Why Do We Need Health Insurance?

As a way to safeguard against future uncertainties, the need to be insured and stay financially protected is our best defense. Insurance policy is a proven financial instrument available to help in varieties of life stage needs. At this rising healthcare costs, adapting a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise should be a top priority, so does financial security.

The importance of life and health coverage was paramount as we currently experiencing a tough time during this pandemic. This crucial point have taught and reminded us that medical emergencies can befall when we least expected. The simplest answer to question as “Why do we need Health Insurance?” because it can reduce the anxiety and worry especially during this worldwide health crisis.

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We all need medical care at some point. Health Insurance can cover these costs so we are left to focus on getting better and not be burdened with financial strain. It simply protects you from health and financial risks with the following benefits:

  • It covers essential Health benefits vital to maintaining health, treatment and accidents.
  • It protects you from unexpected expensive medical costs.
  • You pay less for health care coverage, even before you receive your hospice billing.
  • You get free preventive care such as vaccines, screenings, and check-ups.

Getting health insurance is extremely important with today’s fast-paced lifestyle to efficiently manage high unexpected healthcare expenses. A health plan that provides critical conditions coverage can ensure that you will have the necessary funds for treatment and recovery.

The major and minor critic critical conditions benefits set out may vary depending on your policy contract. Here’s a brief reference for the 15 most common major and 5 most common minor critical conditions coverage from my own health plan provider for a quick guide.

Top 15 Major Critical Conditions Covered

  1. Cancer
  2. Stroke
  3. Heart Attack
  4. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  5. Heart Valve Surgery
  6. Major Organ Transplantation
  7. Chronic and Irreversible Kidney Failure
  8. Alzheimer’s Disease
  9. Parkinson’s Disease
  10. Bacterial Meningitis
  11. Benign Brain Tumor
  12. Paralysis
  13. Loss of Independent Existence
  14. Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
  15. Severance of limbs

Top 5 Minor Critical Conditions Covered

  1. Pre Cancer or Stage zero cancer ( Carcinoma-in-situ)
  2. Angioplasty and other invasive treatments for Coronary Artery Disease
  3. Early stage of prostate cancer
  4. Hepatitis with liver cirrhosis
  5. Dengue Hemorrhagic fever

The rise of lifestyle diseases among under the age of 45 is rampant. That is why opting to invest in a health plan that also covers regular medical tests that can help early detection makes it easier for us to take care of medical expenses. This allows us to enjoy a worry-free life. Personally, the main reason why I availed of health insurance coverage is that it gives me the security that my loved ones will be financially protected even when the unexpected happens.

Getting one becomes an essential requirement as it can also protect our savings and not get drained with unforeseen circumstances. In that way, our savings can be solely placed on their intended use.

Generally, making adjustments to our savings, investments, and protection priorities can help us fight against future uncertainties. It is best to make a thorough research to compare and determine a plan that suits your needs.

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang opens doors to diners

Are you excited to visit your favorite hotel restaurant again? Which food station will you be making a beeline for? Which favorite dish will you be asking for first? Well, we have good news for you!

The Manila Hotel’s famed Café Ilang-Ilang has once again opened its doors to valued clients. The hotel has been responding to queries about the outlet’s reopening. After reviewing the guidelines, as well as heightening health and hygiene protocols, the decision to open Café Ilang-Ilang is an answer to persistent inquiries from its loyal guests and those who have yet to experience it.

The food stations will once again be teeming with exciting dishes, and the aroma of your favorites will surely call out to you as you approach them. As the world-class chefs are busy behind glass enclosures, diners can go around the restaurant in their face masks and face shields to check various food stations.

Because of existing guidelines for dining establishments, Café Ilang-Ilang has implemented the Order & Eat-All-You-Can System, where guests can point to what they want from the spread, and it will be plated for them.

Café Ilang-Ilang serves international selections from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Korean to everything in between; even Halal. You can get your grilled meats at the popular Churrasco station, or the beloved lechon at the Filipino station. You will surely be spoiled in this gourmand’s haven. See if you can resist the selection of desserts, or the local fave and Halo-Halo—the perfect treat to beat the heat!

A gastronomic feast also awaits guests with an amazing gift voucher deal, giving you more reasons to come and visit us. For just P3,000 nett (lunch) and P3,500 nett (dinner), diners can indulge in our vast array of culinary creations. These non-expiring dining vouchers for two are available for purchase until June 20, 2021. They can be redeemed anytime at Café Ilang-Ilang but prior reservation is recommended.

