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Walgreens Introduces Daily Health Testing for Cholesterol, Blood Glucose and Body Composition at Stores in Maryland



  Walgreens Introduces Daily Health Testing for Cholesterol, Blood Glucose and
  Body Composition at Stores in Maryland

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- December 9, 2013

Further expanding the scope of convenient, preventive health care services
provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is now
offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at
more than 60 stores in Maryland. Each test also includes a free blood pressure
reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.

“Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an
important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care
management,” said Jon Reitz, market pharmacy director, Walgreens. “As the most
accessible health care providers, our pharmacists are spending more time with
patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or
concerns, health testing and other important services to help our customers
get, stay and live well.”

Tests are available to those ages 18 and over at most stores during pharmacy
hours daily with no appointment necessary. Walgreens offers health testing
daily at more than 4,100 stores in 41 states. To find the nearest Walgreens
offering these testing services, visit the store locator at
www.walgreens.com/findahealthtest, or call 1-877-W-and-YOU (1-877-926-3968).

Walgreens pharmacists administer tests by fingerstick. Cost for testing is:

  * Total Cholesterol - $35
  * Blood Glucose - $20
  * Body Composition - $15
  * Wellness Pack: Cholesterol, Blood Glucose and Body Composition - $65
  * Blood pressure – free with every health test

Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not
conclusive as to the absence or presence of any health condition. Customers
are encouraged to share test results with their primary care physician.

Total Cholesterol Testing

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that all adults have
their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years. However, adults
over age 45 or with other risk factors for heart disease or stroke should talk
with their primary care physician about whether more frequent testing is
necessary. Walgreens total cholesterol tests include a review of
triglycerides, HDL and LDL.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of
U.S. adults have high cholesterol, which can significantly increase the risk
of heart disease or stroke.

Blood Glucose Testing

The American Diabetes Association recommends blood glucose testing every three
years for people with normal levels or in good health with no risk factors.
Those who are overweight and/or over age 45 should talk with their doctor
about whether more frequent testing is recommended. For more information or
recommendations regarding testing and regulating blood glucose visit,
www.diabetes.org.

Body Composition Testing

The American Heart Association recommends body composition tests to detect
various health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes which can
increase risk for heart disease and stroke.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and
daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. 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 8,197 drugstores in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems
is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager
of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store
convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

Contact:

Walgreens
Markeisha Marshall, (847) 315-2923
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens
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