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Platypod Launches Kickstarter Campaign for the New Platypod Handle, One of the Most Versatile Accessories in Imaging

The Platypod Handle is a vlogger’s grip and camera riser, destined to become one of the most diverse creative tools in the company’s history. Platypod, the leader in compact tripod alternatives, Platyball and the award-winning eXtreme, is leveraging their broad popularity with their fifth Kickstarter campaign on April 26, 2023.

Platypod’s fifth Kickstarter campaign launched today on the popular KelbyMedia podcast, “The Grid.” The new Platypod Handle joins an extensive product group already established with the Platypod ecosystem. What makes this new accessory unique is its wide versatility in so many different applications. 

The Platypod Handle is 1.5″ in diameter and extends from 6 ½” to 10 ½” or can be reassembled to 3″ in height. At the top stage are eight ¼”-20 threaded sockets to accommodate Platypod elbows and goosenecks. The Handle will support 11 lbs. and has an Arca-compatible base with a stainless steel reinforced 3/8″ – 16 socket. It’s an all-aluminum machined ergonomic stackable body and is compatible with all Platypods and most common tripods.

With my inventions, I always try to fill a need with a product that is not currently available. The Platypod Handle combines the functions of a multi-level riser, video grip and cage, a tripod center column extender, as well as a potential boom arm. Like all our quality products the Handle is finely machined, rock-solid aluminum build and will become indispensable in every artist’s imaging tool kit.”  – Larry Tiefenbrunn, CEO/Inventor, Platypod

The Platypod Kickstarter Campaign runs through May 31, 2023. Although the retail price is set at $69, backers can pledge any one of eight different levels, each with considerable savings for both the handle and other Platypod products. First-day backers will be privy to a super special deal.

There are complete details, images, and videos of the new Platypod Handle on the Kickstarter page where backers can determine the tier they prefer and make a pledge. You can learn more about other Platypod models, accessories, and the company’s unique, premium Platyball tripod heads at

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Skip Cohen


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Director of C.T. Watts & Associates, Christopher T. Watts, Releases New Book ‘The Light You Seek – Post Pandemic Era’

Dr. Christopher T. Watts has announced the release of his book, The Light You Seek, for readers today. 

The Light You Seek explores how we can find hope and purpose in life after the pandemic. Christopher T. Watts shares his insights as the human race forges ahead collectively as individuals, as members of our families, and as members of society. He aims to inspire how directing away from darkness and finding new passions should be the focus. Sharing real-life stories of people facing the obstacles of the pandemic and how they overcame them, Dr. Watts has offered a roadmap for finding hope even in the toughest of times.

Since 2012, Dr. Christopher T. Watts Sr. has been a valuable member of The Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Psychology faculty. Additionally, he has worked as the director of the Triage and Evaluation Center at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Temple University. As the clinical director of C.T. Watts & Associates, PC Counseling Education Center, a lead counseling clinic in Central Pennsylvania, he wants to help individuals seek the light they long quested for and hopes that readers will find solace and inspiration within the pages of his book and will emerge from the pandemic stronger, more resilient, and more connected than ever before. 

The past few years have been a rollercoaster ride, but amidst the darkness, there is always hope, and “The Light You Seek” is a new book that offers just that. Through this book, Dr. Watts aims to present the example of different people from different corners of the world, proving that all are in this together, serving as a glimmer of hope to the individuals willing to make a 360° turn in life. 

The Light You Seek provides a motivation to breathe again and build the long-lost assurance, optimism, and joy which becomes a product of a person’s own truth. 

The book is now available on Amazon. For more information, please visit the author’s website.

About Christopher T. Watts:

Dr. Watts boasts a wealth of experience spanning over a decade in providing counseling services to diverse groups, including children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (PA), National Board Certified Counselor, and a National Certified Custody Evaluator. As the founder and proprietor of C.T. Watts & Associates, PC, situated in the thriving city of Harrisburg, PA, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

About C.T. Watts & Associates:

C.T. Watts & Associates, PC is a medical practice company located at 2001 N Front St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States that provides comprehensive mental health and counseling services. Their experienced clinical staff offers expertise in a range of mental health matters and is dedicated to delivering exceptional care to individuals and families.

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Dr. Christopher T. Watts, Sr.

Assistant Adjunct Professor

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NHCOA Will Host Its First Virtual Legislative Breakfast

A space to give a voice to the Latino community before members of Congress.

 The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) continues its mission to ensure a dignified life for older adult communities in the United States. As a result, it has set out to be a voice for the community and to advocate for its key challenges in order to achieve substantial, timely and favorable change for all.

