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‘Iron Andy,’ athlete and diabetic, offers inspiration as he competes

BY DSN STAFF

VALLEY FORGE , Pa. The tens of millions of Americans coping with the effects of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes might well draw some inspiration from a muscular, charismatic Type 1 diabetic and Ironman competitor who’s appearing at independent drug stores and health fairs nationwide.

Andy Holder, better known as “Iron Andy,” is touring the country to compete in a grueling series of Ironman events and demonstrate how to overcome the limitations imposed by the disease. As spokesman for the “Managing Diabetes: Living Without Limits” campaign sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy and The Diabetes Shoppe—both divisions of AmerisourceBergen—Holder has spoken to various groups at local Good Neighbor Pharmacies, at health expos and at diabetes support-group events to inspire people to take an active role in managing their disease and to educate them on how their pharmacist may be able to help with their daily challenges.

Diagnosed in 2005 at age 36, Holder said he was determined not to let the disease hold him back. A lifelong athlete, he decided to take control of the disease and inspire others by becoming an Ironman competitor.

As an Ironman, Holder must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a full marathon of 26.2 miles. His intense training schedule requires him to check his glucose levels a dozen times a day, including while running and riding his bike. Holder’s endocrinologist, his certified diabetes educator and his local Diabetes Shoppe pharmacist help him safely manage his disease during extreme training and competition.

“With the support of my healthcare team, I am able to manage a disease that could have limited my ability to live my life the way I wanted,” Holder said. “Because I am dealing with diabetes around the clock and learning new things every day about managing the disease, I could not train successfully for the Ironman without the knowledge, accessibility and emotional support of my Diabetes Shoppe pharmacist.”

The Diabetes Shoppe is located within roughly 1,100 independent drug stores, primarily in participating Good Neighbor Pharmacies, the retail service and marketing umbrella operated by AmerisourceBergen. The in-store centers offer diabetes products, individualized service and access to trained diabetes professionals.

Jerry Meece, a CDE and Diabetes Shoppe pharmacist at Plaza Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Gainesville, Texas, one of the first freestanding pharmacies in the country to achieve provider education recognition from the American Diabetes Association, called Holder “a great role model to remind diabetes patients that disease management is not only important to staying healthy and active, but is key to reaching lifestyle goals.”

The Diabetes Shoppe and Good Neighbor Pharmacy have created a program website, livingwithoutlimits.diabetes-shoppe.com. The site profiles a number of people who have been inspired by Holder’s story, as well as posting his schedule for the upcoming year, which currently includes:

  • Feb. 2:  Sandy, Utah; ADA Expo Salt Lake City
  • Mar. 29:  Oceanside, Calif.; Ford Ironman 70.3
  • Apr. 13:  Tempe, Ariz.; Ford Ironman Arizona
  • May 4:  Cincinnati, Ohio; Flying Pig Marathon

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Middendorf appointed CFO of Arcadia

BY Antoinette Alexander

INDIANAPOLIS Arcadia Resources, a provider of home health care, medical staff, durable medical equipment and specialty pharmacy services under its proprietary DailyMed program, has appointed Matthew Middendorf as its permanent chief financial officer, effective Feb. 1.

Middendorf succeeds Lynn Fetterman, who has been employed as interim chief financial officer since February 2007. Fetterman will remain with the company through the conclusion of his employment agreement on May 24.

“On behalf of Arcadia HealthCare, I want to thank Lynn for contributing significantly to Arcadia’s turnaround. I am pleased that he will continue to assist us to ensure a smooth transition. We wish Lynn well in his future endeavors,” stated Marvin Richardson, president and chief executive officer of Arcadia. “We are excited that Matt is joining our executive team as Arcadia’s permanent chief financial officer. Together, we will work to build Arcadia’s long-term value and to continue our mission of keeping people at home and healthier longer.”

Middendorf previously served as a consultant to Arcadia HealthCare, providing day-to-day financial and accounting support to the interim chief financial officer and working on special projects for the chief executive officer.

In February 2007, Arcadia Resources acquired all of the membership interests of PrairieStone Pharmacy—a move that completed PrairieStone’s transition from an owner to an operator, manager and service provider to pharmacies. Before being named president and chief executive officer of Arcadia in May 2007, Richard served as president and chief executive officer of PrairieStone.

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NRF panel stresses sustainability

BY Mike Duff

NEW YORK Brenda Mathison, director of environmental affairs at Best Buy laid it out to store operators at the National Retail Federation convention, when she said that, as regards the sustainability issue, “You are not at the table, you are on the menu.”

Becoming proactive on sustainability is critical if retailers are to participate in the development of a greening commercial environment and, at the very least, be prepared for the inevitable rules and regulations emerging all over the globe, said the speakers at NRF’s Creating the “Green”: Protecting the Environment and Your Bottom Line seminar.

Mathison noted that Best Buy is developing a new green initiatives in focus stores that the company gradually will expand as it opens new units. She pointed out that Best Buy is taking a more comprehensive look at green issues. Energy efficiencies, transportation, recycling, green facilities and green products all are elements that Best Buy is incorporating into its sustainability efforts. Critically, Best Buy is building measurement into each element of its green push to provide standards, verification and, ultimately, a way to satisfy observers and its own employees that the company is committed to sustainability as a method of making it not only a better corporate citizen, but a better retailer as well.

Kevin Hagen, director of corporate social responsibility for REI, noted that the sporting good retailer has discovered, through its own sustainability initiatives a range of new opportunities that have made it a more efficient retailer. REI has looked inward as it has sought methods of becoming greener. Although charitable donations have been part of REI’s historic commitment to social responsibility, giving even several million dollars in contribution ultimately doesn’t have nearly as big an impact as spending $300 million in various investments the company has to make as it pursues it business. For that reason, the company has reviewed various practices from building to buying introducing green innovations that sometimes pay off immediately in terms of cost savings and some that will provide long-term returns as REI gets ahead of resource markets and inevitable environmental legislation and regulation.

Justin Doak, manager, LEED Retail Sector, U.S Green Building Council, noted that the group is bringing its preliminary examination of specialized practices to a close. It plans to offer LEED rules tailored specifically to retail in the fall, which not only will provide guidelines for concerned retailers but also will solidify the outlook for cities that are or will adopt LEED concepts as part of their building codes.

Additionally, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Chicago’s Department of the Environment Commissioner, noted that her city is encouraging innovation across the board from government to retail and putting into place incentives for companies to adopt green practices. In terms of construction, that has included waving permit fees for green building projects. The results already are becoming apparent. She cited the care study of manufacturer F&F Foods, a company that conducted a green redesign project on a 150,000 square foot building. F&F spent $63,000 for an environmental audit and $722,000 for a retrofit. The result was a $296,000 cost savings annually and a pay back time of 2.65 years. The numbers suggest, as did the panelists, that green initiatives can generate returns beyond good will.

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