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Safeway promotes awareness of heart disease with free health screenings

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway on Wednesday announced the offering of free blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol level screenings at store pharmacies to promote heart health and prevent the number one killer of women: heart disease.

As part of the company’s “Love Your Heart” campaign, a wellness program to draw attention to the importance of knowing the risk factors of heart disease, Safeway expects to conduct 36,000 free heart health screenings nationwide. The free screenings are available to women and men and will take place from Feb. 4 through Feb. 24 in Safeway pharmacies, including Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s and Carrs pharmacies. 

“Most women are unaware that heart disease claims more women’s lives than any other disease or illness,” stated Dave Fong, SVP of pharmacy at Safeway. “Only 8 % of women consider it the biggest threat to their health. … Our goal is to educate women about the risk factors and help them take control of their health.” 

The screenings, a $40 value, are sponsored by Safeway, Campbell Soup Company, Kellogg’s, Healthy Choice, Diet Coke, Fresh Express, StarKist, Barilla PLUS, and Health Magazine. Screenings will be conducted by nurses or pharmacists at store pharmacies. 

Safeway is also offering savings on special heart healthy products throughout the store. Customers can easily locate these products at the “Love Your Heart” displays in all stores. Heart health informational brochures, containing special product offers, will also be found in specially marked displays. 

Safeway’s “Love Your Heart” campaign is part of the company’s ongoing health and wellness initiative to provide customers with affordable and convenient ways to take control of their health. For example, Safeway pharmacies administer a variety of flu and other vaccinations, where law permits. Safeway is a partner with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on The Heart Truth campaign, which introduced the popular Red Dress logo as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002. 

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Survey uncovers food economizing among Type 2 diabetes population

BY Drug Store News Team

LONDON Results of a Pan-European survey announced Tuesday have revealed alarming new information regarding the eating habits of people with Type 2 diabetes. The survey indicated that the economic crisis is affecting the ability of people with Type 2 diabetes to manage their disease.

According to the American Medical Association Guide to Living with Diabetes, effective diabetes management includes choosing a series of small but frequent well-balanced meals spread across the day, to ensure that blood glucose is kept at optimum levels.

Twenty-six percent of respondents stated they have only one main meal a day and fewer than half (43%) were eating three or more meals a day. More than a third (37%) of respondents further stated that rising food prices and the “credit crunch” had affected their ability to balance their diet and had caused them to eat less.

The survey was undertaken to mark the introduction of the new LifeScan OneTouch VITA blood glucose meter with MealMemory technology, which allows people with diabetes to see the impact food has on their blood glucose levels. The survey had a sample of 1,410 respondents, and targeted people aged 60 and over with Type 2 diabetes across seven countries.

In response to these findings, LifeScan has launched an interactive Web site (http://www.lifescan.eu), which provides resources to help people with Type 2 diabetes understand and manage their disease more effectively

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Survey reveals preference for fish oil supplements, multivitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y Among people who use dietary supplements, fish oil supplements are nearly as popular as multivitamins, according to a recent survey released Tuesday by ConsumerLab.com, which also publishes test reports on supplements.

The survey is based on responses collected in November from 6,000 supplement users who receive the company’s e-newsletter. 

“We conduct the annual survey to help direct our lab testing toward products of greatest interest to our subscribers; but the survey also yields unparalleled insight into the preferences of people who use supplements and nutritional products,” stated Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com.   

Among the survey’s key findings: 

•  Multivitamins were used by 73.8% of all respondents, followed in popularity by fish oil (71.6%), calcium (55.3%) and CoQ10 (50.9%) supplements.  Among people using 10 or more supplements each day, use of fish oil (84.8%) exceeded that of multivitamins (75.5%), and use of CoQ10 (78.9%) exceeded that of calcium (67.6%). 

•  Use of most supplements increased with age, while use of multivitamins declined slightly. Dramatic increases with age were seen with vitamin D (use increased from 21% among those under age 35 to 47.4% among those 65 years and older) and CoQ10 (use increased from 28.8% to 60.1% for the two age groups, respectively). 

Ratings were given for 1,087 brands and 380 merchants. Of the brands and merchants that received at least 100 consumer ratings, the following received the highest overall satisfaction ratings within their market segments. 

Top-rated Supplement Brands:•        Catalogue/Internet Brand: Puritan’s Pride•        Direct Selling (MLM) Brand: Nutrilite•        Discount/Warehouse Brand: Member’s Mark (Sam’s Club)•        Grocery Store Brand: Equate (Albertson’s)•        Healthcare Practitioner Brand: Pure Encapsulations•        Health Food Store Brand: Barlean’s•        Mass Market Brand: Nature Made•        Pharmacy Brand: CVS•        Vitamin Store Brand: Vitamin World 

Top-rated Supplement Merchants: •        Catalogue/Internet: Puritan’s Pride •        Direct Sales (MLM): Nutrilite •        Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s •        Mass Market: Target •        Online Retailer: iherb.com •        Pharmacy: Walgreens •        Vitamin Store: Vitamin World •        Warehouse Store: Costco  

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