Disclosure: I partnered with Walgreens and the National Urban League to share their Upcoming Wellness Tour, all opinions are my own.
September is more than a time to focus on Back to school, or lament the end of summer. September is also
- Sickle Cell Awareness Month
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
- National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- National Yoga Month
- National Cholesterol Education Month
- National Food Safety Month
Even if none of these apply to you, or someone you know September is a great time to evaluate your progress towards your health goals and begin to set new wellness goals before the new year. A part of this process is understanding where you are.
Visit A Local Wellness Tour
Walgreens and the National Urban League have joined together for the ninth year for this community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to urban and at-risk communities. Over the last eight years, the tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million in communities throughout the United States.
People who visit this mobile tour will receive free test valued at more than $100. The test are administered by certified wellness staff and are available to adults who are ages 18 years of age and older. Take advantage of this wellness tour and share your results with your local health care providers.
- 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.
The mobile tour will be traveling across America, but if you’re in the DC, Maryland, or Virginia areas please see the schedule below for the closest location. For those outside the DMV area, visit Walgreens.com/Tour to find the date and time the mobile bus will be near you.