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Debbie Allen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals team up for health-and-wellness program

BY DSN STAFF

RARITAN, N.J. — Debbie Allen, an Emmy-award winning actress and choreographer is teaming up with dancers from the television dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance" and Janssen Pharmaceuticals to launch T2 Dance Crew, a national education and wellness program that encourages people with Type 2 diabetes to increase physical activity as part of managing their condition.

“I saw firsthand how challenging it was for my dad to manage his Type 2 diabetes,” Allen said. “He tried to make some changes in his lifestyle, but the one thing I couldn’t get him to do was exercise more. That’s why I joined the T2 Dance Crew campaign. We are showing millions of people how taking small steps, like dancing, can make a meaningful difference in managing diabetes. The best part is — everybody can dance, and it’s fun!”   

Program resources are available in both English and Spanish online at T2DanceCrew.com. Allen joins "So You Think You Can Dance" fan favorites Fik-Shun and Janette Manarara to share inspirational stories and lead instructional dance videos. Additionally, the T2 Dance Crew will host a series of local events that feature live dance classes taught by Fik-Shun and Manrara, health screenings and diabetes education across the country.

“Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease typically requiring lifestyle changes such as managing body weight that can often seem overwhelming,” said Richard Aguilar, M.D., Medical Director of Diabetes Nation. “I tell my patients to initially set realistic goals and develop a step-wise management plan that delivers results you can see, feel and build upon every day. The T2 Dance Crew can reach millions with these important and useful messages to motivate people to work with their healthcare provider and start taking small steps to better manage their diabetes.”

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Thomas’ announces flavor of the year

BY Ryan Chavis

HORSHAM, Pa. — The Thomas’ brand, a creator and baker of English Muffins, introduced it’s flavor of the year: Cinnamon Vanilla. This is the only new flavor the company will offer in 2014.

Thomas’ Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins take inspiration from fresh cinnamon buns and provide the same sweet scent and flavor for 150 calories, the company said. The flavor is part of Thomas’ new Limited Edition line, which will include different seasonal flavors every three months: Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins and Maple French Toast Bagels (through July 2014); Apple Pie English Muffins and Bagels (July through October 2014); and Cranberry English Muffins and Bagels (October through December 2014).

“People often rush to make and eat breakfast, and we wanted to give them more reasons to slow down and enjoy,” said Alicia Rosas, Category Director, Thomas’ Bagels. “We all know how satisfying it is to smell delicious baked goods, so when developing our new Limited Edition line, it was important that the aroma was just as sweet and enticing as the taste.”

The Limited Edition Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins and Maple French Toast Bagels are now available natiowinde and can be found in mass retail stores for a suggested retail price between $3.99 to $4.69.

 

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Cracker Jack’D announces new trail mix

BY Ryan Chavis

PLANO, TX — Cracker Jack’D, a brand from Frito-Lay, announced the addition of Energy Trail Mixes to its line of products. The snack, available in Chocolate Flavored Cherry and Mixed Berry, will hit shelves this month.

The new trail mixes include a unique packaging structure that hold fruit bits in a separate pouch within the larger package, which helps to keep them tasting fresh while also ensuring that the granola and nuts stay crunchy. The seasoned mixed snack is ideal for young adults on the go, the company said.

Cracker Jack’D Energy Trail Mixes can be found in 4.5-5-oz. bags for a suggested retail price of $3.79.

 

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