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One Year Later, Millions are Losing Weight with alli(R)

alli celebrates its one-year anniversary with a donation to Dress for

Success Worldwide

PITTSBURGH, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of helping more than four million people get a new lease on life, alli(R) is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a $75,000 donation to Dress for Success Worldwide. The announcement was made today at a press event in New York.

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Dress for Success Worldwide (DFS) is an international, non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged women with professional clothing, career development tools and a network of support to help them thrive in work and life. Monies donated to DFS on behalf of the partnership will support the Dress for Success Professional Women's Group, which addresses health and wellness topics among others.

"In the same way that alli helps people lose weight and increase their self-esteem, Dress for Success empowers women to change their lives for the better," said Joi Gordon, chief executive officer of Dress for Success Worldwide. "We are pleased and proud to be working together to bring much-needed nutritional counseling to our clients."

In addition to the cash donation, female alli users are urged to donate their nearly new, plus-sized (size 14 and above) business attire to Dress for Success and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare. Also, because the organization needs more than donated clothing, GSK Consumer Healthcare is asking alli users to donate time and resources to their local Dress for Success affiliate.

"Looking good and feeling good go hand-in-hand, and that's why alli is supporting Dress for Success with a financial donation, clothing donation and volunteers," said Karen Scollick, vice president Weight Control at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. "We can't think of a better way to celebrate alli users and the product's anniversary than by helping others."

Release of a New Book As a part of the alli anniversary celebration, a new book titled "We Lost It," dedicated to telling the real-life stories of people who have lost weight on the alli program, how they did it, what they've learned and how it has impacted their life was unveiled.

"I started alli a year ago. I was 186 pounds and during my physical exam, my doctor strongly advised me to lose weight or I would be heading for potentially serious health issues," said Connie DeGiorgis of Flushing, Mich., whose story is featured in "We Lost It." "So, I bought the alli starter pack, registered on and started to learn to make healthy food choices and keep a food diary. After six months, I'm down to 132 pounds."

"Little Black Dress" Showcase

In celebration of their success, several alli users featured in the book will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a "little black dress" designed for them by Laura Bennett and Mychael Knight, both former Project Runway finalists. A featured male alli user will be styled by event emcee, Emmy award-winner Jai Rodriguez, formerly of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and currently seen on the Style Network's Ultimate Style.

"I didn't think I could feel any better since I lost 26 pounds with alli, but this dress takes me over the top," said Mary E. Davis. "I'm thrilled to share my story with others who may need that extra bit of encouragement to help them get on the right track and lose weight."

For more information on how to join the millions who have lost weight with alli and to help others get a new lease on life by donating to Dress for Success, log on to

About Dress for Success Worldwide

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 85 cities in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 400,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

About alli

alli is the only FDA-approved weight-loss product available to overweight adults, 18 years or older, without a prescription. It combines a clinically- proven product with a comprehensive individualized action plan. The alli program encourages modest, gradual weight loss, known by experts as the best way to lose weight. alli (60 mg orlistat capsules) is safe and effective when used as directed.

About GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

GSK Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. Its more than 30 well-known brands include the leading smoking cessation products, Nicorette(R), NicoDerm(R) CQ and Commit(R) as well as many medicine cabinet staples, including Abreva(R), Aquafresh(R), Sensodyne,(R) Tums(R) and Breathe Right(R).

About GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline -- one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies -- is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information visit:

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