The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour bus will be in Rocky Mount from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the store at 2624 Sunset Ave.

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The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour bus will be in Rocky Mount from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the store at 2624 Sunset Ave.

Health tour bus to offer free tests at Walgreens

By Brie Handgraaf

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The blue and white Walgreens Way to Well health tour bus will be open for business Friday to provide free health tests, assessments and consultations.

“Walgreens spends a lot of money trying to promote health and wellness, and the purpose of this bus is to offer these services to everyone for free,” said Brad Anderton, manager of the Walgreens at 2624 Sunset Ave. “Just stop in, and we’ll take care of you in short order.”

Trained staff will provide cholesterol and glucose tests, blood pressure tests, bone density tests and a comprehensive weight assessment with body mass index testing.

“A lot of people don’t have a primary care doctor or get yearly physicals like they used to because they are pinching pennies to feed their family or pay their rent and sacrifice their health in the process,” Anderton said. “They think they are OK because they take care of themselves, but it is like the oil in their car that has to be checked regularly.

“We’ve had people come in to the store and we’ve checked their blood pressure, but we have to send them to the hospital. Their blood pressure is so high they are about to stroke out and they don’t have a clue.”

Anderton said it is important to get regular check-ups to find life-threatening issues early on.

“People’s health and their awareness of their health is one of the biggest challenges in this area,” he said. “The easier we can make it for them to be aware of what is going on and start addressing it, the better we can serve the community.”

In addition to providing screenings for everyone 18 years and older right in front of the store this Friday, staff also will have giveaways for those who participate.

“It is a great feeling knowing that we aren’t just here filling prescriptions, but helping people in the community feel better and live well,” Anderton said. “Walgreens moving forward is not just going to be your typical pharmacy. We are moving toward more clinical services in our stores and the first step is awareness.”