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Wellness Industry Veteran Robert Craven Named CEO of Megafood and Innate Response

Wellness Industry Veteran Robert Craven Named CEO of Megafood and Innate Response

Robert Craven

Derry, NH (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

BioSan Laboratories, Inc., producers of MegaFood™ and Innate Response™ premium whole food dietary supplements, announced today that Robert Craven has been named the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Former president Carl Jackson will remain on BioSan’s Board of Directors.

Craven brings more than two decades of business management and marketing experience to MegaFood and Innate Response. His work as president & CEO of New Organic Ventures and NewOrganics was noted throughout the natural products industry as he led the organic ingredients distributor to double its growth in just two years. Craven is former president & CEO of dietary supplement company Garden of Life, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 14th fastest-growing private company in America during his tenure.

Craven’s experience also includes sales and marketing positions at Proctor & Gamble, Boston Scientific and The Hackett Group.

“Robert is the right management and marketing expert to help grow MegaFood and Innate Response to a new level of prominence. Our retailers can benefit from his in-depth experience with the natural products customer, our employees will be inspired by his passion for the industry, and his understanding of the science behind our supplements will resonate with healthcare practitioners,” said Carl Jackson. “He has a proven track record and a stellar reputation in the natural products community. We are thrilled to welcome Robert aboard.”

Craven earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida and an MBA from Florida International University.


Founded in 1973, BioSan Laboratories produces and distributes the premium supplement brands MegaFood and Innate Response for the retail and professional health industry respectively. The company purchases ingredients from a network of U.S based Farm Fresh Partners, selling a wide variety of dietary supplements for various health needs. The company also supports a number of community outreach missions that promote healthy lifestyles and build awareness of organic foods and sustainable living. For more information, visit http://www.megafood.com or http://www.innateresponse.com



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Nation’s Largest Critical Incident Response Providers Merge Networks Leading crisis intervention companies form single network and advisory board

Nation’s Largest Critical Incident Response Providers Merge Networks

Leading crisis intervention companies form single network and advisory board

(PRWEB) May 7, 2004



Grand Rapids, Mi. and Atlanta, Ga. — May 6, 2004 – Grand Rapids-based Crisis Care Network, Inc. and Atlanta-based Crisis Management International, Inc. have announced a strategic merger of the Critical Incident Response Division of CMI into the CCN organization. Crisis Care Network will assume operational control of the response business. The partnership will become operationally effective July 1, 2004. This agreement will significantly broaden the response network coverage and availability for CCN while allowing CMI to focus on its crisis preparedness services. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

As part of this merger, Crisis Care Network will establish a clinical advisory board, including industry experts, practitioner associations, human resources professionals, and academic and research communities, whose mission will be to define the next generation of standard of care for critical incident response. The goal will be to incorporate the best elements of the traditional Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model, the CMI resiliency program, and emerging empirically-based approaches to early crisis intervention.

“This transaction significantly raises the bar as we lead the industry towards a higher standard of care, a new level of enhanced customer service, and a more rigorous credentialing requirement for the combined provider network” said Lyle Labardee, CEO of Crisis Care Network.

“This agreement will allow CMI to concentrate on our integrated crisis preparedness services, while becoming aligned with the largest and most sophisticated critical incident response network in the world. It is truly a win-win situation,” said Bruce Blythe, CEO of Crisis Management International.

Both CCN and CMI will be exhibiting at the EASNA 16th Annual Institute Conference in Ottawa, Canada, May 13-15, 2004.

Crisis Care Network, Inc. is the leading provider of Critical Incident Response services, training and resources. With advanced on-line dispatch and reporting technology, CCN provides telephonic and on-site intervention 24 x 7 to employers, employee assistance programs, and insurers.

Crisis Management International, Inc. is an Atlanta-based crisis consulting firm that provides crisis preparedness services to employers worldwide. In situations ranging from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, CMI has enhanced and promoted individual and organizational crisis recovery.

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Grace Burley                    

Crisis Management International, Inc.    


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Tonya Slawinski

Crisis Care Network


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Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa

Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa

Port Hope, ON (PRWEB) September 25, 2006

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Hillcrest Valenova, an overnight wellness spa in Port Hope, Ontario, launches wellness retreats 3 nights in length that help breast cancer survivors and their supporters choose healthy responses to the stress of critical illness. During the retreat, guests participate in a customized workshop and individual stress management session delivered by Robin Dines, Stress and Wellness Consultant certified by The Canadian Institute of Stress.

