April 14, 2009
Contact: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, NY (April 14, 2009) – AARP and Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) today announced the launch of a two-year, national mobile health screening tour with a goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, which aims to administer more than 2.5 million free screenings, kicks off in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza and for the next two years will conduct health screening events in more than 3,000 communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The free screenings—which include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index—will help provide adults with a critical foundation for early disease detection and prevention.
“We are pleased to team up with Walgreens to help provide important health screenings at a time when many cannot afford preventive health care,” said A. Barry Rand, AARP’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is clear the health crisis in our country has reached a critical point. AARP looks forward to helping Walgreens make these much-needed health screenings available to all, along with information that will greatly increase the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems.”
“During previous tours, I witnessed how these free screenings can be a life-saving resource. We’re proud to carry on that tradition,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens President and CEO. “Joining with AARP for our renewed effort is perfect because of its dedication to improving lives and offering greater access to health resources, particularly among those most in need. Together, we can tap into our strong community networks to make sure the tour reaches the people who need us most.”
The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is comprised of nine custom-equipped buses with dedicated staff of Walgreens trained medical technicians and will travel separate routes canvassing the country. Each bus will spend 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. Results are instantly provided and consumers are encouraged to visit a doctor or health care provider to discuss them. Visitors also have access to free educational information on a variety of health and wellness issues that are available in both English and Spanish.
This is the fifth year Walgreens has committed to providing free health screenings through a traveling health screening campaign. As proven through previous Walgreens programs, health screenings are a critical method for detecting potential diseases before symptoms are noticed. In fact, of those screened during the 2008 tours:
• 72.8% had high blood pressure levels
• 68.2% had high body mass index
• 65.9% had low bone density
• 60.5% had a waist circumference outside of the normal range
• 38.0% had high cholesterol levels
• 13.3% had high glucose levels