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Perform donated to benefit 2011 National MS Society events in south Florida

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — Hygenic/Performance Health, makers of Perform and Biofreeze pain relievers, donated Perform pain reliever product samples and coupons in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2011 Run to Stop MS, MS Walks and MS Bike events.

“We truly appreciate the donation Hygenic/Performance Health has provided,” stated Karen Dresbach, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, south Florida chapter. “Perform pain reliever was well-received by our riders last year, and I am sure it will be popular with our runners and walkers as well. Their commitment to our cause makes a difference to both the event participants [and] those benefiting from the funds raised.”

The donation has a retail value totaling more than $14,000.

The Run to Stop MS team will participate in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon being held Jan. 30 in Miami. The MS Walks are being held in eight different southern Florida locations — including Aventura, Boca Raton, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Lee County, Naples, Palm Beach and Weston. The first walk is scheduled Feb. 26 and the last April 3.

The 25th Anniversary Zimmerman MS Bike Ride Presented by Mack Cycle and Fitness will take place May 14 to 15, with a 150-mi. ride from Homestead-Miami Speedway to Key Largo, Fla. The Perform pain reliever product samples and coupons will be distributed to participants via their welcome packages.

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CRN announces monthly blog

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Friday announced a partnership with New Hope Natural Media’s NPIcenter, in which CRN will provide a monthly blog commentary posted on the supplement industry website, NPIcenter.com, as well as on the newly launched NewHope360.com.

Beginning Jan. 10, the CRN blog will run on Mondays once a month, and will be promoted in both the daily NPIcenter newsletter, as well as through an e-mail blast to CRN member companies. The blog will be written by CRN experts, with president and CEO Steve Mister writing once every other month and alternating with CRN’s Judy Blatman, Mike Greene, John Hathcock, Duffy MacKay and Andrew Shao.

CRN’s blog, “Around the Table” — previously posted for CRN member companies on the association’s members-only website — provides readers with food for thought on current issues impacting the dietary supplement industry. The blog’s thought-provoking commentary has spanned legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and media-related affairs since it launched in May 2009, and offers perspectives for addressing the issues affecting the supplement industry.

“NPIcenter is such a widely recognized, highly popular and trusted information source for dietary supplement industry news,” Mister said. “CRN is delighted to have the opportunity to broaden our reach across the industry by having our blog publicly available through NPIcenter.”

In addition to CRN’s new regular spot in the NPIcenter lineup, the NPIcenter website regularly features guest blogs from a variety of industry leaders and commentators. NPIcenter is a CRN associate member company and, as part of New Hope Natural Media, contributes to the CRN Foundation’s “Life…supplemented” consumer wellness program.

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Sensis Condoms with QuikStrips now available at select Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Sensis Condoms on Monday announced that its Sensis Condoms with QuikStrips, which ensure proper application, now are available at select Walgreens.

Sensis Condoms’ patented pull-down QuikStrips work much like the easy pull-off tabs on a Band-Aid, creating an application that helps ensure a condom is applied quickly and properly.

In addition to Walgreens, Sensis Condoms are available online through retail partners Amazon.com, Walgreens.com, CVS.com, Drugstore.com, Target.com and Condom-USA.com. Sensis Condoms will be sold through Navarro Drug in south Florida and Pamida Food Stores in the Midwest in late January.

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