Study from Sure Petcare on Pet Obesity Points Finger at ‘Pet Pilferers’ and Accidental Overfeeding

Nearly half (44%) of all pet owners have caught their pets stealing from a co-habiting animal’s bowl, according to the results of a study on pet obesity undertaken by Sure Petcare, the pet technology specialist. The study also found almost three in four (72%) owners had over-fed their pets, while two thirds (64%) of pet owners had never used weighing scales to measure out their pet’s food.

With a recent poll of U.K. veterinarians reporting 46% of dogs and 34% of cats were overweight or obese, the study asked pet owners a series of probing questions about their pet’s feeding and exercise habits and general behavior.

Trained veterinarian and Managing Director of Sure Petcare, David Hallas, said, “Pet obesity is a complex subject with a multitude of different reasons behind why our pets are putting on weight. Our study helps shed light on some of the causes. We encourage owners to treat their pets as they would a member of their own family by measuring and monitoring what they eat and ensuring they are getting enough good quality, regular exercise.”

Results of Sure Petcare Pet Obesity Study

The study results highlighted food stealing, overfeeding and lack of exercise as major areas of concern. It revealed:

– Three in four (72%) pet owners had overfed their pet.

– More than half (64%) of pet owners never used weighing scales to ensure correct food portions.

– Almost one in two (45%) of pet owners did not know their pet’s existing weight.

– Nearly half (44%) of the pet owners had caught one pet taking food from another’s bowl, and a number (31%) of pet owners admitted to re-filling the bowl in case this had happened.

– Over a third (35%) of pet owners did not know the correct recommended daily intake for their pet’s breed or size.

– Some pet owners (15%) admitted to only exercising their pet a few times a week.


Additional study data found nearly one in eight (13%) pet owners believed their pet had suffered weight-related health issues, with bad knees due to the excess weight, pancreatitis and kidney problems, among the most-noted conditions.

RSA insurance group, More Than, recently revealed that of the 12 most common pet insurance claims reported last year, half of those involved pet obesity. The data showed that pets being overweight or not getting enough exercise could contribute to the development of obesity-influenced conditions. “With the rise in obesity levels, there may be implications in terms of health care costs managing these conditions. We hope our study will give pet owners some ways they can help care for and understand their pets more than ever before, contributing to a happier and healthier lifestyle,” said Hallas.

SURE PETCARE™ Product Portfolio

Sure Petcare has introduced a number of products that can help maintain a pet’s health and well-being.

The SUREFEED™ Microchip Pet Feeder Connect weighs and monitors food portions of pets and uses the animal’s microchip, while the SURE PETCARE™ collar tag prevents unauthorized pets with having access to the food in the bowl. Owners can build up a detailed understanding of the unique feeding patterns of their pet through the SURE PETCARE™ app, while any changes to pets’ feeding behavior make it easier for owners to spot potential health issues.

Meanwhile, the dog behavior and activity monitor SURE PETCARE™ ANIMO™ helps owners build up a detailed picture of their dog’s health and well-being from how much exercise they are getting, to how much sleep, even detailing if they are barking or scratching excessively. ANIMO allows owners to set and monitor daily activity and calorie-burn goals for their dog so they can see how much exercise they are getting.

About The Study
The quantitative study on pet obesity surveyed 500 dog and cat owners across the U.K. Participants were asked a series of questions relating to the feeding and exercise habits of their pets, as well as their behavior and day-to-day routine.

About Sure Petcare

Sure Petcare, the pet technology specialist, provides pet products that empower owners to care for their pets in entirely new ways. Founded in 2007, we have developed an award-winning range of microchip-operated pet doors and feeders, which solve many problems commonly experienced by pet owners. SURE PETCARE, along with HOMEAGAIN®, is a Companion Animal portfolio of digital products within MSD Animal Health.

In 2017, Sure Petcare expanded its product range to include connected devices designed to provide proactive pet care by giving owners data and insight into their pets’ day-to-day behaviors, activities and routines. Over time, this information will provide pet owners a greater understanding of their pet’s health and wellbeing. Sure Petcare sells direct through retail stores and veterinary practices in 35 countries.

Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, MSD Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them.
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SNACK BARS TAKE THE TAHINI CRAZE TO HEALTHY, DELICIOUS NEW HEIGHTS

The Mighty Sesame Company introduces TahiniBAR,
the Energy Bar Made From Sesame Seeds
Available in Three Exciting Varieties: Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.

