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CVS Caremark announces winner of ‘All Kids Can’ contest

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has announced a winner of its “Arthur/All Kids Can Character Search.”

In February 2009, “Arthur,” the award-winning PBS KIDS GO! television series, and CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program dedicated to making life easier for kids with disabilities, invited children ages 6 to 12 to create a new friend for Arthur. The search was designed to educate children about the importance of inclusion and how children of all abilities can play together. It also encouraged parents and children to think about what life is like for someone they know who has a disability.

Connor Gordon of Savage, Minn., was selected as the grand-prize winner and will be featured on the live-action segment of an “Arthur” episode Tuesday, June 30, on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings). The segment features Gordon, 11, an aspiring artist, meeting “Arthur” creator and author Marc Brown.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, the panel also selected nine finalists who received prize packages including CVS gift cards and “Arthur” merchandise. CVS Caremark also made a grant of $1,000 to each child’s school for library or arts programs.

“This segment is a wonderful conclusion to a successful effort in championing the concept of inclusion,” said Eileen Howard Dunn, SVP corporate communications and community relations at CVS Caremark. “We’re so proud of Connor’s entry [and] are thrilled that his story and his character, Lydia Fox, is going to be shared with the PBS KIDS GO! audience. It is our hope that the segment will extend the impact of the Character Search by helping more parents and children to think not only about what life is like for someone with a disability, but also about characteristics in each of us that make us unique.”

Funding for the “Arthur/All Kids Can Character Search” is provided by CVS Caremark.

For more information about the “Arthur/All Kids Can Character Search,” please visit www.pbskidsgo.org/arthur/allkidscan 

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Kroger declares quarterly dividend

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 9 cents per share to be paid on Sept. 1 to shareholders of record at of the close of business on Aug. 14.

Kroger, one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains, employs more than 326,000 associates, who serve customers in 2,475 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states.

On Thursday, the company announced that its president and COO Don McGeorge was retiring. McGeorge has been replaced by W. Rodney McMullen.

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Walgreens to test diabetes care model

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Walgreens continues to flesh out its revamped strategy to be the nation’s most convenient and accessible provider of pharmacy and health-and-wellness services.

 

The latest plank in that platform is its plan to test a pharmacy-driven outreach and support program for patients with diabetes.

 

Diabetic-care services and product presentations are nothing new in the nation’s chain and independent drug stores; every pharmacy leader knows that diabetes is a major, (often undiagnosed) health challenge and a “gateway” disease that usually subjects its sufferers to a slew of other related conditions involving the circulatory system, the skin and other organs. It’s also no secret that diabetics generate far more in annual drug store sales to treat these related conditions.

 

What makes Walgreens’ pilot program worthy of notice are two things.

 

 

First, with some 6,800 retail pharmacies, 350 in-store and worksite clinics and a network of specialty pharmacies across the United States, the company wields enormous potential power in the healthcare marketplace. If it expands its fledgling diabetes pilot beyond the test stage, it has thousands of “points of care” through which it could offer diabetes support programs and other disease management offerings. It’s a huge potential resource to offer diabetic patients and their employer-based or government-sponsored health plans, not to mention those patients’ overburdened, time-constrained primary care doctors.

 

 

Second, Walgreens is very deliberately positioning its diabetes care offering as a part of a much broader, integrated healthcare platform that links patients in the program to all the company’s health-and-wellness capabilities, said Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson. And it dovetails neatly with the Obama administration’s call for “more preventive care and better access,” in the words of Walgreens’ top manager.

 

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