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How to Properly Dispose of Your Medications
January 14, 2019
How to Properly Dispose of Your Medications What do you do with your medications when they are expired or no longer needed? When your medications are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Patients and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medications from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment. There are a couple options for you to consider when disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. Your best choices for disposal of unused or expired medicines are: Medicine take-back options Disposal in the household trash Medicine take-back options These are generally the preferred way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. There are two main kinds of take-back options: periodic events and permanent collection sites. Periodic events The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events where temporary collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Local law enforcement agencies may also sponsor medicine take-back events in your community. Consumers can also contact their local waste management authorities to learn about events in their area. Permanent collection sites Another option for patients and long-term care facilities to dispose of unneeded medicines is to transfer these medicines to permanent collection sites. In your community, authorized permanent collection sites may be in hospital or clinic pharmacies, county offices and law enforcement facilities. Some authorized collection sites may also offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles, sometimes called “drop-boxes,” to assist patients in safely disposing of their unused medicines. Disposal in the household trash with Deterra® Drug Deactivation System Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods offer the Deterra® Drug Deactivation System at all of its pharmacy locations. The Deterra® Drug Deactivation System is a drug disposal bag which gives patients a safe, convenient and affordable way to dispose of unused medications. The bags can be used to deactivate pills, liquids and patches. This process is as simple as filling the bag with the recommended amount of unused drugs, waiting 30 seconds, sealing the pouch and gently shaking it before disposing it in the trash. The bag contains activated carbon which firmly bonds to the drugs and renders them unusable. The Deterra® Drug Deactivation System helps ensure that unused drugs do not end up in the hands of anyone else. It also keeps pharmaceuticals out of landfills where the potentially dangerous/toxic chemicals could end up in nature. If you have expired or unwanted medications that you need to dispose of, ask our Pharmacists where the nearest take back options are or if the Deterra bags would fit your needs. Thanks! Jason, Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
Happy & Healthy in the New Year
January 1, 2019
Getting a Happy and Healthy Start to the New Year We may have just found the key to happiness—a daily dose of fruits and veggies. We are all well-aware that fruit and veggie consumption has been linked to various health benefits such as lowered risk for heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure, but did you know that science has found that people who eat more fruits and veggies are actually happier, have increased life satisfaction, and better mental well-being?1 Researchers from the University of Warwick analyzed dietary habits of 80,000 British women and men.1 Over a 24-month period, it was found that extra servings of fruits and veggies led to increased happiness levels and that consumption of 7-8 servings per day led to the happiest people. Just how much happier are these individuals? According to the study, if an individual went from eating no produce to eating eight servings per day over the 24-month period, they experienced a 0.24 increase on average in their happiness score (scored 1-10). Although that may not sound like a large boost, the increase can be compared to the feeling of going from unemployed to employed.1 With just 1 in 10 adults meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie consumption, researchers (and dietitians alike) hope this added benefit of fruit and veggie intake, increases people’s motivation to consume more.2 With health-related New Year’s Resolutions in full-gear, this is the perfect time to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. Look for creative ways to boost your consumption, such as adding seasonal produce to classic Midwest dishes. Try one of our team’s favorite easy breakfast recipes: Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bake. Looking for more ways to boost your fruit and veggie intake for you and your family? Check out these kid-friendly recipes Fruit Kabobs Zucchini Energy Bites Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats or head on over to our Dietitian’s Corner for all of our latest recipes, articles and resources! Happy and Healthy Eating, Emily, RD, LD 1News & Events. Retrieved December 29, 2017, from https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/7-a-day_for_happiness/ 2CDC Newsroom. (2017, November 16). Retrieved December 29, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html...
