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School Administrators Association of New York State honors Wegmans

BY Michael Johnsen

ALBANY, N.Y. — The School Administrators Association of New York State will present its 2011 Friend of Education Award to Wegmans Food Markets and the Wegman family, the Rochester, N.Y.-based grocer announced Wednesday.

“There are few organizations as dedicated to the future of [their] community and [their] young citizens [as] Wegmans,” stated Don Nickson, deputy executive director of SAANYS. “We are fortunate to have such a company based right here in western New York and are honored to recognize [its] commitment and service.”

The recognition is awarded to "an individual, group or organization that has consistently contributed to the support and advancement of outstanding public education and the students of New York State." Wegmans was nominated for the award by the Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester, with particular recognition from the Rochester secondary school administrators in appreciation of Wegmans’ support of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

The late Robert Wegman and his son Danny Wegman founded the Work-Scholarship Connection in 1987. Since 1996, the nationally recognized program has been an affiliate of the Hillside Family of Agencies, serving at-risk youth in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., as well as in Prince George’s County, Md. The program provides these youth with mentors, part-time jobs and other support to help them develop habits and acquire the skills to become contributing members of the community.

SAANYS also recognized the numerous other Wegmans’ sponsored programs, including the Eat Well, Live Well fourth-grade store tours and Veggie Patch classes for scouts; Strong’s Super Kid Market; the ProStart Culinary Competition for High School Students; and Foodlink’s Kids Cafés and Project Search, a high school transition program for 18 to 21 year olds with developmental disabilities that provides training and education leading to employment opportunities.

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Navarro to open in-store bank branch

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has partnered with Continental National Bank of Miami to open an in-store bank branch inside Navarro’s Hialeah Gardens store — marking the first bank in Florida to open an in-store bank in a drug store format.

The mini-bank branch will include two teller windows, an ATM and one service desk where customers can speak with a bank representative. Extended hours will be available for an added convenience.

The new bank branch is under construction and will be open by early summer. Navarro Discount Pharmacy and Continental National Bank of Miami are looking to open in-store bank branches at other Navarro store locations.

"We value the opportunity to partner with Continental National Bank, which has an outstanding reputation in the Hispanic community and a successful track record with in-store bank branches," stated Steve Kaczynski, CEO of Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which currently has 28 store locations and three others under construction. "The added convenience of having a bank branch inside a drug store greatly enhances the customer’s shopping experience, allows us to be more competitive and attracts new customers to Navarro as well."

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Jewel-Osco brings back Eating Healthy with my Diabetes program

BY Michael Johnsen

ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu banner Jewel-Osco on Wednesday announced its "Eating Healthy with my Diabetes" in-store tour schedule for 2011. The free educational tours are designed to help customers learn to choose better-for-you foods and promote healthy eating, while incorporating foods they love into their meal plans.

Specially trained pharmacists and registered dietitians guide the in-store tours, covering such topics as reading nutrition facts labels and identifying healthier food options, including high-fiber grains and choices that boast lower saturated fat. Tour content is geared for those who have diabetes and also extends to friends, family members and others who may be able to take action now to delay or stop their own diagnosis of diabetes.

"Managing diabetes is about understanding the importance of balanced nutrition, regular meals and choosing from a variety of food groups throughout the day,” Jewel-Osco registered dietitian Kim Kirchherr said. “Our tours help customers discover how they can enjoy controlled portions from every food group and eat things they like, including what they need to help manage their blood sugar.”

Jewel-Osco’s Eating Healthy with my Diabetes tours will run through early December.

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