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Airborne acquired by GF Capital

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS Airborne was acquired by GF Capital Private Equity Fund, the company announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

GF Capital named Martha Morfitt Airborne’s new CEO.

Morfitt most recently served as CEO and a director of CNS before that company’s acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline in December 2006.

“Airborne occupies a unique place in the nutritional supplement market,” stated Neil Shapiro, co-founder and managing director GF Capital. “We firmly believe in the company and its products, and believe that there’s tremendous opportunity for us to grow together. As CEO, [Morfitt] has a proven ability to lead companies to profitable growth, expanding their brands and product offerings in the process.”

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Chews-4-Health to be featured on television show

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, N.C. Chews-4-Health, a fruit, sea vegetable, antioxidant chewable dietary supplement, will be featured on the upcoming television show “Beauty Spaces,” the company announced Friday.

The “Beauty from Within” special will air nationally on the Woman’s Entertainment Network Oct. 16 at 7:30 a.m., and on The Learning Channel Oct. 17 at 7:00 a.m.

“I hope that being featured on ‘Beauty Spaces’ allows many more people to discover this phenomenal product, and take an important step towards better nutrition and wellness,” stated David Friedman, founder of the company.

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HHS, Ad Council launch television PSAs for H1N1

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has joined with the Ad Council to launch a series of national television public service advertisements designed to encourage Americans to take steps to protect themselves from the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

The ads are designed specifically to reach children, parents, pregnant women and young adults. A second series of PSAs, aimed at encouraging high-risk populations to get the H1N1 vaccination, is launching in late October.

Included in the PSAs being released Thursday were new spots featuring characters from “Sesame Street” and the winning spots from the recent 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest sponsored by HHS. The Ad Council distributed the PSAs nationwide and the ads will be supported in airtime donated by television stations nationwide. The spots also will be available at Flu.gov, the government’s one-stop Web site for all the latest information on both seasonal and H1N1 flu.

The PSAs include:

  • Targeting young adults — the winning PSA video from HHS’ national 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest on YouTube featuring the “hip hop doc,” along with four additional videos from the contest, will aim to reach those ages 17 to 24. More than 50,000 votes were cast for the contest. The PSAs are available in 30-second and 60-second lengths, and include a Spanish-language spot;
  • Targeting parents and pregnant women — produced by HHS, a new series of TV ads featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, singer Marc Anthony and actress Amy Ryan, aim to reach parents and pregnant women. The PSA featuring Marc Anthony also is available in Spanish, and the ads are in 30-second length; and
  • Targeting parents and children — designed to reach children under the age of 5 and their parents, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” produced two new television PSAs. “Sesame Street’s” Elmo and Rosita have a new song teaching children the proper way to sneeze, while Elmo and Luis talk to parents about the importance of creating a plan to keep their children home from school if they get sick. These messages build on a PSA Sesame Workshop released with HHS and the Ad Council earlier this year, which explained the importance of practicing healthy habits this flu season. The PSAs are available in English and Spanish and are in 30-second lengths.

“While getting a flu vaccine is the best way for Americans to protect themselves and their families from the flu, as we wait for the H1N1 vaccine to get distributed out into local doctors’ offices and sites across the country, there are critically important things that Americans can be doing right now to keep their friends and family healthy and safe and to prevent the spread of flu,” Sebelius said. “These new prevention PSAs will help us get the word out about what to do about the flu. Fighting the flu is a shared responsibility between all of us, and we are so grateful to all those who helped create these wonderful new messages. We are hopeful that Americans will spread these new PSAs virally and use to them to help stop the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu,” she said.

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