“By helping women understand their unique ‘stresstype’, or way of responding to stressful situations, they can take action to build a healthier response to everyday stresses. The physical benefits are immediate — deeper breathing, increased mental focus and a more confident, optimistic outlook on life, even during the most critical of illnesses,” comments Dines.

The Strength Through Wellness spa retreat is built upon twenty years of clinical research on the Body Age which is conducted across the globe. The Body Age studies, founded on the principles of Dr. Hans Seyle and carried out by Dr. Richard Earle of The Canadian Institute of Stress, showed that of 3000 participants, body age was reduced by 11 years on average. In addition, participants increased their “Vitality Quotient”, which indicates the extent to which one enjoys optimal health and participates in a full life.

Sonja Shepherd, of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa, Ontario remarked after a visit to the Spa, “The nurturing atmosphere at The Hillcrest Valenova allows women in all stages of cancer recovery to seek wellness on new levels. Cancer friendly treatments such as massage, reiki, and aromatherapy promote relaxation and help heal the body and soul, while the tranquil surroundings of the elegant overnight spa allow the spirit to be refreshed.”

The Hillcrest Valenova wellness spa employs mature, experienced staff, each of whom has a friend or family member touched by breast cancer. Spa Manager Simone Beitler explains, “We have the utmost regard for our guests’ dignity and privacy. The one-to-one ratio of staff-to-guest allows us to truly be ‘daymakers.’ This could be as simple as taking a reflexology treatment to a guest’s suite so they can be tucked into bed immediately following. We look for whatever might heighten the well-being of the person in that moment.”

The Valenova Wellness Spa is North America’s first and only Dr. Hauschka Destination Spa. Using this biodynamic product line imported from Germany, the Valenova spa menu is customized for breast cancer survivors.

The new Strength Through Wellness retreats at The Hillcrest Valenova Wellness Spa help breast cancer survivors to deal positively with the stress of a critical illness. Retreats run Tuesday-Thursday weekly, and include workshop, private consultation, all meals, spa treatments and overnight spa accommodations. Breast cancer survivors save by mentioning the Pink Ribbon Club.

About The Hillcrest — A Valenova Inn & Spa

Situated on 15 serene acres with panoramic views of Lake Ontario, this CAA/AAA 4-Diamond wellness spa is truly a private retreat. Guests are offered a variety of invigorating and healing spa treatments. The organic, biodynamic skin care products of Dr. Hauschka are used throughout the spa, offering guests an experience not available at any other destination spa in North America.

Guests of The Hillcrest are treated to organic meals, fine dining, mid-day tea, fitness facilities, outdoor seasonal saline pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, full-service spa, outdoor spa gazebos, forest walking trails and more. Web site: http://www.thehillcrest.ca

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Attention All Public Health Emergency Responders, ?Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response? is Now Available

Attention All Public Health Emergency Responders, “Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response” is Now Available

Landover, MD (PRWEB) October 15, 2010

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation announces the publication of its fourth book, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice. Written by U.S. Public Health Service leaders with expertise in responding to public health emergencies nationally and internationally, the book provides a comprehensive much-needed reference for all emergency medical response personnel. It organizes a vast array of emergency public health organizational and practice information in a form that allows ready understanding of the principles and practice norms within the field, and their inter-relationships. As noted by the book’s Senior Editor, 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, the book will “…serve to enhance the knowledge and professionalism of those who are tasked with an emergency response mission.” Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response is an essential resource in learning about the actions and approaches that are utilized in dealing with public health related disasters in this Nation and within the complex global community.

“Wow! Admiral Carmona and colleagues have written the essential disaster manual. Every officer of the Public Health Service, and every civilian responder, will not just study it, but pack it in their duffle bag. Military and academic leaders will also be caught referring to it with the next pandemic, hurricane, earthquake, or bombing. A real service to the nation, indeed to all nations.” — Colonel S. Ward Casscells, MD, US Army Reserve, Tyson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Vice President, University of Texas at Houston, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (2007-9)

