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CRN, National Osteoporosis Foundation to host webinar on calcium, vitamin D for pharmacists, clinicians

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced it is partnering with the National Osteoporosis Foundation in hosting a free webinar for pharmacists and nurse practitioners around updated recommendations and research of calcium and vitamin D. 

The webinar will be available to members of Pharmacist Society and Generation NP, two online social media communities created by Skipta, the premier closed-loop social networking platform for medical professionals. This webinar, the latest in an on-going series, is part of CRN’s initiative to help ensure that healthcare practitioners have access to science-based information on dietary supplements and the supplement industry. 

The webinar will be held Dec. 10, from 2-3 p.m., EST, and will be co-presented by Taylor Wallace, senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN, and Andrea Singer, associate professor, Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center and clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.  

The webinar will review updated recommendations for calcium and vitamin D intake and explore the role of calcium in bone health as well as other non-skeletal benefits.  Wallace and Singer will examine research on the two nutrients, including recent controversial research on safety. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via a live online Q&A chat.  

Pharmacist Society and Generation NP are closed-loop environments for members only, so the webinar will not be open to the public. For those who are unable to participate in the live event, it will be made available to download on-demand on both Pharmacist Society and Generation NP. 

This is the third webinar CRN has conducted through the Skipta family of online communities.

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National Products Association sponsors Girls on the Run – DC 5K

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Wednesday announced its sponsorship of the Girls on the Run – DC 5K on Dec. 2 in Anacostia Park. Girls on the Run encourages girls in third through eighth grade to lead healthy lives using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running.

“NPA is proud to partner with Girls on the Run, an organization that values positive and healthy choices,” stated John Shaw, NPA executive director and CEO. “NPA members base their lives and businesses on supporting health and wellness. Girls on the Run takes this philosophy to the streets.” 

The event kicks off with a pre-race festival at 12:30 p.m., followed by the race at 2 p.m. NPA members Sow Good, Coral and Burt’s Bees have donated products for 5,000 cinch backpacks, which will be distributed to runners. NPA staff also will participate in the race.

 

 

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Survey: 68% of consumers feel probiotics help regulate digestive system, but one-third don’t get enough

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A new survey commissioned by The Dannon Company found that the majority of Americans understand the importance of digestive health and its link to overall well-being, the company announced Wednesday. While 93% of Americans agree that digestive health is closely linked to overall health and wellbeing, some may not always know the simple steps to help keep their digestive system on track.

The annual benchmarking survey also found that a majority of respondents (68%) believe certain probiotics help regulate the digestive system, yet one-third of Americans agree that they don’t get enough probiotics in their average daily diets, along with other important nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.

“It is encouraging to see that Americans understand the importance of digestive wellbeing, however, many still don’t know how to maintain a healthy digestive system especially during the holidays when we tend to indulge,” commented Miguel Freitas, director of health affairs at Dannon “This is why we’ve teamed up with nationally recognized registered dietitian Keri Glassman to help bridge the gap in knowledge on how Americans can help support their digestive system and overall wellbeing.”

Keri Glassman, founder and president of Nutritious Life and author of the forthcoming book The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever, has been a vocal advocate for digestive wellbeing. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Dannon this year to educate Americans about the simple steps they can take to maintain a well-balanced digestive system,” Glassman said. “The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for many people; luckily there are easy steps one can take to improve their digestive health, including foods like certain probiotic yogurts.” 

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