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Fitbit Luxe: A fashionable wellness tracker for smaller wrists

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Fitbit is betting on a fashion-first fitness tracker with the Luxe band. The $150 (converts to about £110 or AU$200) tracker is a slimmer, sleeker version of previous Fitbit trackers like the Inspire 2. It can be camouflaged to look like jewelry with a wide range of band options. It packs in some of Fitbit’s best health features like advanced sleep metrics and stress tracking, but misses out on others like built-in GPS and mobile payments with the same five-day battery life as Fitbit’s other trackers. 

A design that makes it stand out from the crowd

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My first impression of the Fitbit Luxe is that it looks like a hybrid between the Fitbit Charge 4 and the Inspire, but with rounded edges and a slimmer body. It has a small rectangular touch screen that curves to the shape of the wrist and it’s the first of Fitbit’s trackers with a full-color display enclosed in a stainless steel frame (available in gold and platinum). 

What elevates its aesthetic is its wide array of bands that can easily be swapped out to make it look less like a tracker, and more like a bracelet. Fitbit offers everything from silicone sports bands to leather loop bands for the Luxe. The company has also partnered with jewelry maker Gorjana for a chain-link special edition version. 

Better health monitoring, basic fitness tracking

Unlike other trackers, fitness is not the main purpose of the Luxe. 

Instead, Fitbit is positioning it more as a holistic wellness tracker than a dedicated fitness band. The two main factors that it’s looking at are stress and sleep. Instead of using a designated sensor like the $250 Fitbit Sense, which has an electrodermal activity sensor to monitor stress, the Luxe uses activity levels, sleep and heart rate to calculate the body’s ability to handle stress. Then, it issues a daily stress management score. It measures breathing rate, heart rate variability, resting heart rate and skin temperature variation. It will also be able to measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) in the future. The stress management score will also be rolling out to other Fitbit devices with heart rate tracking.  

Even though fitness is not the focus, the Luxe tracks up to 20 workout types and has automatic workout detection if you forget to start a session. But unlike the Charge 4 which has built-in GPS, the Luxe relies on your phone to track routes for outdoor workouts. 

It also includes a six-month subscription to Fitbit Premium ($9.99 a month) which gives users a more comprehensive look at their health metrics as well as providing guided workouts, meditation sessions and wellness coaching.

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Limited smart features and OK battery life

Everything else on the tracker is secondary. It displays notifications, reminders and can serve as an alarm or stopwatch, but lacks mobile payments through Fitbit Pay and it doesn’t come with any kind of music control or storage. Fitbit claims a five-day battery on the Luxe, but it may depend on usage. 

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Fitbit’s entire collection: Fitbit Ace, Inspire 2, Charge 4, Luxe, Versa 2, Versa 3 and Sense. 


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The Fitbit Luxe is available in the US starting April 19 for $150. Its combination of looks and features may entice a new type of user that doesn’t need all the extra bells and whistles or extra bulk from a full-fledged smartwatch. However at $150, plus the cost of accessories — which can add anywhere from $30 to $200 –it faces steep competition from other Fitbit devices and cheaper trackers like the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, which costs half the price. 

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Williamsburg wellness center owner indicted in $2 million health care fraud case

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A federal grand jury in Norfolk returned an indictment on Thursday charging a Williamsburg wellness center owner with defrauding Virginia Medicaid and other health care programs out of more than $2 million.

According to the indictment, 45-year-old Williamsburg resident Maria Kokolis was the owner of Pamisage Inc., a center for integrative behavioral health and medicine, with a focus on weight management issues.

Beginning in or about 2018, and continuing through February 2020, court documents say Kokolis executed a scheme to defraud and overbill various health care benefit programs and the Virginia Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).

Paperwork says she was charging 45 minutes to an hour of face-to-face psychotherapy services for non-comparable services like sending messages through the company’s smartphone app or monitoring a client’s data.

Prosecutors say Kokolis billed these psychotherapy services for times when she was out of the country on vacation and when the clients were out of state or sick in the hospital.

According to the indictment, Kokolis used the names, Medicaid ID numbers, and other identifying information of her clients in submitting these false claims to the health care benefit programs. Kokolis received a total of at least $2,189,342 in fraudulent health care benefit program reimbursements, a portion of which came from the U.S. government, documents show.

Kokolis is charged with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Stay with WAVY.com for more local news updates.

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Atomic City CBD Wellness Opens For Business Saturday

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Atomic City CBD Wellness owner Linda Casias in her new store opening for business at noon Saturday on the upper level at 1247 Central Ave., Suite F. Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE GODON
Los Alamos Daily Post
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Linda Casias is bringing CBD products back to Los Alamos, starting noon May 8 when her new business Atomic City CBD Wellness opens its doors for the first time.

“Many people have come over from my former business, Float Los Alamos, where we sold CBD products,” Casias said. “These products were very popular. Customers are very happy to have a natural remedy for anxiety, stress and pain relief. CBD also helps with sleep problems.”

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is a web of receptors in the nervous system, Casias explained adding that CBD is non-intoxicating and sometimes CBD is mixed up with THC—which will get you high—but they’re completely different compounds.

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp (defined as having less than 0.3 percent THC) legal in the United States. CBD made from hemp is legally permitted in all states except Iowa, Idaho and South Dakota.

Casias offers a myriad of CBD products including:

  • Tinctures;
  • Gummies;
  • Honey;
  • Coffee and tea;
  • Creams; and
  • Capsules.

It’s not just about CBD. Casias also is featuring non-CBD candy and chocolate, bath bombs, greeting cards, stickers and fidget toys.

“I’m also displaying and selling my unique dots artwork,” Casias said. “My 10-year-old daughter is selling her own brand of slime called Izzy Slime. It’s not as sticky as commercial brands. I’m planning to add Los Alamos souvenirs and more gifts. Stop back, because I’m adding more items all the time.”

Atomic CBD Wellness is upstairs at 1247 Central Ave. Suite F, Room 219, directly above the Los Alamos Daily Post. Hours are noon to-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call the store at 505.709.7328, for more information.

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