Diabetes should be focus of healthcare professionals year-round
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT There are many pharmacy retailers hooking their diabetes-related initiatives into the awareness generated by American Diabetes Month, but judging by a new study recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it may be time for healthcare professionals to begin piecing together initiatives that will help maintain that heightened awareness over the course of an entire year.
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That study, published in Population Health Metrics, projected that newly diagnosed cases of diabetes incidence will increase from the eight cases per 1,000 people diagnosed in 2008 to about 15 cases per 1,000 people in 2050. That alone suggests more people will be in need of year-round nutrition programs, such as Supervalu’s “living healthy with my diabetes.” But if those projected increases in diabetes incidence are coupled with a decline in diabetes-related mortality rates, the CDC suggested that as many as 1-in-3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050, as compared with the 1-in-5 Americans who have diabetes today.
Second time’s a charm: Navarro offers free Diabetes Club program
MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers and has expanded it to now include information on juvenile diabetes.
“This year, Navarro’s Diabetes Club will focus primarily on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP pharmacy. “The goal of the Diabetes Club is to educate parents and children about good eating habits, what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, as well as regular exercise.”
Navarro Diabetes Club includes the following benefits:
- Free prescription delivery to home or office;
- Free 60-day supply of Premier Value insulin syringes;
- Discounts of up to 15% off on all diabetes prescriptions, up to 25% of on diabetes supplies and 10% off on Navarro’s Premier Value products;
- Free health screenings and glucose testing in partnership with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions;
- Educational programs held at different store locations on such topics as heart disease and diabetes, controlling diabetes by dieting and exercising, the effects of smoking in diabetics and living the best quality of life with diabetes;
- Training on how to use new and updated glucose monitors;
- Access to Navarro’s online Web resource center;
- Invitations to monthly social and educational events; and
- A quarterly newsletter with additional diabetes information.
In addition, Navarro has partnered with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions as the title sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s annual “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” in Miami on Nov. 6.
Supervalu encourages healthy lifestyles with diabetes program
MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu on Thursday announced the launch of a comprehensive, whole-store health-and-wellness program called “living healthy with my diabetes.”
The program offers a variety of resources to make life easier for customers living with diabetes, including educational materials, health screening tests, group and individual diabetes education and training programs, medication management consultations, nutrition information, dietary tools, products and other services.
In addition to the resources that will be available year-round, Supervalu will kick off the program with a number of special, limited-time offers between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 in honor of American Diabetes Month, including free blood-glucose test screenings in selected locations with pharmacies on Nov. 13 and health screenings for A1c, cholesterol and liver function. Supervalu also will conduct “Eating Healthy with Diabetes” store tours guided by specially trained pharmacists and registered dietitians covering such topics as choosing healthier foods, reading Nutrition Facts labels and identifying better-for-you food options.
“Our neighborhood grocery stores are uniquely positioned to be a one-stop solution for people with diabetes,” stated Chris Dimos, Supervalu president of pharmacy operations. “In addition to offering nutritious foods in our grocery aisles, our pharmacists and dietitians can help educate customers, provide personalized training and guide them to the information, products and services they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The program is part of our commitment to provide convenient, affordable health-and-wellness solutions to our customers.”