BENTONVILLE, ARK., (August 2, 2012) – Preparing children to return to their back-to-school routines can result in a lengthy to-do list, from shopping for school supplies to reminding kids of safe and healthy habits. To share the burden of back-to-school preparation, Sam’s Club hosts free children’s health screenings on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Club locations with a pharmacy. In addition to free DNA and fingerprint kits at the Pharmacy, Sam’s Club will distribute Sesame Street’s “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me” outreach kits that empower children to make healthy choices that will have a positive impact on their oral health.
Parents are encouraged to attend these screenings with their children to receive the following health and safety tools, which will be distributed at Sam’s Clubs nationwide free of charge and while supplies last:
DNA and fingerprint kits
- Take-home DNA swabs include instructions on collecting and storing a saliva sample (Sam’s Club or Walmart Stores, Inc. has no access to this information or where the information will be stored) to help protect children in the event they are ever lost
Sesame Street’s“Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me” kits
- Sesame Street’stake-home multimedia dental care kits teach children about oral health and will be available in both English and Spanish
- Body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure tests for children and adults*
- Vision screenings to determine potential eye care needs
“Reinforcing healthy habits for children is an important part of back-to-school planning, and Sam’s Club is proud to help parents accomplish this responsibility for the second year in a row,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We have provided 1.4 million free health screenings in the past year and a half, and we remain committed to providing quality health solutions for the entire family.”
Sesame Street’s“Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me,” developed by Sesame Workshop and funded in part by the Sam’s Club Giving Program and MetLife Foundation, empowers families with young children to make healthy choices that will have a positive impact on their oral health. This free bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach kit includes an original Sesame StreetDVD and a family booklet. Additional resources can be found online at www.sesamestreet.org/teeth, including public service messages, a community health providers’ guide, an interactive game and a downloadable brushy brush song to help make brushing fun. The DVD features theSesame Street Muppets with new songs, animated segments and celebrity guests Bruno Mars, David Hyde Pierce, Nicole Kidman, Amy Ryan, Wendy Williams, Jay Sean, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber.
The next free health screening, to be held on September 8, will focus on diabetes management. In the meantime, Sam’s Club licensed professional pharmacists are available every day to support their communities with preventative health and wellness solutions, one-on-one smoking cessation counseling and low prices on the medications patients need. Contact your local Club, or visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving for participation information.
For more information to enhance your own commitment to children’s health, read the July/August issue of the exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine published by Sam’s Club, Healthy Living Made Simple, which reaches approximately 8 million members.
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 SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter, Facebook and our mobile and iPad®apps.
About Sam’s Club Giving
Sam’s Club Giving supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. Through cash and in-kind donations, as well as the dedication of associates, Sam’s Club is committed to making an impact in areas that align with the company and with the passions and interests of members. In 2011, the Sam’s Club Giving Program made cash and in-kind contributions of more than $101 million, which included donating more than 38 million meals. Visit SamsClub.com/giving for more information.
*BMI and blood pressure tests will be limited to the first 50 participants at each Club location.