by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
The Black Women’s Expo has been going strong for 18 years, and now Walgreen’s has decided to get in on the approximately 25,000 annual attendees. The drugstore chain will be sponsoring a pavilion at this year’s event to be held in Chicago at McCormick Place this weekend.
Dr. Cheryl Pegus, Walgreen’s Chief Medical Officer, states that “reaching women of color is an important health initiative. Nearly two-thirds of all Americans live within three miles of a Walgreen’s, and more than 40 percent of Walgreen’s stores are located in medically underserved areas.” Dr. Pegus will be offering speed-dating style consultations with various health professionals in order to educate women about diabetes, HIV, heart disease and other illnesses prevalent in the African-American community. The hope is that the information will not only help them to take measure to improve their own health but that of their families as well.
According to HuffPost Black Voices, “the company’s AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour bus is offering women free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index, flu shots for $10, and a beauty bar showcasing popular cosmetics.”
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