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Walgreens offers free testing during National Diabetes Month

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Select Walgreens across the country will offer free blood-glucose testing during National Diabetes Month this November, Walgreens announced Monday.

Free blood-glucose testing will be available in 33 states and Washington, D.C., with a coupon through November. A coupon for the test, a $20 value, can be found in each store and in Walgreens’ weekly ad in many Sunday newspapers. Last November, 1-in-4 customers who received blood-glucose tests in Walgreens stores during diabetes awareness events tested outside of the desired range or high, meaning they might be at risk for developing diabetes.

"Diabetes is a serious health issue facing communities across the country, and blood-glucose testing is an example of how our pharmacists are offering accessible, preventable healthcare services that help people live well and stay well," stated Suzanne Hansen, Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations. "We want customers and patients to understand their numbers and the importance of knowing that they can make informed decisions about their health."

In addition to free blood-glucose testing, all participating 24-hour Walgreens will hold "Wellness Wednesdays" events from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Locations will provide information about diabetes management, Bayer blood-glucose meters and also feature in-store sampling of Glucerna Hunger Smart bars and shakes that are specially formulated for people with diabetes.

Walgreens also teamed up with Sharps and Novo Nordisk to offer a safe and easy needle disposal option for people who self-inject medications. When customers purchase the Complete Needle Collection and Disposal System, they will receive a rebate form at the register for the $4.99 cost of the system through the end of November. For customers concerned with environmentally responsible disposal, the receipt also will include a coupon for free return postage and incineration of the container and needles (a $20 value).


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Empowered Products launches intimacy supplement for women

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Empowered Products on Friday reported that its Pink Elevate for Women product launch has been well received by retail and wholesale customers throughout the company’s global sales reach of more than 30 countries.

According to Empowered Products, the global market for sexual wellness products is growing exponentially as consumer trends continue to drive demand for new and unique formulas that foster self-directed sensual well-being.

Pink Elevate for Women is comprised of two proprietary herbal formulas — Pink Elevate Libido and Pink Elevate Performance — that when taken together result in enhanced intimacy, the company stated.


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P&G, NFL partner in search of 2011 ‘Super Parent’

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Monday announced its third year of being an official sponsor of the National Football League in support of its Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Prilosec OTC and Vicks brands.

“P&G’s corporate mission is to touch and improve the lives of more people, more completely and this unique program fulfills that purpose by reaching NFL fans in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them,” said Anne Westbrook, corporate communications leader of U.S. sports marketing at P&G. “Being a parent, I know how important it is to keep our youth active. With this program, we invite parents to join us in this effort to empower all parents to take a proactive approach in helping their children achieve and maintain an active lifestyle.”

This year, P&G teamed with NFL PLAY 60 around the League’s successful Super School pillar, a program that chooses 34 U.S. "Super Schools" to honor each football season, including 32 in NFL markets and two in general markets. The winning schools were selected from entries registered under the NFL’s Back to Football Friday contest, which encouraged schools to show their NFL pride and commitment to health and wellness. P&G’s alignment with the NFL PLAY 60 Super School program is to establish a unique program extension, finding the "ultimate P&G Super Parent." A P&G Super Parent must be an individual who takes a proactive approach in helping children of the school and/or community achieve and maintain an active lifestyle.

In November and December, P&G and the NFL will be visiting each of the 34 Super Schools with a parental figure or spouse of an NFL player, who will honor each P&G Super Parent. NFL parental figures and spouses and P&G Super Parents will present a check for $1,000 to support that school’s athletic department. Once all 34 Super School events have taken place, there will be a call-to-action for fans to vote for the Ultimate P&G Super Parent on the Take it to the House Facebook page contest tab.

The Ultimate P&G Super Parent will attend the 2012 Pro Bowl in Hawaii to assist in NFL PLAY 60 activities planned.

Learn more about NFL PLAY 60 at NFLRush.com.


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