A twist on classic Tahini. This Tahini bar with Cocoa Nibs excites your taste buds with the naturally chocolatey taste of cocoa nibs balanced with the delicate taste of finely ground sesame seeds. Absolutely perfect together!

Naturally indulgent Tahini bar with Pistachios is a fan favorite! You’ll love the melt in your mouth sweetness of finely ground sesame seeds perfectly topped with chopped pistachios. These are just too good to resist.

This Vanilla Tahini bar packs a naturally delicious vanilla flavor which partners perfectly with the delicate flavor of ground sesame seeds. This is true bliss!

This snack size bar is a perfect anytime snack. Great for on the go or a mid-day pick me up. A heavenly snack you don’t have to feel bad about, its only 100 calories! This snack bar offers simple indulgence you’ll crave without the ingredients that you’re trying to avoid! The natural sweetness of Tahini Bars pairs perfectly with the robust flavor of coffee.

This sweet and flakey bar is sure to please your taste buds. No Gluten, No Dairy, Nothing Artificial, Plant-Based and Vegan.

About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).

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What Exactly Are ‘Actives’ in Skin-Care Products?

“When I look on the back of a bottle and it says the active ingredient, that to me means the chemical or molecule in that product that is doing what the product says it’s supposed to do,” John G. Zampella, M.D., assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelman department of dermatology at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. If you’re getting a cleanser that is claimed to treat acne, for example, the active ingredient is what actually treats the acne, possibly something like salicylic acid, he explains.

Skincare products with active ingredients are anything that has an active ingredient (and not every product does). Many of the products in the CYRx MD Skincare line have active ingredients according to Dr Steven J. Cyr, Mayo Clinic trained surgeon. CYRx MD Skincare have proven research and science behind these ingredients and a very good idea that they’ll be effective.

“An active ingredient has been proven in a lab by research to change the skin in some way; it’s an ingredient that has data behind it,” Emily Newsom, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, tells SELF.

Also claims about the effectiveness of these products are regulated by the FDA to reflect that level of certainty of their effectiveness.

“We worked hard to deliver products that are effective and that we can be proud of… and I am confident people will love the results.” ~LeAnn Cyr, CEO and Founder Dr. Steven J. Cyr partnered with senior chemists and research and development teams to create a new line of medical grade products with a synergistic approach that yields maximum results.

All of products in the CYRx MD Skincare line are Cruelty Free, Gluten Free and 90% of products are included in the Green Leaf Program, which means the products are free of commonly known irritants such as:

  • Parabens
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Prop 65
  • Formaldehyde
  • 1-4 Dioxane
  • Hexelyne Glycol
  • Decelyne Glycol
  • Hormones
  • Sulfates

Rejuvenating Cleanser

$40.00

Hydrating and gentle, sulfate and paraben-free daily cleanser contains 11 botanical essential oils and extracts to cleanse, condition, invigorate and revitalize sensitive skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple. Light lathering protects the skin’s natural barrier, preventing it from excess drying of the skin. The botanical oils and extracts provide superior antioxidant protection to combat against environmental stressors, such as free radicals and sun damage, that lead to premature aging of the skin.

  • Contains 11 botanical essential oils and extracts including: Clary Sage, Galanga and Aloe
  • Cleanses, conditions and invigorates sensitive skin leaving it soft, smooth and visibly younger looking
  • Hydrates skin with essential anti-aging nutrients
  • Cleanses dirt and impurities without irritation

Antioxidant Cream

$98.00

Powerful anti-aging treatment contains a potent blend of 5 types of self-stabilized, bioavailable Vitamin C 10% in a rich cream base to nourish, hydrate and protect skin as it fights and reverses the signs of aging. This potent formula delivers Vitamin C four times more efficiently than Ascorbic Acid formulas, for more efficacious treatment results. Clinical testing of efficacy has shown an 80% reduction in melanin synthesis, as skin appeared dramatically brighter. Collagen synthesis is increased by 100%, leaving skin more firm and taut. Additionally, free radical formation decreased by 98%, resulting in UV protected skin. Vitamin C enriched natural fruit extracts help to soothe and diminish redness and inflammation. Skin is left with a natural healthy glow.

