devices from the top smart scales, a self-cleaning water bottle, metabolic analyzer, as well as advice if you’re thinking about gifting a smartwatch.

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The first smart health/fitness devices featured below range from great smart scale options, a blood pressure monitor, self-cleaning/purifying water bottle, to a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer. And all of them minus the smart water bottle are compatible with iPhone and Apple Health.
If you’re considering gifting a wearable, we’ll cover tips to help you decide whether a smartwatch or basic fitness band is best. As well as diving into how Apple Watch compares with Garmin/Suunto, and Google’s Wear OS.
I’ve been using Withings Smart Scales for eight years and they’ve been super reliable and useful. The reason I recommend going for Withings over other brands is the company has a great track record, solid iOS app with Apple Health integration, and a durable and slick build quality.
For those just getting started on a health/fitness journey, the Body Withings Smart Scale is a good fit. It features weight and BMI, auto-syncing with the iOS app/Apple Health, and recognizes up to 8 different users. It usually goes for around $60 but is on sale for the holidays.
If you’re shopping for someone who is further along in their fitness journey, the Withings Body+ Smart Scale adds body composition measurements. That includes fat, muscle, and bone mass, as well as water percentage. Body+ goes for around $99 but is also discounted for the holidays.
If you want to go for the most capable model, the Withings Body Cardio offers all of the features of Body+ like full body composition and adds in heart rate monitoring and vascular age. It usually sells for around $150.
The Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor offers a wireless experience, rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 6 months, it’s FDA cleared as medically accurate, and you can easily send results to your doctor.
Since it works with the Withings iOS Health Mate app like the smart scale above, you get Apple Health integration and can see all your health data in one place.
The Withings BPM Connect retails for $99 but is on sale for the holidays.
This is a great gift for those that already have all the smart health/fitness devices you can think of. While fitness enthusiasts may be the most likely to appreciate a metabolic analyzer, Lumen is easy for anyone to use to lose weight, build muscle, or maintain weight.
I did a full review of Lumen and think it’s a really innovative device that offers useful and actionable data. It’s a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer that can tell you if you’re burning fat or carbs based on your breath. From there, the Lumen app gives meal planning/macro recommendations to meet your specific weight loss or fitness goals.
Another focus of Lumen is helping you build metabolic flexibility. Research shows there are a wide variety of health benefits to that including better sleep, stronger immune system, more consistent blood sugar levels, improved workout performance, and more.
Lumen is normally priced at $299 for a year but is going for $259 during the holidays.
The Larq Bottle PureVis solves two problems with its smart cap keeping the bottle clean and making sure you always have clean water no matter where you’re filling it up.
The cap does that thanks to an integrated UV-C LED light that removes 99.9999% of bio-contaminants both from your water and the bottle. You can activate it with a button but it also self-cleans automatically every 2 hours.
The Larq PurVis is also double-wall vacuum insulated to keep your cold drinks icy for up to 24 hours and hot drinks at temperature for up to 12.
This smart water bottle makes an awesome gift by taking the hassle out of cleaning cumbersome bottles as well as ensuring your loved ones always have clean water.
The Larq PurVis normally goes for $95 but is on sale from 15-30% off for the holidays. Larq also makes the Movement PurVis (no double-wall insulation) that goes from $78.
If you’re considering gifting a smartwatch or fitness band for the holidays, here are some quick tips:
Be sure to check out our comparison here for more on the differences between Apple Watch models:
If you’re looking for a gift for an endurance athlete or someone who values dedicated GPS, a Suunto or Garmin smartwatch may be the best fit.
If the person you’re gifting is an Android user, it will probably be best to go for Wear OS (or a band-style fitness tracker).
Check out our sister site 9to5Google’s roundups of best Wear OS smartwatches:
These are a good option if you’re looking for something more affordable and basic in overall functionality.
Hopefully, you’ve now got some great ideas on what you’d like to gift the person (or people) who could use a smart health/fitness device. For more ideas, check out all of our 2021 holiday gift guides.
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Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.
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MOUNT LAUREL – Police are asking the public’s help in finding a 6-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her non-custodial mother.
The girl, Grace Craytor of Pennsauken, was last seen around 7:10 p.m. Monday with her mother, Kristina Maletteri, at Lifetime Fitness in Mount Laurel, according to township police.
The girl’s father, who has a full custody order for Grace, had invited Maletteri to swim with the child during a supervised visit at the facility at Church and Fellowship roads, said a police account.
 “At some point, Ms. Maletteri is said to have taken her daughter and left the area without consent,” the account said.
Maletteri is known to drive a 2017 silver Audi Q3 with New Jersey license plates “S64MPY.”
The missing child is 46 inches tall, 70 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Mount Laurel police at 856-234-8300 or the confidential tip line 856-234-1414, extension 1599.
Tips can also be emailed to Lamaro@mountlaurelpd.org.
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Healthy Snacks for the Office – How to Pack Food for Work – menshealth.com

