Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, in partnership with Breathe California, are offering free asthma screening to customers in a ten store pilot program.
The ten 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 healthcare professionals in a relaxed environment. Each patient will leave with their printed spirometry test results with appropriate recommendations to pursue care.
“Providing wellness education is a top priority for our pharmacists in the field,” said Lee Worthy, Raley’s Vice President 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.”
Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and lost workdays. It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in the 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 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 pilot program will run from mid-May through mid-June.
These same pharmacies will also begin offering customers free smoking cessation materials, also 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 their stores. The decision was the chain’s next big step in ongoing efforts to provide healthier options and to raise awareness about health and wellness.