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Samsung, Cigna roll out health-and-fitness app

BY Ryan Chavis

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Samsung Electronics, along with health-service company Cigna, on Monday announced a new version of the Coach by Cigna mobile app, which helps the user to identify their personality type, needs and preferences. It also provides programs to help with such topics as diet, exercise, stress and weight. 
 
"Samsung is committed to providing our users with mobile health solutions that go above and beyond what is currently available in the market," said Yong Jin Lee, head of Health R&D Group at Samsung Electronics. "By partnering with Cigna, we can put advanced health technology into the hands of our users, making our applications a fun and integral part of their everyday lives."
 
Coach by Cigna helps identify a range of personality types — "Planner," "Day Dreamer" or "Explorer" — and determines the user’s aptitude, how the user prioritizes their health, and how they understand health issues. Additionally, the app provides diets and fitness programs, complete with instructional videos and support from health coaches, the company said in a statement. 
 
"Cigna is all about finding effective ways to help people achieve healthier, more secure lives," said Heather Valteris, Cigna’s global head of channel and partnership marketing. “We tested, we learned and now we're putting our expertise into our next generation of Coach by Cigna. With less than 20 simple questions, we can get to know your style, your preferences and the best ways to meet you where you are and help get you to where you want to be." 
 
The app is available for free in the Google Play store for the following devices:  Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge. According to the companies, Coach by Cigna’s programs complement Samsung’s S Health app, an “all-in-one companion” for a user’s healthy lifestyle. 
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Walgreens’ first Red Nose Day a success as broadcast nears

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
DEERFIELD, Ill. — With tremendous support from customers across the country, Walgreens to date has raised $7 million, exceeding its goal of raising $5 million through red nose and vendor partner product sales, as well as in-store donations in support of the nationwide fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. With a limited amount of red noses remaining for purchase, Walgreens is offering additional ways for customers to show support.
 
"Our incredible partnership with the Red Nose Day campaign is one more way that Walgreens can continue to fulfill its purpose  – to champion everyone's right to be happy and healthy," said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. "We're absolutely thrilled to have exceeded our fundraising goal, but the real recognition is owed to our customers and team members who embraced the spirit of this cause and joined us for a good laugh along the way. We hope more people will keep this outstanding momentum going by offering support through the final hours of the campaign."
 
Through May 30, Walgreens customers can make donations to support Red Nose Day in-store or by purchasing select products at Walgreens from vendor partners such as Mars, Kraft and Coca-Cola. They also can tune in and donate during NBC's televised fundraising event May 21 (8-11 p.m. Eastern time).  Customers are even encouraged to get creative, flexing their DIY skills for a personal take on the red nose and take a #RedNose selfie.
 
Organized by Comic Relief, Red Nose Day has been celebrated in the United Kingdom for more than 25 years. Red Nose Day's campaign culminates in NBC's televised fundraising event in New York on May 21. The live, three-hour benefit will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars, a mix of great comedy, live musical performances and short films shedding light on the cause.  
 

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Nepal disaster recovery supplies donated by Cardinal Health

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio – Nepal earthquake survivors are receiving urgently needed medical supplies donated by Cardinal Health.
 
Cardinal Health donated over $250,000 in supplies to support AmeriCares relief and emergency preparedness efforts in Nepal, including surgical packs, casting material, crutches and basic toiletries. Supplies will be shipped to Kathmandu and other regions dealing with disaster to resupply hospitals and mobile medical teams treating earthquake survivors.
 
AmeriCares immediately delivered 240 cases of Cardinal Health products from its emergency response inventory as part its first airlift for the crisis. Its first shipment to Nepal on May 5 airlifted 14 tons of emergency medical aid, including nearly $1 million in urgently needed antibiotics, pain relievers, sutures, bandages, crutches and intravenous fluids. Additional shipments will continue to ensure frontline health workers have medicines and supplies to care for survivors.
 
But more than sending supplies, Cardinal Health's executives personally contributed to the relief effort. 
 
Cardinal Health director of pharmacy Hooshang Shanehsaz volunteered to join a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and logistics experts with the Delaware Medical Relief Team headed to Nepal.
 
The Cardinal Health Foundation also donated $25,000 to AmeriCares to support Nepal disaster recovery efforts.
 
Since 2008, Cardinal Health has donated more than $100 million in medical products, which are often the most needed items in times of disaster, to its disaster relief partners. 
 
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