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Ricola asks America: Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Sick and tired of being sick and tired? You're not alone. The Ricola USA "Sick and Tired" survey results released Wednesday reveal the great extent to which Americans will go to avoid getting sick.

According to the poll, 80% of U.S. workers polled said that they would take a pay cut if it meant that they would never catch a cold again. It's perhaps understandable then that nearly nine out of 10 Americans (88%) would avoid sick people, like, well, the plague, with 57% cleaning items that a sick person has touched, 48% avoiding food prepared by someone who is sick, 34% moving seats on public transportation and 31% canceling plans on a sick person.

And that little sickness incubator in the sky? Well, 61% of Americans would rather sit next to a crying baby than someone with a cold on a cross-country flight, the survey found.

The sad truth is that 87% of Americans regularly sacrifice activities that contribute to their overall well-being and quality of life because they are too tired, with 60% forfeiting exercise, 43% giving up cooking at home and 38% skipping time with friends and family.

 

Ricola, which sponsored the survey, has the answer: Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges. Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges harness a Swiss mountain's worth of herbal power, with pesticide-free panax ginseng, vitamins C, B6 and B12, to help support the immune system and fight fatigue.

Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges in Honey Herb and Citrus Herb are now available at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores nationwide for $13.99, the company stated.

The survey was conducted among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages over the age of 18 by Wakefield Research.
 

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Vitamin Angels, Walgreens reach goal to help 100 million children and mothers

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Just over two years into its collaboration with the charity, Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has reached its goal of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers with essential vitamins and supplements they need to help prevent blindness and other serious conditions in undernourished children around the world.  The company announced the milestone more than a year ahead of its original goal to achieve it by the end of 2017.     
 
“We’re extremely proud of our Walgreens employees and customers’ support of and participation in the Vitamin Angels program as together we are making a difference, helping impact lives around the world,” stated Robert Tompkins, Walgreens group VP and general merchandise manager, health and wellness. “It’s great to see how we’ve helped millions of people in need through this program, which also supports our efforts to improve population health, particularly within underserved communities.”

Since June 2014, through its commitment to Vitamin Angels, Walgreens has donated 1% of retail sales from vitamin and supplement purchases. As of the end of September 2016, Walgreens has helped raise more than $25 million for the charity, which is providing the vitamins to at-risk populations in nearly 50 countries, including the U.S. Walgreens collaboration with Vitamin Angels will continue to provide more life-changing vitamins to children and mothers in need.    

Last year, select Walgreens team members joined Vitamin Angels on several trips to experience and observe the distribution of essential vitamins.

“These field trip experiences gave us an opportunity to see first-hand the impact our support is making as well as the continued need for vitamins both here in the U.S. and around the world,” added Tompkins.

“Walgreens has shown us the heart of a great organization and what is possible when good people come together in a concerted effort to change things!” said Howard Schiffer, Vitamin Angels’ president. “When Walgreens says 'Buy vitamins here, Change lives everywhere,' they could not be more accurate. Walgreens has given millions of children and moms a chance for a better life and a brighter future!”
 

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Optimum Nutrition launches weight gain, muscle building supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Optimum Nutrition on Tuesday announced the release of Gold Standard Gainer to help support weight gain, muscle building and recovery. The newest addition to the brand's Gold Standard line addresses consumer demand for a gainer that mixes easily and delivers superior taste.

"Our athletes spoke, and we listened," said Stuart Heflin, director of North American marketing for ON. "They wanted a gainer that delivers high quality ingredients, that isn't gritty and that actually tastes good. We met that challenge, and in the process set a new standard for mass gainers – that's why the product earned the ON 'Gold Standard' label."

Gold Standard Gainer is available in four flavors, including: colossal chocolate, vanilla ice cream, cookies & cream and cinnamon bun.

At 760 calories per serving, Gold Standard Gainer provides a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrate to high quality protein – plus good fats from flax and chia seed with added medium chain triglycerides. Each serving contains 55 grams of premium protein, mostly from isolate sources, to support muscle building. Gold Standard Gainer contains complex carbohydrates from whole foods like pea starch, potato starch and oats to help support energy and recovery. The product is banned substance tested.
 

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