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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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Nutramax launches comprehensive line of supplements for the family dog

BY Michael Johnsen

LANCASTER, S.C. — Nutramax Laboratories on Wednesday announced the nationwide launch of Cosequin for Dogs into Walmart stores. Cosequin is formulated to support, nourish and maintain the health of canine joints and cartilage. Included in the product launch is Dermaquin Plus, an omega-3 fish oil supplement for dogs supporting skin and coat health plus overall wellness.

The line is being endorsed by “Jungle Jack Hanna”, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, the Cosequin brand spokesperson for the past two years. “[My dog] is a normal aging yellow labrador and Cosequin helps keep her moving,” Hanna said. “I don’t endorse many products, but I am pleased to support Cosequin and Nutramax Laboratories.”

“We are happy to work with Walmart to provide their customers with joint health support options for their four-legged family members,” stated Robert Devlin, Nutramax senior director of veterinary science division. “Pets play such an important part of our lives providing us with joy and comfort. Nutramax Laboratories wants to help keep them moving and comfortable with Cosequin.”

Cosequin for Dogs will be available in three convenient formulations — Cosequin Standard Strength, Cosequin Advanced Strength Joint Support with added Multi-Vitamins and Cosequin DS Plus MSM Maximum Strength Joint Health Support.

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