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Survey results show baby boomers’ pains affect their active lifestyles

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. Results from a new national “Pain Poll” survey issued Friday of 50-something baby boomers found that while 77 percent of boomers think “50 is the new 40,” unfortunately 55 percent of baby boomers said that their aches and pains have affected their ability to maintain an active lifestyle.

The good news for 50-somethings is that 72 percent of males and females surveyed by the Pain Poll feel mentally 10 years younger than the age on their driver’s license; in contrast, the poll showed that 62 percent of 50-somethings feel physically the same as or older than the age on their driver’s license.

Overall, the Pain Poll found that 92 percent of 50-somethings have experienced aches and pains, and 52 percent said they experience aches and pains on a daily basis.

“Remaining active and exercising for 50-somethings may be harder because of increased joint and early osteoarthritis pain, but at this age it is important to keep exercising because this will strengthen muscles and help to reduce stress on the joints that they support,” stated Dr. Rosa Solorio.

Solorio is working with McNeil Consumer Healthcare, with support from the Arthritis Foundation, to help educate 50-something baby boomers about the importance of exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The education initiative includes the Keep Moving program, which was initiated by McNeil.

The Pain Poll was sponsored by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol, and conducted by Harris Interactive.

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Natrol to provide free samples of supplements at Active Living Expo in November

BY Michael Johnsen

CHATSWORTH, Calif. Natrol on Wednesday announced it would provide free samples of its dietary supplement products for attendees and participants Nov. 2 and 3 at the U.S. Half Marathon’s Active Living Expo in San Francisco.

The sampling will include Natrol’s Acai, an antioxidant; Easy-C; Melatonin, a sleep aid system; Natrol High Effervescent, which contains B vitamins; NADH, a formula that may help enhance mood and emotional balance, promote vitality and offset occasional fatigue; Omega-3 Glucosamine, which contains glucosamine, chondroitin and omega-3.

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Clif Bar challenges people to ride bycicles to fight global warming

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS Clif Bar has issued a public “2 Mile Challenge,” imploring people to leave their cars behind and instead ride bicycles for trips of less than two miles, and is taking that challenge on tour to more than 10 college campuses during October and November in a biodiesel bus with interactive exhibits, videos, commuter bicycles and accessories.

All displays are designed to showcase the benefits and ease of selecting bikes over cars for short trips to help in the fight against global warming. Clif Bar will also donate $25,000 worth of bike gear and other cycling accessories to campuses and communities to help jump start the 2 Mile Challenge among students and the general public.

“Forty percent of urban trips in the United States are two miles or less, but people use their cars nearly 90 percent of the time for those short jaunts,” stated Gary Erickson, Clif Bar co-founder. “If we simply rode bikes for those two-mile trips, we’d get in shape, unclog our roads and spare the planet from millions of tons of car-belching carbon emissions, the leading cause of global climate change.”

In addition to bike gear for campuses, Clif Bar is donating $5,000 to WorldBike, an international network of bicycle designers and industry leaders working together to provide transportation solutions and income-generating opportunities for the world’s developing countries.

The campuses include Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, Northern Arizona University, Santa Clara University, San Diego State University, University of Idaho, University of Utah, University of Oregon, University of Reno, Nevada, University of Washington, Utah State University and Washington State University.

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