Café Ilang-Ilang still implements physical distancing and reduced capacity measures that are compliant with the IATF and DOT guidelines for restaurants, so you can be sure that #YouAreSafeHere when you come and visit.

The outlet opens for lunch at 11:30am, and dinner at 5:30pm with last call for orders at 8pm. For more information and reservations, please call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912 or email to restaurantrsvn@themanilahotel.com. You may also book via https://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/dining/cafe-ilang-ilang/.

Basics As Social Media Influencer

Three years ago, I shared on this blog on how to successfully work with brands as a blogger and how I started earning from doing what I considered a hobby.

The steps in getting started are pretty simple: create audience first and then focus on content that is worth sharing. With this, you can established your online presence and can eventually get brand collaboration and sponsored post opportunities and get paid.

Fast forward to date, I am still receiving paid opportunities but now has a new way of spreading information thru my personal social media accounts. Surprisingly, some brands doesn’t require much of a blog post or detailed product review but a facebook and Instagram (or tiktok!) post for organic reached can suffice.

This new way is called influencer marketing. This is a form of marketing which focuses on key individuals to their target markets. It is a marketing strategy to spread information thru branded content which actually sounds more of personal recommendation to family and friends.

So, along with the usual celebrity appearance on a TV commercial and billboard ads, the spread of information was also taken over by a familiar face and trusted person on your friend list or accounts that you follow! This is a brilliant, and fast-paced way to influence the ‘buying-decision’ compared to traditional media outlets.

It is completely a new way of connecting directly to consumers through influencer partnership to help promote products and services on a more relatable approach. Also, tagging brands in a post becomes an easy way to go directly to the source of the product.

On blogging and Influence: “Be authentic! always be your true genuine self”.

Admittedly, I do not have large following on my personal accounts but I genuinely share my excitement, feedbacks and product recommendation which I personally tried and tested. This led me to become a part of brand ambassador of skincare products from Korea. And later on being tapped for various brand collaboration in exchange of a worth’s supply of, or cash token for a post. The payment amount depends on brand’s budget, and I honestly doesn’t expect much as I’m here only to enjoy partnership from well-known brands to connect on a personal level.

Fair enough, I am part of an information network group and at the same time can monetize my time spent on social media! win-win. Here’s the basics on how to get noticed by brands:

Basics on Social Media Influencer?

  • Produce high quality content

Brands look for credibility and good impression of their potential partners to work with. Not only they look for relevance, reach, and engagement rate but also on how good your contents are and how you came up with appealing captions to your target audience.

  • Engage your audience

It’s important to build loyal audience and get them engaged in two way conversation. Micro-influencers effectively generates higher engagements and tend to be more powerful because consumers say that they trust recommendations from friends over advertisements.

  • Join an Influencer networks

Joining a group of influencers can be a great way to receive numerous offers from brands and marketers. You can easily get connected with brands and can choose what product to promote.

My final thoughts? In today’s advance media and technology, anyone can be an influencer! But remember, a social media influencer is not made “on-the-spot”. Everyone started with small number of followers and it took passion, patience and dedication to build trust and drive authentic engagement. It is NOT only about nice photos and products sponsorship, but rather to be a go-to person for recommendations and honest reviews.

Starting a blog and creating a valuable influence shouldn’t be based on fame and money. It should be based on what you are passionate about and doing what you love to do. Being an influencer is a rewarding job, especially when you found something that can constantly excite and inspire you.

XTREME Appliances opens its 25th concept store

 XTREME Appliances, the country’s leading one-stop shop home appliances brand, recently opened its 25th concept store in Tacloban, Leyte last May 13, 2021. The said grand opening, located at Justice Romualdo St. across Gaisano Central Mall, was jam-packed with customers who wanted to have first dibs on the affordable yet quality home appliances.

In line with the grand opening, XTREME Appliances – Tacloban City offered their PISO Sale to customers who came in early. The opening day became a total blockbuster as customers took time to visit to look for home appliances that they need for their homes.

Despite the influx of customers, the management made sure to strictly implement safety health protocols. Staff and customers maintained proper social distancing and wore face masks and face shields inside the store.

