Dental Health at Sam’s Club


WHAT: Sam’s Club Hosts Free Oral Care Screening Event

WHEN: Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO: In-club screenings available to members and the public


Day-to-day oral health is more important than many think.  Despite the approximate 500 million dentist visits Americans make each year1, millions of adults and children endure dental health complications that could be prevented through basic preventive care. To reinforce the basics of a good oral routine and general wellness,Sam’s Club is hosting free oral care and vital health screenings on Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (589 locations).


The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $100, including:

·         Dental tablets to test for plaque

·         Glucose

·         Total cholesterol

·         Blood pressure

·         Body mass index (BMI)

·         Vision in majority of Clubs2




Color Me Rad

New York City runners are gearing up for the most “rad”iculous running event of the year as Color Me Rad 5K returns on July 27, 2014 at MetLife Stadium. Participants in this 5K aren’t trying to get their best time; they’re trying to have their best time. They aren’t awarded in medals, but they take home tie-dyed t-shirts, share-worthy photos, and colorful memories. Color Me Rad is all about encouraging the fun side of fitness, and three seasons in, people continue to join the rad running revolution.
More than 950,000 runners across North America have participated in Color Me Rad. The non-competitive, family-friendly atmosphere makes this race accessible to all, and kids 7 and under run free with an adult. Runners start the race with a sparkling white t-shirt. By the time participants cross the finish line, they’ll look like a kindergarten art project gone oh-so-right. Finishers celebrate their accomplishment by throwing their own Color Bomb™ into the air, creating a final explosion of color. In addition to the run, post-race dance parties, innovations such as color blasters, and a “bring your friends” atmosphere keep people coming back each year.
Inspired by the Holi Festival of India, a group of friends decided to bring some excitement to the sport of running through color, music, and a total disregard for the mundane. “We want our runners have a ridiculous amount of fun,” said race organizer Scott Crandall. “This is your chance to get out of the box and have a great time while you’re getting fit.”
Color Me Rad is a for-profit event that gives a portion of the proceeds of each race to a local charity. “The only thing better than getting covered from head to toe in color is knowing that it also helps a good cause,” Crandall said.
Participants of all ages are welcome to run or walk. Registration is available at
In 2014 Color Me Rad™ will hold races across the U.S. and Canada in more than 110 cities. For more information and to see additional race locations, visit or on Facebook at


Sweets for your sweetie

Don’t know what to give your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? How about some homemade treats?

Chocolate Coffee-Walnut Toffee-1

Chocolate Coffee-Walnut Toffee

Recipe courtesy of: Mario Lopez

A home-made, personalized take on after dinner chocolate this holiday.

· 1 cup granulated sugar

· 1 NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Lungo capsule, brewed (4 fl. oz.)

· 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

· 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

· Pinch of salt

· 1/3 cup NESTLÉ Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

· 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds, toasted


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine sugar, coffee and butter in small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil; cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 325° F or until syrup begins to caramelize. Remove from heat; quickly stir in vanilla extract and salt.

3. Pour mixture quickly onto prepared baking sheet, spreading to desired thickness. Let toffee stand for 3 minutes. Sprinkle morsels evenly over toffee; let stand for 5 minutes or until soft and shiny. Spread chocolate into a thin layer over toffee; sprinkle with nuts. Let stand for 1 hour or until completely cool. Break toffee into pieces.

Cherry Bourbon Licor Liquor

Recipe courtesy of: Cooking Channel’s Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark

With the warmth from the bourbon and hints of vanilla and cherry , this cocktail will make you warm all over for a happy hour made in heaven this V-day.

· 2 oz Bourbon

· 3/4 oz Licor 43

· 3 dashes Cherry bitters


Add all ingredients to a glass and stir with ice for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a glass with a large, fresh ice cube and garnish with a Luxardo cherry.

HG’s Nice ‘n Spiced French Toast

Recipe courtesy of: “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien

The perfect start to Valentine’s Day with breakfast in bed!

· 1/3 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute

· 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

· 1/8 tsp. plus 2 dashes cinnamon

· 2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread

· 2 slices light bread

· 2 tbsp. Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream Flavor

· 1 tsp. powdered sugar


In a wide bowl, mix egg substitute, vanilla extract, and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add butter and let it coat the bottom. Meanwhile, coat bread on all sides with egg mixture. Lay bread slices in the skillet, and carefully drizzle with Coffee-mate. Cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes per side. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and remaining 2 dashes of cinnamon.


Healthy Recipes from Hungry Girl

Tired of your regular breakfast foods? Want to keep up with your “healthy” New Year’s resolution. I have to admit I don’t write New Year’s resolutions anymore. Only because I will only follow it for a few weeks and then I tend to “forget” about them.  Instead of resolutions, I set goals. My goal is to always eat healthy foods but sometimes healthy foods can get boring. Here are some healthy recipes from Hungry girl, Lisa Lillien.

HG’s Sweet Spiced Apples

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150 calories, 3g fat, 22mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 24g sugars, 3g protein



2 tbsp. Spiced Latte Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer

2 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt

Dash cinnamon

1 cup chopped Fuji apple


In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix Coffee-mate, yogurt, and cinnamon. Add apple, and stir to coat. Enjoy!


HG’s Choco-Berry Oatmeal

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305 calories, 9g fat, 255mg sodium, 50g carbs, 6g fiber, 19g sugars, 6.5g protein



1/2 cup old-fashioned oats


1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


2 tbsp. Dark Chocolate Fudge Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer


1 no-calorie sweetener packet


Dash salt


1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 1/2 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


1/2 cup sliced strawberries






Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and strawberries in a nonstick pot. Mix in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook and stir until thick and creamy, 10 – 12 minutes.  Transfer to a medium bowl and let slightly cool and thicken.  Stir in chocolate chips, and top with strawberries. Mmmmm!




