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MotionSoft Inc., a professional services provider focusing on the health and wellness industries, has purchased KI eSolutions, a provider of health and fitness software applications. MotionSoft will assume the assets of KI from a privately held IT company. Under the terms of the agreement, MotionSoft's KI Software Division also retains the company's development, sales and support teams.

Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey is renaming the college's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as the Heavin School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in honor of Gary and Diane Heavin. Gary Heavin, founder of Curves International, and his wife have given financial support to the college and helped create the college's academic programs in fitness and wellness services. Gary Heavin is also an alumnus of the college.

The World Aquatic Health Conference, scheduled for March 11-13 in Tralee, Ireland, will bring together members of the recreational water industry. Conference seminars will illustrate the benefits of aquatic exercise and how to create programs that attract people to aquatic activities. In addition, attendees will discuss how to minimize the risk of illnesses such as rashes, asthma, vomiting or cancer-causing agents due to poor pool and spa water quality. Exhibitors will present new technologies and services for swimming pools and spas.

Three Life Fitness home products took top honors for equipment in Health magazine's Best of Fitness 2005 awards. The T9i treadmill was named best treadmill, the R9i Lifecycle exercise was recognized as the best bike and the ParaBody GS6 Gym System won best weight system. The article featuring the winners is in the January/February issue of Health.

Polar Electro's Polar F11 model was chosen by Health magazine as one its 2005 Best of Fitness award recipients.

Matrix Fitness Systems had a global sales increase in 2004 of 26 percent over 2003 sales. Matrix Fitness North American sales were up 29 percent in 2004 over 2003's sales. Sales in China were up 100 percent.

In its ongoing expansion across the Lone Star state, Life Time Fitness Inc. has made its way to Austin, TX, where it plans to open a state-of-the-art sports and athletics, professional fitness, family recreation and resort/spa center. The new facility will mark the company's ninth center in Texas and the first in Austin. The club will be the company's 43rd Life Time Fitness location nationally.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Duke University with an Innovation in Prevention Award for Duke's Live for Life/Duke Farmer's Market program. The awards recognize organizations that have implemented creative and innovative chronic disease health promotion and prevention programs. The employee wellness and fitness program was developed by Health Fitness Corp. with Duke University and Health System of Durham, NC.

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