Heart Health.....Make it Routine

Make it Routine…be your own health advocate & make checking your blood pressure part of your daily routine.  If you have high blood pressure, consider TYLENOL® for your pain.

 

TYLENOL® does not elevate blood pressure like ibuprofen blood pressure like ibuprofen can.  

 

Care for your Heart Reward

Visit careforyourheartreward.com for details & official rules on getting a $5 Pre-Paid Reward Card + ‘Care for Your Heart’ Digital Tool kit when you buy TWO Adult Tylenol Analgesics (100ct or larger, excluding TYLENOL® Cold & Sinus products) in one transaction from 1/20/20-3/28/20 11:59:59PM PT. Snap and upload a photo of your receipt to careforyourheartreward.com by 3/28/20 at 11:59:59 PM PT to submit. Get a unique code to redeem online by 04/15/20 at 11:59:59 PM PT for a $5 Pre-Paid Reward while supplies last. See Terms and conditions at URL. Limit 2 rewards per person/household. 

Do You Know Your Numbers?

  Blood pressure readings can vary significantly from minute to minute.  Many factors affect blood pressure, and these types of fluctuations can be expected.   High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms and many cases remain undiagnosed or uncontrolled. It is important to check blood pressure frequently and take the average of multiple readings over a period of time.   While you are picking up your TYLENOL® products, stop and get your blood checked for free!   PharmaSmart’s newest clinically validated health screening kiosk, Model PS-2000D extends patient management capability with weight, BMI, glucose management, left and right arm blood pressure measurement, and a comprehensive consumer Mobile platform.  Look for a PharmaSmart machine and check your blood pressure in the Pharmacy section of Market 32/Price Chopper stores.  

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Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly when the best time is to start taking steps
towards planning for the future. The endless possibilities can leave us feeling lost, while
the things that are important to us keeps us pushing forward towards a better future for
ourselves and those we care about. In today’s fast-paced society there is no shortage of
novelties or distractions, and we can easily neglect the one thing that cannot be obtained
with the simple click of a button. We are, of course, talking about our health.

Good health is one of our most important assets and taking the steps necessary to
maintain it does not have to be a complicated or difficult process. Luckily, science has
come a long way and we now have a better understanding of how our bodies work than
ever before, and while there are no miracle cures or magic potions to fix our problems
overnight, there are supplements that can help us in the journey towards better health.
By taking care of our heart, mind, eyes, and joints, omega-3s might be just the help we
need to make great improvements in the quality of life we can lead.

Benefits of Omega-3

Omega-3 has various health benefits – ranging from cardiovascular health, cholesterol reduction, to anti-inflammatory properties that help improve brain function, amongst others. These benefits undoubtedly created consumer demand, and the food and supplement industries responded by marketing omega-3s in everything from gummy vitamins to eggs and yogurt, and even in food and supplements for our four-legged friends.

Which option is best for you

With so many options available, the question then becomes: Which omega-3 product is
right for me? By selecting a high-quality omega-3 supplement that fits your lifestyle, you
can proactively start to improve your health. When selecting an omega-3 supplement
there are a few things to remember:

       1. Check the Supplement Facts panel to make sure the product contains
           enough omega-3s. Some products can be misleading by telling you how
           much fish oil is in the product … and while fish oil contains omega-3s, not all
          of the fish oil is omega-3 oils.
      2. Look for high-concentration omega-3 supplement that pack as much
          omega-3 oil into a capsule as possible. High-concentration means more
          omega-3s in fewer capsules.
      3. Find a product that is pleasant to take so that you can commit to making it a
          part of your daily routine. The key to any supplement program is to take it
          every day and to keep taking it for the long-term. 

There is no definite right way to start taking care of our health, the important thing is to
be conscious of our bodies and make a habit out of healthy choices. Omega-3s can be
the foundation in which to build a better version of ourselves and enjoy the benefits of a
long and healthy life.

Stop by our pharmacy counter to speak with one of our associates and learn more about
what omega-3s can do for you.

Citrus Celebration!

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Feeling the blues about cooler weather? No worries, we can bring some sunshine into your day with fresh Citrus from Chile! Navel oranges, $10 for 10 this week, have a lot going for them – perky, packable, and a great way to earn AdvantEdge Rewards points! Easy to peel, slice or chop, these oranges will brighten up your plate and your attitude. A great source of Vitamin C, and a good source of Thiamin and Fiber, they are a sweet way to energize and appetize. Check out the recipes and serving suggestions below – we are sure we can warm you up to some delicious ideas!  

