CRN posts consumer video explaining DSHEA
WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Edcuation Act of 1994 with a consumer video to explain the importance of DSHEA and to recognize the impact it has had on the industry.
"We wouldn't be talking about a $35 billion industry if it weren't for this law that clearly defined what the products are and then defined what the rights and requirements were going to be to people who wanted to enter the industry," said Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO.
"DSHEA was very important because it represents the birth of the [dietary supplement] industry as we know it," said Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs at CRN.
"It took a well-meaning industry that truly was the wild, wild west and changed it," said Mike Greene, CRN VP government relations. "[DSHEA] helped it evolve and grow into the great mainstream industry that we have today."
iHealth Lab launches iHealth Edge activity and sleep tracker
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — iHealth Lab on Tuesday announced the U.S. launch of the iHealth Edge activity and sleep tracker, which will be available for purchase on Oct. 30. Similar to the full suite of iHealth products, the new iHealth Edge is ergonomically designed and powerful. In addition to tracking steps, distance and sleep efficiency, the new tracker gives consumers an edge by allowing them to immediately view their steps, distance and calories burned, with a flick of the wrist.
“We are excited to add the iHealth Edge to our world-class family of mobile health devices,” said Jim Taschetta, CMO and head of retail sales at iHealth Lab. “Our research indicates that the best way to help individuals improve their health is to empower them to take charge by providing simple, yet powerful tools for creating healthier habits.”
With the new workout view, consumers can get instant summaries on the display of their workout sessions, providing time, distance, steps and calories for the workout. Because the Edge is waterproof to 50 meters, consumers can wear the device anytime, anywhere. The built-in dual mode gives consumers the option to wear the device on the wrist as a watch or clipped to the waist during any activity.
The Edge also automatically detects activity mode, allowing users to seamlessly switch between form factors. When it is time to rest, the Edge automatically detects the sleep mode and tracks the number of hours of sleep and sleep efficiency levels. Once the day gets started, the device automatically wakes up to begin tracking steps and distance.
All of the data can be transmitted directly to a user’s mobile device using the free iHealth MyVitals 2.0 app. Daily activity and sleep efficiency are automatically logged and graphed within the app. The app also can collect data from the other iHealth devices, allowing the user to view their activity and sleep data alongside other key vitals like blood pressure, weight and heart rate, providing a more comprehensive view of their health.
The new iHealth Edge is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Consumers can purchase the device for $69.99 through Best Buy, Amazon and directly from iHealth. The free companion iHealth MyVitals 2.0 mobile app is available on Google Play and, in coming days, in the Apple App store.
Fitbit launches three new fitness trackers
DUBAI, UAE — Fitbit on Tuesday unveiled three new activity and sleep-tracking products: Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge.
Fitbit Charge is a high-performance wristband that delivers all-day activity tracking, real-time fitness stats and Caller ID on the wrist for people who want to step up their everyday activities to improve their overall health. Fitbit Charge HR is an advanced tracker that delivers continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate, Caller ID and all-day activity tracking for active users. And Fitbit Surge is a sleek Fitness Super Watch that offers the best of GPS, continuous wrist-based heart rate, all-day fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality in one device.
"Our mission has always been to deliver innovation through exceptional, wearable design in a way that empowers consumers with greater knowledge of their overall health," said James Park, CEO Fitbit. "That being said, we understand that everyone's approach to fitness is different. With the addition of these new products, Fitbit offers the widest variety of trackers — at affordable prices across all mobile platforms — ensuring that everyone can find the right fit for their lifestyle and their goals."
Fitbit Charge will be available on Nov. 17 on Fitbit.com and at retailers nationwide. Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge will be available broadly in early 2015.
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