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CVS/pharmacy Brings Its "To Your Health" Program to Washington, D.C. Hosting More Than 100 Free Health Screening Events in the Community
Event Includes Dr. Ian Smith's "Makeover Mile" in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 14

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

CVS/pharmacy, the nation's leading retail pharmacy, brings its "To Your Health" free health screening program to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 14. The program will provide free preventive health screenings for Washington, D.C. area residents at more than 100 events now through November as a way to help citizens determine their risk for chronic diseases and get them on a path to better health.

The "To Your Health" program will kick off 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. The walk will start at 11:30 a.m. at Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School located at 2500 Benning Road, NE, in Washington, D.C. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and there is no fee.

"Exercise is an important way to combat weight gain and obesity, which can contribute to many chronic diseases," said Smith. "The Makeover Mile walk encourages people to get out and take active steps toward better health."

The walk will finish at the CVS/pharmacy located at 845 Bladensburg Road, NE where CVS/pharmacy will provide free adult health screenings for walk participants and the community at large starting at 12:00 p.m., as part of its "To Your Health" program. The event will end at 4:00 p.m.

This program and each of the additional "To Your Health" events will offer participating adults $150 worth of free 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 and referrals for mammograms and pap smears are also available in select locations. No appointment is necessary.

"These preventive health screenings provide members of the community valuable information needed in order to make positive changes, before the onset of serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease," says Victor Tenuto, regional manager for CVS/pharmacy.

In 2010, the "To Your Health" program detected health concerns in an alarmingly high percentage of participants. Of those screened:

  • 34 percent had high cholesterol
  • 38 percent had a high to moderate risk of developing osteoporosis
  • 37 percent had hypertension
  • 29 percent had blood sugar levels that indicated a risk for diabetes

For more information and a full calendar of "To Your Health" events, visit www.cvs.com/toyourhealth or call 888-604-0333. For more information about The Makeover Mile or to register, please visit http://www.makeovermile.com/.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,100 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at info.cvscaremark.com.

About Dr. Ian Smith

Dr. Ian Smith has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1's highly-rated "Celebrity Fit Club," is the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and is a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show, "Rachael Ray." Dr. Ian was recently appointed by President Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is also the author of eight books, including the New York Times Bestsellers, The Fat Smash Diet, The Extreme Fat Smash Diet and The 4 Day Diet. His eighth book, EAT, will be available in April 2011.

Media Contacts:



Carolyn Castel

Jessica Smith

Laura Carlson

CVS/pharmacy

The Axis Agency

Weber Shandwick

401-770-5717

312-988-2203

617-520-7298

ccastel@cvs.com

jsmith@theaxisagency.com

lcarlson@webershandwick.com

SOURCE CVS/pharmacy

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