Power up your morning with a Chocolaty-Orange Smoothie!

Crunch at lunch! Pomegranates are in, but you can also sub dried cherries or cranberries in this easy recipe for Spinach Pomegranate Orange Salad with Quick Pickled Red Onions.

Orange-Almond Parfait – Snack attack, or fresh dessert.

  • Layer PICS Vanilla Greek Yogurt, and peeled, chopped oranges. Top with Market 32 Sliced Almonds, toasted for extra flavor.

Orange Chia Pudding – make one or 5, they will “chill out” for a few days when covered and refrigerated.

  • Combine 2 TBSP Chia seeds, ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, and ½ Tsp of PICS Honey (optional), mixing well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meantime, peel and chop one orange. After 30 minutes, add chopped orange and top with ½ Tsp of Shredded Coconut.

Want to taste some citrusy goodness in-store? Stop by any of these stores between 11am-4pm on Friday 9/27:

Wilton NY Market 32

Clifton Shoppers World NY Market 32

Amsterdam NY Market 32

Plattsburgh NY Market 32

New Hartford NY Price Chopper

 

4 Easy Dinner Ideas for Busy School Nights

From dance classes and sports practices to clubs and lessons, kids’ schedules can become jam-packed during the school year. With numerous weeknight activities and events to juggle, it can be challenging for parents to get weeknight dinners on the table. When you’re pressed for time on those hectic weeknights, use these quick and easy ideas to whip up satisfying, stress-free family dinners.

  1. Depend on the Pantry

The refrigerator and pantry are the first places you’ll turn to for dinner ideas after a long, busy day. No matter what ingredients you find, get creative with combining kitchen staples and use dressings and seasonings to elevate simple ingredients. If you have salad greens or vegetables, toss them with quick-cooking whole grains, whole-grain pasta or make a salad with fruits, vegetables and your favorite dressing. If canned beans, vegetables and tuna are stocked in your pantry, combine them to create a convenient, nutritious, affordable meal that requires little to no prep.

  1. Rotisserie Chicken to the Rescue

Rotisserie chicken is recipe-ready and helps get protein-packed meals on the table in a flash. Use rotisserie chicken to top salads, pastas, whole grains, veggie noodles, and your favorite soups. You can also incorporate it into tacos, lettuce wraps, roll-ups and quesadillas for filling, flavorful meals. If you have time to plan ahead, try making these Asian Chicken-Jasmine Rice Bowls that feature rotisserie chicken as the main ingredient. Or, add it to this Power Boost Salad or simple Chicken & Mushroom Stir-Fry.

      3. Pizza Party

Ordering a pizza always sounds like a perfect solution at the end of a hectic day. Instead of takeout, stock the freezer with your favorite frozen pizza varieties and dress them up with fresh ingredients you have on-hand. Whether it’s peppers and mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach or even a fried egg, there are ways to add homemade touches to this fast family favorite. If you have pepperoni, olives, feta cheese and Italian seasoning in your kitchen, give this Pepperoni, Olive & Feta Pan Pizza recipe a try.

  1. Slow Cookers Save the Day

The slow cooker is an efficient cooking tool that helps transform simple ingredients into delicious, flavor-infused meals. A night or two before, decide on a meal you want to slow cook. Add the ingredients to the slow cooker before you leave in the morning, and let the magic happen! With minimal effort, you’ll have a mouthwatering meal ready for you when you get home. What’s more? Slow cookers are easy to cleanup; consider picking up some slow cooker liners to make the cleanup even more efficient. For a fun, fall-inspired meal, try our Slow Cooker Carne Asada Cubed Steak Chili recipe.

No matter what the schedule looks like for the week ahead, keep these valuable tips in mind to create weeknight dinners that are quick, effortless and satisfy the whole family.

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

When it comes to getting dinner on the table, we know you are trying to balance time, energy, budget and benefit. The benefit part is huge – did you know, eating at home has been shown to be more nutritious? 

Also, meals eaten together bring a bevy of health and social benefits for kids and families. Learn more about how we can help you enjoy more family meals and #TimeBetterSpent with family and friends during #FamilyMealsMonth!

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This week, it is easy to get the two servings of seafood per week recommended by the American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – shrimp, haddock, cod and salmon are on sale and on the menu! More is better, and smart families fuel their little “sea-foodies” with easy recipes like “Mac and Cheese Haddock Bites” (PICs Mac and Cheese Shredded Cheese Blend sprinkled on haddock filet – roast, cut into bite-size pieces and serve!) or Sheet Tray Salmon. A Fresh Express salad blend makes the grade (and adds AdvantEdge Rewards) as a side for both meals.

