Weight Watchers Is Coming Out With Its Own Wine

Diet empire Weight Watchers is getting into the wine business — kind of. The company just announced a lower-calorie Sauvignon Blanc, called Cense, which has fewer points per glass than the typical vino.

It may seem like a random brand extension, until you see the raw data. Wine is the second most-tracked beverage — coffee being first — according Ryan Nathan, Vice President of Products, Licensing, and Ecommerce at Weight Watchers. So, the company partnered with California producer Truett-Hurst Winery (which makes wines for retailers like Trader Joe’s). The goal was to create a wine that clocked in at three points, rather than the typical four, says Nathan.

The trick turned out to be in an algorithm that kept sugar and calories low — so a 5-oz. glass contains just 85 calories, compared to the typical 120 — but it also lowered the alcohol level. Most wines are labeled between 9 and 15%, with Sauvignon Blancs coming in around 11-13.5. Cense is 9.6% alcohol by volume.


Developing a lower-calorie wine while also ensuring the wine tasted good wasn’t easy, says Phil Hurst, Co-Founder and President and CEO of Truett-Hurst Winery. The company initially imagined that if they started with a big, round red — like a Zinfandel or Syrah from California’s Dry Creek — and reduced the alcohol, they’d still have a wine that was incredibly robust. They were wrong. In fact, it took the company two years to land on its ideal formula. Winemaker Ross Reedy posited that choosing a naturally aromatic wine that was crisp, high in acidity, zesty in flavor, and didn’t need oak treatment — and then reducing the alcohol — would do the trick. So, they turned to Sauvignon Blanc.

Grapes for Cense are sourced from a vineyard in Marlborough and made into wine there, then the wine is shipped to the U.S., where the alcohol is reduced and the wine is bottled.

Sometimes when you put a lower alcohol wine in a lineup it can seem thin or wimpy in comparison to its higher alcohol brethren. Not so with the Cense. After sampling a bottle, we were surprised to find how much it tasted like a classic Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit — mostly ruby red grapefruit — plus a good bit of Meyer lemon, followed by a hint of candied pineapple. Those aromas carry through to the flavor, which is citrusy with a touch of green jalapeno-like notes. The Cense has screaming acidity, although not mouth-puckeringly so.

As of today, you can buy a bottle at Censewines.com starting at $15 and at Kroger stores where it retails for $13.99. The two companies expect to launch a rosé in the near future.

Camping And Caravanning Club Celebrates Membership Milestone For First Time In Its History

The Camping and Caravanning Club, the oldest and largest Club for all forms of camping in the UK, has grown to a membership of 300,000 households for the first time in its long history.

The Club, which was founded in 1901, has grown by more than 5% each year in the last two years alone to reach this landmark figure. And with each household membership including up to two adults plus children, the Club now represents the interests of more than 750,000 campers, caravanners and motorcaravanners in the UK.

Club President Julia Bradbury

Club President Julia Bradbury

A number of factors have helped contribute to the Club’s ongoing success: these include warm summers in recent years, lower fuel prices and wider range of camping and glamping options, all of which mean the British ‘staycation’ is booming.

Factor in the increasingly luxurious and easy-to-use camping and caravanning equipment available today, plus the trend toward reconnecting with nature and switching off from busy day-to-day life, and it’s easy to see why camping and caravanning is all the rage right now.

In line with these trends, the Club has seen an increase in motorhomers, caravanners and tent campers pitching up on its network of over 100 award-winning Club Sites in 2017, with pitch night sales up 9% year to date compared to 2016.

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, said: “Camping has evolved from basic equipment to a lifestyle choice for millions of people. The camping and caravanning sector is thriving, with campsites welcoming more visitors from both the UK and further afield this summer.

“The hard work of everyone involved with The Camping and Caravanning Club to deliver exceptional customer service – from our UK Holiday Site Teams and overseas Rally Stewards, to our army of volunteers and dedicated, friendly staff at Club Headquarters – along with great innovations such as our Digital Membership offering starting at just £38 per year, have all contributed hugely to this success.”

Julia Bradbury, Club President, TV presenter and outdoor enthusiast, said: “I’m thrilled to join in with the celebrations as the Club hits this historic milestone.

“The benefits of camping have remained the same throughout the Club’s history; at a time when more of us are looking to switch off from technology, getting outdoors and spending quality time with friends and family is more important than ever. We’re now a Club of more than 750,000 people, however they choose to camp.”

Visitor numbers from holidaymakers to the UK increased by 21.1% in the first three months of 2017*, with a record 8.3 million visits, a rise of nearly 10% on the same period in 2016*.

