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WHAT KIND OF SHAPE ARE YOU REALLY IN? THIS NEW 'FITNESS COMPUTER' CAN TELL YOU

 CHASKA, Minn., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans are sweating to get in shape. And millions more are trying to get themselves "psyched up" to get started. Yet whether they're in hot pursuit of health and fitness, or just thinking about it, very few people actually know how fit they really are.
 Enter the Personal Profile System. It's a new state-of-the-art computerized testing unit that gives people a fast and accurate snapshot of their health and fitness. The machine looks a bit like a squat, square R2D2, yet it packs the largest wellness database in the country on its hard drive. "It's amazing what this thing can do," said Jeff Zwiefel, director of The National Exercise For Life Institute. "It's a health screening device that's incredibly accurate, fast -- even fun."
 This futuristic "fitness computer" will be in action at the NordicTrack "Fitness At Home" store in the Scottsdale Fashion Square from Feb. 12-15 and 19-21, part of a benefit for the local American Heart Association.
 How does the Personal Profile System work? Start with the blood pressure test. After you fill out a brief screening questionnaire, a fitness professional puts a blood pressure cuff around your arm, and pumps it up. On the computer screen you can watch a visual representation of your blood pressure as it's being measured. The results are then automatically entered into the computer, and compared to a national database. On the printout you're told what your blood pressure is, whether that's good or bad, what it all means, and steps you can take to bring your blood pressure down -- if that's what's called for.
 You're then given similar tests for heart rate, body composition, body weight and strength. Again, the process is very "interactive" and visual, the results are entered directly into the computer, and are instantly compared to an extensive wellness database. This whole profile takes only about seven minutes to complete, and you end up with a four-page computer report that gives you a very accurate idea of how you measure up in the health and fitness department.
 NordicTrack is mobilizing the Personal Profile System during American Heart Month (February), in an effort to educate people to the connection between fitness and heart health. Nearly 600,000 Americans die every year from coronary heart disease -- more than from all forms of cancer combined. Yet recent studies indicate that exercise can cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 45-50 percent. "We're doing what we can to encourage people to get off the couch and get active," said Henry Barksdale, vice president for NordicAdvantage, NordicTrack's wholly owned retail subsidiary. "We think people will get a kick out of using the Personal Profile System, and that it'll motivate them to do something -- whether it's just walking around the block, going for a swim, or working out a little more."
 The NordicTrack Personal Fitness Profile costs $10, with $5 of that going to the local American Heart Association. It's free with the purchase of any fitness machine. The "Fitness at Home" store will also be handing out free health and fitness information from the American Heart Association and The National Exercise For Life Institute. For more information call "Fitness At Home" at 602-941-4400.
 NordicTrack -- a CML company based in Chaska -- is the leading manufacturer of in-home fitness equipment. The Personal Profile System is manufactured by Team Fit, Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Kelly, 612-368-2571 or Marie Mills-Staffanson, 612-368-2514, both of NordicTrack/


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