An old fashioned BBQ Beef Hot Dish is easy with Market 32’s 85% Lean Ground Beef and canned beans on sale. Use up the leftover PICS mac and cheese shreds (in place of the shredded cheddar) and make friends with the PICS Tator Tot topping – this will be asked for again and again!

Get bonus points from family and AdvantEdge Rewards from Price Chopper for serving up the Chef’s Menu Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry and Cilantro Lime Rice in the fresh meat case – makes a fresh meal in one pan in 15 minutes. Another new fresh meal family favorite – fresh Market 32 Pasta is in the house, found in the Deli case. Get innovative with this sheet pan Tortelloni, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, and Bacon entree or complement Market 32 Fresh Ravioli and Tortelloni with PICS Pasta Sauce and Full Circle greens -add some Santa Sweet tomatoes and European Cucumbers for a quick and tasty salad. Make that whole meal special (and the whole week!)  and finish up with Blueberry-Mango Crisp.

Have a great week! #TimeBetterSpent  #FamilyMealsMonth

Family laughing around a good meal in kitchen

Family Meals – Fresh and Fast

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

September is a time the majority of us hit the reset button, pull out the calendar and get back to school and work routines. No doubt, many of us find we are already overcommitted before we even get started! Catching up around the dinner table is a great way to reconnect after these busy days, but getting that organized can be one more thing on that already long list. Don’t worry, we have your back with #TimeBetterSpent solutions to kick off National #FamilyMealsMonth, an annual celebration of all of the benefits every occasion you can eat together with family and friends can bring.

Sunday – Get ahead and power up Monday breakfast with a delicious, easy overnight oats and berries recipe (see below). September is also #WholeGrainsMonth! Give everyone the protein and #wholegrains they need for brain power, and know some morning time eating together will get the week off to a great start!

Monday – Go Can Crazy with a quick family and budget friendly chili recipe. Crunch some #wholegrain chips or fresh baked corn bread from the bakery and get all the news of the day at dinner.

Tuesday – First night for sports, Scouts, homework – way too many things to think about cooking too! Rustle up a fresh Rotisserie Chicken, bagged Fresh Express salad,  and the leftover corn bread. Fresh and fast!

Wednesday – Mac and Cheese please (see below)! Comfort food that connects the dots – time and kid-friendly, make it with #wholegrain PICS whole wheat rotini so they get what they want, and you get what you want – healthy, happy kids!

Thursday – Dinner is in the bag! Seal and Cook fresh seafood meals made daily in stores include cut fresh vegetables, 4 different seafood choices, and are made with or without garlic butter. They can be steamed in the store, microwaved or baked at home. Seafood is brain food, smart families are enjoying more with this no muss, no fuss solution!

FridayRotisserie Turkey (Bonus AdvantEdge points!) or chicken and bagged Fresh Express salad close the week with a fresh family favorite.  

#TimeBetterSpent on #FamilyMeals pays off with a lifetime of benefits for your whole family. Learn more about #FamilyMealsMonth at https://www.pricechopper.com/time-better-spent/. You bring the kids, and we’ll bring you the meal solutions!

Overnight Oatmeal and Berries by Jodie Fitz

 2 1/2 cups PICS Greek plain or vanilla yogurt 

2 cups PICS old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup PICS honey

1 teaspoon Full Circle cinnamon

1 cup PICS frozen blueberries or strawberries

In a large bowl, stir the yogurt, oats, honey and cinnamon together.  Divide the mixture among 4 airtight containers*.  Add the frozen berries on top.  Seal the containers and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.  Grab and go in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast!

*Small canning jars work great!

Macaroni and Cheese

8 oz. PICS whole wheat rotini

4 T. PICS unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

4 T. PICS all-purpose flour

2 cups PICS milk

Salt and pepper to season

Pinch Full Circle organic nutmeg

2 cups PICS shredded macaroni and cheese blend

1 cup crushed PICS snack crackers

2 T. PICS melted butter

2 tsp. smoked paprika

Cook pasta until tender, drain and rinse.

Meanwhile, melt 4 T. butter in a sauce pan and add the flour to make a roux. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the shredded cheeses.

Toss the pasta and sauce together to coat well. Spoon into a lightly greased casserole dish or 4 individual ramekins.

