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Lowe’s drives health care to stores with mobile program

BY Ken Clark

MOORESVILLE, N.C. —Home improvement chain Lowe’s is providing free health screenings to its employees through two custom-built mobile screening units that began rolling March 1. The mobile units are part of the company’s Lowe’s Life Track health-and-wellness program, described by Bob Ihrie, Lowe’s SVP employee rewards and services, as a first of its kind for a national retailer.

“When employees choose to take a health risk assessment and participate in the health screening, they become actively engaged in their health and are able to get personal advice for their health needs,” he said. “Over time, we will have a healthier, more productive workforce.”

The program comes at a time of heightened interest in healthcare reform and concern over costs to employers. Retail companies increasingly are considering and implementing new ideas, such as healthcare partnerships with drug stores.

At Lowe’s, the plans are for the vehicles to travel more than 100,000 miles during the next two-and-a-half years. The mission is to provide free basic health screening and guidance for more than 70,000 Lowe’s employees. Medical professionals on the mobile health units will screen employees for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and more.

The National Business Group on Health, a national nonprofit organization, recently named Lowe’s a Silver winner of the 2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

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Survey finds shoppers with a plan spend most money

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Coupon clippers and shoppers that plan their excursions to the supermarket are more likely to spend more money, according to a Henkel survey.

Henkel, a manufacturer of such brands as Dial soap, said that those who go to supermarkets with the intent to shop and save yield more profit than carefree shoppers. On average, coupon clippers spent more than $7,100 last year. What’s more, Henkel added, these shoppers accounted for 31% of spending on packaged goods in 2009, even though they only make up 26% of U.S. households.

Another interesting fact, the CPG maker noted, is that shoppers with a plan also are less likely to shop at new stores.

The survey was baed on tracking of about 40,000 households performed by ACNielsen and Information Resources Inc.

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Bayer aspirin quick release crystals

BY Michael Johnsen

CVS had this citrus-flavored Bayer aspirin quick release crystals clip-stripped within adult dentures. And while this product isn’t the 81 mg of aspirin recommended for daily consumption to prevent a second heart attack (it contains 850 mg in each powder pouch), there is still a very strong need for this kind of easily stored/quickly administered aspirin product for seniors.

Sufferers of any heart attack are recommended to chew and swallow aspirin just after they’ve dialed 911 and called for help. As the first aid for heart attacks, aspirin makes platelets less sticky and can minimize blood clot formation and prevent further blockage of the artery.

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