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Weis Markets president and CEO resigns

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced company president and CEO David Hepfinger has left the company to pursue other interests. Weis vice chairman Jonathan Weis replaces him as interim CEO.  Robert Weis remains as company chairman.

"We thank Dave for his service and contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," Weis said in a statement.

Hepfinger also has resigned from the company’s board. As part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, EVP sales and merchandising, will report directly to Jonathan Weis, who also will oversee the company’s real estate/store development, finance and human resources’ teams.  

Until the reorganization is complete, Schertle will take on additional responsibilities, overseeing store operations and its operations support team, the Pennsylvania grocer stated. 

 

 

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Obesity perceived as country’s biggest health problem

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI — A large majority of Americans consider obesity to be the country’s biggest health problem, according to a new survey.

The survey, by Cincinnati-based polling company Repass & Partners, found that 83% called obesity the most important health issue in America — more than cancer, alcohol and tobacco or sexually transmitted diseases — and more than half say it is a disease that should be treated with the latest medical science, but that exercise and diet alone are not enough. Sixty-four percent said, incorrectly, that a majority of Americans are obese. The survey was conducted online between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10 and included 1,504 respondents.

"Americans understand the severity of the obesity problem and the need for medical innovation to make progress with this very serious health situation facing our country," Repass & Partners CEO Rex Repass said. "More than 8-in-10 respondents say that obesity is a serious health problem affecting the overall quality of health in the United States."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of Americans are obese and prone to related health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

 

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St. Joseph Rapid Dissolving Melts awarded ‘Best New Product’

BY Michael Johnsen

 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — St. Joseph Health Products was honored with "Best New Product" distinction here by retailers attending the ECRM Health Care EPPS. 

The new product is St. Joseph Rapid Dissolving Melts low-dose aspirin, a new delivery format that will hold appeal among pill-phobic seniors looking to take a low-dose aspirin daily for heart health. 

ECRM’s "Best New Product" recognition, sponsored by the DSN Group, is voted on exclusively by retail buyers in attendance, and represents one of the most compelling new propositions seen at the event.

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