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CRN Foundation appoints new board members

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The CRN Foundation, the educational nonprofit affiliate of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, on Wednesday elected four board members.

The CRN Foundation Board elected Karen Todd, director of marketing at Kyowa Hakko, as chair; Jim Flaherty, SVP marketing and advertising at NBTY, as vice chair; Marjorie Fine, EVP, general counsel and secretary at Shaklee, as treasurer; and Judy Blatman, SVP communications of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, as secretary. 

 

“Although the CRN Foundation is less than a year old, already much has been accomplished,” Todd stated. “I look forward to serving on the board of an organization that strives to educate people about the responsible use of dietary supplements and their ingredients, and how, when used properly [and] combined with exercise and a healthy diet, supplements can contribute to overall wellness.”

 

 

The CRN Foundation currently oversees three major initiatives: “Life…supplemented,” a consumer wellness education program focused on the responsible use of supplements as part of the three pillars of health — healthy diet, dietary supplements and regular exercise; the distribution of grants to the National Advertising Division, a self-regulatory effort to increase monitoring of supplement industry advertising to help maintain consumers’ confidence in the truth and accuracy of advertising claims for dietary supplement products and to encourage fair competition within the industry; and educational activities to inform healthcare professionals and others about dietary supplements.       

 

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Align becomes No. 1 recommended probiotic, P&G says

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI Even during a time when consumers are cutting back on healthcare expenditures, the probiotics category has continued to grow, according to Procter & Gamble, which announced Wednesday that its Align probiotic has become the most recommended among gastroenterologists.

 

"My patients come in asking about probiotics, and they want to make sure to spend money on something that will work," stated Anish Sheth, gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "I feel good about recommending Align because it is manufactured with high-quality techniques, has published data and, most importantly, I’ve seen it really help my patients protect against occasional digestive upsets."

 

 

In a survey of more than 600 gastroenterologists, Align was the No. 1 recommended brand of probiotics.

 

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Study: Weight gain among lower protein formula-fed infants is similar to breast-fed ones

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. Newly published findings indicated that infants fed a lower-protein infant formula developed by Pfizer Nutrition gained weight at a similar rate to those who were breast-fed, according to a study published online Wednesday in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

"This study showed that when we fed infants with a formula that contained specially adjusted levels of protein that more closely matched those found in breast milk, these babies grew at a rate similar to breast-fed babies," stated study author Rosario Capeding. "As we learn more about the importance of nutrition during early childhood, we recognize there is a critical need to ensure nutrients are received in the most appropriate proportions to support appropriate growth and development."

 

 

Added Patricia DeRusso, chief medical officer and VP Pfizer Nutrition: "At Pfizer Nutrition, we are committed to developing infant formulas that help formula-fed babies to achieve growth and health outcomes similar to human milk-fed babies. This study further supports the improved nutrient composition in our newly reformulated Gold line of infant formula, which will allow us to continue to provide growing children with the right amount of the nutrients they need during their critical early years."

 

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