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Rite Aid to distribute free oral care information

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday announced it would begin distribution chain wide of a free Oral Care Guide and Oral Care Tip Book to educate customers on the importance of taking care of their mouths and how oral health can impact a wide variety of health conditions.

“Taking care of your teeth and gums is one of the best things you can do for your overall well-being, so it’s important that people of all ages practice good oral care,” stated Mark de Bruin, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “The guide and tip book are valuable resources and provide the basics of good oral care, brushing, flossing and rinsing, which in turn can help keep your mouth and you healthy for years to come.”

The 11-page Oral Care Guide features advice on the right way to brush, floss and rinse, as well as important information on periodontal disease and a list of symptoms and risk factors that indicate if you have or are at increased risk for the disease. A special section contains information on how different medications as well as what you eat and drink can impact the health of your mouth.

The Oral Care Tip Book offers advice on how proper oral care can prevent and minimize the effects of serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease and how conditions like pregnancy present new challenges. Rite Aid pharmacists also are trained to offer important, helpful and free information on proper dental care and always are available to answer questions on keeping your smile vibrant and healthy.

Rite Aid’s Oral Care program is part of its year-long commitment to health and wellness. Throughout the year Rite Aid pharmacies offer special health condition programs that provide patients guidance on topics such as diabetes management, weight management, heart health, allergy awareness and skin care.

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Seattle to begin charging fee on shopping bags

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE Seattle’s city council approved a 20-cent charge for plastic and paper bags at retail stores in a 6-1 vote Monday. The council also voted unanimously to ban some plastic foam containers.

City officials estimate that Seattleites use 360 million paper and plastic bags each year, The Seattle Times reported.

The two votes follow bans on plastic bags that passed in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Hallmark signs licensing deal with Fox

BY Doug Desjardins

LOS ANGELES Hallmark has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising that gives the greeting card company access to images and sound clips from 50 years of TV shows and movies.

The agreement will allow Hallmark to use properties like The Simpsons, Ice Age and older films including The Sound of Music in sound greeting cards and other social expression products. Hallmark will dedicate four-feet of retail space in 3,700 of its Hallmark Gold Crown stores this fall to products based on Fox properties.

“Hallmark is a blue chip partner and category leader who has already proven themselves experts in translating The Simpsons into a line of top-selling cards,” said Elie Dekel, executive VP of 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising.

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