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‘Scrubs’ actress hired as spokeswoman for flu vaccination campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Just days after Sanofi Pasteur’s hiring of actor Chris O’Donnell as a celebrity spokesman for its flu vaccination campaign, the American Lung Association has hired actress Sarah Chalke for its campaign, for which it is also collaborating with Sanofi Pasteur.

The American Lung Association announced the enlistment of Chalke for its "Faces of Influenza" initiative to promote flu immunizations. Chalke, a cast member of the show Scrubs and a mother, will be the spokeswoman for the campaign during the 2012-2013 season.

"Like all mothers, I do whatever I can to keep my child healthy, and an important part of this is having him immunized against the flu," Chalke said. "And, to make sure the people in my son’s life don’t spread the virus to him, my family and I have all gotten our flu shots and will continue getting immunized every year."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older, particularly pregnant women and people ages 50 years and older, who are at higher risk of developing complications. Children ages 6 months through 8 years receiving the shot for the first time should receive two doses approximately one month apart for optimal protection, according to the CDC.


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Schiff posts 46% quarterly net sales increase

BY Michael Johnsen

 SALT LAKE CITY — Dietary supplement manufacturer Schiff Nutrition International posted a net sales increase of 46% to $85.1 million for its first quarter ended Aug. 31, the company reported Tuesday. 

"Our brand building, innovation and customer initiatives continue to drive MegaRed in heart health, Move Free in joint care, Airborne in immune support and Digestive Advantage in probiotics," stated Tarang Amin, Schiff president and CEO. "Given our first quarter performance and expectations for the balance of the year, we are taking up our fiscal 2013 guidance.”

Schiff upped its net sales growth from a range of 40% to 43% to a range of 43% to 46%. 

Shares of Schiff Nutrition were up $2.02 to $22.92 in mid-afternoon trading. 

 

 

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Thorne Research, Integrative Health Resources collaborate on sports nutrition line

BY Michael Johnsen

SANDPOINT, Idaho — Thorne Research on Tuesday announced the development of a line of nutritional supplements targeting athletes under the banner Thorne Performance, in collaboration with Integrative Health Resources. 

"Nutritional supplementation plays a significant role is athletic performance, and nutritional deficits and overtraining can lead to a diminished ability to recover and a greater likelihood of injury," stated Paul Jacobson, Thorne CEO. "Thorne Performance aims to be the leader in sports-based nutritional supplementation by meeting the demands of individuals who regularly engage in intense physical activity and lead active lifestyles." 

"In many of our programs, including Life Time Fitness and Corvette Racing, we have seen firsthand the need for innovation in managing the metabolism of people who exercise at any level," added James LaValle, clinical pharmacist and CEO of Integrative Health Resources and partner at Thorne Performance. "The Thorne Performance credo, ‘Purely Driven,’ embodies our philosophy:  products that are pure, targeted and of the highest quality. Coupled with a renowned team experienced in the needs of people who train, this new resource will help athletes at every level to push themselves to their personal limits." 


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