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Study shows most Americans store vitamins in kitchen cabinets

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The majority of American adults who take vitamins and other supplements every year are keeping them in their kitchen cabinet, according to the 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements released Tuesday. As many as 52% of supplement users indicated that they store their supplements in a kitchen cabinet, the association noted.

These findings are consistent with results from the 2007 “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, which surveyed U.S. doctors and nurses on their usage and attitudes of dietary supplements and found that a similar number — 59% of physicians and 66% of nurses — are also keeping their vitamins and other supplements in the kitchen cabinet. This same survey also found that 72% of physicians and 89% of nurses personally use dietary supplements, and that 79% of physicians and 82% of nurses recommend dietary supplements to their patients.

Like healthcare professionals, supplement consumers are using their bathroom cabinet as the second most popular place to store their supplements.  As many as 23% of consumers (as well as 25% of doctors and 27% of nurses) reported housing their supplements there.  Supplement consumers also report storing their supplements in other locations, including:  kitchen counter (15%), night table (11%), refrigerator (7%), desk at home (5%), bathroom counter (5%), closet (4%), purse or briefcase (4%) and desk in office (3%).

The following supplements ranked the highest when supplement users were asked in the 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements what supplements they had taken in the past twelve months:

  •     Multivitamin (taken by 82% of supplement consumers)
  •     Vitamin C (32%)
  •     Calcium (32%)
  •     Omega 3/Fish Oil (28%)
  •     Vitamin B/B Complex (23%)
  •     Vitamin E (20%)
  •     Vitamin D (16%)
  •     Green Tea (16%)
  •     Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin (15%)
  •     Flax Seed (11%)

The 2008 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements was conducted Aug. 20-25, 2008 by Ipsos Public Affairs and funded by CRN.  The survey was conducted on-line and included a national sample of 2,013 adults aged 18 and older from Ipsos’ U.S. on-line panel. The survey has been conducted annually since 2000.

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Rite Aid grants Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington $10,000

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, Del. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington last week received $10,000 in a grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to assist in the operation of Bayard House, a residential maternity home for teens and young women, the Diocese reported.

“We sincerely thank the Rite-Aid Foundation for their support of Bayard House,” stated  Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ executive director. “This grant will help us to provide Bayard House residents with proper prenatal care in a home-like environment while equipping the pregnant and newly parenting teens and women with the tools they need to live independent, self-sufficient lives once their babies are born.”

Bayard House is the only licensed residential program in Delaware providing direct client care service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to at-risk, homeless, and pregnant or newly parenting adolescents, women and their babies. The Bayard House program provides residential, educational and referral services to young families in need.

In fiscal year 2008, Bayard House provided 3,594 days of care to young women and their babies. Newborns had average birth weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz., well above the accepted minimal weight of 5 lbs. 9oz. determined as healthy by the American Pediatric Association. Since its inception, Bayard House has celebrated the birth of more than 660 healthy newborns.

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Lilly U.S.A. hires singer Angie Stone to promote diabetes awareness

BY Alaric DeArment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. A drug maker is sponsoring an initiative to raise awareness of diabetes among African-Americans and has hired a Grammy-nominated singer to help promote it.

Lilly U.S.A., a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co., has enlisted Angie Stone to go to Birmingham, Ala., to help promote the Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered Diabetes initiative and encourage those living with diabetes to take control of their disease, Lilly announced Monday. 

The event will take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the More Than Conquerer Faith Church, at 1327 Dennison Ave., Birmingham, AL 35211. The free event will feature “Diabetes 101” educational materials and access to certified diabetes educators who can answer questions about management of the disease, and interactive experiential zone featuring resources from supporting community health organizations and a first-hand testimonial from Stone about her experience managing diabetes, as well as live performances of songs from her latest album. 

Stone has been traveling to cities around the country since 2007 as the national spokeswoman for the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative. 

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