Nearly 80 million Americans suffer from high cholesterol. Excessive cholesterol can build up in blood vessel walls, which leads to heart attack and stroke. The condition can often be hereditary, so even those following a healthy lifestyle should still get regular screenings.
“Our vision is to help people live healthier lives,” said Colleen Lindholz, president, Kroger Health. “By offering free cholesterol screenings at our pharmacies and clinics during American Heart Month, we hope to encourage our customers to take just a few minutes to ensure they are not at risk for heart disease. So many Americans are living with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or prediabetes and don’t know it. We want to change that. Once a customer knows their numbers, we can help them adjust their diet, alter their lifestyle, and access needed prescriptions.”
Kroger’s Family of Pharmacies, including Smith’s, Ralph’s, Fry’s, QFC, Fred Meyer and King Soopers, are offering free cholesterol screenings February 3, 2019 through March 2, 2019. For best results, customers are encouraged to fast 12 hours prior to their cholesterol screening.
In addition to cholesterol screenings, Kroger offers a wide array of services across its pharmacies, clinics and stores to help customers understand, improve, and manage their overall health and wellness. Kroger’s team of healthcare professionals, from pharmacists to dietitians, can help with simple solutions like ordering additional testing, optimizing medication regimens, and providing diet recommendations.
Kroger’s cholesterol screening program is an important part of the company’s Wellness Your Way initiative, which aims to provide personalized solutions for healthcare to the more than 8 million Americans who visit their stores each day. To take advantage of the free screenings, customers must make an appointment online by visiting www.kroger.com/hearthealth.