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Allow these experts to help pack your lunchbox.
Buh-bye, vending machine. Here are four easy ways to boost your energy at work. Plus, three moves to make any lunch meeting extra appetizing.
Combine carbs and protein for long-lasting energy, says Marisa Moore, R.D.N., an integrative dietitian. Mix roasted, lightly salted sunflower seeds and dried blueberries in a small jar for a snack that’s sweet, salty, and crunchy. Bonus: The unsaturated fats in the seeds will keep you feeling full.
A favorite of Cara Harbstreet, R.D., of Street Smart Nutrition, is protein- and omega-3-rich tuna or salmon (StarKist makes packaged versions) spread on sliced cucumbers or mini bell peppers. Drizzle with your favorite hot sauce for a tiny yet protein-packed meal.
Jordan Mazur, R.D., director of nutrition for the San Francisco 49ers, suggests these key ingredients: shredded rotisserie chicken for lean protein; pistachios, walnuts, pumpkin seeds,dried tart cherries, and dark chocolate chips for a healthy trail mix; and antioxidant-rich blueberries or grapes.
Don’t go more than three to four hours without eating, to help keep your blood sugar steady. You can avoid mindless snacking by setting an alarm to get up every hour instead of reaching for the chips, says Kelly Hogan Laubinger, R.D
As we head back to the office, those DIY outdoor lunches can still be the thing to do.
TRY A HEARTY SALAD IN A JAR, says Moore. Build it from the bottom up: Start with a vinaigrette, then add chickpeas, carrots, tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers. Add feta to the top for a salty, tangy finish. Close, and shake when ready to eat.
REINVENT YOUR SANDWICH. Slapping protein and a salad’s worth of greens between whole-grain bread works well, too: Try sliced turkey or canned tuna, topped with sprouts, cucumbers, leafy greens, avocado, and tomato.
MAKE A HEALTHY CHEESE BOARD, says Harbstreet. Go with hard cheeses like cheddar and Gouda and a soft cheese like cottage. Pair pita bread or crispy crackers with jerky or low-sodium deli meats. Then toss in pistachios and blueberries.
This article appears in the October 2021 issue of Men’s Health.

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Alyson Chu named Mrs. Winter Garden America – West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

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Alyson Chu has created a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family, and she wants to share it with others. The West Orange County resident accepted the Mrs. Winter Garden America title in October, and, through her platform, is partnering with Shepherd’s Hope and its new Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle program.
Chu will compete Feb. 25 and 26, 2022, at the Westgate Resort Orlando for the title of Mrs. Florida America 2022. She is the first person to hold the Mrs. Winter Garden Florida title.

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Contestants are nominated by members of the pageant committee.
“Someone from the committee had known about me in the community and reached out … and (wanted) me to apply and be considered for the role,” Chu said.
She went through the application and interview process before the title was bestowed upon her. She is one of about 20 contestants vying for the crown at the state level.
As Mrs. Winter Garden, Chu is available to speak to organizations and community groups sharing her story and her platform of healthy living. She already has spoken to students at Maxey Elementary School about healthy eating and staying active, as well as a group of senior citizens at the West Orange Neighborhood Center.
Chu said she did her own research after accepting her title, wanting to select an organization that allowed her to give back to the community but also aligned with the healthy lifestyle she has embraced. She reached out to Healthy West Orange, which directed her to Shepherd’s Hope.
“I went to go tour their facility about a month ago, and I was so taken aback by all the services they offer and all the new projects they offer,” she said. “The biggest thing for them is making more people aware that they’re located there and the services they offer.”
Her goal is to raise awareness of Shepherd’s Hope’s HEAL program, which promotes eating healthy and staying active. It is slated to start in the new year.
“HEAL addresses your mind, body and soul,” Chu said. “Examples are eating healthy foods, growing healthy foods, exercising (and) practicing mindfulness. Another part is mental health, and I’m proud to be working with Victoria’s Voice.”
This foundation was started after the death of Victoria Siegel, the 18-year-old daughter of David and Jackie Siegel, who died of a drug overdose in 2015.
Chu said she is excited about this next chapter in her life and the opportunity to help others. She has lived in Central Florida since 2007, and she and her husband Ryan, moved to Winter Garden in 2016. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Aliyah.
“We definitely fell in love with the sense of community the city has to offer,” she said.
The Mrs. Florida America Pageant is a part of the Mrs. America Organization.
The 2022 pageant is Feb. 25 and 26, when Brittany Carson, the 2021 Mrs. Florida America, will be on hand to crown her successor. Carson, a native Floridian born and raised in Central Florida, is an advanced practice nurse practitioner caring for critical patients in the emergency room setting. Her platform is child safety and drug prevention.
Sponsorship is key to being a successful pageant contestant. Chu has several sponsors but is looking for others who can support her platform and her bid for Mrs. Florida America.
“If anyone would like to support my cause, please email me,” she said. “I have some great opportunities that showcase local businesses that help support a healthy lifestyle. I will be working with Shepherd's Hope organization, and a portion of the sponsorships will be helping families in need by expanding outreach and providing healthy meals.”
She also has been working with local farms creating healthy food baskets and giving them to families in need, she said.
“I wanted to do this because I wanted to create a legacy for my daughter to know me as more than just her mommy, but someone who wanted to help give back to her community and help others in need,” Chu said. “I want to continue to show my daughter what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and build a strong foundation.”
 
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