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Golf pros lining up for 2016 CVS Health Charity Classic

BY Michael Johnsen
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, PGA TOUR Champions professionals and co-hosts of the CVS Health Charity Classic, on Tuesday unveiled some of the pros playing in the 18th annual event. Set for June 26-28 at Rhode Island Country Club, the popular charitable tournament boasts a roster of top-tier PGA TOUR, LPGA and PGA TOUR Champions professionals.
 
"We're excited to once again host the CVS Health Charity Classic which supports hundreds of great charities throughout the region," said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman, CVS Health Charity Classic. "Through the years, the tournament has driven more than $19 million dollars to local nonprofits to help fund the critical work they do to help children and families. We're proud that the Charity Classic continues to be a fan favorite and we encourage people of all ages to come enjoy the event which offers more than just great golf."
 
Tournament headliners include top-ranking PGA TOUR professionals Branden Grace, Tony Finau, Keegan Bradley, Jon Curran and Bryson DeChambeau. 
 
Ranked 11th in the world, Grace is making his first appearance at the Charity Classic. In just nine starts so far this year, Grace has earned three top-10 and six top-25 finishes, including his first PGA TOUR title at last month's RBC Heritage.
 
Also new to the tournament this year are Finau and DeChambeau. Finau posted his first victory this year, taking home the trophy from the Puerto Rico Open. DeChambeau, who recently turned pro following the 2016 Masters, is only the 5th golfer in history to win both the NCAA Division I Championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.
 
Northeast natives, Bradley and Curran, who are former high school teammates, return to Rhode Island Country Club to defend their 2015 tournament title. Bradley has three PGA TOUR wins, including the 2011 PGA Championship. He is one of only three golfers to win their major championship debut. Curran has posted three top-25 finishes this year and is currently ranked 90th in FedEx Cup standings. 
 
Representing the LPGA is golfer Morgan Pressel, who is currently ranked 34th in the world. A perennial favorite, this marks Pressel's 8th appearance at the CVS Health Charity Classic. Finally, returning to the CVS Health Charity Classic field for the 18th consecutive year is 40-year TOUR veteran and NBC Sports analyst Peter Jacobsen. Jacobsen, Faxon and Andrade are the only golfers to have played in the tournament since it began in 1999.
 
The CVS Health Charity Classic has added a variety of events for golf and non-golf fans alike, including a public benefit concert. Here's a look at the events taking place this June:
 
  • Lady Antebellum Benefit Concert – Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning group Lady Antebellum headlines a public benefit concert on Tuesday, June 28, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence;
  • Rocky Point 5k – A healthy way to kick-off off the three-day tournament, the CVS Health Charity Classic is sponsoring the Rocky Point 5k on Saturday, June 25. People are encouraged to run or walk in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event that also supports great local charities;
  • Community Day – On Sunday, June 26, CVS Health will host a number of other activities including interactive health & wellness stations and food trucks.
"The CVS Health Charity Classic has always been about bringing great golf and great charities together," Boone said."Adding a series of fun events to the tournament enables us to raise even more money to support charities helping children and families across New England."
 
 
 
 

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MDLIVE expands Walgreens collaboration to include behavioral health services

BY Michael Johnsen
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Tuesday expanded its collaboration with telehealth provider MDLIVE as part of a new mental health platform and campaign to help meet the growing need for resources and access to care.  
 
“Walgreens is dedicated to championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, and our commitment extends to supporting our customers and patients to both good physical and mental health,” stated Alex Gourlay, Walgreens president. “We’re proud to help meet the need for mental health resources in our communities, to encourage those who have questions or concerns to seek answers, and to work closely with other providers and partners to help more people get the support and services they need.”
 
The Walgreens mental health platform aims to improve health outcomes through early screening and intervention, to heighten consumer awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and to connect more people with clinical resources in their community who can help.  
 
As part of the campaign, Walgreens also has formed a collaboration with Mental Health America, a leading community based nonprofit organization. Working with MHA, and with a new section of the Walgreens website dedicated to mental health, (Walgreens.com/mentalhealth), Walgreens can help connect people to free, scientifically based online screenings for a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. 
 