XTREME Appliances – Tacloban City branch is one of the biggest concept stores yet as it offers almost all the products under the three categories — XTREME, XTREME Cool, and XTREME Home.

Watch the full video here: https://www.facebook.com/571281989693164/videos/203476244923996

This 2021, XTREME Appliances is aiming to launch a total of 100 concept stores nationwide, bringing a wide range of appliances near every customer’s home across the country. 

Take a look at some of the newly-opened XTREME Appliances concept stores nationwide.

To keep updated on the latest news and happenings of XTREME Appliances, like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok accounts and join their official online community on Facebook, XTREME Fam. For the full list of products and exclusive discounts, please visit XTREME on Website, Lazada, and Shopee e-commerce.


About XTREME Appliances

XTREME Appliances is a #OneStopShopAppliances brand that offers premium and affordable home and commercial appliances that ranges from TV, Aircon, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Gas Range, and many more. XTREME Appliances is now available in 3,000 stores and business partners nationwide, including online stores like Lazada and Shopee.

For inquiries about XTREME Appliances, please contact: 

Jim Reynold D. Zamora

Public Relations Manager 

jimreynold@xtreme.com.ph | 0916 268 1607

Beatriz Anne Talens

Marketing Officer

bea@xtreme.com.ph | 0977 092 9885

Top 5 Home Improvement Projects Amidst Pandemic

Driven by our shifting priorities to comfort, health and safety, this pandemic sparked significant interest in home improvement projects. For some of us, this is the best time to check and consider any repairs and improvements that need to be done to enhance functions and add up home value.

More time stuck at home also means more time to notice any problem or area that needs an upgrade. The money that was once spent on travel, dining out, and entertainment was now invested in home modification or DIY remodeling to used our extra time at home and feel extra cozy.

Here’s the most popular Home Improvement Projects amidst COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Exterior remodeling and renovation

Exterior home improvements to consider include entry door replacement, opting for stone veneer, garage door, roofing, and siding replacement, Decks & Docks addition, and a place to unwind and relax- the backyard patio.

Even exterior painting can make a huge standout. A fresh coat of paint can make your home look and feel brand new! It’s a simple way to transform and spice up your home’s personality, giving a warm, inviting impression.

2. Adding up a home office

Be it a small corner or a luxurious space at home that gives a boost to productivity. An office vibes can make a big difference to your work focus and energy. Even a small fixture of a well-equipped and organized desk at home is a wise upgrade.

3. Bathroom remodel

Inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas on small upgrades or full overhauls can give an impressive new look. From glamorous vanity, sleek shower, to freshening up caulk and grout can lift and improve the whole “bathing experience”.

4. Kitchen renovation

The busy kitchen becomes busier! And now’s the best time to invest in appliances and make that jaw-dropping makeover or even inexpensive and sustainable upgrades. From country casual to sleek model, depending on your own taste of design that excites you.

You can never go wrong in choosing highly functional design options over inefficient latest innovations.

5. Smart Home devices

Home automation uses smart home technology to control items and follow commands. That sounds exactly what we needed at home right now. From robot vacuum cleaners, blinds, speakers, lights, appliances, fitness devices, cooking utensils… you name it! Those can all connect and communicate to follow your order via Alexa or google assistant.

Moreover, being at home also means more house chores to do. We can get better help with the use of home appliances that can simplify the work. Though it takes a serious investment of time and money, you can carefully decide if the benefits can outweigh the cost and hassle.

These are the home projects that are worth taking into consideration. After all, any improvement whether big or small can uplift and inspire us. We can truly relax and find comfort in our own homes as we all stay safe during this unprecedented time.

The Experts Have Spoken: What They Wish Parents of 3+ Toddlers Knew 

 A rundown of what happened at the NIDO® 3+ ExperTIPS Congress! 

There’s always so much going on when you have a 3+ toddler. As your child grows and develops, they start to learn new skills and experience a new sense of self-awareness—and it’s truly incredible to witness as parents! But unless you’re an expert in early childhood development, 3+ toddlerhood can be quite a tricky phase to navigate, especially when they start being picky with food. How can you be mindful of the food you serve? How do you make sure you’re giving them the right nutrients but at the same time, something they also like and enjoy eating? 

All these questions—and more—were answered by a panel of experts as NIDO® 3+ hosted the ExperTIPS Congress last May 15, 2021. The virtual parenting congress provided a fun and interactive learning experience for all attendees. There were exciting booths to try out, and even an interactive website featuring rooms they can explore. All this while learning helpful and valuable tips on how to make sure they’re providing the right nutrients to their #TodoExplorer during this crucial stage in their development. 

