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Healthy Trucking Association of America introduces driver wellness program

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Healthy Trucking Association of America on Monday announced the launch of the HTAA Driver Vitality Program as one of the first universal, personal health-and-wellness management tools that professional drivers can use to improve and maintain their health.

“The HTAA Driver Vitality Program is the single most important development to date in the nationwide campaign to help drivers improve their health,” HTAA executive director Bill Gordon said.  “It’s exactly what the industry needs — a universal platform that all drivers can use [and] an industry standard that can benefit every driver and every fleet.”

The HTAA has partnered with the Vitality Group in the development of this program for the trucking industry and address all the common ailments that impact drivers in the trucking industry. Whether a driver is suffering from obesity, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, hypertension or a variety of other illnesses, the HTAA Vitality Program will identify the problem that needs to be addressed, lay out a pathway for the driver to follow, provide the resources the driver needs and then reward the driver for his or her efforts.

“We’ve been working for over three years to develop this program," Gordon said.  "So many ‘wellness programs’ are really just weight-loss diet plans," he said. "This program is the game changer that is going to finally give drivers and fleets the tools they need to turn around the trucking industry’s current negative health trend."

The HTAA will be unveiling the details of the new HTAA Driver Vitality Program at the upcoming HTAA Healthy Trucking Summit held in Atlanta April 24 to 26.

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Honeywell, Febreze team up for new fan

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A new device designed to offer home climate and aroma control has hit the market.

New Honeywell with Febreze Freshness Cool and Refresh fan brings together Honeywell’s ability to circulate stagnant indoor air while utilizing Febreze Set & Refresh scent cartridges that are designed to refresh a room by eliminating odors, Honeywell said. What’s more, a single scent cartridge can last up to 30 days, depending on the fan speed that’s used.

The Honeywell with Febreze Freshness Cool and Refresh fan currently is available at Target and Walmart for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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Walgreens, National Urban League partner on Way to Well Health Tour

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the National Urban League on Wednesday launched the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with National Urban League as a charitable component of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment. The national tour provides free health resources to residents in urban and minority communities who experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable diseases, the companies stated. The service is free and insurance will not be billed.

"The National Urban League is thrilled to partner with Walgreens for the Way to Well Health Tour for the sixth year in a row," National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial said. "As many urban and minority communities in the United States are struggling to afford rising healthcare costs in an uneasy economy, the free tests provided by the Way to Well Health Tour are vital to disease detection and prevention. Working together with Walgreens, we hope to educate and empower urban and minority communities to live healthier lifestyles."

The health tour’s bundle of free health tests and risk assessments is designed to provide participants with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. Collectively, the health tests, valued at more than $100, are administered to adults ages 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants will consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results.

The tour also will continue highlight the Urban League’s "I Am Empowered" national service initiative and will collaborate with Urban League affiliates to encourage members of urban and minority communities to act as their own health advocates by visiting the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL, which will provide free tests, assessments, education and consulting services.

Last year, Walgreens established the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide. The initiative is dedicated to providing accessible, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases: heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The Way to Well Health Tour is partially funded by consumers who support the Walgreens wellness services mission by purchasing Walgreens-branded health-and-wellness products. Walgreens has pledged 1 cent from the purchase of every Walgreens-branded health-and-wellness product between February 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, up to $3 million annually, to support bringing preventive wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund.


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