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Stop & Shop recommends healthy additions to ‘go-to meals’

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Nearly half of families rely on recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner, according to a new survey of shoppers by supermarket chain Stop & Shop.

The chain, one of the banners owned by Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA, announced the results of the 500-shopper survey, finding a preference for convenient meals among more than 40%. The preference for "go-to meals" — meals that are quick to prepare, require little skill and use ingredients already on hand — was due to a desire for more family time. Eighty-eight percent of shoppers rely on such meals at least once a week, including spaghetti, baked chicken and tacos. Other go-to meals include macaroni and cheese and hamburgers.

"Shop & Shop believes that families can have it all when it comes to dinner time — quickly, family-approved and nutritious meals," Stop & Shop nutritionist Julie Menounos said. "For these determined parents, Stop & Shop offers various tips that speed up their favorite recipes, getting them out of the kitchen more quickly with a healthy meal in hand."

The chain suggested boosting nutritional values by substituting ingredients like whole wheat or whole grain pasta for white-flour pasta, using black beans as an alternative to meat in tacos and also whole grains like brown rice, quinoa or farro as sides to baked chicken.


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Jif introduces new peanut butter spreads

BY Jason Owen

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Jif Peanut Butter announced on Monday the beginning of the company’s 12th Annual Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest, and to help celebrate the new marketing promotion, the company unveiled new peanut butter spreads.

The new peanut butter spreads include:

  • Hazelnut Spreads — chocolate and mocha cappuccino;
  • Whipped Spreads — whipped creamy peanut butter and whipped peanut butter and chocolate;
  • Jif Almond Butter — in creamy and crunchy varieties; and
  • Jif Cashew Butter — also available in creamy and crunchy.

The new product innovations come as the company kicks off the 12th Annual Most Creative Sandwich Contest, where one innovative 6 years to 12 year-old child can win a $25,000 college fund and a trip to New York City. The contest began last week and runs through Nov. 8. For complete rules, visit Jif.com.


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Walgreens makes flu shots available for 2013-2014 season

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced that this year’s flu shots are now available at all Walgreens pharmacies, Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York. 

“Last season demonstrated why it’s important to protect yourself early, as the influenza virus is always unpredictable in when, where and how widely it may spread,” stated Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “During a very active flu season, our pharmacists and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners, who are trained to provide immunizations, delivered more than 7 million flu shots to our customers. This season, by offering flu shots when it’s most convenient for our customers, we’ll again play an integral role in helping more people get, stay and live well.”

All Walgreens points of care this season offer a standard seasonal flu vaccine, as well as FluMist, a needle-free nasal alternative; Fluzone HD, a high-dose influenza vaccine for those over age 65; Fluarix, a quadrivalent (protects against four strains of influenza) vaccine; and Flucelvax, a cell-based vaccine which is expected to be available in late September.

Walgreens’ flu shots are available daily during all pharmacy and clinic hours, including nights, overnights at 24-hour pharmacy locations, weekends and holidays, with no appointment necessary. Age restrictions vary by state at Walgreens pharmacies, while Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens can provide immunizations for patients age 2 and older. Flu shots are covered for eligible patients under Medicare Part B as well as most insurance plans. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

According to the CDC, the 2012-13 flu season resulted in more adult hospitalizations than most flu seasons. Older adults were among those more significantly impacted, as those aged 65 and older accounted for more than half of all reported flu-related hospitalizations last season — the highest percentage reported since the CDC began collecting data on hospitalizations from flu in 2005-06.


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H.therapy says:
Aug-27-2013 08:32 am

Awesome step for healthcare service, patients can get fast health solution.

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