WALGREENS WELLNESS TOUR WITH THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE RETURNS FOR THE NINTH YEAR TO PROVIDE COMMUNITIES WITH FREE HEALTH TESTS
Free Assistance to Communities Delivers Prevention and Early Detection of Today’s Leading Chronic Diseases
In May Walgreens and the National Urban League announced the return of the Walgreens Wellness Tour with the National Urban League. For the ninth year, Walgreens and the National Urban League are joined together for this community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to urban and at-risk communities across the country. The Tour continues now through November. The tour is an opportunity for Walgreens to help provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services to Americans in select markets through out the nation.
The tour offers a bundle of free health tests and risk assessments 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.
“Walgreens relationship with the National Urban League empowers individuals with knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today’s leading chronic diseases,” said John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs. “Together with the National Urban League, we are committed to providing urban and at-risk communities access to valuable health tests that deliver key insights and assist individuals in the pursuit of happier and healthier lives. The continuation of the Wellness Tour is just one of the ways we deliver on that promise.”
The tour’s health tests are administered by certified wellness staff and are accessible to adults who are ages 18 and older. Identification for proof of age is required. Afterward, participants can consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. This additional free service can be completed in approximately 20 minutes – insurance will not be billed. Collectively, the health tests are valued at more than $100.
Walgreens has financially contributed more than $2.1 million to the National Urban League for continuously providing health services and awareness to their Urban League affiliates across the country, since the tour’s launch in 2007 . Over the last eight years, the tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million to communities throughout the United States.
The tour also highlights how the National Urban League is working to ensure that all Americans receive access to quality and affordable health services. The tour will continue to collaborate with Urban League affiliates to encourage members of urban and at-risk communities to act as their own health advocates by taking advantage of the free preventative and early detection health services offered by the Wellness Tour.
“The National Urban League and Walgreens are committed to disease prevention and to improving everyday health through education and early detection,” said Marc H. Moral, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “As our partnership with Walgreens enters its ninth year, we are excited to take this tour to multiple cities and maximize the impact of our shared, long-term commitment to bridge the gap and help diverse communities lead healthy, sustainable lives.”
The Walgreens Wellness Tour with the National Urban League returned to the Chicago area June 10 through June 19 to provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services. For the ninth year, Walgreens and the National Urban League joined together for this community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to urban and at-risk communities across the country.
In addition, Walgreens is a proud sponsor of the 2015 National Urban League Conference, taking place July 29 through August 1 at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. During the conference, the Wellness Tour bus will be on-site, administering free health tests. Walgreens representatives will also be conducting interviews for local team member and corporate positions.
*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. State restrictions may apply.
Walgreens Teams Up with National Urban League 9th Year was originally published on chicagodefender.com