DEERFIELD , Ill., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) and the National Urban League (NUL) announced today that the Walgreens 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. "As communities 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."