Walk with Walgreens and Alliance for a Healthier Generation Help Elementary Schools Incorporate Healthy Habits into School Day

  Walk with Walgreens and Alliance for a Healthier Generation Help Elementary
  Schools Incorporate Healthy Habits into School Day Routines, Encourage
  Physical Activity

 Participating students from 10 schools add nearly 1,800 hours of walking to
               their school day over six-week school challenge

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- November 13, 2012

Students participating in a school challenge developed by the Walk with
Walgreens program and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national
non-profit focused on reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity, made great
strides toward a healthier school day by helping participants add nearly 1,800
hours of walking to their schools’ daily routine over the course of the
six-week program. Ten elementary schools and more than 6,000 students in
Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., participated in the initiative to help
incorporate and encourage healthier habits.

The Walk with Walgreens School Challenge was designed to help encourage
students and faculty to increase their physical activity and learn healthy
habits. As part of the challenge, each school classroom was challenged with
adding a minimum of 10 extra minutes of walking per day to the school day,
outside of recess and physical education. Some examples of ways educators
increased physical activity included walking school grounds for seed
identification during science class and reciting multiplication facts while
walking the gymnasium.

"We know that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each
day," said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
"We're proud to team up with Walgreens to offer more opportunities throughout
the school day for kids to have fun while moving more. It's important these
programs inspire lifelong healthy habits."

“Whether it’s walking more or simply exploring the school grounds and being
more active, this program is an easy way to encourage physical activity, which
is a great benefit to children during the school day,” said Bonnie Gordon,
Walgreens director of cause marketing. “It demonstrates the value of healthy
habits and the simple steps we’re helping people take to get, stay and live
well.”

In 2010, the drugstore chain launched Walk with Walgreens, an online community
and digital platform that allows members to log the steps they take and get
rewards, in the form of weekly coupons, for use at Walgreens stores
nationwide. Both programs help participants learn about the health benefits of
walking and healthier habits.

More than 6,000 elementary students participated in the School Challenge at
the following schools:

Charlotte Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) 
Olde Providence Elementary                 Idlewild Elementary
McKee Road Elementary                      Elizabeth Traditional Elementary
Oaklawn Language Academy

Pinellas County (Tampa)
Belcher Elementary                         Highland Lakes Elementary
John M. Sexton Elementary School           Skycrest Elementary
Curtis Fundamental Elementary
                                           

“Teachers and students have become so involved with this health challenge that
we plan to continue to include an extra 10 minutes of walking in our students’
daily schedules,” said Dr. Patricia Smith, Idlewild Elementary physical
education teacher. “This program has positively impacted the lives of everyone
here.”

“In just six weeks, this challenge has changed the atmosphere and attitude
toward health at our school," said Jennifer Velez, John. M. Sexton Elementary
physical education teacher. “The Walk with Walgreens School Challenge has been
a welcomed addition to our work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.”

Each school that exceeded the minimum walking goal will receive a $1,000 grant
from Walgreens to implement or enhance the school’s physical activity
curriculum.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become
America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens
provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel
access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy,
health and wellness services and advice in communities across America.
Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion,
medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These
services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including
employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit
managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,030 drugstores in all
50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems
is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager
of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics,
with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s
leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is
to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to
empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the
American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance
works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s
health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. To learn more about
the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org.

Contact:

Walgreens
Vivika Panagiotakakos
(847) 315-2923
http://news.walgreens.com
www.twitter.com/WalgreensNews
 
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