Loblaw Cos. is expanding its Get Checked Now diabetes awareness program to give its pharmacy patients additional support.

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Loblaw pharmacies extend diabetes program

August 18th, 2011

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Loblaw Cos. is expanding its Get Checked Now diabetes awareness program to give its pharmacy patients additional support.

The Canadian food and drug retailer, which has about 500 pharmacies nationwide, said Thursday that this fall the Get Checked Now program will offer support for disease management for newly diagnosed patients and those living with diabetes for several years.

Loblaw will offer two types of education sessions led by a Canadian Diabetes Association community presenter available through the PC Cooking Schools and Community Rooms. Also offered will be diabetes-friendly cooking classes and store tours led by a dietitian to learn how to read food labels and make healthy food choices.

Offered in tandem with the Canadian Diabetes Association and available at participating in-store Loblaw pharmacy and DRUGstore Pharmacy locations, Get Checked Now provides personal, computerized diabetes risk assessments, including a customized printout. Since February, Loblaw pharmacists have completed more than 13,000 diabetes risk assessments, the retailer said.

"Working with the Canadian Diabetes Association is another example of Loblaw's commitment to help Canadians live healthier lives," Bobbi Reinholdt, senior vice president of pharmacy for Loblaw Cos., said in a statement. "Our pharmacists can provide personalized diabetes risk assessments at any time as well as education on managing diabetes, including diabetes medication reviews. Loblaw and its pharmacies aim to support Canadians' healthier lifestyle goals in a one-stop shop experience."

In Canada, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association, which noted that many people with prediabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes may not display any symptoms.

"It is critical that we all act now as diabetes is not only costing our health care system, but is costing Canadians their life," stated Michael Cloutier, president and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association. "Our campaign sponsors and distinctive collaboration with Loblaw will help Canadians get checked for type 2 diabetes and provide educational resources to help them manage the disease."