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Life…Supplemented introduces spring cleaning wellness plan

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s consumer wellness campaign “Life…supplemented” on Wednesday encouraged people to think about spring as the perfect opportunity to get back on track and return to healthy lifestyle habits with three quick-and-easy tips to help with a wellness “spring cleaning.”

“Spring cleaning isn’t just about vacuuming, nor should it be a chore,” stated Life…supplemented consultant Cheryl Forberg, who also is a nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser." “Cleaning up your act when it comes to wellness is a recipe for good health.”

The three tips are:

  • Freshen up your diet: Studies show that Americans aren’t consuming enough fruits and vegetables. A recent Life…supplemented consumer study found that only 32% of American adults claimed, “I love vegetables and easily eat two cups each day,” and just 27% said, “I eat at least two pieces (or cups) of fruit each day.” Forberg suggested aiming for a minimum of four cups of fruits and vegetables daily, and favoring non-dried fruits and non-starchy vegetables. “Rid your fridge of the few forbidden foods that have found their way back into your kitchen,” she advised;

  • Take inventory of your kitchen cabinets: Be proactive and check expiration dates on multivitamins and other dietary supplements. While supplements are not required by law to list expiration dates, most companies do so to ensure that consumers take them before the ingredients lose their full potency; and

  • Say “hello again” to Mother Nature: As temperatures warm up across the country, take the time to enjoy the scenery. Jogging, power walking and cycling are great cardio exercises and good ways to begin getting in shape for the summer.

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ScarAway teams up with McKesson, Cardinal Health

BY Allison Cerra

GUILFORD, Conn. — ScarAway announced that two drug wholesalers now will carry its over-the-counter scar care products.

Through McKesson’s and Cardinal Health’s distribution, the scar care products will be available through independent pharmacies and regional chains across the country, expanding ScarAway’s overall market reach. ScarAway also is introducing its scar diminishing serum, which combines scar treatment therapies silicone and massage in a pen — an ideal format for hard-to-treat or exposed areas, the company said.

“In only our first year, we have grown tremendously, having established ourselves in Walgreens, Duane Reade, Albertsons and Kroger, as well as online at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com," said Jessica Rowen, ScarAway founder and president. "In year two, thanks to this exciting new partnership with the most respected drug wholesalers in the world, we look forward to extending the ScarAway brand to an even wider audience through independent pharmacies and regional chains.”

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Carex introduces Easy-Up bed rail

BY Allison Cerra

OAKLAND, Calif. — Carex Health Brands is expanding its line of in-home health products by bringing its Easy-Up bed rail to the market.

The bed rail, a patented 2-in-1 bed support and safety rail, is designed for comfort and functionality, ensuring that all users will continue to carry on daily life with confidence and ease, Carex said.

Carex’s Easy-Up bed rail will be available at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores across the country for a suggested retail price of $89.99.

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