Next month, Sam's Club pharmacy locations plan to provide free diabetes and vision screenings for members and the public.

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Sam's Club to hold diabetes screenings

August 31st, 2012

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Next month, Sam's Club pharmacy locations plan to provide free diabetes and vision screenings for members and the public.

The Walmart warehouse club chain said Thursday that the diabetes checkups will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Valued at more than $150, the diabetes screening involves a glucose tests, an A1C test (a blood test for diagnosed diabetics that measures blood sugar), blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests, and a vision test.

The retailer noted that according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the surge of people with diabetes — about 1.9 million new cases diagnosed each year — has also made the disease the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage — or even prevent — diabetes," Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club, said in a statement. "As we offer the diabetes screenings for a second year, I am reminded of member stories where they came in for a screening or product samples and learned about a possible health problem, which led them to make an appointment with a health care provider. It is stories like this that remind us why we offer these invaluable free screenings to our communities."

Sam's Club added that it has dedicated the current issue of its Healthy Living Made Simple magazine to diabetes lifestyle management and prevention tips for September and to women's health tips for October. The chain's next monthly health screening, on Oct. 13, will focus on women's health.

In addition, Sam's Club has extended its health offerings this fall to include immunizations administered by registered nurses. Vaccines available include flu, pneumonia, shingles, chickenpox, whooping cough and six other vaccinations. The immunization program is a collaboration between Sam's Club and Mollen Immunization Clinics.