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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is collaborating with LifeScan to bring free diabetes testing, resources and materials to communities across the Northeast, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.
The Rite Track Diabetes Tour will start in New York on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to mark American Diabetes Month. Chef Sam Talbot, who has Type 1 diabetes, will be aboard the bus to share his diabetes story and give away signed copies of his newly published cookbook, "The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries."
At every tour stop, attendees can step into the bus for a complimentary blood-glucose test to help identify their risk for developing diabetes or an A1C test, which shows a person living with diabetes their average blood glucose over the past three months. They also can speak with a Rite Aid pharmacist about their test results and learn about Rite Aid's resources for people with diabetes. The 30 stops on the tour also will include Boston; Philadelphia; Washington; Pittsburgh; Harrisburg, Pa.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Norfolk, Va.
"The Rite Track Diabetes Tour is a great way for us to offer additional support to people with diabetes, whether they've been living with diabetes forbears or have just recently been diagnosed," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "We want them to know they aren't alone and that their Rite Aid pharmacists can help them successfully manage and live well with diabetes."
In addition, Rite Aid's philanthropic arm, the Rite Aid Foundation, will donate a total of $20,000 to local American Diabetes Association chapters.