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CVS Health’s Project Health to deliver $8 million in free health services in 2016

BY Michael Johnsen

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health on Wednesday announced the rollout of Project Health, its annual free health services campaign, at select CVS Pharmacy locations in 10 multicultural communities across the country. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 8 and running through Dec. 18, nearly $8 million worth of free health services will be delivered at more than 500 Project Health events.

Since 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $112 million worth of free health care services to nearly 872,000 people, many of whom are uninsured or underinsured.

"Despite the increased number of Americans who have become insured over the past five years, there are still barriers to quality care, such as cost and access, for many patients," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer CVS Health. "Project Health is part of CVS Health's commitment to improving access to quality care by identifying health concerns and risk factors for participants who may not have otherwise sought preventative care."

Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index, glucose and total cholesterol screenings. Once screened, CVS Pharmacy helps patients through on-site consultations with bilingual (English/Spanish) nurse practitioners or physician assistants who will analyze results and refer patients who require additional medical attention to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities nearby or to their primary care physician. CVS pharmacists are also available to conduct one-on-one medication reviews and answer any questions patients may have.

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services applauds CVS Health on their Project Health initiative," said Kevin Counihan, director and Marketplace CEO at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  "We thank them for their continued commitment to providing free health screenings and educational materials ensuring better health for many Americans."

Over the past 10 years, high rates of certain treatable conditions among Project Health participants have been identified, including:

  • 53% were found to be overweight or obese;
  • 38% had abnormal blood pressure readings;
  • 26% had abnormal glucose readings; and
  • 37% were found to have abnormal cholesterol levels.

Project Health events, held in markets with large multicultural populations, are open to all consumers regardless of race, gender or insurance status and do not require an appointment. Current locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Project Health events are also being held at select CVS Pharmacy stores in Puerto Rico through November on Saturdays and Sundays.

Click here to view CVS' video on how a health screening event works.
 

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Wearable panic button React Sidekick reaches retail

BY Michael Johnsen

React Sidekick Personal Panic Button by React Mobile from Robb on Vimeo.

SEATTLE  -­ React Mobile on Wednesday announced a retail distribution agreement with Walgreens that puts its React Sidekick, a wearable panic button that turns any smartphone into a powerful lifeline, on store shelves at select locations in the Midwest United States.  

"Our rollout of the React Sidekick at Walgreens is just in time for the back-to-school season ­ when child and student safety is top-of-mind with families and school administrators," stated Robb Monkman, CEO React Mobile. "Walgreens shoppers are among the first to have access to the React Sidekick in a retail store location, where it¹s easy to see how simple and convenient this personal safety device can be to wear or carry ­ making personal safety accessible at the touch of a button."

The React Sidekick, which can be worn on a clip or keychain, pairs with the free React Mobile safety app via LE Bluetooth.  With a single click of the Sidekick, users can activate the app and issue an SOS alert for immediate emergency assistance, even when their phone screen is locked or their phone is out of reach.  

The React Mobile safety app¹s "Follow-Me" feature shares the user's location with friends, family, administrators or colleagues, enabling them to track the user¹s whereabouts in real-time and follow him or her to safety.  Users can also choose to automatically post their alerts to Facebook and Twitter.

The React Sidekick retails for $69 and is also available at other online retailers, including Target.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com,Kmart.com, Sears.com and at ReactMobile.com.

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Walmart contributes $200K to ‘Badges for Baseball’

BY Michael Johnsen

BALTIMORE – Walmart, with the support of Corrective Education Company, on Tuesday donated $200,000 to the "Badges for Baseball" program, part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

Badges for Baseball is a juvenile crime prevention initiative created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice. It's a simple concept: pair kids together with members of law enforcement to play and learn.

"We have seen the transformative power of youth sports to teach vital lessons like teamwork, communication, respect and leadership," stated Paul Jaeckle, senior director, asset protection strategy and solutions design at Walmart. "We want to positively influence future generations. This donation will enable more teams to form, with the curriculum reaching 1,500 more kids."

Badges for Baseball's outreach focuses on underserved communities. Coaches teach important lessons that extend both on and off the field.

"Walmart and Corrective Education Company stand together to strengthen the families in our communities. CEC is grateful to Walmart for making this exciting partnership with Badges for Baseball possible," added Brian Ashton, Corrective Education Company CEO.
 

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