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For Immediate Release
Week Long Grand Opening Events Include Free Flu Shots & Free Screenings
Costa Mesa - November 8, 2006 - Free flu shots, free health screenings and book signings will headline the grand opening festivities for the new in-store Lindora Health Clinic inside the Rite Aid at 211 East 17th Street in Costa Mesa. The weeklong grand opening festivities are scheduled next week, November 13-17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free screenings include cholesterol, blood glucose, diabetes and bone density, and 200 free flu shots will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, best-selling author Cynthia Stamper Graff, president of Lindora, will make two special appearances and sign copies of her successful "Lean for Life" book, which focuses on strategies for weight loss and achieving a healthy lifestyle.
- Flu Immunization Day -- Monday, November 13, 11am - 4pm
- 200 free flu shots
- Special appearance/book signing by Cynthia Stamper Graff
- Free blood pressure screenings
- Cardiovascular Awareness Day -- Tuesday, November 14 , 11am - 4pm
- Free cholesterol screenings
- Diabetes Awareness Day -- Wednesday, November 15, 11am - 4pm
- Special appearance/book signing by Cynthia Stamper Graff
- Free blood glucose screenings
- Osteoporosis Awareness Day -- Thursday, November 16, 11a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Free bone density screenings
- Weight Management Awareness Day -- Friday, November 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Free body composition analysis screenings
- Winner of free Lean for Life program announced
"We're delighted to be part of this strategic alliance. It comes at a time when people
are shifting the manner in which they seek healthcare. People needing care for common
illnesses, weight control services, or even preventive healthcare screenings may now do
so conveniently at Lindora Health Clinic within Rite Aid," said Graff. "This weeklong
series of events is designed to offer the public a firsthand glimpse into this new way
of receiving care. We look forward to welcoming the community and answering their healthcare needs."
"The opening of this in-store Lindora clinic allows us to provide non-emergency healthcare
services and proven weight management programs, making it easy and affordable for customers to
take care of themselves," said Mark de Bruin, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy.
"Obesity is a growing epidemic and a major factor in developing diabetes, heart disease
and hypertension. With Lindora's expertise in medically supervised weight management, we are
taking in-store healthcare services to a new level. We invite the local public to come and
enjoy the grand opening events and check out the clinic, a great new option for their healthcare needs.
Lindora Health Clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals
who administer intensive supervised weight control services as well as treat a variety of
non-emergency acute care conditions. Basic services include diagnosis and treatment of
common illnesses such as ear infections, strep throat, flu symptoms, sinus infections, poison
ivy and rashes; commonly-used prescriptions will be written to treat these illnesses. In
addition, diagnostic screenings are available for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol,
tuberculosis and urinary infections as well as for cardio metabolic risk factors and
determining one's body mass index. Vaccinations for flu, hepatitis, meningitis, pneumonia
and chickenpox are available and physical and sports exams are offered.
In addition, medically supervised weight management programs are offered to those looking
to start or restart a weight loss program. All of the weight management programs are based
on Lindora's long-established medically supervised program combining diet, moderate exercise
and motivational tools to help patients become Lean for Life®.
Lindora Health Clinic is open on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, visit www.lindorahealthclinic.com.
Established in 1971, Lindora offers a multi-faceted, medically supervised program combining diet, moderate exercise and motivational tools to help patients become Lean for Life®. Emphasizing the philosophy of “Eat Better, Move More, Stress Less™” the program helps 4,000 patients each day at its 35 Southern California medical clinics and thousands more through its online programs and best-selling books. Lindora is a member of the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management, a coalition composed of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit www.lindora.com.
About Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with annual revenues of $17.3 billion and approximately 3,320 stores in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include our high level of indebtedness, our ability to make interest and principal payments on our debt and satisfy the other covenants contained in our senior secured credit facility and other debt agreements, our ability to improve the operating performance of our existing stores in accordance with our long term strategy, our ability to hire and retain pharmacists and other store personnel, the efforts of private and public third-party payors to reduce prescription drug reimbursements and encourage mail order, competitive pricing pressures, continued consolidation of the drugstore industry, changes in state or federal legislation or regulations, the outcome of lawsuits and governmental investigations, general economic conditions and inflation, interest rate movements and access to capital. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these and other factors, risks and uncertainties. Readers are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements can be identified through the use of words such as “may”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “project”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “believe”, “estimate”, “contemplate”, and “possible”.