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Wal-Mart And Sam's Club To Host Free Diabetes Screenings Nationwide

Wal-Mart And Sam’s Club To Host Free Diabetes Screenings Nationwide
- "Diabetes Aware and Care" event helps those with diabetes receive the tools and education to help manage their condition -

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 6, 2005 — Of the 18 million people who have diabetes, nearly six million are unaware of their condition. An additional 41 million are at risk for developing the disease. Recognizing the need for diabetes awareness and management tips, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB in partnership with Abbott’s Ross Products Division, makers of Glucerna® Bars and Shakes, Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., makers of Benefiber® & Lamisil AT® and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) are hosting the “Diabetes Aware & Care” event at all Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB stores nationwide Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At this special event, certified medical technicians will provide free health screenings, including blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure tests. Additionally, customers will receive complimentary product samples and a diabetes resource book reviewed by the AADE that offers helpful information about controlling diabetes through blood sugar monitoring, meal planning and exercise.

“Working with Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB allows us to directly reach large populations affected by diabetes, many of whom do not know they are at risk for diabetes or possibly even have the disease,” said Mary Austin, RD, MA, CDE and immediate past president of the AADE. “Diabetes can be managed and even prevented with diabetes education and the right care. That’s what this event is all about.”

Since its inception in 2001, Abbott’s Ross Products Division and Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. have helped coordinate the “Diabetes Aware & Care” event in partnership with Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB to encourage Americans to control diabetes through education, available at this event and throughout the year at www.walmart.com.

“We’ve noticed that many people who attend the ’Diabetes Aware & Care’ event do not know that they either have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes,” said Art Alderson, vice president of Wal-Mart pharmacy. “We’re thrilled that all of the 3,236 Wal-Mart stores and 560 SAM’S CLUB stores nationwide are participating. Our free in-store screenings allow us to reach a large number of our shoppers with important information about how to manage the disease. Throughout the year, we have resources for customers because with proper education and care, the effects of diabetes can often be reduced and even eliminated.”

"We’re delighted to partner with Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB on the ’Diabetes Aware & Care’ event to promote education and awareness for those living with, and at risk of developing, diabetes," said Gary E. McCullough, president, Ross Products Division, Abbott.

A number of partners have joined together to sponsor the "Diabetes Aware and Care" event, including Abbott, whose brands include Glucerna® Bars and Shakes and FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems. Other vendor partners include Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Aventis and AstraZeneca. Other brand sponsors include Benefiber®, Lamisil AT®, Splenda®, Quaker® Oatmeal, Murray® Sugar Free Cookies, Kashi®, Smucker’s® Sugar Free Jellies, Triscuit®, Fiber One®, Fruit20®, Pillsbury® Sugar Free Cinnamon Rolls, Crystal Light®, Diet Rite®, Wyler’s Light, Promise®, Diet Snapple® and Hawaiian Punch®.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales
are available at www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales
are available at www.walmart.com.

About Abbott
For years, Abbott’s Ross Products Division has been committed to helping people of all ages meet their nutritional needs. Abbott pioneered the market for adult nutritionals more than three decades ago, and today the healthy living family of nutrition brands includes Ensure®, Glucerna®, ZonePerfect®, EAS®, Body-for-LIFE™, AdvantEdge® and Myoplex®. Glucerna products are for use under medical supervision for the dietary management of diabetes. For more information about Abbott’s Ross Products Division, visit www.ross.com. Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 60,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott’s news releases and other information are available on the company’s website at www.abbott.com.

About Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.
Novartis is one of the leading OTC companies worldwide, particularly in Europe where it was recently named the European OTC Company of the Year. The main product categories are analgesics, cough, cold, smoking cessation treatments, allergy, dermatological, gastrointestinal and mineral supplements.

The Novartis OTC business employs 4,050 associates worldwide and is headquartered in
Parsippany, New Jersey.

About American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)
The AADE represents 11,000 diabetes educators, healthcare professionals who counsel patients on how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives. They also help patients understand how their medications work, teach them how to monitor their blood glucose to avoid the risk of complications, and give them the ability to problem solve and adjust emotionally to diabetes.