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More than 100 Experiences at the 2023 Kroger Wellness Festival, September 22 & 23 in Downtown Cincinnati

Two-day health and wellness festival to feature panel discussions, food demonstrations, fitness classes and musical performances



CINCINNATI /PRNewswire/ — The Kroger Wellness Festival, presented by PepsiCo featuring Gatorade, celebrates physical, mental and emotional health for the whole family. This year’s festival will be held on September 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Banks, in Downtown Cincinnati. The event will feature more than 100 experiences and food offerings focused on six core pillars of transformation: Balance, move, breathe, care, uplift and play.

The Kroger Wellness Festival will feature panel discussions, food demonstrations, fitness classes and musical performances, which will take place across six stages: Kenvue Stage, BODYARMOR Stage, Gatorade Stage, Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage, American Greetings Stage and Saratoga Stage over two days.

More than 7,000 parking spots are available in and around The Banks. Learn more here.

Plan Ahead with the New Event App
Download the new Kroger Wellness Festival app to receive festival alerts, browse programing and explore a map. The free app is available in the iTunes store and Google Play.

Event Map
The event runs along Second Street and Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Elm Street at the Banks. Click here for the official event map.

Celebrity and Professional Athlete Appearances
Celebrities who will appear at the 2023 Kroger Wellness Festival include: WWE Champion and actor John Cena, actress Cameron Diaz, Food Network chef Amanda Freitag, Cincinnati Bengals legend Chad Johnson, TV host of “The Talk” Amanda Kloots, Super Bowl champions Eli and Peyton Manning, Peloton instructor Alex Toussaint and professional tennis player Venus Williams.

Two Free Concerts: Barenaked Ladies on Friday and Flo Rida on Saturday
On Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Barenaked Ladies, presented by General Mills, will perform on the BODYARMOR Stage. The Toronto band sold 15 million records worldwide and built up an arsenal of hits such as “If I Had $1000000,” “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “The Big Bang Theory Theme.” The band is currently releasing new material from its forthcoming 18th studio album due out in September. On Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Flo Rida, presented by smartwater, will perform on the Kenvue Stage. Poised at the confluence of feel-good rap, pop and electronic, Flo Rida established himself as the party king of the late 2000s with global smash hits like the T-Pain-assisted “Low” and the massive club banger “Right Round” featuring Kesha. Known for his dynamic rapped/sung attack and larger-than-life personality, Flo Rida has been able to move freely between the rap and pop worlds with 100 million records sold world-wide.

Race to Vaccinate Racecar
On Friday and Saturday between 9 and 5 pm, Kroger’s Race to Vaccinate racecar will be on-site and our medical providers will be available to administer flu vaccines to people. People will need to provide their government issued identification and insurance cards to receive a vaccine.

2023 Kroger Wellness Festival Programming Highlights

Friday, September 22
11-11:30 a.m., Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage

  • Reds Hall of Fame Broadcaster Marty Brennaman and his wife, Amanda, will share comfort meal recipes from the original Campbell’s Cookbook and Laura’s Lean.

11:15-12 pm., American Greetings Stage

  • Explore the shifting employer landscape and future of workforce with former bachelor-turned-entrepreneur Dylan Barbour.

12:15-12:45pm, Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage

  • Chef Christian Gill will lead two chefs in making Cincinnati recipes with a healthy, surprise twist during the Culinary Creator Challenge.

12:30-1:15 p.m., Gatorade Stage

  • Venus Williams, seven-time Grand Slam Winner, entrepreneur and wellness leader, will lead a fireside chat on leadership and resilience, presented by PepsiCo.

1:15-2 p.m., Saratoga Stage

  • Unplug and recharge with a digital detox with mindfulness expert Meriden McGraw.

1:30-2 p.m., BODYARMOR Stage

  • Learn basketball fundamentals, mindset and competitive spirit from the Cincinnati Bearcats, led by former player Alex Meacham.

4:15-5 p.m., Kenvue Stage

  • Amanda Kloots, “The Talk” television host, dancer, actress and fitness instructor, will lead an empowering HIIT workout.

Saturday, September 23: 
11a.m.-12 p.m., BODYARMOR Stage

  • Bengals legend Chad Johnson and FC Cincinnati player Michael Millay and team will lead a workout session, presented by BODYARMOR.

12:15 -1 p.m., Saratoga Stage

  • Internationally recognized barber Vernon Jackson and little-person super-athlete Allison Warrell and others share powerful stories of peak performers who defy the odds.

12:15-1 p.m., Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage

  • Actor, author and entrepreneur Cameron Diaz will share her favorite organic recipes that support longevity and healthy aging.