  • Contains powerful potent blend of 5 types of self-stabilized, bioavailable Vitamin C
  • Delivers Vitamin C four times more efficiently than leading formulas
  • Collagen-Stimulating Benefits Helps to Firm and Tighten Skin
  • Brightens and Evens Skin Tone
  • Helps to soothe and diminish redness and inflammation with Vitamin C enriched natural fruit extracts
  • Improves the appearance of skin from acne related lesions

 Clinical testing of efficacy has shown:

  • 80% reduction in melanin synthesis, skin appeared dramatically lighter and brighter
  • 100% increase in collagen synthesis leaving skin firmer and more taut with less lines and wrinkles
  • 98% decrease in free radical formation, resulting in UV protected skin
  • 94% reduction in cellular damage due to UVB exposure

Ultra Recovery Cream

$70.00

Specially formulated with cactus and yeast extracts to significantly reduce irritation caused by AHA’s and Retinoids. This formula works by down regulating the most important signaling molecule enzymes in inflammation including: COX2, IL-1α and IL8. This down regulation soothes the skin, removes irritation and reduces redness. Ultra Recovery Cream is further enhanced with four different ceramides to restore skin barrier function which helps the skin maintain its natural structure. Maintaining this structure decreases water loss and increases natural moisturizing factors, which hydrates and protects the skin and significantly aids the skin in recovering after exposure to stress.

  • Reduces stinging and irritation associated with the use of hydroxy acids and retinoids while increasing the NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor)
  • Provides physical (moisturizing properties) and biological (regulation of the inflammation marker and stimulation of longevity proteins) benefits to the skin
  • Down regulates inflammation enzymes to soothe the skin
  • Ceramides present restore the barrier function of the skin
  • Results in increased moisturization and protection leading to less sensitive and less dry skin

Tinted Sunblock SPF 44

$48.00

Tinted Sunblock SPF 44 is a water resistant, physical sunscreen that features a moisturizing base with a sheer, universal tint beneficial for most skin types. Formulated as a chemical-free alternative to sun protection, Tinted Sunblock SPF 44 is a great option for even the most sensitive skin types, including post-procedure. Zinc Oxide 10% and Titanium Dioxide 5.5% provide protection against UVA-aging and UVB-burning rays. In addition to the mineral based sun protection, this gentle sunscreen also contains Hyaluronic Acid which effectively hydrates the skin to restore a youthful appearance. This product is light enough to wear alone or under makeup for everyday protection.

  • 100% physical sunscreen features a moisturizing base and sheer, universal tint
  • Light enough to wear alone or under makeup
  • Water resistant sunscreen (40 minutes)
  • Leaves the skin hydrated and with a “dewy” glow

Acne Control Pads (60ct)

$33.00

Formulated with a unique combination of Salicylic Acid 2%, Glycolic Acid 5% and Lactic Acid 5%, pre-absorbed pads synergistically deliver a gentle, microchemical peel to exfoliate and correct problem acne and prevent future breakouts, leaving skin cleaner, clearer and blemish free. Helps reduce acne associated redness, irritation and inflammation with a botanical complex including; Yeast, Horse Chestnut, Licorice, Olive, Ivy, Burdock and Clary Sage Extracts.

  • Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids deliver Micro-peel to stimulate cellular turnover
  • Contains Salicylic Acid 2%, Glycolic Acid 5% and Lactic Acid 5%
  • Delivers a gentle, microchemical peel to exfoliate and correct problematic acne and prevent future breakouts
  • Promotes exfoliation of dead surface cells resulting in enhanced cellular renewal with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acid complexes
  • Penetrates deep into pores to regulate sebum production and inhibit acne bacterial growth from within
  • Softens and soothes acne-prone, inflamed skin while reducing irritation and redness with a botanically infused formula including; Yeast, Horse Chestnut, Licorice, Olive, Ivy, Burdock and Clary Sage Extracts
  • Leaves skin cleaner, clearer and blemish free
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Spread Love in the Wildflower way

Long after the roses have wilted, the heart-shaped Hallmark cards have met the dumpster, and the last professions of love have been proclaimed – chronic inflammation will still be in your loved one’s life.

This V-Day give that special someone WiIdflower’s uniquely formulated line of holistic wellness products. Designed by nature and guided by experts in Ayurveda-style remedies – Wildflower’s CBD-infused products are 100% organic, non-GMO, and free from dyes, preservatives, and other unnecessary fillers.

