Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, in partnership with Breathe California, will offer free asthma screenings to customers in a 10-store pilot program running through mid-June.
The participating locations were identified as highly impacted asthma regions in Northern California. Customers will be screened by a physician or other medical professional and provided necessary asthma education and trigger-reduction materials. They will also have time to consult with health care professionals in a relaxed environment. Each patient will leave with their printed spirometry test results, with appropriate recommendations to pursue care.
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“Providing wellness education is a top priority for our pharmacists in the field,” said Lee Worthy, Raley’s VP of pharmacy. “The asthma screenings are the first step towards getting relief for those suffering with asthma. Our pharmacists are prepared to partner with customers who have asthma in their journey toward health and wellness.”
It is estimated that more than 300,000 people have asthma in Breathe California’s 28-county service area.
“Breathe California is excited to be partnering with Raley’s, enabling us to reach into the neighborhoods where our services are most needed,” said Kori Titus, CEO of Sacramento-based Breathe California. “The Sacramento region has disproportionately high rates of asthma, and many cases go undiagnosed. We look forward to helping Raley’s customers breathe easier.”
The same Raley’s pharmacies will also begin offering customers free smoking-cessation materials, altenativelyr known as "Quit Kits." Breathe California and Raley’s will provide customers who wish to quit smoking a variety of tools to help them become tobacco-free. Last year, Raley's eliminated tobacco products from its stores.
West Sacramento, Calif.-based Raley’s is a privately owned, family-operated supermarket chain with 121 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.