BY ERIC VISKOVICZ, LIVE IN FITNESS FOUNDER
When I look back over the past 15 years, I feel so proud of the lives we have touched. I have worked hard to select the best group of coaches, staff and expert trainers worldwide. All of our coaches have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology or similar degree, along with Certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Personal Training or higher. Regardless of degree or certification level, all staff go thru the proprietary L.I.F.E. training program where they broaden their knowledge and fold the Live In Fitness level of expertise and standards of excellence into their repertoire. Together, we have seen many tears of joy and happiness shed by those whom we have helped with their weight loss success. It has been an amazing journey and the team at L.I.F.E. has been instrumental in the success of so many. I have profound respect and admiration for each and every member of our team. We are blessed that most have been committed for a long time because they are so fulfilled by the mission that we have at Live In Fitness.....bringing balance, perseverance, accomplishment, and success to each person who steps thru our doors. We are honored to do what we do!
BY ERIC VISKOVICZ, LIVE IN FITNESS FOUNDER
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
BY Eric Viskovicz,LIVE IN FITNESS FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
As the president of LIFE Eric devised the science behind one of the most effective weight loss strategies in the world. Eric spearheaded the boot camp revolution that has taken the nation by a storm. With over 22 years of experience he has scientifically perfected with tested proven results a program that erupted well before the biggest looser and other television network weight loss programs. He believes that what makes LIFE undoubtedly a powerful life altering organization is that although it is growing at an incredible pace it is still a deeply personal and intimate assessment of each individual client that becomes part of the community. Eric expertly hand picks all of the state of the art equipment, every trainer, manager and anybody that has access to the clients based on their experience. He is positive that LIFE has the best equipment and team working for the clients with a collective 200 years of experience, knowledge and supreme expertise. Additionally, LIFE has explored a psychological component that no other company has delved into. Behavioral therapy is an extensive part of altering the client’s behavior for life and Eric believes this is often the root and an agent of change.
Eric Viskovicz is the fitness mastermind behind some of the world’s most renowned individuals. He has trained everybody from well-known actors, actresses, and models, princess, kings and queens of countries from all over the world. He has trained the Dodger Organization, Bette Midler, Chris Doughtry, Jessica Beil, Angela Basset, Cedric the Entertainer and Olympic gold medal winners, among other high-profile clients. He has a tremendous passion for his work and cares deeply about every client that comes to his fitness camp. And even when they leave, he continues to offer them support and guidance, helping them with their struggles as they continue on their journey. He has grand visions for life wanting to explore as many avenues as possible, to offer people the means to make the lifestyle changes necessary to be healthy and fit for life. His ventures include a healthy food distribution company, Web site offering nutrition and fitness information in a variety of downloadable formats, an allergy-based nutrition program, and a camp for obese kids, among many others. He assures clients that LIFE is a lifetime worth of dedication, science, and expertise above and beyond any other in the world.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
|Position at LIFE:||Executive Vice President|
|Place of Birth:||MN|
|School/ Degree:||Santa Monica College; University of Wisconsin; Degrees in child development and concentration in human development|
|Credentials:||CPT, Certified Weight Management specialist, and pre-natal and postpartum exercise|
BY Sarah Sventek,LIVE IN FITNESS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
As the executive vice president Sarah has been an integral part of L.I.F.E’s growth since its commencement, and an invaluable component to its success. Starting out as a client at the camp more than eleven years ago, she gained an intimate understanding of what Eric Viskovicz’s life changing philosophy was all about. She had tried absolutely every diet, meal plan and drug known to man to try to lose weight. Eric’s L.I.F.E.™ program was the only plan that focused on the third key to sustaining successful weight loss, the Mind. Eric taught her how to master her mind for long-term weight loss success, and at that moment, she knew she had to help others to do the same thing. Understanding the challenges, obstacles, and struggles and what it takes to overcome them has been a key element in enabling Sarah to better serve clients. Since then her contributions have been critical components to the expansion of the program.
