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Carma Labs attracting new users to lip balm with latest ingredient craze

BY Michael Johnsen

Franklin, Wis. – Carma Laboratories on Monday announced the launch of Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm, a lip balm line formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal and natural, cold pressed fruit oil to deliver long-lasting moisture and hydration.

“Colloidal oatmeal is a key ingredient in topical beauty products today because it’s an excellent, natural skin moisturizer,” stated Neil Sadick, a New York-based dermatologist. “In addition to softening benefits, colloidal oatmeal possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal for sensitive, dry skin – especially on the lips. While the colloidal oatmeal and other natural ingredients restore and maintain moisture, its smoothing and softening properties help keep lips looking young and beautiful.”
 
“We are pleased to be adding Carmex Comfort Care to our current assortment of lip care products,” said Jona Mancuso, VP marketing at Carma Laboratories. “As the first natural lip balm item in our product portfolio we certainly hope that Carmex Comfort Care will attract a new user to the Carmex brand.”

These natural lip balms are available in a variety of flavors such as mixed berry, sugar plum and watermelon blast and are formulated with antioxidant rich, cold pressed cranberry seed oil in a contemporary easy to use wide applicator.
 
Carmex Comfort Care will be available at with a suggested retail price of $1.99 starting in August 2016.

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Kroger pairs customer flu shots to philanthropic food drive

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Monday announced a new health and wellness campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. From Aug. 15, 2016 through April 1, 2017 Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations.

"At Kroger, receiving the flu shot this year will do more than protect you and your families' health. Throughout this flu season, we'll provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger for every flu shot administered in our pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations nationwide," stated Philecia Avery, Kroger VP pharmacy. "Kroger has a long history of bringing help and hope to our neighbors in need in the communities we serve. We're proud to continue that tradition by bringing health and wellness to our local communities, as well."

"Our goal is to provide quality and affordable healthcare for our customers," added Colleen Lindholz, president of The Little Clinic. "Healthcare experts recommend a yearly vaccination as the best protection from the flu. This campaign allows us to address two community needs simultaneously."

"Kroger is a true visionary partner committed to our mission to feed people facing hunger in America," said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. "This new health and wellness campaign is invaluable not only for Kroger customers, but also for the 46 million food-insecure Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks."

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Walgreens kicks off 2016/2017 influenza season, announces flu shot availability

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens is now offering flu shots at all of its pharmacies, including Duane Reade pharmacies in New York, and at all Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations, the  company announced Monday.

“For more than a decade, Walgreens pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners have been a trusted and accessible community resource for flu shots and other immunizations,” stated Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Every flu season is unpredictable, which is why an annual flu shot is the first and most important preventive measure to take to protect yourself and those around you throughout the season.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
 

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