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“AARP/WALGREENS WELLNESS TOUR” RETURNS TO THE ROAD TO PROVIDE FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AND SERVICES
Fleet of Health Screening Vehicles Continues Two-Year
Campaign to Provide More Than $60 Million Worth of Free Health Screenings
DEERFIELD, IL (April 21, 2010) –The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour today kicked off the second leg of its two-year, national mobile health screening tour with a goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings by April 2011.
Health screenings are a critical method for detecting potential diseases before symptoms are noticed. In fact, of those screened during the 2009 tours:
* 68.0% had high body mass index
* 64.1% had high blood pressure levels
* 40.7% had high cholesterol levels
* 36.4% had low bone density
“We are pleased to continue our effort with Walgreens to help provide important health screenings at a time when many still cannot afford preventive health care,” said A. Barry Rand, AARP’s Chief Executive Officer. “The results from the first year on the road speak volumes to the need for these basic screenings, and will go a long way in increasing the chances for early detection of chronic disease and other potential health problems.”
The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, which aims to administer more than 2.5 million free screenings, will conduct health-screening events in more than 3,000 communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico with the two-year campaign. 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. To date, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour has administered more than $27 million in free screenings.
“During previous tours, I’ve seen 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. “AARP is the perfect ally because of the campaign’s 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 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 online at 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.
Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion. The company operates 7,179 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores and Walgreens Health and Wellness Division. The division includes Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country. More information is available at www.walgreens.com
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization 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 35.7 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, 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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