Also present during the event were some celebrity moms like Marian Rivera and Iya Villania who shared their first-hand experiences in 3+ toddler parenthood, and inspired more parents to enjoy little and big moments of parenting. 

In case you missed it, you can still watch, learn, and play through this website https://www.expertipscongress.com/. Also, here are some of the topics and tips shared by expert pediatricians and nutritionists from the event: 

The lack of diversity in a 3+ toddler’s diet 

Based on a global project collaboration between Nestle Research Center and the Philippines’ Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the typical diet of a Filipino toddler has inadequate intakes for many nutrients needed to support their growth and development. 

“Their diet includes a lot of carbohydrates in the form of rice and sweets and less of proteins and fats as seen in low intake of milk, fruits and vegetables and other iron sources. Thus, there is an imbalance of important macronutrients and micronutrients,” said Dr. Edward Santos. These nutrients are important to support physical and cognitive growth and development as well as normal immune function during 3+ toddlerhood. While we all have our favorite homemade food, Dr. Santos reminded parents that they play a key role in shaping their +3 toddlers’ diet and they have to be mindful of the food they introduce at home. 

The Science of Picky Eating 

There are many reasons why kids shun their food but Dr. Katrina Anne Valera said that the earlier we address them, the better for our 3+ toddler’s health and nutrition. Some practical tips she shared include encouraging independent feeding to allow the child to explore and feel in control of what he or she is eating. Another way is to encourage the child to “eat your colors” or eat the food of different colors every day. This way, you can also introduce different nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. 

How to Improve Food and Beverage Intake of your 3+ Toddler 

3+ Toddlers are drawn to sugary treats that are tasty but not all too nutritious. According to Nutritionist-Dietitian, Ms. Ditas Sagarbarria, parents must avoid giving high calorie milk to their 3+ toddler because it may promote excessive caloric intake or excessive energy intake. Ms. Sagarbarria also shared that parents can improve the nutrient intake of their 3+ toddlers by giving them healthy finger foods like fruits or Vitamin A-rich vegetables such as carrots or squash. “It lessens the fear of trying the new food as they can feel and enjoy the color. Since the amount is very small, they will also welcome it and they will be more open to trying the new food,” she said. Adding small changes in the diet of your kids can make a big difference in the nutrients they get. 

Ms. Sagarbarria also emphasized including age-appropriate milk in your 3+ toddler’s diet to support their growth and development. “Age-appropriate milk is formulated specifically to meet the nutritional needs of young children,” said Ms. Sagarbarria. As parents, we shouldn’t only be mindful of what we feed our 3+ toddlers but also the milk we choose. 

That is why for mommy Marian Rivera, she only trusts NIDO® 3+ for her daughter Zia. “I make sure na nakakainom s’ya ng 2 glasses of NIDO® 3+ a day along with balanced meals, para confident ako na TODO PROTECTED si Ate Zia at maiwasan ang nutrient inadequacy lalong lalo na at big milestones ang 3+ toddlerhood,” shared the celebrity mom. Marian also mentioned how NIDO® 3+ helps her feel assured that Zia is getting all the age-appropriate nutrients and vitamins she needs, to equip and protect her as she explores 3+ toddlerhood years with confidence. 

As the true expert in 3+ toddlerhood, NIDO® 3+ is formulated to be rich in protection nutrients like Vitamins A, C, E, PREBIO3®, Iron, Zinc and other essential minerals; not to mention the only milk with LACTOBACILLUS PROTECTUS® that helps support a child’s upper respiratory defenses. NIDO® 3+ is definitely every parent’s ally in 3+toddler nutrition, helping parents keep their Todo Explorers TODO protected and TODO supported during this adventurous time in their development. 

For healthy 3+ toddler years, choose the best and trusted milk drink — NIDO® 3+. 

Want to learn more about how you can TODO protect your child as he journeys through his healthy 3+ toddler years? Check out http://www.momandme.nestle.com.ph/nido3. 

For the latest news and updates, visit www.facebook.com/Nido3PH.

Online Business Metrics And Marketing Tactics

Business operational metrics are a quantifiable measure to evaluate success and gather insights into a company’s sustainability. Nowadays, most businesses acquire new customers and sales thru ad views generated by high-quality organic leads.