HG Nice and Spice French Toast


250 calories, 7.5g fat, 425mg sodium, 32g carbs, 5g fiber, 15g sugars, 14g protein



1/3 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute


1/8 tsp. vanilla extract


1/8 tsp. plus 2 dashes cinnamon


2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread


2 slices light bread


2 tbsp. Cinnamon Cream Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE NATURAL BLISS All-Natural Coffee Creamer


1 tsp. powdered sugar






In a wide bowl, mix egg substitute, vanilla extract, and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add butter and let it coat the bottom. Meanwhile, coat bread on all sides with egg mixture.  Lay bread slices in the skillet, and carefully drizzle with Coffee-mate. Cook until golden brown, 1 – 2 minutes per side. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and remaining 2 dashes of cinnamon!







About “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien


Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) is a New York Times best-selling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of  In addition to the million-plus die-hard subscribers to her daily emails, Lisa also reaches millions more with regular contributing editorial columns, and recurring appearances on daytime television shows.



Lisa is the author of eight best-selling books — five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her most recent book, “Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts,” debuted on the list in May of 2013.  Her television show, Hungry Girl, airs on both Food Network and Cooking Channel.




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Free wellness screenings

Sam’s Club is hosting a “New Year, New You” screening this Saturday, January 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy to kick off a year of free screenings.


The free January screenings include five in-club health tests (valued at up to $100):

  • Glucose
  • Total cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Vision screening/testing

    “For the fourth consecutive year, Sam’s Club pharmacy associates are giving back to our communities with the free health screening program,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “Last year, the program performed more than 896,000 free screenings over 10 monthly events in our clubs. In 2014, our pharmacies continue to offer world-class counsel, amazing savings and easy access to prescriptions, immunizations and vital preventive screenings to keep our communities aware of their health.”

    Sam’s Club offers amazing savings on pharmacist-administered flu shots and nine other immunizations, plus $4/$10 generic prescription prices to the public. Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members receive an additional eight percent on name-brand prescriptions, 40 percent on generics not part of the $4/$10 generic prescription program and access to the Extra Value Drug List, featuring 10 to 30 percent savings on dozens of name-brand and generic prescriptions. Restrictions apply. 


    Sam’s Club features pharmacy benefits and health tips about wellbeing and the importance of healthy living in the January/February 2014 issue of Healthy Living Made Simple magazine, featuring Trisha Yearwood. With a circulation of 8 million, the highest of any health-focused publication, Healthy Living Made Simple is available at Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Member Service counters and online at

    Editor’s Note: Membership not required to participate in health screenings. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. Limited quantities available. Glucose testing is not available in Maryland and Pennsylvania locations. Total Cholesterol testing is not available in New Jersey locations. Vision screening/testing is only available in clubs with an Optical Center; Vision screening/testing is not available in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas or Virginia.

    About Sam’s Club®

    Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering savings and surprises to millions of members in 630 U.S. club locations and at Sam’s Club members averaged savings of 33 percent versus traditional retailers.1 To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.





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4 Holiday Traditions to Bring Your Blended Family Closer


mother and child choose fir for xmas


According to, 40 percent of married couples with children in the U.S. are stepcouples — a family where at least one person enters the marriage with a child from a previous relationship. Although stepfamilies aren’t exactly an uncommon phenomenon, they do pose a few unique problems when it comes to achieving harmony in the home. These hardships are magnified ten times over during the holidays, when many family traditions come into distinct clashes. To promote peace this upcoming holiday season, here are six new holiday traditions you can start with your own blended family.

1. Secret Santa

Because of the popularity of this holiday tradition, there’s a good chance at least some members of your blended family have already participated in Secret Santa. It’s a great opportunity for new members to get to know one another and show their appreciation without breaking the bank. A great way to organize this tradition (besides drawing from a hat) is starting up an exchange list on The website makes it easy for everyone in the family to sign in, create a wish list, assign a budget and view each other’s information in one quick and comprehensive visit. This makes it easy to show one particular person in your new family how much they really mean to you.

2. Holiday Photos

Most families take holiday photos for Christmas, but what about Thanksgiving? This could be a cool tradition to incorporate with your new, blended family as a way to have fun and celebrate your recent union. If you’re not the most Photoshop-savvy person in the world, is a great resource for decorating your photo Christmas cards and Thanksgiving cards with unique frames, special messages and funny “stickers” to get them ready for mailing out to your extended family and friends. Taking some focus off of Christmas — which may be a touchy holiday for children — and putting it on Thanksgiving will bring you all closer without replacing any previous traditions.

3. Elf on the Shelf

Although the Elf on the Shelf is targeted mostly toward younger children, you can bring an air of mystical magic to the Christmas holiday for a wide range of ages. Families can visit to search through Santa’s Elf Adoption Centers, which are full of elves waiting to be brought into your home. You and your family can pick out a name for your elf and register the adoption online. After reading the book of the same name, The Elf on the Shelf comes to life to watch over children and report back to Santa. Every night he magically flies to the North Pole to deliver the news to Santa and returns by morning in a new, secret spot.

4. Tree Farm

If you’re used to your artificial tree or just play if safe by going to Home Depot every year, you’re missing out on what could be a fun family tradition. Tree farms create the whole experience by allowing you to pick out your tree the old-fashioned way. Often, tree farms make it well worth the extra effort, since you can pick out your fresh tree while also enjoying sleigh rides, hot cocoa and other family-friendly activities. Not to mention, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh evergreens to usher the spirit of Christmas into the season.


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