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Action Alert: Congressman Istook Requests Funds For Vitamin Relief USA; To Gain Congressional Approval, Thousands of Emails Must Be Received

Murrieta, CA—Congressman Ernest Istook (R-OK) formally requested that The Healthy Foundation's program Vitamin Relief USATM receive $4 million from the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education budget. $2 million will provide daily vitamins to 60,000 at-risk children. $2 million will fund research on the impact of daily multi-vitamin intake on the quality of life of at-risk seniors.

For this funding to gain approval, thousands of emails to Congress must be received. To quickly and easily send your letter of support for this funding to your congressional representative, click here.

Vitamin Relief USATM provides daily multi-vitamins to 20,000 at risk children, teens, adults and seniors at over 500 locations in 42 states. Parents and teachers of participating children report improvements in children's grades, school attendance, behavior, health and self-esteem. Seniors report decreases in pain and the need for medication as well as increases in energy, confidence, appetite and the ability to care for themselves.

The Healthy FoundationTM received an earmarked appropriation from Congress in 2002 to research the impact of daily vitamins on at-risk children and their academic performance. The study is underway at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey under the direction of Dr. Adam Perlman. Preliminary results of the study are expected in Spring 2005.

Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) sponsored the appropriation in 2002. Senator Harkin is expected to sponsor the 2005 funding for The Healthy FoundationTM in the Senate.

To learn more about The Healthy FoundationTM and Vitamin Relief USATM, contact The Healthy Foundation? at (877) 935-5348 or visit

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