WALGREENS WAY TO WELL HEALTH TOUR PROVIDES NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITIES WITH FREE HEALTH TESTS
Free Assistance to Communities Delivers on Way to Well Health Tour’s Commitment to Improve the Everyday Health of Americans Nationwide
Tour Incorporates Balance® Rewards Components
Designed to Reward Healthy Choices
DEERFIELD, Ill., July 21, 2014 – The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour will be visiting communities throughout North Carolina now through August 2014. For eight years, Walgreens has conducted the community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventive and early detection health services to communities across the country. Walgreens will use the tour to provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services with a renewed commitment to the everyday health of Americans nationwide.
Additionally, the tour will provide important resources and incentives to help participants continue on their way to healthier living. Walgreens will introduce visitors to various aspects of Walgreens Balance® Rewards for healthy choices, which is the first retail rewards program that not only rewards you for your purchases, but also for the healthy choices you make every day such as walking, running, weight management and testing your blood pressure and blood glucose.
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 consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. This is a free service – insurance will not be billed.
“The free health tests offered provide valuable insight into your overall health and wellness. They are a great way to learn how to make changes to improve your health and reduce the risk of common chronic illnesses,” said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens Chief Medical Officer. “Walgreens purpose is to help people get, stay and live well and by providing these free preventive and early detection health services, we aim to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide.”
At the tour, not only will visitors learn about how BalanceRewards gives them points for healthy choices, but they also will receive tutorials on how to use fitness devices and digital applications to help track their personal health and fitness goals. Devices will be displayed and visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to use the devices and how to sync them to auto-log their healthy activities into their Balance Rewards account. Once visitors are registered with a BalanceRewards account online, they can visit the Walgreens Mobile App or Walgreens.com/HealthyChoices, where they can monitor their progress, view earned points and connect with a virtual community to stay motivated.
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour 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. Since its inception, the tour has delivered more than four million health tests valued at almost $80 million.
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.
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.
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 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 and mail service, along with 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. The company operates 8,206 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.
*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.