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Walgreens/AARP Wellness Tour to reach milestone
November 15th, 2010
DEERFIELD, Ill. – This week, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour expects to administer its 2 millionth free health screening.
Walgreen Co. said Friday that the national mobile tour has been under way since April 2009, with the drug store chain providing free health screenings to residents in more than 3,000 underserved communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.
During the milestone week, the tour will visit Houston and El Paso, Texas; New Orleans; Pensacola, Miami, Largo and Jacksonville, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and Bullhead City, Ariz. Walgreens said it continue to offer the free health screenings through February 2011.
The AARP/Walgreens tour has nine custom-equipped buses with certified health screeners that travel separate routes across the country. Each bus spends several days in designated cities providing free services at local events, community centers, Walgreens stores and other locations, with an emphasis on underserved communities.
The free screenings, recommended for adults age 18 and older, include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index. Walgreens said the checkups are valued at over $140 and will help adults with early disease detection and prevention.
After the screenings are performed, a pharmacist or staff member immediately provides the results and reviews them with the consumer. Visitors also have access to free educational information on a variety of health and wellness issues, and consumers are encouraged to visit a doctor or health care provider with any concerns.
"During previous tours, I've seen how these free screenings can be a life-saving resource," Walgreens president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson said in a statement. "The campaign is dedicated to improving lives and offering greater access to health resources, particularly among those most in need.”
Free one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults who receive screenings. Participants under the age of 50 can pass on the free membership to an eligible adult, and current AARP members will receive a one-year extension on their membership.
"We are pleased that important health screenings are being provided at a time when many still cannot afford preventive health care," stated A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP. "These screenings by Walgreens will go a long way in increasing the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems."