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Pharmacy Business Lord Howe: Sainsbury's Challenge shows Pharmacists have "Valuable Contribution" to make

A Sainsbury’s Pharmacy initiative designed to examine the extent to which pharmacists detect and prevent illnesses amongst the public has produced dramatic results and prompted the Health Minister Lord Howe to suggest that pharmacists have a “valuable contribution” to make in tackling the UK's health challenges.

The scheme, known as the Wells Challenge, saw 10 families with the surname Wells use the health services of their local Sainsbury’s pharmacy over a one-year period. The results were eye-catching, with 65% of participants losing weight and 58% reducing their risk of stroke or heart attack within the next 10 years.

Other results included 81% who were found with high cholesterol levels but were previously unaware of their increased cholesterol, 100% insisting they had an improved understanding of health and diet and 70% who said they now do 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

There was a 5% rise on the number of people who eat breakfast every day while 55% ate five portions of fruit and veg a day, up from the two to three portions being consumed before the initiative.

“We welcome this initiative as an excellent example of pharmacists developing innovative new services to help families improve their health and lead healthier lives,” Lord Howe said. “This just goes to show the valuable contribution that local community pharmacies are making to help tackle the public health challenges we are facing in this country.”

The report was launched by Sainsbury’s Pharmacy and the thinktank 2020health.