In her current role as Executive Vice President she is vital to the operations of the company. Throughout the years, she has been the lead Reservations Coordinator, encouraging countless people to trust in to the LIFE Program. Early on at the company, she developed the meal plan and nutritional aspects of the program – at one point even cooking the guest’s meals. She also has worked with guests as a personal trainer and weight management specialist. Her specialty has been working with women and children in the following areas: fat reduction; lifestyle change for fitness and nutrition; body sculpting; childhood obesity and fitness; heavily obese women; and prenatal and postpartum exercise.
BY Joel Lyftogt,LIVE IN FITNESS VICE PRESIDENT
As Vice President of L.I.F.E.™ Joel brings to the company his valuable business expertise to help with the companies growth. He considers himself to be creative, hardworking, fun-loving and dedicated to the community here at L.I.F.E.™ He believes that hard work is a measure of what you do every day, not just some days. His motivation for what he does here comes from watching his mother struggle through a severe ailment. She regained her health by changing her lifestyle to include proper nutrition and exercise. From this experience, Joel developed a passion for health and fitness and his motto became to live fully and teach others about living a healthy lifestyle.
His decision to stay and grow with the company was further cemented when he observed Eric Viskovicz maintaining contact with former clients, helping them push through to meet their goals and making sure they continued their success individually. This genuine sincerity and desire in wanting to make people’s lives struck a cord with Joel in his final decision to work for L.I.F.E.™ Joel would love to help grow this company from what some refer to as a live-in-fat camp into a community of people seeking the change they want to see in their mind and bodies. With thousands of fad diets and TV infomercial scams, the opportunity to create a real product that is both effective and exciting has been the engine fueling L.I.F.E.™ With the obesity epidemic taking the nation by a storm, he feels that we need to take Eric’s message to a broader audience. Among others, his initiatives include making school cafeterias a healthier place for kids, and making health and fitness knowledge accessible to everyone.
BY Nicola Gibson,LIVE IN FITNESS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Nicola’s story is true and dear to the very core of what L.I.F.E.™ is all about. Growing up she was an energetic adolescent, as she led an active lifestyle engaging in sports was the norm. However, as her career quickly shifted and her profession changed so did her level of activity, dropping to an all time low. Her weight rapidly got out of control and she saw herself tipping the scale at an excess weight of 70 lbs. After several attempts to loose weight failed, feeling hopeless and distraught she came to the weight loss camp in hopes of regaining her former self. L.I.F.E.™ would prove to be the fountain of hope she was searching for. The camp was a great fitness network, challenging, yet rewarding. It was new and exciting, and the variety of boot camps kept her interest, but most importantly it worked! She saw her weight drop from size 18 to size 6, and has managed to keep the weight off for 9 years. On account of her battle with her weight Nicola has an innermost understanding of the issues regarding weight loss and weight gain- the struggles, frustrations, plateaus, and results, and most importantly, maintaining a lifestyle that caters the new you.
By working closely with the president, Eric Viskovicz, for the past nine years, she has learned the philosophy and vision of the company as it has come to fruition. Losing the weight nourished her newly found confidence leading her to seek a career path as a certified trainer, and in turn she has been able to help others through her profound understanding of their struggle. She started with L.I.F.E.™ as a boot camp instructor, and now holds the position of Managing Director overseeing the Marina Del Rey facility. She looks forward to being a part of the continued growth of the company.
BY Laura Samimi,LIVE IN FITNESS HUMAN RESOURCES
Laura began her career early on as a court reporter but her passion for working with numbers led her to a career path in the accounting industry. Beginning as a part-time bookkeeper for L.I.F.E.™ she soon moved into a full-time management role. This quickly developed into her becoming an integral part of the day-to-day operations of L.I.F.E.™ Laura always wanted to work for a company that makes a difference in people’s lives and as she grew an intimate understanding of L.I.F.E.’s mission she knew that she had found her second home.
After giving birth, working at L.I.F.E.™ helped Laura whip her body back into shape in a short amount of time. Laura met her husband at a gym and the two of them incorporate many of the strategies, and programs she has learned at L.I.F.E.™ in her own family dynamics. She says that her time at L.I.F.E.™ has been priceless in the vast amount of knowledge she has accumulated about staying healthy. L.I.F.E.™ taught her that eating proper nutritious meals is something she must use daily at home and something she will take with her for the rest of her life.
