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Safeway to offer low-cost vaccination services

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway is making a strong push against vaccinations this year with a low-cost, walk-in vaccination service now through March 2010, the supermarket chain announced Wednesday.

“We estimate nearly $100 million in savings to the healthcare system through our program alone,” stated David Fong, Safeway SVP Pharmacy. “We have made the process of getting a flu vaccine affordable and convenient.”

In addition to providing seasonal flu vaccines, Safeway is working with state, local and federal health authorities to obtain a supply of the vaccine to combat against the H1N1 “Swine Flu” virus. The vaccine is expected to be available in the United States in late October.Safeway is also providing an off-site flu clinic service in most states for businesses, senior centers and nursing homes that choose to provide their employees or residents with the convenience of receiving a flu vaccine where they work or live.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts an unusually severe flu season, elevating the urgency for certain groups and demographics to receive the vaccine. This comes as the economy has forced many people to cut costs at the expense of their health. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one in four Americans said the cost of a doctor’s visit has forced them to delay health care in the past year.

Safeway also offers full-service adult and adolescent immunization services for the prevention of shingles, tetanus, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningococcal and more. Safeway owns and operates stores under the Safeway, Vons, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Carrs, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Pak ‘n Save and Pavilions banners.

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Walgreens opens its second LEED drug store

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. One of the nation’s largest drug store chains will celebrate the grand opening of the first drug store in Illinois to meet top environmental requirements for efficiency and design.

The new store in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, near the intersection of California and Diversey, is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards – a certification granted only by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Logan Square Walgreens is registered under the LEED Green Building Rating System. It will be reviewed by the USGBC and given a specific level of certification in four to six months.

The Logan Square Walgreens, nestled in an urban area right off the Kennedy Expressway, features a “green roof” with plants growing on it. The roof also has a white coating to help reduce heating and cooling costs. The store will save nearly 34,000 gallons of water a year with efficient water fixtures. During construction, 85% of waste was diverted from landfills. The site was a brownfield which was cleaned up and redeveloped for this project. Coolers, freezers and exterior signs all use LED lights, reducing energy use by 50% over fluorescent lighting. The store will save enough electricity to power more than five homes a year. In addition, there is special parking for hybrid vehicles, bike racks and nearby public transportation.

“It may look like a regular Walgreens from the outside, but once you take a closer look it really is green from the ground up,” said Walgreens district manager Steven DiLullo. “Customers can find informational signs inside that highlight these features so they can feel good about what we’re doing and where they shop.”

 

Walgreens officials and guests marked the grand opening of this eco-drugstore with a tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a store tour.

This is the second LEED-registered Walgreens to open. The first opened in June in Mira Mesa, Calif. The next LEED registered Walgreens store is planned to open in Normal, Ill., early next year with two more locations to follow. The company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint also include the use of solar panel systems on 74 of its locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon. For more information on Walgreens green efforts and commitment to corporate social responsibility, visit www.walgreens.com/responsibility.

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Bro-mantic comedy ‘I Love You, Man’ comes to DVD, Blu-ray

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Paramount Home Entertainment invites you to make a man-date for one of this year’s biggest comedy hits.

“I Love You, Man” debuts on DVD and Blu-ray.  Paul Rudd (Role Models, Knocked Up) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) star in a story of a guy with no male friends who finds himself in need of a best man.  After a series of awkward outings, Peter (Rudd) finally bonds with fun-loving Sydney (Segel).  Rudd and Segel’s “bro-mance” takes male-bonding to hilarious new heights in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.

“I Love You, Man” DVD and Blu-ray presentations include commentary by director John Hamburg (writer, Meet The Parents, Zoolander) and starsPaul Rudd and Jason Segel, The Making of “I Love You, Man,” 50 minutes of hilarious outtakes, deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel.

Both discs include the following special features, in high definition on Blu-ray as noted:

  • The Making of I Love You, Man (HD) – An 18-minute feature with cast interviews and a special look behind-the-scenes of the film’s most outrageous moment
  • Outtakes (HD) – Hilarious alternate versions of scenes with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
  • Extended Scenes (HD)
  • Deleted Scenes (HD)
  • Gag Reel (HD)
  • Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
  • Red Band Trailer (HD) – Blu-ray exclusive

“I Love You, Man” is available on DVD at a suggested retail price of $29.99, and Blu-ray disc for $39.99.

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