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Pennington researchers use soldier data for app

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center are putting 20 years of knowledge from working with soldiers into an app that aims to help people improve their health.

Researchers are taking what they’ve learned from developing the Army H.E.A.L.T.H., or Healthy Eating, Activity, Lifestyle Training Headquarters program. More than 15,000 soldiers have used the H.E.A.L.T.H. app, with regular users improving their performance on physical fitness tests and meeting military weight standards.

Unlike other lifestyle apps where the focus might solely be on weight loss or mental wellness, Army H.E.A.L.T.H. takes a more integrated, whole-health approach, incorporating tools related to weight, nutrition and fitness — all integrated with sleep and stress management and mood and mindfulness support. The app offers personalized tools to help users reach specific goals, or just do and feel better on a day-to-day basis.

Pennington researchers are retooling H.E.A.L.T.H. into Z!G for the general population, which is struggling with many of the same challenges as active-duty soldiers. This includes first responders and frontline medical professionals, but also anyone who lives with high amounts of stress and uncertainty.

The retooled app includes custom workout generators, meal planning tools complete with grocery lists and interactive trackers that encourage incremental changes with message. The researchers have also recently added an artificial intelligence component, so the app can learn about its user and become more responsive to needs and preferences. 

Moreau Physical Therapy opens Gonzales location

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Moreau Physical Therapy has opened a clinic at 577 W. La. 30 in Gonzales.

Corey White is the clinical director. White specializes in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, including pre/post-surgical rehabilitation, back and neck pain, manual therapy, and dry needling.

Moreau has 20 locations in south Louisiana and specializes in adult and pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and chiropractic care.

Chase opens downtown Baton Rouge branch

Chase Bank has opened a new branch on the plaza level of River Mark Centre, 451 Florida St.

The $3 million branch modernizes and upgrades an older branch that had been in the basement of the office tower. The bank branch was an original tenant of the building, opening in the mid-1960s.

The 4,200-square-foot branch will offer an array of consumer and business banking services, including lending and wealth management.