Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour Provides North Carolina Communities with Free Health Tests
Free Assistance to Underserved Delivers on Way to Well
Tour’s Commitment to Prevention and Early Detection
of Today’s Leading Diseases
Consumers Make Impact by Partially Funding Way to Well Health Tour Through Walgreens Product Purchases That Contribute to Way to Well Fund®
DEERFIELD, IL (November 1, 2013) – The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is a program dedicated to providing free prevention and early detection health services to some of the nation’s most underserved communities. The tour is providing 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.
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is another charitable component 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 consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staffer about his or her results. This is a free service – insurance will not be billed.
Also available with the tour are educational health and wellness resources provided by Walgreens Way to Well cause partners: American Heart Association (AHA), American Cancer Society (ACS), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The health tour is comprised of a customized vehicles that tours separate regions of the United States. 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 www.walgreens.com/waytowell.
“Way to Well reflects our commitment to disease prevention and to improving everyday health through education and early detection,” said Walgreens President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson. “The nationwide traveling health tour is one way we deliver on our pledge to improve lives by providing underserved communities greater access to the resources they need. We also thank our customers for supporting this cause with us, and ultimately making this important wellness services program a reality by simply purchasing our brand. ”
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 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 8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is 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.