CVS/pharmacy kicks off 2011 To Your Health program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the launch of the 2011 To Your Health program, offering free preventive health screenings at more than 800 events in communities across the country. The program is designed to help Americans determine their risk for chronic diseases and get them on a path to better health.

The program will get underway in Houston on March 5, and continue in Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami.

The To Your Health program will launch in seven markets with "The Makeover Mile" — a one mile health walk led by medical and diet expert Dr. Ian Smith — to fight obesity and encourage Americans to lead healthier lifestyles.

"Exercise is an important way to combat weight gain and obesity, which can contribute to many chronic diseases," stated Smith. "'The Makeover Mile' walk will encourage people to get out and take active steps toward better health. The To Your Health screenings will give adult participants critical information about their health status and risk for chronic disease."

Each To Your Health event will offer participating adults $150 worth of screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density (osteoporosis) and vision. Doctor consultations and medication reviews with a CVS pharmacist are available. Dental and chiropractic screenings, along with referrals for mammograms and pap smears also are available in select locations.

"Early detection is critical to managing, and in some cases reversing, the effects of chronic diseases like diabetes," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer for CVS Caremark. "CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving access to preventive care and ensuring that cost is not a barrier to these important health screenings."