Why you should attend a health screening

The Wellness Tour bus will be stationed at the Walgreens on Sumner Avenue Springfield on Tuesday, Oct. 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Walgreens is providing free health tests for residents in the Springfield area. It’s better to be on the safe side when it comes to your health. The screening is free of charge, and takes no more than twenty-minutes.

The Walgreens Wellness Tour bus is back on the road for the ninth consecutive year, offering free health screenings for people living in at-risk communities. This week, they’re visiting Walgreens locations in Springfield.

Ashley Cooper, a member of the Wallgreens Wellness Tour, told 22News, “We’re on the road about nine to ten months and we’re offering these free services hoping that people take advantage of them.”

A certified Wellness staffer is on hand to check for ten key health indicators. “The tests include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and a comprehensive weight assessment,” says Cooper.

A yearly health screening is recommended because it may indicate a potential risk for diabetes, heart disease or cancer. The test takes no more than twenty minutes, and it’s not too invasive. “There is needles,” says Angel Matos, a certified Wellness staff member, “but not something so serious. Just a nice little prick; you won’t feel it. And then just weight, blood pressure – nothing serious.”

The Wellness Tour bus really focuses on at-risk and urban communities because it’s this very population that may not be able to afford these services.

One Springfield resident saw the Wellness Tour bus while running errands and told 22 News… he’d recommend the free screening to a friend. “I would tell them to go check it out,” says Dominik Velaz of Springfield. “It doesn’t hurt; it doesn’t cost anything, you know what I mean?”

More than 570,000 people have taken advantage of these free health screenings over the past eight years.

The Wellness Tour bus will be stationed at the Walgreens on Sumner Avenue Springfield on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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