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Fun and Easy Photo Contest

We know you’ve got the moves! Show us how you’re staying healthy and active this summer for a chance to win oodles of Glee Gum and Pops.

It’s easy, peasy to enter the giveaway. First, snap a pic of fitness fun. Then, upload your photo with this quick form. Or, share it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #DoMoreChewMore.

Three grand prize winners will be selected at random shortly after August 5, 2016. Everyone who enters will get an exclusive discount code to use on GleeGum.com in the meantime.

Now, you don’t need to be a star athlete to participate. In this contest, tricycles count just as much as triathlons. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, either. Smart phones take great shots! So, give it a go, shutterbugs. The pic you snap today just might mean free gum to snap tomorrow.

One entry per person. U.S. only. Must be 18 or over to enter. LEARN MORE. 

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Featured Fan: Behold! A Wonder

One hot, July day, a day that seemed like any other, Cat W. of Yorktown, VA stopped by her local Whole Foods Market and picked up a box of Mixed Berry Glee Gum.

She returned to her car and began driving away, popping two pieces of Glee in her mouth as she went. She recalls, “I just had a hankering to blow a little bubble.”

She proceeded to blow THE BIGGEST BUBBLE OF GLEE GUM THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN.

She took a selfie (presumably after parking the car) to capture the moment. “Although I could blow a pretty mean bubble as a teenager, it’s not something that I have practiced in many years,” she reveals. “I have to say, my friends didn’t believe it was real!”

We believe you, Cat. And, we salute you!

Cat W. and her Bubble

Sorry, Dogs: No Gum for You!

No gum for our beloved office dog Tenny!

We’re pleased to share a special guest post from our pals at Preventive Vet, a collective of veterinarians, respected trainers, and devoted pet lovers. Preventive Vet’s mission is to educate and spread awareness about simple ways we can keep our pets safe and healthy. One of those ways involves protecting dogs from xylitol, the natural sweetener used in Sugar-Free Glee Gum. Read on to learn why Sugar-Free Glee, and all products containing xylitol, should be kept far away from pooches– plus tips on how to do so, and what to do right away if your dog somehow manages to get your gum! 

Sugar-free gum and xylitol: Important awareness for dog lovers
Just what exactly is xylitol? It’s a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener and can be found in many sugar-free gums and other sugar-free, lo-carb, and “no artificial sweetener” treats. Xylitol is a common alternative to sugar because it doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels, and it has positive benefits for your teeth. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for our four-legged friends! Xylitol can be extremely dangerous to dogs, even in very small amounts.

If your dog decides to go for a taste of your sugar-free gum, sugar-free mints, peanut butter, or even lip balm or other cosmetics that may contain xylitol, there’s likely to be some very serious consequences. When a dog ingests xylitol, they can experience a rapid drop in blood sugar and damage to their liver, with symptoms including weakness, vomiting, seizures, bleeding abnormalities, and the risk of death. Not to mention, a very worried pet owner and an expensive stay in the Animal ER. Signs can come on in as little as 30 minutes, so time is truly of the essence!

How can I protect my pet from xylitol?
You can prevent a frightening situation by adopting these good habits.
• Hang jackets, bags, purses, and other bags in a closed closet, or high up and out of reach. A clever dog might figure out how to access your sugar-free goodies if they are left on a coffee table or in the pocket of a coat hanging off the back of a chair.

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• Consider a dog seatbelt or proper travel restraint when riding in the car. Not only does it keep your pup out of your purse (where he may find sugar-free gum, or a host of other common purse hazards) but it also keeps everyone safe in case of an accident or sudden stop.

• Be mindful about what you set on end tables, coffee tables, and nightstands, both in your home and when visiting a friend or neighbor’s house with a doggy resident.

• Throw out chewed gum in covered trashcans, because even chewed gum could still contain enough xylitol to cause harm to a dog that likes to go dumpster diving.

• Make sure your friends and neighbors are aware of the dangers of xylitol to dogs. Spreading the word will help to keep everyone’s dogs safe!

• Appreciate responsible companies like Glee who care about you and your pets enough to work with pet safety experts to spread awareness.

