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"Way to Well" Tour Offers Free Health Tests Around the State

PHOTO: Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.
PHOTO: Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.
July 29, 2014

CALDWELL, Idaho - Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free to the public during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday.

AARP Idaho is teaming up with Walgreens to offer the free health information, and AARP Idaho advocacy director Lee Flinn says it's part of their organization's priority of helping people take control of their everyday health.

"People can have the free screenings and then have access to a health professional," says Flinn. "They can talk, and the patient can get information they can take with them."

Information also will be available in Spanish, and anyone 18 and over can be tested. They will receive a weight assessment as well.

Flinn says people sometimes suspect they may need to pay better attention to their health, but hesitate to make a doctor's appointment or may not be able to afford a visit to the doctor.

"This tour is really about 'wellness on wheels,'" says Flinn. "Health tests save lives. The value of the screening is more than $100."

Those who are eligible can receive another freebie: an AARP membership. The bus stops in Meridian, Nampa and Kuna through Saturday. Rexburg and Idaho Falls are scheduled for next week.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID