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Walgreens effort commits $100M to preventive care
February 1st, 2011
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has kicked off the Walgreens Way To Well Commitment, a chainwide effort aimed at improving the everyday health of Americans.
The four-year effort, launched Tuesday, will see Walgreens provide $100 million in preventive health care resources, health testing services and charitable programs in its more than 7,600 drug stores in all 50 states.
"Way to Well is our commitment to disease prevention and to improving everyday health through education and early detection," Walgreens president and chief executive officer Greg Wasson said in a statement. "As a health and daily living retailer trusted by millions of consumers every day, our ongoing effort is to help people get well, stay well and live well."
The drug chain unveiled the program with an announcement on the television program "The Dr. Oz Show" that it would offer free blood pressure testing for the remainder of this month.
As part of the Way to Well Commitment, Walgreens is working with a variety of health organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to offer a wide range of free health testing services over the four-year life of the program.
Following this month's free blood pressure tests, Walgreens and the American Cancer Society's Choose You Movement will recognize Women's Health Month in May with an educational campaign that will emphasize early detection of cancer and healthier lifestyles.
In October and November, the drug chain will focus on breast cancer and diabetes to draw attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and National Diabetes Awareness Month (November).
"These are the types of valuable health care services we'll look to expand into other critical areas with the help of our Way to Well Commitment partners," Wasson stated.
In addition to the free health screenings and tests, Walgreens is donating a portion of the sale of every store-brand health and wellness product (up to $3 million a year) to help fund Way to Well Commitment services in local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund.
Last month, Walgreens pharmacies and the company's Take Care health clinics provided a round of free blood pressure checkups. The initiative was announced on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."