Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and research suggests that uncontrolled high blood pressure and obesity are contributing factors to the development of the disease. To help create more awareness of heart disease and its risk factors, during American Heart Month Kmart is hosting an in-store Healthy Heart Event at the more than 1,100 Kmart Pharmacies nationwide.
An estimated 65 million Americans have high blood pressure and nearly one third of them aren't even aware they have it.
"There are important risk factors for heart disease, such as elevated blood pressure, that can be managed before they become life-threatening," said Mark Doerr, RPh, vice president, Kmart Pharmacy. "We hope the Kmart Healthy Heart Events will help our customers learn about what they can do to stay heart-healthy and lower the risk of developing heart disease."
On Wednesday, February 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Kmart Pharmacists will offer free blood pressure screenings and provide advice and information to help customers better understand heart health and how to reduce the risks associated with high blood pressure and heart disease.
No appointments are necessary and all walk-ins are welcome. Customers can call 1-800-866-0086 or visit www.kmart.com to locate their nearest Kmart Pharmacy.
The Kmart Healthy Heart Events are made possible with support from the following partners: Bayer® Consumer Care; Pharmavite®, makers of Nature Made® vitamins; and HoMedics®, makers of blood pressure monitors.
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Thalia Sodi, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Martha Stewart Everyday and Route 66. For more information visit the company's website at www.kmart.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
Kmart Pharmacy operates more than 1,100 retail pharmacy outlets throughout the United States including Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
About Bayer Consumer Care
The Consumer Care Division of Bayer HealthCare LLC, is headquartered in Morristown, N.J. Bayer's Consumer Care Division is among the largest marketers of over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements in the world. Some of the most trusted and recognizable brands in the world today come from the Bayer portfolio of products. These include Bayer® Aspirin, Aleve®, Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Bactine®, RID®, Phillips'® Milk of Magnesia, Midol®, Alka-Seltzer®, One-A-Day® and Flintstones™ vitamins.
For more than 30 years, Pharmavite has earned and maintained the trust of pharmacists, consumers, and retailers by manufacturing high-quality vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements that are safe, effective and science-based. As an industry leader, Pharmavite adheres to manufacturing standards recommended by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a not-for- profit organization that has set pharmaceutical and dietary supplement quality standards since 1820. In addition, Pharmavite participates in USP's Verification Program for dietary supplements.
SOURCE: Kmart Corporation
CONTACT: Colleen Cleary of Kmart Corporation, +1-212-546-2463