What is the Walgreens Wellness Tour?
The Walgreens Wellness Tour with the NUL travels the country delivering free health tests, education and consulting services. The preventative and early detection health services offered through the tour provide a baseline status of participant's overall health.
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.
The health tests are administered by certified wellness staff and are available to adults who are ages 18 and older. Afterward, participants can consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. This free service can be completed in approximately 20 minutes – insurance will not be billed.
Why are Walgreens and NUL partnering for this initiative?
Walgreens is committed to helping people get, stay and live well and the Walgreens Wellness 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 Walgreens Wellness 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. The health tests are administered by certified wellness staff and are available to adults who are ages 18 and older.
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 to adults who are ages 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.