Promoting Healthy Hearts While Providing Nourishing Meals

Promoting Healthy Hearts While Providing Nourishing Meals

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Oklahoma City – February 22, 2015 – It is National Heart Health Month, and we are reminded that thousands of Oklahomans are diagnosed each year with hypertension, high cholesterol, and other heart-related diseases and illnesses. Oftentimes, the cost of the medications prescribed to treat these chronic heart ailments can add up and be too expensive. To help address this issue, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Watertree Health have joined forces to offer a free Prescription Discount Card that makes prescriptions more affordable. As an added benefit, every time a person saves using this special Regional Food Bank Prescription Discount Card, Watertree Health makes a donation to the organization.

“Many Oklahomans, like millions of people in America, suffer from heart-related health issues, and as a result, are in need of prescriptions to treat these conditions,” said Watertree Health President Shane Power. “Helping people afford the vital medications they need is precisely the reason Watertree Health was founded. We are very pleased to be working with our partner, the Regional Food Bank, to further our joint mission of building healthier communities in Oklahoma.”

Lisinopril and Simvastatin are two of the medications regularly prescribed to treat hypertension and high cholesterol, respectively. By using the free Prescription Discount Card, individuals in Oklahoma can save as much as 83 percent off the full retail price for these drugs.

“One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This partnership with Watertree Health is a win-win. By using the Regional Food Bank Prescription Discount Card, Oklahomans are saving money and helping feed their hungry neighbors in central and western Oklahoma. To date, more than 150,000 meals have been provided through this partnership.”

The Prescription Discount Card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies, covering more than 90 percent of the country, including major chains, such as Homeland, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. The versatile card can be used by people with a health insurance plan, or by individuals who do not have health coverage. Cardiac, hypothyroid, stomach acid, asthma and migraine medications are among the many commonly prescribed drugs that can be discounted by using the Prescription Discount Card benefitting the Regional Food Bank. To obtain a card, visit www.watertreehealthcard.com/FEEDOK or text FEEDOK to 95577.

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

About Watertree Health:
Watertree Health was founded in 2010 to address the growing need for accessible health care products and services in America. The Company’s mission is to help people improve their lives by improving their health. Watertree Health’s founders believe everyone should be able to afford their medicines. The Company launched the free prescription discount card in 2011 to help the tens of millions of people in America who didn’t have adequate prescription coverage.


About Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma:
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private hunger relief organization. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of nearly 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 560 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit
http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

Contact:

Dave Wollin, 212-981-5257, dave_wollin@dkcnews.com

Angie Gaines Doss, 405-604-7109, adoss@regionalfoodbank.org