Way to Well Health bus finds its way to University Avenue

The Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus stopped at Walgreens store #02935 at the corner of Egret and University Avenue May 10 while on a nationwide tour to promote good health.

Way to Well Health paramedic Carlos Perez watches results roll in as Andy Leach stands and grips the device calculating a comprehensive weight assessment. Photo by Sue Austreng

Way to Well Health paramedic Carlos Perez watches results roll in as Andy Leach stands and grips the device calculating a comprehensive weight assessment. Photo by Sue Austreng

Parked there from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the bus hosted dozens of folks stopping by for tests and services.

“The fact we’ve stayed busy is a good representative that people here care about their health,” said tour manager Veronica Marmolejo as the six-hour tour came to a close that Friday afternoon.

Inside the bus – a giant charter bus decked out in sky blue Way to Well Health colors – adults age 18 and older were offered free health tests and services. Those tests included cholesterol and glucose checks, blood pressure testing and a comprehensive weight assessment. Total value of the  series of tests totals $100, according to Way to Well health tour bus spokeswoman Adriana Vasquez.

Paramedics, certified health screeners and LPNs administer the tests at three stations inside the bus. Privacy is assured when curtains are drawn, and those waiting to be seen can relax on a couch and get some health and wellness tips broadcast on a wide-screen television.

There are five Way to Well Health buses on the nationwide health tour and the University Avenue Walgreens was chosen as a stop “due to population numbers,” said Vasquez.

Also, the bus had stopped at the University Avenue Walgreens story back in 2011, as store manager and community leader Dave Caroon reports.

“The bus was here the year before last and lots of people stopped in for tests and services, so we’re glad they’re back,” Caroon said.

Before stopping at the corner of Egret and University on May 10, the Way to Well Health Tour with AARP bus had visited Elk River, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Minneapolis. From there, the bus was headed for Roseville, St. Paul, Minneapolis and beyond.

The Way to Well Health tour is a charitable component of Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, a four-year, $100 million initiative working to improve the health of Americans nationwide.

The initiative also provides accessible, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of major chronic diseases – heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

To learn more about the Walgreens Way to Well Health tour bus, to track its progress and to see where it stops next, visit www.Walgreens.com/WaytoWell.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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