As a result, the Club’s Temporary Overseas Membership has experienced strong growth this year. It’s available to overseas visitors and includes discounts on Club and Camping in The Forest Sites, and also gives access to smaller, member-only Certificated Sites.

Club membership starts from £38 a year and extends to 2 adults plus children living at the same address. Member benefits include discounts of up to 30% on Club Site camping, family deals, access to a dedicated Travel Service that arranges and books travel for more than 80,000 members each year in Europe and further afield, discounts on ferry crossings, tailor-made insurance products, retail and attraction discounts and much more.

For more information on membership, and to join the Club, visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/jointheclub/.



For further media information or images contact:
Rob Ganley on 024 7647 5204 or rob.ganley@campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
Andrew Robson on 024 7467 5291 or andrew.robson@campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

Notes for Editors

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 116-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 106 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  2. At 110 years old, Camping & Caravanning magazine is the oldest title in the world for all types of camping.
  3. Get involved: for the latest news, information and inspiration from The Camping and Caravanning Club, and to engage with those who’ve enjoyed holidays with the Club, visit www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub, www.twitter.com/campandcaravan, www.youtube.com/thefriendlyclub, or check out our new Instagram page www.instagram.com/campandcaravan.
  4. For information on membership and joining the Club, visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/jointheclub.
  5. The Camping and Caravanning Club was recognised at the CIPR Midlands PRide Awards 2016, winning Gold in the Best Use of Social Media category for its annual National Camping and Caravanning Week campaign (www.nccw.co.uk), and Silver in the Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team category. The CIPR PRide Awards operate nationwide and recognise excellence in public relations and communications among across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and six English regions.

How To Transform Your Teenagers’ Career Prospects

‘INSPiRED Teenager’ – from the UK’s Top Careers Advisor – Offers an Online Toolkit For Savvy Parents To Max Their Teenagers’ Prospects

A new online resource will enable parents to transform their own teenagers’ academic and vocational career prospects. The ‘INSPiRED Teenager’ programme is an eight-part video-based career coaching toolkit complete with a set of accompanying eBooks. Developed by Carolyn Parry, the CDI’s Career Coach of the Year, the self-paced kit equips parents with all the resources they need.

INSPiRED Teenager

INSPiRED Teenager

Aimed at supporting GCSE and A-level students, the first-of-its-kind toolkit ensures that high-quality affordable careers coaching is now well within the reach of every family. Designed for adults and teenager to work through together, ‘INSPiRED Teenager’ empowers parents and carers to be confident that they have done the best they can to set their teen on the path to a successful, happy and fulfilling working life.

Not all careers rely on academic study and from guiding their teen in the right vocational direction through to helping them understand future job markets, the toolkit aims to be supportive yet challenging. It will help to identify what employers look for most and explain work experience options. There are also handy job search tips and insights on how to succeed with applications and interviews. Beyond these early stages, ‘INSPiRED Teenager’ also defines useful strategies that motivate teenagers and provides career development advice for when they start work. Once learned, the toolkit can be applied any time in the future to help deal with unexpected job and career changes and developments.

The INSPiRED Teenager is also ideal for students focused on going to university, where in a fast changing world, making the right course choice is now harder than ever. With around half a million teens making their university choices over the coming months and taking on debts estimated to be over £50k, stats from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that in 2014, 6.2% drop out in the first year and 10.3% leave without qualifications, with anxiety stress and depression being cited as one of the major causes. With headline news flagging that some courses have a drop-out rate over 60%, this leaves many of the 50,000 students with significant debt, but without a degree and that doesn’t help their career. With ‘INSPiRED Teenager’, parents and carers can work confidently and accurately with teens to analyse the course options against a future work / career backdrop and also identify the key metrics of better performing, better value courses.

Delivered in self-paced video format through the ‘Careers Advice For Parents’ website, parents and teens can watch whenever it suits them and each module also comes with a comprehensive e-book to download which has been designed for all learning styles. The eight modules are:

Identity – Teenagers learn what makes them the person they are, including exploring their personality, character and potential future self.

Needs & Wants – In this module, teens identify the kind of life they want along with their motivations, career needs and drivers.

Strengths & Talents – Teens identify their gifts and abilities, learning the difference between learned skills and natural strengths, why this matters and which to develop.

Passion & Interests – Teenagers identify and define their passions and strongest interests, exploring the importance of curiosity, role models and how to develop personal interests further.

Impact & Contribution – Teens discover how to join-the-dots for a central career theme, building an impactful image with enduring stability and resilience in rapidly changing times.

Relationships – Teens will identify the connections and tribes that they want to learn and work with – and which types to avoid!

Environment – Teenagers will choose the geographic location, physical working environments and working patterns they need to thrive, so they can make informed choices.

