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Health Mart’s Canning makes good on goal to help indies compete

BY DSN STAFF

SAN FRANCISCO — For some guys, it’s just in their blood. That’s definitely the case for Tim Canning — you can say he was born into this business.


Canning, 1-of-8 children of the late, great Fred Canning — who, as president and COO of Walgreens during the late ’70s and ’80s, led a major turnaround of the company — is no doubt making his father incredibly proud these days, as he leads McKesson’s 2,700-plus-strong Health Mart stores, the fastest-growing pharmacy franchise operation in America.


Canning’s mission: to help a growing cadre of independent pharmacy operators compete against the big chains by operating more efficiently, building closer patient relationships and capturing additional revenue streams. Five years ago, it was a collection of just a few hundred stores. Today, the company has built a broad menu of clinically oriented health-and-wellness services for its customers, as well as a range of capabilities that give it some of the national branding, marketing and purchasing strengths of a corporate-owned chain.


Two strong examples of Health Mart’s “big chain” presence are a multimillion-dollar ad campaign that debuted in January 2010 during the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, and the company’s annual Health Mart Healthy Living Tour, which visited 80 stores across 18 states last year.

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Getting to know Lewis Drug’s ‘new face’

BY DSN STAFF

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Welcome to Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls, S.D. — the home of the “new face” of Lewis Drug.


Here within this new store, consumers will experience a larger, revamped pharmacy department with wood flooring, lifestyle images and a waiting area with televisions and refreshments. The beauty area has a more upscale look and feel, and there’s also a walk-in cooler that runs about 100 linear ft. and houses both beverages and adult beverages, including mini-kegs and chilled wine.


Perhaps the most unique part of the store is the “Four Seasons” department, a 4,000-sq.-ft. environmentally controlled room for seasonal businesses like home and garden. It has a watering system and a roof that opens in warmer months to let in the direct sunlight, with a sensor that can anticipate rain and close the roof automatically before rainfall.

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USDA, HHS reveal revamped dietary guidelines

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Addressing the obesity epidemic in the United States, the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

DGA can help Americans maximize the nutritional content of their meals by providing advice for making food choices that promote good health, a healthy weight and prevent disease for healthy Americans ages 2 years and older, the USDA and HHS said. Key recommendations include:

  • Balancing calories to maintain a healthy weight;

  • Building healthy eating patterns;

  • Cutting back on sodium-heavy foods and foods with added sugars and fats;

  • Incorporating nutrient-dense foods into one’s diet, including fruits and vegatables; and

  • Recommendations for pregnant women and individuals older than 50 years.

“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and 1-in-3 children is overweight or obese, and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack. “These new and improved dietary recommendations give individuals the information to make thoughtful choices of healthier foods in the right portions, and to complement those choices with physical activity.”

The updated guidelines can be found here.

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