'Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP' Provides Underserved Communities With Free Health Tests
DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) announced the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP will continue through 2013. The program is dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to some of the nation's most underserved communities. Now through December, the tour will provide free tests, assessments, education and consulting services to communities located predominantly in cities with the highest prevalence for leading diseases, and highest uninsured and unemployed populations.
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The 2013 tour marks the fifth year Walgreens and AARP have provided this community outreach program. Since its inception, the tour has delivered nearly three and a half million health tests valued at more than $70 million.
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP is one of the charitable programs that is part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®, which began in 2011 as a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide. The initiative also is dedicated to providing accessible, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the U.S., while diabetes is the nation's fastest-growing disease over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Way to Well Health Tour is partially funded by customers who support the Walgreens wellness services mission by purchasing Walgreens brand health and wellness products. Beginning February 1, 2013 through December, 2013, 1 cent from the purchase of every Walgreens brand health and wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventive wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund ®.
The health tour's bundle of free health tests and risk assessments is designed to provide participants with personal health insights that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight*. Collectively the health tests, valued at over $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants will consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staffer about his or her results. This is a free service insurance will not be billed.
All participants will receive a free, one-year AARP membership. Participants under the age of 50 can pass the free AARP membership on to an eligible adult, and existing members will receive a one-year extension on their current membership. Also available with the tour are educational health and wellness resources provided by AARP as well as other Walgreens Way to Well non-profit partners.
Visitors also will be able to sign up for Walgreens Balance® Rewards program at tour stop locations. It's easy to join and gives members access to sale prices plus opportunities to get points on eligible prescriptions*, immunizations, healthy behaviors and featured items each week. When members choose to redeem their accumulated points, they are rewarded with dollars off a future purchase made in store and online.
The health tour is comprised of a fleet of four customized vehicles that will simultaneously tour separate regions of the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn when the Way to Well Health Tour is serving a neighborhood near you, visit Walgreens.com/WaytoWell. To learn how the purchase of every Walgreens brand health and wellness product supports bringing Way to Well Commitment® services, including the "Way to Well Health Tour", to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund ®, visit Walgreens.com/WaytoWell.
"Every day, Walgreens works to fulfill our purpose to help folks get, stay and live well. Our Way to Well Health Tour is one of the ways we can deliver valuable wellness services directly to underserved communitiesthose most in need," said Walgreens President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson. "We're glad to continue our long-standing relationship with AARP to provide these screenings and help detect existing problems that may need further medical attention. And we're very grateful to all the Walgreens customers whose purchases of our brands are helping support this program."
"We are pleased that this community outreach program will serve underserved and multicultural communities in need," said A. Barry Rand, Chief Executive Officer of AARP. "This tour will deliver critical health and wellness services on behalf of America's growing population of people over 50."
*Tests are available to ages 18 and over. Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the absence or presence of any health condition. Recipients are encouraged to report test results to their primary care provider. Pharmacist consultation with patient does not constitute medical advice.
*Due to state and federal laws, points cannot be earned or redeemed on some items, and points will not be earned in a transaction where Redemption Dollars are used. Points will not be awarded to anyone who is currently, or was at any time in the 6 months prior to purchasing Pharmacy Items, covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or any other government-funded healthcare program. Pharmacy Items must be purchased at participating Walgreens Drugstore, Rxpress, Duane Reade, or Walgreens Pharmacy locations ("Participating Stores") to earn points. Excludes Pharmacy Items purchased from AR, NJ or NY pharmacies and prescriptions transferred to a Participating Store in AL, MS, OR or PR. At Participating Stores located in AR, NJ, and NY where points cannot be earned on Excluded Pharmacy Items, Balance Rewards Members will earn 10 points per $1 spent at those locations for every purchase of a non-prescription vitamin or cough, cold, pain or sleep medication. For terms and conditions, visit Walgreens.com/Balance.
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David L. Allen
SOURCE Walgreens; AARP