Natural Products Association suspends 2013 MarketPlace show
WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association MarketPlace trade show will be suspended, the organization said, citing "new opportunities more strategically aligned with today’s market needs."
The convention had originally been scheduled for June 2013 in Las Vegas. The Natural Products Association and New Hope Natural Media have collaborated to produce the convention since 2008.
"The Natural Products Association appreciates the work we’ve done with New Hope throughout the years," Natural Products Association CEO and executive director John Shaw said. "While it is unfortunate the show won’t go on, we understand the business reasons behind it. NPA has always sought to connect retailers and suppliers in the marketplace. We are committed to this goal and our work with New Hope to achieve it. NPA looks forward to new developments within this relationship in 2013 and beyond."
Kroger offers $4 co-pay program for diabetes test strips
CINCINNATI — Diabetes patients at Kroger pharmacies who have private insurance can pay $4 for blood-glucose test strips, the supermarket operator said.
Kroger said insured patients could pay a $4 co-pay for Kroger Premium test strips. People with diabetes can spend as much as $1,000 per year out of pocket on test strips alone, Kroger said.
"We listen to our customers, and one of their main worries is that their co-pay on blood-glucose test strips continues to rise," Kroger pharmacy marketing manager Teri Rose said. "Our Kroger $4 co-pay program immediately addresses that situation. Our hope is that by providing real savings, our customers can afford other medications, diabetic supplies or even healthy food items."
Kroger said that unlike co-pay buy-down programs offered by many blood-glucose test strip companies, Kroger’s program would not require patients to carry or renew any type of membership card.
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GSK’s Alli, celebrity Samantha Harris team up to battle the bulge this holiday
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and TV personality Samantha Harris have teamed up to announce the launch of "Let’s Fight Holiday Fat" — a new, free online guide that provides weight maintenance support for Americans trying to squeeze in healthy eating and exercise this season.
The tool, created courtesy of Alli, an FDA-approved weight-loss aid available without a prescription — is for anyone interested in overcoming the holidays and being weight-loss-ready for 2013.
LetsFightHolidayFat.com combines three core elements for the weight-conscious during the holidays — diet, physical activity and motivation, all in an easy-to-use interface. It helps track goals and prepare for long-term success with various features, including:
- Follow-along fitness videos, from cross training to yoga/pilates;
- Healthy (i.e., reduced calorie, low-fat) daily meal suggestions and recipes;
- Custom calorie- and activity-tracking;
- Community and social features and forums;
- Smart phone accessibility; and
- Expert tips and tricks.
"GSK is excited to offer this new tool, specifically to help those looking for a guide during the difficult month of December when it comes to maintaining your weight," stated Deborah Larsen, marketing director of Alli. "The Alli brand has always offered a comprehensive support program to make weight loss manageable and motivational, and we wanted to provide yet another convenient resource. Samantha Harris shares our strong passion for a healthy lifestyle, and we’re pleased to be working together to help others defeat temptation while embracing the holidays this year."
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