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Garmin Forerunner 55

Forerunner 55

Garmin Forerunner 55

Now 33% Off

A great entry-level watch. The Forerunner 55 comes with built-in (and accurate) GPS, optical heart rate monitoring, 20 hours’ GPS run time on a single charge and a general usage battery life that’ll see most runners through at least a week’s training.

There are plenty of tools to cater for a wide range of running needs, with features geared towards the less experienced. This includes five running modes with track running and a virtual running mode for use with platforms like Zwift. There are also Garmin Coach adaptive training plans, daily suggested workouts based on your recovery, handy pace guidance for a selected course, cadence alerts to help with improvements in form and a recovery advisor for advice on managing your rest between training efforts.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Forerunner 245 Music

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Now 45% Off

One of Garmin’s most popular running watches, this simple and affordable GPS tracks all the basics – and more. It monitors your training load to check you’re not overdoing it and offers daily suggested workouts – run recommendations of varying intensities based on your training history, fitness level and recovery time.

This one also comes with music storage on your wrist, so you don’t have to use your phone too. Download up to 500 songs plus playlists from your Spotify, Deezer or Amazon music accounts (subscription may be required). You’ll get up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Wireless Earphones

Galaxy Buds Live Wireless Earphones

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Wireless Earphones

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This is an incredible deal on a quality pair of earbuds. They’re sleek and stylish and deliver up to 21 hours of playtime, seeing you through the longest of runs. Fast Wireless Charging lets you power up quickly if you’ve forgotten to put them on charge, while active noise cancellation can drown out the world around you.

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Salomon Active Skin 8

Active Skin 8

Salomon Active Skin 8

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This is one of the best hydration vests we’ve tested – so comfortable and snug-fitting you forget it’s there almost instantly. In testing, there was zero bounce, so zero risk of chafing, and a deceptive amount of space for your kit. It comes with Salomon’s own 500ml flasks, which are longer and thinner than others in order to fit in the front pockets.

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Salomon Agile 12

Agile 12

Salomon makes super comfortable and robust packs for active adventures. This pack includes two flasks (each 500ml) and is compatible with the Salomon 1.5L reservoir. It has front pockets for gels, keys, phone and other essentials, and has a lightweight harness construction with lots of adjustable straps to get exactly the right fit for you.

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Science in Sport GO Isotonic Energy Gels (7 Pack)

GO Isotonic Energy Gels (7 Pack)

Science in Sport GO Isotonic Energy Gels (7 Pack)

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New Study reveals 60 percent of all healthcare support workers expect to leave their job in the next five years

Study on Allied Health Workforce Retention unveils what it will take to retain and fill support positions that make the healthcare industry run

Tampa, FL, June 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In addition to a predicted deficit of up to 3.2 million healthcare workers by 2026, 60 percent of all healthcare support workers expect to leave their job in the next five years, sounding an alarm on healthcare staffing according to a new nationwide study commissioned by Ultimate Medical Academy. The Study on Allied Health Workforce Retention surveyed 1,000 employees in support positions who currently work in healthcare, lapsed employees who used to work in healthcare and prospective employees who might consider working in healthcare and 320 employers responsible for hiring and/or retaining more than 545,000 individual healthcare support workers. The goal was to dissect the underlying causes of the healthcare staffing crisis among support employees and identify possible ways for employers to increase retention and employment in the healthcare industry based on employee feedback.  The Study reveals:

  • 60 percent of all healthcare support workers expect to leave their job in the next five years

  • Among those who have considered leaving, approximately 45 percent have looked for a new job in the past 6 to 12 months and another 1 in 5 (21 percent) are looking for a new job now

  • Approximately 1 in 5 can’t see themselves working at their current employer in a year, nor would they apply for the job again

  • One in seven (15 percent) do not expect to work in their current position for more than a year

  • 49 percent say they are considering leaving their current employer for a different role in healthcare and 39 percent are considering leaving their current position for a different industry

“The healthcare industry is facing an exodus of employees in support roles, which could jeopardize access to routine preventive and emergency care in communities across the U.S.,” says Tom Rametta, president of Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA).  “Americans already are feeling the impact of the projected national shortage across the health system.  These employees are the backbone of the industry and make significant contributions to productivity, quality and effectiveness in patient service by working in support of and collaboration with their medical and nursing colleagues.”

Over the past six months, employers report that 1 in 5 employees in support roles have left, resulting in a loss of trained employees and more.  Based on the number of employees they have and how many they say have left, employers responding have experienced an average of 22 percent turnover in their organization as a whole, and 15 percent within their specific departments.

Overall, employers in this study are actively looking to hire an average of 17 percent of their total current support role positions in their organizations. Those in larger organizations are looking to fill even more: 26 percent of their support positions on average.  While 40 percent of employers admit retention of employees in support roles is

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