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Obesity perceived as country’s biggest health problem

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI — A large majority of Americans consider obesity to be the country’s biggest health problem, according to a new survey.

The survey, by Cincinnati-based polling company Repass & Partners, found that 83% called obesity the most important health issue in America — more than cancer, alcohol and tobacco or sexually transmitted diseases — and more than half say it is a disease that should be treated with the latest medical science, but that exercise and diet alone are not enough. Sixty-four percent said, incorrectly, that a majority of Americans are obese. The survey was conducted online between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10 and included 1,504 respondents.

"Americans understand the severity of the obesity problem and the need for medical innovation to make progress with this very serious health situation facing our country," Repass & Partners CEO Rex Repass said. "More than 8-in-10 respondents say that obesity is a serious health problem affecting the overall quality of health in the United States."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of Americans are obese and prone to related health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

 

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St. Joseph Rapid Dissolving Melts awarded ‘Best New Product’

BY Michael Johnsen

 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — St. Joseph Health Products was honored with "Best New Product" distinction here by retailers attending the ECRM Health Care EPPS. 

The new product is St. Joseph Rapid Dissolving Melts low-dose aspirin, a new delivery format that will hold appeal among pill-phobic seniors looking to take a low-dose aspirin daily for heart health. 

ECRM’s "Best New Product" recognition, sponsored by the DSN Group, is voted on exclusively by retail buyers in attendance, and represents one of the most compelling new propositions seen at the event.

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Neutrogena names actress Julie Bowen as brand ambassador — again

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Neutrogena has announced that actress Julie Bowen has returned to the brand’s roster of talent after being a previous brand ambassador for seven years.

“Julie embodies the ultimate Neutrogena woman, and we are excited to have her return home. As a career woman and busy mom, she empowers women to make healthy skin choices and is an inspiration to all,” stated Michelle Freyre, GM for Neutrogena.

Bowen appeared in Neutrogena campaigns from 2001 to 2008 and will return in 2014 campaigns. Bowen joins beauty icons Jennifer Garner, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Diane Lane and Sandra Echeverria as a returning member of the Neutrogena family.

Bowen current stars in the ABC comedy, “Modern Family” as the character Claire Dunphy. Previously, Bowen appeared on the NBC series “Ed” for four seasons. Bowen then joined ABC’s series “Boston Legal” for two seasons. Her other television credits include a recurring role on the ABC series “Lost” and a guest arc on the Showtime series “Weeds.” 

On the big screen, Bowen was recently seen in the hit film “Horrible Bosses” and also starred in Sony’s “Jumping the Broom.”  Her previous film credits include “Multiplicity,” “Knife Fight,” “Crazy on the Outside” and the comedy “Happy Gilmore.”


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