ProfNet Expert Alerts for March 27, 2020


NEW YORK, March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.  

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  • Stock Market Advice
  • What People with Epilepsy Need to Know about COVID-19
  • Ensuring Access to Treatments During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The Power of Nutrition
  • Working to Overcome Addiction? Change Your Story 



  • Tips to Help Photographers Stay Busy While Social Distancing
  • Blog Profiles: COVID-19 Blogs



Stock Market Advice
Cal Brown
Financial Advisor
Savant Capital Management
Catherine Povalitis
“A falling stock market can be terrifying, especially if you are nearing, or in, retirement. It is critically important to not overreact and allow the emotion of fear to result in moves that could harm long-term goals and objectives. Selling at or near the bottom can also permanently alter future rates of return for the portfolio. It may feel good temporarily, but it can cause poor results for the future. Any downturn is temporary, not permanent, and it should be viewed through that lens.”
After 35 years in the financial advisory business, and authoring the book, “When Life Strikes: Weathering Financial Storms,” Cal and works best with people who are undergoing major life transition. Cal can provide commentary around what investors can do in the midst of trying times, specifically tactics to consider when the market is down.
Author of the book, “When Life Strikes: Weathering Financial Storms” -A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional -Currently an adjunct professor in the MST program at American University -Member and past chairman of the Financial Planning Association-National Capital Area. -Recognized as a Top Financial Advisor by Medical Economics, The Washingtonian, and Northern Virginia magazines.
Media contact: Catherine Povalitis, [email protected]

What People with Epilepsy Need to Know about COVID-19
Jacqueline French, MD
Chief Medical & Innovation Officer
Epilepsy Foundation
“Some people with epilepsy regardless of seizure control have other health conditions that put them at higher risk from COVID-19. People with epilepsy could have more seizures if they are also sick with COVID-19 due to a number of factors.”
From adherence to medications, to fever and epilepsy, to having a rescue plan, Dr. French can discuss the impact of COVID-19 on people with epilepsy.
Dr. French is the past president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES). She has served on the AES board and is the past Secretary of the American Society of Experimental Neurotherapeutics. She has served as chair of the International League Against Epilepsy North American Regional Commission and Commission on Therapeutic strategies. She has authored over 200 articles and chapters, is the editor of three books, and lectures internationally on clinical trials and use of antiepileptic drugs.
Media contact: Jackie Aker, [email protected]

Ensuring Access to Treatments During COVID-19 Pandemic
Rachel Patterson
Senior Director, Government Relations & Advocacy 
Epilepsy Foundation
“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented changes and constraints on our nation’s healthcare system and other support systems on which people with epilepsy and other acute and chronic health conditions rely. It is vital for Congress to include various provisions in the COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to help ensure that people with epilepsy can access needed care and supports and state-level decision makers to take related, necessary actions.”
What advocacy organizations are doing to ensure people of all ages have access to essential and oftentimes life-saving treatments and supplies for serious and chronic conditions in the next legislative package. 
Media contact: Jackie Aker, [email protected]

The Power of Nutrition
Cynthia Sass
Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist & Health Expert
Opal Apples 
“I adamantly believe in the power of food to optimize health and wellness, prevent disease, and maximize the way you look and feel – inside and out! I have a passion for nutrition and can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. In the two decades I’ve been counseling and educating people of all ages, I’ve seen amazing transformations, from successful weight loss without “dieting” to reversing the side effects of chronic diseases, surges in energy and athletic performance, younger looking skin and hair, improved sleep and digestion, fewer aches and pains, and untangling unhealthy relationships with food.”
Cynthia specializes in high-performance nutrition, plant-based eating, and optimal wellness.
Sass has authored or co-authored six books. Cynthia’s newest book, Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Pulses – The New Superfood, was released by Harper Collins March 10th, 2015. Her previous book S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches (formerly published under a different title) was released by Harper Collins January 1, 2011. It soared to #1 in all books on by January 5th, debuted at #3 on the January 23rd New York Times best sellers list, and made the January 13th Wall Street Journal nonfiction best sellers list, in the company of George W. Bush, Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, Keith Richards, Steve Harvey and Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Previously Cynthia co-wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling book Flat Belly Diet! and she is the creator of its deliciously slimming eating plan. She also co-authored the Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook, another a New York Times bestseller. Additionally, Sass is the co-author of the unique personalized food journal entitled The Ultimate Diet Log, as well as the relationship book Your Diet is Driving Me Crazy: When Food Conflicts Get in the Way of Your Love Life, which received a glowing review in the New York Times.
Media contact: Paola Cuevas, [email protected]  

Working to Overcome Addiction? Change Your Story
James Sweigert
Author, Motivational Speaker
James Sweigert
“1) Confront the false ‘stories’ you’ve been telling yourself. 2) Learn how to create a new story. 3) Implement practical tools like affirmations, visualization, and meditation in order to tell a new story. 4) Flourish and be amazing. 5) Become happier, more successful, and fulfilled. 6) Stop working for the destination and enjoy the journey.”
James Sweigert is a dynamic motivational speaker, an award-winning executive producer and director for film and television, and the best-selling author of “If You Say So: My Story and How I Changed It to Save My Life.” Over the past 25 years he has built, run, and sold several multimillion-dollar, award-winning production companies. During the same time, he mentored and coached celebrities, rockstars, and movie executives. The successes in his life were hard-fought; nothing came easy until he changed his story.
The youngest of seven, James struggled to be seen and stay safe. He began to be molested at the age of 7. To cope with the chaos and abuse he turned to drugs and alcohol, which led to severe depression and a suicide attempt at the age of 25. This self-destructive pattern continued until he changed his story – and his life.
James has not only survived addiction, depression, homelessness, suicide, and molestation, he has triumphed. He is a storyteller who was able to understand that how he was telling his own story and the power behind his words could shape his life. He is teaching others the same through his work as a mentor, motivational speaker and “Life Cheerleader.”
James currently lives in Beverly Hills, California with a loving partner, a close community, and an incredible dog, with the ultimate purpose to help others change their stories to transform their lives. Learn more at
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  • TIPS TO HELP PHOTOGRAPHERS STAY BUSY WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING. Adjusting to a social distancing way of life will look different for everyone and you should do what feels right for you. You are absolutely entitled to sit on the couch and watch a full series in a day without feeling guilty, eat the entire party size bag of chips as a snack, and stay in sweats from morning ’til night. But if you want a few alternatives, we’ve got you covered. For the photographer looking for things to do while staying home, we’ve put together a list of ideas to stay productive and help make things feel a little more normal:   
  • BLOG PROFILES: COVID-19 BLOGS. Each week, we feature blogs we follow. This week is all about being informed about COVID-19:  


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