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Haggen puts 111 stores up for sale

BY Mike Troy

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The bankrupt Haggen supermarket chain has listed 111 locations for sale, many in California, as the company looks to refocus its operations on 37 stores in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen has asked the bankruptcy court to approve store closing sales at 68 locations in California; 14 in Washington; seven each in Nevada and Oregon; and five in Arizona. The company has retained Sagent Advisors to explore market interest for the locations that were part of the 146 stores Haggen acquired from Albertson’s earlier this year. The ill-fated deal precipitated Haggen’s bankruptcy filing, which was followed quickly by a lawsuit that alleged Albertson’s sabotaged Haggen’s efforts to integrate the newly acquired stores.
 
Moving forward, Haggen said in a statement that it intends to re-build its operations around a core group of successful stores made up of 37 locations in the Pacific Northwest. The core stores include 16 of Haggen’s historical stores, one stand-alone pharmacy and 21 stores acquired from Albertson’s.
 
“Haggen plans to continue to build its brand in partnership with its dedicated corporate support and store teams. Haggen has a long record of success in the Pacific Northwest and these identified stores will have the best prospect for ongoing excellence,” said John Clougher, CEO of Haggen Pacific Northwest. “Although this has been a difficult process and experience, we will remain concentrated in the Pacific Northwest where we began, focusing on fresh Northwest products and continuing our support and involvement in the communities we serve.”

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Study: Timing of blood pressure drugs can affect diabetes development

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HealthDay is reporting on a new study in Spain that shows the impact timing of a patient’s high blood pressure meds can have on whether or not they develop Type 2 diabetes. Findings point to the fact that taking medication at bedtime could reduce the risk of developing diabetes by more than 50%. 

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Mondelez Foundation unveils new, expanded wellness initiatives

BY David Salazar

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The Mondelēz International Foundation announced Thursday a new push for wellness in three countries as part of its $50 million commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles.

The foundation has launched or expanded nutrition education, active play and fresh food programs in the U.S., South Africa and Mexico — three countries with high rates of obesity. The expansions increase the reach of the foundation’s efforts to 14 countries and more than 1 million people as part of Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being.

“The three new well-being programs build on our ongoing commitment to community well-being and the fight against obesity, particularly among children. They are perfectly aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of addressing malnutrition and promoting good health and well-being,” Mondelēz International Foundation president Nicole Robinson said. “As many schools begin a new term, we’ll be working alongside our community partners, teachers and parents to establish the foundation for a healthy school year by promoting nutrition basics, encouraging active lifestyles and expanding access to nutritious foods.”

In the U.S. the foundation has expanded its After-School All Stars middle school program to include cooking classes and nutrition education, as well as urban gardening and BMI tracking as part of its program evaluation. The U.S. program will reach 150 schools in 12 locations. Mexico’s Save the Children effort promotes nutrition education and physical activity among children ages 2-13. In South Africa, the foundation is looking to reach up to 75,000 people in 100 schools with its INMED Partnerships for Children program, which saw success in Brazil with school-based gardens.

“We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation to prioritize well-being in South African communities and schools,” INMED Partnerships for Children president and CEO Linda Pfeiffer said. “Through our work with the Foundation in Brazil, we’ve seen 65 percent of the children improve their BMI and approximately one-third of these children achieve a normal BMI. In South Africa, we’re hoping to achieve similar results through collaborative partnerships among school administrators, local governments, non-governmental organizations and communities.”

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