Price Chopper/Market 32 May Round Up Your Change campaign raised $58,644.21 for the American Cancer Society

Schenectady, NY, 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the month of May, Price Chopper/Market 32 led another successful Round Up Your Change campaign for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and raised $58,644.21. By rounding up total purchases to the next dollar at checkout, customers and teammates were able to increase donations from last year’s campaign by nearly 45%. A $5,000 corporate donation from The Golub Corporation increased the grand total to $63,644.21.

“The Round Up Your Change campaign emphasizes the importance of every donation,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “These many donations of less than a dollar make a change in the lives of those affected by cancer.”

ACS focuses is on conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. The organization raises nearly all of its money through individual donations and is deeply committed to reporting to the millions of people who support the cause each year. The donations given to the American Cancer Society are spent on funding program services and supporting services. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518-379-1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518-221-1186

Source: Price Chopper

American Cancer Society and CVS Health Foundation initiative support college and university campuses go smoke- and tobacco-free

ATLANTA, 2016-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation today awarded grants to 20 U.S. colleges and universities as part of their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The announcement coincides this week with the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

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The Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health has set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States.

“With our partners at CVS Health, we are excited to support the efforts of many dedicated students, faculty and staff to make their campuses smoke- and tobacco-free using proven strategies that will also reduce tobacco use among students,” said Gary M. Reedy, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco use among college students.”

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout will take place on Thursday, November 17. The annual intervention effort encourages smokers to quit for a day, quit for good, or make a plan to quit, and raises awareness around the many tools and resources they can use to help them quit.

Grant Recipients from Coast to Coast

Over the next three years, the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative will award grants to a total of 125 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with the greatest need for stronger tobacco prevention and control. The grants will help schools successfully advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. Campuses will also receive technical assistance and resources to support their efforts with education, communications, cessation, and evaluation.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the first 20 grant recipients, and is working towards becoming the first Ivy League institution to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.

“We are grateful to be among the recipients of the American Cancer Society/CVS Health Foundation tobacco control grant as it recognizes and supports Penn’scommitment to a tobacco-free campus,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Under the leadership of Penn pulmonologist Frank Leone, we have developed an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to smoking cessation that has yielded unprecedented success in just two years. Frank Leone and his colleagues understand the complexity of the problem of tobacco dependence and the need to take a long-term view to change tobacco behaviors. This generous grant will greatly aid the University’s ongoing efforts to effectively address this major public health epidemic.”

Other grant recipients include: Bowling Green State University (Ohio), California State University San Marcos, Davenport University (Mich.), East Carolina University (N.C.), El Paso Community College (Texas), Indiana University Bloomington, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Merritt College (Calif.), Montclair State University (N.J.), Oakland University (Mich.), Penn State University (Pa.), Piedmont Community College (N.C.), Saint Mary’s College of California, Springfield College (Mass.), St. Xavier University(Ill.), Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (Ohio) and University of Michigan.

Public Support for Tobacco Control on Campus

TFGCI grants are intended to address a critical, unmet need by supporting efforts to advocate for, establish and institute smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The U.S. Department of Education reports there are approximately 4,700 institutions of higher education in the United States. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, only 1,427 campuses are 100-percent smoke- and tobacco-free. That reflects major progress over earlier years, but much remains to be done.

According to a new national Morning Consult poll of 2,202 registered voters commissioned by CVS Health on October 12-18 2016, there is strong public support for addressing the continued impact of tobacco use on college and university campuses. Among the key poll findings:

  • Seventy-six-percent of Americans think youth smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem. Similarly, 69% of Americans think college student smoking and/or tobacco use is a problem.
  • More than half of Americans (56%) think the number of tobacco-free campuses is too low. This is similar among U.S. college students where the combined percentage is 54 percent.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of Americans support policies that prohibit smoking and other tobacco use on college campuses.
  • Fifty-two percent of Americans think whether or not a campus is tobacco-free is an important consideration when applying to, and potentially attending, a college/university, ranking behind academic quality (86%) and quality of housing (79%), but ahead of how competitive athletic teams are (38%).

