The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus will return to the Mississippi Delta in April. This year, the schedule includes Clarksdale for the first time. AARP Mississippi arranged for the bus to stop at Walgreen’s stores in Cleveland, Greenville, Vicksburg, as well as Tupelo in east Mississippi.
In Clarksdale, the bus will stop at the SLA Jones Center, an adult day care facility and activity center that serves seniors in the city. AARP Mississippi is working with local organizations, churches and media to get the word out in the community about the bus.
Screenings include glucose level, blood pressure checks, body mass index/weight evaluations and bone density scans. No appointment is necessary for these free health screenings, and visitors do not need health insurance. Certified medical technicians will conduct the screenings, which are valued at more than $140 per person, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“We look forward to bringing the AARP/Walgreens wellness bus back to the Delta, and we are happy to add Clarksdale to the tour,” said Ivory Craig, AARP Mississippi’s Associate State Director for Community Outreach. “The bus offers much-needed health screenings.”
The Mississippi Delta is a target area for AARP’s national Multicultural Communities Pilot program. In addition to increasing awareness of AARP, the pilot program encourages healthy behaviors among members and all Mississippians.
Mississippi has high rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. According to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 346,500 Mississippians are living with diabetes. With Mississippi’s adult obesity rate at 32.5 percent and childhood obesity rate at 44 percent, AARP sees a need to focus on healthy behaviors.
To find out when an AARP/Walgreens bus will be near you, visit the AARP Mississippi webpage. The bus will make stops in other parts of the state too. For more information about AARP’s work in the Delta, call 1-866-554-5382.