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Walk with Walgreens School Challenge stepped up exercise curriculum with nearly 1,800 hours of walking

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Students participating in a school challenge developed by the Walk with Walgreens program and Alliance for a Healthier Generation helped add nearly 1,800 hours of walking to schools’ daily routine over the course of the six-week program. Each school that exceeded the minimum walking goal will receive a $1,000 grant from Walgreens to implement or enhance the school’s physical activity curriculum, Walgreens announced Tuesday.

“Whether it’s walking more, or simply exploring the school grounds and being more active, this program is an easy way to encourage physical activity, which is a great benefit to children during the school day,” stated Bonnie Gordon, Walgreens director of cause marketing. “It demonstrates the value of healthy habits and the simple steps we’re helping people take to get, stay and live well.”

"We know that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day," stated Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "We’re proud to team up with Walgreens to offer more opportunities throughout the school day for kids to have fun while moving more. It’s important these programs inspire lifelong healthy habits."

“In just six weeks, this challenge has changed the atmosphere and attitude toward health at our school," commented Jennifer Velez, John. M. Sexton Elementary physical education teacher. “The Walk with Walgreens School Challenge has been a welcomed addition to our work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.”

Ten elementary schools and more than 6,000 students in Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., participated in the initiative to help incorporate and encourage healthier habits.

The Walk with Walgreens School Challenge was designed to help encourage students and faculty to increase their physical activity and learn healthy habits. As part of the challenge, each school classroom was challenged with adding a minimum of 10 extra minutes of walking per day to the school day, outside of recess and physical education. Some examples of ways educators increased physical activity included walking school grounds for seed identification during science class and reciting multiplication facts while walking the gymnasium.

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Obama win solidifies health reform’s future

BY Jim Frederick

It looks like health reform is for keeps.

The re-election last week of Barack Obama and the ability of the Republicans to retain control of the House of Representatives leaves many uncertainties — and sets the stage for more battles between Congress and the White House over the direction of the still sluggish economic recovery, national debt reduction efforts and a slew of other domestic and foreign challenges. But one thing seems clear: With Democrats retaining the presidency for another term, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is far more likely to withstand challenges from Republican lawmakers determined to overturn the landmark law.

President Obama signed the health-reform bill into law in March 2010, and continues to cite its passage as one of his proudest accomplishments as president. But it’s certain that the president’s Republican rivals will continue to challenge many elements of the health-reform law in Congress and at the state level.

Nevertheless, by returning Barack Obama to the White House, a majority of Americans also have effectively endorsed his ambitious, if incomplete, overhaul of the fractured healthcare system. Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress, 45% of voters who responded to exit polls last Tuesday said they thought the health-reform law should be partially or totally repealed. But 47% of those polled favored keeping it in its present form or even expanding it.

My sense is that acceptance of the law will gradually increase as Americans get used to the benefits touted by the president and top health officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, like being able to keep their kids on their insurance plans until age 26 and not worrying about being dumped by their health plan if they get sick.

Still to be confronted, however, are potential minefields spawned by the new law as it nears full implementation in 2014. Will small employers really hold down hiring to avoid crossing the threshold at which they’ll have to start paying employee health costs, as the Romney campaign warned? Will thousands of health providers really throw in the towel over issues like compensation and regulatory oversight? Will health costs skyrocket? Will healthcare rationing be a real issue?

Personally, I doubt it. Americans are an enterprising and resourceful lot, and very adept at finding market solutions to adapt to changing conditions in the market. Other countries that have adopted health reforms in relatively recent times, like Switzerland, have adapted and even come to embrace the combination of government and free-market solutions to an unsustainable rise in health costs. We will too.

Or is America a special case? What’s your take? Is health reform ultimately good for the country, and for the pharmacy industry? Or are we headed off the rails? Please share your opinion below.

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D.Bibeault says:
Nov-17-2012 12:02 am

Obamacare will be a complete disaster just like everything else Government does. They can't even get water to people in N.Y. and N.J. after tropical storm Sandy (imagine if it was a CAT 3 Hurricaine). The House Republicans can still block it's implimentation by not funding it. We really don't need 73,000 new IRS agents to enforce it.

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Sandy expected to dent RAD’s November comps, but not FY ’13 earnings

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — All the Rite Aid stores affected by Hurricane Sandy have reopened except one, the company said Monday.

The store that hasn’t opened, in Lavallette, N.J., is on a barrier island and is closed due to restricted access to the island. In addition, three stores in New York and one in New Jersey have established temporary pharmacies while their front ends are under repair. The company closed 790 stores at the height of the storm.

While the company expects the storm to have a detrimental effect on the its November same-store sales, it is not expected to have a "material impact" on its fiscal year 2013 results, the company said.

"Our store, field and corporate associates have worked tirelessly from planning before the storm hit to serving the immediate and ongoing needs of our patients and customers in the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy," Rite Aid chairman, president and CEO John Standley said. "I am proud of their outstanding dedication and commitment."

The company also highlighted its contributions to relief efforts, such as its donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross and more than four truckloads of bottled water worth more than $30,000 to communities in the Queens and Staten Island boroughs of New York City.

 

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