“We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., and Chief Medical Officer for CVS Health. “We’re confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible.”

Accepting Applications for New Grants

In partnership with the CVS Health Foundation, the American Cancer Society will begin accepting online applications for the next round of Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative (TFGCI) grants. The fall grant cycle will run through February 28, 2017 with the names of grant recipients to be announced in May 2017.

In addition to grants, colleges and universities will receive technical assistance throughout the tobacco-free policy planning and implementation process. Technical assistance will be provided through webinars, online resources and limited one-on-one consultations.

To learn more about the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to visit www.CVSHealth.com/tobaccofreecampus. To apply for a TFGCI grant, visit www.cancer.org/tfgci.

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society:
Charaighn Sesock
559.972.4877
charaighn.sesock@cancer.org

CVS Health:
Joe Goode
401.770.9820
jlgoode@cvs.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

JCPenney announces $100,000 contribution to the American Cancer Society®

PLANO, Texas, 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, JCPenney will be making a $100,000 contribution to the American Cancer Society®, the nation’s largest, nonprofit investor in cancer research, to support the organization’s breast cancer research and awareness programs. JCPenney will also be encouraging customers and associates to join its support in helping to save lives from breast cancer. Along with offering an array of special breast cancer awareness apparel and accessories from its Xersion®, Made for Life™ and Ambrielle® brands, JCPenney will host a variety of salon initiatives to benefit the American Cancer Society®.

“We are committed to helping save lives from breast cancer and could not be more proud to support the American Cancer Society this October. With more than 3.1 million women in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer1 and approximately 246,000 new cases estimated to be diagnosed in 20162, it is a disease that touches the lives of many,” said Mary Beth West, chief customer and marketing officer for JCPenney. “Thanks in part to the efforts of the American Cancer Society and dramatic improvements in cancer research, treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.”

Beginning today, JCPenney customers can easily locate breast cancer awareness apparel and accessories in special “Give Hope. Save Lives” zones throughout the store, featuring merchandise from activewear brands, Xersion and Made for Life, as well as Ambrielle intimate apparel. Awareness product includes graphic tees for men and women, yoga pants, hoodies, bras, fashion jewelry and more. These items will be also be available for purchase on jcp.com.

Additionally, jcp salons and The Salon by InStyle locations inside JCPenney will contribute $2, up to a total of $50,000, for every haircut service from Oct. 8-9 to the American Cancer Society. Salon stylists will also visit American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® communities across the country to pamper patients undergoing treatment for cancer away from home. The organization’s Hope Lodge facilities offer cancer patients and their caregivers a free home away from home when they are receiving their medical treatment in another city, offering them a nurturing community where they can share stories and offer each other emotional support.

Furthermore, JCPenney will host a private event for 12 breast cancer survivors at its Glendale, Calif. store, with jcp salon and Sephora inside JCPenney associates treating them to mini makeovers. Participants are part of the Look Good Feel Better® program, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association, that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

“The American Cancer Society is grateful for the support of corporate partners such as JCPenney, who have developed distinctive programs and products to encourage their customers and communities to become involved in raising awareness and funds to end breast cancer,” said Sharon Byers, chief development officer for the American Cancer Society. “We’re excited to collaborate during October to increase breast cancer awareness and help end the pain and suffering caused by this disease. Thanks in part to the progress we’re making against breast cancer, death rates from the disease dropped 36 percent between 1989 and 20122, which means 249,000 fewer breast cancer deaths. ”

Additionally, JCPenney will be supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk in Atlanta on Oct. 29 as a flagship sponsor. Last year, over 170 local JCPenney associates participated in the walk. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks offer a powerful and inspiring opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness on how to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Additionally, funds raised through the nearly 300 walks nationwide help the American Cancer Society seek to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. JCPenney associates across the country will be invited to participate in their local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to support the American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer Society, since 1993, more than 12 million walkers in the U.S. have helped raise more than $750 million to help save lives from breast cancer through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. JCPenney, together with its customers, has contributed over $7.6 million for breast cancer awareness since 2012, benefitting organizations such as Breast Cancer Research Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen.

