University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy students are partnering with Kroger this Saturday to offer free health screenings at 29 Kroger pharmacies throughout the state.
The public is welcome to come on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all Kroger locations in Conway, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Little Rock, Jacksonville and Cabot. As well as Russellville, Benton, Hot Springs, England, Jonesboro and West Memphis.
The screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks. UAMS pharmacy students are also partnering with students from the UAMS Department of Dietetics and Nutrition to offer nutrition and weight loss counseling.
Eddie Dunn, associate professor of the UAMS College of Pharmacy, said all the locations will have weight loss counseling, but only the Little Rock locations will have nutrition specialists.
As part of the weight loss counseling the students will be providing body mass index readings.
“We’ll tell them what the readings are and recommend that they see their physician,” Dunn said. “Perhaps they will then undergo a lifestyle change or get on medication.”
Dunn also recommends customers who wish to have their cholesterol checked fast for 12 hours. He suggests no food or beverages after midnight expect water.
This year marks the third year Kroger has partnered with UAMS to provide free health screenings. Last year, nearly 100 students screened more than 1,100 patients at Kroger locations across Arkansas.
“We are proud to partner again with the UAMS College of Pharmacy and to have their expertise working with our valued pharmacy customers,” said Joe Bell, marketing and public affairs specialist with the Kroger Delta Division in Memphis. “We want our pharmacies to have open, friendly and personal relationships with the people they serve. This is a fantastic way for us to show customers that we care about their health.”
Dunn said the partnership with Kroger is beneficial to both the college students and the customers who come to the store for a health screening.
“It gives our students the opportunity to have direct hands-on patient care with screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol,” he said. “It also helps the public uncover one of these diseases they didn’t know they had.”
The event also kicks off a series of activities sponsored by the UAMS College of Pharmacy student group, The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, to celebrate American Pharmacists Month during October. The theme this year is “Know your pharmacist, know your medicine.”
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