The top wellness trends for 2016 by London Drugs

Pharmacists offer tips for making health-related New Year’s resolutions stick

RICHMOND, B.C., 2016-1-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — For those who are resolving to make their health a priority in 2016, there are a wide variety of new trends plus a host of tried-and-true healthy behaviors that can help keep motivation high and goals on track.

London Drugs Pharmacist, Jason Chan-Remillard, points out some of the top wellness trends for 2016 and offers some tips for adopting healthy behaviors in the New Year.

1. Advanced Wearable Health Technologies

Wearable tech is everywhere right now and will gain even more traction in 2016 with new features and functionality. Everything from fitness trackers to smart watches and even heart rate monitors are being used to analyze physical wellness.

“These devices are changing the way we plan and manage our workouts, monitor our health and can help motivate us to achieve our wellness goals,” says Chan-Remillard.

London Drugs sees wearable tech as such a critical component of health that they specifically trained their Patient Care Pharmacists on wearable tech options and began hosting Health Tech demo days for customers in their stores. Pharmacists also lead by example in this area, wearing the Fitbit HR during London Drugs’ Nutrition & Healthy Weight Clinics.

“Understanding wearable technology helps us promote wellness. It is now an integrated component of monitoring health and it is a technology we know helps many of our patients,” says Chan-Remillard.

Fitbit earned the spot as the top app in the App Store over Christmas. The newest Fitbit, Fitbit Surge, can not only count steps, but also tracks pace, distance, elevation climbed, heart rate, calories burned and is even able to sync to the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Scale.

Other wearable tech products like iHealth track blood pressure.

“This is an important advancement because things like high blood pressure aren’t easilydetected, but if left untreated, over time can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack,” says Chan-Remillard.

2. HIIT Workouts

High Intensity Interval Training is one of the hottest workout techniques right now, popular among those who feel it hard to find time to squeeze in their exercise routine. The workout consists of periods of intense exercise followed by periods of rest.

“The growth of this trend coincides with the use of wearable tech devices, since participants are now able to monitor their training intervals,” says Chan-Remillard.

The Timex Ironman Road Trainer’s interval timer or the Garmin Forerunner 225’s GPS tracker can be set to keep track of progress.

3. More natural, less processed ingredients

The 2016 global food and drink trend report from market research company Mintel showed an increasing demand for natural and less processed foods and drinks. This trend is forcing companies to remove artificial ingredients from products.

“The rising promotion of fitness has highlighted a parallel need for food and drink that helps nourish the body,” says Chan-Remillard. “Natural products and supplements that were once seen as ‘alternative’ are now becoming mainstream.”

He points to brands like Vega as one example. The company touts better performance and faster recovery with the use of its clean, plant-based nutrition products and drinks.

This year, the juicing fad is also set to be replaced with “souping”. Since juicing removes the fibre and other nutrients found in the skin and pulp, “souping” is a healthier option that maintains some of the thick, fibrous bits of the original ingredients.

4. Functional Fitness

Canfitpro and The American College of Sports Medicine both included Functional Fitness among their top fitness trends for 2016.

This is one of the easiest ways to incorporate fitness into your New Year’s routine. Functional fitness involves motions that mimic everyday activities, working various muscle groups rather than one single muscle at a time. It includes practical, movements that simulate activities like carrying groceries, shoveling snow, or picking up children.

“This kind of exercise helps you prepare for the physical activities of daily life and puts fitness into real application. By simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports, you reduce your chance of injury in real life situations,” says, Chan-Remillard.

5. Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaching is a growing trend. Individuals hire professionals to provide expertise and support to help them improve health and maintain the motivation to achieve fitness-related goals such as weight reduction, quitting smoking, and improving nutrition.

For many years, Pharmacists have been taking on expanded roles in the Canadian health care system. They can collaborate with patients to deliver a range of wellness services, including:

  • Travel & Immunization Clinics
  • Osteoporosis Screening Clinics
  • Smoking Cessation Clinics
  • Nutrition and Healthy Weight Clinics
  • Heart Health Clinics
  • Immunizations and vaccinations including Influenza and the Zostavax vaccine for Shingles
  • Medication reviews to ensure drug therapy is appropriate and effective.
  • Individualized diabetes management programs with Certified Diabetes Educators
  • Compression stockings fitting
  • Prescriptions for minor ailments/conditions (in some provinces)
  • Assistance in helping patients find solutions to everyday health issues around allergy, cough & cold, pain management, stomach health and eye care.

Patients can meet one-on-one with a pharmacist, and they can help develop a plan, set goals, and suggest appropriate products and strategies to improve health.

“Planning out specific health goals will help motivate you to keep New Year’s resolutions past January,” adds Chan-Remillard.

He notes that pharmacists are on the frontline of preventative health care services and are an excellent resource for anyone trying to improve health and wellness.

About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.

Pharmacists are available for interviews about 2016 wellness trends as well as tips for sticking to healthrelated New Year’s resolutions.

