Kroger Health Partners with Tennessee Titans Running Back Derrick Henry to Help Drive Awareness of COVID-19 Testing Options
Henry to Help Bolster Kroger Health’s Testing and Prevention Efforts as Flu Season Begins and COVID-19 Cases Spike
(NASHVILLE – November 18, 2020) - Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today announced it is has partnered with Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl running back, Derrick Henry, as a key ambassador in its vision to help people live healthier lives. Kroger Health has been rapidly evolving and expanding its healthcare offerings amidst the threat of dual healthcare challenges – the COVID-19 pandemic and the seasonal flu - and this newly minted partnership will combine education and advocacy to help spread a message of safety and protection to Americans nationwide.
According to data from the CDC, the United States recently reported over 100,000 new COVID cases in a single day, the highest number for the country thus far. Given the overlap between COVID-19 and flu symptoms, the CDC and WHO continue to urge Americans to get a seasonal flu shot, which may help reduce overburdening on the healthcare system.
Henry is a prominent influencer and advocate for healthy communities. As part of his partnership with Kroger Health, Henry will be sharing his experience of getting a flu shot and will help educate Americans about how they can access Kroger Health’s suite of COVID-19 testing services, including home collection kits, rapid antigen testing, and the recently introduced antibody testing.
“Staying healthy has always been an important part of my life as a professional athlete – but now, it’s taken on a whole new meaning,” said Derrick Henry. “Kroger Health has a genuine commitment to building healthy communities, and I am honored to use my voice to spread the word about how we can help protect people from all walks of life from COVID-19 and the flu.”
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, the CDC recommends testing to help confirm a diagnosis. In addition to symptomatic individuals, COVID-19 testing also is recommended for people who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19, as well as people who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider.
“We are excited for this partnership and honored to welcome Derrick Henry to the Kroger Health family,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “We want every American to be armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. We are grateful that Derrick Henry shares our mission, and we look forward to working with him to promote flu shots and COVID-19 testing to all who are in need.”
For more information on flu vaccinations, COVID-19 testing solutions, or to schedule an appointment, visit krogerhealth.com.
About Derrick Henry:
Derrick Lamar Henry Jr. is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. In 2019, Henry was the NFL's leading rusher with 1,540 yards and 16 rushing scores. He has totaled more than 4,600 career rushing yards and scored 46 touchdowns, including back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019. At Alabama, the Heisman Trophy winner set numerous school and SEC records while leading his team to a National Championship in 2015. Henry is also the founder of Two All Foundation which exists to level the playing field for today’s youth by being a resource that impacts communities and equips young people to reach their full potential.
About Kroger Health:
Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America's leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics (called The Little Clinic) in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000 healthcare practitioners - from pharmacists and nurse practitioners, to dietitians and technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in practicing at the top of our licenses and enabling "food as medicine" to help prevent and manage chronic disease. We are dedicated to providing testing and wellness services to help Americans combat the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more at www.krogerhealth.com.
About The Kroger Co.:
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.