Friday, May 17, 2013

Wired for Wellness

I got pretty darn lucky this week: I got asked to attend TELUS's First Wellness Learning Centre Session featuring Lyzabeth Lopez and the Samsung GALAXY S4!

Me and a group of other wellness bloggers got to visit the TELUS House in downtown Toronto for this fantastic event.

TELUS employees who work in this building are lucky to have fabulous, immaculate facilities, including a first rate gym and fitness studio.  I love any company that promotes employee fitness and wellness!!

The event kicked off with a butt-kicking workout led by Lyzabeth, and then we were fed a healthy lunch and, you won't believe this...we each got to take home a Samsung GALAZY S4 phone!  We got a presentation about all of this amazing products' features and honestly, I almost fell off my chair.  I called Adam immediately after the session to beg him to let me switch my plan to this phone, and I am thrilled to say, he agreed!‏
Here's some info about the phone:

About the Samsung GALAXY S4 from TELUS
·         It captures life’s meaningful moments: sporting the world’s first-ever Full HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S4’s five-inch screen showcases images in stunning resolution. And with its Dual Camera mode (including a 13-megapixel rear camera), you can capture life’s moments in as many ways as you can think of – and enjoy them seamlessly through TELUS’ 4G LTE wireless network experience while you’re at it!

·         Breaks language barriers with S-Translator: say or text what you need translated and the GALAXY S4 will read or text the translation back to you. This is a must-have feature for avid travelers!

·         Provides Effortless Innovation: features like Smart Pause, Air View, Air Gesture and Optical Reader detect your motions, face and voice to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation (and you can use the screen with gloves too!)

·         Group Play: like to share what you love? Connect with those around you to play and co-create content, without the need for a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal.

·         Toss it in your bag, worry-free: constructed with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, this phone is as beautiful as it is tough, and can withstand the daily bump and grind.

The Samsung GALAXY S4 is available from TELUS for $199 on a three-year term or $650 month-to-month. For available general plans and pricing, please click here.

I also love that TELUS has partnered with a great cause (all the attendees were lucky enough to also take home one of these limited edition cases, and TELUS made a $50 donation in each of our names to Rethink Breast Cancer:

TELUS and Rethink Breast Cancer
TELUS has a long-standing history supporting the fight to end breast cancer. Since 2008, TELUS has given $5.4 million towards research, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in Canada.This year, TELUS will be encouraging Canadians to “raise their paws to support the cause” and will donate $300,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer (and QBCF in Quebec).

 How can I get a case?

Starting in May and while quantities last, TELUS will include this free, uniquely designed case with each purchase of a white Samsung GALAXY S4. To show its continued support to breast cancer prevention efforts, TELUS will also donate $25 to Rethink Breast Cancer (or QBCF in Quebec) for each purchase of a white Samsung GALAXY S4.

 Join the conversation on Twitter by tweeting using the hashtag #raiseyourpaws.

 About Rethink Breast Cancer

Launched in 2001, Rethink is the first-ever Canadian breast cancer charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd; it strives to foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters, infuse sass and style into the cause and, most importantly, responds to the unique needs of young women fighting breast cancer. No pink ribbons required.

One of the purposes of this event was to demonstrate how the technology can be used for wellness.  We receiving an exciting presentation about a new app coming out called UP by Jawbone.  Given all the evidence that tracking one's activity and food intake can help people stick to their diet and exercise programs, and help them to reach their goals, I think this is very exciting:

UP by Jawbone: Available at TELUS


UP by Jawbone:  a wristband and app that aids in   tracking how you sleep, move and eat, ultimately helping you use this information to make healthy life changes.

The wristband, available in eight different colours, tracks things like your movement and hours of rest. This tracking system is advanced enough to track hours of deep sleep vs. light sleep, the amount of time it took you to fall asleep and even how many times you woke up!
The UP app displays data tracked from the band on your Android device’s dashboard and prompts you to track things like meals and mood. UP is flexible enough to track nutritional information from package barcodes and even photos you’ve taken of a meal!
The app helps you set alerts, reminders and daily goals, tracking your progress over time. It then provides insights to keep you motivated.

How can YOU get one?
Up by Jawbone will be available online and in select TELUS stores across Canada starting this summer.

or more information, head to or contact Emma Miller at TELUS.

As if all that wasn't enough, TELUS provided each of us with a new yoga mat, awesome glass waterbottle and a few samples of Biosteel sugar-free recovery drink to equip us for future workouts.


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