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Wal-Mart Customers Shopped While Getting Health Screenings

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Shoppers got screened while shopping. Shoppers got screened while shopping.

KENNEWICK, WA- Walmart, one of the largest retailers in the country, hosted what they called "America's largest health fair" Saturday. 

4,400 stores hosted the clinic that went on from noon to 4 p.m.  Visitors received free blood pressure checks, blood glucose readings and vision screenings.  Not only that, flu shots and other vaccines were also given out. 

Many people in the store said it was a good way to make people more aware of their health and some healthier steps they should take.  Local stores in the Tri-Cities as well as Yakima, Sunnyside, and Hermiston participated. 

"You can kill two birds with one stone.  You can do your shopping and get your flu shot all in one place," said Leonard Loy, shopper.

"It's a really good idea and way for us to get involved with our community better.  Also diabetes, high blood pressure, some of the fastest growing health problems in the country right now.  A lot of people have early warning signs or may have those conditions and be unaware.  It's a really good opportunity to catch that early on to prevent complications down the road," said Clinton Slovarp, Walmart Health and Wellness Director.

Walmart predicts it will set record-breaking numbers for the number of screenings and immunizations that took place Saturday. It estimates 3,000 people will learn they have diabetes and 7,000 will learn they have high blood pressure.
 

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