Sam's Club Hosts Free Oral Care & Health Screening Event

Thu Apr 4, 2013 11:15am EDT

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In-club screenings available to members and the public Saturday, April 13 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
BENTONVILLE, Ark.,  April 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- There is more to a smile than
Americans might think. U.S. consumers may be surprised to learn that those
suffering from serious gum disease are 40 percent more likely to have another
chronic condition, as recent studies associate oral health issues as identifiers
of both diabetes and heart disease.1  To raise awareness about the connection
between oral health and chronic disease, Sam's Club hosts free oral care tips
and vital health screenings on  Saturday, April 13  from  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The
screenings are free and available to the public at all Sam's Club locations with
a pharmacy (564).  

The free health screening2  event features tests valued at up to  $100,

* Non-invasive oral health questionnaires    
* Dental tablets  
* Glucose  
* Total cholesterol  
* Blood pressure  
* Body mass index (BMI)  
* Vision

Certified dental hygiene students provided by Colgate and certified technicians
from  Carmen Ingle  & Associates will administer written questionnaires to
screening participants about dental habits as well as offer counsel and oral
health tips at the special Sam's Club event.  Free dental tablets contain a
harmless colored dye that is attracted to plaque on teeth, revealing areas of
the mouth that patients may miss while brushing and flossing.  

"Every year, approximately 100 million Americans fail to visit a dentist3," said
 Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam's Club Health and Wellness.
"Free oral health and wellness screenings at Sam's Club provide useful reminders
that oral health issues may be symptoms of more serious chronic diseases. We are
committed to offering our members and communities an affordable, accessible
foundation for understanding how they can take ownership of their health."

With more than 2.3 million free health and wellness screenings provided in U.S.
Sam's Club locations since 2010, Sam's Club will continue to serve communities
in 2013 by hosting free screenings  every second Saturday of the month.2  In
2012, Sam's Club Pharmacy program was ranked highest in customer satisfaction
among mass merchandiser pharmacies in the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S.
Pharmacy Study.4  Sam's Club Pharmacies will thank members for this honor with
an in-club celebration from  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  on  Saturday, April 13.  

Sam's Club also features oral health tips in the March/April 2013  issue of 
Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, including information about preventing a
variety of health issues through good oral care as well as tips for
healthy-looking teeth and gums. With the highest circulation of any
health-focused publication at 8 million,  Healthy Living Made Simple  is
available at Sam's Club Pharmacy, Member Service counters and online at Interested consumers can visit this website or text
SCREEN to 72671 to receive monthly reminders about health screenings at
neighboring Sam's Club locations.5

About Sam's Club®
Sam's Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's
eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering
superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across
the U.S., as well as in  Brazil,  China  and  Mexico. Members save an average of
34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made Simple®,
visit, and look for Sam's Club on  Twitter  and  Facebook.

1 WebMD. "Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection."

2 Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state
and club. Screenings are available only at clubs with a pharmacy (564
locations). Membership not required. All tests are performed by licensed
professionals. Glucose and vision tests are not available in every state.  

3  American Dental Association. "Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health."   

4 Sam's Club received the highest numerical score among mass merchandiser
pharmacies in the  proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Pharmacy
Study(SM). Study is based on 12,764 total responses and measures 11 mass
merchandiser pharmacies. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and
perceptions of consumers surveyed July-August 2012. Experiences may vary. Visit

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