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Rite Aid donates funds to Red Cross in S.C.

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid on Tuesday announced that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $25,000 donation to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by last week’s severe flooding. 
 
"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the historic floods," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.  "It is one of Rite Aid’s core values to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as relief efforts continue and rebuilding begins in South Carolina.”
 
Rite Aid operates 20 stores in greater Columbia area and an additional 71 stores across South Carolina. The company employs approximately 1,300 associates across the state. 
 
“The American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region is so grateful for the generous donation from The Rite Aid Foundation as we work to provide emergency needs, quickly and efficiently, to the people who are in need,” said Louise Welch, American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region executive director. “The support of partners like Rite Aid is truly making a difference in communities across South Carolina.”
 
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Daily Diversion: Life on Mars

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The recent news that one of NASA’s Mars rovers discovered liquid water on the red planet (and the success of Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” at the box office) has re-ignited talk about sending a manned mission to Mars.

And now InformationWeek is sharing highlights of NASA’s long-term plan to have humans on Mars by 2030. The site has a slideshow outlining NASA’s timeline and what it will take — from rocket design to space lettuce — to get astronauts 33.9 million miles away in one piece. Click here to see the slideshow. 

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Walmart delivers more than 300,000 screenings

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — “America's Biggest Health Fair” debuted Saturday, delivering more than 300,000 diagnostic screenings across more than 4,400 Walmart locations. 
 
"We chose blood pressure and glucose screenings for the Health Fair event [because] customers are busy, and taking time for your pesonal health can really be a challenge," Alex Hurd, senior director product development and portfolio management for Walmart's Health and Wellness business, told Drug Store News. "The blood pressure and glucose really are two bio-markers that are important indicators for your overall health," he said. "Knowing your numbers is a critical step in overall wellness and prevention."
 
Based on population health management statistics, Walmart executives believe they will enlighten more than 3,000 customers that they may be diabetic and more than 7,000 who may have high blood pressure.
 
"Walmart is building on our commitment to make health care and healthier food more affordable and accessible," Hurd said. "We've outlined new ways we're helping customers live healthier lives [and] we're focused on preventative care and supporting overall well-being across our entire assortment."
 
In addition to blood pressue and glucose screenings, Walmart offered vision screenings and product samples. In addition, more than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists were on hand to administer immunizations in select stores. 
 
And Jackson Hewitt licensed insurers were present at some 250 locations to help customers identify the best insurance plans for them, whether they are shopping for a plan on the Health Exchange or their best Medicare option. 
 
 
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