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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

International Supermarket News Meet with your pharmacist monthly, lose weight and increase your chances of a longer life

The transformational role that pharmacists can play in early detection and prevention of illnesses, along with encouraging people to lose weight and get active, is revealed today in a new report commissioned by Sainsbury’s Pharmacy entitled “The Wells Family Challenge: A Pharmacist First Approach”.

The social experiment, independently monitored and evaluated by the respected think tank 2020health, assessed the impact of in-store pharmacy advice on the health and lifestyles of a sample of ten UK families – all with the surname Wells – over the course of 12 months.

The report is clear and strong evidence that regular contact with a pharmacist can have a measurable and positive impact on the public’s health literacy levels, which in turn can prevent illness, shrink waist lines and drive improvements in key health indicators such as cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. The yearlong Wells Family Challenge involved pairing each Wells family from across the country with a pharmacist from their local Sainsbury’s in-store pharmacy. Each family member had an initial health assessment with their pharmacist to develop a personal development plan which was monitored through monthly check-ups.