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App gives users access to NuVal scoring system

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Health management services company ActiveHealth Management is offering the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System app as an interactive, educational tool to help people make healthier food choices.

The company began working with NuVal — which offers its nutritional scoring system to several supermarket chains, giving foods a score of 1 to 100, with 100 representing the healthiest foods — in 2010 to give users of ActiveHealth’s personal health website access to NuVal, allowing them to have instant access to NuVal’s nutritional scores through their smartphones and to store information about their food choices on the website.

"Our customers are looking for simple tools that help them make healthy decisions," ActiveHealth president and CEO Richard Noffsinger said. "By providing access to this popular, on-the-go nutritional scoring system and integrating it with our other healthy living tools on MyActiveHealth, we are empowering them to make those positive changes throughout the normal course of their days."


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Chobani introduces new products for January 2013

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Greek yogurt brand Chobani has a new collection of products it will introduce next year.

The company announced Wednesday it would introduce Chobani Bite, small cups of yogurt that come in flavors — such as as fig and orange zest, caramel with pineapple, coffee with dark chocolate chips and raspberry with dark chocolate chips — retailing for $2.99 per pack of four. Chobani Champions Tubes are made for children and designed for eating without a spoon, available in strawberry, cherry, blueberry and strawberry-banana flavors, in packs of eight for $2.79. Chobani Flip allows people to mix in their own flavors. The company also introduced new flavors: pear and banana.

"Our goal at Chobani is to continue building upon the limitless possibilities of Greek yogurt, and create innovative products specifically designed for usage occasions," Chobani VP new ventures and innovation John Heath said. "Using consumer insights, we look across the pleasure spectrum — flavors, textures, taste combinations and packaging formats — to bring new excitement and enjoyment to our deliciously simple, authentic yogurt."

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Bartell, Coca-Cola sponsor Seattle ice skating event

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Retail pharmacy chain Bartell Drugs and Coca-Cola’s Northwest Region division will offer free ice skates and admission for the Winterfest program at the Seattle Center on Dec. 23 from mid-day to evening, the companies said Wednesday.

"Bartell Drugs is proud to be a part of Seattle and its surrounding communities," Bartell VP sales John Weith said. "Our customers are the reason for Bartell’s success over the years, and because of that, we are always looking for ways to give back. We have been working to help keep Seattle families healthy for over 122 years, so the Winterfest program is a natural fit for our customers."

Coca-Cola’s sponsorship is part of its "Live Positively" philosophy of community involvement, the company said, and part of its efforts to promote physical activity and nutrition education programs.

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