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Dr. Donnica Partners with L'EGGS SHEER ENERGY® on Leg Health Awareness for Women

Winston-Salem, N.C. (October 12, 2005): L'eggs Sheer Energy®, a leading hosiery brand, today announced it is designating October as National Leg Health Month in an effort to encourage women nationwide to become more aware about leg wellness. National Leg Health Month includes the numerous leg health awareness and educational initiatives in partnership with women's health expert and advocate Dr. Donnica L. Moore.

"Leg health is something women take for granted," said Dr. Donnica. "Ironically, most women are more concerned about having better looking legs than having healthier legs. In fact, women need to know that strong, healthy legs will always be more glamorous," she added. 

"The idea of National Leg Health Month came about when we recently commissioned a national poll of 550 women 18 and over and found out that nearly one half were missing out on outings or skipping activities to rest their legs. It's unfortunate," says Trish Stephens, brand director of L'eggs Sheer Energy®. The survey also revealed that 64 percent of women complained of some type of leg ailment at the end of the day. The most common leg complaint was aches and pain (46 percent) while fatigue (33 percent), swelling (25 percent) and cramping (21 percent) where also popular gripes.

"I want women to learn to listen to their legs," advises Dr. Donnica. "If this many women are having leg symptoms, they need to know what corrective steps to take and when to consult their physicians."  Dr. Donnica's "Top Tips on Leg Health" are available by clicking here throughout the month of October. Women can also view a live television interview with Dr. Donnica discussing the importance of leg health. Dr. Donnica's tips are also available at www.DrDonnica.com. Dr. Donnica's leg health advice includes wearing comfortable, supportive shoes; getting regular exercise; maintaining a healthy weight; and not smoking. "It's great news that most steps women take towards improving their general health, will also improve their leg health." In addition, Dr. Donnica recommends that travelers take short walking breaks during long plane trips to avoid the onset of "economy class syndrome," or deep venous thrombosis (blood clots). "The survey also revealed that 63 percent of women 18 to 24 think that taking long, hot baths will result in healthier legs," says Dr. Donnica. "In reality, hot baths may be detrimental because prolonged heat can dilate blood vessels, which decreases blood flow return to the heart and contributes to bad circulation and varicose vein formation." Stephens added that "This initiative will educate women on basic leg health issues. We also hope they will try our hosiery and experience the benefit L'eggs Sheer Energy® can make on the look and feel of their legs." In a clinical study on the effects of wearing support hosiery such as L'eggs Sheer Energy® on arterial and venous circulation in the lower extremities, support hosiery was found to increase blood flow to the legs during exercise and provide better external support for legs during rest. Increased blood flow, which provides more oxygen to the legs, can eliminate leg fatigue because there is a direct link between more oxygenation and reduced leg pain and discomfort.

Note: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or medical treatment. Only your healthcare professional can assess your situation and make conclusive decisions regarding your care. Please consult your healthcare professional to address any questions you may have.

About Dr. Donnica Moore

Dr. Donnica is the Founder and President of DrDonnica.com and President, of Sapphire Women's Health Group. As a highly regarded as a women's health expert and advocate, Dr. Donnica is frequently invited to discuss important health topics on television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The View", "Good Morning America", NBC's "Weekend Today Show", and others. She has done more than 400 television interviews, but is most well known for her role as the weekly women's health contributor for NBC's Later Today, from 1999-2000. In addition, she is the women's health expert for Yahoo!Health.com and the "Doctor on Call" columnist for First for Women magazine.

About L'eggs®

L'eggs® is the nation's leading manufacturer and marketer of hosiery to the food, drug and mass channels of trade. Brands include: Sheer Energy, Sheer Vitality, Sheer Energy Active Support, Silken Mist, L'eggs Everyday, Just My Size, Brown Sugar, Body Beautiful, Body Beautiful Smoothers, Sheer Elegance, Reliance, Sheer Comfort and Day Sheer. L'eggs is part of Sara Lee Branded Apparel, a company of Sara Lee Corporation. Sara Lee Branded Apparel is headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C.

For Dr. Donnica's "Top Tips on Healthy Legs", click here.

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