DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced that the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP will continue through 2013. The program is dedicated to providing free preventive 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.
"Our Way to Well Health Tour is one of the ways we can deliver valuable wellness services directly to underserved communities — those most in need," stated Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. "We're glad to continue our long-standing relationship with AARP to provide these screenings and help detect existing problems that may need further medical attention. And we're very grateful to all the Walgreens customers whose purchases of our brands are helping support this program."
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. From Feb. 1 through Dec., 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, Walgreens stated.
The health tour is comprised of a fleet of four customized vehicles that will simultaneously tour separate regions of the United States and Puerto Rico. The 2013 tour marks the fifth year Walgreens and AARP have provided this community outreach program. Since its inception, the tour has delivered nearly 3.5 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, such as heart disease, cancer 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.
All participants will receive a free, one-year AARP membership. Participants younger than 50 years 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 nonprofit partners.
Visitors also will be able to sign up for Walgreens Balance Rewards program at tour stop locations.