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Sam's Club helps track health vitals, curb smoking
January 4th, 2012
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – This month, Sam's Club plans to offer an array of free health screenings and smoking cessation consultations as people get under way with their New Year's resolutions.
The Walmart warehouse club chain, which has more than 500 pharmacies, said that on Jan. 14 it will provide customers a simple checkup that screens for several key health metrics.
Valued at up to $100, the complimentary screening includes total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests. The cholesterol and glucose tests will be available to the first 100 members in each club. In addition, during the Jan. 14 screenings, Sam's Club pharmacies will offer free samples of health-related products, including Atkins low-carb snack and meal replacement bars and Emergen-C vitamin supplement mix.
Also being launched by Sam's Club this month is a stop-smoking plan, dubbed the "Make this your ONE place to quit" program.
For club members and pharmacy patients, the program includes free, one-on-one consultations with a smoking cessation adviser at Sam's Club pharmacies. In partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, trained Sam's Club pharmacists will provide the consultations, work with members on a personal quit plan, provide the "Make this your ONE place to quit" resource guide and offer products to help quit smoking, such as Nicorette White Ice Mint chewing gum and the NicoDerm CQ Step 1 Patch.
"At Sam's Club, we provide important health solutions like free in-club health screenings and new smoking-cessation resources to simplify the process of realizing personal health goals," Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club, said in a statement. "Starting the New Year with Sam's Club health and wellness services is a great first step in determining the health regimen that best fits one's lifestyle and budget for the coming year."
The retailer added that next month it plans to hold free cardiovascular health screening events as part of American Heart Month in February.