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Tampax to donate 1M tampons in 30 days

BY David Salazar

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Tampax brand is kicking off a major philanthropic initiative on May 28, which is Menstrual Hygiene Day, the company announced Friday. Within 30 days of May 28, the company will work with 20 social influencers to donate 1 million tampons to charities across the United States.

“It’s widely recognized that women and girls in developing countries often lack access to menstrual hygiene products, but what most Americans don’t realize is that this is true in our own backyard,” P&G marketing director for North American feminine care Amanda Hill said. “We believe that every woman and girl deserves access to feminine care products, and this donation is part of our continued efforts in supporting those in need.”

Tampax highlighted that 1-in-3 women live in poverty or on the brink of it in the United States, which can make accessing period products regularly difficult.

“The women behind Tampax share my vision in providing equitable access to menstrual hygiene, especially to those in need, and changing the narrative around menstruation,” PERIOD nonprofit founder Nadya Okamoto said. “I’m inspired by what Tampax is doing to shine a light on this issue and thankful that we can make access to period products a reality for even more people with periods.”

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Walgreens’ final 2016-17 Flu Index highlights top markets

BY David Salazar
DEERFIELD, Ill. — With flu season winding down, Walgreens on Friday released its final Flu Index of the 2016-17 season, noting which markets saw the most activity based on aggregate prescription data between October 2016 and April.
 
According to the company, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina were the states with the highest influenza rates. Two Texas markets — Brownsville and Corpus Christi — joined Lafayette, La. as markets with the top flu activity. Maine was the state with the least activity and Albany, N.Y. was the market that saw the least flu activity.
 
The top 10 markets for flu activity were:
  1. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  2. Corpus Christi, Texas
  3. Lafayette, La.
  4. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
  5. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  6. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C.
  7. Shreveport, La.
  8. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  9. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
  10. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
 
The states with the most flu activity were:
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Texas
  3. North Carolina
  4. Mississippi
  5. Tennessee
  6. Louisiana
  7. Arkansas
  8. Alabama
  9. Kentucky
  10. South Carolina
Conversely, the markets with the least amount of activity were:
  1. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.
  2. Rochester, N.Y.
  3. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.
  4. Buffalo, N.Y.
  5. Toledo, Ohio
  6. Portland, Ore.
  7. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.
  8. Palm Springs, Calif.
  9. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  10. Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Wash.
And the states with the least amount of flu activity were:
  1. Maine
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Oregon
  4. Arizona
  5. Arkansas
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. California
  8. Washington
  9. Ohio
  10. Massachusetts

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Viita encourages New Yorkers to #StayDry

BY David Salazar

NEW YORK — Viita hit Times Square this week in the rain to help pedestrians #StayDry. The company, which makes high-tech, absorbent lingerie that seeks to provide protection from bladder leakage, handed out as many as 1000 umbrellas with the hashtag #StayDry, alongside coupons for the product.

“Just like being caught without an umbrella in an unexpected rainstorm can be disheartening, so can being caught without protection when a rogue sneeze or hysterical joke causes our bodies to misfire,” Viita founder Raquel Tulk said. “Our hope is to dismantle the taboo of bladder leakage by spreading greater awareness of the issue, as well as offering a very real and specialized solution with Viita.”

Viita’s line of absorbent lingerie is looking to replace menstrual pads and adult diapers as protection from bladder leakage, offering a fashion-forward, odorless and leak free option. The lingerie contains a natural fiber comfort fabric, a high absorption antibacterial cushion and a protective membrane to resist leaks.

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