Combine the crackers, 2 T. melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese, and place in a preheated 375° oven and bake for 20 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Serves 4.

Come Pay Your Due Against The Flu!

Did you know that the single best way to avoid getting the flu is to get a yearly flu shot? During the 2017-2018 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented 7.1 million cases of the flu, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 8000 deaths.1 That’s with only about 42% of adults getting a flu shot! Flu season typically begins around October and can extend well into May but these are just the most common months. You can get the flu any time of year so it is always recommended to get your flu shot early!

For a healthy adult the flu may not seem to be that big of a deal but, the flu can greatly increase the chance of heart attack or stroke. Adults over 35 with a confirmed case of the flu are 6-10 times more likely to suffer their first heart attack and are about 8 times more likely to suffer their first stroke.2,3 Those of high risk stand to benefit from flu vaccines as well. People with type II diabetes who also receive yearly flu vaccines are 30% less likely to have a stroke, 22% less likely to suffer from heart failure, and 19% less likely to have a heart attack.4

Getting a flu vaccine not only helps the recipient but everyone around the recipient. This is especially important for infants under 6 months and those with conditions preventing them from getting a flu shot. Those unable to be vaccinated depend on the rest of us for protection from the flu. The more flu shots that are received, the less flu will spread, and the safer we’ll all be.  So head over to your local Price Chopper or Market 32 pharmacy and get your shot!

FAQs:

  1. Can the flu shot give me the flu?
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    • No! Flu vaccines are made using dead viruses or pieces of the virus’s genetic code that don’t have the capability to cause illness. It takes 1-2 weeks for your body to develop immunity after receiving the flu shot, another good reason to get your shot early this season!
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  2. Why do I need to get a flu shot every year?
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    • Each year the flu virus changes, undergoing mutations that can make the previous vaccinations ineffective. Getting a flu shot yearly ensures you have immunity from the latest strain of the flu.
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  3. Is getting a flu shot the only thing I can do to prevent catching the flu?
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    • While the flu vaccine is the single best way to avoid the flu, there are many things you can do to protect yourself. Frequent hand washing and avoiding those with the flu can go a long way to prevent it from spreading. If you do fall ill it is important to stay home, cover all coughs/sneezes, and limit contact with those around you.

Written by Eugene Kupiec Pharmacy Intern

Sources:

  1. “2017-2018 Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical Visits, and Hospitalizations Averted by Vaccination in the United States | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed August 14, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/averted-estimates.htm.
  2. Warren-Gash C, Blackburn R, Whitaker H, McMenamin J, Hayward AC. Laboratory-confirmed respiratory infections as triggers for acute myocardial infarction and stroke: a self-controlled case series analysis of national linked datasets from Scotland. Eur Respir J. 2018;51. doi:10.1183/13993003.01794-2017
  3. Kwong JC, Schwartz KL, Campitelli MA, et al. Acute myocardial infarction after laboratory-confirmed influenza infection. N Engl J Med. 2018;378:345-353.
  4. Vamos EP, Pape UJ, Curcin V, et al. Effectiveness of the influenza vaccine in preventing admission to hospital and death in people with type 2 diabetes. CMAJ. 2016;188:E342-E351.
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

August has started off with beautiful weather – clear skies and warm temps make for great vacation days and summer barbecues. It is also a “hot” month for local produce! August 8th is National Zucchini Day, and our Home.grown farm partners are sending us zucchini and yellow squash as fast as they can harvest it! Zucchini and yellow squash are very interchangeable in recipes, and so versatile – you can bake, grill, broil, sauté, steam, mash or fry them, if you want to cook them at all. You can also enjoy them raw with a dip (try zucchini slices and fresh Market 32 Guacamole) or in a salad! Play with your food, and get out that fun zoodle gadget to make your own zucchini noodles – I love to put them together with Market 32 Shrimp, PICS Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and fresh basil for a fresh take on shrimp scampi. Try grilling Shrimp Skewers and zucchini slices at the same time – they are perfectly matched for quick cooking. Summer squash is a good source of Vitamins A, C and K, high in water and low in calories – a great addition to any meal or snack.

Sweet corn from New York

Sweet corn from New York is in the stores – try this Grilled corn with Parmesan recipe from our website, https://shop.pricechopper.com/recipes/81/grilled-corn-with-parmesan-spread-basil, or stay classic with butter and a little salt! Crunchy cucumbers, crisp green peppers, scallions, radishes and leaf lettuces are all Home.grown local and in season, giving you plenty of choices to share with friends and family. Toss some PICS Garbanzo Beans into that power bowl or colorful tossed salad, and grill some fresh Market 32 chicken for a breezy summer meal. One more fresh take? Grill some peaches and slice them into PICS Vanilla Ice Cream – instant family and Instagram fame! Enjoy!

