Walgreen Co. has kicked off the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP, which provides free prevention and early detection health services to underserved communities nationwide.


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Walgreens, AARP health tour gets under way

March 22nd, 2012

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. has kicked off the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP, which provides free prevention and early detection health services to underserved communities nationwide.

Walgreens said Thursday that through December, the tour will offer free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services to communities — primarily cities — with the highest prevalence for leading diseases and the highest uninsured and unemployed populations.

The health screenings aim to detect symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Valued at over $100, the testing takes about 20 minutes and includes total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. Afterward, participants consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staffer about their results. All participants also get a free, one-year AARP membership.

Also provided on the tour are educational health and wellness resources from AARP and the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The health tour comprises a fleet of four custom vehicles that simultaneously travel to separate regions of the United States and Puerto Rico.

The effort is one component of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, a four-year, $100 million initiative launched in February 2011 to improve the everyday health of Americans. The program also aims to provide convenient, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

"Way to Well reflects 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. "With AARP, the nationwide traveling health tour is one way we deliver on our pledge to improve lives by providing underserved communities greater access to the resources they need. We also thank our customers for supporting this cause with us and ultimately making this important wellness services program a reality by simply purchasing our brand."

From Feb. 1, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013, 1 cent from the purchase of every Walgreens brand health and wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventive wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund, the drug chain said.

"We are pleased that this community outreach program will serve underserved and multicultural communities in need," stated A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP. "This tour will deliver critical health and wellness services on behalf of America's growing population of people over 50."

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