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Healthy habits to stay well this flu season.
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Healthy habits to stay well this flu season.

Winter months bring a clear increase in cold and flu cases. For minor ailments such as a cough or cold, as the pharmacist, you are often the first point of contact to assist customers to cope with symptoms.

Pharmacies play a critical role in helping our communities remain healthy over the colder season. However, if you are not looking after myself, you won’t be able to look after those in your local community.

 

To make sure you stay healthy, there are a few things you can do:

  • Book yourself in for a flu shot and ensure this is before the flu season hits. With this flu season being in the middle of a global pandemic, getting the annual flu shot is important to avoid adding pressure to an already busy healthcare industry.
  • Get up-to-date with general health check with your GP.
  • Wash your hands frequently – either using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This will keep you from spreading germs to your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Take extra care that your work area remains clean. Many hygiene practices have been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19. These have been extremely beneficial and should ideally remain in place post-pandemic. This includes the use of plastic screens and face masks.
  • Continue to wear a mask if you feel unwell so that you do not affect you rcustomers or staff.
  • Strive to include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet to maintain a strong immune system. Supporting a healthy diet should be a regular exercise routine and a good amount of sleep.

 

With COVID-19 being an ongoing concern, experts are struggling to anticipate what cold and flu season might be like in terms of not just the infection rate, but also the availability of resources to keep the sick from getting sicker. It is best to prevent rather than treat the flu, but even if you do get vaccinated, you might still get sick. The 2021 flu season is upon us and no matter how you look at it, it is vital to do all that you can to protect yourself.

 

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Alliance Business & Leadership Essentials – ABLE.
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Alliance Business & Leadership Essentials – ABLE.

To support the growth of your business, and your team’s ability to deliver outstanding results, the ABLE program will address common skill gaps and keep your team up to date as the pharmacy industry evolves.

With ABLE, members can select a tailored program that best suits the needs of their business and team.

 

Learn more about:

  • Budgeting and business plans.
  • Innovation, creativity, and implementation of ideas.
  • Coaching, leading and delegating.
  • Being retail focused.
  • Effective performance management.
  • Managing your team, time and stress effectively.

 

For more information, please click here.

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Happy Easter.
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Happy Easter.

Happy Easter from the team at Pharmacy Alliance.

We encourage you to use this opportunity to rest, recover and renew. We hope that you find time to reflect, spend time with loved ones, and remain aware of our own vulnerabilities and limitations, particularly during these challenging times. Give yourself permission to take a well-deserved break – even if just for a little while.

 

Our Member Support Office will be closed from 2 – 5 April 2021 (both days included) and be back to support our members on Tuesday 6 April 2021.

 

Be safe and be kind.

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Are there better exercises for women and men?
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Are there better exercises for women and men?

Orignal article post by Dr. Susan Tyfield

 

In general, the size of a man’s heart is larger than a woman’s. So if you’re looking to take care of your heart health, are there better exercises depending on whether you’re male or female?

The simple answer is that women and men can do exactly the same exercises. There are no major reasons why you should choose a different type of exercise based on sex. Your choice is more likely to be based on what you want to achieve, what your body’s needs are, and what you find most comfortable.

 

That being said, there are some things to consider when choosing your exercise program.

 

To read more, click here.

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Healthy living.
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Healthy living.

COVID-19 has been a challenging time for all of us and it can be easy to neglect our health and wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital in helping us to deal with the challenges COVID-19 brought us.

Here are some links to organisations and resources that can help you stay healthy during this time.

 

Staying active

As we are spending more time at home, it is easy to forget our daily activity routine. Being active is vital for both our physical health and our emotional wellbeing. For tips and tools for staying active, visit the following websites:

 

Maintaining a healthy diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for maintaining good health and a strong immune system. This includes eating a wide variety of foods and consuming the right amount of food and drink to maintain a healthy body weight. The following websites contain tips and tools for eating well:

 

Mental health wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many people feel anxious, worried and lonely. Being aware of how you’re feeling and knowing how to look after your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy. These websites and services have resources to help you manage your mental health.