BY Omari Bernard,LIVE IN FITNESS HEAD TRAINER
Omari comes to Live In Fitness after an entire life filled with sports and athletics. His journey into the sports arena started when he was but 6 years old. As his repertoire of professional athleticism continued to increase throughout high school and his collegiate experience as a track and field athlete, he developed a passion and a love for sports. Sports and athleticism have been his biggest contributors to a successful path in both education and in life. He feels as though his drive in nutrition and health have helped fuel a mutual drive and ambition in other aspects of his life.
Omari says that fitness has always been second nature to him. Growing up playing football, soccer, track, cross-country, tennis, and basketball his love for sports has carried over into his adult life and it has become part of the reason he loves working at LIFE. Omari excelled in sports with a natural passion for athletics. He has an innate drive to succeed and step out of his comfort zone to continuously improvement. He admits that this the reason he loves to get clients to step out of their comfort zone. He believes this takes clients further along in their journey at LIFE and pushes them to the next level. He has mastered the ability to enable them to gain confidence, improve their attitude, and self worth. Omari’s clients say that he is one of the most motivational trainers they have worked with. With his upbeat and positive personality he manages to keep them focused on their long term goals, success, and their journey.
|Position at LIFE:||Coach|
|Place of Birth:||Walnut Creek, California|
|School/ Degree:||Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology with an option in secondary education, from Long Beach State.|
|Credentials:||NCCPT, CPR, AED, and L.I.F.E. instructor. Her honors include: receiving an athletic scholarship to play softball at Long Beach State; being collegiate softball team captain for two years; and playing on an All-Conference team.|
BY Arleigh Thorp,LIVE IN FITNESS COACH
After being a lifetime athelete and participant in sports Arleigh decided that her career in college would consist of gaining the knowledge necessary to be an expert on how the body works, nutrition and health. This would ultimately lead her to a degree in kinesiology with an option in education. Knowing the biomechanics and anatomy of the body helps her choose the appropriate exercises with precision for each client individualy. She has knowledge of many motivating and goal setting strategies that she incorporates into her training techniques. Growing up in an athletic atmosphere and participating in sports has taught her a lot about how far people can push their bodies and minds. She is a firm believer that most people don’t realize their capabilities or their potential. She realizes that the clients are at different levels of fitness, this means different levels of exercise and motivation. She prides herself in her ability to continually push her clients at whatever stage they are at to meet their goals and become healthy individuals. Through the years she has been able to teach clients where they can afford to push the limits of their mind and body.Continuous learning and growth is important for Arleigh and working in the environment that L.I.F.E.™ offers has made her evermore knowledgeable about health and fitness. Being around other knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainers has made her a well-rounded coach at large. She shares Eric Viskovicz vision for the future of L.I.F.E.™ and wants to be a part of building the company, so that they can continue to transform and change people’s lives infinitely.
BY Cherise Mosiman,LIVE IN FITNESS TRAINER
Early on in her career Cherise was certain she wanted her job to comprise of working with people to help make a difference in their lives. One major life-changing event that ultimately altered the course of her future career was when her boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer and died. Cherise wanted to make sure that her future was devoted to helping people live a lifestyle that would extend their lives as long as possible. Initially she wanted to follow a career in nursing but decided that working at a weight loss facility, adjusting people’s habits, perspectives and lifestyles before they end up on an unhealthy path was the best fit for her and her experiences. The death of her boyfriend prompted her determination to try to help others make decisions to maintain the best life that they can possibly have.
Cherise’s passion for athletics began early on in her childhood. She played basketball and softball as a child and always enjoyed applying the things she has learned and experiences in her life to her job and to help her clients achieve their goals. She takes pride in establishing early on the foundation and the small steps that clients need in order to succeed and have a full transformation of their minds and bodies. LIFE has proven to be a community that she is proud to be a part of. The fitness camp is filled with wonderful clients and excellent staff that she not only encourages but that they in return inspire her to be a better individual.
