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Met-Rx embarks on first charitable food distribution event in Queens, N.Y.

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — In celebration of Mother’s Day, Met-Rx on Thursday announced that its championship bodybuilding athletes will team up with moms in the Met-Rx Cares program’s first charitable food distribution event to benefit needy families from the central Jamaica area of Queens here. 

The kick-off event will provide approximately 400 families with 1,000-gram bags of bite-size pieces of high-protein Met-Rx Big 100 Bars.

The New York event is the first in what will be a sustained nationwide effort to provide food donations to families in need as part of the Met-Rx Cares program.

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Study calculates optimal upper limit of vitamin D

BY Michael Johnsen

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — Researchers claim to have calculated for the first time the upper safe limit of vitamin D levels of 36 nanograms per milliliter, above which the associated risk for cardiovascular events or death raises significantly, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“The unpredictable results from previous studies may be due to the misconception that ‘the higher [supplementation with vitamin D] the better,’” stated Yosef Dror of Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel, and lead author of the study. “Although our study did not directly test the impact of vitamin D supplementation, we believe our results suggest it may be possible that only moderate supplementation within a narrow range of serum calcidiol (the main vitamin D fraction in the blood) will be associated with the most positive results.”

Researchers conducted a study of 422,000 people aged 45 years or older, who underwent vitamin D blood assays. They found for the first time that the safe range of vitamin D levels with respect to coronary morbidity lies between 20 to 36 ng/mL. Vitamin D levels below and above this range adjusted rates of increased mortality and morbidity significantly.

More than 60% of the tested population had insufficient blood levels of vitamin D. Half of these subjects had severely low vitamin D levels which was associated with a 1.5 times increased risk of acute coronary morbidity or mortality. And 3% of those tested had elevated vitamin D levels above 36 ng/mL, which was associated with a 1.13 times elevated risk of coronary morbidity or death.


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Energizer posts $7 million increase in profit in second quarter 2013

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS — Energizer Holdings had sales of $1.095 billion in second quarter 2013, a 0.5% decrease from second quarter 2012, and $2.28 billion for the first six months of the fiscal year, which ended March 31, also a 0.5% decrease from the same period last year, the company said.

Profits for the quarter were $85 million, compared with $78 million last year.

"We are pleased with second quarter earnings and the progress we have made on our cost-reduction initiatives, which are tracking ahead of plan," Energizer CEO Ward Klein said. "We experienced flat organic sales in the quarter as a modest top-line growth in personal care was offset by declines in household products. The growth in personal care was negatively impacted by extraordinary competitive promotional activity, which we believe contributed to overall category deflation."

The company’s personal care segment, which includes shaving and skin care products, increased by 0.2% over second quarter 2012, to $652.6 million, while the household products segments, which includes batteries, decreased by 1.6%, from $450.3 million in second quarter 2012 to $443.3 million.


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