Northwest Florida Walmart stores will host the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, Jan. 20.
This free health screening allows residents to learn their:Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index Low-cost immunizations And, in select locations, customers can take advantage of free vision screenings
New this year, Walmart is introducing a virtual reality experience in select stores to assist with smoking cessation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15.5 percent of adults in Florida regularly smoke cigarettes. This free resource is intended to be a step toward quitting tobacco.
Walmart Wellness Day comes on the heels of the company announcing that it will be the first national pharmacy chain to offer free opioid disposal at all pharmacy locations.
According to National Public Radio, Florida is among six states that declared opioid abuse a public health emergency in 2017.
"Reducing the availability of unwanted prescription opioids is an important component of stopping addiction before it begins, and I want to personally thank Walmart for this innovative approach to eliminating excess prescriptions — to reduce the supply of opioids and save lives," Attorney General Pam Bondi said.
"We need more corporate leaders to step up to help combat the national opioid crisis."