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Dr. Randal Pinkett
October 2013

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

This month, we continue our series on my 7 Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Fellowship, Fun, Fitness, and Finance. The 7 Fs are guiding principles which, I believe, are essential to living a life balanced in mind, body, and soul. This month, we focus on Fitness.

It is no secret that healthcare expenditures have been on the rise for decades, and while it may be easy to blame increased costs on an aging population of baby boomers, we have to seriously examine the health and fitness of the U.S. population. Nearly half the population has one or more chronic conditions, among them asthma, heart disease or diabetes, and two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. Given these dire statistics, it should come as no surprise that employers are aggressively ramping up employee wellness programs to reduce health care costs with a boost from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Specifically, this landmark legislation raises the maximum discount employers can offer workers who meet certain health standards from 20 percent to 30 percent of the total cost of insurance coverage. In some cases, such as wellness programs aimed at reducing or preventing tobacco use, discounts can go as high as 50 percent. Discounts are determined and paid for by employers. Further, new rules under Obamacare allow employers to increase the reward or penalty — typically in the form of discounted or higher insurance premiums — for workers who meet or fail to meet certain health standards like a normal cholesterol level or weight. Employees are rewarded with such incentives as cash, gift cards, fitness membership reimbursements and free health coaching, to name a few. Wellness programs are expected to become more widespread or aggressive under the ACA, putting health and fitness within reach for more Americans than ever before.

While Obamacare is a welcome catalyst to improving health and fitness within the U.S., there is a measure of personal accountability that cannot be underestimated. The rewards of living a healthy lifestyle are immeasurable, so I challenge you to commit yourself to elevating your fitness game and to becoming the best “you” you can be! You will find that it is well worth the effort.

Peace and blessings,

Randal

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Randal Appears on Arise America

Randal Pinkett Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2013

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APPEARANCES


Randal Appears on Arise America

Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of making another appearance on Arise America, a morning talk show broadcast from New York covering a range of current issues, from pop culture to political, that appeals to the interests of people of color in diverse communities. I sat down with Debbye Turner Bell, formerly of CBS and Miss America 1990, to discuss key details of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and its implications on small businesses and consumers. Watch the entire interview right here.

Arise America airs Monday through Friday at 6pm and 8pm ET at www.arise.tv and by satellite in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Randal and Debbye Turner-Bell in the studios of Arise America   Randal speaking at Affiliate Summit East 2013   Randal being interviewed by Bishop Greg Davis at Wealth Day 2013

BREAKTHROUGH


"The Innovative Apprentice" Benefits The Cancer Support Community

I am pleased to partner with Duke Corporate Education to take "The Innovative Apprentice" to Philadelphia on October 25, 2013. "The Innovative Apprentice" is a business competition that provides a realistic board room atmosphere where individuals compete for a chance to make a difference. Participants work in teams to generate innovative recommendations for a local charity with the final presentations being judged by me. I am humbled by the opportunity to directly benefit the Cancer Support Community through this next competition working with employee teams from Novartis. The CSC is an international charity dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer and is among the largest employers of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States. Offering a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer, its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. CSC support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online so that no one has to face cancer alone. Learn more about how you can help at www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

SPOTLIGHT

Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing "the game"--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling," but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: Now
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No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.


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ABOUT RANDAL PINKETT

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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