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Hannaford opens community wellness center

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hannaford Supermarkets has teamed up with Capital District YMCA and CDPHP to open the Healthy Living Center, a community-centered wellness facility that offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, as well as assistance with health insurance needs.

The Healthy Living Center is located inside Hannaford Supermarkets in Albany. The concept of partnering with other entities to create and operate a wellness center focused on the needs of a particular community is a first on the national level for each of the organizations.

The 5,277-square-foot Healthy Living Center, which opened in early October, offers the community a variety of programs that support healthy living and wellness in the community, such as group exercise classes, weight management classes, nutrition seminars, personal training and senior fitness classes, as well as programs that address specific health needs, such as the Pedaling for Parkinson’s and diabetes prevention programs. Fees may apply for some offerings.

“Hannaford is deeply committed to addressing the health and wellness needs of the communities in which we live and operate. The Healthy Living Center will provide a critical service to individuals and families throughout the Capital Region,” stated Rudy DiPietro, VP retail operations for Hannaford Supermarkets. “We look forward to welcoming our shoppers to this pioneering facility which will undoubtedly serve as a new model for community health services.”

Member services representatives from CDPHP are available daily to answer questions regarding health and insurance needs, and are also available to help people understand their Medicare and New York State Health Exchange options.

 

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‘Warrior Training Bracelets’ aim to inspire healthy living

BY Alaric DeArment

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — A line of leather bracelets made by Endorphin Warrior aims to inspire wearers to lose weight and improve their health.

Endorphin Warrior, which calls itself an "active lifestyle brand," said its Warrior Training Bracelets were helping people lose weight and make other positive lifestyle changes by helping them stay encouraged and mentally strong. The bracelets feature a single word — such as "Persevere," "Unbreakable," "Relentless," "Conquer," "Strength," "Transcend" or "Courage" — imprinted on a metal plate attached to a leather wristband. Fifteen bracelets are available.

"Words have the power to transform," Endorphin Warrior founder Eric Jenican said. "It’s amazing what a positive and powerful force something as simple as a word on a bracelet can become in a person’s life, but it does."

 

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Walgreens to help seniors navigate Medicare

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With this year’s Medicare Annual Election Period overlapping with the unrelated open enrollment for the new federal and state insurance marketplaces, there’s a growing need to help Medicare beneficiaries understand their healthcare coverage options when Medicare open enrollment begins on Oct. 15, Walgreens noted Monday. 

“Many Medicare beneficiaries don’t fully understand certain aspects of their health plan, including cost savings options, and some also become non-adherent to medication therapies as a way to try to reduce costs,” stated Suzanne Hansen, Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations. “The Medicare environment can be challenging to navigate, and we anticipate an even greater need to help educate our customers this year, given the changes that are taking place across the health care landscape.”

Cost savings remains top of mind for many Medicare beneficiaries, as more than one-third of those surveyed (37%) are concerned about prescription drug costs, and 1-in-5 say they’ve made such sacrifices as delaying filling a prescription or skipping doses to help manage medication costs.

Walgreens’ pharmacists will serve as an accessible resource for Medicare Part D information, offering free, personalized plan comparison reports to help beneficiaries evaluate the plans that may best meet their prescription drug needs.

Walgreens’ prescription plan comparison report details each plan’s estimated annual costs, including monthly premiums, brand and generic co-pays and drugs covered through the coverage gap. Walgreens’ pharmacists will review the report to help Medicare beneficiaries understand their coverage options, as well as the latest information on Medicare, whether they’re selecting a plan for the first time or evaluating if their current plan is still the best option. 

Plan reviews will be available on a walk-in basis or by scheduling an appointment at www.walgreens.com/medicare.

Walgreens is a part of Medicare preferred pharmacy networks with four national Part D plan sponsors — Coventry Health Care, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare. The preferred networks are designed to offer Medicare beneficiaries additional options to save on their prescription drugs.

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