Sam's Club Hosts Free Oral Care & Health Screening Event
In-club screenings available to members and the public Saturday, April 13 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 4, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There is more to a smile than
Americans might think. U.S. consumers may be surprised to learn that those
suffering from serious gum disease are 40 percent more likely to have another
chronic condition, as recent studies associate oral health issues as
identifiers of both diabetes and heart disease.^1 To raise awareness about the
connection between oral health and chronic disease, Sam's Club hosts free oral
care tips and vital health screenings on Saturday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. The screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam's Club
locations with a pharmacy (564).
The free health screening^2 event features tests valued at up to $100,
oNon-invasive oral health questionnaires
oBody mass index (BMI)
Certified dental hygiene students provided by Colgate and certified
technicians from Carmen Ingle & Associates will administer written
questionnaires to screening participants about dental habits as well as offer
counsel and oral health tips at the special Sam's Club event. Free dental
tablets contain a harmless colored dye that is attracted to plaque on teeth,
revealing areas of the mouth that patients may miss while brushing and
"Every year, approximately 100 million Americans fail to visit a dentist^3,"
said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam's Club Health and
Wellness. "Free oral health and wellness screenings at Sam's Club provide
useful reminders that oral health issues may be symptoms of more serious
chronic diseases. We are committed to offering our members and communities an
affordable, accessible foundation for understanding how they can take
ownership of their health."
With more than 2.3 million free health and wellness screenings provided in
U.S. Sam's Club locations since 2010, Sam's Club will continue to serve
communities in 2013 by hosting free screenings every second Saturday of the
month.^2 In 2012, Sam's Club Pharmacy program was ranked highest in customer
satisfaction among mass merchandiser pharmacies in the J.D. Power and
Associates 2012 U.S. Pharmacy Study.^4 Sam's Club Pharmacies will thank
members for this honor with an in-club celebration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on
Saturday, April 13.
Sam's Club also features oral health tips in the March/April 2013 issue of
Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, including information about preventing a
variety of health issues through good oral care as well as tips for
healthy-looking teeth and gums. With the highest circulation of any
health-focused publication at 8 million, Healthy Living Made Simple is
available at Sam's Club Pharmacy, Member Service counters and online at
SamsClub.com/healthyliving. Interested consumers can visit this website or
text SCREEN to 72671 to receive monthly reminders about health screenings at
neighboring Sam's Club locations.^5
About Sam's Club^®
Sam's Club^®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's
eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering
superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across
the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of
34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made
Simple^®, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.
^1 WebMD. "Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection."
^2 Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by
state and club. Screenings are available only at clubs with a pharmacy (564
locations). Membership not required. All tests are performed by licensed
professionals. Glucose and vision tests are not available in every state.
^3 American Dental Association. "Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health."
^4 Sam's Club received the highest numerical score among mass merchandiser
pharmacies in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Pharmacy
Study(SM). Study is based on 12,764 total responses and measures 11 mass
merchandiser pharmacies. Proprietary study results are based on experiences
and perceptions of consumers surveyed July-August 2012. Experiences may vary.
^5 Standard message/data rates may apply. Reply STOP to end or HELP for
assistance. Visit m.SamsClub.com/termsofuse for mobile terms and conditions.
SOURCE Sam’s Club
Contact: Carrie Foster, Sam's Club, Carrie.Foster@samsclub.com,
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