12:45-1:15 p.m., BODYARMOR Stage

  • Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s favorite mascots, including the Krojis, will join a Tik Tok dance routine led by Jess Evans from Dance Factory Fitness and KISS 107’s Jon Jon.

1:15-2 p.m., Gatorade Stage

  • 16-time World Champion, New York Times best-selling author and record-setting Make-A-Wish granter John Cena will host a fierce workout led by Cornerstone Fitness.

1:45-2:15 p.m., Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage

  • Food Network Chef Amanda Freitag will explore plant-based meals during this cooking demonstration, presented by Blue Diamond Almond Flour.

2:30-3:30 p.m., Kenvue Stage

  • Bartender Molly Wellmann will lead a demonstration and tasting of a spectrum of tequila spirits with (21+- ID required.)

2:45-3:30 p.m., BODYARMOR Stage

  • Drew and Lea Lachey will present label•less, their musical that focuses on the issues that affect our society with inspiring musical performances.

3-3:45 p.m., Campbell’s Food as Medicine Stage

  • Former NFL great Chad Johnson and Chris Marschall of Sans Bar will discuss the health benefits associated with alcohol abstinence and the importance of living a fully present life.

4-4:45 p.m., Gatorade Stage

  • NFL Super Bowl champions Eli and Peyton Manning will be joined on-stage by special guests, unveiling their secrets to achieving peak performance on and off the field, presented by Gatorade.

4:15-5 p.m., American Greetings Stage

  • Matt Summers, Bengals director of Sports Medicine, and NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz will discuss how to fuel your sports performance.

For more information, visit the Kroger Wellness Festival website.

About Kroger Health:
Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states serving more than 17 million customers. Our team of 24,000 healthcare practitioners – from pharmacists and nurse practitioners to dietitians and technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in practicing at the top of our licenses and enabling “Food as Medicine” to help prevent or manage certain diseases. We are dedicated to providing testing and wellness services to help Americans combat the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, visit https://www.krogerhealth.com.

About The Kroger Co.:
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating communities by 2025.

About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $79 billion in net revenue in 2021, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with PepsiCo Positive (pep+). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability and human capital at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

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Paul Russell’s ‘Lil Boo Thang’ Takes Center Stage on the Jennie-O® Brand’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Float



WILLMAR, Minn. and NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — a category leader and one of the top turkey brands in the United States — will once again display its dazzling float in the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Thanksgiving spectacle will feature the Jennie-O® brand’s The Big Turkey Spectacular float, which will entertain parade attendees and millions of viewers nationwide on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 23. This will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Jennie-O® brand float has joined the parade line-up.

The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — a category leader and one of the top turkey brands in the United States — will once again display its dazzling float in the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Paul Russell, the rising star behind the chart-topping viral hit “Lil Boo Thang,” will be making his Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut on the Jennie-O float, joining the festivities with a captivating performance. If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok or Instagram Reels, chances are you’ve already come across Paul Russell’s sensational song, which has taken social media by storm. His meteoric rise from posting original music and covers on social media platforms to headliner reflects his undeniable talent, and his participation in this year’s parade adds another exciting chapter to his remarkable journey.

“I’m hype to bring the cookout to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Jennie-O® brand! Such a dream come true to perform on a float. I can’t wait,” commented Russell.  

Standing at an impressive 36 feet long, 25 feet wide and 24 feet tall, The Big Turkey Spectacular float by the Jennie-O® brand first debuted in 2020. This glittering float, adorned in the signature gold and green hues of the iconic brand, boasts over 200 pounds of sparkles, adding a touch of glamour to the festivities.

One of the standout features of the float is the turkey’s tail feathers, which span 25 feet in width and rise to a towering two stories tall. The feathers were constructed with enough steel tubing to stretch the length of a regulation football field from end zone to end zone and can even release confetti during the parade.

Adding an element of surprise and delight, the turkey proudly wears the Jennie-O® brand’s colors of green and gold, and it features an advanced motion-activated top hat that reveals a heartwarming surprise as baby turkeys — referred to as poults — peek out and enchant viewers.

The Jennie-O® brand will also use the Parade’s national platform to showcase simple and delicious ideas for making turkey an everyday protein choice, both during and outside of the holiday season. This will include highlighting the brand’s high-quality products, cooking solutions, recipes and resources, empowering consumers everywhere to make any meal fun, flavorful and easy.

“We are excited to celebrate another milestone in our brand’s history by returning to the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Kim Anderson, senior brand manager with the Jennie-O® brand. “We’re thrilled to introduce Paul Russell to our cherished Thanksgiving tradition. With his chart-topping hit providing the perfect soundtrack to our celebration, we’re certain this year’s Parade will be an unforgettable experience for viewers nationwide.”

