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Walmart stores across Kentucky to host free health screening event Saturday

Walmart stores across the Commonwealth will be among 4,700 locations across the country to host Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 23. This free health screening event provides local residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information like:

• Blood glucose
• Blood pressure
• Body mass index
• Low-cost immunizations
• In select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings

This will be the second Walmart Wellness Day for which the company has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to provide support beyond event day, offering additional support to customers whose screening results indicate a risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association estimates nearly 8 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed. In Kentucky alone, the adult diabetes rate is 13.5 percent as of 2016, ranking 5th in the nation. Each Walmart customer who learns of potential risk will be offered the opportunity to receive follow up information from the ADA. Tens of thousands of customers took advantage of this free service following the previous Walmart Wellness day event in June.

Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided more than 1.4 million free screenings to people across the country, helping countless customers uncover existing health problems. For some, the screenings have been life-saving. Hundreds of thousands of Americans turn out for each Walmart Wellness Day event, making it America’s largest single day health fair event.

From Walmart

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