BY Marco Roman,LIVE IN FITNESS TRAINER
Marco comes to L.I.F.E.™ with more than 20 years of private training expertise, working with clients of all ages and levels of experience from all walks of life. As a former owner of a thriving personal training business and private gym, he had the pleasure of working with high-profile actors and models. Incredibly enough he worked at Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, wherein he trained professional athletes. In a fitness capacity, Marco has also appeared in commercials, TV shows and workout videos.
Marco’s philosophy towards his clients’ wellness is building strong relationship based on trust. His sincerity, warmth, and humility make it easy for clients to quickly feel comfortable. His compassion allows him to see each person as special and deserving of the opportunity to become healthier, once they’ve made the decision to do so. From there, Marco has the pleasure of giving clients the motivation to bring about change intrinsically. He feels it’s a privilege to work with L.I.F.E.™ team members in applying the philosophy of Eric Viskovicz regarding fitness and nutrition that focuses on lifestyle changes for lifelong wellness. One of the many aspects that attracted Marco to L.I.F.E.™ is its holistic approach to wellness. Getting rid of fad diets and gimmicks, and reaching clients in a healthy way is a good fit for Marco. He looks forward to working with each client as they create new, healthier lifestyle and is honored to share in their journey towards wellness.
BY Sye Conteh,LIVE IN FITNESS TRAINER
Sye comes to LIFE with an entire lifetime worth of athleticism. Early on he had a drive and passion for sports, playing soccer for fourteen years, baseball, and football. His parents have imbued in him a sense of drive and determination that has been a deeply ingrained part of who he is today and he applies his drive in his training techniques. His mother being a doctor prompted him initially to want to work in a hospital, but he than decided that instead of working with people in hospitals he preferred to rehabilitate individuals and guide them towards a healthy lifestyle. He also believes that his parents have been the biggest contributors to his yearning to help others. He started his personal training career in the California Health and Fitness facility and decided to continue his career here at LIFE.
Sye enjoys helping others make lifestyle changes to ensure they reach their full potential and goals. His strong background in athletics is what has taught him that a healthy body and mind are keys to a great future. The most gratifying part of his job he believes is helping people reach their goals. He believes that there is nothing more satisfactory than when a client sees the results they were seeking. Sye admits that he has a natural ability to work with people in helping them find that inner strength and fire that many don’t believe that they have. He is a firm believer that many of LIFE’s clients need to readjust their perspective on their lifestyle, and that everybody and anybody has the ability to tap into that inner strength, they just need that extra push and mental aspect to take themselves to the next level. In accordance to his experience the best way to do this is to gain an intimate understanding of his clients needs and motivations, communication is key.
BY Jennifer Katz,LIVE IN FITNESS NUTRITIONIST
Jennifer studied at Berkley to be a nurse and she watched as many patients came to the hospital because of the poor nutritional habits they had developed in their lives. She also saw many patients leave the hospital without getting the necessary tools needed to be successful in the life. She wanted to follow a career path that would enable her to help people with their nutritional profile before they entered into a hospital because of their eating habits or poor nutrition.
Jennifer believes that it takes an entire team to get someone healthy. She relates the ancient African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child and that taking that same philosophy to health, she thinks it also takes a village or a team to get someone who has taken the wrong path in their life with regards to fitness and nutrition to get back on the right path.
She understands the importance that Nutrition plays in successful weight loss but says that is only one component. She believes that the team that has been assembled by L.I.F.E.™. is a great to help others get their entire body healthy again and she is thrilled to be part of the team. She says the L.I.F.E.™ approach for building the foundation to help people make dramatic changes in their life is something anyone can accomplish and that her job is to help clients make their journey at L.I.F.E.™ a success.
Jennifer enjoys dance, running, yoga, cooking, crossword puzzles, reading short stories, hiking, biking, reading, hip hop and taking fitness classes. She says that eating right should not being about saying “never eat this or never drink that” but more about learning a new way to maintain your baseline and enjoy your life in a way that is beneficial to your health.
