Walgreens and Take Care Clinics Offer Free Blood Pressure Testing to Support American Heart Month

  Walgreens and Take Care Clinics Offer Free Blood Pressure Testing to Support
  American Heart Month

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- February 5, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today said it is supporting American Heart
Month by providing free blood pressure testing during February at all
Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics nationwide. The initiative supports
Walgreens Way to Well Commitment^®, which began in 2011 as a four-year, $100
million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide
through the prevention and early detection of today’s leading diseases.

“High blood pressure can be managed or controlled through early detection,”
said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness.
“Our health testing programs, like blood pressure tests, are moving us beyond
filling prescriptions. They are one of the many services we offer to help
people get, stay and live well, while helping to reduce the overall cost of
health care.”

Additionally, to encourage people to “know their numbers,” Walgreens will
provide free educational resources and product discounts, as well as donate $1
to the American Heart Association, up to $100,000, for each blood pressure
test conducted during February. Also, Walgreens will donate $1 for each social
media donation unlocked during February to the American Heart Association, up
to $50,000. Customers can share their support by simply connecting a Balance^®
Rewards membership to their Facebook account to unlock the donation. To learn
more visit www.Walgreens.com/donate or select the Way to Well icon within the
Walgreens mobile app.

“There is never a bad time to make changes in your lifestyle to improve your
heart health. Nearly two-thirds of the American adult population is overweight
and many are battling high blood pressure, a significant risk factor for heart
disease, often referred to as the Silent Killer,” said Dr. Tracey Stevens,
American Heart Association spokesperson and cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid
America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. “The American Heart Association
encourages people to know their numbers and get blood pressure tests
regularly. We applaud Walgreens for making blood pressure tests so accessible
during Heart Month.”

High blood pressure is a contributor to heart disease, one of the nation’s
leading causes of death annually. Last year, Walgreens program resulted in
more than 150,000 free blood pressure tests administered with more than 50
percent of those people testing out of the desired range. Detailed information
can be found on the Walgreens Way to Well website at

About Walgreens

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 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
8,061 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


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