To accomplish this, NHCOA will host its virtual Legislative Breakfast on May 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (EST) via GoToWebinar. The event seeks to open the discussion on key issues affecting Latinos before members of Congress, who will be the special guests of this new project. NHCOA also aims to bring together legislators and constituents to discuss legislative priorities and understanding from leaders of the older adult communities in the U.S. This event aims to facilitate discussions around the preeminent matters impacting older adults today, such as improving the access and affordability of drugs to treat obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the importance of vaccination schedules that include immunizations against influenza, pneumococcus and shingles.

This space will also serve to address other issues related to health care for older adults, such as barriers to access to prescription drugs, health insurance barriers, and the importance of Medicare for communities. There will also be discussions regarding access to treatment for chronic diseases such as obesity and Alzheimer’s and the challenges in caring for patients with these conditions and health disparities between black and Latino communities, exacerbated by the inequities uncovered by the pandemic.

The Legislative Breakfast will feature presentations by NHCOA experts along with national and international organizations working with older adults, among others. The event is free and open to the public.

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For questions, contact Christine Perez at [email protected] or 202-347-9733.

About NHCOA: NHCOA is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and their caregivers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to promoting, educating, and advocating for research, policy, and practice in the areas of economic security, health, and housing for Hispanic older adults, families, and caregivers for the last 51 years.

For more information about NHCOA, call 202-347-9733 or visit

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Christine Perez

NHCOA’s Director of Programs

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World’s Largest Grower of Healthy, Flavorful Leafy Greens Says Watercress Can Improve Mental Heath

Watercress is packed with 28 essential vitamins, minerals, and compounds — all these nutrients are related to preventing and treating depressive disorders.

World’s Largest Grower of Healthy, Flavorful Leafy Greens Says Watercress Can Improve Mental Heath

Watercress grown by B&W Quality Growers

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and B&W Quality Growers (B&W), the world’s largest grower of healthy, flavorful leafy greens, highlights nutrition’s impact on mental well-being.

Mental health and nutrition are reciprocal. What people eat affects their mental health, and mental health influences how they think, feel, and act. The latest American Medical Association poll shows that 66% of American adults understand the connection, and 81% are inclined to improve their diet to improve mental health.

Americans agree that work (70%), family stress (68%), exercise (65%), and social habits (61%) have a more substantial impact on their mental health compared to their diet (58%). But, they agree that their diet (58%) substantially impacts their mental health. Additionally, of the variables that affect mental health, diet and exercise, are the areas individuals have the most control over.

When asked how they’d modified their diet, most adults said it was by drinking more water (66%) and consuming more fruits (50%) and vegetables (53%). 

B&W has a quick way to improve someone’s diet with the most nutrient-dense food on the planet — watercress. Watercress is packed with 28 essential vitamins, minerals, and compounds and is the only food to obtain a perfect score on both the ANDI and CDC indexes. 

In addition to being the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, watercress also scores high on the Antidepressant Food Scale because of its nutrient-dense properties. For example, watercress has more folate than a banana and more Vitamin C than an orange. Watercress is also an excellent source of highly soluble iron, zinc, magnesium, and Vitamin B. All these nutrients are related to preventing and treating depressive disorders. 

Awareness is key. Everyone should also know the signs of mental health struggles for themselves and those around them. This can include a change in eating habits, both over- and undereating, insomnia, changes in energy levels, shying away from others, feelings of despair, unexplained confusion, anger, guilt or anxiety, unable to perform daily tasks, unpredictable mood swings, considering self-harm, and indulging in alcohol or other substances more than usual.

There are several circumstances that can affect mental health, but there are ways to help reduce suffering and the chance of onset. Incorporating a healthier diet is a simple way to start. 

About B&W Quality Growers

B&W Quality Growers has been farming responsibly since 1870. We’re among the largest growers of distinctive leafy greens, including watercress, arugula, spinach, and ong choy. We sustainably grow, pack, and ship the highest-quality distinctive leafy greens, providing well-being for our consumers and value for our customers. We’ve done this with zero product recalls and aim to provide a healthier, more flavorful world using premium leaves in everyday recipes. For more information, visit

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Ruth Bozeman

Director of Marketing

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Space Tea Releases Premium Mushroom Tea & Lemonade Beverage at The Vitamin Shoppe Locations Nationwide

Space Tea, the world’s first adaptogenic mushroom drink, is now available in four assorted flavors.

Space Tea is proud to announce the world’s first adaptogenic mushroom iced tea and lemonade beverage with four flavors—Original, Mango, Lemon Zero, Matcha Zero—now available at The Vitamin Shoppe locations nationwide. Space Tea is certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher, using Reishi mushrooms and Lion’s Mane mushrooms. 

“The Vitamin Shoppe and Space Tea have partnered to roll out Space Tea, the world’s first mushroom tea and lemonade beverage,” co-founder & CEO Gabriel Heymann said. “It is a refreshing and classic blend of iced tea and lemonade with a new twist: brewed with non-psychoactive functional Reishi mushrooms and Lion’s Mane mushrooms for uplifting energy, calm focus, and mood-boosting.”   