BY Mike LoSardo,LIVE IN FITNESS EXECUTIVE CHEF
Michael’s passion for cuisines began early in his career at the young age of 15 when he worked for a family owned restaurant. He trained under many prominent Southern California chefs before moving to Austin Texas where he opened an Italian restaurant for a friend called Mezzaluna. While working in Texas he discovered a school for culinary arts and work program in Italy that would cater to his passion for cooking. His next career move would be established in Las Vegas wherein he worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants, such as the Bouchon and Valentino located at the Venetian.Soon he would find himself once again in the heart of California, but this time amidst a health conscious staff and nutritious but delicious low fat recipes.
Michael continually shows his passion for food, in the transcendent quality he produces for his clients. Taking fastidious care to learn each individual’s predilection, he customizes each dish to meet the client’s dietary requirements. Michael is committed to insuring the clients enjoy their meals. He offers weekly cooking classes, working one on one with clients, teaching cooking techniques and proper portion control.
BY Josh Haskel,LIVE IN FITNESS CHEF
Joshua’s passion for cooking began within his household. He felt as though cooking became his stress reliever, an excuse to cook a delicious healthy meal and simultaneously get away from the world. When he began his culinary career, a nutrition class was part of the mandatory curriculum. Suddenly, the combination of nutriment and food became his primary interest. LIFE gives him the opportunity to blend two of his most beloved interests and to teach the clients what a wholesome meal is all about.
Joshua’s take on the American diet is that it is a distorted version of what real food and a balanced meal is all about. He makes it a priority to give people direction towards a better beneficial and sustaining diet. He wants others to recognize and understand that food can be delectable without it being tainted by preservatives and refined sugars. He has a mastery over what he calls real food; nutritional food that tastes great. Although many of the entrees and meals they serve may seem complex, Josh assures his clients that they are simple, familiar dishes that anybody can make at home. However, these same dishes are infused with that healthy balance of nutrients that LIFE chefs specialize in.
BY Jeff Bird,LIVE IN FITNESS CHEF
Jeff has been working for L.I.F.E.™ as a chef and he loves the job and the people he works with. He says that he really loves to serve other people and make others happy. He says that L.I.F.E.’s approach to low calorie meals that have a balance of carbohydrates and proteins and that contain low sugar and sodium is a hard job but it is a very rewarding adventure. When he started working at L.I.F.E.™ he was inspired to start loosing weight himself and lost over 80 pounds. Jeff says that seeing the results that the clients make every week motivated him to start his own journey to a healthier life. He loves taking Eric Viskovicz’s nutritional profile for clients and watching the clients devour their food with a smile and feel satisfied after each meal.
He loves to watch the progress of clients as they loose weight and hopes that his role in this process is helping others live a longer and healthier life.
Jeff also enjoys daily exercise, running, swimming and playing music. Jeff plays the piano, guitar and drums and is a former choir director and was a musical composition major. However, Jeff says that his passion has always been cooking. Jeff says that he loves working at L.I.F.E.™ and watching so many clients progress in their journey to loose weight, get healthier and make positive changes in their lives. He wants clients to know that he is here for them and always available to help them in anyway he can. Jeff says the best way that people can learn to eat healthy is to visually look at what you are going to eat and the portion size of that meal and think to yourself, “Is this good for me and is this good for my body.” He advocates that when someone eats a meal, they should always think about their health and their future.
BY Silvina Montes,LIVE IN FITNESS FRONT DESK
Silvina was introduced by a former LIFE staff member and became part of the team quickly after. She soon learned about the program and how it caters to clients who are trying to achieve their fitness goals. This would ultimately serve as key inspiration to make an effort to set her own fitness goals. Working alongside LIFE’s workers has given her a firsthand experience of staff members’ efforts and dedication towards the clients. She is amazed at the staff’s deep dedication to the client’s progress and enjoys being a part of the cumulative effort of changing lives for so many. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with clients and getting to know them on a first hand basis. Before coming to LIFE she was timid and taciturn but now she has become a social butterfly, communicating on a constant basis with management, staff and clients alike.
