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Legato, Means presented with CVS Heroes in Women’s Health Award

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, Larry Merlo, president of CVS/Caremark, presented Dr. Marianne Legato and Dr. Roseanna Means with the 2008 CVS Caremark Heroes in Women’s Health Award.

The award honors leaders in the field of women’s health who embody the CVS Caremark mission to improve the lives of others by bringing the best quality care to those who need it.

Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women’s health. She is the founder and director of The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. She is responsible for the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender.

A practicing physician, Means founded Women of Means in 1999 to improve the lives of women who are homeless or marginally housed through quality health care, education and advocacy. Women of Means is a physician-led non-profit that sends volunteer physicians and paid nurses into Boston area shelters to provide free urgent and immediate medical care to homeless women and children. In addition, Means is associate clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“Dr. Legato and Dr. Means are true champions of women’s health,” stated Merlo. “We are proud to honor these leaders as the first recipients of the CVS Caremark Heroes in Women’s Health Award.”

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AAFES introduces reusable shopping bags to benefit environment

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS As part of a continuing effort to be a good steward of the environment, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is introducing reusable bags to military shoppers, AAFES announced recently.

Made of non-woven polypropylene mesh, the bags are now arriving in stores in the United States, with worldwide distribution expected by June.

“Military shoppers continue to express a strong desire for environmentally friendly products,” stated AAFES’ senior vice president of sales Maggie Burgess. “In fact, AAFES has seen Compact Fluorescent Lighting light bulb sales increase by 160 percent in 2008 compared to the same time period last year. With that said, we anticipate exchange customers will enthusiastically embrace AAFES’ new, environmentally friendly shopping bag options.”

The AAFES recycled-reusable bag line, capable of carrying up to 35 pounds, will consist of a small shopping bag and wine bag for $0.99 each, a large shopping bag for $1.49 and a thermal bag is available for $1.99.

In addition to the bags, AAFES is implementing “green initiatives” at exchange facilities across the globe to include ENERGY STAR vending machines, inventive “pollution solutions” in fast food restaurants, CFL options within the stores as well as real estate efforts that focus on energy and water reduction and the incorporation of earth friendly materials into building design.

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Wegmans considers expansion into Massachusetts

BY Michael Johnsen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. According to a weekend report in The Post-Standard, a Syracuse daily, Wegmans is considering the expansion of its grocery business into Westwood, Mass., a Boston suburb.

“We have not yet committed to the project … but it is under consideration,” Jo Natale, director of media relations for Wegmans, told the paper. “At the moment, there are no other sites in Massachusetts under consideration, but if we go forward with this one, we will likely look for others.”

According to the report, the project hinges on whether the grocer can obtain a liquor license.

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