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I think my dog ate my gum, now what?
Some dogs are very clever, and accidents can happen, so if you think your dog may have eaten a food or product that contains xylitol, be sure to:

  1. Take away any remaining gum or xylitol-containing product to prevent them from consuming any more than they already have.
  2. Check the labels to see if there is xylitol in the products they ate – not all gums contain xylitol. Fortunately, Glee very clearly lists on their packaging if a gum contains xylitol, as well as the amount per piece of gum.
  3. Call an animal-specific poison control hotline (either ASPCA-Animal Poison Control Center or Pet Poison Helpline) for advice on what to do and what to watch for. Tell them what he ate, how much of it he ate, and how long ago he ate it. Do this even if you’re unsure if the product your dog ate contained xylitol, and even if he seems normal. They are your best resources for information and peace of mind.
  4. If your dog shows symptoms like vomiting, staggering, weakness, seizures or other concerning signs, get to your vet ASAP, and bring the gum packaging if you can. If your vet is closed, head straight to the closest Animal ER. (Not sure where the nearest one is? Find one here.)

What about cats—is xylitol dangerous for them, too?
At the time of writing, there have been no reported cases of xylitol poisoning in cats, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe for cats to consume. It’s best to take the same precautions to keep gum away from prying paws, and contact your vet or poison control if your cat does get into any xylitol products.

Now that you have all the facts, you can safely protect your pets from xylitol while you continue enjoying your Glee Gum!

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Featured Fan: A Class Act

We don’t miss high school, but sure do wish we could take Larry B.’s ecology class. He recently came up with a whole Glee-themed lesson plan!

Under Larry’s guidance, the students pictured here first explored our website. They started by taking the interactive “Journey from Tree to Glee” photo tour, then read about our products and attributes. Larry explained the concept of Fair Trade enterprise, described the all-natural ingredients found in Glee, and compared Glee to other gum on the market. He even distributed Glee Gum samples for the class to try.

What’d the students think? “They were thrilled!” Larry reports, adding jokingly, “You know teenagers– the quickest way to captivate their attention is to mention anything related to food and the word ‘free’ in the same sentence.”

Larry suspects that most of his students think he is “two times older than dirt.” This doesn’t bother him because, as he quips, “I’m actually much older!”

Larry lives in Tennessee, teaches in Virginia, and has been ordering Glee Gum from our web-store for a few years now. When asked what he likes best about it, he offers a lovely list: “It doesn’t contain PVC plastic, it uses all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, it is a Fair Trade product, it is eco-friendly (both in product and packaging), it is unique, and I like the natural flavors.”

Hats off to Larry. Here’s hoping he and his fun gum lesson plans “stick” around for many Gleeful years to come!

Ecology Class Discovers Glee Gum

For free, supplemental educational material, we invite you to visit our “Learn More” section. If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— simply send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com

Gleeful May Events

Some of the many places you’ll find Glee Gum samples this happy month. (And hopefully get a chance to chew them!) 

The New England VegFest with Whole Foods Market Wellesley at DCU Center, Worcester, MA ~ 5/1/16

Anniversary Celebration at Natural Market, Manitowac, WI ~ 5/1 – 5/31/16

“More for Moms” Mother’s Day Celebration at Whole Foods Market, Montclair, NJ ~ 5/6/16

10th Anniversary Celebration at Chatham Marketplace, Pittsboro, NC ~ 5/13 – 5/14/16

Family Day Event at Whole Foods Market, Albany, NY ~ 5/14/16

Earth Fare 5K at Carrier Park, Asheville, NC ~ 5/14/16

Kid’s Club Event at Whole Foods Market, Sarasota, FL ~ 5/18/16

Strides for Safe Kids St. Louis Fundraising Walk & Expo at Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO ~ 5/22/16

Kid’s Club Event at Whole Foods Market, Naples, FL ~ 5/25/16

Treating ADHD Naturally Conference at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL ~ 5/25/16

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Gleeful Times at CHFA West in Vancouver, Canada

Earth Day Events & More In Store

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Lots of Gleeful events this month! Here’s a selection, with fingers crossed that one or two are located near you. Expect to see gum galore for giveaway!

