Need assistance to manage high blood pressure? Pharmacists at Real Canadian
Superstore® and Extra Foods® stores can help
BRAMPTON, ON, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - TSX:L: Today pharmacists at Real Canadian
Superstore®, Your Independent Grocer®, nofrills®, Extra Foods®,
SuperValu® and Wholesale Club™( )locations are celebrating World
Hypertension Day by reminding Canadians to have regular blood pressure checks.
In partnership with Hypertension Canada, pharmacists at these( )locations
recently introduced the Blood Pressure Check Program, an easy, convenient
option for consumers to better understand how to manage their blood pressure.
The program is exclusive to Loblaw store pharmacies. Please visit
http://www.drugstorepharmacy.ca/ to find a location.
Customers simply use the in-store machine to take two blood pressure readings
and participate in a personal consultation with the pharmacist. During the
consultation, the pharmacist reviews the data from the readings along with
other health information to provide appropriate, personalized recommendations
based on Hypertension Canada's guidelines.
"Hypertension Canada is committed to working closely with like-minded partner
organizations such as Loblaw store pharmacists and the Blood Pressure Check
Program to deliver positive benefits to the 7.4 million Canadians living with
high blood pressure on a daily basis." says Judi Farrell, CEO, Hypertension
Canada. "It is through these programs that weincrease awareness of high
blood pressure and empower Canadians to make healthy lifestyle choices."
**What should Canadians know about hypertension?
-- Hypertension is the leading risk of premature death ahead of
smoking and infectious diseases
-- One in five Canadians have high blood pressure
-- Nine out of ten Canadians will get hypertension in their
-- 70 per cent of strokes are caused by hypertension
-- High blood pressure can also cause heart attacks and heart and
"During the first month of the Blood Pressure Check Program more than 20,000
Canadians received consultations at pharmacies in Loblaw store locations
across the country," said Bobbi Reinholdt, pharmacist and senior vice
president, pharmacy, Loblaw Companies Limited. "Through these consultations
our pharmacists helped those at risk make positive life changes including
reducing sodium intake, increasing physical activity and improving medication
For more information on the Blood Pressure Check Program and other resources
available at Loblaw store pharmacies, please visit
In addition, Loblaw banner stores have several other resources to help
Canadians live healthier lifestyles. Customers can also take advantage of
programs, products and resources such as President's Choice® Cooking School
healthy eating cooking classes, PC® Blue Menu products.
About Loblaw Companies Limited TSX:L
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's
largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise
and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private
sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised
stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than
134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private)
label program, including the unique President's Choice(®), no name(®) and
Joe Fresh(® )brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice Financial(® )services and offers the PC(®) points and PC
Plus™ loyalty program.
** Source: Hypertension Canada (Canadian Hypertension Education Program -
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