Community: Health And Wellness
GIANT EAGLE IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING STRONGER, HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER COMMUNITIES FOR EVERYONE. GIANT EAGLE SUPPORTS MORE THAN 150 HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS ACROSS OUR FOOTPRINT IN FIVE STATES, SPANNING SEVERAL HUNDRED COMMUNITIES. THE EVENTS THAT GIANT EAGLE PARTICIPATES IN INCLUDE: WALKS, RUNS, MARATHONS, BIKING OPPORTUNITIES, FITNESS CHALLENGES AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. THESE EVENTS INCREASE AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE OUR TEAM MEMBERS, CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO LIVE ACTIVE LIFESTYLES.
American Heart Association
Giant Eagle continues to support partners, such as the American Heart Association (AHA). In October 2017, hundreds of Giant Eagle Team Members and their family and friends participated in AHA Heart Walks in Akron-Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Erie, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Youngstown, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to further the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Grateful Community Partners
“We are proud to partner with companies like Giant Eagle, and Giant Eagle Team Members, to support and transform communities. Through our collaboration with Giant Eagle, the Healthy for Good Heart Walk Campaign has connected thousands of individuals, children and families to resources that empower them to celebrate and live healthy lives. Giant Eagle leadership, including board member Dante DePiero, has a commitment to communities we serve, as well as a generous spirit of giving. With their support, we advance cardiovascular research through funding and innovation that will continue to save and improve lives for those in our community.”
— Toni Carlo, Executive Director, Cleveland Metro Region, American Heart Association
“Giant Eagle’s passion and support of our organization is fueled by the hard work of Team Members from the bottom-up. Giant Eagle has long been a big supporter of the AHA and is very committed to improving individual’s overall health.”
— Desiree Wienand, Development Director, Pittsburgh Region, American Heart Association
American Heart Association 2017 Lifestyle
Charles “Lucky” Harlow is the Executive Store Leader at the Shadyside Market District in Pittsburgh, and has worked for Giant Eagle for 27 years, since he was 16 years old. His life changed dramatically on January 28, 2017, one week before his 43rd birthday, when he had a heart attack on his way to work. He was a heavy smoker with a family history of heart disease. Lucky’s story is a moving one:
“I wasn’t feeling well and thought I had a chest cold. After my morning routine of Marlboro and coffee, I took a shower and left for work. While driving, I started getting pains in my chest and in my left arm, and I was sweating profusely. My chest hurt so bad that I had to take my seatbelt off, and unbutton my dress shirt. Instead of turning into the store parking lot, I drove straight to UPMC Shadyside, six blocks away. After some tests and blood work, the doctor told me I was having a heart attack, that one of my arteries was 100% blocked, another was 60% blocked, and I needed a risky triple bypass surgery. I had called my wife right before I went into the hospital, so she, my children and family were there.
Fortunately, I survived the six-hour surgery and spent five days in the hospital recovering. When I headed home, my lifestyle change began. I quit smoking that day and nine months later, I am still smoke-free! I follow a much healthier, cardiac diet. I participated in cardiac rehab therapy with monitored exercise. I now exercise daily, and feel healthier and stronger than I have in more than 20 years! I returned to work on May 22, 2017. I feel very fortunate that I am alive today, and will continue to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can, not only for me, but also for my family!”
— Charles “Lucky” Harlow
American Diabetes Association
Giant Eagle also continues to support the wonderful work done by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In Pittsburgh, we support the Tour de Cure, Step Out Walk, and serve as the presenting sponsor for the annual ADA Expo each fall. From product donations and sponsorships to bike teams and corporate donations, we are proud to assist the ADA in its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Additionally, our Giant Eagle pharmacists attend the annual ADA Expo in November and offer complimentary flu shots, screenings, counseling and educational advice to more than 200 diabetic patients, and answer their medication questions. Our Team Members are also on hand to discuss healthy eating options for diabetic patients, as well as to offer samples of diabetic-friendly foods.
“Diabetes is a disease state preventable and manageable through healthy food choices making the American Diabetes Association and Giant Eagle natural partners in the fight to Stop Diabetes®. Giant Eagle’s support of the ADA is greatly appreciated. The corporate support enables the fulfillment of ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by a disease that close to nearly one million residents within Giant Eagle’s geographical footprint battle daily. Together, we are: educating our communities about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle; broadening awareness about the risk of developing diabetes and how to prevent or prolong a diagnosis; funding local diabetes researchers; and improving the health and wellness of our communities.”
— Julie Keller Heverly, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association of Western Pennsylvania
Central Blood Bank: Giant Eagle once again awarded as one of the Top Twenty Donors in the Pittsburgh area. In 2017, Giant Eagle again ranked #5 on that list.
Thanks to our Team Members and community members who participated in our sponsored blood drives at select retail locations and in our corporate offices, Giant Eagle collected 814 units of blood, which helped save the lives of 2,442 patients. To encourage more donor participation, Giant Eagle provides incentives such as amusement park tickets and store gift cards.