Archive for November, 2010

Canada Drugs Wins MCCA Award

Posted by on November 29th, 2010

Canada Drugs was the proud recipient of two awards from the Manitoba Customer Contact Association (MCAA) at their annual awards ceremony last week. The MCCA is the local industry association that represents the large and varied network of customer contact companies that like Canada Drugs choose to make Manitoba their base of operations.

The Canada Drugs customer service centre was recognized as Best in Training and Performance Management and also won the award for Best Use of Technology. We are proud of the work we put into training the Patient Service Representatives that assist our customers, and feel that the combination of our dedication to hiring hardworking people that care about helping our patients, and the training we give them, is what sets us apart. We want to have the best people, with the widest base of knowledge and training as the front line representatives that assist you in placing your orders and answering your questions, and are happy to be recognized by our industry for these efforts.

The award for technology was also satisfying because we put a great of deal of time and investment in making Canada Drugs a technological leader. We feel this allows us to be more effective and serve you better.

Our entire organization is pleased with this recognition and look forward to 2011 and building on this success.


This Week Only We Kick off the Holiday with a $50 Gift to You!

Posted by on November 19th, 2010

Sharing is always a good thing, but for this week (Nov 19th-28th) it’s an extra good thing because Canada Drugs wants to give you a $50 credit towards your next purchase! We’re running a great Black Friday promotion this week. Click Here to go to our main page and learn how to kick off the holiday with a great deal!


Canada Drugs E-Business Supports ‘Movember’ Movement

Posted by on November 12th, 2010

In 2004, the first year of raising awareness and funding through Movember, 432 participants raised $55,000. Last year, more than 250,000 participants raised $42 million US around the world and the goal in 2010 is to beat that.

Canada Drugs E-Business Department is participating this year. The E-Business staff at Canada Drugs are responsible for the website, marketing, and the computer systems that allow our customers to order and receive their prescription medication from us.  A few of the staff are growing moustaches and collecting donations from their family and friends.

At the Movember Foundation you can learn more men’s health issues and facts. Movember’s primary campaign objective is to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically cancers affecting men. Most cancers are highly curable if caught in the early stages- including prostate and testicular cancer.  Movember aims to increase early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, as this will ultimately reduce the number of deaths from cancer.  It’s time men face some startling health facts:

  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, 1 in 3 women will be
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • An estimated 8.7 million adult men over the age of 20 in the US have diabetes- and a third do not know it
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34
  • Approximately 50 million men and women in the US have high blood pressure- almost 30 per cent of them do not know it

Now and Forever, We Remember

Posted by on November 10th, 2010

For Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veterans Day in the U.S, some Canada Drugs employees shared their thoughts on this important day. Here is the memorial the Canada Drugs site is featuring acknowledging our armed service members, now and in the past.


Healthy Brain Aging Foods

Posted by on November 1st, 2010

Finishing off the bucket of mini Mars bars left over from the trick or treaters last night is not a smart food choice, but a lot of medical studies have confirmed that there are some foods that are great for the brain, and can even help slow the mental aging process that we all go through!

Berries

Thanks to their high polyphenol content, berries protect brain cells by fighting free radical damage, reducing inflammation and increasing the clearance of toxic proteins that accumulate with age. Berries like blueberries and acai berries, which have recently been called a “superfood” are full of antioxidants, vitamins, may help shield against harmful processes tied to Alzheimer’s disease and premature brain aging.

Walnuts

Polyphenols in walnuts are thought to protect the brain by fending off free radicals and promoting communication between brain cells and the growth of new brain cells. Like berries, walnuts also activate the brain’s house-cleaning process. Omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts are especially helpful in brain function.

Leafy greens

A study of 3,718 Chicago residents aged 65 and older found that people who ate more than two vegetable servings each day had a 40 per cent slower rate of cognitive decline compared with their peers who ate less than one serving. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, arugula, Swiss chard, collard greens, rapini, romaine lettuce and spinach offered the most protection. (Age-related cognitive decline – the subtle decrease in memory and thinking processes – is considered to be a normal consequence of getting older.)

Scientists attribute their protective effect of leafy greens to vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects brain cells from oxidative damage and inflammation. Getting at least three servings a day of dark, leafy greens high in carotenoids and flavonoids can slow mental decline associated with aging.

Wild salmon

Wild Salmon is not only an incredible food for brain health, it qualifies as incredible across virtually every other health standard as well and is clearly one of the healthiest foods that one can eat. Eating oily fish on a weekly basis may also keep your brain healthy as you age. A four-year study of older adults revealed that those who ate fish at least once a week – compared with rarely or never – were 60 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.  Another study linked regular fish consumption to a 60 per cent lower risk of dementia, in particular Alzheimer’s dementia. Besides salmon, oily fish like trout, sardines, and herring are also great for brain health.

Eggs.

Generally a very common item when you shop, eggs contain several nutrients that are believed to be good for your brain and good for your body too. Eggs contain selenium, which is a powerful anti-oxidant, and boost sbrian health and the immune syatem. Choline is another nutrient found in eggs and it plays a role in helping healthy cell membranes along with its ability to help mental function and memory.