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Target gets in tune with weight-loss resolutions

BY DSN STAFF

ROGERS, Ark. — The beginning of a new year is weight-loss season, and to help those who made such a resolution track their progress, this Target store in Rogers, Ark., featured scales on an endcap.

The fact is, dieters who weigh themselves are more likely to succeed in both losing weight and maintaining that weight, according to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Three-out-of-10 dieters participating in the research successfully lost weight — 20.3% of those who were successful weighed themselves daily, versus 11% who were not successful.

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CRN introduces ‘Roadmap for Retailers’ educational tool

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday released “Roadmap for Retailers: Safely Navigating What You Say About Dietary Supplements,” an educational tool to remind the supplement industry about its responsibilities with regard to the laws and regulations under which supplements are sold.

“As Americans ring in the New Year and look to incorporate dietary supplements into their reinvigorated health regimens, supplement manufacturers and retailers also need to make resolutions about keeping our industry healthy by abiding by the law,” stated Steve Mister, president and CEO at CRN. “The ‘Roadmap for Retailers’ is an important reminder that we owe it to our consumers to steer them in the right direction. We prepared this guidance document to assist our members and their customers, as well as other retailers who are selling dietary supplements. We have an obligation to consumers to follow the law.”

The “Roadmap for Retailers” is available for download on CRN’s website and bulk quantities of a tri-fold pamphlet can be purchased from CRN, the association announced. Sections include a brief explanation of the history of supplement laws, an overview of retailer’s responsibilities, a chart of “Do’s and Don’ts,” tips on educating consumers and warnings for retail clerks who offer personal testimonies. “Roadmap for Retailers” also includes a guide to understanding supplement labels and a glossary of terms to help everything make sense.

“There is a fine line that retailers walk between making claims that are helpful to their customers versus claims that run afoul of the law,” Mister said. “The ‘Roadmap’ was written to help retailers embrace the role they play in properly educating consumers about supplement products, and we hope that it will prove to be a valuable resource for the industry.”

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M.Juntti says:
Mar-29-2011 02:07 pm

Check out a breakdown of the CRN's Roadmap and tips for retailers to train staff on how to legally discuss supplements with customers. Visit NewHope360.com. http://newhope360.com/business/training-retailers-how-legally-talk-about-supplements

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Fortune names Wegmans, Whole Foods, Publix top employers

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Fortune on Thursday released its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, ranking Wegmans Food Markets No. 3 and making the New York-based grocer the highest-ranked retailer. Only the software firm SAS and consulting organization Boston Consulting Group ranked higher. Wegmans has appeared on the Fortune list for 14 consecutive years, every year since the list was first published in 1998.

Wegmans’ employee wellness program is part of what placed the supermarket chain so high on the list. “This customer-friendly supermarket chain cares about the well-being of its workers, too,” Fortune wrote. “This year, 11,000 employees took part in a challenge to eat five cups of fruit and vegetables a day and walk up to 10,000 steps a day for eight weeks. Another 8,000 took advantage of health screenings that included a flu shot and H1N1 vaccine — all covered by Wegmans.”

“There is nothing more important to us than being a great place to work,” stated Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “When our people feel valued and cared about, they, in turn, make our customers feel the same.”

Also on the list are Whole Foods Market (No. 24) — which received extra kudos for paying 100% of its employees’ healthcare premiums — Novo Nordisk (No. 47), General Mills (No. 58), Publix Super Markets (No. 67) and S.C. Johnson (No. 70).

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