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Wellness Tour Makes Stopover in North Dakota

September 10, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. - For the first time, the AARP-Walgreens Wellness Tour will be in North Dakota to provide free health screenings for anyone over 18. The first stop is the State Capitol building in Bismarck today, then the United Tribes International Pow Wow this weekend, and on Sept. 14 the specialized bus will be in Fargo.

Marlowe Kro, associate state director for outreach with AARP-North Dakota, says people will be evaluated in six areas.

"They are aimed at people who have not seen a medical professional recently because of cost or other reasons. The free screenings include a total cholesterol level check, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, a waist circumference and a body mass index."

He says the purpose of the screenings is early detection of potential health problems.

"If a person has any abnormal findings or unusual results, they will be advised to seek further medical attention."

He says the value of the screenings is roughly $140 and the nationwide tour aims to provide over 2 million free screenings in some 3,000 communities.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND