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Duane Reade supports Race for the Cure

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer Duane Reade is supporting the 2007 Komen New York City Race for the Cure by handing out limited edition pink Duane Reade bags starting on Tuesday.

Duane Reade chairman, president and chief executive officer Rick Dreiling and Komen Greater NYC executive director Donna Lawrence officially unveiled the pink bag at a press event Monday morning at the Duane Reade located at Broadway and 50th Street.

Customers will receive their Duane Reade purchases in the limited edition bag through Sept. 9, the date of the 2007 Komen New York City Race for the Cure in Central Park.

The initiative is in conjunction with the “City in Pink” event whereby 19 structures throughout the city will be illuminated during the week-long celebration.

According to Lawrence, this year’s race is expected to be the most successful in its history—surpassing the record-setting $4.2 million raised in 2006. Monies raised from the race will be used to fund education, screening and treatment programs for underserved women in the Greater New York City metro area, as well as national and local research for the cures.

One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. In 2007 alone, there will be more than 200,000 people diagnosed, and more than 40,000 will die.

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Union ratifies new contract for Puget Sound-area grocery workers

BY Adam Kraemer

SEATTLE After five months of negotiations, union and management announced Tuesday that a contract agreement had been reached for grocery workers in Puget Sound-area Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons stores, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Workers ratified with 92 percent approval a 3-year deal, which covers more than 20,000 people, including cashiers, clerks and meat department employees.

“This is a great contract for grocery workers,” said Jackie O’Ryan, a spokeswoman for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. “They set very strong, clear goals from the beginning that they wanted strong wage increases and health care to be more affordable, and they met those goals and more.”

Highlights of the deal include fully covered in-network preventive care, insurance coverage beginning the fourth month of employment rather than the tenth, a prescription plan that includes $5 copays on generics, and wage increases over the next three years of $1.30 per hour.

The deal also features an employer-funded health reimbursement account at $500 per member or $1,000 per family and same-sex partner benefits.

“It’s rather remarkable,” O’Ryan told the Post-Intelligencer, “when most of corporate America is focused on growing profits by cutting health care benefits,” The negotiations stand in contrast to those earlier this year between Safeway and workers in Southern California, which almost resulted in a strike when there was no agreement three months after the old contract expired.

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Idea Village launches NutraMist oral spray supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

FAIRFIELD, N.J. Idea Village recently launched a line of fast-acting oral spray supplements, under the NutraMist brand, that will be available in September.

The exclusive NutraMist “SmartSpray” rapid-release technology emits micro-size droplets of the ultra-concentrated formula that can be quickly absorbed in the body, the company stated.

Each 0.5 fl oz bottle of NutraMist contains 180 sprays, enough for a month’s supply. The line includes four SKUs:

  • NutraMist Energy Shots: A source of Vitamin B12, it boosts energy without caffeine. The formula also contains Ginseng and Green Tea, and comes in a “fruity blast” flavor. NutraMist Energy Shots is calorie free, sugar free, alcohol free and carb free.
  • NutraMist Crave Control: A spray containing Hoodia, it helps dieters stay in control when tempted with sweets, salty snacks and other “bad foods.” The formula also contains chromium and green tea extract, and it comes in a mint flavor.
  • NutraMist Crave Control: A spray containing Hoodia, it helps dieters stay in control when tempted with sweets, salty snacks and other “bad foods.” The formula also contains chromium and green tea extract, and it comes in a mint flavor.
  • NutraMist Immune Boost: A blend of Vitamin C, zinc and echinacea, it boosts immunity with 17 antioxidants and botanicals, and it comes in a tropical burst flavor.

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