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Giant Food presents $100K donation to USO

BY Michael Johnsen

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food on Tuesday released a photo delivering $100,000 to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. The Ahold USA grocer will make an additional contribution of 17,000 snack pack care packages for service members, the company announced.

In March, Giant hosted a giving campaign to support military families across the Mid-Atlantic region as part of its second annual Military Appreciation Month. Customers were given the opportunity to purchase healthy Snack Packs for service members or make monetary donations at check-out.

Photo Caption: (left to right) Steve Stoner, VP human resources, Giant Food, USO-Metro Board Member; Elaine Rogers, president and CEO, USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore; and Jamie Miller, manager, public and community relations, Giant Food

 

 

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Report: Married men more apt to seek preventive care

BY Michael Johnsen

 ATLANTA — The National Center for Health Statistics on Wednesday released a report finding that married men were more likely than not-married men to have had a healthcare visit within the past 12 months. This association was observed for both younger and older men, but only among men with health insurance. When men have the means to access health care, spouses may play a role in their use of health care by directly encouraging men to seek preventive care and by indirectly evoking in men a sense of economic and social obligation to the family, the report suggested.

According to the report, cohabiting partners do not play a similar health-promoting role. Compared with both married men and other not-married men, cohabiting men were less likely to have had a health care visit. They were also less likely to have had selected clinical preventive services in the past 12 months, including blood pressure checks and screenings for elevated cholesterol and diabetes. In fact, cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Only about one-half of men in this group for whom cholesterol and diabetes screenings are recommended had received these screenings in the past 12 months.

Previous research has demonstrated that married men are more likely than not-married men to seek preventive health care services because their spouses encourage them to do so. It was not known, however, whether cohabiting partners of not-married men play a health-promoting role similar to that of spouses. With data from the 2011–2012 National Health Interview Survey, selected measures of preventive health care service use were compared for three groups of men aged 18–64: married men (defined as those living with a spouse), cohabiting men (defined as those living with a partner who is not a spouse) and other not-married men. The consistency of observed differences by age and health insurance coverage status was also investigated.

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Bolthouse Farms announces summer-inspired beverage

BY Ryan Chavis

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bolthouse Farms announced that it will be releasing a new summer-only refreshment that puts a twist on a classic beverage. The company’s watermelon mint lemonade, available in 52-oz. bottles,  combines the flavors of lemon, watermelon and mint.

Bolthouse Farms is a consumer brand that produces and sells premium juices, smoothies, protein shakes and cafe beverages. The company recently launched a line of yogurt dressings and extra virgin olive oil vinaigrettes.

 

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