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Poll: Many Americans claim to be improving their diets

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK While many consumers claim to have adjusted their diets to include more healthy foods and beverages, new data suggested that there may be a disparity between what is considered "good" by consumers and by experts.

 

Anew poll by Harris Interactive, conducted between Sept. 14 and 20 among 2,620 adults, found that the majority of all adults claimed that they:

  • Frequently or somewhat often eat healthier at home compared with when dining out (79%);
  • Drink water as opposed to another type of beverage at meals (74%);
  • Choose healthy snacks (72%);
  • Eat a balanced diet (72%);
  • Read nutritional information on packaged food products before buying it (68%);
  • Attempt to eat smaller portions (64%); and
  • Exercise regularly (57%).

All of the responses were in line with what doctors and nutrition experts recommend for people to maintain a healthy weight.

 

Harris Interactive, however, noted that some of these results may reflect what consumers think they should be doing rather than what they actually are doing. For example, while there were some differences in their replies to this question among those who are and are not overweight or obese, the differences are not very large. Most of those who are obese or even morbidly obese claimed to be doing the same healthy things that those who are not overweight claimed they were doing.

 

Relatively few people are regularly (five or more times per week) eating a full breakfast (22%); a full or well-balanced lunch (21%); or a full or well-balanced dinner (37%). Overall, 32% of consumers surveyed felt they were heavier than they should be but also felt they generally were healthy and content. Among the 32%:

  • 10% were normal weight;
  • 41% were overweight;
  • 55% were obese; and
  • 30% were morbidly obese.

 

Responses to the poll were analyzed by Americans’ body mass index.

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between Sept. 14 and 20, 2010, among 2,620 adults (aged 18 years and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting also was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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MyGlucoHealth teams up with Nokia

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO The developer of a wireless mobile application designed to help manage diabetes announced that its program, which is downloaded every 29 seconds worldwide, is teaming up with a mobile phone manufacturer.

Entra Health Systems said its MyGlucoHealth app is teaming up with Nokia to market the wireless diabetes management technology. The app works with a real-time online data collection network to securely upload and manage blood glucose readings using a mobile phone, Entra Health Systems said. The app directly communicates with the MyGlucoHealth wireless blood glucose meter to upload readings using integrated Bluetooth technology.

 

"We believe better diabetes care begins by building an informed, connected care team around every patient and closely integrating a patient’s testing data with their day-to-day management," said John Hendel, chairman and founder of Entra Health Systems. "Our goal is to offer technology that fits the lives and lifestyles of patients from all levels of society. With [more than] 5 billion mobile phones on this earth, we have a natural tool to connect patients with personalized online resources for diabetes management. Whether they have smart phones or simple-feature phones, they can benefit from a connected care solution to help better manage their disease."

 

 

The MyGlucoHealth mobile app is available for free through Ovi Store at Store.ovi.com for Nokia smart phones and feature phones. The MyGlucoHealth wireless meter and strips are available from MyGlucoHealthStore.com and other major outlets worldwide.

 

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RelaxZen arrives at Rite Aid

BY Michael Johnsen

SHREWSBURY, N.J. RelaxZen recently announced that RelaxZen Night, a sleep-aid shot supplement, has gained distribution through Rite Aid and will be merchandised at Rite Aid’s checkout counters.

 

“Our corporate philosophy is ‘everyone deserves to live a RelaxZen Life,’” stated Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, RelaxZen chief zen officer. “With the addition of 3,000-plus Rite Aid locations, it really expands the opportunities for consumers to try our uniquely formulated RelaxZen Night product.”

 

 

“Relaxation supplements are a natural fit for pharmacies, and RelaxZen is fast becoming the category leader, with the Rite Aid partnership being the latest example,” added RelaxZen chief relaxation officer Nick West.

 

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