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Speed Stick Gear, NASCAR’s Cole Whitt partner for new sweepstakes

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Speed Stick Gear team and NASCAR driver Cole Whitt have announced a new online sweepstakes aimed at rewarding those who step up in high-pressure situations with a chance to join Whitt during NASCAR's final race in Miami on Nov. 16.

To participate in the Speed Stick #GearUp Sweepstakes, follow @SpeedStick on Twitter and tweet a picture, including the hashtag #GearUpSweepsEntry, showcasing how you step up in high-pressure moments — whether training for a marathon or suiting up for a big meeting at the office.

One winner will be selected at random each day through Oct. 28  to receive a $100 gift card courtesy of Speed Stick. In addition, one participant will win a trip for two to attend NASCAR's final race in Miami, where they will meet Whitt and watch the action live from pit row alongside the rest of the racing team.

"In today's socially connected culture, high-pressure moments are more visible than ever," said Bill Van De Graaf, VP and GM, U.S. personal care, Colgate-Palmolive. "All season long, fans have been watching Cole Whitt suit up and step up against the best drivers on the track. Through this new #GearUp sweepstakes, we are celebrating Cole's incredible will to tackle challenges head-on by asking his fans to do the same."

Speed Stick Gear is a line of antiperspirants available at mass retail and grocery stores nationwide.

 

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Beauty and wellness app PRIV taps Dove for first-ever hair care collaboration

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Dove has teamed up with beauty and wellness app PRIV to offer hair products and services that help women achieve great hair days — anytime, anywhere.

The PRIV app, which currently caters to residents of Manhattan, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, sends vetted beauty and wellness industry professionals to the doors of its users, upon request. With plans to launch in San Francisco, London and beyond, PRIV continues to expand its footprint and provide a convenient solution for on-the-go personal care needs.

"Real women are at the heart of the Dove brand and we strive to make the world of beauty feel very personal and adaptive to her routine," said Rob Candelino, VP and GM for Unilever Hair Care.  "Today's woman has an increasingly plugged-in, hypertasking life, and we want to show up when and where she needs us. Together with PRIV, we're bringing excellent hair care literally to her doorstep with accessible, on-demand services and products that will nourish and improve the condition of her hair.  We want to provide an experience that not only makes her look beautiful, but feel beautiful too."

Now through Nov. 15, following the 5th Annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, which inspires women and girls to develop a positive relationship with beauty, you can download PRIV's free app, schedule your hair service and access offers from Dove Hair. The offers include:

  • In-app look book with hairstyles from Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend;
  • Dove Hair products used during your PRIV hair service appointment; and
  • Limited-edition Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil product gift set

"Hair services make up the largest percentage of requests on PRIV, so partnering with a leading hair care brand like Dove Hair was a natural next step as we continue to expand our own brand," said  Sarni Rogers, PRIV director of marketing, West Coast. "Our users are highly engaged, and we want to provide them the best in service and the best in care — including the products our providers use on them. From Dove's advanced hair product formulas to their positive social mission and global appeal, we knew they were the right partner for our first-ever hair care collaboration."
 

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EPIC Pharmacy Network to join Cigna-HealthSpring Rx 2015 pharmacy network

BY Michael Johnsen

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, a national Part D plan, on Thursday announced that members of EPIC Pharmacy Network will be part of its 2015 pharmacy network. Additionally, members of EPIC Pharmacy Network have a preferred cost-share arrangement with Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, which means generally lower costs for Medicare Part D customers with savings on copays and coinsurance. 
 
The lower costs of Cigna-HealthSpring’s preferred arrangements will provide Part D customers a copay savings that will range from $3 to $10 per script.
 
Cigna-HealthSpring’s preferred cost-share arrangements are expanding in 2015, and a complete listing is available here.  The Cigna-HealthSpring Rx plan is nationwide and offers preferred arrangements as a way to help customers save money on their healthcare costs, and the expanded 2015 options provide more choices for affordability to customers.
 
“We are pleased to have the members of EPIC Pharmacy Network as part of our 2015 pharmacy network, and furthermore that we can offer our customers more savings and affordable choices to help lower their drug costs,” said David Holladay, president of Cigna-HealthSpring pharmacy for Medicare and Medicaid. “Medication adherence is a vital part of overall health, especially for our Medicare customers who may average 10 or more daily medications, so it’s a top priority for us to find new and continued ways to maintain affordability and cost savings for our customers, which is exactly what our preferred cost-share arrangement with EPIC Pharmacy Network creates.”
 
“EPN is proud to provide another opportunity for our more than 1,900 member pharmacies to provide personalized health care to patients. We are committed to providing the tools and services that enable independent pharmacies to thrive in today’s marketplace,” said EPIC Pharmacy Network president Angelo Voxakis.
 

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