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Sam’s Club to host men’s health screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is marking Men’s Health Month in June by offering free men’s health screenings at its pharmacies.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9, the first 75 participants at each club location with a pharmacy will receive a prostate-specific antigen test to screen for accelerated PSA protein levels in the blood, which is a symptom of benign prostate enlargement and/or prostate cancer, Sam’s Club said. Additional free screenings include body mass index and blood-pressure test (limited to the first 50 participants at each location), with the total offering valued at up to $150. Sam’s Club said the May/June issue of its exclusive bimonthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, also highlights basic lifestyle choices to help manage men’s health.

Later this summer, Sam’s Club said it is supporting communities with free health screenings focused on healthy aging on July 14.

"Sam’s Club has provided more than one million free screenings since March 2011, and we continue to explore ways for our communities to manage their health needs with the convenience and value our members deserve," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said.


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Teva makes the switch from NASDAQ to NYSE

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has transferred its stock listing from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange, the drug maker said Wednesday.

The company began trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "TEVA." On hand Wednesday to ring the Opening Bell and celebrate the company’s first day of trading on NYSE were Teva’s new president and CEO Jeremy Levin, as well as board chairman Phillip Frost, CFO Eyal Desheh, Teva Americas CEO William Marth and employees from Teva’s businesses around the world.

“We are pleased to partner with the NYSE and begin using their state of the art trading platform and market research,” Frost said. “We are joining a network of true innovators and leaders listed on the NYSE.”

Teva said it is the second-largest company to transfer its stock listing to the NYSE from NASDAQ.

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Mars Chocolate on track to purchase nearly 90,000 metric tons of certified cocoa

BY Allison Cerra

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. — Mars Chocolate said it has made "significant progress" towards fulfilling its pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020.

Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative, which was established in 2009, since has met its 2011 goal of purchasing 10% of its total cocoa supply as certified sustainable. In 2012, Mars Chocolate said it will exceed its original target of 20%, making it the largest user of certified cocoa in the world. Based on current buying arrangements, the company projects that they will purchase nearly 90,000 tons of certified cocoa.

"We are pleased to have reached another critical milestone in our Sustainable Cocoa Initiative," said Barry Parkin, global procurement and sustainability head for Mars Chocolate. "A successful certification program is so important to our effort because it is the most effective tool we currently have to reach millions of cocoa farmers at scale. It took a lot of hard work from farmers, certifiers, and others along the supply chain to meet this milestone, and we are pleased to see their energy paying off."

For more information on the company’s effort supporting cocoa sustainability, click here.

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