DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) announced the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP will 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 tour will 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 partners.