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
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.
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
supervalu-pharmacies.com 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,
About SUPERVALU INC.
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 www.supervalu.com.
1 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, “U.S. Diabetes Rate
Climbs Above 11%. Could Hit 15% by 2015,” Oct. 27, 2009, www.gallup.com.
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, www.gallup.com.
Lilia Rodriguez, 714-300-6438