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ImageOn March 15, 2010 Publix Pharmacies launched the first phase of a new diabetes management system. The program is a multi-faceted program established to assist customers and associates living with diabetes in managing their medication, compliance, monitoring, education, nutrition and exercise.

In its first phase, this one-of-a-kind program offers diabetic patients free medication, online resources and the benefit of knowledgeable pharmacists. At the core of the program is the free generic immediate-release metformin (500 mg, 850 mg or 1,000 mg) the generic form of the drug Glucophage.

Combining indigenous ingredients unique to Cura'ao, the new Atabei Spa at Hyatt Regency Cura'ao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, opening April 20, 2010, welcomes guests to experience an authentic holistic retreat. The spa draws inspiration from the ancient culture and rituals of the Arawak people, the original inhabitants of the island, and looks to utilize native plants, sea salts, muds and herbs honoring the majestic landscape of Curaao.

Surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean waters, Atabei Spa will feature 4,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor space. The spa invites guests to relax and rejuvenate while experiencing the many native traditions and rituals, which inspire Atabei, meaning “mother earth, creator of life. Spa Director Karina Chung stated, “It is believed by some that the origin of the name Curaao is a derivative of the Portuguese word for healing, due to the plants that grow on the island and it is our goal to incorporate those abundant local ingredients. We hope to provide guests with a truly awakening experience where we are guiding their body and spirit towards a healthy lifestyle, not only at the spa but also at home.

Representative Calvin Smyre (GA), President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), applauds the passage of the Health Care Reform Act and issues the following statement. “Late yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most sweeping healthcare legislation in over 45 years.

“The bill represents a momentous accomplishment in that it expands health coverage, reforms the practices of the insurance industry and helps to contain spiraling healthcare costs. This goes a long way towards providing what should be a basic fundamental right to the uninsured and securing the financial prosperity of the middle class.

June 8 marks Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an effort aimed to encourage Caribbean American and Caribbean-born people living in the U.S. to get educated about HIV/AIDS, get tested, get treated and get involved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. do not know they are infected. That's why it's important to get tested if you have ever had unprotected sex, shared needles or been diagnosed or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis or an STD.