SOURCE: Baywood International, Inc.

October 07, 2009 09:01 ET

New Leaf Joins Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis in Tappan Zee Bike Ride

ORANGEBURG, NY--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - New Leaf Brands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baywood International, Inc. (OTCBB: BAYW) ("Company"), today announced that the Company will sponsor a participating team in the Multiple Sclerosis/Tappan Zee Bike Ride taking place on Sunday, October 18, 2009 in Tarrytown, New York. All cyclists will begin the Tour at Kraft Foods in Tarrytown, NY, followed by a ride over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Last year's event raised nearly $300,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society New York City - Southern New York Chapter. The ride marks the 12th anniversary of the Bike MS/Tappan Zee Bike Ride. The goal for this year's ride is to reach over 1000 riders and exceed $320,000 in funds raised.

"It is with great pleasure and honor that we announce our participation and sponsorship of the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride. The New Leaf bike team consists of 37 members and has already pledged donations of over $8,000 for this wonderful cause. As of today, New Leaf is the number 1 corporate fundraiser for this race. Our entire company would like to thank those who are participating in this great cause of working towards a cure for multiple sclerosis," stated Mr. Eric Skae, Chief Executive Officer of New Leaf. "As a locally based business that is providing healthy beverages to local establishments, as well as more widely recognized convenience stores such as 7-Eleven in the tri-state area, we saw the MS Bike Ride as a great opportunity to give back to our community and raise awareness of the fight against MS. We intend to use this as an example of how we can work with the MS Society on a national level and participate and sponsor additional events in the future."

Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advancements in medical research lend renewed hope to those afflicted by the disease.

Make a donation online or send in a contribution. Anything will make a difference in the fight against MS, and it all begins right here. Please visit, http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/NYVBikeEvents?team_id=175740&pg=team&fr_id=10288 and click on the team member you want to donate to and then click on "donate to" to enter a gift amount. Then just fill out the form to help support us in this exciting race for a cure.

About New Leaf:

Founded by Eric Skae in 2004 in Orangeburg, New York, New Leaf Brands was created with the vision of providing healthy beverages for consumers that are great-tasting and made only with high quality ingredients. New Leaf Tea was the company's first product that was born out of that vision and now is available to consumers in 14 unique flavors and in over 8,000 outlets including restaurants, delis, pizzerias and other retail establishments. For more information, please visit www.newleafbrands.com.

About Baywood:

Baywood International, Inc. (OTCBB: BAYW) ("Baywood") develops, markets and sells nutraceutical and nutritionally enhanced products and new age beverages under its own brands. Baywood merges its expertise in nutritional formulation with its leverage in sales and distribution to deliver the most effective and progressive products to market. Currently, Baywood's products are sold under the LifeTime® nutraceutical brand and the New Leaf® Tea brand.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, made in reliance upon Section 21D of the Exchange Act of 1934, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, performance, or expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company's expectations, among other things, are dependent upon general economic conditions, continued demand for its products, the availability of raw materials, retention of its key management and operating personnel, its ability to operate its subsidiary companies effectively, need for and availability of additional capital as well as other uncontrollable or unknown factors which are more fully disclosed in the Company's Form 10-Ks and 10-Qs on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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