Throughout November, the Jennie-O® brand’s consumer-engagement experts will be on hand to help alleviate stress around holiday meal planning at the company’s 1-800-TURKEYS hotline, through live chat on the brand’s website, and even by texting “Turkey” to 73876. From advice on how to prep and cook a turkey to recipes for side dishes and how to use leftovers, consumers can reach out for real-time support through Nov. 28 via the method that is most convenient for them. Also this year, in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Jennie-O® brand specialists are available around-the-clock.

The 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide in the U.S. on NBC and stream on Peacock, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023 at 8:30AM EST. For more information visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow

About Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For nearly 100 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade features Macy’s signature giant character balloons, fabulous floats, incredible marching bands, celebrities, clowns, dance and performance groups, and the one and only Santa Claus, spreading holiday cheer. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade.      

About the Jennie-O® Brand
For over 80 years, the Jennie-O® brand has been helping consumers live well by eating well. As the category leader, Jennie-O® turkey is the trusted brand for quality turkey and a source of expertise. We provide a full portfolio of delicious, nutritious turkey proteins and inspiration for everyday meals or special occasions. Known for our bright green awning evoking the nostalgia of a local farmer stand, our round logo with a touch of yellow and our distinct name from our founders’ daughter Jennifer, the Jennie-O® turkey brand has the right amount of small-town friendliness paired with leading company expertise and quality. 

About Paul Russell
You’ve never met or heard anybody quite like Paul Russell. As a kid, the Dallas, TX native learned how to wail on trumpet in between spitting bars during lunchroom battle-raps and later crooning over ukulele (like the human equivalent of the dopest playlist you’ve ever heard!). His musical DNA is just as wildly dynamic as his personality is. During his time at Cornell University, he often DJ-ed at parties. As such, he knows how to get a party popping. A wide swath of inspirations—from Anderson .Paak and OutKast to Louie Armstrong—impacted his own creative trajectory. He gained traction with a series of early uploads and went viral a few times (even fooling the internet into thinking he had a Drake feature on the way once—If you’re reading this, Drizzy, get at him). Settling down in Los Angeles, he released the independent anthem “Hallelujah” followed by “Ms. Poli Sci,” which generated over 22 million overall streams to date.  He best describes his boisterous rhythms, ecstatic hooks, and buffet of R&B, funk, pop, and hip-hop as “cookout music you listen to outside with a bunch of friends. That holds true on his Arista Records debut single “Lil Boo Thang. Built around an interpolation of “Best of My Love” by The Emotions, it lit up TikTok and Instagram to the tune of tens of millions of views. He effectively delivered “Lil Boo Thang” as the perfect soundtrack to any and all good times. Skyrocketing right out of the gate, it is closing in on 100 million total streams, cracked the Top 10 at Top 40 radio, captured on the Billboard Hot 100,” and elevated Paul to on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart for two consecutive weeks. At the same time, he earned acclaim from BillboardCNNJust JaredPopdust and many more. Beyond his status as a bona fide breakout star, Paul Russell is about to be your new best friend.

About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food. Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, Skippy®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®Jennie-O® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list by 3BL Media 13 times, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food. — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit hormelfoods.com.

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Where Will the Road Take YOU? The Countdown Has Begun to the Largest LGBTQ New Year’s Events in the World

4 Events Over New Year’s Weekend in Los Angeles



LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Masterbeat announced that tickets were already selling fast for their annual New Year’s celebrations in Los Angeles – the 23nd annual Masterbeat New Year’s Festival. Marking the return of the most exciting LGBTQ+ New Year’s celebration in the country, with an all new Wizard of Oz themed series of parties from December 30 through January 1st. Taking place at LA’s finest night clubs, Masterbeat 2024 takes you into the New Year with dancing, costumes, lasers, and music by international superstar DJ’s. This year’s Oz theme will start off taking you down the Yellow Brick Road, on to the Emerald City, into a Wicked Afterhours and end with a journey Over the Rainbow.

“This New Year’s celebration is going to be our biggest yet,” said Masterbeat. “We’re once again taking over and transforming LA’s best clubs into an incredible land of OZ, featuring our signature production with 3D visuals, lasers, superstar DJs, concert sound, special performances, and the hottest dancers from across the globe. We can’t wait to ring in the New Year with YOU!”

The Yellow Brick Road at The Belasco, LA

The weekend kicks off as we journey down the Yellow Brick Road at the incredible Belasco Theater in downtown LA. Superstar DJ’s Shane Marcus and Micky Friedmann (Berlin/Tel Aviv) take you on a musical journey all night long. The opening event runs from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. PST on Saturday, 12/30.

