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Health Mart kicks off its Healthy Living Tour

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014


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SAN FRANCISCO  — Health Mart has launched its 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour, which will visit communities nationwide to promote preventive health care.

The McKesson Corp. community pharmacy franchise said Thursday that the annual tour's mobile screening vehicle will travel to more than 130 communities to provide health education and free health testing.

Health Mart noted that this year's tour will expand its traditional focus on diabetes to include other health screenings. At each tour stop, pharmacy customers and other community members will be offered free screenings for blood pressure, total cholesterol, obesity (body mass index, waist circumference and body composition) and diabetes (blood glucose and HbA1C tests for those considered at risk for diabetes).

The tour aims to help identify people at risk for health conditions that can be better managed with the help of a pharmacist, according to Health Mart. Attendees at each locale will be encouraged to engage with their local Health Mart pharmacists on health care-related topics.

"Community pharmacists play an important role in their local area by providing broader access to clinical services and medication counseling, which can help patients better manage a variety of health conditions," Steve Courtman, president of Health Mart, said in a statement. "Health Mart is committed to improving patient care and outcomes, and the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour expands the ability of Health Mart pharmacists to work closely with their patients as an integral member of the health care team."

Also during the tour, Health Mart will present 10 pharmacists with the Health Mart Community Care Excellence Award for top-notch patient care and service that promotes community health and wellness.

Overall, Health Mart has more than 3,200 locally owned pharmacies in all 50 states.

About Health Mart

Health Mart is America's fastest-growing independent pharmacy franchise with more than 3,200 locally owned community pharmacies in all 50 states. Health Mart pharmacists provide personalized care and take the time to help patients understand their prescription-drug coverage, how to safely manage multiple medications, and how to take advantage of lower-cost medication options. As an important member of the healthcare team, Health Mart pharmacists possess strong clinical knowledge and partner with their patients, and their patients' other healthcare providers, to help them manage and improve patients' health. The Health Mart franchise is owned by Health Mart Systems, Inc., which is an affiliate of McKesson Corporation. To find a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy near you, visit www.healthmart.com, where you will also find comprehensive online health and wellness information.

About McKesson
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com.

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