Online advertising uses operational metrics which include CAC or customer acquisition cost. It is a company’s gauge on how much they spend in acquiring each customer. It is the cost of winning a customer to purchase a product or service. This can be measure thru this formula:

CAC = cost of sales and marketing / number of New Customers Acquired

CAC is often related to LTV – (Customer’s) Life Time Value. It is the predicted revenue that a customer can generate over the course of their relationship with the company.

To calculate LTV, the following variables is needed to plug into the formula:

Average purchase value: Calculate this number by dividing your company’s total revenue in a time period (usually one year) by the number of purchases over the course of that same time period.

Average purchase frequency: Calculate this number by dividing the number of purchases over the course of the time period by the number of unique customers who made purchases during that time period.

Customer value: Calculate this number by multiplying the average purchase value by the average purchase frequency.

Average customer lifespan: Calculate this number by averaging out the number of years a customer continues purchasing from your company.

LTV = customer value X average customer lifespan.

This will provide the estimated revenue expected from a customer over the course of the business relationship. The LTV:CAC ratio should be 3:1. This means that the customer value of customers should be three times the cost of acquiring them. If the ratio turns out to be 1:1 it means ad spending equals as much money on gaining customers as they’re spending on your products.

If it’s higher than 3:1, like 5:1 for example, this shows that you are not spending enough on sales and marketing and could be missing out on opportunities to achieve new leads.  

To understand what you want to achieve with your ad campaigns, you also need to check the CPA or Cost Per Acquisition. It is the cost per sale or cost per conversion that indicates how much sales was created by your online ad campaign. It allows you to track and optimize a variety of goals.

CPA (cost per action)= Total “actions” taken / total cost

With this, you’re able to see if the amount you spent on ads is profitable or not. You can clearly see if ad campaigns are well invested which allows you to adjust the cost accordingly.

The branding efforts with today’s digital marketing campaigns can certainly be backed up by digital metrics that can effectively scale marketing tactics.

In sales conversion and brand awareness, defining digital marketing metrics is essential to track and guide campaigns. However, it is best to have a goal first of building a brand that creates a distinct feeling and experience for customers rather than just the usual leads and sales-focused.

Building a strong brand that leverage marketing tactics should be guided by the following questions to be answered first in a strategic way:

  • What problem do you solve? How you do it differently? What is your purpose?
  • How does your business stand out over the competitors?
  • Have you laser-focused on a specific audience who has the same values?
  • Is your brand voice distinct, consistent, and recognizable?
  • Do you have a clear and compelling brand messaging to support your content?

These guide questions can certainly point to a wider customer reach. After all, a well-recognized and loved brand is the most valuable asset beyond any metrics.

Basic Sales Tax and Compliance

Sales tax are put up by government on the sale of goods and services. As a business owner, you are responsible to collect and remit taxes to the authorities.

There are particular different types of sales tax systems to use throughout the United States. For instance, the main taxpayer is the seller or the purchaser. Some states imposed the taxes on the purchaser and the seller is responsible to collect and forward the tax. On the other hand, other states imposed taxes on the seller who passes it on to their customers.

Compliance with the collection and remittance is essential for the business not to be questioned and audited. Disregarding such actions can lead to growing risk and higher penalties.

More often, sellers found sales tax compliance as messy, complicated, and sometimes annoying. That is why CPA firms came to the rescue to offer their services so business owners can just focus on sales growth and revenue.

Services on sales tax, economic nexus evaluation, taxability determination, audit assistance, exemption certificate management, registrations, return preparation, and filing can be conveniently availed. End-to-end filing services up to remittance payment on your behalf is being offered.

This kind of service actually saves time in calculating and paying taxes so you can act accordingly. However, it is also ideal to have your own clear and even basic understanding of how Sales Tax and compliance work. Here’s the basics in sales tax compliance this year:

What To Know on Sales Tax

1. In what states do I need to register for a Sales Tax permit?

Register at the Department of Revenue website for your designated state. You are required to register in any state where you have “sales tax nexus”. The main forms of sales tax nexus are physical presence and economic nexus.

Physical presence – is where your business is registered, owners or employees resides, and inventory storage.

Economic nexus – is where you have most of your sales and transactions occur. The annual economic threshold may vary in a particular state.