Introducing Med Sync
December 19, 2018
One of the most important parts of our jobs as Pharmacists is to help keep our patients, you, healthy. One of the ways we do that is to try and help patients take their medications the way they were intended; the right medication, at the right dose, and the right frequency. Adherence is a term used in healthcare that refers to the extent to which patients take medications as prescribed by their healthcare providers. It is estimated that poor medication adherence; Costs the healthcare system around $290 billion each year Accounts for approximately 125,000 deaths each year Is responsible for 10-25% of all nursing home and hospital admissions Approximately 69 million people in our country take three or more prescriptions per month, requiring multiple trips to the pharmacy. Many patients say they miss doses of their medication because they forget to refill their prescription before they run out. We can reduce your trips to the pharmacy and hopefully improve your ability to take medications as prescribed through a medication synchronization (med sync) program now being offered by our pharmacies. Med sync allows you to pick up of all of your ongoing prescriptions at the pharmacy on a single, convenient day each month. Med sync is especially helpful for people who take multiple, monthly medications, such as those with chronic illness or the elderly, as well as caregivers or family members responsible for helping them manage their prescription refills. Our med sync program also includes a proactive call a week before each of your appointments or “sync date” at the pharmacy, to review your synchronized medications, and make sure we are aware of any additions, changes, or deletions to your medications. Keeping your pharmacist aware of any changes to your medications resulting from doctor or hospital visits is important in maintaining optimal results from your prescriptions. Your pharmacy will then proactively refill your medications, relieving worries of missed refills or running out of your medications. You will build a relationship with your pharmacist that will help you take your medications properly and regularly, which leads to overall better health. Your appointment is also an ideal time to review other pharmacy-provided health services with your pharmacist, such as a review of your vaccine history to schedule any missing or due vaccinations. Talk to any of our pharmacy staff today to get set up with Med Sync, start making things easier for yourself and let us help you stay well. Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
Jayne’s Holiday Appetizers
December 12, 2018
Hello Everyone!!! It’s the holiday season and it’s the biggest time of the year where we invite our family and friends over to celebrate with some holiday cheer. The lights are up and the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg swirl throughout the house making it so inviting. It’s also the time we really like to WOW our guests with delicious food and spirits. Throughout the holidays everyone is so busy, and we would all love to take the time to make the fanciest foods and impress our guests but let’s face it, we just don’t always have time. So, I put together some appetizer ideas that are easy and elegant so you get that WOW from your guests and the best part is, they will think you worked all day to put them together! It will be only you and I that will know that these recipes are easy peezy! Here is my first appetizer… I absolutely LOVE BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella! It’s the prefect snack, because it’s so light and has a mild flavor and such a creamy texture! There are so many things you can do with it. I got a package of Crostini’s from our Bakery Department add a slice of BelGioioso Fresh Sliced Mozzarella then I top it off with a variety of items from sweet to salty and they all taste amazing! There’s something for everyone making it perfect for Holiday gatherings. Here’s a few of ideas that I tried with my fresh Mozzarella: Zucchini ribbons and roasted red pepper slices Diced assorted fruit (Strawberry, Kiwi and Pineapple) Hard Salami with Pickled Asparagus Prosciutto slice with Green Olive Bruschetta Salami and chopped olives (Green or Black) My next Appetizer is Antipasto Bites. So elegant looking but so easy to make. I found these fun skewers with a cute knot on the end that added an even more elegant look! I highly recommend the fresh basil on these as well, it really compliments the fresh mozzarella pearl very well! Again, there are so many items you can place on your skewers so get creative and add color. Don’t be afraid to mix and match items or try using different types of olives and meats to add more variety for your guests. Now I have exciting news for the holiday!!! BelGioiso Master Cheesemakers is proud to present their newest cheese “Artigiano” which means “Artisan” in Italy. They have 3 new flavors. Classico – It is pleasantly nutty and sweet and perfectly aged. Vino Rosso – Soaked in fine Red Wine with Sweet notes & Nutty Flavor Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion – Enrobed in Balsamic Vinegar with a hint of Cipolline Onions. Slightly Sweet & Savory Flavor. The best way to eat Artigiano is with the rind. This is where the aged Balsamic and onions soak into the cheese and create a distinctive flavor. The white dots on the rinds are calcium crystals and that is a sign of properly aged cheese. They add some pleasant crunchiness to the firm, crumbly body. I love this cheese because it’s easy to cut up into pieces and put on a fancy serving tray with some nuts or crackers for your guests to munch on. Now clearly at any party your guests get thirsty and I have the perfect item to serve at your next party. It is so refreshing, and the flavor profile goes with anything. Kristian Regal is a healthy, non-alcoholic, all-natural, sparkling juice with no preservatives or artificial flavors. It has big flavor but not a whole lot of calories. This year for your holiday needs they have just added two new flavors to their family. Strawberry Apple Lemon (my absolute favorite!!!!) Apple Mango Passion Fruit It’s great for the upcoming holidays, anniversaries, family reunions and the best part is, it’s great for any day of the week! I hope you have a very safe and happy holiday and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
Cooking With Kids!