Direction & Goal Setting – Teens will learn how to set meaningful, effective goals that drive sound career decision making.

Says Carolyn Parry, “In terms of state provision, the picture across the UK is extremely patchy. As few as just 17% of 14-19-year-olds receive high-quality schools careers advice, so it’s little wonder that over 70 percent of teenagers turn to their parents for help. However, for over half of parents and carers, the thought of this fills them with dread. Today’s world of work and the gig economy is very different from that which most parents and carers started out in. This leads to numerous intergenerational hurdles between baby boomer or millennial parents and the Generation Z kids they are trying to help. Well, now with ‘INSPiRED Teenager’ they can stay calm as first-class help is on hand and the two generations can work seamlessly together. Without needing to become an expert, parents and carers now have an affordable and structured route for delivering high quality support.

“By combining 15 years of first hand experience working with students, graduates, and professionals with the latest employment related theory, this toolkit delivers a unique and easy-to-use academic and vocational career development framework. By this means, both parents and teens gain the key concepts, skills and questions they need to discover who they are and what academic or career moves will get them off to the happiest start in life. In short, both parents and teenagers can now become career savvy! And why shouldn’t they? Who wouldn’t want to help their child get ahead?”

The “INSPiRED Teenager” programme is currently available at a launch discount. With a rrp of £97, customers registering before 1 Jan 2018 can access the full course for just £47, a saving of £50. For those wanting more information, please visit http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/inspiredteenager.html


About Carolyn Parry
An award-winning ‘all-age’ career coach practitioner and UK Careers Adviser/Career Coach of the Year 2017, Carolyn runs Career Alchemy and www.careersadviceforparents.org. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Higher Education Academy, and the International Enterprise Educators’ Programme, she is a Trustee/Non-Executive Director of NASES, a national trainer for AGCAS, and represents the interests of the Career Development Institute in Wales.

About The INSPiRED Programme
Carolyn is behind the design of the INSPiRED Programme, an ‘all-age’ career development coaching toolkit designed to promote self-understanding and enable users to develop successful, fulfilling and happy working lives no matter what changes take place in the world of work now and in the future. Already in use with adult career changers and in a university context, it is now available as a tailor made self-service toolkit for parents and carers to use with their teenagers.

For further information, please contact
Carolyn Parry
Director and Lead Coach
Careers Advice For Parents
07899 075853

Leigh Richards
The Right Image
07758 372527

Thinking about Trying Out 310 Shakes from 310 Nutrition?

If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and trying out some of the different meal replacement recipes from 310 Nutrition, but aren’t sure whether or not now is the time to dive right in, hopefully you’ll find the answers that you’re looking for in the information below.

For quite a while now, 310 Nutrition has been considered one of the leaders when it comes to meal replacement shakes. The formulation that they offer comes in a variety of different delicious flavors – including Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry – and with a zero sugar, zero gluten, zero soy, and zero dairy recipe, these shakes fit every imaginable dietary program out there right now.

Of course, pretty much every single producer of meal replacement shakes is going to promise the moon and the stars when it comes to what their products are capable of. But to shine a little bit of extra light on what helps to make the 310 Shake solutions from 310 Nutrition so impressive we’ve put together this quick guide.

Designed to trigger quick weight loss

The first thing that helps to separate these meal replacement shakes from the rest of the pack has to be the systematic approach that the people responsible for these shakes took to come up with a nutritional solution that would trigger quick weight loss in the human body.

Understanding that no two bodies are exactly the same, and that there is quite a bit of difference between how one person reacts to specific stimuli compared to another, the engineers at 310 Nutrition worked hard to focus on fundamental biochemistry that works across the board to come up with formulas that would produce the kind of quick weight loss so many are after yet so few actually achieve.

The resulting formulas are the backbone of the new 310 Shake solutions that are available now, and while these recipes continue to be tested and tweaked, many in the industry believe them to be some of the most impactful solutions when it comes to replacing meals and triggering weight loss.

Plenty of effortlessly absorbable protein as well as vitamins and minerals

There is a concept in the world of nutrition known as “bioavailability”, and it really determines just how beneficial and how impactful a specific food or a specific beverage is when it comes to helping you build the body and the healthy lifestyle of your dreams.

A food that has a high rating when it comes to bioavailability simply means that it is more effortlessly absorbed into the bloodstream and all of the resources it has can be taken advantage of by the body. Foods with low bioavailability may be packed with amazing resources, but because they aren’t as easily broken down or as easily integrated into your body most of those resources are flushed out with the rest of the waste your body produces before they can be used.

The 310 Shakes provided by 310 Nutrition include triplex proteins as well as 20 different vitamins and minerals, all of which are effortlessly available to your bodily systems most immediately upon consumption. These backbone ingredients break down quickly, are rapidly absorbed, and can be almost immediately deployed to areas of your body where these resources are most.

