Wellness Tour Provides Free Health Screenings

The mobile tour has been on its mission since April 2009, with drugstore chain Walgreens providing free health screenings to residents in more than 3,000 underserved communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

This week the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate administering its two millionth free health screening, said Walgreens Friday.

During its two millionth milestone week, the tour will celebrate by serving residents in the following cities: Houston and El Paso, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Pensacola, Miami, Largo and Jacksonville, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and Bullhead City, Ariz. Through the tour, Walgreens will continue to distribute free health screenings through February 2011.

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“We are pleased that important health screenings are being provided at a time when many still cannot afford preventive health care,” said A. Barry Rand, AARP’s CEO. “These screenings by Walgreens will go a long way in increasing the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems.”

The free screenings—which include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index—are valued at over $140 and will help provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention.

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“During previous tours, I’ve seen how these free screenings can be a life-saving resource,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “The campaign is dedicated to improving lives and offering greater access to health resources, particularly among those most in need.”

The tour is comprised of nine custom-equipped buses with dedicated staff of certified health screeners that travel separate routes canvassing the country.

Each bus spends several days in designated cities providing free services at local events, community centers, Walgreens store locations and other select locations with a special emphasis on underserved communities.

Screenings are recommended for adults age 18 and older. After the screenings are performed, a pharmacist or staff member instantly provides the results and reviews them with the consumer.

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Visitors also have access to free educational information on health and wellness issues that are available in both English and Spanish. Consumers are encouraged to visit a doctor or health care provider with any concerns.

Consumers can learn when the tour is scheduled to serve their community by calling toll-free 1-866-484-8687 or visiting www.aarpwalgreens.com/tour.

Free, one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults who receive screenings.

Participants under the age of 50 can pass on the free membership to an eligible adult, and existing members will receive a one-year extension on their current membership status.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.

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Rakesh Raman