BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 31, 2011 – According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million U.S. adults and children have diabetes, and an additional 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic. As the prevalence of diabetes continues to grow, a few simple screening tests can easily and proactively expose the status of your diabetic health. On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Sam’s Club that has a pharmacy will be offering free diabetes health screenings for Members and the public,available to both adults and children.*
“Diabetes is fast becoming an epidemic in this country and it’s important that concerned Sam’s Club Members ‘know their numbers’ – blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, etc. – to seek out solutions for maintaining good health,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “At Sam’s Club, our free diabetic health screenings raise awareness, help families identify their risks for diabetes and educate the communities we serve on ways to treat, prevent and delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.”
The free screenings will include glucose, A1C, blood pressure and BMI tests, typically valued at more than $150. Early detection and treatment for diabetes can help people lower their risk of serious complications that can include stroke, heart disease, blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
To further support our communities’ diabetes health prevention needs, Sam’s Club pharmacy is offering free samples of Glucerna Shakes by Abbott Laboratories and Zeiss Wipes plus Zeiss liquid spectacle lens cleaner by Carl Zeiss Vision.
The free health screening events at Sam’s Club help our members take charge of their health. With more than 250,000 free screenings provided in U.S. Clubs this year, Sam’s Club continues to serve our communities on Oct. 8, 2011 with free women’s health screenings, including TSH (thyroid testing), blood pressure and BMI tests. Additionally, Sam’s Club licensed professional pharmacists, serving Members and the public, are always available to support their communities with preventative health and wellness solutions, the Sam’s Club $4/$10 generic prescription savings program and fast, personal assistance.
For more information, times and locations of free health screenings in participating Sam’s Club locations, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.
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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 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.
*While supplies last. Glucose tests are not available in states of Tennessee, Maryland and Hawaii.