BY Carmen Navarro,LIVE IN FITNESS MAINTENANCE
Carmen has been working with life for the span of 3 years now. To her perhaps the most rewarding part of her job is watching clients progress and reach their goals. She explains how it is imperative to maintain the rooms clean and fresh because she feels this is a big part of continuing to give the clients hope and encouragement. Coming home to a safe hygienic and comfortable environment after a long day of exercise is extremely important for the clients and Carmen is part of a dynamic team that insure this gets done. LIFE has become a second home to Carmen, a family that respects one another with the common goal of making the clients happy.
BY Maria Cumatz ,LIVE IN FITNESS MAINTENANCE
Maria started with the company through a management trainee and it was not long before she found herself as vital component of the LIFE staff. To her working for LIFE has turned out to be a great opportunity to grow and develop not just as a worker but also as an individual. She loves that fact that the staff and administration treat each other like family. As she notes the importance of her job she explains how communication is key to get things done in an effective and efficient manner for the clients. She wants the clients to feel as though they are at home when they are staying in the facility. Maria is a firm believer that encouraging clients is a cumulative effort that even the maintenance staff is an important part of. She believes there is nothing more gratifying than when clients leave notes thanking them and showing appreciation for the things they do.
BY Xochiti Lopez,LIVE IN FITNESS HOUSEKEEPER
Xochiti takes great care and pride in providing a quality cleaning service for our guests. She enjoys the fact that they get to interact with the clients and staff on a daily basis. Unlike other places she has worked she believes that LIFE promotes a sense of individuality as management and staff take pride in empowering their workers by creating a foundation of trust. This trust allows for the flourishing of great communication to better serve not only the workers but also clients alike. Commination and attention to detail to Xochi are critical components to giving the clients the attention that they deserve.
|Position at LIFE:||Medical Advisor|
|Place of Birth:||Los Angeles, CA|
|School/ Degree:||Western University of Health Sciences/C.O.M.P.Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy|
|Credentials:||Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA Medical Center; Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences; Physician’s Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and International Post-Graduate Medical Training for Anthroposophic Medicine; Member of Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and American Holistic Medical Association|
BY Dr Sadeghi ,LIVE IN FITNESS MEDICAL ADVISOR
Founder and administrator of Be Hive of Healing, Dr. Habib Sadeghi brings to LIFE his comprehensive knowledge of revolutionary healing protocols in Integrative, Osteopathic, Anthroposophical, Environmental, and Family Medicine, as well as Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Sadeghi maximizes the health of patients by offering them the full spectrum of healthcare – from evidence-based, western practices to intuitive, Eastern healing modalities. By integrating these philosophies, he assists patients in achieving optimum levels of health; taking them far beyond the “average” or “normal” by expanding the dictates of routine procedure. After having personally experienced miraculous results through the usage of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Habib is passionate promoter of this protocol among residents and medical students. His multi dimensional training in various disciplines makes him a sought-after presenter at health care forums, particularly those involving dietary supplements, detoxification and the holistic treatment of common medical conditions.
Dr. Habib is a firm believer that medical treatments are investments in your health and longevity; the energy and stability, the balance, peace and joy that come from sustained well being, are assets of immeasurable value. He believes the most dynamic approach to well being incorporates prevention and education. It is easier (and more economical) to prevent disease of the body than to deal with disease after the fact. His philosophy is that through prevention we can maintain the greatest quality of life. Additionally, Dr. Sadeghi is an Attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA Medical Center and Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. His philosophy is that through prevention we can maintain the greatest quality of life.
BY Dr Hans C. Delfo,LIVE IN FITNESS MEDICAL ADVISOR
Dr. Hans is dedicated to the health and wellness of the clients at LIFE. A graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles he has worked former Olympians andprofessional sports athletes, celebrities, and has been helping guide clients through theirweight loss journey for several years.Dr. Hans uses his vast medical training to helpremove interference from his patient’s nervous systems to allow for optimum healing andperformance for the clients.
Dr. Hans not only works to help alleviate back pain but works with extremities andchronic pain conditions such as arthritis and headaches. He employs the full bodyapproach to wellness believing that everything in the body is connected and the sourcepain does not always originate where the pain is located. Dr. Hans Delfo is eager toaddress any of the client’s questions or concerns about their health and well being helpinggive guidance for a healthier future!
Dr. Hans has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CCCLA and a Bachelor of Artsdegree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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