Cub FOODS Pharmacy Launches “living healthy with my diabetes™” Program Offering One-Stop Health and Wellness Solutions | Business Wire

STILLWATER, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At a time when 26 million Americans are living with diabetes. The

incidence of the disease is on the rise, expected to affect nearly 37

million people by 20151, Cub FOODS, part of the nationwide

SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE: SVU) family of grocery stores, today

announced the launch of a comprehensive, whole-store health and wellness

program called “living healthy with my diabetes™.” The program offers a

variety of resources to make life easier for customers living with

diabetes, including educational materials, health screening tests, group

and individual diabetes education and training programs, medication

management consultations, nutrition information, dietary tools, products

and other services.

In addition to the resources that'll be available year-round, Cub

FOODS will kick off the program with a number of special, limited-time

offers between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 in honour of American Diabetes Month,


  • Free blood glucose test screenings in selected locations on Saturday,

    Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

  • Health screenings for A1C, cholesterol and liver function for just


  • Savings booklets for discounts on diabetes-related products, while

    supplies last.

Program elements that are available year-round include:

  • “Eating Healthy with Diabetes” store tours guided by specially trained

    pharmacists and registered dietitians covering topics such as choosing

    healthy foods, reading Nutrition Facts labels and identifying

    better-for-you food options: including high-fiber and

    low-saturated-fat choices using SUPERVALU’s color-coded nutrition iQ®

    shelf tag nutritional navigation system;

  • In-store pharmacy services including diabetes education, diabetes

    self-management services, blood glucose screenings, blood pressure

    monitoring and face-to-face medication reviews;

  • Nutrition information from registered dietitians;

  • Diabetes products such as equaline® test strips, glucose

    tablets, blood pressure monitors, lancets and latex and vinyl gloves.

“Eating a well-balanced diet, including appropriate activity and taking

medications as prescribed by your doctor are key when living with

diabetes,” said Heidi Diller, R.D., Cub FOODS corporate nutritionist.

“Our neighbourhood grocery stores are uniquely positioned to be a

one-stop solution for people with diabetes. In addition to offering

delicious, nutritious foods and educational materials online and in

store to make it easier to choose foods to help meet health goals, we

have specially trained pharmacists on staff who can help educate

customers, provide personalized training and guide them to the

information, products and services they need to maintain a healthier

lifestyle and better quality of life. The program is part of our

commitment to provide convenient, affordable health and wellness

solutions to our customers.”

Diabetes on the rise
SUPERVALU introduces the program as

diabetes increasingly impacts the lives of more Americans and their

families, at a high price both physically and financially.

The reported incidence of diabetes has climbed to 11.3 percent of

American adults. If current trends continue, 15 percent will be

living with diabetes by 2015, according to the Gallup-Healthways

Well-Being Index1. Among the factors driving the growing

incidence of diabetes is the upward trend in obesity: Americans who are

obese are nearly three times as likely as those who aren't obese to

report having been diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 57 million Americans

currently have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for developing

diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke, in future years. The

total estimated cost of diabetes in the United States is $174 billion in

excess medical expenditures, disability, work loss and premature


The disease also is a major and growing concern among ethnic

populations. Research shows that 15 percent of African Americans and 14

percent of Hispanics suffer from adult onset diabetes3.

What's diabetes?
Diabetes is defined by high blood sugar

levels that happen when the body loses the ability to make or use

insulin effectively. When insulin isn't available for cells, the body

can't obtain the glucose or sugar from foods eaten to use it as energy.

Types of diabetes and related conditions include:

  • Type 1 diabetes — occurs when the body doesn't produce

    insulin. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and adults. Treatment

    includes regular blood sugar tests, insulin therapy and other medical


  • Type 2 diabetes — occurs when the body either doesn’t make

    enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin effectively. The condition can

    often be managed by diet, exercise and blood sugar monitoring.

  • Pre-diabetes — occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than

    normal but not high enough to be diagnosed. Those with pre-diabetes

    are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It may be avoided by

    weight loss and increased physical activity.

Committed to health and wellness
Cub FOODS has made a

commitment to health and wellness as busy, budget-conscious consumers

seek convenient solutions for their everyday health needs. The living

healthy with my diabetes initiative is the latest example of this

commitment, offering consumers a holistic approach that includes both

grocery and in-store pharmacy services.

In fact, the company’s pharmacies have evolved from just filling

prescriptions to offering a variety of immunizations, personalized

health screenings. Clinical health education and management services

for a wide variety of health conditions.

In-store pharmacies play an important role in health and wellness issues

as consumers are increasingly putting their trust in them to help meet

their medical needs. A December 2009 Gallup Poll showed that two out of

every three respondents (66 percent) rated pharmacists “very high” or

“high” when asked about honesty and ethical standards, second only to

nurses among the top five most highly rated professions4.

“Beyond the pharmacy, our stores offer tips and tools to help customers

living with diabetes better manage their diets,” Diller said. “Managing

diabetes with a food plan is about understanding the importance of

balanced nutrition and choosing from a variety of food groups throughout

the day. Our stores offer the resources that people with diabetes need

to enjoy controlled portions of foods from every food group. They can

eat what they love, balanced with what they need.”

To learn more about the living healthy with my diabetes program, visit and click the Cub FOODS link for more

information. To sign up for an Eating Healthy with Diabetes grocery

store tour and to learn about the other diabetes education services

available, consumers can talk with their pharmacist. Call the

toll-free clinical services phone line at (800) 783-0458.

About Cub FOODS
Cub FOODS provides consumers with the

freshest produce, widest selection and greatest value available today.

In addition to innovative natural, ethnic and certified organic food

sections, Cub stores offer shoppers added conveniences, such as in-store

pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods was established in 1968 as one of the

nation’s first discount grocery stores. The organisation was purchased

in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 69 stores in Minnesota,

Wisconsin. Illinois.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest

companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $38

billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a

network of approximately 4,280 stores composed of approximately 1,160

traditional retail stores, including 813 in-store pharmacies. 1,210

hard-discount stores, of which 876 are operated by licensee owners.

1,910 independent stores serviced primarily by the company’s traditional

food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 150,000

employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit


1 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, “U.S. Diabetes Rate

Climbs Above 11%. Could Hit 15% by 2015,” Oct. 27, 2009,

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),National

Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2007 (most recent year for which CDC data is


3 Mead, H., Cartwright-Smith, L., Jones, K., Ramos, C.,

Siegel, B., Woods, K. (2008). “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S.

Healthcare: A Chartbook”. The Commonwealth Fund.

4 Gallup’s Annual Honesty and Ethics Professional Poll,

“Honesty and EthicsPoll Finds Congress’ Image Tarnished,”

Dec. 9, 2009,

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