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Study: Vitamin D the difference between more active and less active in severely obese people

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

“People with severe obesity already are eight times more likely to have poor physical function than people with a healthy BMI,” stated one of the study’s authors, Tomás Ahern of St. Columcille’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. “Poor vitamin D status contributes to the deterioration of physical function in this population. Among those with severe obesity, 43% are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.”

The cross-sectional study examined physical functioning and vitamin D levels in 252 severely obese people. Participants were timed as they walked 500 meters and climbed up and down a single step 50 times. They also provided estimates of their physical activity.

Researchers took a blood sample to measure each participant’s vitamin D levels. For analysis, the study population was divided into three groups based on vitamin D levels.

The study found the group with the highest vitamin D levels had the fastest walking times and highest amount of self-reported physical activity. This group also had the lowest average BMI of the study participants.

“Improving vitamin D status should improve quality of life and may decrease the risk of early death in people with severe obesity,” Ahern said. “This could be a simple matter of spending more time outside, since sun exposure can boost the body’s natural vitamin D production.”

 

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BIC introduces large-pack offerings of Flex 3, Hybrid Advance 3 razors

BY Antoinette Alexander

SHELTON, Conn. — BIC, a manufacturer of men’s razors, has developed two new large-pack offerings of the BIC Flex 3 and the BIC Hybrid Advance 3 razors.
 
The BIC Flex 3 large pack includes eight disposable razors that have three flexible blades and a heavy handle for added control.
 
The BIC Hybrid Advance 3 large pack includes 12 disposable cartridges with an ergonomic handle. BIC Hybrid Advance 3 is a wet shave alternative that combines replaceable cartridges with the convenience of a disposable razor.
 
The BIC Flex 3 has a suggested retail price of $10.99 for an eight-pack. The BIC Hybrid Advance 3 has a SRP of $10.99 for a 12-pack.

 

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Wakefern to unveil new Elizabeth, N.J. warehouse

BY Antoinette Alexander

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative, is celebrating on Thursday the opening of its newest warehouse facility in Elizabeth, N.J., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This 524,000-sq.-ft. facility replaces the former Wakefern grocery warehouse at the same site and increases storage capabilities by more than 58% to better distribute nonperishable food products to ShopRite, PriceRite and the Fresh Grocer stores across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia.

In addition to the expanded square footage, this new building will feature 36-ft. high ceilings, increasing the storage space significantly. With a current total of 345 associates, the facility will bring a projected 150 additional permanent jobs to the city over a 10-year period.

In June 2011, Wakefern transitioned its non-perishable operations to a temporary facility in Carteret, N.J., to allow for the demolition and subsequent re-construction of its original grocery warehouse in Elizabeth, which was built in the late 1950s. This new location was completed in November 2013 and was fully operational by February of this year.

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