Wildflower CBD Cool Stick
– Soothe those muscles after a hot, steamy night
comes in two sizes, 1 oz. – $24.99 and 2.5oz – $60

Our unique Cool Stick offers quick and convenient relief from muscle, joint, and back pain. It has been scientifically formulated to be the most reliable remedy for everyday aches and discomfort.* Once applied, the unique blend of therapeutic ingredients will immediately cool and soothe any discomfort for long-lasting relief.*

This hemp-based CBD product contains less than .03% THC.

Benefits:

  • 300mg of Broad spectrum CBD

  • Joint and muscle
  • Discomfort relief
  • Multi-Purpose
  • All-natural
  • CO2 extracted CBD

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Hemp oil, Shea butter, Beeswax, Ecosoya, Vitamin E, Arnica, Broad Spectrum CBD oil, Peppermint essential oils and Menthol crystals.

Suggested Usage: Apply after a hot bath or shower for better absorption.

Rub on to the affected area. repeat 3 to 4 times a day.

Wildflower Lavender Soap
Set the mood with a relaxing shower for two
Pack of 3 Soaps for $29.99

Wildflower’s all-natural CBD Lavender Soap is made with the highest quality broad spectrum CBD extracts and coconut oil to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. This gentle yet powerful face and body cleanser lathers into a rich and soothing foam, improving overall skin health without dryness.

Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties offer soothing comfort for your skin and may help reduce redness and irritation.*

This hemp-based CBD product contains less than .03% THC.

Benefits: Gently removes excess dirt oils and dead skin cells and reveal the bright, fresh, radiant skin underneath.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, lye, water, broad spectrum CBD, and lavender essential oil.

Suggested Usage: Use as everyday soap as well as for removing make-up and as shampoo.

About Wildflower: 

Wildflower is a small team of diverse and caring people, founded in Vancouver in 2012. Wildflower develop their products by earnestly listening to their wellness-focused consumers and experienced health and retail professionals feedback. They go the extra mile to find the best technologies, use the highest quality cannabinoids and pair it with the most synergistic ingredients to maximize the benefits of cannabis. Wildflower offer a full line-up of wellness-focused CBD infused products. All of Wildflower‘s products are made in the USA by Wildflower in GMP facilities and third-party lab tested for quality assurance and accurate labeling. They do their best to deliver only the best products and services and guarantee 100% satisfaction to their customers.
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Shenanigans, Pints, & St. Patrick’s Day Cheer Gear Up for the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK San Diego Block Party!