 

                       

For families

 

The pandemic has been challenging for families. We have had to deal with disrupted schooling and children being forced to stay at home. The following website offer some good resources to talk to your children about the pandemic and to keep them occupied.

 

Alcohol and tobacco

 

During challenging times, it is easy to fall into unhealthy habits and patterns of behaviour. Although it is completely natural to feel more stressed and anxious, dealing with these emotions with unhealthy coping strategies such as smoking, and drinking can be counter productive. Here are some links to information about avoiding unhealthy behaviours:

 

Source: https://www.lifeprogram.org.au/living-well/healthy-living

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The truth about customer loyalty.
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The truth about customer loyalty.

“The key drivers of consumer behavior have traditionally been value, convenience and experience. Looking ahead, brands and retailers need to also consider choice, purpose and privacy if they are to earn their customers’ loyalty.”

 

Paul Martin Head of Retail, KPMG in the UK

For interesting insights, read KPMS International’s The Truth about Customer Loyalty survey report here.

 

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The importance of customer loyalty.
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The importance of customer loyalty.

Customer loyalty is the act of choosing one business’s products and services consistently over that of their competitors. When a customer is loyal to one business, price or availability is not their primary driver. 

They would rather pay a little more to ensure they receive the same quality service and products they have become accustomed to.

It is therefore critical to spend time to collect enough customer data to get a reliable picture of your customer loyalty.

 

Read more here.

 

#bettertogether #localhealthmatters #independentpharmacy #healthcareheroes #customerloyalty

 

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2021 Winter Group Buy.
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2021 Winter Group Buy.

Following the success and the simplicity of execution for the Allergy Group Buy in 2020, Pharmacy Alliance will be adopting the same philosophy for the 2021 Winter Group Buy. 

This means that there will be no upfront ordering and allocations required. Pharmacy Alliance will complete a single order on behalf of all pharmacies, and then offer members a two-tiered, discount model that will remain in place until stocks are exhausted.

 

With most manufacturers currently out selling their 2021 winter seasonal deals, we are summarising all these deals and working with manufacturers to obtain commitments on deals that will be available.

 

Pharmacies eligible to participate will include all current catalogue members, Allergy Group Buy members, and members >80% OTC compliance in allianceiQ.

 

We request all members to hold off on placing their 2021 Winter commitments directly with manufacturers and we will detail our entire program in Alliance Link 708 in March 2021.

 

More information soon.

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5 ways to manage your mental health during COVID-19.
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5 ways to manage your mental health during COVID-19.

During a situation like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and worried. Identifying ways to manage your mental health is crucial. If you have a pre-existing mental health condition, these recommendations are especially important. If you have appointments with a therapist or doctor, keep them.

You may experience increased feelings of anxiety, powerlessness, impatience, irritability, or frustration. You may also feel uncertainty about the future or worry about isolation amidst rapidly changing schedules and social plans.

 

While all these feelings are normal, there are several ways you can increase your resilience during this time:

  • Take a break from the news.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Plan for coping with a potentially sudden drop in social contact and interaction.
  • Create a new, adapted schedule taking cancellations into account.
  • Do a “worry drop.”

 

For the full article, click here.

 

Source: Michigan Health, Wellness & Prevention 2020

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Our future pharmacists are our future healthcare heroes.
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Our future pharmacists are our future healthcare heroes.

Pharmacy Alliance’s core mission is to create healthy communities by being better together.

Our pharmacists are highly regarded for the important role they play in delivering local community health services and advice – particularly within rural areas.

 

Our InternLab program is designed to help pharmacy interns transform their passion into becoming the healthcare heroes of tomorrow.

 

Want to know how the program can offer all the support you need to be a leader in community health? Click here