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NACDS Foundation announces recipients of ‘Million Hearts Team Up, Pressure Down’ grants

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation announced on Tuesday the recipients of the Million Hearts Team Up, Pressure Down public education grants. The NACDS Foundation’s support will provide $35,000 in funding for community health fairs during the month of September, hosted by 15 schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide.

Team Up, Pressure Down is a pharmacy-based program starting in September within the Million Hearts initiative, which was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Million Hearts initiative, with key stakeholders including the NACDS Foundation, aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by raising public awareness about blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.
 
In September, through the combined outreach of student pharmacists and faculty members, the selected schools and colleges of pharmacy will host community health fairs. The health fairs will feature student pharmacist-led blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, and medication reviews. In the United States alone, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical expenses and lost worker productivity.
 
“Student pharmacists will have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in their communities through preventive care services,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “The NACDS Foundation is thrilled to work with these schools to improve the health and wellness of patients from across the country, and we are excited to continue to support the great work of HHS as they work toward the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.”
 
The recipients — selected from nearly 70 applicant schools and colleges of pharmacy — are:
 

  1. Chicago State University
  2. Duquesne University
  3. Harding University
  4. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
  5. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Worcester
  6. Roosevelt University
  7. Texas A&M University
  8. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  9. University of Minnesota
  10. University of Mississippi
  11. University of New Mexico
  12. University of North Carolina
  13. University of Oklahoma
  14. University of South Florida
  15. Western New England University
     

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Goody develops clip-in decorative hair jewelry extensions

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — Goody, a maker of hair accessories and styling tools, has taken its Simple Styles line to the next level with the new Clip-Ins hair jewelry extensions set to launch in the fall.

The new Clip-Ins are the next generation to the trend of women wearing dangling extension hair accessories: feathers, colored hair, chains.  Featuring silver, gold or hematite chains and adorned with charms or jewels, these clip-in accessories can add sparkle to any style.   

Priced at $5.99 each, the Goody Simple Styles Clip-Ins will be available in September at Target and in October at Walmart.

 

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Former Walmart exec David Hoodis joins Natural Insight’s advisory board

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STERLING, Va. — Former Walmart executive David Hoodis has joined the corporate advisory board of Natural Insight, a private retail technology company engaged in workforce management.

“We feel privileged to have access to David’s respected experience in workforce innovation. His success with numerous leading retailers brings us an added perspective that enables us to stay even further ahead of market need,” stated Stefan Midford, president and CEO of Natural Insight in making the announcement.

A former Walmart and Modell’s Sporting Goods executive, Hoodis is a recognized expert in retail innovation and workforce efficiency. The addition to Natural Insight’s advisory board comes at a time of rapid company expansion in retail markets.

While at Modell’s Sporting Goods, Hoodis served as EVP. He also draws upon eight years of experience with Walmart, where as a corporate officer he spanned many roles, to include U.S. store operations, where he had responsibility for all day-to-day initiatives, strategic planning and direction, field communication and customer service.

 

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