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Higi, StayHealthy merge to create connected retail health kiosk network

BY Ryan Chavis

CHICAGO — Higi and Stayhealthy on Wednesday announced that the companies have completed a transaction creating the largest connected retail health kiosk network in the United States. The business will operate as higi.

The two companies have combined to carry out a shared vision of helping consumers take small but meaningful steps in their health-and-wellness goals. A platform has been developed that makes it simple, fun, and rewarding to take control of one's health and wellness, the companies stated.

“Bringing the two companies together makes great strategic sense and expands our influence in the market,” said John Collins, CEO of Stayhealthy. “By combining our different technologies and resources, we can offer a best in class, next generation product. Higi’s engagement platform makes tracking your health simple, fun and rewarding. This merged with our clinical-quality health measurement technology is a win-win for the end-user.”

In addition to offering consumers basic health screenings — blood pressure, pulse, body fat, weight and BMI — the platform also integrates with many of the most popular fitness tracking devices currently available. This will allow users to monitor both their fitness-and-health tracking activity while also being rewarded for their efforts via higi's wellness engagement incentive program. This program — leveraged by individuals, corporations, brands and retailers — both rewards users for their health and fitness engagement and motivates them with engagement competitions.  

“Our ultimate goal is to promote and develop a collaborative approach to health care between physicians, providers, payers, employers and individuals. By leveraging Stayhealthy’s innovative algorithms, advanced testing methods and screening technologies, we get one step closer to achieving this goal through access to high-tech data," said Jeff Bennett, CEO of higi. "There is a great synergy between our products, services and passion for providing quality healthcare screening and engaging individuals to take control of their health.”

Bennett will serve as CEO while Collins will serve as vice chairman and director of innovation.

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Five stores that make for a sizzling-hot summer

BY DSN STAFF

The summer has brought with it a flurry of new store openings, from both established players and emerging online-offline stars. Check out the five below … and don’t miss the bonus at the end!

1. Urban Outfitters, New York City


Urban Outfitters goes big in Manhattan, opening a 57,000-sq.-ft “lifestyle destination” format in busy Herald Square. It’s the retailer’s biggest and most unusual location yet, and includes such extras as a hair salon, bookshop, photo shop (where you can print your Instagram snapshots) and coffee bar. Los Angeles’ legendary Amoeba Records has brought in a curated assortment of over 400 vintage vinyl titles — talk about retro cool! Slideshow.

 

2. Warby Parker, Dallas


When it comes to online players going offline, nobody does it better than Warby Parker. The new Dallas store juxtaposes the eyewear company’s signature hipster frames in a fun, old-fashioned classroom-styled space. And check out the giant pencil sticking out of the roof! Slideshow.

 

3. Oakley, New York City


Oakley brings its longstanding commitment to technological innovation to its store environment in its Fifth Avenue flagship.  From a state-of-the art digital ceiling to a custom eyewear bar where customers design their own frames, the store embodies the sports performance company’s brand ethos. Slideshow.

 

4. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Las Vegas


The Las Vegas Strip has a new sweet spot: Hershey’s Chocolate World.  From Hershey’s Kisses-styled entrances to a 74-ft. high Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, the store immerses visitors in the brand — and uses technology to allow for fun customization. Personalized candy wrappers anyone? Slideshow.

 

5. Starbucks, Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida


Starbucks does Disney — and the result is one of its most unique stores to date. The store takes the chain’s green commitment to the next level: It has a green roof made of lemon grass plants (that were fed with compost from coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks). Slideshow.

And a bonus one just for fun ..

 

Birchbox, New York City


The fast-growing online beauty subscription company jumps into brick and mortar with a light-filled space designed to replicate its digital experience. Slideshow.

 

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Cetaphil to help support Camp Wonder with limited-edition moisturizer sold exclusively at CVS/pharmacy

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH — Galderma Labs, maker of the Cetaphil line of cleansers and moisturizers, has once again partnered with Camp Wonder to donate a portion of the proceeds of a limited-edition Moisturizing Cream, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide and online, beginning in August. Over the past three years, Cetaphil has donated more than $400,000 to fund camp activities for children with skin diseases.

Camp Wonder, an initiative of the Children's Skin Disease Foundation, is a medically staffed summer program that gives children ages 7 years to 16 years who suffer from serious and fatal skin diseases, the opportunity to be themselves and simply have fun. The week-long camp is fully funded by the Children's Skin Disease Foundation, an organization founded in May 2000 by Francesca Tenconi.

As an adolescent, Tenconi suffered from a potentially life-threatening skin disease and missed out on typical childhood activities. She wanted to use her experience to help others, so on her 16th birthday, she asked friends and family to forgo gifts and help her create CSDF.

"Every child deserves to know what it feels like to just be a kid — to swim, hike and play with others their age," stated Tenconi. "And families of children suffering from serious skin problems often need financial support. Since Camp Wonder is free for campers, I rely on the support of brands like Cetaphil and CVS/pharmacy to transform my vision into reality to help these kids."

Galderma employees volunteered at this year's camp and provided Cetaphil products to use on site. Since many families are burdened by the cost of care, the Cetaphil brand also offers all campers products, free of charge, throughout the year to help them care for their skin. The commitment from Galderma employees continues year-round through a mentorship program connecting employees with Camp Wonder counselors to share professional experiences. During the month of December, employees also have the opportunity to grant holiday wishes for the children and their families.
 
The Cetaphil brand's continued commitment to Camp Wonder comes to life through various initiatives. To raise awareness of Camp Wonder, this year's limited-edition of the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream will feature new artwork created by Amani Williams, a 14-year-old girl who has attended Camp Wonder for the past seven years. Williams began attending Camp Wonder after her doctor encouraged her mother to sign her up. As a camper, she has had the opportunity to meet new friends without worrying about being treated differently because of her skin disease.

The Limited Edition Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, priced at $14.99, is available beginning in August at CVS/pharmacy locations and online.

"We're proud to partner with Cetaphil again to help give children living with chronic skin diseases the chance to attend Camp Wonder and experience the joy of summer camp," stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Caremark. "Camp Wonder is a special place that empowers children to be themselves, and its mission aligns with our All Kids Can program, which helps kids of all abilities on their path to better health and gives them the opportunity to be the best that they can be."
 

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