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Giant Food pharmacists on hand to help with longer allergy season

BY Michael Johnsen

Spring flowers are welcomed by many, but feared by those suffering through allergy season and all of the sneezing, congestion and red eyes that come with it. Giant Food on Wednesday announced that its pharmacists are on hand to offer expertise to help consumers prevent and combat allergy symptoms and can also assist with OTC and Rx allergy products.

And that’s good news, as the allergy season every year seems to get longer. Today, the National Wildlife Federation estimates that allergy season now lasts 27 days longer, as a result of rising global temperatures.

Early prevention is key, and even if pollen counts are still on the lower side right now, it’s a great time to get a head start on healthy habits. To help consumers manage allergy season, Giant’s team of pharmacists came together to share their best tips and tricks.

The top five pieces of advice are:

  • Mindful eating. Nutrition plays a large part in how your body reacts to allergy season, and it’s important that you nourish your body with food that doesn’t aggravate your allergies. Reduce the level of histamines in your system by eating onions, peppers, berries and parsley, which all have quercetin. When in doubt, you can schedule a personal consultation with a Giant Food nutritionist to review your questions and build a healthy shopping list;
  • Drink more (and less). Studies have found that alcohol can worsen allergies and increase sneezing, itching, headaches and coughing. Histamine is the culprit and is produced during the fermentation process. Try to limit weekday cocktails and opt for water instead. Drinking more water will reduce the levels of histamine in your system and help alleviate symptoms;
  • Ditch indoor plants with pollen. Many people own houseplants, unaware that they’re actively producing pollen. Common indoor plants that produce pollen include: daisies, bonsais, chamomile, male palms and chrysanthemums. There is enough pollen to worry about outside without bringing it in the home;
  • Head-to-toe spring cleaning. Even when practicing caution, people are likely to come in contact with allergens throughout the day and can carry them home with them. Their hair, shoes, clothing and pets will all collect outside allergens and bring them inside. Leaving shoes at the door and showering immediately after returning home will help reduce symptoms;
  • Keep windows closed. It may feel hard to shut the window on a warm spring day, but it’s recommended for consumers who are very susceptible to allergies. It’s recommended to keep their windows closed to prevent the wind from carrying pollen inside during allergy season. This is especially true for the bedroom to ensure they don’t wake up with itchy, swollen eyes as the mornings are when pollen is released the most.

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Pharmasave support of Canadian Cancer Society in full bloom

BY Michael Johnsen

Pharmasave on Monday announced it will once again partner with the Canadian Cancer Society for Daffodil Month.

Held every April, Daffodil Month is the charity’s national fundraising campaign. From April 1 to 30, daffodil pins will be available at Pharmasave’s more than 650 locations across the country. Funds raised will support world-class research and services for patients and their families, such as the Cancer Information Service which answered more than 43,000 questions from Canadians last year.

“When the ones we love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or honour them. Fundraising enables change and we can all have a part in advancing the cancer cause through our generosity,” Carly Schur, national director, corporate programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, said. “We are very pleased to partner with Pharmasave and are inspired by how the campaign has grown over the years thanks to the hard work and commitment of the staff in every store location.”

Pharmasave has been a committed partner of the Canadian Cancer Society over several years and has helped raise more than $370,000.

“From coast to coast, giving back to the community is a core value at Pharmasave,” Jennifer Engele, national manager, marketing and communications, said. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, with programs and services tailored to the needs of the consumers and a commitment to helping all customers. “Pharmasave proudly supports what matters in communities because communities matter to Pharmasave,” Engele added.

This April, Pharmasave encourages Canadians to make donation and proudly wear a daffodil pin as a sign of their commitment to the fight against cancer.

 

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Walgreens, Huggies address diaper need with former Cubs catcher

BY Michael Johnsen

Former Chicago Cub catcher David Ross is coming back to Chicagoland to team up with Huggies and the hometown pharmacy player Walgreens to get 250,000 clean diapers to Chicago families experiencing need. On Thursday, April 5, Ross will be in a Walgreens store to talk about the program and the diaper need in our communities.

As many as 1 in 3 families in the U.S. – and 47% of families in Chicago– face diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

As part of Kimberly Clark’s “No Baby Unhugged” program, Huggies and Walgreens will donate $10,000, 1.5 million diapers and 250,000 wipes to the National Diaper Bank Network. Of the donated diapers, 250,000 will go to the local nonprofit Cradles to Crayons Chicago, which works to make life better for children in need.

Chicagoans can get involved by purchasing a pack of Huggies at Walgreens stores or Walgreens.com from now through April 29. Every purchase will spark the donation.

According to a National Diaper Bank Network survey, almost three in four families feel they’re not being good parents when their children are left too long in dirty diapers, and yet, one in three families struggle with diaper need. Three in five of those parents (57%) miss work or school due to a lack of sufficient diapers required by childcare, daycare or early education programs to care for a baby or toddler – missing an average of four days of work or school in just a month. And most families in need (65%) don’t even know that diaper banks like Cradles to Crayons exist.

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