Free Health Screenings Across Louisiana This Weekend
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Walmart stores will be hosting the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at locations across Louisiana.
This free health screening event provides residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, low-cost immunizations and in select locations, customers free vision screenings.
New this year, Walmart is introducing a virtual reality experience in select stores to assist with smoking cessation. According to the CDC, approximately 22.8 percent of adults in Louisiana use smoke cigarettes regularly. 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 solution at all pharmacy locations that allows patients to responsibly dispose of medications in their trash.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, Louisiana is the fifth highest prescriber of painkillers, with 98.1 prescriptions per 100 people.
Participating locations include:
615 Veterans Blvd. 504-831-0304
8912 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504-465-0155
5110 Jefferson Highway 504-733-4923
3520 Williams Blvd. 504-466-6882
300 W. Esplanade Ave. 504-464-1653
1901 Tchoupitoulas St. 504-522-4142
4301 Chef Menteur Highway 504-434-6076
99 Westbank Expy 504-249-7148
1501 Manhattan Blvd 504-366-5255
4810 Lapalco Blvd. 504-341-0075
Free health clinic this weekend in Baton Rouge
A free health clinic opens in Baton Rouge this weekend offering people medical, dental and vision screenings regardless of their ability to pay.
The Advocate reports the clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the city-parish's new Mosquito Abatement facility, 10550 Veterans Blvd.
Those who attend can receive dental cleanings, tooth extractions, root canals, eye exams, prescription glasses, mammograms, Pap smears, diabetes testing, HIV testing, haircuts, flu shots, counseling and more.
The clinic will treat people in the order they arrive with no appointments scheduled.
East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis says organizers expect between 1,500 and 2,000 people to come for services throughout the weekend. She helped plan the event with her employer, Community Development Inc.
-By the Associated Press