NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. ("Iovate"), under its brand name EPIQ™, and GNC® teamed up to provide a donation to the FDNY Foundation to benefit a firehouse that suffered a total loss of their fitness equipment as a result of flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
In an effort to show gratitude for the City of New York's brave first responders of Engine 4 Ladder 15, Iovate and GNC's contribution to the FDNY Foundation will refurbish the station's gym with all new fitness equipment such as treadmills, a dumbbell rack, and medicine balls, as well as new top of the line EPIQ™ supplements.
Brent Coward, Director, Brand Management - Sports Nutrition of Iovate Health Sciences Inc., presented the equipment to Captain David Drake, a 16-year veteran of the FDNY.
"The acts of heroism these firefighters show every day is an inspiration to all of us at Iovate and GNC, and we are proud to honor such brave members of the community. It is with sincere appreciation to the City of New York's first responders that we help rebuild their fitness facility after Hurricane Sandy and provide them with premium quality EPIQ™ supplements," said Coward.
Engineered by Iovate Health Sciences International Inc., EPIQ™ is a new breakthrough line of powerful, specialized muscle building supplements designed for men and women seeking the best in athletic performance. With its clean formulation approach, EPIQ™ products are guaranteed free of harmful impurities, artificial dyes or colors, and banned substances (WADA).
About Iovate Health Sciences International Inc.
Iovate Health Sciences is a dynamic, leading-edge nutritional supplement company that delivers some of the highest quality, most innovative and effective products in the world.
GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."
As of September 30, 2012, GNC has more than 7,900 locations, of which more than 6,000 retail locations are in the United States (including 935 franchise and 2,168 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 55 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company—which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well—has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third-party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. The Company's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, GNC Total Lean™, Pro Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP and Beyond Raw®, and under nationally recognized third-party brands.