To schedule an interview, please contact:
Angela Joyce, Media Relations Alberta
403.681.9286
aj@whiterabbitcommunications.com

Cynnamon Schreinert, Media Relations British Columbia, Saskatchewan
604-802-2733
cynnamon@hartleypr.com

RioCan completes 2nd phase of the purchase of Kimco’s interest in collection of 22 Canadian properties

TORONTO, ONTARIO and NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK, 2015-12-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (“RioCan”) (TSX:REI.UN) and Kimco Realty Corp. (“Kimco”) (NYSE:KIM) announce that RioCan has completed the second phase of the previously announced transaction to purchase Kimco’s interest in a collection of 22 Canadian properties selected by RioCan. The remaining three properties were acquired at a purchase price of $238 million, and RioCan assumed Kimco’s share of the existing in place debt of $104 million.

Additionally, in a separate transaction RioCan has acquired Kimco’s 50% interest in Tillicum Centre, a 468,533 square foot shopping centre inVictoria, BC at a net purchase price of $58.9 million (at a 50% interest) along with possible future consideration to Kimco based on additional potential residential density. In connection with the purchase, RioCan assumed Kimco’s interest in the in place mortgage financing of $32.5 million(at a 50% interest) that carries an interest rate of 2.9% and matures in May 2018. RioCan estimates that the acquisition is expected to generate incremental NOI of approximately $3.6 million on an annualized basis.

Tillicum Centre is anchored by Save-On-Foods, Cineplex, London Drugs, and Winners. Lowe’s has assumed 120,000 square feet that was previously leased by Target Canada. Other national tenants at the centre include Old Navy, Dollar Tree, and Ardene. In addition, Tillicum Centre has municipal approval for the potential development of a multi-storey residential development/intensification at the site.

The partners continue to market for sale a second group of eight retail assets, which are in various stages of marketing. There remains a third group of three transitional properties that were previously occupied by Target, which will be dealt with at a future date.

About RioCan
RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total enterprise value of approximately $15.1 billion as at September 30, 2015. It owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 354 retail properties containing approximately 78 million square feet, including 49 retail properties containing 13 million square feet in the United States as at September 30, 2015. RioCan’s portfolio also includes 16 properties under development in Canada. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com.

About Kimco
Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers. As of September 30, 2015, the company owned interests in 710 shopping centers comprising 105 million square feet of leasable space across 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com, the company’s blog at blog.kimcorealty.com, or follow Kimco on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kimcorealty.

Contact Information:
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Cynthia Devine
Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
(647) 253-4973

Kimco Realty Corp.
David F. Bujnicki
Vice President, Investor Relations and
Corporate Communications
1-866-831-4297
dbujnicki@kimcorealty.com

SOURCE: RioCan

London Drugs pharmacists expect to administer more flu vaccinations than ever before this year’s immunization campaign

Flu vaccinations will be available at all London Drugs pharmacies

LONDON, 2015-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the most accessible health care professionals in Canada, Pharmacists now play a key role in achieving higher flu immunization rates in Canada. During this year’s immunization campaign, London Drugs pharmacists expect to administer more flu vaccinations than ever before. Longer hours, appointments, as well as flexibility for walk-in patients and customers has allowed pharmacists to significantly improve ease of access to the vaccine.

“It’s really about convenience. People can literally call the pharmacy and make an appointment or walk in, fill out the paperwork and get a shot right then. So by coming to the pharmacy they can avoid lineups or wait times at their doctor’s office or at the public flu clinics,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacy Manager at London Drugs.

Aside from providing in-store injections, London Drugs pharmacists are also venturing out into communities to administer flu shots at public events. Making the vaccine accessible through pharmacists has had a substantial impact on increasing public awareness and utilization of the flu vaccine.

“People want to protect themselves and their families against the flu but they want to get it done when it is close and convenient for them. The more accessible we can be, the more people we can vaccinate,” he says.

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the H3N2 strain — along with H1N1 and influenza B. The vaccination is available at all London Drugs locations where it is administered by London Drugs’ Certified Injection Pharmacists. The public are invited to contact their local London Drugs pharmacy to inquire about getting a flu shot or visit http://www.londondrugs.com/flu for more information.

“Being proactive and prepared is the key to surviving the flu season,” says Chan-Remillard. “By getting the influenza vaccination early in the season, as well as taking some simple and healthy preventative actions, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others because you are less likely to spread the flu.”

ABOUT LONDON DRUGS Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development. For more information, visit www.LondonDrugs.com.

-30-

London Drugs pharmacists are available to speak to the media about flu immunizations, prevention and symptom treatment. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Cynnamon Schreinert, Media Relations, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba cynnamon@hartleypr.com 604.802-2733

Angela Joyce, Media Relations Alberta aj@whiterabbitcommunications.com 403.681.9286

SOURCE:  LONDON DRUGS