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Kodak’s board approves promotions

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak announced Wednesday that its board of directors promoted three executives.

Laura Quatela, chief intellectual property officer, and Terry Taber, chief technical officer, were named SVPs this week. Quatela, who also assumes the role of general counsel, will add SVP to her title on Jan. 1. Taber’s election is effective immediately.

Kodak’s board also elected Timothy Lynch — who currently serves as managing director of intellectual property transactions — as a VP of the company, effective immediately.

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Stater Bros. Charities spreads holiday cheer with Toys for Tots donation

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The charitable arm of California supermarket chain Stater Bros. marked its sixth year donating to the local United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

Stater Bros.’ customers supported the Toys for Tots program every time they purchased a Stater Bros.-branded product, the retailer said. The purchases generated a total of $24,160, which Stater Bros. Charities presented to representatives from the Toys for Tots program last Friday.

"The Stater Bros. family believes in giving back to the communities we serve," said Jack Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. "We are very proud to help make the holiday wishes of so many children come true this year."

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Almonds may curb Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease

BY Michael Johnsen

MODESTO, Calif. — A recent scientific study showed that incorporating almonds into a person’s diet can help treat and possibly prevent Type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease, the Almond Board of California announced Wednesday.

The study, published in the June 2010 Journal of the American College of Nutrition illustrated that consuming a diet rich in almonds may help improve insulin sensitivity and decrease LDL-cholesterol levels in those with pre-diabetes.

"We have made great strides in chronic disease research, from evidence of effective treatment to evidence of effective prevention," stated Michelle Wien, assistant research professor in nutrition at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health and principal investigator of the study. "It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases — such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease — that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development."

The study looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet as it relates to the progression of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults with pre-diabetes. After 16 weeks of consuming either an almond-enriched or regular diet, both of which were in line with American Diabetes Association recommendations, the group that consumed an almond-enriched diet showed significantly improved LDL cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity, risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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