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• The Austin American-Statesman reports that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said yesterday that the company will test “wellness clubs” in five major market stores around the country this year, saying that these clubs will endeavor to raise consumers’ consciousness about healthy eating and healthy living initiatives.

• Walgreens is taking its in-store health clinic business to the next level, offering sports and camp physicals for $35 apiece at its Take Care Clinics around the country.

• Roundy’s-owned Mariano’s Fresh Market said yesterday that it will begin using the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System in its stores. The NuVal approach uses a proprietary system to rate every product in the store on a 1-100 scale ... with 100 being the best to eat.
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