'Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP' Provides Underserved Communities
With Free Health Tests
Free Assistance to Residents Delivers on Way to Well Tour's Commitment to
Prevention and Early Detection of Today's Leading Diseases
Customers Make Impact Through Proceeds from Walgreens Product Purchases That
Contribute to Walgreens Way to Well Fund®
DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013
DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TodayWalgreens(NYSE, NASDAQ:
WAG)announced theWalgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARPwill 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 tourwill 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
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 communities—those 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
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