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Walgreens commits funds to pharmacy schools

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. One of the nation’s largest drug store chains is donating $1.1 million to benefit accredited pharmacy schools around the country.

Walgreens said each school will receive $10,000, of which $2,000 will be put toward a Walgreens diversity scholarship to a student who demonstrates a commitment to raising awareness for diversity and community outreach. The remaining $8,000 can be used to develop, implement and support programs that inspire more diversity among the student body. Since 2008, Walgreens has donated more than $3 million to support initiatives dedicated to promoting diversity.

“This is an exciting time for future pharmacists to see what a critical role they will play as patient needs grow and evolve,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy services. “From one-on-one patient consultations to immunizations, health-and-wellness education and community outreach, we want the next generation of talent to know how vital community pharmacy is to meeting today’s healthcare needs.”

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GNC highlights endurance selection

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH GNC on Thursday announced it would highlight its new “Endurance Wall,” which includes as many as 50 SKUs, at two upcoming endurance events.

“The GNC endurance selection is an amazing array of products designed to meet the specific needs of serious athletes across all sports and activities. No matter what their level of experience, GNC has the right product,” stated Tom Dowd, EVP store operations and development.

The new wall will house the on-course drinks for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 9, and from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10.

“GNC supports a wide range of athletic events around the country, but these two events symbolize the GNC Live Well premise –– that all athletes, whether professionals or serious amateurs, can participate in open events that provide an opportunity for them to demonstrate that their training, with its highs and lows, is worth it all,” stated Dave Sims, GNC VP direct marketing and two-time Hawaii Ironman participant.

In Kona, the PowerBar Ironman Perform is the on-course drink for the race. GNC’s Kona store is only two blocks from the start/finish line and the bike and run components of the race go past it on the way out and coming back. More than 1,800 participants are expected in the Hawaii Ironman event, with thousands more cheering them on.

In Chicago, Gatorade’s G Series Pro 02 endurance formula is the on-course drink for the 33rd running of the marathon. In addition to on-course availability, marathoners and spectators alike will be able to find G Series Pro 02 at GNC stores in the area. As well as the thousands of spectators in downtown Chicago, there will be 38,000 runners, including more than 20,000 from outside Illinois.

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Balance Bar adds three flavors to line

BY Michael Johnsen

VALHALLA, N.Y. Balance Bar on Thursday introduced three new flavors — double chocolate brownie, lemon meringue crunch and s’mores.

 

“People on the go are always looking for the right combination of great taste, healthy nutrition, energy and convenience,” stated Erin Lifeso, Balance Bar’s director of marketing. “Our new bars –– just like our 16 original flavors –– fill the bill. Balance Bars are specially formulated to help keep busy folks nutritionally balanced and provide them with lasting energy so that they can enjoy what they love to do in their active day-to–day lives.”

 

 

All three new flavors contain 14 g of protein, 200 calories, 23 vitamins and minerals, and they adhere to the 40/30/30 nutritional model (40% of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat).

 

 

The bars are available as 1.76-oz. single-serve bars and are certified kosher. Suggested retail price is $1.49.

 

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