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Olympian Michael Phelps launches PureSport athletic drinks

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals during this year’s summer Olympics, officially launched his PureSport brand of performance beverages here on Saturday.

PureSport features an optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of 2:67-to-1 that was created by University of Texas’ John Ivy. The two PureSport formulations include, PureSport Workout, which is used prior to and during exercise to improve endurance and reduce muscle tissue damage, and PureSport Recovery, which is used within 30 minutes of completing a workout to speed the storage of muscle and liver glycogen and promote muscle tissue repair.  

More than 1,500 fans turned out to meet Phelps and learn more about the sports beverage that was a big part of his success, according to Phelps.

Among the athletes who have incorporated PureSport into their training regimens are world-class swimmers Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Aaron Peirsol, as well as Gold medal gymnast, Nastia Liukin.

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Nature’s Bounty receives recognition for ‘going greener’

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. NBTY, parent company of Nature’s Bounty, was recently recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership as a Business Leader for Energy Efficiency, thanks in part to a 35-year heritage of seeking greener alternatives in the manufacture and distribution of dietary supplements.

Nature’s Bounty’s green initiatives started more than three decades ago when they began using recyclable plastic bottles, the supplement manufacturer stated. Since then, PETE and HDPE bottles, two 100-percent recyclable plastic formulations, have been used to package more than 300 products. Recycled “pellets” from these bottles are so versatile that they end up being reused in clothing, carpets and even other product packages.

“Recycling initiatives are just one part of Nature’s Bounty’s ‘going greener’ efforts,” commented Kimberly O’Connell, marketing director for Nature’s Bounty. Nature’s Bounty participates in its “Healthy You, Healthy Earth” campaign to give greater focus to environmental efforts, she noted. For example, the company partnered with both the Trees for the Future—an environmental organization that plants trees all around the world—and the Go Green Initiative, which focuses on educating children about the environment.

Trees for the Future has planted over 50 million trees, which removes approximately 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year. Nature’s Bounty’s goal is to help them plant 1 million more trees by 2010.

Go Green Initiative programs are up and running in schools in every state, as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

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El Camino Hospital announces women’s health fair

BY Jenna Duncan

CUPERTINO, Calif. EL Camino Hospital has announced a women’s health fair with the theme “Facts, ‘Figures’ and Healthy Ideas for Women” to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, Calif.

Topics will cover women’s health issues such as breast cancer education, osteoporosis, women’s heart health and joint replacements. Other wellness topics include: exercise, nutrition, intimacy and sex for older women and how yoga and other activities can enhance health.

El Camino Hospital’s chief executive officer will also announce the planning of the first womenis hospital in Northern California.

Registration is $75 and information can be found at http://elcaminohospital.org/body.cfm?id=6&action=detail&ref=665.

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