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07/21/2021

Walmart health event returns to stores

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Walmart Wellness Day occurs at more than 4,700 Walmart pharmacies nationwide on Saturday, July 24.

The discount giant is offering health screenings, wellness resources, and immunizations at its pharmacies as part of the free event. The goal of Walmart Wellness Day is to help customers get back on track with preventive health measures they may have missed over the past year, especially as many families prepare for in-person work and school this fall.

More than will host Walmart Wellness Day events from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. local time Select stores will also feature mobile wellness units. Specific health resources, administered by Walmart’s pharmacy team, will include free health screenings, including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and vision screenings (at select locations). In addition, the events will offer educational health resources and consultations; affordable immunizations, including measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (chicken pox), HPV, tetanus, whooping cough (TDAP); and no-cost COVID-19 vaccines.

[Read more: Walmart to start administering COVID-19 vaccinations in several states]

Walmart pharmacies have been hosting Walmart Wellness Days since 2014 and have administered more than 4.75 million free health screenings for customers during that time. The quarterly wellness events shifted to a virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are back in person for the first time since January 2020.

Walmart Wellness Day is one of many events conducted by Walmart across the country as part of its Mobile Wellness program, which launched in March 2021 to expand the company’s health and wellness efforts in communities.  

“At least 41% of Americans delayed care during the pandemic, according to the CDC, and that can lead to negative health impacts in the future. We want to make it simple for our customers to prioritize their health and catch up on preventive care by offering convenient health resources where they’re already shopping for groceries and back-to-school items,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive VP, Walmart Health & Wellness. “We are especially focused on reaching customers in underserved communities who may have limited options for health care in their community, outside our pharmacies. This is a day for the entire family, and we’ll be offering screenings and services for all ages.”