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Sam’s Club offers skin, weight, stress screenings

BY Alaric DeArment

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering free skin and weight screenings during the weekend, the club retailer said Monday.

Sam’s Club said all of its stores that operate pharmacies would offer the screenings, as well as screenings for the effects of stress on both, on Saturday. The screenings include body mass index, blood tests for the stress hormone cortisol, weight, height, blood pressure and vision. The stores also will give away certificates for free samples of the probiotic supplement Align.

"As summer arrives, Americans are more focused on getting in shape and spending more time in the sun," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "Sam’s Cub is hosting preventive weight maintenance, stress and skin health screenings to help people prevent potential skin damage from the sun and understand the effects that stress and cortisol levels may have on weight and skin maintenance."

 

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Rite Aid to launch sixth annual Healthy Skin Tour

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is sending out a customized 38-ft. van to 50 stores around the country as part of a campaign to promote skin care.

The retail pharmacy chain announced Monday the start of the Road to Healthy Skin Tour, which it is sponsoring on behalf of the Skin Cancer Foundation to coincide with Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The tour is in its sixth year and will visit Rite Aid stores in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West.

The tour will start on May 14 and run through August, offering free, full-body skin cancer screenings at stores and offering education about prevention and detection. Since its 2008 inception, the tour has detected nearly 7,000 suspected cancers and precancers, including nearly 300 cases of melanoma.

"By bringing free screenings like these into the communities we serve, Rite Aid is affirming its commitment to supporting customers’ long-term health goals and continuing its transformation into a network of neighborhood health and wellness destinations," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said.

 

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Coty helps raise record $3.7M to support Delete Blood Cancer Gala in NYC

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The seventh annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala held on May 1 at Cipriani Wall Street broke all records of previous years and raised $3.7 million to support the fight against leukemia and other blood-related cancers. The money raised jointly by beauty company Coty Inc. and Delete Blood Cancer, part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, will help register 55,000 new bone marrow donors and help patients worldwide.

Over the past 20 years, Delete Blood Cancer DKMS has registered more than 3.5 million donors and has facilitated more than 35,000 lifesaving transplants around the world.

During the star-studded event, Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, presented the "Delete Blood Cancer Award" to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder, artistic director and EVP of OPI Products, for her commitment to the cause. Pop star Katy Perry presented designer Vera Wang with the award, which Wang shared with actress Leighton Meester for their promotion of Delete Blood Cancer’s Share the Love campaign encouraging people to get swabbed and register as bone marrow donors. Katharina Harf, co-founder of Delete Blood Cancer and co-host of the event, presented the honor to the "Gossip Girl" actress. TV personality and celebrity designer Nate Berkus co-hosted the Gala.

After the award presentations, the event featured live performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Jill Scott and Lady Antebellum.

The emotional highlight of the evening came when donor recipient Darien Craig, a 19-year-old from Nashville who’s known as the "Fighter," met the donor who saved her life. Darien and her mother, Tina, were then surprised when the identity of the donor was revealed: It was Evander Holyfield Jr., son of the boxing icon. Evander Holyfield appeared on stage with his son to help present a special gift to Darien.

"All of us in the Coty family have been committed to supporting Delete Blood Cancer for the last several years, and each year we deliver infinite support from Coty employees, partners and supporters. It is always wonderful to see the generosity expressed for this cause," stated Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty and co-chair of the event.

Since the formation of the partnership in 2006, Coty has aligned itself with Delete Blood Cancer and its mission to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for blood cancer patients. Coty joined Delete Blood Cancer-DKMS in October 2006 in the fight against leukemia, one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Leukemia also touched Coty in a very personal manner in 1991, when the wife of longtime Coty chairman Peter Harf succumbed to the disease. In the United States, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year and more than 50,000 die from these cancers. Among children, leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death.

All proceeds from the seventh annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala will go directly to enrolling lifesaving bone marrow donors and furthering advancements in cancer treatment and care.

 

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