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Sam’s Club to offer wellness demos

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sam’s Club announced today that it will be offering its members health and wellness demonstrations to help them start the new year on a healthy footing.

On Jan. 5, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2008, Sam’s Club members and guests will receive free samples and demonstrations on setting realistic goals for improving their health. According to Sam’s Club, the demonstrations will highlight key products and healthy food samples. Attendants will also receive copies of Resolutions to Results Magazine, which contains healthy recipes and tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions.

“Millions of Americans have a heightened awareness of their health and wellness due to increasing reports of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more,” said Mike Pitzl, director of pharmacy operations at Sam’s Club. “Sam’s Club is pleased to give local residents in the communities we serve an opportunity to improve their health through these valuable and free services.”

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Save Mart expands relationship with IRI

BY Adam Kraemer

MODESTO, Calif. Save Mart, California-based parent of Lucky, S-Mart and Food Maxx, has expanded its relationship with Information Resources, Inc. in order to better report buying trends among its 248 owned locations.

With the enhanced coverage, the privately held chain will be able to better analyze its sales, promotion, pricing and product mix, Save Mart officials said.

The IRI Retail Network, an online market information site, will allow Save Mart’s merchandising and management to access sales, marketplace insight and share performance. “The insights will help to evaluate our performance and determine the impact of how we go to market across all banners,” said Robert Dyer, a Save Mart vice president.

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Rite Aid Foundation announces $1.7 million in donations for 2007

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Foundation, a private foundation managed by Rite Aid, on Wednesday announced that in the past year it has awarded approximately $1.7 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the United States for programs focusing on health and wellness in communities that Rite Aid serves.

“Being caring neighbors who are involved in our communities in meaningful ways is one of Rite Aid’s core values,” stated Gayle Rife, manager of the Rite Aid Foundation. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to join with local charities to improve the lives of people in our neighborhoods through programs that help to build stronger families and stronger communities.”

Over the course of 2007 more than 170 charities in more than 140 communities were provided grants by the Rite Aid Foundation. Among them are low-cost and free prescriptions for uninsured low-income people, providing refurbished hearing aids to people who could not otherwise afford them, educational and counseling programs to help prevent child abuse, low-cost medical services in medically underserved areas, programs to help teach children ways to manage and control asthma and diabetes, counseling services for children who are victims of domestic violence, parenting classes, and skills training for abused or neglected youth.

Since 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $6.3 million to more than 370 organizations in 230 communities.

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