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Boots given BITC ‘Big Tick’ Award for ‘Sustainable Products and Services’

Picture of Boots retail products related to Boots UK BITC ‘Big Tick’ Award for ‘Sustainable Products and Services’The Business in the Community ‘Big Tick’ award for ‘Sustainable Products and Services’ recognizes Boots UK’s commitment to developing more sustainable practices across the wide portfolio of Boots product brands and ‘only at Boots’ exclusive products.

Boots UK developed a revised set of standards which cover topics such as the use of palm oil, wood, pulp and paper sourcing and materials traceability.

These standards ensure that processes are consistent across all Boots own brands. Clear governance has also been established within other operational areas such as R&D and purchasing goods not for resale, to facilitate a holistic approach to sustainability.

In addition, Boots UK entered into a collaboration with the water industry and product manufacturer associations to tackle the issue of sewer blockages arising from the use of unflushable bathroom items, such as facial wipes. This partnership is now helping to contribute to the development of an ISO Standard on Flushable Products.

Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices helps members lose weight and improves medication adherence

Infographic relating to Walgreens Balance Rewards program which awards loyalty points to members with hypertension or diabetes for healthy behaviors and activities In June 2015, Walgreens released a white paper and supporting data which showed its Balance Rewards for healthy choices® (BRhc) program is helping members with hypertension or diabetes to lose weight and is driving better medication adherence. The program awards loyalty points for healthy behaviors and activities.

The data from a series of studies conducted on BRhc participants during the year demonstrated that:

- Balance Rewards active members who tracked weight measurements lost an average of 3.3 pounds, with more than 25 percent losing six pounds or more. Nearly 17 percent lost over 10 pounds. Members who also logged at least one mile of steps per day lost an average of 3.7 pounds.

- New participants taking diabetes medications who also tracked blood glucose levels demonstrated more than 5 percent higher adherence, while participants who logged steps for walking and running showed almost 8 percent higher adherence.

- New participants taking anti-hypertension medications who also tracked blood pressure levels and those who logged steps for walking and running demonstrated around 2.5 percent higher adherence.

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