What is the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour?
The Way to Well Health Tour travels the country delivering free health tests, education and consultations to adults 18 and over. The preventative and early detection health services offered through the tour provide a baseline status of visitors ' overall health.
During tour stops, a certified wellness staff administers free health tests and risk assessment that will provide participants with personal health information that may indicate symptoms and potential risks for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Why are Walgreens and AARP partnering for this initiative?
The free health services offered by the tour deliver on the Way to Well Tour's commitment to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide.
Both AARP and Walgreens are focused on improving the health and quality of life in communities across the nation, and to serve America's growing population of people over 50. The Walgreens Way to Well Commitment is focused on improving everyday health through the prevention and early detection of today's leading diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. AARP's aim is to bring free testing and health awareness directly to those who may otherwise not have the resources for and access to affordable health care.
Why are Walgreens and NUL partnering for this initiative?
Walgreens is committed to helping people get, stay and live well and the Way to Well Health Tour is one of the ways we deliver on that promise. Together with the National Urban League, the tour delivers on Walgreens pledge of providing urban and minority communities in need with valuable health tests that deliver key insights into their overall health and wellness, as well as providing resources for the prevention and early detection of chronic diseases.
The tour highlights the Urban League's health initiatives, 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 Way to Well Health Tour.
What health tests does the Tour offer?
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 are valued at over $100.
Total Cholesterol Levels -
High blood cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Simple blood tests can raise awareness of high blood cholesterol as a risk factor for coronary heart disease, the first step toward modifying lifestyle to reduce risk. That's why it's important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly and discuss your cholesterol levels with your doctor. This test is administered through a quick, painless finger prick and takes about five minutes to process. Fasting is not required for accurate results.
Glucose Levels -
Blood glucose testing is used to screen individuals for diabetes risk. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that 25.8 million individuals in the United States 96 8.3% of the population 96 have diabetes, and seven million of those individuals are undiagnosed. The blood sample obtained from the finger prick administered for the total cholesterol levels' health test will also be used to determine glucose levels.
Blood Pressure -
High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic conditions in adults according to the AHA. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is often called "the silent killer" because it has few or no symptoms, so you may not be aware that high blood pressure is damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. The test is done easily, quickly and painlessly using a cuff around the upper arm to measure the force of blood as it travels through the artery
Comprehensive Weight Assessment Test -
Way to Well Health Tour's Comprehensive Weight Assessment Test efficiently and effectively measures seven key weight and fat indicators using one device.
The seven-in-one test helps you better know your overall health and includes: Body Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Fat Percentage, Skeletal Muscle, Body Age, Resting Metabolism and Visceral Fat. The test is administered using non-invasive body sensing technology in a device similar to a floor-based scale
Do I need an appointment or insurance?
No appointment is necessary for the free health tests, and visitors do not need health insurance. A team of dedicated, trained wellness staff will be conducting the tests on a first-come, first-served basis. The entire process should take around 20 minutes and results are provided immediately.
Can children take part in the free health tests?
The free health tests offered through the tour are available for adults age 18 and older.
Is any follow-up plan or information provided to those who visit the tour?
After the health tests are performed, a pharmacist or wellness staff member provides the results and reviews them with each visitor. Visitors also have access to free educational information on a variety of health and wellness issues.
At the tour, not only will visitors learn about how Balance ® Rewards gives them points for healthy choices, but they also will receive tutorials on how to use fitness devices and digital applications to help track their personal health and fitness goals. Devices will be displayed and visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to use the devices and how to sync them to auto-log their healthy activities into their Balance ® Rewards account. Once visitors are registered with a Balance ® Rewards account online, they can visit the Walgreens Mobile App or Walgreens.com/HealthyChoices