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Supervalu confirms that review of strategic alternatives is proceeding

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS  — Supervalu confirmed on Thursday that the previously announced review of strategic alternatives is proceeding, and it continues to be in active discussion with several parties.

The retailer stated that there can be no assurance that this process will result in any transaction or any change in the company’s overall structure or its business model.

Supervalu has a network of approximately 4,400 stores composed of 1,099 traditional retail stores, including 797 in-store pharmacies; 1,341 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 943 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,950 independent stores serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business.

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RediClinic kicks off Weigh Forward holiday promotion

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON — RediClinic — which currently operates 30 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas — is encouraging patients to get healthy and lose weight by enrolling in its Weigh Forward weight management program.

The clinic operator has kicked off a promotion whereby patients will receive a $100 H-E-B gift card when they enroll in the 10-week weight management program. The offer ends Dec. 31, 2012.

Weigh Forward was developed in partnership with weight-loss expert David Katz and launched in May 2011.

The 10-week program capitalizes on RediClinic’s facilities and clinicians inside grocery stores to provide patients with information and counseling on diet/nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification. The diet/nutrition component includes weekly meal plans, with shopping lists of items that can be purchased in RediClinic’s host stores. The behavior modification component features a proprietary system developed by Katz that identifies each patient’s individual barriers to success so that each program can be customized to help the patient overcome them. Each program also includes an initial medical evaluation and regular biometric testing to ensure that patients are improving their health while losing weight.

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More than 4-out-of-10 consumers turn to OTCs as a first line of defense

BY DSN STAFF

For the most common conditions suffered by consumers or someone in their household, OTCs served as the first line of defense for more than 40% of consumers across the board, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers that was conducted in September.

For the 77% of AccentHealth viewers who had experienced heartburn in the past year, 46% used an OTC treatment for relief. For top five symptoms/conditions experienced by viewers in the past year — including cold, cough/sore throat, headache, sinus/nasal congestion and runny nose — 43% of consumers  used OTCs to address those conditions before other treatment options.

To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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