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Navarro promotes heart health

BY Michael Johnsen

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacies and a number of healthcare partners on Jan. 26 hosted a free health fair to kick off Heart Health Awareness Month in February, the pharmacy operator announced Wednesday.

For the approximate 200 people who attended, the event featured lifestyle presentations, information on medical issues, free product samplings from vendors and complimentary heart health screenings, including vascular screenings, body mass index, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and UHealth’s Heart Aware Risk Assessments.

TV personality, cookbook author and Navarro spokesman Chef Pepin also was on hand to spice up several healthy meals during the fair and to talk about how to adopt a healthier approach to food as part of a healthy diet. Chef Pepin gave out free recipes for healthy meals and stopped in to have his own blood pressure checked by Navarro pharmacists.

Navarro health fair partners included UHealth – University of Miami Health System, Dade Medical College and Hialeah Hospital, among others.

Participating community partners and vendors included Navarro Discount Pharmacy’s Diabetes Club members, Dade Medical Center, UHealth – University of Miami Health System, Miami Children’s Hospital, Abbott, Pfizer, Florida Heart Research and Hialeah Hospital. Vendors included Nutriforce and Wrigley Gum.

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Safeway expanding store presence

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway’s plans to open stores in the San Francisco Bay Area are under way, according to published reports.

The SF Bay Area store sites include Burlingame, Campbell, Castro Valley, El Cerrito, Los Gatos and Pleasanton, according to the Oakland Tribune.

The company initially announced plans to open approximately 15 new Lifestyle-format stores and complete approximately 60 Lifestyle remodels throughout its chain in its third-quarter earnings report last October. Safeway will report its fourth-quarter earnings Feb. 24.

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Ziploc teams up with Recyclebank

BY Allison Cerra

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson’s Ziploc brand is looking to reduce potential product waste by sponsoring a recycling initiative.

Teaming up with Recyclebank, Ziploc will reduce its environmental footprint by sponsoring the nationwide expansion of Recyclebank’s rewards-for-recycling platform, which seeks to keep potential waste out of landfills by increasing recycling behavior. The goal is to divert more than 100 million lbs. of waste from landfills within 24 months, the companies said.

Ziploc’s sustainability efforts also extend to its products. For example, the brand’s Evolve line uses 25% less plastic than the regular Ziploc brand bags in the same size and are partially made with wind energy. Additionally, clean and dry Ziploc sandwich, storage and freezer bags can be recycled at in-store bins at approximately 18,000 participating retail locations that accept plastic shopping bags for recycling.

"Families trust Ziploc brand products as a resource to get more out of their daily lives, and we know these families, like us, are committed to doing the right thing for the environment," said John Peoples, director of home storage at SC Johnson. "From offering recyclable products to diverting other waste from landfills through increased curbside recycling, our goal is to keep waste out of landfills; by working together, we can make a bigger impact than on our own."

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