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Rite Aid targets allergy sufferers

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In a sneeze heard around the world, allergy season is afoot, but the country’s retail pharmacies are on call to help the estimated 60 million Americans whose sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and congestion will drive them to wit’s end this year.

One of those is Rite Aid, whose pharmacists are distributing free “Allergy Relief” guides and helping patients control allergies with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter drugs. The company also is offering allergy advice and local pollen counts at RiteAid.com.

Pharmacists at Rite Aid stores offer personalized advice to help patients anticipate and prevent allergy outbreaks, such as advising them to take antihistamines or eye drops before mowing the lawn, while also showing them how to avoid potential drug interactions when they take allergy medications.

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Stop & Shop launches app

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop has gone mobile.

The retailer on Monday announced that it has developed a mobile application, designed for iPhone and Android devices, which syncs with customer loyalty cards, providing access to online accounts. Customers can access store circulars to check out everyday savings on the go and also get directions to the nearest Stop & Shop.

Stop & Shop customers are invited to download the mobile app for free at the App Store or Android Market.

"It’s all about customer choice. Our goal is to give our shoppers options, and for those who enjoy technology, we think they will enjoy our new mobile application," said Mark McGowan, division president of Stop & Shop New England. "We’re thrilled to take this next step, and will be rolling out new and innovative features in the months ahead."

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Walgreens to host walkathon, health fair event

BY Michael Johnsen

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation on Wednesday announced that the first-ever Walk with Walgreens Family Fun Day & Health Fair will take place April 10 at 14 locations across Florida.

Additionally, 851 Walgreens stores throughout the state and parts of Georgia and Alabama will be selling "scannables" in the amounts of $1, $5 and $10 that customers can write their names on and help decorate the stores’ walls through April to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute.

Each walkathon location will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, like face painting and clowns, plus health booths and information and a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Brochures with registration and pledge forms are located at the checkstand of area stores, and all registrants can add their photo to a special wall in the store, the foundation stated. 

Each person who registers for the walk also will be included in the Nationwide Walk with Walgreens initiative, which is a program aimed at encouraging and inspiring the masses to bring wellness into their life through walking. The walk location with the most registrants will be treated to a performance by American Idol finalist Kevin Covais, who has Type 1 diabetes.

"Corporations take part in walkathons all the time. But for a company to organize an effort of this magnitude, it very well may be unprecedented," stated Robert Pearlman, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. "We have one goal at the Diabetes Research Institute: to find a cure for diabetes. We are so thankful to Walgreens for helping us get a little closer to reaching that goal."

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