Henry Schein Cares promotes

Aug. 16, 2010
Company's Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities flagship program supports National Health Center Week and partners with community health organizations to promote access to care for thousands of children and their caregivers.

MELVILLE, New York--Henry Schein, a distributor of health-care products and services to office-based practitioners, has announced that Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities will provide free medical and dental services to more than 5,000 children and their caregivers in five cities throughout the United States this summer and fall.

As part of this initiative, Henry Schein also is supporting health screening events in three additional cities as a silver sponsor of National Health Center Week 2010.

A flagship program for Henry Schein Cares, the company's global corporate social responsibility program, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities promotes access to health care, prevention, and wellness for underserved communities by providing free medical and dental screenings at events around the country that are fun and engaging for the community.

Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities is annually co-sponsored by state and local community health organizations and supported by Henry Schein's supplier partners.

"Henry Schein is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we operate, and to promoting prevention, wellness, and access to care among the underserved," said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.

"We are grateful for the commitment and generosity of our supplier partners, as well as the volunteers and our local community health organization partners in each of these communities across the United States. Together, we are 'helping health happen' for thousands of children and their caregivers."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all Americans live with one or more chronic conditions, and chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths in the United States. The Affordable Care Act, which became law in March 2010, places an emphasis on the importance of preventative care and wellness.

At each Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities event, local physicians, nurses, dentists and community volunteers screen for five diseases and associated risk factors that commonly affect children--hypertension, asthma, diabetes, obesity and poor oral health.

In addition, participating children and their caregivers receive educational materials about ways to prevent and treat these problems, as well as provide assistance in finding a local community health center where they may receive health care on a regular basis. The program seeks to create a "Health Home" for participating children, so that they have a place to receive ongoing care throughout the year.

In celebration of the company's support of community health centers, Henry Schein is a sponsor of National Health Center Week 2010. The theme for National Health Center Week 2010 is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Turning the Vision into Reality," highlighting the 45-year record of America's Health Centers in providing affordable, high-quality, cost-effective health care to all people, regardless of ability to pay.

In 2010,, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities events are taking place in Birmingham, Ala.; Miami, Fla.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Orangeburg, S.C.; and Meridian, Miss. As a part of Henry Schein's sponsorship of National Health Center Week, the company is supporting health screening events in Reno, Nev.; Yakima, Wash.; and Uvalde, Texas.

For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.

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