Once a sales tax nexus and sales tax permit is secured, you can now move forward on knowing when to collect sales tax for online sales.

2. When to collect sales tax?

Product taxability- determine if your product is taxable and if you or the site you sell on is responsible to collect sales tax from customers. Certain types of products are taxed at different rates, you can refer on item tax codes here.

Who collects the sales tax?
In states where you have sales tax nexus, you likely only need to worry about collecting sales tax on your own site (Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, etc.). If you sell on a third-party marketplace (Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, etc.), those sites are required to collect and remit sales tax for their sellers in all but three states as of 2021. Those states are KS, MO, and FL. So, you’ll still need to collect and remit sales tax for sales into those three states on marketplaces.

To simplify, ou need to collect sales tax for sales in states where (1) you have sales tax nexus, (2) your product is taxable, and (3) your sales are on your site or a third-party marketplace site in KS, MO, or FL. Then you can setup sales tax collection on all your necessary sales channels and products.

3. What to do with the Collected Sales Tax?

Make sure those entries for sales tax liabilities are properly entered on the balance sheet. To record received sales tax from customers, debit your Cash account, and credit your Sales Revenue and Sales Tax Payable accounts. When you remit the sales tax to the government, you can reverse your initial journal entry. To do this, debit your Sales Tax Payable account and credit your Cash account.

Each state has different deadlines for filing and remitting your sales tax. Generally, the more you collect, the more frequently you’ll need to file and remit sales tax. The sales tax filing will include the total sales in that state, how much of those sales were taxable, and the total sales tax amount to pay.

To sum up, the sales tax process can be less intimidating when you have general knowledge and partnered with tools to automate the sales tax process. And if possible, work with sales tax experts to help you navigate issues you are not familiar with.

Types, Functions, and Benefits of A Data Catalog

Data catalogs are relatively a core component of data management tools. Thru this, automatic metadata management were enabled and molds with user-friendly interface that makes data easy to understand even for non-IT members of a business organization.

Metadata is the core of data catalog. It is the data that provides information about other data. To simplify, it is “data about data”. Many distinct types of metadata exist, including descriptive metadata, structural metadata, administrative metadata, reference metadata, statistical metadata and legal metadata.

  • Descriptive metadata is descriptive information about a resource. It is used for discovery and identification. It includes elements such as title, abstract, author, and keywords.
  • Structural metadata is metadata about containers of data and indicates how compound objects are put together, for example, how pages are ordered to form chapters. It describes the types, versions, relationships, and other characteristics of digital materials.
  • Administrative metadata is information to help manage a resource, like a resource type, permissions, and when and how it was created.
  • Reference metadata is information about the contents and quality of statistical data.
  • Statistical metadata, also called process data, may describe processes that collect, process or produce statistical data.
  • Legal metadata provides information about the creator, copyright holder, and public licensing if provided.
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Every organization seeking competitive advantage uses data catalog to turn big data into actionable insights. Data transforms meaningful customer insights to improve outcomes. In today’s rapid pace, managing massive data amounts is doable with the use of such data governance tool.

A tool where everyone in a business can find the data needed for collaboration is essential. A modern data catalog includes many features and functions that all depend on the core capability of cataloging data—collecting the metadata that identifies and describes the inventory of shareable data.

It is considered impractical to attempt cataloging manually. Automated discovery of datasets, both for initial catalog build and ongoing discovery of new datasets is critical. The use of AI and machine learning for metadata collection, semantic inference, and tagging, is important to get maximum value from automation and minimize manual effort.

With robust metadata as the core of the data catalog, many other features and functions are supported. The most essential functions includes:

  • Dataset Searching—Robust search capabilities include search by facets, keywords, and business terms. Natural language search capabilities are especially valuable for non-technical users. Ranking of search results by relevance and by frequency of use are particularly useful and beneficial features.
  • Dataset Evaluation—Choosing the right datasets depends on the ability to evaluate their suitability for an analysis use case without needing to download or acquire data first. Important evaluation features include capabilities to preview a dataset, see all associated metadata, see user ratings, read user reviews and curator annotations, and view data quality information.
  • Data Access—The path from search to evaluation and then to data access should be a seamless user experience with the catalog knowing access protocols and providing access directly or interoperating with access technologies. Data access functions include access protections for security, privacy, and compliance sensitive data.

