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U.S. Preventive Medicine’s Prevention Plan launched at Sam’s Club

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and BENTONVILLE, Ark. — U.S. Preventive Medicine’s new version of a health management solution for small businesses now is available at Sam’s Club.

The Prevention Plan, a personalized, step-by-step health management program that evaluates an individual’s health risks and creates a personalized plan to reduce those risks, now includes a resource center for small businesses, offering information on creating a culture of health and how to apply for state and federal wellness grants, U.S. Preventive Medicine said. The program features online health risk appraisal, as well as comprehensive blood test available through Quest Diagnostics with 25 results, including cholesterol, blood sugar, liver and kidney function, thyroid, bones and fluids and electrolytes. Additionally, personal health coaching, ongoing support, a variety of tools and a plan-wide health challenge are designed to help to keep members motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, U.S. Preventive Medicine said.

The new program now is available through Sam’s Club website for $99 and in nearly 540 Sam’s Club locations nationwide.

"As America continues to progress toward sustained economic recovery, we recognize that small businesses will be a key contributor to our country’s success, and we are committed to offering our members as many small business solutions as possible," Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "We realize that reducing healthcare costs and supporting employee health are extremely integral to the success of small businesses, which is why we’re offering The Prevention Plan."

For more information on The Prevention Plan, members can call 866-713-1180, or visit ThePreventionPlan.com/SamsClub.

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Philips introduces new LED light bulb

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA — Philips is slated to launch a new LED light bulb, which will premiere at the LightFair International trade show.

Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb uses Philips’ high-power, next-generation Luxeon LEDs and is designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the company said. The light bulb also was developed to meet or exceed Energy Star qualifications for an LED-based replacement.

Available during the fourth quarter 2011, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for consumers has not yet been finalized but is expected to be in the range of $40 to $45.

"We continue to test the boundaries of LED innovation with exciting products that provide energy efficiency, ambiance and extraordinary reliability," said Ed Crawford, general manager of lamps for Philips Lighting North America. "Once again we have demonstrated that consumers do not have to wait for quality alternatives to the incandescent or to sacrifice the soft white light they have become accustomed to because LED can deliver all the benefits without compromising quality."

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index reports sharp decline

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index, which tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending, fell to 3.16% from an upwardly revised gain of 3.78% a month ago.

The index showed the largest single month decline since November 2007.

Deloitte said that the index, which is comprised of four components — including tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — saw a drop due to "a sharp deterioration in real wages coupled with a rise in jobless claims."

"Growth in consumers’ disposable income recently accelerated following a cut in Social Security taxes, giving consumers the means to spend," Deloitte’s chief economist and author of the monthly index Carl Steidtmann said. "However, rising food and energy prices have started to undermine consumers’ purchasing power, which may continue to lose ground to inflation in the months ahead, particularly if unemployment claims head higher."

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