1American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-2016. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015

2American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every customer’s shopping experience is worth her time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, she will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world‐class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Media Relations:
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JCPenney announces $100,000 contribution to the American Cancer Society®
JCPenney announces $100,000 contribution to the American Cancer Society®

 

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

American Cancer Society and CVS Health announce $3.6 million initiative to expand the number of 100% tobacco-free colleges in United States

Atlanta, GA, 2016-May-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Cancer Society (ACS) and CVS Health today announced a three-year, $3.6 million initiative to provide grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States.

The partnership creates the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of a nationwide effort to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. With funding from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS will award grants to colleges and universities in 19 states with the greatest need for stronger smoke-free campus policies to help them take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support. Twenty-five grants will be awarded in the first year and 50 will be given out in each of the second and third years.

“The American Cancer Society and CVS Health are targeting an important age group at a critical time to improve public health for generations to come,” said Howard Koh, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It is a great example of how public-private partnerships can aggressively move one step closer to a tobacco-free generation.”

The 19 states targeted by the program are Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

The ACS initiative is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s newly announced five-year, $50 million campaign that uses education, advocacy, tobacco control, and healthy behavior programming to tackle tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States, and deliver the first tobacco-free generation. In 2014, CVS Health became the first national pharmacy chain to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products from its stores.

“This partnership with CVS Health allows us to help make campuses tobacco-free using proven strategies that will reduce smoking and tobacco use rates among this population,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and head of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control. “Creating a tobacco-free generation is a lofty goal, and reaching it requires a broad spectrum of strategies targeting multiple audiences. To be successful, it is imperative to prevent and stop smoking among college students.”

The data are clear that college age is a critical time to reach young smokers and those who may begin smoking and using tobacco:

  • Based on current rates, more than 1 million current college students are projected to die from tobacco use in their lifetime. An estimated 5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking if more is not done to reduce youth smoking rates in the U.S.
  • More than 3,800 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette each day, and 2,100 youth and young adults become regular daily smokers.
  • About 90 percent of smokers start by the time they are college age and 99 percent start by age 26, according to a 2012 U.S. Surgeon General’s report.

Despite these statistics, only 1,483 of the 4,700 U.S. college and university campuses—fewer than one in three—are completely smoke-free, and only one in four (1,137) are completely tobacco-free, according to data compiled by the Americans for Nonsmoker Rights.

The barriers for colleges and universities to implement tobacco-free campuses often simply come down to the costs amid other financial constraints. Those costs include resources to develop and implement the tobacco-free plan, associated educational and other collateral materials, and smoking cessation offerings to help students and faculty quit tobacco.

Research has shown smoke-free policies curb campus smoking. Indiana University became a tobacco-free campus in 2008 and reduced smoking prevalence from 16.5 percent in 2007 to 12.8 percent in 2009. University of Michigan became tobacco-free in 2011, and after 11 months, the smoking rate dropped from 6 percent to 4 percent.

“Creating smoke-free campuses will move us one step closer to delivering the first tobacco-free generation,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy for CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation.  “Together with ACS, we can help ensure college-age youth stay tobacco-free through campus policies, increased education and awareness of healthy behaviors. We are at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of tobacco use, and it is through partnerships like this one that we will be successful.”

The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more.

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

CONTACT:
American Cancer Society: Charaighn Sesock, 559.972.4877,charaighn.sesock@cancer.org

CVS Health: Joe Goode, 401.770.9820, jlgoode@cvs.com

SOURCE: CVS Health