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Cub Foods addresses gluten allergies with diet management program

BY Allison Cerra

STILLWATER, Minn. Supervalu’s Cub Foods is looking to help customers with gluten sensitivity with the launch of a new, informative diet management program at its stores located in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Developed by Supervalu’s health-and-wellness team and dietitians, the program will roll out in phases over the next three months. The program will present in-store signage about gluten-free foods in Cub Foods stores — as well as in Supervalu’s family of other stores — and also will feature gluten-free shopping lists and guides. In addition to recipes, more extensive gluten-free shopping lists and snack and meal solutions will be available on the stores’ websites.

The new program builds on Supervalu’s Nutrition iQ program, an in-store nutrition ratings system to help customers identify healthy food choices.

“For people suffering from gluten intolerance, eating foods with gluten causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine, which can result in nutrients passing through the body without being absorbed. This may contribute to other health concerns, including malnutrition, some types of cancers and a variety of autoimmune diseases,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “As a whole, the U.S. population is seeing an uptick in gluten intolerance, and there are many more people who have it — but don’t know it. This program is designed to help people manage a gluten-free diet and hopefully encourage others to seek advice from a healthcare professional about a possible sensitivity to gluten.”

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Meijer announces on-demand flu shot offering

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. A Midwest retailer is expanding its pharmacy services to include on-demand flu shots at all of its stores.

Meijer’s VP pharmacy operations, Karen Mankowski, said Tuesday that the chain will expand its flu shot capability by offering flu shots to customers on a walk-in basis from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients who need flu shots outside of the scheduled hours can contact their local Meijer pharmacist for options.

At the Meijer pharmacy, flu shots are available for adults and children 9 years of age and older at a cost of $24.99. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, are accepted, and every customer who purchases a flu shot will receive a 2011 planner with a coupon book valued at more than $80.

“Our expanded flu shot capability is yet another step in our efforts to make our stores a destination point for customers seeking healthy-living solutions,” said Mankowski. “Meijer pharmacies are evolving to provide a variety of services on both sides of the pharmacy counter, with our pharmacists becoming a key connection point for our customers.”

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Dollar General’s Rexall will hit the race track at three NASCAR events

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General’s health brand Rexall will be gracing the No. 11 Braun Racing entry in three races this fall, the dollar store operator announcd Monday.

David Reutimann will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series to drive the orange and blue Rexall Toyota in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 15, Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 6 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.

“We are excited to enter the Rexall Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” stated Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “We recently introduced Rexall products in our stores, bringing our customers the dependable quality and value that Rexall is known for. We look forward to cheering on the Rexall car in celebration of the brand’s debut at Dollar General.”

The Rexall car makes its entrance into NASCAR in conjunction with Rexall healthcare products arriving on the shelves at Dollar General. The new Rexall line inlcudes over-the-counter medications and first aid, foot care and dental care products.

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