Walgreens And National Urban League Provide Free Health Tests To Urban And
Minority Communities With 'Way To Well Health Tour'
Free Health Resources to Residents Delivers on Walgreens and NUL'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. 13, 2013
DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG)
and the National Urban League (NUL) announced today that theWalgreens Way to
Well Health Tour with National Urban League will continue through 2013. The
national tour will provide free health tests, assessments, education and
consulting services to residents in urban and minority communities who
experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. The service
is free and insurance will not be billed.
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The 2013 tour marks the seventh year Walgreens and the National Urban League
have joined together on the community outreach program. In six years, the
tour has administered more than half a million health tests valued at $11.4
million to more than 1,000 communities throughout the United States.
The initiative is one of the charitable programs that is supported by 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. It
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 among minorities
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 tour will also continue to highlight the Urban League's "I Am Empowered"
national service initiative, and will collaborate with Urban League affiliates
to encourage members of urban and minority communities to act as their own
health advocates by visiting the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with NUL.
"The National Urban League remains committed to eliminating barriers to
wellness by advocating for, and mobilizing minority communities," said Marc H.
Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. "Ascommunities of
color across the country struggle with rising health care costs, we are proud
to continue our seven-year partnership on the Way to Well Health Tour with
Walgreens. Working together with Walgreens, we hope to provide the health
education, testing, and awareness that is critical to empowering communities
to strive for a better quality of life."
"Way to Well reflects our commitment to disease prevention and to improving
everyday health through education and early detection. With the NUL, 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," said John Gremer, Walgreens director of community
affairs. "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."
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 staff about his or
At tour stop locations, visitors will have access to educational health and
wellness resources provided by NUL as well as Walgreens Way to Well partners.
Participants also will be able to sign up for Walgreens Balance^® Rewards
program. 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.
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.
*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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