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Ansell Healthcare joins Movember men’s health movement

BY Michael Johnsen

ISELIN, N.J. – Ansell on Monday announced a partnership with The Movember Foundation for the first time in North America and will introduce a special Movember edition box of Skyn condoms available for purchase at major retailers across the U.S. and Canada.

“At LifeStyles, we share a passion for men's health that naturally aligns with the efforts of the Movember Foundation,” Carol Carrozza, Ansell’s VP sales and marketing, North America, said. “By partnering with Movember and donating proceeds from sales of our special edition Skyn condom, we are pleased to promote and support men's health, both in and out of the bedroom.”
 
In addition to a retail presence in more than 30,000 stores, Skyn will also be distributing 50,000 Movember edition sample packs at events leading up to and throughout the month of November. As part of the partnership, Ansell Healthcare will donate 50 cents per custom box sold to the Movember Foundation, up to $50,000. 
 
“We are proud to partner with Skyn Condoms to raise funds and awareness for men's health,” said Mark Hedstrom, country director at Movember U.S. “With the support and the commitment of millions of community members, the Movember Foundation can continue our vital year-round work to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.”
 
The Movember Foundation is the global charity raising funds and awareness for men's health, investing in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. To date, the Movember Foundation has raised more than $650 million dollars globally and funded over 1,000 breakthrough men's health programs in 21 countries. 

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Packaged Facts: Healthy eating replacing interest in diet aids

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Nearly 100 million Americans, or 42% of the adult population, are actively trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight, according to survey data published by market research firm Packaged Facts released Monday.
 
According to the data, compared to years past, consumers attempting to lose and maintain weight are looking for healthy foods and shunning brands and products that emphasize weight loss, weight maintenance benefits or dieting in general. Negative consumer sentiment is also associated with the use of descriptors including “low,” “light” and “reduced,” Packaged Facts said. 
 
Despite the shift, there remains opportunity for traditional diet plans to thrive, the survey suggests. For such brands as Weight Watchers, marketing products to Americans who are significantly overweight might be a winning strategy, as the survey indicated that dieters who report being 30 or more pounds overweight are more likely to use non-prescription diet products and commercial weight loss systems.  For example, 19% of significantly overweight dieters use Weight Watchers, compared to only 11% of other weight loss dieters.

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2-in-3 adults supplement for better nutrition, CRN says

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — A majority of U.S. adults — 68% — take dietary supplements and consumer confidence remains high, with 84% of U.S. adults expressing overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements, according to the results of the newest survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
 
The 2015 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).
 
The survey also found that the vitamins and minerals category also has the highest usage compared to other categories. Between 2014 and 2015, usage of vitamins and minerals and specialty supplements remained consistent, whereas usage of herbals and botanicals and sports Nutrition and weight management grew by 5% or more in 2015. 
 
Also consistent with years past is the popularity of the multivitamin, which has the highest percentage of usage among supplement users, both male (79%) and female (77%), followed by vitamin D, vitamin C and calcium, three nutrients that government reports have identified as shortfall nutrients. 
 

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