Continuing a commitment to affordable and accessible healthcare and healthier food, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will hold "America's Biggest Health Fair" on Oct. 10. Focused on preventative care and overall well-being, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in 4,400 stores across the country.
Walmart will supply services such as free blood glucose, blood pressure, and vision screenings, product samples and health insurance information. Plus, more than 10,000 pharmacists will offer immunizations at select locations.
"There is one thing we can't put a price on and that's the health of our customers. We realize we play an important role in making healthcare available to millions and helping millions put healthy meals on the table. This is a responsibility we take seriously," said Michelle Gloeckler, executive VP of consumables and health & wellness at Walmart U.S. "From managing diabetes to running your first 5K and simply putting a healthy dinner on the table, we're equipping our customers with solutions for total health management which spans from nutrition, fitness, preventative care and treatment."
Walmart already owns and operates its own pharmacies, visions centers and care clinics. It also offers products that cater to a healthier lifestyle in the departments of grocery, electronics, sporting goods, home and consumables.
In 2015, Walmart has added thousands of wellness products and plans to expand in the areas of durable medical equipment, specialty prescriptions and active nutrition.
This marks Walmart's second year working with DirectHealth.com to help consumers identify their health insurance needs, compare coverage options and enroll in a plan. The retailer is partnering with Jackson Hewitt at 250 stores to supply licensed insure agent support. The open enrollment program, Healthcare Begins Here, will be available Oct. 15 through Jan. 31, 2016 at more than 2,400 stores and online.
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