According to, functional mushrooms with Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga have been used as natural remedies to soothe and heal the body for centuries, supporting digestion, energy, the immune system, mental clarity, mood, relaxation, and sleep. Adaptogens are herbs that can help the body’s stress response systems and improve the ability to adapt and restore after stress exposure. 

“Space Tea is full of high-quality ingredients used for centuries to promote focus and mental clarity,” Heymann said. “Our latest expansion enables more people to experience the potential benefits of Reishi and Lion’s Mane mushroom in an amazing-tasting beverage format, and we are proud to lead the industry in this way.” 

According to Research and Markets, the size of the global functional beverage market was estimated at $147 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $208 billion in 2027. 

Grand View Research has found that the global functional mushroom market reached sales of $26 billion in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate of 10.8% being predicted between 2022 and 2030 attributed to the growing popularity of functional mushrooms that can be found in a variety of healthcare and pharmaceutical products. 

Space Tea’s partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe follows a successful Space Tea launch over 390 Sprouts Farmers Market locations, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.  

Launched in August 2021, Space Tea quickly became a bestseller garnering a substantial following across Southern California. It is also available at Bristol Farms, Earthbar, Erewhon Market, Lazy Acres, Mother’s Market and Sun Life. 

To learn more about Space Tea, visit or Instagram at Contact Space Tea via email at [email protected].  

About Space Tea  

Space Tea is the world’s first mushroom tea and lemonade featuring a refreshing and classic blend of iced tea and lemonade. Its mission is mental wellness through music, meditation, and mushrooms. Space Tea is brewed with functional, adaptogenic Reishi mushrooms and Lion’s Mane mushrooms, which have been studied extensively for their effects on energy, focus and memory. Check out Space Tea on Instagram at  

About The Vitamin Shoppe®

Lifelong Wellness Starts Here™. The Vitamin Shoppe®, a subsidiary of Franchise Group Inc., is a global, omnichannel specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle Company with the mission of providing customers with the most trusted products, guidance, and services to support them on their journeys of lifelong wellness. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, the Company offers a comprehensive assortment of nutritional solutions, including vitamins, minerals, sports nutrition, specialty supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and natural beauty products. In addition to carrying products from approximately 700 national brands, The Vitamin Shoppe offers products from its proprietary brands within its owned and wholesale channels, including: The Vitamin Shoppe®, Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe™, BodyTech®, BodyTech® Elite, fitfactor™, fitfactor KETO™, plnt®, ProBioCare®, True Athlete®, and TrueYou™. In the U.S., the Company conducts business through over 700 company-operated retail stores under The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements™ banners, and via its website, The company is expanding its retail footprint via an innovative, omnichannel franchising model and opened its first franchise store in 2022. Globally, The Vitamin Shoppe serves customers in select Asia, South America, and Central America markets through local omnichannel partners. 

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Morgan Hall

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Santa Anita Park, Home of the Breeders’ Cup, Selects Passport Technology’s DataStream for Its ATM Processing

Passport Technology (“Passport”), a global leader in innovative payment technology and customer engagement for the gaming industry, today announced a new multi-year agreement with Santa Anita Park to deploy DataStream™-powered ATMs across the iconic Southern California establishment.

Set against the majestic San Gabriel mountains, Santa Anita Park is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world and home to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track will feature Passport’s proprietary ATM platform DataStream, the latest in ATM self-service and back-office solutions designed to maximize funds to the racetrack, minimize transaction times, and provide guests with a variety of funding options for optimal customer experience.

As the first wholly cloud-based ATM switch in North America, and with the ability to offer ActiveData RT®, which includes dynamic surge pricing capabilities, DataStream will bring the industry’s best optionality and redundancy to Santa Anita Park. 

“Santa Anita Park is an internationally recognized racetrack and we absolutely relish the opportunity to provide value, innovation and impeccable service to our partners,” states John Steely, COO of Passport. “A huge facet of this partnership centers around uptime, hardware reliability, more cash to the racetrack, and service. We are happy to spoil Santa Anita with the world-class support and innovative products commensurate to their iconic brand.”

About Passport Technology

Passport’s pursuit of excellence is driven through diversity, inclusion, and collaboration as we strive to create opportunities for all stakeholders to thrive. Passport is a leading developer of technology-based solutions and services for the highly regulated payments, gaming, and financial services markets. The company’s product portfolio includes redemption kiosks, quasi-cash, check warranty, ATM, digital payments, cash and cashless integrations, casino automation, regulatory compliance solutions, bank-sponsored transaction processing, server and web-based analytics, agnostic application management systems, and interactive content and loyalty services. Through its privileged gaming licenses and payment sponsorships, Passport has securely and responsibly settled over $45 billion in funds to casino floors across the globe.

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Tayla Polia

Director, Communication

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