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GNC customers donate more than $300K in support of ‘Amazing Race’ star

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH During the first month of Phil Keoghan’s 40-day bike ride across the United States, GNC customers have donated more than $300,000 to the National MS Society and its Bike MS program in support of Keoghan’s new Ride Across America Presented by GNC, which kicked off in Los Angeles on March 28 and will end May 9 in New York, the day before the finale of his Emmy Award-winning show The Amazing Race 14.

GNC is the main sponsor of Keoghan’s 100-mile-a-day ride, which he says is one of the most physical and grueling challenges he’s ever taken.

“All of us at GNC are thrilled with the response of GNC’s loyal customers to [Keoghan’s] commitment to this important cause,” stated Tom Dowd, EVP stores, operations and development for GNC. “What [Keoghan] is proving every day on his ride is that individuals can make a difference in their lives and in their communities when they ‘Live Well.’”

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Convenient Care Association set to provide ‘first line of defense’ against illnesses

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHILADELPHIA The Convenient Care Association, the retail clinic industry’s member-based organization that has more than 1,200 member clinics in 30 states, has announced that its members are prepared to help patients in light of the spreading risk of the swine flu, as well as ongoing incidence of seasonal flu.

“Convenient Care clinics provide a first line of defense against illnesses such as the flu,” stated Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA. “They are accessible and responsive to the public, and are equipped to contribute to the broader public health response around the country.” 

Those nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians working within retail-based clinics are available to answer patients’ questions; provide diagnosis and treatment; write prescriptions for such anti-viral medications as Tamiflu and Relenza, as clinically necessary; and triage patients to other sources of care. At some clinic locations rapid testing for type A influenza is available.

Clinics are working with local health officials and receiving updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Clinicians adhere to CDC infection control precautions, including the use of surgical masks, gloves, and gowns, if appropriate, the CCA stated.

According to the CDC, the following recommendations may help prevent transmission of the flu virus: cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then dispose of the tissue in the trash; wash your hands frequently using soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers; avoid contact with those who are sick and stay home from work or school if you think you might be sick; avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.

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The Natural Products Foundation promotes new program

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Natural Products Foundation on Thursday sent out an e-mail blast encouraging donations to its new program, called Health Match, “that allows companies who manufacture vitamins, supplements, nutrition bars, personal care items and other natural products to directly contribute these goods to clinics and organizations that help AIDS victims, cancer patients, the malnourished and many others.”

“The current economic climate has been extremely difficult for many people,” wrote Tracy Taylor, NPF executive director. “All over the country, healthcare programs for the disadvantaged are experiencing an increase in patients needing services and a decrease in funding, creating a huge material disparity in these already stressed programs.”

The Healthy Match program will connect companies willing to donate products and the healthcare programs that need them, Taylor said.

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