November 30, 2018
Although we are all proud and tough here in the midwest, we often just need to stay inside to stay warm on these brisk winter days! However, we may get a little antsy if we’re stuck inside for too long, especially with kids around. A great family activity is cooking or baking together, especially around the holidays! I can almost guarantee that when you cook with the kids, the kitchen will be a bit more of a mess, but it will all be worth it! No matter their age, cooking can be a great way to encourage kids to try new foods, develop new skills, and learn to follow instructions. How to get the kids involved at every age: The Big Question: What Do We Make?! There are so many great recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables that are so easy and fun for kids to make. Here are a few of my favorites: Confetti Quesadillas Everyone loves confetti, right!? What about confetti quesadillas? This is a fun spin on your classic quesadilla that adds in the veggies, beans and whole grains. Perfect for Taco Tuesdays for a quick weeknight dinner! Pizza Night Build pizza your way on a whole grain pizza crust! This is always a hit with kids and they can add whatever toppings they like. Try making fun faces on the pizzas using veggies to make eating veggies more fun! Blueberry, Avocado, and Banana Smoothie Bowl This is a great way to get more fruit in your kids’ diets! They’ll have fun adding things in the blender and watching it mix. It’s a great afternoon snack or the perfect breakfast to start their day (and yours!) off right! Share with us on Instagram @Coborns_Stores what you and your kids are cooking up! Join in the conversation with the #kidscookingcreations! Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season, Amy RD, LD ...
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
November 14, 2018
Wow! We are getting so close to Thanksgiving and I’m already starting to plan. This year I don’t have to cook the entire holiday meal because my daughter-in-law just called me and invited me over for Thanksgiving Dinner and I’m going to take her up on it. If you don’t know already I love to cook so I volunteered to bring a couple things and I just have to share what I am bringing because they are fabulous. The first recipe I decided to make something a littler lighter. It’s called Grapefruit & Pomegranate Salad. It has so many awesome flavors in it like avocado and feta cheese! It’s sure to be a favorite all year long as well as a great side dish for the Holidays! Then I’m going to bring something hot since it’s been so cold lately! So I have this awesome recipe for Cranberry Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. It’s a favorite for us because we are mad about Brussel sprouts in our family. Again, this is an extremely easy recipe and is ready in no time. The best part is the easy clean up and only needing one sheet pan to make it! These recipes will really delight your guests and make your Thanksgiving prep work so much easier. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
National Diabetes Awareness Month
November 7, 2018
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month November is here, that means that along with elections, we get to talk about diabetes again. Once again I’ll just provide a brief recap, or overview of diabetes, then highlight some of the things that we are doing in our pharmacies to help patients with diabetes. What exactly is diabetes? Diabetes is a progressive disease in which your body is unable to efficiently process sugar to use as energy. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin that is used to move sugar from your blood into your cells to use for energy or store for later. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or your cells don’t respond to insulin. When this happens, you are unable to get the sugar from your blood into your cells. There are two main types of diabetes; Type 1 and 2. Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes) is caused when your own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused by your body not producing enough insulin or your body not responding to the insulin being produced, called insulin resistance. Is diabetes that big of a problem? The answer is YES! The most recent statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2015, it’s estimated that 9.4% (30.3 million) of the U.S. population had diabetes, 1 in 4 didn’t know they had diabetes. With numbers like this, diabetes is a growing epidemic. