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Shiff survey: Cardiologists recommend supplements to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY According to a new national survey commissioned by Schiff Nutrition — and conducted by an independent research firm — an overwhelming majority of cardiologists (91%) have recommended dietary supplements to their patients to support cardiovascular health.

The survey found that three-quarters of cardiologists said that if they had to choose one dietary supplement to specifically support the cardiovascular health, they would choose omega-3 fatty acids, far more so than antioxidants (7%), CoQ-10 (2%) and vitamin E (1%).

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Bi-Lo wants shoppers’ health, wellness to ‘thrive’

BY Michael Johnsen

GREER, S.C. Bi-Lo earlier this month coordinated the introduction of its new health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which includes a full-time registered dietician on staff to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives, at the “Grand Re-Opening” of one of its remodeled stores.

Monica Amburn has been tapped to spearhead Bi-Lo’s efforts to offer nutrition and wellness solutions, as well as to provide healthy living alternatives and help shoppers and their families achieve a balanced way of life, the company stated. In addition to interacting with customers in stores and at Bi-Lo-sponsored events, Amburn also will produce a quarterly newsletter featuring healthy eating tips, recipes and other seasonal facts and guidelines.

“Today’s consumers are taking a more active role in managing wellness for themselves and their families,” Amburn said. “Being from the South, I understand the heritage of southern cooking. I’m excited to combine my knowledge and experience in nutrition and healthy eating with the fresh, quality products Bi-Lo offers each and every day.”

Added Michael Byars, Bi-Lo president and CEO, “We are delighted to have [Ambum] on board to help assist our customers and to bring the Thrive program to all Bi-Lo shoppers. The addition of Thrive is just one more example of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

As for the new remodel, shoppers can expect to see a big difference from the moment they arrive in the parking lot — a warmer, richer color palette and decor envelop the store, and upgrades have been made to all of the departments, the grocer noted.

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McNeil unviels commemorative keepsake case for e.p.t.

BY Michael Johnsen

SKILLMAN, N.J. According to a recent survey commissioned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, finding out they were pregnant was a moment so special that 67% of expectant mothers saved their at-home pregnancy test, and more than 3-in-4 moms and expectant mothers would likely save it if they had a keepsake case to put it in.

McNeil on Tuesday announced the introduction of a commemorative keepsake case and scrapbook card from e.p.t., the company’s home pregnancy testing brand, that will be available with a mail-in proof of purchase.

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