Henry Schein, Inc. Partnership With The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) Hosts 21 "Home Run For Health" Events In 2014
MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, recently completed its second year of participation in the PLAY Campaign, which was held in partnership with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society® (PBATS). With a $40,000 donation from Henry Schein's Sports Medicine business and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Henry Schein hosted 21 "Home Run for Health" events during this year's campaign to educate children and teenagers about the importance of staying active, eating right and routine dentist and physician visits. In addition, each child received an oral hygiene kit donated by Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein.
PLAY, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a public awareness campaign of PBATS, in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The campaign seeks to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy living and positive decision-making among young people in America.
"The PLAY Campaign was thrilled to have Henry Schein Cares onboard for another season of events at MLB stadiums nationwide," said Mark O'Neal, PBATS President and Chicago Cubs Director of Medical Administration. "Henry Schein Cares and their 'Homerun for Health' message add tremendous value to each one of our events. The work Henry Schein does in promoting proper oral hygiene and overall health is extremely beneficial to the more than 2,000 young people we educate throughout the PLAY Campaign season."
During the "Home Run for Health" events, 75-200 eight- to 17-year-old children selected from community groups - including the Boys & Girls Clubs and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) programs - participated in several activities that underscore the importance of hand-washing, making healthy lunch choices, drinking water, personal hygiene and proper oral care. Henry Schein also reinforced the critical importance of vaccinations and annual dental and medical checkups at each event.
"Henry Schein is privileged to have had the opportunity to once again partner with PBATS as part of our company's deep commitment to 'helping health happen' for underserved communities," said Jeff Klingler, Director, Sales and Marketing, Henry Schein Medical. "This year, we expanded our program to help promote positive messages about smart health choices and the importance of living a more active and healthy lifestyle to children across the country."
Henry Schein's 2014 "Home Run for Health" events were held at MLB ballparks that are home to the following teams: Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs.
About Henry Schein Cares and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation
Henry Schein Cares, Henry Schein's global corporate social responsibility program, stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief. Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success.
Established in 2008, Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care for communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations that support health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care. To learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, please visit: www.hscaresfoundation.org. The "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: http://helpinghealthhappen.org/.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 17,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 28 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $9.6 billion in 2013, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit the Henry Schein website at www.henryschein.com.
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