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the American population has aged and become more overweight. Are you at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? You’re at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you: Are overweight Are age 45 or older Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes Are physically active less than 3 times a week Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant) or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds So what can you do to reduce your risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? Maintain a healthy weight Lose weight if you’re overweight Regular physical activity – 150 minutes per week Eat healthier How can we help? We will be offering prediabetes screenings at our pharmacies through the month of November We will also be offering free blood glucose testing at pharmacies this month Having diabetes makes you more likely to contract Hepatitis B and Pneumonia. We offer immunizations for both at our pharmacies (don’t forget your flu shot) Talk to our pharmacy staff about our PharmaSmart program to help monitor your blood pressure Join our RX Savers club for access to affordable medications to treat diabetes Free Glucocard meter and 50 count test strips for $9.99. Dietitian approved, month-long diabetic menu and shopping lists As always, stop by any of our pharmacies if you want any more information or help with your diabetes concerns. Thanks! Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
Managing Diabetes Through The Holidays
November 1, 2018
Managing Diabetes Through the Holidays Hey there! The most wonderful time of the year is just over the horizon! The time when friends and family gather to share those special moments around the table with holiday goodies in every corner of the room. It can be fabulous and so enjoyable, but it can also be a time of stress for those of us that have prediabetes and diabetes and for those that are interested in being the best and healthiest version of themselves and strive to maintain that status through all the holiday cheer. The temptations can be overwhelming, but our team of Registered Dietitians have some great tips for you. Tip #1 You can ALWAYS create a healthier “better for you” version of almost anything. It is all about selecting the right ingredients. We’ve made it easier to find better-for-you options of all your favorite ingredients through our shelf-tag programs like Food Facts & Dietitian’s Choice – These programs will help guide you towards more nutritious options in every aisle. Items have been hand selected by our team of Registered Dietitians as better-for-you options. Swapping out ingredients in your favorite recipes for some better for you options is a great place to start making small, sustainable changes. Here’s a list of some of our favorite healthier substitutions. Find more ideas in our Eat Healthy, Shop Smart Newsletter. White flour → whole wheat white flour Mayo, sour cream → plain, non-fat Greek yogurt Plain, non-fat Greek Yogurt can be used in so many dishes! Check here for more ideas! Egg → 1 Tbsp. Flax + 3 Tbsp. water Vegetable oil → Canola Oil Stick margarine → Land O Lakes Light Butter (tub) Butter → Avocado (1:1 ratio) Chocolate Chips → 60% Cocoa dark chocolate baking chips Sugar → Sugar Substitute (equal, stevia, etc.- check package for amounts) Half and half → Fat Free half and half Peanut Butter → Natural Peanut Butter Powdered Sugar → Sugar Free Instant Vanilla pudding Instead of making a cake or cupcakes use mini cupcake liners to limit portion Pumpkin pie in the can → 100% canned pumpkin puree + add your own spices Tip #2 It can still taste amazing! Try to be open minded about trying new versions of your favorite recipes. Still not sure what to make? Check out this great vegetable side dish for Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts. Tip #3 It’s all about proper portions and moderation. Balance is key. The first few bites are the most satisfying when compared to the last bites. This is all about being present and mindful when eating. Be sure you are enjoying your time and conversations with family and friends. The French say that hunger is the best sauce. They’re right! When you’re hungry, everything tastes better. The very first bite of food has a much stronger taste and creates a stronger sensation than the one after that. And the more you eat, the less additional pleasure you get from each bite. Tip #4 Don’t skip meals! Don’t think you should save your carbs and calories for a dinner or party. It is very important to eat consistent amounts of carbs throughout the day to keep your blood glucose levels more consistent, minimizing those peaks and valleys. It will help you feel better throughout the day, too! Happy & healthy eating throughout the holiday season! Peace & wellness, Ashley...
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