By Elizabeth Griffin
Do you ever have a sneaky feeling that you should get your cholesterol checked, or maybe have your glucose level measured, but you just don’t want to take the time to do it?
A visitor to Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus in Yuba City, California, was too busy to worry about preventative health. He didn’t have insurance to cover it, either. But he took the time to come to the bus to get free health screening tests, and he’s really glad he did.
“He didn’t know what his levels were and didn’t have insurance to go to the doctor, so he was surprised to find that his cholesterol was over 300,” said Karen Mulch, a technician with the health bus. “We like those numbers to be under 200, so we gave him tips on how to decrease it, and literature on how important diet and exercise is. We didn’t expect him to come back, but three days later we had another event and he came back and asked to get checked again. He had changed his diet, so we checked his cholesterol and it was 50 points lower than just three days before! It just shows how changing your diet and doing a bit of exercise can change your levels rather quickly.”
Life is short, and sometimes we are too busy to take care of ourselves. But everything we read says that prevention of disease is essential to living a long and healthy life.
That’s why the Mill Creek Festival is teaming up with Walgreens this year to make preventative health care a whole lot easier. Attendees of the festival have the opportunity to do something good for themselves at the Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus, which will be open during the festival on Saturday, July 13.
In collaboration with AARP, Walgreens Way to Well Health tour has been promoting health throughout the United States for the past decade. Four buses tour the states, and one tours Puerto Rico, for 10 months a year, providing three free health tests valued at over $100.
The tests measure 10 key indicators, including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight. No health insurance is needed and there is no fee.
The tests are administered to adults, age 18 years and older, and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Free, one-year AARP memberships will be given to all adults who receive health tests, which are given on a first come, first served basis.
In collaboration with customers, Walgreens plans to raise $100 million over the next four years for preventative health resources. Patrons can help by purchasing Walgreens brand health and wellness products, a portion of which goes toward the company’s commitment to health.
“Early detection is the key to prevention of disease,” said Mulch. “This is a great way to feel a part of the campaign.”
For more information, visit www.walgreens.com/waytowell.
This article has been reprinted with permission from GA Publications NW.