Lowe’s drives health care to stores with mobile program

Life Track vehicles offer Lowe’s employees free basic health screenings and guidance.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. —Home improvement chain Lowe’s is providing free health screenings to its employees through two custom-built mobile screening units that began rolling March 1. The mobile units are part of the company’s Lowe’s Life Track health-and-wellness program, described by Bob Ihrie, Lowe’s SVP employee rewards and services, as a first of its kind for a national retailer.

“When employees choose to take a health risk assessment and participate in the health screening, they become actively engaged in their health and are able to get personal advice for their health needs,” he said. “Over time, we will have a healthier, more productive workforce.”

The program comes at a time of heightened interest in healthcare reform and concern over costs to employers. Retail companies increasingly are considering and implementing new ideas, such as healthcare partnerships with drug stores.

At Lowe’s, the plans are for the vehicles to travel more than 100,000 miles during the next two-and-a-half years. The mission is to provide free basic health screening and guidance for more than 70,000 Lowe’s employees. Medical professionals on the mobile health units will screen employees for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and more.

The National Business Group on Health, a national nonprofit organization, recently named Lowe’s a Silver winner of the 2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

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