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Visiting Walgreens Wellness Tour

A few weeks ago, I urged you to mark your calendar and stop by the Walgreens Wellness Tour. Well, I had a chance to stop by one of their locations and let’s just say I am glad I did.

In recent months, my health has taken a back seat to so many other things going on in my life and frankly I was scared of what the test result would reveal. However, I knew I had to go because the same day, I published that post; I got a call from my mom that my aunt had passed away. My aunt had been battling cancer for a few years now. It started with breast cancer, and before we knew it, it had spread to her lungs and everywhere else. That was the wake-up call, I needed to re-access my life. Soon after I got back from my trip, I drove out to Jersey City to get my free health assessment.

Visiting Walgreens Wellness Tour

Todd and Ashley

As I approached the tour bus, I was greeted by Ashley and Ted, who welcomed me with open arms. Ashley handed me a ten questions form to fill out. Nothing excessive, just basic information, name, date of birth, address, etc.

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Walgreens Wellness Tour Health Assessment Form

As I sat down to be called, a few more people came in.  Some were eager while others were apprehensive. A young lady walked in and asked, “I don’t have an ID, can I still get a free test?” They answered yes and assisted her in filling out the form.

Now it’s my turn to step into the room. Ashley handed my form to a nurse. The nurse introduced herself as Christy; we chatted a bit about her background as she pricked my finger for some blood.  The whole process was easy and painless. We stopped talking for a bit so she can take my blood pressure then I was instructed to step on the scale, and a few minutes later we were done.

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A gentleman getting his test done

I encourage you to stop by one of their location while they’re still in town and tell your loved ones to do the same. Keep in mind that the test isn’t a diagnostic, but it’s a good start in getting an overall view of your health. Take me for example, my test revealed that I could have high blood pressure, so I’ve scheduled an appointment with my personal doctor as a follow-up.  It wasn’t all alarming news, though, my cholesterol levels and glucose levels were fine.
I weigh a bit more than the recommended weight for my height. However, I have more muscle than fat, which is a good thing. My body age is a year less than my real age, so that’s a WIN in my book. I also found out that my body burns an average of 1647 calories a day.

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Ashley helping out a client

The goal of the Walgreens Wellness Tour program is to provide free preventative and early detection health services to urban and at-risk communities across the country. Since its inception more than eight years ago, the Walgreens Wellness Tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million to communities throughout the United States. Here are the remaining days for the NY/NJ area. However the tour continues all over the United States, so check out more locations here

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Disclaimer: This is a partnered post with Walgreens, however all opinions are mine. 

Kira is the founder of award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. Prior to launching The Afropolitan Mom, she was a marketing executive in the technology industry. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two kids. When she's not on carpool duty or scrolling through Insta, she spends time adding items to her shopping cart while binge-watching shows on Netflix!

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