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WheyUp introduces weight-loss beverage

BY Michael Johnsen

TEMPE, Ariz. — WheyUp on Wednesday announced the launch of its weight-loss beverage WheyUp, which features 20 g of protein, 1 g of carbs and 90 calories per bottle.

“WheyUp is the first preworkout drink to market a unique protein beverage that combines whey protein with caffeine,” WheyUp president Erik Rothchild said. “WheyUp is ideal for gaining lean muscle or losing weight, depending upon how and when you drink it.”

For those who have undergone or are planning to undergo gastric bypass surgery — as those who undergo the surgery are required to consume a certain amount of protein daily — WheyUp answers the nutritional needs for these individuals, Rothchild added.

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Omron taps personal trainer Bob Greene for new initiative

BY Michael Johnsen

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Thursday teamed with Bob Greene, personal trainer to Oprah Winfrey and author of the new book "20 Years Younger: Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger," on an initiative to encourage Americans to walk every day to improve their overall health and feel better.

"Bob Greene is one of the leading fitness and wellness experts in America, and we are thrilled to work with him," stated Ranndy Kellogg, Omron VP marketing and product development. "It’s a natural partnership for us as we share the same passion to get Americans walking."

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 35% of adults older than 18 years of age engage in regular leisure-time physical activity. In "20 Years Younger," Greene suggests walking as an easy cardio activity and recommends working up to a goal of 10,000 steps per day.

Research shows that using a pedometer can increase physical activity by about 2,000 steps — or an extra mile — each day, demonstrating that the Omron pedometer can be a motivational tool.

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APF expands PainSafe educational initiative with new information, resources

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE — The American Pain Foundation on Wednesday launched new information and resources on pain medication safety for acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as part of its PainSafe educational initiative.

The new information will be launched with a national public service announcement emphasizing the safe use of pain treatment options, particularly medications containing NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen) and acetaminophen (Tylenol and APAP).

“Patient safety is one of the nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges, directly affecting people living with a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions,” stated Will Rowe, APF CEO. “Knowledge of how to safely use treatments among providers and people with pain will result in better treatment choices [and] safer use of these therapies, and, in turn, [will] help improve access to pain care for all.”

“People who live with pain are particularly vulnerable to NSAID and acetaminophen overdose because they may take a number of medications to help keep their pain under control,” added Lynn Webster, an adviser for PainSafe. “However, consumers need to understand that, even though a medication is available without prescription, it still carries risk and can cause side effects. While pain medication is safe when taken as directed, it’s not hard to overdose on NSAIDs or acetaminophen, which may occur when people aren’t really aware of what’s included in their prescription and over-the-counter medication.”

The American Pain Foundation PainSafe broadcast PSA is available for viewing at PainFoundation.org.

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