This is all possible without having to trigger a huge spike in insulin (remember, there isn’t any gluten or sugar in any of the 310 Shakes solutions), meaning you won’t have to deal with any inflammation while these resources become bioavailable, either.

These shakes are really easy to enjoy on a daily basis

At the end of the day, the healthiest foods, the healthiest supplements, and the healthiest, best meal replacement shakes aren’t going to do any bit of good if you aren’t able to enjoy them on a daily basis without having to wage a war against yourself along the way.

By taking advantage of these products from 310 Nutrition you are able to effortlessly integrate these tasty and easy to prepare shakes into your daily routine. They are so delicious you don’t have to worry about choking them down in an effort to enjoy your new healthy lifestyle like you do with so many other meal replacement shakes, and because they can be made in a matter of moments you won’t have to waste any time cooking or cleaning up, either. 

Can Niagen Work for You?

The first true potential of Niagen was discovered by Harvard geneticist Dr. David Sinclair, who first discovered a little something called NAD+ and how it can help the body. NAD+, also known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, helps parts of our cells communicate and function, transferring energy from food to cells. We produce less and less of it as we age, leading to consequences like: 

  • Increased sunburn 
  • Increased visceral fat storage (increased belly fat) 
  • Increased blood sugar levels and metabolic syndrome 
  • Worsening cardiovascular diseases 
  • Increased fat storage in the liver 
  • Other effects of aging and health conditions  

So, decreasing amounts of NAD+ lead to aging-related issues. Could adding more of it stem the tide? This is where Niagen comes into play.

What Does Niagen Do?

Niagen also known as nicotinamide riboside, is a natural version of vitamin B3 found in milk as a trace element. Up until now, it was considered too difficult or expensive to mass produce. Now, with Chromadex and Live Cell Research creating Niagen and adding it to their lineup of products, everyone can take advantage of its benefits. We know that vitamin B3 supports many different health functions, but Niagen is special, especially when it comes to aging.1

While Sinclair found how important NAD+ could be, it would fall to other scientists to make this important link between Niagen and this very important coenzyme.

The Proof Behind Niagen

Charles Brenner, Ph.D., professor and Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine partnered with colleagues at Queens University Belfast and ChromaDex Corp. which supplied Niagen for one key clinical trial.

Six men and six women, all healthy, took part in the trial. Each participant received single oral doses of 100 mg, 300 mg, or 1,000 mg of NR. This took place in different sequences with a seven-day gap between doses. Following each dose, blood and urine samples were collected and analyzed to show measured levels of NAD+.

The end results showed that using nicotinamide riboside increased NAD+ metabolism by amounts directly related to the dose. In addition, there were no major side effects.

“This trial shows that oral NR safely boosts human NAD+ metabolism,” Brenner says. “We are excited because everything we are learning from animal systems indicates that the effectiveness of NR depends on preserving and/or boosting NAD+ and related compounds in the face of metabolic stresses. Because the levels of supplementation in mice that produce beneficial effects are achievable in people, it appears that health benefits of NR will be translatable to humans safely.” Brenner also ran a smaller trial on himself before this, and the results correlated with what he would later discover.2

Other studies on Niagen in other products have shown positive effects on NAD+ levels. One larger study in elderly people showed that a single 250 mg dose of Niagen increased blood NAD+ levels by 40%. The most important tests on Niagen may still be yet to come. A collaboration between Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo and Washington University School of Medicine is going to be the first long-term clinical trial for Niagen in humans. This is key because we are finally going to see how Niagen actually works on targeting some of those markers of aging first hand.

Adding Niagen To Your Own Life

If you are ready to try Niagen yourself, a good starting point is either Chromadex’s Barology bars or the Tru Niagen supplement. Other products from other companies do use Niagen as well, such as Elysium’s Basis product. Dosage will vary based on weight and age. In general, the older and heavier you are, the more Niagen you will need to see results. 

Live Cell Research offers three different purchasing options. 

  • 1 Bottle (30-day supply): $46.99   
  • 3 Bottles: $117  
  • 6 bottles: $214.27 

If you have a bit of uncertainty, note that the company does offer a 90-day money-back guarantee on any purchase. Because of the wide and varied effects of aging, you may have a bit of a question of whether or not you are a good candidate for Niagen. In general, if you find yourself getting cases of “brain fog” or general sluggishness as you age, you can make use of Niagen. As with any supplement, be sure to consult with your doctor first. 

  1. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b3-niacin 
  2. https://medcom.uiowa.edu/theloop/news/first-human-clinical-trial-for-nicotinamide-riboside 
  3. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03151239