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To help customers take charge of their health, The Kroger Co. will place self-use health screening kiosks at all 1,950 of the grocer’s in-store pharmacies across the United States.
Kroger HealthCENTER kiosks, provided by Monrovia, Calif.-based Stayhealthy Inc., give customers an easy, free and secure way to measure, monitor and improve various clinical conditions. Assessments include blood pressure, weight, body composition, BMI and color vision, along with the ability to upload blood glucose numbers and other biometric results.
“Our customers tell us they want to make healthy choices but don’t always know where to start,” explained Matthew Feltman, Kroger’s health strategy coordinator. The grocer has been piloting the kiosks in about 275 of its pharmacies since January, with customers currently using them in Cincinnati; Lexington, Ky.; and Denver. The company expects to roll out the kiosks to most of its other pharmacy locations by early 2013.
With the kiosks, Kroger customers can create personal health record accounts, which they can access at any time online to gauge their progress. They also have access to health information and solutions designed to help them meet their personal health and fitness goals.
Cincinnati-based Kroger employs more than 339,000 associates at 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names, among them Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 789 convenience stores, 337 fine jewelry stores, 1,109 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the United States.