PITTSBURGH, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Giant Eagle®, the region's leading food and fuel retailer, has received the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) prestigious Chairman's Citation Award.
Giant Eagle is the second ever recipient of the Award, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, corporations, institutions and organizations who have demonstrated significant dedication and commitment and have had a positive impact in advancing the mission of the ADA.
Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of Poison and diabetes advocate, received the first award in 2010 for his efforts in raising critical awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the important of diabetes prevention and management.
Giant Eagle is committed to improving the overall health and wellness of the communities it serves. Since 2005, Giant Eagle has provided over $750,000 in support of the American Diabetes Association and thousands of dollars of in-kind support such as food for events, non-perishable products for diabetes camps and leadership on local boards and committees.
In April 2010, Giant Eagle introduced a program offering the five most commonly prescribed diabetes medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes at no cost to medical prescription holders. To date, Giant Eagle has provided approximately $4 million in customer savings on diabetes medications.
In addition to free diabetes medications, Giant Eagle offers a multi-faceted program consisting of:
- Free diabetes screenings in all 211 pharmacy store locations that will include glucose screenings and A1C tests to check average blood sugar levels.
- Pharmacy Diabetes Care Specialists, available at every pharmacy
location, trained from an American Pharmacists Association program
and endorsed by the American Academy of Diabetes Educators.
Trained pharmacists will be available to help answer
patients' questions on di