Pizza in America

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A business leader with extensive sales experience spanning multiple industries, Zariq Siddiqui has worked for Abbott Laboratories for nearly two decades. Zariq Siddiqui, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, enjoys traditional “American” fare, such as hamburgers and pizza.

Although the word pizza is Italian for “pie,” the origins of the popular food vary widely, depending on the definition of pizza. According to different sources, the practice of topping flatbread with various ingredients dates back to ancient Rome or Greece or Egypt.

Pizza came to America with an influx of Italian immigrants shortly before the turn of the 20th century, but stateside cooks ultimately made pizzas that bore little resemblance to their European predecessors. After the very first US pizzeria opened in New York City in 1905, pizza rapidly expanded in both popularly and style. Regional pizza variations range from the thin and foldable New York City slice to the casserole-like Chicago deep-dish pizza.


The Ideal Body Weight and Fat Level for a Runner


Data from Medical Devices Empowers Patients and Improves Outcomes


AN Pediatric District Sales Manager – Abbott Laboratories Inc.

Zariq Siddiqui

Zariq Siddiqui is the sales director of Abbott Laboratories, a health care company. In this role, Zariq Siddiqui supports the selling of innovative medical devices to improve patient diagnostics and treatment.

The data collected by medical devices is creating unique opportunities for patients, doctors, and healthcare providers to gain insights into patients’ vital statistics leading to better outcomes in healthcare practices.

For example, Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre system, a new glucose monitoring system, has played a role in aggregating 400 million data points from people in Europe. The data shows improved blood glucose levels among users of the device, as patients test themselves more often than when using traditional fingersticks. In another example, Abbott’s CardioMEMS HF System gives medical providers remote access to patients’ heart health information, helping them navigate episodes of heart failure and avoid patient hospitalization.

Going forward, device makers are looking for ways to put patients at the forefront of their own health by converting this aggregated data into actionable steps patients can take to improve their individual health. The shift toward data that empowers consumers is already taking shape. People will soon be able to use connected devices to diagnose conditions and take appropriate actions.

Three Tips to Preventing Blisters for Runners


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A resident of Dublin, Ohio, Zariq Siddiqui works as nutrition products sales director for Abbott Laboratories, Inc., based out of Chicago, Illinois. When not in the office, Zariq Siddiqui enjoys staying active and runs at least three to five miles per day.

One of the biggest issues facing runners is blisters. These painful–and common–friction injuries can derail a runner’s training plan and affect the outcome of organized races. Fortunately there are a few tips that can help runners prevent these pestering little bumps.

* Find shoes that fit. Runners should visit a local shoe or sporting goods store and receive a proper fitting with a running shoe expert. Ill-fitting running shoes oftentimes bring about blisters, so getting fitted properly with the right size shoe can help alleviate the pain from blisters.

* Wear the proper socks. Runners should avoid wearing cotton socks while running since they soak up moisture and sweat and are not as breathable as synthetic materials like nylon. A wool-blend sock can prevent blisters from running, although some runners prefer nylon. To minimize charing, runners can also try wearing two pairs of socks at a time.

* Use tape. Certain runners use duct tape on their feet to prevent blisters, but runner’s tape and bandages work just as well. The latter two options also take up little room inside the socks and shoes.

Empower Children and Families with Unbound Sponsorship


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A certified medical representative, Zariq Siddiqui continues nearly three decades in the healthcare industry through his current position as the director of sales at the nutritional-product firm Abbott Laboratories. Alongside his career, Zariq Siddiqui has supported charitable organizations such as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, known as Unbound since 2014.

An international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping raise children and families out of poverty, Unbound accomplishes this goal through the generosity of its sponsors. These sponsors supply the financial assistance to help support individuals in poverty as well as furnishing a personal relationship of encouragement through the development of friendships.

Those who choose to sponsor a child with Unbound provide needed services such as education and healthcare. These funds also allow families to help them help themselves. For example, donations also supply individuals with seed capital for their farms and small businesses, empowering them to earn their own income and become able to provide for their children themselves.

For more information about the process or to find a child to sponsor, visit Unbound’s website at

Sponsor a Family, Student, or Elder Through Unbound




After proving himself as a senior manager of sales operations and strategy at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., in Chicago Illinois, Zariq Siddiqui took on the role of sales director. Outside of his work as a sales leader, Zariq Siddiqui spends time contributing to charities such as Unbound and Habitat for Humanity.

Unbound, formerly the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, is a Kansas City-based charity that provides aid to families living in poverty as they work toward achieving financial stability and a brighter future. Individuals can support the Unbound mission in a number of ways, beginning by signing up as a sponsor.

Monthly sponsorships begin at $36, though individuals can contribute a different amount if they desire. All money collected from general sponsors helps the organization to source food, make necessary home repairs, purchase new clothes, and make other life changing improvements for its beneficiaries. Donors can also choose to support a child’s future education by signing up as a student sponsor.

More sponsorship information, including elder sponsorship opportunities, can be found online at

Lesser-Known Destinations in Sweden


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The nutrition products sales director at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Zariq Siddiqui oversees sales analytics, operations, and training. Prior to this, he held such positions a regional training specialist and district sales manager at the company. An avid traveler, Zariq Siddiqui has visited numerous countries throughout the world, including Sweden.

Sweden has no shortage of popular tourist destinations. However, it is also home to plenty of underrated towns and places worth exploring. Below are a few examples:

Gulf of Bothnia: This region of Sweden can be reached by taking an hour plane ride to Luleå. However, visitors may prefer the 12-hour drive through scenic landscapes complete with classic cottages, reflective lakes, and plenty of pine trees. The gulf itself features several small bays and docks with colorful rowboats, and during those very long northern-latitude summer days, visitors can watch the sun hover on the horizon.

Jokkmokk: Located above the Arctic Circle in the northern part of Sweden, Jokkmokk serves as the location of the Sámi people’s annual market. Held every February, this market brings in tens of thousands of visitors to watch reindeer races, go dog-sledding, or enjoy local cuisine. In summer, Jokkmokk features 24-hour sunshine.

Sigtuna: Dating back to 980, Sigtuna is Sweden’s oldest town. Filled with narrow streets, stone cottages, and a medieval town center, the village was the original base for Sweden’s government. While exploring, visitors can enjoy everything from old stone churches to a local museum about Swedish history.