Our Pharmacies Now Carry Pet Medications!

Our pharmacies now carry pet medications! Pets are important members of the family and now our pharmacies can help with your pet medication needs.

We have everything your pet needs from flea and tick medications, both prescription and over the counter, as well as heart worm prevention, pain/inflammation medication, and thyroid medications. Did you know that many pet medications are the same as those used for humans? We carry a lot of these items every day and have access to order many more.

Wondering what Flea and tick options are available for your pet? Looking for prescription or over the counter products? Here is a guide to few of the ones we carry.

Seresto collar: The Seresto collar works for 8 months and no prescription is needed. It repels and kills fleas and ticks on contact. The flea or tick doesn’t need to bite your pet for the medication to work. It comes in three sizes, cat, small dog (0-18 lbs), and large dog (18+ lbs). Seresto collars are water proof if your pet takes 1 bath or swim each month.1

Bravecto: Bravecto is a prescription chew that only need to be given every 3 months. It kills 99% of fleas and ticks within 24 hours.2

  When shopping for your pets in the over the counter area, beware of common over the counter products that are used in humans. Some of these products are toxic to your pet.  NSAIDs (Ibuprofen and naproxen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are highly toxic in both cats and dogs. Some allergy medications such as Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec are considered safe in dogs but can cause drowsiness. Always consult your veterinarian before starting any over the counter therapy for your pets.3

Another ingredient to watch out for if you are selecting an over the counter medication for your dog is Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substance that is used as a common sugar substitute because of its low glycemic index. This substance is also found in many OTC products including but not limiting to cough syrups, digestive aids, vitamins, supplements and allergy medicines. It is also commonly found in sugar free gum. Most pieces of gum contain 1 gram, so only 9 pieces are toxic to most dogs. Very low doses of this substance can harm your dog and can cause hypoglycemia, liver failure and seizures. If you believe your pet has ingested this substance, it’s always best to call the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680).

    So whether you are looking for a prescription item or an over the counter product, visit your local Market 32 or Price Chopper Pharmacy and let our Pharmacist take care of it for you.

Written by Sara Wingate, Price Chopper Pharmacy Intern

 

References:

  1. https://www.petbasics.com/dog-products/seresto-for-dogs/?pref=dog
  2. https://us.bravecto.com/for-dogs
  3. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/career/2015/pharmacycareers_august2015/veterinary-medicine-in-community-pharmacy

by Maureen Rowan Murphy, Manager Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles

After a long winter and a cool, wet spring, everyone is more than ready for outdoor picnics and barbecues. While these temperatures are ideal for that, they also provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness.

You can help prevent harmful bacteria from making your family sick by avoiding the “Danger Zone” and following the “Core Four”.

The Danger Zone: Temperature range between 40°F and 140°F

Keep food out of this range as foodborne bacteria can grow rapidly to dangerous levels that can result in illness

  1.  Always keep cold food COLD, at or below 40°F, in coolers or in containers with ice or frozen gel packs
  2. Keep hot foods HOT, at or above 140°F, on the grill or in insulated containers, heated chafing dishes, warming trays or slow cookers
  3. Reheat foods to 165°F

The Core Four

• Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often

  1. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food
  2. Clean kitchen surfaces, dishes and utensils with hot water and soap

• Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate

  1. Have one cutting board for produce and another one for meat, poultry and seafood
  2. Use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods
  3. Wash plates, utensils, and cutting boards that held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs before reusing
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator and not on the counter keeping raw meat/poultry separate from any veggies you might be using
  5. If you plan to reuse the marinade as a sauce be sure to boil it first to destroy any harmful bacteria or make extra to set aside before adding raw meat/poultry

• Cook: Cook to safe internal temperatures

  1. Use a food thermometer to ensure food is thoroughly cooked
  2. Use this chart to determine

http://www.fightbac.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PFSE-7696-cooking-chart_FINAL.pdf

• Chill: Refrigerate promptly

  1. Refrigerate perishable food within one hour in hot weather (above 90°F) and within two hours if temperatures are below 90°F
  2. Place leftover foods in shallow containers for quick cooling
Never taste foods you think might be unsafe.  Most food poisoning bacteria are tasteless, colorless, and odorless.  When in doubt, throw it out!