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Stop & Shop gears up for back to school with new initiatives

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Stop & Shop has expanded its A+ School Rewards program and is introducing healthy store tours for kids.

The A+ School Rewards program — which allows customers to designate the points they earn for every dollar spent at Stop & Shop to the school or schools of their choice by registering their Stop & Shop card at StopAndShop.com — increase its contribution to help fund schools with a commitment of $2.5 million.

Also new this year, customers can earn double points on the purchase of select bonus products throughout the program, as well as triple points when they purchase items labeled by the retailer’s exclusive Healthy Ideas labeling system. The Healthy Ideas product labeling system helps customers identify healthy options as they shop the aisles, Stop & Shop said.

What’s more, Stop & Shop said it is offering Kid Healthy Ideas store tours, through a partnership with Field Trip Factory, a new field trip program that reinforces the nutrition and healthy living curriculum taught in local schools.

"With increasing rates of childhood obesity in this country, Kid Healthy Ideas provides children with a fun and interactive way to learn about proper nutrition and health," said Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division.

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Upsher-Smith’s AmLactin broadens consumer outreach via Facebook

BY Antoinette Alexander

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Labs, maker of the AmLactin family of moisturizers, has announced the launch of the AmLactin Facebook page.

Fans who join the AmLactin Facebook community will receive a $3 coupon for any AmLactin moisturizing body lotion or cream.

"We want to give our fans the inside scoop on exclusive promotional offers, free product giveaways, additions to the AmLactin product line and other skin care goodies — and Facebook just makes good sense," stated Tina Fehr, senior product manager for AmLactin. "We know our customer[s] [are] extremely loyal and we want to hear from them. Facebook provides the perfect venue to communicate."

"Not only is Facebook a natural fit, it will be a place where our AmLactin customers will realize they aren’t alone in their dry skin predicament," Fehr added. "Others are experiencing the same situation. We know what they are going through, and appreciate their feedback. The AmLactin Facebook community will bring a new sense of connection to those suffering from dry skin."

The line includes AmLactin moisturizing body lotion, AmLactin moisturizing body cream, AmLactin XL moisturizing lotion for severe, dry skin, and AmLactin foot cream therapy. The products are available at such retailers as Costco, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS.

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Hannibal Regional Medical Group partners with Walmart to open in-store health clinic

BY Antoinette Alexander

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal Regional Medical Group has announced that on Sept. 13 it will open its first “The Clinic at Walmart” inside a Walmart in Hannibal, Mo.

“By partnering with Walmart to operate a clinic within their store, Hannibal Regional Medical Group is improving access to health care in our community,” stated Tim Polley, director of business development. “Our clinic is staffed on nights and weekends, so families can walk in and know they will receive quality care without a long wait. Our mission is to serve the health interests of this community, and the clinic is one more way we fulfill our mission.”



"Walmart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality health care,” added Bruce Shepard, Walmart’s director of healthcare innovations. “Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a well-known and respected healthcare provider in this area, so our customers will receive quality care from people they know and trust.”

With the opening of this clinic, there will be 130 in-store clinics in Walmart stores across 30 states. 


Hannibal Regional Medical Group, a subsidiary of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, is a multispecialty physician group.

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