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Kmart awards weight-loss contest winner

BY Michael Johnsen

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Kmart on Wednesday awarded Diana Tollerud from Gurnee, Ill., as the grand prize winner of its annual “New Day Your Way” contest, a program designed to help Kmart customers shed pounds and achieve their fitness goals in 2008.

“Kmart is committed to helping customers work their way to a healthier, happier lifestyle, and we’re thrilled to be honoring such dedicated individuals for their hard-earned fitness achievements while on the New Day Your Way program,” stated Bill Stewart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Kmart.

During the 12-week contest, Kmart provided more than 24,000 customers across the United States with the tools necessary to work towards weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. The top 5 winners were chosen by the following criteria: weight lost during the contest, dramatic physical transformation in before and after photos and most inspirational essay.

After being found pinned between two vehicles from a car accident in 2003, Tollerud underwent knee surgery, which prohibited her from the running she used to enjoy and allowing extra weight to add on. However, through the guidance and motivation of the New Day Your Way program, this 44 year-old mother of three shed 38 pounds and is enjoying running again, along with the fresh, new benefits of a healthy body and mind, Kmart stated.

As the grand prize winner, Tollerud was awarded $10,000, a $1,000 Kmart gift card and gifts from contest sponsors, including a Weslo 60CT Treadmill, a makeover at John Frieda Salon provided by KAO Brands, a Bally’s Mini-Stepper, a Slim-Fast gift basket, and a $250 gift basket from L’Oreal among other prizes.

“I’m so excited about all of the weight that I’ve lost and the new sense of confidence that I’ve gained,” Tollerud stated. “I found it so easy to stick to my workout regimen with the support of other contest participants on the New Day Your Way social networking and online discussion boards and look forward to showing off the new me this summer!”

Winners Trelana Nance from Florissant, Mo., David Murphy from Galt, Calif., Billie Smith from Thomasville, N.C., and Cynthia Krusza from Lansing, Ill. also were chosen by Kmart judges as runners up for the “New Day Your Way” contest. These winners participated in bi-weekly weigh-ins at their local Kmart and submitted inspirational essays on the theme “How Kmart Has Helped To Bring Out A New You.”

The winners will receive a combined total of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to New York, the Fit Body Elliptical Bundle, John Frieda Brands Gift Basket and an Active Series 20 by Schwinn Recumbent Bike.

All winners will appear in future Kmart advertising, the retailer noted.

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FDA issues warning about MOM Enterprises’ nursing aid

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned consumers not to use or purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises, because the product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants.

The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Product labeling specifically states that there is no need for mothers to remove the cream prior to nursing. However, chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol contained in the product may be harmful to nursing infants. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants.

Mothers and caregivers should watch for a decrease in an infant’s appetite. More serious signs would be difficulty in awakening the child, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant’s strength of grip and a change in skin color. Please seek immediate medical attention if your child is showing these signs and symptoms.

“The FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects,” stated Janet Woodcock, director, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants.”

Though the FDA has not received any reports of injury to infants, the agency is alerting the public because of the potential harm this product can have on a child.

Chlorphenesin can also harm the mother by causing dermatitis, a skin condition that can worsen the drying and cracking of nipple skin.

According to the FDA, MOM Enterprises has stated that it has discontinued marketing the nipple cream.

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FDA to hold meeting on contact lens products

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration last week announced that its Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee has scheduled a June 10 meeting to discuss general issues concerning the post-market experience with various contact lens care products.

According to the notice, the discussion will include recommendations on contact lens care product development topics such as preclinical testing and clinical performance measures, and labeling for contact lenses and lens care products.

On the agenda will be the recalled lens cleaning solutions that were linked to potentially blinding infections from both Advanced Medical Optics and Bausch & Lomb in the past three years. An estimated 35 million Americans wear contact lenses.

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