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Matthew Poli joins The Emerson Group

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group on Thursday announced the addition of Matthew Poli to the company, effective Sept. 20. Poli’s responsibilities will include client business development, brand management and marketing. He will work out of Emerson’s Wayne, Pa., office and will report to Rick Wellinger, Emerson president.

Poli comes to Emerson with more than 16 years of experience in marketing, sales management, trade marketing and account development — all within Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit. Most recently, Poli servied as senior brand manager of children’s Tylenol and children’s Motrin. In this P&L role, Poli was responsible for growing brand equity and market share, consumer communications and innovation pipeline development, Emerson noted.

In previous marketing roles, Poli developed the strategy extending Tylenol into the external pain-relief market, ultimately leading to the launch of Precise external pain relievers. Poli also launched Tylenol PM rapid-release gels in 2008.

“We are very excited about Matthew’s role in helping us achieve our goals we have established with our business partners,” Welllinger stated. “Please join me in welcoming Matthew, his wife Beth Ann and daughter Chelsea to The Emerson Group.”

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Abbott expands Ensure shakes line

BY Michael Johnsen

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. Abbott on Thursday introduced two new nutrition shakes — Ensure Muscle Health and Ensure Clinical Strength — both formulated to help rebuild muscle mass naturally lost with age.

Ensure Muscle Health shakes contain Abbott’s proprietary ingredient, Revigor, a source of HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, an amino-acid metabolite), and 13 g of protein.

 

“Abbott scientists have been studying muscle loss for more than a decade,” stated Rob Miller, divisional VP global research and development and scientific affairs. “We’ve taken our expertise with HMB, the ingredient that has been clinically shown to support muscle mass and functionality in healthy, exercising adults, and have added it to one of our therapeutic nutrition products for people over 40 who are naturally losing muscle with age.”

 

Ensure Clinical Strength shakes offer focused clinical nutrition, coupling the benefits of Revigor and protein with Immune Balance, a unique blend of prebiotic fiber to support digestive tract health and antioxidants to support the immune system.

Clinical research has shown that beginning around 40 years of age, people can start to lose 8% of muscle mass per decade, which can lead to loss of strength and mobility. Weakness, fatigue, low energy and weight loss are signals of muscle loss.

 

In addition to two new innovative nutrition shakes, Abbott recently relaunched its product line and introduced a new, streamlined look for the Ensure brand. With an updated logo and packaging, it is easier for consumers to find the Ensure shake to fit their nutritional needs, whether it’s Ensure Muscle Health, Ensure Clinical Strength, Ensure Immune Health, Ensure Bone Health, Ensure or Ensure Plus.

 

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Milk drinkers maintain healthy weight, study finds

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Milk drinkers are more likely to lose weight than those who skip drinking milk when on a diet, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested.

In a two-year study, researchers observed 300 overweight or at-risk men and women ages 40 to 65 years. The participants were put on low-fat, Mediterranean or low-carb diets for two years, but regardless of diet, those that consumed 580 mg of milk per day (about two glasses), lost about 12 lbs., compared with those with the lowest dairy calcium intake (averaging about 150 mg, or about half of a glass), in which participants lost just 7 lbs.

Beyond calcium, the researchers also found that vitamin D levels independently affected weight loss success, and, in line with previous research, milk and milk products were the top contributors to vitamin D in the diets of the study participants.

The study, "Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D and successful weight loss," was published in the Sept. 1 edition of the journal.

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