Celebrating 26 Years of Irish Revelry
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 2 PM to Midnight
***21+ Only Event***
Grab your green top hat and sequined pantyhose for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration to kick off the decade. St. Patrick’s Day ShamROCK San Diego is celebrating its 26th anniversary of Irish revelry in honor of traditional Celtic festivities. It’s even transporting the Gaslamp Quarter to the hills of Ireland by bringing over 50,000 square feet of astroturf to cover the festival grounds! This 21 plusevent will host over 10,000 attendees, all welcome to as much green beer andTullamore Dew Irish Whiskey as their hearts desire.
San Diego ShamROCK’s Celtic inspired festivities will begin Saturday March 14th from 2 PM to Midnight in the Gaslamp Quarter. As luck would have it, St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK will feature the shamROCK Shenanigans Block, three live stages, photo-opps, and the chance to collect this year’s commemorative stein to fill with green beer.
Throughout this shamROCKIN’ block party, attendees can partake in the featured St. Paddy’s inspired games and contests at the shamROCK Shenanigans Block to win exclusive prizes and gift cards to The Field Irish Pub. Contestants will get the opportunity to test their luck in a series of competitive craic, which include:
  1. Stein Holding Contest: Pick up a pint and flex those beer muscles! Whoever can hold two 32oz. steins the longest will take home the gold!
  2. Irish Jig Off: Shake your shamROCKs and show off your best jig until the folk music stops to see who is the crowd favorite.
  3. Magical Chairs: Musical chairs with an Irish twist – the game only gets better with age (& green beer).
  4. Unicorn Races: Partner with a fellow leprechaun and bounce as fast as you can until one team reaches the end of the rainbow.
  5. Lucky Charm Ball Pit: Get Lucky in the Lucky Charm ball pit—which is both fun and magically delicious.
  6. Rainbow Steamer Relay: Teams race to the pot o’ gold as they pass their streamer between obstacles!
FREE play games and activities are available to all ticket holders! Grab your favorite lad and show off your hand eye coordination with the Pot of Gold Cornhole! Create an unstable structure with your squad, test your physical skill, and feel the intensity with Lucky Giant Jenga. More free play games include shamROCK Skee Ball and Giant Beer Pong! Frolic through the Shenanigans Block in the Gaslamp Quarter as it lights up this Irish block party with excitement and endless opportunities to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember!
New memories await as 3 stages of live entertainment take to the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. We are delighted to announce the headliners that will knock the shamROCKs straight off your socks! The famous YOUNG DUBLINERS aka The Dubs are taking to the stage for their highly anticipated comeback in 2020. This Celtic Rock band last performed a decade ago and is sure give one heck of a performance on The Pint Stage (The Irish Rock Stage). The EC Twins, an EDM pair straight from Manchester, England, will be taking The Clover Stage by storm. Across the way, The Pub Stage will host performers open to any genre, a great way to discover new artists.
Not only does your St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK ticket give you access to 50,000 square feet of green astroTurf, live entertainment, green Bud Light Beer, Tullamore Dew Whiskey libations and the shamROCK Shenanigans Block, but attendees to the event can also take advantage of St. Patrick’s Day specials and no cover charge from over 25 participating restaurants and bars located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter for just$39 through Midnight on January 27th for General Admission. Choose to enhance your shamROCK experience with a Custom Clover Crew Package with prices ranging from $7 to $35. With a Custom Clover Crew add on you can discounts on yummy beer & cocktails, a 32-ounce commemorative 26th shamROCK stein, St. Patrick’s Day hat, Lucky Line entry, access to designated Clover Crew only restrooms, and a Commemorative Credential! Now that’s something to shake your shamROCKs for!
Go VIP for an elevated shamROCK experience that you won’t forget for just $79 through Midnight on January 27th! With a VIP ticket you receive all the GA benefits and so much more! As a Lucky Leprechaun VIP, you get access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, $1 off all drinks at the VIP lounge Bar, VIP restrooms, VIP entrance, yummy Irish Stew from The Field, and complimentary drinks! VIPs receive 7 complimentary drinks; 3 at the Lucky Leprechaun VIP bar within the shamROCK venue and 1 drink at each VIP hotspots all located in the Gaslamp Quarter! You won’t want to miss the largest St. Patrick’s Day block party in the heart of San Diego’s streets, the Gaslamp Quarter!
100 percent of the profits benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, a small non-profit in the Gaslamp Quarter who is dedicated to preserving and protecting the architecture, history, and culture of the historic Gaslamp Quarter and running the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, the oldest building in Downtown San Diego.
For more information, to obtain a registration form, or to purchase tickets to the featured weekend events, please visit www.sandiegoshamrock.com.
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Happy Birthday To Heydoyou Artist Lulu

Today is Lulu’s 31st Birthday. Happy Birthday to her.
Lulu has been working for Heydoyou since 2015. It is almost 5 years.

From New York to San Diego, Lulu works on beauty, fashion, food, pet… to explore the new and good products for our readers. She also works as Heydoyou’s illustrator. When she was in New York, she sketches a lot of fashion shows in New York Fashion Week for the blog, which fashion designers would appreciate to see her live sketching artworks for their fashion shows.

Last year was a special year for her because she moved from New York to San Diego California, she started to work with a lot of California local brands. Also she becomes a art teacher in San Diego.

Lulu x Puesto Comic Con menu

Lulu x Ironside Restaurant chef Jason greeting cards

Lulu’s greeting cards are selling at Herb & Eatery Little Italy

Lulu hosts the live portrait sketching event at The Rabbit Hole Normal Height

Lulu’s little students are working on their artworks

Lulu’s students’ artwork wall

Not only in US, Lulu also works for some Chinese companies to design art-related products.

Lulu x Penglai, China’s teapot gift set

She also started her own art brand late last year – LULU.LIVE Art, where she sells prints, greeting cards, apparels and tote bags.

But anyways! Lulu will continue work with Heydoyou to bring more contents for us. As a Birthday girl today, she got some free treats at her neighborhood!

A free Starbucks drink – New Coconutmilk Latte!

A free Bundtlet Cake from Nothing Bundt Cake

Three dollars off from Jamba Juice

That is so nice to be a birthday girl! Also Ryan is going to take her for her favorite Hotpot for dinner. Isn’t it exciting? She just can’t wait…!

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