A robust data catalog provides many other capabilities including the need for data curation and collaborative data management, data usage tracking, intelligent dataset recommendations, and a variety of data governance features.

Benefits of a Data Catalog

  • Improved data efficiency

This helps the business more cost-efficient in deriving effective data-driven decisions to boost performance thru real-time data analytics.

  • Improved data context

Gaining better data understanding to put things into perspective is a great way to visualize circumstances that surrounds each metric. With this, the context turn facts into actionable information leading to a well-informed decision for a positive business impact.

  • Reduced risk of errors

The manual processing of errors is time consuming and can cause massive data confusion. Whereas with investing in data governance, an organized and improved inventory is presented with high quality and confidence.

  • Improved data analysis

Correct data and analysis is provided for deeper, more informed insights. The rich context captured of enterprise data, including relationships between data sets, analyst usage & trusted comprehension is highly accurate.

Overall, data catalog dramatically improves the productivity of analysts, increases the reliability of analytics, and drives confident data-driven decision-making while empowering everyone in your organization to find, understand, and govern data.

A Career In The Fitness Industry As Personal Fitness Trainer?

If you are passionate about nutrition and fitness and thinking of changing career to join the fitness industry, here’s 2 options on how to get started:

  • Go back to school. Earn a degree and study all about anatomy, biochemistry and exercise physiology.
  • Get certified as a personal trainer. Be a certified fitness instructor and earn credibility. Personal training Institute like Florida personal training certification offers program that is built on a proven science-based training. Students will be able to design and implement a safe and effective Personal Fitness Training program specific to each client. With this, nutritional consultation service can be offered.

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The second option was obviously the practical one to take. It costs way less money and faster to complete. A certification can be completed with 3-6 months while an associate degree will take 2 years, and 4 years for a bachelor’s degree.

On the other hand, advantages of getting a degree includes:

  • Opportunity at hospitals’ medical facilities.
  • A chance to coach high-profile athletes or sports teams.
  • If it turns out personal training is not your permanent career path, a degree may open doors to other related careers.
  • A degree program offers a greater depth and scope of study.
  • A degree is more recognized and accepted than a certification.

As for independent personal trainers, getting certification can sufficed. Clients usually don’t look at degree rather reasonably impressed with certification, testimonials and word of mouth of good reputation and personality.

The love for exercising, eating healthy, and the ability to inspire others to get in shape is what it takes to be an effective trainer. The personal traits and skills of a good trainer includes being analytical, motivational, nurturing, organized, patient and persistent.

Entering the fitness industry with the skills, knowledge and hands-on training is a good start next to leading a healthy lifestyle.

Truly, there isn’t one “right path” in becoming a fitness trainer, but there are six things you can do to stand out and set yourself apart from other trainers out there.

What to do

  1. Start coaching now—even if it’s just family or friends.
  2. Get certified—even if it’s a basic entry-level certification.
  3. Become a “complete” fitness professional—someone who understands exercise, but also nutrition and quality movement.
  4. Learn how to coach real people—by focusing on change psychology and connections.
  5. Get business training—so you can take your fitness “pipe dream” and turn it into something meaningful and profitable.
  6. Commit to a career of learning and development—geek out on advanced programs and build your skills and specialties.

Consider A Specialty

Consider which types of clients you mostly enjoy training with. From there, invest in advance and focused education by getting a specialty certification. With this, you will have more to offer and can charge additional fee to clients.

Options include:

  • Athletics and sports: You can help athletes improve their balance, speed, agility, and performance.
  • Lifestyle and weight management: You can work with clients on behavior change to turn around bad habits and develop healthier ones.
  • Medical: With a Medical Exercise Specialist certification, such as offered through ACE, you can work with post-rehabilitation clients who are recovering from conditions such as heart problems, muscle sprains, or orthopedic surgery.
  • Nutrition: With this add-on certification, you can help clients with the diet portion of their fitness goals, giving them specific advice on how they can eat healthily and lose weight.4
  • Orthopedics: You can work with clients who have knee pain, arthritis, or other conditions.
  • Special populations: With this kind of certification, you can work with older adults to help them improve quality of life and maintain muscle mass, or you can work with younger kids to build fitness programs that fit their age and goals.

Most certifying organizations offer several specialty certifications, and you may get a discount if you already have a basic certification.

Overall, whichever path you decided to take, keep in mind to focus on continuity on building and improving your skills to be able to offer the best service to your clients.