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CVS Health names EVP for strategy, policy and market development

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has named Mary Langowski EVP for strategy, policy and market development, effective Oct. 14.

Langowski will join CVS Health from international law firm DLA Piper where she serves as the chair of the Health Care Policy and Regulatory Practice and the co-chair of the Food and Beverage Sector.

In her new role at CVS Health, Langowski will direct CVS Health's strategy and market development functions, with a focus on identifying and expanding enterprise opportunities to new markets as the company plays an increasingly prominent role in the evolving health care system. Her portfolio will also include leading the company's government affairs and policy development teams at the state and federal level providing counsel to help navigate the policies, regulations and market trends that today's health care companies face.

"As health care continues to evolve, CVS Health is committed to delivering solutions for better health to our customers and the patients we serve. We need a leader who understands our business fundamentals and how they intersect with health care policy and the political landscape," stated Thomas Moriarty, EVP, chief health care strategy officer and general counsel at CVS Health.
 
"Mary's deep expertise in helping clients translate nuanced public policy into actionable business strategy will make her an invaluable asset to our leadership team," stated Moriarty. "Her experience in analyzing and shaping health care policy at every level of government gives her a unique perspective on our competitive landscape, our operations and our strategy going forward."

Langowski's experience spans the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Prior to her role at DLA Piper, Langowski served in senior positions at Alston & Bird and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal where she provided strategic counsel to clients with a special focus on health care.

In addition to her private-sector experience, Langowski served as a senior health care policy advisor for Sen. Tom Harkin from 2001 to 2004, and was the chief policy advisor at the Iowa Department of Public Health under Gov. Tom Vilsack.

"I am delighted to join CVS Health," Langowski said. "As America's premier pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health stands on the front lines of health care delivery bringing vital products and services to millions of consumers in virtually every community from coast to coast. I look forward to joining the leadership team of this dynamic company to help better serve CVS Health's clients and customers, foster growth for CVS Health, and help the company drive innovation in our health care system to provide higher quality, more affordable care and improved patient health."

 

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RAP Protein Gummies introduces protein gummy product

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Nearly 60% of Americans are looking to increase their protein intake, however, many don't enjoy the taste of traditional bars or shakes, reported RAP Protein Gummies, which brought a protein gummy product to market Wednesday. 
 
The new gummies are fat free, gluten free and come in three fruit flavors: strawberry, mixed berry and citrus. A single serving pouch containing 25 to 35 gummies provides 20 g of protein, and features whey protein isolate, a fast-absorbing protein. 
 
"We're excited to launch RAP Protein Gummies as a great-tasting and innovative alternative within the protein category," stated Michael Sayles, head of marketing for RAP (rapid acting protein). "RAP is a consumer-driven proposition. We conducted a significant amount of research and designed the product to meet the wants and needs of protein consumers who are tired of traditional bars and shakes." 
 
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Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon partners with Cleveland Cavaliers to start race in front of Quicken Loans Arena

BY Michael Johnsen

 

CLEVELAND — The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Tuesday announced a partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers that will allow the start of the 38th annual race to take place Sunday, May 17 outside Quicken Loans Arena.
 
Event organizers are planning to keep much of last year's course similar for the 10K, half marathon and full marathon events, which all run on Sunday. Pending city approval, the course will begin at the "Q" followed by a visit to the renovated Playhouse Square before heading west to weave through Tremont and Ohio City, two fan-favorite areas from past years. Full marathoners will again head to Lakewood and Rocky River. Both cities were new to the course last year, and received high marks from runners for the crowd support.
 
"We're very excited to be able to start this year's race at the 'Q,'" stated Ralph Staph, race director for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. "Participants and spectators loved having indoor facilities when we started at Browns Stadium, and since that venue has been unavailable due to construction, we've been hoping to find another venue with similar comforts. We think participants will really enjoy starting at the 'home of LeBron' and the Cavs."
 
Currently, the planned finish line is the same as 2014, outside Cuyahoga County Courthouse on Lakeside with finishing festivities on the grassy areas of Mall B and Mall C around the newly renovated Convention Center. While still exploring a few other downtown landmarks to pass on the course, event organizers are hoping to receive city approval on the proposed course this fall and will make a formal announcement of the final course at that time.
 
With construction on the Cleveland Convention Center now complete, the Health & Fitness Expo for the race can again be held downtown on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. All participants are required to attend to pick up their packet and bib and with nearly 100 vendors, the public is welcome to attend the free event to shop for health and fitness products and services. Many participants stay in downtown hotels, so a short walk to the Convention Center is convenient for the 20,000 plus runners and walkers.
 
The Kids' Run and 5K events will continue to be held on Saturday and will be held in Edgewater Park again this year. Though the 5K will leave park grounds, it will start and finish within the park. Both events were held there in 2014 and provided a spacious location and scenic view for participants and their families.
 
Both the 10K and full marathon courses will be USATF certified and the full marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. One of the 50 oldest races in the country, the 2015 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will take place May 16-17. The following opportunities are available for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, 5K (run or walk) and Kids' Run. Online registration and further information is available at ClevelandMarathon.com.
 
More than 20,000 participants have competed in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon weekend events for the past three and race organizers are expecting a similar number this year. Caps will be in place for all of the races and runners and walkers are encouraged to register early to avoid a sold out race. 

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