This past weekend, I participated in the Walgreens “Way To Well Health Tour” that was winding it’s way through Chicagoland in June. With my kids in tow, we stopped at the gigantic tour bus to take part in the free preventative and early detection health services that Walgreens is providing to communities across the country.
Once I checked in at the bus and gave my preliminary health information to Karen (along with learning that the bus tour was fully HIPPA compliant), she showed me how Walgreens and the Balance Rewards program could be synced with my new FitBit for deeper rewards from Walgreens for staying healthy. For every mile I walk that’s logged on my FitBit, I earn 20 points on my Balance Rewards card! Points equal rewards cash, so I am excited that by making health choices, I can earn actual money off my Walgreens purchases!
After the technology portion of the stop was completed, we got down to the health screening process. First up was a blood pressure check. Mine was slightly elevated, but that may have to do with two small munchkins that were running around at the time.
The rest of my health screenings took place inside of the bus, which is set up like a regular clinic inside with curtain partitions for privacy between patients and very comfortable benches to wait on. Next up was my blood draw, which was handled via a finger stick.
Then I was weighed and my BMI was calculated. Just what every woman wants to do after breakfast!
After a few minutes, Karen handed me a print out and walked through my results in comparison to the “Healthy Ranges” for a woman my age. What I discovered is that my cholesterol and glucose were good, my blood pressure was a little elevated, and that my BMI and Body Fat Percentage were above the recommended ranges for my age. Not something that was surprising to me, but still hard to see on paper. In addition, it also told me that my Body Age was 56! YIKES! Don’t get my wrong, 56 is a great age – if I was in my 50s to begin with. But having a body age in your 50s when you are ONLY IN YOUR MID 40s IS NOT GOOD. I knew that I had work to do, and it was a gentle nudge that with Walgreens, Balance Rewards, and my FitBit that I was headed in the right direction.
But wait, there’s more!!
The nice people at Walgreens are letting me give a brand new, FitBit Flex to one of my readers! I am SO EXCITED to finally have a FitBit. This thing is the COOLEST THING EVER! It tracks my steps, how many calories I’ve burned, how much weight I have yet to lose, how much water I’ve consumed in a day, and what kind of sleep I’m getting. I love that you can track everything you need to stay healthy IN ONE PLACE with the FitBit. I thought it was going to be strange, sleeping with it and getting used to wearing something ALL THE TIME. But I’ve adjusted just fine. The best part? If my bloggers friends and I accidentally dropped the FitBit in the toilet (like we have with the pedometer we were using), we wouldn’t ruin it because it is waterproof!!
So you know you want one for yourself. Come on and enter for your chance to win one. It’s cool. And then you can join the Balance Rewards program at Walgreens with me!