“The challenge in health in the 21st century will be merging public health principles and clinical practice more effectively. Nowhere is this more imperative than in preparation and response to disasters. This book offers the interested reader insight into how that can happen in its discussion of operational implementation of public health and clinical practice in demanding circumstances. One will leave this book at the end impressed and informed by the progress that has been made in improving our care for people in catastrophic events.” — Rear Admiral W. Craig Vanderwagen, USPHS, (Ret.), First DHHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

“Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice”

     Editors: VADM Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, CAPT Robert G. Darling, MC, USN (Ret.), CAPT James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, USPHS, (Ret.), RADM Jerrold M. Michael, DrPH, ScD, USPHS, (Ret.)
     Publisher: PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health
     344 Pages, Softbound, Color Cover, 8 3/4″ H x 5 7/8” W


     Retail Price (19 or fewer copies): $ 28.00 per book plus shipping and handling
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Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ?WARM? Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring

Drug Reaction and Patient Safety to be Focus of Upcoming ‘WARM’ Summit, Workshop on Adverse Response Monitoring

Ottawa (PRWEB) February 19, 2008

The WARM Summit, a Canadian-led, international initiative to improve patient safety, is taking place in Ottawa on February 21 – 22, 2008. With the focus on health risks from taking prescribed medications, the workshop will bring together experts from medicine, science, engineering, business and government to find objective methods of measuring patient responses to medications and to develop standards for adverse response measurement and analysis. The panel will produce a report and recommendations to improve patient safety and to help optimize the efficacy of medication.

Organized by the Ottawa Section of IEEE, the workshop will feature representatives from Ottawa Heart Institute, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratories, the University of Toronto, and European Federation of Medical Informatics, and delegates from Health Canada, among others. In addition, the workshop is sponsored by the healthcare divisions of IBM and TELUS, along with Emergis (a TELUS company focused on health information management).

“Engineering shares with medicine a commitment to improve quality of life while putting safety first, and that’s why the IEEE is organizing this workshop. On this common ground, we will seek to work out the differences and identify the cross-cutting technologies that can bridge the gap between physical and physiological safety systems,” said Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, IEEE Ottawa Section Chair.

Drug adverse responses need better standards for monitoring and reporting:

“Despite the well-known risks associated with using prescription drugs, medication errors and adverse reactions are still poorly understood and recorded. Given these risks, we need to develop objective methods for monitoring an individual’s response to treatment,” said George Mihalas, President of the European Federation of Medical Informatics.

Although in Canada (outside of Quebec), between 2006 – 2007, there were over 45,000 adverse reactions to medication reported – or approximately 22 of every 1000 people were hospitalized due to drug reactions – there is still no standardized method to monitor and report these reactions.

Most medications today are administered by patients at home, without supervision, and in the absence of systems to manage and track adverse drug responses. Many patients experience complications from prescribed drugs – often severe – adding to the challenges of managing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

“Is this treatment working for me? That is the question in health care. Without a precise answer to this question, knowing what’s going on with a patient imposes unbearable costs of cognition, communication, coordination, and capability. Personal health monitoring systems are needed to help answer this question efficiently and therefore enable the provision of safe, high-quality care for all,” said Dr. Radu Leca, President of Biosign Technologies Inc.

A demonstration of how technology can help:

As part of the WARM Summit, technologies to be demonstrated include a telematic health information system for monitoring responses to frequently prescribed drugs. The system, developed by Biosign, leverages established technologies to assess a patient’s response to treatment and the need to adjust treatment accordingly. Its networking and communication facilities are being tested on TELUS and IBM platforms.

“IBM supports and applauds this initiative, which addresses challenging questions in the quest for high-quality healthcare. Ensuring that people are not harmed by medication is not an option, but the first condition of quality care. That’s why we are working closely with TELUS and Biosign to offer a prescription for action,” said Sal Causi, IBM Healthcare’s Business Development Executive.

“TELUS is pleased to support this IEEE workshop’s goal of improving patient safety through the use of technology. This is an extension of our ongoing collaboration with IBM and Biosign. The strategy to commoditize self care and remote monitoring is critical as we move toward next-generation healthcare,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ Chief Technology Officer.

The WARM Summit will take place at Nepean Centrepointe, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The Summit begins at 8:00am EST on Thursday February 21st and runs until 6:30pm EST on February 22nd.

More information is available at http://ottawa.ieee.ca/ims/warm2008/index.htm


Kathryn Schwab

PRceptive Communications Inc.

Phone: (613) 858-4407

Email: [email protected]


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