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CRN announces health journalist Dr. Jennifer Ashton to speak at annual symposium

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition today announced that leading women’s health expert, ABC News’ senior medical contributor and author Jennifer Ashton, M.D., will speak to conference attendees during the “Breakfast With…” session on Saturday, Sept. 21, at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry, in Park City, Utah.

A board-certified OBGYN, Dr. Ashton has regularly contributed to a number of shows including "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Early Show" and "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." Previously, Dr. Ashton worked as the Medical Correspondent for CBS News Network, Fox News Channel and was co-host for the ABC daytime show, "The Revolution."

“We’re very excited to have Dr. Ashton joining us for our breakfast session,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president of communications, CRN. “We look forward to hearing from her on how the media selects, interprets and covers medical health news, as well as her insights on what women expect from their doctors when it comes to health and family.”

Dr. Ashton has covered many major health and medical stories. She reported from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating 2010 earthquake, where she was the network’s primary medical correspondent on location, and contributed numerous reports on the 2009 global outbreak of H1N1. Dr. Ashton is the author of the books, The Body Scoop for Girls and Your Body Beautiful.

The Conference takes place Sept. 18 to 21, immediately following The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, Sept. 18. There are four flexible registration options available for the events and a choice between three hotels. The Montage Deer Valley is the event host hotel where the sessions will take place and the Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux are located 10 minutes away with regular shuttles available. Registrants should book early, as space is very limited.


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AmerisourceBergen, Good Neighbor Pharmacy network donate $140,000 to nonprofit in support of community playgrounds

BY Jason Owen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation and its Good Neighbor Pharmacy network have announced a new charitable endeavor with KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. The partnership was announced during ABDC’s annual independent community pharmacy tradeshow, ThoughtSpot 2013, held July 24 to 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A total of $140,000 was raised for KaBoom! during the tradeshow, which will be used to build two playgrounds in areas of Oklahoma affected by recent tornados.

According to KaBoom!, kids today are spending less time playing outdoors than any previous generation of children, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, KaBoom! has mapped over 100,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBoom! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. ABDC and Good Neighbor Pharmacy are committed to building an additional three playgrounds around the United States through 2014, for a total of five play areas. The additional three locations have not yet been determined.

“As an organization, we are committed to the health and well-being of our customers, our employees and our communities,” said A.J. Caffentzis, senior vice president of sales and marketing, ABDC. “Our Good Neighbor Pharmacy members, in particular, are cornerstones of their local communities. These independent community pharmacies work to improve patient access and patient health in neighborhoods across the country. Therefore, it makes sense that we would partner with a like-minded organization, such as KaBoom!. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship and building safe playgrounds in well-deserving communities across the country.”

Of the $140,000 raised, ThoughtSpot attendees — including Good Neighbor Pharmacy members and other independent community pharmacy owners, exhibitors and associates — contributed $46,000 through a silent auction and charitable giving, while ABDC and Good Neighbor Pharmacy donated $84,000. The Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation — which supports diabetes education and cancer awareness, among other endeavors — gave an additional $10,000. Bret Michaels, front man for the rock band Poison, served as special guest entertainer at this year’s ThoughtSpot.

“There’s a notion that play among children is a luxury and the reality is that play is an absolute necessity,” said Darell Hammond, KaBoom! founder and CEO. “Following traumatic events, play becomes even more critical because it provides children with an emotional outlet and helps create a sense of normalcy. We are thrilled to partner with ABDC to ensure that children across the country have great places to play.”


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Yankee Candle launches collegiate collection just in time for BTS season

BY Jason Owen

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Collegiate Licensing Company, LLC, an affiliate of IMG College, and the Yankee Candle Company Inc., today announced the launch of a new co-branded collegiate-themed candle line. The Fan Candle Collegiate Collection, which debuted July 8, features 23 CLC institutions including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Four additional schools are also included in the collection through separate licensing agreements: Ohio State, Michigan State, UMass Amherst (available fall 2013), and William & Mary (available fall 2013).

“Our fans are as enthusiastic about showing their school pride as their love for Yankee Candle,” said Hope Margala Klein, executive vice president, brand, innovation and merchandising for the Yankee Candle Company Inc. “By offering the Fan Candle Collegiate Collection, we can now offer the best of both worlds for our biggest fans!”

All schools in the collegiate-themed Fan Candle collection are available at yankeecandle.com and the company’s flagship stores. The candles will also be sold in select Yankee Candle, Bed Bath and Beyond and Cracker Barrel retail locations, as well as other regional department stores and specialty retailers. Each candle features the logo and school color plus authentic, long-lasting Yankee Candle fragrance and is available in a large jar candle ($27.99 MSRP) or Car Jar Air Freshener ($2.99 MSRP). These candles are ideal for the real sports fan and make the perfect gift for fellow alumni and other team fans.

“We are excited to partner with Yankee Candle to offer a new collegiate candle line to millions of passionate college fans across the country,” said Missy Ingram, director of non-apparel management for Collegiate Licensing Company. “The timing of the launch of candles in school colors fits perfectly with College Colors Day on August 30 — an exciting annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience.”


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