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Study: Kids, adults consume less sugar-sweetened beverages

BY Jason Owen

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Researchers have found that both kids and adults are drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers’ objective according to the abstract, was to examine trends among kids and adults in the U.S. and their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The study sampled 22,367 youths aged 2-19 years old and 29,133 adults aged 20 years old or older between 1999 and 2010. Researchers examined patterns of consumption, including location and the meal associated with consumption.

What they found was that between 2009-2010, the youth population consumed a mean average of 155 kilocalories of sugar-sweetened beverages per day, and adults consumed a mean average of 151 kcal/d. This was a decrease of 68 kcal/d and 45 kcal/d, respectively, between the 1999-2000 period.

The researchers also concluded a decrease in the sugar-sweetened beverage percentage of daily energy intake among both groups, as well as a decrease in consumption both in the home and away, and with both meals and snacks.

Sugar-sweetened beverages include soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened coffee and tea and others.


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M&M’S brand launches new chocolate bar

BY Jason Owen

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — On Thursday, Mars Chocolate North America announced that a new M&M’S brand Chocolate Bar is in stores. The M&M’S brand Chocolate Bar combines a creamy, smooth milk chocolate bar with the colorful fun and taste of M&M’S Chocolate Candies, according to the company.

"Our goal is to show how nearly every treat or occasion is ‘Better With M,’" said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer, Mars Chocolate North America. "It’s only natural that we infuse the brand’s colorful personality and irresistible milk chocolate center into a classic confection like the chocolate bar."

The M&M’S Chocolate Bar is made with the milk chocolate and boosted by the colorful fun of M&M’S. Each bar comes stamped with a M&M’S character and features M&M’S Minis. The product is available at club, convenience, drug, grocery, mass, specialty and value stores, as well as in vending machines nationwide.

In January 2013, M&M’S Brand launched one of the largest marketing efforts in the brand’s history, "Better With M," to reinforce that "M" has always been the symbol of irresistible chocolate, and makes any occasion better, including birthdays, sporting events, movies, back-to-school and baking, just to name a few, the company stated.


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SoloHealth appoints Ryan Sloan as director of business development

BY Alaric DeArment

ATLANTA — A former employee of health insurer Aetna has been hired to direct business strategies for a maker of health kiosks.

SoloHealth announced Thursday the appointment of Ryan Sloan as director of business development, following his 12-year stint at Aetna. At SoloHealth, Sloan will focus on expanding the company across the health services and insurance fields, corporate worksite strategy and exploring new business, reporting to EVP and chief commercial officer Stephen Kendig.

SoloHealth operates its kiosk, the SoloHealth Station, at several retailers around the country and expects to have the kiosks in 5,500 locations by early 2014, including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Safeway and Schnuck Markets.

"Ryan brings tremendous experience across all facets of the managed care side of the business that will prove advantageous to our company and partners as we continue to rapidly scale our platform nationally and explore other strategic opportunities," Kendig said. "We expect 2013 to be a pivotal year for us across all aspects of our business, and Ryan will help us [innovate] and drive growth across the evolving healthcare services space."

 

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