The Emerald City: New Year’s Eve at Mayan Theater, LA

Masterbeat will transform the largest nightclub in L.A., the legendary Mayan Theater, into a sparkling Emerald City. The main event is a nine-hour musical journey with music from the Grammy-nominated DJ duo Rosabel (Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera) with performances from international dancers and live acts. Don’t miss Masterbeat’s incredible countdown to midnight: a video montage featuring all of the highlights of the past year, set to the year’s biggest dance tracks. The celebration runs from 9 pm – 6 am on Sunday, December 31.

Wicked Afterhours at Academy, Hollywood

The party isn’t over, it’s just getting started. Next up is “Wicked” afterhours – dance into the New Year at Hollywood’s Academy LA with music from London DJ Tom Stephan. The event runs from 4 am until 10 am the morning of January 1.

Over the Rainbow – The Closing Party at Avalon, L.A.

It’s time to click your heels before you head home at the official closing party, featuring the highly anticipated return of DJ Brett Henrichsen, coming out of retirement for this special night at Hollywood’s number one nightclub: Avalon. Put on your ruby slippers and come dance on Monday, 1/1, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Find the full schedule of events, party details and links to get tickets and VIP passes online at Masterbeat.com. Check out photos and videos by following Masterbeat on social media: InstagramTwitterFacebook.  

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Ram Truck Brand Keeps One-of-a-Kind Tradition as Official Truck of the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. /PRNewswire/ —

  • As the Official Truck of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ram trucks will tow all parade floats for the ninth consecutive year
  • Ram trucks will be fully wrapped to complement three unique float designs that include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory and the star of the parade, Santa Claus
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs November 23 on NBC, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in all time zones
Scenes from the iconic 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade as Ram Trucks tow the amazing floats down the streets of down the streets of Manhattan. (Photo credit: Ram brand)

The Ram Truck brand is kicking-off the one-of-a-kind holiday tradition as the Official Truck of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® for the ninth consecutive year. Working closely with the Macy’s team and the City of New York, Ram is helping to keep the holiday tradition alive as more than 20 trucks will be towing all the floats, bringing joy into the hearts of New Yorkers and millions across the nation.

In addition, Ram will be in full holiday spirit as three trucks will be fully wrapped to complement the float designs of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory and, most importantly, a specially wrapped Ram truck will be towing the star of the parade, Santa Claus.

“It is a privilege for the Ram Truck brand to be the official truck of one America’s most celebrated occasions,” said Tim Kuniskis, Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “Our Ram trucks are built to serve all our customers everywhere, and we are honored to be just a small part of the magic that happens during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade as our full portfolio of award-winning trucks pulls these floats down the streets of Manhattan.”

Ram will not only help transport the floats down the parade route but will also assist in moving other parade materials needed to produce the annual celebration, from tool containers to costumes and much more, in the lead up to the start of the procession on Thanksgiving Day. The Ram Truck brand provided the Macy’s parade with more than 70 trucks and Ram ProMaster commercial vans, many of which are used for behind-the-scenes functions leading up to the parade start.

The 97th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV, Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in all time zones. For more information, visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social media platforms and follow .

New 2025 Ram 1500
Progress doesn’t wait for permission. Introducing the new 2025 Ram 1500 lineup, pushing the standards of power into the next era of the Ram Brand. 

Game Changing Powertrains and Electric Trucks | Watch the 2025 Ram Trucks Reveal – YouTube

Whether customers demand gas, electric or something in between, the full lineup of 2025 Ram 1500 trucks again redefine what a truck can be through a powerful combination of bold styling, capability, and performance. 

Built to serve from the ground up, frame first, to deliver more than anything consumers would have ever expected from the Ram Truck brand.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks – the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab and ProMaster – the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmark for:

  • Best-in-class standard horsepower 
  • Segment-first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Most luxurious: Ram 1500 Tungsten with real metal and leather elements and a new 14.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with a double wishbone front suspension and five-link solid rear axle with available, segment-exclusive, active-level, four-corner air suspension
  • Best-in-class available rear leg room
  • The most cargo space available in any traditional full size cargo van
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup

The latest J.D. Power APEAL study, which rates the emotional bond between customers and their vehicles, named the 2023 Ram 1500 as the best full-size light-duty pickup.

Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit www.stellantis.com.

Follow Ram and company news and video on:
Company blog: http://blog.stellantisnorthamerica.com
Media website: http://media.stellantisnorthamerica.com
Ram Truck brand: www.ramtrucks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RamTrucks 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ramtrucks 
Twitter: @RamTrucks, @StellantisNA
YouTube: www.youtube.com/RamTruckshttps://www.youtube.com/StellantisNA

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