Better health in store: How free health services are coming to retail and where to find them



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Although health care is becoming increasingly complex, more people are looking for ways of taking their health — and their family’s health — into their own hands. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly is essential to meeting that goal, but just as important are regular health screenings and consultations.

When you think of health care, and checkups in particular, you probably think of having to go to the doctor, to a clinic or to the hospital. Making time for those annual checkups with your doctor is important, but several factors, including personal obligations and budgets, can make it easier said than done.


Regular health care shouldn’t be a luxury

According to a recent study, 47 million Americans do not have health insurance, and there are millions more who are underinsured. Even those who have decent coverage may find it difficult to come up with co-pays for doctor visits and any prescriptions they may have to fill. For these people, health screenings are a luxury they cannot afford.

Sometimes, budget has nothing to do with it, and people end up putting off health screenings because of busy work and life schedules.

How many times have you made a doctor’s appointment for 9 a.m. and found yourself still sitting in the waiting room at 10:30, wondering if you’ll manage to make it back to the office by lunchtime?

And how many times does a two- to three-hour wait result in a few seconds of actual face-to-face time with your doctor? It’s easy to feel rushed and forget half the questions you may have otherwise asked.


Health comes to your local store

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What many people may not realize is that health care is experiencing a huge shift, bringing clinical services to your local retailer.

Drug stores, grocery stores, big box stores and even membership clubs now offer a wide range of health screenings, checkups and consultations, many of which are free, including:

  • Diabetes-related screenings
  • Heart health events
  • Cholesterol
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vaccinations and immunizations
  • Vision and hearing
  • Senior health
  • And more

Consider the convenience of being able to get a health screening on a weekend or during a lunch break, when you don’t necessarily have to worry about racing back to your job. Consider, too, that you can get your blood pressure tested at the same place you buy your groceries. Or, you can check up on your glucose levels while picking up a prescription. Two birds, one stone, no extra trips.

Common health services are now more accessible and affordable than ever, and that means you don’t have to feel pressured to put them off any longer. But how do you find out which retailer is holding what health event when, especially when so many different places are participating?


Meet your new health hub: GoHealthEvents.com

HellaWella is proud to announce our partnership with GoHealthEvents.com, developed to provide health-conscious consumers with comprehensive listings of every free and low-cost health service available at retail stores, community centers and more — all in one place.

The site allows you to quickly search for health events near you. You can even create a profile, so you can sign up to receive emails of upcoming events matching your interests. And the best part? It’s absolutely free.


Who can benefit from these health events?

These events are for anyone and everyone who wants to take an active part in managing their health:

  • Seniors with chronic conditions
  • Busy families
  • Young adults
  • Students

Whether you’re interested in getting free vaccinations, or you want to better manage an existing condition in a more cost-effective and convenient setting, visit the site and sign up for your profile today. New health events are posted regularly.


Keep your health in check & prevent future illness

Attending these events is an excellent way to stay on top of your health needs without having to sacrifice time, and depending on your situation, money. It’s also a great way to discover any potential health risks or problems early so that you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible.

Here’s to your health!