Walgreens and Take Care Clinics Offer Free Blood Pressure Testing to Support American Heart Month

Tue Feb 5, 2013 11:12am EST

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DEERFIELD, Ill.--(Business Wire)--
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today said it is supporting American Heart
Month by providing free blood pressure testing during February at all Walgreens
pharmacies and Take Care Clinics nationwide. The initiative supports Walgreens
Way to Well CommitmentĀ®, which began in 2011 as a four-year, $100 million
initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide through the
prevention and early detection of today`s leading diseases. 

"High blood pressure can be managed or controlled through early detection," said
Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. "Our
health testing programs, like blood pressure tests, are moving us beyond filling
prescriptions. They are one of the many services we offer to help people get,
stay and live well, while helping to reduce the overall cost of health care." 

Additionally, to encourage people to "know their numbers," Walgreens will
provide free educational resources and product discounts, as well as donate $1
to the American Heart Association, up to $100,000, for each blood pressure test
conducted during February. Also, Walgreens will donate $1 for each social media
donation unlocked during February to the American Heart Association, up to
$50,000. Customers can share their support by simply connecting a BalanceĀ®
Rewards membership to their Facebook account to unlock the donation. To learn
more visit www.Walgreens.com/donate or select the Way to Well icon within the
Walgreens mobile app. 

"There is never a bad time to make changes in your lifestyle to improve your
heart health. Nearly two-thirds of the American adult population is overweight
and many are battling high blood pressure, a significant risk factor for heart
disease, often referred to as the Silent Killer," said Dr. Tracey Stevens,
American Heart Association spokesperson and cardiologist at Saint Luke`s Mid
America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo. "The American Heart Association
encourages people to know their numbers and get blood pressure tests regularly.
We applaud Walgreens for making blood pressure tests so accessible during Heart
Month." 

High blood pressure is a contributor to heart disease, one of the nation`s
leading causes of death annually. Last year, Walgreens program resulted in more
than 150,000 free blood pressure tests administered with more than 50 percent of
those people testing out of the desired range. Detailed information can be found
on the Walgreens Way to Well website at www.Walgreens.com/WayToWell. 

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America`s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and
advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most
comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store
convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

Walgreens
Mai Lee Ua, 847-315-2141
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