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Albertsons expands Eating Healthy With Diabetes store tours

BY David Salazar
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons’ Eating Healthy With Diabetes store tours — which make available to patients a guided tour with a registered dietitian to help make better food choices, set goals and read nutrition labels — are getting an expansion, the company announced Thursday. 
 
Through April 30, there will be free, guided tours at 400 of the company’s stores with in-store pharmacies under the Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs banners.
 
“We hope that all of our customers who are interested in taking charge of their health and wellness goals can attend the free tours,” said Mark Panzer, SVP, Pharmacy Health and Wellness. “This is one more way our stores can be a solution center for our patients and customers.”
 
The tours, which were developed more than 10 years ago when Albertsons pharmacists realized their patients with diabetes needed more resources in addition to their medications, have been updated to include food tastings, meal planning tips and nutrition tools. The company welcomes all patients to participate, regardless of diabetes status. The tours are sponsored by LifeScan, which makes OneTouch products. 
 

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Genentech, Publix, Mars and Regeneron named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

BY Brian Berk

NEW YORK — Genentech, Publix, Mars and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals were named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. The listings are based upon reviews by company employees.

Genentech placed sixth on the list: “The biotech giant has a ‘casual intensity’ vibe, says one staffer. ‘We are a very fun company, but at the end of the day we all know our part in the mission” — making drugs for life-threatening illnesses. Every time a medicine is FDA approved, employees ring a bell at the same time in celebration. (That happened four times in the past year.),” wrote Fortune.

Publix earned the No. 21 slot on the magazine’s list. “The largest employee-owned company in the country, this grocery chain with a ‘family’ feel gives staff a ‘great opportunity to retire worry-free’ through a stock ownership plan (part-timers participate too). Hefty holiday bonuses don’t hurt either. The result: Employees stick around. The company has dozens of workers over the age of 90,” wrote the magazine.

Mars placed 50th. "Employees at this food and candy maker (whose brands incude Snickers, Uncle Ben's RIce and M&Ms) live by the company's five principles: quality, responsibility, mutality, efficiency and freedom," wrote Fortune. "Staffers say the values are 'guiding light,' influencing even 'how we act in our personal lives, making us the best version of ourselves."

Regeneron earned the No. 85 spot on the list. “Dedication, purpose, impact, world-leading science” — those are some of the reasons people want to work at this biotech firm, which aims to combat a range of diseases and has four FDA-approved drugs. In a ‘world driven by the dollar,’ says one employee, it’s ‘refreshing’ to be at a company where the ‘bottom line is with patients,’ the publication wrote.

Google placed first on the list. This marks the sixth consecutive year the Internet company earned the top spot.

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