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Healthy Living Tour makes pit stop in Ga.

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour recently offered free health screenings at the 7th Annual 13th Congressional District Health Fair, hosted by Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., earlier this month.

Aboard the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour’s 40-ft. mobile screening unit, tour staff offered screenings that include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C tests.

Co-sponsored by Bayer Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk, the Healthy Living Tour continues through Nov. 4. The mobile screening unit is making 90 stops across 18 states this year.

Additionally, Health Mart is rewarding 10 Health Mart pharmacists across the country for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide exemplary education, guidance and service to people managing diabetes. Health Mart and co-sponsor Bayer Diabetes Care will hold small recognition ceremonies to honor select pharmacists, the company announced.

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Sears Holdings reports sales decline, Kmart comps flat in Q2

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart comparable-store sales were flat, and Sears U.S. sales declined by 1.2% during second quarter 2011, according to an earnings report released Thursday.

Kmart’s sales were $3.6 billion during the quarter, flat to second quarter 2010, while Sears Holdings as a whole had sales of $10.3 billion, down from $10.5 billion in second quarter 2010. The company had losses of $146 million, compared with $39 million in losses in second quarter 2010. Still, Kmart — which had 1,304 stores as of July 30 — experienced increases in sales in several categories, including pharmacy and drugs.

"We are not satisfied with our results and are taking actions to turn around our performance in a challenging economic environment," Sears Holdings president and CEO Lou D’Ambrosio said. "While we improved our revenue trend, including growing our online business by over 30%, we had lower gross margins."

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Forces of Nature launches line of topical homeopathics

BY Michael Johnsen

SONOMA, Calif. — Forces of Nature on Wednesday introduced its brand called Control, featuring 14 USDA-certified organic and Food and Drug Administration-registered topical medicines that target seven hard-to-treat conditions, including acne, herpes cold sores (caused by the herpes simplex virus) and scars. Each medicine uses a two-in-one approach that merges botanicals with recognized and established homeopathic drugs. The Control line is currently available at select Whole Foods Market stores and is rolling out in independent natural retailers nationwide.

According to Forces of Nature, the Control line is the first and only line of plant-based remedies that is categorized as medicine and certified organic. "Plant-based medicine has been around for centuries and is at the very roots of modern drug therapeutics," stated Peter Klapper, CEO of Forces of Nature. "If you’re sick, the first thing you should seek is a natural remedy to revitalize your system. Natural medicine works in harmony with your immune system versus suppressing your body’s natural instinct to heal itself."

Forces of Nature’s Control medicines are available online at ForcesOfNatureUSA.com and in Whole Foods Market stores nationally with placement in the ‘Natural Remedies’ section. They are currently expanding into distribution nationwide. Prices range from $19.95 to $29.95.

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