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Carefree, First30Days.com join forces for Carefree Fresh Start Fund

BY Anna Mcgrath

SKILLMAN, N.J. Carefree pantiliners and First30Days.com have teamed up to offer women everywhere a fresh start on life with a chance to win $10,000 thanks to the Carefree Fresh Start Fund.

Applicants are asked to tell judges why they want a fresh start, how they plan to reach their goal, and how the funding will help. Entries will then be sent to a panel of judges including Ariane de Bonvoisin, the founder of First30Days.com, a renowned Web site for helping individuals with change. Entries will be assessed according to the strength of the plan, use of funding and persuasiveness.

Ten finalists will receive funding to begin their fresh start plans and the public will then have the opportunity to vote online for the plan they deem best.

The top three winners will receive $3,000,  $5,000 and $10,000, a one-on-one meeting with de Bonvoisin and a three-day/two-night trip to New York City, where she will be honored at the Carefree Fresh Start celebration event. All other finalists will receive $1,000.

The deadline for all entries is July 10, 2009. For a complete list of rules or to apply please go to www.carefreefreshstart.com.

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Garden of Life teams up with WomenHeart

BY Michael Johnsen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Garden of Life on Tuesday announced it is teaming up with WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease.

“We are privileged to work with WomenHeart to help provide education, support and hope to millions of women at risk or suffering from heart disease,” stated Brian Ray, president.

As part of the partnership, Garden of Life will feature a WomenHeart logo on the packaging of its recently-launched Oceans 3 Healthy Hormones dietary supplement, a percentage of sales from will be donated to WomenHeart, the company stated.

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Study suggests probiotics may affect metabolism

BY Michael Johnsen

TORRANCE, Calif. Results of a new study published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology showed probiotics have a tangible effect on metabolism — suggesting that the digestive flora may provide weight loss benefits in addition to helping to maintain digestive health.

Researchers from Imperial College London and Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, fed mice two different strains of probiotics, Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Each strain showed a range of biochemical effects that were markedly different.

They also observed that one biological change was in how the treated mice metabolized bile acids. The primary function of bile acids is to emulsify fats in the upper gut. If probiotics influences the way bile acids are metabolized, they could change the amount of fat the body can absorb.

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