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Stop & Shop promotes local produce

BY Alaric DeArment

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop is relaunching a program designed to promote locally grown produce, the chain said.

Stop & Shop, owned by Ahold USA, said the Local Route program guides customers to locally grown produce while they shop, highlighting local farms and featured fresh items in the produce departments.

The chain also participates in Jersey Fresh, Connecticut Grown, Grown on Long Island and Harvest New England.


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NACDS announces opening of registration for 2014 Annual Meeting

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Friday that registration for the 2014 NACDS Annual Meeting is now open.

The meeting will take place April 26 to 29, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and online registration is accessible by visiting the NACDS Annual Meeting website.

“The NACDS Annual Meeting truly is one of a kind, offering unique opportunities for retail executives from drug, food and mass merchandising and their supplier partners that continue long-after the meeting concludes,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
 
The NACDS Annual Meeting compliments the full lineup of NACDS meetings and conferences. Combined with the NACDS Total Store Expo and NACDS Regional Chain Conference, these events reflect NACDS’ commitment to delivering value to its members, while serving the diverse membership of the association in very relevant ways.
 
While looking ahead to 2014, NACDS maintains its laser-like focus on the NACDS Total Store Expo, which will debut Aug. 10 to 13 in Las Vegas. The exhibit floor of NACDS’ newest trade show is sold out, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to the innovative trade show, NACDS stated. In addition, opportunities are abound for attendees with programming, strategic exchanges and educational sessions at the NACDS Total Store Expo.
 
In addition, registration for the 2014 NACDS Regional Chain Conference is open. Designed for senior retail executives operating up to 250 stores, the NACDS Regional Chain Conference offers programming and educational opportunities with fellow peers and trading partners.
 
“Together, the NACDS Regional Chain Conference, NACDS Annual Meeting and NACDS Total Store Expo create a trifecta of powerful, innovative industry meetings that are essential for day-to-day business of retailers and suppliers,” added Anderson.  
 


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HPV vaccination rates higher among boys when mothers receive preventive care, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

PASADENA, Calif. — Boys whose mothers receive flu shots or Pap screenings are more likely to receive the human pappilomavirus vaccine, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and published in the American Journal of Public Health, was based on electronic health records of more than 250,000 boys aged 9 to 17 enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan.

The study found that 4,055 boys, or 1.6% of study participants, received the vaccine between October 2009 and December 2010, and that the vaccination rate was 16% higher in boys whose mothers had received the flu vaccine, and 13% higher in boys whose mother had Pap screenings. Also, boys whose mothers had a history of genital warts were 47% more likely to receive the vaccine, and rates were higher among boys who were Hispanic, lived in low-income and low-education neighborhoods and who were enrolled in Medicaid.

"Our study findings suggest that a mother’s receipt of preventive services may have an impact on their son’s HPV4 vaccination," lead study author and Kaiser Permanente Southern California research Rulin Hechter said, referring to the four-valent vaccine commonly used. These mothers might be more familiar with preventive measures for HPV infection, influencing their decision to have their children vaccinated.


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