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Walgreens hits road for health tour with National Urban League
May 1st, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Following up its tour with AARP begun earlier this week, Walgreen Co. has launched the 2014 Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with the National Urban League (NUL).
The community outreach program provides free preventive care and early detection health services to urban and minority communities nationwide.
In its eighth year, the community outreach program provides free preventive care and early detection health services to urban and minority communities across the country. Through December, Walgreens will offer free health tests, risk assessments, education and consulting services.
Free health tests, for adults only, will include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight — collectively valued at over $100 — and be administered by certified wellness staff. The tests take about 20 minutes, after which participants consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about their results.
Visitors also can learn about how Walgreens' Balance Rewards customer loyalty program gives them points for healthy choices plus receive tutorials on how to use fitness devices and digital applications to help track their health and fitness goals. Devices will be displayed and visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to use the devices and how to sync them to auto-log their healthy activities into their Balance Rewards account.
"Walgreens is committed to helping people get, stay and live well, and the Way to Well Health Tour is one of the ways we deliver on that promise," John Gremer, director of community affairs at Walgreens, said in a statement. "Together with the National Urban League, the tour delivers on our pledge of providing urban and minority communities in need with valuable health tests that deliver key insights into their overall health and wellness, as well as providing resources for the prevention and early detection of chronic diseases.”
The tour will also spotlight NUL’s health initiatives and will collaborate with league affiliates to encourage members of urban and minority communities to participate in the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL.
"The National Urban League is pleased to continue its eight-year partnership with Walgreens on the Way to Well Health Tour," stated Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League. "We share in the tour's renewed commitment to the everyday health of Americans nationwide and are looking forward to continuing to help urban and underserved communities with health education, testing and awareness that is important to empowering communities to live healthier lives."
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL is one of the charitable programs that is part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide. The initiative also focuses on providing resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases, namely heart disease, cancer and diabetes.