DEERFIELD, Ill., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- This week the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will celebrate administering its two millionth free health screening. The national mobile tour has been on its mission since April 2009, with Walgreens providing free health screenings to residents in more than 3,000 underserved communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/walgreens/47199/ (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101112/MM98725 ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101112/MM98725 ) During its two millionth milestone week, The AARP/Walgreens Wellness 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.
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.
"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 Chief Executive Officer. "These screenings by Walgreens will go a long way in increasing the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems." "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 AARP/Walgreens Wellness 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. Visitors also have access to free educational information on a variety of 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.
About Walgreens Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,608 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility, long-term care and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Walgreens Take Care Health Systems subsidiary is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
About AARP 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. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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