What is the Walgreens Wellness Tour with the National Urban League?
The Walgreens Wellness Tour with the National Urban League is a community outreach program that helps provide free health tests and education to urban and at-risk communities across the country. The tour focuses on prevention and early detection of today's leading diseases.
This is the ninth year Walgreens and the National Urban League have joined together on the community outreach program. In total over the last eight years, the tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million to communities throughout the United States.
Why are Walgreens and the National Urban League partnering for this initiative?
Walgreens and the National Urban League want to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today's leading chronic diseases. Together Walgreens and the National Urban League are committed to providing urban and at-risk communities access to valuable health tests that deliver key insights and assist individuals in the pursuit of happier and healthier lives.
What health tests does the tour offer?
The tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and a comprehensive weight assessment.
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 -
The comprehensive weight assessment is a test that measures seven key health indicators including: body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight.
Do I need an appointment or insurance?
No appointment or insurance is necessary.
Can children take part in the free health tests?
Anyone ages 18 and older is encouraged to take advantage of these free services.
Is any follow-up plan or information provided to those who visit the tour?
Participants can consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. The tour will also provide important resources, educational information and consulting services.