Walmart Wellness Day offers FREE health screenings

Posted at 8:01 AM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 13:13:06-04

Walmart is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living

June is Men's Health Month, and just in time for Father's Day, your Phoenix area Walmart stores will be hosting Walmart Wellness Day on June 17th. 

This free health screening event is open to the public and will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in stores across the country. The free screenings include:
·         blood glucose
·         blood pressure
·         vision
·         body fat
·         body mass index tests

Walmart is focused on providing customers affordable healthcare options every day, but this month is especially important to shine a light on men's health. Studies continually point out that men are much less likely than women to visit the doctor frequently. In fact, according to the CDC, men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor over a two-year period. For those who may be unaware of their basic health information, including blood glucose and body mass index, the Wellness Day event is a great place to start.

Since the first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has administered more than one million free health screenings in stores across the country. And unfortunately, there are always customers who learn of existing health conditions for the first time. New this year, Walmart has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to offer support beyond the single day event. Customers whose numbers indicate risk factors for diabetes will be given the option to receive additional resources and support from the ADA.

"We're more committed than ever to serving as an open door to affordable, accessible healthcare, and our Walmart Wellness Day program is a key piece of that," said George Riedl, senior vice president & president, Walmart Health & Wellness. "We know that many of our customers have learned about an existing health problem for the first time at one our Walmart Wellness Day events, and that can be overwhelming. Walmart is proud to be working with the American Diabetes Association to offer even more support to customers who may find themselves in this situation."

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in 11 Americans has diabetes today, and 86 million more - about one in three - are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

"An estimated 8 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and when left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputations," says Tamara Darsow, PhD, senior vice president, research and community programs for the Association. "We are excited to work with Walmart on this initiative and encourage as many Americans as possible to participate. Knowing your risk for diabetes is the first step to being able to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes."

Future Walmart Wellness Days with the American Diabetes Association are planned for September 2017, January 2018 and spring 2018.

Walmart is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living