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Omron launches Alvita Ultimate Pedometer

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Monday launched the Alvita Ultimate Pedometer, which replaces its HJ-112 model. The new pedometer uses Tri-Axis technology to count steps accurately almost anywhere the device is positioned, including the hip, pocket or a purse. It has four activity modes for both regular and aerobic activities, and stores up to seven days of information on the display.

Research shows using a pedometer can increase physical activity and be a great motivational tool to help people reach 10,000 steps a day. The new pedometer is smaller than previous models but features a large easy-to-read screen. 

“Exercise enthusiasts have counted on our Dual-Axis HJ-112 model for 10 years, so we knew we had to make the Alvita the best new pedometer on the market,” stated Jill Person, senior product manager, fitness, Omron Healthcare. “Our goal is to make counting steps easy and enjoyable, which is why the Tri-Axis technology is so fantastic — it keeps track of your movements no matter where it is on your body.”

The Alvita Ultimate Pedometer is available in two colors — blue and light gray — for a suggested retail price of $29.99. 

 

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HungerShield adds iced tea to the appetite suppressant mix

BY Michael Johnsen

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — HungerShield recently expanded its diet aid, adding an iced tea flavor. 

"We developed this new flavor because while customers love the original taste of lemon-lime HungerShield, the iced tea version offers the option of a slightly sweeter, less tart variety in a refreshing flavor most people love," said Dafna Chazin, HungerShield co-founder. "We believe that we will be pleasing thousands of current and new customers everywhere with this new, delicious alternative.”

HungerShield is an appetite control drink mix created by four registered dietitians. Designed to curb an appetite until the next meal, HungerShield allows people to diet successfully by reducing their desire for unnecessary snacking between meals. It is a blend of all natural ingredients including protein, fiber and probiotics and contains no artificial sweeteners.  

HungerShield is naturally gluten free, and safe for people who are lactose-intolerant or have diabetes. 

Each box of 28 on-the-go stick-packs retails for a suggested $34.99.

HungerShield is available at Fairway Market, Wegmans and selected health food stores, specialty stores and pharmacies across the nation, the company reported.

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CDC: Seven states still experiencing moderate ILI activity

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — It appears this year’s flu season will officially wind down toward the beginning of March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported a decline in influenza activity, though nationwide it’s still above the national baseline. 

No states reported high influenza like illness activity, the CDC noted, and seven states experienced moderate ILI activity (Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia).

Sixteen states and New York City experienced low ILI activity and 27 states experienced minimal ILI activity.

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