OwlThon Dance Marathon to Benefit the Shands Children’s Hospital at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL ~ 4/2/16

Spring Mix at Whole Foods Market, Jacksonville, FL ~ 4/2/16

Teacher Appreciation Week at Whole Foods Market, Arlington, Old Town, and Springfield, VA ~ 4/11- 4/15/16

Philadelphia Junior League’s Empowering You Health Fair at the Lankenau Medical Center Main Hospital, Plymouth Meeting, PA ~ 4/16/16

The Yoga Expo at Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, FL ~ 04/16/16

19th Anniversary Celebration at Healthy Horizons, Hammond, IN ~ 4/16/16

LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/16- 4/17/16

Women’s Health & Education Fund (WHEF) Bowl-A-Thon at Town Hall Lanes, Johnston, RI ~ 4/17/16

3rd Annual Health Fair at Bel Air, Carmichael, CA ~ 4/18/16

Earth Day Celebration at Bare Essentials, Boone, NC ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Garden of Eat’n, Jesup, GA ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Health Hut, Hickory, NC ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Peggy’s Natural Foods, Stuart, FL ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Tidal Creek Co-Op, Wilmington, NC ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Fairhope Natural Foods, Fairhope, AL ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Virginia’s Natural Food, Mobile, AL ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Rosewood Market, Columbia, SC ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Hendersonville Co-Op, Hendersonville, NC ~ 4/22/16

Earth Day Celebration at Lassens, Ventura, CA ~ 4/22- 4/23/16

The Healthy Communities Festival at Cascades Park’s Centennial Field, Tallahassee, FL ~ 4/23/16

Snap Happy

Sooo, we joined Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Then we thought, we’re really not wasting spending enough time online. What are we waiting for? Let’s get on Instagram, too!

Follow glee.gum for a behind-the-scenes look at gummy goings-on, Gleeful shenanigans, the occasional sticky situation, and our ever-smiling staff (pictured here at the recent Natural Products Expo West). We can’t wait to see what you snap, too! Pun intended.

Feeling the Glee at Expo West

 

 

Hey, Hey, It’s a Giveaway!

Feeling lucky?

Here’s a chance for not one, but TWO lucky ducks to win oodles of gum.

Hosted by our friends at Naturally Savvy, this is one Gleeful giveaway. Each prize pack includes pouches of Peppermint and Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum, cases of Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint, Triple Berry, and Tangerine Glee Gum, and a bag of yummy Glee Gum Pops.

Enter by April 11, 2016 (US only). We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you! DETAILS HERE.

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Featured Fan: A Neighbor to the North

In the US these days, consumed by primary elections and presidential campaigns, some folks talk of moving to Canada. If such dreams/ threats are realized, here’s the good news: they have Glee Gum up there!

Yup, Glee Gum is sold throughout Canada. As evidence, we present Jacob T. of Owen Sound, Ontario, holding a pack of his preferred flavor, purchased from Well.ca. Jacob likes Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee because it “tastes good, has no aspartame or sorbitol, and makes my breath fresher.”

In addition to having terrific taste in gum, this tenth grade student happens to be a competitive hockey player and a talented jazz musician. He also mows lawns, which should come in handy for anyone planning to move to Canada around oh, say, November 9th. See you soon, Jacob!

Featured Fan Jacob T

If You Donate, We’ll Double It

The Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQROO) is an incredible public university in Mexico. Chicle, the tree sap used in Glee Gum, is harvested sustainably from this region— often by family members of UIMQROO students.

Backpack Glee for UIMQROOWe’ve seen first-hand how the harvest of non-timber forest products like chicle helps to conserve the rainforest. And we’ve seen how UIMQROO gives students the tools they need to create positive change socially, economically, and environmentally.

But, 15% of UIMQROO students drop out each year because they can’t afford to stay. Please join us in helping these students. We’ll match your donation! READ MORE.

Find Glee More Easily

These days, you’ll see Glee in select locations of Target, HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Winn-Dixie, and more. We’re especially excited that our new Glee Gum Pops are “popping up” too, including in the candy aisle of all Sprouts Farmers Markets. Check out our store locator to find stores near you!

Stores with Glee Gum - Feb 2016

How to Access Glee Deals

Did you know there is a magical way to receive exclusive discounts on all our products?

There is!

In truth, no magic is required. It is super easy! Simply sign up for the Glee Gum e-newsletter. It comes out just once a month or so, with all the news that’s fit to chew. Special discounts in every issue, too. Here’s the latest edition, and another will be en route soon. Happy reading!

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