With timely intervention often critical to early stage treatment, Walgreens and MHA together have set a goal to complete 3 million online screenings by the end of 2017.  
 
MHA can facilitate follow-up treatment and care through providers and specialists in local communities, as well as through its affiliates across the U.S. 
 
The initiative launches in conjunction with Mental Health Month, observed each May in the United States.
Walgreens currently provides a broad range of services to improve medication adherence for patients, including those with certain mental health conditions, and today introduces a new Mental Health Answers site available at Walgreens.com/mentalhealth. The site features informational resources and content, as well as easy access to a selection of free online screening tools through MHA. 
 
As part of the commitment, and to better serve those with mental health conditions, Walgreens is providing opportunities for continuing education for all of its more than 27,000 pharmacists. And beginning later this month, a training program focused on depression and anxiety will be offered for the more than 1,100 Walgreens Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The pharmacist educational program is provided through its relationship with Medscape.  
 
Walgreens pharmacists are playing an important role in working with patients through other services, including:
 
  • New to therapy consultations – pharmacist phone calls to Walgreens patients who are new to targeted medication therapies, including depression;
  • Pharmacy chat – 24/7 online access to Walgreens pharmacy staff for secure, 1-on-1 chat to address medication-related questions or concerns. Staff specially trained in a number of areas, including stress and depression; and
  • Depression screenings for select disease states, provided through Walgreens specialty pharmacy locations and the Walgreens Connected Care offering. 
And a new behavioral telehealth solution provided by Breakthrough, an MDLIVE company, also will be available through the Walgreens digital properties. Breakthrough offers access to more than 1,000 state-licensed therapists and psychiatrists to treat addiction, depression, stress and other behavioral health concerns. 
 
“Teletherapy is an excellent option if you’re looking for a more convenient, private and affordable way to receive behavioral therapy,” stated Randy Parker, CEO MDLIVE.  “Through our relationship with Walgreens, we are making it easier for consumers to get help by providing the flexibility to schedule therapy at a time that works best for them, and without the need for travel time, waiting rooms or office visits.”
 
“Access to providers and care is one of the biggest challenges for our mental health system today, and we’re pleased to work with MDLIVE to help meet this need as part of the Walgreens mental health platform,” added Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional VP digital health.
 
Teletherapy, the delivery of web- and mobile-based sessions between a patient and licensed mental health provider via video, is one of the fastest growing sectors of the virtual healthcare market. A 2013 study conducted by clinical researchers from the University of Zurich, determined that patients who received psychotherapy for depression via the Internet had outcomes that were just as good, if not better, than the same number of patients receiving conventional face-to-face therapy (53% vs 50%). In addition, 95% of those patients who received telehealth services were satisfied with their experience, versus 91% of patients who received conventional treatment. Both groups of patients in the study described their visits with their therapists as “personal.”
 
 
 
 

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Belkin unveils new screen protector for Apple Watch

BY Gina Acosta

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Apple Watch owners shopping the cellphone accessories aisle have a new option for screen protection.

Belkin has launched the ScreenForce InvisiGlass Advanced Screen Protection for the Apple Watch, a flexible glass screen protector. Engineered to withstand and absorb shock, InvisiGlass is made with 100% real, flexible glass and it’s tested to 9H hardness for scratch-resistance to protect the screen from cosmetic damage. With a thinness of 0.2 millimeters, ScreenForce InvisiGlass preserves touchscreen-sensitivity so that users can take advantage of the functionality of their Apple Watch, according to Belkin.

“We depend on the Apple Watch for daily tasks such as sending emails, texts, checking the weather, tracking our fitness and other activities, so why not add an extra layer of protection?,” said Melody Tescon, senior director of product management for Belkin. “Designed with real flexible glass, ScreenForce InvisiGlass provides an added layer of crystal-clear protection, while keeping your Apple Watch feeling and looking like new.”

InvisiGlass is available now at major retailers for an MSRP of $24.99.

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